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89: The Importance of Networking

Few things can magnify our individual efforts like making productive connections with others who are hard at work in a similar cause. The division of labor works at a philosophical level too. If you’re serious about growing your circle of influence, you must learn how to network with others. In this episode, we discuss some of the networking lessons learned while attending the recent Foundation for Economic Education conference in Atlanta. Links mentioned: The Tipping Point: How Little...


87: Failed Predictions of the Past and Why They’re a Problem

A lot of predictions have been made about where the world is going and it’s amazing how often they’ve been dead wrong. From overpopulation to peak oil to flying cars, the future doesn’t always unfold the way some experts are insisting it will. Meanwhile, things that were not anticipated to be as impactful—like some technologies—have changed how we do everything. Join us as we discuss what we can learn from the predictions that didn’t pan out as well as the ones that we should have given a...


86: Cliff Maloney on Do Young People Still Want Liberty?

Free speech zones, speech codes, campus unrest and radicalized student movements are becoming regular features of higher education. If you’ve ever felt concerned that young people today are more inclined to big government and central planning, you’re going to love the message Cliff Maloney has to share. His organization Young Americans for Liberty is helping young people become decisively engaged in the cause of liberty. About the Guest Cliff Maloney Jr. is the President of Young Americans...


85: Why 1913 Was a Horrible Year for America

Watershed moments are those pivotal events on which history turns and the course of an entire nation can shift. Unfortunately, they are seldom recognized as such until many years later. In 1913, America experienced at least 3 watershed moments that have led us to serious consequences more than a century later. This reality underscores the importance of considering not only that which is seen when enacting a public policy but also the unintended consequences which are often not immediately...


84: Kevin Gutzman on the Problem with the Incorporation Doctrine

The story of the U.S. Constitution is one of a gradually expanding federal government that has slowly but surely outgrown the limits on its power. Nowhere is this more clear than in how the Bill of Rights, which originally limited federal power, has been imposed upon the states to make them subservient to the Washington D.C. Kevin Gutzman joins us to discuss how the Incorporation Doctrine has given the feds even greater power over the states and a moral standing that they may not have...


83: What Is a Passion Driven Education?

Everyone agrees that education is essential. How it is supposed to take place is a source of intense debate and discussion. Is there a difference between education and schooling? For that matter, can a one-size-fits-all approach ever meet the needs of individuals who differ widely in how they learn? If you’ve ever struggled through the conveyor belt process of learning things that didn’t interest you in the least, you’ll appreciate Connor’s insights into passion-driven education. Links...


82: Michael Boldin on Whether the 10th Amendment is Still Relevant

When the U.S. Constitution was written, the balance of power between the states and the federal government they called into existence was very different. Under federalism, the states and the people were superior to the federal government in all but a very few, clearly enumerated areas. The framers drove this point home in the 10th Amendment to the Bill of Rights. Over time, however, this relationship has been turned on its head. Michael Boldin from the 10th Amendment Center joins us to...


81: Advice We’d Give to Our Younger Selves

Most of us have thought at one time or another, “What would I have done differently, if I’d only understood then what I understand now?” We may not get to turn back the clock for a do-over, but we can certainly take inventory of where our understanding has grown. It’s a powerful way to key in on some of the best lessons we’ve learned along the way. If you could give advice to your younger self, what would say? Links mentioned: Society and the State Episode 2 Isaac Morehouse on...


80: Brittany Hunter on Why Jordan B. Peterson is Popular

Jordan B. Peterson is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He’s also immensely popular within intellectual circles thanks to his incisive, yet diplomatic, rebuttals to social justice activism. In this episode, Brittany Hunter from the Foundation for Economic Education joins us to discuss why Peterson has become a highly sought after speaker, author and thinker among those who prize individual liberty. About the Guest Brittany Hunter is an...


79: What Ever Happened To the Boy Scouts?

The Boy Scouts have been a familiar part of the American landscape for more than 100 years. To this day, having earned one’s Eagle Scout award carries an overtone of honor and accomplishment. Like other institutions, however, the Boy Scouts have been subjected to increasing pressure from social justice groups. Now that the LDS Church has announced it will be separating itself from Scouting, what does this say about the future of the Scouts? Links mentioned: Society and the State Episode 30...


78: John Duarte on How Federal Bureaucrats Target Property Owners

We’re taught from an early age that government is there to help us rather than hinder us, right? But when government agencies saddle a farmer with millions of dollars in fines simply for planting wheat in his own wheat field, it raises some interesting questions. Central California farmer and nursery owner John Duarte joins us to tell his story of bureaucracy run amok and why every person who enjoys eating their daily meals should be paying close attention. About the Guest John Duarte is...


77: Alfie Evan’s and How the State Overrides Parental Rights

Most people are now aware of the plight of Alfie Evan’s family in Great Britain. 26 month old Alfie passed away recently from a neurological disease. But the larger tragedy in this story stems from how the British government systematically denied Alfie’s parents the right to seek alternative care for their son or even to bring him home to die. Who has primary responsibility in such cases, the parents or the state? Will there be more cases like Alfie’s in the near future? Links mentioned:...


76: Senator Mike Lee on Why Congress No Longer Oversees Military Intervention

If you can name all of the various countries in which the United States is currently active militarily, you’re a rare individual. Even the folks who think they’re paying attention are somewhat shocked when they see how common American interventionism has become. Senator Mike Lee joins us to discuss how the responsibility for going to war has shifted from Congress to the Executive branch and what it means for our foreign policy. About the Guest Elected in 2010 as Utah’s 16th Senator, Mike...


75: How to Get Media Attention for Your Cause

Having a cause is fine and dandy. But what good does it do if no one else knows about it? For that matter, what good is getting media attention if you can’t communicate your message with credibility? Getting the word out isn’t rocket science. In this episode, we discuss how to dial in your message and how to market it to the appropriate media to make sure your cause is getting the right kind of attention. Links mentioned: Becoming an Opinion Leader Lessons From Walter Cronkite in the Lost...


74: Tom W. Bell on Why Governments Need Competition

How great would it be to be able to choose the government system that best suited you? Not just “choose between the options that we give you” but to really have a choice in which government under which you’d prefer to live. Professor Tom W. Bell joins us to discuss polycentric law, a concept in which government is not only decentralized but has to be competitive with other governments for your allegiance. About the Guest Tom W. Bell is a professor at Chapman University School of Law. He...


73: Is There Market Demand for Freedom?

Most people would agree that freedom is good thing. Talking about our love of freedom is relatively easy. However, becoming active in supporting or perpetuating freedom seems to be a much harder sell. What is it that keeps us from being more active participants in promoting this ideal? Do we take it for granted when we’re too comfortable? Join us as we discuss how to build market demand for something that has been enjoyed far too rarely throughout human history. Links mentioned: Libertas...


72: Wayne Leighton on the Best Freedom Conference That You’ve Never Heard of

One of the most encouraging aspects of advancing the cause of freedom is getting to associate with others who are driven by a similar purpose. What’s even more encouraging is to find that efforts are happening in locales all around the globe. In this episode, Connor interviews Wayne Leighton from the Antigua Forum in Guatemala. which is accelerating the growth of freedom throughout the world. If you want to see how small groups of people can come together to create genuine solutions, look...


71: What Is an Appropriate Age of Consent?

Pinning down an appropriate age of consent isn’t as easy as simply picking an arbitrary number and sticking with it. It’s not uncommon to know some 16 year olds who behave more responsibly than some 35 year olds. So how can a society find the age where a person may be considered responsible for his or her own actions and no longer be treated as a child? Is age the best metric by which to measure this responsibility? Links mentioned: Drinking Age Laws Wikipedia: Age of Consent France to set...


70: Nate Wessler on Digital Privacy Showdown in the Supreme Court

The balance between protecting personal privacy and pursuing criminal justice always seems to be in a state of flux. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the digital realm. Nate Wessler of the ACLU joins us to discuss the Supreme Court case of Carpenter v. The United States, that involves government searches of our electronic devices, surveillance and privacy issues and requests for data held by third parties such as cell phone companies. If your privacy is important to you, this is a...


69: Is Liberty a Minority Issue?

Anyone who’s serious about making a principled stand for liberty can attest that it’s easy to feel seriously outnumbered at times. It’s not that liberty is a bad thing, it’s that so few people are willing to do the heavy lifting it requires. If you’ve felt like a lone voice in the wilderness, this episode should give you a needed boost. Historically, a majority isn’t necessary to effect meaningful and positive change in society. All it takes is a fiercely committed minority who know who...