Jerrod A. Laber is a Washington-based foreign policy writer and journalist, who also writes about Appalachia, issues of race in America, arts & culture, and cities. His work has been published in The Independent UK, Defense One, Washington Examiner, The National Interest, The American Conservative, the Columbus Dispatch, Real Clear Defense, and 100 Days in Appalachia, among other outlets. Previously, he was a Writing Fellow with America’s Future Foundation and a Free Society Fellow with Young Voices. He now serves as a Fellow for Defense Priorities.
Jerrod Laber and Zachary Yost join Underscored to review the contents of the Washington Post report on Afghanistan, and the US government's effort to cover-up the failure of the 18-year war.  --- ---- -- --- --  Many American’s concerns about the country’s long-standing war on terror were well-founded. In the “Afghanistan Papers,” a 2,000-page collection of numerous interviews with high-level U.S. defense officials by the Washington Post, a disturbing PR effort was uncovered to spin the Afghan war effort into the best light possible, even though leaders at the time knew it was not a winning situation. This, of course, resurrects the age-old question: how can Americans trust their government when things like this occur, and have occurred before? Two generations before me a similar lesson was supposedly learned by the American public about open-ended war, mission creep, government lies and cover-up. Yet, here we are again. 
Reparations has long been suggested as a form of repayment to African Americans for the crime of slavery. Many suggest we have not reconciled with it in full, as a country. 2020 Democrats are talking about it now more than ever, why is that?  Jerrod Laber & Christian Watson joined the podcast to discuss the merits, pitfalls and politics of reparations.    Follow Jerrod @JerrodALaber and Christian @OfficialCWatson
Jerrod Laber does not see the fraying of American politics getting better anytime soon. As part of our ongoing discussions with our Free Society Fellows, Jerrod reflects on Charlottesville, the toxicity of the Republican Party and the growing pains of America as a racially pluralistic society. Follow Jerrod on Twitter @JerrodALaber
Part of me enjoys that people are finally starting to focus on the inadequacies of Generation Z, the youngin’s coming up behind Millennials. After all, Millennials have been attacked for far too long! However, I also think it’s a shame that they’ll now be the ones to endure scrutiny by older folks who, let’s be honest, just don’t get them. But does Gen Z face a valid challenge when it comes to race? My guest this week is Jerrod Laber (@JerrodALaber), a Young Voices advocate and writer who recently penned a piece for the Washington Examiner about how “White males in Generation Z aren’t that woke after all.” In it, he explains the different possible factors that are leading young white individuals – males, in particular – to believe that they are being discriminated against much like a minority would be. Also referenced in this episode: Jerrod says Hayek’s “The Constitution of Liberty,” and Adam Smith’s “Theory of Moral Sentiments” most influenced him. He would also recommend reading “The Color of Law,” a more contemporary book by Richard Rothstein. Do you enjoy the content we publish here are OUTSET? Support us on Patreon so we know it’s real.
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