113: Are Ballot Initiatives a Bad Idea?

113: Are Ballot Initiatives a Bad Idea?

In a republic form of government, lawmaking is generally handled by elected representatives of the people. But is there also a place for direct democracy, where the people can exercise their franchise on specific issues via ballot initiative? In this episode, we explore the pros and cons of the initiative process as well as when and where it may be necessary to limit the power we’ve delegated to government.
September 7, 2018
112: Jeremy Travis on Why America’s Bail System is Broken

112: Jeremy Travis on Why America’s Bail System is Broken

Most of what people know about the criminal justice system is based on what they’ve watched on TV. Unless you or someone you know has had to be bailed out of jail, you’re probably not familiar with the bail process or some of the inherent problems with the current system. Even so, these problems affect millions of people each year in ways you may not have considered. Jeremy Travis from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation joins Connor to discuss the challenges of the bail system and some potential solutions.  
September 4, 2018
111: John McCain and the Hypocrisy of Reverential Treatment

111: John McCain and the Hypocrisy of Reverential Treatment

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?
August 31, 2018
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