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Throughout the course of history few societies have achieved lasting freedom for their people. The Battle for Liberty represents that internal struggle against central control, turned outward in an analysis of the events of the day. In this show, Mike Tilden explores the broad themes of freedom and liberty in the context of current events, politics, social issues, and downright silly situations.

Throughout the course of history few societies have achieved lasting freedom for their people. The Battle for Liberty represents that internal struggle against central control, turned outward in an analysis of the events of the day. In this show, Mike Tilden explores the broad themes of freedom and liberty in the context of current events, politics, social issues, and downright silly situations.
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Throughout the course of history few societies have achieved lasting freedom for their people. The Battle for Liberty represents that internal struggle against central control, turned outward in an analysis of the events of the day. In this show, Mike Tilden explores the broad themes of freedom and liberty in the context of current events, politics, social issues, and downright silly situations.

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Ep. 59: Whose Body? Whose Choice? The Libertarian Pro-Life Position

6/15/2018
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In too many libertarian circles you’ll hear people proclaim that the definitive libertarian position on abortion is pro-choice position. But why? Usually these pro-choice libertarians will tell you that if we own our bodies (and we do) then no one can tell you what to do with it, and no one can force you to ... MoreEp. 59: Whose Body? Whose Choice? The Libertarian Pro-Life Position

Duration:00:30:47

Ep. 58: Liberty Minecraft — A Sandbox for Freedom

6/8/2018
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Sometimes in the libertarian universe we speak of a hypothetical land in which the primary principles are almost universally respected. We call this mythical land Ancapistan (catch the reference to Anarcho-Capitalism in there?). To be clear — the use of this made-up land is purely for speculation and mental exercise. But it’s useful to think ... MoreEp. 58: Liberty Minecraft — A Sandbox for Freedom

Duration:00:53:29

Ep. 57: Does Voluntaryism Belong on the Political Spectrum?

5/25/2018
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Where does voluntaryism fall on the political spectrum? Should it be placed on the opposite side of authoritarianism? Or does it belong on the political spectrum at all? In this week’s episode, I discuss a popular meme that has modernized a 100-year old distinction in desperate need of resurrection. Featured Meme Featured Quote ... MoreEp. 57: Does Voluntaryism Belong on the Political Spectrum?

Duration:00:24:24

Ep. 56: Telling the Truth About Law Enforcement — What I told the Peace and Liberty Podcast

5/18/2018
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Last month I had the pleasure of joining Steven Clyde on the Peace and Liberty Podcast. We discussed my experiences as a police officer, my conversion to libertarianism, and some examples of police abuse of power. In lieu of my regularly scheduled episodes, I now share this interview with you here. Enjoy! Podcast Featured ... MoreEp. 56: Telling the Truth About Law Enforcement — What I told the Peace and Liberty Podcast

Duration:00:48:02

Ep. 55: Can We Crowd-Fund the Government?

2/16/2018
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Everyday, thousands of worthy causes are funded voluntarily through a large number of small contributions — many times by people completely unknown to the beneficiaries. In the age of instant information and effortless allocation of funds, can that very same tactic be utilized to fund services typically provided by the government? Roads? Emergency Services? National ... MoreEp. 55: Can We Crowd-Fund the Government?

Duration:00:33:22

Ep. 54: Statist Propaganda in Popular Entertainment

9/23/2017
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I’m a big advocate for the suspension of politics and philosophy during down time. What does that mean? It means I watch shows like NCIS, Law and Order, and Criminal Minds. I listen to bands like Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, etc. And I do so unapologetically. Most of the time, you’ll hear me tell ... MoreEp. 54: Statist Propaganda in Popular Entertainment

Duration:00:28:42

Ep. 53: The Merits of Price Gouging

9/8/2017
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In the last few weeks, we’ve been forced to endure trials and tribulations both physical and intellectual. It’s not bad enough that mother nature has thrown two massive hurricanes at the southern United States. In addition, we’ve also had to deal with the intellectual absurdity surrounding labor unions and price gouging. But fear not, because ... MoreEp. 53: The Merits of Price Gouging

Duration:00:24:35

Ep. 52: Free Speech Activist Teaches Us How to Reach Antifa Youth

8/25/2017
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In the wake of the recent civil unrest and horrific violence in the streets of Charlottesville, Boston, Durham, and elsewhere, it can be easy to feel alienated from humanity. And just when we feel like we need some better news, up crops someone like Ben Kolodny. As an activist for free speech, Ben recently had ... MoreEp. 52: Free Speech Activist Teaches Us How to Reach Antifa Youth

Duration:00:28:45

Ep. 51: Libertarianism and Christianity

8/18/2017
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Over the last couple of years I’ve heard from a few different people that my Christian faith is at odds with my libertarian philosophy. After all, they tell me, the Bible is full of violence! And let’s not forget that both Jesus Christ himself and St. Paul both gave shockingly clear instructions to pay your ... MoreEp. 51: Libertarianism and Christianity

Duration:00:28:58

Ep. 50: The Battle Continues

8/12/2017
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It’s hard to believe I’ve released 50 episodes of the Battle for Liberty. In this episode, I share with you the relative success of this podcast and why that’s important. Then I re-state the mission of the podcast and review basic libertarian political philosophy in terms of the primary principles: nonaggression and property rights. This ... MoreEp. 50: The Battle Continues

Duration:00:38:16

Ep. 49: How to Win Supporters by Sticking to Your Principles

8/4/2017
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When you think about propaganda you probably think negative thoughts. In your mind, that word has dishonest undertones, doesn’t it? That’s because propaganda is usually something that’s used to fool you, or at least strategically influence your thinking in a subconscious manner. And we’re usually told that the message buried in your subconscious is misleading ... MoreEp. 49: How to Win Supporters by Sticking to Your Principles

Duration:00:34:02

Ep. 48: Defending the Undefendable

7/28/2017
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This week, the Libertarian Life segment makes a triumphant return. In it, I discuss my own personal nullification of the soda tax. Then we dive into more serious topics as I review Dr. Walter Block’s masterpiece, Defending the Undefendable. Buckle up, kiddos, this one’s gonna be a bumpy ride. Book Referenced Defending the Undefendable, ... MoreEp. 48: Defending the Undefendable

Duration:00:31:24

Ep. 47: Free Market Beats The State — The Solution to Landfills

7/21/2017
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Ever wonder what happens to your food waste once it leaves your curb in the ole’ garbage truck? It typically winds up sitting in a landfill somewhere. And if this is the best solution we have for these waste products, then there’s no problem. But is there a better solution? You bet there is! But ... MoreEp. 47: Free Market Beats The State — The Solution to Landfills

Duration:00:38:27

Ep. 46: The Pledge of Allegiance

7/14/2017
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Growing up, I distinctly recall standing up every morning in school, placing my hand over my heart and blindly reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. But no one ever taught me what it meant — at least not in any meaningful way that went further than the propagandists’ standard argument that it was somehow patriotic. Fast ... MoreEp. 46: The Pledge of Allegiance

Duration:00:42:08

Ep. 45: Shots Fired, Anarcho-Capitalists Attacked! I Respond

7/7/2017
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A controversial article at BeingLibertarian.com recently made the rounds and I was asked to respond. At issue is the author’s claim that anarcho-capitalists are harming the libertarian movement due to their inflexibility and unwillingness to compromise. In today’s episode I analyze the article and take apart the claims one by one. Where will you come down? ... MoreEp. 45: Shots Fired, Anarcho-Capitalists Attacked! I Respond

Duration:00:40:00

Ep. 44: Secession Day 2017

7/4/2017
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Many libertarians hate the 4th of July. But I don’t mind it so much. I quite like it, in fact. You see, I take this holiday as an opportunity to spread the truth about the history and significance of what really happened all those years ago. SECESSION! So go ahead, neighbor, light up that sparkler. ... MoreEp. 44: Secession Day 2017

Duration:00:46:16

Ep. 43: The State is Out of Control, Plus Listener Questions

6/30/2017
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Today I spend a good amount of time talking about specific examples that definitively prove the State is out of control. I use three nearly-unbelievable examples of absurd Statist tyranny to hammer the point home. Prior to that discussion, I provide some follow-up to a question raised back in episode 12 regarding private defense and ... MoreEp. 43: The State is Out of Control, Plus Listener Questions

Duration:00:39:21

Ep. 42: Trump’s Plan to Privatize Air Traffic Control

6/23/2017
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President Donald Trump recently announced a plan to “privatize” the air traffic control system in the US. Upon hearing such news, a budding libertarian might be inclined to pop the corks off the champagne bottles and start partying like the revolution is about to begin. Not so fast, says Captain Dave, our resident airline industry ... MoreEp. 42: Trump’s Plan to Privatize Air Traffic Control

Duration:00:32:43

Ep. 41: Beer and Liberty

6/16/2017
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This week it’s all about beer. My guest is Nick Weber, who has recently penned a great expose on some statist shenanigans taking place in Colorado. In typical fashion, our elites have attempted to placate us by permitting a tiny bit more freedom. The new law, which grants “new” liberties isn’t necessarily a good thing, ... MoreEp. 41: Beer and Liberty

Duration:00:29:11

Ep. 40: BFL Correspondent Havana Great Time in Cuba

6/9/2017
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The Trump administration recently leaked information that it would reverse the Obama-era rollbacks in regards to relations with Cuba. This seems to be more of Trump’s “America First” strategy in action. But what, if anything, will such a reversal accomplish? The State is masterful at achieving unintended consequences and I’m wondering what will happen when the US reimplements ... MoreEp. 40: BFL Correspondent Havana Great Time in Cuba

Duration:00:38:47