Webathon

Tomorrow! Live Webstream w Katherine Mangu-Ward, Matt Welch, Nick Gillespie!

As our annual webathon winds to a close, ASK US ANYTHING, starting at 12 noon and going until we run out of time, energy, questions, or freedom.

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We're nearing the end of our annual webathon, during which we ask readers of Reason.com to support our efforts to produce increasingly influential, principled libertarian journalism to poltiics, culture, and ideas. Our audience continues to grow in leaps and bounds, with 45,000 print subscribers and over 4 million visits to Reason.com each month. Last year alone, Reason TV more than doubled its viewership by pulling 2.2 million watchers monthly at Facebook and YouTube.

Tune in to Reason's Facebook page tomorrow (Tuesday, December 6) at 12 noon eastern time for a livestream with me, Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and a gaggle of guest stars. We start at noon sharp and will keep going until the cows come home, answering every question, responding to every comment, and turning on each other like high-profile detainees under federal investigation.

As I'm fond of saying, the Libertarian Moment is now. The old parties are dying, losing membership in droves and each incapable of gaining clear victories in the presidential race. That Trump won the Electoral College while handily losing the popular vote to the other least-liked major-party candidate is all you need to know to realize we are in the last days of the 20th century, when a two-party duopoly could force us to pick one of their mediocre, visonless candidates. No more. Trump's minority win, built on the back of racial and ethnic resentments in a world that is globablizing full speed ahead and on the promise of bringing back manufacturting jobs that peaked as a percentage of employment in 1943, is the surest sign he's the end of a line, not the creator of a new operating system that will take us boldly, confidently, and prosperously into the 21st century.

As Matt Welch and I detailed in The Declaration of Independents: How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What's Wrong with America, even during the Great Recession and a slow-growth economy, our personal lives, our cultural lives, our technological, culinary, and work lives are getting better and better. We have more options on how to live than ever before, more freedom to do what we want to do, eat what we want to eat, marry whom we want to marry, and on and on. It's only in the areas directly controlled or regulated by government—health care, education, retirement, foreign policy—that you see resistance to the sorts of rapid change and individual empowerment and personalization we take for granted everytime we fire up our smartphones.

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  1. an 12 noon eastern time for a livestream with me, Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and a gaggle of guest stars

    An 12?

    Can you give me a break and include Lauren Stossel in that gaggle?

  2. Why is it that, in general, black and white portraits are superior to color portraits?

    1. Because color is hard to replicate perfectly and black and white is generally considered art photography.

      1. But we can’t appreciate KMW’s glorious purple hair in that picture.

        1. They should have done a desaturation layer, then erased out her hair so the purple would come through.

          1. A matte would have done the same thing. Perhaps if KMW had been featured in Sin City her faux-violet locks would have gotten proper foto treatment effect.

          2. Look at Robert Mapplethorpe over here.

            1. The photos were done hours ago, Moff. You can take it out now.

      2. Also, because B&W is dependent on precise lighting, it is *MUCH* more difficult to capture a particular mood or affect (and effect).

        B&W is more flattering facial photography, and can hide a lot of flaws.

        1. I doubt these were taken with actual B&W film. Even the B&W mode on a digital camera is really just a full color pic run through autodesaturation.

          But then, who knows? Maybe Weiss is full on photo hipster.

          1. Indeed; I have enough experience with both Corel and (the fantastically overpriced) Photoshop to know that even desaturation modes still mimic the natural environs and the artist must take into account not just the object of focus, but also ambient light, reflection/fraction, and other stuff that has mattered less since F Stop is only a practical concern to those using traditional foto film

            We both know that KMW’s Locks of Lust would be most flattering captured via Camera Obscura.

    2. Racism, of course. Get with the now, man.

  3. we help to create the next generation of libertarians, of people who believe in Free Minds and Free Markets, of social tolerance and governmental responsiblity.

    SRSLY?

    Jettison that fucking retard Chapman (for starters) if you want any credibility on that front.

    1. Second that bruddah!

      But they are working on the next generation of libertarians. The ones who are indistinguishable from Democrats.

  4. OT. Gentlepersons of the reason commentariat.

    First of all, I am a millenial cis gendered white male shit lord. Second of all I am an electrician who works in a steel mill. Thirdly, I am am Libertarian. My steel mill is threatened by foreign imports, as all are I’m sure. I have a guarded optimism about the Trump presidency (I voted johnson) based on his rhetoric about trade deals.

    As I understand it, The United States operates on foreign trade deals that are not necessarily beneficial to the United States. My preference would be absolutely free trade with foreign nations, but I don’t believe that is on the table. I have hope that trade deals that are negotiated in a better way would give my industry a better chance of survival in a more freeish market. I vote Libertarian, but the rhetoric Mr. trump puts out is a direct appeal to me keeping my job. even though I understand the damage that free trade restrictions can have on the American economy as a whole, I think there a chance that better negotiated trade deals might be an improvement what we have currently. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

  5. SPOILER ALERT: Brian Doherty and Reason magazine got a shout-out in the most recent edition of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast. That has to count for something.

    1. Thank you, Denial, for that timely inside baseball. I hope Fist is taking good care of you, Your Prostateship.

  6. My steel mill is threatened by foreign imports, as all are I’m sure.

    My position on this runs parallel to my position on unions. Union wages above market level are a highly visible added cost, certainly, but union work rules and pensions add huge hidden costs to production. Going offshore for “dollar a day” wages is an obvious relief, but getting out from under the thumb of the EPA, OSHA and the EEOC (for starters) are hugely beneficial.

    1. My steel mill is unionized. However it Is unionized in a right to work state.I have no pension, and I have a modest 401k matched contribution. 4%. Unions in non right to work states are a totally different animal than what I’m in. My wages are not much above market value. I left a graphite electrode manufacturing company(no union) making $25 an hour and took a job at a steel manufacturing company (with a union) at $27 an hour.

      The only reason I left the graphite electrode manufacturing company is because their business is folding. It folding due to the fact that Chinese and Indians have figured out how to make graphite electrode that are on par in quality with American electrodes.

      1. Sorry, this should be here:

        Nucor seems to compete well with the foreign companies. Maybe you should work for them?

    2. Nucor seems to compete well with the foreign companies. Maybe you should work for them?

  7. If the Trumpocalypse features a real reduction of obstructions to entrpreneurialism, it will be a success.

    1. SCOTUS, Brooksie. Let’s please not forget SCOTUS.

      1. SCROTUS Maximus, yes, by all means, yes! I have my Vaseline all ready to go!!!

        (SCROTUS Maximus & Biggus Dickus go together very well, just like peanut butter & chocolate, or evil and stupid).

        1. Indeed, Dr. ZG agreed wholeheartedly, and her husband is more than equipped for the task. A labour of love, if you will;-)

  8. finally, we are YOUR voice in the world of public opinion and media.

    This may explain why donations are down.

    1. This may explain why donations are down.

      No, this does:

      [F]inally, we are YOUR voice in the world of public opinion and media.

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