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Apr 16, 2019

Parental choice in your child’s education isn’t something to be taken for granted. Depending upon the country in which you reside, homeschooling your child may be seen as a questionable act. In this episode, we visit with the Petersen family and discuss the legal battle they’ve fought with officials in Sweden for the right to homeschool their kids. Their story should be heard by every parent who feels a personal responsibility regarding their child’s education.

Apr 16, 2019

Parental choice in your child’s education isn’t something to be taken for granted. Depending upon the country in which you reside, homeschooling your child may be seen as a questionable act. In this episode, we visit with the Petersen family and discuss the legal battle they’ve fought with officials in Sweden for the right to homeschool their kids. Their story should be heard by every parent who feels a personal responsibility regarding their child’s education.

Apr 11, 2019

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.

Apr 6, 2019

Think of how many public policies have been created for the purpose of helping the poor. Now ask yourself, why does it seem that none of them are working? Michael Tanner joins us to discuss the ways that the political left and right are inadvertently making matters worse with their respective approaches to bring wealth to the poor. You’ll learn what government should be doing to stop pushing people further into poverty and how the power can be authentically empowered.

Apr 6, 2019

Think of how many public policies have been created for the purpose of helping the poor. Now ask yourself, why does it seem that none of them are working? Michael Tanner joins us to discuss the ways that the political left and right are inadvertently making matters worse with their respective approaches to bring wealth to the poor. You’ll learn what government should be doing to stop pushing people further into poverty and how the power can be authentically empowered.

Apr 6, 2019

Think of how many public policies have been created for the purpose of helping the poor. Now ask yourself, why does it seem that none of them are working? Michael Tanner joins us to discuss the ways that the political left and right are inadvertently making matters worse with their respective approaches to bring wealth to the poor. You’ll learn what government should be doing to stop pushing people further into poverty and how the power can be authentically empowered.

Apr 3, 2019

A key part of the conversation regarding personal liberty and free markets always comes back to the proper role of government in our lives. One of the most common justifications for the expansion of government power is the perceived need for some type of social safety net. Is the term “social safety net” synonymous with the welfare state? What are some of the options that exist to care for the truly needy without increasing the size and costs of government?

Mar 30, 2019

The issue of digital privacy is one that should be on the minds of every person who uses a smart phone. Recently the state of Utah became the first state in the U.S. to require law enforcement to get a warrant before accessing anyone’s data on a third party’s server. Marina Lowe from the ACLU of Utah joins Connor to discuss what this law does and why it was a needed protection of our Fourth Amendment rights.

Mar 28, 2019

After a brief but productive hiatus, the Society and the State podcast is back in production and we have a lot to discuss. In today's episode, Connor and Bryan each share 3 of the books currently taking up space on their respective night stands. See what's captured our interest and attention of late and feel free to add your suggestions for other worthwhile books in the comments section. 

Dec 23, 2018

Few things are as controversial as the topic of abortion. One-size-fits-all approaches only tend to reinforce the controversy by causing their proponents to dig in ideologically. In today’s episode, Connor visits with Joe Baker from Save the Storks. Joe’s work is proving to be a creative way to tackle the issue with an eye towards furthering the protection of innocent lives. Bridge-builders are few and far between on this subject, so listen as Joe explains how it’s done.

Dec 19, 2018

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 search for that common ground, if it exists.

Dec 15, 2018

When it comes to shaping public policy, especially on hot button issues, it can be tricky to build consensus. Especially at the grassroots level, emotional and passionate dialogue can quickly become angry shouting back and forth. Make no mistake, anger alone isn’t sufficient to decisively shift public opinion and change minds. In this episode, Connor explains the critical lessons he’s learned in how to persuade and build consensus between highly polarized opponents.

Nov 28, 2018

The recent Thanksgiving holiday meant different things to different people. Some people celebrate it as a day of gratitude for abundance, others, as a day of sadness and oppression. One thing’s for certain, the simplified version we were taught as children only tells a fraction of the story of those who settled the New World. We revisit some of the popular myths and discuss the valuable lessons learned from the way the pilgrims experience began.

Nov 22, 2018

Of all the technological advances going on around us, none have so much potential to change our world as the science of artificial intelligence (AI). Some see AI as a potential danger, e.g. “The Rise of the Machines”, while others see it as the next giant leap forward for mankind. Ben Taylor is the co-founder and Chief Data Officer of Ziff, the world's only unstructured database powered by AI. He joins us to discuss the implications of what a world with AI might be like.

Nov 20, 2018

One of the most influential voices on education fell silent recently when John Taylor Gatto passed away. For many of us who have homeschooled or sought alternatives to public schooling, Gatto was the catalyst that caused us to begin questioning compulsory education. As a highly respected and award-winning former public school teacher, John Taylor Gatto spoke with clarity on the system in which he once taught. If you don’t know his story, it’s one worth learning.

Nov 15, 2018

Nothing helps to shift public perception on an issue like putting a human face and story to how the issue affects common people. Paige Figi is the mother of Charlotte, a young girl who suffered from a severe form of epilepsy. Charlotte is one of thousands of patients who have found authentic relief in medicinal cannabis products. Paige joins us to discuss how her little girl’s illness prompted an exhaustive effort to gain access to a powerful naturally occurring plant that makes a world of difference in Charlotte’s life.

Nov 10, 2018

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.

Nov 6, 2018

Most of us have heard the public service announcements on our radios from the Ad Council. The crash test dummies Vince and Larry are a good example of this. Have you ever stopped to wonder why so many of those PSAs have a very pronounced big government slant? It’s because they are being financed by the federal government. Pagona Stratoudakis from the American Media Council joins us to discuss how our tax dollars are used to propagandize us.  She also shares how her organization is helping to bring a message of freedom to the airwaves.

Nov 2, 2018

For some folks, the semi-annual ritual of setting the clock forward an hour in Spring or back an hour in Fall is no big deal. For the rest of us, it’s an unnecessary disruption of our sleep cycles and something that can have repercussions for days or weeks afterwards. Daylight savings is the result a legislative decree rather than an act of nature. Is it time to rescind this policy and to just let nature take its course? 

Oct 30, 2018

If you want to see an example of what authentic investigative journalism looks like, look no further than Ben Swann. His “Reality Check” segments have been a highly popular alternative to the agenda-driven content being promoted by so many news outlets. Ben joins us to discuss the ongoing social media purge of dissenting voices and also to tell us about his new platform from which he is broadcasting.

Oct 26, 2018

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.

Oct 23, 2018

Most of us tend to take for granted that our justice system works. This means we assume that the system is hard at work protecting the innocent by only putting bad guys in jail. Our guest may cause you to rethink that assumption. Brett Tolman is a former U.S. Attorney and prosecutor for the federal government. Now, he is a criminal justice reformer who is working to address some serious problems within the system. Learn what he came to realize and what he is doing to correct some of the institutional obstacles to authentic justice.

Oct 16, 2018

Knowing how to market ideas to the Millennial generation is a necessity for anyone who wants to succeed. This is especially true when it comes to promoting the cause of liberty and free markets. But not everyone has figured out how to turn good ideas into education and productive conversation. Matt Kibbe from Free the People joins us to offer his insights on how to effectively reach out to the liberty-curious.

Oct 12, 2018

The topic of abortion has evolved into one of the most contentious subjects in modern day America. It likely rivals the intensity of the debates over slavery in 1840s America. Bottom line, it’s tough to have a principled discussion of a topic that is so emotionally laden. A recent viral social media post suggested that not only do men have zero interest in stopping abortion but also that unwanted pregnancies are caused by men. That’s a tough divide to bridge. What if abortion could be approached from a personal responsibility and property rights angle?

Sep 22, 2018

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?

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