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Published on Nov 4, 2019
In the fifth episode of Close Encounters, Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds and Ben Weingarten discuss Reynolds' belief in the need to use antitrust laws to break up collusive Big Tech companies and his response to libertarian critiques of such a plan, the corrosive impact of social media on its users, the parallels between how ideas spread in the modern social media ecosystem and contagions in early cities, the state of American politics, Trump as a modern Teddy Roosevelt and a great deal more.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds is the Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, and blogs at Instapundit.com.
Ben Weingarten is a Senior Fellow of the London Center for Policy Research, Fellow at the Claremont Institute, Senior Contributor at The Federalist and a 2019 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow of The Fund for American Studies.