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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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You Asked Reason Editors Anything. Listen to How We Answered!

December 6th, 2019


We have many fun traditions that have arisen during the decade-plus of running annual Reason webathons, none funner than having our editorial brass

The Free Trade Dream of the '90s Is Dead

December 2nd, 2019


The Reason Roundtable podcast quartet of Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, Matt Welch, and Katherine Mangu-Ward are taking your questions for a special bonus-cast to be aired during our annual Webathon, which begins

Does It Matter That Impeachment Enthusiasts Are Lousy on Foreign Policy?

November 25th, 2019


What have we learned after the second week of the House impeachment inquiry, aside from the fact that President Donald Trump abuses power and says …

Of All the Things To Impeach a President for, They Chose This?

November 18th, 2019


Who's ready for Week Two of the impeachment show (not to be confused with The Impeachment Show)? Well, ready might be a strong word, but the Reason Roundtable quartet of Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, Matt Welch, and

Democrats Can't Quit Fantasizing About What They'd Do to Billionaires

November 11th, 2019


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) tells Amy Goodman that "Markets without rules are theft." Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) tweets that "billionaires …

Elizabeth Warren Is Lying About Her Own Medicare Plan

November 4th, 2019


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.), the Democratic presidential contender, used the following words over the weekend to defend her plan to pay for …

Does the Demise of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his Caliphate Vindicate 2014 Rand Paul?

October 28th, 2019


In September 2014, in the wake of the beheading of two American journalists by the Islamic State, the usually intervention-skeptical Sen. Rand Paul …

What's So Funny About Tulsi Gabbard?

October 21st, 2019


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 …

Is Everyone Wrong About NBA/China/Hong Kong Except South Park and…Ted Cruz?

October 14th, 2019


Who ya gonna believe when it comes to the omni-faceted NBA/China/Hong Kong/censorship/whatever controversy, Gregg Popovich, Donald Trump, Steve Kerr, South Park, or…Sen. Ted Cruz (R–Tex.)?

That's the first of a …

You Will Die If You Vape While Watching Impeachment Porn

October 7th, 2019


As the nation gets more paranoid about vaping, we bring in e-cigarette expert Jacob Sullum to talk us down. Sullum digs into the real risks of vaping …

Who's Right on Impeachment: Rand Paul, Justin Amash, or Jeff Flake?

September 30th, 2019


Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) says it's a "fake witch hunt" ("BASTA!"). Rep. Justin Amash (I–Mich.) is in the same "impeachable conduct" camp he's been in …

Are We Really Doing the Impeachment Thing Again?

September 23rd, 2019


Forget mere impeachment, let's talk treason! Punishable by execution!

That's where longshot GOP presidential challenger Bill Weld found himself on

No War for Saudi Arabia

September 16th, 2019


For your because-2019 files:


Trump awaits instructions from his Saudi masters. Having our country act as Saudi Arabia's bitch is …

Did Andrew Yang Win Last Night's Democratic Debate?

September 13th, 2019


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 …

Democrats' Anti-Scientific Climate Dystopias

September 9th, 2019


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 …

Will Democrats Really Grab Your Guns?

September 3rd, 2019


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, …

Can #NeverTrump GOP Presidential Wannabe Joe Walsh Run on Deficit Reduction and Win?

August 26th, 2019


One-term Tea Party congressman and current political talk show host Joe Walsh announced Monday that he will challenge President Donald Trump in the …

Interesting New York Times Slavery Project Hobbled by Anti-Capitalism

August 19th, 2019


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 …

Should You Boycott Your $42 SoulCycle Bike Ride To Stick It to Trump?

August 12th, 2019


Is absolutely everything politics now?

Anti-Trumpers are boycotting pricey stationary bike rides at Equinox-owned SoulCycle after major Equinox …

How Libertarians Should Respond to Mass Shootings

August 5th, 2019


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 Terrible Thing That Trump and Elijah Cummings Agree On

July 29th, 2019


Poor Mick Mulvaney! Just kidding—the White House chief of staff (and director of the Office of Management and Budget) is, according to Nick Gillespie

National Conservatism and the American Identity Crisis

July 22nd, 2019


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

Identity Politics Gone Mad, From Trump to Ayanna Pressley

July 15th, 2019


President Donald Trump's awful, unapologetic "you can't leave fast enough" remarks about the four progressive Democratic congresswomen known as "the …

Does Justin Amash Libertarianism Have a Future?

July 8th, 2019


He came, he saw, he did stuff, he formed the Freedom Caucus, he called for impeachment proceedings, he left the Freedom Caucus, he left the …

Welcome to the Busing Election!

July 1st, 2019


Who had school busing in the betting pool for poll-moving Democratic presidential debate controversies? And yet here we are.

Well, if it's racial …

Debate Dems Wage Intergenerational Warfare and We Are Here for It

June 28th, 2019


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 …

(We Didn't) Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran…Yet

June 24th, 2019


We don't know what will happen next in Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today is in Riyadh—rarely a happy portent for U.S. foreign policy—talking …

How Socialist Are the Democrats?

June 17th, 2019


Last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) gave a long-awaited speech about the meaning and import of his preferred ideological label, "democratic …

Trump's Mexican Standoff and the New Illiberal Right

June 10th, 2019


Donald Trump's latest tariff brinksmanship has ended more with a set of whimpers than with a bang, for which those of us who favor and participate in …

Where Should Libertarians Stand During the Conservative Circular Firing Squad?

June 3rd, 2019


If you printed out and stacked up every piece written about the dispute between First Things contributor Sohrab Ahmari and National Review writer …

Nope, China Still Isn't Paying Those Tariffs!

May 28th, 2019


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, …

The Democrats' Dumb War Against Charter Schools

May 20th, 2019


How bad is the plan to ban for-profit charter schools, released Saturday by second-place presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.)? Bad …

Game of Thrones, Like Politics, Is About Violence and Fear

May 17th, 2019


In this special episode of the Reason Podcast, 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 …

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Libertarians Calmly Discuss Abortion

May 14th, 2019


The debate over the "heartbeat bill" signed into law in Georgia last week has been both hyperbolic and vitriolic. Of course, stakes are high in the …

Abortion Restrictionists Go Bold

May 13th, 2019


The political/culture wars are once again at full throttle as Georgia becomes the latest in a series of states to enact serious abortion …

Should Libertarians Care About Facebook Bans?

May 6th, 2019


What has been the worst reaction to Facebook's decision last week to permanently ban Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Milo Yiannopoulis, Louis …

Democratic Contenders Apologize for Everything Except Their Lousy Economic Policies

April 29th, 2019


Since last the Editors' Roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) announced a massive new student-loan forgiveness …

What Did Libertarians Learn from the Mueller Report?

April 22nd, 2019


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 …

Happy Taxation-Is-Theft Day!

April 15th, 2019


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) is engaging in some mildly awkward conversations about being a millionaire while constantly seeking to soak the rich. …

What Game of Thrones Can Teach Us About Political Power

April 12th, 2019


On Sunday night at 9 p.m., Game of Thrones returns to HBO. And here at Reason, we are ready.

Join Reason editors Peter Suderman, Robby Soave, and …

Is the Phrase 'Open Borders' a Libertarian Mistake?

April 8th, 2019


The past 24 hours have seen two unrelated events tethered to America's ever-contentious immigration debates: (1) President Donald Trump reportedly forcing out Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, …

Hair-Sniffer Joe Biden Should Apologize for His Whole Career: Podcast

April 1st, 2019

The Drudge Report

"Joe Biden Is Probably Running for President," runs the first half of this Christian Britschgi headline from two weeks ago. "He's …

The Mueller Media Hall of Shame: Podcast

March 25th, 2019

New York magazine

"While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime," Robert Mueller's long-awaited homework stated, …

Is There a Libertarian Argument for Breaking up Big Tech?: Podcast

March 18th, 2019

Preston Ehrler/ZUMA Press/Newscom

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) wants the federal government to forcibly break apart big technology companies. Most …

The Socialists Are Coming! Or Are They?: Podcast

March 11th, 2019


The new Editors' Roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast (featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and me), starts off, as so …

Strange New Respect for…Nancy Pelosi?: Podcast

March 4th, 2019


Who does the best insult comedy about the Green New Deal? Well, President Donald Trump, of course, but let's not leave …

Is Hollywood Overthinking Representation?: Podcast

February 25th, 2019

Dave Bedrosian/ZUMA Press/Newscom

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 …

Are Libertarians Feeling the Bern?: Podcast

February 19th, 2019

NBC News

Who's ready for a little political revolution? Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) announced this morning that he's running for president again, and …

Green New WTF?: Podcast

February 11th, 2019


Is it kind of missing the point to talk about what Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D–N.Y.) Green New Deal (GND) actually contains? That's the …

The State of the Union Is Rockets, Socialism, Alliteration, and Nazis: Podcast

February 6th, 2019


Immediately after President Donald Trump stepped down from the dias at his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward and Peter Suderman grabbed their podcasting mics to talk …

What Fresh Horror Will the State of the Union Address Bring?: Podcast

February 4th, 2019


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. …

Are Billionaires a Policy Failure?: Podcast

January 28th, 2019


Leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) proposes an "annual wealth tax on the tippy-top 0.1%." Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.) maintains that "a …

Are Government Shutdowns Good for Libertarians?: Podcast

January 14th, 2019


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R–S.C.) has had an interesting week of defending President Donald Trump's bluster in the ongoing government shutdown, most recently yesterday on Fox News, which is where we start this week's

Does Tucker Carlson Get Anything Right About Libertarians?: Podcast

January 7th, 2019

Fox News Channel

It's rare that a 15-minute cable news spiel gets talked about even one day later, let alone five, but here we are with Fox News host …

Mitt Romney Is Both Right and Wrong: Podcast

January 2nd, 2019


The man whose immigration policies Donald Trump once called "maniacal" and "mean-spirited" has D.C. all in a tizzy with his new #Resistance

The Future of Science: Podcast

December 28th, 2018


In the September 1968 issue of the newly created Reason magazine, founding editor Lanny Friedlander dreamed up a scenario of individualized telecommunications beyond just about anyone's contemporary imaginations. …

Democratizing Gun Production, Education, and Media: Podcast

December 26th, 2018


What happens when individual consumers—not government bureaucrats, not corporate chieftains, not elite gatekeepers—own the means of their own production? For a half-century, Reason has been giving variants on a …

Donald Trump's Libertarian Christmas?: Podcast

December 21st, 2018


It has been a wild week for President Donald Trump, Congress, U.S. foreign policy, criminal justice reform, the stock markets, you name it. The great …

Finding a Cure for Our Fiscal Insanity: Podcast

December 19th, 2018

U.S. Treasury

The national debt is north of $21 trillion, the annual deficit is nearing the $1 trillion threshold, the federal government can't …

Everybody Wants to Regulate the Internet Except Ajit Pai: Podcast

December 17th, 2018

Matt Welch

Sometimes it's worth divining lessons from a news story in which man stubbornly refuses to bite dog. Such is the case with the one-year anniversary of the Federal Communications Commission ending the set of …

Is Rand Paul Right About Special Prosecutors Being Wrong?: Podcast

December 10th, 2018

NBC News

There are Friday news-dumps and then there are Friday Trump/Russia/Mueller court-filing ka-BOOMs. So on the Monday editors' roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter …

Beyond Pot Legalization: 21st Century Drug Policy Is about Wellness and Happiness: Podcast

December 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.

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

December 3rd, 2018

White House pool photo

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 …

Live Webathon Edition of the Reason Podcast!

November 28th, 2018


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Join Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch for a live webathon …

Does Trump Have a Point About Asylum?: Podcast

November 26th, 2018

Carol Guzy/ZUMA Press/Newscom

(Republican) president from 1981 to 1989, during a 1980 debate: "Open the borders both ways."

(Republican) president …

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

November 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 …

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

November 19th, 2018

Ron Sachs—CNP / MEGA / Newscom

Beloved Reason Editor-in-Everything Katherine Mangu-Ward had a piece in this weekend's New York Times headlined "Trump …

We Are So Unprepared for the Coming Budgepocalypse: Podcast

November 12th, 2018


One of the best things about divided federal government, Nick Gillespie reminds us on the new editors' roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, is that at least it's not unified. Which is to say, there's less …

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

November 8th, 2018

Warner Bros.

Political attention has already migrated to Acostagate, the sacking of Jeff Sessions, and that insane press conference from yesterday, …

How Much Don't We Know About the Midterms?: Podcast

November 5th, 2018

Texas Secretary of State

Are you ready for the next 30 hours or so of political hysteria, spoiler-hunting, and supremely confident innumeracy? Then …

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

October 29th, 2018




One week ago, the editor-roundtable version of the Reason Podcast included some robust discussion about whether we are …

Who Do You Want to Lose the Midterms Most?: Podcast

October 22nd, 2018

Sergio Flores/REUTERS/Newscom

From phony Beto-mania to predictable Cruz-baggery, from Medicare-for-all to protecting Medicare, the midterm elections coming two weeks from now are enough to drive a sober man into A.M. …

Should We Sell Weapons to Saudi Arabia?: Podcast

October 15th, 2018


When Lesley Stahl asked President Donald Trump how he would punish Saudi Arabia if the oil-rich dictatorship was found to …

What Did We Learn from the Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation?: Podcast

October 8th, 2018

Emily Molli/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/Newscom

The bruising fight over the narrow confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is not going away. …

Kavanaugh Brawl Shows It's Time for a Controlled Burn of the State: Podcast

October 1st, 2018

Valentin Rodriguez/agefotostock/Newscom

Is Brett Kavanaugh lying about boofing, the Ralph Club, and the Devil's Triangle? And if so, should that be …

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

September 24th, 2018


Over the weekend, The New Yorker published explosive new allegations of sexual impropriety by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, this time …

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

September 17th, 2018

Jeff Malet Photography/Newscom

Should a late-breaking, single-sourced accusation about a drunken teenaged assault 35 years ago be enough to scuttle a …

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

September 10th, 2018


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 …

Maybe Social Media 'Outrage' Is Just a Lazy Partisan Ritual: Podcast

September 4th, 2018




The New Yorker invites Steve Bannon to its festival, then doesn't. California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman demands a boycott of …

The Funeral Etiquette of Empire: Podcast

August 27th, 2018


This being 2018, the national political discussion at this very moment is about President Donald Trump's insufficiently lowered flag mast

Elizabeth Warren's Corporate Buttinskyism Is the Future Liberals Want: Podcast

August 20th, 2018


Is the new corporate-charter bill unveiled by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) last week a plot to "To Destroy Capitalism By Pretending To 'Save' It," as the Scott Shackford headline put it? Or is it another "clear" …

The Great Deplatforming War Rages On: Podcast

August 13th, 2018

Jeremy Hogan/Polaris/Newscom

"It's implausible," David Harsanyi recently wrote in this space, "to imagine a future in which liberal activists don't …

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

August 6th, 2018

Oliver Contreras/SIPA/Newscom

Over the weekend, Donald Trump tweeted that "tariffs are working big time" and said that his trade war would help us …

Are Plastic Straw Bans Just Late Socialism?: Podcast

July 30th, 2018


President Donald Trump's current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, spent the weekend calling Trump's previous lawyer, Michael Cohen, a liar, while Trump …

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

July 23rd, 2018


"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 …

Is Rand Paul Really a Traitor?: Podcast

July 16th, 2018


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 …

Donald Trump's Supreme Court Pick Will Shred the Constitution! Or Save It!: Podcast

July 9th, 2018


"We're looking at a destruction of the Constitution of the United States" if Donald Trump gets to pick Supreme Court justices, Sen. Kamala …

'When I Encountered Libertarian Ideas, They Just Resonated With Me': Podcast

July 6th, 2018


"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

Will Trump's Next SCOTUS Pick Be Able To Overturn Roe v. Wade?: Podcast

July 2nd, 2018


Last week was a huge week for Supreme Court related news and on today's Reason Podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Damon Root (author of …

Is 'Civility' Possible, Let Alone Desirable, in Trump's America?: Podcast

June 25th, 2018

Ben Garrison

Will the Red Hen episode lead to a "Red Wedding"-style breakdown of the American political family? It's been an unavoidable conversation …

Maybe Snatching Toddlers From Their Asylum-Seeking Parents Is Who We Are: Podcast

June 18th, 2018

Chris Kleponis—CNP / MEGA / Newscom

Today President Donald Trump published a half-dozen tweets, of varying levels of factuality and inference, in …

Surviving the Death of the West: Podcast

June 11th, 2018


Browse any newsstand or bookstore this week and you're likely to see illustrations like the ones to the right. "Trump Tries to Destroy the West," went the headline on today's New York Times op-ed page. The …

Why Can't Anyone Get Their Immigration Facts Straight?: Podcast

May 29th, 2018


President Donald Trump can barely open his mouth about immigration without getting something heinously wrong. Attorney General Jeff Sessions can barely open his mouth about immigration without getting something …

Reason Staff Bitterly Divided on Planned Parenthood Defunding: Podcast

May 21st, 2018

KMW's Instagram

Is President Donald Trump's plan to enforce a "bright line" separation between Title X funding recipients and even referring to the …

Is Trump Just Doing the Crazy Things Republicans Always Promised?: Podcast

May 14th, 2018


As Elizabeth Nolan Brown noted this morning, the Trump administration officially opened the new U.S. embassy to Israel …

Should Robert Mueller Subpoena President Trump?: Podcast

May 7th, 2018

Fox News

Rudy Giuliani's headline-generating media tour these past few days has had two essential functions: 1) to deal (however clumsily) with the

Politics Is Not Pretty: Podcast

April 30th, 2018


As there is no escape from the culture-war nontroversies surrounding this weekend's White House Correspondents Dinner, the …

Welcome to the Pot Resistance, Chuck Schumer!: Podcast

April 23rd, 2018


How over is the political War on Marijuana, as distinguished from the actually existing laws that continue to prohibit the stuff? This over: Longtime …

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