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Founded in 1968, Reason is the planet's leading source of news, politics, and culture from a libertarian perspective. Hosted by Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch, and other Reason journalists, our podcast explores "free minds and free markets." It features ...Show More
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20:15 | Aug 16th

Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign by warning that America had become a "dumping ground" for immigrants, and that Mexico...

1:01:25 | Sep 4th

What a difference a decade makes! Ten years ago, everyone loved big tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, and...
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1:01:28 | Sep 3rd

Democratic contenders Beto O'Rourke and Kamala Harris want the government to "buy back" certain categories of guns, even forcefully. Will that ever happen, and what changes would Donald Trump be likely to support? Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie...Show More

37:59 | Aug 30th

For most of its existence, Backpage.com was mired in legal and political controversy. The website, which hosted online classified ads...

42:39 | Aug 28th

"Congress has given us $22 trillion in debt, the longest war in American history, a broken health care system, a...

52:42 | Aug 26th

Is the cause for freedom advanced by the candidacy of Joe Walsh? Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-ward, Peter Suderman and Matt Welch discuss on the latest Reason Podcast.

1:21:43 | Aug 24th

Bitcoin is poorly suited to the purpose of becoming any nation's main medium of exchange. That was the topic of...

19:04 | Aug 23rd

David Koch, the billionaire free market philanthropist, has died at the age of 79. Born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1940,...

1:14:05 | Aug 21st

Since launching a decade ago, the decentralized, peer-to-peer cryptocurrency bitcoin has been lauded (and denounced) for its potential to route...

1:11:04 | Aug 19th

Preliminary about The New York Times' 1619 Project: Interestingly ambitious, a worthy subject, and hobbled by cheap anti-capitalism, argue Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman and Nick Gillespie on the latest Reason Podcast.

46:21 | Aug 14th

The horrific mass killings in El Paso and Dayton have understandably inspired terror in America and calls for expanded gun...

1:04:33 | Aug 12th

Is absolutely everything politics now? Anti-Trumpers are boycotting pricey stationary bike rides at Equinox-owned SoulCycle after major Equinox investor Steven Ross held a fundraiser for Donald Trump. "Steve Ross got into a little bit of trouble t...Show More

33:01 | Aug 7th

In 2016, the website The Babylon Bee appeared as "Your Trusted Source for Christian News Satire." If you're not a believer,...

57:08 | Aug 5th

A pair of horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, this weekend left at least 30 people...

34:39 | Aug 1st

For the past 10 years, the reality TV show Shark Tank has entertained and edified millions of viewers by dramatizing...

41:16 | Jul 31st

In 2018, the journalist Kevin Williamson was hired away from the flagship publication for the conservative movement, National Review, by...

1:01:16 | Jul 29th

When Donald Trump and Rep. Elijah Cummings agree, be very afraid, argue Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman and Matt Welch on the latest Reason Podcast.

1:27:41 | Jul 26th

Postmodernism is necessary for a politics of individual liberty. That was the topic of a public debate hosted by the...

20:39 | Jul 25th

When Michigan Rep. Justin Amash declared his independence from the Republican Party on July 4, he instantly became one of...

1:03:27 | Jul 22nd

"Today we declare independence…from neoliberalism, from libertarianism, from what they call classical liberalism. From the set of ideas that sees...

37:03 | Jul 17th

"It's time for a revolution in higher education. It's time for a renegade university." That's the sales pitch for Thaddeus...

58:33 | Jul 15th

Identity politics, right and left, is driving the country mad, argue Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch, on the Editors Roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast.

1:25:15 | Jul 12th

Given Social Security's nearly $3 trillion trust fund, the system cannot add to the federal deficit. Today's podcast features a...

52:58 | Jul 8th

What does JustinAmash's defection from the Republican Party tell us about the electoral prospects for libertarianism? Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman and Matt Welch discuss on the latest Reason Podcast.

42:38 | Jul 4th

In the beginning, there was the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). Founded in 1946 by Leonard Read, FEE is the...

31:08 | Jul 3rd

One of the most interesting and unconventional forms of school choice doesn't just reject traditional K-12 public and private classrooms...

29:17 | Jul 2nd

Dave Barry is the author of approximately eleventy billion books and the recipient of exactly one Pulitzer Prize. For four...

1:06:12 | Jul 1st

The backward-looking fight over busing tells us a lot about Democrats' contemporary problems with education policy, argue Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch, in the latest Editors Roundtable edition of the Reason Podc...Show More

28:38 | Jun 28th

In a post-debate quickie podcast, Reason's resident millennial/xennials Peter Suderman, Stephanie Slade, and Katherine Mangu-Ward slice and dice the two nights of Democratic Debates. We discuss the surprisingly fast escalation of the health care deba...Show More

53:34 | Jun 27th

Denise Ho is a problem for Chinese and Hong Kong authorities. The 42-year-old celebrity musician became a public face for...

55:53 | Jun 26th

Before Donald Trump took office, it was hard to find a tougher critic of him than Patrick Byrne, the libertarian...

55:25 | Jun 24th

It's refreshing that a U.S. president would call off a bomb strike in the name of disproportionality. But are Donald Trump's Iranian policies making conflict more likely in the future? Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Matt Welch and Nick Gillesp...Show More

41:00 | Jun 21st

In an interview with Reason's Matt Welch, George Will talks about the importance of rehabilitating America's withered constitutional architecture, ponders what the punditry class got wrong in 2016, and reminisces about what it was like for a conserva...Show More

58:29 | Jun 19th

Today's guest is David French, a senior writer for National Review and a columnist for Time. He's one of the most prominent Never Trump conservatives in the country and he recently has been attacked by fellow right-wingers for—get this—being just too...Show More

57:38 | Jun 17th

How socialist ARE these Democrats, anyway? Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch discuss the 2020 presidential field on the latest Reason Podcast, Editors' Roundtable.

51:16 | Jun 14th

Reason's Robby Soave has been writing about culture, free speech, due process, and moral outrage on campus since joining the magazine in 2014. Next week will see the release of his first book, Panic Attack: Young Radicals in the Age of Trump, which e...Show More

45:53 | Jun 12th

A political scientist by training, Ian Bremmer heads up the Eurasia Group, the world's largest political-risk consultancy. He's also the host of the weekly PBS show GZERO World, which investigates how economics and politics are playing out in a world...Show More

19:20 | Jun 11th

Criminal defense attorney Mike Chase, the man behind the popular @CrimeADay Twitter feed, has a new book titled How to Become a Federal Criminal: An Illustrated Handbook for the Aspiring Offender. It chronicles government power at its most arbitrary ...Show More

1:04:28 | Jun 10th

When Tucker Carlson and Elizabeth Warren agree on trade, regulation, and social media, it's time to rethink a few things.

1:02:05 | Jun 5th

On today's podcast, Nick Gillespie speaks with Ronald K.L. Collins, a lawyer and scholar at the Newseum's First Amendment Law Center, and the author of a weekly blog called First Amendment News. He's also the co-author with David M. Skover of The Peo...Show More

55:34 | Jun 3rd

For a solid week now, conservative intellectuals have been going after each other along the dividing lines of populist-nationalism and classical liberalism. On the latest Reason Podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman and Matt W...Show More

1:30:29 | May 31st

Are vegetarians healthier than omnivores? Listen to a debate @TheSohoForum featuring @bigfatsurprise and @DrDavidKatz.

47:30 | May 29th

The founder of Instapundit is Glenn Reynolds, a law professor at the University of Tennessee who came to be known as the "blogfather" to many of us then toiling on the border between print and pixels. His new book is called The Social Media Upheaval....Show More

1:01:35 | May 28th

Yesterday, President Donald Trump warned that tariffs on Chinese imports may still go up "very substantially" while continuing to insist that China is paying the tariffs. That's…not accurate, as Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, a...Show More

1:01:19 | May 24th

Denver voters shocked the world this month by narrowly passing a ballot initiative decriminalizing psilocybin mushrooms by a single percentage...

38:03 | May 22nd

When Donald Trump claimed in 2015 that Mexican immigrants will ravage our women, destroy our neighborhoods, and taint our ethnic...

57:41 | May 20th

Sadly, @BernieSanders is not alone in the 2020 Democratic presidential field in proposing crackdowns against charter schools. @kmanguward, @nickgillespie, @petersuderman and @mattwelch discuss on the latest @Reason Podcast.

47:54 | May 17th

In this special episode, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Robby Soave pre-game this Sunday's Game of Thrones finale and look back on the series. The Reason editors gloat (a little) about having correctly predicted Daenerys' turn—unlike Eliza...Show More

58:04 | May 15th

In The Tyranny of Metrics, historian Jerry Z. Muller explains how we got to a place where we're constantly measuring everything we do—and why much of the time we're just not just wasting our time but making things objectively worse.

44:47 | May 14th

The debate over the "heartbeat bill" signed into law in Georgia last week has been both hyperbolic and vitriolic. Of...

1:02:56 | May 13th

Abortion restrictionists are trying to provoke the Supreme Court into revisiting Roe v. Wade. @kmanguward, @petersuderman, @nickgillespie and @mattwelch debate reproductive rights on the @Reason Podcast.

28:41 | May 10th

Hamilton Morris, the host of Hamilton's Pharmacopeia, talks about how the drug war warps everything we think we know about drugs--and how much freer we will be when prohibition ends.

1:03:48 | May 6th

Should libertarians care if Facebook bans people for "dangerous" speech? @nickgillespie, @kmanguward, @petersuderman and @mattwelch have a vigorous debate on the Editors' Roundtable edition of the @Reason Podcast.

15:19 | May 3rd

Fox News' Judge Andrew Napolitano, a hard-core libertarian, drew the wrath of Donald Trump when he said the president had clearly obstructed justice. Napolitano sat down with Reason's Nick Gillespie to defend his name, lay out his case against the pr...Show More

16:26 | May 1st

"The Satanic Temple is a new religious organization that was founded in 2013, kind of as a prank, but very...

57:18 | Apr 29th

Do the bold new economic proposals of Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Beto O'Rourke and Bernie Sanders add up even a little bit? Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward and Matt Welch discuss on the latest Editors Roundtable edition of ...Show More

52:14 | Apr 26th

In May of 2018, President Donald Trump signed a new law allowing patients with life-threatening conditions to access experimental medications without obtaining FDA approval. In our latest podcast, Reason's Zach Weissmueller sits down with Christin...Show More

40:37 | Apr 24th

Emily Oster is the parenting guru nerds have been waiting for. In her new book, Cribsheet, the Brown University economist examines the evidence on best practices for babies and toddlers. Her advice for parents of the 0–3 crowd on breastfeeding, swadd...Show More

41:26 | Apr 23rd

Do you want to know the 26 words that, in the opinion of today's guest, "created the internet?" "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information...Show More

1:06:42 | Apr 22nd

Now that the smoke has cleared from the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Donald Trump's suspected (and now-disregarded) criminal conspiracy with Russia and his potential obstruction of the investigation thereof, there are many ques...Show More

51:38 | Apr 19th

With the rise of legal recreational marijuana across the country and an unwinding of the drug war on the horizon, more and more people are thinking about how best to shape America's post-prohibition drug culture. Today's guest is working to stage ...Show More

47:05 | Apr 17th

One of the most amazing aspects of the 2020 presidential race is that virtually all candidates, including President Donald Trump, have indicated they favor letting individual states decide the legal status of marijuana. That position was unthinkable ...Show More

1:02:17 | Apr 15th

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) is engaging in some mildly awkward conversations about being a millionaire while constantly seeking to soak the rich. Which on this Tax Day, is kind of hilarious, so it's how we start this week's Editors' Roundtable editio...Show More

58:49 | Apr 12th

In a special episode of the Reason Podcast, we drink and we know things.
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58:49 | Apr 12th

On Sunday night at 9 p.m., Game of Thrones returns to HBO. And here at Reason, we are ready. Join Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Robby Soave as we rip apart the first seven seasons of Game of Thrones like a hungry baby drag...Show More
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44:06 | Apr 11th

When actor Jussie Smollet lied about being attacked by racist, MAGA-hat-wearing Trump supporters, Columbia University linguist John McWhorter actually interpreted it as a sign that "we have come further on race than we are often comfortable admitting...Show More

44:06 | Apr 11th

The Columbia University linguist discusses the Jussie Smollett hoax, Donald Trump, and "antiracism" as a new secular religion.

1:07:03 | Apr 8th

As Trump cracks down yet again, Reason's editors disagree over labeling in immigration policy.
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1:07:03 | Apr 8th

Reason editors debate the phrases "open borders," "military-industrial complex," and more.

31:43 | Apr 5th

In Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society, Nicholas Christakis says our common humanity outweighs divisive tribalism.
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31:43 | Apr 5th

In 2015, an angry confrontation at Yale over how to dress up on Halloween caused a national sensation. Protesting students called for the university to fire Nicholas Christakis, a sociologist and physician, because they felt he and his wife, also tea...Show More

46:07 | Apr 3rd

Allison Schrager's An Economist Walks Into a Brothel demystifies sex work, big-wave surfing, horse-breeding, and other high-risk professions.
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46:07 | Apr 3rd

Just when you might have thought that economics was played out as a way for us to understand the world, along comes Allison Schrager, a Ph.D. economist who writes for Quartz, teaches at New York University, and is the co-founder of LifeCycle Finance ...Show More
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1:04:19 | Apr 1st

The Reason Editors' Roundtable takes aim at the poor policy career of Joe Biden, the calamitous Donald Trump idea to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border, and Mark Zuckerburg's transparent attempt to cement his market share through regulation. Audio pro...Show More

1:33:30 | Mar 29th

Should Israel negotiate with Hamas and Fatah, or are they unwavering enemies in a protracted struggle?
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1:33:30 | Mar 29th

"To resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel must first achieve defeat of the Palestinian movement." That was the topic of a debated hosted by the Soho Forum on March 18, 2019. It was an Oxford-style debate, in which the audience votes on th...Show More
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50:13 | Mar 27th

About the only time that love is mentioned in conversations about politics is when a lawmaker gets caught in a sex scandal. Suddenly, the perp starts gushing about how much he loves his spouse, his kids, his constituents, and his country. The guest o...Show More

50:13 | Mar 27th

The president of the American Enterprise Institute says we need to reboot politics and that libertarians may hold the key.
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1:02:14 | Mar 25th

"While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime," Robert Mueller's long-awaited homework stated, according to Atttorney General William Barr, "it also does not exonerate him." To which Donald Trump has predictably responded:...Show More
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1:10:51 | Mar 22nd

Today's Reason Podcast conversation is with Michael Solana, a vice president at the venture capital firm Founders Fund. The firm, which is worth upwards of $3 billion, founded by Peter Thiel, PayPal co-founder Luke Nosek, former PayPal CFO Ken Howery...Show More

1:10:51 | Mar 22nd

A conversation with Mike Solana, a vice president at Peter Thiel's venture capital firm

40:19 | Mar 19th

Forty years ago, one of the most momentous events in the history of politics and television took place: C-SPAN started...
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40:19 | Mar 19th

Forty years ago, one of the most momentous events in the history of politics and television took place: C-SPAN started broadcasting live, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the United States House of Representatives. Long before reality TV shows like Real W...Show More

58:36 | Mar 18th

Elizabeth Warren, Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, and most of the 2020 presidential field agree that tech companies have too power. But maybe they don't like the competition.
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58:36 | Mar 18th

Reason editors debate whether private concentrations of power in the tech industry, which Sen. Elizabeth Warren rails against, are worrisome enough to warrant government intervention. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'Ragtime Dance' by Scott Joplin ...Show More

19:55 | Mar 15th

Q&A with the co-founder of Institute for Justice about immigration, his legal philosophy, his battles with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and that tattoo.
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19:55 | Mar 15th

In 2016, Clint Bolick became an associate justice on the Arizona State Supreme Court, making him one of the most influential—and consequential—libertarians in today's legal world. That appointment is merely the most recent career highlight for the 6...Show More
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46:13 | Mar 13th

"I am a capitalist," says Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is also a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination. "I believe in markets." She's got a funny way of showing her faith. Last week, she unveiled her pla...Show More

46:13 | Mar 13th

George Mason's Todd Zywicki says the senator and presidential hopeful has inherited the ideas of Louis Brandeis without learning the lessons of overregulation.
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1:06:42 | Mar 11th

The kids are trending "socialist," presidential candidates are disgorging mega-proposals like popcorn, and Republicans aren't governing like they worry about this stuff, so what's a libertarian to do except reach for the orange saffron diaper? Audio...Show More

1:06:42 | Mar 11th

Democratic mega-proposals, GOP budgetary fictions, prostitution decriminalization surprises, and Zardoz moments galore
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52:49 | Mar 8th

In today's Reason Podcast, Nick Gillespie talks with Coleman Hughes, a 23-year-old junior at Columbia University who has emerged over the past year as one of the most prolific and insightful commentators on race and class in the United States. He's ...Show More

52:49 | Mar 8th

Meet the undergrad who is recovering the legacy of gay, socialist civil-rights activist Bayard Rustin while explicating Kanye West's conservatism.
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57:37 | Mar 6th

In the new issue of Reason (subscribe now for as little at $14.97 a year!), legendary comics artist Peter Bagge contributes "Immigration Grunts," a four-page cartoon essay about people trying to help refugees and asylum-seekers stuck in a federal imm...Show More

57:37 | Mar 6th

The cartoonist talks about being libertarian, why Marvel is OK with "serums" but not drugs, and how comic books have evolved over the past 30 years.
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1:02:37 | Mar 4th

Reason editors find themselves caught between executive branch power grabs on the right and Democratic socialist fantasies on the left. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'Keymonica' by Pietnastka is licensed under CC BY-NC 3.0

1:02:37 | Mar 4th

We live in desperate times when the brake on both Democratic socialism and Republican executive-branch abuse is a 78-year-old San Francisco Democrat.

38:46 | Mar 1st

Jordan Shapiro's The New Childhood boldly embraces technological innovation and the interconnected world it's creating.
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38:46 | Mar 1st

"How do I prepare my children for a future I can't imagine?" Adults project their fears onto children—our own or other people's—and especially tend to view new technologies (the internet) and cultural products (video games) as mortal threats to the ...Show More
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1:18:06 | Feb 27th

Was the 2008 financial crisis caused by market distortions or market failure? That was the topic of a public debated hosted by the Soho Forum in New York City on February 20, 2019. It featured John Allison, former CEO of BB&T Bank and former CEO and...Show More
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1:06:24 | Feb 25th

On last week's Editors' Roundtable episode of the Reason Podcast, guest star Stephanie Slade argued near the end that the racial-reconciliation movie Green Book feels a bit out of step with where America's cultural conversation has moved these past f...Show More

1:06:24 | Feb 25th

The perils—and profits—of being identity-focused in business, content, and audience
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34:44 | Feb 22nd

Kurt Loder is a cultural omnivore who started out writing for rock magazines in the 1970s, ending up at Rolling Stone. He co-authored Tina Turner's best-selling memoir (the basis for the movie What's Love Got To Do With It?) before moving on MTV, whe...Show More

34:44 | Feb 22nd

Reason's movie reviewer handicaps the Academy Awards and explains why this is the best and worst time to be a consumer of popular culture.
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54:06 | Feb 20th

Few topics inspire more anxiety, anger, and confusion than sex differences between men and women. If you believe in evolution, you believe that sex differences between men and women are real and persistent. If you believe in libertarian values of ind...Show More

54:06 | Feb 20th

Frank talk about evolution, feminism, politics, and why we don't want to acknowledge social progress.
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1:06:33 | Feb 19th

Reason editors Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch, Peter Suderman, and Stephanie Slade assess the Bernie Sanders candidacy for president.

1:06:33 | Feb 19th

How an independent helped shape the Democratic policy agenda.

57:39 | Feb 15th

For his new book, Timothy Carney toured parts of the country that are working and parts that are not. What he found is deeply disturbing.
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57:39 | Feb 15th

"The American Dream is dead," declared Donald Trump in 2015 when he announced he was running for president. "If I get elected president, I will bring it back bigger and better than ever before." One of the most interesting outcomes of the 2016 elect...Show More
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1:13:33 | Feb 13th

"The American tradition of political idealism, writes Noah Rothman in his new book Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America, "is imperiled by a growing obsession wit the demographic categories of race, sex, ethnicity, and sexual orientation...Show More

1:13:33 | Feb 13th

Noah Rothman says the right and the left are using appeals to victimization and identity politics to gain political power.

57:10 | Feb 11th

Untethered from real-world constraints, progressive Democratic policy goes utopian.
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57:10 | Feb 11th

Reason editors discuss the contents, significance, and symbolism of the Green New Deal, and what it means for both the Democratic Party and the future of utopianism.

37:53 | Feb 8th

Elizabeth Nolan Brown talks about DHS's "Blue Campaign," which is pushing hotel and airline workers to call the feds if they suspect human trafficking.
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37:53 | Feb 8th

In her blockbuster exposé "Are You a Woman Traveling Alone?," Reason's Elizabeth Nolan Brown does a deep dive on the Department of Homeland Security "Blue Campaign." This campaign pushes the hospitality industry, air travel companies, and other busin...Show More
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23:54 | Feb 6th

In a quick reaction to the State of the Union, Reason Editor in Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward and Features Editor Peter Suderman talk rockets, socialism, American greatness, alliteration, uteruses, and Nazis.

23:54 | Feb 6th

"The agenda I will lay out this evening is not a Republican Agenda or a Democrat Agenda. It is the agenda of the American People."

1:03:53 | Feb 4th

What comes next in the Virginia governor scandal, why "Medicare for All" ain't happening, and how Baby Boomers are a fatberg clogging America's cultural sewers
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1:03:53 | Feb 4th

This past weekend gave witness to one of the most unimaginable political scandals of the 21st century, as yearbook photos from 1984 of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam in either blackface or a KKK costume surfaced. Northam, 60, first apologized for the pi...Show More

20:00 | Feb 2nd

José Ignacio Guédez, a member of the oppostion party La Causa R, says economic sanctions and political pressure will help restore democracy.
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20:00 | Feb 2nd

Desperate after years of economic disaster and political repression, Venezuelans are protesting in ever-greater numbers against the regime of President Nicolás Maduro, who was re-elected to a second six-year term last year in elections widely denounc...Show More

1:07:57 | Jan 30th

Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch talk about the deep and ever-changing political and cultural meaning of football's biggest game.
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1:07:57 | Jan 30th

On Sunday, February 3, the New England Patriots will play the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII, one of the year's biggest sporting events. For today's Reason Podcast, Nick Gillespie talks with fellow Editor at Large Matt Welch, who has written in...Show More

1:00:15 | Jan 28th

Assessing Elizabeth Warren's "tippy-top" tax, Howard Schultz's presidential candidacy, Donald Trump's shutdown-shutdown, and more
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1:00:15 | Jan 28th

Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch assess Elizabeth Warren’s ‘tippy-top’ tax, Howard Schultz’s presidential candicacy, Donald Trump’s shutdown-shutdown, and more. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'The ...Show More

35:09 | Jan 25th

Q&A with the president of National School Choice Week, Andrew Campanella
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35:09 | Jan 25th

National School Choice Week, an annual event that coordinates thousands of events nationwide designed to bring attention to alternatives to traditional public K-12 education, runs through Saturday, January 26 (go here for more information). For today...Show More
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1:38:19 | Jan 23rd

"Racial segregation in America was, to a large degree, engineered by policy makers in Washington," writes the Economic Policy Institute's Richard Rothstein in the February 2019 issue of Reason, in an article adapted from his book, The Color of Law: A...Show More

1:38:19 | Jan 23rd

The Manhattan Institute's Howard Husock debates Economic Policy Institute's Richard Rothstein at the Soho Forum.
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57:52 | Jan 22nd

How our social media wars turns Covington, Buzzfeed, and everything it touches into a garbage fire. Audio production by Ian Keyser and Mark McDaniel.

57:52 | Jan 22nd

Covingtongate, Buzzfeed's bomb, Baby Hitler, Kamalamentum…maybe it's time to pull the plug.
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38:45 | Jan 18th

Journalists Nancy Rommelmann and Leah McSweeney make no apologies for critiquing what they call the "toxic femininity" of Asia Argento and the anti-Semitism of some of the leaders of this weekend's Women's March in Washington, D.C. Argento, they tel...Show More

38:45 | Jan 18th

Nancy Rommelmann and Leah McSweeney on the "toxic femininity" of Asia Argento, anti-Semitism at the Women's March, and 21st-century sexual liberation.

53:32 | Jan 16th

He also offers up concrete proposals not just to reform government but to route around it and get on with our lives already.
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53:32 | Jan 16th

Philip K Howard burst on the scene over 20 years ago with his best-selling book, The Death of Common Sense: How Law Is Suffocating America, which argued that out-of-control lawsuits and and rules and regulations were choking off vitality, innovation,...Show More
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58:58 | Jan 14th

Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch discuss whether immigration is an "emergency," whether shutdowns are good for libertarians, and why Tulsi Gabbard is driving people crazy. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'Hallon' ...Show More

58:58 | Jan 14th

Rebutting Krugman, cracking on Graham, and searching in vain for "freedom" in a caucus.

41:53 | Jan 11th

Q&A about the rise of right-wing "grifters" such as Charlie Kirk, the death of The Weekly Standard, and the future of the American right.
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41:53 | Jan 11th

"The conservative [movement] needs to be rethought in a variety of ways," says Charlie Sykes, the editor in chief of The Bulwark, the conservative website started in part by William Kristol in the wake of the demise of The Weekly Standard. "There's n...Show More

0:00 | Jan 11th

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's latest bill classifies firearms not by what they do but based on how they look.
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33:12 | Jan 9th

"We are fighting for free speech every single day," says Students for Liberty's CEO Wolf von Laer, who also contends that college campuses around the world are "breeding grounds for socialism." Nick Gillespie spoke with Laer, who has a Ph.D. in poli...Show More

33:12 | Jan 9th

What to expect at LibertyCon, the annual meeting of the largest libertarian student group on the planet (plus how to get 40 percent off registration).

1:04:39 | Jan 7th

What conservatives against "market fundamentalism" can tell you about libertarians without power
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1:04:39 | Jan 7th

Tucker Carlson delivered a memorable monologue last week telling conservatives why they should stop worshiping the market, and instead use government to help save the American family. Here's why he's wrong. Audio production by Ian Keyser. Valse in ...Show More

50:24 | Jan 4th

Jonathan Hoenig, a devotee of Ayn Rand, founder of Capitalist Pig investments, and editor of The New Textbook of Americanism, isn't pulling any punches.
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50:24 | Jan 4th

In 1946, the novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand started writing Textbook of Americanism, a series of brief and accessible essays that she felt would define the essential ideas and character of her adopted homeland. Publishing them in a small magazine ...Show More
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59:08 | Jan 2nd

Mitt Romney's critique of Donald Trump mixes a call for tonal civility with foreign-policy hawkishness and immigration amnesia, say editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch, in the latest Reason Podcast Audio produ...Show More

59:08 | Jan 2nd

The #Resistance GOP mixes tonal civility with foreign-policy hawkishness and immigration amnesia.

49:18 | Dec 28th, 2018

Michael Shermer, Ron Bailey, and Jim Epstein talk poverty-eradication, genomics, and blockchain at Reason's 50th anniversary celebration
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49:18 | Dec 28th, 2018

Michael Shermer, Ron Bailey, and Jim Epstein talk poverty-eradication, genomics, and blockchain at Reason’s 50th anniversary celebration

49:12 | Dec 26th, 2018

J.D. Tuccille, Lisa Snell, and Rob Long discuss the democratization of everything at Reason's 50th anniversary celebration.
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49:12 | Dec 26th, 2018

What happens when consumers control the means of production? J.D. Tuccille talks weaponry, Rob Long media/Hollywood, and Lisa Snell education, in a podcast recorded at Reason's 50th anniversary.

1:04:29 | Dec 21st, 2018

Reason editors' best and worst moments of 2018, including the president's welcome and long-overdue drawdown from Afghanistan
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1:04:29 | Dec 21st, 2018

Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch talk about the best and worst of 2018, starting with President Trump's troop-drawdown from Afghanistan

45:07 | Dec 19th, 2018

Peter Suderman, Len Gilroy, and C. Boyden Gray diagnose the country's many fiscal woes, and offer some solutions, at Reason's 50th anniversary celebration.
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45:07 | Dec 19th, 2018

Peter Suderman, Len Gilroy, and C. Boyden Gray diagnose the country's many fiscal woes, and offer some solutions, at Reason's 50th anniversary celebration.
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1:04:40 | Dec 17th, 2018

On the one-year anniversary of the death of Net Neutrality, Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch take stock of the bipartisan urge to regulate the Internet. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'Shake It!' b...Show More

1:04:40 | Dec 17th, 2018

One year after Net Neutrality, connection speed is up, the discrimination critics feared is non-existent, and the debate about Internet regulation is abysmal.
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1:33:02 | Dec 14th, 2018

"Governments of the advanced industrial economies should phase out the use of paper money in the form of large-denomination notes and sharply restrict the use of cryptocurrencies." That was the resolution at a public debate hosted by the Soho Forum ...Show More

1:33:02 | Dec 14th, 2018

Economists Kenneth Rogoff and Lawrence H. White face off over what the impact would be of a ban on cryptocurrency and phaseout of the $100 bill.

22:39 | Dec 12th, 2018

Listen to former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' keynote at our 50th anniversary dinner.
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22:39 | Dec 12th, 2018

Today, we've got a special podcast: The speech that Mitch Daniels, the former two-term governor of Indiana and the current president of Purdue University, gave at Reason's 50th anniversary celebration, held in Los Angeles in early November. A thinki...Show More

29:17 | Dec 11th, 2018

Tao Lin's Trip details how the author's experience with LSD, DMT, psilocybin, and more blew his mind while making him more human.
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29:17 | Dec 11th, 2018

Psychedelic and hallucinogenic drugs are enjoying a revival—as agents of personal pleasure, mind expansion, and conventional medicine. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently designated psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, as...Show More
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1:04:45 | Dec 10th, 2018

Is Sen. Rand Paul right about special-prosecutor investigations being "banana republic"-style attempts to pin a crime on a president? Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch debate. Audio production by Ian ...Show More

1:04:45 | Dec 10th, 2018

Also: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez owns the cons while spouting policy B.S.
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48:22 | Dec 7th, 2018

Without a doubt, one of the biggest policy wins for Reason since our debut in 1968 has been the legalization of marijuana in the United States. Currently, 10 states and the District of Columbia allow use for recreational purposes and another 33 all...Show More

48:22 | Dec 7th, 2018

Jacob Sullum, Dana Rohrabacher, and Adrian Moore talk about the next steps in ending the war on drugs at Reason's 50th anniversary celebration.

54:29 | Dec 5th, 2018

Drinks Reform editor Jarrett Dieterle talks about how Prohibition came about, and his new report on America's dumbest booze restrictions.
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54:29 | Dec 5th, 2018

Raise your glass, folks! Today is Repeal Day, which marks the anniversary of the end of federal alcohol prohibition in the United States. To celebrate the occasion, Peter Suderman interviewed Jarrett Dieterle, a senior fellow at the R Street Institu...Show More

1:01:58 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Also: How much should we care that Trump & co. lied in 2016 about a Putin-proximate real estate deal in Russia?
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1:01:58 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch assess the George H.W. Bush legacy, from bogus supermarket-scanner stories to the disastrous fallout from the first Gulf War. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'Fishin...Show More
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1:48:14 | Nov 30th, 2018

Has the message of anti-racism become as harmful a force in American life as racism itself? That was the resolution at a public debate hosted by the Soho Forum on November 14, 2018. It featured John McWhorter, associate professor of English at Colum...Show More
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1:31:29 | Nov 28th, 2018

Do you want to know what Reason's top editors really think about U.S. foreign policy, the national debt, net neutrality, Donald Trump, and personal drug use? Listen in a live stream of the Reason Podcast, in which Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-War...Show More

1:31:29 | Nov 28th, 2018

Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch take your questions.
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35:05 | Nov 26th, 2018

Since 2015, when Reason first sat down with Adam Conover, host of TruTV's hit show Adam Ruins Everything, a new president has taken office, a new media landscape has emerged, and some would say we're inhabiting a new reality. What's it like to make ...Show More

35:05 | Nov 26th, 2018

The host of TruTV's hit show has lost some faith in the power of rational discourse. And he has some ideas for how to fix the problem.

1:05:48 | Nov 26th, 2018

Reason editors check their premises on immigration.
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1:05:48 | Nov 26th, 2018

Reason editors check their premises about immigration in the wake of Sunday's border skirmish. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'Hide the Horror' by Asthmatic Astronaut is licensed under CC BY NC SA 3.0
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44:39 | Nov 23rd, 2018

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 intere...Show More

44:39 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Nadine Strossen, Eugene Volokh, and Stephanie Slade discuss freedom of speech, assembly, and religion at Reason's 50th anniversary.

1:03:51 | Nov 21st, 2018

One of Reason's founding editors, attorney Manny Klausner, tells tales from the early days of the magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets."
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1:03:51 | Nov 21st, 2018

Can you imagine a lawsuit called Rand v. Reason, pitting the author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged against the nation's only magazine of "Free Minds and Free Markets"? Well, it almost happened in the 1970s. In the latest Reason Podcast, one ...Show More
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55:14 | Nov 19th, 2018

Assessing the Trump-media wars, prospects for federal sentencing reform, and whether Rand Paul should puke on Mitch McConnell's desk. With Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch. Audio production by Ian Keyser. 'Supera...Show More

55:14 | Nov 19th, 2018

Assessing the import of presidential tantrums, media hyperbole, military complaints, and the near-arrival of federal sentencing reform
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1:26:07 | Nov 16th, 2018

Should social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube only remove users who make true threats or incite violence? Or do they have an ethical obligation to hold their users to a higher standard? That was the topic of a recent public debat...Show More

1:26:07 | Nov 16th, 2018

What should the culture of free speech, free expression, and ownership look like on our social media platforms?

0:00 | Nov 14th, 2018

Hosts will be required to get a license, report their activities, and only rent properties where they reside.
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46:40 | Nov 14th, 2018

In 2004, Michael Bell's 21-year-old son was killed by police during a routine traffic stop in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Within three days, local law enforcement declared it had fully investigated the matter and announced that police had acted properly thro...Show More

46:40 | Nov 14th, 2018

So far, the world is kind of listening. Q&A with the co-host of The Fifth Column and co-founder of Freethink Media.
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1:01:04 | Nov 12th, 2018

If you think politics is bad now, just wait until the economy goes south, and states come to debt-strapped Washington looking for a bailout, argue Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch on the latest Reason Podcast. Audi...Show More

56:55 | Nov 9th, 2018

LSD, psilocybin, and other hallucinogenics are gaining new acceptance as serious medicine. But what if you want to do them just for fun, asks Jacob Sullum.
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56:55 | Nov 9th, 2018

In a career spanning 30 years, Reason Senior Editor Jacob Sullum has been one of the most insistent voices in favor of "pharmacological freedom," the right of individuals to use whatever substances they want to control, modulate, and change their min...Show More
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48:25 | Nov 8th, 2018

What are the libertarian takeaways from Tuesday's election? Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, Matt Welch, and Katherine Mangu-Ward discuss on the Reason Podcast. Audio production by Ian Keyser.

48:25 | Nov 8th, 2018

Before the news cycle spins forever into crazy-land, Reason editors pause to assess the deep meanings, and lack thereof, of this week's elections

57:20 | Nov 5th, 2018

Polling uncertainty and a surge in voter enthusiasm could make tomorrow an embarrassing day for many in the political class.
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57:20 | Nov 5th, 2018

There will be a lot of confident predictions and tortured exit-polling analysis over these next 30 hours. Don't believe it, says Stephanie Slade on the latest Reason podcast, also featuring Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward and Matt Welch. Audio ...Show More

43:26 | Oct 31st, 2018

Q&A with Alex Winter, whose new documentary, Trust Machine, explores the radical potential of blockchain to decentralize just about everything.
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43:26 | Oct 31st, 2018

Blockchain, the decentralized, incorruptible ledger system that undergirds bitcoin, "gives you an actual power to affect change in the world," says hacker Lauri Love. "It's gonna scare the shit out of some very powerful people." Love is one of the p...Show More

57:53 | Oct 29th, 2018

Are we all just living through Elon Musk's dystopian simulation?
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57:53 | Oct 29th, 2018

Are we in a new era of political violence? Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch debate on the latest Reason Podcast. Audio production by Ian Keyser.
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1:45:36 | Oct 25th, 2018

Is socialism more effective than capitalism in bringing freedom to the masses? That was the resolution at a recent public debated hosted by the Soho Forum on October 15, 2018. It featured Bhaskar Sunkara, the founding editor and publisher of Jacobin...Show More
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40:23 | Oct 24th, 2018

Over the past 20 years, arguably no libertarian thinker has cut a broader or deeper swath than Tyler Cowen, who holds the Holbert L. Harris Chair in economics at George Mason University and acts as chairman and general director of the Mercatus Center...Show More

40:23 | Oct 24th, 2018

The prolific George Mason University economist outlines his unabashedly libertarian argument for a government that does less and individuals who do more.

1:07:08 | Oct 22nd, 2018

If hatred is the country's main political motivator these days, you might as well lean into it.
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1:07:08 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Politics in 2018 is the organization of political hatreds, so Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie & Matt Welch start their midterms discussion with a look at who'd they'd most like to see lose. Audio production by Ian...Show More

0:00 | Oct 19th, 2018

When everything is politicized, everything becomes a death match. That ain't good.
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37:33 | Oct 17th, 2018

"We often hear the term 'gun culture' being thrown around as invective, says David Harsanyi in his new book, First Freedom: A Ride Through America's Enduring History with the Gun. But "'gun culture' is no less part of American life than 'religious cu...Show More

37:33 | Oct 17th, 2018

David Harsanyi's First Freedom: A Ride Through America's Enduring History with the Gun documents the unique presence of firearms in U.S. life.
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58:08 | Oct 15th, 2018

The alleged Saudi Arabia state murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi raises a thousand questions, beginning with: Should we sell arms to Saudi Arabia? Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman and Matt Welch discuss. Audio p...Show More

58:08 | Oct 15th, 2018

It's bad when U.S. presidents think of weapons sales to dictatorships as jobs programs, but should we remove political constraints on arms dealing altogether?
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1:19:11 | Oct 12th, 2018

With populism on the rise, capitalism under attack, and socialism back in vogue, the work of Austrian economist Friedrich Hayek (1899–1992) is more relevant than ever. Hayek started his career as a wunderkind professor, joining the faculty of the Lon...Show More

1:19:11 | Oct 12th, 2018

In a bold new book about Hayek, the George Mason economist says "too much time and effort has been put into repackaging and marketing a fixed doctrine of eternal truths."