Post Tagged with: "politics"

160: Zac Morgan on Is Dark Money a Good Thing?

160: Zac Morgan on Is Dark Money a Good Thing?

What kind of reaction does the term “dark money” elicit when you first hear it? If it’s a mixture of fear and suspicion, you may be playing right into the hands of the political operatives who coined the phrase. Zac Morgan from the Institute for Free Speech joins Connor to discuss how campaign donations have never been more public and the chances of the Koch brothers or George Soros taking over the world may have been exaggerated.   Links mentioned: Institute for Free Speech
July 30, 2019
159: Does Not Voting Indicate Consent for the Status Quo?

159: Does Not Voting Indicate Consent for the Status Quo?

If there is such a thing as a civic religion, then voting might well be considered its high sacrament. We’ve all heard people say, “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain.” But what should we make of those who say, “Not voting means you’ve consented to the status quo”? With another highly polarizing election cycle dead ahead, now is a good time to sort out what our vote represents and how consent plays into the way we choose to vote—or not vote.   Links mentioned: Lessons from a Lemonade Stand: An Unconventional Guide to Government by Connor […]
July 22, 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
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
123: Another Election Has Passed…So What?

123: Another Election Has Passed…So What?

Another midterm election cycle has played out with its attendant pageantry and fanfare. For all the attention it garnered, we’re still left asking the question: Has anything actually changed? Have the “I Voted” stickers become the new participation trophy for modern Americans? Citizenship requires that we be engaged in our governance but we’re still left wondering if all the focus on the act of voting is as essential as we make it out to be. Join us as we examine some of the things good citizens should be doing outside of the election cycle.
November 9, 2018
119: What Exactly Have We Been Up To?

119: What Exactly Have We Been Up To?

If you’re a regular listener to the Society and the State podcast, you’ve no doubt noticed that we’ve had a few gaps in posting new episodes lately. Given how much we enjoy doing this podcast, it would be more than a bit out of character for us to have grown tired or lazy about doing SATS. It turns out that some very exciting projects have been keeping Connor and Bryan burning the midnight oil these past few weeks. In this episode we’ll tell you what they are.
October 26, 2018
115: Why Are Supreme Court Nomination Hearings a Circus?

115: Why Are Supreme Court Nomination Hearings a Circus?

The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have been animated, to put it mildly. The circus-like atmosphere isn’t just a symptom of politics-as-usual. It’s an indicator that the American body politic has experienced some major shifts in how we perceive the role of our national government. What do these antics portend for the constitutional republic that our founders created? Is the Supreme Court supposed to be the linchpin on which our nation’s fate hangs?
September 22, 2018
110: Klaus Bernpaintner Is Sweden More Socialist Than the USA?

110: Klaus Bernpaintner Is Sweden More Socialist Than the USA?

Sometimes it seems that most of the world’s most countries are in a race to see which can become the most socialist. Often, nations like Sweden are held up as examples of how good socialism can be in a first world nation. In this episode, Connor is joined by Klaus Bernpaintner of the Mises Institute to discuss which country is more socialist these days: Sweden or the USA? The answer isn’t as clear cut as you might think.  
August 29, 2018
96: Max Borders on Why Politics Is Not the Answer to Improving the World

96: Max Borders on Why Politics Is Not the Answer to Improving the World

Most of us are trained from a very young age to believe that government is the solution for most of the problems in our lives. As a result, we tend to spend a lot of time and effort fighting over how we want government to solve social problems. Max Borders has a slightly different take on things. He has founded an organization that’s dedicated to liberating humanity through innovation. Can technology allow us to better address authentic needs without having to resort to political solutions? 
July 10, 2018
95: Are You a RINO?

95: Are You a RINO?

Despite clear warnings from the Founders, partisan politics has become the norm in America today. Strip away all the flowery rhetoric and flag-waving and the truth that remains is that parties exist to get candidates elected. This tribal quest for power often leaves voters with having to make a choice between pragmatism and principle. Is it possible to be effective as a voter without surrendering your deepest principles? 
July 6, 2018