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How We Became a 'Nation of Narcs' and How To Fix It: Podcast

Reason's Mike Riggs discusses how class anxiety, busybodyism, and a lack of empathy are making America a less-great country.


Reason reporter Mike Riggs talks with Nick Gillespie about his story "A Nation of Narcs," which argues that Americans have developed "a nasty habit of inviting the state into people's lives for tiny offenses." Riggs discusses how class, race, and ethnicity often play out when it comes to the "hassle factor" imposed on individuals who are just trying to get on with their lives. And he lays out some ways to turn back the tide.

Riggs and Gillespie also talk about the legacy of Tom Wolfe, the journalist who more than any other went out and explored the real lives of Americans and all the crazy, wonderful things they were up to.

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Audio production by Ian Keyser.

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