Ostrolenk speaks to Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on the characteristics that should qualify an individual to become President of the United States. Contrary to popular opinion, Bruce argues it is imperative to elect a president who is a professional politician, meaning he or she has a long career of evaluating power, leadership, and politics. Without said skills and scholarship, the leader of American will not fully comprehend the responsibilities of the office.
Ostrolenk speaks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on the upcoming expiration of Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows the NSA to collect data from domestic and international phone calls without warrant or suspicion. Despite 9 years in use, the NSA has failed to tie any of the information gathered through 215 to acts of terrorism. Not only impractical, but a massive invasion of our privacy, 215’s authority, Bruce insists, should be allowed to lapse in June.
Ostrolenk talks with Constitutional Scholar Bruce Fein on why the American Empire can be categorized as one “too-big-to-fail.” By permitting businesses to grow so large that the economy relies heavily upon them, the government becomes quick to bail out even the most mismanaged business to prevent economic collapse. Such a system has led to income inequality based not on differences in innovation, hard work, and creativity, but rather on the fact that the game is rigged. This results in a sluggish economy that can only be fixed by getting the federal government out of the affairs of businesses.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed last year contain provisions that allow indefinite detention of United States citizens by the military – without a trial. These provisions violate due process rights protected by the Bill of Rights: the right to a speedy and fair trial and the presumption of innocence. Shahid Buttar Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee speaks with Michael about transpartisan efforts to stop these unconstitutional trespasses on our liberty. Congressman Ron Paul has introduced HR 3785 to repeal Section 1021 of the NDAA. Learn more at www.bordc.org/ndaa.
Corporations are artificial creations of the state and receive special protections from the state. Thus, claims attorney and author Jeff Clements, corporations should not have the same Constitutional rights as individuals even though some argue that they are simply organized associations of individuals. In this interview with Michael Ostrolenk, Mr. Clements outlines his belief that many of the abuses of crony capitalism are allowed by corporations exploiting these illegitimate “rights.” He also exposes how tobacco industry attorney turned Supreme Court Justice, Lewis Powell, helped to spearhead the creation of a constitutional right to corporate “speech” which was recently strengthened by the Citizens United decision. Read more about this issue (and buy his new book Corporations Are Not People) at Mr. Clement’s website http://CorporationsAreNotPeople.com.
Why are medical devices protected by patent law while medical procedures are exempt? And what about the government’s use of compulsory licenses to force pharmaceutical companies to produce certain drugs like CIPRO. These are two medical-related examples in a long list of arcane exceptions and arbitrary details written in to intellectual property (IP) law. It is commonly believed that IP rights, such as patents, copyrights, and trademarks are necessary to foster innovation and protect the interests of the people and companies that create new products and ideas. Patent attorney Stephan Kinsella of the Mises Institute, holds an opposite view, and in this podcast with Michael Ostrolenk, discusses the growing movement that views IP law as not only anti-competitive and a barrier to innovation, but also as incompatible with true property rights. Michael and Stephan also talk about the evolution of IP from laws like the 1709 Statute of Queen Ann, an attempt by the monarchy to control the output of book printers, the influence of which carried into the copyright and patent provisions in the U.S. Constitution.