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60: What Should We Think of Virtue Signaling?

1/18/2018
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In a time of perpetual outrage, it’s not surprising that virtue signaling would become a fashionable way for individuals to engage in highly public displays of their own inherent goodness. Unfortunately, virtue signaling is too often based in people trumpeting what they’re against rather than what they actually stand for. If we’re serious about standing for what we believe, how can we do it in such a way that we’re not simply proclaiming superiority over other folks? More importantly, how...

Duration: 00:18:11


59: Jeremy Snow on Why Due Process Matters

1/15/2018
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We hear the phrase “due process” from time to time but it’s doubtful that many of us grasp how essential this concept is to a free society. Lawless individuals can certainly cause harm and suffering but lawless government also causes serious harm—and on a much larger scale. It’s never a good idea to allow the state to cut corners when it comes to the pursuit of justice. In this episode, attorney Jeremy Snow joins us to discuss what due process is and why it matters more than we may think....

Duration: 00:25:50


58: Should Speed Limits Be Abolished?

1/8/2018
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This is a long overdue discussion about speed limits between a couple of guys who each suffer from a lead foot. It’s not an attempt to normalize or excuse unsafe driving. We ask sincere questions about why speed limits exist and whether they are the panacea for automotive safety that we’re often told they are. Prepare to have your notions about speed limits and similar laws challenged as we separate fact from fiction and public safety from cash cows. Links mentioned: Utah DOT: No Downside...

Duration: 00:24:08


57: John Dougall on What’s Happening in Puerto Rico

1/3/2018
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It’s been a few months since Puerto Rico was devastated by two major hurricanes. Since then, news coverage of the disaster has largely disappeared from our awareness. Meanwhile, a majority of the island’s residents remain without electricity and likely will for a few more months. But there is some good news coming out of Puerto Rico. Utah State Auditor John Dougall joins us on the podcast to highlight some of the heroic efforts underway to help clean up and to restore basic utilities....

Duration: 00:28:35


56: The Bundy Trial Isn’t Just About the Bundys

12/27/2017
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You’ve likely heard about the Bundy trial that’s been taking place these past few weeks in Las Vegas. What many people don’t realize is that the conflict over cattle and public lands are merely symptoms of a larger power struggle that’s been going on for decades. It’s been a long time since the average citizen has had to do any heavy lifting regarding keeping government–at all levels–accountable to we the people. Get ready for some behind-the-scenes insights about the Bundy family’s...

Duration: 00:29:31


54: The Colorado Cake Baker and His Property Rights

12/19/2017
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Jack Phillips isn’t exactly a household name but he may be in the near future. Phillips is the Colorado baker who declined a request to create a wedding cake for a same sex wedding. That action landed him before his state’s civil rights commission who told him he could not decline to make the cake. This decision was upheld by the Colorado Supreme Court and is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. Is it strictly a matter of his religious free speech or is there a better argument to be made for...

Duration: 00:21:05


52: The Difference Between Career and Purpose

12/10/2017
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The social script that most of us grow up with is something along the lines of: “Get good grades in school, go to college, get a degree and then get a good job.” That’s not a bad idea if life is primarily about having a career. But what happens when you discover a sense of personal purpose in your life? Purpose brings a sense of fulfillment and motivation to our lives that a paycheck or fame and fortune cannot. In this episode we’ll discuss how to seek out your individual purpose and why...

Duration: 00:22:39


51: David Hall on the Future of Sustainable Development

12/5/2017
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Urban sprawl is creating serious challenges in a number of population centers across America and throughout the world. We’ve grown accustomed to having big homes and spending considerable amounts of time commuting to our work, shopping and community functions. Many of us have also lost touch with how our food gets to our table. Is there a better way we could be living in 1/5 of the space we currently inhabit? Could we produce more of what we eat right in our own communities? David Hall is...

Duration: 00:22:35


50: The Racist Roots of Modern Laws

11/23/2017
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Good laws serve a needed protective function of our natural rights. But what should we think of bad laws? Many of the laws on the books have been around long enough that we seldom question why they were put there in the first place. It’s astonishing how many of these laws, upon closer examination, are found to be rooted in thoroughly racist thinking and a desire to control what were considered “undesirable” people. Links mentioned: Zoning’s Racist Roots Still Bear Fruit by A. Barton Hinkle...

Duration: 00:28:25


49: Rebecca Brown on The Innocence Project

11/21/2017
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When dealing with human beings, nothing is infallible. Unfortunately, that includes our justice system as well. Despite the safeguards and guarantees that are supposed to protect our inalienable rights, innocent people still find themselves on the wrong side of justice. Rebecca Brown from the Innocence Project joins us to discuss how prevalent the problem has become and what’s being done to correct these injustices. About the Guest Rebecca Brown joined the Innocence Project in 2005 and...

Duration: 00:23:44


48: Why Medicine Should Not Be Politicized

11/18/2017
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Everything in which we allow government to become highly involved can easily become politicized. Nowhere is this more true than in what has happened to modern medicine. From the bureaucratic red tape that medical professionals must work through to the regulatory denial of treatments that provide tangible relief to patients, medicine has been largely captured by the state. Should we be able to make the important decisions regarding our own medical care? Or should this be relegated primarily...

Duration: 00:25:50


47: Bryce Jurgensmeier on How Things Go Viral

11/15/2017
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Whether you’re a Fortune 500 company or simply someone with an idea that can change the world, getting your message out can be a challenge. In the Digital Age, it’s not enough to simply reach the same small group of dedicated followers, your message needs to go viral. Bryce Jurgensmeier joins us to discuss how to share your story in such a way that people will voluntarily evangelize for you and help it spread like wildfire. Viral marketing isn’t just for the big boys, it’s for anyone who’s...

Duration: 00:23:15


46: When Society Prizes Pleasure Above All Else

11/9/2017
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Few things get people riled up more quickly than the suggestion that exercising self control over our passions is a good thing. What if there was objective, historical evidence that societies who focus their energies on pleasure-seeking, set the stage for their own decline? Hedonism is becoming more acceptable in American culture all the time. Does it have a ripple effect throughout society? Should cultural morality require official laws and policies to be effective? Links mentioned: Sex...

Duration: 00:12:33


45: Sheldon Gilbert on Civil Asset Forfeiture

11/7/2017
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Civil asset forfeiture lets law enforcement seize and sell property they assert has been involved in criminal activity. This means your money, your car, home or other valuable items can be taken from you without you having been charged with – much less convicted of – a crime. It’s one thing to prevent someone from profiting from criminal acts once they’ve been afforded due process and convicted of a crime. Taking the property of innocent people is something else. Sheldon Gilbert from the...

Duration: 00:22:40


44: Ideas for Exercising Free Speech Effectively

11/2/2017
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Ever notice how most people are huge supporters of free speech, right up until they encounter an opinion that is contrary to what they want to hear? This trend is evident on a number of college campuses these days but each of us could benefit from a better understanding of what free speech is and what it isn’t. If we’re serious about elevating the conversation above bumper sticker slogans, we have to be willing to examine what others are saying–whether we agree with them or not. We also...

Duration: 00:25:50


43: Adam Thierer on Changing the World Through Permissionless Innovation

10/31/2017
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Why is it that so many truly innovative ideas get bogged down in precautionary rules, regulations and red tape? One notable exception, where regulators allowed an innovation to develop organically, is the internet. Adam Thierer from the Mercatus Center joins us to discuss permissionless innovation and how it allows transformational ideas to make our world a better place without some bureaucrat deciding exactly what form it should take. About the Guest Adam Thierer is a Senior Research...

Duration: 00:19:55


42: The Virtue of the Black Market

10/26/2017
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When we hear the term “black market” many of us think of illegal goods trading hands in the shadows. But a closer look at what constitutes black market activity shows that even simple things like beekeeping, lemonade stands and other unregulated–yet voluntary–exchanges are also examples of the black market. Can there be virtue in helping one another meet our needs without first seeking government permission? Links mentioned: 90-year-old Florida man arrested for second time in a week after...

Duration: 00:23:15


40: How to Write a Book

10/20/2017
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Writing a book isn’t the easiest thing you’ll ever do. But if you have an idea that you wish to share or defend or are looking to build your credibility with like-minded individuals, it’s a highly worthwhile pursuit. In this episode, Connor shares many of the hard-won lessons that he’s learned while writing and publishing 13 books. What he has to say will inspire you if you aspire to be an author and it will also help you more easily navigate what can be a daunting process. Links...

Duration: 00:37:35


39: Christina Sandefur on Do Property Rights Exist In the 21st Century?

10/17/2017
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The right to own, control and use one’s private property is the cornerstone of liberty. But property rights in America have been steadily eroding for many generations. From zoning codes to property taxes to eminent domain, your private property rights are taking a regular beating. Christina Sandefur from the Goldwater Institute joins us to discuss what’s being done to restore and protect our property rights. About the Guest Christina Sandefur is Executive Vice President at the Goldwater...

Duration: 00:26:26


38: What Do Our Status Symbols Say About Us?

10/12/2017
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Two of the most dominant forces in modern society are fear and status. Unfortunately, these forces can also be highly destructive, depending on how much we allow them to influence our decisions. If you’ve ever felt stressed out about “keeping up with the Joneses”, it may be time to examine what we regard as status symbols and whether they genuinely contribute to the kind of life we’d like to live. Links mentioned: Make an Impact video of Dr. Rick Rigsby Hustled Through Life by Paul Rosenberg

Duration: 00:22:33

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