Choose Your Own Impeachment Adventure: Rand Paul, Justin Amash, or Philip K. Dick?

A range of libertarian-world approaches to the impending trial of Donald Trump


Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) made headlines Sunday answering skeptical questions about his anti-impeachment approach from CNN's Jake Tapper. Paul's friend Rep. Justin Amash (I–Mich.) also made headlines Sunday after The Washington Post reported that Democrats are seeking his pro-impeachment counsel for when impeachment goes to the Senate for trial. It's not the first time the two libertarian-leaners have been on opposite ends of the I-question, but…well, can you imagine the theatrics? And what does this tell us about libertarian conflict over the process?

Thus begins today's Reason Roundtable podcast, with editors Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Matt Welch, though not before immediately veering down a Philip K. Dick rabbit hole which feels strangely apt for our times. The Podcastic Four also chew on last week's British elections, the upcoming Democratic presidential debate, Washington's bipartisan orgy of deficit spending, and kids doing Dungeons & Dragons stuff on TikTok, because we have a brand to protect.

Audio production by Ian Keyser and Regan Taylor.

Backed Vibes Clean—Rollin at 5 by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license

Mentioned in the Podcast:

"Justin Amash: Impeachment Manager? Dems Want Former Republican Rep to Help Prosecute Trump," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Lindsey Graham, Elizabeth Warren, and the Impeachment Trial Oath," by Keith E. Whittington

"'High Crimes and Misdemeanors' as an Inkblot," by Jonathan H. Adler

"After Contentious Debate, House Judiciary Votes To Advance Articles of Impeachment Against Trump," by Billy Binion

"Trump Abused His Power, but a Hasty Impeachment Will Undermine That Point," by Jacob Sullum

"Who's Right on Impeachment: Rand Paul, Justin Amash, or Jeff Flake?" by Matt Welch

"Even in Impeachment-Crazed D.C., It's Always a Good Time To Borrow and Spend!" by Nick Gillespie

"Republicans, Democrats Agree to Dump $738 Billion More Into the Forever War and Space Force," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"U.K. Election: Brexit Wins, Jeremy Corbyn Crashes," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"A Corbyn Victory Would Kill Brexit, Lead to Venezuelan-Style Socialism, Says E.U. Member of Parliament Daniel Hannan," by Nick Gillespie

"The Decade Populism Went Mainstream," by Matt Welch

"Moderate Joe Biden Wants Tax Hikes Twice as Big as Hillary Clinton Proposed in 2016," by Peter Suderman

"Richard Jewell Shows What a Conservative Hollywood Would Look Like ," by Peter Suderman

"Nobody Knows What Television Is Anymore," by Peter Suderman

"The Radical Freedom of Dungeons & Dragons," by C.J. Ciaramella

"Philip K. Dick's Visions," by Ken Layne

"Kanye West Is Misunderstood," by Brian Doherty

What are we consuming this week?

Matt Welch

  • Saw live concert by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Katherine Mangu-Ward

Peter Suderman

Nick Gillespie