Rob Lowe Embraces Libertarian Ideals, Scoffs at Political Labels

Rob Lowe, interviewed by Bill O’Reilly while promoting his new memoir, Love Life, didn’t mince words when it came to his views of the size of government.

The Parks and Recreation star said, "Individuals do a better job than collective big government.” The segment where government was discussed went like this: 

BILL O'REILLY: You also have said in your promoting of this book that you want less government intrusion. Is that correct?

ROB LOWE: I do. Yeah.

O'REILLY: But your pinhead friends in Hollywood they don't want, they want equality for everyone, which takes a massive government.

LOWE: Well, I'm -- equality for everybody is great. That would be amazing. I just think that individuals usually do a better job than collective big government.

O'REILLY: So you don't want the government to be telling you how to live, that's kind of a libertarian position.

LOWE: Well, that's funny, does that make me a libertarian? I'm a Hollywood pinhead, Bill, I don't know about political labels.

O'REILLY: The libertarians want less government and more personal freedom which I think is what you are saying.

LOWE: That is what I'm saying.

O'REILLY: So now you're a libertarian?

LOWE: So all this time shedding the dogma of political labels and you're telling me now I have to go back to living under political labels.

O'REILLY: No, no, it's not bad. You just have to hang out with Stossel which is very, very difficult.

LOWE: Well then I take it back.

O'REILLY: You know, I think, look, I'm not a libertarian but I don't think that the government can solve the problems that the government purports to be able to solve.

LOWE: And just for the record we do need government for a lot of big ticket items. Not total. 

Lowe has defended Ayn Rand in the past, tweeting of her definitive work, Atlas Shrugged, “Can someone explain the vitriol whenever Ayn Rand comes up? ‘Atlas’ is the greatest motivator for the individual that I can imagine.”


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