Ask a Libertarian: "Who wrote the majority of The Declaration of Independents?"

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 question:

"Who wrote the majority of the book?

P.S.- I bet Nick just put his name on it like Ben Affleck did with Good Will Hunting."

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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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  • MWG||

    I just assumed the book was written with child labor using ink made from the blood of baby seals on paper made from trees chopped from the Amazon jungle.

    But hey, I'm a real libertarian.

  • MWG||

    Oh and Nick, could you put the jacket on already?

  • Jerry||

    Yeah, just turn the AC up if you must.

  • ||

    Could some donate Nick a gift card from Ross or The Men's Warehouse?

  • ||

    Jeebus, class it up a little and send him to DKNY or Hugo Boss at least.

  • Sudden||

    Technically, The Men's Wearhouse is accepted since he did finance the Yes on 19 campaign, thereby making him and his establishment officially libertopia-worthy an a winner of the Bloodshot-Monocle Award.

  • CE||

    Thomas Geofferson?

  • sailor||

    Thank whoever that you answered this most important question! But really why should anyone vote?

  • -||

    Good Will Hunting

    After all the buildup, I hope it's not that bad.

  • PantsFan||

    Followup question in 2 parts:: Why do city governments waste time/effort on giving out "keys to the city", and why would they give one to Gene Simmons?

  • Kristen||

    It's 5:50 EDT, goddammit. Where's The Jacket?

  • ||

    Worshipping The Jacket feeds it, makes it grow. Soon it will swaddle the entire world.

  • Grandpa Whithers||

    I'm not so old that I no longer remember tumidity!

  • -||

    Jacket withdrawal. Never a pretty sight.

  • Aqua Buddha||

    Don't forget my royalty check.

  • PantsFan||

    The Jacket just showed up on Youtube. Should be up here soon I reckon.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    A thousand monkeys on a thousand typewriters.

  • scarpe Nike Store||

    is good


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