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Old 07-12-2014, 10:44 AM
 
Location: 125 Years Too Late...
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For those of you who actually understand libertarianism, who do you feel was the most libertarian-leaning president through our history?

I found this ranking pretty interesting: Xavier Cromartie: A Libertarian Ranking of the United States Presidents

Even more interesting is that none of the high rankers are from our lifetimes at all. I'm going to have to research some of these guys a bit more. I did, however, suspect that none of our recent presidents would compare well in that way to earlier presidents. I'm not sure I agree with all this blogger says about some of these presidents, but he definitely put some time into his research and it is interesting reading.

Who would you "nominate"? Based on what he has stated, I'd have to agree with his top choices. And... I agree with most of his "worst choices" as well.
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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Interesting, but some of the analysis at the link is just silly and has nothing to do with libertarianism. How does Jefferson get dinged for the Louisiana Purchase, but not Polk for bringing the NW, California, and Texas into the fold?

The 19th century generally was libertarian, as long as you were a white male. Low taxes, and, no war on drugs or prostitution. But if you were female, black or Indian, you were basically chattel--hardly a libertarian paradise.

Undoubtedly Ronald Reagan was overall the most libertarian prez of all time.


Ronald Reagan's opinion on Libertarianism - YouTube


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Old 07-12-2014, 12:19 PM
 
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took a look at the article, but i don't think it correctly weighs the
issues that matter most to Libertarians today.
too much emphasis on deregulated capitalism.
many Liberatarians now understand that unfettered raw capitalism
does not necessarily increase true personal liberty.
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:31 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Thought Calvin Coolidge would be first. One of my favorite presidents. I like his foreign policy approach.
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:33 PM
 
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Jefferson Davis

'nuff said
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Someplace Wonderful
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Not to pick nits, but the author rate Andrew Johnson a libertarian for one thing, because he "vetoed the 14th amendment"

Sorry, but the Constitution gives the president NO place in the amendment process. NONE at all.

Besides, the 14th amendment was not libertarian? Libertarians believe in the continued oppression of black people?

It's stuff like this that makes people like me think that libertarians are crazy people.

PS those libertarians with whom I have had contact believe in personal liberty. They do not oppose equal rights for women and minorities, The author of this article? Either that or he is a moron.
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Someplace Wonderful
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Jefferson Davis

'nuff said
So the defense of slavery is a libertarian value?
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:41 PM
 
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So the defense of slavery is a libertarian value?
The right of a state to leave the union is.
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Old 07-12-2014, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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According to this ranking, the last great libertarian president was Calvin Coolidge:

Xavier Cromartie: A Libertarian Ranking of the United States Presidents

Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush Senior, Clinton, Bush Junior, and Obama are all ranked as failures.
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Old 07-12-2014, 01:14 PM
 
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Jefferson Davis

'nuff said
Biggest idiot of all time, maybe.
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