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Blast Off! With Johnny Rocket Episode #67: Zoning Madness! (w/ Ben O’Neill)

March 28, 2020

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Show Summary: Can Zoning protect and enhance property values? Does zoning prevent the mixing of incompatible land? We’re told, without zoning of neighborhoods and cities, they would be crowded and chaotic. Would there be brothels near preschools and skyscrapers in your neighborhood? Is this all untrue? This week on Blast Off! Johnny Rocket is joined with guest co-host Sherry Voluntary, and Professor Ben O’Neill, a research fellow at the Australian National University. Professor O’Neill is here on the show to shed light on the subject of zoning laws. Government zoning laws do not merely operate more arbitrarily and less efficiently than voluntary restrictive covenants, it restricts freedom. It’s Zoning Madness!

About the Guest:  Ben is a statistician and data scientist in NCEPH.  He is interested in statistical methodology and theory, and applied statistical analysis.  His main area of research is sampling theory and prediction problems, and he is also interested in statistical programming and applied data analysis in R.  In his role at NCEPH, Ben collaborates with other researchers on research projects relating to population health, and he provides statistical advice relating to survey and experimental design, collection and analysis of data, statistical modeling, graphical presentation of results, and reproducible data analysis.

Ben has a broad range of academic interests including mathematics, statistics, economics, philosophy, and law.  Prior to joining ANU (Australian National University), he worked as Lecturer in Statistics at UNSW, and he has also undertaken various statistical consulting roles in industry and government.  He has previously practiced as a lawyer.

About the Host: Johnny “Rocket” Adams was the creator and host of “The Johnny Rocket Launch Pad – Libertarian Rock n’ Roll Experience” and now “BLAST OFF with Johnny Rocket!” He’s also a musician, graphic artist, author, and former Chief Warrant Officer. Johnny spent his early days earning his stripes as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army. Back stateside, Johnny immersed himself in the classic works of Murray Rothbard, Henry Hazlitt, and Ludwig von Mises. From there the AnCap known as “Johnny Rocket” was born. Speaking truth to power from your cell phone tower, Johnny digests the philosophy of liberty and brings them to the man on the street on a weekly basis. Johnny Rocket was also the front-man of the rockabilly group “Hot Roddin’ Romeos” and puts pencil to paper with the critically acclaimed comic series “The Liberty Force.” New York Times best-selling author and podcast host Tom Woods calls Johnny Rocket “one of the most entertaining figures in the liberty movement.”

About the Co-Host: Raylene Lightheart is an activist in the libertarian movement.  She is a dedicated wife and homeschool mom of five.  She is passionate about self-ownership, free association community, and unfettered liberty.  Raylene is the director of marketing and sales of Launchpad Media Group.

She is the assistant communications director for the Libertarian Party of Washington State and also serves as Region 3 alternate. She also is on the board of the Libertarian Party of Kitsap County and was awarded the 2018 Porcupine Award for LPWA.   As a child, Raylene dreamed of being in broadcasting.  When Johnny asked her to be the co-host for his new show, Blast Off! With Johnny Rocket she was thrilled to have the opportunity to advance liberty through education, outreach, and entertainment.

About Ground Control: ​​Benjamin Wiegold is a fellow Libertarian, from the corrupt state of Illinois. Ben is the new producer, sound engineer, and editor of the Blast Off! With Johnny Rocket. Ben has also done work for the Mises Institute and numerous other publications. Ben is a musician, hardcore anarchist, and just an all-around cool dude! 

Guest Website(s):

Ben O’Neill educational

Ben O’Neill Mises Site

Music Provided By: 

Psycho-Devilles - “Psycho Cadillac”

The Go-Getters - “Summertime”

Books Mentioned: None

Previous Shows with Guest: None

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Recorded At:

Martian Outpost Studios: Phoenix, Arizona 85008

Johnny uses the legendary Electrovoice RE-20 microphone, Top Of the Line Mogami cables, The industry-standard DBX 286s, ART EQ355 Dual Channel 31-Band Equalizer, Focusrite Scarlet 6i6, and smokes “the sweet Turkish blend “of his Camel cigarettes.

Base One: Federal Way, Washington  98003: Raylene uses a Rode Podcaster microphone. The RODE Podcaster makes high-quality computer recording easy!

Blast Off! is pre-recorded, mixed, and mastered by Benjamin Wiegold. The theme song of "Blast Off! With Johnny Rocket “is "Roots Rock" Performed by Hot Rod Walt and Psycho DeVilles from the record Supercharger (2007) self-released at www.psychodevilles.com. After Party song “Positivity” is from the record Kingston Cocktail (1997) by Joey Altruda released by Will Records.  The All-Nighter song is “Christy” and is from the record “Cocktails with Joey” (1995) by Joey Altruda released by Will records.