The Government Shutdown: What's the Point of Paul Ryan? [Reason Podcast]

Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Matt Welch talk France, the government shutdown, "hate speech," and the decline of Western civilization.


"The European Union was created by France and Germany…which is integral to the French identity," says Reason's Editor at Large Matt Welch. "The flight towards [French presidential candidate Emmanuel] Macron is a way of saying we're not willing yet to [leave all that behind]."

In today's podcast, Reason editors Welch, Nick Gillespie, and Katherine Mangu-Ward talk about the likely victory of the moderate Macron in May 7's run-off eelction and what it means for France; the looming U.S. government shutdown (even though Republicans control both houses of congress and the presidency); Howard Dean's idiotic tweet about "hate speech" and Ann Coulter; how campus freakouts prop up the careers of fake conservative intellectuals; and the real meaning of David Brooks' recent column on the crisis of Western civilization (which, minus a few details, could easily have been written 30 years, 50, or even 100 years ago).

Mentioned in the show:

Veronique de Rugy's 2015 column on how Congress abuses the emergency-spending loophole.

Snoop Dog's 1996 "Doggfather."

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