The Libertarian Platform Appeals to Some Liberal Millennial Voters. Should It?

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Former Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference.

Polls show Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson's strongest support comes from younger voters, who tend to be more liberal. Eric Zorn, columnist at the Chicago Tribune (which recently endorsed the candidate), wonders if these voters really know what Johnson and libertarianism stand for, and points out just how different his politics are from Bernie Sanders's democratic socialism.

Hear excerpts from the Libertarian Party platform on the show, and read the full text here

On Rights and Discrimination:

Libertarians embrace the concept that all people are born with certain inherent rights. We reject the idea that a natural right can ever impose an obligation upon others to fulfill that “right.” We condemn bigotry as irrational and repugnant. Government should neither deny nor abridge any individual’s human right based upon sex, wealth, ethnicity, creed, age, national origin, personal habits, political preference or sexual orientation. Members of private organizations retain their rights to set whatever standards of association they deem appropriate, and individuals are free to respond with ostracism, boycotts and other free-market solutions.