As with every year, there are a ton of new laws around the country starting on January 1st. I take a look at these and decide if it is a good or bad year for liberty.What’s in the News with stories on government banning drivers, government banning bulletproof glass, Canada recreational cannabis, government being sued, cop deaths down, and cops kill an unarmed man. And, and Ancap Apps segment on Edward Snowden’s new app, Haven. This episode is brought to you by Tom Woods’s Liberty Classroom, helping you to become a smarter and more informed libertarian than ever before, for just 24 cents a day. Also brought to you by NordVPN, the fastest, easiest to use service to protect your online presence that I’ve ever seen.

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

As is my New Year’s tradition on this show, let’s take a look at some of the hundreds or thousands of new laws that have taken affect with the new year, then I’ll try to decide if it’s a net negative, a net positive, or a draw for liberty.

WHAT’S IN THE NEWS

In government solutions news, only the government would decide that the best way to fix traffic problems would be to ban drivers.

In statism kills news, the Philadelphia City Council has passed a bill which enables the city’s Licenses and Inspections department to regulate the bullet-resistant barricade that stands between customers and cash registers in many neighborhood corner stores.

In ending prohibition news, Canada is poised to become the first G7 country to legalize recreational cannabis. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation in April designed to legalize recreational marijuana by July 2018. Canada’s Cannabis Act was introduced in the Canadian Senate, its last legislative stop after Parliament passed the bill 200 to 82. 

In Jimmies update news, back in episode 55 of this show, I talked about the mess around the Oroville Dam near-disaster in California that was brought about by government incompetence. Even though it wasn’t the disaster it could have been, there were still damage claims flooding into the state by the hundreds – shops and restaurants that lost business, farms that got overwhelmed by surges in water, cities and counties buried in evacuation expenses.

In police officer deaths news, the number of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty dropped sharply in 2017, marking the second-lowest toll in more than 50 years.

And speaking of cop murder news, Kansas cops killed an unarmed man for being pranked in a swatting call. 

ANCAP APPS

If you’ve listened to this show for any amount of time, you know I am a huge fan of Edward Snowden for putting his life and future on the line to let the media know about massive government spying and surveillance on most, if not all, Americans. Well, this week’s Ancap App is an application in-part designed by Edward Snowden himself. The Guardian Project and Freedom Of The Press were also involved in the development of the application.

The app is called Haven. 

Haven can be downloaded via Google Play and open source Android app store F-Droid.