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Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong with the Van Buren Administration

by Joshua Steedman on Aug 14, 2019

Although Van Buren himself was an effective politician, his years as president prompted scholars to rank Van Buren’s presidency as average, grouped among some of the least-effective and forgettable presidents in U.S. history

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The Ethics of Surrogate Pregnancy

by Pamela J. Hobart on Aug 9, 2019

When it comes to surrogacy, libertarians and communists may be able to agree more than you might think.

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Remaining Grateful with Steve Horwitz

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Steven Horwitz on Aug 9, 2019

Steve Horwitz, a fan favorite, returns to the show to discuss how we should all be grateful for how much better the world has gotten in the last 1000 years. 

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Hayek vs. Beveridge on the Welfare State: In Dialogue

by Paul Matzko on Aug 5, 2019

Beveridge’s and Hayek’s dispute over expert control of economic and social policy was a manifestation of a much deeper disagreement, known as the “Knowledge Problem”. 

Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong with the Clinton Administration

by Marcus Witcher on Aug 2, 2019

Clinton was an internationalist and believed in an activist American presence abroad, but he was unable to create a comprehensive doctrine to guide the United States into the 21st century.

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Education in the Marketplace (with Kevin Currie-Knight)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Kevin Currie-Knight on Aug 2, 2019

Kevin Currie-Knight joins the podcast to talk about how different libertarian thinkers approached the issue of public education. 

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What Made the Internet Possible?

featuring Paul Matzko and Matthew Feeney on Aug 1, 2019

Paul and Matthew discuss the history of, and threats to, Section 230. Jennifer Huddleston rebuts the argument that Section 230 was a gift to big tech.

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Vice in The Virtue of Nationalism

by Akiva Malamet on Jul 30, 2019

Hazony’s views about the role of individuals and the nature of ethics mean that nations of any type are permitted to wage unjust war and impose sweeping domestic oppression. This nationalism should not guide our thinking today. 

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Tyranny Comes Home (with Chris Coyne and Abigail Hall)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Christopher Coyne, & Abigail Hall on Jul 26, 2019

Christopher Coyne and Abigail Hall join us to discuss how foreign intervention and militarism affect domestic life. 

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Data Day Care (with Emily Oster)

featuring Paul Matzko and Emily Oster on Jul 25, 2019

Emily Oster joins us to give data-based parenting advice that may surprise you.

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What Theory Won’t Tell You About Public Goods

by Jon Murphy on Jul 23, 2019

When theory is applied to actual cases, economic goods don’t always fit neatly into theoretical categories like “public goods” and “private goods.”