An Intellectual Discussion of Sexual Harassment with Richard Epstein

Each week, the list of celebrities accused of sexual assault seems to grow longer. Bill Cosby, Bill O'Reilly, and now Harvey Weinstein are just a few of the mighty who have fallen from grace. But while none of these three men has yet to be officially convicted of a crime, the market's retribution has been swift. O'Reilly lost his show, Weinstein lost his job, and Cosby lost his reputation as the benign, sweater-wearing father figure that America so loved. On college campuses, criminal proceedings are being jettisoned (for different reasons) in favor of Title IX discrimination hearings, which lower the standard for guilt to a "preponderance of evidence." Reason Magazine's Robby Soave has documented numerous instances in which campus tribunals have functioned as kangaroo courts – ruining the lives of innocent men and women under the banner of civil rights.

Of course, it goes without saying that sexual harassment deserves to be treated seriously. Richard Epstein returns to the show to bring his full intellect to bear on this hairy subject. He and Bob will discuss the threat to free speech posed by the Federal Government's broad guidelines on harassment issued to universities under Title IX legislation. They seek to define appropriate remedies for sexual harassment, and the market's role in punishing bad behavior. Bob will ask what culpability the enablers of sexual harassment possess for saying nothing when "everyone knew" about certain individuals' abusive behavior. Finally, Epstein will explain how anti-discrimination legislation often creates new forms of discrimination. It's time for an adult conversation about sexual harassment.

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Best Of: Legalizing Pot in California

In this encore episode, Bob interviews John Lovell: a lobbyist for law enforcement groups who is fighting against the movement to legalize marijuana in In this encore episode, Bob interviews John Lovell: a lobbyist for law enforcement groups who is fighting against the movement to legalize marijuana in the state of California. The initiative, also known as the “Tax Cannabis Act,” received enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.  If it is approved, California would become the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use by adults. The measure would also give local governments the authority to regulate and tax pot sales.

Are We All Felons?

This Sunday, Bob will interview author Harvey Silverglate on the topic of his newest book “Three Felonies A Day.  How The Feds Target The Innocent.”   The book argues that Americans unknowingly commit crimes on a daily basis because federal criminal law is so vague. In fact, anyone can be indicted at any time for almost anything.  The expansion of federal criminal law weakens the role of the states and destroys the basic principles of federalism our founders so dearly cherished.

 

Legalize Insider Trading

Legalize Insider Trading – Bob is joined by Don Boudreaux, an economics professor at George Mason University.  They discuss why they believe insider trading should be legalized. If investing were based on real numbers rather than pure speculation the system would work more efficiently.  Let’s even the playing field and allow everyone to have access to the same information.

Hate Crimes Legislation

Bob interviewed Jacob Sullum , senior editor at Reason Magazine.  They discussed hate crimes legislation and the recently passed Matthew Shepard Act, which continues the legislative trend of valuing some people’s lives more highly than others.  Tune in to see if you make the A List of important people.

Any group identification in legislation is anti-American and bad for the body politic.