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Commerce and Trade in Ancient Africa: Aksum

by Ibrahim Anoba on May 24, 2019

The power and importance of Aksum were paralleled by no other African civilization during the period of its existence besides Egypt writes Ibrahim Anoba in his latest installment of Ancient African economies. 

Free Thoughts

New Conspiracism and Modern Politics (with Russell Muirhead)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Russell Muirhead on May 24, 2019

Russell Muirhead joins us to discuss the difference between conspiracism and conspiracy theory and how it influences modern political discussions. 

Building Tomorrow

What Lawmakers Don’t Understand About Tech Policy

featuring Paul Matzko, Will Duffield, Zach Graves, & Daniel Schuman on May 23, 2019

Zach Graves and Daniel Schuman join us to discuss how Congress is designed to be a debate process, but it is hard to debate when you don’t have the expertise in a certain topic area, like technology. 

Building Tomorrow

Parlez-Vous Français? There’s an App for That

by Gabrielle Okun on May 17, 2019

Learning a foreign language used to be long, expensive process requiring teachers. Today, there are apps that make language learning easier and cheaper.

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In Defense of Big Business (with Tyler Cowen)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Tyler Cowen on May 17, 2019

Tyler Cowen joins us to discuss the value of work and how big businesses give people opportunities to feel fulfilled in their lives. 

Building Tomorrow

SimCity 5: Exploring Charter Cities (and More!)

featuring Paul Matzko, Ian Adams, and Mark Lutter on May 16, 2019

Paul interviews Ian Adams and Mark Lutter on two very different topics with one connection: the value of planning for the future.

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The Use of Euphemisms in Political Debate

by Alex Nowrasteh on May 14, 2019

Euphemisms tend to serve as signals of political-tribal membership, but also as means to convince ambivalent voters to support one policy or the other.

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Objections to Libertarianism (with Eric Mack)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Eric Mack on May 10, 2019

Eric Mack joins our show again to talk about common objections to libertarianism by dissecting John Rawls viewpoint. 

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Buddhist Ethics Does Not Advocate State Action

by Aaron Ross Powell on May 9, 2019

Engaged buddhists too often lean progressive because they don’t understand the fundamental nature of the state that they rely on.    

Building Tomorrow

Destination Mars

featuring Paul Matzko and Robert Zubrin on May 9, 2019

Paul interviews Robert Zubrin at the Lincoln Network’s “Reboot American Innovation” conference about the future of human spaceflight and the need for it to stay innovative. 

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Sidney Parker, Egoist: Against All Systems

by David S. D’Amato on May 7, 2019

Sidney Parker’s thoroughgoing Stirnerite individualism set him outside and against all political and moral ideologies.

Liberty Chronicles

Ep. 105: The Last Liberty Chronicles

featuring Anthony Comegna on May 7, 2019

One generation’s battles (or even wars fought over several generations, whole periods of history)—those battles should never define future generations.

Building Tomorrow

A Libertarian Response to Global Depopulation

by Pamela J. Hobart on May 6, 2019

The real population crisis confronting the world is depopulation, not overpopulation. A Review of Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson’s Empty Planet

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The Politics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Jacob T. Levy on May 3, 2019

WARNING this episode contains spoilers to most, if not all, Marvel movies, please listen with caution. 

Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong With the Adams Administration

by Tony Petersen on May 3, 2019

Adams’ mistake was not, as some would have it, in angrily prosecuting his political enemies; it was, rather, in allowing others within his administration to pursue acts which went against his avowed political principles and instincts.

Building Tomorrow

Facial Recognition or Faceless Man?

featuring Paul Matzko, Matthew Feeney, and Caleb Watney on May 2, 2019

Our brains cannot remember the faces of everyone we cross on the street, but for better & for worse facial recognition software can.