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Democratizing Gun Production, Education, and Media: Podcast

J.D. Tuccille, Lisa Snell, and Rob Long discuss the democratization of everything at Reason's 50th anniversary celebration.

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3D Printed Gun

What happens when individual consumers—not government bureaucrats, not corporate chieftains, not elite gatekeepers—own the means of their own production? For a half-century, Reason has been giving variants on a five-word answer to that question: Unpredictable and mostly wonderful things.

At our 50th anniversary celebration in Los Angeles this November, we summoned to discuss the democratization of everything an eclectic panel composed of columnist J.D. Tuccille, lover of DIY weaponry and illegal black markets; Reason Foundation Education Director Lisa Snell; and TV showrunner/podcast pioneer Rob Long. I was the moderator.

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    First, and mainly, these people are basically useless. Even the blurb above is unhelpful. “What happens when individual consumers?not government bureaucrats, not corporate chieftains, not elite gatekeepers?own the means of their own production?” As if the government owns the gun mills . . . and who is the actual person who is this elite gatekeeper (or are we wasting valuable time with the newsflash that 1988 Harvard is no longer relevant?). As if anyone who haunts Reason isn’t already navigating all these issues well and independently. As an industrialist, I think this entire podcast is one of those occasions where people who talk for a living sit around taking credit for what others, the actual useful people, have already built: guess what, talking all day doesn’t make you a badass; ie: you’re not real shit-lord until you design things and use your own money to create things. One wonders if these people even know anyone who has ever built anything (a chemical plant, a car factory).

  7. Second: “democratizing” is the wrong word. All of the vectors discussed are individual options, usually individual pursuits. Democracy is where a mob votes on what will work for everyone and then its members are thus constrained, whereas the real trend is that technology allows more independence every day; one reloads his own ammo because he decides to, buys the equipment, learns the craft, and invests the time and material to do so . . . no one else’s opinion or vote was required. “Democratizing” is thrown in here because it’s thought to be part of the sexy millennialspeak, which it is, but that’s irrelevant.

    Third: then we’re told about rapid prototyping of (crap) guns and hand-loading ammo (yawn). First, you’re better off whittling out a gun from pipe and pine studs than 3D printing (good luck with that resin breech). It is good to be able to download designs, so the data can spread and empower people, which is grand, but absolutely zero people have CNC mills in their basements so they can make a gun (unless $140,000 in amortization instead of buying a Glock for $600 makes great sense to you . . . maybe two such rich morons in the world); even the people who can mill out guns with pre-CNC tools NEVER DO IT. . . it’s terrible difficult and expensive.

  8. Fourth: then we get a lecture of the availability of curricula and the new freedom in education. Okay, if you can download a podcast, you already know that you are living in the information age. This point is the most obvious and threadbare “point” in the narration.

    Fifth: news and entertainment has moved, the relevant media have changed, and people vote with their bucks and their pod-catchers. Yup: everyone knows this.

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