The Great Debate

Why libertarianism is closer to Stalinism than you think

June 15, 2015
Senator Paul attends news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to unveil "The Transparency for the Families of 9/11 Victims Act"

Senator Rand Paul at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 2, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Monetizing the marginalized

February 28, 2012

Five years ago, Ron Paul’s popularity was still surprising. Sometime in 2007, the former physician, longtime crank in Congress, and thoroughly fringe Republican had somehow turned his shtick into success — at least monetarily. Paul raised more than $31 million in the 2008 Republican primary even though he never actually won a contest where actual delegates were at stake. For a longshot like Paul, it wasn’t the chance of his success that drove people to donate; on the contrary, all but the deluded knew he would fail.

How Ron Paul may have won — and lost — Maine

February 16, 2012

Washington County, Maine, is the easternmost point in the continental United States. This region of rocky shores and pinetree forests is populated by proudly independent — and defiant — citizens.

Do libertarians like Peter Thiel really want to live in America?

September 1, 2011

By Sally Kohn
The opinions expressed are her own.

It sounds like “Fantasy Island” meets “The Twilight Zone” — a privately funded island nation created for the sole purpose of escaping government.

Will Jared Loughner discredit the gold standard?

January 11, 2011

By Chadwick Matlin
Matlin, a guest contributor, is a freelance writer. The opinions expressed are his own.