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John Gray Mischaracterizes Nietzsche’s Influence on Ayn Rand

by George H. Smith on Jun 12, 2019

Continuing his review of Gray’s Seven Types of Atheism, Smith explains how Gray greatly exaggerates Nietzsche’s influence on Rand, and he criticizes Gray’s misstatements about Rand’s notion of sacrifice.

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School Choice from Rand to Ron

by Pamela J. Hobart on Jun 7, 2019

Currie-Knight’s study of libertarian views on education shows that there has never been ‘a’ libertarian approach to school choice.

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Every Day I’m Side Hustling

featuring Paul Matzko and Matthew Feeney on Jun 6, 2019

Paul Matzko and Matthew Feeney dissect the gig economy & how their contractors generally seem to enjoy the flexibility of their work. 

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John Gray and the Myth of the Ayn Rand Cult

by George H. Smith on May 31, 2019

John Gray’s discussion of Objectivism in Seven Types of Atheism, which is egregiously and inexcusably bad, relies on portraying Ayn Rand as a cult leader. 

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Free Speech Online: Unfriended

featuring Paul Matzko, Will Duffield, Zach Graves, & Ryan Radia on May 30, 2019

Zach Graves and Ryan Radia join us this week to debate if anti-conservative bias on social media is real or not. 

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Everything Wrong with the Buchanan Administration

by Ellen Kelly on May 28, 2019

President Buchanan amassed the largest fiscal imbalance of a pre-Civil War administration not engaging in a foreign war and that fact only scrathes the surface of his shortcomings.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.