133: Do We Need a Social Safety Net?

133: Do We Need a Social Safety Net?

A key part of the conversation regarding personal liberty and free markets always comes back to the proper role of government in our lives. One of the most common justifications for the expansion of government power is the perceived need for some type of social safety net. Is the term “social safety net” synonymous with the welfare state? What are some of the options that exist to care for the truly needy without increasing the size and costs of government?   Links mentioned: From Mutual Aid to Welfare State: How Fraternal Societies Fought Poverty and Taught Character by David Bieto […]
April 2, 2019
132: Marina Lowe on Which State Has the Best Digital Privacy

132: Marina Lowe on Which State Has the Best Digital Privacy

The issue of digital privacy is one that should be on the minds of every person who uses a smart phone. Recently the state of Utah became the first state in the U.S. to require law enforcement to get a warrant before accessing anyone’s data on a third party’s server. Marina Lowe from the ACLU of Utah joins Connor to discuss what this law does and why it was a needed protection of our Fourth Amendment rights.  Links mentioned: Utah makes a surprising leader for electronic privacy by Connor Boyack and Marina Lowe Society and the State Episode 70: Nate […]
March 30, 2019
131: What Books Are We Reading?

131: What Books Are We Reading?

We’re back! After a brief but productive hiatus, the Society and the State podcast is back in production and we have a lot to discuss. In today’s episode, Connor and Bryan each share 3 of the books currently taking up space on their respective night stands. See what’s captured our interest and attention of late and feel free to add your suggestions for other worthwhile books in the comments section.  Links mentioned: Disturbing the Nest: Family Change and Decline in Modern Societies (Social Institutions and Social Change)By David Popenoe Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth Pre-Suasion: […]
March 27, 2019
130: Joe Baker on An Innovative Approach to Abortion

130: Joe Baker on An Innovative Approach to Abortion

Few things are as controversial as the topic of abortion. One-size-fits-all approaches only tend to reinforce the controversy by causing their proponents to dig in ideologically. In today’s episode, Connor visits with Joe Baker from Save the Storks. Joe’s work is proving to be a creative way to tackle the issue with a eye towards furthering the protection of innocent lives. Bridge-builders are few and far between on this subject, so listen as Joe explains how it’s done. Links mentioned: 8 Out Of 10 Women Change Their Mind on Abortion After Visiting a Stork Bus. Why So Many? Save the […]
December 22, 2018
129: What About That Immigrant Caravan?

129: What About That Immigrant Caravan?

When the news first hit about a caravan of refugees making their way towards the U.S. border to seek asylum, it didn’t take long to become a political football. Are they simply “dreamers” looking for a better life far away from the crime and corruption of their homelands? Or are they an existential threat to America coming here to overthrow us by signing up for welfare benefits and by voting Democratic? Somewhere amidst all the anger, fear and virtue signaling, there must be a more dispassionate way to respond to the situation. In this episode we set out to find […]
December 19, 2018
128: The Formula to Change Hearts and Minds

128: The Formula to Change Hearts and Minds

When it comes to shaping public policy, especially on hot button issues, it can be tricky to build consensus. Especially at the grassroots level, emotional and passionate dialogue can quickly become angry shouting back and forth. Make no mistake, anger alone isn’t sufficient to decisively shift public opinion and change minds. In this episode, Connor explains the critical lessons he’s learned in how to persuade and build consensus between highly polarized opponents.  Links mentioned: How to Change Minds: Lessons from the Prop 2 and Kavanaugh Controversies by Bryan Hyde News Improvements in the Medical Cannabis compromise Libertas Institute
December 15, 2018
127: Thanksgiving is about avoiding socialism

127: Thanksgiving is about avoiding socialism

The recent Thanksgiving holiday meant different things to different people. Some people celebrate it as a day of gratitude for abundance, others, as a day of sadness and oppression. One thing’s for certain, the simplified version we were taught as children only tells a fraction of the story of those who settled the New World. We revisit some of the popular myths and discuss the most valuable lessons learned from the way the pilgrims experience began.
November 28, 2018
126: Ben Taylor on What a World with AI Might Look Like

126: Ben Taylor on What a World with AI Might Look Like

Of all the technological advances going on around us, none have so much potential to change our world as the science of artificial intelligence (AI). Some see AI as a potential danger, e.g. “The Rise of the Machines”, while others see it as the next giant leap forward for mankind. Ben Taylor is the co-founder and Chief Data Officer of ZIFF, the world’s only unstructured database powered by AI. He joins us to discuss the implications of what a world with AI might be like.  
November 22, 2018
125: Lessons Learned from John Taylor Gatto

125: Lessons Learned from John Taylor Gatto

One of the most influential voices on education fell silent recently when John Taylor Gatto passed away. For many of us who have homeschooled or sought alternatives to public schooling, Gatto was the catalyst that caused us to begin questioning compulsory education. As a highly respected and award-winning former public school teacher, John Taylor Gatto spoke with clarity on the system in which he once taught. If you don’t know his story, it’s worth learning.
November 19, 2018
124: Paige Figi on the Little Girl Who Changed the Medicinal Cannabis Debate

124: Paige Figi on the Little Girl Who Changed the Medicinal Cannabis Debate

Nothing helps to shift public perception on an issue like putting a human face and story to how the issue affects common people. Paige Figi is the mother of Charlotte, a young girl who suffered from a severe form of epilepsy. Charlotte is one of thousands of patients who have found authentic relief in medicinal cannabis products. Paige joins us to discuss how her little girl’s illness prompted an exhaustive effort to gain access to a powerful naturally occurring plant that makes a world of difference in Charlotte’s life.  
November 14, 2018