Libertarians

What does “equality” mean?

The word equality is prominent in our political vocabulary: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” (Declaration of Independence) “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” (motto of France, from the goals of the French Revolution) “Some animals are more equal than others.” (George Orwell, in Animal Farm, leading to the popular...

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Cancer did not stop this activist

In New Hampshire, Libertarian activist Hardy Macia [MAY-sha], who suffered from Hodgkin’s lymphoma, campaigned to allow medical marijuana to be grown at home. “To get to sleep at night, sometimes it’s the only thing that helps put me out, versus some of the harsh drugs that they give me, like the oxycodone or vicodin,” Macia said in a video created two months before his death...

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The Pope’s exhortation and American politics

On Monday, I gave a review of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, which has excited considerable comment and some controversy here in the United States, from both conservative and progressive commentators. Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson richly praised the exhortation in his column Nov. 28. It is understandable that paragraph 54 in particular would appeal to Mr....

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Should Congress exempt its members from laws it passes?

One of the sorest subjects among most Americans has been the idea that Congress can pass a law for everyone else, then exempt themselves from it. This certainly contributes to the finding that 78% of Americans would like to dump Congress and start over (Rasmussen, Oct. 16) The Fourteenth Amendment provides that “no state shall … deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal...

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Could better parenting abolish politics?

That is the provocative thesis of this article from the libertarian blog “The Simple Voluntaryist.” The interesting part is that their thesis is backed by considerable research. It also bucks conventional wisdom for many Americans. The studies indicate that spanking a child results in short-term behavioral change, but makes the child tend to be more violent on the long run. What does...

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