This recent interview of Libertarian Party presidential candidate Austin Petersen by UR Chicago Magazine was recently posted to Petersen’s Facebook page.
by Justin Tucker (UR Chicago Magazine)
It’s already a few weeks into 2016 and I’m already sick of hearing about the presidential election. I’m repulsed by the authoritarian garbage that spews out of Trump’s tiny mouth; Hillary is on her way to the next scandal she’ll get away with; and the Bernster sounds like a broken record quoting his dank memes while debating.
The major media outlets give little to no coverage to any candidate outside the Democrat/Republican alliance, which ensures Americans will be subject to eight more years under the rule of hacks, insiders or assholes. At a time when 42 percent of Americans identify as an independent, according to a recent Gallup poll, Americans are in dire need to hear the ideas of independent voices like Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Party candidate Austin Petersen.
Recently, I was able to shoot a few e-mails back and forth with Petersen, asking the fellow Missouri native to explain how he intends to govern as President, how big cities like Chicago can benefit from libertarian principles, and where he sees the Libertarian Party beyond the upcoming election.
UR Chicago: For those perhaps unfamiliar, please explain briefly what the Libertarian Party stands for and why you are the best candidate to lead America as President of the United States.
Austin Petersen: The Libertarian Party stands for individual liberty. This means economic freedom and personal liberty. The party attempts to run people for office who stand for the rights of every individual to have the freedom to choose what they do with their lives, provided they harm no one else.
I believe I would be the best candidate to lead our nation because, in spite of my belief in unregulated, free markets, I am not sponsored by any corporations, nor do I owe anyone anything. I am fully independent, and interestingly enough, I was born in Independence, Missouri.