Penn Jillette on Libertarianism, Taxes, Trump, Clinton and Weed

Penn Jillette on Libertarianism, Taxes, Trump, Clinton and Weed


Let me lay on you what Libertarianism is to
me. Once again I’m speaking for myself which
is about as Libertarian as you can get. I do not believe I know what’s best for
other people. I also don’t believe that other people know
what’s best for other people. I can barely make decisions for myself. I do my best to make decisions for my family. Should my ten-year-old son take music lessons? That’s a hard question for our family. Do you want to push him into it or wait until
he really wants it? Those are hard decisions. I have trouble making those for my family
so making the decision of what someone else’s job in healthcare should be like who is in
another part of the country who I’ve never met is not something I’m qualified or desirous
to do. That’s Libertarianism. Libertarianism is taking a right on money
and your first left on sex and looking for utopia straight ahead. To me the way I was brought up in western
Massachusetts, kind of a New England philosophy. We believed in responsibility and keeping
your nose out of other people’s business. We believed in live and let live I think to
a fault. My mom and dad were older parents too. My mom was 45 when I was born so I was raised
by another generation. You see my mom would be whatever – 120 now
or 115 now. A whole other generation. My mom was born – now you’re going to
see that my math is wrong. My mom was born in 1909. She’s dead now. So it’s a whole different generation. And my mom’s feeling about absolutely everything
was who cares. Her whole feeling on the gay rights movement
was who cares who they want to get together with. It doesn’t matter to me. Her whole feeling on drugs. I have never had a sip of alcohol or any recreational
drug in my life. That was true for my mother, true for my father,
true for my sister. I don’t know how many generations it goes
back but never. And yet my mom always thought that sure, any
drug should be legal. If you’re living in a free country do whatever
you want. Take responsibility for it. When you tell people about Libertarianism
you just tell them we think you should take as little from other people by force as possible. And you should be able to do whatever you
think is right. Now that’s a pretty heavy thing I’m saying. Because I’m saying that if there’s an
18-year-old girl who is the greatest math whiz that we have in this country, let’s
say she’s the smartest person in math we have anywhere. And let’s say we give her a full scholarship
to go to whatever school she wants to go to – Stanford, MIT, wherever she wants to go. And she decides she wants to work at McDonald’s
and get pregnant at the age of 19. That’s her decision. Jim Morrison – did he have a worse life
because he did an awful lot of drugs and died at 28? I don’t know. I’ve already lived a lot longer than Jim
Morrison but were his choices worse than mine? I don’t know. I know I would not have liked to have lived
like Jim Morrison although I’d like to look that good in leather pants. But Kurt Cobain. Did I want to live like that? No, not even slightly. Prince? I don’t want to live like that. But they probably don’t want to live like
me either. Libertarianism is the strongest sense of please
do what you want, try not to hurt me. Our government has a monopoly on force, they
have a monopoly on force. The government is the only organization that
is supposed to be able to use force. The government is supposed to be a government
of us which means in my thinking, my morality, the government should only use force for things
I’m willing to use force for. The government are the only ones that are
allowed to use guns to hurt another person or threaten another person legally. So the question becomes what would I use a
gun to do? Now I’m a coward and I have no skills with
guns or with violence. I’ve never hit a person in anger in my life. I’ve been hit. I never hit back. So this is hypothetical. But if I were not a coward would I use a gun
to stop someone from being killed? Yes. Would I use a gun to stop someone from being
raped? Yes. Would I use a gun to build a library? Would I take money from someone to build a
library? Well I’d certainly give my money. I’d certainly work. I’d certainly beg you for money to build
a library. Libraries really matter to me. I was born in 55. I’m from a small town. Without a library I would have known nothing. I had to drive to – I had to ride my bike
to the library to learn about Lenny Bruce, Franz Kafka. I got Stravinsky records from the library. It meant everything to me. Libraries matter. But that’s the Libertarian question. Now taking care of people. Would you use a gun to take care of others? That’s a hard one. Because taxation is using violence. Now people try to say taxation is voluntary. It’s not. If you don’t pay your taxes eventually somewhere
down the line someone with a gun will show up. They just will. At some point if you don’t do that. What do we do with our taxes? Would we use a gun to defend our country? Yeah I guess we’ve got to, right. Would we use a gun for everything we use for
taxes? So when I see the government doing something
I ask myself would I use a gun to do that. Now all of that being said that is the high
level, the theoretical part of Libertarianism to me. In a nuts and bolts level it becomes much,
much simpler. It is one of the cases where the reality is
simpler than the theory. When someone is worried about Libertarianism
they worry about what happens to public schools, what happens to welfare, what happens to roads. Those are the first three questions they ask. And those are the hardest questions. I will give you public schools. I will give you welfare. I will give you infrastructure. I will not give you the government using a
gun to take money from poor people and giving it to rich people. The biggest issue in Libertarianism is stopping
corporate welfare. What we give in welfare to the poor, we give
in government money to the roads. We give government money to the schools is
nothing compared to the money we give to rich people. The best way to stop crony capitalism, the
best way to stop graft, the best way to stop all sorts of bad stuff in government is to
make government small enough. The way you stop corruption is make it small
enough that corruption doesn’t pay. Give the government little enough and there’s
not a lot to steal from them. But government is buoying up the rich corporations. The rich corporations love the government. They’ve gained the system in a way an individual
never can. Any big corporation has a team of the best
lawyers to figure out how they cannot pay taxes. No middle class person has that. They have regulations set to keep other people
out of the business, right. Even the manicure shops, you know. They want to license, register everything
so that other people can’t get in. It’s limiting. If you had a true free market you would not
have the big mega corporations. Libertarianism is not about rich white people
getting a lot of money from corporations and leaving everybody else to whistle. Libertarianism is let’s not use the government
to take money from poor people and middle class people and give it to rich people. Because really that’s all that’s ever
happened. That’s all that’s ever happened. In our present climate we have somebody running
for president who we know for a fact lied. Lied a lot less than other people. We know for a fact she lied. And we know for a fact that she is an insider
and that knows the way to play all the games. We also know that she knows what’s better
for other people. And we know that she says and claims and brags
that she will do a lot of killing of people overseas. We also know that she is essentially – even
after I’ve called her a liar, she’s essentially a good, honest person. She essentially has a good heart. She also has a 65 percent disapproval rating
or higher. That’s Hillary Clinton. There are two things that I always believed
about modern politics. One was that everyone who had ever run for
a major office was smarter than me. And the second thing was there was no one
worse than Hillary Clinton. Both of those things have been disproven by
Donald Trump. Donald Trump, all the good qualities I mentioned
about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump does not share. He’s not skilled. He does not have as far as I can tell any
compassion. And he does not have very much knowledge. He does have a weird kind of charisma that
I cannot understand myself. It doesn’t seem to work on me. But certainly demonstrative that he has charisma
that works for some people. And he’s willing to give easy answers. And being willing to give easy answers which
in his case aren’t answers, they’re just I will fix it. We’ve got this problem, I’ll fix it. Well no, you don’t get to say that. You have to demonstrate how you’re doing
it. But both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
are very interested in getting a lot of power for themselves. I believe Hillary Clinton wants that power
because she thinks she knows what’s best for other people. Let’s refer back to me saying I don’t
know what’s best for other people. I also don’t think she does either but she
believes that. And I believe her heart’s in the right place. I don’t think Donald Trump knows there are
other people to be concerned about. I don’t think he even knows that. You’ve got those two. And neither one of them – this is not fair
to Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump is giving no theoretical policy
ideas for how government should run. Hillary Clinton is not giving enough for my
taste. Here’s the debate I want to see. Now I know that my buddy Gary, Gary Johnson,
I know we were trying to get him to do the debates that if he gets 15 percent he’ll
be in the debates and that’s wonderful. We should all work for that. Even people who don’t like Gary want to
see someone else on stage talking. I don’t see why you wouldn’t want him
involved in the conversation. If Hillary Clinton really is great, let her
talk to Gary in public. Well there’s nobody that entertains that
Donald Trump really is great. If you thought that for a moment, why not
have Gary Johnson talk. Here’s the conversation I want to have. I want to have this debate. I don’t even want to call it a debate. I want it to be a simple conversation. Bernie Sanders, Gary Johnson. Put them side by side. Two good people. Two paragons, you know. Here’s the debate I want to see. It’s not even a debate, a conversation,
a public conversation in front of as much of America as wants to watch it. Bernie Sanders, Gary Johnson. Both paragons, both virtuous, both honest,
both smart, both concerned about other people, both with experience in government. And I want to hear Bernie Sanders say, you
know, a lot of people in this country have trouble taking care of themselves. We need a strong infrastructure for business
to thrive. We need to protect our country, to protect
the people around us. We need a big strong government with a good
solid safety net that can take care of people and treat them with compassion and make better
choices than some individuals will make. We need a government where more qualified
people can take care of those that aren’t and where we can keep corporations at bay
and where we can keep some money out of politics. That’s what we need. And here’s some examples of how we can get
there from where we are. Here are the checks and balances we want to
put in place on corporations. Here’s what we want to do with campaign
finance. Here’s what we want to do with schools. Here’s some of my ideas. But I want Gary Johnson to say, you know,
all those things are problems. But I think that maybe a little more freedom
as opposed to a little more control from the government might give us a lot of that. I want individuals to have a little more money
in their pockets and use that for charity and use that for building. And I think instead of putting up tariffs
to keep foreign businesses out we can actually make America more competitive, less taxes
and let them have more power that way and be more successful. There would be more money all over the place. We can take care of people. I think that’ll work pretty well and while
we’re at it we’ll stop the corporations by not having a big government that flows
money to them. And then Bernie Sanders says back, you know,
that sounds really good Gary. It really does. But there are some people who just plain are
going to be left out. They’re not going to make it. They’re just not going to make it in your
dog each dog free market economy. You’re just willing to throw them away? And then Gary says, you know, maybe a subsistence
amount of money for everybody. Maybe just get paid. Just give them that money. Because you know compared to what we’re
paying for food stamps and all of that stuff just writing them a check is much easier. So maybe we can do that. And Bernie says, you know what you’re saying
about keeping businesses over here kind of makes sense Gary. Maybe we can do a few less tariffs and a little
lower taxes to help our corporations and maybe that’ll help a little bit. And they go back and forth and they come up
with an impasse where they don’t agree. And then the American people say, you know,
let’s try it Bernie’s way for a while. Let’s give it four years of Bernie because
it seems like he’s got some ideas. Let’s go four years with Bernie. You know Gary you’re a good guy. You’ve thought about this really hard and
you made a really good case and we know you’re a good guy. We like you. We trust you. But we’re going with Bernie now. And we try that for a while. And as Bernie’s doing this there’s other
people in the government that go what about this and he pulls back on this and he adjusts
and he does that. And then he comes, you know, four years go
by and the country goes let’s hear that debate again. Maybe it’s someone else in place but whatever. They do the debate again and they go, you
know, we tried. We don’t really feel your burn. Now feel my Johnson. We’ll have Gary Johnson take over for four
years and see how that goes. And you go back and forth and you have a discussion
of what we want to do as a country between two good, honest, hard thinking human beings. And please let’s get one of them to be a
woman by the next time we do this. Please. And let’s get someone to be of color please. Let’s just do that. We’ve got plenty of people on both sides
that aren’t just white guys. But for right now my example of Bernie and
Gary and we go back and forth like that. Why aren’t we doing that? Why do we have two people that all they agree
on is that they should have power. Two psychotic, power hungry, hated, unpleasant
people clawing and scratching to take power over other people’s lives. Why not two people who are actually having
a discussion about what direction our country should go in. And by the way we’re never going to go all
the way Bernie. We’re never going to go all the way Gary. But that’s the discussion we have and let
that go. So that is what I think about modern politics
and that’s what I think about Libertarianism. Yeah, maybe someday in the future we should
go to anarcho-capitalism. Maybe someday in the future we should go to
full out socialism. But for right now can we just do what every
mother fucking American believes which is stop giving so much money to the corporations,
let the people have more control, let them smoke dope, let them put what they want into
their bodies, let them have sex with whoever they want as long as there’s consent. And let them do that in every state. Let them love who they want and enjoy life
the way they want. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Is that a nut position?

100 Comments on "Penn Jillette on Libertarianism, Taxes, Trump, Clinton and Weed"


  1. Hey Penn, for having a "don't care phylosophy" or liberal view, you sure like to tell others how to be.

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  2. Are you mother fuking crazy yeah let's go on full out socialists. First we would have to dissolve the Federal Reserve and go back to a gold standard like… Muammar Gaddafi did and we killed him would it really be a crime if we did so? We have to stabilize our currency first before we ever talked about going socialist. Right now someone like Rand Paul I would accept Gary Johnson is stupid I mean he's not the brightest bulb in the Box Willis let's be upfront about that. Why are we even having this debate Trump got in office elected on some very good things he said and he was trying to implement them. Did he get any support? From his party no. did you get any support from the other party he'll know they're only worried about impeaching him. You notice the Russian collusion thing dissolved after he put in John Bolton? he won along with the neocon Republican establishment probably because of two reasons he wanted the threat to go away on him and his family technically over some bulshit let's be honest. and in order to get anything he wants done he has to please the powers that control the Republican party. let's look at John F Kennedy for example he signed executive order 111100. now about 6 months later he took a drive-thru Daley Plaza and wound up dead. before his body was cold Lyndon Johnson reversed that executive order. you should know this stuff mister I'm so intelligent. you should also know that the Council on Foreign Relations is a propaganda Ministry which feeds both sides R news. so let's start doing everything the Council on Foreign Relations deems unacceptable let's piss them off like Trump did but actually implement the policies. the problem is it will take someone like Trump with his own private security detail to not get killed. the problem is is he has so much to lose and the powers-that-be probably threatened to take everything and his life. honestly we need someone that's not scared to die butts also willing to put in front of the American people the policies he's putting in place. And yes I said he and I don't care what color skin he has cuz if you look at skin color and gender I obviously I'm not a racist… Haitians pretty black isn't it I mean she was born here so she's an American just saying.

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  3. 15 seconds in "let me tell you what libertarianism is" "I'm speaking for my self" so is it your opinion, or what the actual ideology means. It makes no sense bud.

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  4. Ideology over reality is an epic fail. 'common sense' does not work on the large scale. We have no inherent concept of large scale matters. Libritarianism is Republican scum light without knowing it. The corporations will run rampant.

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  5. I feel like Penn's extreme personal distaste and revulsion for Trump (much of it based on personal experience from Celebrity Apprentice, as he tells it) is clouding his judgment a bit here. Would be interesting to see what he would say about this video now. My political calculus has changed quite dramatically since 2016, and I wonder if Penn's mind has changed since then as well

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  6. He switched quick. He bashes Trump here, but prior to this video I was watching a different video where he was talking great about Trump. We agreed on one thing, 4 yrs, yep we’re going to try Trump for 4 more years!

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  7. He claims he doesn't know what's best for other people…presumably because he doesn't know those people…but he is quite certain that Trump is a bad person…even though he doesn't know the president.

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  8. Jesus, just because a guy says Hillary Clinton isn't evil everyone gets triggered. Y'all are right wing sjw.

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  9. The assumption everyone ELSE thinks just like you is your first mistake !
    – live your life and don’t tell me what to do … but you should write books so I can be blessed to read in my small town to know more … but I can’t tell my daughter what to do after I read a book about what to teach kids …
    And many more follow…..

    You are actually on the left of liberal … you think candidate needs compassion? You want welfare state? You pro Hilary?

    corporation being allowed and helped to make more money doesn’t hurt anyone yet you hate it ….. inconsistent !!!

    Stick to entertainment !
    Why is everyone who dances signs and entertain thinks they know everything ? Hahaha
    Trump doesn’t have experience? What experience do YOU have to make this video ? Lol

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  10. Here is the problem with Libertarianism, it's personal greed and survival of the fittest and cutting out public schools, safety nets for those in need and the chance for price controls on Big Pharma. These Tarians want to end Social Security and let people donate to churches to help people and let families help each other. We have that now where families have no choice but to help each other. You guys are pro gay but what about the kid kicked out on his own and then he ends up with HIV and needs $50K a year for medications to keep him alive and maybe he's not masculine so he's discriminated against at work and can't make much money. You Tarians are horrible people and all you want is not to pay taxes because in the end you are just as greedy as the Repugnant Republicans.

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  11. You did a good job Penn, but you are a little scattered and unsure about things just like the rest of us.

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  12. In this topic..i think the speakers use a very weak argument..if someone rape your daugher in the name of libertariasmsme do you accept it? Do you want the rape cases happen in the first place? In what sense libertariasme do you propose?..can libertariasm apply in all can of sesnse?do you really articulate well your thought about libertariasm?

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  13. 5:54. That is a b.s. arguement, commonly trotted out by Libertarians–and they boil it down to taxation is theft. It's not a good argument but it takes careful consideration of how and why taxation exists and they Libertarians don't like to have that conversation.

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  14. This comment section indicates that most people don't know what socialism is. Or anything, really. Good for Penn.

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  15. I thought he supported Ron Paul in the last elections. Was the most libertarian of all despite being in the Republican party.

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  16. Am I the only one here who actually agrees with Penn? I felt like the video took a turn for the better around the halfway mark.

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  17. Apathy- I mean libertarian-ism is great and all, until that shit starts affecting you.
    "Do what you want, try not to hurt me"
    LOL
    What if their want IS to hurt you, or indirectly hurts you.
    Its a naive ideology

    "Would I use a gun to help someone"
    WO WO WO WOOOOO NOW
    What happened to minding your own business.

    Just saying its a flawed way of thinking, cause shit eventually hits the fan and you can't play true neutral not expecting to get involved

    Oh jesus, small government, ya lets shrink the government when he admits the issue is the corporations themselves. It doesn't matter how small the government is, there will always be greed and bribes and bs.

    Lol wait this is a 2016 anti trump thing, lol oh god why am I here.

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  18. All functions of this world require standards. Your car's brakes should halt the vehicle, not accelerate it into danger. Drivers should stay on the correct side of the double yellow line. What you consume determines how you think and behave.
    Well, society also has its standards. We call them laws. Don't steal, don't kill, don't eat unclean substances, and so on. When someone chooses to disobey these standards, they become diseased. If it only affected them, Libertarianism would be a successful philosophy, but it doesn't. People become weak, unable to support themselves, desperate for the resources of others to continue their own destruction.
    So we have governments. If every citizen were to follow the same standards, governments would simply go away.
    Are governments good. Of course not. But history has shown that, for the most part, governments actually protect the wise from the foolish. And when the governments fail to do this, they get overthrown by better ones.
    Although I appreciate Mr. Jillette's ability to orate (I personally lack that ability), his philosophy is quite flawed. But I keep hoping that some day, he will be able to combine his speaking skills with good substance.
    I am still hoping.

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  19. LOL at the people in comments that are still trying to defend Trump. I cant believ you think trump has anything to do with libertarianism. He is the furthest thing from it. He is abusing and extending the powers of the executive branch. He is expanding the border patrol, a federal police agency. He is using fake national emergencies to control the country. He is continuing wars never approved by congress. His staff are constantly being arrested or quitting. He hasnt accomplished anything besides corporate handouts and trade wars. Is the federal government meddling with trade your idea of a free market. Your snake is being stepped on every day and y'all think its a good thing because you get to "own the libs". Y'all are delusional

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  20. The USA Is built on the 10 Commandments from them the Founding Fathers wrote our Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights I sure that we are good people who will fight/take care of each other. The government should be small if they adhere to the Federalist Papers. Now he is just talking . His view of taking for the poor and giving to the rich, is weird! Hilary,
    Is a lair But she is essentially a good person!? Her heart is in the right place! WHAT! Benghazi, Clinton foundation. A Libertarian would not want government to take care of people, that should be up to the private and religious institutions. Finally, The best person for the job is who the electoral college vote for regardless of race, color, or sexual orientation.

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  21. There is no free will, the government should not legislate mores or our bodies, certain industries should be nationalized, transparency, accountability, etc.

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  22. I just wish we can get to a place where it’s not a popularity contest with Presidential canidates. Respect your competishon and actually have some good ideas. And actually have good canidates! Every single one was just a bombshell.

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  23. Sanders and Clinton are both very terrible people at heart and all other aspects in life. Penn I know you say you’re a libertarian but after hearing this I think you’re a leftist.

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  24. Well… you might be charitable enough to want to sacrifice what’s yours to help others, but under libertarianism, you’d really have to people hope people are a helluva lot less selfish and self-centred than they appear because otherwise, yeah, it’s hard to see how we raise sufficient funds for any large scale endeavour that requires pooling the resources of a nation to achieve, but hm, I certainly feel a lot more positive towards libertarianism than I did before. Possibly because a libertarian attitude towards guns and taxes I find unconscionable and unrealistic respectively.

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  25. Anyone who purports to be a libertarian should be disgusted on all levels personal political and any others you can think of by Hillary Rodham Clinton. He always manages to piss me off whenever he talks. This guy is not a libertarian. Oh he says all the right things when he’s telling you what he thinks until he starts telling you what he thinks of the candidates that are running then you realize he’s just another leftist pretending to be a libertarian

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  26. I've always looked up to Penn, but I was extremely disappointed with his remarks about Trump. You'd think he of all people would have the insight to see through the Bullshit, but the media fooled him too.

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  27. Conversation is good for developing ideas, not for determining a person’s honor and integrity.

    The left argues that we are strong because we are a community. The right argues that we are strong because we are individuals. They are both right.

    Our individuality is the fertile environment for new ideas that is epitomized in the First Amendment. The First Amendment wasn’t so that we could just express useless opinions our whole lives. It was so that old ideas could be evaluated and incorporated into newer ideas. Just like the Founding Fathers did to create this country.

    Our community is the strength to defend those ideals epitomized in the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment was not just so that we could defend ourselves individually from attack. It was so that we could organize defenses against any form of attack. Militia guard houses outside of schools would preclude the need for preemptive actions against possible behavioral targeted threats.

    Society can solve it’s own welfare, infrastructure, education (especially now with the advent of internet), and security needs, but we have to throw off the illusion that government has to provide those things.

    For that to happen, society needs more philosophical discourse that promotes self-reflection and an examination of what is actually important. In short, we need a wise society that produces wise representatives in government. Our society produces the government, and the government produces the environment that society is molded in.

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  28. First half was good, second half was full retard. Donald Trump is the first US president in my lifetime which didn´t start a war.

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  29. I am with most of the people commenting here; great stuff about 1/3rd of the way through and then….a dumpster fire came pouring from his lips. Killary is a monster, Trump said he would take care of things and has been the only politician who has kept his promises, and Bernie is an insane socialist……Penn, you're peeing on your feet here.

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  30. I am a libertarian, and I disagree with you on the second half of the video. I hate your opinion Penn.

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  31. One thing is clear. You can't talk politics especially if you are any form of celebrity. The idiots of the world will latch on to one word or phrase, miss the point, then attack you. This country deserves to owned by corporations. Corporations use intelligence to organize people and understand the laws that they operate around. Citizens operate on emotions like animals that stay divided and self serving fighting over scraps like pigeons outside a restaurant. People have no chance against the system and soon will be replaced by robots that do everything better including sex. Yep, people won't even know how to have meaningful relationships and will shack up with robots that treat them whatever way they want. Then roles will reverse, humans will become the species facing extinction that are protected in zoos while automation and AI is really in control. No you won't think it's a "zoo" just like you don't think you are slave to your bills, low wages, and cage called a mortgage/rent that holds you back from being free to do what you really want with life.

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  32. I live nearby a small town, the city hall only has one woman works there, yes only one government official. What's shocking to me is she is doing her job well and people are happy about it.

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  33. I read much hatred about Killery… sorry Hillary C. is good at heart. As i have understand it from all of Penn's talking and the one book i have, he shares the believe that more or less everyone is good at heart. (my opinion->)Even the worst dictators BELIEVE they do something good.

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  34. Hey Penn, God is a libertarian. Hes the one who gave you your free will. The trick is to acknowledge that. If the world appreciated that fact, they wouldnt abuse their liberties so much. This is Libertarianism 1.

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  35. Sooo when are you going to do a retraction video? I wish we had Trump in Australia. Sick of the typical corrupt politician.

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  36. Not everyone can avoid a truckstop beating by pouring a milkshake on an aggressor's head. You remember being less powerfull than you are penn and know not everyone possesses the divine luck you have, meeting with Teller and all. Not everyone has your fortune

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  37. This was great. I have so much respect for this man. I would love to have a conversation with Penn Jillette. I'd quibble with him about a few points, but I feel like we could have a respectful, productive conversation. For instance, he states that as a general rule we shouldn't assume we know what's best for other people. Well . . . kinda, sorta, maybe? I can think of many examples where acting like you DON'T know what's best for others would be to act unethical. For instance, caring for children and seniors. If your toddler wants to eat a tide pod, you shouldn't sit back and shrug and say, "I wouldn't eat a tide pod. But it's not my decision." Likewise, I feel that the government has the right, within bounds, to encourage wise choices. I think the individual mandate in the ACA was a good idea. I have so many friends bent out of shape about that, but I can list a dozen reasons why the mandate was good sense. I would love to hear Penn's thoughts. He'd probably change my mind on a point or two, but I might change his as well.

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  38. I have to say it. As smart as Jillette is in many areas, he is completely incapable of honestly judging people.

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  39. Penn. Do an update to this vid. Curious how you feel now. I may not agree with you but you make me think. You make me want to have a back and forth conversation with you. We lack that in today's society.

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  40. You started out right on target. Somewhere along the way you strayed off target. As soon as you start to say that evil Hillary is good you strayed so far off course you're not even in the same ballpark anymore. You pussied out in the second part trying to play nice to all the crooks.

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  41. Penn. The government does not give money to rich people. Look at the tax brackets. Look at federal spending. Welfare and Social Security account for 65% of federal spending. I wouldn’t use a gun to build schools. I wouldn’t use a gun to give money to poor people. I wouldn’t use a gun to build roads. Our parents went to non public schools, and they’re are at least as smart as us. Before the roads were government made, we had dirt roads with no speed limits. Before we had welfare and social security, we had more charities, more responsible workers, and less unemployed people. Hillary Clinton is a crook. She’s as crooked as the sun is bright.
    Also, roads will get built by companies like Domino’s, Walmart, Amazon, and any other large company that wants customers to be able to get to their place of business.
    Also, the USSR tried Bernie’s way, it didn’t work out very well for them.

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  42. I’m an AnCap but I believe that all political theory moves in cycles. AnCapistan requires a high IQ population, so we’ll reach it in the future.

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  43. Too bad that what was a primer on Libertarianism devolved into braindead hollywood-mandated Trump-bashing. And I didn't even vote for the man.

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  44. Jesus, what a kook!
    I don't think using a gun to force people to pay taxes is right; let's let Bernie be president?
    What an idiot.

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  45. Giving people free rein on drugs seems bad… I deal with the victims of meth usage everyday and the users. I agree about taxes and small government.

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  46. Such a smart man, Teller too, who don't believe someOne caused all that's been caused. You have been fooled. Your quick wit is admirable — perhaps you two could go into politics but what would be the point if you believe all that you espouse. I, too, am a libertarian and don't want the government impinging on my sovereign inalienable rights given to me by my Creator. Don't be a fool. THERE IS A GOD. But you can't make him show you. He has provided lots of evidence right in plain sight. You must ask him in humility to reveal himself to you, through Jesus, and he will. Don't wait until you die to find out the truth.

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  47. Libertarian would be a great idea in a perfect wold, where every citizen is fair, kind, considerate, and trustworthy. Unfortunately, history has shown that this is not the case.

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  48. The amount of political donations and power of the lobbyists is a good idea. However, you have to have regulation to do that. So, that idea sucks.

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  49. I'm liberal, so obviously I disagree with Penn on a number of things. I wish we could live in his ideal world, I just don't think it reflects how people are. That being said, I believe he's kind, thoughtful, and authentic and I'm sad there aren't more people like him that I can have authentic disagreements about instead of a lot of people who talk about freedom but cheer when they hear Trump talk about building a wall, banning Muslims from the country, bringing back torture, etc.

    Also, looking at the comments for this video, holy shit. I'm sorry Penn. I wish you were in better company.

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  50. I’ve been a Republican all my adult voting life. I quit the party last week. After watching this video, I guess I’ve always been a Libertarian. At least philosophically. I can’t agree with Penn on the character of Mrs. Clinton. You’re character is much more beautiful than hers. I appreciate this video very much. I don’t think you’re allowing for basic human nature. After all isn’t that the downfall of most social philosophies at least in practice?

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  51. He seems to be a bit confused by the end on what a libertarian is. I thought I was listening to Andrew Yang at the end. And Hillary Clinton a good honest person!?!? Get real man.

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  52. sum up topic
    libertarianism is a compromise between democrats and republicans that sounds amazing but we will be ruled by capitalists

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  53. First half is good, then he absolutely loses it. He loves freedom, and thinks Bernie should have won the election. Also Hillary is good at heart lol.

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  54. This is the second one of these by him that I've watched. In both of them he started off really well. Making sense, sounding rational. And then all of a sudden, he just takes a left turn and goes straight over a cliff. Then after rewatching it, I realized that this is absolute leftist propaganda. Brilliant manipulation.

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  55. I see that this video has confused many people… I would be confused too but I had watched a video called “what is libertarianism?” https://youtu.be/CRKl8_Do8hA

    The video basically says some people are left leaning libertarians and some people are right leaning libertarians

    Sounds like Penn is a left leaning libertarian 🧐 interesting, I like Ron Paul myself

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  56. Ffs people. He's talking about the people having control of themselves and trying to actually have discussions to solve our problems.
    Everyone is so concerned about his opinion of Hillary. The man is allowed to think differently from you without being an idiot.
    Yes, Hillary sucks. No, Penn is not a moron for not believing she is the embodiment of all human evil.
    The man is allowed to have opinions that differ from yours. Real libertarianism allows for different ideas.

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  57. We know that she will do a lot of killing of people over seas, we also know she is a good and honest person, man, WHAT… THE… FUCK…

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  58. He expressed libertarian views in very slight ways and then went on a socially democratic, anti-capitalism tangent and backtracked his views a few times. I love penn, and I didn’t dislike hearing his opinion, I enjoy hearing different views on the same subjects, I actually think that the form of the interview probably didn’t allow him to carefully elaborate in his political views because I don’t think he knew this question is coming. Of course a person should be prepared to defend their views but they kind of went, “You’re a libertarian, right?” “Yeah” “Hmm, elaborate…….”

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  59. Jesus christ there are some real cunts in this comment section. The dude can't just talk and share his thoughts? Goddamn. Not saying I agree entirely but fuck you guys are just straight assholes

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  60. The comment section to this video shows just how childish and unreasonable people are when it comes to political videos. The man states his views honestly and yes does lean to one side but does also bash that side multiple times and the top comments of this video seem to have somehow missed that whole point. Also calling Penn idiotic simply for not having the same view point as you or not being as educated in this one subject as you makes you sound idiotic. A man can speak his mind without having every single fact or else no man would speak and him being wrong on one subject does not mean he knows nothing about another. How self rightous and ignorant are some people is astonishing.

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  61. I am Anarchist in my political slant, do as you please but cause no harm, as can be determined by a jury of peers should need arise. Candidates are now chosen by banks and corporations and no one who wants to put the People first has a chance to win. Electoral College determines the next president, and they are selected by politicians who are owned by corporations. Address the Constitutional treason that occurs daily in government and throw them all out. Do away with the Electoral College and COUNT VOTES. Remove corporate influences by making every donation public record with investigation into every one of them and full disclosure of the results. Make the People aware of who named someone as candidate, and do it like schools where every candidate must be nominated to run. Use local elections, then districts, then counties, then states, then national, with the people actually involved in the process. And, no matter who enters what office, make sure the Constitution is the final word. No one has the right to issue orders that I must follow, but no one should have to worry that I will not help any time, and in any way, that I can should the need arise. Civil Rights imply Civil Responsibility. Authority is a burden to be shared, not wielded.

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  62. I was with him on just about everything except the "get a woman and a person of color". I'd like to depend on something other than tribalism to make sure our government representatives work for everyone equally.

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