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America: Time for an Amicable Divorce?

America: Time for an Amicable Divorce?

. By Thomas L. Knapp Every four years, the United States elects a new president. And every four years, the outcome makes some Americans so unhappy that talk of secession — never completely absent from our ongoing political discussion — gets a big bump in the “trending topics” lists.  2016 seems to be shaping up […]

December 2016: A Republic, if You Can Keep it

December 2016: A Republic, if You Can Keep it

. By Thomas L. Knapp As I write this column, nearly 2.5 million people have signed a petition seeking to overturn the outcome of the November 8 national vote and make Hillary Clinton, rather than Donald Trump, the next president of the United States. The petitioners are asking presidential electors, chosen by the voters of […]

Election 2016: How About You Whine a Little, Democrats?

Election 2016: How About You Whine a Little, Democrats?

. By Thomas L. Knapp Can someone please call a waaaahmbulance for Paul Krugman? At a little after 9pm on November 8,  the economist and New York Times columnist fired the starting gun on America’s quadrennial whinefest: “Btw, Jill Stein has managed to play Ralph Nader,” he tweeted. “Without her Florida might have been saved.” […]

Hillary Clinton, Closet Libertarian? Not Likely

Hillary Clinton, Closet Libertarian? Not Likely

By Thomas L. Knapp “My dream,” Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is alleged to have said in a 2013 speech to an audience in the banking industry, “is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders.” The quote comes from an email addressed to (among others) Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, released late […]

L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE: THE GOLDEN SECRETS OF VICTORY

L. Neil Smith’s THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE: THE GOLDEN SECRETS OF VICTORY

By L. Neil Smith As I look back objectively on what I laughingly call my career, I can see with increasing clarity that it has  consisted largely of offering my fellow libertarians advice, based, as detective Archie Goodwin (or was it Nero Wolfe?) is wont to say, on my intelligence, guided by experience … and […]

L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise — WILLIAM WELD: YOU’RE FIRED!

L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise — WILLIAM WELD: YOU’RE FIRED!

By L. Neil Smith Libertarians across the entire country were dismayed and nauseated last week to hear “their” Vice Presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld denounce, in the most mechanically and historically ignorant terms possible,  the private , civilian ownership of AR-15 rifles — apparently because they can be loaded with more than […]

Viewpoint: Donald Trump: Unprincipled Populist

Viewpoint: Donald Trump: Unprincipled Populist

By Thomas L. Knapp Donald Trump’s presidential campaign rhetoric is, by most accounts, “populist,” but that’s a broad description. Trump takes his “populism” from a particular historical tradition — one with a baleful history in American politics. What is populism, and what’s the problem with Trump’s version of it? Simplified, populism is the notion that […]

L.Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise — THE FABIAN CHOO-CHOO

L.Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise — THE FABIAN CHOO-CHOO

By L.Neil Smith  I was having a conversation with somebody on Facebook the other day, when I became aware that he didn’t know about, or understand, how political progress really gets made. Yet another failure, owing to the libertarian movement’s utter lack of an internal education system. He seemed to believe he was imparting “mature […]

L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise — THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS

L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise — THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS

By L. Neil Smith Apparently, our friend P.J. O’Rourke is back, to the extent that he ever left, and last night I heard that he dislikes Donald Trump so intensely — P.J. called him a “flying monkey” — that he’s going to vote for the Deathcamp Dolly, instead. I could speculate about what brought P.J. […]

L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise — CURRENT EVENTS

L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise — CURRENT EVENTS

By L. Neil Smith When I was a young psychology student, I learned about an incident during the Great Depression in which some number of Navajos, who led a relatively primitive existence in Arizona at the time, were experimentally taken on a sightseeing visit to Chicago. Imagine silver concho belts, jeans, beads, and velveteen shirts […]