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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. 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 ... read more

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

Duration: 00:38:16


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

8/4/2017
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My guest this week is Caleb Huff, owner and operator of Principled Propaganda, an online merchant dedicated to helping you win supporters by publicizing and marketing the principles of liberty. According to Principled Propaganda, “Liberty sells itself, but you need to get someone to be receptive to it first.” At the Battle for Liberty we ... read more

Duration: 00:27:11


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, ... read more

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

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? ... read more

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. ... read more

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

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, ... read more

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 ... read more

Duration: 00:38:47


Ep. 39: Actual Anarchy: How Do We Get There?

6/2/2017
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The concept of anarchy scares a lot of people. But the truth is that anarchy is already a huge part of your life, whether you know it or not. Most human interaction occurs in an anarchistic relationship — meaning nobody had to hold a gun to your head to get you to interact peacefully with ... read more

Duration: 00:42:53


Ep. 38: Detained and Molested by the TSA

5/26/2017
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I had another vile encounter with the TSA this week. To sum it up, I present you with the following 1-question pre-test: TSA Lead Agent Kerry informed me that being forcibly molested in public is authorized by: A) The 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution B) Presidential Executive Order C) My Consent D) All ... read more

Duration: 00:37:20


Ep. 37: The Triumph of the Free Market

5/19/2017
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This week I’m going to engage the State in an epic battle against the free market. Ok, ok, “epic” may be a bit of a stretch. Come on, you know it’s true — the State never had a chance. Donations for the Martinez and Irwin Families GoFundMe: Mark, Erin and family Articles Referenced Oil ... read more

Duration: 00:36:48


Ep. 36: Intellectual Property

4/28/2017
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The John Deere corporation would like you to understand that you don’t actually own anything you’ve purchased if it relies heavily on software. According to John Deere, you’ve merely purchased the license to the software that runs on those devices. But otherwise, they retain an exclusive right over the device and how it’s maintained or ... read more

Duration: 00:41:10


Ep. 33: Is The Libertarian Party As Radical As It Once Was?

4/8/2017
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On this show, I tend to talk a lot about little l libertarianism – that is, libertarian principles and philosophy, and the various policy conclusions that I draw from those foundations. But of course Libertarianism also refers to the political party, what I might call big L Libertarianism. If you’ve listened to this show for ... read more

Duration: 00:34:54

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