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“This is what democracy looks like. And it kinda sucks.”

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Blake Masters campaign speech for midterm election

In this week’s The Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Peter Suderman, Katherine Mangu-Ward and Nick Gillespie survey the political landscape ahead of the midterm elections.

0:31—Key midterm issues

11:50—Most laughable major party pre-election pitches

29:28—Weekly Listener Question:

“How small, of all that human hearts endure,

That part which laws or kings can cause or cure.

Still to ourselves in every place consign’d,

Our own felicity we make or find:” ― Samuel Johnson

My pithy query is this: do you think candidates would attract the 8-15% of independents by refreshingly stating their actions in office will have little to no effect on individualized happiness? For example, Democrats and Republicans have squabbled over tax cuts—a somewhat nominal 39.6 to 37% for the top rate, while Federal spending on every single mandatory and discretionary program has remained relatively unscathed, but the tax cuts are held up as an Us vs. Them when discussing policy. Will cynicism ever prevail?! Are there any real-life Bulworth examples? Thank you!

49:45—This week’s cultural recommendations

Mentioned in this podcast:

Neither Democrats Nor Republicans Have a Clear Advantage Going Into Election Day” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

‘Election Fraud’ Can Become Our Awful New Hyperbole” by Bonnie Kristian

California’s Anti-Vaping Ballot Question Isn’t About ‘Protecting Children,‘” by Steven Greenhut

Herschel Walker’s Unseriousness Overshadowed What Should Have Been a Serious Race” by Joe Lancaster

A GOP-Led Congress May Focus on Owning the Libs. Instead, It Should Focus on Owning Inflation.” By Veronique de Rugy

Turning ‘Saving Democracy’ Into a Campaign Slogan Isn’t Helping Save Democracy” by Eric Boehm

The Death of Social Security: Debating Bush’s plan for private retirement accounts”  by James Glassman and Tyler Cowen

How Georgia’s Outlandish Ballot Access Law Is Protecting Marjorie Taylor Greene (and the Two-Party System)” by Eric Boehm

Morris P. Fiorina: Why ‘Electoral Chaos’ Is Here To Stay” by Nick Gillespie

Still Fab: Why we keep listening to the Beatles” by Charles Paul Freund

Long and Whining Road: The Beatles, the boomers, and boredom” by Nick Gillespie

Has the Libertarian Moment finally arrived?” by Robert Draper

Bulworth Raps

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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Assistant production by Hunt Beaty

Music: “Angeline,” by The Brothers Steve

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