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Third Side of the Coin: How the Libertarian Rise Exposes US Politics

© AP Photo / David GoldmanA voter marks a ballot for the New Hampshire primary inside a voting booth.
A voter marks a ballot for the New Hampshire primary inside a voting booth. - Sputnik International
The US Libertarian Party debate will be aired nationally on March 29 -- the first time Libertarian candidates will receive nationwide coverage in the mainstream media. Daniel McAdams, of the Ron Paul Institute For Peace & Prosperity, joins Brian Becker on Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear for a discussion of the move.

McAdams, who, despite his allegiance to the Ron Paul Institute, claims himself to be independent non-voter, told Loud & Clear, "it's been a long time since [the US] heard about a third party, and having a nationally televised debate from a third party will hopefully wake people up to the idea of the limitations of the two-party system."

Libertarianism is "on the rise among the people who are tired of paying a trillion dollars for an ‘overseas empire,'" McAdams believes. He did agree with host Becker, however, that providing coverage to a third party by an establishment-aligned mainstream channel has more to do with "diminishing or stopping Donald Trump" than an actual rise of Libertarianism.

"The Republican Party establishment, and, to a lesser degree, Democratic Party establishment [are] in terror and panic about people who are coloring outside the lines, and I mean Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. "

McAdams recalled changes made to the Republican National Committee election rules during Ron Paul's 2012 primary campaign, that required Paul to have a majority in eight states instead of the original five. "They did it not because they were afraid [Ron Paul] would win; they didn't dare to allow him to speak at the Convention. You cannot even hear unapproved words… I think that there's something very rotten in the state of US elections and I think that the rise of Trump, for all the things that we should be concerned about, we could be thankful for at least exposing the evil underbelly of the American electoral system."

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. - Sputnik International
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McAdams also suggested that "giving people the idea that there's another choice would be tremendous," but he noted that "the media loves the Trump phenomenon, because it boosts ratings to the rooftops. And they are covering it like this is a some kind of sporting event. Nobody's talking about issues; it's about his wife and curse words… there's no substance to it. The media is certainly complicit in turning this whole electoral process into a circus."

Becker suggested that America's distaste for war is so widespread that people "won't stand another war." McAdams asserted that "Hillary Clinton has attracted a lot of neo-conservatives who cannot stand Trump for whatever reason, and they love her for her foreign policy. The love that she wants to go to war. And Trump understands that American people don't want a major war. Cruz, on the other hand, is playing a difficult game, as he tries to keep neocons onboard while at the same time he has the impression that he is going to get a lot of Ron Paul Libertarian voters".

The current two-party political system is becoming undone, Becker said, and McAdams agrees, stating that both major parties "seized the monopoly on power," and are undergoing some kind of implosion. "The sooner these parties implode, the better," he said.

"In the case of Trump, if he hastens this on the Republican side, he would probably do the country a great service."

Fox Business will air the debate on its Stossel program.


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