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Episode 54: Part 2: Ken Fisher: Thinking in Ways That Others Do Not, with John Tamny

05/07/2019

Guest(s): John Tamny, Ken Fisher


Ken Fisher on: coastal redwoods, dikes, efficient markets, quantitative easing, the limits of our knowledge, climate change, the fed, interest rates, why $100 billion isn’t that much money, money flows around the world like water downhill, tree science, behavioral science, why philanthropy is immoral and bad for humans, optimization of scarce resources, Bastiat, financial system intermediation and why inequality is a good thing.

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Episode 54: Part 1: Billionaire Investor Ken Fisher on Donald Trump and Politics, with John Tamny

05/07/2019

Guest(s): John Tamny, Ken Fisher


Ken Fisher on: coastal redwoods, dikes, efficient markets, quantitative easing, the limits of our knowledge, climate change, the fed, interest rates, why $100 billion isn’t that much money, money flows around the world like water downhill, tree science, behavioral science, why philanthropy is immoral and bad for humans, optimization of scarce resources, Bastiat, financial system intermediation and why inequality is a good thing.

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Episode 53: Why Some States Get Rich, While Others are Going Broke-Jonathan Williams and Seth Grove

04/25/2019

Guest(s): Jonathan Williams, Seth Grove


There are right ways for states to manage their economies – and some very wrong ones. So if you wanted to make your state more prosperous, wouldn’t it be helpful to have the tools to determine how it will perform years into the future? They exist.

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Episode 52: Part 1: Ed Meese on the Mueller Report with Ron Nicol

04/18/2019

Guest(s): Ron Nicol, Ed Meese


We had the good fortune to have Ron Nicol and Edwin Meese on The Bill Walton Show the day the Mueller report was released. Meese, a former U.S. Attorney General, says Robert Mueller should have made a decision on obstruction of justice by the president and that at least one of his attorneys was a “totally irresponsible, unprofessional, unscrupulous lawyer” whom “should not be in any part of the Department of Justice.” There’s much more in this penetrating analysis by one of our foremost Constitutional authorities.”

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Episode 51: Part 1: Half Earth for Species Protection with Ron Maxwell and Skipper Darlington

04/04/2019

Guest(s): Ron Maxwell, Skipper Darlington


The population of humans has almost tripled since 1950, and the impact on other species has been profound. Humans have absorbed vast amounts of habitat for living space and farmland, leading to the extinction of hundreds of species and threats to countless others. Ron Maxwell and Skipper Darlington join Bill Walton to talk about a radical but oddly simple and doable solution.

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Episode 51: Part 2: We All Need to Make Protecting Habitats a Concern – Ron Maxwell and Skipper Darlington

04/04/2019

Guest(s): Ron Maxwell, Skipper Darlington


Species and habitat protection are issues that can be separated from polarizing disagreements about climate change. Everyone – on both the left and the right – ought to be able to come together to protect endangered species and their habitats. It’s a problem that humans have created and one that humans can solve.

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Episode 49: Why Socialism Fails to Deliver with Richard Rahn

03/21/2019

Guest(s): Richard Rahn


“The economy of Venezuela has collapsed as a result of gross socialist mismanagement. Their currency is essentially worthless. To start over, the next government of Venezuela must re-establish the rule of law, protect private property rights and create a new currency.” So writes Richard Rahn, one of America’s most brilliant economists.

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Episode 48: Is War with China Inevitable? with Adm. James Stark and Dr. Stefan Halper

03/14/2019

Guest(s): James Stark, Stefan Halper


In China, the U.S. confronts an adversary that saw itself as the Middle Kingdom –the center of the universe –for 3,000 years, then endured a century of humiliation and now seeks to return to what it sees as its rightful place in the world. Join Bill Walton as he and veteran Washington foreign policy experts Dr. Stefan Halper and Adm. James Stark discuss China’s comprehensive program to dominate its region and to challenge the U.S for cultural, economic and military superiority.

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Episode 47: Burn the Business Plan with Carl Schramm

03/01/2019

Guest(s): Carl Schramm


An entire industry – mostly government-funded – has sprung up around the idea of creating entrepreneurs. Don’t buy any of it. Don’t buy college. Don’t buy business incubators. Don’t buy mentors – you probably know more about what it takes to succeed in your business than they do.

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Episode 46: American Medical Insurance has Failed to Keep Pace w/Modern Medicine -John Steele Gordon

02/21/2019

Guest(s): John Steele Gordon


Did you know there was no health insurance until 1930 and that 90 percent of today’s medical care did not even exist in 1950? Yet, health insurance has not evolved to match the innovation or the demand. On this week’s edition of “The Bill Walton Show,” economic author John Steele Gordon and I discuss how our antiquated health insurance system has utterly failed to keep pace with modern medicine, how our healthcare system became such a tangled, costly mess and where we can find simple, free market solutions.

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Episode 45: One Nation Ungovernable with Wayne Crews

01/24/2019

Guest(s): Wayne Crews


By some estimates, the cost of government regulation in the U.S. exceeds $2 trillion. An amazing number. And while we’re paying a fortune for existing regulations, major new ones are coming out at the rate of 3,000 per year, so fast that the White House can only do a cost-benefit analysis on less than one half of one percent of them.

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Episode 43: Trumponomics with Steve Moore

01/03/2019

Guest(s): Steve Moore


Ronald Reagan was a winner who believed in the boundless potential of America. Sound familiar? It’s one of the reasons Donald Trump is succeeding despite the relentless criticism. He “has a finger on the pulse of millions and millions and millions of Americans.” He beat 17 other candidates to get elected and then outsmarted Congress and his own advisers to get a much better tax bill. Learn how Trump gets what he wants on “The Bill Walton Show” with guest Steve Moore.

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Episode 42: What Both the Left and Right Miss About Work in America with Oren Cass

12/13/2018

Guest(s): Oren Cass


I believe that growth can benefit all Americans, yet while our GDP has tripled in size from 1975 to 2015, average wages have barely risen. The response from both political parties has been to double down on policies that have failed to address this reality Maybe they’re missing something crucial in their economic calculations. A focus on work. Author and scholar Oren Cass explains on my new podcast. www.cgtv.us

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Episode 41: Financial Busts: Why Are We Always Surprised with Alex Pollock

11/01/2018


People look to the government to prevent future financial crises and too many trust that politicians and economic experts can create policies to protect us and our 401(k) plans. We shouldn’t rely on them. These experts are smart, mostly well-intentioned people but they can’t prevent the next crisis. No one can. Why is that? And why is a future crisis inevitable? I discuss these and many other questions with “Finance and Philosophy” author Alex Pollock.

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Episode 39: How to Restore Power to the American People with Peter Wallison

10/18/2018

Guest(s): Peter Wallison


Since the days of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, progressives have kept claiming that government bureaucrats know better than the rest of us. But putting more power into the hands of administrative agencies instead of our elected representatives leads government by the people to the road to extinction. American Enterprise Institute’s Peter Wallison and I explain why this is such a huge problem on my new podcast.

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Episode 38: Bill speaks with Klon Kitchen and Dean Cheng on Reckoning with China

10/01/2018

Guest(s): Klon Kitchen, Dean Cheng


Over the past forty years, since Deng Xiaoping began his policy of “Reform and Opening,” the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has evolved from a less developed country to the second largest gross domestic product (GDP) in the world. Over the past 25 years, it has also steadily transformed the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) into a force that is capable of influencing regional, and increasingly global, security environments.

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Episode 37: Why The Senate’s Ritual Defamation Of Brett Kavanaugh Threatens Every American

09/28/2018

Guest(s): Stella Morabito


“Any rational observer of the Democrats’ non-stop character assassination machine can see that something is seriously sick in our republic. Instead of allowing Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee were permitted to use trumped-up, hip-pocketed charges to stage a show trial more in tune with a totalitarian system.” Stella Morabito – The Federalist

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Episode 35: “Cultural hegemony and why it should concern Americans today” with Ralph Benko and David Nammo

09/26/2018

Guest(s): David Nammo, Ralph Benko


Why do 53 percent of millennials prefer socialism to capitalism? Probably because they don’t know what socialism is and neither does Bernie Sanders and others who embrace it. But how bad can it get? Democrats might be moving further to the left but it’s absurd to compare them to Marxists, right? My podcast guest, Ralph Benko, says you might be surprised at how similar their beliefs really are.

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Episode 34: Bill speaks with Haven Pell, Pundificator

09/06/2018

Guest(s): Haven Pell


The next time you feel the urge to join a major protest to condemn the elite, powerful forces who are supposedly making your lives worse, don’t bother. The event is most likely organized by elite, powerful forces who are getting rich off your activism while you don’t make a dime or a dime’s worth of difference.

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Episode 33: “Entitlements aka Promises That Governments Can’t Keep” with Jim Agresti

08/23/2018

Guest(s): Jim Agresti


The next time you feel the urge to join a major protest to condemn the elite, powerful forces who are supposedly making your lives worse, don’t bother. The event is most likely organized by elite, powerful forces who are getting rich off your activism while you don’t make a dime or a dime’s worth of difference.

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Episode 32: “The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money” with Bryan Caplan

07/18/2018

Guest(s): Bryan Caplan


It’s long seemed obvious that if we want to truly fix education, actually make it work for the 21st century, we need to kill a stockyard full of our sacred cows. And we had just the man for the job on The Bill Walton Show this week. Bryan Caplan, a professor of economics at George Mason University and author of “The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is Waste of Time and Money,” described the findings in his book and provided some stark recommendations based on them. First, he said, we need to understand what we’re doing in school. There is the romantic version, he said – you go, learn skills employers are interested in, then get jobs with those employers performing those skills. More likely is what he calls the “signaling school of education.” You mostly go to school to get certification, “a bunch of seals of approval saying, ‘Grade A worker’ or ‘Grade B worker.’” But, regardless of the grade, you need a seal.

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Episode 31: Chill. Trump Knows Putin is KGB. Expect Some Unconventional Success with Russia

07/17/2018

Guest(s): Herman Pirchner


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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