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  • StackOfCoins||

    Coffee or tea?

  • Just Say'n||

    Woah- they're throwing out the big guns- John Stossel. Can we get the Judge in on this, too? Maybe, "ask the Judge a question and he will respond with a rhetorical question". I'd donate

  • Domestic Dissident||

    At least there's one real libertarian taking part to represent!

  • chemjeff||

    It would lead to an infinite question regression and a segfault/core dump.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    How many times did you vote for Hillary Clinton?

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Do you like Francisco d'Anconia?

  • PCGUY||

    Love you guys and Reason's noble mission. Thank you for taking our questions. I don't know that I've ever seen friends so politically divided. As they cling to their outdated political dogma, they get dragged to the extreme right or left and often become hateful. What do you think is the best tactic to help them understand that this two-party oligarchy is detrimental to our people and our country?

  • Dave Krueger||

    There is a fraction of the population that is unable to earn a living due to disability or low intelligence. From what I've seen. that fraction is at least in the 5-10% range. Is that a government responsibility and, if so, what do most libertarians advocate as a real world solution for that?

  • ALWAYS RIGHT||

    Welfare is a government responsibility. There should be strings attached to welfare. The most most important string is to not breed more burdens like like yourself.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    Where do you get 5-10%? That seems way high to me.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Assuming a bell curve distributions, and I believe 13 points or so are 1 std, about 5% of the population is mentally retarded. This does NOT necessarily mean that they are incapable of taking care of themselves or working, but my guess is it does increase the difficulty of them doing so.

    That being said, I don't know what proportion of people on disability are people with mental handicaps.

  • Don Escaped Texas||

    I think like this and refer to 16% of the population as incompetent: mentally or physically unable, addicted, etc.

    Each deviation has a discrete population. Range divided by 6 is a good estimate of SD, but in one tail the 1st deviation is 34% of the population, the 2d is 13%.....smaller as you go to produce the bell.

    Anyway, I lump the top half in with the 1st SD of the bottom....34 + 50 is 84% general competence....not far from the 80/20 rule.

  • ||

    1. You, Dave Krueger, select an individual unable to earn a living, and pay their bills until you or they are dead. (you could do this today!)
    2. Contact all your caring and empathetic friends, and challenge them to do as you did.
    3. Contact a caring and empathetic friend with an understanding of social media marketing. Ask them to create a campaign that encourages others to take Steps 1 and 2.
    4. Using the contact list developed in Step 3, fundraise and start a non-profit dedicated to tracking the country's individuals unable to earn a living.
    5. Use the data from Step 4 to increase outreach.
    6. Have a beer and congratulate yourself for solving an important problem.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    The sad fact is that this wouldn't even solve it all. Problems like this are more complex than just needing money.

  • Nuwanda||

    And the state is the best provider of non-money solutions? Like a caring old Uncle Remus?

  • StackOfCoins||

    What is more libertarian: Protecting the rights of the mother or protecting the rights of the baby?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Choice C: The rights of the father.

    Am I right, fellas?

  • StackOfCoins||

    What is more libertarian: cats or dogs?

  • ||

    Would you rather fight 1 horse-sized duck or 100 duck-sized horses?

    If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why?

  • StackOfCoins||

    100 duck-sized horses and I identify as an attack helicopter

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I've seen some pretty sexy Attack Helicopter photos.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Could Jesus microwave a burrito so hot that even He could find no answer for it in the free market?

  • dirty dave||

    dogs adore their authoritarian humans,
    even when said human is an asshole of biblical proportions

    cat's attitude is "fuck off"

    cats win, hands down

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Mr. Stossel, I espied you on 6th Avenue recently, and you looked lost. Where you going, bro?

  • Just Say'n||

    I get it now. MJ is that girl from Sex and the City. This makes sense.

    Mr. Stossel- do you think MJ is a 'Miranda' or that slutty one?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    A lot of people are distrustful of the free market because the complex machinations make it impossible to point to one thing working, to one reason why everything comes together. This is quite different from politics where people (whether right or wrong) point to one bill, or one politician. How do you believe we can best demonstrate the idea of the free market to those who don't already believe in it?

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    zzzzzzzz

  • ||

    5.56 or 7.62?
    9mm or .45?
    Gas piston or direct impingement?
    Vertical grip, angled grip, hand stop, or none?
    What's your EDC?

  • 8K71PS||

    The counterpart to the 5.56 is really the 5.45x39 not the 7.62x39. Either way the 5.56 is the better round since its available in the US. 7.62 would make a good pig gun though.
    I'd take a 9mm over .45 any day.
    direct impingement guns are usually more accurate if you keep them clean.
    none. It makes the gun lighter.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Least I didn't offer to suck his dick like you did up there.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    I'm not sure which comment you're referring to, but I'd think he appreciates the offer.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    This one:

    Mr. Stossel, I espied you on 6th Avenue recently, and you looked lost. Where you going, bro? Every time I see you my ass pussy gets so wet. I'll do anything you want, market price cause I know you likes that.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    This escalated quickly.

  • Just Say'n||

    So he is the slutty one.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    How much do you bench?

  • Larry Fine||

    Is there any chance remaining at all that accelerationist supporters of Trump, who want his chaos and ineptitude to bring down the federal government as we know it, might succeed?

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Do you have a closet just, like, stuffed with Kit-Kat bars?

  • chemjeff||

    How can Reason, and more broadly the libertarian movement, package and market individual liberty to a generation that is interested in causes of social justice?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I'm praying for you that your usage of social justice doesn't make people go apeshit this time.

  • Just Say'n||

    Same way GayJay did- sell out on A LOT of principles?

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    And do we try arguments within the framework of social justice, or stick to getting people to understand and better appreciate liberty?

  • Nindayaa||

    Aside from Kmele Foster, who might be your pick to run on the LP ticket for President in 2020? Of those picks, who do you think might actually run?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    QUESTION:

    If you were a tree, what ratio patriot/tyrant mixture of blood would you find most refreshing?

  • StackOfCoins||

    For Matt Welch: what is your favorite book?
    For Gillespie: What is your favorite beer?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    WHERE IS GILLESPIE'S PURPLE NECKTIE OR LAVENDER SHIRT?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "I know everyone's shit is emotional right now..."

    -President Hector Macho Welch

  • Don Escaped Texas||

    The commentators remain the high point of my day.

  • Don Escaped Texas||

    Autocorrect squirrel

    I swear I dutifully typed "commentariat"

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Stossel seemed completely lost during the REO Speedwagon discussion. He was probably wondering why Roll With the Changes wasn't even considered.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    What props did Stossel bring to the discussion? Giant novelty scissors? Ball and chain? Government golf cart?

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    In light of the tax bills passed by Congress, how should libertarians view the flawed, compromised, often interested pieces of legislation that are written and passed in the real world? We believe in the resilience of the market, so should we actively fight for any tax break or 'deregulation,' even if it may be in service of a corporate interest? Or are there some priorities, such as removing government burdens from the poor and oppressed before those of the connected and powerful, that ought to direct our efforts?

    And do you have someone to trim the stache, or do you maintain it yourself?

  • Just Say'n||

    For Gillespie: which one of your leather jackets would you say is the 'Nick Gillespie' of leather jackets- your formal wear leather jacket or casual wear leather jacket?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    John, how much to shave the mustache?

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    How much more to add sideburns?

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Christ, Matt, seriously: get a new laptop.

  • BCouseland||

    Although I agree with much of what I read on Reason, I make a point to read differing viewpoints to make sure I've properly thought through my beliefs. However, lately I tend to just get frustrated with what so many people seem to believe (i.e. that corporations are inherently more corrupt than governments). What advice can you offer to help me keep from losing sleep over the next politician campaigning on promises to save us all by growing government exponentially and taxing us to prosperity?

  • Don Escaped Texas||

    Governments are great: the US saved the world and all it cost was the takeover of the economy and 500k WW2 casualties.

    Except that east Europe still ended up subjugated and the job and the cash flow are never done.

    So government is a good idea as long as the world is on fire and you don't care what your house looks like once the firemen are done saving you.

  • StackOfCoins||

    How would you get the government out of marriage without destroying marriage entirely?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    John, have you heard of Michael Moynihan's impersonation of you? If so, what do you think of it? If you haven't, please listen in real time.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    QUESTION:

    If you could pick one of three things to fundamentally change the way the state interacts with the individual, would it be:

    A. End criminalization of all victimless actions (drugs, prostitution, etc.),
    B. Roll back 90% of federal regulations, or
    C. Reduce the United States Tax Code to 5 pages?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Which of you three wants MJGreen to give him oral sex the most?

  • Pro Libertate||

    For those of us with kids, what's your thoughts on the best ways to raise your kids as libertarians in an often statist world? What about younger kids?

  • Don Escaped Texas||

    For your younger kids: stop portraying aristocrats (princes and princesses) as good people. Ask your kids how Buckingham was paid for.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    But there is going to be a new Princess or something! OMG! SOOOOOOOOOOOOO exciting!

  • Don Escaped Texas||

    And there's a wedding.....

  • Crusty Juggler||

    OMGEEZEEES!

  • Crusty Juggler||

    John, you used to have one hour network specials - back when that meant something - and now you are hanging out with these two dorks - what's that like?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Israel.

    Discuss.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    QUESTION:

    Would Hillary Clinton have been better for the individual from a libertarian perspective?

  • StackOfCoins||

    Matt Welch: why do you hate birds?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Stossel looks so unhappy to be there.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Is the SALT deduction still out of the new GOP tax bill?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Ha, yes, Welch HATES the removal of the SALT deduction. ADMIT IT.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The SALT deduction gives high tax states cover on their piss-poor taxing schemes. END IT.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Should I give Polaroid instant cameras as gifts?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    I am most comfortable sleeping in just a t-shirt - is that strange?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    QUESTION:

    Social Justice System. WHOLLY GOOD OR COMPLETELY BAD?

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    How about instead of removing SALT, they just add pepper?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Boo this man!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Why, taxes pay for everything: policemen, trees, sunshine, and let's not forget the folks who just don't feel like working, God bless 'em!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    THE STATE HAS A RIGHT???

  • sarcasmic||

    Nick: do you get tired of "The Jacket" jokes?

  • sarcasmic||

    By the way, you are discriminating against those of us who shun Facebook. Haters.

  • StackOfCoins||

    This preference for the Facebook comments just proves they are cosmos.

    If they don't answer one of my questions I'm not donating.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    If they answer any of your questions I am not donating.

    Ball is in your court, TreasonNN.

  • sarcasmic||

    All four hundred and some odd.... Jesus, it's not like you're broadcasting to the world.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Damn me.

  • sarcasmic||

    bashtard

  • sarcasmic||

    Stossel: How often do you dye the stash!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Welch is channeling Susan Sarandon on Hitlary's penchant for war. I wonder if Welch was secretly a Bernie Bro, too.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    He doesn't discriminate; he voted for them both five times.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    FIGURES.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    KMW didn't want the end of her hair to clash with Stossel's shirt.

  • sarcasmic||

    Seriously...

    I find libertarians tend to agree with the left on social issues, and with the right on economic issues. Mostly.

    How does one have peaceful discourse with those who on the right who are hostile to social liberty, and with those on the left who are hostile to economic liberty?

  • StackOfCoins||

    Pick topics carefully and don't assume a superior tone if the conversation drifts into mixed waters?

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Or those on the right who say they support economic liberty but want benefits and social engineering through the tax code, and those on the left who say they support social liberty but want more petty laws and stricter control of people's lives For Their Own Good?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    How does one have peaceful discourse with those who on the right who are hostile to social liberty, and with those on the left who are hostile to economic liberty?

    By first consuming drugs and/or alcohol.

  • sarcasmic||

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Fun fact: Gillespie ain't got time for purple tie day.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Also, Matt looks good today.

  • sarcasmic||

    420 viewers! Smoke!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    QUESTION:

    If all occupational licensing was voluntary, would you consider going to a physician not accredited by the state?

  • Crusty Juggler||

    Yes.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Good news! I just hung up my shingle.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    How much to remove my pearly penile papules?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I get to keep them, no questions asked.

  • Crusty Juggler||

    And you say you aren't a pro.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    English civil war of the 1640's??? And you think civil asset forfeiture puts people to sleep?

  • H. Farnham||

    Two teams from the SEC, along with two other teams from the south, got into the College Football Playoff over both the Big 10 and Pac 12 Champions. Does this garner the necessary support for moving to an 8-team FBS playoff system?

  • H. Farnham||

    Pfft... of course they ignore the hard-hitting, IMPORTANT question.

  • sarcasmic||

    really?

  • sarcasmic||

    The Glasses, the Mustache, and the Jacket.

  • StackOfCoins||

    Thanks for answering my question dudes. I was gonna be so bummed if you didn't.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    "What is a webathon?"

    You and me, both, John.

  • ||

    Looks like I'm late to this party.

  • dirty dave||

    Not having been accused of sexual misconduct, how can I alleviate my feelings of insignificance?

    If you were going to do a 3-on-1 with Hillary Clinton, which hole would you prefer?
    How would you resolve competing interests in the same hole?

    What is the relationship between styrofoam and the planet Jupiter?

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