Podcast: Drugs, debt and masculinity

In this week The Raison round tableeditors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Matt Welch, Peter Suderman and Nick Gillespie ruminate on President Joe Biden’s sudden announcement regarding federal marijuana convictions and examine the current wacky economy.

1:41: Biden announcement about weed

4:56 p.m .: The strange economic watch

33:22: Weekly question from listeners:

What’s the take on classic car warranty “renewal” spam or life insurance upsells, often employing phrases like FINAL NOTICE? Addressed mail that attempts to trick the recipient into subscribing to a new service by using personal information (eg full legal name, vehicle details) to imply an existing business relationship. Bonus: These shippers depend on using government data like DMV records and are usually delivered by the US Postal Service. Free Market/Free Speech/Consumer(?) Beware, or state-sanctioned spear-phishing scamming the elderly?

44:20: A crisis of masculinity?

57:50: This week’s cultural recommendations

Mentioned in this podcast:

“Better Late Than Never on the Grass, Kamala,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

“Biden’s marijuana reforms are long overdue but will have only a modest impact”, by Jacob Sullum

“Biden still seeks potential life sentences for distributing weed, even if he pardons for possession”, by Billy Binion

“What Biden’s Weed Plan Really Means”, by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

“Tom Cotton Says Biden Marijuana Pardon Recipients Argued Against More Serious Charges”, by CJ Ciaramella

Kamala Harris hopes you forget her record as a drug warrior and draconian prosecutor,” by Katherine Mangu-Ward and Justin Monticello

“Kamala Harris smoked weed so much in college she thought she was listening to Snoop Dogg and Tupac”, by Nick Gillespie

“All drug offenders should be treated like Hunter Biden: with leniency”, by Nick Gillespie

“Americans Are Losing Their Work Ethic”, by Matt Welch

“Star amsterdam is a tedious and terrible warning about the rise of fascism”, by Peter Suderman

“The political class has consistently ignored warnings of fiscal catastrophe. Now Americans are paying the price.” by Peter Suderman

Send your questions to [email protected] Be sure to include your social media ID and the correct pronunciation of your name.

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Audio production by Ian Keyser

Production Assistant by Hunt Beaty

Music: “Angeline”, by The Steve brothers


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