Culture War

Is DeSantis a Principled Governor or a Retaliatory Culture Warrior?

Plus: Are political parties the ideal vessel for advancing libertarian principles?


In this week's Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Peter Suderman, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and Nick Gillespie scrutinize Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' style of conservatism and touch on President Joe Biden's upcoming visit with the House of Saud.

1:28: DeSantis and his approach to governance

30:36: Weekly Listener Question: You guys occasionally talk about the Libertarian Party, and you might be aware of the recent convention which saw power go to one faction that many describe as quite alienating. This has led to many of the traditional libertarians leaving the party altogether. My question for you all is do you think that the Libertarian Party is necessary for facilitating more libertarian representation in politics? If not, how do you see libertarian ideals grow in the traditional duopoly?

38:39: Biden's forthcoming visit to Saudi Arabia

52:30: Media recommendations for the week

This week's links: 

"The Death of Walt Disney's Private Dream City?" by Zach Weissmueller and Danielle Thompson

"Anti-LGBT Panics Are Bad for Everyone's Liberty," by Scott Shackford

"Blame Biden for High Gas Prices," by Nick Gillespie and Regan Taylor

"Saudi Prince's Plan for 'Walkable' City of Single-File Buildings Could Be Two Miles-Long Skyscrapers Instead," by Christian Britschgi

"Alex Epstein: Why the Future Needs More Fossil Fuels," by Nick Gillespie 

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Audio production by Ian Keyser

Assistant production by Hunt Beaty

Music: "Angeline," by The Brothers Steve