The Libertarian Party is the largest and fastest growing alternative political party in the United States. It has already attracted hundreds of thousands of liberty-minded citizens concerned with curbing out-of-control, bureaucratic and oppressive governments – federal, state and local.
The Libertarian Party believes that individual freedom coupled with personal responsibility form the basis of a benevolent community, country and world. We wholeheartedly support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as they were originally intended: as foundations of a free, just and humane society.
The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.
– P.J. O’Rourke
The FOX Business Network announced on Tuesday the upcoming debut of “The Independents,” a new primetime program hosted by Lisa Kennedy Montgomery.
The program will appear Monday through Wednesday and Friday nights at 9 p.m. Eastern, featuring a roundtable discussion about the day’s news, with a focus on the protection of economic and civil liberties (i.e libertarianism).
FBN’s “Stossel,” hosted by John Stossel, will continue to air during the hour on Thursdays.
Kennedy joined FBN as a contributor and special correspondent to “Stossel” in 2012. Matt Welch of Reason magazine and Kmele Foster of America’s Future Foundation will be co-hosts on the new show.
“People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them,” James Baldwin wrote. Few men have had as much history trapped in them as Nelson Mandela.
To those outside South Africa, the country has been reduced to Nelson Mandela just as it was once reduced to apartheid. Mandela was the ending to a story that everyone thought they knew. With his death, the story comes perilously close to losing its meaning.
The history trapped in Mandela escapes with his death forcing both those inside South Africa and those outside it to come to terms with all the complex realities of history packed away into one man’s life.
Like Gandhi, Mandela became an iconic figure who appeared to encompass the moral of his own story. The fictional Nelson Mandela has appeared in dozens of movies. He has been played by everyone from Danny Glover to Sidney Poitier to Morgan Freeman. And each of those movies has made the real man and the real South Africa that he leaves behind in death seem that much more unreal.
Western liberals like simplistic stories and Mandela was their happy ending. His very existence freed them from the need to learn anything more about what happened after apartheid. By knowing him, they knew, as Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story. Mandela freed them from knowing history. Read The Full Story
I’ve always found it a little surprising that modern American liberals are opponents of secession rights. I’d think that most people would support secession rights to some degree, as most people want as little interference from others as possible, but it’s partisan liberals that should especially be all about secession.
After all, while liberals are much less critical of, and even receptive to, an overwhelming government presence in our lives, they’re only okay with that if it’s their team leading the charge.
For anyone who lived in the United States during the eight insufferable years of the Bush Administration, you’ll recognize that liberals really, really, really don’t like D.C. meddling in their business when it’s the other guys in charge. For some liberals even hearing opposing opinions being aired, let alone imposed, can ruin their whole day. Read The Full Story
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Libertarian Party Chair Geoffrey Neale made an historic trip in November to forge ties with emerging Libertarian Parties in Europe and Russia.
Neale addressed audiences in Madrid and Moscow, well-attended by Libertarian leaders within each country as well as by representatives from the U.K., Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands. Read The Full Story
I don’t know about you, but I’m growing a bit tired of news stories about the daily status of the government’s Affordable Care Act website. The website isn’t the problem!
Sure, the fact that hundreds of millions of our tax dollars were spent to build a website that doesn’t work is important — and a glaring example of what happens when the government tries to do something that is better left to the private sector.
But as I have said in several media interviews recently, the website is just the tip of the iceberg.The REAL problem is the government takeover of healthcare that it represents.Let’s not forget, the politicians justified President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, on two basic claims: First, it would make healthcare more affordable, and second, it would make it more accessible.
Even young people, who are key to making the President’s economic redistribution plan work, are seeing through the scheme. Just this week, a poll conducted by Harvard University found that only 1 in 5 “Millennials” plan to sign up for insurance under the new law. No surprise there. With premiums inflated to subsidize older Americans, and a penalty that is less than the cost of coverage, why would anyone expect them to sign up?
When government makes promises it cannot keep, people get hurt. Just look at Detroit, where bankruptcy and the consequences thereof are now real. When all is said and done, the Affordable Care Act is nothing more than a massive promise that the government cannot keep — and now tens of millions of Americans are seeing the cost of that promise first-hand.
What those Americans need to understand now is that there ARE ways to reduce healthcare costs and make it accessible to more people. Instead of government mandates, we need freedom from government interference. “Blow the lid off supply”, as I frequently say, and the marketplace will provide better service at lower costs. And for those who truly need assistance, get the federal bureaucrats out of the way and allow the states to innovate and tailor programs for their specific needs. As a Governor, I found that Medicaid costs could be cut significantly without sacrificing care.
Through the Our America Initiative, we are highlighting these free market, innovative approaches. We have held events and even a Google Hangout to bring together health care experts and free market advocates to explore alternatives to Obamacare that will, in fact, reduce costs and increase care.
This is a conversation that MUST take place, but on a truly national scale. You can help us kick off that conversation by going to OurAmericaInitiative.com and making a contribution — large or small — that will allow us to reach those millions of Americans who are just now seeing the harsh reality of the government’s healthcare takeover. As we reach out to those Americans with real alternatives, I am confident they will join us in demanding that the government stop making promises it can’t keep.
The time is NOW.
Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you!
Governor Gary Johnson
In my book on police militarization, I have a section on the role pop culture has played in blurring the line between cops and soldiers, particularly with the onset of reality(ish) shows like A&E’s Dallas SWAT or Spike TV’s DEA. Over at the blog Gun Culture 2.0, sociologist David Yamane looks at a bizarre new reality competition on the Outdoor Channel called Elite Tactical Unit: S.W.A.T., which features SWAT teams from across the country competing in a number of SWAT-like competitions for a $100,000 prize. As Yamane describes it, “ETU is basically ‘Survivor’ set in the world of police special forces.”
Of particular interest is the show’s sponsorship by the Swiss gun manufacturer SIG Sauer. Yahame points to this commercial which apparently often airs during the show, and makes no effort whatsoever to distinguish cops from soldiers, or the police from the military. Read the Full Story
The NSA targeted suspected Muslim radicals by gathering evidence of visits to pornographic sites in order to harm their reputation, according to a report Wednesday based on a document provided by leaker Edward Snowden.
A classified document about intercepted communications – or “signals intelligence” – concluded that “radicalizers appear to be particularly vulnerable in the area of authority when their private and public behaviors are not consistent,” according to a Huffington Post article co-authored by investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald. Read The Full Story