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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Libertarian Party nominees' philosophical groundings

I haven't said anything about the convention: for that coverage go here, here, here and here. But this answer from the live-cast C-SPAN LP presidential debate that told me a lot more about the candidates than all the other profiles I have read:

Q: Who is the philosopher who most influenced you?

Bob Barr: Ayn Rand

Mike Gravel: Solon

George Phillies: 1st. Marcus Tullius Cicero, 2nd. Barry Goldwater

Marc Jingozian: Benjamin Franklin

Mary Ruwart: Ayn Rand, (introduced Ruwart to libertarianism, but had serious flaws)

Steve Kubby: David Nolan (others including Lao Tsu)

Wayne Allen Root: Yogi Berra

To catch the rest of the debate watch live here.

This is a much more interesting convention than 2004, the caliber of candidates, level of media attention and potential for impact in the race are all much higher. It looks like the Radical Caucus and their Anti-Barr allies will succeed in making Mary Ruwart the candidate instead of Bob Barr. My own opinion is that many of the radical libertarians aren't supporting the right candidate.

Posted by Kalim Kassam on May 24, 2008 | Permalink


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Ruwart to beat Barr? You said it was possible, Kalim -- but I never would have believed you.

Ruwart is a great activist, but Barr is a great candidate. I hope he wins.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-05-24 11:54:54 PM

Ruwart had a poor debate performance, she talked a lot about being a female candidate and otherwise failed to be as inspiring and wonderful as she normally is.
But Steve Kubby stole the show. Kubby is an acceptable candidate to the Radicals and is friendly with Barr. It's possible that we may see a Barr-Kubby ticket emerge and see Kubby instruct his delegates to vote for Barr on the second ballot.
It ain't over till its over, and it's impossible to know what will happen tomorrow.

Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2008-05-25 1:24:10 AM

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