Libertarian History/Philosophy

Nick Gillespie and David Boaz Talk "The Libertarian Mind" at the Constitution Center in Phila.

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Last night at Philadelphia's Constitution Center, I interviewed David Boaz of the Cato Institute about his new book The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom.

It's a lively discussion about the ascendancy of libertarian thought and policy, especially among young people and the growing swath of Americans who consider themselves politically independent. From pot legalization to gay marriage to criminal-justice reform to growing concern about government debt and deficits, libertarian ideas are in play as never before.

Boaz argues that libertarianism's emphasis on limited government and individual rights and responsibilities is not simply in the American grain, it's pretty much the whole block of wood. The disjuncture people feel between areas where in human innovation and experimentation is allowed to flourish and those controlled by government regulations and cronyism is helping to goose along a vital new way of thinking about politics, culture, and ideas.

Click above to watch now or go the Constitution Center's YouTube channel.

Reason TV interviewed Boaz about his book and ideological journey. Go here for video and transript of that.

And read an excerpt from The Libertarian Mind here.

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  1. “It’s a lively discussion about the ascendancy of libertarian thought and policy, especially among young people and the growing swath of Americans who consider themselves politically independent. From pot legalization to gay marriage to criminal-justice reform to growing concern about government debt and deficits, libertarian ideas are in play as never before.”

    Sometimes the choir buys a ticket just to be preached to. Is this setting us up for some epic series of Balko nut punches?

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    2. Google pay 97$ per hour my last pay check was $8500 working 1o hours a week online. My younger brother friend has been averaging 12k for months now and he works about 22 hours a week. I cant believe how easy it was once I tried it out.
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  2. “What a waste it is to lose one’s mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.”

    1. Just what I’d expect a SOCON with no college degree to say

      1. Botard was curiously absent from the Mourning Lynx today.

  3. I have a theory that the rise of libertarianism is the result of 90s popular, written and performed by libertarians.

    Dennis Miller, John Swarzwelder, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Tim Minear. Also, by the 90s, A Clockwork Orange was considered a cinematic classic, so the filmography of Stanley Kubrick had started to influence young libertarians.

    1. “Popular culture.”

      1. I’m with you except for the invocation of Kubrick, who by the 1990s mostly existed as a genius self parody of himself. Eyes Wide Shut certainly accomplished little but accelerating the demise of the Cruise -Kidman merger…

        1. Never seen EWS. I’m mildy curious.

          1. I was oddly entertained by Eyes Wide Shut; although I wouldn’t call it a great movie by any means, it did keep my interest.

          2. Kind of conspiracy-theory, but still kind of interesting. The hidden (and not so hidden) messages in Stanley Kubric’s Eyes Wide Shut.

        2. Full Metal Jacket is straight up Heinleinian. True story: Gustav Hasford is from my hometown.

        3. but what about captain planet, cops, and every single OTHER popular culture thing that enforces statist principles?

          1. Cops typically showed police officers doing fairly mundane things. They almost never broke the law, as much as I can remember.

            I’m young enough to have watched Captain Planet as a kid. I can say that the environmentalist message went over our heads.

            1. Caleb, I think maybe you’re projecting.

              Captain planet was powerful propoganda- as was/is cops. “See, cops are good guys doing mundane things. Don’t you understand how they have to shoot people sometimes?”

              To credit pop culture, one must also admit to how much pop culture works to suppress the tendencies for individual responsibility, liberty, and consequences.

              1. Law & Order was more statist than Captain Planet or COPS. Yet, it was still not as pursuasive as The Simpsons, South Park, or Firefly.

                1. Yep. that’s why it was one the air for 20 years and firefly got a handful of episodes.

                  I just randomly picked example- and if you think the simpsons is any example of libertarian thinking I suggest you watch it again.

                  1. Id suggest your rewatch season 3-6 again.

              2. I’m not sure Captain Planet was powerful propaganda. It’s popularity was always more based on it being unintentional self-parody that falls into the “so bad its good” category.

                1. That’s what I’m saying. Captain Planet wasn’t effective propaganda. If it did succeed, it was mostly effective at teaching young kids not to litter and to always put out camp fires.

                  It didn’t turn any kids to the Left.

  4. I cannot believe The Jacket came here to respond to one of us proles. Calbe Turbererville must be a special prole.

    *kneels before CT*

    MY LIFE FOR YOU!

    1. Perhaps CT is a High Priest of The Jacket.

    2. I’m probably the least liked commenter by the Reason staff. Maybe I just said something interesting that Nick wanted to respond to?

      1. Maybe I just said something interesting that Nick wanted to respond to?

        What the hell fun is there in that?

      2. *gets up, dusts off jeans*

        OK, well then FUCK YOU!

        *turns – walks away*

  5. All this talk about the libertarian Mind, but no one wants to talk about the libertarian Heart.

    1. Don’t you know? Libertarians have no heart. Just the blackest depths of GREED!!11!!!

      1. Haha, I knew that, I just like to use that line to pick up the libertarian ladies.

        1. You use that line on your hand?

          Cause I’m pretty sure there aren’t any of these so called “libertarian ladies”.

          /jk, my wife is one of the mythical beings

    2. Certainly, if you believe that stealing money to help the less fortunate is still theft, you are heartless.

      It’s not actually charity unless the government forces you to do it.

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