Media C-SPAN's Brian Lamb Interviews Nick Gillespie


Reason's Nick Gillespie, co-author with Matt Welch of The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America, sat down with C-SPAN's Brian Lamb for an in-depth interview about the themes of the book, the evolution of since its 2007 launch, Gillespie's tenure at Reason magazine, what's with the all-black, all-the-time, and much more.

Approximately 55 minutes.

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  1. Awww, sweet. Nick got his little boy haircut 😉


  3. I’ll wait for the movie.

  4. Who gives a fkying fuck why that aging wannabe-cool-with-the-perpetually-pained-expression asshole hack wears black all the time?

    1. Arf! Arf! Arf!

      Shhhhtt! Shut it, Max! Bad boy, bad!

    2. Yeah, why the fuck do y’all care about my fucking wardrobe so much?

    3. Max you’re projecting again. Do your breathing exercises like the therapist showed you.

  5. Approximately 55 minutes.

    55:47 minutes is “approximately 55 minutes”?

    Gee, I sure like to get away with shit like that when I do my taxes:

    “Hey, I did not make $76,535, I made approximately 75,000! You see?”

  6. Speaking of The Declaration of Independents: Up to 17 issues on my little thought experiment. The big T had 27 issues.

    The history of the present [government] is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance
    For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
    For transporting us [and others] beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
    Taking our land and giving it to private interests
    Forcing us into commerce against our wishes
    Preventing the people from using the illumination of their choosing in their own home.
    Prevents the recording of public actions of public officials
    Declares secret without oversight, information of import to the citizenry
    Restricts or bans the growing of plants for food and medicine.
    Subjects travelers on private transport to unreasonable, invasive and humiliating searches.
    Taxes the citizens of the States, and then requires the States to pass Laws as condition for the return of the funds

    Illegitimately imposes upon personal arms the police power of the state

    Incurs debt that the citizenry is unable to repay

    Debauches the currency on a daily basis

    Orders U.S. Military Forces into offensive actions without the approval of Congress.

    Institutes so many regulations and laws that it is impossible for a mortal to live a day without violating at least one if not a multiple of them.

    Uses the unlawful ownership of the airways to restrict speech.

  7. Have you noticed that Matt sounds like Tim Gunn? I could have sworn it was Tim narrating the interior designer piece. (This is what I get for watching TV with my daughter.)

    1. I’ve noticed that he looks like a fucking rodent. Is libertarianism like Down’s Syndrome?

      1. Who let Edward out of his tiger cage?

        1. Do. Not. Respond. To. The. Trolls.

  8. Whats with the retarded final question: What do you think of politicians?

    Are you deaf? What do you think you’ve been talking about for the last hour?

  9. “In this video, you can see The Jacket? in his native habitat. Note the new hair cut as, obviously, payroll made it through recently.”

  10. Nick will soon be 50.
    To be taken seriously after 50 you simply must lose pony tails and dressing like Johnny Cash.
    I’m just say’in.

    1. Nick himself said (in the interview) that the constant emphasis on his wardrobe choices is infantile, beside the point, and tiresome.

      Just saying.

      Carry on.

      1. 56ish guys with grey hair in pony tails say that a lot too, but few pay any attention to ’em.

        Just say’in.

        You too.

  11. An okay interview. I’d suggest losing the fashion talk next time and getting into some more interesting questions. Skimmed a bit too lightly on the surface for my taste. Why not get into some areas that are controversial among libertarians (anarchism vs. minarchism, how much rights should children have and when do they become adults, the law and humane treatment of animals, abortion, etc.). Or he could have gone all hardball Couric on Nick and asked what newspapers and magazines he reads. Bet that would have thrown him.

    1. Shouldn’t you be addressing your concerns to Brian Lamb at C-SPAN?

      1. Oh, you didn’t know? John is Brian Lamb.

  12. I get to sit and have drinks with The Jacket in a couple of weeks! I might even get to touch it!

    1. A groupie? That’s not disturbing at all.

  13. I sensed The Jacket was irritated

    You do not question The Jacket. You may question its chosen host being. The Jacket Simply Is. Failure to silently acknowledge it as a life-force/energy/law of the universe beyond human ken may result in its absorption of your mortal essence into its infinite depths of blackness.

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  15. Well I learned way more about Nick than I ever needed to. But great job on the site, Nick. Keep up the good work.

    1. And the book, 1/3 the way, is pretty darn good as well.

  16. Brian Lamb didn’t know who Marat was? :/ He’s not really super obscure or anything.

  17. 2 thoughts.

    1) really liked the long-form interview… it was worth it. Others may have found it a bit “light”… i thought it was a refreshing format. Felt like we were hearing a bit more from Nick the person as opposed to Nick the Person Who Runs Reason.

    2) OK, i’ll buy the book now.

  18. ~~~> I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshibalaptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by fedex. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores.I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff,

    1. Thanks, anarchy!

  19. The Jacket. All that needs to be said…

  20. Goddamn nick, meditating during an interview – that’s just rude!

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