Tag Archives: Cato Institute

Playboy Covers FreedomFest

playboy_bunny_logo_30242In an article titled: Are Libertarians Crazy Cultists Who Should Be Drowned: Playboy Investigates, author Joe Donatelli, playboy.com’s Sex & Culture Editor, provides one of the more light-hearted and detailed articles about last week’s FreedomFest in Las Vegas.

Among those he interviewed at the event are Carla Gericke of The Free State ProjectLaurie Rice of The Atlas SocietyElise Thompson of the Foundation for Economic Education, Naomi Brockwell (who goes by the handle Bitcoin Girl), David Boaz, Executive Vice President of the Cato Institute.  Read more ...

Red Phillips: The “Libertarian” Cato Institute Defends NSA Snooping?

Published June 17, 2013 on The Conservative Heritage Times website. Red Phillips is an IPR contributor and paleoconservative activist and writer. 

You can’t make this stuff up.

The defense of the NSA program by these two authors is of particular note because of the authors’ affiliation with the Cato Institute that describes itself as “dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace” and having a “strict respect for civil liberties and skepticism about the benefits of both the welfare state and foreign military adventurism.” The authors’ article is providing valuable cover for the advocates of the mass spying program.

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LP Monday Message: Atlas Shrugged, Stossel, scholarships

From a “Monday Message” blog post at LP.org on March 28, 2011:

The movie “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1” will be opening on April 15. View comments from Libertarian Terry Floyd.

The Libertarian National Committee will be meeting during the weekend of April 15-17 in the Washington, DC area, and members plan to attend the opening night of the movie.

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Paleocon Red Phillips Discusses Potential Libertarians for President

Posted by Red Phillips at Conservative Heritage Times. Although Phillips also writes for IPR, I (Paulie) am posting it here to make it clear that any opinions expressed are those of Phillips, not an IPR editorial. As with many other stories I post, I am posting it for the sake of discussion, not necessarily because I agree with the author.Read more ...

Carla Howell, Michael Cloud, Cato Institute: Not much evidence of change from new GOP Congress

From Michael Cloud and Carla Howell
The Center For Small Government

Honorable Republican Representatives,

Last year, you campaigned against President Obama’s reckless, irresponsible, ‘socialist’ budget of $3.8 Trillion.

You promised voters to roll back federal spending. To reduce the deficit. To get the federal government on the path to solvency and fiscal sanity.… Read more ...

Libertarians Call For More Finance Industry Freedom

April 30, 2010
WASHINGTON – Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict issued the following statement today, regarding the financial regulation legislation in Congress:

“The Libertarian Party opposes the legislation currently in Congress. Instead of removing harmful regulations that reduce competition, create winners and losers, and stifle the choices of consumers and financial firms, this legislation merely adds to that heap of regulations.… Read more ...

The Hill: Will we see the rise of a viable third party?

Thanks to Ballot Access News for the tip.

(excerpt from) The Hill‘s Congress Blog
The Big Question: Will we see the rise of a viable third party? by Mary Ann Dreas, Sydelle Moore and Tony Romm
November 5, 2009

Some of the nation’s top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer some insight into the biggest question burning up the blogosphere today.

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David Boaz: Independent libertarian voters abandoning Obama?

David Boaz of Cato, quoted by Steve Newton at Delaware Libertarian. While the article discusses small-l libertarians choosing among the perceived lesser evil among the two largest parties, the clear tendency of both of those parties against freedom on all sets of issues has clear implications for considering other alternatives:

Libertarian—or fiscally conservative, socially liberal—voters are often torn between their aversions to the Republicans’ social conservatism (and, for some of them, military adventurism) and the Democrats’ fiscal irresponsibility.… Read more ...

Cato’s Niskanen on the ‘case for a different Libertarian Party’

Cato Institute Chairman William Niskanen, a fine gentleman who had the (much larger) office three doors down from mine during my brief time at Cato, and who chaired the Council of Economic Advisers under President Reagan, makes “A Case For A Different Libertarian Party” in the latest Cato Policy Report.… Read more ...

Libertarians and ‘libertarians’ on the Fannie/Freddie mess

The Libertarian Party issued a press release today entitled “Let Them Fail!” in regards to the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac government-sponsored enterprise meltdown.

“Let them fail, and let them learn from their mistakes on their own dime,” says Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis, referring to the mortgage institutions Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, who the Bush administration has said it plans to rescue from financial collapse.… Read more ...

Bob Barr’s $30 million strategy

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s May 28 piece on Bob Barr offers some insight into the campaign’s electoral strategy.

Barr and his campaign manager, Russell Verney, said they’re developing a plan to raise $30 million before Nov. 4, and a plan to target certain states that Barr said are “top priority in terms of meeting the goals, both the vote goals and the electoral vote goals.”

Although Barr says he plans to “travel the width and breadth of this great land,” it seems the campaign will be pursuing a variation of the “winnable state” strategy examined earlier by IPR.… Read more ...