Jesse Walker


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).

MP3 here. (19:58)

Jesse Walker is the author of Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America and the managing editor of Reason magazine and

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  1. Basically the U.S. crushed what was becoming the closest thing to a Rothbardian free-market anarchist society! Leave these poor people alone! If we want to help them we can open up free trade with them. make trade, not war!

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