Last month I had a chance to sit down with journalist Alexis Garcia of Reason, a libertarian magazine and website, to talk about Texas. The interview was published last week, and you can watch it at the link. I'll revisit two points from the interview here.
First, an elaboration on what I mean by "tacitly libertarian." People who describe themselves as libertarian or as part of the liberty movement are concerned with liberty as a first principle. Insofar as government encroaches on liberty, they generally align with fiscal conservatives, albeit not necessarily for the same reasons. Drug policy is one of the issues where the two perspectives result in support for similar policies, albeit for different reasons. Rick Perry, for example, has emerged as a critic of the War on Drugs; later today he's making an appearance in Lubbock, to accept a "Governor of the Year" award from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. When he talks about the issue, he's generally emphasized controlling costs and reducing recidivism. That's a fiscally conservative mindset. Libertarians may approach the issue differently--by arguing, for example, that the criminalization of marijuana is government overreach analogous to prohibition--but the result is that they'll typically support fiscally conservative reforms in this area.