Interview With Julie Borowski

Julie Borowski is a political commentator living in the D.C area. Her sincere as well as satirical political videos (which are commended for offering unique perspectives to common political issues) on YouTube have been viewed over 5 million times. Julie is an intelligent, colorful, humorous individual who is also an avid animal lover. Julie was awesome enough to connect with us to field some frequently asked questions that the American public often has about Libertarianism.

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1. Some people have come to identify themselves as Libertarian because they cannot fall in line with either major political party (democrat/republican) while others adhere strictly to the Libertarian philosophy, how would you define your own libertarian identity?
(Julie) I grew disillusioned with the Republican Party during the George W. Bush administration in high school. I knew I wasn’t a liberal Democrat so I felt politically homeless for some time. During that time, I discovered the word “libertarian” on an online forum and looked it up. I was pleasantly surprised to find out there were people who supported free market capitalism and a non-intervention foreign policy. I think the social issues took me a little bit, but I eventually came around after reading more libertarian literature. Now, I’m all, legalize it.
2. In the case with Sir Timothy Hunt, do you believe it was fair for the scientific community to antagonize him into resigning for his opinions about women? How would you deal with sexism (and racism,homophobia,etc) in a Libertarian society?
I read a bit on it and it looks like the whole thing was blown out of proportion. Was it the scientific community or feminists on social media? We’ve gotten to the point where anyone who says anything honest is going to get crucified online. It’s awful because it creates a chilling effect where people are afraid to speak their mind. It’s a good question, and I suppose sexism and racism would be dealt with similarly in a libertarian society. People can refuse to associate with people with those views or publicly shame them. There’s nothing unlibertarian about public shaming because it’s a good tool to use when appropriate. This particular situation? Eh. Overblown.
3. Ludwig Von Mises wrote a book (The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality) trying to psychologically figure out why intellectual leftists despised Capitalism so much, why do you think that even some highly intelligent people on the Left reject capitalism?

I’ve thought about this a lot. One of the main reasons, I think, is because of guilt. Most intellectual leftists are well-off financially. I guess when you have a butt load of cash and you see homeless people on the streets– some people start feeling guilty and believe that they don’t deserve what they’ve worked for. Take for instance, Russell Brand. He’s a millionaire who made his money because people wanted to buy his crap. Yet, he’s anti-capitalism. I’m like, shoot, Russell, if you feel so bad about being rich, go ahead and send me some of your money. Amirite?

4. What is your reaction to people who insist a Libertarian society is impossible because there would be no way to fund vital public resources such as roads, police and military without compulsory taxation?

I think an anarcho-capitalist society is more improbable than impossible. I mean, merely limiting the government is a tough battle. Unfortunately, it seems like most people want bigger government. The thought of getting rid of the state seems realllllly far away. “How is it going to happen?” is more my question. I’m a pessimist, though. Would it be impossible for a society to function without taxes? Probably not. I’m curious on how a few things would work out in practice, but sure, I’m for trying it out and seeing how it works. Seasteading seems like the quickest option. Though, living with a group of argumentative libertarians? I don’t know if I can handle more than me.

5. Considering the riots in Ferguson and Baltimore, a Libertarian highly respects private property but also despises police brutality, is there anything that ever justifies a riot in which private property is destroyed?
Nah. I can’t think of any. Those riots piss me off because they are destroying the property of people who had nothing to do with the situation at all. What did CVS ever do to you?!
6. How do you feel when you hear about a kids’ lemonade stand being shut down by local police? Do you think there is any merit to the “public health” argument or has society become too paranoid with safety concerns?
Horrible. I bet the police officer is even thinking, “what the heck am I doing?” No sane person supports shutting down kids lemonade stands. Our society is too freaking paranoid.  If you’re concerned about drinking lemonade made by kids without a government license, I got an idea, don’t buy lemonade from them.
7. Penn and Teller’s Bullshit crew asked Noam Chomsky – Do you feel that some colleges are becoming politically correct bastions of left-wing group-think brainwashing? How would you answer their question?
Yes. I was lucky enough to have a couple of libertarian professors and professors that appreciated dissent. But, there was plenty of liberal brainwashing going on. The sociology classes— oh man– those were the worst/best. I say best because I like to get reviled up and write rants. By the time I reached college, I was confident in my political views and had researched all other sides. So, the commie stuff didn’t rub off on me. The real danger is for the young people who haven’t heard all sides and start believing whatever their professor say without doing their own research. That’s why a big hope that I have for my YouTube channel is to expose people to arguments that they may have never heard before.
(Julie Borowski with Penn Jillette)
8. Do you believe that human beings inherently are more likely to prefer government paternalism or individual responsibility?
Government paternalism. I don’t know if it’s inherent in human nature or not, but humans tend to gravitate towards the familiar. People have grown used to the government goodies and don’t want to give them up. Freedom is unknown and therefore, it’s a scary concept. It’s more comfortable for government to provide them with their health care and education. Why change to something new? It’s a huge problem.
9. What argument against Libertarianism do you find to be the most obnoxious?
Libertarians hate the poor!” Yes, because the only way to help the poor is through government welfare. /sarcasm. There are many voluntary charities and organizations to help the poor that have a better track record of uplifting people than the government. The best way for someone to uplift themselves long term is to get a job and become financially stable. A libertarian society wouldn’t have those government regulations (like the minimum wage) that crush jobs and deter employers from hiring unskilled workers to help them climb up the economic ladder.
10. What issues, if any, are you most likely to disagree with other Libertarians?

It’s hard to say because libertarians are so diverse. Now, you have people from constitutionalists to anarcho-capitalists calling themselves libertarians. One issue is probably abortion. I think it’s immoral.


11. Progressives have a reputation of being very academic and intelligent, do you feel that people of higher intellect naturally gravitate toward progressive politics?
I don’t know what it is. As I said in an earlier question, some well-off people feel guilty about their wealth which would lead them to progressive politics. It might also be social pressures. Conservatives tend to be stereotyped as “dumb rednecks.” It’s not the prestigious thing to be. As you say, progressives have a reputation of being very intelligent which means that people who want to be seen as intelligent would gravitate towards it. It’s about the image of being progressive. I’ve notice that people I know who label themselves as progressive don’t really talk about politics that much. Maybe they just want to use it to signal that they’re “advanced” and are OK with gay people.
12. Some Libertarians were once very left-wing while others moved away from the republican side, did either party ever appeal to you at one point?
Yes. I was a weird kid who was interested in politics. I thought Bob Dole was awesome when I was 10. Then, I went into my neo-con phase after 9/11 and wanted to bomb everything. …I recovered.
13. If you could critique Michael Moore’s documentary, “Bowling for Columbine” what would be your strongest argument against his anti-gun ideals?
Speaking of liberal brainwashing, I watched this movie in Sociology class in college. Clearly, mass school shootings are tragic. An important question is: why do they keep happening in “gun free” zones? “No guns allowed” didn’t stop the shooter. It just disarms innocent people and leaves them defenseless. They have to call other people with guns (police) to come save them. During that time, this is especially true in Columbine, the shooter is able to kill at least a handful of people. If the other people were “permitted” to have guns, the shooter would have been stopped much sooner and might have never done it in the first place.
14. Do you think that feminism is diametrically opposed to Libertarian philosophy?
It depends. I know that there are “individualist feminists” who are libertarian minded. Some are trying to “take the word back.” I choose not to identify with the label because I find it too tainted and impossible to take back. Most feminists, though, are for bigger government. They want the government to solve issues which I fundamentally disagree with. That kind of liberal feminism is certainly diametrically opposed to libertarian philosophy.
15. Libertarians are often critiqued as being conservative – do you enjoy museums, art, science, philosophy, literature, and comedy?
I’m a simple person. Not much into hoity toity stuff. I do love stand up comedy though. My last show was Impractical Jokers. Daniel Tosh is my bro.

(Julie Borowski with Daniel Tosh)

16. Some hardcore idealists believe that society cannot have freedom until the State is torn down completely, do you believe that there is any practical application of Libertarian theory that could fix what’s wrong with American Politics today within the system?
It’s good to have radicals. They keep people honest. Liberty minded people who are working within the system have a different goal post in mind. I’d say they want to make life better as soon as possible. They’re focused on issues like decriminalizing marijuana, repealing the Patriot Act, getting rid of the ObamaCare mandates, eliminating mandatory minimum sentencing laws, stopping Internet taxes, etc. We don’t all have to have the same strategy. Work within the system or don’t. Do your own thing. Advance liberty in the best way you see fit. If you don’t like what some libertarian is doing to promote the philosophy then do it better.
17. Do leftists think you’re a republican and right-wingers think you’re a democrat? How do you feel about the two-dimensional paradigm in which people label one another politically?
All the time. I constantly get, “I’m unliking your page because you’re a libtard!” And vice versa, I’m apparently a right wing nutjob. It is what it is. People like the team mindset of politics. Team Red and Team Blue. It’s discouraging because people are so closed off from hearing other viewpoints. They think, oh no, this person is my enemy!!! They can’t possible have anything worth listening to!!! Shame, shame.
18. Libetarianism is often associated with older white guys, do you think the ideas will ever be widely popular among the youth of all backgrounds?

Is it? When I think of libertarianism, I tend to think younger people. Look at the Ron Paul campaign. The GOP political operatives were so confused on how Ron Paul was attracting so many young people. They were so jealous! The problem, as I mentioned above, is that a lot of young people just haven’t been exposed to libertarian ideas. The biggest struggle for libertarians is exposure. The message is sound. Freedom is an idea that should be appealing to young people. I hope they get to hear it.

(Julie Borowski with Ron Paul)
19. Many Americans have grown quite fond of their companion animals. Do you believe that animals are private property or should have some kind of rights?

This is a tough issue for me because I’m a huge animal person. People who abuse their animals are pieces of garbage. I don’t feel sorry for dogfighters who have had their dogs taken away. I’m not going to argue, “but it’s their property to do as they please” because screw ’em. A dog is different than a pickup truck that no ones cares what you do with it. It comes down to, don’t be trash.

20. If the world was coming to an end, what tracks would be on your playlist?

I only need one: Big Tymers- Still Fly


A personal favorite of mine from Julie’s YouTube Channel:

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