LP Monday Message: John Stossel video – Libertarian

Posted to the LP Blog

April 4, 2011

Dear Friend of Liberty,

John Stossel, the famous reporter from “20/20,” now has his own show on Fox Business. He recently taped a show at the International Students For Liberty Conference at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Here’s a quote from the segment, “What Does it Mean to Be a Libertarian?”, as Stossel speaks to the students:

“I went to Princeton in 1969 where they taught me that there were problems in the world and now we had figured out that the answers were in government, because you could get the smartest people in one room and they could figure out a solution, and all they had to do was take money from rich people and share it with the poor and we’d fix poverty. And that’s just what all my professors said and what we all believed. And I’m curious how you, at your young age, figured out, far quicker than I did, how that doesn’t work.”

You can view the video here.

Another segment from the show is called, "Where did the Anti-War movement go?"

I agree with Stossel, it’s great to see so many students displaying an interest in and understanding of libertarianism.

John Stossel is not a member of the Libertarian Party. (We’d love to have him, but I presume it would conflict with his work.) However, I think he does a great job explaining libertarian principles to the public.

In addition to the Stossel video above, this video from Harvard Professor Jeffrey Miron is an excellent brief explanation.

I hope you’ll share these videos with friends and acquaintances who might be interested.


Wes Benedict
Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee

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4 thoughts on “LP Monday Message: John Stossel video – Libertarian

  1. Jake Witmer

    Of course, I would like to see Stossel investigate jury rights, in a multi-part episode, detailing their historic loss, covering:

    1) voir dire as a means of enforcing the Fugitive Slave Law (1850)
    2) “Sparf and Hansen v. USA” (1895) as a means of enforcing limits on courtroom speech and imposing incorrect judicial instruction.
    3) The licensing of lawyers under “the BAR” (1832 in Ohio, 1836 repealed in Ohio, later reinstated –different in every state) and their corresponding subservience to judges
    4) Overuse of “contempt of court” citations and threats.
    5) Adoption of “Administrative Courts” and denial of trial by jury
    6) Cruel and Unusual punishments used to coerce “plea bargains” and corresponding bad precedents

    A special like this would go viral online, and dramatically increase actual _implemented libertarianism_.

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