Selling Libertarianism in the Marketplace of Ideas: Podcast

Brian Nichols interviews Nick Gillespie about persuasion, the history of Reason, and whether the future looks libertarian.


The libertarian podcaster Brian Nichols recently interviewed me for his show. Here's his intro:



nother week, another phenomenal interview. This week's guest should need no introduction, but dammit, I'm going to introduce him anyways, because he's just that awesome.

This week, I am joined by the former editor in chief and current editor at large over at Reason, Nick Gillespie! Nick served as the editor in chief and Reason TV from 2008 through 2017 and was Reason magazine's editor in chief from 2000 to 2008.

Today, Nick joins The Brian Nichols Show to discuss his venture into libertarianism, the beginning of his professional career, and his tenure at Reason. Listen as we discuss the best means for libertarians to "bridge the gap" in regards to connecting the cultural aspects of libertarianism and the philosophy and political movement of libertarianism.

It's a fun, wide-ranging conversation that covers my origin story (reading Reason in high school, covering zoning board meetings as a cub reporter, going to grad school during the birth of the P.C. era of the late 1980s and early '90s, etc.), the need for persuasive outreach, and whether things are looking up for individual choice and autonomy.

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  1. Nobody’s buying your squishy market progressivism.

  2. and whether the future looks libertarian

    before Trump: “Libertarian moment!”

    after Trump: “I can’t recall the taste of food, nor the sound of water, nor the touch of grass. I’m naked in the dark. There’s nothing–no veil between me and the wheel of fire. I can see him with my waking eyes.”

  3. Cut the size of the federal government by 96%.

    Have a nice day.

  4. Normally you probably want a Libertarian selling Libertarianism. The Jacket ain’t that.

    1. Heck, even the Libertarian Party hasn’t had a real libertarian as its presidential nominee in a pretty long time.

  5. the need for persuasive outreach

    Good luck. Especially if you’re relying on the kumquats here that call themselves libertarians to be the message bearers.

  6. Nick is pretty reasonable. Unfortunately, the Bill Welds of the group seem to fellate the oxygen out of the room.

  7. Liar, that’s not your origin story. Your origin story is when young, trying-to-be-cool Nick Gillespie stumbled across the box of his grandfather’s belongings in the attic, and found you folded underneath the Dreams Of R’lyeh tome and what he thought were his grandad’s dentures.

  8. Fonzie selling Libertarianism is a lot like Jennifer Rubin selling Conservatism. Or Reza Aslan selling Christianity

  9. Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour. I work through this link, go to tech tab for work detail.

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