Back in 1997, actor Kurt Russell was quoted by the Toronto Sun as saying: “I was brought up as a Republican, but when I realized that at the end of the day there wasn’t much difference between a Democrat and Republican, I became a libertarian.”
According to the Merriam Webster a libertarian is:
- An advocate of the doctrine of free will.
- A person who upholds the principles of individual liberty especially of thought and action.
For more, see this two minute video from Learn Liberty where Harvard’s Dr. Jeffrey Miron defines what it means to be a libertarian:
But, back to Russell who is currently promoting his upcoming role in Quentin Tarantino’s film The Hateful Eight. For decades Russell has been working in an industry that is politically more progressive and pro-gun control, and he often doesn’t talk about his political beliefs. But, they got a mention in an interview he did with The Daily Beast.
Russell told The Daily Beast:
“I’ve heard some pretty rough things through the years that were really undeserved, but the number one thing was my case was worse, because I couldn’t say, ‘I’m a Republican, sorry.’ I wasn’t a Republican, I was worse: I was a hardcore libertarian,
“I’m not a Bill Maher libertarian. That’s faux-libertarianism. He doesn’t know what it is. I like him, and he’s a nice guy, but seriously, that’s not libertarianism.
“The other thing I’ve found is that a lot of liberals in Hollywood are faux-liberals, and a lot of Republicans in Hollywood are faux-conservatives.”
The above answers were given after 64-year-old Russell talked about how another reporter hounded him during a now infamous discussion about gun control, which you can listen to here in a YouTube post by Robert Kraychik:
In The Daily Beast interview, Russell went on to say that as a young guy he didn’t buy into the predominant political culture, and instead researched what America’s Foundering Fathers were all about, and through that he discovered libertarianism.
“[The foundering fathers] were pretty radical guys, and damn smart, and I just believe in that old-time stuff, and think they had great ideas,” he said.
“Years later, I had the wonderful opportunity to go to the Cato Institute’s 20th anniversary and spend some real time with some amazing people. I met some great people there, and that cemented it for me.
“I felt, guess what, there is a place where I can have a conversation and not be laughed at or smirked at.”
Russell, who played Snake Plissken in the cult movie Escape From New York, went on to tell The Daily Beast that he believes in a limited Constitutional government and free market capitalism.
See Kurt Russell talk on The View on ABC about the gun control interviews, and on actors getting political: