Category Archive: Libertarian

Book Review: We Who Dared to Say No to War

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We Who Dared to Say No to War:  American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now  Murray Polner and Thomas E. Woods, Jr. Basic Books, 2007, PB; 352 pages; $16.95 What do Abraham Lincoln, Pat Buchanan, Helen Keller, John Quincy Adams, George McGovern, and Daniel Webster have in common? All were anti-war advocates (at least Lincoln was …

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Voters Need the Input and Impact of a Third Party

James Madison wisely observed, “When the variety and number of political parties increases, the chance for oppression, factionalism, and non-skeptical acceptance of ideas decreases.” Marginalized policy initiatives can often bubble up into the mainstream because of independent candidates and third parties. In his book, Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two-Party System, …

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Joe Sobran, R.I.P.

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Pundit Joe Sobran honed the definition of pithy—and used it tactically—better than anyone I’ve read: “The U.S. Constitution poses no serious threat to our form of government.” That’s my favorite, but there are so many more. There’s his definition of a bigot as “one who practices sociology without a license,” and his observation that in …

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2007 Interview with Congressman Ron Paul

INTRO: A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Paul graduated from the Duke University School of Medicine and served as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force during the 1960s. In private practice as a specialist in obstetrics/gynecology, Dr. Paul has delivered more than 4,000 babies. First elected to Congress in 1976, he was one of …

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2010 Interview with Congressman Ron Paul

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INTRO: Ron Paul, M.D., is an American physician (Obstetrics and Gynecology) and a Republican Congressman representing Galveston area of Texas. He currently serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, and the Committee on Financial Services. Dr. Paul is well-known as an opponent of U.S. interventionism and an outspoken critic of American  monetary …

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Murray Rothbard vs. Barack Obama

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At the core of a free market is free trade―in the private sector, among the states, and between the U.S. and other nations. The late libertarian economist Dr. Murray Rothbard once observed that, “Free-market capitalism is a network of free and voluntary exchanges in which producers work, produce, and exchange their products for the products …

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Paleo-Conservatives vs. Neo-Conservatives

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Paul Edward Gottfried should be a familiar name among the Sunday morning talking heads and most certainly in every college political science class. But he’s not — for a reason: there is no better authority — or critic — of neo-conservatism in America. The powerful neo-con lobby really doesn’t like him. National Review’s David Frum once went …

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The campaign for liberty before the “Campaign for Liberty”

The philosophical premise for The Campaign for Liberty (C4L) goes back to the Founding Fathers, but the practical tactics in fighting for its ideals has several modern and historical models. Thinkers — and doers — have for some time championed the issues and ideas embodied in the C4L Statement of Principles. In its raison d’etre …

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Interview: Jon Barrie, New Mexico’s Independent American Party Candidate for U.S. Senate

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Update: This interview was published on July 12, 2012. On August 1, the New Mexico Secretary of State informed Jon Barrie that he doesn’t have enough valid signatures to be on the November ballot as the Independent American Party nominee for U.S. Senate. He would have been the first minor party or independent candidate for U.S. Senate …

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