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Libertarian Minute: Don Boudreaux Debunks Protectionism

The Bob Zadek Show - 9/16/2019 12:00:00 AM

"What protectionism does is protect jobs in relatively inefficient industries by destroying jobs in relatively efficient industries. Over time, as anyone who thinks about it can tell over time, what that does is lower the standard of living insofar as we have protections, because when you are protecting jobs in inefficient industries and protecting less productive jobs, it means you are protecting workers in less productive occupations, and that means those wages are going to be lower over time."

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Roger L. Simon on Screenwriting and *The GOAT*

The Bob Zadek Show - 9/16/2019 12:00:00 AM

I want to tell you about the amazing potential of a powerful combination of ALL NATURAL herbs that can restore your vitality. This ancient Ayurvedic formula actually REVERSES aging at the cellular level and can make you feel 15-25-35 or even 55 years younger. It’s harvested from the high ridges of the Himalayas where only the bravest sherpas dare to tread. If it Sound too good to be true, well maybe it is. This miracle mixture can be YOURS for just one easy payment of... your soul. No, this is not a Sunday morning radio infomercial – it's the premise of The GOAT, a new book from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Roger Simon. Some call him the godfather of conservative media. He was nominated for an Oscar in 1990 for his screenplay of the movie “Enemies, A Love Story.” He's also a deep political thinker, but his true art is writing stories. He found success in Hollywood before blacklisting himself by coming out as a conservative. He wrote the popular Moses Wine detective series, as well as the Big Fix – both the book and the screenplay) and he’s worked with Woody Allen, Bette Midler, and Richard Pryor. Roger is also a co-founder and CEO emeritus of PJ Media - the powerhouse alternative media company that has launched conservative comedian Steven Crowder and others to fame. He joined the show to discuss his work, his writing ethos, and why the storytelling medium is inherently conservative.

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Ivan Eland on the Rogue Presidency

The Bob Zadek Show - 9/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

The last time Congress declared war was on December 8, 1941. In the years since then we have gone from a relatively limited executive branch — as spelled out in James Madison’s system of checks and balances — straight through the imperial presidency of undeclared wars in Korea and Vietnam, to a rogue Presidency in which all bets are off. Historian, economist, and foreign policy expert Ivan Eland has written a new book linking the cancerous growth of the military and executive branch to Congress’s on-going abdication of responsibility. War and the Rogue Presidency: Restoring the Republic after Congressional Failure is Eland’s latest with the Independent Institute. Senator Rand Paul calls it a must-read for “for anyone seeking a safer, freer, and more peaceful world.” I’ve covered the growth of the administrative state dozens of times on my show, but Eland has a fresh take on how the erosion of checks and balances has taken place — not all at once, but in a ratcheting of executive power during wartime. He shows how most major economic interventions have their origin in war: whether its taxes (i.e., income tax, progressive taxation, double taxation, tax withholding, tax expenditures, the estate tax, gas taxes, etc.) or social programs (i.e., Social Security, expansion of Medicaid, public housing and rent control, grants-in-aid to state). Even government regulation of marriage, as opposed to the common law tradition, arose out of a Civil War interest in monitoring the moral activity of widows receiving pensions from the government. Eland walks readers through this surprising history — including Abraham Lincoln’s “inept autocratic” wartime presidency — and the attempts by Congress to push back against growing executive authority. Eventually, he brings us to the present, in which Congress has pretty much stopped trying to check the President’s authority. Eland makes an especially convincing case for conservatives to oppose the “rogue presidency.” He writes: CONSERVATIVES SHOULD BE leerier of jumping into wars, not only because wars kill and destroy and because the American superpower might become overextended, especially in a time of high national debt and fiscal crisis, but also because war makes the government — that is, the executive branch — expand rapidly at home, even in areas unrelated to national security. President Trump and the current Republican Congress are at an inflection point. After so many decades endless wars, we may be finally reaching agreements in Afghanistan and elsewhere to bring troops home. Yet Trump continues to face stiff pressures from advisors like John Bolton, who not only warn against troop drawdowns in the Middle East, but seem to be banging the drum for war in other distant regions like Iran. Listen now to learn how Congress can resume its constitutional authority to declare war, and constrain the rogue elements of the executive branch in their thirst for power.

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Antitrust 101 with Ryan Young

The Bob Zadek Show - 8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM

At this point it’s fairly clear that “Big Tech” companies like Google, Apple and Twitter are in the tank for the Democrats. However, you can easily stay informed by diversifying your news sources and listening to shows like this one. There’s no great threat to competition in the market for news and information – to the contrary, the internet has given us more options than we could have dreamed of. Trump meanwhile is threatening to regulate his political enemies in tech like public utilities. Whether he realizes it or not, this puts him in league with some of the leading figures of the Progressive Era – like Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. Brandeis set the precedent that led to a “Big-is-Bad” mentality of antitrust enforcement, which persisted well into the 20th century, and is now rearing its ugly head once again. Ryan Young, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, is at the frontlines of the antitrust issue. He’s noted the worrisome confluence (dare I say collusion?) between Democrats like Elizabeth Warren and Republicans like Trump when it comes to the issue of regulating free markets in the name of “competition.” He observes that this Orwellian notion tends to find support during periods of rising populism – such as today – despite the FTC’s abysmal track record of policing anti-competitive practices for the so-called “public interest.” Instead, the Department of Justice’s anti-trust division and the FTC have colluded with one another to maximize their own budgets while stifling innovation and creating an entire cottage industry in Washington D.C. for Microsoft lobbyists.  Young has a new, must-read series of blog posts explaining the flaws of antitrust regulation, as well as a paper titled “The Case Against Antitrust” [view Full Document as PDF]. We’ll break the topic down to basics this Sunday on the show of ideas, including the paradox of antitrust – namely that no monopoly can survive for long without favorable treatment from the government (often in the form of previous antitrust provisions).

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Sally Pipes on the High Cost of Free Stuff

The Bob Zadek Show - 8/19/2019 12:00:00 AM

Harry Truman once remarked, “Give me a one-handed Economist. All my economists say 'on the one hand...', then 'but on the other…’” In several states, politicians seem to be guided as if by these elusive one-handed economists in drafting legislation for single-payer healthcare.  In 2017, California’s state senate managed to pass a bill (still pending) that would force all Californians into a single, state-run health care system, but the state senate’s Appropriations Committee estimated it would cost more than twice the total state budget. We can’t entirely blame politicians, since a majority of Americans seem to think that single-payer or “Medicare for All” would save them money and ensure access to healthcare. But as Michael Munger has noted, the middleman – whether the notorious price-gouger or more mundane insurance broker – performs a vital service in a competitive market. Unfortunately, the health care market becomes less competitive with each new government intervention, so it’s no surprise that Americans are tired of the current system. It’s time for a reality check. Sally Pipes is the President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute and author of several books dissecting the magical thinking that makes unworkable “Medicare for All” proposals so popular.  The False Promise of Single-Payer Health Care (2018) debunked the main claims made in favor of single payer. In January 2020, her latest book False Premise, False Promise: The Disastrous Reality of Medicare for All will be released to coincide with what could be one of the most consequential elections in our history, as Democrats promise to remake a sector of the economy that constitutes 20% of total output. Pipes joined me to review the unfounded claims made by demagogues like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, such as: Single-payer increases quality – By most measures, the  U.S. far outranks Canada and the UK in quality of care, including wait times and rates of recovery from serious illness. There’s a reason Canadians come to the U.S. for procedures.  Single payer saves money - “Between 2001 and 2016, spending by Canada’s provinces on health care shot up 116.4 percent. Costs are growing faster than the rest of the economy,” she writes. In the book, we also learn that Medicare is the single biggest contributor to the national debt – around $400 billion per year.  As Cato’s Michael Cannon notes, “The Medicare program is a bonanza of centralized economic planning, special-interest lobbying, pricing errors, perverse incentives, low-quality care, improper payments, and fraud. To paraphrase Lenny Bruce, Medicare is so corrupt, it’s thrilling.” This is the same program that Bernie Sanders wants to expand into the world’s largest and most generous health care system in the world. Listen to my interview with Sally to  learn the difference between Medicare for All and the “Public Option,” and why we must stay on guard against so-called moderate proposals that are designed to give way to fully socialized medicine.

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Theodore Dalrymple on Negligence and Unaccountability

The Bob Zadek Show - 8/12/2019 12:00:00 AM

Does an overweight patient deserve more resources from the government on account of his condition? Should Washington D.C. treat mental disorders and addiction as “diseases,” like Parkinson’s, and subsidize treatment accordingly? As healthcare spending approaches nearly 1/5 of the US economy, we might stop to ask whether the medical profession as a whole is able to think clearly about social and political questions like these. Theodore Dalrymple is a retired British psychiatrist and fellow at the Manhattan Institute, who has taken upon himself the unenviable task of reading through every weekly issue of the 2018 New England Journal of Medicine. His new book, False Positive: A Year of Error, Omission, and Political Correctness in the New England Journal of Medicine, discovers a persistent bias from the editors of one of the world’s most respected medical journals. In it, the lay-person is treated to Dalrymple’s wryly humorous writing and impeccable handle on complex sociological issues and statistical analysis, which often confound the esteemed contributors to the Journal. His most remarkable discovery is perhaps the information the authors and researchers fail to mention in their prestigious studies and reviews of the relevant literature. For example, in assessing the efficacy of a Cholera vaccine in Haiti, the authors diligently note the year the disease arrived, but fail to mention that it was a UN peacekeeping envoy from Nepal that introduced the deadly virus to the island in 2010. This oversight reveals the taboo among elites against criticizing helper organizations like the UN, despite mounting evidence of their incompetence. Or, take the treatment of addiction — an increasingly important issue in the medical field given the opioid epidemic of the last few decades. The addict is often presented as a patient whose illness relieves him from the blame and cost of treatment. The Journal’s editorial voice never waivers from this politically-correct stance, even though a reasonably smart high schooler can understand that addicts still retain their agency (and culpability) while in the grips of the substance. To suggest otherwise is to dehumanize and infantilize people, especially the lower class. His innumerable books underline a consistent theme — that the upper classes (including doctors) are all too willing to give the lower classes a free pass for harmful behaviors, and aren’t doing them any favors by doing so. This Sunday, Theodore joins me for the full hour to discuss the reasons for ever-increasing bureaucratization and socialization of medicine, and how these trends are encouraging unhealthy behaviors at increasing cost to the taxpayer. Dalrymple — colloquially known as the “skeptical doctor” — is like a responsible adult administering a bitter pill of rationality to the less mature members of his profession, who think they can “make the world a better place” through merely wishing it were so.

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Socialism... Still Sucks.

The Bob Zadek Show - 7/28/2019 12:00:00 AM

There is a disturbing trend of politicians and their enablers trying to make socialism cool again. Larry White gives it a fitting label — “Murder Chic.” First came the “communist party” shirts — a clever-enough cartoon depicting Stalin, Lenin, Marx, Castro, and Mao having a rowdy time. Then those hideous fur hats came into vogue. But perhaps most unsettling is Kristen Ghodsee’s new book, Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism, which has the truly Orwellian subtitle, “And Other Arguments for Economic Independence.” Let that sink in for a second… Luckily, few are falling for the propaganda. Ghodsee’s book sales are in the basement (#432,614 in Books and #776 in Communism & Socialism alone), while Socialism Sucks: Two Economists Drink Their Way Through the Unfree World is already ranked #1 among new releases in the “Beers” category; 38,000th (and climbing) overall — a full week before the release! The book is a hilarious new broadside by the The Independent Institute’s Ben Powell and his co-author Robert Lawson. “In Cuba… the central planners decided they only need two kinds [of beer]… Both taste like Budweiser that’s been left out in the sun.” Powell and Lawson know that academic arguments did not cause the fall of the Berlin Wall. Rather, it was the superiority of goods and services available in West Berlin that forced the Soviet tyrants to let their people go… shopping. The book demonstrates this with flair—comparing the swill from former Soviet-bloc countries to the diverse and alluring brews of the free world. What better way to dismantle the new wave of socialist propaganda than to launch Socialism Sucks to the top of the Amazon best-seller rankings before its launch? Ben Powell returns to the show this Sunday to share his journey “drinking his way through the unfree world.” Want to annoy a commie? Click here to purchase from Amazon.com, and pre-order a copy for a beer-loving Bernie-supporting friend. A good buzz may be the most effective form of persuasion out there. Help set Ben and Bob’s book to #1 in the Communism in Socialism category. Listen to the show now.

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John Marini on *Unmasking the Administrative State*

The Bob Zadek Show - 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM

When Donald Trump arrived in Washington D.C., the establishment went nuts. Even more so than the left-wing enclaves of San Francisco and New York, our nation’s capitol was uniquely vulnerable to the disruption Trump represented to the status quo. Some likened him to a wrecking ball — others to an outsider, “draining the swamp.” And in many ways, Trump has paradoxically used the power of his office to dismantle many of the executive agencies and authority that previous presidents have co-opted from the legislative branch. At the same time, the imbalance of powers did not come about over night, and it will be impossible for any single politician to dismantle what many call “the Deep State.” More precisely, what Trump is grappling with is an administrative state with deep roots going back to at least the Progressive Era, and likely much further as my next guest illustrates. John Marini has written the definitive book on the historical and philosophical origins of the administrative state in his new book, “Unmasking the Administrative State: The Crisis of American Politics in the Twenty-First Century.” Marini finds the ethos behind increasingly centralized authority in the very idea of “Progress.” Philosophers like Friedrich Hegel envisioned progressing being ushered in by a sort of secular deity — a government possessing vast scientific knowledge of the various aspects of governance, capable of remedying the most intractable social woes. Unfortunately for Hegel and his political descendants (i.e., Woodrow Wilson, FDR, etc.), the American Constitution enshrined a very different idea of the proper role of government. The Founders’ Constitution expressly limited the power of government and demanded that laws be made by political representatives of the people — not faraway unaccountable bureaucrats. When De Toqueville came to America, he observed a robust civil society that seemed to cut against the alleged need for an administrative authority to manage the affairs of the citizenry. But he also saw that a creeping “democratic despotism” could arise from centralized administration such as the current alphabet soup of executive agencies that now interfere in the most minute affairs of American life. In this episode of the show of ideas, not attitude, we put the capstone on the world’s longest running radio series on the administrative state. Bob welcomes Marini to discuss his under-appreciated scholarship, and to provide a definitive guide to the “Deep State” for a media that seems to never quite know what it means when it uses the term. Marini is a professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno, is a graduate of San Jose State University, and earned his Ph.D. in government at the Claremont Graduate School. He began to study what we now call the administrative state over 40 years ago. In Unmasking the Administrative State, we learn how bureaucracy caters to special interests and obstructs any attempts by Congress or the President to bring it down to size. He takes on the notion that politics is only for the experts and argues that the only way to restore America is by imbuing it with a spirit of democratic participation.

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Jeffrey Singer: The "Doctor for Liberty" on Opioid Abuse, Harm Reduction, and ObamaCare

The Bob Zadek Show - 7/15/2019 12:00:00 AM

Dr. Jeffrey Singer, an Arizona surgeon and Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, has a message that some Americans will consider a bitter pill to swallow: People will always use drugs, and many will harm themselves and others in the process. The government’s response to this fact of life has been a multi-billion dollar failed War on Drugs. The best evidence suggests that not only has this war failed to achieve its intended aim, it has actually made the problems of drug abuse and overdose worse. The “Doctor for Liberty” returned to the show to update me on the latest research into so-called “harm reduction” strategies that have proved much more successful than the War on Drugs in limiting addiction and fatalities from heroine overdose.  We also discussed the latest challenge to ObamaCare, which is working its way through to courts and appears likely to reach the Supreme Court before 2020. If you’ve worried about the Supreme Court becoming too political, you haven’t seen anything yet. Twitter: https://twitter.com/rzadek?lang=en Subscribe: https://mailchi.mp/2a25a41c93ff/ideasnotattitude youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNnMovU6EgJdpGydEERIR-g

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Defining the "Deep State", with Jeffrey Bergner

The Bob Zadek Show - 7/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

5 things to know about The Vanishing Congress: The Book - The Vanishing Congress: Reflections on Politics in Washington [Amazon] The Topic - Former FBI Director James Comey recently denied the existence of a “deep state.” Rather, he says there is a “deep culture” of so-called meritocratic technocracy. That sounds like deep euphemism to me, but it’s worth asking what this vague and sinister term actually means before asking whether it exists. Jeffrey Bergner, author of The Vanishing Congress, is a long-time Washington insider who has found the roots of something like a deep state in the legislative branch’s abdication of its one job: to make the laws. This might sound like a dream come true for libertarians, but since nature abhors a vacuum, this vital function ends up getting usurped by unelected bureaucrats and unaccountable district judges. The Guest - Jeffrey Bergner served as Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs from 2005 until July 2008. He is the President and Managing Financial Partner of Bergner Bockorny, Inc., as well as an adjunct professor at the National Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. The Problem - Bergner says that Congress has ceded too much of its authority to the executive branch — with its mutant bureaucratic army — and broken down the checks and balances that the Founders designed to ensure that government represents the people and not its own entrenched interests. When the executive branch is given such broad leverage to implement laws without express authorization of Congress, presidents and executive agencies are encouraged to legislate by fiat. Then come the executive orders… The Solution - For starters, Bergner suggests that Congress would be 20% more efficient with 20% fewer staff. I’m conflicted, since I like the idea of shrinking government, but I’m not so sure about increasing congressional “efficiency.” Is getting more stuff done always a good thing? I’ll question Bergner on this idea, as well as his proposal to reduce debate on cabinet nominations from 30 hours to 2 hours, and how direct election of senators forever changed the political landscape in America.

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Frank Buckley on Regulating Social Media Censorship

The Bob Zadek Show - 6/24/2019 12:00:00 AM

MY TAKE: YouTube should be free to discriminate. Change my mind. The debate over online free speech continues, with YouTube's decision to "demonetize" the channels of hundreds of controversial personalities, including conservative comedian and provocateur Steven Crowder. I spoke to Frank Buckley about his idea for a governmental check on "woke" social media censorship. As a libertarian, I hold that private corporations can decide what content they allow on their platforms, but Buckley thinks social networks are more like public utilities - i.e., monopolies in need of oversight. Unlike traditional monopolies, however, YouTube can't just be split up into a bunch of smaller online video streaming websites. Instead, Buckley says Trump should appoint a "Social Media Commissioner," in the mold of the Federal Election Commission or Board of Broadcast Governors to investigate bias in the algorithms.

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Veronique de Rugy on the Gender Pay Gap

The Bob Zadek Show - 6/17/2019 12:00:00 AM

Over 60 years ago, University of Chicago economist Gary Becker laid out the economic logic of discrimination and noted how the market punishes arbitrary discrimination through competition. Robert Murphy summarizes it as follows: “In a free market, the owner has the legal right to hire whomever he wants. After all, it’s his restaurant, and the wages he pays are (initially) his property. But if he allows nepotism to influence his hiring decision, he suffers an implicit fine of $1.50 per hour. He makes less money if he makes employment decisions based on factors, such as family relationships, that have nothing to do with the job.” — The Economics of Discrimination

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Gentrification and Rent Control with Charlie Deist

The Bob Zadek Show - 6/10/2019 12:00:00 AM

San Francisco - a city notorious for its lack of affordable housing - will celebrate the 40th anniversary of rent control policies next week. Meanwhile, homelessness and housing shortages have reached crisis levels in the city. While some may look at the housing crisis as evidence for the need for more sweeping protections for tenants, those who study the subject say that such policies are in fact responsible for the current crisis. Even the socialist Swedish economist Assar Lindbeck noted that, "In many cases rent control appears to be the most efficient technique presently known to destroy a city - except for bombing it."

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On Foreign Policy, will Trump heed the Restraining Constituency or John Bolton?

The Bob Zadek Show - 6/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

In his State of the Union address in February, President Trump sounded like a non-interventionist when he said, “Great nations do not fight endless wars.” Since then, he has begun to draw down America’s military presence in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Due to the growing unpopularity of drawn-out wars in the Middle East, and Trump’s focus on reelection in 2020, he probably does not want to start another endless war with Iran. However, much of his rhetoric has been hawkish — perhaps influenced by his national security advisor, arch-hawk neocon John Bolton. The latest news is that he is growing disenchanted with Bolton, who helped design the Iraq War and has even called for a pre-emptive strike on Iran.

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What Part of Illegal Immigration Are You Against?

The Bob Zadek Show - 5/27/2019 12:00:00 AM

Conservative blogs are fond of spreading statistics like, "Most Federal Crimes Involve Immigration, Drugs and are Executed by Hispanics" [Judicial Watch] to support policies that would restrict immigration to the U.S. from Mexico. These articles are highly misleading. In most cases, the crime in question is the illegal immigration itself, which says little about immigrants rates of violent crime. In fact, if there is a link between immigration and crime, it seems to be inverse - i.e., immigrants are on average less likely to commit crimes. Articles like the one linked above unintentionally illustrate a point I often make about immigration, using the Socratic method. I ask opponents of illegal immigration which part they oppose - the "illegal" part, or the "immigrant." If it's the illegal part, there is a simple solution. It's naturalizing more immigrants, and it's the opposite of what President Trump is asking of Congress to do. After watching their bizarre contortions for a minute or so, I usually declare victory.

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AMERICAN DEFAULT

The Bob Zadek Show - 5/13/2019 12:00:00 AM

Sebastian Edwards on a forgotten episode in U.S. history The United States Treasury Bill is an IOU issued by the federal government. It has long been considered a risk-free asset, and while it may not offer a high return these days, at least they promise your money back. After all, they say the U.S. has never defaulted on its debt in its 240-year history. In studying the 16-year long saga of Argentina’s default (which began in 2001), UCLA economics professor Sebastian Edwards frequently heard this view expressed, only to discover that it was not true. His new book, American Default: The Untold Story of FDR, the Supreme Court, and the Battle over Gold (Princeton University Press, 2018) documents a forgotten episode in which the U.S. technically defaulted on its debts in the form of President Roosevelt’s 1934 devaluation of the dollar.

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Hugo Chavez: Failed Messiah

The Bob Zadek Show - 5/6/2019 12:00:00 AM

When we last heard from Clif Ross, Venezuela’s socialist dictatorship seemed to be on the brink of collapse. Months later, Nicolás Maduro has managed to cling to power throughout the blackouts and riots that have darkened a country with so much natural wealth and potential for prosperity. Clif, a poet, film director, and former Bolivarian revolutionary, lost many of his former “comrades” when he conclusively rejected socialist ideology once it became impossible for him to ignore its failure in Venezuela. His memoir, Home from the Dark Side of Utopia: A Journey through American Revolutions, documents this conversion and was the subject of Bob’s discussion with him back in January. However, that conversation left little time to dig into the current situation in Venezuela, which is deteriorating more and more each day. Since January, Clif published a lengthy mea culpa of sorts in Quillette, documenting how he “had drifted — at first gradually, but then definitively — into the camp of my former ‘enemies,’ persuaded by their narrative and by the evidence before my own eyes.” The article was publicized by Jordan Peterson and others whose praise further eroded whatever remaining sympathies the hard-left may have had for Clif. Despite the adulation from conservatives and libertarians, Clif remains an independent thinker who won’t be pigeonholed into any ideological camp. Neither left nor right, Clif’s worldview is rooted in more nuanced theological and philosophical ideas. He subscribes to Thomas Sowell’s view, laid out in The Vision of the Anointed, which pits the unconstrained, or utopian worldview against the constrained, or tragic worldview. The latter assumes that people behave in their self interest, and that governments should not be too ambitious in trying to change human nature. Clif returns to the show this Sunday with producer and guest host Charlie Deist to pick up where he left off, discussing the similarities between Bolivarian socialism and other versions of “Apocalyptic Utopian Messianic Millenarianism (AUMM)” seen throughout history. When the tragedy in Venezuela is viewed through the lens of mankind’s religious yearnings, Hugo Chavez emerges as a kind of false messiah — one anointed by himself and his followers to usher in heaven on Earth (paging Dr. Muravchik). When the ailing Chavez failed to bring about the promised socialist utopia, he hand-picked Nicolas Maduro as his replacement in an alternative form of apostolic succession. The remaining true believers are scrambling to resuscitate the failing revolution, accusing the opposition leader John Guiado of being a puppet of U.S. imperialists, and calling the popular protests an illegitimate coup. Charlie and Clif discuss the “synoptic delusion” of socialist dictators, which leads them to believe they can steer markets and society through centralized control. They will also touch on the dangers of holding too strong a political identity, and how ideology hampers the quest for objectivity.

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Bill Ottman on Social Media Censorship

The Bob Zadek Show - 4/29/2019 12:00:00 AM

Earlier this week, President Trump sat down in the Oval Office with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to talk about, among other things, Twitter’s censorship policies, and his own follower count. Trump asked if Twitter had discriminated against him — his 45 million followers pale in comparison to Barack Obama’s 105 million, not to mention Katy Perry’s 108 million. Perhaps Trump’s ego is interfering with his ability to see clearly on this issue, but social media censorship is still a vital topic of concern for all Americans who value free speech.

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