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May 2016

Politics

Libertarian Party Sells Their Soul, Nominates Johnson/Weld

When the Libertarian Party was founded it was intended to be the party of free markets, civil liberties and a non interventionist foreign policy. Though electoral success was fleeting and sparse, the party quickly grew a reputation as being a party of principle. By nominating dedicated activists activists like David Koch and Ron Paul and Harry Browne to lead their party, the Libertarian Party established the level of dedication placed on being principled in no uncertain terms. With the Ron Paul Revolution having happened in the Republican Party in 2008, one would think this would drive the Libertarian Party to embrace Paul’s hardcore approach to an even greater extent. Unfortunately, we have seen the exact opposite unfold since that 2008 primary. The Libertarian Party responded to the rise of Ron Paul in 2008 by nominating Bob Barr, a former congressman who had supported the Drug Importer Death Penalty Act and voted for invading Iraq, outraging liberty activists across the country. This departure from principle lead to the Libertarian Party receiving just 0.4%… Keep Reading

Economics/Politics/World

Yes, Socialism Is To Blame For Venezuela’s Collapse

We are routinely being sold on this idea that the solution to poverty is more government power and more regulation. Rarely are any connections made when catastrophic events occur as a result of these policies. Instead of considering the alternative – freedom – they continue to look for government-created solutions when they are the ones who created the problems in the first place. Make no mistake, Venezuela’s economic turmoil is a consequence of the government’s socialist policies. The major tenant of socialism is that a governing power makes all the important decisions on behalf of those whom they claim to help. Socialism operates on the presumption that the government will act the public’s best interests. Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders would have us all believe that his type of socialism is different because it would be “democratic” – unlike Venezuela’s dictatorship type of socialism.  “Tweets for Bernie” handle addressed an inquiry on this, falsely perpetuating Scandinavia as an example of how socialism works: Q: Why socialism works in Scandinavia, fails in Venezuela? A: Because Scandinavian countries are… Keep Reading

Politics

Another Child Used As a Political Pawn: “We Have To Kill Donald Trump”

In another shocking case of children being manipulated by their parents to push a political agenda, a video recently posted on YouTube appears to show a mother and father instructing their 3 year-old daughter to say repeatedly “We have to kill Donald Trump.” The video, which was analyzed by author Mark Dice, shows the mother and father prodding their child to say she wishes to kill Donald Trump. “Why are we going to kill Donald Trump?” the mother asks, to which the child responds, “Cause he’s bad.” The father asks, “Why is he bad?” to which the child responds, “Cause he wants to take away our family.” Clearly, the child is being used by her parents to perpetuate the false narrative that Donald Trump is planning to deport every Hispanic person in the United States, regardless of immigration status, if he is elected President, when he has made no statement to indicate as much. Such a gross distortion of Trump’s position on illegal immigration is nothing new, and has been used… Keep Reading

Politics

When Did The Libertarian Party Become The Little Republican Party?

Someone recently described the Libertarian Party as an “elephant graveyard.” It’s an interesting description, but a factual one as well. The Libertarian Party has had a recent trend as being new life for opportunistic Republicans, many of which are hardly libertarian at heart. The Libertarian Party has essentially become an aspiring clone of the Republican Party. Libertarianism itself has it’s appeal, with a 2015 Reuters poll showing “One in five Americans consider themselves libertarian, with younger adults being the most likely to adopt the label. Among adults aged 18 to 29, 32 percent consider themselves libertarian. Just 12 percent of Americans age 60 or older consider themselves libertarian.” The Libertarian Party itself doesn’t seem to gather the fact that the younger generations are embracing libertarianism and welcoming the principles of freedom, instead only resigning itself to be a rebound for Republicans. Consider the 2008 libertarian presidential ticket when Bob Barr was the presidential nominee, with Wayne Allyn Root as his running mate. Barr was a former Republican Congressman who served from… Keep Reading

Politics

Republican Liberty Caucus Vice Chair Betrays His Own Cause, Pushes Gun-Grabbing Warmonger

It was a very humiliating spectacle this past weekend at the Libertarian Party National Convention in Orlando, FL. And I’m not referring to the now infamous streaker who gained national headlines. Sadly, the shame brought on by the nude anarchist paled in comparison to the wretched ticket that Libertarian Party members had the audacity to put up for the Presidency. In fact, it could be argued that the slovenly naked man was acting valiantly as a whistleblower effectively exposing the party to the world as a colossal disgrace with his lascivious antics. What was really so disgraceful is the Libertarian Party, for the third straight time, selected a ticket dominated by GOP leftovers and wash-outs. They put up former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson who has charisma and pizazz that rivals watching paint dry. He also is very shaky on private property rights, religious liberty, foreign policy, and other meat-and-potatoes liberty issues. However, Johnson is an understandable albeit underwhelming candidate on his own merits considering his profile and experience. When paired up with… Keep Reading

Politics

The Libertarian Party Blew It For Converts

Oh, Libertarian Party… You could have had me. You were this close! I am the demographic you are trying to reach out to: disenfranchised with the Republican Party presidential nominee; a lover of liberty not of political parties; someone searching for a new place to call home that represents the ideas I hold dear to my heart. I was optimistically hopeful. I spent my entire day tuned into the Libertarian Party convention hoping to see the legitimacy that I was yearning for. https://twitter.com/kayteemoyer/status/736989310520569856 Would this be my new place to put my trust? Behind lovers of liberty like myself who wanted to make legitimate change, wanted to be taken seriously, and wanted to defend life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Nope. I didn’t find that while watching the Libertarian Party convention. How can we make legitimate change and be taken seriously with the buffoonery I witnessed during the convention? People like presidential candidate Darryl Perry losing his poise, screaming and pounding the podium, not only during the Saturday night… Keep Reading

Politics

The Future Of The Libertarian Party

The LNC has spoken – Gary Johnson will be the Libertarian Party nominee moving into the main election. going up against what likely will be Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for the Republican and Democratic tickets, respectively. Many conservative-leaning libertarians are unhappy about this. I’ve even heard some of my friends proudly proclaim that they are going to write-in Rand Paul as a protest vote since their personal preferred LP pick didn’t make the cut. One author outrageously claimed earlier today that Austin Petersen, the second-most-popular candidate in the running this year, was “liberty’s last hope,” and later said that Johnson’s nomination meant that the party itself was no longer viable, and even claimed that a move back to the GOP as a voting libertarian somehow made more sense than continuing to support the LP in Petersen’s absence. This rhetoric is, frankly, ridiculous. The liberty movement fancies itself one of intellectualism and fearless activism, yet the reality of it seems much more bleak and stagnant than this residual self-image… Keep Reading

Politics

A Time For Choosing

This past weekend, Former Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico was officially awarded the Libertarian Party nomination after an increasingly heated Primary fight between a handful of other candidates. Former Governor William Weld of Massachusetts was also awarded the Libertarian Party Vice-Presidential nomination. The response was muddled: the media roared, and Liberty activists snored. The idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except the sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all of man’s relation to man. Like Reagan once said, the issue of this election is the same that it has been throughout our short history as a country on this planet. Do we believe in our capacity for self-government, or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far distant capitol can plan our lives better than we can ourselves? Their intellectual capacities might often be challenged, but do you really want Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton… Keep Reading

Politics

William Weld Signed Letter Supporting PATRIOT Act

The nomination of former Massachusetts Governor William Weld as the Libertarian Party’s Vice Presidential nominee was not one which was met without controversy. Activists booed Weld throughout the convention and there even had to be a second ballot to ultimately confirm him as Vice President. This was due to Weld’s positions on spending, gun control, war, the EPA and a host of other issues. That being said, this author has discovered something which was not brought up during the fight over Weld’s nomination and is an absolutely damning position for anybody who claims to care about the 4th amendment. In 2005, as a debate over the renewal of the PATRIOT Act waged in the Senate, notorious neocon Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy authored a letter urging renewal of the law which was signed by over 50 members of the national security establishment. This included men such as John Ashcroft, Frank Gaffney, James Woolsey and…..yes, newly crowned Libertarian Party Vice Presidential nominee William Weld. The letter specifically cited… Keep Reading

Politics

An Open Letter To Libertarian Delegates: Do Not Vote For Gary Johnson

Libertarians will be the first to tell someone, “Don’t vote for the lesser of two evils,” but when it comes to Gary Johnson, some of them will be perfectly fine getting behind the lesser of three evils. Don’t do it. The 2016 election is a historic and wild election that has already garnered media attention for the Libertarian Party. For distraught individuals who can’t back Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, they see an alternative. You represent the Libertarian Party. The least you could do is give them a libertarian alternative. The Libertarian Party is meant to buck the party politics nonsense we see from Republicans and Democrats and stand for principle, and you finally have the chance. To support someone just because he has name recognition is going against principle and toward party politics. It will make you just as bad as the Republicans and Democrats. You need to stand for something. Johnson has come out in support of using the state to force Jewish bakers to bake Nazi… Keep Reading

Politics

PARTY REVOLT: Delegate Straw Poll Places Gary Johnson Nomination In Doubt

The Liberty  Conservative has just received a photo from an anonymous delegate at the Libertarian National Convention in Orlando, where the Libertarian Party’s 2016 Presidential nominee is being selected. This photo is of the final results of the straw poll taken of the delegates to determine who will make the debate stage for tonight’s CSPAN Debate. With the cut off having been in the mid 80’s for entry, there will be five candidates on the stage. That being said, what is more interesting about these results is Gary Johnson’s underwhelming performance in the straw poll. This was a poll exclusively of delegates to the convention, and Johnson received 226 out of 747 votes for a 30.2% share of the vote. For a candidate who the media has reported to have 60%+ of the delegates backing him that is a huge red flag. If this share of the vote holds up on the first vote at the convention Gary could find himself in a dead heat with John McAfee or Austin Petersen… Keep Reading

Politics

John McAfee: Compromise Will Destroy The Libertarian Party

The Libertarian Party is hoping to capitalize on voter dissatisfaction with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, as well as on the public’s overall dissatisfaction with the Washington establishment, as they prepare to meet to select Presidential and Vice-Presidential nominees at their national convention in Orlando, Florida. While many expect former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, the party’s nominee in 2012, to receive the nomination again, he is facing significant resistance from many activists in the party, most prominently after his recent endorsement of former Republican Governor of Massachusetts William Weld as his running mate. Weld has faced intense criticism for his support of gun control measures while he served as Governor of Massachusetts, including a ban on “assault weapons”, a ban on the sale of handguns to anyone under the age of 21, and the implementation of a state-level “Brady Bill” to subject gun purchasers to a five-day waiting period and background checks. His past support for gun control, as well as questionable views on foreign policy and eminent domain, prompted Reason.com writer… Keep Reading

Politics

Are You #ManEnough4Hillary ?

With all the absurdity and pandering this election cycle, it’s hard to tell if campaigns are being serious or it’s just a troll on the internet. A new Hillary Clinton “campaign” photo has been gaining traction on twitter today: #ManEnough4Hillary? I thought the Left despised masculinity? Way to emasculate male voters… #ImNotWithHer pic.twitter.com/bm3zCsePFO — Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) May 26, 2016 The hunky lumberjack caught the eye of Twitter with the quote “I am man enough to vote for a woman… are you?” and the hashtag #ManEnough4Hillary. This has to be someone trolling…right? Or is Hillary Clinton’s campaign that out of touch. Upon a little bit of digging, twitter users quickly found that the model in the photo is a stock image, and was recently used in a syphilis ad on a bus. Whoops. Are you #ManEnough4Hillary? How about syphilis? pic.twitter.com/Pi3eSfS7d2 — Matthew Salvatore (@mattywid) May 26, 2016 Keep Reading

Economics/Politics

U.S. Nuclear Force To Phase Out Floppy Disks By 2017 Despite $80 Billion On Federal Upgrades

If you asked most children what a floppy disk is, they wouldn’t have the slightest clue. While most computers today do not even use one – a sign of progress – a recent report states that the U.S. Pentagon is still using 8-inch floppy disks from the 1970s to operate its nuclear weapons. This should be a disturbing revelation on many counts. Seemingly undeterred by the lucrative spending allocated towards the military budget, (about $598.5 billion just in 2015) the Office of Management and Budget noted $80 billion of it was to be allocated towards maintaining aging computer systems. Yet, the Government of Accountability Office showed that the Pentagon was one of many departments where “legacy systems” urgently needed to be replaced. It is worth mentioning that the Government of Accountability Office also noted that more than 75 percent of $80 billion budgeted was for federal IT efforts across all agencies for the 2015 fiscal year. Much was spent on operations, maintenance investment, and they claim that this spending has increased in the past seven years. Never mind that the Department of… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Conservatives Under Siege – Why The 10th Amendment Is The Last Hope For Traditional Marriage

Late in the autumn of 1943, German fighter general Adolf Galland headed to the opulent estate of Luftwaffe Reichsmarschall and Hitler’s second-in-command, Hermann Göring. Galland, a decorated combat ace, had seen extensive action on the western front, and by this point in the war, he could see that the odds were turning against the Third Reich, as British and American bombers made regular raids deep into fortress Europe, escorted by new, long-range allied fighters that had started to thin his distinguished ranks. Galland’s mission on this night was to convince Göring that Germany must re-tool their air force for a defensive struggle in light of the Allies’ ever-tightening stranglehold on the skies over Europe.  While Hitler and Göring insisted that the Luftwaffe continue to focus on offensive strategies and vengeance weapons like the infamous V1 and V2 rockets, Galland knew that if they did not soon cut back on bomber production and boost their fighter force, Allied bombers would soon roam the European skies unchallenged. Conversely, if they shifted… Keep Reading

Politics

The Fight For The Libertarian Nomination, Explained

In Orlando this weekend, the Libertarian Party will settle on their standard bearer for 2016. Not since 2004 has there been such intrigue at a Libertarian Party convention, and with the traditional two-party system as weak as it has ever been, it’s the first time in decades the Libertarian Party nomination may have impact outside the LP. For this reason, I think it’s worthwhile to highlight what I see as the different tactics of the various camps, and what I think each nominee would mean to the future of the Libertarian Party, and Ron Paul’s “liberty movement” as a whole. In a way, the LP nomination battle has a similar story to what has played out in the two larger parties: the battle between the establishment and the outsiders. The LP establishment is obviously embodied by Gary Johnson, last year’s nominee and the long preferred “libertarian” politician of David Boaz and the beltwayatarian elite.  Johnson’s appeal to the Cato-crowd is obvious, he embodies the brand of libertarianism that would… Keep Reading

Culture

The Politically Correct Perversion Of Superhero Movies

In 2002, Marvel published the first issue of The Ultimates, their alternative “Ultimate” universe run of the Avengers comics. Although this comic didn’t offer the first appearance of the new version of Nick Fury, it did offer the fully developed revision of the character. In it, he was changed from the traditional white, military-officer-esque character to a New York-tough black man. The new Nick Fury was intentionally modeled after Samuel L. Jackson, both in appearance and personality. Six years before the debut of the first Iron Man movie in which Jackson appeared in the post-credits scene, it was a foregone conclusion that he would be cast in the role of Nick Fury in future movies. As a result, a traditionally white character was changed to a black character. Both comic book and movie fans, by and large, loved this. It wasn’t because we felt this deep desire to see more diversity among our beloved characters. Frankly, the vast majority of us are entirely indifferent on the matter. But the general… Keep Reading

Politics

“Political Correctness” Is Not The Problem: Victim Culture Is

From Berkeley to Boston, cities, states, and ‘safe-space’ after ‘safe space’ have been falling victim to a brutal culture of suppressed speech and demonized debate. This relatively new atmosphere, coined “PC Culture”, has resulted in absolutely laughable absurdities from Mizzou’s segregated safe spaces to Oberlin University’s demand for salaried protests. The free exchange of ideas, once a hallmark of academia, has been reduced to barricaded lecture halls, and near rioting at the sight of conservative speakers. Everything from gender specific pronouns to American flags have been deemed offensive and campaigned against. This culture even came up on the wrong end of jokes in the popular TV show “South Park”, for nonsensical checkings-of-privilege, and for fostering an environment that suppresses diversity of thought. These manifestations are fundamentally immoral- and Political Correctness has been deemed their cause. However, this is false.  PC culture is not at fault. It’s not inherently evil, it’s not why nearly everything is now deemed offensive, it’s not what’s forcing the fake outrage on college campuses, and… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Dear Austin Petersen, Personhood Is The Ultimate Liberty Issue

Dear Austin, As a Libertarian Presidential Candidate, I know you’re busy with a lot of interviews and meetings with conservative media and voters looking for a way out of the coming Trump/Hillary nightmare, but I wanted to take the opportunity to reach out to you and try to iron out some of the wrinkles in your pro-life messaging. See, protecting life is an utterly non-negotiable issue for a slew of Libertarians as well as Republicans, and polls show that the nation as a whole is moving in an anti-abortion direction, with the highly-libertarian Millennial generation leading the way. Many of us flatly refuse to support anyone who won’t fight for the right to life, no matter how much we might agree on other things. I think you’re on the right track with the life issue, and that’s incredibly important for the sake of moving the historically pro-choice Libertarian Party (LP) that way. Your stance on this issue could impact the future of the LP well beyond 2016, and to… Keep Reading

Politics

Liberty Can Still Win In November: Just Don’t Vote For Donald Trump Or Hillary Clinton

Imagine a scenario on November 8, 2016: Donald Trump receives 59 million votes; Hillary Clinton receives 57 million votes. Donald Trump gets 253 electoral college votes; Hillary Clinton receives 267 electoral college votes.  Both major parties fail to meet the electoral college’s requirement of 270 votes. The catch? The Libertarian Party’s candidate receives 11 million votes and 18 electoral college votes. The Green Party receives 3 million votes and no electoral college votes. In this scenario, the United States Congress would vote and select the next President of the United States, essentially forcing the United States Congress to act as an essential check on the people. The top three candidates with electoral college votes will be eligible to collect any votes in the House of Representatives, as stated by the twelfth amendment. “The person having the greatest Number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the… Keep Reading

Culture

The Good Mix Of Feminism And Music

Despite my last article, I must profess to being neither an anti-feminist nor a feminist. I simply seek to inform meaningful cultural dialogue on issue. While I encourage both feminists and anti-feminists to continue forward, this piece specifically targets the undecided person, the one who has heard both good and bad things about feminism and seeks to understand the diversity within this broad school of thought. While people  often mischaracterize feminism as angry and man-hating, the explanations offered for why this stereotype exists only serve to further promote rather than abolish the misconception. Articles blaming men for the marketing and branding ills of the feminist movement prove counterproductive in debunking the idea that feminists blame men for virtually everything. However, not all feminists shame and undermine themselves in arguments and actions. Hip hop feminism is one sub-field which seeks neither semi-satirical misandry nor fruitless ambiguity. Instead, scholar Aisha S. Durham’s Home with Hip Hop Feminism defines hip hop feminism as productively complementary and “in conversation with feminist studies, hip-hop… Keep Reading

Culture

Feminism Is Becoming Both a Weak And Self-Defeating Movement

Feminism is a growing topic of public debate as campus activists continue to protest speakers from many different backgrounds. From radical lesbian feminist Julie Bindel to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali to feminist scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, the suppressing of differing opinions and stifling of free and open debate now affects more than just conservative and libertarian voices. While some credit this primarily to a culture of sensitivity and moral relativism, it is time to consider the possibility that this is an elite-driven structural problem within the feminist movement which drives scholars and activists to cannibalize one another.  In order to see this in action, look no further than the treatment of artist and entrepreneur Beyoncé Knowles. In a group panel at the New School, seminal feminist scholar bell hooks accuse Beyoncé of performing lolita on the cover of Time magazine, but hooks also characterizes Knowles as a “terrorist” — whose power is ultimately a derivative of the status, wealth and… Keep Reading

Culture

That Time John Stossel Schooled The College Democrats On My Campus

It was Spring 2015 in the heart of New York City. I had just transferred to my new school after having attended a small, out-of-the-way college that nobody has ever heard of, in a state that many don’t even know exist (WV). And now I was here – at one of the most prestigious schools in the world, right in the roaring bustle of Manhattan, and surrounded by high-profile speaking events, guest lecturers, and tenured professors who all had their fair share of fame and recognition. As such, the school administration tended to hype up and advertise these people and events as major attractions, even within the campus community itself. I still remember when Arianna Huffington came to speak there, with a line all the way across the campus and around the corner to see her; Or Hillary Clinton, who practically shut down the whole place upon her arrival. And yet, I noticed a trend fairly early on in that the politics of all the most highly publicized figures… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Far-Left Celebrates The Death Of Our “White Supremacist Nation”

Seeking to further promote balkanization and stoke racial tensions, many on the far-left have sought to categorize Donald Trump supporters (or anyone who promotes Nationalism) as racists who long for a return to 1950s America when segregation was legal and practically all of the political power was held by white American males. Unwilling to promote racial unity, the far-left has decided to begin planning a party to celebrate America’s ‘dying white majority” in a revolution that overthrows our “white supremacist nation”. In a video posted on The Guardian’s YouTube channel, Steven Thrasher claimed that Donald Trump’s candidacy represents a racist backlash against the “bold advancement of progress” our country witnessed in electing its first African-American President. “When we voted against the odds to elect the first black president eight years ago, when we had a clear symbol that the country is literally becoming more black, why shouldn’t we have expected his successor to the meanest, whitest, most vile bigot possible?” he said. Thrasher expressed profound longing for the year 2043, when our “white… Keep Reading

Politics

3 Ways To Become a Conservatarian Superstar Over Summer Vacation

Hooray!!! The semester is over. But deep down, you know you miss the intellectual political conversations with friends from campus and are yearning to still be politically engaged. Here are three ways to hone in your political philosophy and become a conservatarian superstar while away from your college on summer vacation. 1. Don’t allow that free time to go to waste, educate yourself! The summer is prime time to get up to date on all political happenings. While relaxing and working on your tan by the pool, bring a copy of  The Libertarian Reader with you or read the trending news stories of the day on your iPad. On that same note, stay “social.” Social networking sites, like Twitter, often give readers access to news information that is not covered by the mainstream media. And many times, twitter users get access to breaking news faster than news outlets. If you’re not much of a reader, attend educational seminars like The Leadership Institute’s Youth Leadership School, the Institute For Humane Studies Summer Seminars, or Turning… Keep Reading

Philosophy

Dear Libertarians: Please Stop Committing The “No True Scotsman” Fallacy

We’ve all run into the “No True Scotsman” fallacy, whether or not we’ve always been aware that’s what it’s called. So to clarify right from the jump, let us lay out the purported logical argument of the fallacy to see just what it is, and where it is unsound: The proper structure of a logically valid argument is something like the following: Premise One: “X is good for you.” Premise Two: “Y is a form of X.” Conclusion: “Therefore, Y is good for you.” (This is a very simplistic and somewhat precarious explanation of logical argumentation, but for our purposes, this does just fine. Just keep in mind that a proper philosophy course is really where you should turn for fully fleshed out explanations and structures of logic.) Here’s where logical fallacies become tricky, though: Any argument can be made to appear logically sound as long as it takes this P1,P2,C form or some variant. But that’s only telling part of the the story, as such a structure can… Keep Reading

Philosophy/Politics

It’s Time I Wrote About Gary Johnson (and William Weld)

There is a schism in the liberty movement right now. For various reasons (some good, many ridiculous), it has broken into factions that seem to become more and more cults of personality around each of the frontrunners of the Libertarian Party primary in Gary Johnson, Austin Petersen, and John McAfee. Thus far in this race, my own writings have ended up focusing primarily on Petersen – not out of any particular allegiance or favoritism to Petersen in particular, but because I saw what I considered to be an unusually high amount of negativity being leveled at him from within the party. But this got me thinking, why not do my fair share of defense for Gary Johnson, as well? Aside from Petersen, Johnson is the one who seems to be getting the most amount of hate (mostly from Petersen fanboys) for not being a “real” libertarian. Anyone who is even a little familiar with my political writings should already know all the reasons why I take issue with that… Keep Reading

Politics

Glenn Beck: The Liberty Movement’s Benedict Arnold

After facing withering criticism following revelations from former employees that Facebook was routinely suppressing news stories from conservative media sources on their “trending” news section, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg summoned a handpicked list of “Conservative leaders” to the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California to address the controversy. Among those who attended the meeting were: CNN political commentator S.E Cupp, Mitt Romney’s former digital director Zac Moffatt, Washington Examiner columnist Kristen Soltis Anderson, former George W. Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino, and commentator Glenn Beck. When further controversy erupted over the discovery that practically all of the “Conservative leaders” invited were part of the #NeverTrump movement, Barry Bennett, a senior advisor to the Trump campaign, was invited to attend. It should be noted that some of the most influential Conservative media outlets, several of which were subjected to Facebook’s article censorship, were not invited. Most notably, Matt Drudge of the influential news aggregator The Drudge Report was left in the cold, as was Breitbart, in a move to punish them for their perceived support… Keep Reading

Politics

The TSA Is Holding Our Country Hostage

Hurry up to wait……and wait……and wait. That has been the slogan from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) over the last few weeks as videos showing screening lines stretching for miles throughout airports in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York (among others) have gone viral. The trade group Airlines for America has expressed concern that, as the peak summer travel season approaches, the growing number of travelers will cause even longer screening lines at America’s airports. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has cited a drop in personnel levels, due to budget cuts enacted by Congress, as the main cause of the long lines (even as the agency, to add insult to injury, has pocketed over $700,000 in loose change from travelers at airports across the country, wasted nearly $1.4 million on an app that randomly displays an arrow directing passengers to the fastest route through screening lines, and another $3 million on explosive-detecting “puffer machines” that never worked). The union representing TSA employees has called for the hiring of an additional 6,000 airport screeners to reduce wait… Keep Reading

Politics

Gary Johnson Selects “Phony Libertarian” As VP

Gary Johnson, perceived front-runner for the Libertarian Party, announced today that he would choose former Massachusetts’s Governor Bill Weld as his Vice Presidential candidate. On paper, the move seems to make a lot of sense. Weld, like Johnson, is a former Republican who has long had a reputation for being a “libertarian,” having been a long standing supporter of abortion, gay marriage, and the legalization of marijuana. Unfortunately, also like Johnson, his grasp of libertarian principles is questionable outside these few social issues. In 1993 economist Murray Rothbard noted Weld’s disappointing fiscal record in an article titled “Phony Libertarians”: As Bill Weld increasingly becomes the darling of the Republican Left, his fiscal leftism, too, has now come out of the closet. Weld’s newly proposed budget for next year is a whopping $900 million increase over the current fiscal year, bringing the total up to $15.2 billion. Weld’s proposed big spending budget includes a $9 million increase on environmentalism (bringing the total up to $149 million), and no less than… Keep Reading

Politics

Renegade Party: A New Home For Conservative Rebels?

After being blasted on Breitbart as a “Republican spoiler” and “renegade Jew” for refusing to support GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump, founder and editor of the Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol, is firing back. Taking in stride the comments from the Trump-adoring media outlet, Kristol recently purchased the web domain www.RenegadeParty.com and created the twitter account @RenegadeParty. I've bought https://t.co/xKmuMgr8Eh. Redirects (for now) to https://t.co/Np2BpY3HMA. Ducks all in a row. All that's needed now: a candidate. — Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 17, 2016   https://twitter.com/RenegadeParty/status/732676451376365568 Since the rise of Trump, voices on the right have been advocating for a true conservative to step forward as a third party option. Rumors have been swirling of closed door strategic meetings with #NeverTrump Republicans and names such as Mark Cuban, Ben Sasse, and John Kasich have been throw into the mix as third party options. Will the Renegade Party be the new party name for the conservative alternative to a Trump/Clinton race? Public polling and research by Data Targeting, Inc., which was released today, paints a… Keep Reading

Culture

Americans Have Forgotten That Private Means Private

Is it just me, or have people lost sight of the concept that a private organization is just that– private? They can make their own rules as they see fit, that is until a progressive’s feeling get hurt and they make it their crusade to tackle the private organizations and all who associate. I hail from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. My well respected Alma Mater, Bishop McDevitt High School, has been making national news recently. This Catholic private high school barred a student from entering their prom because of what she chose to wear to the event. The student was aware of the dress code and was repeatedly warned by the school that she would not be allowed in the event if she did not abide by the dress code. But Aniya Wolf showed up to the prom on May 6th, donning her tuxedo and brought the local news with her. The story spread like wildfire, with people across the nation screaming the school is bigoted and homophobic for making this decision. But Bishop McDevitt High… Keep Reading

Politics

Students For Rand Director Cliff Maloney To Lead Young Americans For Liberty

The liberty movement received very exciting news today, as Cliff Maloney Jr announced that he has been promoted to the Executive Director position at Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), the largest libertarian youth organization in the country. Cliff brings a wealth of experience from within the liberty movement, most recently as the national director of “Students for Rand”, Rand Paul’s youth outreach campaign. Students for Rand was one of the parts of the campaign that worked best, organizing over 500 chapters and creating a nationwide campus apparatus. Before this Cliff was a regional director for YAL after having been the Pennsylvania state chairman in 2011-2012. Young Americans for Liberty is the largest and fastest growing campus liberty organization in the country. With a rapidly expanding network of over 700 chapters in all 50 states, YAL has flexed their muscle on campuses across the country as well as at events such as CPAC, changing the narrative and helping to create a more liberty leaning youth than has ever existed before. With over… Keep Reading

Politics

The Ghetto: Coming To a Suburb Near You

Not content to be sidelined by the campaign to elect his successor, lame duck President Barack Obama is preparing another attack on the American dream. This time around, Obama and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (and probable running mate for Hillary Clinton) Julian Castro aim to punish America’s suburban communities for their success by using a government scheme, drawn directly from United Nations Agenda 21, to move people from large urban areas to the suburbs in order to remedy a “lack of diversity” in those suburban areas. As reported in the New York Post, “Hillary’s rumored running mate, Housing Secretary Julian Castro, is cooking up a scheme to reallocate funding for Section 8 housing to punish suburbs for being too white and too wealthy.” The scheme involves creating a type of “super-sized” government voucher, in the mold of Section 8, to allow poor residents of urban areas to afford housing in suburban areas. In addition, those residents would be assigned government real estate agents, known as a “mobility… Keep Reading

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Kerry And Obama: Get Ready For a Borderless World

Secretary of State John Kerry, keen to stem the rising tide of nationalism that has propelled Donald Trump’s candidacy for the Republican nomination for President, warned college graduates to prepare for a “complex and borderless world” during a commencement speech before Northeastern University graduates, while President Barack Obama told graduating students at Rutgers University that building walls will not change our increasingly interconnected world. Kerry, speaking to graduating students from Northeastern University in Boston, took a not-so subtle jab at Trump, specifically at his call for the construction of a wall along the border with Mexico, while also pushing the new globalist slogan of a “borderless world”. “The future demands from us something more than a nostalgia for some rose-tinted version of the past that did not really exist in any case,” he said. “You’re about to graduate into a complex and borderless world.” Appearing before graduating students at Rutgers University, President Obama was all too eager to join his Secretary of State in attacking Trump’s call for a border… Keep Reading

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Where We Go From Here: The Rising Stars Of The Liberty Movement

Donald Trump has, in the last two weeks, wrapped up the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and ensured what many are calling “the worst election of our lifetimes” by making this a Trump vs Clinton election. When faced with such a prospect, combined with the embarrassing ineptitude of the Libertarian Party as they attempt to choose a nominee, it would be very easy for Liberty Conservatives across the country to become cynical. After all, this is objectively the toughest moment we’ve faced as a movement since Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential run sparked years of constant growth. That being said, rather than focus on the disastrous state of the Presidential election, liberty activists may find more optimism and opportunity in looking down ballot at the potential liberty leaders of the future. We have a chance to promote men and women across the country who have the talent, experience and passion to lead the next generation of liberty lovers in the fight against big government. These men and women come from all… Keep Reading

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Obama, Rhodes, Iranian Nukes And Presidential Lies

It’s For Your Own Good Elected on a wave of goodwill, hope and change, the Obama administration sought out opportunities to not only “fundamentally transform America,” but to “restore America’s standing in the world.” These efforts included changes to the ways the administration addressed both allies and enemies alike. High up on the Obama regime’s list – even before the 2008 election – was outreach to the rogue state of Iran, well known as the predominant sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East and around the globe, and a threat for nuclear proliferation. Early on in the Obama tenure, domestic policy became the main focus as the efforts to pass Obamacare and the bloated $900 billion “stimulus” occupied most of the energy, attention and political capital of the regime. But behind the scenes, especially at the State Department, small but noticeable changes began taking place that would lay the groundwork for the diplomatic outreach to Iran. Chief among the movers and shakers, it has since come to light that… Keep Reading

Culture

Snowflakes: Stop Shutting Down Free Speech

A lack of diverse political discussion on college campuses does more harm than help to developing students. College is a place for exploring new ideas and opening your mind to concepts you’ve never heard of before; not cowering in fear and retreating at the sight of chalk writings found on your campus sidewalk. What has the environment on college campuses become if students are feeling threatened and unsafe because of someone writing a political candidates name in chalk on a sidewalk? A history of shutting down political discussion, particularly from the right, has been emerging across college campuses and can have a detrimental effect on student’s education. Just recently, when conservative commentator Ben Shapiro came to speak at California State University, Los Angeles, students had to literally sneak into the event due to organizations such as Black Lives Matter and the Black Student Union protesting and obstructing the events entrance. Rather than shutting down speech that is contrary to your beliefs, students should engage on the subject. Students have… Keep Reading

Philosophy/Politics

A Repudiation Of The Bush Doctrine And The Trotskyist Neocons

As Donald Trump becomes the presumptive Republican nominee for President, many in the party establishment have indicated their unwillingness to endorse him, claiming his views run counter to the modern “Conservative” movement. Chief among those who repeat the slogan #neverTrump are former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, whose son and brother Jeb was soundly rejected by Republican primary voters, as well as South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham (who barely registered in primary polling), failed Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and Neoconservative talking heads like Bill Kristol and George Will. Part of their vehement opposition to Trump’s candidacy stems from, whether they wish to admit it or not, anger over Republican primary voters’ sound rejection of the Bush Doctrine and the Neocon agenda. Not only were Jeb and Lindsay Graham (two stalwarts of the Neocon wing of the Republican Party) chased out of the race early, Trump has nearly secured the nomination by denouncing the Bush administration’s agenda. The War in Iraq claimed thousands of lives, and has left the… Keep Reading

Politics

Donald Trump, Libertarians, And The Potential “Victorious Defeat.”

In the 1856 election, the country was bitterly divided between the Democratic Party – which had dominated the office of the Presidency since Thomas Jefferson – and the new parties that came about from the destruction of the Whigs. In 1848, members of the Whig party had been branching off and forming third parties, mostly due to the contentious issue of slavery in the western territories. In 1848, former Whigs formed the Free Soil Party, the platform of which revolved around the issue of territorial slavery. In the 1850s, the anti-Irish immigrant American Party (known colloquially as the “Know Nothings”) began to flourish. The division of the Whigs seemed like good news for the Democrats. But in 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which was an attempt at a compromise between the “Slave Power” and the Free-Soilers, created a division among the Democrats. In the same year, the Republican Party was formed. Two years later, the Republicans nominated their first presidential candidate in a three-way election. The Democrats nominated James Buchanan,… Keep Reading

Philosophy/Politics

The Libertarian Party Vs. Austin Petersen

On the night of the first ever nationally televised Libertarian Party presidential debate, myself and a small group of fellow writers, editors, and activists were invited by Libertarian Party candidate Austin Petersen to an after party of sorts in downtown New York City. It was history in the making – for the first time, national news had covered a debate between candidates seeking a nomination for this party, which was not one of the two viable political parties in the Republicans and Democrats (though if the state of those factions as of 2016 counts as “viable” today, I’m not sure how much credence we should give that definition). What this meant was that the mainstream news media was finally willing to take a third party ticket seriously, or at the very least, seriously enough to bother paying attention to us. This should have been a cause for celebration for us, and yet, an attitude of cautious optimism seemed to permeate the air in the room instead. Austin Petersen made… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

A Choice Between Good And Evil

Human beings, regardless of race, color or creed, are blessed with the innate ability to sense when danger is approaching, or when something is just plain wrong. Some people refer to it as a “gut-feeling,” “instinct,” or “sixth sense” when, in fact, it is so much more than that. One can look to other examples in nature to see that our so-called gut-feeling is not uncommon. How does a bird, which has never flown before, know to fly south for the winter? How does a salmon know to swim upstream to spawn? We are the product of all those who came before us, as we will be to those who come after us, and our ancestors’ experiences are a part of us genetically. That cycle grants us true immortality, for as long as we have children to pass on our experiences (and those passed on to us), we will live forever through them. Our innate ability to sense danger goes beyond experiences passed on genetically from our ancestors. We are blessed… Keep Reading

Politics

Austin Petersen: Sugar Daddy?

With Ted Cruz having dropped out of the Republican presidential primary, Libertarian Party candidate Austin Petersen is looking to capitalize and bring in Cruz’s disaffected supporters who are now looking for an alternative to Donald Trump. With the Never Trump movement reaching a fever pitch and conservatives across the country looking for alternatives, it would appear on the surface that this has the potential to succeed. That being said, a new scandal has broken which may complicate Austin’s outreach to conservative voters. Photos of what is allegedly Petersen’s account on “SugarDaddie.com“, a website which aims to help attractive young women find a “sugar daddy”, have been provided by an anonymous source to Liberty Conservatives. A “sugar daddy” is defined by Urban Dictionary as “A man who provides money or other favors in exchange for sexual relations”. There are dozens of sugar daddy websites all over the internet, most of them involving younger women exchanging sex with older wealthy men in return for money and gifts. On his alleged profile,… Keep Reading

Philosophy/Politics

The GOP Is Finally Dead. What That Means For Real Conservative Voters

Yesterday, the Republican Party gasped its final breath as Ted Cruz, the candidate I named in my last article as the only remaining viable option in the party, dropped out of the 2016 race for the GOP nomination. Rand Paul supporters had for months been disparaging this man’s campaign for no other tangible reason other than the fact that he wasn’t Rand Paul. I criticized this idle purism at the time, and I implicate it now as the cause for Cruz’s narrow-but-meaningful losses in votes and delegates that ultimately left Trump just enough in the lead to count Cruz’s campaign as done for in Indiana. Congratulations to those #StillRanding – you got your wish. Cruz will not be the Republican nominee. I hope you prefer Trump, because Cruz was the only person standing between you and the aforementioned quasi-fascist tycoon. I for one, however, do not prefer Trump to anything but cancer. But now I’m just being redundant. And I can’t help but trust that plenty of people still… Keep Reading

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Intolerant Social Justice Zombies Riot In California: Welcome To Aztlan

As the Republican candidates for President move to California in anticipation of the state’s primary on June 7th, front-runner Donald Trump was greeted with a pair of near riots as activists suggest larger protests will occur if Trump becomes the Republican nominee. “I think it’s going to get worse if he gets the nomination and is the front-runner. I think it’s going to escalate,” said Luis Serrano, an organizer with California Immigration Youth Justice Alliance. “We’re going to keep showing up and standing against the actions and the hate Donald Trump is creating. We are going to continue to just show up in numbers and stand together.” At a rally held in Costa Mesa on Thursday, anti-Trump protestors (aka Social Justice Zombies) clashed with riot police outside the amphitheater while Trump was addressing his supporters. The protestors, many waving Mexican flags, broke the windshield of a police car before attempting to flip it over, ultimately damaging a total of five police vehicles. Not content to merely attack the police, the mass of zombies… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Moral Relativism And Jihad

The work of Americans of good conscience – who also happen to be adherents of the Muslim faith – people like Asra Q. Nomani, Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, and M.J. Khan is being undermined not only by the bloody violence of radical Islam, but of the failure of Western institutions to recognize and address the threat of jihad. We all know why the barbaric savages entered the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo and brutally murdered a dozen people in early 2015; why attackers murdered 130 in attacks that included Paris’ Bataclan theatre; why a married jihadi couple in San Bernadino gunned down 14 co-workers: because their hateful, murderous ideology demands that they convert, subjugate or kill people who do not believe as they do, and they profess that their religion motivates, guides and justifies their actions. Those facts are grounded not in race, but in cultural identity and ideology. That is why no amount of navel-gazing will wash away the fact that radical Islamic fundamentalism is the root of not only the Paris… Keep Reading

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