Deep dive into the structural differences being the selection of the chief executive in parliamentary vs presidential systems. Discussion touches on the ratio of high-performing liberal democracies to their adoption of parliamentary vs presidential structures, the differentiation between head of state and head of government, and the Constitutional history which lead to our form of presidential system including the purpose of the Electoral College.
Recap and compliments to Herb Stratford on a great first annual Film Fest Tucson and Startup Tucson for the excellent 10West Festival, then we dove into the history and results of third party presidential campaigns and the political structures which drive our system towards 2 or 3 parties vs more.
Chris and I confer on the Best Carne Seca in Tucson, then we discuss the popular talking point that Trump is “just a jerk”, the coalition that he compiled in order to win the Republican nomination, the myth of the spoiler, the electoral opportunities and difficulties for the Libertarian Party, and the dangers of perfectionism in economics and national security.
Discussing the impact of third party presidential campaigns, the libertarian presidential candidates Governors Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, and the recent history of the Republican Party which has left an opening for third party challengers.
Addressing populism, the Trump presidential campaign, and the importance of a national political party which genuinely represents classical liberal, limited, constitutional government.
Discussed the economic effects of central planning, states and cities doing well on economic development, Art Laffer’s new website showing the tax differential of living in different states, as well as income equality and Thomas Picketty’s new book Capital in the 21st Century.
My interview with Dale Pinkert of the FXStreet Live Analysis Room…
Taylor Davidson: Libertarian views on healthcare, rule of law, interest rates, military adventurism and more
Discussion of positive and negative rights and how they apply to healthcare, firearms, speech and other areas of life. Also includes conversations about the policy history of the healthcare and insurance industry, Constitutional interpretation and enforcement, and the role of education in informing the voting public.
Introducing the University of Arizona’s Center for the Philosophy of Freedom and discussing the philosophical traditions of classical liberalism and political economy.