Property Rights vs. Diversity of People and Species; Can These Concepts Coexist?

Bob is joined by former San Francisco mayor Art Agnos. Mayor Agnos is a progressive to the core, and a sincere advocate for the middle class. He makes a passionate case for rent control, and subsidized, affordable housing for lower and middle-class residents of urban areas (especially, of course, San Francisco). Mayor Agnos truly speaks from the heart, as well as the mind, making it difficult for Bob to rebut his distinctly non-libertarian views, although he tries. Of particular interest is Mayor Agnos’ successful battle against the Golden State Warriors’ attempted land grab on the San Francisco waterfront. You’ll learn how professional sports franchises often function as little more than mall developers in disguise.

In the last half hour Bob addresses the issue of endangered species with investigative reporter Tawanda Kanhema of the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Kanhema has been documenting the fight to save the black rhinoceros – including efforts to crack down on ivory sales – on rhino-er.org. Bob examines whether the free markets have a role to play in bringing endangered species back from the brink.

It’s 90 minutes of Bob and the progressives!

We Are Not Sardines. We Are People!

Be careful, America. The “One Worlders” are on the attack, armed with stealth statutes and regulatory powers, seeking to wrest local control of our quality of life from cities and towns to unelected regulators. Bob knows this. He is living it. High rise multi-family residences are being imposed on small towns in order to save the planet and stop climate change (can you imagine anything more absurd than trying to stop the climate from changing?). California has been the forerunner of many public policy issues, from “right on red” (hooray) to a ban on plastic bags (boo). Now the usurpation of local zoning control is being tested. If it succeeds here, America will be doomed. In this episode, Bob is joined by Jonathan Wood of the Pacific Legal Foundation, which is representing ordinary citizens in a litigation to stop this planning monster in its tracks. Learn what is at stake, so you can be prepared to fight it. If you lose, your city council will be controlled by the UN!

California Dreamin’ – About Sane Government

Everything begins in California. Fresh air comes from the Pacific Ocean and we are the first ones to foul it for the rest of the country. We were the first state to institute “right on red” as Woody Allen famously pointed out in Annie Hall. We started the tax revolution with Prop 13. We also loaded our prisons with our “three strikes law,” which puts a person in prison for life for stealing a slice of pizza. More recently, we’ve decided to build a high- speed rail from nowhere to nowhere and we’ll spend $39 million to save the delta smelt, a tiny fish that few people have ever seen. Finally, the California legislature is considering a Homeless Bill of Rights, which was not based on anything James Madison has drafted. A word of caution to non-Californians – “this could (will?) happen to you.” In this encore episode, Bob speaks to Steve Greenhut, vice president of journalism at the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity and a frequent contributor to Reason Magazine. California’s going down. Will your state be next?

Cops and Robbers- A New Variation of an Old Theme

How can Americans have respect for law and order when all cops, feds, DEA and anyone else with a badge and a gun can take and keep a citizen’s property with due process and an infinitesimal amount of judicial oversight?  That is how it works: compliments of a billion dollar and nationwide abuse called civil asset forfeiture.  Though it was originally enacted to combat illegal trafficking in drugs, it’s expanded to become a budget enhancer for law enforcement.  Why wear a ski mask and steal in the dead of night when you can wear a badge, earn a nice salary and achieve the same result?  If you think this ranting hyperbole,tune in to this episode to get the story from Scott Alexander Meiner of the American for Forfeiture Reform.  Guaranteed to make you change your mind.  The inmates are minding the asylum.

As California Goes, So Goes the Nation

California is in a fiscal free-fall, led by a clueless governor and an entrenched, pro-union legislature. Why does the rest of the country care? Because what happens here is likely to happen in your state . . it’ll just take a bit longer. As Woody Allen famously observed, it happened with “right on red” and it’ll happen with fiscal insanity. Unless, of course, the other states learn from our mistakes. This is a make-or-break election for California and for the nation. Now that redistricting in California has opened up many seats to newcomers, we are seeing more non-professional politicians and examining their positions on issues Libertarians care about – immigration, public service unions, minimum wage laws, health care regulation, guns, drug legalization, campaign finance, and the many other issues which are avoided by the mainstream media. In this episode, Bob is delighted to welcome Arlyne Diamond, candidate for California state assembly from Silicon Valley. The California open primary makes the June election important. Bob hopes this interview will be the template for testing candidates around the country on their Libertarian creds. Live. Unrehearsed. Unedited. Raw. Radio at its best. Don’t miss it.

Rent Control

Bob examines a policy that’s seventy years old, robs from the rich to give to the poor ….. AND the rich! Sounds confusing?  It is!   It’s supported by the middle class but they don’t even benefit. What is it?  Rent control.  A “temporary fix” for a problem that hasn’t existed for over 7 decades. Why do 92% of all economists consider it seriously flawed?  Why do citizens  in San Francisco, Berkeley, Santa Monica and New York support it?  Bob takes a fresh look at the issue from a Libertarian perspective in this encore episode of the show.  Explaining and defending rent control is expert Ken Carlson (ken@caltenantlaw.com), a long-time tenants rights attorney and advocate. If you’re a tenant, a landlord or a free-marketeer, you won’t want to miss this show.

There is No Free Lunch

NY Mayor Bloomberg wants to charge motorists if the fire department responds to an auto accident and has to put out a fire, or pry someone from a wrecked car.  Firefighters in Obion County, Tennessee watched a house burn to the ground since the homeowner failed to pay a $75.00 annual fire protection fee.  User Fees are becoming the next big thing in governmental revenue raising and Bob loves it.  Better have your credit card handy when you call 911!  In this episode, Bob voices his support for toll roads, governmental fee for services, and, the end of the free lunch myth.

Prop 27- Redistricting

If you think the essence of democracy is that politicians get to pick their voters, then Prop 27 is for you.  So are Cuba, North Korea and China, for that matter.  But if you want voters to pick their representatives, Prop 27 should be taken out with the trash.  To help you decide, this  Sunday  Bob speaks to Steve Maviglio, who is an incumbent’s best friend and an enemy of citizen control of redistricting .  They will discuss why Prop 27 is the most important measure on the California ballot . . . and how it could affect the rest of the country.

Best of: Smaller Government Rules

This Sunday, Bob will discuss the benefits of small government.  He will question the need for state and federal authorities to be involved in minor issues such as allowing dogs in restaurants, liquor laws, speed limits, texting while driving, etc.  Let’s let our local officials decide what’s best for our communities.

Rent Control

It’s back in the news.  A policy that’s seventy years old, robs from the rich to give to the poor ….. AND the rich! Sounds confusing?  It is!

It’s supported by the middle class but they don’t even benefit. What is it?  Rent control.  A “temporary fix” for a problem that hasn’t existed for over 7 decades. Why do 92% of all economists consider it seriously flawed?  Why do citizens  in San Francisco, Berkeley, Santa Monica and New York support it?  Bob takes a fresh look at the issue from a Libertarian perspective.  Explaining and defending rent control is expert Ken Carlson (ken@caltenantlaw.com), a long-time tenants rights attorney and advocate. If you’re a tenant, a landlord or a free-marketeer, you won’t want to miss this show.