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Libertarian Ideology and the Libertarian Party in Houston

A longstanding mantra kicked around the Bayou City is that what’s good for business is good for Houston. Yet Houston also has a history of advancing (some) social issues. These are not mutually exclusive concepts, and perhaps they’re not surprising in a community that seems to have its fair share (maybe more) of libertarian residents […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaA longstanding mantra kicked around the Bayou City is that what's good for business is good for Houston. Yet Houston also has a history of advancing (some) social issues. These are not mutually exclusive concepts, and perhaps they're not surprising in a community that seems to have its fair share (maybe more) of libertarian residents — those that are economically conservative while socially liberal.

Is Houston a more libertarian city than others? Or is this a trend you can see nationwide? We discuss that question Brandon Rottinghaus, political science professor at the University of Houston.

Then, we discuss the state of the Libertarian Party in Houston. If so many Houstonians' values match the so-called third party's values, why aren't there more people voting for Libertarian candidates each election in Greater Houston? Whitney Bilyeu joins us. She’s the Region 7 Representative for the Libertarian National Committee.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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