Archives for June 2016

Episode 160: What is it like to go to prison for 18 years?

Chris Spangle, Chloe Anagnos, and Brett Bittner are joined by Derone Caldwell and Richard Samuels to discuss life inside of prison, the emotions of a long term sentence and solitary confinement, and how the innocent are often forced into long sentences through the manipulation of the justice system.

Episode 159: WAL Live 3, Brexit

Chris Spangle, Greg Lenz, and Joe Ruiz host a live episode of We Are Libertarians. We discuss Single Spangle vs. Coupled Greg. James Nease helps us explain the Brexit. We check in with several others and have a really fun time at Morty’s Comedy Joint.

Episode 158: PorcFest Special

Harry Price and Seth cohost a special PorcFest episode of WAL with Rodger Paxton of the LAVA Flow Podcast and Joe Jarvis of Anarchy in New England. WARNING… Harry reports that this episode is a little… rough. We haven’t listened yet so we aren’t sure what that means, but NSFW.

Episode 157: Gary Johnson Town Hall and Homegrown ISIS

Chris Spangle, Greg Lenz, and Rob Kendall discuss abortion, the Gary Johnson CNN Town Hall, and homegrown ISIS.

What is a Libertarian? An Introduction to Libertarianism with Marshall Fritz

What is a libertarian?

Libertarianism seems like a complex political philosophy. It isn’t difficult to understand. It comes down to three big ideas. If you haven’t been through our guide to the libertarian philosophy, The Path to Libertarianism, then please check it out here.

Before you think through these ideas, take the World’s Smallest Political Quiz. Retake it afterwards to see if you have moved closer to the top of the diamond. Marshall Fritz, the man in the YouTube video below, was the creator of the quiz. In the video and audio, he gives one of the best explanations of what a libertarian is.

First, a little synopsis. A lot of people like to say that libertarians are socially liberal and fiscally conservative.

Fundamentally, libertarianism is about the freedom and liberty of an individual. Each individual knows what is best for them and their community. Yes, it IS about reducing the size of government, but that is a small piece of what a libertarian believes. Simply put, libertarians don’t want to hurt others or take their stuff and that idea is extended through all aspects of society.

“Libertarianism is what your mom taught you: behave yourself and don’t hit your sister.” – Ken Bisson

David Boaz in his book Libertarianism: A Primer outlines the key concepts of the philosophy: Individualism, Individual Rights, Spontaneous Order, The Rule of Law, Limited Government, Free Markets, the Virtue of Production, the Natural harmony of interests, and Peace. (Read his description here.)

“Libertarianism is what you probably already believe… Libertarian values are American values. Libertarianism is America’s heritage of liberty, patriotism and honest work to build a future for your family. It’s the idea that being free and independent is a great way to live. That each of us is a unique individual with great potential. That you own yourself, and that you have the right to decide what’s best for you. Americans of all races and creeds built a great and prosperous country with these libertarian ideals. Let’s use them to build America’s future.” – David Bergland, 1984 Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate and author of Libertarianism in One Lesson

From Libertarianism.org:

“Marshall Fritz founded the Alliance for the Separation of School and State and Advocates for Self-Government, and was perhaps best known as the creator of the World’s Smallest Political Quiz, a 10-question survey that places quiz-takers in one of five categories: Libertarian, Liberal, Centrist, Conservative, or Statist. Fritz passed away in 2008.”

“In this video from a California Libertarian Party conference in 1991, Fritz gives an introduction to libertarianism by answering four questions about it: What are libertarianism’s basic principles? How does it compare to the ‘left’ and ‘right’? Who would be better off in a libertarian world? How can you prove the principles of libertarianism work?”

2 Dudes, 1 Mic Episode 001: Trump is in Trouble, The Brexit

It is your first and only taste of 2 Dudes, 1 Mic, a special show for premium members of We Are Libertarians.

Episode 156: We Are Libertarians State of the Union

Chris Spangle and Greg Lenz take an episode to explain what the future holds for We Are Libertarians.

Episode 155: Tony Stiles on the Austin Petersen campaign and Human Trafficking, Orlando

Chris Spangle, Greg Lenz, Aaron Ewert and Tony Stiles talk about the inner workings of the Austin Petersen campaign, how Tony combats sex trafficking, and we react to Orlando. Learn about the Arrows Foundation.

Episode 154: Is this the Libertarian Party’s Moment?

Chris Spangle, Greg Lenz, Chloe Anagnos, and lil Brett Bittner discuss the outcome and experiences of the Libertarian National Convention and if this is finally the moment for the Libertarian Party to rise with Gary Johnson’s candidacy. #NeverBittner Shirts can be found here.

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