One Hour to Ask a Libertarian 2012!

In about an hour, we're starting Ask a Libertarian 2012. From 11a.m. to 4p.m. Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie will be fielding any and all questions in rapid-response videos that will be posted right here at Reason.com.

Fire away!:

Should anything be banned?
Aren't libertarians just Democrats who hate poor people?
Do you really want to legalize Heroin?
Who will you be voting for in November?
Where did you get that blouse?

Gillespie and Welch are the authors of the book The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America, out in paperback June 26 . 

On Tuesday, from 11AM ET til 4PM ET, Gillespie and Welch will receive questions via Facebook, Twitter, and email, and, with the help of Reason.tv's crack team of videographers, will post rapid-fire video responses to your most probing and provocative queries.

The lines are open, so think up your toughest question and send it our way.

To ask via email, send to letters@reason.com
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And on the day of the event, we'll scan the comments section at Hit & Run and our Ask a Libertarianpage.

About 40 seconds. Produced by Meredith Bragg.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    If one were to look into the face of true libertarianism, what evil would be staring back?

  • Chloe||

    I think it would be more like looking into the heart of the Tardis.

  • sarcasmic||

    If a man is speaks in a forest, and no women hear him, is he still wrong?

  • Double D||

    If you put three libertarians in a room together, how many factions would you end up with?

  • LTC John||

    2.5

  • Raston Bot||

    Pi-something if it's a round room.

  • SIV||

    Democrats themselves hate poor people.

  • CockGobbla||

    Will libertarians finally agree that the 2011 motion picture adaptation of Atlas Shrugged, Part I, well, kinda sucked?

  • Double D||

    No.

  • Double D||

    But it did suck.

  • CockGobbla||

    It works to piss of liberals who might see it on you DVD shelf, but for $20 I would rather just pack my shelf with a few mint-condition Ron Paul newsletters circa 1991.

  • CockGobbla||

    *off

  • LTC John||

    What is the libertarian position on "Never Again"? Given a Holocaust type situation, that is.

  • Mongo||

    Good one, LTCJ.

  • ||

    Why do libertarians hate the children?

  • MOFO.||

    Do you just want to live in Somalia?

  • T o n y||

    On antiredistributionist grounds, how is a nightwatchman state fundamentally morally distinct from a social welfare state?

  • sarcasmic||

  • ant1sthenes||

    Well, it does a lot less, which means it costs a lot less to run, which requires less redistribution of wealth to the state and its employees and clients.

  • T o n y||

    So a little theft is OK. At what point does it become a morally reprehensible amount of theft? Or is that up to debate?

  • sarcasmic||

    How many times was Tony dropped on his head as a child?

  • TangoDing||

    Man that dude jsut looks corrupt as the day is long.

    www.Anon-Geeks.tk

  • ||

    Nice observation of Tony anonbot.

  • The Last American Hero||

    Never judge a man until you've walked a mile in his jacket.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Did you ever do it to Ravel's Boléro?

  • Ska||

    Does Beck's version count?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Pervert.

  • ||

    Paging Hugh Akston. Any chance we can get a Typical Libertarian simulcast up in here?

  • CampingInYourPark||

    How will Libertarian principles be realized in government apart from promoting alliances with those that agree government should be minimal and constrained?

  • ||

    At what temperature should I store my monocle and top hat for maximum lifespan?

    Oh and what would you suggest to get the blood of your migrant child slaves workers out of your Armani tux?

  • ||

    Officer, am I free to gambol across plain and forest?

  • Chloe||

    No, there is currently a gambol lockdown in process. All gamboling is prohibited and those caught gamboling across plain and forest will be shot.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Why do libertarians wish to force gold hegemony on everyone else?

    (OT GDP -8.9% in q4 2008 http://www.treasury.gov/resour.....alEcon.PDF)

  • ||

    Why is shrike such a twerp?

  • SugarFree||

    Watch your mouth, heller. Or he'll settle the argument by posting your address.

  • ant1sthenes||

    Do they? I thought they (to the extent there is any pro-gold strain) support free competition in currency, as opposed to the dollar hegemony your side is currently forcing on us. You intellectually dishonest piece of human garbage.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Eat shit. You are free to carry pesos, yen, or any currency you wish. No one is stopping you.

    You just can't pass off some loony Liberty dollar as official FRNs.

  • ant1sthenes||

    Judging by your list, you strategically left out the words "state-backed fiat" before currency.

  • ant1sthenes||

    And how can you pass a metal coin off as a paper bill anyway?

  • ||

    What was the bestest episode of Firefly?

  • Mo' $parky||

    The last one.

  • DEG||

    Was Christina Hendriks in it?

    (For the ladies, Adam Baldwin was probably in it.)

  • Cole Gentles||

    Under libertarian rule, how many licks would it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll tootsie pop.

  • Mo' $parky||

    Science has already determined that the answer is three. It's settled...

  • AlmightyJB||

    I thought Li'l Kim settled that?

  • ||

    How much joy did it give you to destroy the griefers? Come on, I know you cackled at least a little.

  • Mongo||

    A tortoise is lying on its back, baking in the hot sun. Do you help turn it over?

  • Chloe||

    I would. I also help the little turtles that are crossing the street so that they are not hit, by picking them up and taking them to the other side of the street. And yes, in case you are wondering, I hit a squirrel with my car and started to cry.

  • Mo' $parky||

    I ran over a chipmunk the other day. I swerved a little to avoid it because there were no other cars on the road but it ran right under my tire as I was about to pass harmlessly over it. I called it a dumbass.

  • Mongo||

    Please don't swerve. Don't slam on the brakes. Just slow down as safely as possible.

  • Mo' $parky||

    Are you telling me how to drive on an open road?

    Fuck off, slaver!

  • ||

    I almost cried when I ran over my first chimpmunk as a 16-year-old. I was even more of a giant girl back then.

  • Mongo||

    Chimpmunk?

    Did you hit a rodent or a fucking primate?

  • ||

    ALL CREATURES DESERVE TO BE HAPPY

    Except for our griefers. I would happily run them over.

  • Mongo||

    I betcha you're a cutie-pie.

  • Mo' $parky||

    Given almost 250 years of data, is a supposed democratic republic the best form of government for maintaining individual liberties? Do you believe that human nature will ever get past the need for rulers and peons?

  • ||

    Stolen from Bill Murray: You encounter Justin Beiber and Obama drowning in a lake, and you can save only one of them. Do you go to lunch or read the paper?

  • AlmightyJB||

    If I was at the lake I would probably go fishing assuming I had some beer.

  • ||

    Justin Beiber is unfairly maligned here. I mean, he's only killed people that had it coming, which is way more than any president could claim.

  • Carston||

    Another one I often hear (similar to "Aren't libertarians just Democrats who hate poor people?") from people who are libertarian illiterate is:
    Aren't libertarians just Republicans who want drugs legalized?

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