Whenever someone points out that we are ignorant in some form or another, it’s human nature to get defensive or angry. That’s a shame, because rational ignorance is part of life. It’s what should be prompting us to improve our understanding or to seek out greater truth. Nowhere is rational ignorance more noticeable than at the voting booth. Uninformed voters can cause tremendous damage when they lend their support to people and policies they don’t understand. It’s not a matter of purely ideological or political disagreement. Effective citizenship goes well beyond simply casting a vote on election day.
Sometimes it feels as though freedom and free markets have become a low priority for most folks. However, behind the scenes, it's astonishing how many individuals and organizations are working passionately to promote the ideals of a free society. Atlas Network is a worldwide network that connects hundreds of organizations that are defending freedom around the globe. Matt Warner is the Chief Operating Officer for Atlas Network. He joins us to share his insights into what Atlas is accomplishing.
Property rights are an essential part of personal liberty. Unfortunately, property rights are much more illusion than fact in today’s society. Things that we think we own and, therefore, control are actually subject to an astonishing amount of government regulation. In this episode, we discuss some of the challenges to authentic property rights as well as potential solutions to rein in the bureaucracy.
Part of our pursuit of happiness is having our estate in order. Most often, when we hear about estate planning, we tend to think of it in terms of having a will for when we pass away. But since life can throw some unexpected curveballs at us, we also have to think about other things as well. Connor’s mother, Merrilee Boyack joins us to share her expertise from more than 3 decades as an estate planning attorney.
Few things can magnify our individual efforts like making productive connections with others who are hard at work in a similar cause. The division of labor works at a philosophical level too. If you’re serious about growing your circle of influence, you must learn how to network with others. In this episode, we discuss some of the networking lessons learned while attending the recent Foundation for Economic Education conference in Atlanta.
One of the biggest problems of America’s $21 trillion national debt is that the numbers are so large that few of us can comprehend it. This means that the catastrophic potential of that debt is largely incomprehensible too. While we focus on things like the stock market and unemployment rates, the numbers—and associated interest we owe—keep growing and growing. Anthony Randazzo from Reason joins Connor to explain why the national debt should matter to us and what it portends for the future.
A lot of predictions have been made about where the world is going and it’s amazing how often they’ve been dead wrong. From overpopulation to peak oil to flying cars, the future doesn’t always unfold the way some experts are insisting it will. Meanwhile, things that were not anticipated to be as impactful—like some technologies—have changed how we do everything. Join us as we discuss what we can learn from the predictions that didn’t pan out as well as the ones that we should have given a second look.
Free speech zones, speech codes, campus unrest and radicalized student movements are becoming regular features of higher education. If you’ve ever felt concerned that young people today are more inclined to big government and central planning, you’re going to love the message Cliff Maloney has to share. His organization Young Americans for Liberty is helping young people become decisively engaged in the cause of liberty.
Watershed moments are those pivotal events on which history turns and the course of an entire nation can shift. Unfortunately, they are seldom recognized as such until many years later. In 1913, America experienced at least 3 watershed moments that have led us to serious consequences more than a century later. This reality underscores the importance of considering not only that which is seen when enacting a public policy but also the unintended consequences which are often not immediately seen.