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Libertarian Matt Kibbe puts aside politics to have mostly honest conversations with mostly interesting people. Mostly because it’s really hard to be honest and interesting at the same time. Mostly because we want to have some fun, even as we argue about things that really matter — you know, things l…

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    Ep 204 | Censorship Is a Big Government Problem, Not a Big Tech Problem | Guests: Adam Thierer and Wayne Brough

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 56:15


    Matt Kibbe is joined by the R Street Institute's Adam Thierer and Wayne Brough to discuss the state of free speech on the internet. With Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter, we are in the middle of a national debate about the tension between censorship and free expression online. On the Right, many people are calling for government to rein in what they perceive as the excesses of Big Tech companies, while the Left wants the government to crack down on speech they deem dangerous. Both approaches make the same mistake of giving politicians authority over what we are allowed to say and hear. And with recent revelations about government agents leaning on social media companies to censor speech, it's clear that when it comes to the online conversation, there's no such thing as a purely private company.

    Ep 203 | Liberty Republicans Outperformed the Party | Guest: Jack Hunter

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 66:24


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Jack Hunter, co-founder of Based Politics, to discuss the results of the midterm elections, what we can learn from a lukewarm performance from Republicans, and the state of conservatism in the United States. One clear takeaway is that those Republicans who took a clear stand on liberty issues did better than their less principled counterparts. Thomas Massie, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ron DeSantis won their races because voters recognized leaders who are willing to stand up against the tide of authoritarianism coming from Washington. In other cases, generic Republican candidates simply failed to capitalize on Americans' widespread feelings of dissatisfaction, with a lack of inspiring candidates or a convincing case for how they would govern more responsibly.

    Ep 202 | Why Do Tyrants Get Reelected? | Guest: Rep. Thomas Massie

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 54:44


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) to discuss the results of the recent midterm election. Many people were expecting Democrats to take a beating after COVID lockdowns, a weak economy, and record inflation, but for the most part, this didn't happen. There are several explanations for this, including a number of lackluster Republican candidates and failure to sufficiently convince voters that Republicans would govern more responsibly. After all, many of the problems Americans now face started under a Republican president. If Republicans want to win in the future, they need to stand for something tangible. This is why Ron DeSantis had a good night, while moderate Republicans like Dr. Oz and Herschel Walker struggled. There's also a conversation to be had about the role of Donald Trump in the GOP's future, after many of his endorsements appeared to do more harm than good.

    Ep 201 | What We Talk About When We Talk About the Economy | Guest: Per Bylund

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 70:50


    Matt Kibbe talks with economist Per Bylund about his new book, “How to Think About the Economy: A Primer.” Bylund explains what the economy actually is and how it works in terms that are easy for anyone to understand. Economics is not, as many believe, the study of money or finance, but a way of understanding human decision-making given the constraints of scarce resources. Per also explains the basics of the Austrian School of Economics, which differs in several important ways from the Chicago School and the Keynesian School, which are generally more popular with politicians and policymakers. How to Think About the Economy: A Primer: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1610167554/

    Ep 200 | What Is Foreign Policy Realism? | Guest: Will Ruger

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 67:46


    Matt Kibbe sits down with Will Ruger, president of the American Institute for Economic Research, to discuss the theory of foreign policy realism and how we can apply it to international conflicts like the war in Ukraine. Contrary to what critics claim, realists are not isolationists. They recognize a role for the American military on the world stage. But at the same time, they think that involvement should be restrained and always focused on America's clear national security interests. By contrast, the neoconservative approach imagines that the United States has a duty to order the world as the U.S. government sees fit, engaging in nation-building and taking sides in every conflict around the globe.

    Ep 199 | How Lockdowns Killed the Magic | Guest: Doc Dixon

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 66:26


    Matt Kibbe is joined by comedic magician Doc Dixon to talk about what it was like being an entertainer during the years when live performances were mostly prohibited. As a libertarian, Dixon saw the dangers of lockdowns earlier than most — dangers not only to his ability to earn a living but to the mental health of a nation deprived of human interaction. From there, the discussion swings through a variety of topics, including the business of magic, the healing power of comedy, drug legalization, and the Ron Paul revolution.

    Ep 198 | Human Progress Means We Should Feel Gratitude, Not Resentment | Guest: Marian Tupy

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 55:10


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Marian Tupy, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and author of “Superabundance,” to talk about the ways in which the standard of living has dramatically increased over the years. It has become fashionable to assert that things are getting worse, wages have stagnated, and prosperity is a thing of the past, but in reality the opposite is true. If you look at the numbers, as Tupy does in his book, it's indisputable that we've made amazing progress as a species, and yet many refuse to recognize it. The reason is that utopian thinking leads to comparing the present not to the past, but to an unrealizable ideal that exists only in the imagination. When you make this comparison, you are bound to be disappointed. A more realistic approach shows that this resentment is misplaced and that in fact we should be grateful for all the wealth and prosperity we now enjoy.

    Ep 197 | COVID Lockdowns Were Unconstitutional and Illegal | Guests: Robert Alt and Eric Flannery

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 50:59


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Robert Alt, CEO of The Buckeye Institute, and Eric Flannery, owner of The Big Board, to celebrate the filing of their constitutional challenge against the District of Columbia. After Eric announced that his restaurant would not discriminate against the unvaccinated, the city pulled his liquor license and ultimately shut him down completely. Nine months later, after Eric was forced to burn through his life savings, The Big Board is open and the outstanding fines have been dismissed. But Eric and Robert are fighting on in defense of the fundamentally American principles at stake. Their new legal challenge argues that the DC government did not have the authority to issue a string of emergency orders that resulted in The Big Board's shutdown, and that these actions, by seeking to evade congressional review and judicial scrutiny, violated the U.S. Constitution and the Home Rule Act of 1973. Watch Free the People's documentary coverage of this story: Shut Down Indefinitely | Part 1: https://youtu.be/hA-iPTXJfQE Shut Down Indefinitely | Part 2: https://youtu.be/OWAa7P8DmBI

    Ep 196 | Parents Are Taking Charge of Their Children's Education | Guest: Corey DeAngelis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 61:30


    Matt Kibbe sits down with Corey DeAngelis, senior fellow at the American Federation for Children, to discuss the bottom-up revolution sweeping the States, driven by fed-up parents demanding better choices and accountability from failing government schools. While Arizona's reforms are the new gold standard, and West Virginia is making progress in offering school choice to more students, parents should demand more, especially from Republicans. With students still recovering from COVID lockdowns and long-term school closures, the last thing children need is politics getting in the way of parental rights and much needed reforms.

    Ep 195 | The Government Is Waging a War on Small Business | Guest: Carol Roth

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 55:20


    Matt Kibbe sits down with Carol Roth, author of “The War on Small Business,” to discuss the many ways in which government policy favors huge corporations and makes life hard for the independent business owner. For all the talk about small business being the backbone of the American economy, it would be hard to design a set of policies more hostile to small businesses. Considering everything from COVID lockdowns, to Wall Street bailouts, to Obamacare, to the monetary policy of the Federal Reserve, it's clear that the rich and powerful have a seat at the table that is denied to the rest of us, and that translates into a playing field that is anything but level. The War on Small Business: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0063081415

    Ep 194 | We Need a Participatory Health Policy | Guests: Jay Bhattacharya and John Ioannidis

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 73:15


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Stanford University epidemiologists Jay Bhattacharya and John Ioannidis to discuss the interaction between science and health policy. The COVID-19 response was one-sided and dictated from the top down, which not only led to many disastrous policies, but also undermined the public trust in science and medicine as institutions. In the future, what is needed is a more humble approach to policymaking that admits its own ignorance and allows the public more opportunities to participate in the decision-making process.

    Ep 193 | Are We in a Perfect Storm of Recession? | Guest: Gene Epstein

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 68:01


    Matt Kibbe talks with Gene Epstein, director of the Soho Forum, about the economy, inflation, and whether or not the United States is set to experience a severe recession. Kibbe argues that between lockdowns, rampant spending, and an unwillingness of the Biden administration to take its foot off the gas, we could be in the midst of a perfect storm for economic downturn. Epstein, on the other hand, thinks that the economy is more resilient than that — based on the rapid recovery we saw after lockdowns were lifted. While we can certainly expect some degree of economic hardship in the near future, how severe it will be is still very much an open question.

    Ep 192 | The War on Misinformation Is a Disaster for Free Speech | Guest: Jenin Younes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 45:11


    Matt Kibbe sits down with Jenin Younes, litigation counsel for the New Civil Liberties Alliance, to discuss the lawsuit filed by two attorneys general against the federal government over online censorship. There is a mounting body of evidence that the Biden administration pressured social media companies into removing certain content, and the suit alleges that this is a clear violation of the First Amendment. If major platforms like Twitter and Facebook are acting as an arm of the federal government under threat of punishment if they disobey, the basic principle of freedom of speech and of the press is severely compromised, replaced by a regime of aggressive censorship and propaganda.

    Ep 191 | Without Comedy, Society Collapses | Guest: Lou Perez

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 45:27


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Lou Perez, comedian and author of “That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore,” to talk about the future of comedy in a world where taking offense has risen to the level of a competitive sport. As comedians abandon college campuses and risk having their social media presence destroyed by saying something controversial, comedy has become the vanguard for free expression and the war against censorship. Without jesters to poke fun at the powerful and cloak important truths in humor, society becomes a stagnant, humorless morass that tends ever closer towards authoritarianism. That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1637582455

    Ep 190 | Take the Politics Out of Crowdfunding | Guests: Heather Wilson, Jacob Wells

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 50:40


    Matt Kibbe sits down with Heather Wilson and Jacob Wells, co-founders of GiveSendGo, a crowdfunding website that doesn't discriminate based on differences in ideology. After several high-profile cases where crowdfunders have blocked campaigns for the Canadian truckers or businesses refusing to comply with vaccine mandates, people are looking for an alternative solution to support companies that are willing to stand up for their values. As cancel culture and deplatforming are interfering even with people's ability to make charitable contributions to support freedom, competition and entrepreneurship are more important than ever in providing an escape from the woke mob.

    Ep 189 | Can a Society Exist Without Government? | Guest David Friedman

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 48:17


    Matt Kibbe sits down with economist David Friedman, one of the original advocates for a stateless society, where all services are provided by markets rather than government. He called this system anarcho-capitalism, and in the nearly fifty years since the publication of his seminal book “The Machinery of Freedom,” his ideas have become extremely influential among the libertarian movement. Friedman discusses his philosophy of a free society and the ways in which he tries to persuade skeptics that his system would be preferable to the one we have now, or to similarly revolutionary proposals by socialists.

    Ep 188 | The Babylon Bee Is Fighting Fear with Laughter | Guest: Kyle Mann

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 44:44


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Kyle Mann, editor in chief of the Babylon Bee, to talk about the ways in which laughter can cut through the constant anxiety that news outlets and political partisans demand we feel at all times. The evidence that this works comes from the overt hostility displayed to the Babylon Bee's innocent satire by fact-checkers and social media platforms. The mere act of bringing people together through humor has become a threat to the endless divisions that keep us fighting among ourselves.

    Ep 187 | Lockdowns Threw 100 Million People into Poverty | Guest: Jay Battacharya

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 84:46


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Dr. Jay Battacharya, professor of health policy at Stanford University, to talk about the continued hesitancy of the mainstream media and government scientists to acknowledge the immense harm caused by COVID lockdowns. As one of the authors of the “Great Barrington Declaration,” Dr. Battacharya has been subjected to a relentless smear campaign designed to discredit him, yet the evidence is clear to anyone willing to look: Not only did lockdowns throw millions into poverty, but they were made possible by the extremely dangerous gain-of-function research that allowed the virus to spread in the first place. The hostility toward lockdown skeptics is largely an attempt for those responsible for COVID to cover their tracks and shift the blame to others.

    Ep 186 | New Hampshire Libertarians Hold Lockdowners Accountable | Guests: Nolan Pelletier, Robley Hall, Ben Richards

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 47:29


    Matt Kibbe sits down with three members of the New Hampshire Libertarian Party to talk about the Free State Project and the pro-liberty trend in New Hampshire politics. As members of the Mises Caucus, which recently took over the Party's leadership, they are adamantly opposed to lockdowns, vaccine mandates, and other authoritarian responses to the pandemic. They attribute their success not only to the power of their message, but to the strong community bonds that characterize the libertarian movement in New Hampshire.

    Ep 185 | Hollywood Is Dead; Here's What's Going to Replace It | Guests: Jordan and Daniel Harmon

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 39:25


    Matt Kibbe sits down with Jordan and Daniel Harmon, co-founders of Angel Studios, to talk about their new model for financing and distributing movies and television shows. The Hollywood machine has become so expensive and so difficult to break into that it has become all but impossible for independent filmmakers to find an outlet for their creativity. The problem is compounded when you want to make films with different values from those of the studio elites. Angel Studios is solving this problem through crowdfunding and has already demonstrated success with its popular shows “The Chosen” and “The Tuttle Twins,” based on the successful book series.

    Ep 184 | Big Pharma Is Buying Washington's Vaccine Policy | Guest: Adam Andrzejewski

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 42:37


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of Openthebooks.com, to discuss the complex web of payola that exists between major pharmaceutical companies and scientists at the NIH. Many of these government bureaucrats, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, receive royalty payments for products they work on. Now that they are in a position to regulate, and even mandate, the use of certain treatments, this creates a major conflict of interest. We can't trust those in the government to pick winners and losers in the marketplace when doing so allows them to enrich themselves at the expense of the American taxpayer and even at the cost of public health.

    Ep 183 | ESG Scores Are Extremely Dangerous | Guest: Clint Russell

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 41:33


    Matt Kibbe sits down with Clint Russell, host of “Liberty Lockdown,” to talk about how the lockdown policies of the last two years have created the infrastructure to implement a nightmarish regime of social control to rival China's social credit system. Under the guise of promoting environmental protection, social justice, and good governance, those who control the nation's financial systems will be able to aggressively police individual behavior. Anyone who doesn't behave “correctly” will find their access to society cut off, including the loss of their bank accounts. And the scariest thing is that it's not just the government implementing these policies, but nominally private businesses acting on the government's behalf.

    Ep 182 | Will Brazil Embrace Liberty or Populism? | Guest: Magno Karl

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 47:12


    Matt Kibbe sits down with Magno Karl, executive director of Livres, to discuss the recent political changes in Brazil, the country's liberty movement, and the prospects for a freer, more open Brazil in the near future. Karl explains the difference between Brazil's multi-party system and America's two-party one, warns against the dangers of electing a populist strongman, and urges libertarians from all countries to stop bickering with each other in order to more effectively unite in creating a better world free of power-hungry dictators.

    Ep 181 | The Road to Racial Justice Is Liberty | Guests: Rachel Ferguson and Marcus Witcher

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 51:13


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Rachel Ferguson and Marcus Witcher, authors of “Black Liberation Through the Marketplace,” to discuss the ways in which free markets and free people have done more for racial justice and equality than any top-down government program. While acknowledging that minorities still face real problems with structural racism in the United States, Ferguson and Witcher point out that in most cases these structures are imposed by the government rather than eliminated by them, and the largest reductions in racist policies have come during periods of deregulation. While the social justice crowds tend to demand more and more intervention by the state, they ignore the fact that slavery, segregation, eugenics, and all of the other racially motivated programs were products of a large central government, not of ordinary people. Black Liberation Through the Marketplace: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1637583443

    Ep 180 | How Can Young People Be Happy? | Guest: Leopold Ajami

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 54:21


    Matt Kibbe sits down with Leopold Ajami, founder of Novel Philosophy Academy, to talk about the philosophy of Ayn Rand and how it can be applied to improve people's lives in a tangible way. Rand gets a bad rap for her defense of terms like “selfishness,” but in essence her philosophy is all about self-respect and the pursuit of happiness. In an era when young people are surrounded by prosperity and yet feel miserable and oppressed, Rand's ideas can perhaps provide an antidote to the pessimism and fatalism that are dominating the culture experienced by America's youth.

    Ep 179 | Fighting the Tyranny of Local Government | Guest: Jesse Ramos

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 51:05


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Jesse Ramos, community engagement director for AFP-Montana, to talk about the ways in which individuals can make a difference in local politics. So often, our conversations revolve around national institutions like the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court, but it's really at the local level where we can best hope to effect real change. Issues like education, property taxes, and the lockdown policies implemented by local health departments can have a dramatic impact on people's lives, but we can improve those outcomes simply by showing up to city council meetings and getting involved.

    Ep 178 | America Is Starting to Look Like China | Guest: Lily Tang Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 45:26


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Republican congressional candidate Lily Tang Williams to talk about her experiences growing up under Chinese communism and the ways in which the United States is starting to be influenced by the same kinds of authoritarian policies. Mao Zedong's socialist experiment resulted in 45 million deaths, but young people today have barely even heard of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution. The lockdown policy during the coronavirus pandemic originated in China, and now the American government is openly pondering a system of vaccine passports that looks a lot like the Chinese social credit system. This is a totalitarian policy that gives the government total control over the degree to which citizens are allowed to participate in their own society.

    Ep 177 | Disinformation Is a Giant Distraction | Guest: Olivia Rondeau

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 53:05


    Matt Kibbe sits down with conservatarian journalist and commentator Olivia Rondeau to talk about the Biden administration's obsession with fighting alleged disinformation. While lies and propaganda have always been part of public discourse, the sudden focus on policing speech might have more to do with plummeting poll numbers, skyrocketing inflation, the devastation of COVID lockdown policies, shortages, unemployment, and all the other consequences of a backward policy agenda that has left voters high and dry. As a young black conservative woman, Rondeau is in a position to see through all the nonsense of identity politics and game playing leading up to the midterm elections.

    Ep 176 | How Government Created the Baby Formula Shortage | Guest: Sen. Mike Lee

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 36:01


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) to discuss the causes and solutions to the current shortage of baby formula in the United States. It's mainly the result of an absurd regulatory regime that hinders competition and prevents producers and distributors from meeting the needs of consumers. But rather than dismantling or scaling back those regulations, the administration is engaging in cheap political stunts — including the use of military planes to air drop baby formula from Europe into swing states. The whole incident is a perfect illustration of the inability of a central government to effectively distribute goods in the same way that a free market is capable of doing. The senator also discusses his new book, “Saving Nine,” about the Democratic effort to pack the Supreme Court.

    Ep 175 | The Left-Right Political Spectrum Doesn't Describe America | Guest: Tony Woodlief

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 60:44


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Tony Woodlief, author of "I, Citizen," to talk about how Americans can address political polarization and the increasingly fragmented communities that leave us at each other's throats. If you only view the country through the lens of social media, you could be forgiven for thinking that the country is on the brink of a civil war. The reality is that we are less divided than we seem. The tendency to break everything down into Left and Right doesn't actually reflect people's real attitudes. In reality, most people fall somewhere in the middle, or else have a complex blend of views from both sides of the aisle. The kind of Manichean thinking that reduces everything to red versus blue is what's dividing us more than our actual views. I, Citizen: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1641772107/

    Ep 174 | A Young Person's Guide to the War in Ukraine | Guests: Ukrainian Students for Freedom

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 23:48


    While visiting Prague to attend the New Intellectuals Conference, hosted by the Ayn Rand Center Europe and LibertyCon 2022, Matt Kibbe ran into several young persons from Ukraine who were eager to tell the world about what is going on in their country. It's shocking to hear about the devastation and ruined cities brought about by the Russian forces. Yet, contrary to all expectations, Vladimir Putin is encountering massive resistance not only from the Ukrainian military, but from the ordinary citizens of the country as well. It's inspiring to hear these students describe their experiences in occupied Ukraine and proclaim their determination to keep their country free and democratic. As they say, freedom is in Ukrainians' blood.

    Ep 173 | Ukraine's Underground Railroad | Guests: Tom Palmer, Andreas Jürgens, Tomek Kolodziejczuk

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 46:25


    Matt Kibbe talks with Tom Palmer, executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network, along with co-conspirators Andreas Jürgens and Tomek Kolodziejczuk about their efforts to transport badly needed supplies into Ukraine during the Russian invasion. Unwilling to wait for governments to act, Tom, Andreas, and Tomek decided to take matters into their own hands, organizing a network of individuals willing to risk their own safety to bring food, transportation, and body armor to the Ukrainian people. Their actions are a testament to the power of voluntary cooperation and personal responsibility at a time when most of the world is looking for someone else to solve their problems for them.

    Ep 172 | The Rhetoric of Liberty | Guest: Deirdre McCloskey

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 54:47


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Deirdre McCloskey, distinguished professor emeritus of economics and of history at the University of Illinois in Chicago, to talk about the language we use as advocates of free market economics. McCloskey points out that economics is essentially a series of metaphors, and that we can best explain its concepts through stories rather than the dry language of academia. Meanwhile, certain jargon or stigmatized terms like “capitalism” are doing more harm than good when it comes to helping people understand why the freedom to innovate makes life better for everyone.

    Ep 171 | Why America Doesn't Have Free Speech on the Internet | Guest: Glenn Beck

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 55:34


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Glenn Beck, author of "The Great Reset: Joe Biden and the Rise of 21st-Century Fascism." They talk about the gatekeepers of the internet who suppress ideas, news, and stories that do not fit the mainstream narrative. Glaring similarities can be seen to China's model of a social credit system—both in free speech online and the pandemic lockdowns, when so many of our freedoms were stolen in the name of safety.

    Ep 170 | Why The SEC Is Coming After Blockchain | Guest: Jeremy Kauffman

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 43:08


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Jeremy Kauffman, CEO of Odysee and LBRY, to talk about how Blockchain can provide a safe haven for free speech online through alternate social media platforms. Because of its decentralized nature, Blockchain-based services can't be censored or tampered with in the same way that other websites can, with the implication being a freer, more secure internet in the future. Of course, this also means that the government is eager to crack down on this technology, as it poses a threat to its ability to control communications.

    Ep 169 | Why Democrats Suddenly Declared Victory Over COVID | Guest: Jenin Younes

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 28:41


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Jenin Younes, litigation counsel for the New Civil Liberties Alliance, to discuss the jarring reversal of the Biden administration and other Democratic politicians regarding COVID-19 and lockdown policies. As empirical evidence and public support for their positions evaporated, the “follow the science” crowd appeared to lose interest in a subject that has preoccupied them for two years, declaring victory over the virus apropos of nothing other than poor polling data and a desire to change the subject prior to the midterm elections.

    Ep 168 | Washington's War Rhetoric Is Flippant and Irresponsible | Guest: Dan Caldwell

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 50:26


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Dan Caldwell, vice president of foreign policy at Stand Together, to discuss the increasingly fervent calls for U.S. intervention in the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Too many armchair pundits fail to realize the catastrophic implications of a conventional war with Russia, or the fact that it is ultimately the Ukrainian people who will pay the greatest price for a prolonged conflict rather than a diplomatic solution. Additionally, calls for a no-fly zone over Ukraine fail to take into account what enforcing such a policy would actually mean and how quickly the situation could escalate into an all-out global war. All this goes to show how little politicians in Washington have learned from the country's costly, multi-decade interventions in the Middle East and that the military-industrial complex will be deterred by neither evidence nor common sense.

    Ep 167 | Daylight Savings Time: The Only Issue That Matters | Guest: Logan Albright

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2022 29:27


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Logan Albright, head writer at Free the People and author of Conform or Be Cast Out, to discuss the numerous and varied evils of the nation's least favorite tradition: Daylight Savings Time. Bad for your health and unjustified by any objective metric, the process of springing forward and falling back also demonstrates man's hubris in trying to put a whole nation out of sync with the natural rhythms of the Earth and sun. Meanwhile, a new bill being ushered through Congress, The Sunshine Protection Act, would apparently rid us of this blight once and for all, yet, in typical government fashion, might actually make things even worse. Conform or Be Cast Out: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1789048427/

    Ep 166 | What the 1619 Project Gets Wrong About History | Guest: Phil Magness

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 38:49


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Phil Magness, senior research faculty at the American Institute for Economic Research, to discuss critical race theory, with specific reference to the New York Times' 1619 Project. The 1619 Project is an effort to frame all of American history as a story of oppression and slavery, yet it's a mess of sloppy research, poor scholarship, and intellectual dishonesty more concerned with pushing a political agenda than with uncovering the true facts about our nation's history. The Times has even sunk so low as to alter articles without issuing retraction notices to cover up factual inaccuracies or to remove citations of “problematic” scholars, including Magness' own work on Abraham Lincoln.

    Ep 165 | Can We Blockchain Everything? | Guest: Cody Marx Bailey

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 29:52


    Matt Kibbe and Blockchain technologist Cody Marx Bailey continue their discussion of the secure, decentralized technology that has the potential to change the world. Blockchain provides solutions to major problems in trust and communication for people all over the planet, regardless of what their political or economic situations look like. And while governments tend to be hostile to any system that liberates individuals from their control, from a practical perspective there's not much they can do to stop it.

    Ep 164 | Blockchain Is the Alternative to Tyranny | Guest: Cody Marx Bailey

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 39:52


    Matt Kibbe sits down with Blockchain technologist Cody Marx Bailey to discuss the implications of decentralized Blockchain technology to create a freer, more liberated future. Since no one owns or controls the Blockchain, no one can shut it down. At a time when governments are shutting down individuals' bank accounts and censoring information on the internet, the potential for a solution that is entirely immune to political power would be a true game-changer.

    Ep 163 | When ‘Fringe' Epidemiologists Were Right | Guest: Phil Magness

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 42:52


    Matt Kibbe is joined by Phil Magness, senior research faculty at the American Institute for Economic Research, to discuss the rapidly changing narratives on COVID-19. Since the release of the Great Barrington Declaration and all the criticism leveled at it, many of the predictions made two years ago have proved correct. The attempts to suppress misinformation now look incredibly foolish, given that the “misinformation” turned out to be right, and the official narrative turned out to be wrong.

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