Libertarian Presidential Debate

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Libertarian Presidential Debate

-By Caleb Jones

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No, none of these guys are going to get even 5% of the vote, much less win any elections, but many of you have been emailing me with basic questions about the libertarian stance. This is a good video that covers many of the basics. As an added bonus, one of the debaters is none other than my favorite crazy old Alpha Male, John McAfee! Yay! (He's the coolest man over 60 in the universe. I'm going to try to interview him soon.)

After watching this debate and comparing it to any Democrat or Republican debate, you'll see how common-sense a lot of these solutions are.

A few points that stood out to me:

- As Gary Johnson pointed out, Libertarian doesn't mean "poor people all starve." Government can still help people, provided it's people who deserve help and it's done at the local level. I already explained this here. The problem isn't about having zero welfare state, it's that the US and Europe have gone mad with welfare state to ridiculous, insane and unsustainable extremes.

- The US Department of Commerce promotes corporatism, not capitalism.

- The federal government gives every state 11 cents for every education dollar it spends. The problem is it mandates the state to spend 15 cents of requirements for this 11 cents.

- The Department of Education was established under Jimmy Carter. How has the US educational system improved in any way since Jimmy Carter?

- We have terrorism because we get too involved in other country's affairs, as I already explained here.

- McAfee points out that we're 20 years behind both China and Russia in terms of cyber-security, and there are ways to track terrorists and protect ourselves from them without violating the privacy of private citizens.

- "Foreign Aid" is not about food or medicine for starving people. It's about propping up corrupt government leaders in foreign lands.

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This article was originally published on April 11, 2016

Comments


  • Jack Outside the Box 2016-04-11 07:00:25

    "This video is no longer available because the uploader has closed their youtube account."

  • Caleb Jones 2016-04-11 09:09:21

    Damn YouTubers. Fixed. The video is a little jerky but it works now.

  • Tim 2016-04-11 11:49:04

    I can probably help you get in contact with McAfee. He lives in the next town over from me, and one of my good friends has interviewed him for our local newspaper (He's a hell of a character). If you'd like, I'll see if I can get his contact info from her.

  • Caleb Jones 2016-04-11 12:48:28

    I thought he was living in Portland, but yeah, do it. Email me whatever you have.

  • Gil Galad 2016-04-12 10:40:30

    CJ, are you notified on new comments posted on old articles ? I had a question for you but it felt off topic and I don't know if you'll see it if I post it on the relevant article.

  • Caleb Jones 2016-04-12 11:02:38

    CJ, are you notified on new comments posted on old articles ? I had a question for you but it felt off topic and I don’t know if you’ll see it if I post it on the relevant article.
    Yep. Go for it.

  • David 2016-04-12 16:38:13

    Wow, great to see the Libertarians get a little love from the mainstream media. Overall, I found myself agreeing with John McAfee the most. But as other's have said in the comments of these videos, any of these candidates would be a significant improvement over the Dem/Rep. candidates. By the way, hope you get interview McAfee soon. Seems like one cool, intelligent dude to hang around.

  • Gluteus_Maximus 2016-04-14 19:45:07

    Wow, McAfee's voice is straight up a gift from God. It almost makes me swoon like a little girl. Lmao Despite all the headlines and controversy, I never bothered to look into the guy until your article. Found myself completely immersed with interview after interview after interview, even taking a slight look into DefCon and the hacker community. I'm quite computer literate. Not advanced, but much higher than average, I build my own machines. But he makes me wish I was more of a computer programming nerd. Lmao only a super awesome guy can make that shit seem really cool. I see what you mean when you say coolest over 60 year old "in the universe." And I had never pieced together the larger, bigger perspective of cyber-science-security. It just never occurred to me. The guy is a genius. Thanks for mentioning him. I always fucking Love finding out about Badass Motherfuckers.

  • Caleb Jones 2016-04-15 14:55:17

    Definitely. I could write an entire book about John McAfee. He's that interesting.

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