In an article titled: Are Libertarians Crazy Cultists Who Should Be Drowned: Playboy Investigates, author Joe Donatelli, playboy.com’s Sex & Culture Editor, provides one of the more light-hearted and detailed articles about last week’s FreedomFest in Las Vegas.
Among those he interviewed at the event are Carla Gericke of The Free State Project, Laurie Rice of The Atlas Society, Elise Thompson of the Foundation for Economic Education, Naomi Brockwell (who goes by the handle Bitcoin Girl), David Boaz, Executive Vice President of the Cato Institute. He also attended and reviewed the (second apparently annual) Moore-Krugman debate as well as the speech by Donald Trump (for which he offers zero highlights and was apparently pleased to report that the audience “booed”).
“As far as a bipartisan array of pundits and political junkies are concerned, libertarians are and will always be evil Ayn Rand acolytes who will not rest until America has no public roads to drive upon or fire stations in front of which to place its Dalmatians. It is the party of tinfoil hat crazies.
“After spending three days talking and listening to dozens of them, I can report that none of the libertarians I spent time with were crazy, unless you think it’s crazy to spend any amount of time in your life on politics, which is debatable.
“The Free State Project’s Gericke, whose job is to recruit and interact with libertarians, made an excellent point, one that critics of libertarians would be fair to consider. She said the eccentricity of the most fringe elements of libertarianism is a design feature, not a flaw.
“The words ‘weirdo’ and ‘eccentric’ come up because it’s a movement that actually accepts people,” she said. “You’re going to attract people who might feel like they don’t fit in somewhere else. You run the gamut. It’s fiscal conservative, suit-and-tie types to anarchists.”
The entire article can be found HERE.
(The 1964 Playboy Interview by Alvin Toffler with Ayn Rand, also mentioned in the full article above, is HERE.)