Post Tagged with: "government"

159: Does Not Voting Indicate Consent for the Status Quo?

159: Does Not Voting Indicate Consent for the Status Quo?

If there is such a thing as a civic religion, then voting might well be considered its high sacrament. We’ve all heard people say, “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain.” But what should we make of those who say, “Not voting means you’ve consented to the status quo”? With another highly polarizing election cycle dead ahead, now is a good time to sort out what our vote represents and how consent plays into the way we choose to vote—or not vote.   Links mentioned: Lessons from a Lemonade Stand: An Unconventional Guide to Government by Connor […]
July 22, 2019
158: Gareth Porter on War with Iran

158: Gareth Porter on War with Iran

Given recent events in the Persian Gulf, it’s not hard to imagine that the United State government is on a collision course with the Iranian government. Who is pushing the hardest for military action? Is a war between the U.S. and Iran a near certainty? Author and correspondent Gareth Porter joins us to help sort the fact from fiction and to explain the possible reasons that we are being steered toward more military action in the Middle East.   Links mentioned: No War With Iran, for Now – but Mike Pompeo and John Bolton Still Really, Really Want One by […]
July 18, 2019
154: Kevin Gutzman on Treason is the Reason for the Season

154: Kevin Gutzman on Treason is the Reason for the Season

As Independence Day approaches, most everyone looks forward to the celebrations, the parades, the fireworks and time off work. Are we forgetting what it is that we’re actually celebrating each year? Professor Kevin Gutzman joins us to talk about the courageous act of treason that set America on a path to independence and set in motion the most remarkable experiment in freedom in human history.   Links mentioned: Myths of the 4th of July by Kevin Gutzman Kevin Gutzman’s website
July 2, 2019
153: Law Enforcer Mows Lawn Becomes Peace Officer

153: Law Enforcer Mows Lawn Becomes Peace Officer

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.   […]
June 30, 2019
152: Dana Berliner on When Can Government Take Your Property?

152: Dana Berliner on When Can Government Take Your Property?

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.   Links mentioned: Tracking Eminent Domain Reform Legislation Since Kelo by Castlecoalition.org The Little Pink House movie
June 26, 2019
149: Fighting Isms with More Isms

149: Fighting Isms with More Isms

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?   Links mentioned: What Exactly Is Racism? by Lew Rockwell More Government, Less Manners by Paul Rosenberg
June 14, 2019
148: Jared Walczak Should Services be Taxed?

148: Jared Walczak Should Services be Taxed?

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.   Links mentioned: Sales Tax Base Broadening: Right-Sizing a State Sales Tax by Nicole Kaeding Sales Tax on Services by State […]
June 11, 2019
146: Molly Davis on What It’s Like Touring a Prison

146: Molly Davis on What It’s Like Touring a Prison

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.   Links mentioned: Prison Rape is the Criminal Justice Issue No One is Talking About by Brad Polumbo and Molly Davis Who is Watching the Inmate Watchers? by […]
June 3, 2019
145: Should Government Be the Agent of Change in Abortion?

145: Should Government Be the Agent of Change in Abortion?

Few things feed the power the state more than when we invite it to become the ultimate arbiter of right and wrong. This is particularly true regarding the topic of abortion where the moral question at the root of the dialogue is getting lost in the struggle to impose solutions on others. Is using the force of law to establish our position the best solution? Could more innocent lives be saved without appealing to the state?   Links mentioned: Society and the State Episode 130: Joe Baker on An Innovative Approach to Abortion How Dependency on Government Makes Us Less, […]
May 29, 2019
144: Robin Fretwell Wilson on Informed Consent During Pelvic Examinations

144: Robin Fretwell Wilson on Informed Consent During Pelvic Examinations

Medical procedures often produce certain ethical concerns and the occasional dilemma. One of those is when pelvic examinations are conducted on unconscious women. The physical risks may be secondary to the emotional damage that can result when a woman realizes that her reproductive organs have been examined while she was under anesthesia for another procedure. Connor visits with Robin Fretwell Wilson from the University of Illinois College of Law about recent legislative efforts to protect the patient’s right to informed consent.   Links mentioned: States Seek Explicit Patient Consent for Pelvic Exams by the Associated Press The ethics of pelvic […]
May 24, 2019