Back in April, Bob interviewed Ed Hudgins about The Republican Party’s Civil War, in which Hudgins urged Republicans to emphasize the value of “modernist achievers”—those who disrupt status quo industries and demonstrate what free individuals can accomplish. Derek Khanna is one of the youngest yet most influential thinkers leading the charge on the innovation front in Washington D.C. Khanna regularly writes on disruptive innovation for Forbes.com, and recently had his article, "The Party of Innovation," featured on the cover of The American Conservative magazine. The piece advocated for common sense free-market reform in technology policy, and in the broader conservative movement. If his ideas are any indication of a trend, there may still be hope for Republicans to become known as the party of dynamism and innovation. Bob and Khanna talked about obstacles to forming new small businesses, and Khanna explained some recent reforms that may foreshadow more sweeping victories down the road.
Some older Americans are having trouble adjusting to social media and iPhones. That change is minor compared to the shift in perception they will need to get used to a country of driverless cars. This is not fantasy. They are in production; soon to be on the showroom floor and their arrival will portend nearly incomprehensible changes in our lives. Your garage will house a smart phone on wheels. Forget privacy, it will know whose home you’ve stopped at, your driving patterns and much more. This information will be tracked by Google, probably the government, and perhaps everyone else. So long to chauffeurs, bus drivers and taxi drivers. We’ll still have the cabs, just no drivers. Speed limits will be a thing of the past. The only cause of accidents will be humans. Mothers Against Drunk Driving will become Mothers Against Human Driving. Greg Beato joined Bob to discuss this topic. Greg has written for dozens of publications, including SPIN, Wired, Business 2.0, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Driverless cars will change your life… but for better or for worse?
This Sunday, Bob will chat with Patri Friedman, one of the creators of Seasteading. Check out their website at www.seasteading.org. A chance to live in Libertarian Utopia and experience America as the Founders intended. It’s well funded and on the way.