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by Josh Guckert

In one of his most passionate interviews thus far, Gary Johnson interviewed on the Fox Buxiness Channel with Stuart Varney. The two first discussed the Constitution and applauded the University of Chicago for rejecting “safe spaces.” However, the interview became more confrontational when Varney suggested that Johnson might “split” the conservative vote and allow Hillary Clinton to become President.

Though the two remained respectful and contained, it was easily apparent that Johnson’s fervor was raised by the comments. He quickly defended himself, attacking Donald Trump for his authoritarian stances on trade and immigration, calling a vote for the Republican or the Democrat a “wasted vote.” Varney next turned Johnson’s position on marijuana, and Johnson quickly interjected, asking if he would rather put people in jail for the offense. He went on to defend himself for quitting his smoking of marijuana for the presidential election.

While slightly in jest, most libertarians would likely agree that this version of Johnson is inspiring. He artfully dismantled common big-government arguments against libertarian policies. He remained respectful and calm, while still exemplifying his passion and knowledge on the subjects. While many believe libertarians are silly for some stances, Johnson showed in the best way possible that it is the opposition who is even more silly.

If Johnson gets the opportunity to debate Clinton and Trump, this gusto would be welcome on the stage. His campaign tactics and style have improved over recent months, and this interview is only the most recently signal of that.

Watch the interview below:

About The Author

Josh Guckert
Associate Editor

Josh Guckert is a 25-year-old lawyer and has been a contributor to The Libertarian Republic since January 2015. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his BA in Political Science with a History Minor in 2013 before earning his JD in 2016. During his time in law school, he served as the Editor in Chief of the Pittsburgh Tax Review and Editorial Coordinator for the JURIST legal news service. He was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area. He is a 2013 graduate of Cato University, hosted by the Cato Institute. His largest areas of interest within the liberty movement include the protection of civil liberties and economic freedom. He is the former President of the Pitt chapter of Students for Rand and a former President of the Pitt Law chapter of the Federalist Society.

  • Dallas Brooks

    Great to see Gary bringing the passion in the fight against the tyranny of the thought-police generation!