Reason Writers Around Town: A Bloggingheads.tv Dialogue with Matt Welch and Noam Scheiber

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Matt Welch goes toe-to-toe with The New Republic's Noam Scheiber on Sarah Palin, Barack Obama, and the "death of libertarianism."

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  1. Matt,

    Watch out for the Fairbanksing, it is part of the DNA of that organization.

  2. If libertarianism is dead, Reason helped kill it by shilling for a socialist.

    I can’t wait to hear Weigel spend the next four years explaining how wonderful redistributionism is.

  3. If libertarianism is dead, Reason helped kill it by shilling for a socialist.

    I second that notion.

  4. That video is cringe material. Uh, uh, uh, uh, uh. Stick to writing, Mr. New Republic.

  5. JLE,

    If that guy actually writes with actual facts he might not be there long.

  6. I though Reason killed libertarianism in 2004 for shilling for a fascist. I’m always so far behind the times.

  7. …by shilling…

  8. i like that matt hasn’t read an ayn rand book (cause neither have i). i tried to read one years ago and the writing is so bland i couldn’t do it. it feels like it’s against the law to be libertarian minded and not be into ayn rand or at least used to be.

  9. it feels like it’s against the law to be libertarian minded and not be into ayn rand or at least used to be.

    For many libertarians, myself included, an Ayn Rand book or two was/is their first exposure to libertarian ideas–a starting point. I would venture that today’s budding/newish libertarians would be less likely to have an AR starting point.

  10. Matt Welch defends markets better than anyone I’ve recently seen; it was fun to watch the lefty guy sputter. Better yet he (matt) makes his points in such a clear, concise way that it’s easy for lazy people like me to chop them down into talking points for my own personal use, thus aiding The Cause in places outside of punditland.

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