Scott Horton Interviews Jesse Walker

Scott Horton, July 07, 2011

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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 Reason.com.

One Response to “Jesse Walker”

  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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