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Ask a Libertarian Lightning Round: Libertarianism in Pop Culture & Pop Culture in Politics


Welcome to Ask a Libertarian 2012 with Reason's Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch. They are the authors of the book, The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong With America, coming out in paperback with a new foreword covering Occupy Wall Street and more, on June 26.

In this lightning round, Matt and Nick discuss pop culture and politics. 

Produced by Meredith Bragg, Jim Epstein, Josh Swain, and Tracy Oppenheimer with help from Katie Hooks.

To watch answers from 2011's Ask a Libertarian series, go here.

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  1. You guys wrote a BOOK?!!

    You should advertise it – where can we get it? No, seriously, where?

  2. WRONG: Most libertarian movie was Armageddon. Beyond the script’s message of private sector can-do-edness, the caterer on set refused to follow government regulations. (Although, it turned out that latter thing had more to do with trying to give Ben Affleck ptomaine poisoning.)

    1. You have been and continue to be a fool. The most libertarian movie of all time is Herbie Goes Bananas. Everyone knows this, except, seemingly, you.


    ‘Things aren’t as good as they should be and it’s Obama’s fault.’ And, you can pretty much put their campaign on, on a tweet and have some characters to spare.

    He’s right. That is why you never see bumper stickers on the cars of progressives. Their message is just to complicated and intelligent to devote to such a small medium.

  4. I took the same message away from the Incredibles as Nick (more or less). Sure, Syndrome was evil in the sense of kidnapping and murdering people. But the notion that it was somehow wrong to help normal people become superpowered because it makes natural-born superheroes less unique is just the retarded inverse of Harrison Bergeron egalitarianism — instead of the handicapper general crippling the able, he takes away the prosthetics from the disabled and tells them to stop trying to overcome their inherent inferiority.

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