Libertarianism for dummies! (and a refresher for the rest of us!)

When United States 2008 presidential contender Ron Paul raised US $6 million in a single day, an all-time American record, his opponents and the electorate noticed. A former Libertarian Party presidential candidate had made it on the big stage, and with a unique message of peace, freedom, and prosperity. Suddenly “libertarian” entered mainstream parlance, an ideology few people had heard of or understood but which he represented.
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Fergus Hodgson is the capitol bureau reporter with the Pelican Institute for Public Policy. He can be contacted at, and one can follow him on twitter.