158: Gareth Porter on War with Iran

158: Gareth Porter on War with Iran

Given recent events in the Persian Gulf, it’s not hard to imagine that the United State government is on a collision course with the Iranian government. Who is pushing the hardest for military action? Is a war between the U.S. and Iran a near certainty? Author and correspondent Gareth Porter joins us to help sort the fact from fiction and to explain the possible reasons that we are being steered toward more military action in the Middle East.   Links mentioned: No War With Iran, for Now – but Mike Pompeo and John Bolton Still Really, Really Want One by […]
July 18, 2019
157: Free Education?

157: Free Education?

Everyone loves the idea of getting something for free. This is something politicians regularly use to their advantage as they try to leverage votes by promising their constituents free stuff. One of the more popular promises of late is the prospect of a free college education for everyone. What should we think of free college and is there really such a thing as free higher education?   Links mentioned: Society & the State Episode 2: Isaac Morehouse on Circumventing College via Praxis
July 15, 2019
156: Tim Errington on When Science Pushes Fiction Instead of Fact

156: Tim Errington on When Science Pushes Fiction Instead of Fact

It seems like there’s no shortage of scientific studies to justify or debunk nearly anything you can think of. For some issues, it’s the perfect appeal to authority. After all, who would dare argue against science? Tim Errington from the Center for Open Science joins us to discuss where some scientists go astray and how we can best keep fact and fiction separate within the realm of science.   Links mentioned: We Tried to Publish a Replication of a Science Paper in Science. The Journal Refused. by Kevin Arceneaux, Bert N. Bakker, Claire Gothreau, and Gijs Schumacher I Fooled Millions […]
July 11, 2019
155: Connor Boyack on “Skip College”

155: Connor Boyack on “Skip College”

For some time now, a great many career-seekers have been following the same predictable script of going to college, getting a degree and then finding someone to hire them. What if there was another way to begin a productive and fulfilling career without having to take on backbreaking amounts of student loan debt? Connor shares insight into the book “Skip College – Launch your career without debt, distractions or a degree” which he recently edited. Learn what some of the the most innovative and creative minds are suggesting as alternatives to the standard script most of us grew up with. […]
July 6, 2019
154: Kevin Gutzman on Treason is the Reason for the Season

154: Kevin Gutzman on Treason is the Reason for the Season

As Independence Day approaches, most everyone looks forward to the celebrations, the parades, the fireworks and time off work. Are we forgetting what it is that we’re actually celebrating each year? Professor Kevin Gutzman joins us to talk about the courageous act of treason that set America on a path to independence and set in motion the most remarkable experiment in freedom in human history.   Links mentioned: Myths of the 4th of July by Kevin Gutzman Kevin Gutzman’s website
July 2, 2019
153: Law Enforcer Mows Lawn Becomes Peace Officer

153: Law Enforcer Mows Lawn Becomes Peace Officer

What’s the difference between a law enforcer and a peace officer? It’s a distinction that more of us should understand. One of the best illustrations of this difference can be seen in the recent actions of a Minnesota officer who was sent to an elderly woman’s home on a welfare check. Officer Matt Siltala found the woman’s yard was in violation of local code and was faced with a choice of whether to deal with the issue as a law and code enforcer or as a peace officer. We discuss his decision and what can be learned from it.   […]
June 30, 2019
152: Dana Berliner on When Can Government Take Your Property?

152: Dana Berliner on When Can Government Take Your Property?

If you’re not familiar with the 2005 Kelo case dealing with eminent domain, this is a conversation you need to hear. Dana Berliner of the Institute for Justice joins us to discuss what has happened to the property owner and the property itself in the 14 years since the decision. It’s not particularly good news, especially if you’re a believer in private property rights and limited government. There’s a lesson to be learned here.   Links mentioned: Tracking Eminent Domain Reform Legislation Since Kelo by Castlecoalition.org The Little Pink House movie
June 26, 2019
151: When You America So Hard, You Forget to Christian

151: When You America So Hard, You Forget to Christian

One of the biggest dilemmas faced by people of faith is when the line between their moral principles and their political beliefs begins to blur. This is particularly true when it comes to what political authorities refer to as “matters of national security.” Whether it’s going to war against another country or maintaining control over the borders of your own country, it’s hard to see others as children of God while simultaneously viewing them as an active threat.   Links mentioned: An Arizona Teacher Helped Migrants. Jurors Couldn’t Decide if It Was a Crime. by Miriam Jordan South Carolina Fox […]
June 21, 2019
150: David Leavitt This Prosecutor Wants to Prosecute Less Crimes

150: David Leavitt This Prosecutor Wants to Prosecute Less Crimes

With so many laws on the books, there are virtually unlimited ways that a person can become a criminal. This puts an enormous strain on our legal and judicial system. Utah County Attorney David Leavitt joins us to discuss a groundbreaking approach that he is trying that seeks to handle problems in ways other than simply prosecuting people. Learn what he hopes to accomplish and how it could cut down on the the unnecessary criminalization that bogs down our justice system.   Links mentioned: There’s a new top prosecutor in Utah County, and he says he’ll reform the criminal justice […]
June 18, 2019
149: Fighting Isms with More Isms

149: Fighting Isms with More Isms

What’s the best way to fight racism or sexism? Depending upon who you ask, the answer may be with even more racism or sexism. This can take fairly innocuous forms such as focusing exclusively on the rights of women or minorities rather than the rights of all. Is there a better way? Can we right authentic wrongs without giving in to the temptation to create a new double standard?   Links mentioned: What Exactly Is Racism? by Lew Rockwell More Government, Less Manners by Paul Rosenberg
June 14, 2019