Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Nick Gillespie break down why this weekend’s private space flight is ultimately good for society, and then discuss President Joe Biden’s executive order, the antitrust push, and social security. All this and more on this Monday’s Reason Roundtable.
Discussed in the show:
1:00: Richard Branson’s space flight.
22:23: Biden’s executive order is trying to put nutritional labels on the internet (among other things).
34:21: Weekly Listener Question: If you look at the U.S.’s COVID response, the moralistic core was that those of very low risk from it (healthy people under 50, kids) were expected to have their lives derailed to protect those who were of higher risk (the unhealthy and old). This tradeoff came with significant consequences to the livelihoods and education of primarily younger Americans and largely went unquestioned in media. What lessons can we take from this as we stare down the barrel of entitlement insolvency? Will then unquestioned morality be the young must pay the taxes or higher interest rates to make sure retirees maintain their standard of living?
49:22: Weekly media recommendations.
This week’s links:
- “Joe Biden’s Executive Order on ‘Promoting Competition’ Covers Everything From Farmers Markets to Net Neutrality,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
- “Trump Can Win His Case Against Tech Giants,” by Vivek Ramaswamy
- “Billionaires in Space: How Musk, Bezos, and Branson Could Save Humanity” (video)
- “Wally Funk, Trailblazing Female Pilot, Will Join Jeff Bezos on Spaceflight,” by Isabella Grullón Paz
Send your questions to [email protected]. 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 Regan Taylor
Music: “Angeline,” by The Brothers Steve