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Jon Stewart's 19 tough questions for libertarians

Jon Stewart's 19 tough questions for libertarians

(28:15) In October 2011, Jon Stewart asked '19 questions for libertarians' to Libertarian judge Andrew Napolitano. Here, host of Freedomain Radio Stefan Molyneux responds to the 19 questions. The questions are:
0:06 - Is government the antithesis of liberty?
0:47 - One of the things that enhances freedoms are roads. Infrastructure enhances freedom. A social safety net enhances freedom.
2:02 - What should we do with the losers that are picked by the free market?
3:38 - Do we live in a society or don't we? Are we a collective? Everybody's success is predicated on the hard work of all of us; nobody gets there on their own. Why should it be that the people who lose are hung out to dry? For a group that doesn't believe in evolution, it's awfully Darwinian.
5:41 - In a representative democracy, we are the government. We have work to do, and we have a business to run, and we have children to raise.. We elect you as our representatives to look after our interests within a democratic system.
7:41 - Is government inherently evil?
9:03 - Sometimes to protect the greater liberty you have to do things like form an army, or gather a group together to build a wall or levy.
9:47 - As soon as you've built an army, you've now said government isn't always inherently evil because we need it to help us sometimes, so now.. it's that old joke: Would you sleep with me for a million dollars? How about a dollar? Who do you think I am? We already decided who you are, now we're just negotiating.
10:54 - You say: government which governs least governments best. But that were the Articles of Confederation. We tried that for 8 years, it didn't work, and went to the Constitution.
11:16 - You give money to the IRS because you think they're gonna hire a bunch of people, that if your house catches on fire, will come there with water.
11:56 - Why is it that libertarians trust a corporation, in certain matters, more than they trust representatives that are accountable to voters? The idea that I would give up my liberty to an insurance company, as opposed to my representative, seems insane.
13:38 - Why is it that with competition, we have such difficulty with our health care system? ...and there are choices within the educational system.
15:00 - Would you go back to 1890?
16:20 - If we didn't have government, we'd all be in hovercrafts, and nobody would have cancer, and broccoli would be ice-cream?
16:30 - Unregulated markets have been tried. The 80's and the 90's were the robber baron age. These regulations didn't come out of an interest in restricting liberty. What they did is came out of an interest in helping those that had been victimized by a system that they couldn't fight back against.
19:04 - Why do you think workers that worked in the mines unionized?
20:13 - Without the government there are no labor unions, because they would be smashed by Pinkerton agencies or people hired, or even sometimes the government.
20:24 - Would the free market have desegregated restaurants in the South, or would the free market have done away with miscegenation, if it had been allowed to? Would Marten Luther King have been less effective than the free market? Those laws sprung up out of a majority sense of, in that time, that blacks should not... The free market there would not have supported integrated lunch counters.
23:23 - Government is necessary but must be held accountable for its decisions.

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Guest: Turkish (1546 days ago)
Stefan says, rather conceitedly, "Well... it's really a shame when people who don't understand science use scientific metaphors". He follows this by reiterating Ayn Rand's observation, "Dog's don't eat each other in nature, let alone in the free market". Good job you understand science, Stefan, as you appear not to understand metaphors. Dog eat dog doesn't literally mean dogs eat other dogs as - it's - a - metaphor. Perhaps Stefan could share some of his self confidence with others. Maybe not.
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Stefan says, rather conceitedly, "Well... it's really a shame when people who don't understand science use scientific metaphors". He follows this by reiterating Ayn Rand's observation, "Dog's don't eat each other in nature, let alone in the free market". Good job you understand science, Stefan, as you appear not to understand metaphors. Dog eat dog doesn't literally mean dogs eat other dogs as - it's - a - metaphor. Perhaps Stefan could share some of his self confidence with others. Maybe not.
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Guest: Dafuq (1546 days ago)
So full of shit....
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So full of shit....
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Trolltrawler Trolltrawler (1546 days ago)
I asked a libertarian where the Harry Potter section was once.
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I asked a libertarian where the Harry Potter section was once.
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Guest: 0dnalgnec (1546 days ago)
this guy is a bloody moron! a fekin' "Ayn Rand quoting" moron! go fu*k yourself you bald CU*T! FU*K LIBERTARIANS!
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this guy is a bloody moron! a fekin' "Ayn Rand quoting" moron! go fu*k yourself you bald CU*T! FU*K LIBERTARIANS!
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Guest: Csaey (1543 days ago)
So your happy with a completely broke govt. that is rescinding all your rights, spying on you, sending young men and women to far off lands to be killed and kill, and at the same time making promises of social security etc , that it has no way of delivering so morons like you vote them back into power time and again?
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So your happy with a completely broke govt. that is rescinding all your rights, spying on you, sending young men and women to far off lands to be killed and kill, and at the same time making promises of social security etc , that it has no way of delivering so morons like you vote them back into power time and again?
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Guest: 0dnalgnec (1543 days ago)
Latest comment: your logical deduction skills are similar to those of a DOG, you stupid FU*K! this guy trying to make idiotic points is a fecking moron and you're one as well! you dumb CU*T!!
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Latest comment: your logical deduction skills are similar to those of a DOG, you stupid FU*K! this guy trying to make idiotic points is a fecking moron and you're one as well! you dumb CU*T!!
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Guest: this is SPARTA (1546 days ago)
This guy is intelligent but can turn off his empathy switch at will. That is why I fear people like this.
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This guy is intelligent but can turn off his empathy switch at will. That is why I fear people like this.
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Guest: Casey (1545 days ago)
The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Libertarians understand this....
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The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Libertarians understand this....
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Juniper Juniper (1546 days ago)
And all health problems are based on bad choices??
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And all health problems are based on bad choices??
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Guest: Casey (1545 days ago)
Nope, but many are, why should anyone be expected to pay for some one else's indulgences? Over eating, smoking, drinking, dangerous sports etc.
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Nope, but many are, why should anyone be expected to pay for some one else's indulgences? Over eating, smoking, drinking, dangerous sports etc.
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