The Libertarian Crack-Up and Conflicting American Ideas of Liberty

Source: Virginia’s Newsletter
by Virtinial Postrel

“News that Donald Trump will address the Libertarian Party convention has some people saying, Huh? … MAGA-adjacent libertarianism isn’t exclusive to the LP, which is admittedly always desperate for publicity. More than a few self-defined libertarians support Trump. Some are donors to or managers of libertarian-leaning institutions. I have several libertarian friends who’ve left jobs at supposedly free-market organizations because they became uncomfortable with their employers’ increasing MAGAfication — or because their employers became unhappy with their anti-Trump positions. The rise of the MAGA right has revealed a fracture in the long-standing libertarian coalition, one that arguably goes back to America’s earliest days.” (05/06/24)