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The Self-Destructive Nature of the Libertarian Party

I first met Larry Sharpe, a prominent New York Libertarian activist, at a pizza place in Des Moines, when I invited him to speak at Drake University on behalf of Young Americans for Liberty. Larry is charismatic, philosophical, convincing, relatable and so much more as he spoke about the...

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Consent: Libertarians’ Ace in the Hole – The Lowdown on Liberty

Last month, I wrote an article about consent in which I not only illustrated the importance consent plays in civil society, but also the inner workings of where it derives its value. Consent is often an underutilized and – judging by the comments from critics – poorly argued point...

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The U.S. Should Leave the U.N.

Occupying a tall building overlooking the river in one of the most expensive areas in New York City is a bloated, unaccountable, and ineffective organization that robs the American taxpayers without their consent or approval. The United Nations was created with a mission of “maintaining international peace and security”...

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The Ethics of Today’s Policy Dilemmas

Using logic to resolve today’s policy dilemmas Libertarians are known for their staunch support of inalienable, negative rights, which prohibit others from interfering with an individual’s choices. Under this framework, nearly everything the US government does today is immoral. While the echo chambers of the internet, often cast away...

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Philosophy

Why Libertarians Have No Friends – The Lowdown on Liberty

Being a libertarian in this day and age is tough. With politics at possibly the most tense point in a generation (especially in the US), it’s safe to say emotions are running high. Unfortunately for libertarians, this leaves us with no friends. That is because we subscribe to an...

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Cultural Arguments and Immigration – Some Issues

* Note to the reader: The term “anti-immigration” to define a specific stance should not be conflated with people who are for border security. “Anti-immigration” should be understood as being both anti-immigration and pro-border security while a pro-border security stance is simply wanting to have greater control over the...

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Consent: Libertarians’ Ace in the Hole – The Lowdown on Liberty

Last month, I wrote an article about consent in which I not only illustrated the importance consent plays in civil society, but also the inner workings of where it derives its value. Consent is often an underutilized and – judging by the comments from critics – poorly argued point...

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The Hate for GMO – The Right Engle

Why all the hate for genetically modified (GMO) foods? It seems like one thing granola-munching hippies and buck-hunting far-righters agree on is that GMOs are somehow dangerous and that everyone should go organic. The reasons for their evil (corporate greed, big government conspiracy, junk science) are varied – and...

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In Praise of GOP Tax Reform: Phasing Out Energy Subsidies

The GOP has managed to push through tax reform in the Senate, weeks after the House had voted to pass it. While the media and the Democrats are up in arms about what they believe is a terrible plan, Americans should rejoice about one section of the bill in...

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Devastation of the Forests: Government Policy Gone Up in Smoke

There is at least one entity to blame for the forest fires ravaging through California wine country, and it is not the most obvious: the government.  In 1910, deadly wildfires raged through Washington, Idaho, and Montana, costing the states 3 million acres of woodland territory. Conservationists demanded fire suppression,...

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