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Why Does Bill Maher Claim To Be A Libertarian?

Is he unaware of the definition?

by Anonymousreply 3805/04/2013

Does he still say that? I thought he dropped it and says he is a democrat now.

by Anonymousreply 104/30/2013

That's new R1, please confirm. Maybe Ron Paul scared him out of it. The face of Libertarian.

by Anonymousreply 204/30/2013

He doesn't. He did a New Rules on why he's abandoning the movement.

I don't think he's a democrat either. He just says he's a "sane person."

by Anonymousreply 304/30/2013

Its hard to be a anything when there are so few choices and they all have so many qualifications.

by Anonymousreply 404/30/2013

During the Bush (and even late Clinton) years, many disgruntled progressives started identifying as libertarian. I think this was due to the weak-kneed Democrats that were seen as not doing much of anything. I think this is changed considerably since then, and since the Rand Pauls of the world have hijacked libertarianism.

by Anonymousreply 604/30/2013

R5, you're an idiot.

Anyone who says Democrats are "barely distinguishable from Republicans" is clearly blind or just plain stupid.

by Anonymousreply 704/30/2013

Librarians are hotter

by Anonymousreply 804/30/2013

[quote]It's not a stretch to say Reps and Dems are very similar.

Yeah. It is.

Look at the votes... Democrats almost all in favor of a minimum wage increase or equal rights for women or gays, and Republicans almost all opposed. You can't draw sharper distinctions.

You don't know what the fuck you're talking about.

by Anonymousreply 1004/30/2013

And there are countless other examples where Democrats have had chances to push liberal/progressive goals yet have NOT done it. Obama has had chances where Republicans have been utterly crushed and he could have pushed for change, yet did NOT do it. He WANTS to do the grand bargain, he WANTS to cut SS etc. He has done so many things in order to try and not piss of Reps. Please watch The Young Turks. They are TRULY progressive, they have praised Obama a lot but also critized him a lot for being an establishment pleaser, and critized his followers for believing blindly that he is left-wing.

by Anonymousreply 1104/30/2013

IA, the Young Turk always tells it like it is and he's not afraid to say what a piece of shit Obama is in so many ways.

At this point though there is nothing we can do to Obama. Obviously Obama has no conscience or ability to be shamed and he will never run for office again.

We have to go after the Dems in Congress and the Senate.

by Anonymousreply 1304/30/2013

Young Turk at R9/R13,stop shilling for your channel.We here only need those YouTube spammers that say ``Before you ignore me ,just give me a chance.I`m a 16 year old rapper/EDMproducer...``

by Anonymousreply 1404/30/2013

Not young Turk paranoid R14, but definitely a fan of his politics.

by Anonymousreply 1504/30/2013

Rand Paul and Paul Ryan aren't true Libertarians. Libertarian ideology suits their agenda sometimes so they claim it. But when it doesn't (gay rights, abortion, etc.) they drop it and don't even pretend to be logically consistent.

by Anonymousreply 1604/30/2013

I'll bet his ass smells like Brylcream.

by Anonymousreply 1704/30/2013

[quote]It's not a stretch to say Reps and Dems are very similar. As I'm not a real American, I can see that very clearly.

by Anonymousreply 1804/30/2013

[quote]At least they admit they are GOP.

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 1904/30/2013

[quote]TheYoungTurks on YouTube are more liberal than ANY news network, yet they are not afraid to critize him harshly now and the

I thought they were Armenian slaughter deniers.

[quote]Rand Paul and Paul Ryan aren't true Libertarians. Libertarian ideology suits their agenda sometimes so they claim it. But when it doesn't (gay rights, abortion, etc.) they drop it and don't even pretend to be logically consistent.

Agreed.

by Anonymousreply 2104/30/2013

21. They show is led by a Turkish guy and the main co-host is Armenian so it's nothing to do with that. I'm just saying they're a great show for people who actually care about the truth and how liberal it really is. I thought DL was mainly liberals, so I thought people would like a show with true liberal opinions and not just another CNN and MSNBC who never dares to challenge politicians.

by Anonymousreply 2204/30/2013

However you feel about him, I highly recommend the HBO series he produces, VICE. Documentary film crews travel the world examining economic disparities and how they shape society and culture. It's very well done. I think it's on Friday nights.

by Anonymousreply 2304/30/2013

The last show I saw they went to China to examine the one-child only law resulting in a surplus of millions of men, who vie for rare single women in ridiculous public skits like karaoke contests to "win" a date. The main attraction is money as a married male in China has to support both his and his wife's entire family.

Then they went to Madrid and Athens to interview participants of the riots taking place there over austerity measures.

Fun and educational.

by Anonymousreply 2404/30/2013

R20...to censor an opinion you don't agree with? Wow, that's pretty evil.

by Anonymousreply 2504/30/2013

Who can anyone even think that Obama is a socialist?

by Anonymousreply 2604/30/2013

Bill's left leaning on social issues, but has some libertarian leanings.

by Anonymousreply 2704/30/2013

Probably his libertarianism means he read "Anarchy, State, and Utopia" thirty years ago.

by Anonymousreply 2804/30/2013

He absolutely stated that he liked many of the tenets of the Libertarians, but he never claimed to be one, and yes, Ron Paul was the last nil in the coffin for his interest in the Party.

For now, he's a somewhat disillusioned Democrat.

by Anonymousreply 2905/01/2013

Maher likes the usual Libertarian stance on drugs and sex, as do all intelligent people. He also *sometimes* likes their stance on international military interventions, as do all intelligent people.

The rest of the crazy as a shithouse rat ramblings we get from the Pauls, pere and fils, are either completely useless, obviously destructive or bold-faced lies.

And to whomever the functionally retarded specimen is who doesn't understand or recognize the difference between Republicans and Democrats, I direct your attention to every goddamned vote and filibuster in Congress for the last four and a half years. Further, please examine the batshit legislation Republicans are enacting in states where they have control. Note how similar draconian and inhumane legislation dies in states controlled by Democrats. Then please shut the fuck up. Moron.

by Anonymousreply 3005/01/2013

Thank you, R30.

by Anonymousreply 3105/01/2013

The Repub vetersn on last night was smokin hot. Who is he?

by Anonymousreply 3205/04/2013

Look at the way he conducts his private life and the way an adult like Ron Paul does and tell me who's the real weirdo. I don't know why he ever called himself a libertarian. He's just your typical Hollywood degenerate who refuses to mature; Charlie Sheen with a college education.

by Anonymousreply 3305/04/2013

[quote]Look at the way he conducts his private life and the way an adult like Ron Paul does and tell me who's the real weirdo.

That's easy: Ron Paul. A fucked up tin-hat conspiracy theorist and complete nutcase who just happens (like a stopped clock) to be right on two or three issues (but of course for all the wrong reason).

[quote] I don't know why he ever called himself a libertarian.

I'm not entirely convinced he ever did... but if he did it was most likely a reference to a [italic]classical[/italic] libertarian, not these bizarre new counter-factual, Ayn Rand worshiping, racist-white-male based "libertarianism" that exists today.

by Anonymousreply 3405/04/2013

Whatever his political leanings, he remains aggressively ignorant on vaccines.

by Anonymousreply 3505/04/2013

Is there a thread on last night's show? Jeremy Scahill and that Iraq war vet...some eye candy!

by Anonymousreply 3605/04/2013

Bill Maher is an idiot. I don't know how he keeps a show.

by Anonymousreply 3705/04/2013
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