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Last week in The Daily Beast, Jordan Reimschisel shared the story of an Amish farmer in Kentucky, sentenced to prison for producing and selling herbal skin cream without the government’s permission.

He joins us today on the podcast to tell how this happened and what comes next.

Follow Jordan on Twitte@JTReimschisel and Young Voices @YVADV and Stephen @Stephen_Kent89

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  • What role (if any) should the gov’t play in the continued funding of cutting-edge scientific research? According to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and  Development), approximately 10% of all R&D conducted globally is directly funded by governments, with approximately 60% done by private industry and 20% by educational institutions. Granted, this number probably doesn’t take into account indirect gov’t funding through tax subsidies and incentives. That 10% goes towards projects on the cutting edge of science, such as NASAs various space ventures and the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (funded through the governments of the member states). Proponents of big gov’t science, such as Neil Degrasse Tyson, have stated in the past that projects like these are unlikely to be privately funded due to their high risk, high cost, and lack of return on investment. Gov’t, claims Tyson, is required to make the initial step and take all the risk so that private firms can follow in its wake with a clear picture of the requirements of such endeavours. TAM 2011: Our Future in Space Would such high risk, high cost projects be possible without gov’t backing?

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  • It can be a challenge to keep up with all the taxes one needs to pay throughout the year, and than to deal with all the paperwork that needs to be filed can be frustrating. What would be a good way to simplify the Tax Code? Below is a list of some of the taxes that we the people need to pay, or at least we experience their effects at one time or another. -Medicare, Medicare, Social Security, Federal Inocme Tax, State tax, Local Tax, Corporate tax, Sales Tax, Property Tax, estate tax, alcohol tax, tobacco tax, gift tax, tariffs on imports and exports, etc. Would a simple flat or consumption tax do the trick?

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  • Venezuela has the highest violent crime rate in the world. Though it is not moral or justified, people choose violence over starvation when there are no alternatives. Of course, “we” libertarians all know that this situation was created by government/s coercion’s consequences, but so few among the greater population seem to recognize that. It seems like a similar fate faces the whole world.

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  • I’ve just recently blogged about Insidious Government Encroachment which I believe would provide the basis on a useful discussion here.   I’d be interested and hearing the views and experiences of others from this group.

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  • Seems no one has linked to the Bip Cot concept yet so I’ll just make a quick intro post and see what comments move the discussion along. “The BipCot NoGov License allows any use of software, media, products or services EXCEPT by governments.” From the FAQ Q. So, the BipCot NoGov license…..is this a joke? A. No. It’s a license we wrote that we’re comfortable with. We are using it on software, media, products and services of our own, and we encourage others to use it. And it’s getting used and spread. For more on whether or not the BipCot license has “teeth”, please see Email conversation I had with Mark from Negativeland about BipCot.

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