Gary Chartier and The Young Turks.
On December 26, 2011, C4SS Board and Advisory Panel member Gary Chartier appeared on Current TV’s The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur. The show featured two leftists — Chartier and AlterNet editor Adele Stan — discussing the merits of Ron Paul’s candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. As a passionate foe of militarism, aggression, and empire, Chartier used the limited time available to him to focus on Paul’s opposition to war and domestic authoritarianism, which he regards as the most important issues in the campaign.
In this blog post, Chartier examines the Paul campaign in more detail from a left-wing market anarchist perspective, noting that leftists have every reason to welcome Paul’s stances on war, empire, civil liberties, the drug war, and corporatism, but that Paul’s conservative views on issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, and immigration should be rejected and that his campaign should take, as it so far has not, unabashedly radical positions regarding poverty, worker empowerment, racial and sexual discrimination, and intellectual “property.”