Free Trade

Trump's Mexican Standoff and the New Illiberal Right

When Tucker Carlson and Elizabeth Warren agree on trade, regulation, and social media, it's time to rethink a few things.


Donald Trump's latest tariff brinksmanship has ended more with a set of whimpers than with a bang, for which those of us who favor and participate in mutual gains from trade can breathe a sigh of relief, if only temporarily.

But what have we learned from this most recent round of applied mercantilism, and how does it overlap with the ongoing Deplatforming Wars, Tucker Carlson's crush on Elizabeth Warren, and the nationalist/classical-liberal spat on the right? Such are the topics on today's Editors' Roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, featuring Katherine Mangu-WardNick Gillespie, Peter Suderman and Matt Welch. Along the way we also discuss reclaiming the word "liberal" (really!), Late Capitalism's learned helplessness, and the many prophecies of Neal Stephenson.

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Audio production by Ian Keyser.

Relevant links from the show:

"Trump's Claim That Mexico Will Buy More American Agricultural Goods Is Fake News," by Eric Boehm

"Trump's Threatened Tariffs on Mexican Imports Might Not Happen. They Have Costs Anyway," by Eric Boehm

"Trump's Tariffs on Mexican Imports Would Be Biggest Tax Increase in Decades," by Eric Boehm

"Trump's Trade War Turns 1. Here's What We've Lost," by Eric Boehm

"Trump's Legal Authority to Impose Tariffs," by David Post

"Will Senate Republicans Revolt Over Trump's Mexico Tariff Threats?" by Eric Boehm

"Becoming the Libs to Own the Libertarians: Tucker Carlson Praises Elizabeth Warren," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"The Fight Conservatives Are Having Over Theocracy and Classical Liberalism Obscures How Beaten Their Movement Is," by Nick Gillespie

"The New Theocrats Are Neither Conservative Nor Christian," by Stephanie Slade

"David French Is Right: Classical Liberalism Is the Best Framework for Protecting Religious Freedom," by Robby Soave

"YouTube Punishes Steven Crowder for Homophobic Speech, a Confused Approach to an Unsolvable Problem," by Robby Soave

"To Fight 'Extremism,' Journalists Are Praising Online Censorship," by Nick Gillespie

"White House Seeks Social Media Sob Stories from Conservative Snowflakes," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"No, the Government Shouldn't Break Up Facebook," by Nick Gillespie

"'Nobody Wants To See a Government Speech Police': Senate Republicans Threaten To Regulate Facebook and Twitter," by Billy Binion

"Elizabeth Warren's Plan to Break Up Big Tech Would Be Bad for America," by David Harsanyi

"If We Told You Neal Stephenson Invented Bitcoin, Would You Be Surprised?" by Peter Suderman