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Migrants Are People, Not Props


In this week’s The Reason Roundtable, editors Katherine Mangu-Ward, Matt Welch, Peter Suderman, and Nick Gillespie discuss the fallout from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ political stunt that sent migrants to Martha’s Vineyard and Joe Biden’s interview on 60 Minutes.

1:58: Migrants at Martha’s Vineyard

26:09: Weekly Listener Question:

Many institutions seem to have lost their way recently, often due to audience or donor capture. On the left, the ACLU has lost its free speech absolutism and now thinks some speech is not worth protecting. NPR has become a sad, woke, unlistenable parody of its former self. On the right, Katherine’s former employer, The Weekly Standard went under when the editors and financial backers went different ways regarding Trump. Reason has been very consistent for the past 50+ years (with the possible exception of that piece by Matt Welch praising France’s health care system: “Why I Prefer French Health Care“). How has the magazine of “Free Minds and Free Markets” been so consistent and done so well for so long? And more importantly, what is being done to ensure its continued success and principled commitment to libertarian ideas? P.S. I will be attending Reason‘s space-themed Halloween party in a “Sexy Nick Gillespie Astronaut” costume.

35:18: Joe Biden interviewed on 60 Minutes

46:52: This week’s cultural recommendations

Mentioned in this podcast:

Spending Down $12 Million in Pandemic Relief Money on an Immigration Stunt Isn’t ‘Responsible Fiscal Policy’,” by Fiona Harrigan

If Ron DeSantis Hates Communism, He Shouldn’t Weaponize Victims of Communism,” by Fiona Harrigan

DeSantis and Abbott Are Wrong To Treat Migrants as a Punishment,” by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

How Closed Borders Helped Facilitate the Holocaust,” by Nick Gillespie

U.S. Labor Demand Explains Most of the Rise in Illegal Immigration,” by Alex Nowrasteh

How Immigrants Make America Great Again (and Again and Again),” by Nick Gillespie

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


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