Interview with Daniel Lewis, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Metro Nashville / Davidson County

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Interview with Daniel Lewis, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Metro Nashville / Davidson County

By Dave Carew

Although it was extremely active and disproportionately influential during the anti-state-income-tax revolt that successfully erupted in Nashville a decade ago, the Libertarian Party of Metro Nashville/ Davidson County has, in recent years, kept a much lower profile. That may be changing, as the party is now running Bruce Casper as its candidate for mayor (see and regularly lobbying the Metro Council and state legislature.

Underground Nashville recently caught up with local Libertarian Party chair Daniel Lewis for this exclusive interview:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: In a nutshell, what is the Libertarian Party’s political philosophy?

DANIEL LEWIS: The Libertarian philosophy advocates for individual freedom on both economic and personal issues.   Liberals advocate for individual freedom on personal issues.  Conservatives advocate for individual freedom on economic issues.   Libertarians advocates for individual freedom on both economic and personal issues.  Government restricts individual freedom: the bigger the government, the less individual freedom.   Libertarians support reducing the size, scope, and power of government on every issue and oppose increasing the size, scope, or power of government on any issue.

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: If I Libertarian, rather than Karl Dean, had been elected mayor in 2007, how would Nashville be different?

DANIEL LEWIS:  Nashville would have less government, not more.  A Libertarian would have opposed Music City Center.   Government should not own and operate a business.   Also, the construction of Music City Center is the classic Broken Window Fallacy.   It is argued that Music City Center will benefit the economy of Nashville, when, in reality, had the $500 million being spent on Music City Center stayed in the market, it would have been used more efficiently.  Also, with a Libertarian mayor, business would have less regulation.   Two examples would be the regulation of sedans and limousines and the regulation of home businesses.  Metro is being sued over the regulation of sedans and limousines.   A Libertarian mayor would have vetoed both of these measures.

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: What specific, beneficial impact is the LP of Metro Nashville / Davidson County currently having on local citizens?

DANIEL LEWIS:  LPMNDC provides an alternative to the two major parties.    LPMNDC also provides many resources that promote individual freedom and personal responsibility.   Most of the resources are located on our website at  The website is updated a number of times each week (almost every day).  We also provide a vehicle for pro-liberty candidates that the other parties cannot offer. On a regular basis, members of our party lobby for and against bills in the state legislature and Metro Council.

For more information, visit

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.





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