A Libertarian Critique of John McCain





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Published on Jan 28, 2008

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2008/01/08/John_McCain...

Reason Magazine Editor-In-Chief Matt Welch offers a libertarian's critique of Arizona Senator and Republican Presidential candidate John McCain.


John McCain is one of the most familiar figures in American politics, a figure with great appeal to many. However, his concrete governing philosophy and actual track record have been left unexamined. Matt Welch's new book McCain: The Myth of a Maverick gives a flesh-and-bones political portrait of a man onto whom people project their own ideological fantasies. It is the first realistic assessment of what a John McCain presidency might look like.

Welch lays out the root cause of the senator's worldview: his personal transformation from underachieving youth to war hawk, in which he used the "higher power" of American nationalism to save his life and soul - Cato Institute

Matt Welch is editor in chief of Reason magazine.

From 2002 to 2006, Welch worked at Reason as an associate editor and media columnist. From 2002 to 2004, he also wrote a regular "Letter from California" column for Canada's National Post newspaper and contributed to the Online Journalism Review; WorkingForChange.com (for whom he covered Ralph Nader's 2000 presidential campaign); and the now-defunct Los Angeles tech/biz magazine Zone News.

Welch's work has appeared in The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, Los Angeles Daily News, Orange County Register, LA Weekly, ESPN.com, Salon.com, Wired, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Daily Star of Beirut, and dozens of other publications.

Before 1998, Welch lived for eight years in Central Europe, where he co-founded the region's first post-communist English-language newspaper, Prognosis, worked as UPI's Slovakia correspondent and managed the Budapest Business Journal.

Comments • 69

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@jtizz711 Im American. I have a higher awareness and higher intelligence level than most other Americans. But i see what you mean. 
I actually liked McCain. In 2000. Before he turned to the dark side and became Darth Vader.
It figures that McCAIN'S favorite president was Teddy Roosevelt who also was a national greatness politician.
When did mccain become a puppet? like 1986?
@Sugarpants78 Sadly emotional appeal is stronger than logic.
@sfmike20 yea, misinformation sucks. i found that i could actually have a discussion with a friend of mine thats a liberal but at least sorta knows his stuff. of course it did end up with him calling me a capitalist pig and me calling him a commie bastard, but before that, it was preety good lol.
@sfmike20 thats y we need to call ourselves libertarians, conservatives and... well, liberals instead of republicans, independents or democrats.
Tyrannosaurus Rex
@residentzombie But people have no reason to purchase their goods from non corporate entities. It's cheaper, so they'll buy it. Simple as that.
How are they "right wing lobbyist corporate fools" if they consistently criticize the neoconservatives for killing people in third world countries, bailing out big corporate bankers, and pushing religion back into public schools?
Jon Snow
Capitalism is when the means of production are privatly owned.
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