BNS 45: Occupational Licensing with Shoshana Weissmann

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Today I am joined by Shoshana Weissmann! Shoshana is the digital media manager with the R Street Institute, where she manages the institute’s social media and email marketing, in addition to contributing graphics and video skills. She is also a policy fellow, working on occupational licensing reform and other issues, and writes in various publications, including The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Today, we discuss of a variety of topics as they relate to occupational licensing and commercial freedom. Listen as we discuss Shoshana’s work with occupational licensing reform, permits, state regulations vs. federal regulations, evidence-based policymaking, alternatives to government regulations, and more!

Bio: Shoshana joined R Street in June 2017, having most recently managed digital communications for Opportunity Lives, a group that highlighted positive stories and policy solutions. Before that, she managed social media and wrote for The Weekly Standard. Earlier in her career, she managed digital communications for America Rising PAC, where her strategy was highlighted in a piece that appeared in The New York Times. Shoshana has been featured in MavPAC’s “Future 40” list in 2018, Red Alert Politics’ “30 Under 30” list in 2013, and, in 2012, was the youngest person on the District of Columbia Republican Committee’s “35 Under 35” list. She lives in Washington and has a stuffed sloth named Grover G. Norsloth.

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WAL 327: Spangle Banned on FB, Trump’s Rhetoric, Nonviolence

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Chris Spangle and Sarah Brady Wagner discuss the current political climate. Trump is being blamed for heightened rhetoric. How much should he be blamed, and what other political figures share the blame? How did we become so tribal? Is America more violent than in our past? Why is peaceful action the right way to persuade people?

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BHOL 84: Senate Debate – Cravens vs. Gaskill vs. Noland

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Jeremiah Morrell and Dakota Davis host the latest in the wildly popular candidates series, sponsored by Weiland’s Flowers of New Castle, and with the support of the Henry County League of Women Voters.

Henry County has an open State Senate Seat and all three candidates participated in our program. Dave Cravens is the Democrat candidate, Mike Gaskill is the Republican, and Greg Noland is the Libertarian. The district covers portions of Henry, Delaware, and Madison counties.

Topics include criminal justice, jails, public education, industrial hemp, medicinal and recreational marijuana policy, property taxes, and potential hate crime legislation.

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WAL Daily 15: How America Destroyed Honduras

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The United States of America has an illustrious history in large part due to a free market economy. So why is it that when we prop up a government in another country, we make sure it is some type of single-crop dictatorship? Hodey Johns and Rhinehold explore how Honduras went from a fertile land of plenty to the most deadly place on earth thanks to your tax dollars.

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WAL Daily 14: Trump Wants to End Birthright Citizenship

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Sarah Brady Wagner and Rhinehold discuss President Trump’s recent comments on ending birthright citizenship. What is it and how does his idea jive with the 14th Amendment?

WAL 326: The Swamp Explained – Political Violence Now vs. 60s, Is Trump Draining the Swamp?

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In our “The Swamp, Explained” series, Chris Spangle and Rob Quartel go in depth on how Washington works. On this episode, we compare the heated political environments of the 1960’s to today, we examine how Trump is emboldening the Swamp by not staffing the Executive Branch, and we question if the Federal Reserve is truly independent.

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WAL Daily 13: The Side of Mike Shipley Nobody Sees

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Hodey Johns flips the script that people try to write about Michael Shipley. We explain why philosophical disagreements need not lead to broken alliances, how everyone can be excited about a horizontal business model, and the subtle difference between Orwell and Stalin.

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

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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.

I Think I Was Banned For Supporting Liberty Memes

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I have been banned by Facebook for 30 days. Lil’ ole’ outrageous me. I’ve been banned once before, so the previous protocol would be a 3-day ban… But midterms are coming up and Zuckerberg has pledged to clean up the site. That means troublemakers like myself are being banned past the midterms. So what did I do?

The given reason was a comment on the WAL Page a week ago saying that their argument was the equivalent of a Good German saying that Jews may have been the problem. This was a historical argument over language that was labeled as hate speech by Facebook. I’ve been put in timeout to reflect on my behavior, and I’ve determined I did nothing wrong.

The real reason in my mind would be my interviews with and posts about Liberty Memes being taken down. Within 24 hours of my Facebook Live with Peter Gay, I was banned for a comment made a week ago. We posted our interview in many places and it was shared many times.

Over the last week, I have reconsidered my thinking on leaving the platform. I think libertarians have to be lions in the face of censorship. When one of us is censored, 100 more need to pop up and spread the word. When one page is taken down, we need to build networks to repopulate those pages with a record speed. We need to make Silicon Valley feel the power of the libertarian voice. It will be necessary to have the cooperation of many factions within the libertarian movement. Some libertarian brands may need to promote or share content from other libertarian brands they find disagreeable. If you follow a page, independent media outlet, or a libertarian blog, encourage the owners to share replacement pages like Liberty Memes 2.0. It is necessary to maintain the libertarian voice in the public square.

Now that I am on their radar, it is only a matter of time before my ability to communicate to you through Facebook is taken away for good. That is why it is so important to subscribe to all of our social platforms below, our podcasts, and this email list. Bookmark the websites. Donate on Patreon because it costs money to diversify our voice.

Libertarianism flourished before social media and it will flourish long after it because our ideas are right. Just keep talking.

BNS 43: America’s Future Foundation, the Opioid Epidemic, and Free Market Solutions for Healthcare with Chloe Anagnos

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Today I am joined by a familiar face (or voice, rather) or the We Are Libertarians Network – Chloe Anagnos! Chloe is a writer and digital marketer and has been a contributor for the American Institute for Economic Research
(AIER) since 2017. Her work has been the subject of articles in FOX News, The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), USA Today, CNN Money, and WIRED. She has been a writer, commentator, and panelist for media outlets around the country on subjects like political marketing, campaigning, and social media. She is also the Chapter Leader for AFF-Indianapolis.

Chloe and I start our conversation today discussing our roles in AFF (America’s Future Foundation) in both Indianapolis and Philadelphia, respectively. AFF is a professional development network for individuals who believe in the power of personal liberty, entrepreneurship, and innovation, channeled through free-markets, to promote positive social change. AFF events bring together like-minded advocates in with each respective community to network, learn from each other, discuss key issues, and ultimately collaborate to improve themselves and the city as a whole.

Both Indy and Philly AFF-chapters held seminars in recent months discussing the impacts of the opioid epidemic and the free-market solutions that are available to help mitigate the situation. Chloe and I discuss these AFF events at length, which then leads us to a more generic discussion about healthcare and the free-market solutions that are out there to help “fix” our broken healthcare system.

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