Why you should care
Because if libertarian values go centrist, the shape of politics as we know it is about to change.
Libertarianism today is about the powerful culmination of a movement that’s been building for the past several decades, writes Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform and one of the most important conservative voices in American politics. “What is notable is that regardless of whether an issue originates from the right or left, the side able to grab the mantle of liberty has advanced against all odds,” he writes.
One great example of the right and left converging on libertarianism is the long fight to legalize home schooling, which first became popular in the 1970s and 1980s. Right wing Christian families and left wing anti-authoritarians both wanted the right to teach their kids in the home — and thus was born an individual rights movement, and some First Amendment lawyers who made their careers on the controversy. Read the full story of the fight to legalize home schooling.
And last, take a read of one of the profiles of the kingmakers of the new libertarian movement: Doug Craig, a Georgia fella who insists on sporting his ’Freedom’ T-shirt instead of a suit and tie. Craig is an unlikely sort in the Deep South: he marches in LGBT pride parades and holds pro gun rallies. He hates the war on drugs. He’s a white guy who grew up in the bad part of town. In short, he is as complex as most individual Americans are, and he’s in the political game for one reason: so he can live his life on his terms. Read the profile here.
This OZY encore was originally published Oct. 6, 2014.