Nanny State

Nick Gillespie: "Enjoy Your Rights While You Still Can"

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On July 17, 2010, Reason's Nick Gillespie gave the keynote speech at the Independence Institute's 8th Annual "Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms Party" in Colorado. He was asked to speak on the theme of "enjoying your freedoms while you still can."

The Denver Post's Chuck Plunkett wrote up the event, saying of Gillespie's appearance:

This year's ATF featured Nick Gillespie, editor of Reason.com and Reason.TV, an urbane sophisticate who, until Saturday, had never fired a gun, and who failed to hit a single flying clay disk in the few rounds he attended before sneaking away to crib out his presentation on a hotel memo pad. (Note to politicians: Real thinkers write their own material.)

Gillespie is a true intellectual, who can, before finishing his lunch, discuss how "The Great Gatsby" might be written today, switch to a riff on free-market reasons for supporting a value-added tax, reference economic studies that detail the "self-correcting" tax distribution in European countries that have applied a VAT, chart from memory the nation's deficit spending patterns since the Great Depression, and all while handling a pretend-I'm-interested discussion with a political candidate whose conversation is limited to repeating the phrase, "It'll be a real dog-fight, in every sense of the word."

Gillespie was introduced by the group's leader, Jon Caldara, who hosts the lively and entertaining public affairs show "The Devil's Advocate" on Colorado Public Television. (Gillespie appeared on the show during his visit. Go here to watch.)

Approximately 20 minutes. Go to Reason.tv for downloadable versions. Note: There are wind-related issues with audio throughout.