Friday, November 09, 2012

More Thoughts on Libertarianism

Good stuff by Randy Barnett and Nick Gillespie.  Here's a bit:
The libertarian vote comprises somewhere between 10 percent and 15 percent of votes. It's remarkably reliable and consistent in that it supports candidates who believe the state should not enforce a single set of moral values and should stop doing things that individuals and businesses can handle better. That vote can swing any election and it will cozy up to whatever party takes it seriously. If the Republicans want to win the libertarian vote, all they have to do is ... change a little bit. Ironically, all the party has to do is start pushing what it says it believes in: Individual rights and limited government. ... GOP politicos and analysts have known this for well over a decade-plus, but they have been painfully slow (or maybe just stupid) to acknowledge libertarian sentiments in their party's policies or priorities. 
An entrenched old-school political establishment being unable or unwilling to think even a teensy bit out of the box?  Quelle surprise!

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