Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Wenzel Interview Style

Kevin Kalstein emails:
I actually meant to write this email last Sunday after listening to your Gary Johnson interview but it never made it past my "drafts" folder. I really like your interviewing style because you hold people's feet to the fire. I learned *far more* about Gary Johnson from your one interview than I had learned in the past year or so from all the YouTube videos and the couple of Republican primary debates that he was in (not that they allowed him to speak very much!) You really brought to light how shaky his economic "world view" might be (trusting CATO and Reason seemingly above all else). When you asked him about Henry Hazlitt and he answered with "liberty torches", it made me cringe. I also like that you gave him your honest appraisal after some of his answers (sort of like a teacher explaining the answer to a student after an oral exam).

Also, as I type this, I'm listening to your interview w/ Peter Schiff. I'm a huge fan of the guy but I loved that the first thing you asked him about was the Koch brothers meeting (again, holding people's feet to the fire). I accepted Peter's answer to that as well his him saying, at the time, he'd have considered the idea of the creation of the Federal Reserve. Actually I just heard the very end of your Schiff interview and you said something like "ignore his endorsement of the Fed". I laughed out loud!

A couple of things in closing. I just googled your name to see if you've written any books.
Note: The books are coming. The first is titled, "Why I Am A Libertarian Even Though There Are No Natural Rights", followed by a book on intellectual property.

1 comment:

  1. I also love your interview style, Mr. Wenzel. I wonder if Ron Paul is correct that most libertarians are born that way. I think most people, maybe even Peter Schiff, stumble along the way through trial and error which help develop philosophical principles. Of course, his father was a huge influence in his life with regard to Austrian economics and libertarianism. To put it too simply, I think many people compartmentalize whatever libertarian leanings they have because they do not live in a world that embraces it. Our masters have ensured this since the beginning of time. I always think about the baby elephant who has been chained to the ground and cannot break the chain. As the elephant matures, he can break the chain with ease, but he has been "mentally" broken. Only when enraged will he attempt to try and succeed. Of course, as humans, our anger needs to be directed at the true source of our problems. Most people hack at branches if they do even that. Lew Rockwell has always said that the Latin meaning of radical is to strike at the root of things, of problems.