Posted: July 15, 2017 Filed under: Economics, Humor, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: Andrew Heaton, Austin Bragg, Game of Thrones, HBO, Libertarian, Meredith Bragg, Reason (magazine), video
As HBO’s blockbuster series Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season, Reason offers its own freedom-filled parody. A libertarian paradise north of the wall? What’s happened to Westeros’ social security trust fund? Should it take low-income Dothraki four years to get a hair-braiding license?
Written and produced by Austin Bragg, Meredith Bragg, and Andrew Heaton. Shot and edited by Bragg and Bragg. Starring Andrew Heaton, Austin Bragg, and Remy.
Posted: December 19, 2016 Filed under: History, Mediasphere, Think Tank, U.S. News | Tags: Avik Roy, Donald Trump, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunit, FREOPP, Libertarian, Lone Star State, majority-minority state, Mobil Corporation, Nick Gillespie, Reason (magazine), Rick Perry, Texas, United States, United States Department of Energy, video
Avik Roy, the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity co-founder, discusses how Texas has not only become an economic powerhouse, but has maintained a sense of inclusion that doesn’t exist in many other states.
“In Texas, the Mexicans have always been there…. There’s not this sense that Mexicans are foreigners,” says Avik Roy, Forbes opinion editor and the co-founder and president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP).
Roy believes Texas, a majority-minority state, offers a good counter-example for libertarians and conservatives anxious about immigrants and non-Europeans changing American political culture. The Lone Star State is not only doing very well economically, says Roy, there’s a sense of inclusion that doesn’t exist in many other states.
“It’s not just a free state in the sense of policy, but there really is a sense that everyone feels, whether Anglo or Latino, that freedom has made their lives better,” Roy tells Reason’s Nick Gillespie. “This indigenous thing called Tex-Mex has been around for a very long time. It’s simply not treating the others as if they were others…that attitude makes a huge difference.”
According to Roy, who has advised politicians such as Rick Perry and Marco Rubio, one of the goals of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity is to challenge the conservative view that holds racial and ethnic minority groups can only be appeased through more statism and redistribution and should thus be written off when it comes to building political and economic coalitions. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 17, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Humor, Mediasphere | Tags: Alexis Madrigal, CNN, Documentary film, Libertarian, media, Movies, Parody, Reason.tv, satire, Star Wars
Just in time for the holidays, The Star Wars Libertarian Special features Senate filibusters, border patrol stops, eminent domain, a guest appearance by Edward Snowden, and rarely seen footage from Chewbacca‘s galaxy-trotting documentary series about free-market economics.
Posted: July 31, 2015 Filed under: Economics, Education, Mediasphere, Think Tank | Tags: Cato Institute, Chicago School, Free market, Individual Freedom, Libertarian, Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize, Public policy
Today is the birthday of prominent free-market economist Milton Friedman, recipient of the 1976 Nobel Prize for Economic Science.
Friedman, who passed away in 2006 at the age of 94, was widely regarded as the leader of the Chicago School of monetary economics.
Friedman also wrote extensively on public policy, always with primary emphasis on the preservation and extension of individual freedom.
Friedman’s ideas on economic freedom hugely influenced both the Reagan administration and the Thatcher government in the early 1980s, revolutionized establishment economic thinking across the globe, and have been employed extensively by emerging economies for decades.
In the picture above, Friedman is all smiles with Cato Institute founder, Ed Crane and Vice President for Monetary Studies, Jim Dorn.
Learn more about Milton Friedman and his ties to Cato…
Posted: May 13, 2014 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics, Mediasphere | Tags: Art, design, Free Markets, Gaming, Illustration, Libertarian, Reason (magazine), typography
Posted: November 5, 2013 Filed under: Mediasphere | Tags: Barack Obama, Cuccinelli, Democratic, Drudge, Ken Cuccinelli, Libertarian, McAuliffe, media, Obamacare, Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, Republican Party (United States), Terry McAuliffe, Virginia, voters
ELECTION NIGHT 2013…
VA Precincts Reporting: 82%…
Posted: October 24, 2013 Filed under: Politics, Think Tank | Tags: Conservative Party, George Wallace, George Will, Ken Cuccinelli, Libertarian, Terry McAuliffe, Virginia, William F. Buckley
George Will writes: When William F. Buckley, running as the Conservative Party’s candidate for mayor of New York in 1965, was asked what he would do if he won, he replied: “Demand a recount.” Robert Sarvis, Libertarian Party candidate for governor of Virginia, will not need to do this.
Hours before Gallup reported record nationwide support — 60 percent — for a third party to leaven politics, Sarvis was declared ineligible for the final debate for gubernatorial candidates because he fell a tad short of a 10 percent average in recent polls. None of this disturbed his leisurely enjoyment of a tuna-burger lunch before sauntering off in search of free media, about the only kind he can afford.
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Posted: August 22, 2013 Filed under: Mediasphere | Tags: Big Government, Chris Christie, Libertarian, Libertarianism, Market fundamentalism, New Jersey, Nick Gillespie, Washington Post
Was it only yesterday that I suggested that a country ravaged for the past dozen-plus years by Big Government on steroids (plus whatever else A-Rod’s been shooting) was on the cusp of a glorious “Libertarian Era”?
As part of my case I pointed to recent fulminations across the political spectrum aimed at libertarians.
Long derided as inevitably male, pasty-faced, bitter-clingers to their Ayn Rands and their slide rules, libertarians for decades have been written off as a subset of all-powerful and oh-so-serious conservatives, as Republicans who smoke pot or have gay friends, and less. (Read “5 Myths About Libertarians,” my recent piece in the Washington Post, for some perspective.)
But now, in the words of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, libertarians are not just irrelevant but downright “dangerous” – and infecting both major parties. You know, because libertarians actually seem to give a rat’s ass about civil liberties, mindless military adventuring, and actually cutting government spending (which Christie has not done since taking office). Read the rest of this entry »