Bob Barr

Realignment for Peace and Liberty


Former Congressman Bob Barr discusses the possibility of running for President on the Libertarian Party ticket, the necessity of a new political realignment of right and left to end the war in Iraq and protect the Bill of Rights, the importance of ending the current regime of torture and murder and the destruction of the rule of law which used to forbid such things and the authority of the Congress to decide on matters of war and peace.

MP3 here. (13:21)

Bob Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, serving as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. He now practices law with the Law Offices of Edwin Marger, and runs a consulting firm, Liberty Strategies LLC, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and with offices in the Washington, D.C. area.

10 thoughts on “Bob Barr”

  1. Congratulations, Scott.

    You made my local paper. This is a good article, considering the quality of the paper. The writer used mostly quotes from Barr as verses putting words in his mouth like they did Paul.


    If Paul doesn’t run, I hope Barr does. He was a good cogressman.

  2. If we’re talking specifically about bridging the left/libertarian divide, I think Gravel would be a better candidate than Barr. Gravel just joined the LP and has been a Reason magazine subscriber for years. He opposed the Iraq War from the beginning, which a lot of people in the LP can’t say (I don’t know if Barr can say that. Barr has been a party line guy for some time and I recall that the LP was out to lunch when the whole Iraq War buildup was going on.)

    Gravel is a former Democrat with a wide libertarian streak. On gay marriage, abortion, and drugs he is to the left of Barr (and, personally, right where I think the LP should be).

    On economic issues, Gravel is not as good as Barr. But while he supports a federal safety net, he incorporates market incentives. For example, his health plan would employ vouchers and his greenhouse gas regulatory regime employs carbon credits.

    While we should want to get rid of government interference with the economy, I think it’s worth considering that a libertarian government would have to employ some measures like the foregoing to make a transition to a capitalist economy politically feasible.

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