A Perfect Storm for Maritime Policy: The Jones Act Five Years after Hurricane Maria

Atmospheric pressure readings plummeted. At 5:00 AM, the National Hurricane Center issued a bulletin: Hurricane Maria, transformed from a Saharan dust storm into a major Category 4 hurricane careening across the Caribbean Sea, would make landfall in Puerto Rico within the hour. It was September 20th, 2017. Separated by nearly a thousand miles of blue…

Disaffiliations, Dissolutions, and Direction: A letter to the CLC membership

Disaffiliations, Dissolutions, and Direction: A letter to the CLC membership

The purpose of the Classical Liberal Caucus is to advance the Libertarian Party, and influence it and the world towards classical liberalism. To that end, we are focused on supporting our candidates in this November’s election, and putting out our own messaging and perspective. This focus on boldly stating our beliefs has led to fantastic…

Why democracy is good for liberty

Why democracy is good for liberty

There is a growing tendency among libertarians to attack the concept of democracy, and blame it for America’s problems. But this is reckless: we need to address the issues within our system and provide alternatives instead of burning the entire thing down. Democracy is defined as “a government in which the supreme power is vested…

Promoting false narratives doesn’t promote liberty

Promoting false narratives doesn’t promote liberty

Originally published on Learn Liberty Some libertarians have a tendency to latch on to any story that questions the mainstream narrative. This is a risky gambit; for every heterodox view that is correct, there are a thousand that are false. Whether it’s the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Covid, or even Jan 6, we should not…

Why pro-liberty solutions must apply to the real world

Why pro-liberty solutions must apply to the real world

For a policy proposal to be deemed pro-liberty, it must meet a simple requirement: to increase liberty, not decrease it. Policies are not implemented in a sterile lab environment, they are implemented in the world as it exists now. If a policy increases liberty in some theoretical world, but decreases liberty in the present world,…