Libertarian Shark Tank Star Warns Republicans: Steer Clear of Social Issues


Mark Cuban

Billionaire investor, Dallas Mavericks owner, and co-host of ABC's Shark Tank Mark Cuban warned Republicans to stay away from social issues during an interview with CNBC's The Squawk Box:

"If I was going to give guidance to the Republican Party, which I think leans more in that direction, I would say stay completely out of social issues and if you stay out of social issues, then the conversation from that side will only be around economics and business and growing business and ideas."

Cuban leans libertarian and says he wishes there were better alternatives to the two parties. He also thinks young people aren't paying much attention to politicians, thank goodness—an observation we have also made at Reason. Cuban notes:

The generation of sex, drugs, and rock and roll did not turn out quite like we planned, right? We thought we would be like, live free, let's stay out of the bedroom, stay out of everybody's lives, let's just focus on business and it turned out to be the exact opposite. But the good news again, 25-year-olds, 20-year-olds, they're not listening to politicians, just like we never listened to politicians. They are just going to go out, follow their ambitions, work hard, and anything is possible.

For what it's worth, Cuban's show, Shark Tank—which returned for its sixth season this fall—is a veritable celebration of libertarian economic principles.

Hat tip: Rare