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The “libertarian” divide

If only the local “libertarian-free market” think tanks had the courage to embrace the entire libertarian agenda rather than simply using the label as a convenient cover for what almost always ends up being a defense of far right conservatism.

For instance, national Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson was in Durham yesterday and had this to say according to the Durham Herald-Sun:

“I am the only candidate who does not want to bomb Iran,” he said. “I am the only candidate who would get out of Afghanistan tomorrow. I am the only candidate who believes that marriage equality is a guaranteed Constitutional right. I am the only candidate who wants to end our drug wars now and legalize marijuana now.”

For some reason, however, neither the Lockers or the Civitasers or Americans for the Prosperous has yet to offer up any glowing reports on this comment or the general Libertarian support of keeping government at bay when it comes to private, personal behavior (much less some sort of effort to favorably contrast President Obama and Governor Romney on these issues).  

Meanwhile the partisan propaganda from the these folks just keeps on coming and coming and coming and coming and coming.

4 Comments


  1. Robert Rich

    September 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks for the article. There’re indeed many extreme right-wingers trying to look like pro-libertarians, or twist the libertarian rights/voluntary approach.

    For info on people using voluntary Libertarian tools worldwide on similar and other issues, please see the non-partisan Libertarian International Organization @ http://www.Libertarian-International.org ….

  2. Rob Schofield

    September 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Well, in fairness, they did post this story this afternoon which actually does dare to mention Johnson’s liberal social views. Still waiting however for someone in the Pope/Locke camp to actually endorse those ideas.

  3. Robert Rich

    September 22, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Rob –your link doesn’t seem to work. Could you repost it please?

  4. Alex

    September 22, 2012 at 6:37 am

    I heard this week that once Iran gets full access to nuclear material, it will be quite easy to turn the material into a small dirty bomb, and then smuggle the bomb into the two countries that Iran hates the most. Any guesses on what those two countries are ?

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