Author: Kevin Damato

Kevin is a undergraduate freshman at George Mason University majoring in Government and International Politics with a concentration in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). He is the founder of his Young Americans for Liberty chapter as well as a Campus Coordinator for Students for Liberty. You can read more about what Kevin is up to on his website www.kevindamato.org.

Meet the 2020 Libertarian Candidates

Kevin Damato | @KevinCDamato

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, there is much talk about the boisterous and ever-growing democratic field. However, the 3rd largest American political party, the Libertarian Party, also has a primary ahead of them.

In 2016, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson was able to garner small doses of media attention. However, the 2020 libertarian candidates seem rather unknown. Information on the candidates is limited, but outlets like Chris Spangle’s “We Are Libertarians Network” have done their best through their presidential candidate and debate series hosted by Hodey Johns.

Note that this is not a conclusive list of all candidates. Rather this is a short description of the most prominent figures who have announced their campaigns.

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Maj Toure is Running for Philadelphia City Council

Kevin Damato | @KevinCDamato

Maj Toure, an activist and founder of the Black Guns Matter educational movement, recently announced his candidacy for Philadelphia City Council At-Large.

Maj is running under the guise of the Libertarian Party, but exaggerating his grassroots and solution-based style. Maj’s appearance as an outsider separates him from the “self-interested, politically corrupt posers” who he says currently run the city.

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YALCON Shows Us the Future of the Liberty Movement

Kevin Damato | @KevinCDamato

YALCON is a libertarian convention held by the national organization Young Americans for Liberty (YAL). YAL is a multifaceted organization, holding both a 501(c)(3) for their education side and a 501(c)(4) for their political campaigning work in their “Operation Win at the Door” program.

One of the amazing benefits of being a member of your local YAL chapter is the ability to attend the aforementioned convention, which has 5 locations this year all around the country. During each YALCON, attendees have the opportunities to meet liberty leaders, learn how to expand their outreach knowledge, and network with their peers.

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Congress Personally Showed Me Their Failures

Kevin Damato | @KevinCDamato

In 2019, labeling Congress as “broken” is not a particularly controversial statement.  The deadlock that many regret is only becoming more common, leaving the ordinary citizenry little hope in any productive changes. I, like most Americans, had a very critical and cynical view of the legislative body, but upon seeing the problems firsthand, I can tell you that they are far worse than most imagine.

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Ayn Rand is the Real Cool Kid’s Philosopher

Kevin Damato | @KevinCDamato

In late 2017, there was an article published on currentaffairs.org referring to conservative commentator Ben Shapiro as “The Cool Kid’s Philosopher.” The article goes on to quote a New York Times piece crediting him with “dissecting arguments with a lawyer’s skill and references to Aristotle.” Is Shapiro the best we can get when it comes to logic based-philosophy? The short answer is no, but the question of who the true “Cool Kid’s Philosopher” is remains.

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