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Philosophy/Politics

Why Gary Johnson Is Wrong About The System Coming Down To Two Parties

The popular two-term Republican Governor turned two-time failed Libertarian presidential candidate recently revealed that the third time is not a charm. In a Fox Business interview, he stated that he would not be running for office again in the next election. While many libertarians may breathe a sigh of relief after his poor showing in the last election cycle, he made another statement that is interesting. The two-time Libertarian Party candidate for President of the United States stated that everything does boil down to the parties. Essentially, because he couldn’t break through, Johnson thinks that it’s impossible for a third… Keep Reading

News/Politics

Gary Johnson Officially Rules Out Running Again In 2020

In New Mexico, Gary Johnson enjoyed strong electoral success. As a Republican candidate running for Governor against a Democratic incumbent in 1994, he won with just under 50 percent of the vote. This number would increase by about five percent in the re-election cycle. His popularity would lead him to run for President as a Republican, before dropping out of the two-party system to join the Libertarian Party. Third parties do not enjoy much of any success at the federal level in the United States. If anyone outside of the two-party system does manage to succeed outside of the machine,… Keep Reading

News

In a Dope Haze, Gary Johnson Sides With Swampy Senators Over President Trump

Finally escaping from his dope haze nearly a year losing as the Libertarian presidential contender, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson – infamous for several embarrassing campaign meltdowns including ‘What is Aleppo?’ and the MSNBC tongue incident – is back and as clueless as ever. He is taking the side of disgraced Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Bob Corker (R-TN) in their feud against President Donald Trump. “I think they’re spot on,” Gary Johnson said in an interview with FOX Business’ Neil Cavuto on “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” This was the first public interview he gave to the media since… Keep Reading

Philosophy/Politics

Libertarianism And The Political Mainstream

Libertarianism has had an interesting relationship with the political mainstream over the last year. After years of being relegated to the fringes of political discourse, it was brought into the fold with the rise of former Congressman Ron Paul. While not everyone agreed with his views, many supported him for his consistency and honesty. His contribution to the liberty movement is perhaps the greatest, and many seem to have forgotten why. Paul approached his presidential campaigns the same way as he did his congressional career. It was never about the accolades, awards, legislative achievements, or history of having a big… Keep Reading

News

Left-Libertarians And Corporatists Unite As Bill Weld Will Headline Students For Liberty Conference

Anyone who was hoping that former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld would be gone from the libertarian movement after last year’s dismal performance as Vice Presidential candidate is sorely mistaken. He is still being pushed as a leader of the libertarian movement, with the Koch-backed Students for Liberty hosting him as one of their regional conference headliners. In an age where rampant extremism and polarization, SFL is ignoring the passions of the people and centering its program around political stability, something that is not exactly in high demand at the present time. “Political instability, a decline in public trust, increasing debates… Keep Reading

Philosophy/Politics

How Should SCOTUS Rule On The Cake Baking Case?

The Supreme Court is set to tackle a case involving cake bakers refusing to make a custom cake for a gay wedding. At hand is the question of whether the cake bakers should be forced to service the gay couple? To many casual observers, it appears to be a clear case of discrimination. Should discrimination be legal? The implications of the case run much deeper than simply being forced to bake a cake for a marriage one may fundamentally disagree with. It’s a question of personal principles and morals. If one does not agree with homosexuality, should they be servicing… Keep Reading

Politics

Why Gary Johnson Didn’t Get a Single Electoral Vote

The day finally arrived. The Electoral College drama brought the election to its finale. This was the final stand of the Never Trump crowd, the last stand of the Hillary Clinton camp, and perhaps the final attempt of the Gary Johnson campaign to legitimize itself. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson ran in 2012 and boosted the Libertarian Party. After the Republican National Committee ran over the campaign of former Congressman Ron Paul with questionable conduct and sketchy procedures, libertarians and conservatives were left looking elsewhere. Come 2016, would Johnson repeat his popularity and even boost it beyond his previous… Keep Reading

Politics

Did One Of Gary Johnson’s High Profile Endorsements Actually Vote For Donald Trump?

The New York Times recently interviewed venture capitalist and Trump adviser Peter Thiel, a figure well known to many in the liberty movement for his support for Ron Paul’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. During the interview, Thiel recounted a discussion with an individual who claimed to be supporting Donald Trump in private, while aligning himself with Gary Johnson in public: “I was having dinner last week with a high-profile venture capitalist and he said, ‘I’m voting for Trump but I have to lie and tell everyone I’m voting for Gary Johnson,’” the third-party candidate, said Mr. Thiel. “He was stunningly… Keep Reading

Politics/Press Releases

The Liberty Conservative Endorses Donald Trump For President Of The United States

Tomorrow, Americans will decide who will serve as the next President of the United States. The Liberty Conservative is proud to give its endorsement to the Republican nominee, Donald Trump. Firstly, Donald Trump is far from perfect. He was not the first choice for most of us – although, to be clear, neither was he our last choice. Yet, Trump did something incredible. He demonstrated that the Republican establishment, which has chosen the last six Republican presidential nominees, can be beaten by an anti-establishment outsider who manages to capture the spirit of the people. On economic policy, Trump has demonstrated… Keep Reading

Politics

A Beginner’s Guide To The Wonderful World Of Third Parties, Part 3

This article is Part 3 of a 3 part series. See Parts 1 and 2. Suppose hypothetically that the Electoral College vote is close this year. Suppose also that someone other than Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton wins more electoral votes than the difference between them. This could be another candidate carrying a state, say McMullin winning Utah. Or, it could be a number of electors breaking faith. Say Republican electors voting for McMullin in Utah. This is where the Constitution sends the election to the House of Representatives. Why? I don’t know, it was 1787. There was no such… Keep Reading

Politics

A Beginner’s Guide To The Wonderful World Of Third Parties, Part 2

This article is Part 2 of a three part series. Part 1 is available here. So say you run a third party campaign so successful that its vote causes the nearest major party to lose to the other major party. Now, candidates in both major parties see an organized group of very angry voters who need to be won back. This trend has been seen time and again when third party movements grow large enough to force one or both major parties to absorb them by running future campaigns that align more with the views of the voters most likely… Keep Reading

Politics

A Beginner’s Guide To The Wonderful World Of Third Parties, Part 1

With the general election cycle in full swing and the two most hated major party nominees in living memory, Google is hopping with search queries about alternate options. Gary Johnson polls at an undisputed third place in the national polls, but envies the serious prospects of Evan McMullin for winning a state of his own. Darrell Castle is a little depressed that a party he helped to found and run since 1992 is being blown out of the water by an independent who came out of nowhere. And Jill Stein… Jill Stein. She would have something to say to the… Keep Reading

Politics

The Paleolibertarian Case For Gary Johnson

Most of the doors were closed, most of the faces were blank. A handful of liberty activists were lobbying the state capitol in Tallahassee, Florida.  Very few people with power were giving them time, and fewer still were listening.  Their arguments, those of the Liberty First Network, were for less government and more freedom, less law and more liberty.  The state capitol, though, is not really a place for the discussion of ideas and ideals.  It is more primal than that, really about two things: the carrot and the stick. Both were in short supply.  Who had even heard of… Keep Reading

Politics

Death With Dignity: The Principled Insanity Of Conservative Electoral Strategy

“We don’t win anymore.” If there’s one overwhelmingly applicable truth that conservatarians can glean from the deranged ramblings of Herr Trump, it’s the one his campaign has helped reinforce this cycle at the expense of the constitutional right: we don’t win anymore. Conservatives have become the Cleveland Browns of American politics. Sure, on a good year we can string together a few regular-season wins, but the most we can hope for by the postseason is a high draft pick and a new coach. Only we don’t ever get a new coach. We just keep trying the same failed plays over and over… Keep Reading

Politics

The Trump Campaign Truly Is a Dumpster Fire

Last summer, Donald Trump started his campaign with a bang. Viewed then as a loony outsider, Trump burst on to the scene when voters took to his signature brash tone and “tell it like it is” populist message. Whether it be calling Mexican immigrants rapists, championing a ban on Muslims entering the US, or his naive insistence that Mexico will pay for a border wall–Trump did what he had to do to get the attention and support needed to take his fringe campaign mainstream. Last month, the campaign reached new heights when Trump accepted the Republican nomination for President of… Keep Reading

Philosophy/Politics

You Probably Don’t Understand Gary Johnson’s Position On Abortion

Throughout his campaign for President of the United States, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson has been attacked by the right for being pro-choice. Many see Johnson as no better than Hillary Clinton on the issue of abortion. After all, Johnson says in nearly every interview that being libertarian means supporting a woman’s right to choose. However, a more in-depth analysis of his public statements about abortion both during this campaign and in the past make it fairly clear that those who dismiss Johnson with a pro-choice rubber stamp simply don’t understand his stance. First off, Johnson has made it clear… Keep Reading

Culture/Philosophy

It’s Time Libertarians Started Caring About Religious Freedom

One of the most impeachable derelictions of the modern libertarian movement is its blatant disregard of – or support for – government attacks on religious liberty. The Gary Johnson complex, as I’ve come to call it, is not grounded in any libertarian ideology – a fact that fellow candidate Austin Petersen ripped the proverbial fig leaf from during the Libertarian Party’s presidential primary debates.  There’s nothing remotely libertarian about forcing a Christian pastor to wed a gay couple against his convictions, or in forcing business owners to provide products and services for a ceremony they fundamentally object to, regardless of… Keep Reading

Politics

Johnson-Weld Town Hall Disappoints Liberty Conservatives

Did the CNN Libertarian town hall capture the hearts and minds of disenfranchised liberty conservatives? For this conservatarian, who watched the town hall from start to finish, I would say a definite no. I still feel there is no candidate running for president that represents my views enough for me to vote for them. I have been very hopeful and optimistic with regards to the Johnson-Weld ticket. They appeal to libertarians and conservatives, I’ve been told. They are both former Republicans, they have executive experience, they can be the answer for liberty conservatives who will not vote for Trump of Hillary. But Johnson-Weld… Keep Reading

Politics

Why I’m Voting – Despite Our Options

Look, I know it just as much as the next person – our options for President this year are horrible (and that is putting it nicely).  We have a power-hungry career politician who is under investigation with the FBI, a mediocre business man who loves spray tanning just a bit too much, and then there is Gary Johnson.  The options are rough, there is no disputing it – so bad in fact, that I have heard many family and friends simply saying I’m just not going to vote, what’s the point?  Or if I vote, I’ll write in Mickey Mouse… Keep Reading

Politics

The Libertarian Party Goes Gestapo, Supports Mass Surveillance And Federal Snitching

The worst Libertarian Party Presidential ticket in history is at it again. This time, infamous globalist gun-grabber and LP Vice Presidential candidate Bill Weld is doubling-down on mass surveillance and the federal police state to supposedly solve the problems of mass shootings and radical Islam. A Jun. 13 Washington Post article elaborates on Weld’s decisively anti-libertarian sentiments: Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachusetts now running as the Libertarian Party’s candidate for vice president, called today for a 1,000-agent task force to combat Islamic State adherents in the United States, and for a tip line where Muslims could inform on… Keep Reading

Politics

From Irrelevance To Infamy: How The Libertarian Party Sold Its Soul For The GOP’s Leftovers

It is sad to see how despair can war an individual’s mind, and in spite of professing to be logical and rational, libertarians are not immune to this effect. In the aftermath of the Libertarian Party National Convention, we are seeing the tragic consequences of desperation manifest themselves throughout the greater liberty movement. The libertarian brand is now being besmirched and tarnished on a grand scale like never before because the Libertarian Party happily rolled out the red carpet for infiltrators to take over. Two lackluster, left-leaning Republican governors who were unable to maintain relevance in their own party are… 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… Keep Reading

Politics

Iowa Just Destroyed The “Rand Or Nobody” Narrative

Iowa was the final act for a number of presidential candidates, including liberty candidate Sen. Rand Paul – but the reason Paul dropped might come as a shock to many. Though the Rand campaign made many overtures to his father’s base in the final months, Rand Paul did not carry the Iowa libertarian vote. Among the chief victims of the dramatic Ted Cruz win Monday night was the “libertarians won’t vote for Cruz” narrative pedaled for the last year by the Rand Paul campaign. The caucus results have been sliced and diced a hundred ways, and with Sen. Rand Paul’s… Keep Reading

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