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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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
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
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
Robert Draper defends his article on America's "libertarian moment."
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
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
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
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.
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...
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 [...]
Robert Draper’s 2013 article on the National Rifle Association and its lobbying power.
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 […]
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
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
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” (facebook.com) John Dingell and the Tea Party (politico.com)