Tag: Elections
Gary Johnson’s Road to the White House

Yes, he’s a long shot, but Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president, has the best chance to make it to the White House of any Libertarian candidate so far.  To have a chance, he only has to pick up enough electoral votes to keep Clinton or Trump from getting an electoral majority. The Constitution…
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Why the Worst Get on Top: Comparative Advantage

For anyone familiar with F. A. Hayek’s famous 1944 book, The Road to Serfdom, the present electoral campaigning to gain the Democratic and Republican nominations as the party’s presidential candidate cannot help but call to mind Hayek’s chapter, “Why the Worst Get on Top.” As matters now stand, the most likely candidates will be,…
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The Hot-Air Barrier: A Major Reason for the Infeasibility of Representative Government

Between the would-be, public office-holder on the one hand and the citizen in general and voter in particular on the other, lies a huge barrier that precludes the establishment of any rational connection. Think of genuine “representative government” on anything other than a very small scale as a practical impossibility. Many reasons explain the…
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Obama’s Supreme Court Appointment

Republicans have already said they will try to block any attempt by President Obama to have his nominee replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.  The president has less than a year left in office, so blocking his nominee may be easy.  But the Republicans may be playing right into the president’s hands.  Who…
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Politics Creates Conflict

One interesting thing to note about the political statements coming from candidates as the primaries approach is the adversarial nature of their rhetoric.  They don’t hesitate to attack their primary opponents despite the fact that they broadly agree on most things.  Yes, Republicans will take an occasional jab at Hillary, but mostly they are…
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Venezuela’s “New” Government: Don’t Get Too Excited

In their most recent elections, the people of Venezuela voted to oust many of their elected officials. Just hours after the polls closed, the National Electoral Council reported that the opposition party had won 99 seats in the Venezuelan government. These results generated much excitement, not just in Venezuela, but internationally. Many pointed to…
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Aspirations and Policies

Political rhetoric tends to obscure the difference between aspirations and policies.  Aspirations are goals people would like to achieve, whereas policies are the means for achieving them.  For example, the Obama administration has mandated automobile fuel efficiency standards that require a fleet average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.  This is an aspiration,…
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Standing with Rand? Maybe Take a Seat.

On April 7, Senator Rand Paul declared he is officially running for President in 2016. Since this time, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding his candidacy. In particular, many are pointing to Rand as a champion of liberty. I recently heard a talk in which the speaker was encouraged by Paul and several…
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Government’s Burden on Young Americans

The Independent Institute’s Love Gov videos offer an amusing look at the raw deal government policies give to America’s youth.  In the videos, sometimes government tempts young people into bad deals, such as student loans, and other times it offers them little choice but to take bad deals, as with health insurance.  But the…
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Campaign Finance Reform—After I’m Elected

Who knew that the New York Times had embraced irony? In a news piece—not its opinion page—”Clinton Fundraisers Show Scope of Family Network“: WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is tapping some of the biggest donors to her family’s philanthropy for her presidential campaign, even as the charity is under scrutiny over its own fundraising…
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