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Donald Trump's Libertarian Christmas?: Podcast

Reason editors' best and worst moments of 2018, including the president's welcome and long-overdue drawdown from Afghanistan

It has been a wild week for President Donald Trump, Congress, U.S. foreign policy, criminal justice reform, the stock markets, you name it. The great Twitter follow Jen the Libertarian may haveput it best:

Is this, at long last, the Libertarian Moment? Or at least a Libertarian Christmas? Thus begins a special year-in-review edition of the Reason Podcast's editors' roundtable, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and me. We touch on all of the above (especially the welcome Afghanistan withdrawal), plus fiscal calamities, poverty alleviation, identity politics, space rockets, journalism, and Old Grandpa Dad's excited discovery of music delivery systems.

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Audio production by Ian Keyser.

Relevant links from the show:

"Bringing Troops Home From Syria and Afghanistan Also Brings Fits of Bipartisan Rage," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"It Looks Like Trump Is About to Pull the U.S. Out of Afghanistan, Too," by Joe Setyon

"Defense Secretary James Mattis Resigning," by Joe Setyon

"'We've Beaten [ISIS]...Now, It's Time for our Troops To Come Back Home,'" by Nick Gillespie

"Even Opponents of Trump's Wall Should Root for a Government Shutdown Today," by Shikha Dalmia

"Congress Passes FIRST STEP Act, Sending Criminal Justice Reform to Trump's Desk," by C.J. Ciaramella

"A Deficit-Happy Government May Lead to a Debt-Driven Financial Crisis," by Veronique de Rugy

"Trump, on a Future Debt Crisis: 'Yeah, But I Won't Be Here,'" by Matt Welch

"When the Bubble Bursts, We're So Screwed," by Matt Welch

"3 Statistics That Will Make You Smarter and Happier," by Ronald Bailey

"Trump vs. Clinton vs. Everything Good," by Katherine Mangu-Ward

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  • loveconstitution1789||

    Top 3: Trump is going to get to replace RBG with a conservative on the SCOTUS.

  • ||

    Top 3: Trump is going to get to replace RBG with a conservative woman on the SCOTUS.

    FIFY. If you think he's not going to pick a woman, you're wrong. If you think Dems aren't going to risk being painted as anti-woman psychopaths by holding up the nomination, you're wrong.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    You're probably correct. It will be a woman.

    Although Sotomayer replaced Souter.
    Alito replaced O'Connor (First woman ever on court).
    Kagan replaced Stevens.

  • Pro Libertate||

    My bet is Amy Coney Barrett.

  • Rockabilly||

    Trump is anti-war.

    The democrats and their media allies like CNN, NY Times, and Washington Post are all Pro-War!!!

  • loveconstitution1789||

    All the evidence seems to point that way.

    I suspected it when he didnt enlarge US troop deployments much after he was sworn in. He seemed to be trying to end on a high note and then quickly leave.

  • Rorschach||

    Has he no shame!?

    Trump Criticized For Breaking With Longstanding American Tradition Of Remaining In Middle Eastern Countries Indefinitely

    "Occupying a country on the other side of the globe and staying there forever is an American pastime," said a CNN host. "For Trump to pull out when we haven't even been there a decade yet is a disgusting display of his selfishness and unwillingness to conform to the standards of presidential decorum."

    "Has he no respect for our ways of life?" the host concluded gravely.
  • Juice||

    I like this guy in her feed.

    Jason Voelker @JasonVoelker1
    5h5 hours ago

    Had Obama signed the criminal justice reform bill, legalized hemp, outlawed bump stocks, and announced our troops were coming home from Syria and Afghanistan, there would have been a statue of Obama placed in every Democratic city in America the next week.
  • loveconstitution1789||

    Obama would have gotten a second Nobel Peace Prize if thats a thing.

  • Fancylad||

    He got the first one for being Obama and winning the presidency, so maybe he could get another for being double Obama and winning in 2012.
    Serious question, do the globalists still think he's Jesus?

  • loveconstitution1789||

    He better than Jesus. He's Obama.

    They still do stories on Michele Obama like she is president. Lefties ha e a screw loose.

  • BigT||

    He got the first one for being black

    FIFY

  • Rorschach||

    Wish granted, kid!

    Libertarian Writes Letter To Santa Asking For Government Shutdown This Year

    Since there is no Santa, the letter was rerouted to President Trump, who assured the man he is working on his wish.
  • Rorschach||

    If you like your government plan, you can keep your government plan!

    Death Panel Orders Life Support Removed From Obamacare

    A tearful Barack Obama disputed the decision. "You soulless bureaucrats! It's going to get better," he argued. "That judge's decision is going to be overturned. And Obamacare is still going to save people money... it's just going to take more time and support to get there."
  • XM||

    Donald Trump wants to pollute the air, remove all safety regulation, and give more tax cuts to the rich, which means LITERALLY he's the most libertarian president we ever had.

  • machinephilosophy||

    We should just admit that pretty-celebrity supremacy is a scientific fact, and that this is what the inferior people want. Build the evolutionary wall!

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