Can Libertarians Seize Their Moment With Rand Paul, Or Will It Be Civil War? (PODCAST)

The New York Times produced an incredible pages-long article dissecting the rise of libertarian politics in America. The piece bolsters the idea that American’s viewpoints on issues such as surveillance, gay marriage and economics are coming into alignment with libertarian ideals.

But as the movement prepares for its greatest challenges in 2016 with the potential candidacy of Rand Paul, will it come together in solidarity? Or, will it tear itself apart rather than allow an “impure” candidate to bear their standard?

All that and more on the Freedom Report Podcast!

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  • Guest
    August 7, 2014, 9:45 am

    Rand Paul is a shill for the GOP, he’s not going to be the Libertarian president we’d all hoped. If Rand Paul became president, he’d be Reagan 2.0. A NeoCon who masquerades behind the rhetoric of small government, but would advance the growth of the federal government. He’d be an embarrassment to the Libertarian movement, as Reagan was for Paleoconservatives. Rand Paul proved himself to be a charlatan for advocating sanctions against Russia, creating “economic free-zones” (where the government chooses who gets to be free), continuing foreign-aid to Israel despite being against it in the past, endorsing Mitch McConnell, backing Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, and supporting the egalitarian “Civil Rights Act of 1964”.

    Ron Paul was a man of principle, whereas Rand Paul is a panderer.

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  • David C.@Guest
    August 7, 2014, 9:50 am

    FYI, up-voting your own comment makes you look like a narcissistic douche

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  • Liberty_or_Death@David C.
    August 7, 2014, 11:09 am

    You should’ve up voted your own just for the irony.

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  • Dave P
    August 7, 2014, 11:33 am

    I think that there is a conflation of “markets” and “free markets” among a lot of those on the left (and likely many others). The Economist had an interview with President Obama and he was puzzled by Republican opposition to Ex-Im saying that it reflected many Republican values and named support of “free markets” as one of reasons they should support Ex-Im. I think he legitimately doesn’t know what constitutes a free market.

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  • David C.@Liberty_or_Death
    August 7, 2014, 1:05 pm

    you know i almost did but I was worried there would be those who wouldn’t get it, thus igniting a firestorm of reply’s chastising my hypocrisy lol

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