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Carey left no doubts about his political philosophy in a November 1997 interview with Reason magazine. He had a quick answer when asked, “What’s your basic attitude toward government?” Carey said: “The less the better. As far as your personal goals are and what you actually want to do with your life, it should never have to do with the government. You should never depend on the government for your retirement, your financial security, for anything. If you do, you’re screwed.”

www.theadvocates.org/index.php/libertarianism-101/libertarian-celebrities/drew-carey/
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“I’m not a Republican. I’m not a Democrat, either. If I’m anything, I am Libertarian. Yes, I believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. That’s what I believe in. The rest of it is a bunch of horseshit. All that politically correct stuff is just political bullshit.

Jimmy Vaughan also endorsed 2008 Presidential candidate Ron Paul and performed at his “Rally for the Republic” event in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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“I like the way it was until 1913 [when the 16th Amendment was ratified, legalizing a federal income tax], when locally you had sales taxes and property taxes. That seems ethical to me, because I can move to a different neighborhood or area if I like the services they provide. To this day, your police department and your fire department are paid for with local taxes, and that makes sense, because you might use those. But the federal government looking into your books to decide what to take from you, that feels wrong.

Trusting the federal government to know what we need and to run things well feels like a bad idea. You see that in the foreign policy of force, where the United States decides to go into another country to make things turn out a certain way. It doesn’t work. It causes more problems. Just look at any of these undeclared wars. You’re suggesting at gunpoint that you’ll decide how things will go. The results haven’t gone well. I’ve been over to Afghanistan and Iraq. I’ve been with the USO. I’ve gone over with movies and done stuff. I care a lot about all the kids and families in those situations. It can’t be easy. But I don’t agree with a foreign policy that says you can send troops places without declaring a war and without having a plan to win the war. I would think you would look at Vietnam and suggest it wasn’t the best-laid plan.

I feel the same way domestically. If you look at America today, there’s a real want to use force for the issues people believe in. You want whatever you believe in to become law. You’re going to make this drug legal and that one illegal. I don’t think that’s the government’s job to decide. I think it’s up to the individual. We’re all different…We don’t all share the same consistent behavior, and the individual should be innocent until proven guilty. They should be allowed to decide what’s in their interest, what makes sense for them, unless they commit fraud or physical force or take someone’s property.”

www.theblaze.com/blog/2015/02/12/vince-vaughn-talks-libertarianism-with-playboy/


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"Now I call myself a bleeding heart libertarian. Because I do believe in the principles of Libertarianism as an ideal – because I'm an idealist. Paul Theroux's definition of a cynic is a disappointed idealist. So as you go through past your twenties, your idealism is going to be disappointed many many times. And so, I've brought my view and also – I've just realized this – Libertarianism as I understood it was very good and pure and we're all going to be successful and generous to the less fortunate and it was, to me, not dark or cynical. But then I soon saw, of course, the way that it gets twisted by the flaws of humanity. And that's when I evolve now into . . . a bleeding heart Libertarian. That'll do."

www.rollingstone.com/music/news/q-a-neil-peart-on-rushs-new-lp-and-being-a-bleeding-heart-libertarian-20120612
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Post: Are you political?

Yoakam: Yeah, but I don’t like to get into a discussion of it because that’s not what I do. I don’t know if, as a performer, I have the right to impose my political views on other people. My views might not always be that correct. There might be humor in them that could be misinterpreted. Now that I’ve said all that, libertarianism, the pure Jeffersonian ideal to me is appealing. I’m not an active member of the Libertarian Party, but I do think there is room for their concepts in our experiment in democracy. We are responsible for our actions. We should consider taking that road less traveled with less government. I guess I rambled into a pretty big ditch for a guy who didn’t want to talk about politics.

nypost.com/1999/08/20/the-dwight-stuff-traditional-pure-approach-serves-him-well/
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ALYONA MINKOVSKI, HUFFPOST LIVE: There was a radio interview that you did where you recounted a story of a woman coming up to you after Barack Obama’s election saying, “We won.” And then you said, “I voted for Gary Johnson.” What’s the story behind that? Did you really vote for Gary Johnson?

ANTWAN ANDRE PATTON AKA BIG BOI: Well, I was, you know, leaving to go out of town, and it was a lady — a Caucasian lady — and she was like, “Oh yeah, congratulations on y’all win last night,” you know, with like an attitude. And, you know, just to let her know I was on my P’s and Q’s, I was like, “I don’t know what you talkin’ bout, I voted for Gary Johnson.” And she looked shocked to even know that I knew there were other candidates on the ballot, you know what I’m saying? So, you can’t judge a book by its cover.

MINKOVSKI: Did you vote for Gary Johnson?

PATTON: Yes, I’m a Libertarian. I’m liberty, justice for all, liberty for all. I’m really pro-people, pro-freedom, and, you know, this is all about positivity. Like, you know, I have nothing against the president at all, you know, he’s a nice guy, but, it’s just, you know, the things that they’re standing on right now just didn’t agree with me. Anything that benefits the public and not just big banking, that’s what I’m with.

newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/noel-sheppard/2013/01/12/grammy-award-winning-rapper-big-boi-i-didnt-vote-obama-im
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Clint Eastwood’s son Scott–who definitely did NOT miss out on any of Clint’s ridiculously good-looking genes–gave an interview to his fans at “The Gaily Grind,” and told them:
I think everybody should be able to be with who they want to be with. My dad is the same way. He’s a total Libertarian – everyone leave everyone alone. Everyone live their own private life. And why does everyone gotta be all up in arms about it?
This does not come as a total surprise–Clint has made no secret of his distaste for Obama, and once told a reporter, “I don’t give a f—about who wants to get married to anybody else! Why not?! We’re making a big deal out of things we shouldn’t be making a deal out of … Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want.”

I like the libertarian view, which is to leave everyone alone. From a libertarian point of view, you would say, ‘Yeah? So what?’ You have to believe in total equality. People should be able to be what they want to be and do what they want — as long as they’re not harming people.

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PLAYBOY: How would you describe your politics?

OLDMAN: I would say that I’m probably a libertarian if I had to put myself in any category. But you don’t come out and talk about these things, for obvious reasons.

PLAYBOY: But there are a ton of conservatives in Hollywood, and libertarians too. Bill Maher has called himself a libertarian.

OLDMAN: I think he would fail the test. Anyway, unlike Bill Maher, conservatives in Hollywood don’t have a podium.

PLAYBOY: Fine. We’ll give you one. What would America look like under President Hillary Clinton?

OLDMAN: What can I say? I feel we need some real leadership, and it’s nowhere in sight. Look at what’s happening right now. John Kerry going off to China to talk about North Korea? What’s that going to do? The ludicrousness of it. What a waste of money. You’re going to go to the puppeteer and say, “Can you help me with the puppet?” As far as Hillary, I guess I feel like my character in The Contender, Shelly Runyon. He doesn’t want Joan Allen to become president; he just believes she isn’t the right person for the job. It’s nothing to do with the fact that she’s a woman, but he uses a bit of dirt on her to bring her down.

What prompted that particular exchange? This one:

OLDMAN: More and more, people in this culture are able to hide behind comedy and satire to say things we can’t ordinarily say, because it’s all too politically correct.

PLAYBOY: Do you have something in mind?

OLDMAN: Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a cunt—and I’ll go one better, a fucking useless cunt—I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it. Bill Maher could call someone a fag and get away with it. He said to Seth MacFarlane this year, “I thought you were going to do the Oscars again. Instead they got a lesbian.” He can say something like that. Is that more or less offensive than Alec Baldwin saying to someone in the street, “You fag”? I don’t get it.

PLAYBOY: You see it as a double standard.

OLDMAN: It’s our culture now, absolutely. At the Oscars, if you didn’t vote for 12 Years a Slaveyou were a racist. You have to be very careful about what you say. I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn’t share, but it’s not like I’m a fascist or a racist. There’s nothing like that in my history.

(reason.com/blog/2014/06/24/legendary-actor-gary-oldman-outs-himself)
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‘Need’ now means wanting someone else’s money. ‘Greed’ means wanting to keep your own. ‘Compassion’ is when a politician arranges the transfer.’” – John Stossel

Dare I brand John Stossel as the most well-known libertarian celebrity? He is a consumer reporter, investigative journalist, television show host, author and columnist- all while trasmitting libertarian and freedom-promoting ideas.

Stossel has an interesting story; he used to be a flaming liberal, but after years of reporting and journalism, he realized the error of his ways. Now he considers himself a full-blown libertarian and free-market advocate.
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When asked about his libertarian views, Russell said, “I wasn’t a Republican, I was worse: I was a hardcore libertarian. I’m not a Bill Maher libertarian. That’s faux-libertarianism. He doesn’t know what it is. I like him, and he’s a nice guy, but seriously, that’s not libertarianism.”

He said plenty of publicly political people in Hollywood are “faux-liberals” and “faux-conservatives,” and he came around to libertarianism after doing some reading on the Founding Fathers and attending a Cato Institute Event.

Russell mentioned Maher again as he explained that he’s been invited on a lot of TV shows to talk politics. He’s always declined, but lined out his personal philosophy thusly:

"I’m fair, I’m pretty energetic, and I’m pretty knowledgeable. I don’t pop off without finding out about stuff—and I like finding out about stuff, and don’t have that much of an agenda about it. I believe in limited Constitutional government, free market capitalism, reach for the brass ring. There’s this place where you can go do that and don’t step on anybody’s toes and still try to reach for the brass ring"


(www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/12/22/kurt-russell-talks-cowboys-guns-and-life-as-hollywood-s-most-hardcore-libertarian.html)
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Lowe once said, “… the individual needs to be more responsible for their own lives” instead of always thinking about “what the government can do for us.” Sounds pretty classically liberal to me. And he ardently defended Ayn Rand against the backlash when Paul Ryan’s admiration for her came out.
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Again, Bruce Willis never comes out and says, “I’m a libertarian”, but I added him to the list for this- and perhaps only this- quote:

In an interview about his new movie, the reporter started to ask him if he was a Republican. Willis interrupted him and said,

“I’m gonna stop you right there, and everybody write this down, because I’m sick of answering this [stupid] question. Let me answer that part of it. I’m a Republican only as far as I want a smaller government, I want less government intrusion. I want them to stop pissing on my money and your money and tax dollars that we give 50 percent of or 40 percent of every year. I want them to be fiscally responsible and I want these [silly] lobbyists out of Washington. Do that and I’ll say I’m a Republican… There’s tons, billions and billions of dollars being wasted. I hate the government, okay? I’m a-political. Write that down. I’m not a Republican.”
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The strong turn of Julian Assange and Wikileaks toward partisan electoral politics continued this weekend, as Assange told an online audience that he’s “a big admirer of Ron Paul and Rand Paul for their very principled positions in the U.S. Congress on a number of issues” and insisted that the libertarian wing the Republican Party represented the “only hope” for reform in American politics.

“It’s not going to come from the Democrats, it’s not going to come from Ralph Nader, it’s not going to come from the co-opted parts of the Republican Party. The only hope as far as electoral politics… presently, is the libertarian section of the Republican Party.”

(www.forbes.com/sites/tomwatson/2013/08/17/assanges-politics-rand-paul-and-libertarian-wing-of-gop-represent-only-hope-in-u-s/)
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“Tolerant, but not stupid! Look, just because you have to tolerate something doesn’t mean you have to approve of it! … “Tolerate” means you’re just putting up with it! You tolerate a crying child sitting next to you on the airplane or, or you tolerate a bad cold. It can still piss you off!” — Mr. Garrison

As many of you probably know, Trey Parker and Matt Stone are the creators of South Park. They are known for their “libertarian” leanings and both have alluded to their hatred for both sides of the political spectrum.”

And, when asked about being a libertarian in a recent Reason interview with Nick Gillespie and Jesse Walker, they each responded like this:

Trey: “I still don’t really know the answer to that question. I think I am, though.”

Matt: “I think it is an apt description for me personally, and that has probably seeped into the show. But we never set out to do a libertarian show.”

Although the show isn’t exactly “libertarian”, it should still be celebrated for at least going against the mainstream liberal and conservative dribble.
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Indeed, the soft media consensus is that Bezos (who has donated in the past to the Reason Foundation) is a quiet libertarian, though thankfully not the scary kind. "People who know Mr. Bezos describe his political views as libertarian, with a small 'l,'" The New York Times reported. "Widely believed to be libertarian, [Bezos] makes few public appearances [and] carefully guards his privacy," says The Seattle Times. New Yorker Editor David Remnick cut to the heart of the anxiety: "If Bezos is a libertarian, however, he is not one in the deeply conservative mold of the Koch brothers."

reason.com/archives/2013/08/06/jeff-bezos-and-the-great-beyondists
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Wales is an outspoken atheist and an adherent of Objectivism, a philosophy popularized by author Ayn Rand. Objectivism privileges individualism, capitalism and reason. He identifies as a libertarian though he is not a supporter of the Libertarian Party.

“The real struggle is not between the right and the left — that’s where most people assume — but it’s between the party of the thoughtful and the party of the jerks. And no side of the political spectrum has a monopoly on either of those qualities.”

“Simply having rules does not change the things that people want to do. You have to change incentives.”
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During the 2012 Presidential elections Kelly Clarkson had this to say about then Presidential candidate, Ron Paul.
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