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Oct 31, 2017

Why is it that so many truly innovative ideas get bogged down in precautionary rules, regulations and red tape? One notable exception, where regulators allowed an innovation to develop organically, is the internet. Adam Thierer from the Mercatus Center joins us to discuss permissionless innovation and how it allows transformational ideas to make our world a better place without some bureaucrat deciding exactly what form it should take. 

Oct 26, 2017

When we hear the term "black market" many of us think of illegal goods trading hands in the shadows. But a closer look at what constitutes black market activity shows that even simple things like beekeeping, lemonade stands and other unregulated--yet voluntary--exchanges are also examples of the black market. Can there be virtue in helping one another meet our needs without first seeking government permission? 

Oct 24, 2017

The war drums have been beating almost non-stop for most of our lives now. Are we really being protected from various enemies at the gate or is war simply the health of the state? Angela Keaton from antiwar.com joins us to discuss what the peace movement today is and is not. She also gives us a solid recounting of the history of the peace movement and where it is headed.

Oct 20, 2017

Writing a book isn't the easiest thing you'll ever do. But if you have an idea that you wish to share or defend or are looking to build your credibility with like-minded individuals, it's a highly worthwhile pursuit. In this episode, Connor shares many of the hard-won lessons that he's learned while writing and publishing 13 books. What he has to say will inspire you if you aspire to be an author and it will also help you more easily navigate what can be a daunting process.  

Oct 17, 2017

The right to own, control and use one's private property is the  cornerstone of liberty. But property rights in America have been steadily eroding for many generations. From zoning codes to property taxes to eminent domain, your private property rights are taking a regular beating. Christina Sandefur from the Goldwater Institute joins us to discuss what's being done to restore and protect our property rights.

Oct 12, 2017

Two of the most dominant forces in modern society are fear and status. Unfortunately, these forces can also be highly destructive, depending on how much we allow them to influence our decisions. If you've ever felt stressed out about "keeping up with the Joneses", it may be time to examine what we regard as status symbols and whether they genuinely contribute to the kind of life we'd like to live. 

Oct 10, 2017

The vast majority of Americans recognize Alexander Hamilton as the face on the ten dollar bill. Some may also recall that he was one of the founding generation or that there's a Broadway musical about him. Very few understand how Hamilton's ideals have affected us throughout American History. Author and historian Brion McClanahan joins us to explain the often overlooked connections between Hamilton's influence and the government overreach we see in our time.

Oct 5, 2017

Few subjects spark the kind of emotional polarization that the topic of immigration does. Like most issues, once immigration became politicized, it became a power struggle. In this episode, we examine the most common concerns, misconceptions and the underlying principles of limited government that pertain to immigration in America.  

Oct 3, 2017

Americans tend to be nonchalant about their freedom of speech. It's something we too easily take for granted. However, college and university campuses across the nation are becoming the flashpoint for a growing number of freedom of speech issues. In this episode, we're joined by Adam Steinbaugh of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. FIRE is currently involved in a number of cases involving free speech and due process in institutions of higher learning. 

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