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Stop Making Iran Protests About American Politics: Podcast

Instead of arguing about media coverage and posturing about partisan reactions, maybe focus on sanctions and refugee policy?

Iran on fire ||| Abaca Press/SalamPix/Abaca/Sipa USA/NewscomAbaca Press/SalamPix/Abaca/Sipa USA/NewscomToday's Reason Podcast, which features myself, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Peter Suderman, begins with a discussion about the dramatic protests in Iran: their significance, the context, the vast amount that we don't know, the bad Twitter takes, the America-centric focus, and what Washington should do specifically about what few existing policies directly affect the situation in Tehran and throughout the Islamic Republic.

We also argue about legal (but heavily regulated) weed in California and elsewhere; President Donald Trump's recent comments on North Korea, Pakistan, and DACA; and whether cheesy '80s movies about nuclear holocaust (think The Day After and Testament) are worth rewatching.

Audio production by Ian Keyser.

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  • damikesc||

    Not to be crude, but outside of our interests, we should give no shits about what happens to ANYBODY in Iran.

    It is not, in any way, our problem.

    We cover them on the ONLY level that is of any importance to us: OUR interests.

    If we aren't focusing on our interests, why even notice what is going on?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Because we can care about it as an aspect of our own humanity or even morbid interest. You can care about things without saying it's about you and without saying the government need to get involved.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    I care about Iranians as much as I care about Nebraskans.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I hope you care about Arizonans or else I will be deeply and personally saddened.

  • Tom Bombadil||

    We used to not care about you. Since you moved to Seattle, we now actively hate you.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Abloo hoo hoo

  • Hugh Akston||

    You're outside of my interests, so why should I give a fuck what you say or what happens to you?

  • gormadoc||

    How do you know if something pertains to your interests if you don't notice it in the first place...?

  • JuanQPublic||

    We cover them on the ONLY level that is of any importance to us: OUR interests.

    If we aren't focusing on our interests, why even notice what is going on?

    Because of reality?

    Iran's interests and America's interests aren't mutually exclusive, like any other multiple populations. This is even more apparent in the reality of an increasingly interconnected world, socially and economically. The well-being of other populations in the world increases well-being across the board. The lack of well-being of Syrians directly affected Europe. The social state of Egyptians affected the entire Arab world. Normal cause and effect.

    We're well past the horse and buggy era of communication, transaction and transportation.

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Does this one have Star Wars spoilers too?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Turns out the Galaxy Far Far Away was a little closer than we first thought ...

  • Just Say'n||

    "Stop making the Iran protests about domestic politics. Also, Trump's travel ban is somehow tied to this, because reasons"

    Welch is morphing into Gillespie

  • Episteme||


    How about how focus on folks protesting in defense of their...liberty?

  • ThomasD||

    Welch says we need to focus on his pet domestic political issues instead.

  • Agammamon||

    maybe focus on sanctions and refugee policy?

    1. Sanctions don't work.

    2. No refugees.

    3. Why the fuck are we getting involved again? The whole reason the place is the shithouse it is can be directly linked to us getting involved in the past.

    Let the damned Iranians sort out Iran. Then, even if it ends up a shitshow - we'll have no blame in it.

  • Sidd Finch v2.01||

    Stop Making Iran Protests About American Politics [12 words] maybe focus on sanctions and refugee policy?

  • JeremyR||

    Right, because it's not like any countries ever helped us in our revolt against the English to become an independent ...

    Oh wait...


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