Grover Cleveland

Ranking the Presidents from a libertarian perspective

I remember some time ago – maybe as far back as a couple of years ago – I saw a link pointing to a list ranking the presidents on a libertarian scale. I did some digging around tonight, and I believe that this is that list I saw.

Of course, it’s all subjective. There are several lists like this one, and they all vary a little bit depending on the views of the person who wrote the list. I say that to stress that while I’m linking to this list, I didn’t write it, so don’t assume that I endorse everything in it.

His top five U.S. Presidents:

  1. Martin Van Buren
  2. Grover Cleveland
  3. John Tyler
  4. Calvin Coolidge
  5. Zachary Taylor

And, of course, no “best of” list is any good without an accompanying “worst of” list. Here are his list of the worst 5 presidents:

  1. George W. Bush
  2. Abraham Lincoln
  3. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  4. Ronald Reagan
  5. Harry S. Truman

A few of my thoughts on the list:

Grover Cleveland: Our Greatest President

While purusing Twitter yesterday, I saw this video from the Foundation for Economic Education on President Grover Cleveland, who is my pick as our best commander-in-chief. It’s wonky, but I thought I’d pass it along.

A libertarian ranking of our presidents

Over the weekend, I happened to catch a link on Twitter pointing a libertarian ranking of Presidents of the United States. It caught my eye because we don’t often see a thoughtful review of our nation’s presidents from our philosophical prespective.

As libertarians, we tend to believe that a good president is one that stays close to constitutional values and the liberties protected by the Bill of Rights. Unfortunately for liberty, the mainstream view, both in the press and by historians, is presidents that expand their office are general classified as the “greatest presidents.”

In this particular post written by Xavier Cromartie, the five best presidents are (in this order):

  1. Martin Van Buren
  2. Grover Cleveland
  3. John Tyler
  4. Calvin Coolidge
  5. Zachary Taylor

Cromartie provides his reasoning for naming these presidents from best to worst, including a list of the good they did or the marks against them.

I don’t necessarily endorse the list, but it’s as accurate as we’ll see from someone that shares our libertarian view. Although I can say that Grover Cleveland is my favorite, as Thomas DiLorenzo once called him, our libertarian president.

 
 


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