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Beware Of the John Doe Rule

Ever hear of the John Doe Rule? First there’s a mind-shattering SWAT raid, then an incomprehensible gag order. It’s a protection device for political prosecutors.But is it really tyranny in America. Investigative journalist John Stossel talks to victims, then interviews free speech advocate Mark Steyn in this edition of Liberty Pen.

The Saga Of Rule Breakers

Established companies across America are getting fed up with the “rule breakers,” start-ups like Uber and Airbnb who share the economy. In this edition of Liberty Pen, consumer reporter John Stossel takes a look at some freedom-loving rule breakers in St. George, Utah, who benefit Americans far more than the option-stifling regulators protecting special interests.

The Lie Of the Left

African-American Star Parker, syndicated columnist, Republican activist and founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, shatters “the big lie” perpetrated by liberals that you must be white in this country to fully achieve the American Dream. Radical activists and politicians have long contended that there are too many obstacles for blacks, Hispanics and other minorities to move forward. Parker says she bought the big lie and lived in an out of poverty before a conversion to Christianity opened her eyes. “Freedom lovers understand American exceptionalism, they understand the American Dream, they understand what we were founded on–of traditional living, of free markets of limited roles of government,” she says. “So once you grab a hold of that, you can be whatever you want in America.” Parker continues her discussion with John Stossel in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Thinking Out Of the Box

After experimenting with many ways and means in the workplace, American entrepreneurs are still scratching their heads at adverse results. Enter Brazilian Ricardo Semler, chairman of Semco Partners, who has broken every traditional rule in the book and succeeded beyond his dreams. For example, Semco employees name their own boss and salaries and work to a task, instead of showing up at a certain time. Semler discusses more of his radical workplace manuevers with an incredulous John Stossel in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Obamacare’s Golden Nugget

Promises, promises. That was the premise of Obamacare when the Obama Administration pitched it to the American people. But as we all know, things went south in a hurry. Not everyone received healthcare as promised. Service suffered. And premiums skyrocketed. Consumer reporter and political commentator John Stossel says there was one shining nugget in the whole fiasco. “Whatever we think about Obamacare, there is one great thing about it,” Stossel says. “It got Americans to start thinking about how we pay for healthcare.” Stossel and Dr. Tom Joseph, owner of Freedom Orthopedics and Rehab, explain further in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Law Without Government

Private arbitration occurs outside government’s courtroom, but political commentator John Stossel says the Constitutions explicitly states the courts are a job for government. Professional arbitrator and former judge, Alex Ferrer, says that’s generally true, but people have a right to contract whatever they like, as long as it’s legal. Join the debate as Ferrer explains the benefits of private arbitration.

Champions Of Liberty

John Stossel’s weekly program on the Fox Business Channel recently entertained the topic of champions of liberty with the well-rounded panel of Cato Institute’s David Boaz, school-choice advocate Kevin Chavous and the Foundation for Economic Education’s Lawrence Reed. The quartet talks about liberty’s heroes, including choices of their own, in this edition of Learn Liberty.

The Clout Of Junk Science

Organize a bad study with a minimum amount of participants and a tantalizing press release and, voila, you have created a piece of viable junk science. Harvard-based biologist and science journalist John Bohannon explains the phenomenon to John Stossel in this edition of Liberty Pen.

A War of Words On Science

There’s no arguing that Republicans and Democrats are at odds on almost every major issue confronting our nation. So it’s a no-brainer how politics drives what is considered bad and good science. The left charges that conservatives ignore good science by denying global warming and passing laws to restrict stem-cell research that could save lives. On the other hand, the right say its the loons on the left who are the deniers with their obsession with over-popultion and their campaigns against vaccines, plastics and artificial sweetners, to name a few. “What’s important for all of us is to separate what a politician says about science and what a politician says about policy, which is the actual job we elect politicians to do,” opines Matt Welch, editor in chief of Reason magazine. Welch joins consumer advocate John Stossel to debate the contentious issue in this edition of Liberty Pen.

Bastardizing Capitalism

The fall of the Soviet Union in the ’80s was a huge black mark for communism and capitalists rejoiced. But progressives still soured on capitalism, suggesting we needed something in between. Enter The Third Way. Consumer reporter John Stossel says that we in fact have a “third way” today, which he describes as capitalism smothered in government. Stossel explains the transformation and what he’s coined the bastardization of capitalism in this edition of Liberty Pen.

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