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'What You're Left With Is Libertarianism'

Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld on what guys like to read, what meth addicts do to toasters, and why liberals and conservatives are so annoying

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Insomniacs who channel surf to Fox News at 3 a.m. may think they have drifted off into a dirty, hilarious febrile dream. Instead of perky anchors and partisan shouters working over the headlines of the day, a pug-faced ne'er-do-well named Greg Gutfeld leads a motley crew of comics, C-list celebrities, and occasional reason editors through a running news-of-the-weird joke fest covering (in no particular order) free markets, unicorns, drug legalization, very attractive women, and very gay sex. Airing since February 2007, Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld is just the latest stop in Gutfeld's checkered career.

In 1987 Gutfeld took his first journalistic job, somewhat unconventionally for a Berkeley graduate, at the conservative American Spectator, running errands for the magazine's famously erratic editor in chief, R. Emmett Tyrell. After a failed stint as a screenwriter, Gutfeld got a job at the health-oriented lifestyle magazine Prevention, where he started drinking and drugging at a prodigious rate. Gutfeld went on to edit the lads-and-abs magazines Men's Health (where he was fired for making fun of Girl Scouts, cat lovers, and his boss), Stuff (where he was fired for an incident involving several midgets for hire at a publishers' conference), and finally the British edition of Maxim, where he hung his hat while writing Lessons From the Land of Pork Scratchings: A Miserable Yank Discovers the Secret of Happiness in Britain (Simon & Schuster). Gutfeld has written "traitor" columns for women's magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Mademoiselle, telling women what men really think. He claims to have been rejected for a job at reason in 1988.

In 2005 Gutfeld gained a new audience by writing satirical, liberal-mocking posts at The Huffington Post (sample line: "Is Al Franken patenting the pubic hair and Elmer's glue cure for baldness, or is he just keeping the idea to himself?"). This helped lead him to his current gig, where in addition to hosting the hour-long Red Eye, he writes the Daily Gut blog. The unifying theme throughout his career has been boobs, as in both breasts and morons. Another theme to his jobs: Gutfeld was fired or forced to resign in disgrace from virtually all of them.

Associate Editor Katherine Mangu-Ward spoke with Gutfeld on stage at Reason Weekend in Orlando, Florida, in April.

reason: Describe the evolution of your political outlook.

Greg Gutfeld: As a teenager, I was a liberal. It helped me in school. Where I went to school, if you collected signatures for the nuclear freeze, you got extra credit. I realized the more you seemed to care about something, the more the teachers cared about you and your friends. If you share the liberal assumptions, you don't have to think too much about it.

I thought that was great because it really helped me with grades, but after a few debates in school where I actually had to think about things, I realized I was a complete fraud. I started to re-examine myself when I went to Berkeley. It was a really bad idea. It was just walking around with a target on your back.

I became a conservative by being around liberals and I became a libertarian by being around conservatives. You realize that there's something distinctly in common between the two groups, the left and the right; the worst part of each of them is the moralizing. On the left, you have people who want to dictate your behavior under the guise of tolerance. Unless you disagree with them. Then the tolerance goes out the window. Which kind of negates the whole idea of tolerance. That's the politically correct moralizing. Then when you become a conservative, the other kind of moralizing comes from religion. But if you remove both of those from the equation, what you're left with is libertarianism.

From the right, you've got free markets. From the left, you have free minds. To me, that's the only sensible direction. As you grow older, you kind of end up there. Especially if you drink and do a lot of drugs.

reason: Speaking of which, let's talk about your editorship of Men's Health.

Gutfeld: I was the only editor of any health magazine that did a feature on how smoking is good for you.

Actually, one of my primary interviewees was Jacob Sullum from reason. He turned me on to all these tobacco companies that were actually doing amazing research on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. But nobody in the media would cover it because smoking is bad. I would get all these amazing medical journals at Men's Health, and I loved them mainly for the weird pictures that I would copy and send out to my friends, enlarged arms and weird faces. I believe I was the original Internet.

I read a lot of this passive-smoking stuff, and I realized it was just bullshit. What they're trying to do is create science to legislate. I wanted to write about this, and I'd just become editor of Men's Health. When you get a job like that, you're supposed to do the right thing. I did the wrong thing.

The article I wrote was called "I Smoke and I Work at Men's Health." We recreated a Parliament ad with me in the middle smoking. It was really cool and wonderful. I interviewed every satanic person in the tobacco industry and cited their science. It was a fantastic article, and it dropped like a stone in journalism. People just hated it. But I couldn't help it, because this is real health journalism. Once they stop demonizing substances, they're going to find out that these things can actually help people.

Health editors are generally very miserable people. They constantly think there's something wrong with themselves. Meanwhile, they hate pharmaceutical companies.

Here are companies that have to bend over backwards to tell you what's wrong with their product. Those commercials, 90 percent of the commercials are them telling you not to buy it. Meanwhile, health editors are lying to you. They're telling you that New Age practices work. So you have these people that are making fun of drug companies who are liars, and the drugs companies that can't afford to lie. I realized that the pharmaceutical companies to me were bigger than the space program. They spend billions of dollars on tiny little things that change your life, and no one gives them credit for it.

Men's Health is where I started to get very pro-business. Like, you know what? Corporations are not these evil monoliths that they depicted in Michael Clayton. They're just groups of people who work really hard to create good things that make our lives better, and they're treated like crap by editors who are paranoid weirdos.

reason: When I was on Red Eye, we talked about some findings about marijuana and life extension. It's not just the big pharma drugs that can help people, right?

Gutfeld: Yeah. And I won't just say marijuana. I'll say Ecstasy, acid, cocaine. People take these things for the sake of oblivion, but they also work. If you treat them like any other substance, you can actually derive what makes them work and turn them into things that help you. Pot helps people who are in pain. There are studies that show that Ecstasy helps heal problem marriages.

reason: At Stuff, in your words, you turned this "dumb news magazine into the most hedonistic, moralistic, hippie-hating magazine on the planet. It was relentlessly pro-America, pro-business, and antielitist."

Gutfeld: All these magazines are done by editors who talk to other editors—Esquire, Details, GQ. They're actually not read by anybody. Most of these magazines are bought up by agencies and dumped so they can charge higher ad rates. However, guys read Maxim and they read Stuff, because in there are things that actually relate to their lives. I looked at Stuff, and I thought it should always be about the unspeakable truths, the things that you know are right in your gut, that everybody else says is wrong. Magazines like Esquire, the truths in there are made to appeal to other editors, to make them feel good when they're at lunch. So they'll do a story shitting on the military because they know that that'll make the other editor feel good.

Meanwhile, at Stuff, we decided we're going to do a survey of the military. I just sent people out to installations and asked them questions about life, and it was an amazing thing. I also did that with death row inmates, which was equally interesting and somewhat more disturbing because they sent pictures. Death row inmates love to draw, and they love to write poetry.

reason: What was better, the death row art or the medical pictures?

Gutfeld: Well, the medical pictures are great because there's an endless supply of what you can do with the human body.

reason: You put up one of the very first posts at The Huffington Post, which turned out to be a massive liberal blog empire. When it first started out, it was not as clear what it was going to be, but by the time you left all the other contributors and most of the readers hated you. How did that happen?

Gutfeld: I decided I was going to treat The Huffington Post like a message board for criminally insane shut-ins and start posting things like recipes. "I found a sex toy on my lawn. Will someone claim it?" And then I would use the names of the people on the blog: "David Gergen, you left your cycling shorts in my basement." I would just treat it like that so that when the real politics came up, it made no sense. There'd be this serious piece that would come up followed by an invitation to a strange party in my basement—everybody bring Crisco!  

It was a lot of fun because it created so much hate and vitriol. It ended up revealing that the most tolerant people in the world are the least tolerant. These are the people that pride themselves on being open-minded, but they're only open-minded if you agree with them. I just kept poking them and poking them like a stick on road kill until finally I got bored. And also they got tired of me and started moving my posts away into the back, and then Fox News called me and I ended up at Red Eye.

reason: A lot of people who watch your show have noticed that, in between the unicorns and the Crisco, there's actually some serious policy wonkery.

Gutfeld: Sometimes the unicorns and the Crisco come together.

There are three things that I could go off on forever. Global warming is the biggest scam ever devised. It's created by media-savvy folks who saw that they could get on TV much easier if they create concern. They purposely ignore scientists who don't follow the party line, so I do that story a lot. Everybody hates it because even though they agree with it, it's boring, but the most boring things are the things that kill you.

The second issue is the way the media portray people that they disagree with. They were far behind the tea party story. They didn't know how to catch up, so rather than try to catch up, they made a joke out of it: "They're a bunch of tea baggers." It's a really funny joke. It's like they kept saying it over and over again, but it was stupid and it was demeaning. I'm not a joiner. I didn't go to the tea parties, but everybody I knew that went to the tea parties had jobs. They owned things. They're not going to throw a chair through a window because they probably owned that store or they owned that chair.

The third thing is the drug war, which is a waste of human life and a waste of money. We've been through this with Prohibition. I don't know why we can't see that this thing is just killing our country. No pothead should be in jail.

They're the nicest people on the planet. The worst thing they do is they eat all your food. That's not against the law. Cokeheads, they talk your ear off. They tell you stories that you don't want to hear. The next day they regret it, but that's not a crime. Meth heads will take apart your toaster, try to put it back together. It never works, but you hide the toaster. That's all you do. You don't put the guy in jail!

What we're doing is we're putting people in jail who are following a natural human need, which is just to get out of life for a few minutes or for a few hours. I don't think it'll ever change because no politician that will be elected will ever have the balls to actually do something about it.

reason: Journalists are always on the lookout for trends of three, and we may have one with people who suddenly want to use the word libertarian to describe themselves on television. You've got HBO's Bill Maher, you've got Glenn Beck on Fox, and then there's you. Should we make anything of this?

Gutfeld: Bill Maher is not a libertarian. He's not even close. He's a P.C. liberal. The fact that he called his show Politically Incorrect is an absolute lie. If you watch Real Time and watch what he does to those that don't tow the left-wing line, it's a crime. He'll have a Professor [Michael Eric] Dyson on to talk for hours on this postmodern crap, and then he'll go to Andrew Breitbart [creator of Brietbart.com and former editor of The Drudge Report]. Then when Andrew Breitbart starts talking, he'll make a joke and everybody will laugh. His trained seal audience of retarded nutbags will clap. And then the segment will end. So it looks like you saw two voices, but you really didn't. You heard this very long diatribe. I hate that guy.

Libertarianism is a very cool thing to use as a disguise. Bill Maher does not say he's a liberal. He says he's a libertarian. That's the reason why he does it. I think Glenn Beck is a libertarian, but he's also got a very strong religious component, and it's hard to put those two things together, I guess. But I think that "libertarian" provides cover for a lot of people.

Bonus Video: Watch Greg Gutfeld and Reason's Katherine Mangu-Ward discuss media bias, liberal intolerance, and why drugs really, really, really need to be legal.

NEXT: Why Politicians Treat the Constitution Like Stretch Pants: Gillespie on Fox News' Freedom Watch

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  1. God, Greg Gutfeld has the most annoying facial expresion in history! That crease… urge to kill, rising…

  2. why drugs really, really, really need to be legal

    To make Red Eye watchable?

  3. can anyone find his article on smoking from Men’s Health? I searched but couldn’t find anything from it or about it.

  4. To make Red Eye watchable?

    Beat me to it.

  5. What do “liberals” and “conservatives” believe?

    From here:

    As if ideology possessed its own laws of genetics, inconsistency has begotten only more inconsistency. Among the present generation we behold liberals who no more support free speech (e.g., Catharine MacKinnon) than their conservative peers support free trade (e.g., Patrick Buchanan). We see people who

    * support affirmative action, free trade, and immigration (such as the liberal Michael Kinsley and the conservative William Bennett)
    * oppose all three (such as the liberal Michael Lind and the aforementioned Buchanan)

    * support affirmative action and immigration but oppose free trade (such as the liberal Jesse Jackson)
    * support free trade but oppose affirmative action and immigration (such as the conservative Peter Brimelow)
    * support free trade and immigration but oppose affirmative action (such as any “neoconservative” — or “neoliberal” — you can name).

    We can have a veritable “Heinz-57” of possible positions if we consider the multitude of thinkers, activists, and voters, and the only unity that comes out of all this division is the implicit creed they share:

    * Give us the tax dollars and the tax breaks, but give them the tax bill.

    * Give us liberty, but get those perverts!

  6. It is weird how ecstasy and cocaine are good for you yet you rarely hear people talk about it. Thanks, Greg.

  7. I saw this show last week as I was out of town and the time change allowed me to watch things I never watch. The show was hilarious, it reminded me of the old National Lampoon magazine before it lost it’s edge. Definitely NOT PC, very sarcastic and with the bite of truth, I actually laughed out loud.

  8. One bong-hit in, the show’s actually pretty good. Their guests are a combo of D-list political people, radio freaks and random Fox anchors who get drafted for duty.

    What’s interesting is how funny the anchor people are once they’re unchained from the teleprompters.

  9. The more I learn about Gutfeld the more I like him.

    And I wish Red Eye was on at a more watchable hour during the week, because it’s one of the funniest shows on television for anyone who has a clue about what’s going on these days. He has more comedic talent in his pinky finger than Jon Stewart has in his entire body.

  10. Jon Stewart is funny, he’s just on the wrong side of things now. All the more reason to get the Republican brand of evil back in office — so I can start watching the Daily Show again.

    Red Eye is enjoyable, but yeah, I don’t get the 3 AM air time. Why not midnight?

  11. [Maher’s] trained seal audience of retarded nutbags will clap. And then the segment will end. So it looks like you saw two voices, but you really didn’t.

    Aiieeee – so true! And yet I watch the damn thing every week anyway.

  12. “If you watch Real Time and watch what he does to those that don’t *tow the left-wing line*, it’s a crime. ”

    Half a loaf is beter than none…

  13. 1925: “It’s weird how moonshine is good for you yet you rarely hear people talk about it.”

  14. When people call Bill Maher a libertarian it makes me cringe. He’s clearly just a Berkeley liberal, albeit a pretentious one.

    There are other things to dislike, too, like the fact that he’s a board member of PETA. He also takes every chance he gets to promote quackery over science-based medicine and thinks that pharmaceutical companies are engaged in a global conspiracy conspiracy to keep people sick and that exercise and organic food can cure everything. Seriously, fuck Bill Maher.

  15. FYI: Red Eye is on at midnight, Pacific time AND on the weekends it repeats at early evening hours, like 6 pm.

  16. I watch all three shows:Redeye, Jon Stewart, and Bill Maher. RedEye is the funniest of the three, Stewart is second and Maher is only funny in his monologues.

  17. A Republican who smokes pot != Libertarian.

    Sorry, but there’s not a Libertarian soul on Fox News.

  18. Sorry, but there’s not a Libertarian soul on Fox News.

    _______________________–

    What do you call Judge Napolatano then?

  19. Doesn’t Greg Gutfeld have a pet tortoise he got from wandering around in the African desert?

  20. Without commenting on the fact that Gutfeld couldn’t cut it at an open mike in just about any comedy club and his infantile supposed “political” jabs(really just crass insults) maybe Mr Gutfeld will follow the conviction of his ideals and sign the following statement”

    I, ________________________, do solemnly swear to uphold the principles of a socialism-free society and heretofore pledge my word that I shall strictly adhere to the following:

    I will complain about the destruction of 1st Amendment Rights in this country, while I am duly being allowed to exercise my 1st Amendment Rights.

    I will complain about the destruction of my 2nd Amendment Rights in this country, while I am duly being allowed to exercise my 2nd Amendment rights by legally but brazenly brandishing unconcealed firearms in public.

    I will foreswear the time-honored principles of fairness, decency, and respect by screaming unintelligible platitudes regarding tyranny, Nazi-ism, and socialism at public town halls. Also.

    I pledge to eliminate all government intervention in my life. I will abstain from the use of and participation in any socialist goods and services including but not limited to the following:

    ?Social Security

    ?Medicare/Medicaid

    ?State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP)

    ?Police, Fire, and Emergency Services

    ?US Postal Service

    ?Roads and Highways

    ?Air Travel (regulated by the socialist FAA)

    ?The US Railway System

    ?Public Subways and Metro Systems

    ?Public Bus and Lightrail Systems

    ?Rest Areas on Highways

    ?Sidewalks

    ?All Government-Funded Local/State Projects (e.g., see Iowa 2009 federal senate appropriations)

    ?Public Water and Sewer Services (goodbye socialist toilet, shower, dishwasher, kitchen sink, outdoor hose!)

    ?Public and State Universities and Colleges

    ?Public Primary and Secondary Schools

    ?Sesame Street

    ?Publicly Funded Anti-Drug Use Education for Children

    ?Public Museums

    ?Libraries

    ?Public Parks and Beaches

    ?State and National Parks

    ?Public Zoos

    ?Unemployment Insurance

    ?Municipal Garbage and Recycling Services

    ?Treatment at Any Hospital or Clinic That Ever Received Funding From Local, State or Federal Government (pretty much all of them)

    ?Medical Services and Medications That Were Created or Derived From Any Government Grant or Research Funding (again, pretty much all of them)

    ?Socialist Byproducts of Government Investment Such as Duct Tape and Velcro (Nazi-NASA Inventions)

    ?Use of the Internets, email, and networked computers, as the DoD’s ARPANET was the basis for subsequent computer networking

    ?Foodstuffs, Meats, Produce and Crops That Were Grown With, Fed With, Raised With or That Contain Inputs From Crops Grown With Government Subsidies

    ?Clothing Made from Crops (e.g. cotton) That Were Grown With or That Contain Inputs From Government Subsidies
    If a veteran of the government-run socialist US military, I will forego my VA benefits and insist on paying for my own medical care

    I will not tour socialist government buildings like the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

    I pledge to never take myself, my family, or my children on a tour of the following types of socialist locations, including but not limited to:

    ?Smithsonian Museums such as the Air and Space Museum or Museum of American History

    ?The socialist Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Monuments

    ?The government-operated Statue of Liberty

    ?The Grand Canyon

    ?The socialist World War II and Vietnam Veterans Memorials

    ?The government-run socialist-propaganda location known as Arlington National Cemetery

    ?All other public-funded socialist sites, whether it be in my state or in Washington, DC
    I will urge my Member of Congress and Senators to forego their government salary and government-provided healthcare.

    I will oppose and condemn the government-funded and therefore socialist military of the United States of America.

    I will boycott the products of socialist defense contractors such as GE, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Humana, FedEx, General Motors, Honeywell, and hundreds of others that are paid by our socialist government to produce goods for our socialist army.

    I will protest socialist security departments such as the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, TSA, Department of Justice and their socialist employees.

    Upon reaching eligible retirement age, I will tear up my socialist Social Security checks.

    Upon reaching age 65, I will forego Medicare and pay for my own private health insurance until I die.

    SWORN ON A BIBLE AND SIGNED THIS DAY OF __________ IN THE YEAR ___.

    _____________ _________________________

    Signed Printed Name/Town and State

    He probably hasn’t really thought this through. Idiots often do that.

  21. Kyle, you’ve just made that argument a bit more orderly… not any better, but at least more composed.

    It’s a tired one, though, as it implies that it’s not only okay to have all that socialized stuff you mentioned – we have to have MORE of it.

    Sometimes, more is not better.

  22. Kyle,
    Thanks for pointing out how government has infiltrated our lives to the point that it’s impossible not avoid their ensnaring tentacles. Instead we must lick their boots and and pay homage to their benificence to us. Well played, serf.

  23. I think Red Eye’s libertarian credentials are seriously in question. It’s pretty good at taking shots at the absurdities of liberals, but it’s nothing but fawning toward republican and conservative nonsense. Gutfeld has a problem with religion in politics? His regular guests include Mike Huckabee and a Catholic Priest ! And how can you claim to be opposed to political hyperbole and hysteria while tolerating the presence of Ann Coulter? I don’t know if this reflects his actual perspective or the limitations imposed on him by Fox, but the net effect is another person (like Glen Beck) using the rubric of libertarianism to try to redeem conventional, corrupt republicanism.

  24. I am a huge Red Eye fan, but I will admit that Greg is a bit of a neo-con in his approach to foreign policy. He’s a huge Cheney supporter, which is pretty contradictory to anything libertarian that I’m aware of. That being said, I think having guests like Huckabee are a direct result of a shortage of guests in general, so they fill spots with your typical Fox crowd. Bill Schulz and Andy Levy are the saving graces of that show. Also the fact that he regularly features Odeus Urungus from Gwar and Andrew W.K. Awesome.

  25. “Greg is a bit of a neo-con in his approach”

    Yup, just a bit. He’s just as bad as the liberals if you ask me.

  26. Kyle-

    I’ll happily forgo the things on your list if I can also abstain from paying taxes to fund them.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    MG

  27. OK Kyle, I’ve got time to kill, so I’ll catagorize your list into three catagories:

    1–A legitimate government function
    2–A legitimate function of private individuals/companies/nonprofit orgs.
    3–Something nobody should be doing

    ?Social Security–2

    ?Medicare/Medicaid–2

    ?State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP)–2

    ?Police, Fire, and Emergency Services–1

    ?US Postal Service–2

    ?Roads and Highways–2

    ?Air Travel (regulated by the socialist FAA)–2

    ?The US Railway System–2

    ?Public Subways and Metro Systems–2

    ?Public Bus and Lightrail Systems–2

    ?Rest Areas on Highways–2

    ?Sidewalks–1

    ?All Government-Funded Local/State Projects (e.g., see Iowa 2009 federal senate appropriations)–2

    ?Public Water and Sewer Services (goodbye socialist toilet, shower, dishwasher, kitchen sink, outdoor hose!)–2

    ?Public and State Universities and Colleges–2

    ?Public Primary and Secondary Schools–2

    ?Sesame Street–2

    ?Publicly Funded Anti-Drug Use Education for Children–2

    ?Public Museums–2

    ?Libraries–2

    ?Public Parks and Beaches–2

    ?State and National Parks–2

    ?Public Zoos–2

    ?Unemployment Insurance–2

    ?Municipal Garbage and Recycling Services–2

    ?Treatment at Any Hospital or Clinic That Ever Received Funding From Local, State or Federal Government (pretty much all of them)–2

    ?Medical Services and Medications That Were Created or Derived From Any Government Grant or Research Funding (again, pretty much all of them)–2

    ?Socialist Byproducts of Government Investment Such as Duct Tape and Velcro (Nazi-NASA Inventions)–2

    ?Use of the Internets, email, and networked computers, as the DoD’s ARPANET was the basis for subsequent computer networking–2

    ?Foodstuffs, Meats, Produce and Crops That Were Grown With, Fed With, Raised With or That Contain Inputs From Crops Grown With Government Subsidies–2

    ?Government Subsidies–3

    VA benefits and medical care–1

    government buildings like the Capitol in Washington, D.C.–1

    ?Smithsonian Museums such as the Air and Space Museum or Museum of American History–2

    ?The socialist Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Monuments–1

    ?The government-operated Statue of Liberty–2

    ?The Grand Canyon–2

    ?The World War II and Vietnam Veterans Memorials–1

    ?Arlington National Cemetery–1

    Well, that wasn’t so hard.

  28. @Kyle,

    It seems like everyone who isn’t an anarchist must be a socialist; ok. I stopped reading your post around police and fire services, roads and the FAA. Since one of the most important functions of government is to protect property via the police, fires if left out of control threaten more than just the property owner on many occasions, and crashing planes can impose harms on people on the ground. The FAA requires pilots to pass a medical exam for example so they don’t conk out and fall onto someone’s house.

    Your comment is foolish, and a thread killer due to it’s length.

    1. As an economist who has done considerable research into the issue of private enterprise vs. government planning, I can confirm that Kyle’s list is by no means fanciful. There are many right-wing zealots who oppose government intervention even when it protects private property, when it protects free competition, when it defends freedom, when it saves lives, etc. For right-wing state-haters, issues like economic efficiency, protection of property, human dignity, etc. are merely pretexts to reduce government to microscopic size. The attitude of those who oppose Obama’s health care law is : “We are opposed to government intervention in medical care, no matter what the cost in human life!”

  29. Greg says: Liberals aren’t very tolerant because when you poke them repeatedly with a stick as if they were road kill they respond with nasty comments in internet threads.

  30. Mmmm, I love me some tasty Gutfeld

  31. There always seems to be a debate over what the word “Libertarian” means, and that’s why the party never performs well in elections. I think if the name was changed to the “Anti-Authoritarian Party” a lot more people would get behind that. Anyway, just my rantings.

    I’m sure everyone here could talk for days about their definition of “Libertarian,” but I’ll just provide the link for the one group that really nailed my own personal definition of it.

    http://www.maybelogic.com/gunsanddopeparty/

  32. Yes that is the REAL Libertarian Party.
    More importantly, there’s a great Little Tony Joke.

    http://www.maybelogic.com/gunsanddopeparty/

  33. Glenn Beck is not a libertarian, although I suppose he recently took up some anti-drug war positions which is good. Maher isn’t one either, but at the very least the more people who think he is the more people will stop associating libertarianism with the far right, which is an absurd notion.

  34. I’d been under the impression that Reason took a serious view of libertarianism, and tried not to give exposure to garden-variety ranters. But this guy — unfamiliar to me until now — is a sorry joke. What a fatuous windbag! So he’s learned he can make a living by taking swipes at global-warming research … I’m super-impressed by his mastery of the data. Plus he feeds into an anti-“left” paranoia that’s as simpleminded, and as distasteful, as any other vendetta built upon simplifying a very complex reality. I take it this clown has a TV show … that must be why you’re wasting pixels on him. Wake me up when he’s over…

  35. Jonathon is obviously paranoid… imagining mobs of angry robotic Right Wingers seeking to prevent Jonathon from imposing a Collectivist tyranny on the country.

    OH THE HORRORS.;. MAKE THE BIG BAD RIGHT WINGERS STOP.

    MORE NEWS STORIES ON OBAMA EATING A HAMBURGER AND HIS BEAST WIFE’S TALES OF HER SITTING ON HER FATHER’S LAP

  36. I think that all the nay sayers really haven’t given Gutfeld a chance. I admit that when I first tuned into his show I didn’t care for it, but it grew on me. Now it’s my favorite show on Fox News and I consider Red Eye funnier than virtually all late night talk shows.

    With topics such as drugs, sex and almost daily use of the word “hermaphrodite,” Gutfeld is far from a conservative. While I agree that I can’t understand having Ann Coulter on the show, Gutfeld is but one part of the show. Andy Levy, Red Eye’s Ombudsman doesn’t like Ann and often ridicules her on the show. He’s also a libertarian, and is probably more easily recognizable as a one.

    In terms of liberal bashing, why not? Liberals already have a stronghold on the entertainment industry and the media. In these days of the Obama administration, religion pales in comparison to the dangers of global warming hysteria, bailout mania, and rise of an entitlement society.

    I also find it strange for people to nitpick at his anti-drug warrior stance, since it’s entirely a libertarian idea, with both the GOP and dems supporting it. Sometimes I feel these libertarian purity tests are going to lead to the end of the libertarian movement.

  37. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp.

  38. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets.

  39. Greg Gutfeld: “Drug companies ? spend billions of dollars on tiny little things that change your life, and no one gives them credit for it.”
    C Stoll’s response: This is obviously hogwash. How do you know that they spend all that money, if the drug companies never publish any figures on their research spending? I looked into the issue once. The figures the drug companies do publish group research spending together with administrative costs, so you don’t know how much they spend on inventing drugs and how much they spend on their CEO’s Cayman Islands beach house. But the stats churned out by the pharma industry DO make perfectly clear that they spend much more on advertising and lobbying than on research.

  40. Gutbomb’s denial of the noxious effects of second-hand smoke is pathetic. I read about some research done in a town that decided to forbid smoking in taverns. As a result of the ban, there was an immediate decline in heart attacks among non-smokers who frequented bars.

  41. Need some better editing, please.
    It is “toe the line”.

    http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-toe2.htm

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