Full video of Libertarian Party presidential debate in Las Vegas

On May 16th, 2016, a presidential debate was held in Las Vegas, Nevada for candidates seeking the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination. Candidates John McAfee, Gary Johnson and Austin Petersen participated, with magician Penn Jillette serving as moderator. A video of the entire debate was uploaded to YouTube today.  (Via American Third Party Report)

11 thoughts on “Full video of Libertarian Party presidential debate in Las Vegas

  1. Shivany Lane

    WTF is up with Austin and Gary with regulations concerning Cosmetology?

    I managed 2 salons, anyone who wants to know about why you need some kind of regulations for this profession, let me know. The Owners of the salons don’t give a crap about sensitization and neither do the the large percentage of stylists. Would you like to risk getting HIV when you get a pedicure. Would you like to risk your life because you are a diabetic and a manicurist accidentally cuts you and it turns into a staph infection? Get serious already.

    Oh and while you are at, Google what Lice are and how quickly they spread.

  2. AMcCarrick

    Shivany Lane… nothing stops any of that from happening right now. People choose to do the things outlined in the “law” because they don’t want to be sued for causing harm to people, not because they have a desire to follow the law. They’d do whatever they had to do to ensure the safety of the customer if those rules were there or not. And if they didn’t they’d be driven out of business from a lawsuit. Let the market regulate itself through lawsuits and bankruptcy.

    If somebody wants to do any of things you mentioned, they will. Laws don’t prevent people from doing anything. If they did, there would be no murders, rapes, or theft.

  3. George Phillies

    Driving people out of business, after they have infected customers with HIV, is a totally losing approach to the matter. Once people are infected, it is totally too late.

  4. langa

    Phillies’ position assumes that business owners are idiots. Obviously, the threat of liability would force them to “regulate” themselves. To suggest otherwise reminds me of the old left-wing canard about how we need the FDA to, for example, keep cereal companies from lacing their products with cyanide. One does not turn a profit by killing one’s customers.

  5. Caryn Ann Harlos

    As if private regulating agencies wouldn’t do this. So sick of people wanting a bloated state system to do things at the coercion of everyone else.

  6. Be Rational

    So, GP, are you in favor of government regulation of business?

    My first hand experience trying to deal with foolish, expensive and dangerous government “safety” regulations tells me that no one is more competent than the business owners and managers to ensure the safety of their own business, employees and customers – and no person or group is no more incompetent that the government, it’s regulators and regulations.

    We have to fight stupid government rules that put everyone at risk. Rather than increasing safety, the imposition of arbitrary rules at our business would make it much less safe. Our experienced engineers on staff point out the particular situation and how we’ve handled it, but the arbitrary rules would make things worse. The government and its bureaucrats neither care nor think about the danger they cause. Just tick off the boxes on the list of rules – consequences be damned.

    We have to fight the rules, even though it costs more to fight them than to follow them, becuase the stupid government rules are so unsafe.

    We go out of our way and make expensive investments to make our business safe, but the government has no concept of what should be done – just a bunch of stupid rules that have no basis in the reality in any specific business or location. We want to do the right thing, in advance, because we care about people – and we know what to do – these are our customers, our employees, our families and our own selves who work, visit and make use of the facility. If we didn’t care about people, we’d still have a financial incentive to utilize the best possible safety devices and standards.

    The government bureaucracy has shown no interest in the people involved, no interest in the facts, no interest in what engineers tell them, they only care about the rules.

    Wake up. Government regulation never works.

  7. George Dance

    “WTF is up with Austin and Gary with regulations concerning Cosmetology?”

    Simple: they’re men, and they don’t use cosmetologists. So they’ve never had reason to think about the subject. One example (the abortion threads I’ve read here being another) of how the worry about this being a men’s movement is more than just “SJW talk”, as some would have it.

    I’d look for an answer would probably be along the lines of or dentists or optometrists: we’re fine with private certification, and in the absence of government making standards mandatory, there’d still be a role for that: one would expect informed consumers to check out certification themselves, and businesses to advertise them. But there’d be no monopoly: 2 certification bodies, or 5, could exist conceivably exist in a state; so would people certified in one state practising in another.

  8. langa

    Simple: they’re men, and they don’t use cosmetologists. So they’ve never had reason to think about the subject. One example (the abortion threads I’ve read here being another) of how the worry about this being a men’s movement is more than just “SJW talk”, as some would have it.

    This is silly. My mother worked in a beauty salon (that was owned by my aunt) for about 10 years, so I’ve thought about it plenty. Of course, that was back in the late ’70s and early ’80s, when, compared to the status quo, there were very few regulations on small businesses. Yet, amazingly, the beauty salon where my mother worked never had anyone complain about any health problems caused by any sort of malpractice. Unfortunately, my aunt later had to close the business (in the ’90s) due, in part, to the costs of trying to comply with the ever-increasing number of redundant and unnecessary new regulations.

    Some self-styled “libertarians” seem to think the Earth would crash into the Sun if the government wasn’t around to “regulate” its orbit.

  9. Jay Wildwood

    That is well over an hour of video. Anyone have a time stamp for the section we are discussing in the comments here? I do intend to watch the whole debate but would like a reference to the comments under discussion in the meantime.

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