In theory, the state in a republic serves its citizens. Traditional conservatives insist they want government out of such things as sex. Our guest today Professor Paisley Currah in his new book Sex is as Sex Does, Governing Transgender Identity points out that there is a real “democratic deficit” between the needs of the state and the freedom the public wants. One might think conservatives would seek less state control. But as he notes, transgender is the right’s new version of a Red Flag to crush. Progress is happening anyway.