Putin's Push and Ponytail Solidarity

Plus: The editors engage in a full-throated denunciation of the CIA in response to a listener question.


In this week's The Reason Roundtable, editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Matt Welch, Peter Suderman, and Nick Gillespie consider the elevated risks from the conflict in Ukraine and commend the recent protests in Iran.

2:22: Russian President Vladimir Putin's mobilization push

16:09: Protests in Iran

30:19: Weekly Listener Question:

It's belated by almost a couple months, but the CIA turned 75 on July 26. Is there a libertarian argument in favor of having a Central Intelligence Agency, and if yes, how closely would a libertarian-approved CIA resemble the one we have?

40:38: New York state lawsuit against former President Donal Trump

48:39: This week's cultural recommendations

Mentioned in this podcast:

"Abolish Nuclear Weapons? A Soho Forum Debate," by Gene Epstein

"Russians Are Fleeing the Threat of Conscription," by Eric Boehm

"Ukraine Changes the Face of War Forever," by Nick Gillespie

"Will Ruger: How Libertarians Should Think About Ukraine Invasion," by Nick Gillespie

"How the United States Can—And Cannot—Help Iranian Protesters: Podcast," by Nick Gillespie

"New York Attorney General Sues Trump for Fraud, Seeks $250 Million in Restitution," by Joe Lancaster

Send your questions to Be sure to include your social media handle and the correct pronunciation of your name.

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Audio production by Ian Keyser

Assistant production by Hunt Beaty

Music: "Angeline," by The Brothers Steve