"The way the media tend to present Libertarians is that we’re conservatives, or we’re people with money who want to smoke dope. And it’s really not true at all for me. I do not come to Libertarianism because I’m a really successful businessperson, or a CEO, or because I have to fight regulations..."
"I really come to it from a purely hippie point of view. I have always been a peacenik... I started thinking that one really good definition of government is that government is supposed to have a monopoly on force. The government is the guys with the guns, and we are the people who tell the government what they can do. So in my morality, I shouldn’t be able to tell anyone to do something with a gun that I wouldn’t do myself." - Newsweek
Penn Jillette has been quite outspoken about his support of Libertarians. The example above is from a 2016 speech at a CATO
event, and shared on Newsweek
. In this YouTube video from 2011
, he spoke of the same political leanings: “I voted Libertarian for many years now; 25 years or whatever..." (Getty)