The premier libertarian think tank, the Cato Institute, was founded by the Koch brothers, and David Koch ran as the vice presidential candidate against Reagan in 1980. Libertarian positions at the time included:
- Abolish public schools, welfare, and Social Security
- Do away with the I.R.S, the F.B.I., the C.I.A., and the Border Patrol
- Legalize drug use, prostitution, and gambling.
You get the drift. Big government is bad, so get rid of government and let big corporations (like the Koch industries) have the run of the land. Eventually, Koch learned that these ideas were not popular and so he decided to take a secretive approach instead of running for Vice President. Now he sells toned-down versions of his ideas through the Tea Parties by using deception. It’s working much better.
- Think I’ll Give This Libertarian Thing a Try. We’ll See How it Goes. (okieblog.wordpress.com)