Nick Gillsepie is arguably America’s most respected and perhaps most well known Libertarian voice. He is editor in chief of Reason.tv and Reason.com, the online platforms of Reason, the libertarian magazine of “Free Minds and Free Markets.” The two sites draw over 4 million visits per month and have been named among the nation’s best political sites by Playboy, Washingtonian, National Journal, and others. Gillespie is co-author, with his Reason colleague Matt Welch, of The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong With America. The Daily Beast has named Gillespie one of “The Right’s Top 25 Journalists,” calling him “clear-headed, brainy…[and] among the foremost libertarians in America.” He is a two-time finalist for digital National Magazine Awards for his work.
Gillespie served as Reason magazine’s editor in chief from 2000 to 2008. Under his direction, Reason won the 2005 Western Publications Association “Maggie” Award for Best Political Magazine. Gillespie originally joined Reason‘s staff in 1993 as an assistant editor and ascended to the top slot in 2000. In 2004, Gillespie edited the book Choice: The Best Of Reason, an anthology of the magazine’s best articles. The Washington Post featured Gillespie’s tenure at Reason magazine, asking, “Which monthly magazine editor argues that the spread of pornography is a victory for free expression? And that drugs from marijuana to heroin should not only be legalized, but using them occasionally is just fine? And is also quite comfortable with gay marriage? The answer is Nick Gillespie, libertarian and doctor of literature, who…is injecting [Reason magazine] with a pop-culture sensibility.”
Gillespie’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, Slate, Salon, Time.com, Marketplace, and numerous other publications. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television networks such as National Public Radio, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox Business, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, HBO, and PBS. He has worked as a reporter for several New Jersey newspapers and as an editor at several Manhattan-based music, movie, and teen magazines. He is almost certainly the only journalist to have interviewed both Ozzy Osbourne and Nobel laureates in economics such as Milton Friedman and Vernon Smith.
Here “The King Of Kamelot” sits down with one of America’s most unique voices, Nick Gillespie, in the beautiful Reason Magazine offices in Washington DC, right after an epic appearance on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher where he debated Rachel Maddow, Mark Ruffalo, and Bill Maher, to talk about what it means to be a Libertarian, his new book “Declaration Of Independents”, his thoughts on one of the most epic debates on a talk show you will ever see when he squared off on Bill Maher, my interviews with Libertarian Presidential Candidate Governor Gary Johnson and Penn Jilette, the current political climate and election, the Supreme Court decision to keep Obamacare, why he believes Mitt Romney is a dud, the reason he is holding Broccoli during the interview, and soo much more! Enjoy Kade Nation!!
And here is Nick on Real Time With Bill Maher and CNN’s OutFront With Erin Burnett right before sitting down with me!