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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!

About The Author

Austin Petersen

Austin Petersen is the founder of The Libertarian Republic, as well as the CEO of Stonegait LLC. Formerly an Associate Producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano's show "Freedom Watch", on the Fox Business Network. Austin was referred to by the Judge as "The right side of my brain". He built Judge Napolitano's social networks with over 700,000 fans and millions of clicks a month. Austin graduated from Missouri State University. He has written and produced award winning plays and videos, and previously worked for the Libertarian National Committee and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.

  • Guest

    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.

    • David C.

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

      • Liberty_or_Death

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

        • David C.

          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

  • Dave P

    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.

  • Why not just take Rand Paul at his word?

    “They thought all along that they could call me a libertarian and hang that label around my neck like an albatross, but I’m not a libertarian.” — Rand Paul, Time magazine, 03/176/2010

    Case closed.

    • Travis Badjib

      Jesus there are 176 days in March now?!

      • In any universe where Rand Paul is a libertarian, yes.

        In the real world, no — my fat fingers hit an extra key.

  • “Gary Johnson spent a million dollars and got a millions votes – that’s not so good….” Democrats and Republicans each spent a billion dollars for about 60 million votes each (40% of voters don’t even vote for president). LP candidates outperform Republicans and Democrats dollar per vote, if for no other reason than that Libertarians have never been funded well enough to reach a point of diminishing returns on investment, while Democrats and Republicans are usually just throwing away money employing their relatives and sometimes even renovating their houses with campaign funds. If Gary Johnson also had a billion dollars would he have been able to overcome the obstacles of our two party winner take all system? We don’t know. (Would even better LP candidates emerge if such funding were available?) But Governor Johnson’s current law suit against the debate commission should prove interesting. And to those who think the suit can’t go anywhere, a decade ago no one thought the courts would uphold gay marriage either.

    So the real issue is what will certain libertarians do if Rand Paul (or even Scott Walker or Rick Perry) are somewhere on a GOP ticket, since they want to build a Libertaian party.

    • I think that Charles Koch proved that it’s not about money that wins elections.