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May 29, 2018

The story of the U.S. Constitution is one of a gradually expanding federal government that has slowly but surely outgrown the limits on its power. Nowhere is this more clear than in how the Bill of Rights, which originally limited federal power, has been imposed upon the states to make them subservient to the Washington D.C. Kevin Gutzman joins us to discuss how the Incorporation Doctrine has given the feds even greater power over the states and a moral standing that they may not have earned.

May 24, 2018

Virtually everyone agrees that education is essential. How it is supposed to take place is a source of intense debate and discussion. Is there a difference between education and schooling? For that matter, can a one-size-fits-all approach ever meet the needs of individuals who differ widely in how they learn? If you've ever struggled through the conveyor belt process of learning things that didn't interest you in the least, you'll appreciate Connor's insights into passion-driven education.

May 22, 2018

When the U.S. Constitution was written, the balance of power between the states and the federal government they called into existence was very different. Under federalism, the states and the people were superior to the federal government in all but a very few, clearly enumerated areas. The framers drove this point home in the 10th Amendment to the Bill of Rights. Over time, however, this relationship has been turned on its head. Michael Boldin from the 10th Amendment Center joins us to discuss why this happened and whether the 10th Amendment remains relevant in our day.

May 18, 2018

Most of us have thought at one time or another, "What would I have done differently, if I'd only understood then what I understand now?" We may not get to turn back the clock for a do-over, but we can certainly take inventory of where our understanding has grown. It's a powerful way to key in on some of the best lessons we've learned along the way.  If you could give advice to your younger self, what would say? 

May 14, 2018

Jordan B. Peterson is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He's also immensely popular within intellectual circles thanks to his incisive, yet diplomatic, rebuttals to social justice activism. In this episode, Brittany Hunter from the Foundation for Economic Education joins us to discuss why Peterson has become a highly sought after speaker, author and thinker among those who prize individual liberty. 

May 11, 2018

The Boy Scouts have been a familiar part of the American landscape for more than 100 years. To this day, having earned one's Eagle Scout award carries an overtone of honor and accomplishment. Like other institutions, however, the Boy Scouts have been subjected to increasing pressure from social justice groups. Now that the LDS Church has announced it will be separating itself from Scouting, what does this say about the future of the Scouts?

May 9, 2018

We're taught from an early age that government is there to help us rather than hinder us, right? But when government agencies saddle a farmer with millions of dollars in fines simply for planting wheat in his own wheat field, it raises some interesting questions. Central California farmer and nursery owner John Duarte joins us to tell his story of bureaucracy run amok and why every person who enjoys eating their daily meals should be paying close attention. 

May 3, 2018

Most people are now aware of the plight of Alfie Evan's family in Great Britain. 26 month old Alfie passed away recently from a neurological disease. But the larger tragedy in this story stems from how the British government systematically denied Alfie's parents the right to seek alternative care for their son or even to bring him home to die. Who has primary responsibility in such cases, the parents or the state? Will there be more cases like Alfie's in the near future?

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