Left-Leaning Libertarian

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Description

You desire substantially less government control of personal activity and somewhat less government control over economic activity than is presently the case in the U.S. This makes you a moderate libertarian with liberal tendencies.

Campaign 2016

This is your year! The Libertarian Party is fielding a moderate left-libertarian slate for President. Unlike most LP campaigns, the Johnson/Weld campaign consists of politicians with real experience (two former governors), and a focus on which steps toward liberty make sense in the near term.

Meanwhile, the legacy parties are running unlikeable candidates who inspire comparisons to Nixon and Hitler. (Fair or not? You decide.)

Thanks to these factors the LP slate is getting traction -- around 10% in the polls. Thanks to the fine print in the Constitution, they could actually win(!)

The press coverage is there. They are at 10% in the polls. If left-libertarians get out there and get their friends, families, and coworkers to give them a good look soon, they might reach 15% needed to get into the debates.

If you snooze, you lose. This perfect storm situation may not repeat.

Fun Reads for Left-Leaning Libertarians

Imaging more liberty. It's rather fun if you try... To that end I have compiled a list of fun libertarian utopias for your reading pleasure. Since you come out on the left side of the libertarian quadrant, you might also enjoy some of the social liberal utopias as well.

Full disclosure: if you buy from Amazon using the links on this and the utopia pages, I make a small commission. Capitalism! Woohoo!

Political Parties and Organizations

Modern Whig Party Logo

A common sense pragmatist third political party. What a concept! At least, that is what the Modern Whig Party claims to be. Looking at their web site their views seem to range from centrist to moderate left-libertarian.

A new party. Whether it gets off the ground remains to be seen.

Campaign for Liberty

The Libertarian Party was created to radically cut government—more than you want. Nonetheless, you might want to check them out to see if you want to add some Libertarians to the mix of D's and R's currently in power, since the D's and R's are making government bigger than you want.

Not happy with the existing parties? Would you like to see a political party that was concerned about freedom and equality? Would you like to shrink big government and big corporations?

I am contemplating starting such a party. This is not a trivial undertaking! However in my manual on how to start a new political party I seriously address the challenges inherent in third party politics in the United States. Third parties generally fail, because the system is rigged against third parties. However, there are a couple of interesting loopholes...

How to start a New Political Party

The Republican Liberty Caucus

Democratic Freedom Caucus The Democratic Freedom Caucus. Yes, there is a caucus within the Democratic Party that calls for smaller government, but like other Democrats, they are greatly concerned with equality.

Free State Project

Want more liberty soon? You could move to a small state where other libertarians are congregating: New Hampshire. The Free State Project has not achieved its original goal of getting 20,000 libertarians to commit to moving, but many libertarians have moved anyway.

The Good Government Reading List

Regardless of your core political values, this list of books on law, economics, politics, and social problems should add useful items to your mental toolset. These books (and one TV series) range from easy to challenging.


Liberty and Other Values

Holistic Politics

Freedom, equality, morality, nature,...these are all good things. All to often, political debate rages over which is more important. Synergies get overlooked. There is a better way, holistic politics. By looking at multiple values at the same time, it is possible to come up with creative solutions for the world's problems, solutions that make all the factions more happy.

Marginal Revolution

Think economics is just about predicting interest rates? Think again! Marginal Revolution is a very interesting economics blog written by professors at George Mason University.

The Free Liberal

How do we get back to sound money and a stable economy? How do we replace ridiculous financial regulations with accountability? Read Finance and Freedom to find out. You will also find some fun potshots at Keynesian Economics and the Paradox of Thrift. To the Krugmobile! Finance and Freedom

Political Strategy

The Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute. Provides quality training in "political technology" for conservatives and libertarians.

Essays on World Liberation. Once upon a time, I was a hardcore activist in the Libertarian Party, going so far to sit on the National Committee and be on the Strategic Planning Team (SPT). These essays are an outgrowth of said experiences and my experiments in the field. Since then, I have concluded that the Libertarian Party is not the optimical vehicle for liberty; it is too radical to win many elections. Furthermore, I have mellowed over time and have become more sensitive to issues other than liberty and the size of government. So I am no longer an LP member, but if you are (or become one) some of these essays may prove useful.