That's the first of a seemingly endless number of perhaps unanswerable questions on this week's Reason Roundtable podcast, featuring Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch. Other queries include: Does Red China's exportation of censorship disprove the hypothesis that trade and capitalism make people freer? Is President Trump's abandonment of the Syrian Kurds a welcome clarifying agent to the U.S. body politic or a haphazard atrocity-enabler cloaked in the insincere language of imperial withdrawal? Which Democrats are most set to embarrass themselves in this week's debate? Are Tom DeLay's hips capable of lying? And can Nick's enthusiasm for Columbus Day be contained, let alone stopped?
Audio production by Ian Keyser and Regan Taylor.
Relevant links from the show:
"China Banned South Park After the Show Made Fun of Chinese Censorship," by Robby Soave
"Hong Kong Protesters Combat the Surveillance State," by Zach Weismueller
"Searching for New Atlantis in China," by Michael Gibson
"Ted Cruz Wants To Punish Google Because Execs Didn't Vote for Trump," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
"We Can Learn 3 Lessons From Trump's Partial Syria Withdrawal," by Bonnie Kristian
"Let the Kurds Come to America," by Shikha Dalmia
"Trump Brushes Off the Threat of Free ISIS Militants Because 'They're Going to be Escaping to Europe,'" by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
"U.S. Consents to a Turkish Invasion in Syria; Kurdish Forces Call It 'A Stab in the Back,'" by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
"Democratic Candidates Promise LGBT Voters They'll Punish All the Right People," by Scott Shackford
"Inside the Pro-Trump Conference Where a Violent Meme Made National News," by C.J. Ciaramella
"Summer TV Season Launches with HBO's Murdoch-esque Succession," by Glenn Garvin