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66: Trey Goff on Should We Scrap Our Constitution and Replace it With a Better One?

The public’s attitude towards the U.S. Constitution is varied, at best. Some are hostile to it, others regard it as sacrosanct and a good many folks are simply ambivalent about it. Trey Goff closely studied the Constitution and how American government has evolved and then sat down and wrote “The Voluntaryist Constitution” to see if the concept could be improved upon. This is a formidable challenge since constitutions create government. In this episode, we discuss whether it’s possible to...


65: Weldon Angelos on Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Most of us have little experience with the justice system. That’s why we tend to believe that it’s operating in our interests at all times. Weldon Angelos knows better. He was at the center of a criminal case in which he was sentenced to 55 years in federal prison for a first time offense of selling marijuana. Mandatory minimum sentencing laws were the reason. Even the judge who sentenced him protested that the sentence was unjust and that there were far more serious crimes for which...


64: Should We Do Away With the State of The Union Address?

The annual State of the Union address has become a prominent fixture in America’s political landscape. It’s the social equivalent of an Academy Awards show for the political class, with lots of grandstanding, posturing, and playing to the cameras. How many of us know the history of the SOTU? Was it meant to be the kind of theatrical production that it has become? For that matter, what exactly does it do for the average American citizen? Links mentioned: Michael Rozeff on The Function of...


63: Connor Boyack on How to Lobby In Your Pajamas

When it comes to exerting political influence, far too many people seem to thing that this is something best left to politicians and professional lobbyists. What if being an effective citizen was easier than you’ve been led to believe? In this episode, Connor walks us through the simple steps involved in making your voice heard by your elected representatives. The only reason more people don’t tend to do this is that they simply haven’t been taught how. Links mentioned: The Right, Wrong...


62: Avoiding Criticism

According to Aristotle, the only surefire way to avoid being criticized is to “Do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” On the other hand, if you’re determined to live a life of purpose, it’s a certainty that you’ll encounter critics. Having a thick skin is a necessity. We also need to understand when to explain ourselves and when to keep plowing forward without becoming distracted. Not all criticism is bad. Not all criticism is deserved. Learn which critics are worth hearing out and which...


61: Dave Staheli on What Business Owners Wish More of Us Understood

Here’s a success story worth sharing. Dave Staheli knows what it takes to turn a great idea into a thriving business with international impact. In this episode, Dave shares his thoughts on the power of entrepreneurship and why some folks are born to create. He also offers some key insights regarding what business owners wish everyone understood about starting and running a business. About the Guest Dave Staheli is the founder and president of Staheli West Manufacturing, based in Cedar...


60: What Should We Think of Virtue Signaling?

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...


59: Jeremy Snow on Why Due Process Matters

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....


58: Should Speed Limits Be Abolished?

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...


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

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....


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

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...


54: The Colorado Cake Baker and His Property Rights

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...


52: The Difference Between Career and Purpose

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...


51: David Hall on the Future of Sustainable Development

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...


50: The Racist Roots of Modern Laws

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...


49: Rebecca Brown on The Innocence Project

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...


48: Why Medicine Should Not Be Politicized

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...


47: Bryce Jurgensmeier on How Things Go Viral

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...


46: When Society Prizes Pleasure Above All Else

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...


45: Sheldon Gilbert on Civil Asset Forfeiture

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...


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