Dr. Robert P. Murphy is a senior fellow at the Mises Institute and a professor of economics at Texas Tech University. 71 Republic’s Mason Mohon sat down with Dr. Murphy to discuss economics and anarcho-capitalism. You can find Dr. Murphy on Twitter @BobMurphyEcon.
I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist. As it turns out, many people aren’t. But in the wake of Epstein’s absurd death, all of America has donned the tinfoil hat. The official story of Epstein’s suicide is riddled with holes; it’s a conspiracy theorists dream. The mere fact that a billionaire such as Epstein is engaged in human trafficking in the first place is already a big deal when it comes to conspiracy theories. The problem, though, is that the FBI is now going after conspiracy theories just in time for Epstein’s demise.
Since 1971, Americans have been victims of the war on drugs. Nixon began the war on drugs to target anti-war hippies and people of color, and we still pay the consequences today. As polls show that over 62% of Americans support marijuana legalization and psychedelics continue to help those in need, we are left to wonder why this drug war continues. Isn’t the government supposed to serve us? Aren’t our representatives supposed to represent American interests? Or are there other, less immediately apparent interests at play?
I’m not a voting man. I think that voting is ultimately ineffectual and a massive waste of time. Go plug in your support for a candidate and expect change. Even though Russia rigged it. Or Ted Cruz rigged it, whatever the story is this time. Voting is a joke, so I don’t really support anyone politically that way. Rather, I prefer to support through the most pragmatic means possible. How is this person going to shift the political discourse? How is the candidate I’m supporting going to re-shape politics? Answering these questions leads me to support Tulsi Gabbard as the ideal 2020 candidate, even as a libertarian.
I’m pretty cynical about politics. I’m cynical to the point where I don’t care who will win or lose because to me, it’s all theater. Watching the democratic debates, I realize that there is no debating happening. Rather, politicians are spewing pre-rehearsed talking points to garner publicity for whatever the hell they went on stage for. However, Kamala Harris stands out, and not in a good way. Thanks to the comments of Tulsi Gabbard, she stands out as a disgusting authoritarian and modern-day slave driver.