Ep. 54: Statist Propaganda in Popular Entertainment

I’m a big advocate for the suspension of politics and philosophy during down time. What does that mean?  It means I watch shows like NCIS, Law and Order, and Criminal Minds.  I listen to bands like Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, etc.  And I do so unapologetically.  Most of the time, you’ll hear me tell … read more

Ep. 51: Libertarianism and Christianity

Over the last couple of years I’ve heard from a few different people that my Christian faith is at odds with my libertarian philosophy.  After all, they tell me, the Bible is full of violence!  And let’s not forget that both Jesus Christ himself and St. Paul both gave shockingly clear instructions to pay your … read more

Ep. 50: The Battle Continues

It’s hard to believe I’ve released 50 episodes of the Battle for Liberty.  In this episode, I share with you the relative success of this podcast and why that’s important.  Then I re-state the mission of the podcast and review basic libertarian political philosophy in terms of the primary principles: nonaggression and property rights.  This … read more

Ep. 48: Defending the Undefendable

This week, the Libertarian Life segment makes a triumphant return.  In it, I discuss my own personal nullification of the soda tax.  Then we dive into more serious topics as I review Dr. Walter Block’s masterpiece, Defending the Undefendable.  Buckle up, kiddos, this one’s gonna be a bumpy ride.   Book Referenced Defending the Undefendable, … read more

Ep. 45: Shots Fired, Anarcho-Capitalists Attacked! I Respond

A controversial article at BeingLibertarian.com recently made the rounds and I was asked to respond.  At issue is the author’s claim that anarcho-capitalists are harming the libertarian movement due to their inflexibility and unwillingness to compromise. In today’s episode I analyze the article and take apart the claims one by one.  Where will you come down? … read more

Ep. 43: The State is Out of Control, Plus Listener Questions

Today I spend a good amount of time talking about specific examples that definitively prove the State is out of control.  I use three nearly-unbelievable examples of absurd Statist tyranny to hammer the point home. Prior to that discussion, I provide some follow-up to a question raised back in episode 12 regarding private defense and … read more

Ep. 39: Actual Anarchy: How Do We Get There?

The concept of anarchy scares a lot of people.  But the truth is that anarchy is already a huge part of your life, whether you know it or not.  Most human interaction occurs in an anarchistic relationship — meaning nobody had to hold a gun to your head to get you to interact peacefully with … 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

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