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Could Boris Johnson Be Julian Assange’s Saving Grace?

Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

Following the election of Boris Johnson, there may actually be hope for Julian Assange. Up until this point, Assange’s future looked dismal. But with the election of Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister on Tuesday, the situation changes. Johnson is a proponent of press freedom, which means Assange could truly have a chance at liberty.

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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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