Brian Doherty on David Brat, Eric Cantor, Libertarians, and Republicans

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Courtesy of Dave Brat for Congress

Yesterday's primary defeat of crony capitalist House Majority Leader Eric Cantor by an unknown economics professor, David Brat, with a professed admiration for free markets, a yen for Ayn Rand, and a campaign manager who identifies himself as an "Austrian Economics geek," raises anew a constant dilemma. As Senior Editor Brian Doherty explains, that dilemma is this: How libertarian can a libertarian be in electoral politics, and is the Republican Party where a "serious" libertarian must go if he wants to be involved in such politics?

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