The next few Monday’s will be reprints of the sections that make up my new essay The Post-Libertarian Moment Defined which you can download in full by visiting postlibertarianmoment.com. I consider this essay of vital importance to anyone who calls (or as the case may be called) themselves “libertarian.”
Heading into the 2016 election, libertarians weren’t alone as a people. There were college groups like Young Americans for Liberty, an outgrowth of the Ron Paul presidential runs, organizing activists across the country and “spreading the message” as many are fond of saying. Dr. Rand Paul, Ron’s son, was seen as a probable contender for president, ready to give Jeb Bush (please clap) a run for his money in the Republican primary. That is, until Trump.
Donald Trump remains an anomaly in American politics, and his chaotic entrance and campaign shocked many Americans - especially the elite media - to their core. He did what no other Republican would dare - counter punch the media and the left. Lest we forget, presidential loser Hillary Clinton colluded with the press to elevate Trump’s profile, as Wikileaks demonstrates, the “Pied Piper” strategy was designed to
“use the field as a whole to inflict damage on itself similar to what happened to Mitt Romney in 2012. The variety of candidates is a positive here, and many of the lesser known can serve as a cudgel to move the more established candidates further to the right. In this scenario, we don’t want to marginalize the more extreme candidates, but make them more “Pied Piper” candidates who actually represent the mainstream of the Republican Party. Pied Piper candidates include, but aren’t limited to: • Ted Cruz • Donald Trump • Ben Carson We need to be elevating the Pied Piper candidates so that they are leaders of the pack and tell the press to [take] them seriously”
Suffice to say, Trump’s elevation and charisma meant The Libertarian Moment of 2016 never happened. . .
To read the whole essay download your copy at postlibertarianmoment.com