With the passing of U.S. Senator John McCain, we are experiencing a rare glimpse into the mindset of many members of the media and the political class. The state has never been shy about co-opting the word “hero” for its own purposes, and what better time to laud those who have served its interests than when they have died? But do the lavish pronouncements and official pageantry square with reality?
Sometimes it seems that most of the world’s most countries are in a race to see which can become the most socialist. Often, nations like Sweden are held up as examples of how good socialism can be in a first world nation. In this episode, Connor is joined by Klaus Bernpaintner of the Mises Institute to discuss which country is more socialist these days: Sweden or the USA? The answer isn’t as clear cut as you might think.
One of the key symptoms of the unraveling taking place in American society is the growing tendency toward violence against people and property by various activist groups. This is particularly true of the masked Antifa members who can best be understood by the 2017 photograph of one of them beating a man with a sign that says “Stop the Hate!" For all the ruckus they’re causing, are they accomplishing anything worthwhile? Is conflict all that we have left to resolve our differences?
Zoning and land use regulations can have serious, and sometimes negative, impact on your property rights. When you can’t so much as add a shed to your backyard without seeking permission, paying fees and otherwise gaining the approval of a local board, it can be stifling. Scott Beyer has been living in 30 different cities, one month at a time, to explore what works and what doesn’t. He joins us to discuss how the regulatory state is affecting us down to the tiniest details of our lives and what the free market can offer in way of alternatives.
When someone like Alex Jones is simultaneously yanked from nearly every social media platform, it raises more than a few questions. Why now? What exactly did he say that constituted “hate speech” or “bullying”? Who will be next? Have high tech corporate and government interests combined to exert greater control over the flow of information? More importantly, who bears the primary responsibility for deciding what we should see or hear?
What comes to mind when you hear the word “polygamist”? It’s a topic that, historically, has proven to be highly polarized, even though many people have never spoken with a practicing polygamist. In today’s episode, Connor sits down with Joe Darger, a friend and polygamist, to discuss the reality of polygamy in modern times. You might be surprised at the number of people currently practicing polygamy as well as the way that different states are choosing to approach the issue from a legal and public policy standpoint.
If an idea is so good that it must be imposed by the force of the state, how good can that idea really be? A great deal of public policy begins with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, there comes a point where good intentions are being enforced at the expense of personal liberty and private property rights. In this episode, we’ll examine the experience of an elderly Maryland couple who built their own wheelchair ramp and ended up in legal trouble with their county.
Lately there’s been a fair amount of hand-wringing over a federal court ruling that distributing the blueprints by which a person could print a firearm is a protected form of free speech. This has gun control advocates in a near panic as it would make absolute government control of access to firearms virtually impossible. Reason magazine Senior Editor Brian Doherty joins us to discuss the ramifications of this ruling for both freedom and for public safety.
Just when you think flying on an airline couldn’t get more creepy or intrusive, someone in the TSA says, “Hold my beer and watch this.” Now, in addition to the over-the-top physical screening of passengers, we learn of a new “Safe Skies” program that conducts warrantless surveillance of airline passengers who are not known threats. Whatever the intended purpose of this security theater, the actual result is that we are being conditioned to comply with anyone in authority and to do what we’re told without question. Is this the new normal?