Tulsi Gabbard Is Not a Libertarian

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Peyton Gouzien | @pgouzien

For some reason, libertarians love Tulsi Gabbard.

Gabbard, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, has been praised for her anti-war message and honesty on a range of topics including the industrial military complex, the federal reserve, and overarching tech privacy. But that does not make Gabbard a libertarian.

Though Gabbard promotes a general anti-interventionist message that is informed by her military service in Iraq, there are still lingering questions about her close relationship with Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. Still, some of the most prominent libertarians are willing to overlook her record.

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Rojava Is Holding Off ISIS But Needs Better Guns to Prosper

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Ellie McFarland | @El_FarAwayLand

Ever since the Ottoman Empire dissolved and the various world powers got their hands on it, the Middle East has been ensconced in conflict. For much of that time, the United States has been heavily involved in Middle Eastern politics. Specifically, it has recently battled the terrorist groups Al Qaeda, ISIS, and the Taliban. As a result of President Bush’s occupation of Iraq, Obama’s “War on Terror”, and Trump’s continued refusal to eject troops from the region, America still ravages an entire subcontinent. Despite this damage and death, America remains ineffective at quelling terrorism. Though ISIS has a greatly reduced presence, they and the other groups remain a significant problem for many Middle Easterners. But amidst America’s “well-intentioned” but damaging military action, local armies are also rising up to defend their own homes. The most notable of these is the Kurdish-based army, Rojava

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Why I Support Tulsi Gabbard as a Libertarian

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Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

I’m not a voting man. I think that voting is ultimately ineffectual and a massive waste of time. Go plug in your support for a candidate and expect change. Even though Russia rigged it. Or Ted Cruz rigged it, whatever the story is this time. Voting is a joke, so I don’t really support anyone politically that way. Rather, I prefer to support through the most pragmatic means possible. How is this person going to shift the political discourse? How is the candidate I’m supporting going to re-shape politics? Answering these questions leads me to support Tulsi Gabbard as the ideal 2020 candidate, even as a libertarian.

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Democrats Desperate to Keep Freitas Off Virginia Ballots

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By Spencer Neale | @Spencer Kellogg

The despotic blue electorate of Virginia is grinning from ear to ear this week.

After a heated back and forth that lasted throughout much of the summer, it appears that incumbent House of Delegates Rep. Nick Freitas will not feature on the 30th District ballots of Virginia this November. A report in this week’s Washington Post suggests that Democrat-appointed state officials have denied a request to put the two-time Virginia delegate on the ballot.

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Interview: Jeff Deist Talks About the Future of Liberty

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Mason Mohon and Tom DiGennaro | @mohonofficial @DiGennaroTom

Jeff Deist is the president of the Mises Institue. The institute was founded by Murray Rothbard and Lew Rockwell and is located in Auburn Alabama. He was kind enough to sit down with 71 Republic’s Mason Mohon and Tom DiGennaro to talk about the impact of socialism on students, libertarian strategy, and the situation of libertarianism today. You can find Jeff Deist on Mises.org and on Twitter. Below is an audio recording of the Jeff Deist interview along with a transcript.

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