BNS 36: Economics and Liberty with Steve Horwitz

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Today, I am joined by Steve Horwitz! Steve is the Distinguished Professor of Free Enterprise in the Department of Economics at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

Listen as Steve and I discuss a number of economic topics, starting with an in-depth discussion on minimum wage, universal basic income (UBI), automation, and artificial intelligence. Next, we discuss trade in the era of Trump, focusing specifically on the differences between “free-trade” vs “fair-trade” and the dangers of economic nationalism. We conclude today’s episode with a critique of democratic socialism while presenting a realistic libertarian alternative.

“There’s no secret free trader hiding deep in Trump. He is what he appears to be. There is no depth to Donald J. Trump.” -Steve Horwitz

More about Steve: Steve is also an Affiliated Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center in Arlington, VA, and a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute of Canada. He is the author of three books, including most recently Hayek’s Modern Family: Classical Liberalism and the Evolution of Social Institutions. He has written extensively on Hayek and Austrian economics, monetary theory and history, and American economic history, and is a frequent guest on radio and cable TV programs. Steve also has roots to my home up in Northern New York, having started his career at back in 1989 in St. Lawrence University up in Canton, NY.

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BNS 35: Democratic Party NYS Assembly Candidate Keith Rubino

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Today, I am joined by Keith Rubino! Keith is the Democratic Party candidate for the 118th Assembly District in Northern New York. He has a degree in communications from SUNY Oswego and he’s been employed by A.R.C. Herkimer, Upstate Cerebral Palsy, and currently working at Central New York DSO to care for people with special disabilities.

Yes, Keith a Democrat… a Bernie Sanders supporting Democrat at that! But that didn’t stop us from having an absolutely phenomenal discussion about the issues that New York State is facing. Listen as we discuss Keith’s support of democratic socialism (and my rebuttal), welfare, universal education, universal healthcare, and the value of putting people over party.

This episode is the exact reason I started The Brian Nichols Show. Having Keith on allowed us to have an intelligent, respectful conversation despite our differences and actually have an opportunity to find some common ground.

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BNS 33: Rand Paul Endorses Gary Johnson, Trump Foreign Policy, and the Kurdish Independence Movement with Elias Atienza

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On today’s episode of The Brian Nichols Show, I am joined by Elias Atienza. Elias is a fourth year history major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, who is an opinion writer for his school newspaper Mustang News. He interned at the Daily Caller News Foundation and YAF’s National Journalism Center over the summer where he wrote primarily on politics and foreign policy. His writings have appeared in TheBlaze, Red Alert Politics section of Washington Examiner, Independent Journal Review, Daily Caller, The Libertarian Republic, and others.

Listen as we discuss the news that Republican Senator Rand Paul broke ranks and endorsed Libertarian senatorial candidate in New Mexico, former Governor Gary Johnson. Later, we discuss Trump’s foreign policy thus far in his first-term, and conclude by discussing the Kurdish Independence Movement.

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BNS 32: Republican Liberty Caucus Executive Director Alexander Snitker

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On today’s episode of The Brian Nichols Show, I’m joined by the Executive Director of the Republican Liberty Caucus, Alexander Snitker!

Libertarian Party versus the Republican Liberty Caucus… no, it’s not a binary decision, but listen as Alex and I discuss the respective roles of the Libertarian Party and the RLC. We also tackle the question as to which organization is better at advancing liberty, the need for the Libertarian Party to take itself seriously, the issues with current LP leadership, and the vision of the RLC going forward, including their partnering with Young American’s For Liberty’s “Operation Win at the Door” campaign.

Bio: Alexander Snitker is a United States Marine veteran and was first Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate from the State of Florida in 2010. Alex has served as the Florida regional coordinator for the 2012 Ron Paul campaign and as the State Ground Coordinator for the Adrian Wyllie for Governor 2014 campaign. Alex also was the chairman of the Restore American Liberty PAC, which was specifically created to support Gary Johnson’s 2016 campaign for President. He is also the President of the Liberty First Network, which is a liberty lobbying organization based in Florida that works in Tallahassee on positive liberty legislation and educates the citizens on the political process and how they can individually make an impact.

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BNS 6: The Parkland Florida Shooting, Gun Control, Mental Health, and Masculinity

On this episode of The Brian Nichols Show, Brian is once again joined by Paul Riley. This week, Brian goes over the details of the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida and then leads to a lively, important, and engaging discussion with Paul regarding gun control, mental health issues, and masculinity.

How do we prevent these types of shootings from happening in the future? Is it even possible to prevent these shootings? What is the role that mental health plays in mass shootings? Is it the guns fault, or the shooters?

The Brian Nichols Show 3: Climate Change

Brian Nichols is joined by Derek LaBarron and Paul Riley to have a constructive conversation about man-made climate change. Derek and Paul team up as man-made climate change believers to try and convince Brian that man is playing a crucial role in climate change, while Brian positions himself as a skeptic willing to have his mind changed based on the evidence provided.

While not a “debate”, this episode is sure to educate, enlighten, and inform!

Introducing the Brian Nichols Show

Host Brian Nichols introduces The Brian Nichols Show, outlines the goals for the show, and covers FISA after Thursday’s FISA 702 vote.

The Brian Nichols Show is for libertarians, conservatives, Republicans, moderates, independents, and even those on the left, who are actively seeking a political news program that objectively covers the week’s news to help educate, enlighten, and inform.

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