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39. Self-Ownership and Non-Aggression

1/31/2018
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Only you can claim ownership on yourself. Thus, no one can legitimately or rightfully claim your property, which is an extension of yourself. Here we get dirty with aggression in the libertarian, free society of self-owning individuals. Series Description: The basis for libertarian thinking. If we are to have a systematic world view, there must… Read More »

Duration:00:41:27

38. You Own Yourself, Your Labor, and the Fruits of Your Labor

1/24/2018
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Self-ownership and non-aggression! You own yourself, your body: no one else does! What are the logical implications of that ethical fact? It means a FREE SOCIETY, where every individual’s right to self-ownership and non-aggression is protected and comes to fruition. Unlike positive rights, these natural (or negative) rights can exist at all times and places.… Read More »

Duration:00:34:32

37. Trump’s New HHS Policy

1/19/2018
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The Trump administration came out with a new Health and Human Services policy that will allow doctors and nurses to deny service to patients based on religious grounds. Is this policy compatible with libertarianism? NPR Article on new Trump HHS policy iTunes: View in iTunes and Post a Review! (Many thanks ahead of time)… Read More »

Duration:00:16:55

36. Who has rights? Why? What are rights?: Natural Law in the Ethics of Liberty

1/12/2018
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Natural law: the libertarian system is based on this idea that individuals have ethical rights that exist purely because we are born. These exist outside of the government. Governments exist, in one justification, to protect these rights that already exist. What is the logic behind natural law? How can we integrate this idea into our… Read More »

Duration:00:41:34

35. Why does gold have value?

1/5/2018
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Why does gold have value? Because gold was once a commodity! Why does our dollar have value? Because the government makes us pay taxes with it. Why does Bitcoin have value? Because, people hate government fiat. Mises and his regression theorem help us sort all this out. iTunes: View in iTunes and Post a Review!… Read More »

Duration:00:16:38

34. Institutions, Development, and Creating a Libertarian Society

12/29/2017
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Dr. Scott discusses an article published by Boettke, Coyne, and Leeson that tries to explain why some institutional arrangements “stick” and some don’t. Dr. Scott applies these ideas to how we can think about the transition to an anarchocapitalist society. WORKS DISCUSSED “Institutional Stickiness and the New Development Economics” iTunes: View in iTunes and Post… Read More »

Duration:00:21:23

33. Free Speech: Absolute right? Limited Right? Something Else?

12/20/2017
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The hoopla on college campuses and the overreaction to the “alt-right” raises questions again about how far the right to free speech should extend. The Left seems to attack free speech as a cover for racists, transphobes, and name-your-broad-inexact-category. For the person who respects individual rights, what should we think? Murray Rothbard and Walter Block… Read More »

Duration:00:37:00

32. Economic Depressions: Their Cause and Cure, pt. 2

12/11/2017
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Why do recessions occur? What causes the business cycle? When we have a recession, why is it that the capital goods industries are affected much more than consumers goods industries? What has the central bank got to do with it? Rothbard’s essay on economic depressions explores the Misesian framework of the Austrian Business Cycle Theory.… Read More »

Duration:00:24:31

31. Economic Depressions: Their Cause and Cure

12/1/2017
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Why do recessions occur? What causes the business cycle? When we have a recession, why is it that the capital goods industries are affected much more than consumers goods industries? What has the central bank got to do with it? Rothbard’s essay on economic depressions explores the Misesian framework of the Austrian Business Cycle Theory.… Read More »

Duration:00:22:47

30. Murray Rothbard, What Has Government Done to Our Money?, pt. 6

11/6/2017
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Murray Rothbard explains the origins of money, its use in a free society, and the obfuscation of the function of money by the government. The free market creates money; government destroys it for its own ends. Part 6 of 6. Topics covered in this episode: How the gold standard broke down over the past two… Read More »

Duration:00:38:45

29. Murray Rothbard, What Has Government Done to Our Money?, pt. 5

11/1/2017
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Murray Rothbard explains the origins of money, its use in a free society, and the obfuscation of the function of money by the government. The free market creates money; government destroys it for its own ends. Part 5 of 6. Topics covered in this episode: Central Banking How central banking removes the free market checks… Read More »

Duration:00:38:17

28. Murray Rothbard, What Has Government Done to Our Money?, pt. 4

10/9/2017
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Murray Rothbard explains the origins of money, its use in a free society, and the obfuscation of the function of money by the government. The free market creates money; government destroys it for its own ends. Part 4 of 6. Topics covered in this episode: Government meddling with money Taxation Inflation The Business Cycle Government… Read More »

Duration:00:40:11

27. Rothbard on Gun Laws

10/5/2017
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I interrupted our discussion of What Has Government Done to Our Money to look into what Rothbard has said on gun control. Clearly, the non-aggression principle (NAP) gives individuals to own firearms absolutely provided they do not aggress against anyone else. But, what else did Rothbard say about restricting gun ownership? Books/Articles mentioned: Murray N.… Read More »

Duration:00:18:35

26. Murray Rothbard, What Has Government Done to Our Money?, pt. 3

10/2/2017
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Murray Rothbard explains the origins of money, its use in a free society, and the obfuscation of the function of money by the government. The free market creates money; government destroys it for its own ends. Part 3 of 6. Topics covered in this episode: Money Warehouses 100% Reserve Banking Fractional Reserve Banking Download… Read More »

Duration:00:26:15

25. Murray Rothbard, What Has Government Done to Our Money?, pt. 2

9/28/2017
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Murray Rothbard explains the origins of money, its use in a free society, and the obfuscation of the function of money by the government. The free market creates money; government destroys it for its own ends. Part 2 of 6. Topics covered in this episode: The Proper Supply of Money The Problem of Hoarding Stabilizing… Read More »

Duration:00:26:25

24. Murray Rothbard, What Has Government Done to Our Money?, pt. 1

9/25/2017
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Murray Rothbard explains the origins of money, its use in a free society, and the obfuscation of the function of money by the government. The free market creates money; government destroys it for its own ends. Part 1 of 5. Download the article Murray N. Rothbard, What Has Government Done to Our Money? View in… Read More »

Duration:00:34:46

23. Frederic Bastiat, The Law, pt. 3

9/21/2017
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In this timeless essay, Bastiat explains what the “law” is and its purpose. It is not to give the state the power to seize property and then turn around and give it to another person or class of people. It is to protect life, liberty, and property. Nothing more, nothing less. Part 3 of 3.… Read More »

Duration:00:25:09

22. Frederic Bastiat, The Law, pt. 2

9/18/2017
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In this timeless essay, Bastiat explains what the “law” is and its purpose. It is not to give the state the power to seize property and then turn around and give it to another person or class of people. It is to protect life, liberty, and property. Nothing more, nothing less. Part 2 of 3.… Read More »

Duration:00:19:26

21. Frederic Bastiat, The Law, pt. 1

9/14/2017
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In this timeless essay, Bastiat explains what the “law” is and its purpose. It is not to give the state the power to seize property and then turn around and give it to another person or class of people. It is to protect life, liberty, and property. Nothing more, nothing less. Download the article Frederic… Read More »

Duration:00:35:01

20. Murray N. Rothbard, Anatomy of the State

9/9/2017
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A classic essay from Murray Rothbard that describes his view of the nature of government. It is predatory. It is a parasite. It is nonproductive. Anything government does is for its own benefit, using intellectuals and ideology to justify its own rule and maintain legitimacy Download the article Murray N. Rothbard, Anatomy of the State

Duration:00:50:32

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