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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
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
113: Are Ballot Initiatives a Bad Idea?

113: Are Ballot Initiatives a Bad Idea?

In a republic form of government, lawmaking is generally handled by elected representatives of the people. But is there also a place for direct democracy, where the people can exercise their franchise on specific issues via ballot initiative? In this episode, we explore the pros and cons of the initiative process as well as when and where it may be necessary to limit the power we’ve delegated to government.
September 7, 2018
111: John McCain and the Hypocrisy of Reverential Treatment

111: John McCain and the Hypocrisy of Reverential Treatment

With the passing of U.S. Senator John McCain, we are experiencing a rare glimpse into the mindset of many members of the media and the political class. The state has never been shy about co-opting the word “hero” for its own purposes, and what better time to laud those who have served its interests than when they have died? But do the lavish pronouncements and official pageantry square with reality?
August 31, 2018
109: Is Antifa Doing Any Good?

109: Is Antifa Doing Any Good?

One of the key symptoms of the unraveling taking place in American society is the growing tendency toward violence against people and property by various activist groups. This is particularly true of the masked Antifa members who can best be understood by the ironic 2017 photograph of one of them beating a man with a sign that says “Stop the Hate!” For all the ruckus they’re causing, are they accomplishing anything worthwhile? Is conflict all that we have left to resolve our differences?
August 25, 2018
97: Does Voting Legitimize a Failed System?

97: Does Voting Legitimize a Failed System?

As passionate as people tend to get during an election cycle, it can be difficult to maintain perspective. Voting is the minimum level of citizenship yet we treat it like it’s the high sacrament of our civic religion. How much good does it do to vote? Does it lend approval to systems that are primarily looking out for their own interests? In this episode, we discuss the moral and ethical considerations of exercising our vote as well as what we can do outside of voting to affect meaningful change.
July 13, 2018
82: Michael Boldin on Whether the 10th Amendment is Still Relevant

82: Michael Boldin on Whether the 10th Amendment is Still Relevant

When the U.S. Constitution was written, the balance of power between the states and the federal government they called into existence was very different. Under federalism, the states and the people were superior to the federal government in all but a very few, clearly enumerated areas. The framers drove this point home in the 10th Amendment to the Bill of Rights. Over time, however, this relationship has been turned on its head. Michael Boldin from the 10th Amendment Center joins us to discuss why this happened and whether the 10th Amendment remains relevant in our day.   
May 22, 2018
62: Avoiding Criticism

62: Avoiding Criticism

According to Aristotle, the only surefire way to avoid being criticized is to “Do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” On the other hand, if you’re determined to live a life of purpose, it’s a certainty that you’ll encounter critics. Having a thick skin is a necessity. We also need to understand when to explain ourselves and when to keep plowing forward without becoming distracted. Not all criticism is bad. Not all criticism is deserved. Learn which critics are worth hearing out and which ones must be ignored if you’re to be effective in wielding your influence. 
January 31, 2018