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Property is a concept at once so simple that a 4-year-old can grasp it, yet so complex that the greatest legal minds have not been able to formally settle on a definition. Law students are presented with the classic case of Pierson v. Post to illustrate how a dispute over the rightful owner of a fox carcass cannot be settled without surveying a who…
 
The Socialist Awakening: What's Different Now About the Left By Judis, John B. Not long ago, the word “socialism” was something of a taboo. Following the failed Soviet experiment in hardcore socialism, most Americans of a certain age still shudder at the prospect. Libertarians schooled in Friedrich Hayek’s writings have learned to instinctively res…
 
Read the Transcript In January of 1776, Thomas Paine anonymously penned a radical proposal for American independence. “Common Sense,” the title of his pamphlet, has been a rallying cry for American patriots since our founding and continues to unite a dissatisfied public in the pursuit of better governance. Today, a new Common Sense Party of Califor…
 
The Biden administration continues to downplay the humanitarian crisis on the southern border. However, there is a sense that the situation is increasingly chaotic. Chaos, in turn, results in a public backlash and tightening of immigration policies, which only makes the problem worse. TRANSCRIPT Wretched Refuse? Alex Nowrasteh – my go-to immigratio…
 
subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher TRANSCRIPT Preston Cooper is a PhD student in George Mason University’s economics program and a visiting fellow at The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, whose studies have led him to a number of under-publicized conclusions about the so-called student loan crisis. First of all, blanket fo…
 
PODCAST Transcript Navigate Post-Censorship Social Media with Confidence From Parler and Gab to MeWe and Bitchute, learn everything you need to know from my brief guide to the various sites where free speech still lives (allegedly), and how they stack up to the more mainstream competition like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Email * Thank you! Downl…
 
Gavin Newsom took to The View this week to launch his national “anti-recall campaign,” brazenly claiming that the effort to oust him from office is coming from of a small number of Trumpists and conspiracy theorists. Contrary to Newsom’s polished talking points, a majority of Californians are fed up with his hypocrisy, corruption, abuse of powers, …
 
Get the Podcast Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Subscribe Should this meme - a satirical piece of “fake news” from 2016 - be illegal? At the time, it may have fooled some people into voting online. More recently, the disseminator – infamous meme-maker "Ricky Vaughn" – has been charged with a crime. In Tablet Magazine, Eugene Volokh searches…
 
Subscribe to the podcast It took less than a month for the Biden administration to start dropping bombs on the Middle East. Once again, the strikes are in Syria, in response to an alleged attack on US troops in Iraq. Now, both a Republican and Democratic President have ignored the will of the Iraqi people, who voted last year to expel all foreign t…
 
Get the Podcast Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Subscribe You’ve most likely heard by now of the GameStop phenomenon – the bizarre saga of an online forum, short-selling hedge funds, app-based trading platforms, and stock market volatility. Now that the dust is beginning to settle, we can see more clearly what this phenomenon actually is, a…
 
Last Summer, Congressman Thomas Massie re-issued his warning about the fragility of our nation’s meat supply right here on this show. When COVID infections forced closures of a handful of highly efficient mega-packing plants, some parts of the country experienced acute shortages of beef, pork and chicken. Although a firm believer in freedom and fre…
 
Get the podcast Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Read the Transcript Subscribe to the podcast Critics of social media’s monopoly power like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz might be surprised to learn that they have much in common with progressive broadcast reformers of the mid-20th century. In his book The Radio Right: How a Band of Broadcasters To…
 
Get the Podcast Subscribe Guest: Legendary business theorist R. Edward Freeman, Professor at Darden Business School, University of Virginia Topic: The Power of And: Responsible Business Without Trade-Offs In 1970, Milton Friedman outlined what is now known as the Friedman Doctrine in a New York Times article titled, “The Social Responsibility of Bu…
 
Get the Podcast Subscribe Read the Transcript The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class By Conard, Edward Buy on Amazon Back in 2017, Former Bain Capital partner Ed Conard joined the show to tackle one of the most persistent myths of our time – that inequality is unilaterally a bad thing, which must be fixed through r…
 
Get the podcast subscribe “Every banana republic in the world has a bill of rights." – Antonin Scalia With no end to California’s lockdowns in sight, it’s becoming clear that our state’s Bill of Rights hasn't stopped Governor Gavin Newsom from running roughshod over our constitutional framework. Governors and their bureaucrats have taken on an unpr…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Presidents, Populism, and the Crisis of Democracy By Howell, William G., Moe, Terry M. Last Sunday I spent an hour with Reason editor Nick Gillespie, putting the Capitol Riots in the context of longer-term erosion of trust in our institutions. This Sunday, I will continue this theme with Professors …
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Read the transcript the last days of his term, we might label Wednesday’s botched rally and final electoral college vote as “checkmate” for the lame duck. Is this how the Trump presidency ends? With both a whimper and a bang? Perhaps this is the time to leave the echo chambers of mainstream and soci…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. “We have the best government money can buy.” —Mark Twain Welfare for the Rich: How Your Tax Dollars End Up in Millionaires' Pockets―And What You Can Do About It By Harvey, Phil, Conyers, Lisa During the 1960s, images of Cadillac-driving “Welfare Queens” were conjured up in the popular imagination to…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. "Censorship is the strongest drive in human nature; sex is a weak second." - Phil Kerby Maggie McNeill, aka “The Honest Courtesan,” returns to the show this Sunday to discuss her latest article for Reason Magazine on a creeping threat to free speech. She reports how Visa and Mastercard have revoked …
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. In 2020, Federal spending broke the $5 trillion barrier for the first time. In fact, it smashed through it – rising from $4.5 to $6.6 trillion. Compare that to 2009 – the year of the stimulus package – when spending rose just $500 billion over the previous year, and you will get a sense for just how…
 
Read the transcript “Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.” - H.L. Mencken California is going back on lockdown – once again serving up a backwards role model of command-and-control Federalism for the rest of the country. Meanwhile, politicians like Governor Newsom and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio are epitomizing …
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. “But let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then tell me how much of what I earn belongs to you - and why?” ― Walter E. Williams The Inclusive Economy: How to Bring Wealth to America's Poor By Tanner, Michael D. I am eag…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. —William Arthur Ward The Flight of the Golden Geese: How the 1% Matter to the 99% By Lesperance, David S, Angell, Ian Earlier this week, President Trump pardoned two turkeys in what has become …
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. “Government‐imposed prescription requirements violate the rights of individuals to access the medicines they want.” - Dr. Jeffrey Singer and Michael F. Cannon, Drug Reformation: End Government’s Power to Require Prescriptions | Cato Institute The libertarian argument for the right of bodily autonomy…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. In his Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith described a so-called “Man of System” who is “so enamoured with the supposed beauty of his own ideal plan of government, that he cannot suffer the smallest deviation from any part of it.” This man imagines that he can “arrange the different members of a …
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. What do Elizabeth Warren and Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) have in common? They both want to break up Big Tech. Last month, the DOJ filed the highest-profile antitrust lawsuit since the Microsoft case of the late 90s, highlighting conservatives’ ongoing concerns about bias, censorship, and even electio…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. The state of the Electoral College is perhaps the most widely discussed systemic issue related to the presidential election. If the winner of the popular vote loses the general election, we are bound to hear that the result is illegitimate – even if the strategies pursued under an EC system are diff…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. [NOTE: My new book *Essential Liberty: Finding Freedom in a Post-COVID World* is now available on Amazon. Buy it now or read more below.] Trust in a Polarized Age By Vallier, Kevin Buy on Amazon According to a certain t-shirt slogan, “Politics ruins everything.” Yet it somehow still manages to inser…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Read the transcript [NOTE: My new book *Essential Liberty: Finding Freedom in a Post-COVID World* is now available on Amazon. Buy it now or read more below.] As we approach the 2020 election, President Trump is trailing in the polls, making it seem likely that he will be a one-term President. Howeve…
 
Get the podcast Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Read the Transcript [NOTE: My new book *Essential Liberty: Finding Freedom in a Post-COVID World* is now available on Amazon. Buy it now or read more below.] This week, the Senate is scheduled to kick off confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. The stakes are high, with the seat of …
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. [NOTE: My new book *Essential Liberty: Finding Freedom in a Post-COVID World* is now available on Amazon. Buy it now or read more below.] The English poet and literary critic Samuel Johnson is often remembered for his exclamation, “Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.” A Washington Post jour…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. As if the stakes of the election weren’t high enough, the added complication of a Supreme Court vacancy left by Ruth Bader Ginsburg has turned divisive politics into an all-out war. President Trump is set to nominate a candidate on Saturday, and on Sunday morning (8-9am PACIFIC), I’ll discuss breaki…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. The Founders of the United States came up with a system of government that was revolutionary… for 1776. Borrowing from the free cities and republics of Europe as well as the Native American Iroquois Confederacy, they tried to approximate the consent of the governed as best they could – splitting pow…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. We are quickly approaching the November 3, 2020 general election, and questions are already swirling about whether there will be a clear winner come November 4. After Hillary Clinton’s simultaneous popular vote win and electoral college loss in 2016, the NY Times began to criticize the 200+ year old…
 
Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Subscribe Reason Magazine provides a public service by reminding us what Kamala Harris would have us forget: Until her recent about-face, Harris was a hardcore drug warrior and draconian prosecutor. Her record as a prosecutor isn’t the only thing Harris has to explain heading into the general election. With J…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. The Founders were clear that the maintenance of the American Republic required a certain kind of citizen. Without property owners who have a stake in good governance, they knew the experiment in liberty wouldn’t last. Robert E. Wright writes with eloquence and humor about two less-than-funny trends,…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Casey Mulligan served as the chief of Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers from July 2018 to June 2019. During that time, he experienced a different version of the events that have made recent headlines (i.e., Ukrainegate) in other White House "tell-alls." Mulligan's new book, You’re Hired! Untold S…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Read the Transcript We often hear that those who do not heed history are doomed to repeat it. From Great Wars to Great Depressions, we hope to learn from tragic failures. Ignorance can also prevent us from mimicking the successes along with avoiding the failures. The 1918 “Spanish Flu” pandemic is r…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Sign up for the email list and get the first three chapters of my new book, Essential Liberty. Rob Berger, writing in Forbes, recently based an article on a stark, red-barred graph – claiming the picture to be worth a thousand words. Unfortunately for his readers, the Q2 GDP figure, which sticks out…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Sign up for the email list and get the first three chapters of my new book, Essential Liberty. Email * Thank you! Download the sample chapters. Download the guide to the administrative state. The unelected bureaucracy known as the administrative state is usually associated with Federal government. H…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. 1) As I said earlier today, Portland is the test bed for tactics the Administration plans to use in every city with #BlackLivesMatter protests and political activism underway. https://t.co/YBBAIc0yHR — Patrick Eddington (@PGEddington) July 19, 2020 What’s going on in America’s cities? The Trump admi…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. FACT: School aged children are more likely to die from the influenza than from COVID-19... but teachers unions are demanding schools stay shut until we defund police. — Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) July 14, 2020 Almost exactly two years ago, I did a premature victory lap in celebrating the pro-free sp…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Read the transcript We are witnessing yet another purge on major social media networks from Twitter to YouTube. Conservative and libertarian voices are among those being banned or suspended for vague violations of the terms of service, including Stefan Molyneux, whose 15-year old channel was flagged…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Millions of Americans have discovered that working as an independent contractor offers them freedom and flexibility. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo would have you believe that they are all victims of unfair labor practices – akin to the seamstresses who tragically perished in the over-crowded Triang…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. In the late 1970s, a government report on national service held up Mao’s Red Guards – the paramilitary social movement in China – as a model for American youth. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way since then. It's not often that I say this, but we should all be thankful for Richard Nixon for ending th…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Like clockwork, we are now seeing a modest spike in COVID-19 cases in states like Arizona, which mostly avoided the first wave of infections that hit big cities like NYC. The lockdown pre-empted many people from getting sick early only, flattened the curve, and delayed the inevitable. Now the spike …
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Looking around the country, it might seem like Edward Glaeser was wrong to declare the “Triumph of the City” in his 2011 bestseller of the same name. COVID-19 revealed the fragility of urban areas like New York City, as millions of inhabitants who could afford to flee have done so – leaving behind s…
 
listen in iTunes and Stitcher. Subscribe How quickly we went from nation-wide lockdown to nation-wide mass demonstrations and riots! Perhaps pent-up angst from the lockdowns made the powder-keg of rioting particularly violent, but the fuse of injustice was burning long before the COVID-19 epidemic. Quite simply, Americans are tired of seeing police…
 
Subscribe Get the podcast in iTunes and Stitcher. Read the transcript for this show here. For all of the missteps and failures of Big Government during in the past several months, most Americans will give the Trump administration credit for shutting down travel from China relatively early on. This is thought to have “flattened the curve” by delayin…
 
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