Donald Trump

The Glorious End of U.S. Global Supremacy [Reason Podcast]

Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Matt Welch talk body slamming reporters, Trump's big trip, the TSA vs. laptops, and more.


"Power is more dispersed…and the U.S. is going to have to be decentered from having to run everything," says Reason's Nick Gillespie, on the big takeaway from Donald Trump's trip to the Middle East and Europe. "We're not necessarily going to be the one dominant country, or the indispensable nation, economically, militarily, or culturally."

On today's podcast, Gillespie joins fellow Reason editors Katherine Mangu-Ward and Matt Welch to discuss topics in the news, including Greg Gianforte's body-slamming of The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs; Trump's big trip and what it says about the future of U.S. dominance in the world; the TSA's proposed laptop ban on foreign flights; and the growing possibility of some sort of rapprochement, if not active alliance, between progressives sick of the Democratic Party and libertarians alienated by Trump and the two-party system.

Produced by Ian Keyser.

Mentioned in the podcast:

Veronique de Rugy on why "incessant calls for more [military] spending aren't really about making us safer."

The Week's Bonnie Kristian on her unfulfilled libertarian hope that Trump's win would lead everyone to "see why it's risky to concentrate so much authority in the presidency…"

Salon's interview with Libertarian Party Chairman Nicholas Sarwark.

Nick Gillespie on how the Sarwark interview actually shows "how much a progressive at Salon actually agrees with the points being made by [the LP Chairman]"

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Photo: Trump in Brussels, May 26, 2015. (face to face/ZUMA Press/Newscom)