Podcast: Drugs, Debt, and Masculinity – Reason

| 10.10.2022 5:10 PM
In this week’s The Reason Roundtable, editors 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 kooky economy.
1:41: Biden’s weed announcement
16:56: The weird economy watch
33:22: Weekly Listener Question:
What’s the take on the classic car warranty “renewal” junk mail or life insurance upsells, often employing phrases like FINAL NOTICE? Addressed mail that attempts to fool the recipient into taking out a new service by using personal information (e.g., full legal name, vehicle details) to imply an existing commercial relationship. Bonus: These senders depend on using government data like DMV records and are typically delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Free market/free speech/consumer (?) beware, or state-enabled spear phishing that defrauds the elderly?
44:20: A masculinity crisis?
57:50: This week’s cultural recommendations
Mentioned in this podcast:
Better Late Than Never on Weed, Kamala,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
Biden’s Marijuana Reforms Are Long Overdue but Will Have Just a Modest Impact,” by Jacob Sullum
Biden Is Still Seeking Potential Life Sentences for Distributing Weed, Even As He Pardons for Possession,” by Billy Binion
What Biden’s Weed Plan Really Means,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
Tom Cotton Says Biden’s Marijuana Pardon Recipients Pleaded Down From More Serious Charges,” by C.J. Ciaramella
Kamala Harris Hopes You’ll Forget Her Record as a Drug Warrior & Draconian Prosecutor,” by Katherine Mangu-Ward and Justin Monticello
Kamala Harris Got So High Smoking Weed in College She Thought She Was Listening To Snoop Dogg and Tupac,” by Nick Gillespie
All Drug Offenders Should Be Treated Like Hunter Biden: Leniently,” by Nick Gillespie
Americans Are Losing Their Work Ethic,” by Matt Welch
Star-Studded Amsterdam Is a Tedious, Terrible Warning About the Rise of Fascism,” by Peter Suderman
The Political Class Has Consistently Ignored Warnings of Fiscal Doom. Now Americans Are Paying the Price.”  by Peter Suderman
Send your questions to roundtable@reason.com. 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
NEXT: Is a War on Policing Increasing Crime? Q&A with Rafael Mangual
Matt Welch is an editor at large at Reason.
Katherine Mangu-Ward is editor in chief of Reason.
Nick Gillespie is an editor at large at Reason and host of The Reason Interview With Nick Gillespie.
Peter Suderman is features editor at Reason.

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