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Daily Video 5.9.15

Cato’s David Boaz Talks Politics, History, And His Path To Libertarianism





Published on Feb 9, 2015

” “I think the general idea of ‘it’s your life you get to run it the way you want to’ is an appealing aspect of libertarianism,” says David Boaz executive vice president of the Cato Institute. Over the years, Boaz has been on the libertarian forefront fighting for drug decriminalization, educational choice, private property rights, and shrinking the growth of government.

  Boaz recently sat down with Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie to discuss his new book, The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto For Freedom. This is a revised and updated edition of Boaz’s highly acclaimed classic book, Libertarianism: A Primer which brought the historical and philosophical roots of libertarianism to life in a compelling and fascinating read. Boaz has updated the new book with current information on the threat of government surveillance, the 2008 recession, and the welfare state.

  About 1 hour. Go here for a full transcript and more links http://reason.com/blog/2015/02/15/cat…

  Edited by Amanda Winkler. Camera by Joshua Swain and Todd Krainin.”












Daily Video 4.29.15

David Boaz: Libertarianism – Ideas Of The American Revolution




Published on Apr 27, 2015

” David Boaz (CATO) discusses his new book, “The Libertarian Mind” with Nick Gillespie (Reason.com).http://www.LibertyPen.com “









From ReasonTV




” “A lot of times, when [Republicans] are on the stage with Libertarian candidates, we are agreeing with you guys–with libertarians–more than we are agreeing with Democrats,” says Kirsten Kukowski, press secretary for the Republican National Committee.

  So should small-“L” libertarians vote for Republicans next week? “



    While the GOP has consistently shown itself to be nothing but “democrat lite” and spineless to boot , we can think of one overwhelming reason to vote republican this year … Supreme Court … nothing more need be said . 

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Daily Video 9.6.14

Black Americans Failed By Good Intentions:

An Interview With Jason Riley





Published on Sep 3, 2014

” My beef with the black left is that they want to keep the focus on what government or Washington or politicians or whites in general can do for blacks, instead of what blacks can do for themselves,” says Jason Riley, author of Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make it Harder for Blacks to Succeed and editorial board member of the Wall Street Journal.

  In a wide-ranging conversation with Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie, Riley praises the Civil Rights acts of the 1960s even as he takes aim at affirmative action in higher education, which he says keeps black graduation rates low even as it increases diversity among freshman classes at various universities. He also argues that the drug war doesn’t explain black-on-black violence and ending it won’t transform urban America in the way libertarians insist. His book lays out the case against the minimum wage in a chapter called “Mandating Unemployment” and he argues that especially among African Americans, an intact family unit is the best anti-poverty program available.

About 20 minutes.

Produced by Anthony L. Fisher, camera by Meredith Bragg and Fisher, with assistance from Brett Crudgington.

Music: “Applicant” by The Matt Kurz One (http://www.angelfire.com/crazy/mattkurz/)

Go to http://reason.com/reasontv/2014/09/03… for downloadable versions and a full transcript of the interview.

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In 2008, Reason TV talked with Riley about his book about immigrants, Let Them In, and his case for open borders. Watch that here: http://reason.com/blog/2008/08/05/now… ” 

Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic On Punk, Politics, & Why He Dumped The Dems







Published on Jun 19, 2014

” Krist Novoselic is best known as the co-founder and bassist of Nirvana, one of the most influential music groups of the past quarter century. The release of the band’s albums Bleach, Nevermind, and In Utero in the late 1980s and early ’90s not only mainstreamed what became known as grunge but helped to forever end what was once known as the mainstream. After Nirvana, it seems there is only alternative music and alternative culture, a transformation that is both liberating and anxiety-producing.

  Born in 1965 in Compton, California, but raised in Aberdeen, Washington, Novoselic (pronounced know-voe-selitch) embodies the forces Nirvana helped to unleash. Since the 1994 suicide of band leader Kurt Cobain, Novoselic has continued to play with various groups, including a stint with the legendary post-punk band Flipper and sporadic collaborations with former Nirvana bandmate Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. But the bass player is also pushing to create an alternative approach to electoral politics.

  In 2004, Novoselic published Of Grunge and Government: Let’s Fix This Broken Democracy, and these days he’s chairman of FairVote, a nonprofit that lobbies for electoral reform such as instant runoffs and proportional voting. After serving as chairman of his county Democratic committee for several years and supporting Barack Obama early on, he has broken with the Democratic Party, in part because “it’s a top-down structure” impervious to change from the grassroots.

  Like Nirvana’s music, Novoselic’s politics cannot be easily categorized: He has donated money to Ron Paul’s campaign and he speaks in favor of the liberal-loathed Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which ended limits on non-coordinated political spending by corporations in federal elections. He’s active in his local chapter of the fraternal farmer’s organization, the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, proving you can go from grunge to Grange.

  Novoselic recently sat down with Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie to discuss FairVote (4:18), gerrymandering (8:34), how he self-describes politically (11:30), the Grange (12:23), decentralization in the punk rock world (14:43), his issues with Democrats (20:00), why Republicans should embrace anarchy (22:08), why he fled the anti-World Trade Organization demonstration in Seattle (27:51), living in Croatia in 1980 (30:33), the early days of Nirvana (34:32), playing Germany just days after the Berlin Wall fell (37:46), Kurt Cobain as an individual vs. as an icon (43:20), drug legalization (45:57), going to college online (47:50), why he owns guns (51:31), his musical guilty pleasure (55:34), and more.

Interview by Gillespie; produced by Meredith Bragg. About one hour.

Visit http://reason.com/reasontv/2014/06/19… for full text, links, and downloadable versions and subscribe to Reason TV’s YouTube channel for automatic notification when new material goes live.”














Why Pols From New Jersey Aren’t Born To Run



” Indeed, over the past decade or so, New Jersey has started to earn belated props in the public imagination, with television shows such as The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, and even Jersey Shore using the state as a backdrop for meditations on the American Dream. The recent and quick rise of Gov. Christie himself speaks to what might even be considered a New Jersey cultural bubble. He’s the first serious presidential contender to come out of New Jersey since Woodrow Wilson.

  Yet the Garden State — insert a not-inaccurate joke about the entire place being a Superfund toxic waste dump here — has been a national punchline at least since Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton rowed across the Hudson River from New York to shoot it out in Weehawken. (Needless to say, Burr, a native of Newark who happened to be U.S. vice president at the time, won.) “



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A Report On Liberty From Reason Magazine





” Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch’s The Declaration of Independents, published in 2011, provides a hopeful outlook for the future of freedom, a vision of how libertarian politics can fix America’s problems. How did 2013 pan out for the libertarian moment upon us? Here are seven pieces of good news for freedom this year from some of us here at Reason– Ed Krayewski


1. No Tolerance for Zero Tolerance

  WHNSAs 2013 began, America was still reeling from a mass murder at a Connecticut elementary school. Parents and officials across the country were nervous that something similar might happen in their backyards, and that nervousness translated into a series of strange school security scares, many of them involving absurd zero-tolerance decrees. The most infamous might be the second-grader in Maryland who was suspended for chewing a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun.

  It was easy to assume that the reign of zero tolerance was just going to get worse, as school districts felt the same bureaucratic imperatives that swept the nation after the Columbine massacre of 1999. It didn’t help that both liberals and conservatives were calling for measures that had fed the zero-tolerance beast in the past. But then something unexpected happened. Those silly security scares were mocked in the press. Politicians proposed bills to roll back zero tolerance’s excesses, and schools across the country adopted new policies that might not be a civil libertarian’s dream but at least give officials more flexibility in doling out punishments and make it less likely that a misbehaving student will be pushed into the criminal justice system. As victories go, these may be small, but a year ago I didn’t expect this to be an area where there would be victories to celebrate at all. —Jesse Walker “



See the other six advances of liberty at Reason.com









Mike Rowe On Taxpayer-Supported College Loans




Published on Dec 14, 2013

” “If we are lending money that ostensibly we don’t have to kids who have no hope of making it back in order to train them for jobs that clearly don’t exist, I might suggest that we’ve gone around the bend a little bit,” says TV personality Mike Rowe, best known as the longtime host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, in this ReasonTV interview excerpt. “I get a little curious about it when it gets to a trillion dollars.”

  You can watch ReasonTV’s full in-depth interview with Mike Rowe here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzKzu8…

  Approximately 1 minute. Hosted by Reason’s Nick Gillespie. Cameras by Meredith Bragg and Joshua Swain. Edited by Bragg. 

  Visit http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/12/14… for full text, links, and downloadable versions and subscribe to    Reason TV’s YouTube Channel to receive automatic updates when new material goes live.

  Editor’s Note: According to the Department of Labor, college tuition costs have increased over 500 percent in nominal dollars since 1985, not 500 percent the rate of inflation. Read more about the increase here: http://reason.com/archives/2013/09/05… “









Daily Video 11.9.13

20 Years Of Political Correctness: Q/A With Jonathan Rauch



Published on Nov 8, 2013

” The great advantage of a society that embraces robust and often-angry debate, “is not that it does not make mistakes,” says Jonathan Rauch, “it’s that it catches mistakes very, very quickly.” For Rauch, such dialogue is at the heart of what he calls the “liberal science” of producing and refining knowledge.

A National Magazine Award-winning journalist and author, Rauch’s path-breaking study of politicial corrrectness, Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought, has just been released in a 20th-anniversary edition by the Cato Institute. The new version includes an introduction by George Will and a powerful afterword by Rauch about how calls for censorship and regulation of speech have changed over the past two decades.

Nick Gillespie sat down with Rauch to discuss why free speech cannot and should not be abridged, even when it causes pain and discomfort. Rauch talks about how the weak defense of Salman Rushdie after receiving Islamic death threats radicalized his views and the inspiration he draws from figures such as Frank Kameny, a pioneering gay rights activist who never called for the censoring of hate speech.

About 6.30 minutes.

Camera by Amanda Winkler and Joshua Swain. Edited by Swain.”









Daily Video 9.21.13

Welfare Pays More than Minimum Wage in 35 States:

Q&A with Cato’s Michael Tanner


Published on Sep 19, 2013

” “If you came to me and offered to pay me what I’m making now and tell me that I could stay home I’m certainly going to think about it,” says Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

In his most recent study, The Work Versus Welfare Trade-Off: 2013, Tanner reveals how welfare participants can earn more than working a minimum wage job in 35 states. 

“There’s no evidence to show [welfare recipients] are any lazier than the rest of us, but they also aren’t dumber than the rest of us,” Tanner explains. “If you offer them the same incentives that’s what they will do.” 

Tanner sat down with Reason’s Nick Gillespie to discuss his report, the mixed legacy of welfare reform, and his recommendations to fix the system.

About 7 minutes. Cameras by Amanda Winkler and Joshua Swain. Edited by Swain.

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Daily Video 9.17.13

Are We Rome? Ben Powell Compares The U.S. With The Roman Empire



Published on Sep 15, 2013

” “If we continue down the misguided path that the government is taking us, then the future does not look good,” says Free Market Institute’s Ben Powell.

Reason’s Nick Gillespie caught up with Powell to discuss the theme of this year’s Freedom Fest, “Are We Rome?” and whether America is following in Rome’s footsteps towards decline.

“Our economic freedom has been plummeting the last ten years,” Powell says, “and this isn’t a product of Obama. It’s Bush [and] Obama consistently. More than half of our decline in economic freedoms happened under Bush. It’s just the rate of decline is happening more under Obama.”

Held each July in Las Vegas, Freedom Fest is attended by around 2,000 limited-government enthusiasts and libertarians. Reason TV spoke with over two dozen speakers and attendees and will be releasing interviews over the coming weeks. Go here for an ever-growing playlist of this year’s interviews.”










Is Homeschooling a Universal Human Right?

Judge Napolitano: How Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson Destroyed Constitutional Freedom

Greg Gutfeld with Nick Gillespie on ReasonTV


Here’s hoping so , anyway .

“Election results from Wisconsin and the California cities of San Jose and San Diego communicate a simple message that is likely to be misunderstood by Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives.

The short version: Voters everywhere are finally starting to realize that municipalities, states, and (here’s hoping) the federal government are out of money. That’s the real message of the major contests last night.”