Joyce Cordi, host of 860 AM's Reimagine America, joins Bob to discuss the problems with government health insurance, and what centrist reform might look like.Read More
Republicans looking to repeal and replace Obamacare are in a dilemma of their own making this week. They have branded themselves as small government defenders, promising reductions in taxes and subsidies, despite knowledge that most of their constituents oppose cuts to their favored welfare programs. This may seem like an intractable problem to the typical conservative, but Will Wilkinson – Vice President for Policy at the Niskanen Center – offers a lifeline to a struggling G.O.P. in a recent NY Times article [For Trump and G.O.P., the Welfare State Shouldn’t Be the Enemy]. He notes a paradox the core of limited government philosophy – as an empirical matter, liberty seems to be maximized when the total size of government, measured in spending, is larger. The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom confirms that hybrid high-tax, low-regulation policies are working for some of the freest countries on earth. Behind this argument is a new wave of libertarian thought – the intellectual offspring of F.A. Hayek – that incorporates advances in institutional and experimental economics to overcome progressive objections to markets and private property. Wilkinson and the Niskanen Center are pushing a new frontier that could give Republicans space to actually govern. Why the NY Times is offering Republicans such sage advice is a question that will likely remain unanswered, but Wilkinson will take your calls and try to persuade you that his proposed “liberal”-tarian mutation is evolution in the right direction.
- Niskanen Center
- For Trump and G.O.P., the Welfare State Shouldn’t Be the Enemy - The New York Times, by Will Wilkinson, 5/27/17
- Libertarian Principles, Niskanen, and Welfare Policy - Niskanen Center, by Will Wilkinson March 29, 2016
- *The Intellectuals and Socialism* by F.A. Hayek
- Twitter - @WillWilkinson
- Vox - The Big Idea
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Yesterday, Bob went on Craig Roberts' Life!Line show to discuss his new free ebook, Secret Sauce: The Founders' Original Recipe for Limited American Democracy (now available as a free PDF or on Amazon for $1), and the perils of *too much democracy.*
What happens when we start to think of rights as something granted to us by government, rather than our creator? The Founders created a constitutional republic to protect those rights, and limit the number of rights we are required to give up to an absolute minimum.
Find out why Bob dreads the day we live in a democracy:
A new free ebook of Bob's best interviews – transcribed and edited – offers the best hope for renewing American democracy: limiting it according to the original, libertarian principles of the U.S. Constitution.Read More
It’s been called Friedman’s Law, and it holds almost as constant as any law of physics:
It costs any government at least twice as much to do something as it costs anyone else.
But what's to be done when some amount of government spending is inevitable? People often bring up roads and infrastructure as the counterpoint to the libertarian injunction to “privatize it!” Chris Edwards – editor of the Cato Institute’s DownsizingGovernment.org – says that infrastructure isn't quite the exception government’s cheerleaders make it out to be. In a recent policy bulletin, Who Owns U.S. Infrastructure?, Edwards shows how the Federal Government can decrease its involvement in roads, bridges, ports and dams. The majority of infrastructure is already owned and operated by the private sector, with the next largest chunk owned by state and local governments – as it should be. “Asset ownership conveys responsibility;” Edwards says, “federal intervention diffuses it.” He joins Bob to discuss the true state of U.S. infrastructure (rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated) and the hands-off policies that can accelerate the right kind of infrastructure at the right price.
- @CatoEdwards | Twitter
- Who Owns U.S. Infrastructure? By Chris Edwards, Cato Tax & Budget Bulletin, June 1, 2017
- Will Privatizing Air Traffic Control Fly? By Chris Edwards, Newsweek.com, June 6, 2017
Heather Mac Donald gets silenced by campus mobs for trying to express her ideas from *The War on Cops.* She has data to back up her perspective. She joins Bob for a free exchange of ideas on the criminal justice system, and the power and pitfalls of proactive policing.Read More