The Top Libertarians in Business Today

Although the Libertarian Party never seems to climb out of the single digits in the polls, libertarians have a surprising influence in the business world and are well represented in a variety of sectors.

Believe it or not, there's much more to libertarians besides Ayn Rand and Ron Paul. Benzinga took a look at the top libertarians in business today:



Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
The Amazon.com AMZN head, notable for his $2.5 million contribution to defend Washington state's gay marriage law in 2012, calls himself a libertarian. (Photo: Flickr // jervetson).





Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com
The Overstock.com OSTK head revealed his support for Occupy Wall Street back in 2011, a surprise for some, as Byrne described himself as a libertarian who was high on the ideas of Milton Friedman. "I think there's a difference between Wall Street and capitalism,” Byrne said. “I'm good with capitalism. I have a lot of trouble with Wall Street." He went on by noting that Wall Street was not allowing the government to properly regulate the financial sector. (Photo: The Young Turks).


Marc Faber, Head of Marc Faber Limited
The Swiss investor, known for his contrarian investing views, frequently preaches a free market ideology and is known for his faith in hard money. In 2008, he supported Ron Paul for president. (Photo: from labeled himself // YouTube).


David and Charles Koch, CEO and Executive Vice President of Koch Industries
Although the Koch's energy interests most often align with conservative causes, some may be surprised to know that there are quite socially liberal. They have endorsed same-sex marriage, supported causes to legalize marijuana and want an end to the Patriot Act, as well as military overreach. For several years, the Koch brothers sat on the board of directors for the libertarian Cato Institute, co-founded by Charles. (Photo: YouTube).


John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Inc.
Mackey may have founded liberals' favorite destination for fresh and organic foods, but he's also sparked their ire with his vehement opposition to President Obama's health care overhaul. On several occasions, the founder of Whole Foods Market WFM has labeled himself a libertarian. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons).


Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist
In 2009, the Craigslist founder labeled himself a "libertarian pragmatist." (Photo: YouTube).


Erik Prince, CEO of Academi (formerly known as Xe, Blackwater)
The head of the largest private military force in the world told told Vanity Fair he was a libertarian in 2010. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons).


T.J. Rodgers, CEO of Cypress Semiconductor
The Silicon Valley head of Cypress Semiconductor Corp. CY is an adamant defender of free market capitalism, calling himself a libertarian. (Photo: YouTube)


Jim Rogers, CEO of Rogers Holdings Inc.
Rogers made his fortune co-founding the Quantum Fund with another billionaire -- known progressive George Soros. Now the head of Rogers Holdings, he is an adherent of the Austrian School of Economics and is a self-described libertarian. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons).


Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital
Schiff is a renowned libertarian investor, known for predicting the housing market crash of 2007 years in advance. He supported Ron Paul's 2008 and 2012 runs for president. (Photo: YouTube).


Peter Thiel
PayPal founder and Facebook FB angel investor Peter Thiel is a hard-line libertarian, even investing in the ultimate libertarian fantasy -- a project consisting of a little self-governing nations in the middle of the sea outside US jurisdiction, headed up by the Seasteading Institute. (Photo: Flickr // david.orban)


Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia
Wales cites libertarian icon Friedrich Hayek's "The Use of Knowledge in Society" as his blueprint for the creation of Wikipedia. In separate interviews, Wales has referred to himself a libertarian with a few objections. The Wikipedia founder's world view resides in the objectivist wing of libertarianism, a philosophy based off the works of Ayn Rand. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons).


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11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

The best Black Friday deals from Amazon are still coming hard and fast because the holiday is not yet upon us and the mega-retailer prefers to keep consumers on the hook for as long as possible—spending as much money as possible. 

To that end, here are some of the best Black Friday deals from Amazon that you might want to consider today.

Calphalon 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set

Regular Price: $172

Sale Price: $138.88

Calphalon’s 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set is designed with stainless steel, stay-cool handles along with pour spouts. The nonstick surface is PFOA-free and built with hard-anodized aluminum that is both durable and conducts heat extremely well. The set includes 2 fry pans, a sauce pan with cover, saute pan with cover and large stock pot with cover.

Apple AirPods 2nd Generation

Regular Price: $144

Sale Price: $85.49

The 2nd Generation AirPods from Apple connect to all Apple devices and give you an enhanced listening experience. Plus, they come with a case that keeps them safe and allows you to charge them in a secure environment. With over 24 hours of battery life, access to Siri and easy setup, you can start listening to your favorite tunes or podcasts today.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Running Shoes

Regular Price: $129.98

Sale Price: $89.98

The Adidas Women’s Ultraboost 21 running shoe is perfect for anyone who likes a short run, maybe a 5K, half marathon or more. Coming in several colors and styles, you can slip these shoes on, enjoy the cushioned outsole, sink into the supple insole and secure laces.

Ninja AF101 Air Fryer

Regular Price: $129.99

Sale Price: $97.83

The Ninja AF101 Air Fryer allows you to crisp, roast, reheat and even dehydrate food products faster and cheaper than ever before. It has a 4-quart capacity and offers a wide temperature range along with several time settings so that you can customize each dish to your needs. Plus, all the parts are dishwasher safe.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Regular Price: $199.95

Sale Price: $99

Beats by Dr. Dre are among the best headphones on the market, and the Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones include the Apple W1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth and 40 hours of battery time. These headphones even have a built-in microphone and offer an adjustable fit so that you can be comfortable whether you’re listening to an Android or iOS device.

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

Regular Price: $198.98

Sale Price: $175.98

The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner allows you to keep your home spotless and clean up after your pets. The cleaner comes with the Hoover Paws and Claws Deep shampoo and a storage mat to keep the floor dry once it’s put away.

LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum

Regular Price: $999.00

Sale Price: $851.71

The LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum and Wet Mop All in One Tower is designed to work in homes with several pets or children and clean up all the messes that life brings. The battery lasts up to 2 hours, and there’s an extra removable battery that gives you even more cleaning time and power.

Breville Fresh and Furious Blender

Regular Price: $278.60

Sale Price: $199.95

Breville, a top name in blenders and juicers, offers the Fresh and Furious Blender, featuring 50-ounce capacity, Vac Q technology, pre-programmed cycles, LCD display and lid with pull ring. With the Fresh and Furious Blender, you can make everything from a smoothie to a soup and everything in between.

Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $89.99

Sale Price: $55.63

The Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer is designed for professional use, but it works perfectly in the home. With 1875 watts of power, 6 heat and speed settings and a lightweight design, you can easily style your hair and utilize the diffuser, cut back on the frizz and stretch the 8 ft cord for maximum functionality.

Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket

Regular Price: $160

Sale Price: $97.38

The Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket from Columbia is designed to be light for everyday use, but it’s heavy enough to protect you from the cold. The plush fleece lining, security pocket, water resistant fabric, 2-way zipper, and zippered hand pockets make the jacket both protective and functional.

ConAir InfinitiPro Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $49.99

Sale Price: $29.99

ConAir is one of the biggest names in hair and beauty, and the InfinitPro is an 1875 watt hair dryer designed for professionals with ceramic technology. The dryer comes with a diffuser and concentrator, and it allows you to blow out your hair just the way they would at the salon.

Deals the Experts Are Hoping For

Experts believe that Amazon’s Black Friday sale could linger for quite some time. It all started with the Prime Early Access sale on October 11 and 12. Previously, Amazon has offered the “Epic Deals” sale that ran through late October. 

This is to say that any sale could come up at any time. 

Even so, those monitoring Amazon are looking forward to a few potential deals, including:

  • Apple Watch
  • AirPods (any generation)
  • MacBook Pro
  • Large, underpriced TVs
  • Amazon Echo
  • More small home appliances (Dyson or Shark vacuums, Instant Pots, etc.) 

While these predictions are based on last year’s Amazon Black Friday Sale, it’s important to remember that most Black Friday sales are fairly consistent and push the products that are most likely to sell.

 

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