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Right on Business is a new podcast discussing issues at the intersection of business, entrepreneurship, and conservative and libertarian politics. The show is hosted by Keith Strahan and Remington Tonar, who combine their expertise in business, politics, economics, and law—as well as their differing versions of conservatism—to debate how conservatives can once again become champions of business and innovation to improve our economy and our society.

Right on Business is a new podcast discussing issues at the intersection of business, entrepreneurship, and conservative and libertarian politics. The show is hosted by Keith Strahan and Remington Tonar, who combine their expertise in business, politics, economics, and law—as well as their differing versions of conservatism—to debate how conservatives can once again become champions of business and innovation to improve our economy and our society.
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Right on Business is a new podcast discussing issues at the intersection of business, entrepreneurship, and conservative and libertarian politics. The show is hosted by Keith Strahan and Remington Tonar, who combine their expertise in business, politics, economics, and law—as well as their differing versions of conservatism—to debate how conservatives can once again become champions of business and innovation to improve our economy and our society.

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Episodes

Religion and Society Part 1—The Inescapable Power Of Belief In Politics

5/21/2019
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Many people, particularly those on the Left, decry the influence of religion in the political and economic spheres. The truth, however, is that everyone has beliefs that influence their political and commercial decisions—and even if those beliefs aren't sanctioned by an organized religion, they're just as valid (or invalid) as those that are. In this episode, we explore the ubiquity and power of belief, peeling back the biases and presuppositions that prevent most people from recognizing...

Duration:00:33:34

Censorship And Ignorance—The Importance Of A Free Marketplace Of Ideas

5/14/2019
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Today, people and companies are too quick to ban, block, de-platform, and dismiss disagreeable and at times offensive points of view. Yet, in an effort to create safe spaces we are ostracizing entire factions of people and their ideas while allowing our own ideas to go unchallenged. This is the definition of closed mindedness, and it makes the ideas we value less resilient and more incestuous. We argue that a free marketplace of ideas, where we learn to peacefully listen and consider (or...

Duration:00:33:51

The Rise of Extremism—Populism, Nationalism, and The Fall of Institutions

5/7/2019
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In this episode, Keith and Remington discuss the rise of extremism and related movements such as populism and nationalism, two often-extreme movements that, in many ways, transcend party lines. In wrestling with the definition, history, and significance of these movements, our hosts acknowledge that the fundamental flaws in our prevailing social and economic institutions are fueling the rise of extremes on both the right and the left, calling into question the authority of traditional...

Duration:00:42:28

Politics And Justice—The Broken Promises Of Our Political System

4/30/2019
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In this episode, we discuss Keith's provocative claim that people can have a more meaningful impact on society through institutions like faith, family, and business than they can through our political institutions. From adding value to our economy to achieving justice in our society, our broken political system is perhaps not the ideal way to drive positive change. Using one of Keith's recent Facebook posts as a point of departure, we grapple with the promise of politics in our society...

Duration:00:33:12

Values and Ownership—The Changing Motivations of Entrepreneurs

4/23/2019
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Over the last 100 years, the motivations of entrepreneurs have changed immensely. Historically, the idea of starting and owning your own business was rooted in a desire to provide for their family now and for generations to come. Today, many entrepreneurs hope to secure a rapid exit at a generous multiple. As our society and economy has evolved, however, so too have the motivations of entrepreneurs—along with the types of companies they want to start. In this episode, we discuss these...

Duration:00:28:58

AI and Automation—Adapting to Transformative Technologies

4/16/2019
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In this episode, Keith and Remington tackle AI and automation—technologies that are poised to fundamentally transform our economy, society, and our entire understanding of what it means to be human. We explore the potential of AI and automation, what it is and is not, and how small businesses and startups can take advantage of it—or at least avoid being disrupted by it. Show notes: http://rightonbusiness.com/ai-and-automation—adapting-to-transformative-technologies/

Duration:00:35:09

Co-host Conversations—An Interview With Keith

4/9/2019
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In the second installment of our co-host conversations, Remington interviews Keith to uncover his background, beliefs, and motivations. Our goal in these conversations is to give listeners more context behind our co-hosts. Why did we start this podcast? What do we believe about business and politics? Why do we think they way we do? What qualifies us to talk about these issues? Be sure to also check out last week's interview with Remington. Next week, we'll return to our regularly...

Duration:00:32:38

Co-host Conversations—An Interview With Remington

4/2/2019
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We're taking a couple of episodes to explore the motivations of our co-hosts. Why did we start this podcast? What do we believe about business and politics? Why do we think they way we do? What makes us qualified to talk about these issues? In this episode, Keith dives into Remington's background to give listeners more context behind our co-hosts. Next week, Remington will interview Keith, after which we'll return to our regularly scheduled programming.

Duration:00:40:38

A Critique Of Three Candidates—Buttigieg, Yang And Warren

3/26/2019
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Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang and Elizabeth Warren—three Democratic candidates for president that we can tolerate listening to. Each has accomplished much in their careers, and each has demonstrated reasonableness and intelligence. We nonetheless disagree with many of their positions, particularly their vision for the American economy. In this episode, Remington rides solo, and discusses each of these three candidates' economic policies and assumptions. He concludes that, while all of them...

Duration:00:34:28

Crony Capitalism—Why It's Not Capitalism At All

3/19/2019
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People often claim that capitalism is broken because of the cronyism that's infected our politico-economic system. The influence of special interests, and the subsidies, credits, tariffs, investments, and preferences that work to elevate some industries and companies at the expense of others, has undoubtedly reached staggering and nauseating proportions. In this episode, we argue that this state of affairs is a corruption of capitalism and the free market economy. Although even Adam...

Duration:00:40:45

Conservatives and Creativity—Conservatives and Change Part III

3/12/2019
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In this episode, the last of our series on conservatives and change, we argue that business leaders, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs must embrace a culture of creativity and change to drive free market growth. Similarly, if conservatives want to preserve their cultural values, they'll have to abandon their aversions to change. Change is inevitable. It's natural, and standing against it all but guarantees your values will be consumed by it. The only way to reinforce free market principles...

Duration:00:33:56

Creative Destruction—Conservatives and Change Part II

3/5/2019
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Keith and Remington talk about the need for conservatives to once again champion Creative Destruction—the engine of change and progress in a free market economy. Today, both conservatives and liberals stand in the way of Creative Destruction. Conservatives support large, incumbent business interests at the expense of the small and more innovative enterprises that have historically been the engines of growth. Liberals, in their desire to protect consumers, suffocate innovation and creativity...

Duration:00:28:56

Conservatives and Change—Why Are We Often Against It?

2/26/2019
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Studies have shown that conservatives are more cautious than liberals, and are generally more averse to change. The very word "conservative" implies a desire to conserve or preserve the status quo. In this episode, we embark on an open, entirely unscripted conversation on why conservatives often resist change, what the term "conservative" means, what values do conservatives share that define them and make them more fearful of change, and whether conservatives should resist or embrace...

Duration:00:38:07

Occupational Licensing—The Hidden Drag on Our Economy

2/19/2019
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Occupational licensing—the legal requirement that people register, obtain training, and pay a fee prior to being able to perform certain jobs—is an often-overlooked drag on our economy. Nearly 30% of workers in the United States need some type of license to do their job (legally). These restrictions serve as a barrier to entry for entrepreneurs and laborers that we've simply come to accept. Nevertheless, licensing requirements cost our economy over $200 billion annually. Show notes:...

Duration:00:38:19

Millennials in Politics—Change The World, Don’t Work in Politics

2/12/2019
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In this episode, Remington and Keith talk about millennials (and by extension Generation Z) in politics. They discuss current millennial congressmen and congresswomen, millennial staffers, and how millennials are using social media to communicate. Finally, Remington and Keith give a recommendation for millennials (and general Zers) going into politics. It's easy: DON'T DO IT! Go into business.

Duration:00:34:11

Inequality—A Real Problem In Need of Real Solutions

2/5/2019
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Although inequality deniers exist, there’s a growing consensus on the right that inequality is a very real problem. 45% of Republicans in a Hill-Harris poll, for example, said they would support Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal for a 70% income tax on those making over $10 million. In this episode, we ask whether or not inequality is a real problem and, if it is, what should be done about it. Remington apologizes to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez for not using her full, hyphenated last...

Duration:00:32:53