Kelly Slater On Being a Role Model, Morality, Drugs and Surfing Stereotypes and More - The Inertia

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Kelly Slater discusses morality, politics, drugs in surf culture, and his approach to the responsibility of representing surfers to the world at large. We can't thank him enough for his candor. Surfing's Definitive Online Community: http://www.theinertia.com Subscribe to our channel: http://bit.ly/TheInertiaYT Follow us! https://twitter.com/the_inertia https://www.facebook.com/TheInertia http://instagram.com/theinertia http://www.pinterest.com/theinertia/

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National Pornographic
National Pornographic - 3 years ago
Still commenting?
doublestrokeroll
doublestrokeroll - 3 years ago
The part about the "weird kid" going crazy is a great point. American's are, culturally, very mean people. It runs up and down society. Weak or "lesser" people are picked on and bullied and kindness is towards others is more rare than in other countries. And it spreads all the way up to the top and the behavior as a nation. America as a nation acts like a giant dumb teenage bully who doesn't know 1/2 as much as he thinks he does. It's a culture of perpetuated violence and celebrates militaristic attitudes. Pride in destructive capability and in that destruction. Masked behind a veil of propaganda that makes Americans think what they're doing is right.
dave moore
dave moore - 3 years ago
KELLY SLATER FOR PRESIDENT!
J Clm
J Clm - 3 years ago
how do i get an invite to the man made wave pool mr. slater???does it also have man made seaweed too?
Alex Tanner Sāāk
Alex Tanner Sāāk - 3 years ago
Love this man.
tony ruaporo
tony ruaporo - 3 years ago
The unemployment rate in a America is 50% out of 326, million Americans and still counting
tony ruaporo
tony ruaporo - 3 years ago
600 years of genocide in America right now and still counting the American constitute is the only reason Americans dying in America right now 100 million Americans are on the streets of America right now for the last 70 years and still counting America you have to go out and vote to out law gun's in America out law American constitute out law Prostituted in America
Eddie Gooden
Eddie Gooden - 4 years ago
As good of a human being as any other in history. Strong intelligence and an even stronger soul. What a legend.
Jim Yates
Jim Yates - 4 years ago
Man so onto it in 2014 and now look at the shit storm of 2018, defined by misinformation and guided by poorly but impeccably organised social platforms who seek to destroy stability. Oh well...…

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Tiki Rob
Tiki Rob - 4 years ago
It took KS approx. 7:49 to stay PC and say nothing.
Jeff Sykes
Jeff Sykes - 4 years ago
He's right except for gun control. There are always going to be society outcasts, people feeling alienated, can't prevent that. If those people have free access to guns they will shoot people. If those people have free access to semi-automatic weapons, they will shoot a lot of people.
bipola telly
bipola telly - 4 years ago
smart guy... good interview.
LG Roots
LG Roots - 4 years ago
This fool is not a role model. I used to follow him on Instagram until I saw he was shiting on just regular Surfers who working nine-to-five job who do not compete and do not get spoiled with perfect surf in exotic locations with the best gear handed to you. He was bitching about one of his trips not being perfect at the airport somebody asked him what his deal was since he was on his way to gosurf something perfect and amazing. Slater decided to start talking s*** to this kid on Instagram about his surfing. It was good to see that the kid made him look like the ignorant piece of s*** that he really is. F*** Kelly Slater
tony smario
tony smario - 4 years ago
wow, you gave 10 whole seconds to the question of MORALITY...right after kelly explained that 'culture' is to blame for the extreme nature it exhibits. i guess you didn't see the connection...or maybe you did, and the answer made you blush.
either way, pretty lame to ask the MOST IMPORTANT question and then cut off the answer. thumbs down on the editing.
SuperHamlet666
SuperHamlet666 - 4 years ago
Woa this is lowkey one of the best interviews going around
Shawn Chun
Shawn Chun - 4 years ago
Righteous dude! Still Watching this in 2017 and dig it.
Panos Papadeas
Panos Papadeas - 3 years ago
still watching in 2018
Dalien Rivera
Dalien Rivera - 4 years ago
best teacher man
rotsen995
rotsen995 - 5 years ago
weed now is not some crazy stigma shit . I mean come on grand mother smoke medical weed. now cocaine meth heroin and crack that's drugs.
Noni noni
Noni noni - 5 years ago
Kelly, you are very intelligent , handsome and gifted! So well spoken, I am impressed and in awww....

20. comment for Kelly Slater On Being a Role Model, Morality, Drugs and Surfing Stereotypes and More - The Inertia

duanmcinnes
duanmcinnes - 5 years ago
You can always rely on Kelly do talk with intelligence and clarity
Daniel Buckner
Daniel Buckner - 6 years ago
i wonder how much sunscreen he has to put on his noggin
Michael Holmes
Michael Holmes - 6 years ago
He is such a legend. tell it like you see it kel. All these people that "think" he should do or say this. He stays out of trouble and sets a fine example of how to be a decent human being; whilst just happening to be arguably "the greatest athlete of all time" (quote from Mark Richards, surfing legend.)
Pam Miller
Pam Miller - 6 years ago
does he have ADD? (I lost count of how many times he used the word, "culture."
1enzeder
1enzeder - 6 years ago
what do you have? what neurosis do you suffer from that forces you to keep count of the words people use and pay no attention to the content of what they're saying?
PJG 88
PJG 88 - 6 years ago
Well said flaws are part of someones image anyway !
howdymegan
howdymegan - 6 years ago
Nice job. Like your format with the issues text as the sequeway for your edits. And yup. Surfing is lucky to have Kelly Slater. He is candid. Smart. Principled. And as the big sis of two surfers from Florida I'm proud he is one of ours.
Canal M-4
Canal M-4 - 6 years ago
Kelly is a 911 truther.
Donnie Vick
Donnie Vick - 5 years ago
Canal M-4. Only the dumbest of the dumb believe the official 9/11 report. Fuck dude, even two of the men who put it together say as much.
Canal M-4
Canal M-4 - 6 years ago
Only for psychopaths....
1enzeder
1enzeder - 6 years ago
interesting how accusing someone of wanting to know the truth became an insult.
tom anderson
tom anderson - 6 years ago
smoke crack much
lilbuddha
lilbuddha - 6 years ago
+tom anderson terrible troll much?
Kevin and Taryn Fish
Kevin and Taryn Fish - 6 years ago
deep stuff Mr Slater..
Player Hoope
Player Hoope - 6 years ago
Respect Kelly... Andy was the myth though for me...

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Charles Ross
Charles Ross - 7 years ago
What is this 'Inertia' thing; I need more info'?

I like this piece.
WishIcould showmyname
WishIcould showmyname - 7 years ago
He makes perfect sense about politics. We are all too complex to be put in a box. Too many like to divide us into one group or another. Please understand that it is only a way to let the politicians win. We can have opinions about things in one way for a certain aspect and another in another situation. That is normal and correct. Life is too complicated and we need to break things down to each element. Good for Slater to show that this is the correct thing to do. Many feel this way, don't be afraid to feel this way. It depends on the specific thing you are discussing. Don't give in to the all or nothing mentality.
DaRealCheo
DaRealCheo - 7 years ago
I'm surprised that it's not a war in the comments. I was like, "oh shit. a famous person is talking politics. It's gonna get ugly up in this bitch"
Brian Fastabend
Brian Fastabend - 7 years ago
I'm a huge fan of Kelly and Tom Curren. I'm sure that no small part of their success is due to their ability to not sound like a "surfer" when they get out of the water. Without humility, politeness, and respect for others they never would have achieved so much. I was a young surfer and people were consistently surprised that I was smart and a hard worker. They (non-surfers) always assumed I'd be a cocky burnout. Not a coincidence.
Donnie Vick
Donnie Vick - 5 years ago
bullsnutsoz Seems the drugs got the better of you.
bullsnutsoz
bullsnutsoz - 7 years ago
+Brian Fastabend This bloke is a quisling; powered by satan, and my opinion a conspirator in andy Irons murder.Get over it you weeds; you have been deceived by satan just as everyone else.
Being arrogant is not a defence.
sweet hair
sweet hair - 7 years ago
slater gives "interview"   -no   hes just getting inside of his competitors minds   thats all he does   so funny that he WILL get another title     fools KNOW their gonna lose slater when they paddle out  lol
Senna fan
Senna fan - 7 years ago
I talked to a Police officer down in Florida that used to patrol the area Kelly Slater lived in and she said she often caught Kelly and his friends smoking weed. I'm a pothead myself and to see that Kelly used to smoke and is now one of the top athletes in the world. I'm not sure how much truth is to the story but it inspired me to quit smoking and get myself into shape to be able to surf better. Kelly really is a huge inspiration to me; he is such a strong(mentally) person.
skooli2
skooli2 - 6 years ago
+sweet hair Yeah. I'm a d bag. I'm the one who's angry because I think everyone is a pot head. So much so, that I'm gonna start running my mouth (keyboard) to total strangers. Oh wait, that's you. Get a life. Put the bong down and get off your couch.
sweet hair
sweet hair - 6 years ago
"around the pro surfing scene in the 90s" -fuck off rite there, rite off the bat..  "stauch supporter clean living"  -Ok thats it!! ur a d bag sorry   (like fucking k slater didnt smoke a little fucking weed. in his time c'mon)
skooli2
skooli2 - 7 years ago
Keep telling yourself that. If you were around the pro surfing scene in the 90's you would know that Kelly and his crew did not party. Hell, they barely even drank. A handful of those guys started smoking later in life, but Kelly is a staunch supporter of clean living. He would never put smoke in his lungs.
sweet hair
sweet hair - 7 years ago
+skooli2 wake up and smell the pavement -its surfing skooli2   Kelly could never publically advocate drug use and do what he has done  but its just weed and its iresistable to many prolly kelly too good for him,
skooli2
skooli2 - 7 years ago
It's completely false. Maybe his older brother, but not Kelly. He's been an advocate of clean living all his life. Ask anyone my age from the central Florida area and they'll tell you the same.
kb11
kb11 - 7 years ago
Err... Is it just me or was that one of the most incoherent and contradictory monologues online?  I love this guy's surfing, he is a real hero of mine but he really needs to stick to what he does best.  Re Guns "I'm against owning guns, but I mean I'm not necessarily against people owning guns." Pure comedy drivel.  Now off to watch some Kelly surfing - heaps better.
Surfer dano
Surfer dano - 7 years ago
sounds like he was being honest. i respect that. thoughts on hot subjects should be case by case, people who tend to stay on one side tend to be narrow minded. for the haters on back pain answer he was just saying good stretch usually helps will add lose weight and strength train when the acute pain gets better. and if you smoke like a dumbass quit it impairs the healing process just saying. 
raymond carpenter
raymond carpenter - 7 years ago
cool talk man. Cynthia McKinney one of the first 9/11 truthers - cool - hey check out James Corbett's Century of Enslavement: The History of The Federal Reserve. take the power from the bankers and the power they wield through politics
Jeff
Jeff - 7 years ago
+raymond carpenter never thought i would hear a surfer reference Cynthia McKinney. It sucks how much she got slammed for her views after 911, but that comes with living in the gestapo administration at the time and what they did to people who spoke out against the official view
Keith K.
Keith K. - 7 years ago
To sum this up, all humans are imperfect.
alex dornelli
alex dornelli - 7 years ago
He got to that level by his thoughts..a great human with endurance. Slater is a hero!!  
clarkewi
clarkewi - 7 years ago
Surfers are generally right wing zealots. The whole "Aryan superman" thing. 
skooli2
skooli2 - 7 years ago
+clarkewi You put a brown haired caucasian in the sun and salt water 3-5 hours a day and their brown hair turns blond. Simply the effects of nature. It's no right wing conspiracy. We're not trying to be "Aryan Supermen". We play in the ocean and it tans our skin and turns our hair blond. But we hold extremely various beliefs among ourselves and come from very diverse backgrounds. 
Beachnative42
Beachnative42 - 7 years ago
+clarkewi Are you playing with a full deck? Smoke another dude!
clarkewi
clarkewi - 7 years ago
+Beachnative42 You think so? There is diversity but take a hard look at the top ASP pros both men and women. Most are blondes. Especially the girls. The dark are "Islanders" or latins. The stereotype still holds - the "Bronze God" image the Ozzy's promoted to "Break Down the Door". Its the "Blonde beast" thing. Goes way, way back. I'm not saying its right, but its the fact.
Beachnative42
Beachnative42 - 7 years ago
There are no stereotype surfers anymore unless you have been living under a rock for the last 50 years. Surfers are game fully employed in a wide variety of positions  from CEO's to dishwashers to scientists to salvage experts...Their political party selection  is just as diverse from Conservative to Democratic to Independent to Green Party...please don't be a fool and judge all because you know ONE person that surfs. Let's go a step further, what are all blacks like? Can you define ALL blacks as anything? 
van wray
van wray - 7 years ago
Ahh...no. I think that stereotype is less common now.  I don't see any Aryans in So. California at all. The demographics have really changed here.  Many surfers I talk to voted for Obama, unfortunately.  I really  think you'd have to go to Germany  to see those surfing Aryans. They have a few surfers now.   Also, I've noticed many surfers have an independent way of thinking, far from right wing politics. 
T13
T13 - 7 years ago
Sciatic Nerve Pain is what I suffer at the moment, it came about so suddenly and painful. I am a surfer and the thought of this type of pain in the water is horrifying.  As Kelly said just stretch, hard to take on board when I can't put two feet on the floor, however what he is saying is really a situation analysis.  Yeah I am sore but there is always an option to improve, no matter what situation you are in.  I just did 20min stretching after two days of being in paid.  Still bloody sore but knowing at least I am able to try.
ZipSnipe
ZipSnipe - 7 years ago
What a great guy, great views !!!
Leon Ross
Leon Ross - 7 years ago
You can always rely on UTB trolls to bring their blinkered non secular. political and religious ideological comments to anyone they deem undeserved of having any opinion. The dude is not only a legendary sportsman but has traveled further and experienced more cultures than i'm sure all those commenting derogatory on his education. U can have your political science degree, I'll take Slat's credentials from the university of LIFE.
rexxx cooters
rexxx cooters - 4 years ago
Leon Ross yep
bipola telly
bipola telly - 4 years ago
Leon Ross
"UBT" ?
Tom Moore
Tom Moore - 4 years ago
Leon Ross Amen to that
surferpam1
surferpam1 - 8 years ago
Maybe that "weird kid" (maybe a diagnosed schizophrenic?) needs to stretch.
 Kelly may be a superb surfer but an uneducated man with a provincial view.
nextari
nextari - 6 years ago
+surferpam1 Kelly's job is to represent surfing. He's not going to go off with a bunch of opinions that most people don't give a $#*@ about. Why alienate his audience? To have a disconnect with surfing culture that way would be a very difficult and challenging thing for him to manage most likely. He did a great job of saying "I'm a surfer, and I think people should have an open mind about things, and inquire into truth, etc." Why is it so important for you to insist that he's intellectually less than others? Have you ever seen Noam Chomsky surf? probably not pretty, but why bash him? Is it not enough that Kelly's dominated competition and performing in waves of consequence for 20 years, that he should be a rhodes scholar too? Or are you just aggravated that people want to hear his opinion. Everything I see is natural, but that you are jealous or dissatisfied or have some other issue with him .
Liam Arnold
Liam Arnold - 6 years ago
Kelly has a education from life
Luís RT Matos
Luís RT Matos - 7 years ago
Try to listen to what the man said instead of putting words on is mouth. He spoke about Ciática pain,and he was being  metaphoric...  were the hell did you listen : "the "weird kid" needs to strecht" ????   
guido dee
guido dee - 7 years ago
+Pam Miller Sounds like I upset you. You don't need insults to make a point?  That's good advice.  I'm glad you offered that..  I see you decided to obtain information on Mr Slater........................ You're welcome.

Have a nice day!
Pam Miller
Pam Miller - 7 years ago
Well, guido stay amazed -- and keep an open mind because mine tells me that one doesn't need insults to make one's point. You'd fare better to take the emotion out of your arguments and let them stand for themselves. Secondly, I am neither of those things. Additionally -- as a sidebar to this -- (and I've already written to Sydney University for a verification) -- how could Slater have earned a master's degree in anything without first earning a bachelor's degree? ...I mean, I don't know; does he, indeed, have one? I don't know how he'd have the time; he was already on tour at the age kids are usually in college. No matter...  ...bottom line is I don't hate the guy; I don't dislike the guy; I think he's an amazingly talented surfer but he's not Dag Hammarskjold or Bobby Kennedy.  He's reportedly good at math. Excellent. He's traveled to a lot of different beaches. Nice. But that doesn't make for depth...or wisdom. He can use the word, "culture" many times in an interview but understanding how and what infuses that culture politically, sociologically and/or religiously to affect its interplay with others around the world is quite different.
guido dee
guido dee - 7 years ago
It amazes me how someone can watch a less than 8 min video and draw a conclusion about someone based on a person’s opinions and views.  Especially when there was only 1-2 minutes given on each topic and with no follow up question.

You listened to his views and your response was to make ad hominem attacks. You made a snarky comment referencing his opinion on gun control. Maybe he was talking about “weird kids” (Columbine, Virginia Tech, etc).  What did you want to hear?  A dissenting opinion on DC vs Heller?  Talk about black on black shootings?  Was it his view on treating Sciatica.  Did he oversimplify?  Stretching is one of many ways to relieve pain.

If you are going to make a statement or a case on something and/or someone have your facts and evidence.  You tried to marginalize Slater by stating that he is an “uneducated man with a provincial view” You can’t substantiate your claim on his education level.  The fact is Mr. Slater completed (2004) a Masters Degree in Criminal Law from Sydney University, Aus. Your claim is completely false.

His provincial view?  How did you get there?  Mr. Slater along with his formal education has traveled the world extensively for the last 20+ year.  I personally find travel to be an invaluable educational experience.  Slater also has the Kelly Slater Foundation which promotes charities on a variety of social and environmental issues.  Some of the beneficiaries are for charities that need help with education for special needs children.  Some are for health issues, Cystic Fibrosis, Skin Cancer.  Others for  environmental/conservation education.  It seems to me that Mr. Slater has given thought to the world around him.  He has looked well past his own personal benefit and is trying to make a difference on some issues that concern him and all of us.    What are you doing?

If you are going to disparage someone just because they don’t hold the same beliefs and opinions you have then you are a BIGOT.
If you are going to disparage someone and not bother to be factually correct about that person then you are BUFFOON.  
 
You can sort it out for yourself.

See how that works when someone presents the facts.  Didn’t they teach you that in college?
 
 
 
Pam Miller
Pam Miller - 7 years ago
+jeff hubbard
No, Two different times; two different comments.
jeff hubbard
jeff hubbard - 7 years ago
+Pam Miller  Fair enough. Can I ask then what your intention was in putting together  two distinctly different points made about 2 minutes apart and under different topics titles? Satire. side busting  comedy maybe?
Pam Miller
Pam Miller - 7 years ago
+jeff hubbard  Actually, I did listen.
jeff hubbard
jeff hubbard - 7 years ago
I wonder if not listening is a neurologiocal disorder. Slater may be no expert on much beyond surfing, but as an admitted everyman citizen he has an opinion that is eloquently put and seeming;y honest. You were so keen to strike a negative point that you didn't bother listening to what he actually said!
Markus Broyles
Markus Broyles - 7 years ago
Sciatica a nurological disorder ?  Since when... ?  You know Mr Slater is about a kinesiologist. ?  Yea, I spelled it wrong , but you still need to look it up. Provincial means hick.  Kelly is no hick, he is as street cred as they come.
I say Slater has top notch world class credibility over most. Born with the right set of skills at the right time too.
Ml Gs
Ml Gs - 8 years ago
We overstayed the part when eating out of plastic boxes became normal, when you don´t know the person who plants your veggies. Everyones fault disembogues into a huge mayhem. Monsanto aren´t the ones to blame. It´s everyone who eats at Mc.Donalds, In-and-Out, supporting Amazon instead of going to your local bookstore, instead of having a wonderfull dinner at your local italian restaurant. Malboro is earning Billions with drug addicts. In times of globalization everything is fast-paced. No one is able to hold oneself at a distance. CNN or FOX are the ones who are telling you what to do. As a teenager you don´t give a damn what your grandma has to tell. It´s way more important to dream about superficialities. There are more people who´re owning a mobilephone than those who got access to clean water. Does the average kid on high school know what a huge amount of crap his shampoo contains? The list goes on and on.
Pam Miller
Pam Miller - 8 years ago
+Wackrapsatire . OK, I guess English is your second language so I'll give you a pass... But depression is a clinical disease -- a chemical imbalance. A huge amount of people have cancer because of varying reasons: they smoke, eat Monsanto-created (GMO) foods; breathe carcinogenic air; drink polluted water or simply inherit a propensity towards certain cancerous genes. And I'm not sure what you mean by: "All the problems we have are a product of our omission." What are we omitting?
Ml Gs
Ml Gs - 8 years ago
well, a lot of diseases are a product of circumstances in your life. Why is such a huge amount of people sick of cancer? Did all that became a kind of widespread disease? Why are you depressed? May the reason be the job you´re doing or the fact that you´re surrounded by total twats? All the problems we have are a product of our omission.
tucko11
tucko11 - 8 years ago
Is that Kelly?,or a messed up double? Lol
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 8 years ago
Progressivism is immoral. Any philosophy that condones using force against other human beings is immoral.... enjoyed hearing Mr. Slater talk about topics other than surfing, but he might want to dig a little deeper on subject matter.
Remadja Lita
Remadja Lita - 3 years ago
Beachnative42 , Thats not true , Australia and sweden are example , we dont really have poverty or guns ..so therefore we have the best , yours is sucks !
JNS
JNS - 3 years ago
You should note that Kelly says "progressivists and libertarians", which are super far apart. I think Kelly, though very intelligent, is not very articulate nor very knowledgeable of political definitions, so you should take that into account. I'm almost sure that when he says "progressivism" he is not talking about the sjw pc shit.
JWH91969
JWH91969 - 7 years ago
+magentawave
 Tree of Liberty.
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
+magentawave See, I would if Progressives would come to terms with what they really are. They co-opted the term "liberal" so many years ago, like the GOP co-opted the term "conservative." They use words without meaning or substance. I can see that you don't think that way, nice to meet you.
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
+JWH91969 I've lost most of what I once had because of progressive political philosophy.
JWH91969
JWH91969 - 7 years ago
+magentawave
With attitudes like that it will. What do you have to lose not to try? Go go read about our founder & see just how much they lost. They had bounties on there heads & they lost entire families. There's no such threat yet of that.
JWH91969
JWH91969 - 7 years ago
+magentawave
Do you see the results of the last election? We only lost the Presidency & a few didn't win, but we did send in more to fight. Whether they actually did or didn't wasn't the point. The point was that we still can remove them.

That needs to be the goal. Remove them all until we replace enough to make a difference. The only thing stopping us from that is our division on petty stuff. Libertarians think conservatives are RINOs & conservatives think libertarians are isolationists. Stuff like that.

If we would just talk to one & other, things would be changing faster. But people aren't comfortable or are to preoccupied with living their life. Well we need to learn to find a way to get together. The Tea Party was a great idea, but it spooked the libertarians. Both need to sort out their differences & get people to the booths.
JWH91969
JWH91969 - 7 years ago
+magentawave
That's what the 2a is for & that is what makes the US a "Constitutional Republic." Every right in the Bill of Rights is there for a reason. Those are all inalienable, which is to say that they are non-negotiable & were there at birth to every human being. & anyone who doesn't need, want, or to allow others to have those rights, neither deserve any of them or have the protection of them.
JWH91969
JWH91969 - 7 years ago
+skooli2 The greater good is "We the People" not government. "We the People" as a whole are good, not government. Bad people are anomalies & seek out ways to harm. Atheists blame faith for the sins of the church & ignore those anomalous people who take advantage. It's the same with government. The government isn't the church, We as a whole are.

An immoral person will seek out positions of leadership & influence in order to persuade & influence people. Centralized government has shown throughout history that is the case. This is why the US was founded in the way that it was. 80% of this planet is capable of taking care of themselves, if given the chance.

The other 20% can be taken care of though charity & family, without getting the government involved. & the 5% among that said 20% who are criminal can be dealt with though the justice system. Only if it was run the way that it's supposed to. You can't dictate law from the Oval Office, the Bench, or even Congress without consult of the populous.

Half of the criminals in this country wouldn't be criminals if they were better educated, could keep more of what they earn, & had access to better job opportunities. Taxes, OVER regulation {NOT SAYING NONE}, & crony capitalistic monopolies are whats causing all the BS.

If "We" would stick to the Constitution & trust our neighbors more {or at least wait till they actually do something}, we wouldn't even be having this conversation. That's live & let live. You're liberty stops at my feet & vise versa. Everybody minds there own affairs & goes on with their life. Nobody {the 80%} would harm anyone or cause harm to this rock we call home.

The job of our government is to be the least invasive as possible. It is impossible for government to control every aspect of a persons life. Our founders understood that & structured our government so that it's up to the People, not government. Hence, "We the People."
JWH91969
JWH91969 - 7 years ago
+Beachnative42 We are not a democracy, we're a constitutional republic.

"A democracy is two wolves & a lamb deciding what's for dinner. Liberty is a well armed lamb contesting the vote." Ben Franklin
DiamorphineDeath
DiamorphineDeath - 7 years ago
+TheKaffeeKlatsch Yo Ayn Rand, you need to chill out a bit bud 
skooli2
skooli2 - 7 years ago
+TheKaffeeKlatsch Many centralized governments "work". Not to some utopian ideal you seem to be preaching towards, but they act as functioning, governing bodies that abate the type of chaos you have in places like Somalia. Human nature is not perfect. If you remove structure, ugliness moves in and takes advantage. And human nature being what it is, sometimes those governments are responsible to protect their citizens and the interests of their citizens. So preach morality all you want. Immoral or not, sometimes force is required for the greater good. Fact. 
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
+DiamorphineDeath Who mentioned "conservatism"? You did. I don't even know how to define "conservatism," can you?

Feel free to join a commune and ration your goods among like minded individuals. I doubt you have the fortitude to not live at the expense of others based on your comments. Any ideal that promotes theft of another persons livelihood is immoral. I choose to allow others to live their life as they see fit, as long as they cause no harm, or expense to other free individuals. Do you have a problem with that? Or are you incapable of providing for yourself?
DiamorphineDeath
DiamorphineDeath - 7 years ago
+TheKaffeeKlatsch And Conservatism is the way to the light apparently. Go make some more ridiculous videos and put them on youtube bud. Capitalism's cool and all, but how dare we ever think outside the box, I'm sorry for being so evil
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
+DiamorphineDeath Marxism is evil
DiamorphineDeath
DiamorphineDeath - 7 years ago
+TheKaffeeKlatsch Dude, you're ridiculous. Go read some Marx, get some fish tacos, and go surf
skooli2
skooli2 - 7 years ago
+magentawave I quit reading at sheeple. You "enlightened" few who have it all figured out crack me up.
kid gloves
kid gloves - 7 years ago
progressivism is not authoritarianism, Ralph Nader is a progressive..
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
+magentawave And those governments would be acting outside of what I have suggested. 
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
+Beachnative42 Wrong on too many counts.

Government has its place.... to protect individuals from those that would transgress against them. 

"Non-conformist"? You mean like the Founding Fathers? O.K., you got me there. I guess I'd fit into your definition based on that.

Nobody was born to provide a livelihood for others. Or responsibilities are to respect the freedoms of other individuals, and in turn they do the same.

I'd have to ask.... define slavery? Since I don't hold it as a value, and you appear to.
Beachnative42
Beachnative42 - 7 years ago
+TheKaffeeKlatsch Gov't has it's place, you are just bitching with no solutions in sight. Our democratic process is good but not perfect only because you and your types will never be happy. You are the classic example of a non-conformist where rules and regulations have no purpose in your life yet the second someone infringes on your rights you would raise hell.   People that complain about cops are in the same bucket, yeah there are good and bad but overall they are good. Some would complain about them but the second they need one they complain they weren't there soon enough.  You can't have it both ways. There is no Utopia, only envisioning it!
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
+Beachnative42 I'm taking note of the widening of the wealth gap and you're trying to tell me about becoming a third world country?

It wasn't my philosophy that created this situation. You can't even make surfboards without the government say-so.
uh nah
uh nah - 7 years ago
I find your grasp on what he said pretty asinine, quite frankly. He did a 7 minute interview and you're saying that by him agreeing with certain aspects of progressivism immoral? Ridiculous. Because a philosophy or an idea doesn't resonate with you and your chemical make up does not mean the idea is immoral by any standard. All in all, you're a full grown man commenting on youtube videos telling people to 'shut up' and telling people they are irresponsible humans, just reflects your character and how much your opinion is unqualified. There's ways to encourage your ideas without being rude, It's a shame a grown adult still has these petty argument tactics. P.S reread some of the comments you previously wrote, they are swimming with logical fallacies....
Beachnative42
Beachnative42 - 7 years ago
Some need gov't help occasionally , duuuuuhh!
Beachnative42
Beachnative42 - 7 years ago
Some of them but not all, duhhhhh!
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
You can "please" people by leaving them alone.... I think that is laid out in the Constitution rather clearly.
Beachnative42
Beachnative42 - 7 years ago
You fail for a few reasons but mainly society needs leaders, you can't vote on everything otherwise we all would be voting 24/7 And you can't please everyone 100% of the time
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
+Beachnative42 When you have nothing to say, say nothing..... you should never miss the opportunity to shut up.

If you take note, myself and others support the idea of freedom..... by which each person is responsible for themselves. If you need a daddy then live that life, but don't expect others to follow your immoral ideology because you don't have the sack to live the life as a responsible human being.
Beachnative42
Beachnative42 - 7 years ago
The sky is falling Chicken Little
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
+magentawave Exactly
Beachnative42
Beachnative42 - 7 years ago
You cry about everything under the sun failing to realize there is no Utopia, dumbass!
Beachnative42
Beachnative42 - 7 years ago
Oh and without the gov't you would have what? Anarchy duuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhh!!!!
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
+Beachnative42 The only moral purpose for a military is the defense of the people. So yes I would be against 95% of defense spending.... since the only constitutional requirements of military personnel are clearly outline in their oath, and the Constitution itself.
Beachnative42
Beachnative42 - 7 years ago
LMAO, gang of what?  I guess then you are against spending nickel on the defense budget too? You are a stupid turd blossom trying to prove a point by trying to apply a logic to only a portion of the population. Suck it Sally! LMAO!
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
+Beachnative42 "Greedy"? And you're not? I've never had a merchant show up at my door with a gun to force me to buy their product..... that's actually how Obamacare works.... it doesn't actually work, does it.

So If I can't have freedom here I have to go to an oppressive third world country to find it? How's that?

I'd like to see where "trickle down"(as you call it) has actually been tried? I prefer Laissez Faire Capitalism. Have you looked at the record number of people on public assistance? Have you looked at the record 92 million who are no longer in the labor market? All of that is a product of governmental controls and regulations. There were at least a dozen government regulatory agencies with oversight into the financial & banking sectors..... yet Fannie and Freddie (government agencies) pushed their BS mortgage scheme on them. Then TARP wasn't a free market ideal.... those politicians (that you probably support) bailed out banks that should have failed, along with Fannie & Freddie (and Sallie)
Beachnative42
Beachnative42 - 7 years ago
Who is forcing who to live here? We live in a democracy and there is no forcing of anything. We elect people to guide society the path we feel is correct and paying your fair share is part of it.
Go living in a third world country and have the freedom you want and guess what? After a few months the charm of it all will be gone and you'll leave skid marks to come back to the USA for the stability and security of what we have. You are the kind of person that would complain after being given a million dollars about the taxes you would have to pay, what to do with it and how it's not enough.....sad to be you!
Beachnative42
Beachnative42 - 7 years ago
Please read everything I wrote and not selectively pick and choose to make an argument. Oh and BTW the how did the economy of the 50's flourish so well when taxes were so high? The sure as hell wasn't any trickle down bullshit then. Please 'splain Ricky. I sure how you are not from the camp of Milton Friedman who said business should have as little gov't intervention as possible. Freidman would have put on eat his words after the Wall Street fiasco where less gov't regulation ruined it for so many!
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
+Beachnative42 Actually "that" philosophy created the greatest amount of wealth for more people than any other type. Freedom works wonderfully. Now be so kind to show where a centralized authoritarian government has worked? 
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
+Chris Nelvin Then slavery and banning women from voting is an immoral collectivist ideal.Then to the point of Progressives, it was Progressive Woodrow Wilson who ignored the women's movement of the day, the National Woman's Party.

By the way, I didn't need a Philosophy 100 course to determine what is and is not immoral..... just read books and you too can figure it out. Then why would I want to adopt the philosophy of another, when I can develop one of my own? Or was that your attempt at being condescending?
Beachnative42
Beachnative42 - 7 years ago
Oh so you're from the school of  removing the middle class, got it.  That philosophy wants the US to become a third world country and everyone paying their fair share is an outrageous concept. You make more, you pay more, that's life. Don't like it?  Then test yourself by moving to a country that allows that type of assbaggery. You'll leave skid marks coming back to the US or what ever country you are in. This new so called new idea of trickle down economics has failed for over 30 years because it has another name and the bible talked about it, GREED.

The flip side of this is people living off of the gov't. Aid is not a life style it should be for those in need and I get it.

But look at corporate America today, look at any retail fortune 500 company, know what their MO is? Get the gov't to pay as mush as they can for benefits that we should be offering and bitch about corporate taxes too.

 Look at the practices of Wal Mart, Lowes and Home Depot for instance. They no longer hire full time employees to get away from offering benefits. Heck Wal Mart even taught their employees how to get federal assistance, that my friend is corporate welfare. Is that OK with you? 
While Kelly is a surfing phenomenon, ambassador to the sport and an incredibly nice guy, his view of politics to you is not polished. Well guess what? He is not a politician, he is entitled to his opinion and his delivery. Personally I'm glad he didn't have a "know it all" opinion but a "hey this is what I think" attitude, maybe that is why he is love by millions of fans...oh yeah or is it he surfs pretty good too ; )
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
+Beachnative42 Not to my philosophy..... Voluntarism.... My rights end at the tip of your nose, and your rights en at the tip of mine. Nobody has a right to the livelihood of another human being, only a right to make their own way without violating the rights of others.

Progressivism using state sponsored force to take from one group and give to another..... Theft, simply put.
Beachnative42
Beachnative42 - 7 years ago
This comment is the most ridiculous comment ever "Any philosophy that condones using force against other human beings is immoral" is.  Simply put, it could be used for any opposition to ANY party. 
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
+Chris Nelvin By recognizing the tenets of Progressivism and other collectivism type political philosophies. 
TheKaffeeKlatsch
TheKaffeeKlatsch - 7 years ago
+Chris Nelvin You should refrain from guessing.... you're not very good at it.
Robert Malone
Robert Malone - 8 years ago
Kelly is making allot of sense
howdymegan
howdymegan - 8 years ago
Nice job filmmakers.

50. comment for Kelly Slater On Being a Role Model, Morality, Drugs and Surfing Stereotypes and More - The Inertia

jasason10
jasason10 - 8 years ago
Kelly stick to surfing.
Ryan Cure
Ryan Cure - 4 years ago
Kelly is really smart
National Pornographic
National Pornographic - 8 years ago
Jason stick to umm.. being a kook.
Adam Parkinson
Adam Parkinson - 8 years ago
911 building 7 yewww!
jason woodbury
jason woodbury - 3 years ago
Adam Parkinson ,p
Ansel Jhaveri
Ansel Jhaveri - 8 years ago
Epic human being. You can tell he's really intelligent and insightful... but not necessarily the most articulate. Fair enough these questions were probably just thrown at him. 

but seriously. what a legend. 
Amy Mau5
Amy Mau5 - 8 years ago
He is very open minded.. very intelligent and talented at the same time. Amazing.
sean mcgaff
sean mcgaff - 8 years ago
very insightful. right on kelly
maya andsons
maya andsons - 8 years ago
Thank you so much to share an reflextion to make A BETTER WORLD
ben marshall
ben marshall - 8 years ago
hence why he is one of  humans greatest athletes
thedereklee9
thedereklee9 - 8 years ago
this is legit. i personally do not give two shits what any surfer has to say about surfing, but the questions on politics, culture, life etc are very intriguing. good stuff!
Donnie Vick
Donnie Vick - 5 years ago
How so, Pam?
Pam Miller
Pam Miller - 8 years ago
But he doesn't know what he's talking about

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