Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong with the Hayes Administration

by Gregory Dehler on Apr 27, 2020

Rutherford B. Hayes will forever be remembered as the president who ended Reconstruction. In the process he abandoned the Civil War Republican Party’s commitment to equal rights for the former slaves and doomed them to a century of discrimination and segregation. 

Free Thoughts

Is Homeschooling Dangerous? (with Kevin Currie-Knight)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Kevin Currie-Knight on Apr 24, 2020

Kevin Currie-Knight comes back to the show to discuss different methods of homeschooling and how parents are handling the education of their children during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Portraits of Liberty

Rehabilitating Democracy, George Grote

featuring Paul Meany on Apr 23, 2020

The 19th-century reformer and self-taught classicist George Grote was responsible for the rehabilitation of democracy as a viable and virtuous form of government.

Pop & Locke

Tiger King

featuring Landry Ayres, Natalie Dowzicky, Paul Matzko, & Andy Craig on Apr 22, 2020

Not only was Joe Exotic a lover of big cats, he also ran for president and for governor of Oklahoma. Netflix’s Tiger King gives us a glimpse into the world of big cat ownership. 

Free Thoughts

Libertarianism and Copyright (with Radu Uszkai)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Radu Uszkai on Apr 17, 2020

Radu Uszkai joins the show today to talk about if the case against intellectual property can be strengthened by appealing to the work of F.A. Hayek.

Building Tomorrow

Innovation Isn’t Guaranteed (with Matt Ridley)

featuring Paul Matzko, Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, & Matt Ridley on Apr 16, 2020

What do cowpox pus, the radio, and coffee have in common? More than you might think.

Free Thoughts

How Innovation Works (with Matt Ridley)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Paul Matzko, Trevor Burrus, & Matt Ridley on Apr 10, 2020

Matt Ridley joins the show today to talk about his new book, How Innovation Works.

Pop & Locke

The Good Place

featuring Natalie Dowzicky, Paul Meany, and Jacob T. Levy on Apr 8, 2020

The Good Place argues, time and again, that the perpetual uncertainty about what happens next is part of what makes life so precious and magical. 

Free Thoughts

Must Politics Be War? (with Kevin Vallier)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Kevin Vallier on Apr 3, 2020

Kevin Vallier joins the show today to discuss how politics itself is nothing more than a power struggle between groups with irreconcilable aims. 

Building Tomorrow

Tech Goes Viral (with Alec Stapp)

featuring Paul Matzko and Alec Stapp on Apr 2, 2020

Technology has eased our transition to the new socially distant world. 


Ibn Khaldun

by Yahya Alshamy on Apr 1, 2020

Ibn Khaldun was a prominent 14th-century historian famous for being the precursor or even founder, according to some historians, of the social sciences.