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ReasonTV’s Remy Strikes Again

 

 

 

 

Published on Jun 13, 2014

” Remy reworks the Lee Greenwood classic for today’s Veterans Affairs administrators.

Written and Performed by Remy. Video by Meredith Bragg. Backing vocals and all instruments by Ben Karlstrom.

Approximately 2.30 minutes.

Scroll down for lyrics, and visit http://reason.com/reasontv/2014/06/13… for links, downloadable versions, and more. 

Subscribe to Reason TV’s YouTube channel to get automatic notifications when new material goes live and follow Reason on Twitter at @reason. Follow Remy on Twitter at @goremy and on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/user/GoRemy

To see more Remy/Reason TV videos, go here:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

LYRICS:

Well they’ll be there in an instant
with the stars and stripes unfurled
glady going to the most dangerous
places in the world

But today it seems our fighting folks
are in danger once again
You may have seen the headlines in the news
or watching CNN

When we heard the wait times on our list
were so long that patients died
We said “This is government-run healthcare”
“So we’re gonna do what’s right”

We’re gonna grab a piece of paper
and we’ll make a second list
We’ll just say that wait times aren’t that long
and that no deadlines were missed
and when people die we’ll cross them off
and pretend they don’t exist
cuz there ain’t no doubt we can’t be fired
God bless the government

It ain’t just about the soldiers
you see we also sacrifice
There are days you’ll find us working
until the crack of 4:45

But for all the soldiers out there
who sick and need some help
What can they do to get the government
to care about their health?

They could grab a piece of paper
and write down something like this
and abandon your whole unit
then they’ll care when you get sick
and if people die when they look for you
we’ll pretend they don’t exist
cuz there ain’t no doubt we can’t be fired
God bless the government.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daily Video 4.30.14

3 Policies More Racist Than Donald Sterling And Cliven Bundy

 

 

Published on Apr 29, 2014
  Racist rants by federal lands moocher Cliven Bundy and vile comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling have put old-school racism back in the news.

  But let’s get real. However contemptible, Bundy and Sterling aren’t what’s holding down blacks and other minorities in today’s America.

  Here are three policies that, whatever their original intentions, systematically screw over poor blacks and other minorities.

They include:

1. Barriers to work.

  Whether it’s absurd licensing laws for at-home hair braiders, day care operators, and other small-time entrepreneurs or minimum wage laws that price young, unskilled black kids out of their first jobs, barriers to the labor market take their biggest toll on those with the least education, skills, and professional connections.

2. The Drug War

  Created amidst fears of cocaine-snorting negroes, opium-smoking Chinese, and pot-puffing Mexicans, the drug war not only locks up black and minorities in vastly unfair and unjustifiable numbers, it also concentrates black-market violence in poor urban neighborhoods. Blacks don’t use drugs more than whites—they just pay a much steeper price.

3. The Education Monopoly

  Despite more than doubling real per-pupil expenditures since the early 1970s, America’s graduating high school seniors have shown no meaningul improvements in math, reading, and science. It’s black and Hispanic kids in inner cities whose parents lack any real choice in schools that suffer the most. And yet politicans, teachers, and parents who can afford to exercise choice for their own kids do everything they can to keep poor kids trapped in failing schools.

  At a combined 140 years old, Bundy and Sterling are survivors from an older, uglier America that died well before the election of Barack Obama.

  They can (and should) go fuck themselves, but if the rest of us actually want to address the sort of racism that is screwing over today’s minorities, we’d do well to bust down barriers to work, end the drug war, and tear apart the school monopoly.

About 2 minutes. Written and hosted by Nick Gillespie and produced by Meredith Bragg.

  Visit http://reason.com/archives/2014/04/29… for links, full text, downloadable versions and more. Subscribe to Reason TV’s YouTube channel for automatic notification when new videos go live.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Published on Dec 18, 2013

” For links, more resources, and downloadable versions, go tohttp://reason.com/reasontv/2013/12/18…

  As Anchorman 2, the long-awaited sequel to 2004’s Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, hits theaters, it’s worth pointing out Will Ferrell’s fake newscaster is not just wildly entertaining but hugely instructive in our media-soaked age.

 Here are three reasons why Anchorman 2 is already the most important movie of the year.

 1. It Foregrounds Media Cliches and Pat Formulas.

  When Ron Burgundy and team create ridiculous, over-the-top news features such as “Rip the Lid Off It!,” it’s impossible to ever take a special report or interruption for breaking news uncritically ever again.

 2. It (de)humanizes the Production of “News.”

  By calling attention to the actual production process of “news” and the often-considerable limitations of the people who make media, the Anchorman franchise underscores that news is invented, not discovered.

 3. It Eviscerates the Media’a Hero Complex

  Far more than critically acclaimed critiques such as Network, Anchorman brilliantly lampoons the self-importance and deranged egos of media stars.

  For these reasons and more — and especially at a time when even venerable media outlets such as 60 Minutes is effectively firing correspondents for inaccurate reports and blatantly sucking up to power — Anchorman 2 and its prequel should be required viewing for everyone who takes media literacy seriously.

  About 2 minutes. Produced by Todd Krainin. Written and hosted by Nick Gillespie.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jailing Photogs and Smokers, Outlawing Chipotle! Plus Halle Berry! (Nanny of the Year, 2013)

 

 

Published on Dec 26, 2013

” At Reason TV’s Fifth Annual Nanny of the Year Awards, we recognize those who devote their lives to telling us how to run ours! The nominees for 2013 are trailblazers who insist on breaking barriers that would have been politically impossible to confront just a short time ago. 

  Why stop at banning smoking in public places? Let’s criminalize the dirty deed and throw smokers behind bars, says Oregon State Rep. Mitch Greenlick. (Greenlick also champions prison reform, declaring that we need a “more rational way to decide who gets imprisoned.”) 

  Why stop at cracking down on traditional fast food joints like McDonald’s? Let’s kick it up a notch and outlaw “fast casual” restaurants like Chipotle, says Eastchester, New York Supervisor Anthony Colavita. (Eastchester is “a very upscale community,” Colavita explains. “You can go get your sandwich in Larchmont. We aren’t going to cheapen the town with fast food or these formula fast-quick casual places.”) 

  While we’re at it, let’s make photography a crime! After all, celebrities deserve to be protected from the annoying aspects of their life choices, like dealing with the paparazzi, and anyhow we’d really be doing it (all together now!) for the children (well, for the children of celebrities and politicians, at least), says our first bonafide A-list nominee–actor, humanitarian, and lobbyist Halle Berry. 

  All our nominees recognize that they stand on the shoulders of giants, giants like the recently termed out New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whom we salute for with a (sort of) lifetime achievement award. 

  Kick off awards season with the awards show that’s 99 percent shorter than all the rest!

  3 minutes, 13 seconds.

  Follow Nanny of the Year/Month on Twitter (@NannyoftheMonth) and submit your nominees for next month!

  Nanny of the Year is written and produced by Ted Balaker (@tedbalaker). Motion graphics and research by Matt Edwards (@MattChrisEd). Camera by Zach Weissmueller. Opening graphics by Austin Bragg.

To watch previous episodes, go here:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

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Daily Video 12.15.13

Mike Rowe On The Hidden Cost Of Compliance

 

 

Published on Dec 14, 2013

“There are an army of angry acronyms out there and they each have a very specific agenda,” says TV personality Mike Rowe, best known as the longtime host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, in this ReasonTV interview excerpt. “None of them are there to make your life easier. They are there to make you more compliant.”

You can watch ReasonTV’s full in-depth interview with Mike Rowe here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzKzu8…

Aprrox. 1 minute. Hosted by Reason’s Nick Gillespie. Cameras by Meredith Bragg and Joshua Swain. Edited by Bragg. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What We Saw At NYC’s Fast Food Strike

 

 

Published on Dec 6, 2013

” Yesterday, Naomi Brockwell and I attended a demonstration demanding that fast-food restaurants boost their minimum wage to $15 per hour, or a little more than double the current federal minimum wage. The strike, which was led by a group called Fast Food Forward that’s affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), was one of more than a 100 similar demonstrations held in cities across the country.

  The New York demonstration had about 150 people, but the number of actual fast food employees participating in the strike was small. It was business as usual at every restaurant we dropped by yesterday morning and, at a McDonald’s restaurant on 23rd Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan, employees behind the counter said they had heard nothing about a strike.

  We caught up with the protesters in front of a Wendy’s in downtown Brooklyn, where the crowd consisted of union organizers, fast-food workers, and their sympathizers. An estimated one-third of the demonstrators were fast-food employees, meaning that less than one-tenth of 1 percent of New York City’s 57,000 fast-food workforce participated in the strike.

  The group was traveling from one fast-food restaurant to another, before winding up at Foley Square in Manhattan around 1pm.

  Multiple strikers told us they had received compensation through a union strike fund to appear, but declined to say the amount they were paid.

  Artificially doubling wages to $15 an hour would change many things in the fast food industry, including the easy path it provides for low-skilled employees to break into the labor market. Substantially higher wages would mean that existing employees would be less apt to look for other positions, and senior staffers would be more inclined to hog shift hours. Franchisees would likely move more aggressively to replace human service workers with automated cash registers, which is already happening in European McDonald’s. Evidence of how artificially boosting wages destroys opportunities for entry level workers was best documented in a 2006 study by economists David Neumark and William Wascher, which was updated in 2013. 

  In interviews, several striking workers described how it had been relatively easy for them to get a job in fast-food service. Shenita Simon, who works as a shift supervisor at KFC, told us that she doesn’t know where else she would have been able to find a position, because fast food is the only industry that “will allow you to have minimum education.” Isaac Wallace, a Burger King employee, described how he was able to get his job immediately after moving to New York from Jamaica by simply walking into a Burger King in Brooklyn and approaching the manager. 

  Once the strike moved to Foley Square, organizers from Fast Food Forward began obstructing our efforts to talk with protesters.

  For full links and downloadable versions go here:http://bit.ly/1cquYYK

  And subscribe to Reason TV’s YouTube Channel to receive automatic updates when new material goes live.

  Produced by Jim Epstein and hosted by Naomi Brockwell.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch John Stossel, Ron Paul , Matt Welch, Penn Jillette, Nick Gillespie Talk “Rise Of Libertarians”

 

 

” Sunday morning yak shows got you down? Then check out this November 14 episode of John Stossel’s eponymous Fox Business show. Titled “The Rise of Libertarians?” “

A Giant Tip Of The Hat Goes To Soopermexican For Bringing This New Remy Video To Our Attention

 

 

   The folks at ReasonTV and Remy have done it again . In this episode cultural references abound all to the original words and music by Remy . In this video Jay (Remy) Carney raps the White House response to an impertinent question from Major Garrett of the press corps. We’ve included the lyrics below so that you can follow along . Enjoy .

Lyrics:

” How dare you, sir?
Yeah, you, yeah I said it
No respect for a bait and switch?
Give us credit

Straight spitting fibs
from the ghetto to Tokyo
You’d think we’re Geppetto
the way we’re getting Pinnochios

We’ve heard the details
we’ve heard complaints aplenty
we’ve read your emails
(not that you’ve sent us any…)

We know Obamacare is 
falling apart by any tally
It’s crumbling so bad 
you’d think it’s made by Nature Valley

But we got a new ad campaign
across the world
we got one for dudes
we got one for girls

So if you press corps bores
want to chance inquire
I hope you brought smores
because these pants on fire

Sir, millions of people are trying to accept
the loss of their plans you told them could be kept
and one thing that’s baffling folks around the planet
is how have these plans been canceled but Two Broke Girls hasn’t?

I’ve tried and I’ve tried, but the effort is in vain
Never has a website inflicted such pain
for our wasted time is a bailout in sight?
For users of healthcare.gov? No, people who drafted Ray Rice

You said people could keep their plan but look where that led
We didn’t say “plan.” We said “fathead.”
No, you said it’d be like Kayak or Amazon, like a laser, pronto!
No, kayaking on the Amazon with the mayor of Toronto

But you–can’t comment, G. But you s–can’t comment, cuz
Why can’t you comment? I don’t have Google Plus
But this is your law and now people need help
I mean you wrote the thing–did you just knockout game yourself?

Selling hope’s like selling soap, son, I’ll tell you why
You can’t make either one without a little bit of lye “

Special thanks to IJR

Daily Video 11.18.13

Give Us Cash Or Lose Your Kids And Face Felony Charges: Don’t Cops Have Better Things To Do?!

Published on Nov 14, 2013

” Think speed traps are crooked? A Texas town’s “cash for freedom” policy has taken highway robbery to a whole new level. 

Imagine getting pulled over while on a family vacation and having small-town cops accuse you and your family of being drug couriers. Then imagine hearing that you have two options: Fork over your cash and continue on your vacation or face felony charges for money laundering and child endangerment, in which case you go to jail and your kids get handed over to foster care. That’s what happened to Ron Henderson and Jennifer Boatright while traveling through Tenaha, Texas, a town that regards piracy as just another way to raise revenue. 

Henderson and Boatright’s case helped launch a class action lawsuit against abusive civil forfeiture laws, laws which allow law enforcement to to shake down people and cash in. And don’t be fooled by officers tooling around town in Escalades seized from hotshot drug dealers– law enforcement often targets those who cannot afford to hire an attorney to fight for the return of their property. 

Officers may swipe your property even if you’re not charged with a crime. Cops can drive the cars they grab, and seized cash has even been funneled to officers’ salaries. Booty is often a large source of law enforcement funding, and last year the Department of Justice pulled in a record $4.2 billion from civil forfeitures.

Mix easy targets with the all-too-common “guilty until proven innocent” presumption, and it’s no wonder officers get distracted chasing profit instead of bad guys. In 53 percent of violent crimes nationwide, no one is arrested let alone convicted. So even though it isn’t as lucrative as busting people for drug offenses, maybe cops could spend less hunting down cash and cars and more time busting murders and rapists.

2 minutes, 20 seconds.

Follow the show on Twitter (@DontCops) and submit your nominees for next episode. To watch previous episodes, go here:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=…

“Don’t Cops Have Better Things to Do?” is written and directed by Ted Balaker (@tedbalaker). Producer is Matt Edwards (@MattChrisEd). Opening motion graphics by Meredith Bragg. Camera by Paul Detrick. Music by audionautix.com and “The Contessa” is by Maurice and the Beejays (Magnatune Records). 

Go to http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/11/14…
for downloadable versions and subscribe to ReasonTV’s YouTube Channel to receive notifications when new material goes live.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Video 11.9.13

20 Years Of Political Correctness: Q/A With Jonathan Rauch

 

 

Published on Nov 8, 2013

” The great advantage of a society that embraces robust and often-angry debate, “is not that it does not make mistakes,” says Jonathan Rauch, “it’s that it catches mistakes very, very quickly.” For Rauch, such dialogue is at the heart of what he calls the “liberal science” of producing and refining knowledge.

A National Magazine Award-winning journalist and author, Rauch’s path-breaking study of politicial corrrectness, Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought, has just been released in a 20th-anniversary edition by the Cato Institute. The new version includes an introduction by George Will and a powerful afterword by Rauch about how calls for censorship and regulation of speech have changed over the past two decades.

Nick Gillespie sat down with Rauch to discuss why free speech cannot and should not be abridged, even when it causes pain and discomfort. Rauch talks about how the weak defense of Salman Rushdie after receiving Islamic death threats radicalized his views and the inspiration he draws from figures such as Frank Kameny, a pioneering gay rights activist who never called for the censoring of hate speech.

About 6.30 minutes.

Camera by Amanda Winkler and Joshua Swain. Edited by Swain.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From ReasonTV

 

 

Published on Oct 26, 2013

” On October 26, 2013, protesters from across the political spectrum gathered in Washington, D.C. to take part in the Stop Watching Us rally, a demonstration against the National Security Agency’s domestic and international surveillance programs. 

Reason TV spoke with protesters – including 2012 Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson and former Congressman Dennis Kucinich – to discuss the rally, why people should worry about the erosion of privacy, and President Barack Obama’s role in the growth of the surveillance state.

Produced by Joshua Swain, interviews by Todd Krainin.

About 3 minutes long. 

Go to http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/10/26… for downloadable versions of this video and subscribe to ReasonTV’s YouTube channel to receive automatic notification when new material goes live.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Oct 9, 2013

” “We felt like our family was totally violated by the sheriff’s department and the school district,” says Doug and Catherine Snodgrass of Temecula, California. Last December their 17-year-old autistic high school son was arrested after twice buying marijuana for an undercover Riverside county police officer. 

The undercover operation, titled “Operation Glass House,” spanned a few months and included undercover officers in three area high schools: Chaparral, Temecula Valley, and Rancho Vista Continuation. The officers posed as regular high school students and would ask other students for drugs. Twenty-two students were arrested – the majority of them are reported to be special needs students like the Snodgrass’ son. 

About 7 minutes.

Produced by Amanda Winkler. Camera by Sharif Matar and Winkler.
Visit http://reason.com/reasontv for downloadable versions. Subscribe to ReasonTV’s Youtube channel for daily content like this.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

… Q&A with Freedomworks’ David Kirby

Published on Oct 5, 2013

” “We’ve noticed in the last fifteen months an uptick in the number of people who are actually self identifying as libertarian,” says Freedomworks’ David Kirby.

Kirby sat down with Reason magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Matt Welch to talk about why more people describe themselves as libertarian, how politicians like Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Justin Amash have come to think of themselves as libertarian and whether Glenn Beck calling himself libertarian is a good thing. 

Held each July in Las Vegas, Freedom Fest is attended by around 2,000 limited-government enthusiasts and libertarians. Reason TV spoke with over two dozen speakers and attendees and will be releasing interviews over the coming weeks. Go here for an ever-growing playlist of this year’s interviews.

About 6:16 minutes.

Produced by Paul Detrick. Camera by Detrick and Tracy Oppenheimer.

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Save The Government Twitter Feeds !

Published on Oct 4, 2013

” By now, you’ve probably heard about the government #shutdown. Many nonessential workers have been furloughed, monuments have been closed and the panda cam has been turned off. But that’s not the worst of it. Government run twitter accounts have been shut down because they require lots of resources that have been put on ice, like hashtag experts!

So help ReasonTV kickstart official government twitter accounts now. We are trying to raise $300,000,000 to cover the salaries of all 3,000 public affairs employees making an average salary of $98,000. Prizes are as follows:

$15- Personalized thank you tweet!

$50- “I Heart My Big Government” T-Shirt!

$100- IRS Tax Deduction!

$20,000- A bailout!

Donate now! 

About 2 Minutes 

Featuring Paul Detrick

Written and Produced by Tracy Oppenheimer

Also produced by Zach Weissmueller, Paul Detrick, Will Neff and Alex Manning

Music by Podington Bear, “Filaments.”

Go to http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/10/03… for downloadable versions and subscribe to ReasonTV’s YouTube Channel for notifications when new material goes live.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Video 10.4.13

Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare

 

 

Published on Oct 2, 2013

” “When this case first started in 2009 it was a laugher,” explains Josh Blackman, assistant professor at the South Texas College of Law and author of the new book Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare, which tells the inside story of the legal challenge surrounding President Obama’s signature law. “Fast forward two-and-a-half years and this argument gained steam and gained traction and started to be accepted by judges and some scholars. And then we go to the Supreme Court where five justices say that Congress can’t regulate inactivity and seven justices say that the federal government can’t coerce states into accepting Medicaid money. Holy cow!”

In the end, of course, the court upheld Obamacare’s individual mandate by declaring it a tax, which critics believe effectively rewrote the legislation. Blackman believes Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority opinion wrongly “upheld a law that Congress never wrote,” but he sees a clear indication that the “federalism revolution” of the Rehnquist court is still ongoing. “You now have the strong constitutional undercurrent in the people [via the Tea Party talking] about what the federal government can do, and you have the Supreme Court on record saying that there are certain things the government can and can’t do. This, actually, is not so bad for libertarians. This might be a good recognition that the Constitution has very strong libertarian principles embedded into it.”

Blackman sat down with Reason’s Damon Root to discuss Unprecedented, the case against Obamacare, and how he sees the remaining legal challenges against the health care law faring in court.

Produced by Meredith Bragg. Cameras by Todd Krainin and Bragg.

For links, downloadable versions, and more, visit http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/10/02… and subscribe to ReasonTV’s YouTube page to receive updates when new videos go live. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Video 9.28.13

Remy: Obamacare Video Contest Song

 

 

Published on Sep 27, 2013

” The official deadline for the government-touted Healthy Young America Video contest, which is designed to promote the benefits of The Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), was September 23.

But we figure that, what with all the other delays associated with Obamacare, the kind judges at Young Invincibles will be willing to cut us a few days’ slack.

So here’s Reason TV and Remy’s “Obamacare Video Contest Song.”

Written and performed by Remy. Produced by Meredith Bragg.

About 1.30 minutes. Scroll below for lyrics and visithttp://reason.com/reasontv/2013/09/27… for links, downloadable versions, and more.

Subscribe to Reason TV’s YouTube channel to get automatic notifications when new material go live. Follow Reason on Twitter at @reason.

Follow Remy on Twitter at @goremy and on You Tube here.

For all of Remy and Reason’s collaborations, go here.

Lyrics:

What’s hated by unions
has businesses wary
and dropping coverage 
like the ‘Skins secondary?

Causing thousands of layoffs
taking it’s toll?
What’s so good for people
that they’re forced to enroll?

What’s a law that’s so good
folks who passed and defended it
see it and got waivers
to be exempted? It’s

like Olestra, at first 
it sounded hip
but we quickly found ourselves
dealing with a whole lot of sh…

Obamacare, Obamacare
Unions and businesses both in despair

So to recap, young people,
your hours get cut
and your income goes down
and your premium’s up

and the taxes you pay
with the cash you have left
go to pay for a stupid 
video contest, touting

Obamacare, Obamacare
Unions and businesses both in despair

It’s hated by doctors and unions are mad.
Not since Billy Ray Cyrus 
has someone made something this bad. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Video 9.14.13

George Will’s Libertarian Evolution: Q&A Obama, Syria, & the Power of Choice

 

Published on Sep 13, 2013

“I’ve lived in Washington now for 44 years, and that’s a lot of folly to witness up close,” says Washington Post columnist George Will. “Whatever confidence and optimism I felt towards the central government when I got here on January 1, 1970 has pretty much dissipated at the hands of the government.”

“In part, I owe my current happiness to Barack Obama,” continues the 72-year-old Will, who “so thoroughly concentrates all of the American progressive tradition and the academic culture that goes with it, that he’s really put the spring in my step.”

Branded “perhaps the most powerful journalist in America” by the Wall Street Journal, Will received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1977 and is the author of numerous books, including Statecraft as Soulcraft: What Government Does, Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball, and One Man’s America: The Pleasures and Provocations of our Singular Nation. A regular panelist on ABC’s This Week, Will has the distinction of having been attacked in the pages of Doonesbury and praised in an episode of Seinfeld (for his “clean, scrubbed look”).

 More recently Will has become a champion of libertarianism, both in print and on the air. “America is moving in the libertarians’ direction,” Will wrote in a 2011 review of The Declaration of Independents, “not because they have won an argument but because government and the sectors it dominates have made themselves ludicrous.”

Will sat down with Reason’s Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch to discuss his libertarian evolution (2:16), how Sen. John McCain spurred his political transformation (4:07), Ronald Reagan (4:29), the tax code (8:45), why the Republicans are becoming more interesting (19:30), what the government should be spending money on (23:14), war hawks and foreign policy (25:19), the benefits of judicial activism (34:49), gay marriage (37:55), marijuana legalization (39:04), the importance of Barry Goldwater (40:28), Mitt Romney (45:45), the 2016 election (46:37), Medicare (48:52), how Everett Dirksen’s untimely death changed his life (50:42), why President Obama makes him happy (52:06), affirmative action (53:07), and his optimism in America’s future (57:31).

Approx. 60 minutes long. 

Shot by Meredith Bragg and Todd Krainin. Edited by Bragg.

 For links, downloadable audio, and more, visit:http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/09/12…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Video 9.10.13

“When Can I Buy My Ticket to Outer Space?”

 

 

Published on Sep 9, 2013

 ” “How is it that I have billions or hundreds of millions of dollars, and I can’t buy a ticket to space?” asks Katherine Mangu-Ward, as she explains why a handful of super-rich men have decided to fund a new era of private space travel. “This is not the deal. This is not what I thought was going to happen when I was 10.”

Mangu-Ward, managing editor of Reason magazine, joined Charles Murray, José Cordeiro, and Aaron Day, at FreedomFest 2013 in Las Vegas, to discuss the future of space exploration. The mainstream media’s outlook has been uniformly pessimistic on the subject. NASA has scaled back its ambitions and its budget has contracted, while government-backed missions have drifted away. President Bush’s ambitious plan for a manned mission to Mars, announced in 2004 to great fanfare, never got off the ground.

So why is the FreedomFest panel so optimistic about space travel? Because while government is underperforming, entrepreneurs from all over the world are picking up the slack. 

José Cordeiro talks about the pioneers who are backing a variety of innovative ways to fund space travel privately. MarsOne, based in the Netherlands, is planning a trip to the red planet by documenting the entire process and turning it into a reality show. Billionaire Richard Branson is creating the space tourism industry with Virgin Galactic’s innovative approach to spacecraft. Elon Musk’s SpaceX is generating revenue by transporting cargo into orbit for NASA.

Charles Murray, co-author of “Apollo,” says that the first moon landing was accomplished by a government bureaucracy that acted like “the most audacious entrepreneurs you’ve ever seen.” Murray tells the story of a one-great organizational spirit that has steadily declined since the 1960s.

Aaron Day analyzes the psychology of today’s space entrepreneurs, from Burt Rutan’s pessimistic take on historical progress in space, to Elon Musk’s record of accomplishing more with fewer resources. 

Runs about 36 minutes.

Edited by Todd Krainin. Camera by Paul Detrick and Alex Manning.

Go to http://reason.com/reasontv/2013/08/30… for downloadable versions and subscribe to ReasonTV’s YouTube Channel to receive notifications when new material goes live.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Video 8.31.13

3 Reasons Not to Go to War with Syria

 

Published on Aug 30, 2013

” As the Obama administration beats the drum for yet another military engagement, here are three reasons we shouldn’t go to war with Syria.

1. It’s not our fight

U.S. foreign policy – especially military actions – should proceed from clear and compelling national interests. But neither the president nor anyone in his administration has clarified what America’s security stake is in Syria’s civil war.

Humanitarian interventions are notoriously ineffective in practice. If the president wants to reduce the violence that’s already claimed over 100,000 lives, lobbing cruise missiles or putting boots on the ground is no way to accomplish that.

2. Chemical weapons shouldn’t be a red line

President Obama has said that chemical weapons are a red line that no country should be allowed to cross. But even assuming such weapons were used by the murderous Assad regime, the case for treating poison gas as qualitatively different than far more deadly conventional weapons is hardly clear.

Why should weapons that have at most killed a tiny fraction of people in a war be a trigger for action?

3. What constitutes victory?

Obama hasn’t just failed to articulate a cause for action, he hasn’t even bothered to explain what might constitute victory in Syria. The inherent risks are compounded massively by regional and global politics involving Iran, Jordan, Russia, Israel, and European countries.

The U.S. doesn’t even have a clear sense of who the Syrian rebels are and what their agenda is.

For god’s sake, if the past dozen years have taught us anything about foreign policy, it’s that military interventions shouldn’t be done in a half-assed fashion, without clear and widely shared goals.

If the Obama administration can’t be bothered to articulate why we should fight, who we’re helping, and how we would know that we succeeded, it’s got no business getting involved in Syria.

About 2 minutes.

Produced by Meredith Bragg and written by Nick Gillespie.

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Related: “8 Reasons Not to Go to War with Syria,” by Peter Suderman: http://reason.com/blog/2013/08/27/8-r… “

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nanny of the Month, Aug ’13

 

 

Published on Aug 28, 2013

” This month’s lineup features Iranian officials who deemed a woman too sexy to hold office, a certain big-city mayor (take a wild guess!) who’s bent on banning e-cigarettes, even though they’ve helped plenty of people kick cancer sticks.

But for this month’s top dishonors we head to the ritzy Bay Area city of Palo Alto.

Renting a one-bedroom apartment will run you about $2,500 a month, and the city council has recently criminalized the much cheaper option of sleeping in your car. Tough economic times get a lot tougher for car dwellers who don’t just have to worry about finding jobs and housing, but also avoiding arrest and hard time (up to a year in jail!).

But not to worry, says Palo Alto Mayor Gregory Scharff. The new ordinance merely provides police with a much-needed “tool” to punish those who do awful things like urinate and defecate on people’s yards. (As if such offenses aren’t already against the law!)

Follow “Nanny of the Month” on Twitter (@NannyoftheMonth) and submit your nominees for next month! 

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“Nanny of the Month” is written and produced by Ted Balaker (@tedbalaker). Researcher is Matt Edwards (@mattchrised). Opening motion graphics by Meredith Bragg.

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Koch LA Times Buyout Enrages Protesters: What We Saw at the “Save Our News” Rally

Published on May 30, 2013

” Protesters gathered outside of the Los Angeles Times building on Wednesday to speak out against the potential sale of the newspaper and other Tribune Company properties to the Koch brothers. Reason TV was on the scene to find out why the potential sale was so upsetting to those gathered and whether or not they though it appropriate for the city government to take action against the Times.

Answers ranged from a fear of the Times being transformed into a right-wing propaganda machine to a general distrust of billionaires and/or large corporations owning media companies (despite the fact that the Tribune Company is, of course, a large corporation and billionaires besides the Kochs are interested in the purchase). Watch the full video above. 

About 4 minutes. Produced by Zach Weissmueller and Tracy Oppenheimer.

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Feds Push Insane New Speech Codes!

Published on May 15, 2013

” “It is so broad that it turns every single student and every single faculty member on campus, at least arguably, into harassers,” warns Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).

He’s talking about sweeping speech codes just imposed by the Departments of Justice and Education on virtually every college campus in the United States.

The new mandate was revealed in a letter from the DOJ and DOE to the University of Montana that states “sexual harassment should be more broadly defined as ‘any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature,” including “verbal conduct.” The new rules apply to all colleges and universities receiving any sort of federal money, including Pell grants, federally backed student loans, and more. The letter contends the conduct in question need not be offensive to an “objectively reasonable person of the same gender in the same situation.” That means that there is effectively no check on what might count as harassment. Course materials, overheard comments, stupid jokes – it’s all potentially actionable.

Lukianoff, the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate, hopes that “this is the last straw that causes the universities themselves to start pushing back against this ridiculous overregulation.”

About 3 minutes.

Produced by Anthony L. Fisher. Interview by Matt Welch. Camera by Jim Epstein and Fisher.

Special thanks to the Museum of Sex, New York City.

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Daily Video 5.11.13

 

3 Reasons Benghazi Still Matters

 

 

Published on May 10, 2013

” The House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee hearings about the September 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya have concluded. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the September 11, 2012 attack.

Supporters of Barack Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton say that the hearings, led by Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), were nothing more than a partisan attempt to smear the current president and a likely Democratic contender in the 2016 election.

Whether you agree with that or not, here are three reasons why Benghazi still matters to all Americans.

1. We still don’t know what really happened.

The Benghazi attack marked the first time in “more than three decades” that a U.S ambassador was killed in the field. Yet after these hearings and the State Department’s own “accountability review,” we still don’t know why the consulate was so poorly protected and why the military didn’t or couldn’t respond in a timely fashion. Pleading incompetence or “the fog of war” isn’t an answer.

2. U.S. officials keep attacking free speech as the cause of the attack.

Even after it became clear that the YouTube video “The Innocence of Muslims” had nothing to do with the Benghazi attack, Hillary Clinton invoked it as the cause of the attack at a memorial service for the slain Americans. And President Obama told the United Nations that everyone should condemn “those who slander the Prophet of Islam.”

3. We still don’t have a foreign policy in the Middle East – or anywhere else.

How does the murder of an ambassador to a country we helped liberate reflect on the way in which we got involved in Libya: President Obama dispatched forces without consulting Congress. As U.S. involvement in Syria and elsewhere heats up, the absolute lack of a coherent — much less constitutional – foreign policy will only lead to more tragedies both in the Middle East and throughout the world.

About 2.15 minutes. Written and narrated by Nick Gillespie. Produced by Meredith Bragg. 

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