Episode 11: Putting 2020 into perspective… doesn’t actually make us feel any better

Michael Schaus

Free to Offend Episode 11

It’s the best time of the year! And, this year, that doesn’t mean Christmas, or Hannukah, or Kwanza, or some obscure Pagan ritual recognizing the Winter Solstice, or any other religious holiday…  

Instead, the best part of this year is the end of it.  

Economist Don Boudreaux (CafeHayek.com) joins the show to help put the absurdity of 2020 into perspective before the new year… which didn’t really help Nevada Policy’s Michael Schaus remain optimistic about the short-term future for human and economic freedoms.  

In fact, most of 2020 seemed far from a “libertarian moment.” It was basically a year of authoritarianism and petty tyranny. Nonetheless, as Don points out, the ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit of average Americans, who are increasingly getting fed-up with the coronavirus “emergency,” provides us with a real reason for optimism—especially when put into greater context.   

So, hallelujah! The year is almost over and—despite plenty of reasons for pessimism—at least some aspects of the future should give us great hope.  


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Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus

Communications Director

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership. He is also currently a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.

Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a radio talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences.

Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.