"Mr. Ventura…is basically a libertarian. `I want to be the governor who destroys the property-tax system as we know it,' he says. When his term [as governor of Minnesota] is over, he'd like people to remember 'when Jesse Ventura was around, "I didn't even notice the government."'…Mr. Ventura makes libertarianism, a rather dogmatic creed, sound like everyday wisdom."

—Michael Kazin, American University history professor, in a widely reprinted op-ed piece.