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Ep. 37: The Triumph of the Free Market

This week I’m going to engage the State in an epic battle against the free market.  Ok, ok, “epic” may be a bit of a stretch.  Come on, you know it’s true — the State never had a chance.   Donations for the Martinez and Irwin Families GoFundMe: Mark, Erin and family   Articles Referenced Oil … read more

Ep. 36: Intellectual Property

The John Deere corporation would like you to understand that you don’t actually own anything you’ve purchased if it relies heavily on software. According to John Deere, you’ve merely purchased the license to the software that runs on those devices. But otherwise, they retain an exclusive right over the device and how it’s maintained or … read more

Ep. 35: In Defense of #TaxationIsTheft

The deadline for filing federal taxes was this week.  So many of us in the libertarian universe were out in full force proclaiming #TaxationIsTheft.  As we’ve come to expect, Statist apologetics were quick to dutifully defend their master and its means of financial health.  This week I respond to a few of the arguments put forth by … read more

Ep. 34: United Airlines Flight 3411 — The Whole Story

When United Airlines chose to forcibly remove one of their paying customers from an airplane in Chicago this week, a terrible mistake was made. I think a lot of people agree that the airline could have done a better job of problem solving, and physical removal could have (and should have) been avoided.  But what’s … read more

Ep. 33: Is The Libertarian Party As Radical As It Once Was?

On this show, I tend to talk a lot about little l libertarianism – that is, libertarian principles and philosophy, and the various policy conclusions that I draw from those foundations.  But of course Libertarianism also refers to the political party, what I might call big L Libertarianism. If you’ve listened to this show for … read more

Ep. 32: How Capitalism Can Save the Environment

One of the most common objectives thrown in the face of libertarians is the problem of protecting the environment.  The typical argument goes something like this: “without the State, evil corporations — who are motivated only by profit — will squander natural resources, emit toxic pollutants, and ruin the environment for everyone. How could a 100% … read more

Ep.31: Milton Friedman Was Wrong

Ok, let’s be honest: on a great many topics, the distinguished economist Milton Friedman was right. Minimum wage? Affirmative Action? He nailed those. And he probably converted countless people to the cause of liberty. For that reason (and others) I think he’s one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century. But he wasn’t … read more

Ep. 30: Minarchy v. Anarchy

One of the most common arguments within the liberty movement is whether individual freedoms are better protected by a small government or by no government at all.  Some maintain that the inherent flaws of humanity require a small, limited government to supplement an otherwise completely free society.  But others aren’t quite so convinced.  Could it be … read more

Ep. 29: The Scientific Method for Your Reasoning

Have you ever wanted to improve your skills of argumentation?  Ever gotten into a debate but found you and your opponent got nowhere?  We’ve all been there!  What you should know is that it’s almost a certainty that the breakdown in communication was caused by a failure to adhere to a system of consistency of personal … read more

Ep. 28: Abraham Lincoln, The Great Consolidator

When you think of Abraham Lincoln, what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, your mind is immediately drawn to the image of the Great Emancipator — the man who freed the slaves and saved the union.  But this is nothing more than absurd fiction dressed up as historic fact. So what’s the truth … read more

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