Tag: Libertarianism

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So I’m in this long-term, low-grade struggle to understand why/when conservatives began to view libertarianism with such suspicion and disdain, and I just came across the below from Ricochet’s favorite libertarian interloper. It sounds very conservative (to me), but it also sounds very libertarian. He’s arguing against throwing money (private money, in this case, but could […]

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I have no wish to be disrespectful to anyone with this essay and would surely never intentionally insult anyone. But I must admit that I have had, for decades, the thought that I could not understand how anyone beyond the age of 25, let’s say, could be a libertarian. I think some of the ideas, […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Richard Epstein on Classical Liberalism, the Administrative State, Free Speech, and Silicon Valley Regulation

 

For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, I had legendary classical liberal legal theorist and longtime professor at University of Chicago Law School and now at NYU Law — and prodigious Ricochet podcaster Professor Richard Epstein on the podcast to discuss among other things:

  • The role that Professor Epstein’s famous book, “Takings” played in Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing — and then-Senator Joe Biden’s hectoring
  • Professor Epstein’s groundbreaking theories on private property rights, eminent domain and the Takings and Commerce Clauses
  • The practical argument against progressivism
  • Whether we should deconstruct the administrative state, and if so how to do it
  • The danger to free speech emanating from college campuses in a world of microaggressions, trigger warnings, de-platforming
  • The folly of regulating Silicon Valley social media companies
  • Classical liberalism versus socialism and libertarianism

You can find the episode on iTunes, everywhere else podcasts are found or download the episode directly here.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Did Communism Help Make Amy Barrett Awesome?

 

OK, not Communism with a capital C, all grim and totalitarian, but “communism” as in communal living. Barrett appears to have extensive involvement in a Christian intentional community, People of Praise, an organization both Charismatic and mostly Catholic, in which members practice communal living. According to the Pedia of Wiki,

Members attempt to live as much of a common life as possible, working together, praying for one another both privately and in groups, visiting one another, sharing meals and offering one another gifts of money and material items in times of need. For some members common life extends to working together in community sponsored businesses and outreaches. Most members are married couples, including many with growing children. Some married couples have single men and women living with them in “households”, but most do not. Some single people live together (in houses of single men or women) while some live by themselves. There are also celibate single men and women, some of whom have formed a Brotherhood and Sisterhood within the People of Praise.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Rose Wilder Lane

 

The removal of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from a children’s book award reminds me again of her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, an interesting writer and political thinker. Born in 1886 in the Dakota Territory, Rose is best known for her writings on political philosophy and has been referred to as a “Founding Mother” of libertarianism; she was also a novelist and the author of several biographies. In her article “Credo,” published in 1936, she describes her political journey, beginning with the words: “In 1919 I was a communist.”

She was impressed with the idealism of the individual Communists she met and found their economic logic convincing. But when she visited the Soviet Union in the 1920s, she became disillusioned. And, unlike many visitors to the USSR, she did not conclude that Communism was still a great idea but had just been carried out poorly; rather, she began to grasp the structural flaws with the whole thing.

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Richard Epstein looks at the law — and economics — of the Justice Department’s efforts to block AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Tevye the Milkman, Libertarianism, and the Open Borders Fantasy

 

“…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

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Nick GillespieWhen 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 iTunesStitcher 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.

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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

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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 iTunesStitcher 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.

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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 […]

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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

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Beware the “Libertarians”

 

johnson-weldIf 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.

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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

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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 […]

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shutterstock_220487467Some 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.

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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 […]

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shutterstock_69030448For 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.

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