Above is a partial version of an interview with Gary Johnson, the Libertarian presidential candidate, on C-Span. Click on this to see the full interview. Click on this to see the C-Span interview with Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate.
Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for President, is a likeable individual, and I believe he is an honest one.
He meets the two most important of my three litmus tests for a Presidential candidate. I don’t believe he would start wars and I think he would respect the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. If he were the only opponent of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, I would vote for him.
But he doesn’t meet my third criterion, which is to set limits on corporate power and end the growing concentration of American wealth into the hands of a tiny minority of bankers, corporate executives and holders of financial assets.
He opposes the minimum wage at any level.
He would replace the income tax and all other taxes with a consumption tax, which would shift the burden of taxation away from the wealthy and onto the shoulders of the middle class.
He is the only one of the four candidates who openly supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The TPP and similar agreements, in the guise of promoting free trade, limit the power of sovereign governments to regulate foreign corporations.
While he recognizes the reality of global climate change, he thinks intelligent consumer choice would be sufficient to counteract it, and opposes governmental action.
He agrees with the Citizens United decision on campaign financing, and opposes any limits on campaign spending or contributions.
As Governor of New Mexico, he favored private prisons and privatizing public education.
Like most libertarians, he is a champion of civil liberties, and would be a better defender of the Bill of Rights than pro-Obama or pro-Clinton liberals. But also like most libertarians, he thinks threats to liberty can only come from government, and has little concern about abuses of corporate power.
His great merit is that he recognizes the danger of blundering into nuclear war with Russia, which Hillary Clinton does not. For me, this counts for a lot. But there is a better choice—Jill Stein of the Green Party.
The Libertarians’ Secret Weapon by Ryan Lizza for The New Yorker.
Gary Johnson Lays Out a Sane, Coherent Skeptical Foreign Policy by Anthony L. Fisher for Reason.
Gary Johnson’s Hard Right Record by Nick Tabor for Jacobin.
Why You Shouldn’t Vote for Gary Johnson by Tessa Stuart for Rolling Stone.
Gary Johnson Wikipedia page.
Libertarian Party (United States) Wikipedia page.