“260: Is Trump Libertarian? And FISA Section 702”
by We Are Libertarians

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Chris Spangle, Chris Gault, and Creighton Harrington reunite the original cast and discuss how little has changed since 2012, but everything is different. We ask if Trump is a libertarian President, and explain the reauthorization of FISA Section 702.


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“259: Trump’s “S-Hole,” Haiti’s Past, Aziz Ansari and #MeToo”
by We Are Libertarians

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Chris Spangle and Harry Price discuss the s-hole comment, why the right can’t trust Trump, why is Haiti an s-hole, and Spangle explains the birds and bees to Aziz Ansari and the #MeToo movement.


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Aziz Ansari

Haiti

Trump

Schools

“Introducing the Brian Nichols Show”
by We Are Libertarians

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The Brian Nichols Show
January 12, 2018

Host Brian Nichols introduces The Brian Nichols Show, outlines the goals for the show, and covers FISA after Thursday’s FISA 702 vote.

The Brian Nichols Show is for libertarians, conservatives, Republicans, moderates, independents, and even those on the left, who are actively seeking a political news program that objectively covers the week’s news to help educate, enlighten, and inform.

Add the RSS Feed: https://briannichols.fireside.fm/rss

“258: Ross Ulbricht, Intel Chips, Louisiana School Board”
by We Are Libertarians

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Harry Price hosts ‘Low Key WAL’, a conversation with Stone Aldridge and the WAL discord. They cover YouTubers, the new Wednesday show going forward, Ross Ulbricht, Intel CPUs, and the Louisiana School Board arrest.

“257: Is Trump Crazy? Sessions Targets Pot, James Risen”
by We Are Libertarians

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Chris Spangle and Harry Price discuss the new Michael Wolff book “Fire and Fury,” we consider the mental health of Donald Trump, explain the American hero that is James Risen, and why Jeff Sessions rescinded the Obama marijuana rulings.

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Wolff Book/Trump’s Mental Fitness

James Risen

Sessions/Marijuana

Dossier Causes Death

“256: WAL Horse Race 1 – Maguire vs. Sipe”

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January 4th, 2018

Chris Spangle introduces the We Are Libertarians Horse Race, a new concept for helping libertarian candidates raise money and their profile. Mark Rutherford, Michael Dixon, and Chris Spangle ask questions of two candidates. The candidate with the best campaign will come out of this show with the WAL endorsement, $500 of consulting services from Mark and Michael’s political consulting firm, and we will ask our audience to donate a boatload of money to their campaign.

We are launching the We Are Libertarians Horse Race Club. Club members will donate $10 a month (or more) to promote this episode on the We Are Libertarians Facebook to raise awareness of their two campaigns. Sign up at WeAreLibertarians.com/HorseRace. Libertarian-leaning candidates of any party can sign up there as well.

“255: About Us – The 10 Principles of We Are Libertarians”

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January 3rd, 2018

Chris Spangle and Harry Price explain the 10 Principles of We Are Libertarians. If you are new to the show, start here.

“255: About Us – The 10 Principles of We Are Libertarians”

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Chris Spangle and Harry Price explain the 10 Principles of We Are Libertarians. If you are new to the show, start here. (more…)

The Ten Principles of We Are Libertarians

What We Believe

We are libertarians. We love politics and the news, and our mission is to apply libertarian principles to the stories you and your friends are discussing. We want to make you sound smarter while treating modern politics with all of the irreverence it deserves. We seek to teach individuals about the news of the day, the libertarian philosophy, the libertarian movement, and how to think differently. Our host is Chris Spangle, a fifteen year veteran of politics and media. He leads a discussion amongst friends that span the libertarian spectrum of thought. The twice-weekly podcast was founded in 2012.

We hold the following paradigms for our political analysis:

1. First and Foremost, We Ask ‘What Is Best For Liberty?”

There are many strains of libertarianism, but ours is best defined by David Boaz’s article titled “Key Concepts of Libertarianism.” Our philosophy is determined by these concepts:

  • Individualism
  • Individual Rights
  • Spontaneous Order
  • Limited Government
  • Free Markets
  • The Virtue of Production
  • Natural Harmony of Interest
  • Peace

As a result, we believe in capitalism, noninterventionism, and American constitutionalism. Libertarians often term this as minarchism.

2. All Contributions Towards Moving Society in This Direction are Valued

We are nonpartisan. Our founder Chris Spangle spent four years working for the Libertarian Party of Indiana and votes Libertarian the majority of the time. Many of our cohosts are Republicans. Some are former Democrats. Some are anarcho-capitalists that do not believe in voting. The principles of libertarianism transcend the empty vessels of political parties. If a libertarian is making progress towards a more free society, we think that is worthwhile.

3. The Golden Rule is the Foundational Principle Of a Libertarian Society

‘Treating others as you’d like to be treated’ is a profound and straightforward precept for life. Every human is worthy of dignity and respect. We reject any ideology or policy that depends on stripping an individual or group of their humanity for implementation. We are not libertarians because of greed or selfishness. We are libertarians because government policy often strips individuals of their dignity and fails to provide them with effective outcomes as detailed in our podcast ‘The Cost: The Human Toll of Public Policy.” We believe that the rules of good interpersonal relationships extend to the masses. While many libertarian outlets start with economics, we believe telling the human story is more relatable.

4. Government Exists And Politics Will Not Cease In Our Lifetime

Many libertarian outlets do a great job explaining the result of libertarian beliefs, but we are not one of them. We support these ideas and believe the world would be better if we existed in a purely libertarian society. The reality is that our times demand a counter-argument to the leviathan of the modern city-state. We believe in engaging in the debates of the day to insert a libertarian voice to move our current government in a libertarian direction. Utopian scenarios are always exciting for the libertarian mind, but usually, serve to drive libertarian-curious individuals away from our movement.

5. We Are Libertarians Will Serve As an Entry Point into the Libertarian Movement

Acting as the entry point for those interested in the libertarian philosophy is one happy outcome of focusing on current events. We do our best to teach individuals about the entirety of the libertarian movement without bias. While we favor certain individuals and outlets, we recognize that not every new person will have the same tastes. We don’t believe in shaming other libertarians for engaging in political activities that we do not personally find worthwhile.

6. We Believe in Presenting All Sides of An Issue To Let the Listener or Reader Make Up Their Minds

While we have a clear bias towards freedom and liberty, we want to present as many sides of an argument to let our listeners and readers make up their mind. We reject all forms of censorship. All voices must be heard to have a healthy society. The best way to neutralize dangerous ideas? Expose them to scrutiny. Propaganda and echo chambers have become pervasive in the social media era, and have caused the atrophy of critical thinking. We reject the idea that any idea is off limits for discussion.

7. Achieving Liberty is a Never-Ending Fight and Libertarians Must Invest in Future Generations

Progressives in the early 20th century planned to spend 100 years advancing their political goals. Libertarians must show the safe preparation and coordination to begin moving us towards principles of self-government. Those looking for short-term success will be frustrated quickly.

8. Every Individual Can Make Societal Change

The average individual has the power to influence modern politics with a post, a tweet, a discussion, a vote or through their voice. Every act is an extension of their values and must be used wisely.

9. We Embrace Complexity and Reject Tribalism

Our newer listeners and readers are always trying to determine our “tribe.” We reject the tribalism of modern politics and do not try to fit our content to curry favor with the biases of particular political movements. We are not right or left-libertarians. We believe that there are valuable ideas from all different ideologies within global politics. We do not engage in flat and simplistic thinking. We reject propagandist tactics. Humans are complex animals that deserve in-depth study and analysis.

10. We Treat Modern Politics With All of the Irreverence It Deserves

Political commentary is boring. We recognize the serious outcomes of politics while not taking it too seriously. We believe that humor is a useful tool to explain complex ideas. Our podcast reflects a kitchen-table conversation as opposed to experts sitting at a news desk.

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Disclaimer: This site and its content is not an endorsement of any political group, candidate, or party. All of the opinions are those of the individual author making the statement. The views of each contributor do not reflect the opinion of their employer or other contributors. 

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Chris Spangle, Publisher/Editor-In-Chief of We Are Libertarians and Podcast Host:

chris-spangleChris Spangle was raised in Plainfield, Indiana. He attended IUPUI where he was the College Republicans President during the 2004 elections. While working on Andy Horning’s Congressional campaign in 2004, Horning inspired Spangle to research the libertarian philosophy. Spangle went on to work at Newstalk 1430 AM, WXNT for five years as a producer and reporter. During his last year where he was the producer of “Abdul in the Morning,” the premier political talk show in Indianapolis. It was during this time that he witnessed first-hand how broken the two-party system is, although he had been a life-long Republican, he decided to work to grow the Libertarian Party of Indiana and to affect social and political change in a libertarian direction.

Spangle served as the full-time Executive Director of the LPIN in October of 2008 and left in December of 2012. He went on to work in marketing for the Englehart Group, a political consulting and marketing firm in Indianapolis. He also served as the Marketing Director of the Advocates for Self-Government, the premier libertarian organization giving libertarians the tools to share the message with the general public effectively. He now works as the digital director of a nationally syndicated morning show.

Spangle resides in Indianapolis, IN with his two cats, Mittens and Muffins.

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“254: Basics of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency”

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Chris Spangle, Jesse Riddle, and Jeff Erdman discuss the basics of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. What is it? Is it a safe way to invest or purchase items? What are the best coins to use? How does one get started? We cover all the basics. (more…)

“253: Murder of Daniel Shaver, Russian Investigation Corrupt, Media Melts Down, Moore Loses”

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Chris Spangle and Harry Price break down the murder of Daniel Shaver by police. They also explain how Trump spends his day and Spangle reacts to the shocking loss of Roy Moore. Harry outlines why this was one of the worst weeks for the media, and we expose the corrupt nature of the deep state and Russian collusion investigative team.

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Chris Spangle and Harry Price break down the murder of Daniel Shaver by police. They also explain how Trump spends his day and Spangle reacts to the shocking loss of Roy Moore. Harry outlines why this was one of the worst weeks for the media, and we expose the corrupt nature of the deep state and Russian collusion investigative team.

“252: Virtue and Politics – Can you have both?”

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Chris Spangle, Chris Gault, and Tad Western discuss virtue signaling, morals and their place in politics, and at what point can one no longer support a politician they agree with politically.

Phony Virtue is Ruining Western Society – http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/phony-virtue-is-ruining-western-society/
Key Concepts of Libertarianism – https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/key-concepts-libertarianism

Chris Spangle, Chris Gault, and Tad Western discuss virtue signaling, morals and their place in politics, and at what point can one no longer support a politician they agree with politically.

Phony Virtue is Ruining Western Society – http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/phony-virtue-is-ruining-western-society/
Key Concepts of Libertarianism – https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/key-concepts-liber

“251: Flynn, Trump s Para-CIA, Gay Cakes in SCOTUS”

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Chris Spangle and Harry Price discuss the Flynn charges, if Russiagate is anything of substance, the new counter-intelligence agency being considered, the gay cakes go to the Supreme Court, and Bitcoin secrecy is under attack. (more…)

“250: Are Social Media Sites Public Utilities? & Cara Schulz, LP Candidate Recruiting Specialist”

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Chris Spangle and digital marketing expert Doug Karr discuss the future of social media and independent news outlets as companies like Facebook and YouTube begin censoring small media outlets like We Are Libertarians. Then Spangle interviews Cara Schulz, the new Libertarian Party Candidate Recruiting Specialist on the challenges and benefits of running for office. Learn more: https://www.lp.org/run-for-office.

“248: Conyers, Tax Bill, Zimbabwe, Net Neutrality”

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Chris Spangle and Harry Price explain the Conyers scandal, all of the House and Senate Tax Bills, the coup in Zimbabwe, and an update on Net Neutrality.

Digital Lynchings Aren’t New – Fatty Arbuckle

No, none of what we are experiencing is new.

“At a raucous, three-day party in September 1921, a young starlet became severely ill and died four days later. Newspapers went wild with the story: popular silent-screen comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle had killed Virginia Rappe with his weight while savagely raping her.” – It wasn’t true.

“247: Digital Stampedes and What It Is Like Serving In The Military”

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Chris Spangle, Doug Karr, and George discuss the current environment of digital stampedes, the accusations against Al Franken, and Doug and George discuss their military service and how it shapes their view of foreign policy.