On this Monday's Reason Roundtable, Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Nick Gillespie cover Biden's domestic agenda package, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), and other ways D.C. exhibits dysfunction.
Discussed in the show:
1:49: Biden's domestic agenda package will allegedly cost "nothing."
27:46: The $778 billion NDAA illustrates D.C. dysfunction.
31:09: Weekly Listener Question: "While attending graduate school, it was obvious to me that people on both the left and the right have authoritarian tendencies. How do we as libertarians deal with people who can see bad instincts or tendencies in the other side but can't see those same instincts in themselves or their side? I feel like pointing out the hypocrisy won't be a productive approach, but haven't been able to come up with a way of bringing it up with friends and acquaintances who exhibit this behavior. What do you think?"
48:26: Media recommendations for the week.
This week's links:
- "Biden Backs Tax on Billionaires' Unrealized Investment Gains," by Laura Davison
- "Biden defends his social agenda bill, saying the cost will be zero," by Seung Min Kim and Tony Romm
- "Democrats Don't Have a Filibuster Problem. They Have a Joe Manchin Problem," by Peter Suderman
- "The Experts Somehow Overlooked Authoritarians on the Left," by Sally Satel
- "Stealthily Wielding Caesar's Sword," by Stephanie Slade
- "Kidnapping, assassination and a London shoot-out: Inside the CIA's secret war plans against WikiLeaks," by Zach Dorfman, Sean D. Naylor, and Michael Isikoff
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