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September 22, 2020 30 min

Talking with John Tamny about his upcoming book "When Politicians Panicked: The New Coronavirus, Expert Opinion, and a Tragic Lapse of Reason." His premise, and I agree, is that experts aren't the answer to crisis, they are the crisis.  What was needed at the onset of the virus was leadership wise enough to let sensible Americans figure out how to protect themselves.

Information coming from China in January and February...

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September 15, 2020 31 min

Confused about what’s going on with the Post Office? 

I am. So I asked my friend Brian McNicoll, who has written about the post office for many years and has a real feel for its economics and the politics, to clarify what’s going on.

In our conversation he tells me, “the Post Office has a monopoly on two things. Only the post office can put something in your mailbox and only the post office can handle first class mail. But the numb...

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It’s Saturday in September and there’s no Big Ten football being played today. 

But in a not-so-surprising reversal, just weeks after Kevin Warren, the Big Ten commissioner, pointedly said the decision not to play this year would “not be revisited”, they revisited. 

They just announced that it will start up its fall football season October 24. Why the change?

Of course it faced pressure from coaches, players, parents and fans but t...

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September 2, 2020 5 min

Jean Shepard ("Shep"), the legendary 60’s and 70’s WOR NYC late nightradio show humorist and storyteller, romantically described the differences between what he considered to be "day people" and "night people.” Day people were conformists, night people were non-conformists, and he was proud to be one of them.

Well had he lived to see the streets around the White House last week he would be hard pressed to feel r...

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“From early March 2020 on, the best-known authorities on epidemics—the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control— have presented the COVID-19 respiratory disease to the Western world as a danger equivalent to the plague. 

But China’s experience, which its government obfuscated, had already shown that the COVID-19 virus is much less like the plague and more like the flu. 

 

All that has happened since follow...

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There is no historian like Howard Zinn.

Certainly no other history book has taken the place of the Bible at the swearing-in of an elected official . But in 2019, Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History” was the sacred object on which newly elected Oklahoma City council member JoBeth Hamon chose to place her hand for her oath of office .

“For one of the great enemies of the American idea, Howard Zinn, our history “a story of defeat, despa...

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It’s time to wake up to an existential risk that looms infinitely larger than anything posed by the Covid 19 virus.

Electromagnetic pulse (EMP).

EMP can be caused by either a naturally occurring solar storm or a manmade suitcase sized device and would collapse electric grids and electrical critical infrastructures all over the world

 

A nationwide blackout lasting one year could kill up to 90 percent of the American people, through...

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Many of us have read Ayn Rand's novels especially, “Atlas Shrugged” and the “Fountainhead.” But I have been surprised to learn how her ideas and philosophy have continued to resonate throughout the world many years after her novels were first published.   To learn more about this I asked Tal Tsfany, President and CEO of the Ayn Rand Institute to come on the show to talk about the Ayn Rand phenomena.   Mr. Tsfany has a great per...

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Some of society's problems are just so upsetting that it's hard to imagine that they continue to exist, or in fact, are spreading.

Well, this episode explores one of the worst: Internet child pornography and sex trafficking.

Internet pornography been called the largest unregulated social experiment in history.

Ushered it into the cultural mainstream, it enjoys increasingly widespread acceptance. But while it’s well known th...

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A must see and wide ranging conversation about all things economic with Donald Boudreaux, best-selling author, professor of economics at George Mason University who writes the popular blog Cafe Hayek and John Tamny, editor of Real Clear Markets, an editor for Forbes Magazine and the author of “The End of Work” and “They’re Both Wrong.”

 

Even if, or maybe especially, you think economics is too abstract or arcane or harsh, this is a...

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Medical studies show that excessive stress and anxiety are among the most debilitating and deadly of all health hazards in the world. 

Beyond their obvious effects like suicide and substance abuse—these mental stressors are strongly related to and may trigger and inflame a host of ailments like high blood pressure, digestive disorders, heart conditions, infectious diseases, cancer, and pregnancy complications.

Based on a broad...

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Join me as go behind the scenes with writer, director and producer Michael Pack about the making of his extraordinary film about Justice Clarence Thomas. 

 

Distilled from over 30 hours of interviews during a six-month period with Justice Thomas and his wonderful wife Ginni, for the first time, he tells his entire life’s story, looking directly at the camera, speaking frankly to the audience. 

 

This first-person account is accompa...

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Join me as go behind the scenes with writer, director and producer Michael Pack about the making of his extraordinary film about Justice Clarence Thomas. 

 

Distilled from over 30 hours of interviews during a six-month period with Justice Thomas and his wonderful wife Ginni, for the first time, he tells his entire life’s story, looking directly at the camera, speaking frankly to the audience. 

 

This first-person account is accompa...

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“There is more to life than economic freedom. And there is more to economic freedom than economic freedom. A society that attempts to maximize everyone’s freedom at every moment will fail miserably in preserving individual liberty and limiting government over time.”

 

What is missing from our policy debates is a distinctively conservative approach to economics.

 

So argues my guest Oren Cass, founder and executive director of Ameri...

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China presents a vastly different challenge from anything America has confronted before.

The United States economy has never been as deeply dependent on an oppositional government the way we are with China. We have outsourced significant portions of virtually every important supply chain to China. 

America has even lost its manufacturing capabilities to make aspirin, penicillin and a lot of essential antibiotics. 

 

Chinese Communi...

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What comes next when we emerge from the COVID-19 lockdown? What is “normal” is going to be like? 

 

Well in the case of America’s K-12 schools we should not want a return to normal, where “normal” means a nation where fewer than 30% of students - and fewer than 15% in poor communities - read, write, spell, do math or know history, science, or civics on grade level. 

 

“With the doors to most of K-12 schools shut for the rest of the...

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The outbreak of the CoronaVirus has created a health crisis.
But federal, state and local governments’ reactions to this challenge - however well intentioned - have created an economic crisis that will linger past any recovery from or stabilization of the spread of the disease.
The economy’s been broken and government action cannot bring it back, only alleviate some of the pain.
It’s the private sector that will provide lasting sol...
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What do you think about the following statements?

Small businesses are overwhelmingly responsible for job creation, innovation and American prosperity.
Small businesses are more productive than big companies.
And small business owners are the core of democracy in America.
Yet Washington, controlled by big business and engaged in “crony capitalism,” systemically discriminates against small business.

We all know this is true, right...
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“Millions of Americans are taking prescription and over-the-counter drugs made in China and don’t know it and neither do their doctors. These are prescription drugs in the legal supply chain that are distributed to U.S. hospitals, sold in corner drug stores and grocery store pharmacies, and distributed to military hospitals and clinics around the world,” explains Rosemary Gibson.

We cannot make aspirin in the United States. We can...
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This week I sought out Arnold Kling to learn more about some of his innovative ideas to deal with the health, economic and social fallout from the Covid-19 crisis.
Arnold, who blogs at arnoldkling.com/blog, author of “Specialization and Trade” and “The Three Languages of Politics” and with a PhD in Economics from MIT is one of America’s more original and penetrating thinkers.

Some of what we talk about:
“Masks and Scarves”
How do ...
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