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The Top 10 Libertarians

Then-Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican from Texas, speaks to supporters as his son Sen. Rand Paul, Kty., also a libertarian-leaning Republican, applauds at his Iowa Caucus night rally in Ankeny, Iowa, January 3, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)
Then-Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican from Texas, speaks to supporters as his son Sen. Rand Paul, Kty., also a libertarian-leaning Republican, applauds at his Iowa Caucus night rally in Ankeny, Iowa, January 3, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

Then-Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, a libertarian-leaning Republican from Texas, speaks to supporters as his son Sen. Rand Paul, Kty., also a libertarian-leaning Republican, applauds at his Iowa Caucus night rally in Ankeny, Iowa, January 3, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

I’m in Las Vegas for FreedomFest, which is sort of like summer camp for libertarians, small-government conservatives, and others who don’t like a bloated and intrusive state.

I’ll be talking about tax reform, the sharing economy, and strategies to constrain big government.

One of the features of this 10th-anniversary meeting of FreedomFest is that the world’s top-100 libertarians will be feted. You can see the entire list at NewsMax, but here’s the top 10. A very impressive collection.

You’ll notice that Cato’s founder and former president is in the Top 10, but he’s not the only representative from the organization.

The Cato Institute is justly recognized for being a principled and effective organization.

So it’s no surprise that several of us are listed in the Top 100.

I’m honored to be on the list, though I wonder if I’m there because I’m noisy rather than competent. That being said, given the expansion of government under both Bush and Obama, I guess nobody would be on the list if it was based on achievements. We obviously need to do a better job as a movement.

Written by
Contributing Economist

Daniel J. Mitchell is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, and a top expert on tax reform and supply-side tax policy. Mitchell’s articles can be found in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, and the Washington Times. He is the author of "The Flat Tax: Freedom, Fairness, Jobs, and Growth," and co-author of "Global Tax Revolution: The Rise of Tax Competition and the Battle to Defend It."

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