Does Gary Johnson understand Libertarianism?

Gary Johnson’s odd, unlibertarian approach to Burqas leaves some libertarians confused I’ve been really excited for Gary Johnson to get in this race, but his highly anticipated campaign got off to bit of a weird start. From Johnson’s interview with Nick Gillepsie at Reason: Surprisingly for a libertarian, Johnson, who recently resigned as the CEO of Cannabis Sativa, a marijuana marketing form, said that he would sign a bill banning the wearing of burqas in America. Sharia, he insisted, was not an expression of religion but of “politics” and hence…

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Corrupt Politicians Retire Rich

Big government in the empire state breeds corruption With Republican State Senate speaker Dean Skelos and Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver convicted of corruption, you’d think there’d be some impetus among the citizens of New York to take rudimentary steps to clean up Albany. I was shocked to learn the other day that convicted state legislators still get to keep their nearly $100,000 per year pensions! Convicted criminal Dean Skelos will collect $95,000 per year and convicted criminal Sheldon Silver will collect $87,000 per year. I’m not a big fan of state legislators getting pensions…

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Essence of the State

The nature of the state cannot be unseen At some point, every libertarian realizes a fundamental truth about their government: underlying every law, every regulation, and every tax, no matter how well-intentioned, is violence. Once you’ve realized how a state works, it’s hard to look at it any other way. Who enforces the rules and how they’re enforced make a big difference. Governance is a rule structure to regulate behavior. Governance exists in families, clubs, corporations, and any other organization. Unlike these voluntary groups, government can resort to force or violence…

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