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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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