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Jun 30, 2019

What’s the difference between a law enforcer and a peace officer? It’s a distinction that more of us should understand. One of the best illustrations of this difference can be seen in the recent actions of a Minnesota officer who was sent to an elderly woman’s home on a welfare check. Officer Matt Siltala found the woman’s yard was in violation of local code and was faced with a choice of whether to deal with the issue as a law and code enforcer or as a peace officer. We discuss his decision and what can be learned from it.

Jun 30, 2019

What’s the difference between a law enforcer and a peace officer? It’s a distinction that more of us should understand. One of the best illustrations of this difference can be seen in the recent actions of a Minnesota officer who was sent to an elderly woman’s home on a welfare check. Officer Matt Siltala found the woman’s yard was in violation of local code and was faced with a choice of whether to deal with the issue as a law and code enforcer or as a peace officer. We discuss his decision and what can be learned from it.

Jun 27, 2019

If you’re not familiar with the 2005 Kelo case dealing with eminent domain, this is a conversation you need to hear. Dana Berliner of the Institute for Justice joins us to discuss what has happened to the property owner and the property itself in the 14 years since the decision. It’s not particularly good news, especially if you’re a believer in private property rights and limited government. There’s a lesson to be learned here.

Jun 21, 2019

One of the biggest dilemmas faced by people of faith is when the line between their moral principles and their political beliefs begins to blur. This is particularly true when it comes to what political authorities refer to as “matters of national security.” Whether it’s going to war against another country or maintaining control over the borders of your own country, it’s hard to see others as children of God while simultaneously viewing them as an active threat.

Jun 19, 2019

With so many laws on the books, there are virtually unlimited ways that a person can become a criminal. This puts an enormous strain on our legal and judicial system. Utah County Attorney David Leavitt joins us to discuss a groundbreaking approach that he is trying that seeks to handle problems in ways other than simply prosecuting people. Learn what he hopes to accomplish and how it could cut down on the the unnecessary criminalization that bogs down our justice system.

Jun 14, 2019

What’s the best way to fight racism or sexism? Depending upon who you ask, the answer may be with even more racism or sexism. This can take fairly innocuous forms such as focusing exclusively on the rights of women or minorities rather than the rights of all. Is there a better way? Can we right authentic wrongs without giving in to the temptation to create a new double standard?

Jun 12, 2019

Taxes are a part of life but just how big a part of our lives is a question that is constantly being asked. When governmental entities need revenue, taxing the citizenry is often the preferred way to get that money. But should services be taxed in the same manner as other items on which we pay sales taxes? Connor gets some great insights from Jared Walczak from the Tax Foundation on how sales taxes have evolved over the years.

Jun 8, 2019

Each of us has opportunities to wield our influence wherever we happen to be. Wielding that influence wisely can be harder than it sounds. Do we win others to our side with persuasion or do we use a more brute force approach? In this episode, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each approach when it comes to winning supporters.

Jun 3, 2019

Unless we personally know someone who has been incarcerated, chances are that we know very little about the prison system. It’s a part of life that takes place out of sight and out of mind for many us and we seem to prefer it that way. Libertas policy analyst Molly Davis joins Connor to discuss their takeaways from a recent tour they did at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison, Utah.

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