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The New Mexico Senate Race is Heating Up

By Trey Johnson | United States

Former two-time New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is calling for Republican candidate Mick Rich to drop out of the U.S. Senate race in New Mexico and coordinate his efforts towards helping to defeat Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich. Johnson’s bold idea could work as he is pulling away more voters from the Republican party than the Democratic party. New Mexico has been sending Democratic senators to Washington D.C. since 2009, and Republicans have a lower chance of winning the U.S. Senate seat than a Libertarian candidate.

Rich is asking Gary Johnson to withdraw from the race, stating in a fundraising email: “Let him spew his radical beliefs elsewhere, so the hard-working families of this state can gain a voice in the U.S. Senate.”

Johnson was the Libertarian presidential candidate in 2012 and 2016, and helped to realize a large increase in the percentage of votes received by the Party between the two elections. Libertarians were able to garner this support while on the ballot in 37 states.

Johnson pulled in 9% of the votes for president in his home state of New Mexico during the very important 2016 presidential election. Only the two candidates from the major parties were included in the presidential debates, making it impossible for the former Governor to be considered by American voters.

Republican Senator Rand Paul recently endorsed Gary Johnson for Senate.

I have an important announcement today. I’m endorsing Gary Johnson for US Senate.

Gary Johnson is a true fiscal conservative. As Governor, he reduced the size of government while improving services and cutting taxes.

His leadership on issues of government overreach, protecting Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights against mass surveillance, and common sense foreign policy is sorely needed in the United States Senate, for New Mexico and the nation.

He will be an important ally and a critical independent voice.

This marks a historic moment as Paul refused to endorse a candidate from his own party.

Gary Johnson is popular in New Mexico and has a fair shot at winning the U.S. Senate race. In the words of Rand Paul, “he is an important American ally and a critical independent voice”.


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Gary Johnson Officially Enters New Mexico Senate Race

By Ryan Lau | @agorisms

Monday evening, Gary Johnson made a massive leap into the political ring once more. Yes, that’s right. Johnson is now officially running for the United States Senate as a Libertarian. After weeks of speculation, which culminated in the Libertarian Party offering him the role, the former New Mexico governor has formally accepted the nomination.

As of 9:30 PM local time Monday, the Johnson campaign officially filed paperwork for his senatorial run with the Secretary of State.

Johnson’s last-minute entry comes two weeks after the former candidate, Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, dropped out.

The two-term governor is running in a three-way race. However, he polls considerably better in a head to head race against incumbent Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich. The Republican, Mick Rich, on the other hand, is facing pressure to drop out in support of Johnson.

Despite this, the Cook Political Report has stated that the race is solidly Democratic. It is unclear whether Johnson’s entry into the race will impact the rating, though he has stated in the past that he would not run if he did not think it was possible to win.

Tuesday afternoon, Gary Johnson officially released his first campaign video on Twitter. In it, he described his accomplishments, including cutting taxes 14 times as well as vetoing over 750 different pieces of legislation. Despite this, he managed to balance the budget and even run a billion dollar surplus.

The video also points out Johnson’s personal traits, including his dedication and competitive nature.

This is a breaking story, and it will be updated as more information becomes available.


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New Mexico LP Nominates Gary Johnson for Senate

By Ryan Lau | @agorisms

In the past several weeks, the New Mexico 2018 Senate race has considerably heated up. Previously, many did not expect New Mexico to be a competitive race for the potential blue wave. However, Former Governor Gary Johnson is beginning to make a change to this.

Last week, Libertarian candidate Aubrey Dunn withdrew from the senatorial race. His son, Blair Dunn, confirmed this news and started speculations that Johnson may enter the race.

Within a matter of days, the hype for the former governor grew. Several groups conducted polling, which showed Johnson defeating incumbent Martin Heinrich in a head to head election.

Not long after, New Mexico LP chair Chris Luchini declared that Johnson was “very interested” in joining the race.

But now, the next step towards his entering the race has occurred. Saturday night, the party’s central committee offered Johnson the now vacant spot of Dunn.

The former governor has two weeks to accept the offer, and due to the imminent election and a desire to win, may do so earlier rather than later. He declared Saturday, “A major factor is, simply, whether I can win. If I run, it will be with the intention to win.”

Several members of the New Mexico LP shared their desire for Johnson to enter the race, as well as support for Aubrey Dunn’s work for the liberty movement. Saturday night, Aubrey’s son, Blair Dunn, tweeted his support for both of the men.

With the party seeming to rally around Johnson, it is still unclear whether he has a chance to win. Though head to head polls show him on top, three way polls show the Libertarian in a statistical tie for second, at about a quarter of the vote.

Republican nominee Mick Rich shares the same percentage. As he performs poorly in head to head polls, many are urging him to drop out in favor of Johnson.

Much is still up in the air, including whether Johnson will accept the offer, and how it will affect the shape of the race and the blue wave as a whole. If he accepts and ultimately wins, Johnson will be the first Libertarian United States Senator in history.


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Libertarians and Neo-Progressives Aren’t That Different

Francis Folz | United States

For the first time in the last three election cycles, Ron Paul was not the old, white man who had the arcane ability to attract the diverse youth vote. In 2016, the role of Ron Paul was played by Bernie Sanders, and boy did Bernie play Ron Paul’s role well. However, once Mr. Sanders was defeated by Ms. Clinton, former Governor Gary Johnson doubled down on his support from millennial voters, stating that he and Mr. Sanders share similar positions close to 70 percent of the time.

I found it quite intriguing that two competing ideologies that, on the surface, couldn’t seem farther apart from each other actually share a plethora of dogmas in common. History is repeating itself, yet very few identify how civil libertarians and these modern-day progressive socialists have been on the same side of history as one another in the past.

In the 1960 presidential election, Americans elected John F. Kennedy by a narrow margin to be the next commander-in-chief. Kennedy, who had many libertarian inklings such as fiscal conservatism, the desire to abolish the Federal Reserve and the CIA, and his opposition to military conflicts. Unfortunately, JFK served only three years as president before he was assassinated and war hawk Lyndon B. Johnson took his place.

Barry Goldwater is often recognized as a man ahead of his time. In 1964, Mr. Goldwater, or should I say Mr. Conservative, defeated the Rockefeller establishment wing of the Republican Party and was nominated to be the next president of the United States. It’s important to note Mr. Goldwater wasn’t a conservative by present day standards, as his positions would be considered libertarian today.

The former senator from Arizona favored personal responsibility, proposed the idea that one must only be able to shoot straight to be in our armed forces, believed foreign entanglements are unnecessary and detrimental to our nation, and that American prosperity starts with laissez-faire approaches to economics. Regrettably, the War Party successfully convinced Americans that a Goldwater presidency would result in nuclear warfare, and as consequence, the Ron Paul of the ’60’s received only 52 electoral votes.

As Lyndon Johnson kicked the Vietnam War into high gear, the youth of the 1960’s became increasingly wary of America’s hunger for military conflict. Countless students defied their military conscription or celebrated Uncle Lyndon’s call to arms by burning their draft cards. Lamentably, the young minds involved in the anti-war movement were led by American communists like Students for a Democratic Society.

What many fail to consider is that libertarians found themselves on the same sides as the hippies, advocating for the end of the disastrous and unconstitutional Vietnam War. In 1969, libertarians were expelled from the conservative Young Americans for Freedom convention after a libertarian member burned his draft card. Although libertarians were not involved with organizations like SDS, their sentiment towards peace was just as strong.

Libertarians and the New Left most likely found themselves sympathizing or supporting the Free Speech movement of the early 1960’s. According to UC Berkeley campus rules at the time, certain political activity was prohibited or restricted to the Democratic and Republican campus clubs.

Students who desired to solicit money for Civil Rights campaigns or to speak out against the Vietnam War were either disbanded or arrested for violating campus laws. Although the Left is predominately considered the champions of the Free Speech movement, 60’s libertarians assumably supported the precepts of free speech, civil rights, and non-aggression.

In addition, the counterculture movement and libertarians shared a relaxed approach to social issues. Both libertarians and the left-leaning youth of the 60’s favored personal responsibility and decriminalization of non-violent offenses. Lastly, hippies and libertarians shared anti-authoritarian attitudes, which is ironic considering communism requires a large, centralized political authority.

Despite the hippies of the anti-war movement and the libertarians of the 60’s belonging to immensely different ideologies and organizations, both espoused similar positions regarding the most critical issues of their time. The similar views both sides formerly held have once again manifested itself in today’s politics, underscored by akin perspectives and, at times, differing solutions from the Ron Paul and Bernie Sanders coalitions.


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Libertarians are Lacking a Respectable Role Model

By Ryan Lau | @agorists

As a libertarian, it can be very difficult to find good examples of political figures to admire. Of course, very few public officials are members of the Libertarian Party, and the exceptions usually hold minor local positions. This creates a bit of a problem for libertarians, especially those of the next generation. Without a key figure to look up to, it can be very difficult for many youths to form their opinions.

In fact, it is entirely possible that the lack of libertarians in the country is perpetuated by a lack of clear examples to follow. Though the most informed will discover Hayek and Mises, the reality is that these names are foreign to a majority of people. Yet, names of current politicians are well-known.

What effect does this have on the youth? Simply put, it limits the ideas that they witness and process. If a mouse is fed nothing but cheese in its life, it may believe cheese to be the only food source. Yet, the mouse’s belief does nothing to actually cement itself into reality. It does, however, alter how the mouse perceives reality. In this manner, the nation’s adolescents are no different. If society teaches an adolescent that there is a one dimensional spectrum of ideas in politics, the second dimension will not cease to exist. But, it will not be in the youth’s brain in any way.

Thus, many are under the impression in America that only one dimension exists: left and right. One may either be a conservative, liberal, or somewhere in between. Of course, this could not be farther from the truth, but what reason do they have to doubt this? The fact of the matter is, there is no clear alternative in place. Blame the media. Blame government manipulation. Ultimately, however, the blame game needs to end. It is time for the libertarian movement to start acting proactively, not reactively.

Throughout much of the last two years, Governor Gary Johnson has focused on his Our America Initiative. The main objective is to make the country’s politics “fair” again, and end a bias against third parties. I do not question Johnson’s data on said bias, nor his intentions.

But, this simply is not the behavior of the leader of a new movement. Essentially, the governor is asking the government to treat him fairly, while accusing them of treating him unfairly. In his project, he makes no mention to his numerous embarrassing, televised gaffes during the 2016 election season, or his inability to raise enough money. Though the government does unfairly treat third parties, Johnson takes no responsibility for his own pitfalls, instead choosing to point the blame solely at anyone who can take it. He has successfully brought some more attention to the Libertarian Party, but Gary Johnson is not, and will not be, the next figurehead for libertarians.

If not Johnson, who else can fill the role? Some go so far as the Republican Party, claiming that Rand Paul should be the next leader of liberty. Conversely, he is a far worse choice. With his support for a federal income tax, as well as his vote to confirm Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State, Paul shows that his true colors do not reside near liberty. Though he is better than most Republicans, the lesser of two evils is still evil. In fact, that very principle of not voting for a lesser evil is often the reason libertarians leave the major parties. It is absurd to think that now, they should throw their support behind a statist of a slightly lower degree.

Ruling out both of them, there simply are not many options left. Both Larry Sharpe and Austin Petersen are smart, respectable men with a desire for change. Yet, neither comes close to being well-known enough to make a national impact. Petersen, if he wins his Senate race, may have the potential to fill that gaping void. However, Josh Hawley may prove to be too difficult a primary opponent to defeat. Sharpe, on the other hand, appears even less likely to win his race for Governor of New York. Without a title, neither of these men are likely to gain the recognition needed to be the face of a movement.

We as a nation are at a turbulent time in politics. Approval ratings for both parties are at a record low, and desire for a third party is higher than ever before. Gary Johnson is correct with those statements. Yet, if libertarians wish to become a force in politics, with or without the aid of the Libertarian Party, they need a figurehead, someone who can inspire the masses. Ron Paul did exactly this, and did a great job of it, but he is well into his ninth decade and has retired from politics. We as a movement need a new viable leader, but alas, one does not seem to exist.


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