About: Roy Cordato

VP for research and resident scholar at the John Locke Foundation

Recent Posts by Roy Cordato

Flag Burning: A Matter of Property Rights

  To agree with others is not a problem in any society; it is the right to disagree that is crucial. It is the institution of private property that protects and implements the right to disagree.—Ayn Rand, “What is Capitalism?” Earlier this week President-elect Trump renewed what most had thought was a settled debate when he tweetedContinue Reading






An open ended question to my fellow libertarians?

For decades libertarians have broken questions of public policy into three broad categories–issues of war and peace, i.e. foreign policy; social issues, i.e. gay rights, drug legalization, etc. and economic issues. Everyone from the Cato Institute to the Libertarian Party have at one time or another described libertarians as being liberal on the first twoContinue Reading






Amid hyperbolic allusions to a coming fascism in America here are six possible advances in liberty that could come from a Trump presidency

1. The elimination of the individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance. 2. The repeal of Obamacare’s HHS Mandate which robs individuals and businesses of their religious liberties and all people of their right to freely negotiate the terms of their labor and insurance contracts.. 3. Elimination of Clean Power Plant regulations and theirContinue Reading






When is schoolyard bullying ok?

According to this PSA, when the parents of the kid being bullied didn’t vote.






Does North Carolina have a sales tax or a cascade tax

North Carolina has a sales tax, right? A sales tax is supposed to tax the final sale of goods and services and only the final sales. But the fact is that our sales tax applies not only to final sales but also to business to business sales–that is to sales from one stage of productionContinue Reading






On Trump not paying taxes

The policy question is, when it comes to the tax code should business losses be allowed to be carried forward as deductions in future years? The answer is yes, and I know of no candidate who is proposing to change that, which is a good thing.






An observation on Gary Johnson, his support among Democrats, and libertarians

OK, so everyone seems to agree that Gary Johnson is drawing more votes  from Hillary than from Trump. That is, except for the fact that the Democratic party candidate is Clinton, who they don’t like for personal rather than ideological reasons, they would be voting Democrat. In other words they’d be voting for a candidateContinue Reading






Question for progressives

Should the words “trigger warning” be prefaced by a trigger warning for those people who might be disturbed by anything that could possibly bring to mind guns or gun violence?






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