Headquarters of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, DC.
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An April 2017 survey explored Americans’ opinions about government intervention and welfare policies. It found that on average, they want more from their government, but are highly polarised.
Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm is the only libertarian in the federal parliament.
Libertarianism is a minority concern in Australian politics, but it offers a philosophical framework to understand contemporary social and economic challenges.
A surveillance photograph of Vicki Weaver at Ruby Ridge, 1992.
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The radical right has a keen sense of its own history, and the violence of the 1990s is still fresh in its memory.
Winston Churchill was a strong proponent of the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Conservative party manifesto's repudiation of the ‘libertarian right’ bodes ill for the European Court of Human Rights.
Libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson.
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Are the Libertarians a viable alternative to Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? A political philosopher who studies economic justice looks at the platform.
Cliven and Ammon Bundy.
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The violent American militias of the 1990s faded from view long ago – but have they begun coming back in a new form?
Personal fireworks have been banned from sale in Australia since the 1980s.
With massive public displays of fireworks set for New Year’s eve tonight, the accidental Senator David Leyonhjelm has recently called for the abolition of the ban on personal purchasing of fireworks throughout…
David Leyonhjelm is chairing the Senate inquiry into ‘Personal Choice and Community Impacts’.
We don’t know what will come out of the Senate inquiry into the 'nanny state', but we do have some idea about what Australia would look like based on libertarian principles.
It’s not that studying psychology made me a bleeding heart, but that studying psychology gave me a better understanding of how people think and behave.
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Learning about social psychology can make you more liberal. I know this because it is exactly what happened to me.
Libertarians, such as David Leyonhjelm, refuse to see anything but individual liberty as having decisive moral weight.
David Leyonhjelm is a conviction politician whose positions are governed by principle, not populism. But he is exposing the disturbing moral thinness of the libertarian principles he espouses.
Libertarians have a deeply atomising picture about communities, states, even about what it is to be human.
David Leyonhjelm's parliamentary inquiry into what he calls “the nanny state” reflects a view of human beings as essentially independent individuals. But that's not kind of society most of us want.
Ayn Rand quote at Walt Disney World.
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Ayn Rand may be long gone but her theories about selfishness live on in today's libertarian circles and influence the political philosophies of presidential contender Rand Paul and others.
Philip Nitschke and David Leyonhjelm have appealed libertarian ideals in their arguments for euthanasia and same-sex marriage respectively.
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The suspension of Philip Nitschke’s medical registration, and the events leading up to it, has sparked one of the most heated discussions about euthanasia in Australia for some time. What’s surprising…
Too tangible. (Keyrings, not currency)
A turbulent last few months have seen numerous pieces announcing the end of Bitcoin, its imminent collapse, or the bursting of the bubble. Commentators are missing the point: the key to Bitcoin’s surprising…