On November 1th, the SOHO forum held an interesting debate between Nick Gillespie, Reason Magazine’s editor-in-chief, and Walter Block, a famous Austrian economist and anarchocapitalist. The debate’s topic was if libertarians should vote for Trump or not.
The last days, I read more and more american libertarians claiming that the Johnson/Weld ticket is not really libertarian/not libertarian enough and that this is reason enough to NOT vote for the ticket. I think, this is a nice concrete example of the Nirvana fallacy. The LP had chosen a moderate classical liberal candidate instead of a minarchist or even an anarcho-capitalist (let’s put aside here, that I am against anarchism for various reasons and that it would be absurd to nominate an anarchist for a state office), so the candidate is not good enough to vote for. WTF ?! Regarding that the two main candidates are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, this is really ludicrous. Of course, if libertarians think so and they rather stay at home or make a „lesser evil“ choice between the donkey’s and the elephant’s nominee, so be it. But nevertheless, I want to make some remarks to the common arguments against Gary.
The two former governors of New Mexico and Massachusetts spoke in Reno (Nevada) before going to Utah.
See for yourself why the LP ticket is better than those of the democrats and the republicans. (The video includes questions asked by the public).
As many people worldwide are now talking about the upcoming presidential elections in the US (the american people will vote a president and a vicepresident for the next four years), our three main authors here on „L for Liberty“ will give their own stance on the topic and explain which candidate they’d personally vote for and why.
… was organized yesterday evening by Russia Today. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein go head-to-head over foreign policy and other issues.
You can watch it here:
I’ve already made my choice for the presidentials next year. Even if I don’t have the right to vote in the land of the free and the home of the brave, I officially endorse and support the candidacy of Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, who- after being excluded from the Republican primaries- will run as a third party candidate for the Libertarian Party.
I clearly prefer him as well to Barack Obama as to all Republican candidates, including Ron Paul (who has many good ideas, but is deeply wrong on some issues, i.e. abortion and Israel, which are both way too important for me to ignore.) I also like Stephen Bailey, but he won’t run. So I go for Gary!
For various (philosophical and political) reasons, I am not a big fan of the Libertarian Party (as I am not one of Murray Rothbard for that matter), but if Gary Johnson will be their candidate, a LP vote should be morally acceptable.
So, to all my american friends: of course, it’s your own choice, but please have a look here. Thanks!