How the Coronavirus Bailout Is Like the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Yes, the Reason Roundtable podcast has gone quarantine-crazy.


Let's face it, we're all going a bit goofy around the gills in these COVID-cursed days. And by "we," we mean Peter Suderman, who apparently can no longer process any information—about, say, the health-policy components of federal coronavirus packages, or the medium-term insolvency of Social Security—without comparing it to the 23-movie slog known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

On today's Reason Roundtable podcast, Suderman and fellow regulars Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Matt Welch grapple with the latest corona-controversies: how and when to reopen, the piss-poor impact on existing government debacles, and above all the tension between the federal government and the states. It's country mice vs. city mice all the way down, with a jumble of Greek/Roman metaphors to spice up the comic-book world we apparently live in.

Audio production by Ian Keyser and Regan Taylor.

Music Credit: 'Lone Wolf' by Dan Lebowitz.

Relevant links from the show:

"For Better Health, Find a Cure for Government," by J.D. Tuccille

"Deaths Spike in New York City and Around the World," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Michigan Gov. Rolls Back Some of State's More Insane Coronavirus Restrictions," by Billy Binion

"Is It Time to End the Coronavirus Lockdowns? A Soho Forum Debate," by John Osterhoudt and Nick Gillespie

"Social Security Will Be Insolvent Even Sooner Than Expected, Thanks to COVID-19 Pandemic," by Eric Boehm

"The COVID-19 Economic Collapse Is Absolutely Wrecking State Pension Systems," by Eric Boehm

What are we consuming this week?

Katherine Mangu-Ward

Peter Suderman

Nick Gillespie

Matt Welch