As Chicago prepares to celebrate gay pride, it’s important to remember that no political party has a longer or better record of supporting LGBT rights than the Libertarian Party. When the Libertarian Party was formed in 1971, gay rights was one of its founding principles. In fact, the Libertarian Party’s first presidential candidate, John Hospers was openly gay.
Back when Hillary Clinton was still insisting that “a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman“, the Libertarian Party already had 30 years of supporting gay rights. It’s no exaggeration to say that libertarians are literally decades ahead of the progressive left.
Indeed, the Libertarian Party is the most inclusive political party in the world. Why? Because equality is at the very heart of libertarianism. If libertarianism can be summed up in one sentence, it is this:
“Everyone hast the right to live their lives as they choose as long as they don’t infringe upon the equal rights of others.”
What’s more, we treat people as individuals, not just indistinct members of a group.
In Portland, Oregon, three men were attacked, two of whom fatally, after they tried to defend two teenage girls who were being harassed by a man yelling anti-Muslim slurs. The man, who is being held without bail, stabbed two of the men to death, the third suffering serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Reportedly, the attacker, who has a criminal record which includes felony robbery and kidnapping, told the teenage girls to get out of “his country” and and that “that Muslims should die“.
Sadly, this attack is not an isolated incident. According to the Pew Research Center, anti-Muslim violence have reached levels not seen since the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
by Arvin Vohra
If I asked a bank for a loan to buy a 100 million dollar skyscraper for my business, they would probably say no. It’s not because they think I’m a wicked person. They just think it’s unlikely that I’ll be able to pay back the loan.
Americans owe over $1.4 trillion in student loan debt, an average of $37,172 per student.
However, if a D student wants to borrow 200k to study art history at a tenth rate college, the bank will say yes. Why? Because the bank doesn’t care if the student is likely to pay back the loan. If the student does not, the government steals from you to pay it back.
The result is that teenagers with zero work or business experience are able to take out massive loans for impractical goals. People who are considered too young to drink, too high risk to rent a car for a day, can take out a massive loan, leading to decades of debt. Continue reading
So, Facebook is attempting to crack down on so-called fake news.
I’m not sure how this is possible. Even reputable sources make mistakes and don’t always correct them. In fact, most fact-checking sites don’t allow peer-review (which boggles the mind since peer-review is one of the best ways to correct mistakes). Although Facebook’s effort may be well intentioned, I’m concerned that it might backfire and actually reinforce false information.
I’ll give you a real life example. Last week, CNN’s Chris Cuomo falsely reported on live TV that Hillary Clinton’s campaign wasn’t given debate questions in advance on the grounds that town hall debates aren’t debates.
“Hillary Clinton never got debate questions from Donna Brazile. They were for a town hall.”
Wrong. Town halls are simply a debate format. As evidence, I point to the official Commission on Presidential Debates which specifically lists the second presidential debate as a debate even though it used a town hall format:
“The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting”
Have you ever wondered which libertarian websites are the most popular?
I did. So, I set out to compile a list. But I didn’t want to create a list based on my opinion. Instead, I wanted an objective, scientific analysis (at least as best as reasonably possible) in terms of total visitors. In order to do this, I used data from Alexa.com which is considered one of the world’s premier web traffic data and analytics companies.
Note: Alexa.com doesn’t keep a list of most popular libertarian websites. Instead, each website had to be manually looked up. If you believe that a site was missed, feel free to post in the Comments section or contact me using the Contact page and I’ll be happy to make any updates as needed.
So, without further ado, here are the top 40 most popular libertarian websites in the United States based on data from Alexa.com:
- The James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal – Dedicated to improving higher education in North Carolina and the nation.
- The Advocates for Self-Government – This group creates products, programs and services to help other libertarian groups.
- Atlas Network – Promotes free-market economic policies across the world.
- The Liberty Conservative – An online political magazine devoted to less government and more liberty.
- The Daily Liberator – Daily source for liberty related news.
- Niskanen Center – An advocacy organization that works to change public policy through direct engagement in the policy making process.
- Families Against Mandatory Minimums – FAMM advocates for state and federal sentencing reform.
- Liberty Viral – Founded by Austin Petersen, this popular blog features daily news updates.
- Liberty Hangout – Liberty Hangout is a libertarian media outlet and alternative news source.
- Economic Policy Journal – Blog focusing on economic policies.
- Campaign for Liberty – Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty promotes individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a non-interventionist foreign policy.
- Sound Money Defense League – Focuses on restoring gold and silver as America’s constitutional money.
- Young Americans for Liberty – Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is the largest, most active, and fastest-growing pro-liberty organization on America’s college campuses.
- Institute for Humane Studies – IHS is a nonprofit educational organization that encourages students and professors to study freedom.
- The Future of Freedom Foundation – Educational foundation that would advances the case for libertarianism
- The Heartland Institute – Chicago-based think tank.
- Competitive Enterprise Institute – Public interest group dedicated to free enterprise.
- Institute for Justice – Legal group which litigates to limit the size and scope of government.
- Being Libertarian – A blog which aims to be a point of convergence for minarchists, classical liberals, anarchists, independents, Objectivists, capitalists, and right/left-leaning libertarians.
- Tenth Amendment Center – Focuses on the 10th Amendment and nullification.
- Outside the Beltway – An online journal of politics and foreign affairs analysis with a classical liberal slant.
- FreedomWorks – A community of Americans devoted to promoting lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.
- Illinois Policy – An organization aimed at promoting personal freedom and prosperity in Illinois.
- Libertarian Party – The official website of the Libertarian Party.
- Learn Liberty – Explores the ideas of a free society.
- A Libertarian Future – A libertarian blog features news and daily updates.
- Libertarianism.org – A project of the Cato Institute, it features videos, essays, electronic versions of out-of-print books, book reviews and recommended reading lists.
- Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity – Official Ron Paul website focusing on Paul’s non-interventionist foreign policy.
- Independent Institute – Founded in 1986, the Independent Institute is a scholarly research and educational organization which sponsors studies on political economy.
- Tom Woods – A Senior Fellow at Ludwig von Mises Institute, Tom Woods runs the popular The Tom Woods Show podcast.
- Hoover Institution – A project of Stanford University, the Hoover Institution was founded by Herbert Hoover before he became President of the United States. Features The Libertarian podcast.
- Ron Paul Liberty Report – Official website of Ron Paul, the former 12-term US Congressman and 1988 Libertarian Party presidential candidate.
- Library of Economics and Liberty – Dedicated to the study of economics, markets, and liberty providing resources for students, teachers and researchers of economic thought.
- The Libertarian Republic – A free market news magazine featuring the writing of libertarians, conservatives and independents.
- US Debt Clock.org – A real time US national debt clock.
- Cato Institute – The Cato Institute, the prestigious libertarian think tank, promotes traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace.
- LewRockwell.com – A daily news and opinion site promoting anti-war, anti-state, pro-market work of Murray Rothbard.
- Mises Institute – The Mises Institute advocates Austrian economics in the tradition of Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard.
- Foundation for Economic Education – FEE is an educational foundation which specializes in bringing the principles of a free society to younger generations.
- Reason.com – Reason provides an alternative to right-wing and left-wing opinion magazines by writing from a libertarian perspective.