The Reason Roundtable

Canceling the Cancel Culture Deniers

If everything is cancel culture, nothing is.


In the latest Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Peter SudermanKatherine Mangu-Ward, and Nick Gillespie discuss a recent editorial in The New York Times and a wave of laws regulating school curriculums.

1:42: The New York Times' editorial on the state of free speech in America.

24:47: Lawmakers trying to ban certain content from being taught in schools.

31:56: Weekly listener question: Who do you think was the best postwar president? P.S. Is the Western the ultimate libertarian genre?

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Audio production by Ian Keyser
Assistant production by Adam Czarnecki
Music: "Angeline," by The Brothers Steve