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

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

Big Think - 2016-08-20

Take a deep breath, you're in for a ride. Here is Penn Jillette on Libertarianism, taxes, Trump, Clinton, Sanders, Gary Johnson, sex, drugs and Kurt Cobain. Jillette's latest book is 'Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales' (goo.gl/jJDkz1). Read more at BigThink.com: bigthink.com/videos/penn-jillette-on-libertarianism-for-beginners Follow Big Think here: YouTube: goo.gl/CPTsV5 Facebook: facebook.com/BigThinkdotcom Twitter: twitter.com/bigthink Transcript - 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. Read Full Transcript Here: goo.gl/00HG5v.