Libertarian principles in today’s politics


Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Matt Welch on a discussion panel on Freedom Watch With Judge Napolitano to talk about what it means to be libertarian and how best to apply libertarian principles in today’s politics.

The Show aired on the Fox Business Channel December 17, 2010.


  1. The amazing thing about this was that even the libertarians couldn’t agree on what was acceptable government involvement. The one guy I think even said that safety nets were okay.

    I think this points to the reality that there isn’t a perfect form of government. That the only thing we can do is what have been doing – compromise constantly. There will never be a goldie locks government. We will also be too hot or too cold, never just right. But as long as we continue to strive for the perfect union we will be alright.

  2. Libertarians are no different than any other group of people and their level of passion and commitment to the principles of big L libertarianism varies from person to person.

    Overall a libertarian stands for Less Governing and more freedom and that is what matters the most. As long as we push forward with those two principles we can argue about the details later.

  3. I was just suprised that the words safety net would even come out of the mouth of a libertarian. I mean, if there is anything that screams government involvement it’s a safety net. That’s socialism you know.

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