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HBO: Real Time With Bill Maher- Penn Jillette Explains His Libertarian Philosophy

September 5, 2014

Penn JilletteSource: This piece was originally posted at FRS Real Life Journal

If you listen to the Republican Party in recent years, like the Tea Party movement, you might think they are the individual freedom, limited government, anti-government political party. “Let free people live their own lives and be free, we shouldn’t spend more than we take in. And should only spend more than we need to”. Unless you focus on social issues like marijuana, abortion, gay marriage, practice a non-Christian religion or no religion at all, sleep with or pay a prostitute, sell yourself for sex, gamble your own money have an adulterous affair, because you aint getting enough at home, check out pornography etc.

And if you have a pretty good understanding of American politics you might think, actually they sound more like an authoritarian big government party to me. What happened to the limited government individual freedom of choice party. If you listen to the Democratic Party at least the activists in the party except for the Progressive Caucus and their allies you might think they are the individual freedom, limited government party. “Let free people live freely and live their own lives”. If you hear their positions on gay marriage, immigration reform, civil rights, anti-war, drug reform, decriminalization of Marijuana.

All issues I tend to agree with the Left and Right on as a Liberal Democrat. Until you get to the Progressive Caucus and their positions on economic policy with all the tax cuts they want to repeal and new taxes they want to pass to double the size of the Federal Government. Take away our freedom of choice in health insurance if not health care all together, as well as all the high taxes they would impose.

If the Progressive Caucus/Progressive Party bringing their version of what progressivism is building a Great Society through government and high taxes people “don’t worry about living your own lives and making it on your own. We’ll do that for you by taking your money away and giving you back what we feel you deserve” ever got into power and you may say to yourself, again if you follow American politics. “Wait a minute these Progressives aren’t big believers in individual freedom, limited government, freedom of choice either”.

At least not on economic policy, I don’t like big government socialism either. And if you’re a Liberal such as myself or a Libertarian, you take the positions that you get to keep most of the money you earn. Smoke a joint, be in love and marry someone of the same-sex. Defend yourself, watch a porno flick, pay someone to have sex, sell yourself for sex. Without your big Uncle Sammy getting on you about it and grounding you and locking you in a room until you learn your lesson.

If you’re a believer in individual freedom and freedom of choice, great we have a big club, but we are always looking for new members. Membership is free and you won’t have to pay taxes on it, as long as the Progressive Caucus is not in power and you won’t have Uncle Sammy breathing down your neck because he thinks you might be a terrorist because you support Individual Freedom, as long as long as Neoconservatives aren’t in power either.

Uncle Sammy has already been banned from our club anyway, we just have one rule though and you have to pass a test first. You have to know what limited government and individual freedom are before you can join the club.

HBO: Real Time With Bill Maher- Penn Jillette Explains His Libertarian Philosophy

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