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Tim Allen, 'Kind of an Anarchist'

The Bakunin of the sitcoms

ABCABCEntertainment Weekly opens its new interview with Tim Allen by calling the old Home Improvement star (*) a "conservative comedian." But when the magazine gets around to asking Allen to describe his politics, he replies: "Politically I'm kind of an anarchist if you see my stand-up. I'm for responsible government that actually does what we pay them to do."

That's a novel definition of "anarchist," though I don't suppose it's any further off base than whatever definition the Sex Pistols were using.

In any event, Allen goes on to explain his politics a bit more: He voted for John Kasich, he doesn't like paying taxes, and he'd like "a little menu on my tax returns where I could tell them where my money would go." That last idea is usually labeled "tax choice," but in Allen's honor I'm going to start calling it "Kasich anarchy."

(* I know that's an outdated reference, but I may be the last man standing who has never seen Last Man Standing.)

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  • Brian||

    I for one completely embrace a world where words can mean whatever you want them to mean.

    Sure, you can run into some constitutional issues we might not like. But, hey, that can cut both ways.

    What does it really mean to say, "possess" "marijuana"?

  • Cynical Asshole||

    I for one completely embrace a world where words can mean whatever you want them to mean.

    Just use words however you please.

  • Agammamon||

    "The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master—that's all."

  • Rat on a train||

    I'm not possessing marijuana. I'm exorcising it. Only cleansing fire can drive the demons out.

  • Dillinger||

    Kasich would make anarchy boring. Dios salve a la reina.

  • sarcasmic||

    Last Man What..?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I also haven't seem Last Man Standing, but it's been a while since I watched a multi-cam.

    I want my tax dollars to pay for all the things government does that no one else will check off.

  • Bee Tagger||

    Check off's law says that if you introduce a governmental department at the start of the scene it should have done its job by the end.

  • ||

    I refused to be defined by a strictly binary, funded/unfunded, tax status. Taxation is a social construct and I choose to present as a tax fluid individual. A Turing complete language for defining tax statuses is a fundamental human right.

  • lap83||

    I want the government to surprise me! Like when someone goes to the ice cream store for you and you know all the flavors will be equally delicious and it's impossible to decide.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I'm for responsible government that actually does what we pay them to do."

    Nazi confirmed.

  • Just Say'n||

    No quotes from Bakunin. You are a tease, Jesse

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||

    Here you go:
    "From the naturalistic point of view, all men are equal. There are only two exceptions to this rule of naturalistic equality: geniuses and idiots."

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    I liked Confucius' quip on this: "By nature men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart."

  • Just Say'n||

    "Liberty is so great a magician, endowed with so marvelous a power of productivity, that under the inspiration of this spirit alone, North America was able within less than a century to equal, and even surpass, the civilization of Europe"

    - Bakunin

  • Just Say'n||

    Who said it: Bakunin or Rothbard?

    "The modern State is by its very nature a military State; and every military State must of necessity become a conquering, invasive State; to survive it must conquer or be conquered, for the simple reason that accumulated military power will suffocate if it does not find an outlet. Therefore the modern State must strive to be a huge and powerful State: this is the indispensable precondition for its survival."

    They sound exactly the same when they're discussing the State.

  • Chipper Morning Baculum||


  • lap83||

    Maybe it's a low bar for anarchy in Hollywood, where the average person pledges servitude (and want us all to do likewise) to their politician of choice

  • DrZ||

    A real anarchist would get out his turbo-powered leaf blower and blow DC into the Potomac River.


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