Post Tagged with: "state"

161: Drawing Your Own Line in the Sand

161: Drawing Your Own Line in the Sand

Everyone encounters things they find disagreeable, from time to time. But is there a point where each of us must draw a figurative line in the sand rather than simply go along to get along? It’s a decision that will come to each of us, at some point. This is when most of us learn whether or not we’d be willing to suffer for our principles. In this episode, we discuss how to best decide what’s worth taking a stand for and how to do so effectively.   Links mentioned: Airports and the TSA are gearing up for the Real […]
August 3, 2019
150: David Leavitt This Prosecutor Wants to Prosecute Less Crimes

150: David Leavitt This Prosecutor Wants to Prosecute Less Crimes

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.   Links mentioned: There’s a new top prosecutor in Utah County, and he says he’ll reform the criminal justice […]
June 18, 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
140: Rebecca Vallas on a Clean Slate for a Second Chance at Life

140: Rebecca Vallas on a Clean Slate for a Second Chance at Life

Everyone makes mistakes. But when that mistake is a criminal one, should it follow a person for the rest of his or her life? Few of us understand the process of expungement and how it can provide a person with an opportunity for starting over with a clean slate. Rebecca Vallas from the Center for American Progress joins Connor to discuss why it’s in our interest to provide some offenders with a second chance at life.   Links mentioned: Clean Slate
May 4, 2019
118: Brett Tolman Confessions of a Former U.S. Attorney

118: Brett Tolman Confessions of a Former U.S. Attorney

Most of us tend to take for granted that our justice system works. This means we assume that the system is hard at work protecting the innocent by only putting bad guys in jail. Our guest may cause you to rethink that assumption. Brett Tolman is a former U.S. Attorney and prosecutor for the federal government. Now, he is a criminal justice reformer who is working to address some serious problems within the system. Learn what he came to realize and what he is doing to correct some of the institutional obstacles to authentic justice. 
October 23, 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
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
77: Alfie Evan’s and How the State Overrides Parental Rights

77: Alfie Evan’s and How the State Overrides Parental Rights

Most people are now aware of the plight of Alfie Evan’s family in Great Britain. 26 month old Alfie passed away recently from a neurological disease. But the larger tragedy in this story stems from how the British government systematically denied Alfie’s parents the right to seek alternative care for their son or even to bring him home to die. Who has primary responsibility in such cases, the parents or the state? Will there be more cases like Alfie’s in the near future?  
May 3, 2018