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Libertarian Clint Bolick Appointed to Arizona Supreme Court

The Grand Canyon State has a new Supreme Court justice, and he happens to be a libertarian. Clint Bolick, co-founder of the Institute for Justice, was appointed to the position on January 6, 2016, by Governor Doug Ducey.

The Institute for Justice is a national law firm that specializes in defending clients from government overreach by “[coming] to the aid of individuals who want to do the simple things every American has the right to do—including own property, start and grow a business, speak freely about commerce or politics, and provide their children with a good education—but can’t because they find the government in their way.[1]” Bolick’s credentials extend to his position as Vice President for Litigation at The Goldwater Institute, and his status as a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution (associated with famous economist Thomas Sowell).

Video credit: Devil’s Advocate with Jon Caldara (Independence Institute)

Bolick is an outspoken advocate for school choice, often noting the benefits of allowing parents to choose the school their children attend:

“The neat thing about school choice is, is if your child is in a good school, there’s no need to move your child. But you will always have the power to do so if you need it. ‘One size fits all’ doesn’t work with everything, but it works at least as well. And having the choices available is just as important as exercising those choices.[2]

In addition to school choice activism, Bolick also worked toward drafting the “Health Care Freedom Act,” an attempted measure towards prohibiting health insurers from accepting federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act that trigger the employer mandate.

Bolick ran unsuccessfully on the Libertarian Party ticket for a position on the California State Legislature in 1980.

Overall, this is a small victory for libertarian Arizonans. Bolick is a noticeable name in the liberty movement, and has played an active role in opposing government overreach in multiple fields, and officially identifies politically as an independent. Though the victory of electing an independent libertarian or a Libertarian Party candidate to Congress would shake the nation’s very foundations, it will be small victories such as this one that pave the road to greater things and further victories.

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Nathaniel Owen is the Chairman and co-founder of Being Libertarian. He is a writer, musician, homeschooling advocate, and libertarian, and typically addresses issues from an economic point of view. Nathaniel is a member of the Goldwater Institute, a Friend of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, and has been a member of the Libertarian Party since 2012.

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