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Bill Maher is right about Libertarianism


BILL MAHER: Libertarians have to stop ruining libertarianism, or at least do a better job explaining the difference between today's libertarian and just being a selfish prick. Now, many years ago on a television network far, far away, I expressed support for libertarianism because back then it meant I didn't want big government in my bedroom, or my medicine chest, or especially not in the second drawer of the nightstand on the left side of my bed. And I still believe that, but somewhere along the way, libertarianism morphed into this creepy obsession with free market capitalism based on an Ayn Rand novel called Atlas Shrugged, a book that's never been read all the way through by anyone with a girlfriend.

Paul Ryan once said Ayn Rand taught him what my value systems are. And I believe him, because her book has a strange appeal to people who are kind of smart, but not really. (HBO's Real Time, April 5, 2013)

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I am surprised that he does not have Beck in there too.

I agree with him. Ron Paul's message is getting watered down. I don't think Paul Ryan meant to do it, but he will probably get a Christmas bonus now. Glenn Beck knows exactly what he is doing. And Rand, well, he never said he was libertarian, he does not act libertarian, he definitely does not speak libertarian, and he is sadly erasing much of the progress Ron made. I wish he would come right out and say he has nothing to do with libertarianism or the liberty movement (he kinda already did).

I know that bugs many of you but it really bothers me that now, the new spokesperson for the liberty movement votes for Iranian sanctions, votes for war appropriations even after it's admitted bin Laden is dead, he voted to give Israel $9 B for more weapons, he said that an attack on Israel is an attack on the US, he doesn't think we should have any say in Israel's genocide and land theft but does not mention that Israel owns him and the rest of the Congress and Obama.

I would say the liberty movement is waning.

Let the down-voting commence.

Let's Be Real...

Libertarianism is getting hijack by the right wing religious conservatives that think libertarianism is all about "limited gov't".

Bill Maher...

wouldn't know libertarianism from his own blowhole. A typical liberal who thinks, homosexual marriage, Weed, and fetus killing without a consequence is the ONLY thing that's "libertarian" and matters. Someone needs to tell this waste of a human space, that social and economic choices of an individual are indistinguishable.

And since when did Paul Ryan become a libertarian? The man reads one book by Ayn Rand and all of a sudden he is a card carrying libertarian?

These rejects know well, that in 2016, they don't have a good presidential candidate. The only option is to go after Rand Paul as early as possible. In the mean time, they'll let uneducated washed up comedian like Maher draw a picture of what a "libertarian" should look and sound like for his dumb, cool-aid drinking audience.

The Libertarian Party, irrelevant since 1971.

He has interviewed Ron Paul

And other prominent libertarians. I think he understands and likes some ideas, much like many liberal progressives. But his own cynicism and pragmatism leads him back to be wary of the dangers involved in its full implementation. So he cracks a joke about it. He's a comedian, after all.

Can't believe he had a picture of Paul Ryan inbetween Ron & Rand

I'm not quite sure what he's talking about. I do know that he's really confused and that he admitted he follows the crowd.

What the hell is he talking about?

What the hell is he talking about? He says Libertarianism, Ayn rand, then quotes some dum ayn rand quote all the while trying to equate paul ryan with Ron & Rand Paul. Really wishy washy BS.

It is perfectly obvious to anyone who has observed

the government over the past 50 years, that government politicians and officials are the most unselfish, humane, compassionate individuals God ever created, and that anyone who shows even mild disagreement with one of their edicts is, without a doubt, nothing but a selfish pr*ck.


I have been somewhat interested in the anarcho-captialism material.

Oh look a broad

Oh look a broad generalization based off one dumb quote from a institutionalized stooge.

If he thinks Paul Ryan is a libertarian he watches too much Fox News.(ironic)

"I expressed support for libertarianism because back then it meant I didn't want big government in my bedroom, or my medicine chest, or especially not in the second drawer of the nightstand on the left side of my bed. "

is a good quote though.

I also disagree with your title.