Are We All Libertarians Now?

No matter who wins the Democratic presidential primary, vice will be on the ballot in 2020. Almost all Democratic candidates have embraced legalizing marijuana, and one has even expressed support for legalizing prostitution. These developments are remarkable, but the candidates backing them are not exactly breaking ground. The real surprise is that they’re pandering. Over […]

Read More…

The ‘Red Tory’ Moment

Just a few miles from my hometown sits the Welsh Rust Belt—the south Wales Valleys. Stamped onto those verdant galloping hills is what remains of the industrial revolution’s once convulsing heart. Legions of coal-dusted men once winched down into the pits, day after day after day, chipping away at the other black gold. Up until […]

Read More…

AOC Shows Why a Libertarian-Progressive Alliance Will Fail

Implementing a “Green New Deal” probably won’t happen unless Democrats take control of the White House and the U.S. Senate—but that won’t stop proponents from doing everything they can to shape the national conversation around the topic. And the legitimacy of the Green New Deal, its credibility, its urgency, the entire premise on which it […]

Read More…

Dear Libertarians: Trade Deficits Matter

Steve Hanke recently set out to prove “why President Trump’s trade message and protectionist policies are rubbish” in a Forbes article. Instead, the Johns Hopkins University economist exposed himself as a word-mincing, logic-twisting sophist—just like every other intellectual mercenary associated with the faux-libertarian propaganda mill that is the Cato Institute. Hanke’s argument: trade deficits don’t […]

Read More…

Market Fundamentalism or Love of Country?

Tucker Carlson’s much-discussed monologue last week leaves much to be desired. But factual errors or rhetorical excesses are not why it attracted vociferous criticism on the American Right. What really set the critics off is Tucker’s underlying moral premise: American republicanism sometimes requires public restraint of private vice, even in the sphere of economics. The […]

Read More…

Imagining a Libertarian Society (It Looks A Lot Like . . . )

Here’s a fun game to play with libertarians and anarcho-capitalists. Ask them how society would organize after the repressive tendrils of government were pared away from the lives of its citizens. The smarter ones will say the free market would come up with much better answers than they, as mere armchair philosophers, could possibly contrive. […]

Read More…

How to Think about Property Rights and Social Networks

Is it true that Twitter, Facebook, and Google are private companies, which can cancel, delete, or ban anyone they want at any time? Short answer: No. Here are some suggestions for how to think about the social media wars, and whether online censorship is simply a matter of private property rights. A lot has happened […]

Read More…

Amazon’s HQ2 Boondoggle Shows Trump’s Impact on the Right

There are strange political alignments on the $3 billion dollar deal that New York State and City just inked to win half the Amazon “HQ2” jackpot for Long Island City, Queens, just across the East River from Manhattan. (The other half is going to the Washington, D.C. suburb of Arlington, Virginia, where officials are only […]

Read More…

How Trump Challenges Establishment Truths

Once upon a time, The New Yorker indisputably was the finest magazine in the English-speaking world. It’s still awfully good. In its November 5 issue, house music critic Alex Ross treats readers to a wonderful essay on the life and work of Claude Debussy, who died 100 years ago. Although the editors have been reliably […]

Read More…

Libertarians Are Marxist Dupes

With one of the most critical midterm elections in American history just weeks away, libertarians continue to wallow in denial. Their core membership is comprised of an incoherent, eclectic mixture of hedonists, social darwinists, hyper-intellectuals, and anarchists. They have no coherent political platform, and to the extent libertarians have an ideology, it is one that […]

Read More…