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August 1, 2013
As a former prosecutor who was appointed by President George W. Bush on Sept. 10, 2001, I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie • Speaking out against the recent strain of libertarianism that’s taken hold in recent years. Libertarian torchbearer Rand Paul, in response to this comment, shot back on Twitter: “Christie worries about the dangers of freedom. I worry about the danger of losing that freedom. Spying without warrants is unconstitutional.”
9:05 // 11 months ago
June 17, 2013

swagandpassion says: Hello SFB. Given the rough last weeks Obama has endured, the steadfast obstruction policy of the GOP, and especially the NSA leak, do you feel any sense 3rd party/Libertarian agendas moving to forefront as privacy grows a bigger concern?

» SFB says: I think libertarianism has long been on an upswing—at least since the rise of the Tea Party, and arguably during the 2008 Ron Paul campaign. The current issues with the NSA leak and the Obama administration don’t change that and may in fact energize it. That’s why Rand Paul is feeling an upswing. Stuff like his filibuster earlier this year resonates with a certain audience. It’s not clear whether third parties can totally break through, but a lot of the question is whether the negative momentum against the NSA stuff and the IRS thing, issues which riled up both sides of the aisle, can stick around for a while. We have a way of forgetting about this kind of thing these days, frustratingly, and that could prove the biggest hurdle for this having a lasting effect—an effect which could help raise nontraditional voices like Paul’s. — Ernie @ SFB

14:28 // 1 year ago
Here’s a piece for the libertarians out there: The New Republic has a story laying out the potential for Rand Paul to follow in his movement-creating dad’s footsteps, noting that Rand’s strength is that he’s a strong political player, not just an ideologue. The NSA scandal only plays into that, Julia Ioffe writes: “This is a moment tailored for Rand Paul, more than for Marco Rubio or Chris Christie, or anyone else in the potential Republican 2016 lineup.” Read on for a pretty solid talker.

Here’s a piece for the libertarians out there: The New Republic has a story laying out the potential for Rand Paul to follow in his movement-creating dad’s footsteps, noting that Rand’s strength is that he’s a strong political player, not just an ideologue. The NSA scandal only plays into that, Julia Ioffe writes: “This is a moment tailored for Rand Paul, more than for Marco Rubio or Chris Christie, or anyone else in the potential Republican 2016 lineup.” Read on for a pretty solid talker.

10:20 // 1 year ago
June 11, 2013
We live in a bad time where American citizens don’t even have rights and that they can be killed. But the gentleman is trying to tell the truth about what’s going on, he is not defecting, there’s no signs of that happening. It’s a shame we’re in an age where people who tell the truth about what the government is doing gets into trouble.
Former Rep. Ron Paul • Offering a comment on Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who is believed to be a major Paul supporter. Snowden’s civil liberties focus is very much in line with the former presidential candidate, whose son Rand has become a prominent senator. It’s been a while since Ron’s been in the news. The last time, he was trying to use the United Nations to seize the right to his namesake domain.
22:21 // 1 year ago
May 20, 2013
The message of ‘spend, spend, spend’ on military spending doesn’t make sense. We have a huge national debt, and the biggest threat to our country is to let that national debt grow. Eventually, when we have a situation when we need military spending, when we actually need the money to go to our military to fight a major war, we won’t have that money.

Rep. Justin Amash, in a broad-ranging recent interview with Reason.

Definitely an interesting read, covering everything from Amash’s views on Syria (his mother immigrated from Syria) to his thoughts on Ayn Rand’s ironically emotional appeal.

(via hipsterlibertarian)

Amash is an interesting figure in Congress and definitely worth keeping an eye on for a number of reasons, including his young age, his political stances, and his willingness to tell constituents why he votes the way he does on every single bill on his Facebook page. While his libertarian political views may not be everyone’s cup of tea, we need more people like him in Congress.

11:19 // 1 year ago
February 9, 2013
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November 2, 2012
We have a natural fit with Colorado. I embrace the notion of being a spoiler. The two-party system is outdated. Politics right now is very status quo. It’s really like a non-choice.
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson • Discussing the role he could play in Colorado, where the race is very tight and the state’s marijuana ballot initiative plays to his base’s strengths. He stands a chance to make an impact in the state than most for a few reasons: Libertarians tend to do better in western states, the party was founded in Colorado, and he’s perhaps the best-known candidate on the ballot who supports legalization — which is a hot topic in the state. Depending on how he does, he could take votes away from either Obama or Romney. Spoiler, indeed.

— Ernie @ ShortFormBlog

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22:54 // 1 year ago
August 26, 2012
It wouldn’t be my speech. That would undo everything I’ve done in the last 30 years. I don’t fully endorse him for president.
Rep. Ron Paul • Explaining why, despite being given an opportunity to do so, he’s chosen to avoid speaking at the Republican National Convention. Paul would’ve been given the opportunity to speak as long as his words were a) vetted by Romney and b) in endorsement of the Republican nominee. No dice. Instead, Paul held an event of his own Sunday, bringing the true believers down to the University of South Florida to hear Paul’s final presidential campaign speech. This is likely Paul’s last big hurrah as an elected official — having just turned 77, he retires from Congress in January — but he leaves an army of supporters behind.
18:10 // 1 year ago
July 30, 2012
thecallus:

theatlantic:

This Is the Obama-Aurora Billboard Everyone’s Talking About
[Image: The Hollywood Reporter]

Sanctioned v. unsanctioned violence.

"That’s a technique of trying to make a point, and maybe it was poorly done.” — Maurice Clements, the guy behind this billboard.

thecallus:

theatlantic:

This Is the Obama-Aurora Billboard Everyone’s Talking About

[Image: The Hollywood Reporter]

Sanctioned v. unsanctioned violence.

"That’s a technique of trying to make a point, and maybe it was poorly done.” — Maurice Clements, the guy behind this billboard.

(via thecallus-deactivated20130520)

10:50 // 1 year ago