Author Archive | Brian Doherty


Libertarian Party Wins More Than a Dozen Elections Across the Nation

The Libertarian Party participated in elections in 12 states yesterday: Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. The party’s candidates won races (not always partisan ones) in the following states:• In Florida, party members were elected to the Altamonte Springs City Commission, the Coconut Grove […]

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Russian Libertarians Detained, Apparently on Suspicion of Being Part of Feared Anti-Putin Revolution

Over two dozen attendees at the “Adam Smith Forum,” a libertarian conference over the weekend in Russia, were arrested by authorities, according to a report from the Freedom Today Network site (an Irish site for millennial libertarians). The UK Telegraph contextualized the arrests as part of a wider crackdown, apparently triggered by fears of “Vyacheslav […]

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Barrett Brown Is Writing a Book Critical of the Justice Department. They are Making it Hard by Trying to Prevent Him Being Paid His Advance.

Barrett Brown is currently out of prison and on probation after getting an over five year sentence for essentially linking online to hacked documents (and a supposed threat to an FBI agent that resulted during the investigation for the linking). Brown tweeted today that the Department of Justice (DOJ), who are seeking to collect the […]

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Jerome Powell Nominated As New Federal Reserve Chair

This afternoon President Donald Trump is expected to announce the nomination of Jerome Powell to replace Janet Yellen as the chair of the Federal Reserve. For the most part, this nomination seems to suggest a continuity in Federal Reserve policy (presuming, as seems likely, that he gets through Senate approval). One reason for the nomination […]

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Just How Much Did Nancy MacLean Get Wrong?

Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains, an error-filled screed against Nobel Prize–winning economist James Buchanan, is one of five finalists for a National Book Award. Is that honor deserved? It is worth considering, as the award’s nominators did not, that nearly every reviewer with actual independent knowledge about her book’s topics has pointed out a startling […]

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Was Your Phone Used in Connection with a Crime? Then Federal Agents Can Steal Your House.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has offered up a new twist on “asset forfeiture,” the practice of taking property from citizens not convicted of a crime (the horrible, unjust uses of that policy is something one can read about here at Reason with great (and depressing) regularity). The Intercept reported this month laughable (if it […]

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Rand Paul Endorses Roy Moore in Alabama Senate Race, Annoys Libertarians

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who among other labels he’s used for himself includes “constitutional conservative,” today officially endorsed Republican Alabama Senate candidate, and former state Supreme Court judge, Roy Moore, who likes to describe himself that way as well. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Newscom “​Judge Roy Moore has spent a lifetime defending and standing up for […]

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Rand Paul Wants to End Military Slush Fund to Evade Spending Caps, Calls Out GOP Colleagues for Budget Hypocrisy

At a press conference this afternoon about the ongoing budget process in the Senate, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced that he told President Donald Trump today that he, Paul, “wants to be supportive, wants to be a ‘yes’ vote” but that he also wants the Senate to “obey its own rules” regarding spending limits before […]

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