- Jul 19, 2012
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The Cato Istitute was for gay marriage, against extending pre-clearance on voting rights and against affirmative action, all cases in which they were on the winning side at the Supreme Court.Libertarianism is on the march. From the rapid rise to prominence of first-term Senator Rand Paul to the state-level movements to legalize gay marriage and marijuana, the philosophy of fiscal conservatism, social liberalism, and restrained foreign policy seems to be gaining currency in American politics.
...There was a lot of whiplash among partisans over the big Court decisions -- progressives anguished about voting rights one day and thrilled about gay rights the next, and vice versa for conservatives. But from your point of view, a libertarian point of view, there was a consistency to be seen.
The rise of the Tea Party is seen as a sign of increased popularity of libertarian ideas. The Tea Party is about smaller government, lower taxes, and less government spending and does not really have a social agenda.