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


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?