Category Archives: Videos

Why We Should Privatize the Postal Service

  I don’t think Hell exists, but if it does, I’m pretty sure it involves standing in line for stamps at a post office. We explore why the Postal Service is so terrible, and how to fix it, in the latest Mostly Weekly. Did you know the Post Office once tried to deliver mail by read more »

KALE

  This is a comedy video about kale. Also possibly a horror film about kale. Kale. It’s everywhere. Williamsburg, Brooklyn runs on it. People put it in their salads despite the fact it has the texture of a large dead insect and approximately the same taste. Yes, I’ve read it’s a super food, but aren’t read more »

Our Amazing Debt (Cosmos Parodoy)

  In preparation for Reason’s latest parody video I’ve spent a lot of time trying to grasp just how ginormous twenty trillion dollars actually is. Some of the (mathematically questionable) analogies I came up with, but scrapped are:  If you listened to “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John twenty trillion times, it would last longer than the universe read more »

Minimum Wage: Bad for Humans, Good for Robots

  Some of America’s largest cities are ratcheting minimum wage up, while progressive luminaries are calling to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Only evil people would oppose this, right? Unless…That’s what the robots want us to think? When the government uses minimum wage laws to abolish cheap labor, it makes employees more expensive. read more »

Stop Subsidizing Sports!

  Let’s talk about “sports”—that thing where we gather around to watch a muscular stranger put a regulation-size ball in a specific location. Why are taxpayers forced to pony up cash for athletic ventures that don’t benefit them? Franchise owners routinely extort massive stadium subsidies through threats of relocation and fake promises of economic revitalization. read more »

How to Stop Patent Trolls

  It’s been a bad year for patent trolls, from a Supreme Court decision squelching their ability to funnel lawsuits to East Texas to this week’s ruling that Personal Audio LLC can’t claim it owns a patent on the entirety of podcasting. In the latest Mostly Weekly, Reason’s Andrew Heaton explores what patent trolls are, the damage they do, read more »

Game of Thrones: The Libertarian Edition

As HBO’s blockbuster series Game of Thrones returns for its seventh season, Reason offers its own freedom-filled parody. A libertarian paradise north of the wall? What’s happened to Westeros’ social security trust fund? Should it take low-income Dothraki four years to get a hair-braiding license? Watch! Written and produced by Austin Bragg, Meredith Bragg, and read more »

The War on Interns

It’s intern season, but many aspiring students aren’t able to get internships—because a lot of them are illegal. Federal law restricts companies from hiring unpaid interns if they’re performing actual useful duties, which means it’s harder for workers to get a foot in the door. In the latest Mostly Weekly Andrew Heaton proposes that consenting adults should be read more »

Trump’s Cuba Crackdown

  President Trump is rolling back some of his predecessor’s Cuban policy reforms, potentially setting back important American relations with cigars and rum. In 2014 President Obama restored diplomatic relations with communist Cuba, re-opening the U.S. embassy on the island nation and lifting some travel and financial restrictions. This month Trump announced he was “canceling the last administration’s read more »

The Government Hates Boobs

You’re going to be surprised by this, but there’s actually a decent amount of overlap between government bureaucrats and breasts. We cover that and more on the latest episode of Mostly Weekly. Frankly I’m a little astonished that I didn’t tackle the issue sooner, given the tremendous amount of thought I’ve independently put into either category. It’s read more »

What the Government Can Learn from BDSM

Last week Washington, DC shut down as everyone and their dog fled to sports bars to watch James Comey’s congressional testimony. The uncomfortable spectacle raised more questions than merely Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. The former FBI Director’s retelling of his private dinner with the then-president elect had the timbre of an overbearing boss sexually harassing read more »

A Brief History of Politicians Body-Slamming Journalists

In the twilight hours of a special election to replace Montana’s lone congressman, Republican hopeful Greg Gianforte reportedly “body slammed” and punched a Guardian reporter after the journalist tried to ferret out an answer about GOP health care plans. In this video Reason TV imagines a world in which other, high profile politicians give into read more »

Net Neutrality Nixed

People are freaking out now that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is beginning the repeal of Net Neutrality regulations, which give the government the right to regulate Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The main arguments in favor of Net Neutrality are really arguments guarding against hypotheticals: that ISPs could otherwise block and censor content (they never have) read more »

Freaky Friday Politics: Republicans And Democrats Keep Switching Positions

Democrats and Republicans are pivoting on issues faster than a bipolar swing dancer on a merry-go-round. Republicans are now big government protectionists who can make, let alone read, a solvent budget. Democrats support free trade (see: Hillary Clinton), states’ rights (see: legal weed) and local control (see: sanctuary cities). It’s like the two parties switched read more »

Why I’m Boycotting the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

It’s a good sign that I didn’t recognize anyone during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner broadcast until halfway through. In the previous eight years Hollywood celebrities parachuted into the nation’s capital to strut up a red carpet and mingle with various tuxedo-clad political barnacles. That kind of hobnobbing woefully gives hope to impressionable student council read more »

Gambling on March Madness

Go team! Score points! Here at Mostly Weekly, we know everything about sports matches, ball statistics, and what a Lebron James is. And no, we didn’t do theater in high school. Why do you ask? But did YOU know that it’s illegal to bet monie$ on an athletics match? The government thinks you’re too stupid and read more »

WTF is Daylight Savings?

What is Daylight Savings? Why do we have it? We shouldn’t! Maybe it’s all a conspiracy by the Sun Dial Lobby. And defended by that friend who’s always late to things. Many states are considering proposals to abolish daylight-savings time. So watch out… lazy vampires. I also wrote a more in-depth piece for Reason which is read more »

Government Birth Control

  Apparently ladies can’t get birth control without a doctor’s prescription (unless they pull a pharmacy heist, or make their own). This strikes me as a bizarre regulatory hurdle; as a guy, I can buy condoms at pharmacies or gas stations without incident when it’s time for my quarterly sex. Even some disreputable bars I visit pass them read more »

War of the Roses Improv

My long-time friend and accomplice Andrew Young and I created an improv team which performs alternate history based on a suggestion from the audience. Recently in New York we asked the audience for a prompt by requesting an event or person that people enjoyed studying in high school. Two people simultaneously shouted “War of the Roses!” I read more »

Protest Protests with Me!

2017 is the year protests surpassed brunch in popularity. In the latest episode of Mostly Weekly we shine a light of skepticism on these proliferating demonstrations. I think Donald Trump is basically a fascist P. T. Barnum. So I’m generally in agreement with the protests I read about; my issue isn’t with their contents or goals. Rather, read more »