Jul 9, 2011 • 53M

Crime Down: Prison Costs Up

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Bob Zadek
Bob talks about the issues that affect our lives on a daily basis from a purely libertarian standpoint. He believes in small government, fewer taxes, and greater personal freedom.<br /><br />America has lost its way, but it cannot and does not need to be reinvented. Our founders were correct about their approach to government, as were John Locke, Adam Smith and the other great political philosophers who influenced them. The country’s first principles are economic and social freedom, republicanism, the rule of law, and liberty. Bob believes we must take the best of our founding principles and work from them because a country without principles is just a landmass.
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Fear of crime is so yesterday. At one time, violent crime was on everyone’s mind but today, money is the big issue. We are plagued by out of control deficits, powerful public employee union rip-offs, out of control government spending and the expensive failed war on drugs. These issues all come together in this episode as Veronique de Rugy, Senior Research Fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center discusses “Prison Math” with Bob. American Exceptionalism is at risk because the United States hosts the world’s largest prison population. Are we truly “the land of the free” or are we all prisoners of our failed prison system?