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Is Rand Paul Right That Dick Cheney Invaded Iraq for Halliburton Profits?

Many commentators have argued that Rand sounds like a leftist, and they have a point.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE


Sarah Palin Taunts ‘Obamacare Suckas,’ Butchers ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ at CPAC 2014

Sarah Palin was once again the darling of the Conservative Political Action Conference, putting on quite a show for an enthralled crowd with her keynote address Saturday night with a wink and a bang—not to mention several swings at President Obama.

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 READ MORE



Unveiling Bitcoin’s Creator, Satoshi Nakamoto

Newsweek journalist Leah McGrath Goodman claims to have revealed the face, name, location and other key details about the founder and original coder of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



Who Is the Average Bitcoin User?

Bitcoin users are overwhelmingly white, male and distrustful of the very idea of government.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Rand Paul: The Minister of Misinformation

A new profile at the National Journal probes the libertarian Kentucky senator’s chances for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. A major hurdle: an affinity for half-truths and misinformation.

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 READ MORE


Libertarianism’s Achilles’ Heel

In politics, we often skip past the simple questions. This is why inquiries about the fundamentals can sometimes catch everyone short. Michael Lind, the independent-minded scholar, posed one such question last week about libertarianism that I hope will shake up the political world.

Posted on Jun 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Scheer Trumps Krugman in Stockman Debate

Journalist Mike Whitney praised the Truthdig editor in chief for being “the only voice on the left” to defend former Reagan budget director David Stockman against an “army of toffeenose pundits” who failed to honor the essential truth of Stockman’s controversial New York Times op-ed.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



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It Wasn’t David Stockman Who Wrecked the Economy

For all of the strident attacks on Stockman’s column, I have yet to read a serious critique of his most brazen claim.

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 READ MORE



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What Would a Rand Paul Libertarian Foreign Policy Look Like?

Paul’s strand of libertarianism, insofar as it deeply distrusts big government, typically opposes policies that increase the size and power of government, chief among them ones pertaining to war.

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Mad Stories in Paul Ryan’s World

Paul Ryan’s budget plan tells a story of savage violence that shows that those who occupy the bottom rungs of American society—whether they be low-income families, minorities of color or the young—are to be considered disposable.

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 READ MORE


Glenn Beck Plans to Build Libertarian Commune Inspired by Ayn Rand

Glenn Beck and his delusions of grandeur were on full display last week, as the conservative media figure completed his wholehearted embrace of Ayn Rand’s philosophy by announcing he would build a $2 billion utopian community somewhere in Texas.

Posted on Jan 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Ron Paul Doesn’t Endorse Romney

Mitt Romney shares none of the libertarian Republican congressman’s misgivings about escalating war in the Middle East, and on the marijuana question, the “famously puritanical Romney would likely bring us back to the era of ‘Just Say No.’ ”

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 READ MORE



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EDC 2012: Meet the New Electorate

I spent Friday night in Las Vegas with an estimated 115,000 young people at the country’s biggest dance party. They were there to have fun. I was there to annoy them with questions. Surprisingly, every single baby-faced millennial I talked to was registered to vote and planned to cast his or her ballot in the next election.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Demanding More of the Wealthy

If you’re tuned into your social surroundings, you’re likely to hear people arguing over whether raising taxes on the rich would be a good thing or a bad thing for Americans. With election season on its way, the noise and volume are bound to rise. (more)

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



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The Koch Brothers’ Gallery of Million-Dollar Buddies

Twice yearly, the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch assemble a crowd of wealthy economic libertarian sympathizers to raise funds for their efforts to influence government and the American public. (more)

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Here Comes Ron Paul

He made a stir in 2008, and it looks like Texas wild-card Congressman Ron Paul is throwing his hat in the ring again for another try at the presidency in 2012. Paul will reportedly announce his intentions in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday.

Posted on Apr 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Rosa Luxemburg and the Libertarian Left

“Freedom,” Rosa Luxemburg wrote, “is always freedom for those who think differently.” Those are certainly her most famous words, but they must not be mistaken for a general piety of liberalism.

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Rep. Grayson vs. the Tea Party

Florida’s Rep. Alan Grayson, the freshman congressman from the substantially conservative Orlando area, has already managed to make a name for himself over the course of his first two years in office by ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Could Pot Topple the Tea Party?

The tea party is still less a party than a loose coalition, offering both opportunity for expansion and the threat of division. Take, for example, one growing states’ rights issue that might pose some problems this election season: the legalization of marijuana.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Ed Reinke

What’s Not to Like About Civil Rights?

For Rand Paul, the issue is not about race and it’s not about guns either. It’s about government interference with privacy rights. But what Paul and others may not be remembering is that race, violence and privacy rights go hand in hand.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


The Soul Mates Bork and Paul

That Robert Bork took a stand against the Civil Rights Act in 1963 is bad enough; back then, Bork had plenty of company. That Rand Paul seems to hew to these views in 2010 is as disturbing as it is amazing.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE


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Rand Paul Calls Obama’s Treatment of BP ‘Un-American’

Since when is coddling big businesses gone horribly awry a pro-American value? Although it could be inferred that several successive administrations have abided by this economic ethic, leave it to the GOP’s newly christened Next Big Thing, Rand Paul ... (continued)

Posted on May 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Who’s Afraid of Rand Paul?

Tuesday’s election results were pretty good for progressives. The retirement of that windbag chameleon Sen. Arlen Specter is long overdue, and pro-labor forces were able to push Sen. Blanche Lincoln into a runoff in Arkansas. Even the big tea party win in Kentucky has its bright side.

Posted on May 18, 2010 READ MORE


Daring to Utter the T Word

The most significant moment of Obama’s news conference concerned taxes: his defense of proposed limits on the benefits that the well-off get for their charitable contributions and mortgage payments.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Eastwood Confused, Dismayed by Today’s ‘Perverted Politics’

Seasoned film star and “Changeling” director Clint Eastwood says American politics aren’t what they used to be; in fact, the grizzled sort-of-libertarian thinks they’re even a little “perverted”—but not like that.

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE



John Dean on ‘Pure Goldwater’

Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer interviews John Dean about “Pure Goldwater,” his new collaboration with the late senator’s son. The book is a reminder that American conservatism has drifted far from its original heading.

Posted on Jul 22, 2008 READ MORE


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Libertarian Barr, Mustache Visit Colbert

Say what you will about Libertarian Bob Barr, but one thing’s for sure: We haven’t seen a mustachioed presidential contender like this since ... Teddy Roosevelt? During a “Colbert Report” appearance on Wednesday, Barr seemed pleased with Stephen Colbert’s assessment of his tea strainer, but gave his host the wary eye throughout the rest of his visit. A very serious man, that Bob Barr. No sudden moves, Stephen.

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE


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This Is Mike Gravel, Signing Off

The former senator from Alaska who read the Pentagon Papers into the congressional record in 1971 tells a small group after his failed bids for the 2008 Democratic and Libertarian nominations: “This is the end of my political career.” But don’t worry about Mike Gravel. He certainly doesn’t: “What’s the worst thing that’s happened to me? I go back to a normal life? At my age? This is terrible?”

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Barr Wins Libertarian Nomination

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia has been chosen by Libertarians to carry the party’s banner in November, beating out Mary Ruwart, former Democratic presidential candidate Mike Gravel and others. Given John McCain’s trouble with conservatives and Barack Obama’s focus on Georgia, Barr could be something of a spoiler in the general election.

Posted on May 25, 2008 READ MORE


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Libertarian Bob Barr Challenging McCain’s Presidential Bid

This isn’t the first time someone has accused Sen. John McCain of not being conservative enough, but now former Republican congressman-turned-Libertarian Bob Barr is upping the ante on his critique of McCain’s conservatism by running against him in this year’s presidential election.

Posted on May 12, 2008 READ MORE


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Ron Paul Doesn’t Accept Evolution

The one and only anti-war Republican presidential candidate didn’t raise his hand when asked who doesn’t believe in evolution, but it turns out he may have wanted to. In this clip, Paul responds to a question about the incident by saying that it was an “inappropriate question,” but that “I think it’s a theory—theory of evolution—and I don’t accept it.”

Posted on Dec 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Cheering for Ron Paul

What can you get for a trillion bucks?  Or make that $1.6 trillion, if you take the cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as tallied by the majority staff of Congress’ Joint Economic Committee. Or is it the $3.5-trillion figure cited by Paul, whose concern about the true cost of this war for ordinary Americans shames the leading Democrats?

Posted on Nov 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Honeymoon May Be Over for Ron Paul

Ron Paul may have soured his antiwar appeal among progressives with a speech Saturday at the Iowa straw poll. Paul referred to Roe v. Wade as “that horrible ruling,” called for the abolition of the Departments of Energy and Education and the IRS, and attacked welfare and immigrants. But the most bizarre moment came when he suggested airline passengers should be allowed to carry guns.

Posted on Aug 12, 2007 READ MORE


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Wikipedia’s Libertarian Roots

In a profile in the libertarian magazine Reason, the founder of Wikipedia explains how and why he launched the controversial site in order “to make the Internet not suck.” Turns out the plan is much bigger than just building a better encyclopedia and is based on the ideas of libertarian economist F.A. Hayek.

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Ron Paul on ‘The Daily Show’

The Republican Party’s only anti-war candidate (so far) tells Jon Stewart it’s the other candidates who have lost touch with conservative values. As Stewart points out, that could be a problem: “You appear to have consistent, principled integrity. Uh ... Americans don’t usually go for that.”

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


Libertarians as the New Swing Vote?

A new Cato Institute study says this about libertarians: “They are a larger share of the electorate than the fabled ‘soccer moms’ and ‘NASCAR dads’ .... The political party that comes to terms with than can win the next generation.”

Posted on Oct 12, 2006 READ MORE


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