Episode 19: Free market experiment or more repackaged cronyism?

Michael Schaus

Free to Offend Episode 19 | Guest: Greg Brooks

When Governor Steve Sisolak announced his plans for an “innovation zone” that would essentially give a blockchain company the ability to build it’s own city, more than a few eyebrows were raised.

The real question is: Are these “innovation zones” a free market experiment in that ultimate libertarian fantasy of creating communities outside of government’s control… or are they a 21st century version of a “company town” come to fruition through cronyism and political favoritism?

Greg Brooks, president of the Better Cities Project, joined the program to talk about reasons for concern (and some things to like) about the governor’s creative new proposal to spur economic development.


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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.