The Marxist economist delivers his analysis with an important stipulation on contradictions libertarians haven't faced.
For starters, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership, fracking and "massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and social welfare programs of all kinds," writes Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum.
Welch tells Truthdig’s editor in chief what it means to be a libertarian, how the Libertarian Party has grown during the 2016 presidential campaign and where libertarian values and progressive values overlap. Transcript added.
That part of the left-wing mind that ranges from suspicion to rejection of the doctrine of private wealth was allowed a touch of schadenfreude when the billionaire’s dream flashed hues of yellow and orange before shaking buildings for several miles around.
Truthdig followed along as Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson and running mate William Weld answered questions in a live stream forum moderated by Fusion's Jorge Ramos and Alicia Menendez.
The Republican presidential contender said Sunday that he will continue his effort to cut federal funding for the nonprofit women’s health group over a dispute regarding the treatment of aborted fetal tissue.
On Berkeley, Calif., radio station KPFA's "Sunday Show with Philip Maldari" over the weekend, the Truthdig editor-in-chief discussed the Internet's capacities to liberate and enslave and cheered Kentucky Libertarian Republican Sen. Rand Paul's defense of individual privacy in a recent, well-received speech at UC Berkeley.
"If the national Republican Party stops being a home for theocrats, war-mongerers, and xenophobic white men and drifts closer to a small-government, libertarian worldview that eventually makes peace with immigration, LGBT rights and abortion, it might gain traction in affluent, secular, and largely non-white San Francisco," a contributor at The Bold Italic writes.
The crash of 2008 infused our societies with enormous skepticism of government and central bank authority. Naturally, many dream of a currency that politicians and bankers cannot manipulate. Bitcoin has emerged as the great white hope of something of the sort. Alas, that hope is false.