"Drafting the Declaration of Independents": Nick Gillespie Talks Libertarianism with Arthur Kade

Late last week, I sat down with rogue interviewer Arthur Kade to talk about life, liberty, and the pursuit of book sales for the just-released paperback edition of The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America, the book I coauthored with Matt Welch. The paperback edition comes with updates and a new foreword in which Matt and I discuss the Occupy movement and developments since the book came out a year ago. And we deal with the pervasive rejection by readers of our optimistic take on the future, too.

The book is on sale now. Costs just $10.19 on Amazon!

From Kade's intro to the 14-minute Q&A, filmed at Reason's DC HQ:

Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with one of America’s most unique voices, Nick Gillespie, in the beautiful Reason Magazine offices in Washington DC, right after an epic appearance on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher where he debated Rachel Maddow, Mark Ruffalo, and Bill Maher, to talk about what it means to be a Libertarian, his new book “Declaration Of Independents”, his thoughts on one of the most epic debates on a talk show you will ever see when he squared off on Bill Maher, my interviews with Libertarian Presidential Candidate Governor Gary Johnson and Penn Jilette, the current political climate and election, the Supreme Court decision to keep Obamacare, why he believes Mitt Romney is a dud, the reason he is holding Broccoli during the interview, and soo much more!  Enjoy Kade Nation!!

Make sure to check out Kade's website and YouTube page, which includes dozens of other interviews with folks such as Penn Jillette, Gary Johnson, Olivia Newton-John, and Will Smith.

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  • Whiterun Guard||

    An interview with Will Smith?

    There are few things I can think of that would be simultaneously insanely boring and infuriatingly annoying.

    Also, WTF? When did you write a book Gillespie?

  • Ice Nine||

    Though I'm pretty sure that an interview with Olivia Newton-John would be one of them.

  • anon||

    An interview with Olivia Wilde, however...

  • anon||

    I thought there was a book that recently came out with this title.

  • niobiumstudio||

    They reviewed it/interviewed Welch (I think it was Welch - I would have remembered if it was Gillespie) on NPR or at least the local WUNC here in NC - it's hard to tell what is local and what is national. They were very positive about the book and it's been on my list of books to read. However, I have to learn to read before I can start that list...

  • anon||

    Bit of a joke. I've read the book; it's a fun read and has some fun facts, but nothing terribly new except for optimism (rare after reading Reason for a few days.)

  • Bill||

    Is it a good book for a non-libertarian to read?

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    'Real Time' is the only political discussion show worth watching - which is sad considering Sunday morning is full of them.

  • ||

    I occasionally enjoy This Week, but it really depends on the panelists. The roundtable format does sort of prevent any real debate, but it's a good way to at least hear some talking points that you can fact check and draft rebuttals to.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    It seems scripted although I doubt it is. The guests just spout their talking points unrefuted like the others do.

  • ||

    The paperback edition comes with updates and a new foreword

    But no fashion tips, craft projects, or holiday recipes?

  • flye||

    I'm waiting for the special edition that's hollowed out for handgun storage.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    OT: Scandal plagued Barclay's CEO cancels London fundraiser for Romney.


    Illegally manipulating Libor is so free-markety.

  • kinnath||

    It takes a moral midget to come to open forum every day and spew nothing but grief.

    Why don't you try making rational arguments supporting the progressive cause every now and again? Or is that just beyond your abilities?

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Not a progressive, you dumbass. All progress should be a market function.

  • kinnath||

    So just a griefer with no guiding principles.

  • Jeff||

    That's our shriek.

  • ||

    Arthur Kade??? THE Arthur Kade? Of massive look-at-meeeeee unironic douchebag Philly metrosexual guido fame?

  • FD||

    Nick's excellent as usual but he misses the opportunity to clarify "free market". His libertarianism definition, while he correctly speaks of the crumbling party system, simplifies it to economically right and socially left, so the pseudo-intellects (and sorry, folks , but Maher is one of them) don't recognize the perversion of Obama/Romney corporatism. The rent-seeking abuses are not free market. 'course, don't expect Romney to start yanking the favors from the current crony mafia, continued and propagated by Obama and his predecessors, but at least Nick could explain that the economic fascism of the left is not particularly distinct from government-sanctioned corporate nepotism of the right.

  • SlowburnAZ||

    I'm impressed that Nick kept that damn broccoli in his hand for the entire interview.

  • Almanian's Evil Twin||

    "Leave the gun - take the broccoli..."

  • Broseph of Invention||

    A cluster of broccoli is the Irishman's bouquet, a treasure tossed at weddings and cooked into shepherd's pie.


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