Ashton Kutcher Tears Into Corrupt Regulatory Barriers to Businesses Like Uber

Over at the Independent Women's Forum, Reason contributor Abby Schachter points out that Ashton Kutcher, inescapable TV presence, one-time Demi Moore boy-toy, and current Uber investor, has developed a sharp business savvy and an aversion to stupid regulatory barriers. On the Jimmy Kimmel show, Kutcher went from stroking his host to venting about crony-capitalist rules in record time.

Writes Schachter:

Kimmel asked if the service was available only in Los Angeles and New York or elsewhere. Kutcher said that it was global, but still couldn’t get into some places.

Kimmel asked Kutcher to describe the problem so Kutcher he did. There’s “only [trouble in] some cities where there’s some old, antiquated legislation that doesn’t allow it to exist there…. [There’s a] Mafioso village mentality of ‘we’re not going to let the new guy in’…in Miami it doesn’t exist because of some dumb regulation that says it can’t exist there. For a while in Denver they couldn’t have…cars there…[W]ith Uber cab or airbnb or any of these new peer-to-peer networks, you have old-school monopolies and incumbents, and old-school governments that get kickbacks from various people that don’t want the new guy to come in so they try to kick them out of their city. But the people are going to have what the people want and the people say they want Uber and the people say they want airbnb.”

It's amazing how clear and coherent a seemingly flighty celebrity can become when describing an encounter with the destructive power of politicians and government. Rage does focus the mind.

See Reason's extensive coverage of crony-capitalist efforts to obstruct and destroy entrepreneurial companies like Uber.

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  • ||

    A lot of people don't know this but Kelso has an advanced degree. In Mila Kunis Studies.

  • JEP||

    I know many people who have studied Mila Kunis.

    Being academic about Mila Kunis is easy, it's the real world experience that's the key to success.

    I've been trying to get an internship for years...

  • playa manhattan||

  • ||

    Sadly I missed my chance of being molested by Michael Jackson.

  • Yegg Central||

    Rickety Cricket?

  • gaijin||

    haha! Poor Asshton. Maybe his 2009 video encouraging us all to support his president can get him some crony crumbs of his own. Schmuck!

  • PapayaSF||

    Now, now, cut people some slack when they begin to see part of the light.

  • Tonio||

    What's done is done, nissei.

    Plus, maybe his background of supporting this administration will allow him to avoid the teabagger criticism to which anyone without his bona fides would be subjected.

    I think the way out of this mess will be for people to realize they were wrong about certain policies and start speaking up for freedom.

  • gaijin||

    Good points. I must remember forgiveness :)

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I seem to recall reading somewhere that Kutcher is actually intelligent. But you know who else was reportedly intelligent?

  • SugarFree||

    MNG had a doctorate. The candy dots on the back of it were delicious.

  • playa manhattan||

    Had?

  • ||

    He ate it in a fit of pique after finding he enjoyed a tractor pull and made less money than NutraSweet.

  • Tonio||

    I'd forgotten about the tractor pulls; ah, the good old days.

  • SugarFree||

    What Epi said. And I assume they stripped him of his Labor Studies PhD when he stopped coming here to fight the unmutual threat.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Albert Einstein?

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    Khan? But he was not experienced and his patterns thus demonstrated two-dimensional thinking.

  • Floridian||

    Seriously! How is Kirk a tactical genius for moving his ship down? Come on, that's lazy writing.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    YOU SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH. That movie was as close to perfection as you're ever going to see.

  • Floridian||

    You know I only watched it this year because of all the references on H&R and I have to say i was disappointed.

  • ||

    And now we're disappointed in you. Don't worry, we'll express it when you least expect it. What is that Klingon proverb again?

  • Floridian||

    WE are disappointed? Really Epi, I never thought you would resort to peer pressure. For shame, I have found your team.

  • Scarecrow Repair||

    You know who else was as close to perfection as we'll ever see?

  • ||

    If your army consists of horsemen on the plains of central Asia what do you need the third dimension for?

  • ||

    The Yarn People of Nylar 9?

  • playa manhattan||

    The editor of the Harvard Law Review?

  • kinnath||

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashton_Kutcher

    Kutcher enrolled at the University of Iowa in August 1996, where his planned major was biochemical engineering, motivated by the desire to find a cure for his brother's heart ailment. At college, Kutcher was kicked out of his apartment for being too "noisy" and "wild". Kutcher stated, "I thought I knew everything but I didn't have a clue. I was partying, and I woke up many mornings not knowing what I had done the night before. I played way too hard. I am amazed I am not dead."

    Local boy who eventually figured out to make money by looking good ...

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    Did you just replace Hitler in the Godwin game with the President? Because I almost didn't notice.

  • Ted S.||

    Hedy Lamarr?

  • RBS||

    It's Hedley!

  • Pelosi's Rabbit||

    Cindy Crawford?

  • Andrew G.||

    He's actually a rather successful tech industry investor.

  • ||

    Remember when Howard Stern got all pissed about the FCC...

    That never did carry over to general criticism of government overreach. He ended up blaming Churches for the FCC or some bullshit and continued being a big statist.

  • playa manhattan||

    He's right for the wrong reasons. I doubt he would give a fuck if he weren't an investor.

  • Vulgar Madman||

    I just like it when someone gets it right. It's rare.

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    He seems intelligent enough to have contempt for those idiots in San Francisco and Oakland that are harassing the Google employees.

    Those are the kinds of progs that are utterly irredeemable.

  • Root Boy||

    Yeah, but Google/FB/TWTR harassment in SF is golden. Nothing better than blue on blue since those companies toe the progressive line on everything.

  • Root Boy||

    He also did the Mike Row-esque speech to the teeny boppers about hard work, so I think he's getting to the right place:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNXwKGZHmDc

    Of course, then there is the Obama fellating below, unfortunately.

  • lap83||

    So people should only become right about things that aren't relevant to their line of work? That's absurd.

  • Skip||

    These Hollywood assholes don't give a crap if some non-Hollywood 1%er has to pay more in taxes. They are the cheapest SOBs in the world when it involves them.

  • GILMORE||

    "playa manhattan|2.11.14 @ 3:58PM|#

    I doubt he would give a fuck if he weren't an investor

    What you said there, I said as well. Which makes it a truth now.

  • JW||

    So, wait, he actually has one redeeming value?

  • ||

    Yeah, Kutcher was also one of those dipwads in that creepy "pledge to serve Barack Obama" video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51kAw4OTlA0

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    Maybe he was pussy whipped by Demi into doing that?

  • ||

    I'd like to hope so, but I think he's really only speaking out about this because it personally affects him. I don't think he really gives a crap about government overreach in general. A lot of people are that way.

  • Winston||

    Doubt you will find many Hollywood types who advocate having their own income taxed 150% or being sent to the gulags for making films the gov doesn't like but that doesn't mean they oppose those things happening to other people.

  • Root Boy||

    Didn't they (hollywood and WDC) just start a program where they are going to build Obamacare storylines into popular shows - some kind of gov driven Norman Lear adventure.

    I can't wait until SVU gets even more liberal.

  • Francisco d Anconia||

    You're almost there AK. Just a little bit more...

  • Floridian||

    Reason should give him a free subscription.

  • RBS||

    I don't know, Reason gives a free subscription to every member of Congress...

  • Floridian||

    Really? Anyways congress is benefiting from the system. AK just got screwed by it. Strike while the iron is hot and what not.

  • RBS||

    That's how I started reading it. I worked for a congressman and eventually started reading the magazines we got, well really just Reason and Hustler. The first issue I actually read.

  • Floridian||

    Neat. I don't remember how I stumbled across reason. I think I googled why do people hate libertarians and this site was mentioned. After reading the comments I was hooked.

  • GILMORE||

    " I think I googled why do people hate libertarians and this site was mentioned there was an obscure reference to someone named 'Warty'..."

    Last thing I remember was a van pulling up beside me, then blackness...

  • The Late P Brooks||

    It's amazing how clear and coherent a seemingly flighty celebrity can become when describing an encounter with the destructive power of politicians and government.

    Which is why I try to refrain from assailing entertainers based on their "lack of credentials" even when they take positions I don't like. Like MATT DAMON.

    Who knows- some low-level planning and zoning functionary might deliver Damon to the Dark Side on a silver platter.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    MNG had a doctorate.

    [citation needed}

  • Zeb||

    I saw no reason to disbelieve him. He seemed bright enough. I wish he'd stuck around and Tony and Shriek had disappeared.

  • ||

    Are you joking? MNG was at least as hateful and stupid as joe.

  • ||

    He actually didn't start out that way, but for some reason turned into that. My guess is that if you are actually somewhat smart, yet stupid enough to join a TEAM, it progressively (hah) rots your brain as you try to reconcile logic and reason with the increasing insanity of your TEAM. If you don't get out, you just eventually become like them 100%. They'll shun you if you don't regardless.

  • ||

    Remember his special hardon for me towards the end? It was as hilarious as it was pathetic.

  • Sevo||

    Episiarch|2.11.14 @ 4:27PM|#
    "He actually didn't start out that way, but for some reason turned into that."

    By the time I got here, MNG was incapable of arguing in good faith.
    *Every* argument was some sort of sophistry as if he really didn't care about the argument, it was merely a question of whether he'd get caught with the card up his sleeve.
    It got tired real quick.

  • Winston||

    Reminds of how SAG was created by Hollywood libs pissed that the NIRA placed salary caps on everyone in Hollywood except the studio bosses.

  • Obese American||

    Where's your Uber car dude?

  • Tonio||

    Nice.

  • Floridian||

    Isn't obese redundant in your handle.
    I keed, I keed.

  • GILMORE||

    "It's amazing how clear and coherent a seemingly flighty celebrity can become when...."

    ...THEIR OWN MONEY IS INVESTED IN SOMETHING?

  • RishJoMo||

    Wow man, I truly like the sound of that. WOw.

    www.GoAnon.tk

  • cheap soccer jerseys||

    I think he's actually a rather successful tech industry investor.

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