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Posts in category “libertarianism”

Selfies for Uncle Sam

If you use social media or have a smartphone, chances are you’ve encountered …

Posted July 31st, 2014

Rand Paul and Libertarian Switcheroos on Race

Like the very evenhanded Jamelle Bouie here, I think Sen. Rand Paul’s …

Posted March 26th, 2014

Bill Kristol’s Tea Party Constitution

Jonathan Chait amusingly shoots at the fish in the barrel that is …

Posted March 3rd, 2014

Lobbyists, Private Goods, and the Public Good

Last summer I tried to tease out the complications of adopting libertarian-populist …

Posted January 30th, 2014

Corporatism and Gay Marriage: Natural Bedfellows

The Left goes corporate as marriage becomes a consumer good.

Posted January 29th, 2014

Yuval Levin’s Must-Read Primer on America’s Ideological Faultline

The great debate between Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine—and what it means in the Age of Obama.

Posted December 4th, 2013

On Chris Christie and Bullying the Right People

All signs point to Gov. Chris Christie cruising to reelection in New …

Posted November 5th, 2013

“Strange Bedfellows” Are Rolling Back NSA Surveillance

Commentators short on descriptive idioms often deploy the phrase “strange bedfellows” whenever cross-ideological …

Posted October 29th, 2013

The Tax Man Rideth (In Your Car)

Care to give the IRS a lift? Or at least, your local …

Posted October 28th, 2013

Conservatives Are Suffering From Radicalism Envy

I’m beginning to notice a pattern among the anti-crony-capitalist set. They’ve adopted …

Posted October 16th, 2013

George Will’s Unsatisfying Explanation for His Libertarian ‘Evolution’

The famed columnist either hasn’t changed, or is terribly, terribly conflicted.

Posted September 16th, 2013

Libertarian Populism and a Woman’s Appeal

In the chattering-class crosstalk of the past month or so, “libertarian populism” …

Posted August 9th, 2013

Are We Rome? FreedomFest 2013 Meets in Las Vegas

FreedomFest, held every July in Las Vegas, is becoming quite the libertarian/conservative …

Posted August 2nd, 2013

‘Libertarian Populism’ Is a Stepchild of McCainism

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Sen. John McCain waged a quixotic war …

Posted July 29th, 2013

Parsing the Confederate Constitution

I appreciated Ben Domenech’s takedown of Michael Gerson’s recent efforts at policing …

Posted July 22nd, 2013

Guns, Anarchy, and Leviathan

The University of Wisconsin political scientist Andrew Kydd offers an interesting critique …

Posted July 19th, 2013

Rand Paul Compartmentalizes Jim Crow Laws—But Continues Slow Crawl to Right Conclusion

In her long, begrudgingly admiring profile of Sen. Rand Paul, the New …

Posted June 24th, 2013