For instance, the New York Times magazine did a story on Aug. 7, 2014, titled “Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?” And Time magazine published an opinion piece on Feb. 5 titled “Libertarianism Is on the Verge of a Political Breakout.”
Increasingly people are fed up with the nation’s two-party system. They realize that Republicans and Democrats are essentially the same, distinguished only by the special interests they’re each beholden to.
Getting elected to national office is all about campaign fundraising. Corporations and industry groups lead the way and expect something in return for their money. So, politicians in Congress and the White House answer more to them than to their official constituents.
Libertarians believe in less government and more personal freedoms. Candidates describe themselves as fiscally conservative, but socially liberal.
One of my favorite publications, Reason magazine, and its website, Reason.com, carries the torch for libertarian thinking. It’s a great resource.
Reason occasionally spotlights celebrities with libertarian beliefs. Since I run a pop culture and entertainment blog, I thought I’d list some here.
18 prominent libertarian celebrities
- Vince Vaughn, actor
- Drew Carey, actor, comedian and TV show host
- Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of “South Park” and “The Book of Mormon”
- John Stossel, crusading TV journalist and author
- Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia
- Penn Jillette, magician, actor, author
- Clint Eastwood, actor and director
- Tom Selleck, actor
- Kurt Russell, actor
- Kelly Clarkson, singer
- Gary Oldman, actor
- Jeremy Irons, actor
- Howard Stern, radio and TV show host
- Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for rock band Rush
- Adam Carolla, radio and TV show host
- Big Boi, musician, producer and member of Outkast
- James Deen, porn actor
- Belle Knox, porn actress
Libertarian Celebrities & VIPs (Advocates for Self-Government)
9 Extremely Successful People You Never Knew Were Libertarian (Mic; March 7, 2014)
Ten Celebrities You Probably Knew Were Libertarians (Reason; March 9, 2014)
List of libertarians in the United States (Wikipedia)
Porn Star Belle Knox Is Remaking Herself As A Libertarian Activist (Jan. 29, 2015)
Porn Star James Deen Is a Raging Libertarian, Hates Affirmative Consent (Reason; Nov. 12, 2014)
Legendary Actor Gary Oldman Outs Himself as a ‘Libertarian’ (Reason; June 24, 2014)
Hollywood Actor Goes Full Libertarian On Mayor Bloomberg, Slams ‘Terrible’ Nanny Statism (The Blaze; April 4, 2013)
Big Boi, Of Outkast, Explains Voting For Gary Johnson Over Obama (Huffington Post; Jan. 11, 2013)
A Refresher on Clint Eastwood’s Libertarian Politics (Reason; Aug. 31, 2012)
Photo: TV journalist John Stossel.