My Interview With Vice Magazine

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Yesterday, I sat down for an IM interview with Vice magazine. The topic was police militarization, SWAT teams, and the Columbia, Missouri drug raid that become a YouTube sensation last week. I’ve been a huge fan of Vice for years, so it was kind of a thrill to chat with them.

Read the interview here.

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12 Responses to “My Interview With Vice Magazine”

  1. #1 |  Big Chief | 

    Radley, good interview, but it seems like they could have at least given a link to your website or to Reason.

  2. #2 |  Tom G | 

    Yes, a link back here would have been nice.
    Also, I just have to provide a link to my favorite American anarchist…
    because “Vices Are Not Crimes”

    (I don’t usually read Vice magazine, so I’m not aware of whether they know much about the above essay)

  3. #3 |  Danny | 

    More good work Radley.

    Let me just say, thank God the Eighteenth Amendment was enacted back in the 1920s, and not in the “post-Viet Nam” era. In 1933, we came to our senses, threw in the towel, repealed the 18th, and let America get back to legal drinking.

    But if alcohol prohibition were the law today, we would never admit failure, no matter how out of control the situation got. Bootleggers would be dismantling the Mexican government, our prisons would be stuffed full of more people than Stalin’s gulags, and guys like Sherrif Joe would be strafing speakeasies from helicopter gunships. Modern-day Eliot Ness-types would be using asset forfeiture to seize twenty percent of GDP. The Nixonland “Silent Majority” would sooner turn this country into a round-eye version of North Korea than abide the dirty hippies and ghetto denizens getting a legal drunk on.

  4. #4 |  Kristen | 

    Great interview!

    I didn’t get the prank stuff at the end? What kind of pranks? Did you mean people calling in false tips on their neighbors?

  5. #5 |  Andrew S. | 

    @Kristen: See

  6. #6 |  EH | 

    OT, but possibly interesting:

  7. #7 |  Andrew Williams | 

    Great interview, even with the interviewer bending over backwards to be all cool and jaded and hip and knowitall. A little genuine outrage on his part would have gone over better.

  8. #8 |  Bob | 

    Sweet! According to the side ads, I can get my Tactical Pants at!

    Why are there so many Law Enforcement ads? It’s like advertising Cisco Routers to the Amish.

    Meh. Those Tactical Pants are ok… but I need ones that are bulletproof and have ballistic nylon ablative panels for Chainsaw protection.

    You know… for when the shit really hits the fan.

  9. #9 |  dave smith | 

    Great interview. But I think the scariest thing I’ve seen was the Maryland student getting the shit beat out of him.

  10. #10 |  Kristen | 

    Why are there so many Law Enforcement ads?

    The ads are served based on keywords in the text of the page.

  11. #11 |  Rick Caldwell | 

    Threadjacking to promote my internet radio show, admittedly, but the topic is relevant. Cheye Calvo is appearing on my show this Wednesday night at 10:00pm eastern time to discuss the results of his SWAT accountability legislation.

  12. #12 |  zendingo | 

    WTF is up with the bayonets and tanks question? it was a bit much “colbertesq” for my tastes….