SpendingTracker.org is a project aimed at giving citizens a clear idea about how much individual members of Congress vote to spend. Jonathan Bydlak of the Coalition to Reduce Spending discusses the project.
(2017-02-27 6:30, Podcast Episode)
Psychologist Paul Bloom of Yale University talks about his book Against Empathy with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Bloom argues that empathy–the ability to feel the emotions of others–is a bad guide to charitable …
(2017-02-26 7:54, EconTalk Extra) Illegal drugs appear to be a scourge on many a community, and while wanting to solve the drug problem is laudable, this week’s EconTalk guest argues we’re going about it all wrong. In his new book, Narconomics, Tom W…
Feds often condition federal funds on state government behavior. But how much can the feds withhold if states don’t play ball? That may be a critical question as President Trump seeks state help with his immigration plans. Josh Blackman comments.
What laws are enabling President Trump’s stepped up immigration enforcement? Alex Nowrasteh explains.
Extremism First? No Thanks! This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Barry Goldwater told us that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. I agree. I’d like to suggest to you today, however, that perhaps we shouldn’t lead with the most extreme […]
Where Will You Finish? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. We’ve all seen the inspirational quote, “It isn’t where you start, it’s how you finish.” While I think that it is important to finish well, I find that your starting point is important. […]
How do Islam and classical liberalism diverge? Can there be a reconciliation? Mustafa Akyol, author of Islam without Extremes, comments.
H. L. Mencken’s relationship with religion and religious people was complicated. D. G. Hart is author of Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H. L. Mencken.
Woman Wrongfully Arrested By Sloppy Officer May Soon Get Justice This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. In 2009, a woman was forced to spend 80 days in jail after being arrested on bogus drug dealing charges. While the charges were eventually dropped, allowing […]
Sean Dunagan, a former DEA researcher and now with Law Enforcement Action Partnership, discusses the Obama record and Trump Administration plans with respect to the ongoing War on Drugs.
Residents Leave Kansas In Search For Legal Medical Cannabis This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. A new bill under review by the Kansas legislature could help residents suffering from conditions that could benefit from medical marijuana. This piece of news is being met […]
(2017-02-20 6:30, Podcast Episode)
When fighting the war on drugs, governments typically devote enormous resources trying to reduce the supply. But is this effective? Journalist and author Tom Wainwright of the Economist and author of Narconomics t…
(2017-02-17 3:46, EconTalk Extra) Here are the results of the survey of your favorite episodes of 2016. I want to thank all of you around the world (and you live in over 60 different countries) who responded. I’m particularly grateful to those who too…
Massive protests greeted Donald Trump upon his inauguration, but speaking out against the president will require a robust First Amendment. Will the American Left support it? Luke Wachob of the Center for Competitive Politics believes so.
(2017-02-16 1:42, EconTalk Extra) If you lived in a country ravaged by crime and widespread food shortages, what lengths would you go to in order to feed your family? We’ve all heard stories of the dangers people bravely face to do just that. Accordi…
You Disagree. Now What? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. When you come across a libertarian who you disagree with, what do you do? As libertarians, you and I understand that individuals differ. We differ in how we choose to live our lives. […]
Don’t Be Ugly To Others This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. The 1999 award-winning film, the Green Mile, tells the story of the lives of guards on death row who are affected by one of their charges: a large black man accused of […]
The departure of Michael Flynn from the Trump Administration reveals more than just the problems of poorly timed phone calls to foreign officials. Julian Sanchez comments.
Stingrays trick your phone into giving data to the cops. Is that legal? Constitutional? Adam Bates comments.
Snowden’s Non-Profit Releases Tools To Protect Journalists, Whistleblowers This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Edward Snowden is the gift that keeps on giving. At least for us, libertarians. Not only did he blow the whistle on the federal government’s lack of care for […]
How do so-called “bottleneckers” restrict competition and harm the public? Dick Carpenter of the Institute for Justice discusses his new book, Bottleneckers.
Arizona Bill Could Be A Win For Sound Money This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. A bill being considered by the Arizona legislature could be the park of a sound money revolution. Much like the marijuana legalization movement ignited by anti-drug war advocates […]
(2017-02-13 6:30, Podcast Episode)
Writer, reporter, and film producer Jim Epstein talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about mining Bitcoins in Venezuela as a way to import food. Venezuela is a tragicomic example of how policy can lead to strange…
What does Donald Trump mean for the broad libertarian movement? And why shouldn’t we give credit to politicians when they do things we like? Anthony Comegna comments.
When President Trump this week suggested destroying the career of a state lawmaker in Texas, he put civil asset forfeiture in the spotlight like never before. Texas State Senator Konni Burton is that lawmaker. She wants civil forfeiture to end entirely.
The delegation of trade authorities to the executive may end up allowing Donald Trump to instigate mischief in the trade realm. Dan Ikenson discusses a possible trade war with China.
New agency guidelines for future financial regulation are spelled out in President Trump’s recent executive order. Thaya Brook Knight comments.
As a federal court considers the travel ban on people from several majority Muslim countries, how many people have been affected? The figures presented by the White House seem to be way off. Alex Nowrasteh comments.
Hyperbole Is NOT Your Friend This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. How many times have you been listening to a policy discussion or debate and you hear a stat, fact, figure, or talking point that just seems completely unbelievable? You go home afterward […]