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The Atlantic: Could Gary Johnson’s turn as a pro-legalization Libertarian swing the presidential election?

Gary Johnson was standing a couple of blocks from Dupont Circle, on a corner festooned with rainbow-flag bunting—a location strategically selected to highlight his support of gay marriage. It was one of those claustrophobically swampy Washington, D.C., days, and a rotten smell wafted from the subway grate atop which Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for president, was holding court. A tall man whose tight curls and potbelly gave him a Seussian air was trying to convert Johnson to Milton Friedman’s theory of negative income tax. A law student wanted to change Johnson’s mind about single-payer health care, which Johnson opposes. A Malian woman in an embroidered purple gown and headdress talked to Johnson about her country’s troubles, then asked to take a picture with him. Johnson, who is a better listener than the average politician, heard them all out, while his volunteers circulated petitions and distributed packets of rolling papers bearing his likeness. A stout blond blogger-activist in a bright-blue dress and pearls said Johnson could raise his profile through civil dis­obedience. “Get arrested,” she told him firmly. “Ralph’s mistake”—she was referring to Ralph Nader’s 2000 and 2004 campaigns for president—“was he didn’t get arrested.”

Johnson chuckled, putting one hand on his hip and scratching his head with the other. “I’ll bet if I took off my clothes right now and ran around the circle, I could get arrested,” he said, “but I don’t think it would do me much good.”


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urging people on a journey of self-discovery

"Johnson has adopted the slogan “You Are Libertarian,” based on his contention that millions of Americans are already libertarians at heart, even if they don’t vote that way. The vaguely accusatory phrasing also suggests that he is urging people on a journey of self-discovery: "

that journey brings people to libertarian writings, websites, and discussion forums like the Daily Paul where they will ask questions and learn. It's places like these where Fair Tax'ers become anti-tax'ers, etc. People will journey through places, and meet new people, and discover things, that make them re-think their ideas about what the role of government ought to be.

In the history of our nation, it is a great time to be a libertarian.


"In the history of our nation, it is a great time to be a libertarian."

Well said

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Good article.

Johnson continues to play "all the right moves".

He made some serious missteps

He made some serious missteps at the beginning but since then he has indeed been firing on all cylanders.


urging people on a journey of self-discovery