Video Q/A with Gamer-Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colo.)

Rep. Jared Polis represents the 2nd District of Colorado. A conventional Democrat in some respects, he also supports many causes that matter to libertarians: legalizing marijuana and hemp, restraining NSA surveillance, reforming copyright and patent laws, and making space for the virtual currency Bitcoin.

His background as a businessman is in Internet commerce and his background as a child of the 1980s is video games. Indeed, Polis is not just a congressman but an avid gamer. And when legislation such as the Stop Online Piracy Act threatened gaming culture and free expression more generally, he asked gamers to help him put the proposal on ice.

Reason's Scott Shackford recently sat down with Polis in his Washington, D.C. office to discuss video games, his positions on surveillance, and why he thinks gamers skew libertarian. Read Shackford's profile of Polis in the June issue of Reason magazine.

About 12 minutes.

Camera by Amanda Winkler and Josh Swain. Edited by Alex Manning.

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  • GatewayDrug||

    Jared Polis is the man!

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Where was he drafted?

  • Brandon||

    he also supports many causes that matter to libertarians poll well.

    I'll just leave this here.

  • VicRattlehead||

    Wonder what his XBL s/n is
    Mine is Metalstorm9 if anyone wants to hit me up

  • Scott S.||

    He's actually primarily a PC gamer, not a console gamer. I don't think he even has an Xbox.

  • ||

    The last console I owned was an Atari 2600. Received my first computer in 1979 and haven't looked back. Mainly a simulator, strategy and tactical, 4X player

  • ||

    You a PC gamer?

  • Scott S.||

    I went from computers to consoles and now back to computers. Oddly, I have a lot of the same taste in games as Rep. Polis.

  • ||

    Oddly, I have a lot of the same taste in games as Rep. Polis.

    Wizardry!!!

  • BakedPenguin||

    Wow. He not only understands we're not Republicans, he even grasps (at least some) of the differences between libertarians & an-caps.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Great, but who the hell would waste their hard-earned Dogecoins by giving them to a politician?

  • Paul.||

    I'm glad the FCC approves and signed off on freedom. Let it ring!

    But before we go totally wild west, what's the FEC's position on bitcoin?

  • ||

    I'm glad the FCC approves and signed off on freedom. Let it ring!

    You talking about net Neutrality and the Netflix "deal"?

    I am not so sure. Now the FCC wants Internet providers to inform them when ever they do something which the FCC thinks is not Net Neutral...essentially putting in a government required permit whenever an ISP rolls out new services or even changes them.

    An ISP will have no idea what the FCC thinks Net Neutrality is so basically any little change must be reported.

    When the FCC was ever granted that power is beyond my understanding. Congress sure as hell never handed them that kind of regulatory power.

  • Paul.||

    They're a roving agency doing good works. Constitutional!

  • Acosmist||

    Stop Online Privacy Act? Really?

  • Mike M.||

    More and more leftists, particularly "elite" progressives, actually think it should be illegal to use pseudonyms on the web.

    It would make it a lot easier for them to silence dissenters (or worse).

  • Acosmist||

    Except as far as I am aware, it was Stop Online Piracy.

  • Scott S.||

    Fixed it. Somebody e-mailed me about that yesterday and I thought they were referring to my magazine piece. I couldn't find the error.

  • x4rqcks3f||

    A mindless statist who likes weed and tech and knows slightly more about libertarianism than most. Fuck him.

  • ||

    Best Democrat I has seen in a long time.

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