The Brian Lehrer Show

Ayn Rand and Big Government

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Yaron Brook, executive director of The Ayn Rand Institute and a co-author of Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government, discusses the impact of Ayn Rand on current politics - including the leaked Mitt Romney "47%" tapes - and the role of free market solutions in the current economy.

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Open Phones: Ron Paul Supporters

Monday, January 09, 2012

We open the phones for Ron Paul supporters and other libertarians to talk about his platform and candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination. 

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court May Hear Challenge to Ban on Foreign Political Contributions

Friday, January 06, 2012

On Friday, the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to hear Bluman v. the Federal Election Commission. This case specifically challenges the Federal Election Campaign Act, which "prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly." The law is broad enough to disallow those lawfully living in the U.S. from distributing re-election materials. Using a First Amendment challenge, the case raises questions about the rights and opinions of non-citizens who lawfully reside here.


The Takeaway

Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson on Last Night's Republican Debate

Friday, September 23, 2011

There was an additional candidate on stage last night in Florida, at the debate for the Republican presidential nomination. His name is Gary Johnson, and he's the former governor of New Mexico. Many people hadn't heard of Johnson before last night, but he's already presenting himself as a fiscally conservative libertarian with a proven track record of economic successes. How do his claims match up with reality?


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Ron Paul - The Libertarian Poster Boy

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Popular among college boys, Paul has won the straw poll competition at the Conservative Political Action Conference (heavily attended by students) for two years in a row. He's not the most conservative candidate, but he's got an "every man out for himself" attitude that endears him to capitalism purists and has a penchant for independent speeches that's made him an Internet sensation.

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P.J. O'Rourke Says Tea Party is Good for Democracy

Monday, September 27, 2010


Tea Party has definately increased political involvement, not only among Tea Party members but among people who oppose the Tea Party members.

-P. J. O'Rourke political humorist and Cato Institute research fellow The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Takeaway

Ron Paul on the Tea Party Convention

Friday, February 05, 2010

Right now the center of attention for politically frustrated conservatives is Nashville, Tenn., as the Tea Party Convention rolls on to day two. But back in 2008, the Ron Paul for President campaign was the magnet of libertarians who felt left out of their party. We ask the Texas Congressman what he thinks of the Tea Parties, and what future he sees for them. 

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