Richard Epstein looks at the law — and economics — of the Justice Department’s efforts to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner.More
Richard Epstein traces the origins and evolution of his libertarian thinking over a half-century in the spotlight.More
“…Political freedom and escape from tyranny demand that individuals not be unreasonably constrained by government in the crossing of political boundaries. Economic freedom demands the unrestricted movement of human as well as financial capital across national borders…” — Paragraph 3.4 of the 2016 Libertarian Party platform
When it comes to tackling regulations (Title 9, Obamacare, small business, etc.) Trump has many Libertarians applauding. So why does Reason’s Nick Gillespie suggest Trump may be bad for the Libertarian cause? Nick is currently the Contributing Editor of Reason.com and the Editor-in-Chief at Reason.tv, the home of Free Minds and Free Markets. We discuss entitlements, Libertarianism as a governing body, limited government in the age of Trump and much more. You can (and should) find Nick on Twitter and Facebook. Special thanks to virtuoso pianist Hyperion Knight for his beautiful background music taped at the Freedom Fest Convention at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
Please subscribe to Whiskey Politics at YouTube and our audio podcasts at iTunes, Stitcher or GooglePlay where your 5-star rating would be appreciated! (iTunes especially!) In: Little Green Bag, George Baker Selection. Out: Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Tears for Fears. Produced by Praemonitus Communications, pictures by Thompson Clicks Photos.More
This is the last, number fifty, of a series of short biographical sketches I gathered together for my latest Kindle, Leap For the Sun: Heroes From American History. I originally posted eleven of them at Ricochet. Kind comments inspired me to expand the number and kindle them. ********** More
Libertarian talk show host and best selling author Larry Elder, “The Sage Of South Central,” joins us at Whiskey Politics and tears it up! Larry is heard on over 300 radio stations on the Salem Media Network and is regularly featured on all major television news networks. Larry shares his thoughts on states rights, health care, Trump’s first six months, the media’s double standards and bias, his touching story from his book Dear Father, Dear Son about reconciliation with his Father. Of course, it’s Larry Elder, so we finished up with his outrage once again targeting O.J. Simpson, the response from the black community and what, if anything, has improved with race relations in the past 20 years.
Taped at Freedom Fest with the great Hyperion Knight in the background playing piano. Please subscribe to Whiskey Politics at YouTube and our audio podcasts at iTunes, Stitcher or GooglePlay where your 5-star rating would be appreciated! (iTunes especially!) In: Little Green Bag, George Baker Selection. Out: Way Back Home Jr. Walker & The Allstars (Larry Elder’s Theme Song). Produced by Praemonitus Communications, pictures by Thompson Clicks Photos.More
Our very own @peterrobinson proves he’s cool by riding a motorcycle and discussing libertarianism with the great Milton Friedman: More
I know we’ve discussed this subject a time or two this election cycle; but, I thought I’d take a little closer look at the Libertarian parties’ presidential ticket and their relative success so far. The Libertarian Party (hereinafter to be referred to as LP) looks to be headed toward their best finish ever in their […]
I’m not a libertarian, and I don’t agree with all the points this video makes, but much of it is true and funny. So for your enjoyment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgRlzFIgm1E More
If there was ever a year for a frustrated conservatarian to consider voting for the Libertarian Party ticket, 2016 would seem to be a godsend: Trump and Clinton are … well, no need to rehash this … and the Libertarians have nominated not one but two former Republican governors. But as Ilya Shapiro writes on Cato at Liberty, the theory of the Johnson-Weld ticket and its reality diverge greatly, and not in a way that pays any compliments to the latter:
[In this recent] ReasonTV interview … Weld praises Justice Stephen Breyer and Judge Merrick Garland, who are the jurists most deferential to the government on everything, whether environmental regulation or civil liberties. Later in the same interview, he similarly compliments Republican senators like Mark Kirk and Susan Collins, who are among the least libertarian of the GOP caucus in terms of the size and scope of government and its imposition on the private sector and civil society.
I am still growing in my understanding of the world, and that includes politics. I hope to find good books in the future about the parties to see what really makes them different. I cannot see myself ever joining a party, but never say never. Right? More
For those interested my earlier post outlining my own reluctantly restrictionist position on immigration can be conveniently found here. Oftentimes when conservatives have invoked “respect for the rule of law” in support of their arguments I have nodded along in agreement. Based on the current discourse within the right on the subject of illegal immigration […]
Some issues make for uncomfortable alliances. As a supporter of across-the-board drug legalization, I have often felt the desire to throw my hands up in despair at the inanities of unserious stoner activists and of the hipster libertarians who have raised the narrow issue of cannabis to the position of a sine qua non in order to excuse themselves from voting for conservative candidates who violate their cultural expectations. Many in the latter group are classical liberals for whom I have a great deal of respect, even if disagree with them on this specific issue, who libertarians should want to work with.
Increasingly, I feel much the same way about conservatives and immigration. While I continue to maintain that lower rates of immigration from Latin America will be necessary to reverse the balkanizing trends causing so much dysfunction in America’s political system, this is a position that I am forced to hold with no small degree of reluctance and circumspection. This apprehension does not have to do solely with the nature of the ideological company I am forced to keep — company which ranges from well-intentioned fellow conservatives who persist in making the worst arguments for an otherwise defensible position — down to unapologetic Trump supporters, and even genuine racists on the Alt-Right and PaleoCon fringes.More
Donald J. Trump is the Republican Nominee in the 2016 General Election. This is a fact. Now those of us who care must begin to plan the alternative; to plan a new party. This must not be a hastily done matter, and requires great thought and consideration; there is no chance that a new party […]
For as long as I’ve been eligible to vote, I’ve been registered as a Republican. Through highs and lows (and more lows), I have maintained that party registration, even as my political and philosophical leanings have brought me from conservatism to libertarianism. In theory, the Republican Party was the conservative party and, to me, there was enough of an overlap in the Venn diagram between conservatives and libertarians to allow me to stay. I stuck around because I believed that there was a space for me in the Republican Party. And there was: Libertarians were a small part of the party, but an accepted part nonetheless.
Last night, that all changed. After Donald Trump’s victory in Indiana and Senator Ted Cruz’s withdrawal from the race, it’s clear that Trump will be the Republican nominee. And so, last night, I filled out the form to change my party registration.More
Senator Sanders did his doddering fool act last month or thereabouts & said, it’s unacceptable that some nobody country worth nothing in comparison to the accounting errors in the federal budget has faster internet than America. I know a bit about that country, because that country is Romania. Yeah, the internet speed is sweet unto […]
It’s a Conservative dream. Ted Cruz is going to lead a glorious exodus out of the GOP, and then lead a glorious Third Party crusade, announcing in his speech: “Outside of Washington, the vast majority of Americans share those basic common sense values. I believe we need to reassemble the Reagan Coalition, to unite conservatives and libertarians and […]
An Appeal to Classical Liberals It is February 29th, and it seems as though God has had some mercy on us, and created an extra day for us to live in a world where Donald Trump isn’t the presumptive republican nominee. I suggest you open your windows and enjoy the natural light, before we start […]
This post is an elaboration on a theory I presented in a discussion had in a previous post discussing the origins of Classical Liberalism. Classical Liberalism, Libertarianism, Conservatism. There is a lot of debate about where the borders of these groups start and end, who is in what sphere, who is banished from what sphere, and […]
The other day, I started publishing some notes on the way to think about fascism. You have there an insistence on the theoretical origins & orientation of radical politics that you might not often see. At any rate, I offer it as a corrective of the kind of scholarship that has led people to say things like, […]