These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Libertarianism.org Right-Center biased based on free-market economic philosophy and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record.
Bias Rating: RIGHT-CENTER
Factual Reporting: HIGH
Press Freedom Rating: MOSTLY FREE
Media Type: Organization/Foundation
Traffic/Popularity: Minimal Traffic
MBFC Credibility Rating: HIGH CREDIBILITY
Founded in 1996, Libertarianism.org is the Cato Institute’s treasury of resources about the theory and history of liberty. According to their about page, they “offer a wealth of original essays and classic reprints by great classical liberals and libertarians as well as articles from modern-day thinkers, book reviews, four podcasts, a libertarian encyclopedia, videos, online introductory courses, and books on a variety of topics within the libertarian tradition.” The current director and editor are Aaron Ross Powell.
Funded by / Ownership
Libertarianism.org is a part of the 501(c)(3) Non-profit think tank, Cato Institute. According to their about page “Cato receives approximately 80 percent of its funding through tax-deductible contributions from individuals, many of whom are responding to informative direct mail solicitations and program updates.” Cato offers an annual report that shows the percentages of money received and their IRS 990 form. Various organizations, including Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Charles Koch Foundation, and Sarah Scaife Foundation, fund the Cato Institute. See our full Cato Review here.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the website is broken into the following categories: Explore, which allows you to do filtered searches of content; Encyclopedia, which allows searching the entire website; Guides, which are online courses to learn about Libertarianism; followed by Podcasts and Books. Before we begin, it may be helpful to understand the definition of Libertarianism. In its most simple terms, it is “the philosophy of personal and economic freedom.”
Libertariansm.org features opinion columns that are generally negative toward progressive economics, such as this: What Paul Krugman Got Wrong About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 70% Tax Rate. This opinion is properly sourced to the New York Times and the Tax Foundation. Libertarianism.org does not have a favorable view of President Trump and does not support his immigration policies. They also support socially liberal policies such as gay marriage and marijuana legalization. Regarding science, such as climate change, they support the consensus of science; however, they do not support Government solutions.
In general, Libertarianism.org is right economically and left-leaning socially. We rate economic philosophy higher than individual social issues; therefore, overall, they are right-center biased.
Failed Fact Checks
- None in the Last 5 years
Overall, we rate Libertarianism.org Right-Center biased based on free-market economic philosophy and High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (D. Van Zandt 3/2/2019) Updated (02/24/2023)
Last Updated on May 31, 2023 by Media Bias Fact Check
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