Reasoners on the Tube: Gillespie, Mangu-Ward, & Welch on Freedom Watch!


How do you define libertarian? and Editor in Chief Nick Gillespie, Reason Senior Editor Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Reason Magazine Editor in Chief Matt Welch appeared on a discussion panel for an entire episode of Freedom Watch With Judge Napolitano to talk about what it means to be libertarian and how best to apply libertarian principles in today's politics. Airdate: December 17, 2010.

Take a look to hear about "barbaric yawps," big-government conservatism, and whether Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is welcome at Judge Napolitano's house over the holidays.

Approximately 33 minutes.

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Special Programming Note: This episode will re-air on Fox Business channel on Thursday, Dec. 23. Check local listings for time.

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  1. Is there an issue with the video? It’s pretty jumpy at points.

  2. Ah, it’s someone’s Tivo.

    1. Yes, I was watching some reason video (I think it was The Jacket on Red Eye) and heard the familiar fast-forward sounds. I must be someone’s tivo.

  3. Still love the leather, but the lapels are getting a bit out of hand. Have they always been this broad? They’re starting to morph into 70’s territory, and the overall effect is moving away from leather jacket-dom towards leather-suitdom, which is death.

    Mix it up a little. Get a lapel-less, collarless motorcycle jacket. Throw in a racing strip here or there. Shit, or go the other way – full Wild Ones, with diagonal zippers all up and down the hizzy. Live a little.

    1. As long as we’re talking about appearances on this thread, Katherine’s hair looks SENSATIONAL in this video. The makeup-chair crew at FOX News really know their stuff.

      Next time she’s going to be on, she ought to try to schedule it immediately following a Freedom Watch appearance.

      1. What is with the ton of makeup? It seems someone took a makeup shotgun and shot Katherine in the face.

    2. But do you think Reason will ever let him have his own leather gang?

      Track kicks in 3:20 in.

  4. Re: Nick’s Libertarian Existentialism:

    Voltairine DeCleyre, Anarchism and American Traditions:

    Make no laws whatever concerning speech, and speech will be free; so soon as you make a declaration on paper that speech shall be free, you will have a hundred lawyers proving that “freedom does not mean abuse, nor liberty license”; and they will define and define freedom out of existence. Let the guarantee of free speech be in every man’s determination to use it, and we shall have no need of paper declarations.

  5. three cheers for Katherine’s insights and comments in this appearance

  6. The Judge has confused the 17th Amendment (direct election of senators) and the 16th (power to collect income tax).

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