David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute, writes that Rand Paul, “unlike his father, is not running for president to educate and mobilize. He is running to win.” Furthermore, whether Rand Paul is a libertarian or not is not relevant. Libertarians are not always in lock-step agreement with one another on many issues.
Paul doesn’t claim to be a libertarian, and he takes positions that many libertarians disagree with. But on a broad range of issues, from spending and regulation to government spying, drug wars and military intervention, he has a more libertarian policy agenda than any major candidate in memory.
Read more from David Boaz here on what Senator Paul needs to do to make himself a plausible presidential candidate. And to read more on the libertarian philosophy of personal and economic freedom that is deeply rooted in Western civilization as well as in American history, get David’s The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom.