110: Klaus Bernpaintner Is Sweden More Socialist Than the USA?

110: Klaus Bernpaintner Is Sweden More Socialist Than the USA?

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.  
August 29, 2018
109: Is Antifa Doing Any Good?

109: Is Antifa Doing Any Good?

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 ironic 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?
August 25, 2018
108: Scott Beyer on What Could the Free Market Do for Zoning?

108: Scott Beyer on What Could the Free Market Do for Zoning?

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.  
August 22, 2018
107: Who Is Next for Social Media Censorship?

107: Who Is Next for Social Media Censorship?

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?
August 19, 2018
106: Joe Darger A Conversation With a Polygamist

106: Joe Darger A Conversation With a Polygamist

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.  
August 15, 2018
105: When Good Intentions Are Imposed By Force

105: When Good Intentions Are Imposed By Force

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.
August 11, 2018
104: Brian Doherty on What Is the Big Deal with 3D Printed Firearms?

104: Brian Doherty on What Is the Big Deal with 3D Printed Firearms?

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.  
August 8, 2018
103: The TSA’s Newest Surveillance Program

103: The TSA’s Newest Surveillance Program

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?
August 4, 2018
102: Larry Reed on 7 Principles of Sound Public Policy

102: Larry Reed on 7 Principles of Sound Public Policy

Most of us agree that freedom and free markets are worthwhile things. When it comes to putting these ideals into practice, however, there can be considerable confusion. Lawrence W. Reed who is president of the Foundation for Economic Education joins us to share 7 specific principles of sound public policy. Whether you choose to be a better-prepared participant or simply a well-informed observer, this is very useful philosophical ammunition.  
July 31, 2018
101: How Does Social Media Impact the Freedom Movement?

101: How Does Social Media Impact the Freedom Movement?

Social media is so entrenched in our lives that we tend to regard it in the same manner that a fish might regard water. It’s so universal that we are nearly oblivious to the impact it’s having on our world. Like any tool, social media can be used for noble and uplifting purposes or for not so good purposes. In this episode, we examine the ways that we can use social media to enlighten and unite rather than to simply marginalize those with whom we disagree.
July 27, 2018