Libertarian ideals still hold up

I am constantly re-examining my beliefs and principles. All of them, not just libertarianism. I try to look at them from every possible angle and twist them inside-out to see if there is a possibility I could be wrong and libertarianism isn’t the most ethical philosophy that has ever been created for relating to all […]

Libertarians lead invisible life

In day-to-day life, being a libertarian really doesn’t attract any attention. We are pretty much invisible. We are the neighbors who mind our own business. We probably don’t have noisy parties but won’t call the cops about yours. We are the people who pick up the dropped keys for the person struggling with grocery bags. […]

Libertarians embrace all values

Liberty is primarily a libertarian concept. In fact, you could say it is THE libertarian concept. But it is a concept often borrowed and used by others. Just as you are not a chess player if you make up your own rules for playing the game, regardless of whether or not you use the proper […]

Libertarians can bridge parties

I place a high value on liberty. My own, obviously, but also on yours. After all I only get as much liberty as I respect for all others. If we are to ever have that free society, rather than going it alone, there is a realization that needs to occur: It takes all kinds. Or […]

Freedom Fest offers insight for libertarians

Freedom New Mexico Anyone curious about the direction of the conservative or libertarian movements, priorities for Tea Party enthusiasts or Republicans — or anyone generally interested in the hottest topics for right-leaning politicos — ought to pay close attention to what happens at Freedom Fest, set for July 14-16 in Las Vegas. This conference may […]

State should stay out of private life

As a libertarian, I’m accustomed to being misunderstood. It goes with the territory. So many times commenters think they are being clever and have caught an error in libertarianism, only to reveal they didn’t read or hear what was being said. Case in point: a while ago, in a comment posted to an article in […]

Libertarianism loses pioneer David Nolan

D avid F. Nolan, 66, founder of the Libertarian Party and developer of a method of analyzing political attitudes superior to the old linear left-right spectrum, died Sunday near his home in Tucson. He will be missed and his contributions to the cause of human liberty will not be forgotten. Nolan grew up in Maryland […]

Now is time for libertarian solutions

Freedom New Mexico Why can’t every state have governors like Gary Johnson? Although a Republican, as governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003, he vetoed 750 bills, not including hundreds of line-item cuts in the state budget. He also advocated decriminalizing marijuana. Johnson has returned to politics with a new group, the Our America Initiative. The […]

Commentary: Libertarian was American original

By Brian Doherty: CNJ correspondent Most of the heroes of the American libertarian movement have been economists and academics. That scrappy gang fighting for the ideas at the heart of America’s founding — that government should be restricted to, at most, the protection of its citizens’ life, liberty, property, and ability to pursue happiness — […]

Pension paternalism may become reality

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Do you know you need to save more for retirement, but you just can’t make yourself do it? Relax. Soon, you may not have to make yourself do anything — you’ll save more in spite of yourself. It’s a new approach to financing retirement, and it’s as easy as falling […]

Goodbye, to self-described libertarian

CNJ staff Syndicated political columnist William Safire, 75, is retiring his op-ed column, but he will continue to write his “On Language” essays for the Sunday New York Times Magazine. “It’s time to leave when you’re still hitting the long ball and have something else you want to do,” he said when he announced his […]

Parmer County sample ballot

Parmer County Sample Ballot President and Vice President • (Republican) George W. Bush and Dick Cheyney • (Democrat) John F. Kerry and John Edwards • (Libertarian)Michael Badnarik and Richard V. Campagna United States Representative, District 19 • (Republican) Randy Nergebauer • (Democrat) Charles W. Stenholm • (Libertarian) Richard Peterson Railroad Commissioner • (Republican) Victor G. […]

Bailey County sample ballot

Bailey County Sample Ballot President and Vice President • (Republican)George W. Bushand Dick Cheney • (Democrat) John F. Kerry and John Edwards • (Libertarian) Michael Badnaric and Richard V. Campagna United States Represetnative, District 19 • (Republican) Randy Neugebauer • (Democrat) Charles W. Stenholm • (Libertarian) Anthony Garcia Railroad Commissioner • (Republican)Victor G. Carillo • […]

Totally accurate predictions for 2004 (probably)

Freedom Newspapers Looking at the year before us, we have come up with reliable predictions about political events. You might not want to take them to the bank, but you certainly might want to wad up this page and put it under the mattress for safekeeping. > California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will confuse his wife’s […]