Nick Offerman loves single malt whisky so much, he decided to open up his own single malt whisky stand in Scotland. Hmmm, then the bureaucracy kicked in. You see why we “shine” over here!
Nick Offerman is disappointingly not as libertarian in real life as the beloved Ron Swanson character he portrayed in the series Parks and Recreation. But in a new video released a few days ago, Offerman gets a taste Swanson’s anti-government sentiment when he tries to open a whiskey distillery and is met with obstacles from the state.
Offerman’s love of whiskey may be the issue that turns him from statist celebrity, to libertarian hero.
Offerman has been painstaking leftist on Second Amendment issues and endorsing political candidates — a huge contrast from the character that has become a reference point for libertarians attempting to explain their political beliefs to family members, who have no idea what it means to be neither Democrat nor a Republican.
Now, instead of getting glaze-eyed stares when talking about Ron Paul at the family dinner table, you can end your rant on Lockean property rights, by saying, “You know, just like Ron Swanson in that episode of Parks and Recreation,” and suddenly your family is nodding along in understanding.
While Offerman has not been a champion of liberty in his offscreen life, his love of fine whiskey may be the one issue that turns him from statist celebrity, to libertarian hero.
In his video entitled, Nick Offerman’s ‘The Offerman Distillery’, the actor attempts to open his own distillery but soon learns that the government requires an occupational permit in order to do so. Confused and irritated that opening a distillery is such a monstrous bureaucratic feat, Offerman highlights one of the most frustrating forms of government red tape, preventing otherwise productive individuals from earning an honest living.
Expressing his desire to combine his love of whiskey with his love of doing good for other people, Offerman tells his viewers why this distillery is so important to him. Wanting to open his appropriately named “Offerman Distillery” in Scotland’s Aisle of Sky, he stakes his sign in the fresh ground and sets off to work.
Aptly demonstrating how all governments seek to control the economies of their various nations, Offerman soon discovers that Scotland has just as much entrepreneurial red tape as the United States.
It will take at least 23 years before Offerman is able to produce his first bottle of whiskey.