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06/16/2013 - Gaming Elections

2013-06-16 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

We discuss how the Republicans game the election process plus lots more on spying.…

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06/09/2013 - Mining Mars

2013-06-09 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Wow this week had IRS scandals, NSA data mining all of our personal phone call records and the big internet companies denying any knowledge of direct government access into their servers. We discuss all these items plus how are property rights established. Let's call it mining mars.…

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06/02/2013 - Government Grows and Liberty Yields

2013-06-02 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Time is growing short to fundamentally change a political system in which force replaces voluntary association. Ready?…

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05/26/2013 - Ignorance Does Not Work

2013-05-26 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

This show discusses when rational objective thought should be replaced with subjective decisin making. Can "opting" out really work or will you eventually have to confront a large intrusive governement.…

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05/19/2013 - Obama Scandals

2013-05-19 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

The IRS was used to target certain groups opposed to President Obama's policies while favoring other "friendly" groups. Julian Bond calls Tea Party members racists. Find out why Bitcoin is viewed as a international terror threat. The Department of Homeland Security wants to shut it down.…

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05/12/2013 - Patriots and the IRS. What is Freedom?

2013-05-12 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

What is freedom and how is it defined by Libertarians? We discuss this topic in addition to new IRS procedures designed to terrorize.…

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05/05/2013 - Are Taxes and Regulation Necessary

2013-05-05 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Can a government operate without taxing and regulating. Is this the only form of organization which is justified under the non-aggression principle?…

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04/28/2013 - Eugenics

2013-04-28 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

The history of Eugenics is not taught in high school history as it would upset the apple cart. We are led to believe that it was a problem in Nazi Germany but never here in the USA.…

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04/21/2013 - Multiple Weekly Topics Including Boston Bombing

2013-04-21 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

We discuss the weeks issues including the Boston Marathon bombing.…

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04/14/2013 - The Draft and Military Service

2013-04-14 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Alexander Cohen Alexander Cohen, managing editor of the Business Rights Center at the Atlas Society joins us for a discussion on the draft. Congressman Charlie Rangel wants to bring it back and include women. …

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03/24/2013 - Insurance Rates Go Up

2013-03-24 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we talk about the possibility of health insurance rates increasing next year by as much as 50%.…

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03/10/2013 - White House Tours

2013-03-10 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we talk about the consistent belief that government spending should be incresed, the Sequestration, and Rand Paul's filibuster.…

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02/24/2013 - Your Fair Share

2013-02-24 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Are you paying your fair share?  Obama thinks you should, he says it all the time.  But what does that even mean?…

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02/17/2013 - Conspiracy Theories

2013-02-17 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Mike Renzulli Mike Renzulli joins us to discuss the extistence of conspiracy theories.…

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02/10/2013 - Postal Service Won't Pay Tickets

2013-02-10 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

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02/03/2013 - Let's Give Up on the Constitution

2013-02-03 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

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01/27/2013 - Power Corrupts

2013-01-27 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Is it possible to have a "good government" if the power is spread out among the states, or does power corrupt no matter who wields it over us?…

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01/20/2013 - Executive Orders

2013-01-20 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Why do Presidents use Executive Orders?  Do they violate the Constitution?  On today's show, we discuss a few examples.…

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01/13/2013 - Government Growth

2013-01-13 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss the tendancy for government to grow and the reasons for this.…

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01/06/2013 - Trillion Dollar Coin

2013-01-06 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Politicians propose to solve the government debt issue by minting a platinum trillion dollar coin.…

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12/30/2012 - Moral Obligation

2012-12-30 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

What are the moral obligations that we have, if any, to "society"?…

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12/23/2012 - Gun Laws

2012-12-23 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Do anti-gun laws reduce violent crime? Of course not, the data is clear. So why the continued controversy?…

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12/16/2012 - Tax Flight

2012-12-16 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, Jim and Richard theorize as to Nick's absence.  Has he fleed high taxes?…

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12/09/2012 - Fiscal Cliff

2012-12-09 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discussed the idea of the fiscal cliff and how it comes about when people function as moochers and looters in society.…

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12/02/2012 - Property and Patents

2012-12-02 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we begin a discussion of intellectual property rights that will likely span across multiple episodes. Nick seems to be in great disagreement with Jim and Richard on this topic so far.…

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11/25/2012 - Morality

2012-11-25 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss morality and how it plays into people's decisions.…

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11/18/2012 - Choice

2012-11-18 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss the consequences of our choices.…

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11/11/2012 - Election Results

2012-11-11 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we do a post-mortem of the election.…

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11/04/2012 - Freedom In Your Lifetime

2012-11-04 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's episode, we discuss an article written by Nick "Freedom In Your Lifetime".…

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10/28/2012 - Breakdown

2012-10-28 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

What happens if a country breaks down where parts of the population want the status quo, and other parts each want different things, like a "green commune", or an "anarchists' utopia"?…

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10/21/2012 - Ballot Initiatives

2012-10-21 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss the libertarian position on various Arizona ballot initiatives.…

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10/14/2012 - Moral Grayness

2012-10-14 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we talk about morality and what "grayness" it may contain.…

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09/23/2012 - Innocence of Muslims

2012-09-23 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss the video trailer for "Innocence of Muslims".…

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09/16/2012 - Nick Won't Buy Healthcare

2012-09-16 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we talk about the lack of metrics in government education, something that is inherent in any service provided by government.  We also discuss the Goldwater Institute's lawsuit against the federal government regarding Obamacare.…

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09/09/2012 - Government Hacking

2012-09-09 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Hackers claimed to have gotten into Mitt Romney's tax records and are "threatening" to release them unless they're paid one million dollars.…

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09/02/2012 - Monopolies

2012-09-02 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

What's wrong with monopolies, really, and should the government stop them?…

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08/26/2012 - Contraband

2012-08-26 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

What would happen if we outlawed water-colors?…

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08/19/2012 - Envy

2012-08-19 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss the topic of envy.  What do you think when you see someone who has much more than you?  Do you wish that there was some law that would take from them and give to you, or do you want to know what they did to get what they have so you can emulate them?…

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08/12/2012 - Sanctions

2012-08-12 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Is it ever a good idea for governments to place sanctions on other nations?  On today's show, we discuss this from a practical prespective.…

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08/05/2012 - Free Thought

2012-08-05 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Joe Ruiz Appearing on the show today is Libertarian congressional candidate Joe Ruiz from Indiana to tell us about his campaign and why he's running. We also throw shots at our favorite "whipping boy", the US Postal Service and why their model is doomed to failure.  And lastly, we talk about a group called "Free Thought" and their position that rich people should be taxed more.…

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07/01/2012 - Violence in Islam

2012-07-01 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Muslims for Liberty Today, we had a representative from Muslims for Liberty on to discuss the opposing viewpoint from last week's show.…

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06/24/2012 - Violence in Islam

2012-06-24 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Robert Spencer We were finally able to coordinate with Robert Spencer to bring him on the show to discuss the violent nature of Islam.  Unfortunately, that coordination didn't occur until the end, so the interview was fairly short, and we'll need to bring him back on for a follow-up discussion.…

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06/17/2012 - Subsidies & Incentives

2012-06-17 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss the city of Glendale's subsidy to the Phoenix Coyotes, subsidies in general, and the incentives that cause them despite the fact that they are overwhelmingly opposed.…

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06/03/2012 - Syria

2012-06-03 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss the comments made by the leader of Syria equating those who disagree with him as terrorists, and his "medical" analogy to explain the issue.…

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05/13/2012 - LNC Convention, NSA

2012-05-13 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

We weren't able to get ahold of our scheduled guest, Robert Spencer, to discuss Islamic terrorism.  Hopefully we'll be able to reschedule with him in the upcoming weeks. On today's show, we discussed the nomination of Gary Johnson as the LP candiate for president and his position on the FairTax.  We also talked about the NSA's new datacenter in order to intercept and store internet traffic.…

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04/29/2012 - Health Care

2012-04-29 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Dr. Elaina George On today's show, we interviewed Dr. Elaina George, an opponent of the new health care law and of socialized medicine in general.  She discusses her views on the legislation, examines how it will affect the doctor-patient relationship, and talks about how she believes this is a precursor to a full single-payer system.…

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04/22/2012 - Intentional Bureaucracy

2012-04-22 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss the red tape that politicians use to line their pockets as well as those of their friends.…

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04/15/2012 - Taxes

2012-04-15 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Happy April 15th, every libertarian's favorite day, no?  On today's show, we discuss taxes and the ideas put out by Warren Buffet about what he thinks "the right" should be paying.…

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04/08/2012 - The Addiction of Statism

2012-04-08 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss why so many people miss the obviousness of failed polices.…

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04/01/2012 - TBA

2012-04-01 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

TBA…

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03/25/2012 - Slow-Cooking the Frog

2012-03-25 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss the reason policies are enacted the way they are, and whether or not we can change the system of government to be more benevolent, or if another route must be taken.…

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03/18/2012 - Taking Taxpayer Money

2012-03-18 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss taking taxpayer money and address a listener's question about the GI Bill (if you have questions you'd like to ask, feel free to post them to our Facebook page). We also discuss political pandering where the presidential candidates act like locals to get local support.. does this really work?…

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03/11/2012 - A Dry Hate

2012-03-11 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Nancy Marshall Jim and Richard interview Nancy Marshall, author of "A Dry Hate", a book about the politics of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County, Arizona.…

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02/19/2012 - Foreign Policy

2012-02-19 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: R. Lee Wrights, LP Presidential Candidate On today's show, we interview R. Lee Wrights, who is seeking the LP's nomination for president.  His primary topic is foreign policy, but seems to have a good working knowledge of economics, tax policy, and the drug war.…

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02/12/2012 - Selling Organs

2012-02-12 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

It's illegal to sell one's organs, but is it immoral?  Does banning the sale of organs do anything to help, or does it have a net negative effect? On today's show, we discuss the issues behind this topic, as well as touch on the ideas of deductive vs. inductive reasoning.…

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02/05/2012 - LP Presidentical Candidate Interview

2012-02-05 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Bill Still On today's show, we interviewed Bill Still, a candidate seeking the LP's nomination for president.  His focus is on monetary policy and putting control of that policy back into the hands of "we the people", a vague phrase that we had difficulty getting him to define for us.…

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01/29/2012 - Free Trade

2012-01-29 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Today, we discussed free trade, specifically with Cuba as mentioned in the recent Florida GOP debate, but also methods we can use to convince people of the truth value of libertarian ideas.…

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01/22/2012 - The Nature of the State

2012-01-22 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss the nature of the state in more detail than usual, and the justifications used by those in power to maintain that power.…

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01/15/2012 - Nuclear Weapons, Tax Systems

2012-01-15 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss the killing of the scientist in Iran, and the incentives for governments to develop and maintain nuclear weapons.  We also touch on the FairTax, which we'll continue on a later show.…

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01/08/2012 - Postal Service

2012-01-08 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss the inefficiencies inherent in the Postal Service and what can happen if competition is introduced.…

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12/18/2011 - Political Systems

2011-12-18 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discussed different economic and political systems, and played a clip of a young Michael Moore questioning Milton Friedman.…

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12/11/2011 - Property Rights Without Government

2011-12-11 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's episode, we discuss the idea of property rights, and how they can be implemented without a centralized coercive monopoly like a government.…

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12/04/2011 - Tragedy of the Commons

2011-12-04 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss the tragedy of the commons, people's perceptions of "public" vs. "private", and began the discussion of what it takes to establish a functional private property system.…

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11/27/2011 - Milgram Experiment

2011-11-27 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Today, we discuss Stanley Milgram's experiment, the results of the test, what it means, and some theories on how we can explain this human behavior -- And how it results in the political system that we have today.…

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11/20/2011 - DuoFreedomist Party

2011-11-20 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Don Kirk, DuoFreedomist Party On today's show, we have guest Don Kirk on the show to discuss the formation of the DuoFreedomist Party.…

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11/13/2011 - Pre-emption

2011-11-13 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Is acting pre-emptively in order to protect one's self or property valid, or one must have their rights violated first before one can act in self-defense?…

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11/06/2011 - Risk Aversion

2011-11-06 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discuss the idea of risk aversion, how it properly directs capital and resources in a free market, and how government interferes with this process.…

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10/30/2011 - Data Privacy

2011-10-30 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

We discuss the privacy of individuals within software and web-based services, how this works today, and how it may work in a free society.…

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10/23/2011 - Dependency on Government

2011-10-23 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Entitlements being "built-in" to the human psyche after generations of handouts, Ron Paul's blackouts, and creating dependencies in government.…

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10/16/2011 - Occupy Wall Street

2011-10-16 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's episode, we discuss the media's new favorite story -- Occupy Wall Street.  This is primarily a movement by the left, though there are a variety of political viewpoints present at these protests.  Is the left wrong in their protests, or are they simply misinformed through decades of bad calls for "free markets" from the right?…

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10/02/2011 - Top Two Initiative

2011-10-02 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

One more week of technical difficulties (that's what happens when Nick isn't here).  Jim and Richard discuss the top-two initiative.…

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09/25/2011 - Government Stifling Production

2011-09-25 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

We had some technical difficulties with the show, so portions of it are missing (the intro, the exit, the commercials, and a recorded clip that was played).  Both Richard and Nick are out of town, so Jim monologues about government's role in stifling production.…

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09/18/2011 - Personal Responsibility

2011-09-18 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show we talk about personal responsibility, and we discuss it not as something someone must necessarily "take" for themselves, but rather as the default position that someone should not abdicate to others.…

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09/11/2011 - Liberty & Security

2011-09-11 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

We started the show asking some questions of Nick's statist alter-ego "John" representing the Whitehouse (disclaimer: not really) regarding the increased security implementations over the last 10 years.  We continue on to discuss the raid of Gibson Guitars, and wrap it up with a discussion on the false dichotomy presented as "Liberty vs. Security".…

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09/04/2011 - Phoenix's Prop 2 & Property

2011-09-04 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's episode, we discuss the issues behind Phoenix's Prop 2 on the recent ballot, and the philosophical problems surrounding the initiative.…

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08/28/2011 - Blue Republicans

2011-08-28 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Robin Koerner, Huffington Post On today's episode, we interviewed Robin Koerner of the Huffington Post, who is working to convince liberals to register as Republican, or more specifically as "Blue Republican", for a year in order to support Ron Paul.  In this interview, he explains his reasoning behind this position.…

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08/21/2011 - Silver Circle Movie

2011-08-21 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Megan Duffield, Silver Circle On today's show, we were thrilled to have Megan Duffiled of Silver Circle to discuss their upcoming animated movie, which is a fictional story villifying the Federal Reserve and central currencies.…

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08/14/2011 - Currency and Debts

2011-08-14 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we discussed the function of currency and how to alleviate one's dependence on the stability of any given currency.  We also address an email sent in by a listener about the debt ceiling, and Ron Paul at the Iowa Straw Poll.…

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08/07/2011 - Coercion

2011-08-07 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's episode, we discuss the nature of coercion.  This article was referenced during the show, which is a great piece to help clarify the topic.…

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07/31/2011 - Debt Ceiling

2011-07-31 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show we cover the debt ceiling, not only because it's a hot topic, but because we had multiple requests from listeners to do a show providing the libertarian solution to the national debt.…

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07/24/2011 - Gold and Money

2011-07-24 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Ron Paul says gold is money, Ben Bernanke says it's not.  What qualifies something as money?  Would it be better without a central bank (i.e. The Federal Reserve) where each bank could fail on its own?  We discuss this on today's show.…

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07/17/2011 - America the Dictatorship - Part 2

2011-07-17 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On this week's episode, we continue our discussion on the 10 reasons why the United States is a dictatorship.…

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07/10/2011 - America the Dictatorship

2011-07-10 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Current events, corporate fat cats with their private jets, and the introduction to why America is a dictatorship... it doesn't get any better than this!…

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07/03/2011 - Dispute Resolution Organizations

2011-07-03 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's episode, we introduce what could be called the pragmatic backbone of a stateless society -- the Dispute Resolution Organization (or, DRO for short).  DROs would be businesses like any that exist today, thriving only by satisfying their customers, and working to resolve disputes in the most efficient (read "non-violent", since violence is very inefficient and expensive) methods conceivable.…

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06/26/2011 - Dealing with Bullies

2011-06-26 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

In this episode, we deal with the concept of bullies.  Is the government like a schoolyard bully that only victimizes people because they're afraid to stand up to it, or is there more to it?…

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06/19/2011 - Current Events

2011-06-19 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

This week, we spent the bulk of the show discussing and dissecting current events.…

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06/12/2011 - The Patriot Act

2011-06-12 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

The first few minutes of the show was somehow cut off, but the best part of the show still remaings.  We spent most of this episode discussing the interview with Mike Renzulli from last week and dissected his points.…

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06/05/2011 - Patriot Act

2011-06-05 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Mike Renzulli, RMI This week, we were rejoined by RMI President Mike Renzulli to discuss his defense of the Patriot Act.…

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05/29/2011 - Fairness

2011-05-29 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's program, we discuss the concept of fairness, what it's role is in society, if it should be something we strive for, and if so, how to achieve it.…

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05/15/2011 - Monetary Impact of the FED

2011-05-15 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Ron Paul announces that he's running for president in 2012, and we hope he'll do an excellent job of presenting the message to the public. On this episode, we played a few interview clips discussing the Federal Reserve's interest rate policy, and then provided our own insights to what happens when currencies are manipulated.…

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05/08/2011 - Government as a Business

2011-05-08 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Can the government be run like a business?  What is missing for this to occur.  I'm sure you won't be surprised at the conclusion.…

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05/01/2011 - School Choice

2011-05-01 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Liz, ASCT; Marilee, AEN Today, we had two guests on the show with opposing views.  Liz from the Arizona School Choice Trust, and Marilee from the Arizona Education Network.  We got to discuss with them their views on the purpose of education and the depths to which parents should be able to make educational decisions for their children.…

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04/24/2011 - Market Interference

2011-04-24 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's program, we talk about government interference in the market, and the "elites" making poor decisions without giving their concepts a mere five seconds of thought.…

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04/17/2011 - Taxes

2011-04-17 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Happy Tax Day everyone!  Yes, it is a time for celebration, when we can kick off the shackles of production and perform our patriotic duty by shipping our excess earnings to government officials who will spend it in the spirit of benevolence to benefit all of manki... sorry, I can't keep a straight face anymore. Taxation is legalized theft.  It's so blatantly obvious, yet so many people can't (or choose not to?) see it.…

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04/10/2011 - Elitism

2011-04-10 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On this week's show, we discuss the topic of elitism, it's fatal flaws, and the realities it "achieves" when put into practice.…

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04/03/2011 - Amusement Parks

2011-04-03 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Pete Trabucco This was a rather political-less episode as I interviewed Pete Trabucco (just for fun), author of America's Top Roller Coasters and Amusement Parks.  If you like amusement parks and roller coasters, you'll enjoy the discussion in this episode. But we do mix it in with government somehow, as we always do, when we discuss irrational fears.  They apply both to roller coasters and to state-created boogeymen.…

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03/27/2011 - Libya, Japan, and the Elite

2011-03-27 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On this week's program, we discuss involvement in Libya, talked about the hysteria over nuclear power based on the recent natural disasters in Japan, and broke apart some fallacies being made in an ongoing email conversation between Nick and a listener.…

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03/13/2011 - Values

2011-03-13 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On today's show, we talk about the subjectivity of values.  Do people really want to invade Iran?  Should we be using electric cars instead of gas?  What types of lightbulbs should we use?  These questions can be easily answered by the market -- get the government out of the way, and see where people put their resources.…

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03/06/2011 - Foreign Policy - Iran

2011-03-06 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Mike Renzulli Our sponsor for this program is The Libertarian Store. Mike Renzulli, head of the Phoenix Objectivists and the Objectivist think-tank "The Rational Mind Institute" joins us to present his ideas regarding a pre-emptive strike against Iran.…

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02/27/2011 - Current Events, Non-Aggression

2011-02-27 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Our sponsor for this program is The Libertarian Store. After spending the bulk of the show discussing a myriad of current events, we had a small amount of time to pick up on our discussion from last week.…

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02/20/2011 - Non-Aggression Principle

2011-02-20 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Our sponsor for this program is The Libertarian Store. This week we discussed what is meant by the non-initiation of force principle. Are preemptive attacks ever justified? What is the appropriate response to aggressors? Libertarians are not pacifists rather we recognize that self defense is a legitimate use of force.…

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02/13/2011 - Putting Fear Into Perspective

2011-02-13 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: James R. Keena Our sponsor for this program is The Libertarian Store. On this episode, we're happy to interview James Keena, author of "We've Been Had: How Obama and the Radicals Conned Middle Class America".  You can learn more about him and his book on his website.…

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02/06/2011 - Political Rhetoric

2011-02-06 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Please check our sponsor for this episode, www.thelibertarianstore.com. On this week's episode, we break apart arguments used by politicians and bureaucrats to try and get more money from people.…

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01/30/2011 - 10th Amendment

2011-01-30 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Arizona's Governor wants to borrow $330 million on June 30th and pay it back on July 1st in order to balance the budget, and the Egyption governments cuts their country from the internet. On today's program, we discuss the idea of "state's rights" as well as the meaning of "the people."…

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01/23/2011 - Propaganda

2011-01-23 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On this week's show, we discussed how propaganda is used as a mechanism of control.…

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01/16/2011 - Socialism, Fascism, & the Effect of Government Monopolies

2011-01-16 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On this week's show, we cover a variety of issues and bring the topic back home to the central issue, the idea of government control; whether it be directly through socialism or indirectly through fascism; the resulting oppression is always pretty much the same.…

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01/09/2011 - Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords

2011-01-09 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On Saturday, Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords was shot and critically injured at a "Congress on your Corner" event in Tucson, AZ.  We discuss the tragedy of this event from a libertarian perspective.…

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01/01/2011 - Rights

2011-01-01 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On tonight's episode, we discussed the differences between positive and negative rights, and which one is logically consistent.…

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12/18/2010 - TBA

2010-12-18 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

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12/11/2010 - Education, Food

2010-12-11 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

S.510, the "Food Modernization Act", passed the Senate and is moving to the house.  Tonight, we discuss some of the details of the bill and its implications.  We also place a focus on the problems with a monopolized public education system, and how and why competition provides better results.…

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12/04/2010 - TSA, Wikileaks

2010-12-04 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Noel Flasterstein Noel Flasterstein, a Second Amendment advocate and constitutional lawyer, joined us to discuss the TSA's actions as they relate to the Fourth Amendment. We also discussed the recent exposure by Wikileaks and our point of view on their actions.…

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11/27/2010 - TSA Part 2

2010-11-27 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

We continue our discussion of the TSA and their practice of creating airline porn... err... creating an environment where "Your Safety Is Our Priority."  A protest took place this past Wednesday at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, where Jim was on assignment interviewing those participating in the protest, passengers, and even tried to get some words in from the authorities.…

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11/20/2010 - TSA

2010-11-20 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

This week, we focused on the Transporation Security Administration (TSA), discussing primarily their desire to install full-body scanners or to perform full-body frisking.  Essentially, when traveling by air in the United States, your options will be to have nude photos taken or to be molested by a government worker.…

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11/13/2010 - Mandates

2010-11-13 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

We discuss the problem with government mandates, itemize a few of the more popular ones, and talk about the solution (anyone care to take a stab at the solution?).…

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11/06/2010 - Election Results

2010-11-06 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

This week we discussed some of the election results, and poked fun at Obama's post-election speeches.…

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10/30/2010 - Prop 106

2010-10-30 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Phil Lopes We had Rep. Phil Lopes (D-AZ27) to discuss Prop 106, the health care freedom act that, if passed, allows Arizonans to opt-out of any health care system without penalty.  Lopes disagrees with the proposition, so we (as nicely as we could) discussed with him the implications of the proposition and the ObamaCare in general.…

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10/23/2010 - Quantitive Easing

2010-10-23 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Nick had an interesting conversation with one of his congressional opponents at his debate earlier this week.  Unfortunately, it took place off camera. Today, we discuss quantitive easing.. Yeah, that's a term you're likely to hear more about in the near future.…

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10/16/2010 - Licensing

2010-10-16 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Sean Shepherd Nick was at the Southwest Students for Liberty conference this weekend, so was absent from the show. We touched on some of Arizona's local propositions coming up on this November's ballot, and dedicated the majority of the show to licensing.  We also had the opportunity to interview Sean Shepherd, Libertarian candidate for Scottsdale City Council.…

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10/09/2010 - Degrees of Libertarianism

2010-10-09 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Many of you have probably heard the story about the Tennessee man who lost his house because he didn't pay the $75 annual fee for fire services, and lot of online comments we've seen about this have claimed that this is what we could look forward to in a libertarian society.  We take on this view and give you our perspective. It comes as no shock to listeners of the Libertarian Solution that GM is having some credit rating difficulties, and it's new electric cars aren't exactly up to par. And finally, are there degrees of libertarianism, or is it "you either are libertarian, or you're not"?…

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10/02/2010 - Various

2010-10-02 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Dom Sgambellone We were pleased to have Dom Sgambellone as a guest on the show this evening, author of the book "The America of My Dreams."  His book does provide some opinion and a bit of a roadmap for America, though not libertarian in nature, and he was an interesting interview. We also played a clip from Obama regarding the Citizens United decision, and one of Ron Paul being interviewed regarding competing currencies.  Tearing these up is always a blast!…

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09/25/2010 - Poverty

2010-09-25 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Jordan Decker This week, we were pleased to have Jordan Decker on the show.  Jordan won a gold medal title belt in the World Kickboxing Association’s (WKA’s) National Championships in the Juniors’ K-1 Muay Thai Division.  He will be representing the United States in the World Championship next month in Scottland.  The cost of this is $4,000, and he's raising this money on his own via donations without government assistance.  Please visit his website and chip in. We also continued our discussion on poverty from the previous week.…

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09/18/2010 - Libertarian Generalizations

2010-09-18 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On this evening's show, we discussed a video on YouTube titled Why I Hate Libertarians.  We felt it was important to discuss this video, not because it had anything relevant to say about libertarianism (it didn't), nor that it struck a chord with rational thinkers (it didn't), nor that it even threatened the ideological movement libertarians pursue (it didn't).  What it did was represent libertarians as mindless cult members, which any reasonable person can see through, including the hypocrisy within the first 30 seconds. We invited the creator of this video to come on the show so we could discuss his positions, but he beligerantly declined.…

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09/11/2010 -

2010-09-11 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Andrea Garcia, Michael Patti We had the pleasure of interviewing Andrea Garcia running in LD18 for the Arizona State Senate against the infamous Russel Pearce (sponsor of SB1070), and Michael Patti running in LD9 for the Arizona State Senate.  Please check out their respective websites to learn more about their campaigns. We also had the chance to touch on a little bit of basic introductory philosophy, beginning with "axioms."  Hopefully this is something we can expand upon more on next week's show.  We'll also be going more in-depth discussing the nature of coercion.…

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09/04/2010 -

2010-09-04 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Thane Eichenauer We had Libertarian candidate for Arizona State Treasurer Thane Eichenauer to disucss his campaign.  We also focused on why it's difficult, if not impossible to enact political change specifically through the political process by attacking an issue at a time instead of the principle behind a whole slew of issues.…

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08/28/2010 - Non-Violent Revolution

2010-08-28 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Nick provided some information that he gathered from the Orange County LP while on his trip in Disneyland last week regarding some upsetting initiatives working their way to the ballot in California.  We spent the bulk of the show discussing methods of implementing non-violent revolution.…

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08/21/2010 - Facts and Perceptions

2010-08-21 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

This week, we talked a bit about the events in the California state government, such as state government shutting down on Fridays (I'm sure we won't miss them). Additionally, we discussed the differences in how facts can be perceived, especially when applying incomplete thought.…

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08/14/2010 - Property Rights

2010-08-14 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Dave Hodges Dave Hodges joins us on the show to discuss property rights violations happening all over the country.  The perpetrator?  The U.S. Air Force.  He has offered listeners the option to email him with any follow up questions.  You can contact him at dave3343(at)aol(dot)com.…

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08/07/2010 - Secret Union Ballots

2010-08-07 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

We discussed secret union ballots, the measure that was struck down by the Arizona Supreme Court as Prop 108, but hopefully will be referred back once the court's issues with the initiative have been fixed.…

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07/31/2010 -

2010-07-31 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: SB1070, Economics, Competition A Judge removes most of the teeth from SB1070, and the Libertarian Solution hosts rejoice! In this episode, we discuss the four points knocked down by the court in SB1070, the flawed kindergarten economic reasons why many support SB1070, and we continue our ongoing venture into competition in every industry.…

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07/24/2010 - Inclined to Liberty

2010-07-24 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

We continue our discussion on the various points made in Inclined to Liberty.…

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07/17/2010 - Inclined to Liberty

2010-07-17 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

We spent most of the hour discussing further points from "Inclined to LIberty", an excellent book with lots of great insight.…

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07/10/2010 - Competition, SB1070, Is/Ought Dichotomy

2010-07-10 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

After a one-week hiatus, we're back!  And this show is jam-packed full of good tidbits. We kick it off with a discussion of "reasonable suspicion" vs. "probable cause" in the context of Arizona's controversial new immigration law, SB1070. From there, were discuss competition in the U.S. Post Service.  Nick and Richard pit the USPS website against the Fedex website to see whether public sector or private sector services stack up higher. And finally, we discuss the is/ought dichotomy, something that should create a lot of "Oh, that makes a lot of sense; I always knew that, but never thought about it in those terms" reactions.…

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06/26/2010 - Trusting Government

2010-06-26 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

We know that legal monopolies are bad.  Where they exist, consumers face lower quality and higher costs.  This economic principle is universal.  So long as a provider has no incentive to provide satisfaction, they won't.  Why is it that people recognize this in the market, but not in government?…

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06/19/2010 - BP, Debate Questions

2010-06-19 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

This week, Nick participated in his first debate against six Republican opponents for his run for U.S. House.  Tonight, we discuss those debate questions.  We also follow up on new developments from British Petroleum.…

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06/12/2010 - Charity, Groups vs. Individuals

2010-06-12 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Dr. Mary Ruwart This evening, we played an interview of Dr. Mary Ruwart, which we recorded at the ISIL conference in Phoenix last January.  We wrap up the show discussing the points brought up by Dr. Ruwart.…

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06/05/2010 - The Economy

2010-06-05 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Steve Horwitz In January of 2010 at the ISIL Conference, we interviewed Steve Horwitz, Professor at St. Lawrence University, to discuss the  ideas the U.S. Government is implementing which have a track record of failure, and the ideas that people should hold as those being able to actually solve the problem.  On this evening's program, we play that interview and interject our own two cents.…

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05/29/2010 - Tragedy of the Commons

2010-05-29 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

It seems as though Barack Obama promised during his campaign to have all combat troops out of Iraq within 16 months of taking office.  That anniversary came and went on May 21st this year as the world let out a gasp of shock to the broken campaign promise. This evening, we discussed the Tragedy of the Commons and how it plays a role not only in the environment, but in many other aspects of public property.…

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05/22/2010 - Giving it All to the Government

2010-05-22 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

A major loss for Arizona residents last week as Prop 100 passes and the sales tax rate increase by one percentage point.  The FDA wants to regulate how much salt you'll be eating.  And finally, a group that recognizes the government's complicity in the BP oil spill is calling for the government to seize BP's assets -- That can't end well.…

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05/15/2010 - AZ Prop 100, What a Libertarian is Not

2010-05-15 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

We kicked off this episode talking about the upcoming Prop 100 election (which is Arizona's proposed one percentage point increase in sales tax). We've frequently talked about what a libertarian, but spoke more on this episode about what a libertarian is not, and applied that process to the response of common public policy issues.…

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05/08/2010 - Greece & Wealth Redistribution

2010-05-08 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

This week's show starts out with the weekly update on SB1070, Arizona's new controversial immigration bill. The rest of the show focuses the socialist policies that have taken a major toll on Greece, and how the United States is heading in the same direction.…

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05/01/2010 - Immigration, Ballot Access

2010-05-01 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Alex Snitker, Libertarian Senate Candidate in Florida Alexander Snitker, Libertarian Senate candidate in Florida, joins us on the program to discuss the ridiculous ballot access requirements in his home state, and talks about how he is the first Libertarian candidate on the ballot running for Senate in Florida. We also dispell a few myths around immigration; myths primarily perpetrated by the conservative camp in order to keep immigrants out.…

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04/24/2010 - SB1070, Civil Asset Forfeiture

2010-04-24 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Arizona passed one of the worst laws in the country recently, SB1070.  We opened the show discussing some of the impacts of this new legislation. We played an interview of Ron Paul with Chris Matthews where Matthews makes his usual outrageous remarks, and we take every liberty at pointing them out throughout the interview. Finally, we discuss the growing problem of asset forfeiture, which has doubled since 2003 as police departments are facing budget cuts.…

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04/17/2010 - Taxes

2010-04-17 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Arizona Treasurer Dean Martin Arizona's State Treasurer Dean Martin joins us to discuss the Governor's recent actions with regards to the group overseeing state investments, and to discuss Arizona's proposed sales tax increase on next month's ballot. The remainder of the show was spent discussing the issues of taxes, and the origination of taxation in the United States.…

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04/10/2010 - Census, Doing Nothing, Utilitarianism

2010-04-10 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Jan Narveson, Waterloo University This is a repeat of the episode that originally aired on April 3, 2010. Tucson has struck down a proposal for a sales tax on food; good for them. We play a clip from a Ron Paul announcement discussing the Census, and provide our own two cents. Finally, we had interviewed Jan Narveson, former professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada, back in January at the ISIL conference.  We played that interview and discussed the points that Profession Narveson brought up.…

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04/03/2010 - Census, Doing Nothing, Utilitarianism

2010-04-03 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Jan Narveson, Waterloo University Tucson has struck down a proposal for a sales tax on food; good for them. We play a clip from a Ron Paul announcement discussing the Census, and provide our own two cents. Finally, we had interviewed Jan Narveson, former professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada, back in January at the ISIL conference.  We played that interview and discussed the points that Profession Narveson brought up.…

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03/27/2010 - Health Care, FCC, Credit Cards

2010-03-27 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

To begin, we opened the show discussing the new health care legislation.  If insurance companies must not discriminate against pre-existing conditions, what is the ultimate result of that policy? Next, we jumped into the FCC's Equal Time and (now defunct) Fairness Doctrine provisions. Finally, we covered the credit card legislation that passed a few months ago and discussed the implications of the (well-intended?) changes.…

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03/20/2010 - Consequences of Choice

2010-03-20 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

On this week's episode, we discussed the cause of the difference in success between a rich person and a poor person.…

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03/13/2010 - Minarchy & Anarchy

2010-03-13 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: William Thomas, The Atlas Society; Nick Coons, The Libertarian Solution Tonight's guests were William Thomas of The Atlas Society and Nick Coons (on assignment) from The Libertarian Solution.  The topic of discussion was minarchy and anarchy.  What do the terms mean, and which of them is a better system for society?…

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03/06/2010 - Public Transporation, Property Taxes

2010-03-06 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: John Cole, Unimodal; Lynn Weaver, Prop 13 AZ Joining us on the program this week was John Cole from Unimodal to discuss their revolutionary mass transportation product SkyTran.  SkyTran is faster than individual vehicles, can transport more people than busses, subways and light rail, is super energy efficient, is far cheaper to build than traditional roads, and is safe.  So why isn't it being installed everywhere as we speak? Lynn Weaver joined us to discuss Prop 13 Arizona, the initiative pending for this year's ballot in Arizona in order to control property tax costs.  Think your property devaluation is going to cause you property taxes to decrease?  Think again, Arizonans!…

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02/27/2010 - Continental Congress 2009

2010-02-27 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Ed Vallejo and Bob Schulz, We The People Is self-governance really possible.  Nick's anecdote, while anecdotal, is somewhat telling. Ed Vallejo and Bob Schulz from the We The People Foundation join us for the remainder of the show to discuss the Continental Congress 2009, and the recent work they created over an 11-day period.  You can read their finished product, the Articles of Freedom, online.…

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02/20/2010 - Interviewing Libertarian Candidates

2010-02-20 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Lex Green; Rick Biondi Lex Green, Libertarian candidate for governor in Illinois, joins us to discuss his state's issues, views on state sovereignty, and health care. Rick Biondi, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona against John McCain, discusses his views on international affairs on the economy. And finally, Nick is accused this week via email from a member of the Green Party as being naive and a sucker for junk food.  Check out his responses as Jim plays devil's advocate.…

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02/13/2010 - Moochers, Looters, and Parasites, Oh My!

2010-02-13 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Alex Snitker Obama wants to keep spending and revenue "in sync" with his "Paygo" system, but this only applies to "mandatory" spending.  No spending is mandatory, as Congress can set the rules however they want. Alex Snitker, 2010 US Senate Libertarian candidate in Florida, joins us to talk about his campaign, and his key issue; the FairTax. We press forward talking about the updates in the fight to knock out the sales tax on food in the City of Phoenix, and discuss the mentality of parasites on the government system.…

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02/06/2010 - Phoenix Food Tax

2010-02-06 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

The program began with discussing the fallacy of taxing the wealthy.  We then discussed an economics professor who implemented a socialist grading system in his class to demonstrate how socialism fails.  Next, we presented the ideas of an Arizona legislator who wants to require businesses to sign an "ethical" statement of business in order to operate. Finally, we focused on the new Phoenix sales tax on food, with our motto "Eat free or die!"…

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01/30/2010 - Healthcare Freedom, Socialized Medicine

2010-01-30 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Tom Jenney, Americans For Prosperity; Colette Rosati Nick returned from Massachusetts and kicked off the show with his exclusive Scott Brown interview.  Tom Jenney from Americans For Prosperity joined the program to talk about their local efforts called Honking for Healthcare Freedom.  Later on, Colette Rosati appeared to inform us of her new efforts called Basketball for Better Health, an attempt to help people in the Ukraine (with socialized medicine) receive quality healthcare.…

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01/23/2010 - Constitutional Carry, Census

2010-01-23 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Chris Knox, Firearms Coalition The show began announcing that Nick Coons had been replaced with NOTA.  Our current events were Scott Brown's win and the Phoenix City $260 million dollar budget deficit / light rail expenditures. Our guest was Chris Knox from the Firearms Coalition, where we touched on the Iowa controversy, Chicago v McDonald and AZ Constitutional carry. Our last topis were the FEC Supreme court case (donations by Corporations) and weird aspects of the 2010 census -- questions that have nothing to do with apportioning representatives. Especially the Business census.…

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01/16/2010 - Arizona State Budget

2010-01-16 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Dean Martin, Arizona State Treasurer Last week, we focused on Arizona's budget problems.  This week is a continuation of that theme, this time with our guest Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin.…

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01/09/2010 - Arizona State Budget

2010-01-09 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Nick Dranias, Goldwater Institute Our illustrious Gov. Brewer must be a stand-up comedian.  Last Thursday at a presentation, she uttered the statement, "As we all know it's the public sector that grows the economy." Nick Dranias joined us for the bulk of the program to discuss the Arizona state budget, which is supposed to be out of money come this February.  While some may associate this with doom-and-gloom, Nick was considering that this may be a celebration-worthy event.…

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01/02/2010 - New Year's Resolutions

2010-01-02 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Happy New Year!  We finish up our round of evaluating and critiquing New Year's resolutions from around the political spectrum, with a special focus on "green" resolutions, such as eliminating all incandescent bulbs, paper bags, and a slew of other things we've come to know and love.…

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12/26/2009 - New Year's Resolutions

2009-12-26 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

As we look back on 2009 and see all of the advancements that government growth has made, we find one small bright spot for freedom -- it's now legal to catch rainwater in Colorado.  We examine New Year's resolutions from around the political spectrum (which we plan to continue on next week's episode) and compare them to a more libertarian approach.…

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12/19/2009 - Potpourri of Ideas

2009-12-19 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

The discussion on tonight's episode focused on a potpourri of ideas from CO2 "pollutants", deforestation, Real ID/PASS Act, privacy, and the "public option" in higher education.…

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12/12/2009 - Foreign Policy

2009-12-12 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Jim Peron, Laissez Faire Books Jim Peron from Laissez Faire Books joins us to give us an introduction to the upcoming ISIL Retreat, to discuss a historical view of the differences between libertarian (classical liberal), conservative, and socialist (neo-liberal, progressive) philosophies, and then to apply those to foreign policy.…

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12/05/2009 - Political Ideologies

2009-12-05 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

As we add KKNT 960 in Phoenix to our radio syndication network, we discuss differences in political ideologies (conservative, liberal, and libertarian) to give our new audience an idea of where we come from and how our support for specific public policy is determined.  The main topic used for demonstration purposes is the War on Drugs, something we hope the "conservative" audience of KKNT will find interesting.…

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11/19/2009 - Media Perception, Libertarian Positions

2009-11-19 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Chris Broughton We had the pleasure to interview Chris Broughton, the gentleman who brought the AR-15 rifle to the Obama rally in Phoenix several months ago.  He helps to clear up some of the myths that the media has portrayed against him, and we discuss the public response to his actions.  We were quizzed on common libertarian positions and had an opportunity to explain the reasoning behind those positions.…

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11/12/2009 - Fry's & Safeway Strike, Unions

2009-11-12 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

If Fry's (Kroger) and Safeway don't meet the economically unrealistic demands of the union by Friday at 6pm, the union will be forcing their members to strike.  We discuss the role of unions and how in many cases they distort the market. Earlier this week, a listener emailed in a question; "Is God a libertarian?"  He provided evidence supporting the affirmative.  We also discussed the presence of a gene in the human species that appeared 200,000 years ago, which appears to be the cause of our communicative abilities, and what uniquely separates humans from all other animal species.…

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11/05/2009 - Health Care, John Stossel's Special

2009-11-05 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Austin Raynor Austin Raynor of Liberty Tree, and a Libertarian Solution "Liberty Writer", joined us this evening to discuss his college campus radio show and podcast.  We also discussed the ludicrosity of Pelosi's 1900+ page health care bill and how interesting it would be to if someone actually read this.  John Stossel of ABC did a recent health care special from which we borrowed audio clips and commented throughout.  It seems that we've beat health care to death on the show, but Obama, Pelosi, and Reid obviously haven't been tuning in as frequently as we would like.…

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10/29/2009 - War on Drugs

2009-10-29 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

This week, we tackle the War on Drugs.  To any critically-thinking individual, this should be fairly straight-forward.  Government doesn't enact laws (like those that put is in prison for possession of a plant) for public safety or even for our own protection.  They do it because it appeases special interests.  We discuss the institution of drug criminalization, the pragmatic and violent problems these laws cause, and as always we lay out a few solutions.…

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10/22/2009 - Producers & Parasites

2009-10-22 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

The House and Senate have both passed new hate crime legislation, which we discuss briefly at the beginning of the program.  We also discuss the essay Producers and Parasites, written in 1935, and point out some of its flaws.  We finish up the program answering some listener emails.…

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10/15/2009 - Subsidies

2009-10-15 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Mark Flatten, Goldwater Institute Mark Flatten is a new investigative journalist for the Goldwater Institute and joined us on the program to discuss events at Phoenix Sky Harbor and the administrator taking advantage of "racial quota" laws.  Later in the program, we discuss government choosing winners and losers by giving hand-ups to arbitrary groups and knocking down others.…

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10/08/2009 - Local Government Roles

2009-10-08 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Greg Tripoli, City Council Candidate Greg Tripoli, candidate for the Phoenix City Council in district 3, joins us to answer some tough questions about his candidacy the role of local government.  Jim received a questionaire in the mail from the NRA with slanted questions that were generally pretty easy to answer, so he put Nick and Richard on the spot in the last segment.…

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10/01/2009 - Capitalism, Fraud

2009-10-01 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Carrie Ann Sitren, Goldwater Institute; Nathan Nascimento, Arizonans In Action Jim and Nick begin by discussing Michael Moore and his new movie "Capitalism: A Love Story", pointing out the incorrect terminology (calling our system "capitalism") and the hypocrisy (Michael Moore making millions in the market, then denouncing the system).  We also spoke with Carrie Ann Sitren from the Goldwater Institute to receive an update on the City North case, and then with Nathan Nascimento from Arizonans In Action to discuss special districts. …

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09/24/2009 - Minimum Wage, Wealth Redistribution

2009-09-24 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Nick, Richard, and Jim cover the topics of minimum wage and wealth redistribution both from effect and from morality. It's commonly known that President Obama supports both of these concepts; but as a State Senator, he also denounced the Civil Rights Movement for not doing more in the way of granting government the power to redistribute wealth.…

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09/17/2009 - Constitution Day

2009-09-17 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Today is Constitution Day, and we discussed the beginnings of the document that began this nation.  We provide insight as to the various interpretations of the Constitution, the good behind the document, and the flaws.…

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09/10/2009 - Obama's Speech to Schools

2009-09-10 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Last week President addressed your children during their school day. Was it to promote personal responsibility and the importance of education? According to President Obama, "if you quit on school you're not just quitting on yourself, you're quitting on your country". Perhaps his speech had another motive.…

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09/03/2009 - Rights and Laws

2009-09-03 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Jim March, BlackBoxVoting We began by discussing the potential "blowback" from the now famous publicity stunt performed by Ernest Hancock, local libertarian who along with Chris B. planned and performed the open carry of an AR-15 during Obama's presentation to Veterans. From there, we were provided updates by Jim March regarding his efforts in Pima County, AZ. We touched on the proposed Cybersecurity Act and its implications, and finally got in to the meat of our discussion on laws and rights, which will be continued on a future episode.…

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08/27/2009 - Media Bias

2009-08-27 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Nick and Jim discussed media bias, including offering some clips as examples of what the media should and should not be doing.…

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08/20/2009 - HCR 2014

2009-08-20 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Nancy Barto, AZ Rep LD7 Why was John Mackey Attacked? John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, published an article on the Wall Street Journal discussing the benefits of their new health coverage, and of government butting out in general.  He was promptly attacked by nothing more than rhetoric.  We discuss these various points Arizona HCR 2014 Nancy Barto, the sponsor of perhaps the single best defense against socialized healthcare joined us to discuss HCR 2014, the Arizona Healthcare Freedom Act.  This bill will appear on the ballot as an initiative so we can vote "Yes" and amend the Arizona State Constitution.…

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08/13/2009 - Privacy

2009-08-13 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Bob Barr First, Richard, Nick and Jim discussed some hot topics including why the media is defending the government's health care plan? Whatever happened to investigative journalism? Who is getting paid off. Why do we even need a "MAINSTREAM" media? We were than joined by Bob Barr, last year's Libertarian presidential nominee, and discussed privacy issues and how the new health care bill will affect your privacy rights. Bob wrote a recent article on potential DNA databases at the hospital. Where is that blood sample going when you have a newborn? Will your entire medical record soon become government property?…

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08/06/2009 - Phoenix Coyotes

2009-08-06 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Sarah Fenske, New Times Sarah Fenske joins us; a reporter from The Arizona New Times who investigated the connection between Jerry Reinsdorf (a potential Coyotes buyer and owner of the Chicago White Sox) and Ed Beasley (Glendale's City Manager).…

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07/30/2009 - ObamaCare

2009-07-30 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Undercover cops arrest an undercover cop for dealing drugs. EPA supresses an internal report that shows cooling trends over the past few years. Obama flips flops on his health care proposals -- Senator Obama has a very different idea of health care than President Obama does.…

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07/23/2009 - How To Fix The Economy

2009-07-23 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Arizona politicians are using tax dollars to promote themselves and take advantages over challengers to their office. Forced RFID is bad, it can be hacked more easily than most people think. We break the economy down into the symptoms, the causes, and possible solutions.…

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07/16/2009 - Local Events & Lawsuits

2009-07-16 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Attorney Michael Kielsky Our scheduled guest, Bob Barr, was not able to join us.  When we contacted him at the number his office provided to us, his wife answered with, "Do you know what time it is?"  "Yes, it's time for Mr. Barr to do the interview that he was scheduled for." Attorney Michael Kielsky joined us to discuss the similarities between the tatoo case in Tempe, Preston v. Hallman, and a case that he's fighting in the City of Mesa.  He was also able to provide some unique insight in other areas.…

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07/09/2009 - TSA and Campaign For Liberty

2009-07-09 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Steve Bierfeldt, Campaign For Liberty; Chris Spangle, Indiana LP A new water park is scanning fingerprints, but telling its customers that the machine is a bone density scanner. The Prestons prevailed over the City of Tempe, again.  But it appears the city will continue wasting taxpayer funds and infringing on the rights of these small business owners. Steve Bierfeldt, Campaign For Liberty, was stopped by TSA a few months back because he was carrying large quantities of cash.  TSA detained and mishandled him for quite some time.  He joins us on today's show to discuss his experience. Chris Spangle, Executive Director of the Indiana State LP, joins us to tell us what's going on in his state.…

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07/02/2009 - Current Events

2009-07-02 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Our scheduled guest, Bernard von Nothaus of the Liberty Dollar, was not able to join us.  Our sources say he fell asleep at the receiver unable to cope with the time zone difference.  We tried to fill in to give the impression that he was there, but there's nothing like the real thing. In current events, it looks as though California is shutting down some of their state parks because of their budget shortages, and the parks may be turned over to the federal printing presses. Only 3.5% of government (public) high school students were able to pass the U.S. Citizenship test. The City of Tempe (headed by Mayor Hugh Hallman, who ridiculously tries to attach the "libertarian" label to his name) is attempting to shut down a tatoo parlor by revoking permits that it previously issues on the grounds that it's going to attract gangs and heroine addicts.  The courts already ruled against the city, and they are now asking for a do-over.…

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06/25/2009 - Second Amendment Cases

2009-06-25 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Michael Moresco, Liberty Rider; Alan Gotlieb, SAF; Gerhard Langguth, Arkansas LP This episode was packed with guests, starting with Michael Moresco, the Liberty Rider who's riding his bicycle across the country "Riding for Honesty." Next up was Alan Gotlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation, who kept us in the loop on their current gun cases, and extended an invitation for our listeners to attend this year's Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC). And to round it out, Gerhard Langguth joined us providing us with some background information on the Arkansas State LP, and we discussed the idea that proposing solutions is better than simply opposing everything.…

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06/18/2009 - LP Voter Registrations; Monetary Policy

2009-06-18 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Joe Cobb; Scott Kohlhaas, Alaska LP The federal government is backing GM's 100,000-mile 5-year warranty.  What will that do to the quality of GM's cars, and what cost will that impose on taxpayers? Joe Cobb from the Arizona LP joined the program to update us on the state's voter registration drive.  It appears that the state and most counties are so far in the clear in terms of maintaining the required number of voters for ballot status.  Given that Mr. Cobb is a professional economist and former aid to Ron Paul, we decided to take advantage of his presence and probe him a bit on monetary policy. Scott Kohlhaas from the Alaska LP provided us with some interesting history of their state's LP and what the state is working on now.…

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06/11/2009 - Unions

2009-06-11 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Mike Rster, Alabama State LP We kick off the program discussing the restaurant carry bill, one that allows individuals to carry in restaurants (given the restaurant's permission), but the NRA is impeding the bill.  And remember to stock up on clunkers, because the government will give you a voucher of $4,500.  Later on, we focus on unions, their intrusion on property rights, and greed.  To wrap up the program, we had Mike Rster on from the Alabama State Libertarian Party to enlighten us about the events in his state.…

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06/04/2009 - Cap & Trade, Utilitarianism

2009-06-04 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Carrie Ann Sitren, Goldwater Institute To kick off the first segment, we received a brief update from Carrie Ann Sitren of the Goldwater Institute regarding the CityNorth case.  Moving into the second segment, we discussed Cap & Trade and the federal government's proposed implementation of it.  Later on, we contrasted utilitarianism with libertarianism, highlighting the differences.  At the end, we wrapped it all up to provide a possible sollution.…

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05/28/2009 - Second Amendment, Gun Control

2009-05-28 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Our focus on this week's episode was on the 2nd Amendment.  We briefly discussed DC vs. Heller and Montana's bold move to enforce the 10th Amendment in the production and distribution of fireams within their state.  We also covered the principle behind gun ownership, differences in crime rates and trends where gun control laws exist vs. where they're more lax.…

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05/21/2009 - Currency

2009-05-21 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

The weather was unseasonably cool this past week in the Phoenix area.  Thank you Savior Obama for curbing the effect of global warming and bringing rain to the desert. Why do we use currency as a medium of exchange instead of direct barter?  What is the government's proper role in currency, and how does government's manipulation of the currency affect the economy?  How did we get where we are, and what's the libertarian solution to problems associated with a government-controlled currency?…

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05/14/2009 - Capitalism & Free Markets

2009-05-14 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Nick was on location at Politics on the Rocks in Scottsdale in defense of capitalism, and later joined Richard and Jim in the second segment who were defending capitalism on the air.  We cover the misconceptions about capitalism, and talk about "managed" or "modified" capitalism (what we have now) verus "free-market", "competitive", or "laissez-faire" capitalism (something we've never had, but we really ought to).…

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05/07/2009 - Local Governments

2009-05-07 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Nick Dranias, Goldwater Institute Nick Dranias from the Goldwater Institute joined us to discuss his report "A New Charter for American Cities."  The report provides information showing how local governments can infringe on the rights of the individual just as much as state and local governments, perhaps more; and provides a proposal for citizens to ensure that their local government's job is to protect their liberties.…

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04/30/2009 - Introduction to new audience

2009-04-30 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

We're back!  As the first episode of our new station, 1100 KFNX, we'd like to welcome our new audience, and hope that many from KXAM have followed us over as well.  And to bring the new audience up to speed, we focused on the basics of libertarianism, such as the non-aggression principle.  We answer such questions as -- Are libertarians liberal or conservative?  What happens in business with or without minimum wage laws?  What's this idea about people interacting with each other on a voluntary basis?…

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04/15/2009 - Capitalism

2009-04-15 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Tom, Freedom's Phoenix Capitalism has gotten a bad wrap recently.  And if you understand what capitalism is, you know that it can't possibly be responsible for anything that's happened in our economy within the last few decades.  We discuss what capitalism is and compare it to other systems. Tom from Freedom's Phoenix joined us to discuss their website and the campaigns they're running, and to provide updates about the Tea Party event in Arizona's capital.…

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04/08/2009 - Self Defense

2009-04-08 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

The primary question of this episode was, "Does the individual have an inalienable right to self-defense?"  We believe the answer to be Yes, and we didn't receive any opposition on that point.  See how this relates to issues like 9/11 and the Somli pirates.…

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04/01/2009 - Photo Radar; City North

2009-04-01 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Susan Kayler; Carrie Ann Sitren (Goldwater Institute) Carrie Ann Sitren from the Goldwater Institute called in to provide an update to the CityNorth case, whereby the City of Phoenix has lost in court the ability to pay a private developer nearly $100 million in taxpayer subsidies.  She was followed by Susan Kayler who successfully joined us this week to discuss photo radar in Arizona, the illegal methods used to enforce the laws, and the ineffectiveness of speed cameras.…

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03/25/2009 - Economic Basics

2009-03-25 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

What is an economy, and how does it operate on its own without coercion?  We began addressing these questions at the start of the program, and continued that discussion throughout with the help of a couple of listener call-ins.…

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03/18/2009 - Privatizing Roads

2009-03-18 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Dr. Walter Block There are roughly 46,000 deaths per year on our nation's government-maintained and managed roads, but government never receives blame for this and so therefore has no real incentive to do anything about it.  Would a private road system put those who manage the roads in a position to make them safer and more efficient? We discussed this issue with Dr. Walter Block on today's program, an Austrian school economist and libertarian/anarcho-capitalist philosopher, a Professor of Economics at Loyola University New Orleans, a Senior Fellow with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and a supporter of privatizing the nation's roads.…

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03/11/2009 - Global Warming

2009-03-11 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Dr. Robert Balling Jim and Nick attended a debate at Phoenix College this past Tuesday evening regarding government stimulus spending.  The two debaters arguing in favor of the stimulus had no flow in their presentations and constantly contradicted themselves.  The two arguing against it made extremely persuasive arguments.  And of course, we aren't biased one way or another (sarcasm). Dr. Robert Balling joined us to discuss climate change and global warming.  He provided some excellent information about the earth's natural reactions to various factors and what impact humans may have on the global climate.…

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03/04/2009 - Recessions and Depressions

2009-03-04 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Jim Rogers Even though it took some technical effort, we were finally able to successfully connect with Jim Rogers.  The interview starts out choppy, but we do get things cleared up (are all phone calls now being routed through the Federal Reserve system?).  Among other things, he provides information on how we got here, what we should do, realizes that we won't, and provides his predictions.  Please support our new (hoax) sponsor, "Governments Gone Wild."…

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02/25/2009 - Canadian Health Care

2009-02-25 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Brian Lee Crowley This week, we were honored to have Brian Lee Crowley from AIMS to follow up on our broadcast from Feb 11, 2009 discussing the fundamental flaws in the Canadian health care system.  US politicians are working to create a nationalized health care system in this country.  We need to understand why such a system is doomed to failure so we don't repeat the mistakes made by our neighbors to the north.…

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02/18/2009 - State Budget, Stimulus

2009-02-18 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin Joining us once again is Arizona's State Treasurer Dean Martin to discuss the state budget crisis.  Apparently, the new legislature and governor have cut $1.1 billion in spending from the budget, shoring up the bulk of the crisis.  We also talk about the idea of greed as the cause of our current nationwide economic situation.  Was there too much greed, or not enough risk?…

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02/11/2009 - Health Care

2009-02-11 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Brian Ferguson, Professor of Economics, University of Guelph If you've ever had thoughts about the United States moving to a single-payer health care system, or questions about Canada's system, this is the episode to listen to.  Brian Ferguson, Professor of Economics at University of Guelph in Ontario joins us to discuss flaws in the single-payer model.  He also addresses and confirms many of the common critiques (i.e. long waiting lists), and responds to common arguments for such a system.…

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02/04/2009 - Taxes

2009-02-04 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

In past episodes, we've discussed the concept of "taxation as theft".  Today, each of us took our turn explaining our own views on why that is and how we come to that conclusion.  In the later half of the program, the subject of conversation was "green taxes", along with a ridiculous example of how trying to use taxes to "persuade" people to behave a certain way is a flawed methodology.…

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01/28/2009 - Budgets & Traffic Cameras

2009-01-28 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Shawn Dow, CameraFraud; Tom Jenney, AFP For our first interview, Shawn Dow from Camera Fraud joined us this evening to discuss the 2010 ballot initiative in Arizona to remove all traffic cameras from roads.  Later on, we interviewed Tom Jenney with the Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity to discuss the state budget deficit.  In the final minutes of the show, we discussed the upcoming AZLP Convention and took a call from our favorite Green Party regular.…

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01/21/2009 - Obama Policies

2009-01-21 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Welcome to the White House, President Obama.  There seem to be three types of people with regards to our new President.  The first is hopeful of the change he talks about, the second is fearful of the change, and the third believe that there won't actually be any change.  We at the Libertarian Solution fall into the last category.  While there will be superficial modifications, the overall trend of bigger and more intrusive government will stay the course, so to speak.…

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01/14/2009 - Free Market Solutions

2009-01-14 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Gene Banman, Zero Motorcycles If you're interested in how the free market can take the place of government "services" and regulations, then stay tuned as we intend to do more episodes like this one.  We intervewed Gene Banman, CEO of Zero Motorcycles, a company that makes electric-powered motorcycles (only dirtbikes for now, but they say street-legal vehicles will be available within a few months).  We hoped to touch more on this topic and talk about our government outrage of the week, but we skewed off into a bit of a tangent with our favorite Green Party caller.…

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01/07/2009 - State Income Taxes; Discrimination Laws

2009-01-07 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Ernie Hancock We've discussed in the past about how difficult the City of Mesa can be in operating a business because of their heavy-handed regulations.  Forbes put them at the top of their most boring cities in the country list.  Hmm... Ernie Hancock joined us on the program to talk about his new "It's NOT My Debt!" campaign.  We brought to light the correlation between the state budget shortfalls across the country, and state income taxes.  And finally, we discussed the impacts of discrimination laws on businesses on their communities.…

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12/31/2008 - New Year's Resolutions

2008-12-31 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Carrie Ann Sitren, Goldwater Institute Our New Year's Eve program consisted of an interview with Carrie Ann Sitren, a lawyer from the Goldwater Institute, to discuss the win against Phoenix in the CityNorth case.  The Arizona State Constitution doesn't allow government to give gifts, and the courts upheld that provision.  We also discussed some political New Year's Resolutions, including a couple of ways to trim down the budget for the City of Phoenix, and government in general.…

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12/24/2008 - Libertarianism Explained

2008-12-24 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Today being Christmas Eve, tonight's program was pre-recorded.  We focus on describing the principles of libertarianism so that those new to the philosophy can understand why we oppose taxation and most laws (Hint: It's not because we want to use drugs and hoard money).  We go through the process of self-ownership, self-interest, and how our principled and pragmatic views flow from those ideas.  And as usual, we veer off on to a few tangents just to keep it interesting.  We'll be back next week on New Year's Eve with a live program.…

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12/17/2008 - Free Speech

2008-12-17 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Valerie Bayham, Institute For Justice GM has had property that they purchased and polluted declared as a slum by the City of Mesa to get the city to pay for clean up, at which point they can build the property up luxuriously on the taxpayers dime.  The City of Chandler is having difficulty making it's budget and laying off employees, and at the same time is purchasing a new Toyota Camry hybrid for the mayor to replace his four-year-old vehicle.  We were fortunate to interview Valerie Bayham from the Institute for Justice to discuss free speech and an ongoing lawsuit in Florida to overturn a law that infringed on political speech for groups and individuals that aren't well-funded enough to comply with the expensive law.  Maricopa County passes their $3 billion wish-list to the Federal Government like a child asking Santa Clause for a new video game.  Hey, why not?  It's the holidays!…

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12/10/2008 - State Budget

2008-12-10 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin To kick off the program, we began the discussion by tying up some loose ends to last week's welfare/charity topic.  We quickly moved to the state budget with our guest, Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin.  Mr. Martin walked us through the budget process and helped fill in some gaps.  To wrap up the end of the program, we discussed Napolitano leaving Arizona.…

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12/03/2008 - Charity

2008-12-03 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Dr. Mary Ruwart We were honored to have Dr. Mary Ruwart, author and Libertarian Presidential candidate, as our guest on the program.  Our discussion focused mainly on the ideas of charity; whether or not government should have a monopoly on charity, have mixed involvement, or no involvement at all.  Dr. Ruwart also explained the detriments to government involvement in charity, and how getting their hands into the mix actually worsens the problem.…

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11/26/2008 - Who Decides?

2008-11-26 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

This episode was focused on discussing how government interferes with choice.  Most people don't notice this in their everyday lives, but it can be quite apparent.  We are unable to send our children to the schools of our choice, to purchase coverage from another state, and in Arizona we can't purchase wine from out of state and have it shipped in.  We also received an interesting and lengthy call from Korky, our resident Green Party member who isn't shy about professing his allegiance to the Greens, that took us a bit off-track, but was interesting nonetheless.  We'll be debunking some of his points in a future episode.  And finally, we wrapped by discussing the interference imposed on cleaner and cheaper technologies like CNG, and talked about the possibility of Gov. Napolitano becoming the Secretary of Homeland Security in Obama's administration.…

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11/19/2008 - The Economy

2008-11-19 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Byron Schlomach; Joe Cobb Jim and the MCLP are suing County Elections for not following the law during the election process, and we received an update on the case.  Byron Schlomach from the Goldwater Institute joined us to describe the state budget deficit, the causes, and the potential fixes.  Joe Cobb, a professional economist who worked for Congressman Ron Paul in the 80s, joined us in the studio to provide a very entertaining description of the similarities between the economic conditions of today and the 1930s, and introduced the "do something" mentality.…

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11/12/2008 - Healthcare, Activism

2008-11-12 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Sean Haugh; Jim March Sean Haugh, the National Libertarian Party's political director, joined us to discuss the LP's strategy when nominating Bob Barr as their candidate, and gave us some information on becoming politically active to advance the causes of freedom.  Following him was Jim March, who was on the show several weeks ago, to discuss some of the security-flawed practices (some of which he describes as stupid, and others are outright illegal) used in transporting, tallying, and otherwise handling ballots.  We touched on how health care became such a problematic industry with government regulation, and finished up by encouraging people to engage others in philosophical discussion.…

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11/05/2008 - Obama's Plans

2008-11-05 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Wasn't there something important that happened yesterday?  Oh yeah, the election.  We began with a quick recap of how we had the "opportunity" to make the choice between heads and tails of the same coin.  From there, it was time to analyze what we knew of Obama's plans (he's never been very clear, so we filled in the blanks as best as we could) discussing energy and economic policy, and wrapped up with some libertarian solutions to these issues.…

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10/29/2008 - Arizona Propositions

2008-10-29 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Celeste Castorena (G), LD12 House Jim started us out with a brief history of central banking prior to the Federal Reserve and how it impacted the Civil War.  In the following segments, we dissected the propositions on the Arizona ballot this November and provided the pro-freedom perspectives.  We also interviewed Celeste Castorena, the Green Party candidate for the State House in LD12.…

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10/22/2008 - Voting Integrity

2008-10-22 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Jim March Nick had an update to his City of Mesa debacle, and we briefly touched on jobs being exported and who really owns those jobs.  In the following two segments we interviewed our guest, Jim March, a voting integrity specialist.  We wrapped up the show discussing the concept of extremism, tying in to Libertarians in office.…

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10/15/2008 - Non-Libertarian Claims

2008-10-15 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Jim Babka, DownsizeDC; Eric Novak, Prop 101 We began the show with a quick interview from Jim Babka with DownsizeDC.org, the organization that let's anyone easily contact their senators and representative in order to pressure them into keeping government small.  We then moved on to an interview with Eric Novak, who provided us with the pros of Prop 101.  The remainder of a show was answering some of the "interesting" claims of MIke Huben's Non-Libertarian FAQ.…

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10/08/2008 - Taxes as Theft, Socialism

2008-10-08 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Brian Moore, Socialist Presidential Candidate; Garrick Taylor (Prop 105) The show began with a bit of a rant from Nick explaining why he has trouble listening to and partaking in conversations where people advocate using tax money in attempting to solve a given problem.  The bulk of the show was dedicated to a wonderfully eye-opening interview with the Socialist Party's presidential candidate.  We closed out with a quick discussion from Garrick Taylor, who was promoting the benefits of Prop 105 on Arizona's November ballot.…

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10/01/2008 - Social Contract

2008-10-01 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Mike Renzulli (L), LD14; Mark Phelps (L), LD27 We picked up on a discussion from last week regarding the concept of a Social Contract and touched briefly on it during the first segment.  Joining us later in the show were Mike Renzulli of LD14 and Mark Phelps of LD27, Libertarian candidates running for the Arizona State Legislature.  Nearing the end of the show, we discussed in more detail what the Social Contract Theory entails, and revealed why it's not really a contract at all.…

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09/24/2008 - Property Rights

2008-09-24 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Thane Eichenauer (L), CD1 The federal government is up to about $700 billion so far in bailouts with no end in sight.  We were joined by Libertarian congressional candidate Thane Eichenauer running in district 1 to give us his take on the issues.  The last half of the show was a discussion property rights and how they relate to freedom.…

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09/17/2008 - The Federal Reserve

2008-09-17 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

Guest: Michael Shoen (L), CD3 On this evening's show, we were joined by Michael Shoen, the Libertarian congressional candidate for Arizona's 3rd district.  We added on to our discussion from last week about the bailouts, and we discussed somewhat in-depth on the role of the Federal Reserve and how it affects our economy.…

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09/10/2008 - Freedom vs. Control

2008-09-10 :: Nick Coons, Richard Sutton, and Jim Iannuzo

The world premier of the Libertarian Solution airs on 1310 KXAM with an introduction to libertarian philosophy and a discussion of freedom vs. control.  We touched briefly on the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac bailouts, and were joined briefly by Arizona Sen. Karen Johnson who announced an event the following evening with speaker Jesse Ventura.…

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