For tonight's special theme episode of your favorite nightly cable chat show, Fox Business Network's The Independents (9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, repeats three hours later), host Kennedy puts libertarians on the couch. Literally:
Social psychologist and moral-values measurer Jonathan Haidt explains the unique set of values and personality traits found most commonly among libertarians, a theme he explores further in this Reason.tv video. Right-leaning hawks Ralph Peters and Stephen Hayes beat us up for our "naive" foreign policy. Left-leaning commentators Alan Colmes and Lynn Parramore argue with us over regulation and the safety net. Fox News Legal Analyst and former prosecutor Lis Wiehl takes issue with our anti-prohibition stance. Heritage Foundation fellow Ryan Anderson whacks us for supporting gay marriage.
Topping the sundae, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson (see his 2010 Reason.tv interview here) argues why capital-L Libertarianism beats small-l libertarian Republicanism. And we'll share a raft of information about how, despite whatever defects of libertarians, libertarianism is gaining a bigger and bigger foothold among Americans at large.
It's a nifty and contentious show, pass it along! Again, that's 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, with repeats three hours later. Go to the show website for video of past segments, follow the @IndependentsFBN on Twitter, and I'll bump this post after 8 for purposes of open-threading. Whatsamatta you!