Special Episode: The Walter Block Scale of Libertarianism

Introduction to the Walter Block Scale of Libertarianism

Murray Rothbard, Ron Paul, Robert Nozick, Noam Chomsky.

Henry George, Milton Friedman, David Friedman, and David Boaz.

Presidential Candidates: Rand Paul, Bernie Sanders, Gary Johnson, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, Jeb Bush, John McCain and Barack Obama. Plus, Bob Zadek.

Beltway Jargon Decoded with David Mark

On any given night, television audiences can tune into an elaborate unscripted reality show in which the stakes are high, the stars are hungry, and the stage is global. No, this program is not *The Amazing Race* – it’s whatever happens to be on C-SPANMSNBC, or any other politically-focused news network, and politicians and pundits are its stars. The theater of politics is its own specialized arena, with jargon to match. David Mark and his co-author Chuck McCutcheon have been professional spectators (aka political journalists) of this show for decades, and have documented an elaborate vocabulary in their new political dictionary, “Dog-Whistles, Walk-backs and Washington Handshakes.”  Much like a modern-day translation is needed to fully understand Shakespearean plays and sonnets, Mark and McCutcheon’s book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand what’s really being said in political speeches, debates and interviews. David Mark is a San Francisco writer, and former senior editor of Politico. He joins Bob in the studio, just in time for the start of election season, to discuss his new book.

Libertarianism: Past, Present, and Future

It has been said that with Republicans in power, man exploits man, whereas under Democrats, it’s the reverse–which is to say, just the same. Richard Boddie, a true champion of liberty, knows this all too well. Prior to finding his political home in the Libertarian Party, Boddie sought a platform for his beliefs – to little avail – in both the Republican and a Democratic parties. Born in 1938, his activism has led him down a number of different roads, from television and radio broadcasting, to seeking the Libertarian Presidential nomination in 1992. In addition to an illustrious career spanning banking, law, higher education, and motivational speaking, Boddie has made it his aim, “to teach and share the ideas and ideals of individual achievement and individual liberty, with at least one different person, each and every day for the rest of [his] life.” He joins Bob to discuss his experiences over the years as an African American at the core of the Libertarian Party. They also examine current trends in the movement, and look to the bright spots on a gloomy political landscape still dominated by “Rs" and "Ds”.

Is Freedom the Future of the GOP?

The Republican Party is in the midst of an identity crisis as establishment leaders, social conservatives, and libertarians all vie for center stage. Will the Party fracture due to these internal divisions, or can it still produce a coherent enough vision to stop the growth of government in every area of our lives? In  “The Republican Party’s Civil War: Will Freedom Win?”, author and editor Edward Hudgins (Director of Advocacy for The Atlas Society) argues for a revival of the principles of self-governance as the moral foundation of the GOP. This rebirth, write Hudgins and his co-authors, may offer the last best chance to rescue the struggling Party, and complete the American Revolution. Hudgins  joins Bob to tell the story of how this unfinished moral revolution began — in the hearts and minds of the Founders — and explains how it can proceed in today’s polarized political environment.

Bob also stakes out the libertarian positions on hot-button social issues – abortion, gay marriage, and immigration – dispelling  the misconceptions that commonly steer popular opinion in the wrong direction. The show concludes with a report on New Jersey’s denial of an application for the license plate “8theist”. What’s at stake from a first amendment perspective?

Links and Notes:

Amazon: “The Republican Party’s Civil War: Will Freedom Win?” by Ed Hudgins

License Plate News Report: GeoBeat News [Video]

JFK a Democrat? You’ve Gotta Be Kidding

In 1960, JFK was elected president as a (liberal?) Democrat, beating Nixon, a (conservative?) Republican. Today, JFK’s politics would classify as neocon Republican and Nixon would never win any Republican primary he might run in. In a few generations, the principles of both major parties have profoundly changed. What does that portend for the future of the parties today and for the politics of America in the next decade? Tomorrow, join Bob and his guest Ira Stoll, author of “JFK, Conservative,” for a fascinating look at JFK and post-WW II American politics. You’ll learn more about Kennedy than you could possibly imagine. He and Karl Rove might be soul mates! Bob and Ira will also discuss immigration – an issue of particular importance to all Americans. You’ll love the show. Be prepared to change your opinion of our 35th president, regardless of what it is now.

A Party for Everyone – Finally

Attention all voters! Which party embodies crony capitalism, interventionist foreign policy and the regulation of the most private aspects of our lives? Most importantly, which party ignores each of us as an individual; only to replace personal responsibility with government dictated behavior? The answer of course is, the Republicans AND the Democrats. The narcotic of political power intoxicates both of these parties and they are obsessed with its accumulation.

A more interesting question is: which party shows the greatest hope for change and what will that change look like? In this episode, Tim Carney, Senior Political Columnist for the Washington Examiner, explains how Libertarian Populism offers the best solution the problems in the American political system today. Libertarian Populists are suspicious of bigness in all forms, accumulations of power and they oppose the conversion of the Department of Defense to the Department of War. Finally, we have a political home we can all feel comfortable in. Politics can be so exciting. Tune in tomorrow at noon.

We Are All Libertarians

Have you noticed that on the important issues of the day, Democrats and Republicans are moving in a Libertarian direction? Politicians are discovering that Libertarian values have been awakened in more and more voters. Only a few years ago, the very word “Libertarian” was not part of the public conversation. How times have changed. Is this the start of a second American Revolution? Bob’s guest, Judge Jim Gray, sure hopes so.   Judge Gray was Governor Gary Johnson’s running mate on the Libertarian ticket in the 2012 presidential election and our strongest proponent for a sane drug policy. In this Sunday’s encore episode, he presents his thoughtful views on health care, foreign policy, gun control, immigration, same sex marriage, drug legalization, and education. Bob and Jim present the info in the Libertarian way, with principles, not politics as the guide.

Fiscal Cliff – The Ultimate Self-Inflicted Wound

In 34 days, everyone’s economic life will turn to varying degrees of garbage – compliments of a spineless Congress and several clueless Presidents. We will wake up from our New Year’s Eve stupor to the joys of higher taxes and fewer entitlement payments. The effects on the economy will be somewhere between catastrophic and fuggitaboutit. The cause – the so-called “fiscal cliff.” This is the result of a series of postponements of hard decisions by the President and Congress so as not impede their re-election. Enjoy your higher tax payments, knowing that money went for a good cause – the keeping of Obama, Pelosi, Boehner and the rest of those cowardly losers in power. How did we get here? What does it mean to you? Is there any escape? In this episode, Bob welcomes Will McBride, Chief Economist at the Tax Foundation. Will knows all the answers and so will you. Thomas Paine feared “the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry.” We are living it.

Meet The Next Vice President

In this episode, Bob welcomes Judge Jim Gray, the Vice Presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party, to his show for the entire hour. Judge Gray sets out the agenda for a Johnson/Gray administration. Finally American voters can vote for someone, not just against the candidate they dislike the most. Liberal, conservative or independent – this platform preserves the good and throws out the bad in our country’s policy. We have a choice. Hear for yourself. This is an hour you won’t want to miss.

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.