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Hollywood’s Closet Libertarians

“A lot of my friends are pro-marijuana legalization, [believe that] prohibition is a nightmare, and that the prison industrial complex is terrible. They won’t describe themselves as libertarian but when you lay out all their points of view for them, that’s what the platform is,” explains Los Angeles-based writer and comedian Heather Anne Campbell. “And then I found out, some of my closest and best friends are just straight-up libertarian.”

Campbell has written for Saturday Night Live, Cartoon Network’s Incredible Crew, The Mightnight Show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, performed with Drew Carey’s Improvaganza and the CW’s Who’s Line is it Anyway? Currently, she writes for a new block of animated programing called Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD) on the Fox network.

Libertarians: Build Bridges

Dr. Walter E. Williams suggests libertarians need to build coalitions and deploy a better strategy to promote the notions of liberty.

Who’s Watching You?

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) and Judge Andrew Napolitano attempt to school John Stossel on the danger of a government surveillance state.

Penn Jillette’s Philosophy

The magician and entertainer explains his Libertarian philosophy, but also tells why he tries to avoid actively proselytizing or preaching to others about why they should adopt his beliefs.  While he’s a Libertarian who favors maximum civil liberties and freedoms, some situations demand different responses, for instance, if a foreign country mounted an invasion against the United States.

Americans Favor Spending Cuts

Fifty-four percent of Americans say Congress should cut spending from current levels and 62 percent say Congress should forget about gun control and move on to other issues.

Social Security is widely popular, with 65 percent having a favorable view of the retirement portions of the program. But it’s also widely misunderstood as an individual retirement account rather than a transfer payment financed by current tax dollars.

A plurality – 45 percent of respondents – still dislike Obamacare and one in five Americans qualifies as libertarian based on responses to questions about the role of the government in social and economic affairs. The results come from the latest The Reason-Rupe Poll, a quarterly, national survey of 1,003 people via cell phones and landlines.

Run To Preserve Our Liberties

“I didn’t want to run for office,” says Gigi Bowman, Liberty candidate for the New York State Senate. The Long Island native decided to run for office after Empire State pols passed sweeping new gun control legislation. What particularly irked her was the large number of Republicans who supported the law. “That was shocking,” says Bowman.

Bowman, editor of How to Run for Office on a Liberty Platform and head of Liberty Candidates, encourages citizens who prize individual liberty to step up and run for a local office. What positions do Liberty candidates take? “Sound money, free markets, individual liberty, constitutional government, and non-intervention in foreign policy,” she says. “Basically the same as Campaign for Liberty,” the group founded by her political inspiration, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

Libertarians Rising

“The new GOP will need to embrace liberty in both the economic and personal sphere,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told a packed crowd at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Reason’s Matt Welch and Kennedy attended the first day of CPAC to take the temperature of the political organizers, media observers, and grassroot activists who are central to the Republican Party’s identity and political fortunes. What did they find? A movement that seems to gravitating to a baldly libertarian stance when it comes to everything from economics to social issues to foreign policy.

The Libertarian Congressman

John Stossel interviews one of the few congressmen adhering to Libertarian principles and policies — Michigan Republican Justin Amash.

Grossing Out Libertarians

By nature, Libertarians are hard to gross out. New York University professor Jonathan Haidt says those who are easily disgusted tend to be conservatives, while Libertarians have a lower sensitivity toward disgust, whether it involves matters of sex, language, politics or morality. Haidt is the author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics. Here, he discusses his findings in a lecture sponsored by the Reason Foundation at the Museum of Sex. A Q & A with New York Times science writer John Tierney follows.

Loving Hayek

“I think economics is cool, I think it’s fun,” declares musician and video director Dorian Electra. “I think other people should think that too.”

Electra has been creating economics-themed music videos since her high school senior thesis spawned the YouTube hit “I’m in Love with Friedrich Hayek.” Her latest video, “Fa$t Ca$h”, seeks to explain the boom and busts created by the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program.

Reason TV‘s Nick Gillespie caught up with Electra at the 2013 International Students for Liberty Conference to discuss her love of Austrian economists, how she discovered libertarianism, and her recent music project, “Party Milk.”

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