America’s Libertarians promise a wild, wide-ranging debate in Biloxi

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America’s Libertarians promise a wild, wide-ranging debate in Biloxi

By Paul Hampton
February 24, 2016

Voters who think the Republicans and Democrats have put up eclectic fields of candidates probably haven’t been paying attention to the Libertarian presidential hopefuls.

The 11-person race — which comprises an Internet security pioneer and one-time “person of interest” in a murder case, a B-movie producer, an author, a fellow who wants donations in Bitcoin, another who has run for public office under two different names, one who wants $2,500 or nothing, an anesthesiologist, a unity candidate, a pro-peace candidate who only recently learned of the Libertarians, one who promises to restore ice cream and cake to public school lunchrooms, and a former governor of New Mexico — will be on full display at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a debate at the Beau Rivage.

Like Republican Donald Trump, John McAfee, who made a fortune with the Internet security company McAfee Associates, hasn’t had much trouble getting press. After he sold his interest in the company, he lived for a few years in Belize until he fled in 2012 when authorities there tried to question him about the death of a neighbor. He was arrested and deported by Guatemalan authorities a few weeks later. He lives in Opelika, Ala. He was back in the news last week when he offered to decrypt an iPhone that had belonged to the San Bernardino terrorist killers after Apple refused to help the feds.

McAfee has said he ideas align with Libertarians, especially his belief government is too big and welfare is one of its biggest problems.

Probably better known in political circles is Gary Johnson, who served as governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003 and ran as a Libertarian for president in 2012. He receive a little less than 1 percent of the vote.

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10 thoughts on “America’s Libertarians promise a wild, wide-ranging debate in Biloxi

  1. Stewart Flood

    When they use the phrase “full display” it makes it sound like exhibits in a zoo (probably from Planet of the Apes) or something possibly even worse.

    Article seems a bit biased toward McAfee.

    Are we going to get to watch the event live? Will it be available later to view?

  2. Losty

    Say, Which one is the One that prefers to Dress in grey? Older Grey?
    And will he be there as well?

  3. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Shawna “Pastor Shawna” Sterling of Long Beach, Calif., wants to put ice cream back in schools because “our founding fathers loved ice cream.”

    I’m not amused.

  4. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I also didn’t know that Austin Petersen was Executive Producer of “Alongside Night”.

    I can safely say that was the absolute worst movie I’ve ever seen.

  5. Robert Capozzi

    Thanks, JP. I was trying to figure out who the film producer is. I see RP1, Dennis Hof, Adam Kokesh, Neil Schulman, and 2 players from DEEP SPACE NINE are in this flick.

  6. Robert Capozzi

    jp, yes, after 30 minutes of torture, I agree: Alongside Night is even worse than the Atlas Shrugged films. It is, however, the first movie to repeatedly mention Rothbard, Mises, agorism, and even anarchism, not to mention cadre. I’m surprised that it doesn’t present a “proof” of the NAP!

    Odd that AP was involved. Seems to not be his sorta thing.

  7. NewFederalist

    “I can safely say that was the absolute worst movie I’ve ever seen.” – Jill Pyeatt

    Never saw “Ishtar” I guess! 😉

  8. Shivany Lane

    John McAfee lives in Tennessee. His latest business venture is in Alabama.
    It is a common misconception that he sold his interest in McAfee Associates recently but he resigned in 1994. He has also had involvement in several other tech companies over the years.
    Once a Techie always a techie. 🙂 It runs through your veins.

    I am really looking forward to watching this debate. Many thanks to the organizers for streaming it so I don’t have to fly there and I can be in my PJs 🙂

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