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Contra Rand Paul: The Libertarian And Constitutional Case For The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

Made by several of the most prominent libertarian scholars out there: “I think Rand Paul is wrong about the Civil Rights Act,” libertarian Cato Institute scholar Brink Lindsey wrote in an e-mail. “As a general matter, people should be free to deal or not deal with others as they choose. And that means we discriminate […]

Wayne Allyn Root Backtracks On Participating In Birther “Trial” Of President Obama

As I noted on Sunday, Wayne Allyn Root had announced his participation in a “trial” of President Obama led by Rev. James Manning, a noted birther and virulent Obama critic. Late yesterday, Root issued a statement saying that he had decided not to participate in the event: I had a chance today for the first […]

Wayne Allyn Root Is Poison For The Libertarian Party

Wayne Allyn Root, the businessman and online gambling advocate who served as Bob Barr’s running mate on the Libertarian ticket in 2008, is casting his lot in with the birthers. As Radley Balko reports, Root promotes on his Facebook page his participation in a “trial of Barack Obama” that took place last week in New […]

The Day The GOP’s Two Craziest Women Met

Orly Taitz meets Michelle Bachmann:

Republicans Have A More Negative View Of Libertarians Than Democrats Or Independents

Interesting results from a Pew Research survey: More than four-in-ten independents (44%) react positively to the word “libertarian,” while 32% have a negative reaction. Democrats are nearly evenly divided (39% positive, 37% negative). However, Republicans on balance have a negative impression of this term (44% negative, 31% positive). Bruce McQuain doesn’t find the apparent Republican […]

John Stossel Explains “What Is A Libertarian ?”

by @ Sunday, April 11th, 2010. Filed under Individual Liberty, Libertarians, Political Parties, Politics

If you missed John Stossel’s Fox Business Network show on Thursday about libertarianism (I did because I don’t get FBN on my cable package), here it is: Part One: A librarian that takes too many liberties —- Ha ! I like that. Read more » Part Two: Part Three: Part Four: Part Five: « Hide […]

Barack W. Bush, Meet George Hussein Obama

The more things change, well, the more they don’t really change at all: Top 10 disasters of the 2009 Obama administration (in no particular order): 1. Cash for Clunkers 2. War escalation in Afghanistan 3. Giant government health care expansion bill 4. Post office loses money hand over fist 5. Stimulus package 6. Expansion of […]

What Conservatives Really Think Of Libertarians

by @ Thursday, March 25th, 2010. Filed under Libertarians, Political Parties, Politics, Republicans

Commenting on a story about some conflicts in the Tea Party movement regarding Freedomworks’ Dick Armey’s stand on immigration, Mark Kirkorian over at The Corner reveals that they don’t think much of us at all: Libertarians like him might hold any number of outlandish, anti-conservative views — not just open borders but legalizing prostitution, for […]

More Good News From The CPAC Poll: A More Libertarian Conservatism ?

by @ Monday, February 22nd, 2010. Filed under Individual Liberty, Libertarians, Political Parties, Politics, Republicans

In addition to Ron Paul’s victory in the 2012 straw poll at CPAC, there were also these interesting results, which seem to show that mainstream conservatism may be moving in a move libertarian direction: First, this shows that limited government is at the core of the attendees beliefs: And, this chart shows that the primary […]

Jennifer Burns On Ayn Rand And The Rise Of American Libertarianism

by @ Friday, November 20th, 2009. Filed under Ayn Rand, Books, Individual Liberty, Libertarians, Politics

Jennifer Burns, author of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right, spoke to recently about her new book: My review of Burns’ biography can be found here.

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