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Jul 31, 2018

Most of us agree that freedom and free markets are worthwhile things. When it comes to putting these ideals into practice, however, there can be considerable confusion. Lawrence W. Reed who is president of the Foundation for Economic Education joins us to share 7 specific principles of sound public policy. Whether you choose to be a better-prepared participant or simply a well-informed observer, this is very useful philosophical ammunition.

Jul 27, 2018

Social media is so entrenched in our lives that we tend to regard it in the same manner that a fish might regard water. It’s so universal that we are nearly oblivious to the impact it’s having on our world. Like any tool, social media can be used for noble and uplifting purposes or for not so good purposes. In this episode, we examine the ways that we can use social media to enlighten and unite rather than to simply marginalize those with whom we disagree.

Jul 24, 2018

Welcome to a milestone episode of Society and the State. For our 100th episode, it’s fitting that our guest is former Congressman and presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul. Dr. Paul has been a tireless advocate for personal liberty and free markets. His influence has been a catalyst for many of us who have found purpose in the cause of freedom. Dr. Paul shares his thoughts on what the freedom movement has accomplished so far and what likely lies ahead for it.

Jul 20, 2018

We’ve all seen the “man on the street” interviews where average Americans struggle to identify or name a single country on a world map. Granted, the hapless folks we’re laughing at aren’t necessarily the norm but the fact that they even exist raises some interesting questions about our dominant schooling systems. Is our public school system a failure or is it working exactly as its designers intended? What are the tools and tactics of learning that prepare us for life in the real world?

Jul 17, 2018

It's no secret that many people tend to think of education in one-size-fits-all terms. When it comes to educational alternatives, there's a lot more going on than simply homeschooling. To grasp all the possibilities, we must be able to think outside the box a bit. Kerry McDonald joins us to discuss the advantages of self directed learning and unschooling. 

Jul 13, 2018

As passionate as people tend to get during an election cycle, it can be difficult to maintain perspective. Voting is the minimum level of citizenship yet we treat it like it’s the high sacrament of our civic religion. How much good does it do to vote? Does it lend approval to systems that are primarily looking out for their own interests? In this episode, we discuss the moral and ethical considerations of exercising our vote as well as what we can do outside of voting to affect meaningful change.

Jul 10, 2018

Most of us are trained from a very young age to believe that government is the solution for most of the problems in our lives. As a result, we tend to spend a lot of time and effort fighting over how we want government to solve social problems. Max Borders has a slightly different take on things. He has founded an organization that’s dedicated to liberating humanity through innovation. Can technology allow us to better address authentic needs without having to resort to political solutions?

Jul 6, 2018

Despite clear warnings from the Founders, partisan politics has become the norm in America today. Strip away all the flowery rhetoric and flag-waving and the truth that remains is that parties exist to get candidates elected. This tribal quest for power often leaves voters with having to make a choice between pragmatism and principle. Is it possible to be effective as a voter without surrendering your deepest principles?  

Jul 3, 2018

Most of us grumble about taxes but we seldom understand just how many different ways we are taxed in our daily lives. From the federal level right down to the local level there are more outstretched government hands than you’d think, all vying for their cut of your money. Kristen Tate spells out for us where these often hidden taxes lie and why it’s important to hold our leaders at every level accountable for what they’re doing with our money.

Jul 3, 2018

Most of us grumble about taxes but we seldom understand just how many different ways we are taxed in our daily lives. From the federal level right down to the local level there are more outstretched government hands than you’d think, all vying for their cut of your money. Kristen Tate spells out for us where these often hidden taxes lie and why it’s important to hold our leaders at every level accountable for what they’re doing with our money.

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