Post Tagged with: "force"

147: Slap vs. Stroke, Strategies for Having Impact

147: Slap vs. Stroke, Strategies for Having Impact

Each of us has opportunities to wield our influence wherever we happen to be. Wielding that influence wisely can be harder than it sounds. Do we win others to our side with persuasion or do we use a more brute force approach? In this episode, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each approach when it comes to winning supporters.   Links mentioned: Persuasion vs. Coercion: Taking a Real Stand by Connor Boyack Fighting Evil Is a Failed Strategy by Paul Rosenberg
June 8, 2019
145: Should Government Be the Agent of Change in Abortion?

145: Should Government Be the Agent of Change in Abortion?

Few things feed the power the state more than when we invite it to become the ultimate arbiter of right and wrong. This is particularly true regarding the topic of abortion where the moral question at the root of the dialogue is getting lost in the struggle to impose solutions on others. Is using the force of law to establish our position the best solution? Could more innocent lives be saved without appealing to the state?   Links mentioned: Society and the State Episode 130: Joe Baker on An Innovative Approach to Abortion How Dependency on Government Makes Us Less, […]
May 29, 2019
105: When Good Intentions Are Imposed By Force

105: When Good Intentions Are Imposed By Force

If an idea is so good that it must be imposed by the force of the state, how good can that idea really be? A great deal of public policy begins with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, there comes a point where good intentions are being enforced at the expense of personal liberty and private property rights. In this episode, we’ll examine the experience of an elderly Maryland couple who built their own wheelchair ramp and ended up in legal trouble with their county.
August 11, 2018
77: Alfie Evan’s and How the State Overrides Parental Rights

77: Alfie Evan’s and How the State Overrides Parental Rights

Most people are now aware of the plight of Alfie Evan’s family in Great Britain. 26 month old Alfie passed away recently from a neurological disease. But the larger tragedy in this story stems from how the British government systematically denied Alfie’s parents the right to seek alternative care for their son or even to bring him home to die. Who has primary responsibility in such cases, the parents or the state? Will there be more cases like Alfie’s in the near future?  
May 3, 2018
6: Winning People Over to Unpopular Ideas

6: Winning People Over to Unpopular Ideas

It’s telling that taking a stand on principle guarantees you’ll be out of step with what is popular. Contrary to what you see on social media, persuading people to open their minds shouldn’t require force or intimidation. In this episode, Connor and Bryan discuss 3 highly unpopular ideas and how to help others discover a degree of clarity regarding the principles behind them.
July 19, 2017