Dave Smith on Big Tech Censorship, Lockdowns, and Running for President
“When it comes to the issues that the liberals are best on, we’re better than them on those issues,” says comedian and podcaster Dave Smith. “And when it comes to the issues that the conservatives are best on, we’re better than them at those issues. And so I just think that if [libertarianism] is presented the right way and articulated the right way, you can generate a lot of interest.”
Smith is a rising presence in Libertarian Party (L.P.) circles and he tells Reason that he’s considering running for the party’s presidential nomination in 2024. He says a major reason he expects to run is that even though the 2020 nominee, Jo Jorgensen, got the second-highest vote total in L.P. history, he thinks she didn’t push back hard enough on government lockdowns and overreach in its fight against COVID-19, which he sees as a missed opportunity to build a bigger libertarian movement.
A vocal opponent of wokeness and political correctness, Smith is quick to attack fellow libertarians whom he thinks are naive about how the state maintains i
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