Free Minds & Free Markets

The Socialists Are Coming! Or Are They?: Podcast

Democratic mega-proposals, GOP budgetary fictions, prostitution decriminalization surprises, and Zardoz moments galore

The new Editors' Roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast (featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and me), starts off, as so much policy discussion does nowadays, with a quote from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.). From there we get into polling data about the youths and their socialisms, concrete mega-proposals from 2020 presidential candidates, and garbage tweets like this:

Also broached during this podcast: President Donald Trump's practically fictional budget request, the surprising emergence of decriminalized prostitution as at least a side issue in the 2020 Democratic primary, Captain Marvel's too-obvious '90s references (as if such a thing were possible), and Nick Gillespie's eternal Zardoz moments.

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Relevant links from the show:

"Large Majority of Millennials and Gen Z Support Private Health Insurance While Nearly Half Say They Want Socialism," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Why Are We Still Debating the 'Merits' of Socialism?" by Steven Greenhut

"The Rise of the Low-Tax Socialists," by Peter Suderman

"'Everyone' Here Is a Socialist Except Most Americans," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"White House Budget Calls for Domestic Spending Cuts, Military Spending Hikes, $8 Billion for Border Wall, Extension of Tax Cuts," by Eric Boehm

"Kamala Harris Won't Denounce Federal Law That Harms Sex Workers, but May Support Decriminalizing Prostitution," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Captain Marvel Is a Message Movie Without a Message," by Peter Suderman

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  • Brandybuck||


  • Mickey Rat||

    "The gun is good. The penis is evil."

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    BdB: Yo all you homeboys out in Bronx, this one's for you!

  • Ray McKigney||

    Does anyone actually listen to these?

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||


  • loveconstitution1789||


  • MotörSteve||

    I listen every week.
    But sometimes, I wish we could trade Suderman, 2 draft picks, and a Player To Be Named Later for ENB.

  • Ray McKigney||

    Does each episode start with the sound of beer cans being opened?

  • MotörSteve||

    No. But related: I stopped listening to The Fifth Column (Matt, Kmele, and Moynihan) because they tended to get hammered while doing the show. Moynihan gets loud and interrupt-y when drunk.

  • Ray McKigney||

    "Just listen, man. No, wait, just listen'a me for a minute. No, seriously, listen, I wanna tell ya somethin'....."

  • Zeb||

    But that's the best part.

  • Crusty Juggler - Lawbertarian||

    The Socialists Are Coming!

    AOC's boyfriend throws it down, yalls.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    If that bitch got a good deep dicking from a real man all this socialist bullshit would go away.

  • Rockabilly||

    The Socialists Are Coming!

    And I have weapons for a welcoming. !!!

  • Rich||

    It's an agenda to ensure that working people won't get ahead.

    OK. de Blasio. Whose agenda is it? Name names.

  • Fats of Fury||

    Weezy's hands aren't exactly soaking in Palmolive.

  • Sevo||

    Transcript missing.

  • Longtobefree||

    The socialists are not coming, they are here.

    Welcome to the revolution.

  • ClaLib ConFus NozMin||

    I didn't listen to the podcast, but I sure am glad to learn I'm not the only Zardoz aficionado in the place.

  • Nardz||

    Zardoz is a favorite

  • mtrueman||

    According to director John Boorman, it was the scene where Sean appears in a wedding dress that took the most persuading.

  • Sevo||

    mtrueman|3.11.19 @ 10:02PM|#
    "According to director John Boorman, it was the scene where Sean appears in a wedding dress that took the most persuading."

    According to those who have an IQ higher than room temperature, trueman is a fucking imbecile.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    That is accurate.

  • mtrueman||

    This comment requires second level meditation.

  • Colossal Douchebag||

    Brothers and sisters, Bill de Blasio is an asshole.

  • ElvisIsReal||

    I mean, there IS a concerted effort to make the average American poorer, and the Federal Reserve acts in cahoots with the government to pull it off. The politically connected get the perks and all the new money, while the rest of us pay in the form of higher prices and falling purchasing power of our labor. Somehow I doubt the answer is to give even more money to the government so they can make the problem worse.

  • Vulgar Madman||

    Where did you get that rare picture of warty?

  • buybuydandavis||

    Latin America is more socialist than America.
    And they've been coming for decades.

    Import Not Americans
    Become Not America


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