Jesse Walker, managing editor of Reason magazine, discusses the history of US interference in Somalia since the Cold War (with his 2009 article as background); why US interest has less to do with oil than with keeping the military busy; how the successes and failures of minimally-governed Somalia fueled debate on the viability of libertarianism; and the post-9/11 US backing of proxy Ethiopian forces to upend the relatively stable Islamic Courts Union government (with predictably disastrous results).
Jesse Walker, managing editor of Reason magazine, discusses the lack of compelling evidence so far against the Hutaree militia members, the distinction between tough talk and actual criminal conspiracy, how most militias are formed for defensive action against government abuses and why unique personal grievances tend to make anti-government violence the domain of individuals acting alone.
Jesse Walker, managing editor of Reason magazine, discusses his experience at the recent Left-Right anti-empire/antiwar conference in DC, the large contingent of writers featured at Antiwar.com in attendance, finding an alternative to mundane and ineffective peace marches and the stumbling blocks that prevent broad coalitions from uniting around a common issue.
Jesse Walker, managing editor of Reason magazine, discusses the problem of Somalia-based piracy, the impracticality of a military defense against quick-attack pirates along a 2000 mile coastline, the disastrous history of international aid endeavors in Somalia and how market forces may prompt shippers to use alternate routes or private armed security.
Philip Dru interviews Jesse Walker, a columnist for and Associate Editor of Reason Magazine, as well as a columnist for many other magazines and journals, about media consolidation and the stupidity of left and right. He is the author of the book Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America.