The success of former Congressman Ron Paul’s presidential runs and the availability of so much free and cheap literature, communities, and activism that the Internet now affords us, libertarianism is experiencing a renaissance that Murray Rothbard and Ludwig von Mises could have never dreamed of.
More and more people do not identify as Republicans or Democrats, oppose the surveillance state and U.S. interventions abroad and are attracted to the consistent defense of individual liberty that libertarians offer than ever before. Over and over again, libertarians are vindicated in their warnings against the dangers of centralized power, bailouts, stimuluses, foreign wars and the boom-and-bust economy created by the Federal Reserve system.
While millennials make up the largest percentage of those that call themselves libertarian, brought to you by Robert Taylor of PolicyMic.com, here are 9 incredibly successful people that you probably didn’t know are also libertarians.
The star of Swingers, Wedding Crashers, and Old School is one of the most outspoken libertarians in a Hollywood dominated by limousine liberals. Vaughn endorsed Ron Paul for president in 2012 and even hosted him and his wife Carol at the premier of Vaughn’s Couples Retreat. In return, Vaughn has also been a guest at Paul’s annual family barbecue in Lake Jackson, Texas. In 2011, Vaughn introduced Paul at the Libertarian Political Action Committee in Reno, Nevada.
In an interview with Adam Carolla, Vaughn said that his parents’ hardworking, self-reliant background helped shape his personal political views. “I think that what you come, as you get older, you just get less trust in the government running anything,” Vaughn told Carolla. “And that you start to realize when you really go back and look at the Constitution and the principles of liberty, the real purpose of government is to protect the individual’s right to, sort of, think and pursue what they have interest in.”
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