A fun, wide-ranging conversation with Nick Gillespie of the acclaimed libertarian magazine
Check out Reason’s recent smear campaign on RFK Jr. by Liz Wolfe. Their primary donor is likely Charles Koch who RFK once said should be in prison. Shocker he was targeted by Reason and in my mind they are no different than legacy media. Look into Donor Trust the primary funder of this think tank.
Good interview. However, I do take exception to something Matt says ... he is comparing the US news media of today with the Russian news media of the 90s, and he says "Nobody is being murdered in their doorway" here. Yoo hoo, Matt, what do you think they are doing to Julian Assange? Okay, so he wasn't murdered in his doorway, but the message was made loud and clear that NOBODY should do what he did in exposing truths the government doesn't want exposed. Ditto for Snowden, who would be prosecuted immediately under the espionage act were he to set foot on American soil.
Maybe not literally "murdered in their doorways" but close enough to get the message across to other journalists and whistle-blowers.
I think the interview was great, regardless of the problems with Reason people may have. I think one of Matt’s superpowers is reaching across various political and ideological categories and bringing people together who might otherwise be compartmentalized media-wise.
And yes, they are trying to murder Assange, maybe not in his doorway literally, but slowly and painfully and cruelly. Message to journalists: don't do what he did.
Finally, Reason does something worth spending time on! Thanks for the heads up!
Looking forward to hearing this, especially after Reason's recent smear campaign of RFK Jr by Liz Wolfe. Comedian/commentator Jimmy Dore did an excellent job of breaking down the piece as the propaganda it is.
It was one of the best interviews I’ve seen. I don’t care who interviewed him or what their angle is.
And Assange. And Snowden. And Manning. And Paul Wellstone. And so many others, silenced and yes, murdered, by our own government. And JFK and RFK. And MLK and Malcolm. And the smears of decent people like Tulsi Gabbard, Jill Stein, RFK Junior, and yes, Mr. Taibbi himself, in order to shut them up and end conversation and the possibility for real change.
I cannot make demands on foreign governments, but as an American I feel obliged to make demands on my own government, which purports to act in my name.
Great interview! I totally forgot about this Nick Gillespie guy. I've recently been binging on "WKRP in Cincinnati" episodes on, ahem, YouTube, and I think those shows really punctuate where the corporate mediated American consciousness has devolved to in the last 4 decades, whether the subject is "Race" or whatever. Plus the jokes actually work, years later. Also, Walter Kirn and Matt's conversations about literary works are a fantastic new wrinkle to their "America This Week" show.
Matt, you and your wife, and Walter, would benefit from reading Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines and the Forgotten History by Dr. Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bystrianyk. No fiction there! Many a person, including medical professionals, have changed their position on the CDC's childhood schedule through that book. You can talk about it on your show! Universities are owned by big pharma, just as media and government are.
What a dope track suit!
Once Putin became president I noticed that new hires at the Washington Post were allowed extra column space to spread a lot of anti-russian opinion. Putin scared the shit out of the neocons and WAPO helped them turn him into a monster.
To me there is no greater compliment than being followed by a diverse set of citizens who care about truth.
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Great interview, rich discussion. Your indication that the influx of identity politics to our national discourse may be laid at Hilary’s feet in 2016 (“if we break up the banks, will that end racism?”) is profound.
Thank you for the longer form interview. As a subscriber since your Rolling Stone days (I even subscribed to the magazine since I thought that was required to access your material) I am appreciative of the variety of ways to enjoy your content. Your rambling talks with Walter Kirn are a pleasure. Agree, Disagree, who cares? It is all interesting.
Er, Nick, master the art of shutting up when your guest is mid-way through developing his responses to your questions and you'll get much better answers--answers you, as a supposed interviewer, are currently preventing your audience from hearing.