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Election 2016: The Perils of Political Welfare

Election 2016: The Perils of Political Welfare

. . By Thomas L. Knapp Libertarians have traditionally opposed calls for “public financing” of elections, as well as the current system under which candidates can receive “matching funds” from the Federal Election Commission. In 1996, Libertarian Party nominee-apparent Harry Browne mused about applying for such funding, refusing to commit one way or another until, […]

L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE: My 2016 Endorsement

L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE:  My 2016 Endorsement

By L. Neil Smith Perhaps I should begin this by explaining that I first became a member of the Libertarian Party in 1972, the first full year that it existed. I had been a philosophical libertarian for far longer, since 1962, when I was an enthusiastic Robert A. Heinlein fan and an extremely annoying Randite […]

McAfee: I Will Decrypt Information on the San Bernardino Phone For Free

McAfee: I Will Decrypt Information on the San Bernardino Phone For Free

By John McAfee Using an obscure law, written in 1789 — the All Writs Act — the US government has ordered Apple to place a back door into its iOS software so the FBI can decrypt information on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. It has finally come to this. After […]

McAfee 2016: Libertarian for Real?

McAfee 2016: Libertarian for Real?

By Thomas L. Knapp In September, after computer security pioneer John McAfee announced his presidential candidacy under the “Cyber Party” label, I publicly suggested that he should consider seeking the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination instead. On Christmas Eve, McAfee announced he’s doing exactly that. No, I don’t think my suggestion changed his mind. I have […]

Election 2016: Can John McAfee Change The Game?

Election 2016: Can John McAfee Change The Game?

. . By Thomas L. Knapp The 2016 presidential election cycle got a lot more interesting on September 8 when John McAfee announced his candidacy under the banner of a newly formed “Cyber Party.” McAfee, whose eponymous computer security software made him a multi-millionaire, sports a long record of public eccentricity that I need not […]