2012 marking ‘the rise of the libertarian?’

“At a time when Americans are increasingly fed up with politics as usual, does libertarianism — which champions freedom from government control in both economic and social spheres — present an appealing alternative to conservatism and liberalism?,” writes Reason magazine senior editor Cathy Young in The Boston Globe.

“…In a CNN poll in June, record numbers of Americans agreed that “the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to individuals and businesses’’ (63 percent, up from 52 percent in 2008) and that “the government should not favor any particular set of values’’ including traditional morals (50 percent, up from 41 percent in 2008). Support for libertarian causes such as marijuana legalization is at an all-time high.”

In a three-way race between Republicans, Democrats and a competitive Libertarian Party, a candidate would only need between 34 and 40 percent to win.

“A recent poll commissioned by Reason found that people with fiscally conservative and socially liberal – i.e., broadly libertarian – views made up about a quarter of the general population,’ writes Young, a figure about ten percent higher than the share of the population who consider themselves liberal.

A competitive Libertarian would only need to pick up an additional 10 percent plus change to win.

That’s what the LNCC is about.

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