Episode 48

Jack Hunter: How Libertarian Populism Can Build a Winning Coalition for the GOP


April 10th, 2021

32 mins 7 secs

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About this Episode

Journalist Jack Hunter, who co-authored the book "The Tea Party Goes to Washington" with Senator Rand Paul, joins the show to discuss how a libertarian message can appeal to an increasing populist and anti-elitist electorate in 2022, 2024, and beyond. From Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump, voters are increasingly drawn to politicians promising to fight for the little guy against the elite. But the solutions to this sentiment don't have to be big government socialism or right-wing nationalism.

What exactly is populism? Can it coexist with libertarianism? How can we better frame free-market economics as a common man's cause? What parts of the GOP's Trump legacy can we build on and praise? How can the GOP embrace libertarian-leaning positions on key issues to expand its appeal to minority voters? What might a libertarian-populist GOP's future look like in 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential campaign?

We discuss all this, Jack's food take, & more.

Read Jack's essay on libertarian populism: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-right-kind-of-realignment/
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