WAL 2020 Presidential Candidate Series: Domestic Policy Debate

In the first of ten debates between the presidential candidates on the We Are Libertarian Network, we discuss Domestic Policy. Listen is as Kim Ruff, Christopher Marks, Ben Leder, and Arvin Vohra answer hard questions about gun control, gerrymandering, surveillance, drug policy, term limits, net neutrality, affirmative action, eminent domain, social security, and more!

Spangle on the Friends Against Government Podcast

On this episode of the Friends Against Government podcast, we take tips from the master clouter, Chris Spangle of the We Are Libertarians podcast, and learn the best ways to increase our respectability over the internet. We tear down bridges, we destroy friendships, we take names, and we just generally act like major d*cks to people. Next up? We attack iTunes, for forcing us to censor ourselves. D*cks! Listen here – www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-s9rwd-a1b42f

Eulogies of George H.W. Bush

Raw Audio Politics

https://rawaudio.fireside.fm/126

We’ve compiled just the eulogies of former President George H.W. Bush’s state funeral.

Speakers in order:

[00:00:00] – Jon Meacham, Presidential Historian and Author
[00:12:00] – Brian Mulroney, Eighteenth Prime Minister of Canada
[00:24:00] – Alan K. Simpson, former United States Senator, Wyoming
[00:35:33] – George W. Bush, Forty-Third President of the United States
[00:47:46] – Reverend Dr. Russell Levenson, Jr., Rector, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Houston, Texas.

Video:

Adam Curry of the No Agenda Show on the Value for Value System, History of Podcasting

Raw Audio Politics

https://rawaudio.fireside.fm/125

The value-for-value system is the future of media. Adam Curry of the No Agenda Show explains how he funds his podcast in the 21st century while looking at the history of podcasting.

Video: Adam Curry Speaks at Cusp 2012

Video Description:

It’s not easy being a media assassin. Adam Curry watches C-SPAN so you don’t have to.

Entrenched in the media business most of his life, Adam started in radio at the age of 15, working in Dutch pirate radio and television before becoming widely known for his 1987-94 stint as an MTV VJ, where he interviewed countless stars including Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.

An early advocate and innovator in web technology, Adam left MTV to found “OnRamp”, which ultimately grew to 700 employees as the NASDAQ listed company THINK New Ideas, which he and his partners merged with Answerthink in 1999. In 2005, he co-founded PodShow — now Mevio — which has raised over $38 million since its launch, and in the process earned the nickname “The Podfather” as one of the pioneers of podcasting.

Currently a self-titled “Government Legislation Analyst,” Adam reads legislation, watches C-SPAN, deconstructs the media and reports his findings twice weekly on his listener-supported “No Agenda” podcast. Last summer he toured the US to meet and talk personally with his listeners — whom he calls producers — to get a deeper sense of the impact of his efforts to help people understand what drives the media, and of the future of the ‘Value for Value’ model.

A resident of Austin, Texas, Adam is also a licensed fixed wing and helicopter pilot.

Join Us For Our Online Election Night Party!

WAL Updates

I will be recording an election special today to give you a We Are Libertarians-level amount of stats, races to watch, and predictions for Tuesday. That includes Libertarian candidates who will likely be missed by Politico or CNN in their coverage. Any Patron who pledges at the $5 a month or above level can access it the day they sign up. The funds won’t pull from your card until the first of next month.

Join Here.

On Tuesday night, I will host an election night party online through Zoom beginning at 6 PM (until 10 or 11 pm) for our Patrons who pledge $10 and above. This group video chat will be a fun way to meet other libertarians and WAL Patrons from across the spectrum. We will be sharing our thoughts on election night in real-time. Any Patron who pledges at the $10 a month or above level can access it the day they sign up. The funds won’t pull from your card until the first of next month. I will send a link to join the video chat to the Patreon email system and in the Nobility Facebook Group on Election Night.

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Only current Patrons can access the election night party, so please make sure your card is current!

Thank you for your support,

Chris Spangle

Cato: The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

Cato Institute

Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the past few years. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. How did this happen?

First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: (1) what doesn’t kill you makes you weaker, (2) always trust your feelings, and (3) life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths are incompatible with basic psychological principles as well as ancient wisdom from many cultures. They interfere with healthy development. Anyone who embraces these untruths—and the resulting culture of “safetyism”—is less likely to become an autonomous adult able to prosper in a free society.

Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to produce these untruths. They place the conflicts on campus in the context of America’s rapidly rising political polarization, including a rise in hate crimes and off-campus provocation. They explore changes in childhood, including the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the past decade.

Cato: The Hell of Good Intentions: America’s Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy

Cato Institute

“Featuring the author Stephen M. Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, and Contributing Editor, Foreign Policy magazine; with comments by Stephen Wertheim, Visiting Scholar, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, and Visiting Assistant Professor in History, Columbia University; moderated by Christopher Preble, Vice President of Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

At the end of the Cold War, the United States was confident that it stood on the precipice of a new era of peace and prosperity as the world’s sole superpower. U.S. leaders adopted a strategy of primacy, aimed at discouraging others from challenging American power, and they sought to spread democracy and liberal economics within an American sphere of influence that encompassed most of the world. Today, relations with Russia and China have deteriorated, nationalist movements are on the rise, and the European Union seems unsteady at best.

In his new book, The Hell of Good Intentions, Stephen Walt traces many of these problems to the flaws inherent in primacy. U.S. power has allowed policymakers to pursue ambitious foreign policy goals, even when those goals are unnecessary or doomed to fail. And yet, despite many setbacks, an entrenched foreign policy elite retains its faith in liberal hegemony. Join us at noon on Wednesday, October 17, as Walt explores these ideas and outlines the case for a fresh, new approach to American foreign policy based on realism and restraint.”