46: When Society Prizes Pleasure Above All Else

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?
November 9, 2017
45: Sheldon Gilbert on Civil Asset Forfeiture

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 Institute of Justice joins us to discuss civil asset forfeiture and what is being done in regards to much-needed […]
November 7, 2017
44: Ideas for Exercising Free Speech Effectively

44: Ideas for Exercising Free Speech Effectively

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 discuss the importance of building a platform and creating an audience so […]
November 2, 2017
43: Adam Thierer on Changing the World Through Permissionless Innovation

43: Adam Thierer on Changing the World Through Permissionless Innovation

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.
October 31, 2017
42: The Virtue of the Black Market

42: The Virtue of the Black Market

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? 
October 26, 2017
41: Angela Keaton on Will There Ever Be a Popular Peace Movement?

41: Angela Keaton on Will There Ever Be a Popular Peace Movement?

The war drums have been beating almost non-stop for most of our lives now. Are we really being protected from various enemies at the gate or is war simply the health of the state? Angela Keaton from antiwar.com joins us to discuss what the peace movement today is and is not. She also gives us a solid recounting of the history of the peace movement and where it is headed.
October 24, 2017
40: How to Write a Book

40: How to Write a Book

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.
October 20, 2017
39: Christina Sandefur on Do Property Rights Exist In the 21st Century?

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

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.
October 17, 2017
38: What Do Our Status Symbols Say About Us?

38: What Do Our Status Symbols Say About Us?

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.  
October 12, 2017
37: Brion McClanahan on How Hamilton Screwed Up America

37: Brion McClanahan on How Hamilton Screwed Up America

The vast majority of Americans recognize Alexander Hamilton as the face on the ten dollar bill. Some may also recall that he was one of the founding generation or that there’s a Broadway musical about him. Very few understand how Hamilton’s ideals have affected us throughout American History. Author and historian Brion McClanahan joins us to explain the often overlooked connections between Hamilton’s influence and the government overreach we see in our time.
October 10, 2017