Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Rise of the Libertarians

I don't often watch online videos that others provide links to, but yesterday I finally got around to watching this Rise of Libertarians video that Reason magazine posted. I was in Libertopia and ended up watching the whole thing which runs just over 40 minutes.

John Stossel has some libertarian guests including Reason magazine's Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch (first segment) along with Ron Paul and Penn Gillette. Columnist Fred Barnes is there for one segment as the statist naysayer.

I'm not as optimistic as some of the guests are. I'm certainly a bit more skeptical than Stossel tries to be with his devil's advocate questions. As we've seen not just in comments to this blog, but in news from around the state and nation, there's still a large number of people that want government controlling every aspect of our lives. I'm not sure I see that changing in my lifetime.

The first segment, with Gillespie and Welch, was my favorite. It runs about 12 minutes if you're not into watching the whole thing.


At 3:13 PM, Anonymous Liberal Jon said...

I had a chance to watch this FM. Stossel and you are confused if you think this movement has any chance to enter the mainstream. The only way it can is if it does so like Paul Ryan might - as the ideological foundation of a Republican candidate who has to run as far away from his actual beliefs as possible.

Also you are confused, or being disingenuous, to ignore the conservative/Republican connection. It is on Fox Business and as always Rand and Ron are the standard bearers and the reason for all the hype and optimism. (both Republicans btw)


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