Libertarianism

FreedomWorks' Matt Kibbe: Libertarians Should Take Over the GOP

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"One of the reasons you're seeing so many people interested in libertarian ideas is the failure of the Republicans, the failure of the Democrats, but also the ability to go get the information for yourself: You're not waiting for the [parties] to tell you what you think anymore," says Matt Kibbe president of FreedomWorks and author of the new book Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto.

The New York Times bestseller defends the importance of individual liberties while providing a political-action plan to shrink the size and scope of the federal government.

A former Capitol Hill staffer, Kibbe says there's increasingly common ground between libertarians and progressives in the Democratic Party on issues such as surveillance and privacy. But he thinks small-government activists have a better shot at infiltrating the GOP.

"The biggest window for libertarians is not to create a third party but to actually take-over the Republican Party."

Kibbe sat down with Reason TV's Nick Gillespie to discuss the future of libertarianism and the Republicans, necessary government spending cuts, and what it means to be young in America today. 

About 20 minutes.

Camera by Joshua Swain and Jim Epstein. Edited by Amanda Winkler. 

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