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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And do tune in to Reason's Facebook page tomorrow (Tuesday, December 6) an 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.