Episode 10: The world is ending, but can’t we still be optimistic?

Michael Schaus, Robert Fellner

Free to Offend Episode 10

Clearly, the world is coming to an end.  

On pretty much every front—politically, economically, culturally—it seems as if things are falling apart and slipping ever further into chaos. So, is there any reason to be optimistic? 

Nevada Policy’s Michael Schaus spends most of this episode trying to convince his cohost, Policy Director and Nevada Policy Vice President Robert Fellner, that there are plenty of reasons.   

But are there really? After all, governors are locking down economies once again, an incoming Biden administration is looking to veer the federal government far left, and education continues to be not only a logistical mess but is also actively indoctrinating younger generations.  

Schaus, strangely, argues that those challenges are a major part of the reason he thinks there’s reason for optimism.  


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Free to Offend:
A podcast that radically defends free speech by regularly practicing it.

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Robert Fellner

Robert Fellner

Policy Director

Robert Fellner joined the Nevada Policy in December 2013 and currently serves as Policy Director. Robert has written extensively on the issue of transparency in government. He has also developed and directed Nevada Policy’s public-interest litigation strategy, which led to two landmark victories before the Nevada Supreme Court. The first resulted in a decision that expanded the public’s right to access government records, while the second led to expanded taxpayer standing for constitutional challenges in Nevada.

An expert on government compensation and its impact on taxes, Robert has authored multiple studies on public pay and pensions. He has been published in Business Insider, Forbes.com, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, RealClearPolicy.com, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, ZeroHedge.com and elsewhere.

Robert has lived in Las Vegas since 2005 when he moved to Nevada to become a professional poker player. Robert has had a remarkably successfully poker career including two top 10 World Series of Poker finishes and being ranked #1 in the world at 10/20 Pot-Limit Omaha cash games.

Additionally, his economic analysis on the minimum wage won first place in a 2011 George Mason University essay contest. He also independently organized a successful grassroots media and fundraising effort for a 2012 presidential candidate, before joining the campaign in an official capacity.