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Aug 28, 2017

We all appreciate how technology makes our lives more convenient. Sometimes we forget that some technological advances come with certain costs. Nowhere is that more apparent than what's happening to our privacy. Thankfully, there are pioneers like Steve Shillingford who are helping those who value their privacy to protect it. In this episode, we talk with Steve about his SUDO app and how it empowers privacy-minded smart phone owners and computer users. 

Aug 25, 2017

If we wish to be taken seriously, the way we dress can either help us or hurt us. This observation is less tongue-in-cheek than it sounds. Our wardrobe can have real impact on the world around us, whether we know it or not. Our guest Jeffrey Tucker is best known as a tireless writer, speaker and advocate for liberty. In this episode he makes a compelling, yet fun, case for knowing what our clothes are saying about us. It's not so much about dressing to impress others as it's about recognizing the respect we demonstrate for ourselves and for society when we dress properly.  Get ready to learn about the proper uniform of a man going about the business of life. 

Aug 23, 2017

Every bit of information that is directed at us each day is competing for our allegiance. That means it's important to know what is worth embracing and what's worth discarding. Few things will help a person take responsibility for his or her own worldview like knowing what we stand for. That's why it's essential that we recognize the ways that opposing ideals are being presented to us. In today's episode, we discuss the importance of learning from your opponent's playbook to protect against being misled and to sharpen our own skills of persuasion.  

Aug 21, 2017

With so many interesting distractions all around us, it’s hard to help young minds recognize the complex issues and ideas that shape the world around us. Finding someone who can make difficult concepts easier to understand and apply is a huge help. Richard Maybury is a talented author and the publisher of the Uncle Eric book series which helps readers of all ages understand economics, law and history in a memorable way. Maybury’s approach is empowering and greatly needed. It’s a lot easier to teach young minds correct principles than it is to persuade adults to relearn false ideas they’ve believed most of their lives.

Aug 18, 2017

When’s the last time you heard something that lifted your heart and inspired you to stand tall for your most cherished beliefs? So much of the information that streams into our lives today leaves us feeling anything but empowered. Here comes a healthy dose of encouragement. Lawrence Reed from the Foundation for Economic Education joins us to discuss how FEE is helping to educate those who still value the principles of individual liberty and free markets. He also shares inspiring examples from his book Real Heroes: True Stories of Courage, Character and Conviction regarding some of the best qualities that humanity has to offer.

Aug 16, 2017

Of all the relationships in our lives, our relationship with the state is easily the most confusing. For instance, you'll often hear people speak of the "social contract" when they're insisting that you do something you may not want to do. What exactly is that "contact"? Where can we read it? More importantly, when did we sign it? Connor and Bryan examine these questions and associated topics like the importance of consent and what constitutes legitimate authority. 

Aug 14, 2017

As widespread and instantaneous as our mass media has become, it's curious that stories involving firearms are so rarely reported accurately. Does private firearms ownership translate into a societal bloodbath or are there authentic benefits to society? Dr. John Lott's research has offered a clear and unflinching record of the good and the bad. It's a huge advantage to have the benefit of Dr. Lott's dispassionate analysis when examining a topic that can spark strong emotions on both sides of the debate.

Aug 11, 2017

There are many forms of disruptive technology beginning to reshape the world around us. One technology that you'd be very wise to learn about is cryptocurrency and how it pertains to mediums of exchange. Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne joins us for a fascinating discussion of the revolutionary potential of the Blockchain and what it could spell for central banks and state-issued currencies. He explains what Blockchain is and why it’s changing the future of money as we know it.

Aug 9, 2017

Mass movements are seductive. We find a sense of safety in numbers and they all seem to promise a quick and easy fix to the problems that need solving. Unfortunately, mass movements are easily distracted. They can be co-opted and, sometimes, the promise of “unity” becomes fertile ground for animalistic groupthink. If you’re the kind of person who yearns to be a problem-solver, take heart! This episode will offer you hope and some ideas on how to make the difference you were born to make by discovering your own sense of personal purpose. 

Aug 7, 2017

The lust to control others has always been a part of human nature but we know we're in trouble when we start seeing official mental health diagnoses like Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Writer Dan Sanchez has made a timely diagnosis of his own; it's called Submissive Compliant Disorder. Dan joins us to discuss how how to stand your ground effectively and how to help others break others out of our society-wide case of Stockholm Syndrome by rediscovering the undeniable power of the word "no".

Aug 4, 2017

What do you think of when you hear words like “success” and “failure”? Get ready to expand your definitions when you hear what Nate Holzapfel has to say. In this episode, Nate shares his experiences as a college dropout who found his groove and went on to co-found the Mission Belt Co. He later appeared on the popular television show Shark Tank and negotiated a deal with fashion brand icon Daymond John. Nate’s energy is infectious and his insights are dead on.

Aug 2, 2017

If you sense that there’s more fear being channeled in your direction these days, you’re right. Fear has been used as a tool of control for millennia. The biggest change in our time is the efficiency of the delivery systems. In this episode, Connor and Bryan discuss the methods and science behind how fear can be leveraged into controlling others. You’ll also learn how to inoculate yourself against fear-based manipulation and how to recognize when someone’s trying hack your brain with fear.

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