March 12, 2018

Jim Babka’s Post-Statist Review – Episode 2

In this episode, Jim and Howard tackle the Dick’s Sporting Goods memo regarding their actions in the wake of the Parkland, FL shooting. Then, Jim explains the history of government involvement in healthcare. Then finally, the guys discuss the dangers of power and obedience, in the light of the Stanford Prison and Milgram experiments.

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1:29 – Addressing the Dick’s Sporting Goods press release.

1:56 – Are individuals treating the state like a deity?

3:04 – Can you support the 2nd Amendment and call for gun control?

4:17 – Why would Dick’s Sporting Goods remove profitable items from it’s shelves?

7:02 – How does the “substitution effect” apply to “bump stocks”?

8:55 – Should we ban assault rifles?

10:34 – Are our rights specific to certain adult ages?

12:22 – How some gun rights advocates are deflecting in a way that’s “just like gun controllers”?

14:14 – Should we have a universal database of banned individuals?

16:06 – Are there really loopholes in the background check laws?

18:53 – Being armed is about saving “just one life”?

22:25 – Armed Teachers School Choice

23:07 – The libertarian position is NOT pro-gun.

24:42 – Did Jim blame Obamacare for losing his doctor?

25:22 – Did our current healthcare problems really stem from Obamacare? A history lesson starting in 1869.

35:32 – End the Health Insurance Cartel

37:35 – Is anyone qualified to give orders?

39:39 – What about the other side? Is anyone qualified to obey orders?

43:41 – Should anyone have coercive authority over others?

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  1. Travis
    Posted March 13, 2018 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Good podcast, I’d missed hearing Jim on the radio. I’m glad you added the download button, since soundcloud won’t play on my phone.

    • Jim Babka
      Posted March 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Travis!

  2. Bobby Hughes
    Posted March 13, 2018 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Great episode! I appreciate, especially, the background you gave on healthcare. Some of the info was new to me. Thanks.

    Has anyone considered the incorporation of healthcare as part of the problem? I believe our local hospital is representative of most in the US. In the 80’s it operated under the direction of a board made up of doctors and business owners. They were unpaid. Aside from the normal operating costs (wages, utilities, maintenance, etc., which haven’t changed) there was a hospital administrator and a few support staff. Most expansions and new equipment purchases were made from fundraisers and donations.

    Now corporations like Covenant own our hospitals. Administration has increased a hundredfold. Now the corporations pay large salaries and bonuses to positions that were previously nonexistent. Like any corporation, they have investors who expect to see profits increase at least annually. Unlike manufacturing, there is little room for increasing profits by cutting material costs and labor, that option is limited.

    In addition to this, in our closest “big city” there were four major hospitals: Baptist, Methodist, Catholic and Presbyterian. Like the community hospital in our town they were “not for profit.” Meaning they had profit margins to maintain and even a pretty substantial markup (60%), but they weren’t paying dividends to investors, huge corporate bonuses and maintaining the ivory tower.

    Something to consider.

    • Jim Babka
      Posted March 14, 2018 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Bobby. And see proposal #5 here.

  3. Roberto Benitez
    Posted March 26, 2018 at 12:36 am | Permalink


    1.3 trillion dollars.
    2200+ pages of legalese.
    A handful of politicians with a legion of aides and lobbyists to write it.
    3 days to read it.
    That was the Omnibus Bill.

    No wonder statism is so popular in Foggy Bottom.

    Please bring back a campaign to get the Read the Bills Act passed as an AMENDMENT. Is perhaps the only way to achieve that an Article V Convention?

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