“Libertarianism is hot,” headlined the Washington Post in 2013. From an almost-forgotten part of American political culture, libertarianism has grown into a respected and much-discussed political faction and a compelling set of ideas that challenge the conventional wisdom. Tens of millions of Americans are fiscally conservative, socially tolerant, and skeptical of American military intervention.
The growth of the libertarian movement is a product of two factors: the spread of libertarian ideas and sentiments, and the expansion of government during the Bush and Obama administrations, particularly the civil liberties abuses after 9/11 and the bailouts and out-of-control spending after the financial crisis. As one journalist noted in 2009, “The Obama administration brought with it ambitions of a resurgence of FDR and LBJ’s active-state liberalism. And with it, Obama has revived the enduring American challenge to the state.”
Topic is optimism! As in, reasons to be optimism about sweet, sweet human freedom. Also you can ask questions.
Codianni also asked if drones, which are increasingly popular toys and tools used by both civilians and military, should be banned completely. Paul maintained his stance that, “Drones should only be used according to the Constitution.” Paul also hinted that he “maybe” interested in occupying the White House after 2016, but, “They may have to make the fence and guard the fence a little bit better than they have been doing lately.”
That was Branden’s political message. Join Sheldon Richman to talk Branden’s legacy and the future of liberty Tuesday, January 20th.
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