Monday, May 11, 2020

Have We Crossed the Threshold of Doom?

By Matt Welch - May 11, 2020 at 04:40PM

At the very end of today's Reason Roundtable podcast, a rare bit of happy news flashed across the series of tubes: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the Empire State will slowly begin to reopen on May 15. Thank God for that, given that the previous 50-plus minutes of the 'cast was filled with phrases like "threshold of doom," "sobbing face-first in a parking lot," and (shudders) "backdoor UBI caucus." Two months of lockdown has been good for neither fiscal nor mental sanity.

At other points in this episode, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch engage in what are now weekly discussions on psychedelics, Libertarian Party presidential politics, and weird Zoom activities.

Audio production by Ian Keyser and Regan Taylor.

'Reese Peace Riddim' by Konrad OldMoney

Relevant links from the show:

"United Airlines Received $5 Billion From Taxpayers to Protect Employees' Paychecks. Now It's Cutting Hours for 15,000 Workers," by Christian Britschgi

"The New Great Depression? Unemployment Hits Levels Not Seen Since 1930s," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Obama's Shaggy Dog Story About the Golden Gate Bridge," by Matt Welch

"Remembering 'The Forgotten Man,'" by Nick Gillespie

"Coronavirus Curfews Are Counterproductive and Un-American," by Billy Binion

"Were the COVID-19 Lockdowns a Mistake?" by Zach Weissmueller

"Governments Have Screwed Up Mask Purchase and Distribution. Maybe Everyone Should Be a Libertarian in a Pandemic," by Brian Doherty

"Libertarian Party To Choose Its Presidential Ticket in Virtual Vote Over Memorial Day Weekend," by Brian Doherty

"Justin Amash: 'I'm Promising to Be a President Who Will Reduce My Power,'" by Matt Welch

"Rick Doblin: 'People Should Have the Fundamental Human Right To Change Their Consciousness,'" by Nick Gillespie

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