The 2 Different Kinds of Libertarians Fighting on the Right

The fight over who the 2016 GOP presidential nominee should be is an expression of which ideological movement has the dominant position in the party. And it’s a contest between many different philosophies across economics, social issues, and foreign policy. “The Right” is not a monolith where everyone agrees — it’s a loose, squabbling coalition that changes and evolves from decade to decade as the threats facing America change and evolve.


Here’s an exchange I had in the comments for my piece earlier this week asking “Which of These 23 Reader-Submitted 2016 GOP Ticket Suggestions Is The Best? (The First 9 Are My Favorites)”:

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Bronx Zionist, in answer to Mpower69:

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(For those new to the ideological discussion: here are my previous Tatler posts laying out the basics for why I so loudly oppose the “Rothbardian” wing of the Libertarian-Right and its political leaders Ron and Rand Paul.)

What do you think? Which “side” are you on? Ron Paul Libertarian-Anarchist or Ronald Reagan Libertarian-Conservative or Jeb Bush Fox News Corporatist?

Neoconservative, non-interventionist dove, Kissinger-style “realist,” Counter-Jihad defense hawk? Which other important ideologies are fighting not just for the presidency but for the future of the party?


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