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The Humanist Visionaries of Libertarianism: New at Reason

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 8:17
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Free to vote your conscienceEnsconced in the deep-blue state of California, James Poulos cast his presidential ballot for Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson. In a new column for Reason, Poulos explains:

I did so for one big reason—almost for one reason alone. Freed by single-party rule in the Golden State to vote artistically, it struck me that libertarians carry a special importance today, one that ought to be stressed and encouraged wherever helpful to do so. Because without it, our prospects for political life in America seem poised to sour even more.

The key is this: more than anyone else, libertarians most admire humanist visionaries outside politics. And as a matter of habit, they often take that admiration, and the patterns of thinking it fosters, into the practice of politics. What they attain is important, of course, but not as important, I think, as what they avoid: namely, the kinds of distorted visions that now wield too great an influence over Republican and Democratic politics alike.

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