Tag Archives: Opinion

Thomas L. Knapp: “Election 2016: It’s a Presidential Campaign, Not a Geography Quiz”

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By Thomas L. Knapp, Libertarian activist and IPR contributor, originally published at TheGarrisonCenter.org on September 9th, 2016:

On September 8, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, where panelist Mike Barnicle hit him with the question:

“What would you do if you were elected about Aleppo?”

Johnson: “About?”

Barnicle: “Aleppo.”

Johnson: “And what is a leppo?”

Barnicle: “You’re kidding.”

Johnson: “No.”

Maybe you’ve heard about this exchange.… Read more ...

Cody Quirk: Coming Out As Libertarian

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by Cody Quirk (American Third Party Report, September 6th, 2016):

This editorial has been long overdue for those that have followed, or paid close attention to my political progression over the past 4 years, of which has changed a bit drastically since our last presidential election. This editorial, in addition, will also serve somewhat as an apology to several Libertarian bloggers and commentators that I have argued and spared with online in the past over ideology, the U.S.… Read more ...

Darryl W. Perry: The “dire consequences” of debate criteria that are “too high”

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Darryl W. Perry is an anarchist writer, radio talk show host and political activist who ran for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. Perry presently serves as the vice-chair of the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire. He published the following on FPP.cc yesterday:

It seems the 2016 Presidential election cycle will never end, however it’s only a couple of months away and the general election debates are fast approaching.… Read more ...

Steven Wilson: “A Modern Thomas: the haunting of the United States of Joseph Goebbels”

Steven Wilson, a write-in candidate for president, sent the following article for publication at ATPR; he originally published it on his website on July 28th, 2016:

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.  For the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the state.
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Mary Ruwart: Can We Keep Promises to Our Seniors Without Bankrupting Our Children and Grandchildren?

APRIL 26, 2013 BY  LEAVE A COMMENT

Baby-boomers are starting to retire.  They expect to receive Social Security since most of them have contributed to the program all of their lives.  They expect to receive Medicare benefits, because private insurers have been virtually driven from the retiree market. 

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Wayne Root: The Silence of the Lambs Opinion – Editorial

President Obama delivered a masterful and forceful speech on jobs last week. He must think we are all lambs, sheeple, or complete idiots. He must be counting on business owners being as ignorant as the traditional Obama voters who cry at his rallies and gush to the camera, “Now I’ll never have to worry about paying rent, or putting gas in my car.” He must assume we are so naïve that we have forgotten or forgiven all Obama has done to demonize and punish business owners, and damage our businesses.… Read more ...

Student-Columnists Blast the Two-Party State, Call for Third Party and Independent Alternatives

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Over the last few weeks, in opinion pieces for college and university newspapers across the country, students have stepped up their criticism of the reigning two-party state and duopoly system of government. AJ Warne writes for the Daily Athenaeum, out of West Virginia University, and argues that the “rise of a third (or fourth) party will better the political landscape.” An excerpt:

The United States is taking leaps and bounds toward a more effective and self-regulating political system even if it is going unnoticed.

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Chris Hedges advises progressives to join the Green Party

On Truthdig, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges recently wrote an opinion piece advocating that people join the Green Party.  Read the full thing here.

We owe Ralph Nader and Cynthia McKinney an apology. They were right about Barack Obama. They were right about the corporate state. They had the courage of their convictions and they stood fast despite wholesale defections and ridicule by liberals and progressives…

A shift to the Green Party, McKinney and Nader, along with genuine grass-roots movements, will not be a quick fix.

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Modern Whigs in the news

The Modern Whig Party has recently been covered by the News and Observer in North Carolina and online at the Instapundit, a right wing blog.  At the News and Observer, it was in a Sunday Op-Ed piece by Rob Christensen:

I thought, what next — horse-drawn carriages, hoop skirts, war with Mexico?

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Cindy Sheehan asks, ‘Is Citigroup thankful for corrupt government and robbed taxpayers?’

The following is reposted from OpEd News. It was written by former independent candidate for Congress and prominent anti-war protestor Cindy Sheehan:

While Secretary of the Treasury from 1999-2001, Larry Summers worked with the Clinton administration and Congress to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act so that Citicorp could become Citigroup. The Glass-Steagall Act was a reform instituted during the Great Depression to prevent financial concerns from consolidating and becoming “too big to fail.” The Graham-Bliley-Leach (bi-partisan) Act that repealed Glass-Steagall was a gift to Wall Street which has wreaked so much havoc today.… Read more ...