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Gary Johnson Is a Left-Wing Candidate

On Friday, Brian Doherty of the Libertarian flagship publication Reason scolded me, and by extension anyone else who has been turned off by some of the Johnson-Weld ticket’s public statements, that we were placing more importance on “the attitude stuff related to culture war issues about discrimination and guns” than on the really crucial issues […]

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The Chip on the Libertarian Shoulder

At the beginning of this week, I published a piece about my disappointment at the Libertarian Party candidates Gary Johnson and Bill Weld over two major gaffes in which they failed to stand up for liberty on key issues. Which struck me as a pretty major failing for libertarians. Reason‘s Nick Gillespie quickly produced a […]

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Hippies of the Right

This is the one year I am vaguely considering voting for the Libertarian Party candidate, Gary Johnson. I’m sure I’m not the only regular Republican voter to do so. Too bad Gary Johnson and his running mate Bill Weld are kind of blowing it. I normally wouldn’t vote Libertarian because they’re a small splinter party […]

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This Won’t Be Trump’s GOP

If you’ve encountered hard-core Trump supporters, you’ve probably heard them declare that his candidacy is a kind of cleansing fire that is going to purge the weaklings from the party and remake it in their leader’s image. Maybe so, and that’s what a lot of us fear. We fear that if the Republican Party becomes […]

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Rudy Giuliani Is Wrong About Law and Order

The Trump campaign has tried to push a few key narratives at the Republican Convention. They haven’t succeeded, mind you, because they keep getting pushed off message by unforced errors, like plagiarizing bromides from Michelle Obama and treating Ted Cruz like dirt for six months, then inviting him to knife the nominee in prime time. […]

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The Aryan Nation Candidate

So this just happened, and to anyone who has been following Donald Trump’s campaign, it’s not a really big surprise: Donald Trump tweeted out a graphic accusing Hillary Clinton of corruption—no big stretch there—with a prominently placed Star of David over a background of money. The implication, obviously, is that she’s in the pocket of […]

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Shadow President

The following things were said about Donald Trump in recent days: “This is one of the worst mistakes Trump has made. I think it’s inexcusable.” It was “the kinds of mistakes that amateurs make” and even “an absurd amateur mistake.” It is not at all unusual that someone said those things. It’s a pretty obvious […]

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The Cardboard Cut-Out Cartoon Caricature Campaign

Hillary Clinton’s win yesterday in the California primary, combined with the Democrats’ notably undemocratic system of superdelegates—boy, is Reince Priebus wishing somebody on our side had thought of that—means that Hillary has pretty definitively wrapped up the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Which is not exactly their finest hour. Some of us have been sardonically […]

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The Ultimate Argument for #NeverTrump

I just discovered the ultimate argument for the #NeverTrump stance, and I discovered it by considering the best argument against #NeverTrump. The argument is this: that no one man can do that much to destroy the American system, because we have such a long history and so many big institutions that keep it alive. As […]

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The Case for an American Liberal Party

Along with many others, I recently called for a third party to provide a home for displaced Republicans exiled by the Trump invasion. I suggested it could be just a temporary measure for the special circumstances of 2016—or the basis for a long-term rebuilding of the center-right. We keep getting news that suggests the long-term […]

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