Attn, DC Reasonoids: Celebrate Barack Obama's, Matt Welch's, and Nick Gillespie's Birthdays on Monday, August 9, and Discuss The Future of American Politics and Culture


August 4 is President Barack Obama's birthday. Reason magazine Editor in Chief Matt Welch's is July 31 and Editor in Chief Nick Gillespie's is August 7.

These three fine gentlemen have much in common: They're all in their 40s, they've all got children, they all survived the Bicentennial, and they all claim to have been born in the United States (though Gillespie hasn't been able to locate his long-form birth certificate since the second Reagan administration).

But after those commonalities, the differences are sharp, and not simply because two of them may be socialists, one of them may actually believe that stimulus spending can revive an economy, and two of them are working on a book about the coming libertarian future tentatively titled The Declaration of Independents: Why everything you think you know about politics, culture, & economics is all wrong. And why it's gonna be all right.

In their book, which will be published by Public Affairs in 2011, Welch and Gillespie provide a fast-wheeling and intensely optimistic take on the future of American politics and culture. The 21st century has seemingly brought us nothing but intractable and unwinnable wars, an economic malaise not seen since Jimmy Carter retired his cardigans, and a political discourse slightly less elevated than a WWE steel-cage match. Yet such developments misdirect attention from longer-term, more-important trends: The democritization and decentralization of just about everything in ways that have massively empowered the powerless. In virtually every part of life, the mainstream is dead and the fringe is where all the action and energy is, creating ephemeral blockbusters and temporary power blocs that will, sooner rather than later, upend the apple cart of American politics. Declaration explains why politicians and their enablers in the mainstream media are mistaking their own twilight for the end of the world. As important, Declaration provides a road map for political change that will leave all but the most partisan dead-enders and legacy-industry bag men far richer, happier, and better off.

On Monday, August 9, come join Gillespie and Welch and President Obama (invited!) to celebrate recent birthdays and discuss the future of American politics, culture, and ideas.

Hard and soft beverages will be served. The event is free and open to the public but space is limited and RSVPs are required.

What: A birthday celebration and discussion of The Declaration of Independents with Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie

When: 6.30PM to 8.30PM, Monday, August 9

Where: Reason DC HQ, 1747 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC (two blocks north of Dupont Circle, near S Street)


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  1. why it’s gonna be all right

    Matt and Nick, I much look forward to your book. Happy Birthdays!

  2. I’ll hoist at least one in honor of at least two of you.

  3. So, Welch is a possible socialist?

    1. I was wondering about that. He does like French healthcare, I guess.

    2. He lives in DC on purpose.

    3. Both Matt and Nick, but the word is “socialite.”

  4. Happy Birthdays!

    So which one of you guys is the socialist?

  5. The ninth is as good a day as any for celebrating the birthday of a guy without papers.

    1. Are you really this much of an ass? Obama sucks. Not having proven his American-ness to your satisfaction is not one of the reasons why. Please fuck off with this stupid bullshit.

      1. A little sensitive about that one, eh? I didn’t even have to mention who lacked papers.

        1. Considering there hasn’t been a national dialogue on the birthplace of Nick or Matt, I’d say you’re pretty moronic if you don’t expect people to assume you’re talking about Obama.

  6. My brothers birthday is today. And the Coast Guards birthday is apparently today to.

  7. The ninth is as good a day as any for celebrating the birthday of a guy without papers.

  8. The ninth is as good a day as any for celebrating the birthday of a guy without papers.

  9. The Jacket came off the back of an East German Lou Reed cover band singer who was shot running the wall in 1985. The singer wasn’t a socialist, but the Jacket was, so it rattled the Trabant keys in its pocket and gave him away.

  10. That photo resembles my nightmares.

  11. Right now, Chris Matthews, Joe Conason and DAVE WEIGEL (*spits*) are weeping and wailing and gnashing their teeth over a poll which ostensibly indicates a majority of Americans “are not certain” the Ascended One was truly of woman born hatched in the United States.

    Matthews’ opening salvo was an applause-worthy “Well, you should never compare anything to what happened in Nazi Germany, BUT…” and then accused the vast right wing conspiracy of perniciously propagating Teh Big Lie!!!!!

    Nice sleight of hand, Chrissie; this obviously negates every single legitimate concern on the part of a large swath of America about the job performance of the Tingler-in-Chief. You’ve earned your pay.

    1. Chris Matthews is just a little bit insane. Not to mention astonishingly dishonest.

    2. The lefties absolutely love the birther crap. It’s a great strawman for them to beat on to distract people from the important stuff. For them, it sure beats the hell out of talking about the shitty economy, the stuff they’re ramming down our throats that we don’t want, and the in-your-face unabashed racialism of the administration and the democrats.

  12. So which beer should we bring?

  13. Dear Matt,

    You’re a baseball guy, right? How about a post on the Texas Rangers’ bankruptcy auction?

    I only became aware of it a little while ago, but it sounds like a good story for the piranhas at Hit n Run. Bud Selig, Mark Cuban, Nolan Ryan, the Good of the Game… it’s all in there.

  14. Hey, my birthday IS August 9th. Don’t forget to hoist one for me. Though I’m female, no kids, and admittedly not born in the United States.

    I’m in my 40s and survived the bicentennial though.

  15. a majority of Americans “are not certain” the Ascended One was truly of woman born hatched in the United States.


    (1) someone claims to have definitive proof of proposition X,

    (2) people are questioning proposition X,

    (3) proof of proposition X would be to the benefit of the person who claims to have such proof, yet

    (4) they refuse to provide such proof;

    then I think its only rational to be less than certain about proposition X.

    1. When both the state Health Director and the state registrar of vital statistics have verified that the Health Department holds Obama’s original birth certificate I’m pretty sure the burden of proof falls on the certifi-gaters.

      Those claiming that Obama is Kenyan-born are, in fact, claiming that there has been perjury on a massive scale, and further that more than a few of the scores or even hundreds of co-conspirators are the Chosen One’s political enemies.

      1. Exactly what “definitive proof of proposition X” does anyone actually expect beyond what’s been furnished?

    2. And If (5) someone refuses to acknowledge direct evidence of X right in front of his face, then continues to question it, he is immediately executed without trial in the most painful way possible. Oh, didn’t you know that part?

  16. “two of them are working on a book about the coming libertarian future”

    Actually Alvin Toffler already wrote that book. It’s called Powershift.

  17. I didn’t know they let you put party hats on the statues at Madame Tussauds.

  18. I’m not sure, but I think this is suppose to be what passes for liberal humor:…..r_embedded

    Is it just me, though, or is everything in there TRUE? I especially like the idea of pushing the People’s Republic of Massachusetts into the ocean! HA.

  19. Hey, today’s my birthday! So drink up for me too. I turned 30 today, so I’m thinking about retiring soon.

  20. the mainstream is dead and the fringe is where all the action and energy is…

    1747 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC


  21. Dude, that makes a lot of sense dude. Seriously.


  22. I share a Birthday with George W. 🙁

  23. Dude, no way man that is just way too cool!


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