Achieving Cognitive Liberty in Our Lifetime

A popular libertarian slogan aims for "liberty in our lifetimes." But since freedom is so subjective anyway, perhaps what we should really be striving for is cognitive liberty: our personal well-being, and the freedom from emotional disturbances.

Dr. Michael Edelstein returns to the show with Bob's producer, Charlie Deist, to discuss cognitive liberty – freeing ones' self from the mental traps that act as obstacles to a life of joy.

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Randal O'Toole on Rising Rents

The Cato Institute’s Randal O’Toole (aka the @antiplanner) returns to the show to discuss the epidemic of rising rents in metropolitan areas across America. As usual, planners at the federal, regional, and local levels have a policy solution in search of a problem, and are creating new problems in the process. They cite the lack of affordable urban housing near public transit as justification for “growth management”, but their plans end up discouraging developers from increasing the supply of the most-needed kinds of housing. Basic economics predicts the devastating endgame for the lower and middle classes: The rent is too damn high. One solution, on which even partisans can agree, is land deregulation. Yet top-down urban transformations like Plan Bay Area, for example, continue to rule the day. While O'Toole grants that some planning and regulation is necessary to minimize the negative externalities of large numbers living in urban areas, he argues that “urban planning itself has become the externality.” Tune in for the show of ideas, not attitude – on or 910AM in the SF Bay Area.

Jerry Brown's Time to Shine? Lawrence McQuillan on Pension Reform

The State of California is dreaming, according to Lawrence McQuillan – an economics and finance expert with the Bay Area’s own Independent Institute. His new book (California Dreaming: Lessons on How to Resolve America’s Public Pension Crisis) points out that Governor Brown and the Democrats in the legislature are failing to deal plainly with the reality of economic trade-offs: it’s either worker pensions or government services. There's simply not enough revenue for both with the promises we're slated to make to public sector workers. Perhaps the Golden State has gotten away with tax hikes for so long because of its natural beauty and ideal weather, but McQuillan says this is no longer an option. He joins Bob to discuss the real reason behind UC tuition hikes and cuts to state and local services. Learn how politicians like Gray Davis sold out future generations, raising pensions during the dot-com boom, bankrupting California both financially and morally. Let’s hope Governor Brown is listening.

Is America A Good Investment?

America is a rough place to invest. Understanding financial matters certainly helps, but how can an investor manage her financial affairs if one sentence by a governmental official can make every decision wrong? Look what happened this week. Bernanke opened his mouth and the equity markets tanked. Government is the wild card, as it seeks to subordinate the importance of an individual’s decisions. The individual disappears into the collective. And if you have any doubt about the government as swindler – look no further than social security. Retirement accounts? Obama wants to tax them into oblivion. To discuss all of this and more, Bob’s guest will be investment advisor Pat Vitucci, founder of Bay Area Financial Advisors. He will explain the political and financial landscape that keep his clients afloat. This episode will help you claw your way through the political minefield and into the 1%. Also, the Libertarian spin on food stamps and cell phones on planes is discussed. 90 intense minutes. Don’t miss it.

Dennis vs. Pelosi: Can He Win?

This  Bob will interviews John Dennis, a Republican contender who is vying for Nancy Pelosi’s seat in the House in the upcoming Congressional election. Dennis tells us about his strategy to take back the 8th district from the liberal Democrats and bring more conservative representation to California. Find out the details of his belief system and how many of his ideas are consistent with Libertarian principles.