Ask a Libertarian: Is The Jacket libertarian?

Welcome to Ask a Libertarian with Reason's Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch. They are the authors of the new book The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America.

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On June 15, 2011 Gillespie and Welch used short, rapid-fire videos to answer dozens of reader questions submitted via email, Twitter, Facebook, and In this episode, they answer the questions:

Kara Billar: 
"Does [Nick Gillespie's leather] jacket give you libertarian super powers?"

"Has the Elvis estate contacted you about Misappropriation of Likeness?"

Monica Shelton:
"Where does Nick's leather jacket spend its summers?"

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Produced by Meredith Bragg, Jim Epstein, Josh Swain, with help from Katie Hooks, Kyle Blaine and Jack Gillespie.

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    "Has the Elvis estate contacted you about Misappropriation of Likeness?"

    Shut the fuck up lonewacko.

    Ahh, good times.

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    See what happens when you address the Jacket directly. It took Nick's head clean off.

  • Kristen||

    And apparently cauterized and sanded it to smoother perfection, too!

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    It's a good look for him.

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    Reason's Facebook newsfeed is sort of the Bizarro world version of

    The Facebook edition of this video clip elicited several "What does this have to do with libertarianism?" responses, and only one "STFU, LoneWacko!", and that was from me.

    It's called Fan Service, bitches.

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    It appears that The Jacket® is searching for a new host.

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    The book is out?

    You guys totally got your book in print before father's Day!!!


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    Good work boys.

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    I've explained this many times. Nick is a Kwittheshitz Hadenough (one who can be offended many ways at once) and, through a spice-induced metamorphosis, took the sandcows as his skin.

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    sandcows = Rather

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    She's best classified as a variety of slugpig.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I don't think that that was really the jacket talking. Leather doesn't throw an echo.

  • Banjos||

    No human can withstand the real voice of The Jacket.

  • J[o]h[nn]y L[o][n]gt[o]rs[o]||

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    Why was the gremlin on the bookshelf replaced by a disco ball?

  • 20 For Head Don't Come||

    The Jacket was smuggled in by illegal Mexican immigrants.

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    The Jacket has always been and will always be. It was forged from the first cow who sinned by insane sky gods that wrought it with fire and blood before the morning of the world. The Jacket is. The Jacket IS.

  • hmm||

    Wow. A Lonewhackjob appearance.

  • Warty||

    Shut the fuck up, Lonewacko.

  • Invisible Finger||

    I've seen all the imitation Jacket shows, but nothing compares to the real thing.

  • Boxbot||

    Based on the laconic answers and echo effect on it's voice, the most likely explanation is that the Jacket is a Vorlon without its encounter suit. It appears to humans to be a leather jacket because over the course of eons of evolution, The Jacket has programmed species all over the galaxy to see it as the most badass piece of clothing in that species' mythology.

  • scarpe Nike Store||

    is good


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