Feb. 8, 2023

677: Can a "libertarian" be a Republican?

Join Brian Nichols as he delves into the controversial debate of whether a libertarian can be a Republican and the challenges and opportunities that come with it.

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Can a libertarian be a Republican? Yeah, let's talk about that. Instead of focusing on winning arguments, we're teaching the basic fundamentals of sales and marketing and how we can use them to win in the world of politics, teaching you how to meet people where they're at on the issues they care about. Welcome to The Brian Nichols Show. Wow, Happy Wednesday. They're both grindings you're on The Brian Nichols Show. And, of course, another fun episode. I am as always, your co host going to you live from our Stratus ip Studios here in lovely Eastern Indiana. Don't let cyber attacks or outdated Business Technology put your company at risk. Learn more at Brian Nichols. show.com. So let's dig into today's question. Yes. Can a libertarian in fact be a Republican and we're talking about you small l libertarians out there because yes, there is a difference between the small l libertarians and the big L libertarians. How about this, let's start there. Defining what those two differences are. So small l libertarian is someone who believes in the philosophy the principles of libertarian ism, whereas the big L libertarians are part of the larger political entity that is the Libertarian Party. So more of the politicized, actual activist wing of the libertarian small l libertarian movement. But there are those in the world who call themselves small l libertarians, but also hold a big R next to their name being Republicans. So what is the difference when you're talking about a libertarian, and let's use a small l here, and a Republican. So a libertarian tends to, by and large believe in the ideas of limited government and free markets, we believe in the ideas of property rights and non aggression, namely, don't hurt people and don't take their stuff. Whereas if you are a Republican, tends to be someone who obviously is a part of the Republican Party and believes more in social conservative ideas like limited government, individual freedom to an extent but also with that conservative values, social issues being on top of that, and then a more aggressive foreign policy. But without understood of the basics here. Let's explore why why a libertarian would want to even consider being a Republican, as you hear it, maybe there's a little bit of similarity. But is that enough to actually justify jumping all the way to being a full fledged GOP here? Well, being a part of the Republican Party gives you a voice and it gives you a platform to promote your libertarian ideas, even though sometimes you may feel that you're compromising your beliefs in order to play politics. But is it worth it when you consider that the GOP has the been really the only party successful advocating a lot of the policies we believe in individual freedom, limited government tax cuts, deregulation, judicial appointments, and so forth? I mean, if that's our goal to enact liberty in our lifetime, doesn't it make sense to at least consider some options for the GOP? And let's actually look can a libertarian actually serve as a Republican? Well, I say yes, as long as that Republican or that Republican, libertarian can stay true to their libertarian principles than absolutely they look to folks like a Thomas Massie like a Rand Paul. And yes, when he was in office, like a Justin Amash, there is many opportunities that we can look to. And yes, I'm sorry, I forgot the most important one, the OG Ron Paul, of course, as a Republican, but did so as a libertarian. Now, some libertarians will argue that the GOP recently has really strayed from those core libertarian principles that were at the heart of the Tea Party wave. And they recently had become more focused on those social issues like social conservatism. Nationalism, which its very core goes against the very basic principles of libertarianism. But others in the libertarian camp again, small l libertarian camp argued that Republicans are in fact a great chance for us to help a bring a libertarian message to the masses, despite not sharing maybe the main issues right now. But some core beliefs, individual freedom, can we at least still find some of the importance there, or at least the most important issue over the past three years, the COVID issue, understanding who was in the positions of power trying to disseminate misinformation, using government resources to do that, and government channels to do that propaganda in the most egregious form. So where do I stand on this issue? Well, much like any other issue we talk about here on The Brian Nichols Show, I think is a very delicate, delicate issue here. And I think it's actually a case by case basis, because I think there's actually a role for both being Republican as a libertarian and being a libertarian, as a libertarian, but specifically, it depends on where that race will be. If you're going to be running as a big L libertarian in a district where the Republican is Thomas Massie, I don't think that's really a good use of time, energy and effort. But you're going to be a Republican where the foil is Lindsey Graham, please You have my blessing go for it, by all means, kick his ass. So with that being said, I think the the answer is pretty much up in the air. It depends truly on the various races that you're running in. But also, when you're running, what are the main issues that your voters care about? I know it sounds cliche, we keep on going back to the meet people where they're at, on the issues they care about. But at the end of the day, that's what matters. That's what sells and that's what wins. So if you in fact believe that a libertarian can be a Republican, well, please go ahead and let us know down below in the comments. I want to hear your thoughts. And please go ahead and share today's episode when you do tag yours truly at B. Nichols liberty. Now we're talking a lot today about winning elections, which is a perfect segue to our brand new ebook we have it is how to win your local election. And it's a brand new ebook, you can find over at Brian Nichols show.com. All you got to do is sign up, give me your first name and email address and boom, email you'll be received with your in in your inbox rather than is with the ebook. It's a PDF download 17 pages very quick, but very actionable. So make sure you go ahead and get your copy today it is free. 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