Matt Welch

Yakking Towards Manchester
January 09, 2012

 I blog heads with Reason editor Matt Welch about Santorum, Paul, recess appointments, etc.:

Should We Fear Even Successful Military Interventions?
August 22, 2011

Reason editor Matt Welch warns of a "success curse" in foreign policy: Today's Team Blue dethroning of a tinpot dictator lowers the bar for tomorrow's Team Red assault on Iran, which of course will be confirmation that when it comes to the Constitution, President Perry (should he wrest the nomination from the more deserving Texan) is worse than Nixon and Hitler combined. Team Blue will once again regain the White House on an "anti-dumb war" campaign; a scattering of Republicans will then exhume their deference to the War Powers Act, and the U.S.

Metcalf vs. The Libertarians
June 21, 2011

Stephen Metcalf's essay on libertarianism and Robert Nozick, which I linked, has naturally provoked libertarian pushback. Reason editor Matt Welch publishes a rebuttal consisting entirely of pointing out that Ann Coulter also dislikes libertarianism, therefore Slate agrees with Coulter. (And you know who hated communism? Hitler!

Reasonfight, Day... I've Lost Count
March 08, 2011

If you can't get enough of watching me argue against half a dozen Reason staffers and editors at once, I'll offer a brief update. When last we met, Reason's Radley Balko was accusing me of making ad hominem arguments.

Libertarian Time Travel Could Have Saved Jimmy Carter
August 09, 2010

Last week I wrote about Jimmy Carter's deregulation of beer, which produced enormous benefits but only years after Carter had left the scene. Reason's Matt Welch replies: The New Republic's Jonathan Chait, whose first sentence may just explain a lot, has discovered that Jimmy Carter deregulated beer production, adding: "It's worth noting that Carter got no political credit for this move." Maybe not from non-libertarians, pally! His link is to a 2009 Reason article praising beer deregulation.

July 21, 2010

-- Matt Welch yawns at Journolistgate -- Is the individual mandate really a tax? -- James Pethokoukis and Kevin Drum on being pro-market rather than pro-business -- Steve Benen on "making the unemployed wait for no reason"

Look Who Loves French Health Care
December 14, 2009

It's Matt Welch, editor-in-chief of the very libertarian Reason magazine: To put it plainly, when free marketers warn that Democratic health care initiatives will make us more “like France,” a big part of me says, “I wish.” It’s not that I think it’s either feasible or advisable for the United States to adopt a single-payer, government-dominated system.

Libertarians Rising?
November 24, 2007

Nick GIllespie and Matt Welch have a big piece in the WaPo's Outlook section that has quickly risen to the top of the most emailed list. The article tries to make sense of the "Ron Paul revolution", and what the authors see as a rising tide of libertarian sentiment in the country. Here's their conclusion: More than at any other time over the past two decades, Americans are hungering for the politics and freewheeling fun of libertarianism. And with the dreary prospect of a Giuliani vs.