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Republicans Won't 'Go Libertarian' -- Here's Why

The time has come again for a perennial theme in politics: the idea that Republicans should "go libertarian." The questionable premise, forwarded most recently by Robert Draper and Emily Ekins, is that the Republican Party could sweep up millennials, who are "socially liberal" and "economically conservative," by adopting a more libertarian message. Show More Summary

In Search of the Libertarian Moment

On August 7, Robert Draper (New York Times) asked: “Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?” One excerpt: Libertarians, who long have relished their role as acerbic sideline critics of American political theater, now find themselves and their movement thrust into the middle of it. For decades their ideas have had serious backing financially (most prominently […]

Six Reasons Why Today’s Libertarian Movement Is Not At All Pro-Gay

4 days agoLGBT / Gay : Queerty

Thanks to a New York Times Magazine article by Robert Draper, there’s been a lot of buzz lately about the libertarian tidal wave that’s allegedly poised to wash over the American landscape. Draper argues that young people are much more accepting of the libertarian get-rid-of-all-government argument and that Rand Paul is set to harness that energy all […]

What’s God Have To Do With Our “Libertarian Moment”?

by Matthew Sitman Last week Sarah Posner expanded on Ed Kilgore’s argument that the efforts of the Christian right are a big reason for the rise of libertarianism in the United States – and why Robert Draper’s NYT Magazine story on libertarian politics was off the mark: I do think that non-religious libertarians played a […]

Emily Ekins: Millennials Are Not Economic Leftists

last weekNews : Reason

In response to Robert Draper's New York Times Magazine piece on the potential for a libertarian moment, there has been much debate over where exactly young people stand on economic issues. Critics relying largely on one or two data points have ended to prematurely declare young people staunch economic liberals. Show More Summary

What 'libertarian moment' scoffers and critics get wrong

In this time of political polarization, it's rare to find a moment of comity. But that's exactly what we've found in the wake of Robert Draper's recent New York Times Magazine feature suggesting that the "libertarian moment" might have finally arrived in America. Show More Summary

America’s selective libertarianism

There’s an old rule in journalism: All you need are three good examples to prove a trend. And by that measure, writer Robert Draper had more than he needed to declare a new “libertarian moment” in American politics. In a New York Times Magazine cover story, Draper made exactly that case. Show More Summary

Is GOP Foreign Policy Getting More Libertarian, or Is it Just Anti-Democrat Opportunism?

2 weeks agoNews : Reason

That was, more or less, the question bandied about in The Independents aftershow on Monday, featuring former Reagan-administration deputy defense secretary K.T. McFarland and New York Times Magazine politics reporter Robert Draper, author of a recent profile of the libertarian movement: When I interviewed Sen. Show More Summary

More on the Ron Paul/Kurt Cobain Synergy

Robert Draper defends his article on America's "libertarian moment."

Yes, the libertarian moment has arrived

Robert Draper posed an important question in last weekend's New York Times Magazine cover story: Has the "libertarian moment" finally arrived, with voters ready to support a presidential candidate (presumably Republican Rand Paul) who...Show More Summary

Village Voice Writer States Falsely That Reason Defends Bigoted Bakers More Than the Right of Gays to Be Legally Married

2 weeks agoNews : Reason

As Nick Gillespie observed a bit earlier, Robert Draper's New York Times Magazine piece, "Has he 'Libertarian Moment' Finally Arrived," has provoked an interesting and occasionally comedic series of reactions among people who are invested in disliking libertarians. Show More Summary

Krugman: The Fantasy of Libertarian Economics

Paul Krugman: In the latest Times Magazine, Robert Draper profiled youngish libertarians -- roughly speaking, people who combine free-market economics with permissive social views -- and asked whether we might be heading for a "libertarian moment." Well, probably not. Show More Summary

Krugman, Chait, and Frum Call the ‘Libertarian Moment’ a Load of Bollocks

2 weeks agoNews : Mediaite

While libertarians, a group that often feels misrepresented in mainstream political discourse, were largely happy with Robert Draper's piece in the New York Times Magazine about their moment in the sun, it didn't take long for other columnists to call the idea of a "libertarian moment" a load of bollocks.

Paul Krugman: Phosphorus and Freedom

Markets are not always magic: Phosphorus and Freedom, by Paul Krugman, Commentary, NY Times: In the latest Times Magazine, Robert Draper profiled youngish libertarians... and asked whether we might be heading for a “libertarian moment.” Well, probably not. Polling...

Not The “Libertarian Moment” But Also Not Hillary Clinton’s Moment To Attract Millenials

Robert Draper asks, Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived? in The New York Times Magazine. Libertarians, who long have relished their role as acerbic sideline critics of American political theater, now find themselves and their movement thrust into the middle of it. For decades their ideas have had serious backing financially (most prominently by the [...]

Inside the Power of the N.R.A.

Robert Draper’s 2013 article on the National Rifle Association and its lobbying power.

Can Rand Paul Thread The Needle?

Robert Draper profiles the junior Senator from Kentucky: “The party can’t become the opposite of what it is,” he told me. “If you tell people from Alabama, Mississippi or Georgia, ‘You know what, guys, we’ve been wrong, and we’re gonna be the pro-gay-marriage party,’ they’re either gonna stay home or — I mean, many of […]

Is Rand Paul Trying to Have It Both Ways on Gay Marriage? Probably Not.

3 weeks agoNews : Reason

You may have possibly heard his morning that The New York Times Magazine this weekend is exploring whether our "libertarian moment" has arrived. Besides visiting Reason in D.C., writer Robert Draper interviewed libertarian Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and Sen. Show More Summary

New York Times Magazine: “Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?”

3 weeks agoNews : Reason

The New York Times Magazine has just published a 6,600-word exploration of, essentially, whether, Nick Gillespie is right when he says "The libertarian moment is now." Writer Robert Draper, author of the errific 1991 book Rolling Stone...Show More Summary

‘Polack’ surfaces in Politico Magazine

From Robert Draper’s “John Dingell and the Tea Party” in Politico Magazine “It appears the writer employed a paraphrased stream-of-consciousness in that segment” ( John Dingell and the Tea Party (

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