Ian Welsh writes at IanWelsh.net. A blogger since 2003, Ian been the Managing Editor of FireDogLake and the Agonist. His work has appeared at Naked Capitalism, Huffington Post, Alternet, and Truthout, as well as the now defunct Blogging of the President (BOPNews). In Canada his work has appeared in Pogge.ca and BlogsCanada. He is an editor, writer and social media consultant who currently lives in Toronto.
Jay and Ian discuss the security state, and the complex tensions involved with the weapons ownership as a constitutionally protected right of self-defense with the progressive position of increased regulation of gun ownership and use. In general, there is an interesting conflict in contemporary liberalism's trust and distrust of state apparatus. Matt Stoller explored this tension, in the context of Ron Paul's political candidacy.