Certificate of Need (CON) laws have been a long-standing feature of the American healthcare system. These laws require healthcare providers to obtain permission from a state regulatory agency before opening a new medical facility, purchasing new medical equipment, or expanding existing services. These regulations were originally intended to control healthcare costs and improve quality, but they've had the opposite effect, limiting access to care, and increasing costs. This article will explain why eliminating CON laws is essential, how these laws limit access to care, and how they create barriers in our healthcare system that hurt citizens.
It is a core principle of Libertarians to oppose the initiation of violence. That is why the Libertarian Association of Massachusetts has from our beginning been part of every anti-war movement. The dilution of our anti-war stance by the national LP, yesterday, is a betrayal of Libertarian values.
In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the United States government passed the Patriot Act, ostensibly to combat terrorism and protect American citizens. However, the Patriot Act has been widely criticized by civil liberties advocates and libertarians as a massive violation of American privacy and civil liberties. In this article, we'll explore why the Patriot Act is the biggest violation of American privacy, more than anything in recent history.
As a society, we have a responsibility to provide our children with the best education possible. Unfortunately, the current public school system has failed our children in numerous ways, including academic performance, safety, and overall preparedness for the future. In this article, we'll explore the reasons why public schools have failed our children and what reforms can be made to improve the system.
As libertarian conservatives, we believe in limited government intervention in the lives of individuals and the preservation of personal freedoms. That's why we're troubled by Senator Josh Hawley's recent attack on parental rights with his bill to federally mandate a minimum requirement age of 16 for social media users and require social media companies to verify that age before allowing a user on their site.
The role of government in the economy is a complex and controversial topic. While many believe that government intervention is necessary to ensure stability, promote growth, and address social and economic inequalities, others argue that excessive government spending and regulation can be highly detrimental to the economy and the average citizen's everyday way of life. This article aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the argument that government spending and overregulation harm the economy, with a focus on a libertarian conservative perspective.
Constitutional carry, also known as permitless carry, is a hot-button issue in the world of gun rights and politics. The basic idea behind constitutional carry is those law-abiding citizens shouldn't have to obtain a government-issued permit to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms. However, many so-called "constitutional carry" bills that have been introduced in recent years have come with significant limitations, such as restrictions on open carry. In this article, we'll argue that a constitutional carry bill without the ability to open carry is not truly a constitutional carry bill and that such restrictions violate the principles of individual freedom and liberty that are at the core of conservative and libertarian ideologies.
he War on Drugs is a term that's been used to describe the U.S. government's efforts to combat the illegal drug trade since the 1970s. Despite the government's best efforts, the War on Drugs has been an unmitigated disaster. Not only has it failed to significantly reduce drug use or drug-related crime, but it's also resulted in a host of unintended negative consequences, including increased crime, the rise of organized drug cartels, the erosion of civil liberties, and the overcrowding of prisons. In this article, I'll argue why it's time to end the War on Drugs and embrace a more libertarian conservative approach to drug policy.
From the Eagle Tribune:
BOSTON — The state’s Libertarians are expected to regain their major party status after placing second in a statewide race in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
State election law requires third parties get 3% of the vote in a statewide race to be recognized and have their candidates listed on the next ballot.
In the state treasurer’s race, Libertarian candidate Cristina Crawford picked up nearly 23% of the vote — more than 508,000 votes — in a two-way race against incumbent Treasurer Deb Goldberg, a Democrat who won a third term. There was no Republican candidate in the race.
Libertarian leaders say the strong results mean they will once again be recognized by the Secretary of State’s office as a major political party, along with Democrats and Republicans, and suggest the support Crawford received means voter dissatisfaction is driving more people to the third parties.