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The Libertarian Party’s Paid Membership Numbers Take a Dive

The Libertarian Party (L.P.) had many successes during and after Gary Johnson’s 2016 run for president. Most prominent was Johnson’s record-busting 4.46 million votes. Revenue to the national party last year hit an over-a-decade high of around $2.5 million. And registered voters for the L.P. hit an all-time high of over half a million. Dues-paying […]

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Rand Paul Stages Senatorial Sit-In for Debate on Sunsetting Authorization for Endless War

Paul announces that his move won four hours of floor debate in Senate over ending the 16-year-old Authorization for the Use of Military Force that launched modern war on terror. Brian Doherty|Sep. 11, 2017 9:08 pm Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had a major breakthrough in national recognition in 2013 with his filibuster regarding presidential power […]

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Dismissal Upheld by D.C. Appeals Court in Gary Johnson Lawsuit Regarding Presidential Debates

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson, former Green Party candidate Jill Stein, and others challenging the practices of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) had a bad day today. Judge Janice Brown concluded in a decision today from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that an earlier decision from D.C. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer […]

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Border Patrol Sets Up Immigration Checkpoint in New Hampshire; Nearly Twice as Many Drug Arrests Result

American Border Patrol agents this past weekend set up a roadblock in on I-93 South in Thornton, New Hampshire (more than 100 driving miles from the Canadian border) allegedly in search of immigration law violation. This Fourth Amendment nullification zone had been set up on a route heading south from a long-planned New Hampshire Cannabis […]

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The Private ‘Cajun Navy’ Shows the Glory, and Necessity, of Private Disaster Aid

After a natural disaster of the hideous and shocking scope of the floods along the Texas coast this week, government response will never be—can never be—sufficient to people’s needs, either for immediate rescue or for long-term rebuilding. If you don’t believe a libertarian on that point, a friend of mine with zero ideological antagonism toward […]

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Trump’s Inability to Unequivocally Condemn Charlottesville Nazis May Be Rooted in His General Love of Illiberal Exclusionism

President Donald Trump showed during a press event today, ostensibly to announce some plans to ease permitting processes for infrastructure building, that he can’t help himself from exhibiting sympathy with the crowds who gathered in Charlottesville this weekend to march for white supremacy. alisdare1 via Foter.com / CC BY-SA It is shocking, on one level, […]

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To Duke Historian Nancy MacLean, Advocating Free Markets Is Something ‘The World Has Never Seen Anything Like…Before’

Duke University historian Nancy MacLean recently issued Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, an alas quite hot book that purports to expose the dark secrets of Nobel Prize-winning economist James Buchanan and the “radical right”/libertarian movement he’s allegedly the brains behind. MacLean has been convincingly accused by […]

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