143: Why Socialism is So Popular Among the Young

143: Why Socialism is So Popular Among the Young

Is socialism gaining in popularity among younger people? For that matter, is capitalism on the outs with the millennial generation? Depending upon who you ask, this appears to be the case. But where do these attitudes originate? Do the young people allegedly embracing socialism even understand what it is, or are they just excited at the prospect of “free” stuff? In this episode, we discuss how to counter this trend and when to start teaching free market principles to youngsters.   Links mentioned: Why Socialism is So Popular Among Young People by Connor Boyack Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the […]
May 20, 2019
142: Jessica Flanigan on Pharmaceutical Freedom, Why You Should be Able to Get the Drugs You Need

142: Jessica Flanigan on Pharmaceutical Freedom, Why You Should be Able to Get the Drugs You Need

There are many areas of our lives where regulation can be more of a hindrance than a blessing. Nowhere is this more true than when patients who want or need a particular medication find themselves stymied by excessive regulation. Do you understand your rights when it comes to self-medication or informed consent? Connor visits with Jessica Flanigan about medical paternalism and what we can do about exercising our individual rights as they pertain to our health.   Links mentioned: Pharmaceutical Freedom: Why Patients Have a Right to Self Medicate by Jessica Flanigan
May 13, 2019
141: Why Peer to Peer Tech is the Future

141: Why Peer to Peer Tech is the Future

Peer to Peer technology is opening the door to a new class of decentralized and trustworthy ways to solve problems. If you’ve ever used Uber or Lyft or stayed at an Airbnb, you’ve already encountered it. Same thing if you’ve ever purchased something on Ebay rather than going to a big box store. In this episode, Connor explores the pros and cons of eliminating the middlemen that we regard as common.   Links mentioned: The internet intends to trivialize distance, the blockchain intends to trivialize trust by r/ethtrader Firing the middlemen: How blockchain can reshape digital distribution by Haydn Taylor […]
May 8, 2019
140: Rebecca Vallas on a Clean Slate for a Second Chance at Life

140: Rebecca Vallas on a Clean Slate for a Second Chance at Life

Everyone makes mistakes. But when that mistake is a criminal one, should it follow a person for the rest of his or her life? Few of us understand the process of expungement and how it can provide a person with an opportunity for starting over with a clean slate. Rebecca Vallas from the Center for American Progress joins Connor to discuss why it’s in our interest to provide some offenders with a second chance at life.   Links mentioned: Clean Slate
May 4, 2019
139: Why You Should Show Up for Jury Duty

139: Why You Should Show Up for Jury Duty

Being summoned for jury duty is rarely a cause for celebration. But it should be. It’s a pretty sure bet that those who feel inconvenienced by the prospect of jury duty simply don’t understand the essential role the jury fills in a free society. Unfortunately, this information is not something the state is going to freely share with prospective jurors. But we will! In this episode we talk about the history of trial by jury and how the jury can be the last bulwark to hold back injustice or tyranny.   Links mentioned: Ensuring Justice through Juror Discretion from Libertas […]
May 1, 2019
138: Arnold Kling on the 3 Languages of Politics

138: Arnold Kling on the 3 Languages of Politics

Frustrated with how so much of the political discussion going on today consists of people talking or shouting past one another? If so, you’ll be encouraged by what Arnold Kling from the Cato Institute has to say. This conversation is a golden opportunity to learn how to move beyond tribal war whoops and to really start communicating with others about political subjects.   Links mentioned: The Three Languages of Politics: Talking Across the Political Divides by Arnold Kling
April 26, 2019
137: Why Assange Deserves a Medal, Not Prison

137: Why Assange Deserves a Medal, Not Prison

The arrest of Julian Assange by British authorities has captured the attention of the world. As the Wikileaks founder awaits extradition to the U.S. to face charges of conspiring to reveal secrets government officials don’t want the public to know. The implications for whistleblowers, the press and truth-tellers everywhere are considerable. Is Assange the boogeyman we’re being told he is or does he deserve recognition for creating transparency where there was none?   Links mentioned: Julian Assange’s charges are a direct assault on press freedom, experts warn by Ed Pilkington Ecuador inks $4.2 billion financing deal with IMF: Moreno by […]
April 23, 2019
136: Daniel and Ellinor Petersen on One Family’s Failed Attempt to Homeschool in Sweden

136: Daniel and Ellinor Petersen on One Family’s Failed Attempt to Homeschool in Sweden

Parental choice in your child’s education isn’t something to be taken for granted. Depending upon the country in which you reside, homeschooling your child may be seen as a questionable act. In this episode, we visit with the Petersen family and discuss the legal battle they’ve fought with officials in Sweden for the right to homeschool their kids. Their story should be heard by every parent who feels a personal responsibility regarding their child’s education.  Links mentioned: Homeschooling Family Appeals to Supreme Court by HSLDA Sweden continues to quash homeschooling by Michael F. Haverluck
April 16, 2019
135: 10 Tips to Make a Difference

135: 10 Tips to Make a Difference

Life takes on noticeably greater depth and purpose when we are actively living to make a difference. It’s not enough just to be against something, we have to know how to stand for something and how to persuade others. If you’ve reached the point where you’re no longer content shouting slogans from the sidelines, here are some proven tips to help you wield your influence wisely.   Links mentioned: How Do You Describe Yourself? by Paul Rosenberg
April 11, 2019
134: Michael Tanner on The Inclusive Economy

134: Michael Tanner on The Inclusive Economy

Think of how many public policies have been created for the purpose of helping the poor. Now ask yourself, why does it seem that none of them are working? Michael Tanner joins us to discuss the ways that the political left and right are inadvertently making matters worse with their respective approaches to bring wealth to the poor. You’ll learn what government should be doing to stop pushing people further into poverty and how the power can be authentically empowered.  Links mentioned: The Inclusive Economy: How to Bring Wealth to America’s Poor by Michael Tanner Why Are People Poor? by […]
April 5, 2019