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David Sterritt

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172011

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172011.001.0001

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Eastwood’s Politics

Eastwood’s Politics

‘Leave everyone alone’

(p.219) Chapter Seven Eastwood’s Politics
The Cinema of Clint Eastwood

David Sterritt

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses Clint Eastwood's politics. Eastwood has supported both Republicans and Democrats over the years. As to his own beliefs, he told liberal New York Times columnist Frank Rich in 2005 that he ‘professes the libertarian creed of “less government” and “was never a big enthusiast for going to Iraq but never spoke against it once the troops were there”’. This puts Eastwood in ‘the same middle as most Americans’, according to Rich, who quotes the star as saying, ‘I vote for what I like. I'm not a loyalist to any party. I'm only a loyalist to the country’. Eastwood's best-known statement of his libertarian leanings appeared in a 2004 interview with USA Weekend. After summarizing his ‘philosophy’ in three little words — ‘leave everyone alone’ — he acknowledged the longevity of his political views. ‘Even as a kid,’ he said, ‘I was annoyed by people who wanted to tell everyone how to live’.

Keywords:   politics, Republicans, Democrats, Frank Rich, libertarian

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