Arnold Schwarzenegger, libertarian?

Jacob Sullum has a short piece up at reasononline, that seems pretty encouraging about the recently announced Schwarzenegger candidacy for governor of California:

What was the Terminator doing at an anniversary celebration for a libertarian think tank?

The Reason Foundation (which publishes Reason magazine, where I work) may be based in Los Angeles, but it’s a world away from the glamour of the movie business. The only plausible explanation for Schwarzenegger’s presence was a genuine interest in the ideas promoted by the foundation, which focuses on maximizing individual freedom and minimizing government.

That impression was confirmed by the actor’s enthusiasm for Milton and Rose Friedman’s PBS series Free to Choose, which explores the connections between personal, political, and economic freedom. When the series was reissued in 1991, Schwarzenegger taped an introduction in which he said:

“I come from Austria, a socialistic country. There you can hear 18-year-olds talking about their pension. But me, I wanted more. I wanted to be the best. Individualism like that is incompatible with socialism. I felt I had to come to America, where the government wasn’t always breathing down your neck or standing on your shoes.”

Sounds pretty good to me. This should be fun..


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