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Every Monday, the libertarian editors of the magazine of “Free Minds and Free Markets”—Matt Welch, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Peter Suderman—discuss and debate the week’s biggest stories and what fresh hell awaits us all.

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Every Monday, the libertarian editors of the magazine of “Free Minds and Free Markets”—Matt Welch, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Peter Suderman—discuss and debate the week’s biggest stories and what fresh hell awaits us all.

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This is a very good podcast that would be great without Nick Gillespie and his interruptions.

Excellent dialogue

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More Libertarianism and less of everything else!

iTunes Ratings

848 Ratings
Average Ratings
696
82
25
14
31

Good enough

By lgcduubcfg - Nov 13 2019
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This is a very good podcast that would be great without Nick Gillespie and his interruptions.

Excellent dialogue

By Coz33 - Nov 05 2019
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More Libertarianism and less of everything else!
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Rank #1: 'When I Encountered Libertarian Ideas, They Just Resonated With Me': Podcast

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"I was a college student during the Vietnam War era, but I was putting myself through college and was way too busy with that to be one of those students….When I landed with Reason…I didn't know what 'Berkeley' was…I didn't know who Goldwater was," says Marty Zupan, who started writing for the magazine in 1972. "But when I encountered libertarian or classical liberal ideas…they just resonated with me."

Zupan became editor-in-chief in 1984, helming the magazine during its move from Santa Barbara, California, to Los Angeles. In 1989, she left Reason and the West Coast to take a job at the Institute for Humane Studies, where she would become president in 2001 before retiring in 2016. Her Reason archive is online here.

Founded in 1968 by Lanny Friedlander (1947–2011), Reason is celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting a series of in-depth conversations with past editors in chief about how the magazine has changed since its founding, what we've gotten right and wrong over the years, and what the future holds for believers in "free minds and free markets."

In this Reason Podcast, Zupan talks with me about her experiences and growth in the libertarian movement and focuses on the unique role that the magazine of "free minds and free markets" has played over the past half-century. "One of the virtues of Reason was that it drew on the multiple strands within the libertarian, classical liberal world out there," she says. "Reason would publish a debate, say, between a non-interventionist and a, 'No, really the Soviet Union and its empire is an existential threat to the U.S. and we need to do something about it.' We had the internal debates."

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Jul 06 2018

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Rank #2: Is the First Amendment Flourishing or Floundering in the 21st Century?: Podcast

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A few weeks ago in Los Angeles, Reason celebrated its 50th anniversary. To mark that milestone, we hosted a series of discussions taking the measure of how far the world has come since 1968 in relation to a bunch of topics that we've long been interested in. I'm happy to share with you a panel titled "The First Amendment in the 21st Century."

Arguably, nothing is more fundamental to Reason's commitment to a libertarian world of "Free Minds and Free Markets" than the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment: freedom of speech, assembly, religion, and redress. Yet today's world seems to be filled with paradoxes when it comes the First Amendment: Thanks to technology and the breakdown of gatekeeper institutions, we're freer than ever to say what we want, yet expression everywhere seems haunted or blocked by hate-speech laws and formal and informal codes. Recent attempts by different levels of government to force businesses to provide birth control or wedding cakes in ways that run counter to the faith of owners have been rebuffed, but in the narrowest of terms. Is the First Amendment flourishing or floundering?

What follows is a wide-ranging and freewheeling conversation about all that and more, featuring a slugger's row of participants and moderated by me. The participants included:

We'll be releasing more podcasts from Reason's 50th anniversary over the coming weeks.

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Nov 23 2018

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Rank #3: Is Rand Paul Really a Traitor?: Podcast

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been taking his lumps in the media and other sectors of the anti-Trumposphere for these comments on CNN Sunday about Russia's hackery into the 2016 presidential campaign: "If we have proof that they did it, we should spend our time protecting ourselves instead of having this witch hunt on the president. I think we need to be done with this so we can protect our election….We all do it. What we need to do is make sure our electoral process is protected. They are not going to admit it in the same way we're not going to admit we were involved in the Ukrainian elections or the Russian elections." To which Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn tweeted simply: "Traitor."

This is one of several often-hysterical Trump/Russia-related controversies tackled today on the editor-roundtable version of the Reason Podcast, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, and me. Is the U.S. president's seeming equivalence of Russian and American interference in other countries' domestic elections accurate, and/or inappropriate? What does it mean (and is it meaningful) that Trump calls the European Union, China, and Russia "foes"? Is it proper for the resident of 1600 Pennsylvania to express clear preferences in the politics of its allies? These and other questions come under vigorous, if world-weary, debate.

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Relevant links from the show:

"Trump Apologies for America Ahead of Helsinki Summit With Putin," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"12 Russian Operatives Indicted for Hacking Democrats, Voting Systems During 2016 U.S. Presidential Election," by Scott Shackford

"The Case Against the Case Against the Mueller Investigation," by Jonathan H. Adler

"Trump's Economic Illiteracy Has Deep Roots," by Eric Boehm

"Trump Wants to Win at Trade. He's Missing the Point," by Katherine Mangu-Ward

"Donald Trump, Lying, and Eroding Social Trust," by Ronald Bailey

"This Year's World Cup Is a Tale of Cultural Blending, Written by Immigrants," by Eric Boehm

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Jul 16 2018

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Rank #4: The Brett Kavanaugh Sex Assault Controversy Will Only Get Worse: Podcast

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Should a late-breaking, single-sourced accusation about a drunken teenaged assault 35 years ago be enough to scuttle a Supreme Court nomination? That's the super-charged political debate the United States is having right now, and it definitely split the room on the Monday editor-roundtable version of the Reason Podcast.

Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, and yours truly each have their own ideas about what could and should happen next with the Senate confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, now that Christine Blasey Ford has forward publicly to accuse him of drunkenly pinning her down, covering her mouth, and trying to rip off her clothes when they were high school students in the '80s. We also lay blame for our current deficit-tastic political moment, and we give away way too many spoilers (well, Suderman does, anyway) to a new movie out in theaters.

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"Brett Kavanaugh's Sexual Assault Accuser Has Come Forward, and Her #MeToo Story Might Disqualify Him," by Robby Soave

"High-School Assault Accusation Could Kill Kavanaugh Confirmation. Should It?" by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Politico Symposium on How to Handle the Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Accusation," by Ilya Somin

"The Senate Needs to Hear Out Kavanaugh's Accuser," by Nick Gillespie

"Groping Toward Sanity," by Cathy Young

"Who Killed the Deficit Hawks? You and Me, but Especially Paul Ryan," by Nick Gillespie

"Trump Has Always Been the 'King of Debt,' but Now He's Sticking Taxpayers With the Tab," by Eric Boehm

"Congress Just Passed a $150 Billion Spending Package Without Any Consideration for Looming Trillion-Dollar Deficit," by Eric Boehm

"#MAGA: Federal Deficit Jumps 32 Percent, Hits $895 Billion for Fiscal 2018!" by Nick Gillespie

"How GOP Fiscal Sanity Died, in 7 Easy Steps," by Matt Welch

"The 19 Percent Solution," by Nick Gillespie and Veronique de Rugy

"Trumpocalypse Reality Check: Government Spending This Century Has Grown from $3.2 Trillion to $7 Trillion," by Matt Welch

"Are Teachers Really 'Not Paid for the Work [They] Do'? Time Says Yes, Reality Begs To Differ," by Nick Gillespie

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Sep 17 2018

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Rank #5: Will There Ever Be a Morning After the Midterms?: Podcast

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Political attention has already migrated to Acostagate, the sacking of Jeff Sessions, and that insane press conference from yesterday, but there was an actual election of some note on Tuesday, and much to talk about from a libertarian perspective. So we convened an irregular assembly of the Reason Podcast, editors' roundtable edition, to deliver some preliminary findings.

Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch debate the permanent hysteria of presidential politics, the electoral role and legislative future of health care policy, third-party sadnesses, and some happy news peeking through the usual woe.

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"A Surprisingly Normal Election," by Peter Suderman

"Three Cheers for the Return of Divided Government," by Eric Boehm

"2018 Midterm Election Results Include a Lot for Libertarians to Like," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"After the Midterms, Trumpism Is the Dominant Force in the GOP," by Eric Boehm

"Florida Approves Ballot Amendment to Restore Voting Rights of 1.4 Million People With Felony Records," by C.J. Ciaramella

"Justin Amash and Thomas Massie, Two of the Most Libertarian Members of Congress, Re-Elected," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Bigfoot Erotica Aficionado Denver Riggleman Beat Olivia Wilde's Mom in Virginia Congressional Race," by Eric Boehm

"Michigan Becomes the 10th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana," by Jacob Sullum

"Ex-Nevada Brothel Owner Dennis Hof Wins Assembly Seat Despite Being Dead," by Joe Setyon

"Clint Bolick, Arizona's Libertarian Supreme Court Justice, Wins Judicial Retention Election" by Damon Root

"Harsh Republican Restrictionism Loses Bigly in the Midterms," by Shikha Dalmia

"Jeff Sessions Is Out, 2020 Speculation Is In," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Jeff Sessions Was a Terrible Attorney General. His Successor Will Do More of the Same.," by Scott Shackford

"CNN's Jim Acosta Was Rude, but He Did Not Assault a White House Intern," by Robby Soave

"Threatening Cable News Hosts Doesn't Help Anyone," by Joe Setyon

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Nov 08 2018

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Rank #6: Darts and Laurels for the Late George H.W. Bush: Podcast

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What else can we say about the departed George H.W. Bush, other than that he wasn't the worst president in our lifetimes but otherwise left little for libertarians to cheer about aside from not freaking out while communism collapsed? On the latest editors' roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward and Peter Suderman add their contributions to the pool already populated by co-podcasters Nick Gillespie and me. Hint: involves supermarket scanners.

Also discussed: Last week's huge volume of news on all things Mueller/Trump/Russia, the multi-administration follies of Government Motors, the technologic inadequacies of certain podcast participants, and of course the Reason Webathon (Donate right the hell now!).

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"George H.W. Bush, 41st U.S. President, Dead at 94," by Scott Shackford

"When the World Convulsed, George H.W. Bush (Mostly) Let Freedom Happen," by Matt Welch

"George H.W. Bush's Legacy Holds Little, Nothing for Libertarians To Celebrate," by Nick Gillespie

"Did I Really Once Think That George H.W. Bush Was the Worst President of My Lifetime?," by Jesse Walker

"Bush, Buckwheat, and the Budget," by Thomas Winslow Hazlett

"Sovereignty Is Such a Lonely Word," by Matt Welch

"Trump Ex-Lawyer Cohen Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congress About Russian Negotiations," by Scott Shackford

"Putin's Potential Penthouse in Trump Tower Moscow Launches Investigation," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"After Losing $1 Billion to Tariffs, General Motors Announces 14,000 Layoffs," by Eric Boehm

"When Trump (or Obama) Threatens CEOs, It's the Little Guy Who Loses," by Matt Welch

"How The Hell Did GM Pay Back Its Bailout "in Full And Ahead of Schedule"? Well, It Didn't…," by Nick Gillespie

"GM Will Shut Down Factory Built on Land Seized in Controversial 1981 Poletown Taking," by Ilya Somin

"Trump, Ryan, and Walker Want to Seize Wisconsin Homes to Build a Foxconn Plant," by Zach Weismueller

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Dec 03 2018

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Rank #7: How Libertarians Should Respond to Mass Shootings

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A pair of horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, this weekend left at least 30 people dead. Politicians are jockeying to place the blame on everything from immigrants to guns to the news media. 

The Media has a big responsibility to life and safety in our Country. Fake News has contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years. News coverage has got to start being fair, balanced and unbiased, or these terrible problems will only get worse!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2019

What should politicians do when these awful events when they occur? Why have mass shootings increasingly led to people raising First Amendment issues as well as Second Amendment questions? And how do libertarians react to both the events themselves and the misguided policy responses that inevitably result?

On the latest Editors' Roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, and Katherine Mangu-Ward are joined by special guest Eric Boehm to discuss all of these questions, as well as last week's Democratic presidential debates, the no-good-very-bad budget deal, and the latest front in the trade war. Plus: a special China-focused recommendations segment, featuring Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, The Farewell, The Three-Body Problem, and more from the Bobiverse. 

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Aug 05 2019

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Rank #8: Will Public Discourse Ever Recover from the Kavanaugh Hearings?: Podcast

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Over the weekend, The New Yorker published explosive new allegations of sexual impropriety by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, this time involving an alleged incident from his freshman year at Yale in the early 1980s. Since then, Kavanaugh has flatly denied everything, President Trump has said he stands with the judge, and The New York Times has questioned the veracity of the new story. The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the judge's earlier accuser, on Thursday.

In today's Reason Podcast, Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and I discuss the fallout of the Kavanaugh hearing not just as it relates to the future of the Supreme Court but to journalistic norms and public discourse. We also talk about the uncertain fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who may be out from his role of overseeing Robert Mueller and the federal probe into Russian influence in the 2016 election. And we talk about what we've been reading, watching, and listening to.

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Sep 24 2018

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Rank #9: Larry Kudlow Is Bad. So Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Chartreuse Is Good: Podcast

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"Yeah, gigantic deficits are not good," says director of President Trump's National Economic Council Larry Kudlow in a clip at the top of today's Reason Podcast, before he goes on to make ridiculous excuses for gigantic deficits. Matt Welch is somewhere in a French chateau, so today's pod features special guest star Managing Editor Stephanie Slade, plus the usual gang of Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and yours truly.

After digging into the deficit darkness, we turn our thoughts to the latest revelations in the Trump Russia imbroglio, as well as the politics of criticizing socialist Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. We wrap up, as usual with our recommendations for stuff to read or watch or put in your face holes, which this week includes the new Mission:Impossible movie and some fancy booze from France.

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Further reading:

Reason's best headline this week: "Whirlpool Took Tariffs for a Spin, Ended Up With Tumbling Sales: Tariffs let the government pick winners and losers—but sometimes even the winners get hung out to dry."

Scott Shackford on "Secret Carter Page Warrant Documents Released"

Robby Soave on Ocasio-Cortez's economics mistakes.

Our recommendations:

Family Ghosts podcast

Mission:Impossible – Fallout

And check out these monks who make Chartreuse!

The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge

Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

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Jul 23 2018

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Rank #10: Interesting New York Times Slavery Project Hobbled by Anti-Capitalism

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It has been a helluva weekend for national conversations about race. There was the Proud Boys vs. Antifa street theater in Portland. There was a campaign-pivoting Beto O'Rourke declaring that "Our country was founded on racism—and is still racist today." There was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.), in the midst of unveiling a sweeping new criminal justice plan, offering this vow: "We will go to war against white nationalism and racism in every aspect of our lives." And as always, there was a Trump tweet.

The Failing New York Times, in one of the most devastating portrayals of bad journalism in history, got caught by a leaker that they are shifting from their Phony Russian Collusion Narrative (the Mueller Report & his testimony were a total disaster), to a Racism Witch Hunt…..

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2019

What was the president referring to? Perhaps the Paper of Record's sweeping and controversial new 1619 Project, which aims "to reframe American history, making explicit how slavery is the foundation on which this country is built." In the back half of today's Editors' Roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch offer a mixed preliminary verdict about the package, praising its ambition, agreeing with the importance of the topic, and disagreeing strenuously with its King Cottonesque take on capitalism.

Other items that come up for discussion: the potential impending global recession and its perceived culprits, where Democrats are at on trade, how ancient aliens did the prehistoric cave-paintings, and which podcaster has two thumbs and watched the key-changingest Ron Paul supporter this weekend (hint: this guy!!!).

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Relevant links from the show:

"Slavery Did Not Make America Rich," by Deirdre McCloskey

"White Supremacy Is Alien to Liberal and Libertarian Ideals," by J.D. Tuccille

"White Identity Politics, Not Trump's Racist Tweets, Is National Conservatism's Real Problem," by Steven Greenhut

"Libertarianism, the Anti-Slavery Movement, and Black History Month," by Damon Root

"Classical Liberalism and the Fight for Equal Rights," by Damon Root

"Proud Boys and Antifa Playact Protest in Portland," by Nancy Rommelmann

"Beto's Reboot: So You're Saying There's Still a Chance?" by Matt Welch

"Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill to Eliminate Cash Bail," by Scott Shackford

"Sanders Suddenly Becomes Pot-Friendliest Major-Party Candidate," by Jacob Sullum

"Bernie Sanders Calls for 'Automatic' Federal Investigations of Deaths in Police Custody," by Anthony Fisher

"Why Bernie Sanders Is Wrong About Private Prisons," by Leonard Gilroy and Adrian Moore

"Beto vs. Warren Is the Trade Policy Debate Democrats Need To Have," by Eric Boehm

"Biden Is Turning Trump's Trade War Into a Major Campaign Issue. More Democrats Should Follow His Lead," by Eric Boehm

"Elizabeth Warren Wants to Make Your Life More Annoying and More Expensive," by Peter Suderman

"Is Deregulation to Blame?" by Katherine Mangu-Ward

"Is Barry Manilow a Closet Libertarian? (He Gave $2,300 to Ron Paul's Campaign)," by Nick Gillespie

Aug 19 2019

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Rank #11: Is Trump vs. Acosta the Iran-Iraq War of 2018?: Podcast

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Beloved Reason Editor-in-Everything Katherine Mangu-Ward had a piece in this weekend's New York Times headlined "Trump and Acosta: When Showboats Collide." Given the nonstop borgledy-fraggle of news within the Trump vs. media vs. Trump Möbius strip of blather, we start the latest editors roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast with an extended rumination on the meta-meanings (and lack thereof) of this eternally recurrent combat.

Other topics of note discussed by Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and yours truly include the president's prickly relationship with the military, his sometimes-coherent foreign policy doctrine, the off-again/on-again FIRST STEP Act, plus (for some reason) bidets, Rand Paul prospectively barfing on Mitch McConnell's desk, and whether ladies who dye their hair blue and purple are basically poisonous tree frogs.

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"Federal Judge Rules Trump White House Must Return Jim Acosta's Press Pass," by Joe Setyon

"Reporters Become Participants in Tribal Political Warfare," by J.D. Tuccille

"Bob Woodward Is Right: The Press Is 'Emotionally Unhinged' About Trump," by Nick Gillespie

"The Sorry State of FOIA," by C.J. Ciaramella

"Richard Nixon Probably Would Not Have Been Saved by Fox News," by Matt Welch

"The Military Is 'Securing' a 1,900-Mile Border with 22 Miles of Razor Wire," by Eric Boehm

"First Full Year of Trump-Run Foreign Policy Sees Record Number of Bombs Dropped on Afghanistan," by Brian Doherty

"Mitch McConnell Touts Wild Spending Bills as 'Bipartisan' Accomplishments," by Joe Setyon

"Donald Trump Appears Clueless About the Criminal Justice Reform He Says He Supports," by Eric Boehm

"Hey, Libertarians! The Criminal Justice Reform Movement Sees You Out There," by Scott Shackford

"Trump Endorses Criminal Justice Bill, Giving Momentum to Long-Delayed Reforms," by C.J. Ciaramella

"Top National Police Organization Declares Support for Modest Federal Sentencing Reforms," by Scott Shackford

"ABC Makes Patently False Claim About New Title IX Rules," by Robby Soave

"Sole and Despotic Dominion," by Cory Doctorow

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Nov 19 2018

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Rank #12: Democrats' Anti-Scientific Climate Dystopias

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Judging by last week's six-hour CNN presidential candidate town hall on climate change, the rough Democratic consensus is that we've got 12 years until DOOM—and that we should probably ban the greenhouse-gas-reducing energy technologies of nuclear power and hydraulically fractured natural gas. Nonsense on stilts, argue Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch on the latest Editors' Roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast.

The gang previews this week's Democratic presidential debate, notes the tension between an increasingly crowded Republican race and the GOP's decision to call off state primaries, analyzes President Donald Trump's move to call off withdrawal talks with the Taliban, and gives the moderator an earful about his WrongThink on West Side Story.

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Relevant links from the show:

"Four Memorable Moments from CNN's Climate Town Hall," by Nick Gillespie

"Dems to Talk for 6 (!) Hours About Climate Change on CNN Tonight," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Despite What Democrats Said at Their Debate, We're Not Heading Toward Climate Apocalypse," by Ronald Bailey

"Democrats Debate To Determine Who Will Spend Us Into Oblivion," by Steven Greenhut

"Warren Wants 'Big, Structural Change' That Goes Beyond Anything Previous Democratic Administrations Have Proposed," by Ira Stoll

"Kamala Harris Is a Cop Who Wants To Be President," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Biden's Age Matters, Even if Democrats Want To Ignore It," by Ira Stoll

"Former S.C. Congressman Mark Sanford Launches Longshot Primary Bid One Day After GOP Cancels S.C. Primary," by Eric Boehm

"The GOP Deals With Trump Competition by Canceling Elections," by Matt Welch

"Joe Walsh Isn't Running on the Issues," by Billy Binion

"Mark Sanford Gives Himself Two Weeks to Decide if He Wants to Be Trump Roadkill," by Matt Welch

"Bill Weld Raises a Pathetic $688,000 in Second Quarter," by Matt Welch

"Trump Caves to Lindsey Graham; U.S. Troops To Stay the Neverending Course in Afghanistan," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

Sep 09 2019

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Rank #13: Elizabeth Warren Is Lying About Her Own Medicare Plan

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.), the Democratic presidential contender, used the following words over the weekend to defend her plan to pay for Medicare for All: "It doesn't raise taxes on anybody but billionaires….Understand this. This is no increase in taxes for anyone except billionaires….Period. Done." Non-billionaires will not pay "a penny more."

This claim is a straight-up lie, says Reason features editor and resident health care policy specialist Peter Suderman in today's Reason Roundtable podcast. Co-roundtableists Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch, and Katherine Mangu-Ward dive into the weeds of Medicare policy and politics, jump into the fray of the latest social media panicking, and leave time enough for Ed Clark references and a bit of Libertarian Party presidential news.

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Relevant links from the show:

"The Reason Podcast Is Now 3 Great New Podcasts. Subscribe!" by Katherine Mangu-Ward

"Elizabeth Warren Wants To Pay for Medicare for All With a $9 Trillion Tax That Will Hit the Middle Class," by Peter Suderman

"Aaron Sorkin, Mark Zuckerberg Feud Over Political Ads. Here's Why Sorkin's Wrong," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"'We Can Fact Check Your Ass,' but Not When It Comes to Political Ads," by Nick Gillespie

"Twitter's Ban on Political Ads Will Help Incumbent Politicians Maintain Power," by Scott Shackford

"Can Big Tech Save Us From the Power of Government?" by Scott Shackford

"Former Time Editor and CEO of Constitution Center (!) Wants To Cancel First Amendment, Pass Hate Speech Laws," by Nick Gillespie

Nov 04 2019

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Rank #14: 'It's Not About Donald Trump Being Crappy, It's About the Government Being Crappy': Podcast

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Over the weekend, Donald Trump tweeted that "tariffs are working big time" and said that his trade war would help us pay down the national debt. On today's Reason Podcast, special guests Eric Boehm and Robby Soave join Katherine Mangu-Ward and Peter Suderman to talk about the latest escalations in Trump's trade war and how Trump's bad trade policies are enabling cronyism.

Also on this week's podcast: Medicare for all costs how much? Will 3D-printed guns doom us all? And what are we supposed to make of The New York Times hiring technology writer Sarah Jeong, even with a history of controversial tweets? As always, we end with recommendations for books (Manhattan Beach), television (The Affair), and a video game (Wolfenstein II: The New Colussus).

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Aug 06 2018

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Rank #15: Who's Ready for an Obama Lecture About Trump?: Podcast

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Did you see Barack Obama's big get-back-in-the-ring speech last week? Here's the whole kaboodle; here's a five-minute highlight reel. The former president said stuff like "I complained plenty about Fox News, but you never heard me threaten to shut them down, or call them enemies of the people," warned about relying on rogue White House bureaucrats to sometimes do the right thing, and extolled voting as the number-one method for counter-acting his successor.

To the surprise of no one, that latter suggestion in particular irked Katherine Mangu-Ward during our Monday editor-roundtable version of the Reason Podcast, also featuring Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, and me. The discussion quickly broadened out to the importance/veracity of Bob Woodward's new book, the possible identities and purpose of the anonymous New York Times White House resister, the political garbage-fire of last week's Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, last week's social media hearings on Capitol Hill, and more.

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"Obama Endorses Medicare-for-All," by Christian Britschgi

"Why the American Establishment Has Lost Credibility," by David E. Bernstein

"'Lie of the Year' Winner Barack Obama Admonishes Congress to 'Speak the Truth' About Obamacare," by Matt Welch

"Trump Confronts the Enemy Within," by Steve Chapman

"Woodward: Trump Scribbled 'TRADE IS BAD' in Margins of Speech," by Eric Boehm

"Trump Claims He's 'Never' Called Anyone 'Mentally Retarded.' Wrong," by Joe Setyon

"In the White House, Everyone Hates Trump and Trump Hates Everyone," by Eric Boehm

"Anonymous Tell-Alls in The New York Times Are More of a Threat to the Republic Than Trump," by Nick Gillespie

"Trump Cries 'Treason!' Over Anonymous Times Op-Ed," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Trump: DOJ Should Investigate NYT Op-Ed Writer for 'National Security' Purposes," by Joe Setyon

"No, Trump Staffers Shouldn't Be Subject to a Lie Detector Dragnet to Find the 'Resistance' Mole," by J.D. Tuccille

"What Should Have Happened at the Brett Kavanaugh Hearing," by Austin Bragg and Andrew Heaton

"Kamala Harris, Foe of Legal Sex Work, Questions Whether Laws Exist That Control Male Bodies," by Scott Shackford

"Cory Booker Risks Senate Expulsion, Releases Confidential Kavanaugh Emails About 'Racial Profiling'," by Joe Setyon

"Thoughts on the Kavanaugh Racial Profiling Emails Revealed by Sen. Cory Booker," by Ilya Somin

"Dianne Feinstein Wants Brett Kavanaugh to 'Reconcile' His Second Amendment Reasoning With 'Hundreds of School Shootings' That Never Happened," by Jacob Sullum

"'Judge Kavanaugh Was Not Responsible for the Parkland School Shooting,'" by Nick Gillespie

"Ben Sasse Explains Why the Politicization of the Supreme Court Is a Dangerous Thing," by Eric Boehm

"Regulators Want to Know: Are Social Media Companies 'Intentionally Stifling' Conservatives?" by Joe Setyon

"Senators Want Facebook and Twitter to Ignore Demands from Authoritarian Governments, Except Ours," by Robby Soave

"Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump Agree: Amazon Is Bad," by Zuri Davis

"Trump Doesn't Like What People See When They Search 'Trump News,'" by Peter Suderman

"Trump Is No Match for the First Amendment," by Jacob Sullum

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Sep 10 2018

1hr 6mins

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Rank #16: Democrats Can't Quit Fantasizing About What They'd Do to Billionaires

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) tells Amy Goodman that "Markets without rules are theft." Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) tweets that "billionaires should not exist." The conversation gets people so excited that soon former cabinet secretaries are tweeting that there are no honest ways to accumulate a billion dollars, commentators are warning that "these fortunes will destroy our democracy," and The New York Times is publishing entire news articles taking at face value the numerical fantasies of Warren's economic advisers.

It was just another week in the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries, in other words, albeit with one main exception—the race saw the entrance of a brand new (though also old) billionaire! All of which gets a thorough round of yakking from Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, Matt Welch, and Katherine Mangu-Ward on today's Reason Roundtable podcast. The gang also talks about the latest impeachment dramedy, the best arguments in favor of capitalism, and the life well lived of the late libertarian philanthropist and financial-markets investor Don Smith.

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Relevant links from the show:

"The Reason Podcast Is Now 3 Great New Podcasts. Subscribe!" by Katherine Mangu-Ward

"Democratic Wealth Tax Proposals Demonstrate Economic Ignorance," by Veronique de Rugy

"Elizabeth Warren Wants To Raise Taxes by $26 Trillion," by Peter Suderman

"Elizabeth Warren's 'Wealth Tax' Is Punishment, Not Taxation," by Ira Stoll

"Leftist Tax Schemes Bash the Rich, but Depend on Their Success," by Steven Greenhut

"Warren's Presidential Bid Aims to Blame 'the Rich' for America's Problems," by Ira Stoll

"Are Billionaires a Policy Failure?" by Matt Welch

"Are Billionaires Immoral? Democrats Are Staking Out Aggressive Anti-Wealth Platforms Ahead of 2020," by Ira Stoll

"Michael Bloomberg's Centrism Combines the Worst Instincts of the Right and Left," by Jacob Sullum

"Michael Bloomberg's Chances of Becoming President: Slim, None, and Fat," by Matt Welch

"Reason.tv: Investor Don Smith on the Economy," by Nick Gillespie

Nov 11 2019

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Rank #17: Are We in a New Era of Political Violence?: Podcast

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One week ago, the editor-roundtable version of the Reason Podcast included some robust discussion about whether we are indeed living through an ominous time of heightening political violence. Since then, we've had the killing of two black people in Kentucky by a white man alleged to have tried first targeting a black church, then the arrest of a #MAGA-memer in the sending of (unexploded) pipe-bombs to a dozen or so leading Democrats, and then this weekend's anti-Semitic murder rampage in a Pittsburgh synagogue by an alleged anti-immigrant social-media nut.

So Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, and Matt Welch pick up the conversation where it left off, trying to see whether we've turned a dark new corner, what can be said about President Donald Trump's predictably awful response, how Gab's role fits into our pre-existing anxieties about social media and the culture of free speech, and—obviously—whether we'd be better off being self-aware about living through Elon Musk's drug-induced simulation.

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"11 Dead in Mass Shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue," by Eric Boehm

"Has There Been a Surge of Anti-Semitism Under and Because of Trump?" by David E. Bernstein

"Gab Dumped by Tech Companies Over Synagogue Shooter Posts but Twitter, Facebook, and Other Social-Media Giants Get a Pass," by Elizabeth Noland Brown

"Trump's Rhetoric Is Divisive, Contemptible, Un-Presidential. It's Also Not Responsible for the Synagogue Shooting," by Nick Gillespie

"Suspect Arrested in Attempted Mail Bombings," by Joe Setyon

"Mail Bomber Cesar Sayoc Threatened Me on Facebook," by Ilya Somin

"Trump's Anti-Press Rhetoric Is Irresponsible, Even If the Bomber Is Just a Crazy Person," by Robby Soave

"Migrant Caravan Hysteria Returns," by Joe Setyon

"Republicans Whip Up Pre-Midterm Fears With Lies About Invading Migrant Caravan," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Why the Obsession with the Migrant Caravan, Mr. President?" by Nick Gillespie

"Do Partisans Hate Each Other More Than Ever?" by Morris Fiorina

"No, We're Not on the Brink of Civil War. But the Reasons Why We're Not Are Far From Entirely Reassuring." by Ilya Somin

"When Social Media Platforms Block Conservatives," by John Stossel

"Facebook Slams Independent Voices With Latest Political Purge," by J.D. Tuccille

"Live Debate in LA on 11/1: Ken White of Popehat, Thaddeus Russell of Renegade U," by Nick Gillespie

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Oct 29 2018

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Rank #18: Will Democrats Really Grab Your Guns?

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As has been the case with the Trump administration after a mass shooting event, the president and key legislative leaders are discussing in the wake of Saturday's Odessa, Texas, shoot-out a series of possible measures, including expediting the death penalty. As is also the case during a long presidential primary season, Democratic candidates are one-upping one another with gun-control proposals, with Texan Beto O'Rourke and Sen. Kamala Harris (D–Calif.) both suggesting "mandatory buy-backs" of "weapons of war." So what will and should actually be done?

So kicks off a lively discussion on the latest Editors Roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, feauring Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman and Matt Welch. Other topics include: Reflections on back-to-school week and the state of education policy/politics, ideas from both the Trump administration and the Democratic presidential field about getting U.S. troops the hell out of Afghanistan, plus the latest social-commentary comedy from Dave Chappelle

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"Should It Be Easier to Put Mass Shooters to Death? Trump's Justice Department Thinks So," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Texas Is Executing a Man Tonight for a Murder and Rape Experts Say He Didn't Commit," by Zuri Davis

"March For Our Lives Calls for Confiscating Guns, Investigating the NRA, and 'Reforming' the Supreme Court," by Christian Britschgi

"How to Create a Gun-Free America in 5 Easy Steps," by Austin Bragg

"New York's New 'Red Flag' Law Illustrates the Due Process Problems Posed by Gun Confiscation Orders," by Jacob Sullum

"Do These 21 Mass Shootings That Did Not Happen Show the Benefits of California's 'Red Flag' Law?" by Jacob Sullum

"James Alan Fox: There Is No Evidence of an 'Epidemic of Mass Shootings,'" by Nick Gillespie

"For Many Pro-Gun Republicans, Gun Ownership Is Skin Deep," by Zuri Davis

"Trump Caves to Lindsey Graham; U.S. Troops To Stay the Neverending Course in Afghanistan," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Trump Just Can't Quit Afghanistan," by Matt Welch

"Americans Voice Growing Support for School Choice," by J.D. Tuccille

"De Blasio Advisory Group Wants To Abolish Gifted Classes in NYC Public Schools," by Matt Welch

"Ten Years After Katrina, New Orleans Charter Schools Have Made Real Improvements," by Savannah Robinson

"Watch Dave Chappelle Eviscerate Cancel Culture," by Robby Soave

Sep 03 2019

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Rank #19: Did Andrew Yang Win Last Night's Democratic Debate?

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Last night's Democratic debate was the first to feature all the major contenders on a single stage. They spent much of the evening sparring over health care issues before moving on to talk about gun control, the environment, immigration and more.

Despite the presence of former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.), and Sen. Kamala Harris (D–Calif.), it was tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang who made the biggest impression. Reason's Austin Bragg, Peter Suderman, and Eric Boehm talk about the evening and what it means in a special post-debate podcast.

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Sep 13 2019

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Rank #20: What's So Funny About Tulsi Gabbard?

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Is there something kind of, I dunno, off about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D–Hawaii)? Certainly the can't-quit-us Clinton Machine thinks so, as do some supposedly skeptical news organizations. People a tad more serious, like former Reasoner Kerry Howley, have grappled honestly with Gabbard's unusual personality, life history, and issue set (including some off-putting enthusiasms for aggressive nationalists like Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi). Check out John Stossel's full interview with Gabbard right here, and see for yourself.

Regardless of whether Gabbard floats their particular boats, the Reason Roundtable crew of Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, Matt Welch, and special guest star Stephanie Slade have some withering things to say about this latest Hillary World attempt to smear U.S. foreign policy dissenters (including two-time Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein) as Rooskie "assets" or as the witting recipients of "grooming." The gang also gives some takeaways from last week's Democratic presidential debate, including the long, bad sections about regulating political speech and the companies providing platforms thereof. And there are the usual references to Nick Cave, Peter Criss, Norm MacDonald, the Adverts, and so on.

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Relevant links from the show:

"Tulsi Gabbard Conspiracy Theories Go Mainstream as Hillary Clinton Accuses the Candidate of Being Groomed by Russia," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Hillary Clinton Says Donald Trump Is an Illegitimate President and Tulsi Gabbard Is a Russian Tool," by Robby Soave

"Tulsi Gabbard Called Out Mainstream Media, Both Parties, Democratic Candidates for Supporting Disastrous Regime Change in the Middle East," by Robby Soave

"The New York Times Wonders Aloud If Tulsi Gabbard's Anti-War, Anti-Establishment Message Makes Her a Stooge for Nazis and Russian Bots," by Christian Britschgi

"Stossel: Tulsi Gabbard Full Interview," by John Stossel and Maxim Lott

"Tulsi Gabbard Blames Both Sides for Waging 'These Wasteful Wars,'" by John Stossel

"Tulsi Gabbard Is Anti-War but Not Pro-Peace," by Shikha Dalmia

"No, Jill Stein Did Not Cost Hillary Clinton the White House," by Matt Welch

"Medicare for All Is All Democrats Want To Talk About," by Peter Suderman

"On Medicare for All, Elizabeth Warren Is Fundamentally Dishonest," by Peter Suderman

"Kamala Harris Demands That Warren Promise To Ban Trump From Twitter," by Billy Binion

"The Big Tech Boogeyman Took Another Unfair Beating in the Democratic Debate," by Robby Soave

"Nick Cave Slams 'Woke' Culture as 'Self-Righteous' and Suppressive," by Nick Gillespie

"Review: Parasite," by Kurt Loder

Oct 21 2019

55mins

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