Monday, June 06, 2011

Frank Turner is a Libertarian

Frank Turner performed and interviews on a recent episode of JBTV.  During one of the segments Turner was asked about comparisons that have been made between him and Billy Bragg and Woody Guthrie, two extremely well known folksy leftists, to which he responded that he’s not a leftist but a libertarian.    

And in a related story, Mr. Turner is hitting the road this fall and will be playing OKC at The Conservatory on October 5th.

Frank Turner’s latest album is entitled England Keep My Bones and is available today. You can hear it streaming here.

Thanks to Dying Scene for the find.


Patti said...

I was surprised to discover that FT is a libertarian and wonder what he means by it. I came across your blog looking for info and hope you don't mind me commenting.

I just hate to think of him being as scary as Ron Paul and the Tea Party people, but maybe I'm missing something?

Otter Limits said...

I would think Turner might mean he is a "classic" libertarian as opposed to the current "tea party" incarnation.

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Dave said...

Hey Patti -- I don't mind you commenting at all, in fact I appreciate it. I'm in agreement with Otter. I think that Mr. Turner is a libertarian in the classical sense.

And on that note, I think that it is safe to say that neither Ron Paul nor the Tea Party (generally speaking since it is a party made up of individuals and all) are actual libertarians. In the case of Paul, he is a conservative with some libertarian tendencies but he is not an actual libertarian.

I hope this helps. Please feel free to stop by anytime! :o)

Patti said...

Hi Dave. Thanks! Your and Otter's comments do help. Although the more I look into it, I still have to wonder which classical sense. : ) There seem to be many facets to libertarianism--just as with any political philosophy.

Dave said...

I suspect that Mr. Turner is a libertarian in Thomas Jefferson / John Locke sense but I don’t know for sure. That’s something I’d love to ask him if I ever got the chance to interview him.

Patti said...

I think you're right. He comments on his forum that he thinks the founding fathers were pretty neat. The thread's here.

I never would have considered them libertarian myself, although that does make sense. Just hard to reconcile my love of Thomas Jefferson with my disdain for Ayn Rand. ; )

Definitely a good question for an interview with him. I hope you get the chance.

Anna said...

Bit late... but he's definitely more in the classical liberal mould than the Ayn Rand fanboy one.