Ames Straw Poll Sketches

I went to the Ames Straw poll on Saturday, completely ignored the speeches and spent the whole time interviewing Iowans about which candidates they were supporting and why. On Sunday I made these five pen, ink, and watercolor sketches, which the Atlantic made into a slideshow along with excerpts from the interviews. I wish I could have included my Romney, Palin, and McCottter supporters, but there’s just not enough time in a single Sunday. Anyway, I’ve been wanting to get some illustration work, so I was pretty excited that the Atlantic was game. Check out the official slideshow to read what these folks had to say. And here’s the sketches again at something close to full size.

Author: Will Wilkinson

Vice President for Research at the Niskanen Center

2 thoughts

  1. I think this is the most sensible thing I have ever heard or read from Will. But libertarianism is anti-redistribution, or am I mistaken? If it is, where does this put libertarianism in relation to “democratic politics”? Is it possible that Will believes libertarianism is/should be a preference that recognizes other legitimate values and priorities in public decision-making, rather than a hard and fast principle that suffers betrayal when not followed in total obeisance? And if it is that, does this not open the tent of libertarianism up to many who have been excluded thus far due to a demonstrated lack of fealty, despite their temperamental sympathy, because they in general see the world as one with competing positive and negative values, and have seen no reason to deny all but one just for acceptance into the ranks of the faithful?

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