Ask a Libertarian 2012 with Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch: How Can I Talk Politics With My Earnest Lefty Friends Without Them Screaming at Me?

Welcome to Ask a Libertarian 2012 with Reason's Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch. They are the authors of the book, The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America, coming out in paperback with a new foreword covering Occupy Wall Street and more, on June 26.

In this video, they answer the question:

"How can I talk politics with my earnest lefty friends without them screaming at me?" - Sent by Scott Ross. 

Produced by Meredith Bragg, Jim Epstein, Josh Swain, and Tracy Oppenheimer with help from Katie Hooks.

To watch answers from 2011's Ask a Libertarian series, go here.

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    You can't.

  • JW||


  • ||

    Also, I like the shirt Nick.

  • Sudden||

    Nick may have the shirt, but Warty has the awesome TBTF men's thong.

  • Chloe||

    That is 5 costume changes for Nick, 1 for Matt.

  • ||

    They don't want poor people to get richer faster. They want rich people to get poorer faster. Every single item on their agenda speaks to stripping the rich of their assets, not getting more assets to the poor.

  • Paul.||

    Carry your legally obtained firearms before you speak to them.

  • ||

    If one of my friends starts screaming at me over my beliefs...they won't be my friend any more.

  • Paul.||


  • ||

    You're excluded from that attitude, Paul. Because of that stuff you know about me and promised never to reveal. That promise is still good, right?

  • Paul.||

    Define 'reveal'.

  • ||

    (starts clearing out freezer, assembling surgical tools)

  • o3||

    i just tell my libtoidz friends that ABT is insane that the somali navy hauls ass when shot at. they tell me to shut-up and take another hit

  • Pip||

    As if you had friends.

  • Drake||

    No earnest lefties. They are all retards or lying envious douche bags. Either way, you should make new friends.

  • T||

    When they start screaming, laugh at them and mock them for acting ridiculous. They'll either calm down or go away.

  • Sudden||

    *Note: this strategy works with men, but will result in women accusing you of misogyny and male gaze.

    **Addendum: It is unclear what effect this would have with Rachel Maddow or Ezra Klein due to the considerable androgeny.

  • Nando||

    Just call them shithead.

  • ||

    Shut up shithead

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Don't call him that, heller... he obviously deserves better derision than that.

    I vote for "shut up, pigfucker".


    How Can I Talk Politics With My Earnest Lefty Friends Without Them Screaming at Me?

    Libertarian: "I find a ball-gag effective in at least *muffling* the screams."

  • Pip||

    "Ask a Libertarian 2012 with Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch: How Can I Talk Politics With My Earnest Lefty Friends Without Them Screaming at Me?"

    By keeping your gun trained on them?

  • Loki||

    I can't even talk to lefty sister without getting into an argument. Although we can usually stay at least civil enough not to scream at each other. Although I did recently tell her that socialists were "full of shit" 5 seconds after she said she was a socialist (although she doesn't believe price or wage controls, which makes her not realy socialist at all).

    As for talking to "earnest lefty" friends, you can't because there's no such thing as an "earnest lefty".

  • Drake||

    So she's actually a fascist.

  • ||

    If you have earnest lefty friends, then you have too many friends.

  • PaganPriestess||

    I had an earnest lefty friend once, but we stopped being friends when I slapped her for voting for Obama.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Typically I don't talk politics with them, but they're usually so bad at it anyways. If I criticize Obama, their natural response is to say something snarky about Bush and I just agree and say yeah, he was an asshole too. And then they look puzzeled and shut up.

  • ant1sthenes||

    The same way you win an argument with a woman.

  • Jesus H. Christ||

    Gonna be a run on duct tape...

  • Tejicano||

    Silence is golden... duct tape is silver

  • Cavpitalist||

    You give them money?


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