libertarianism

Power Corrupts

So called “Fact Checking” goes up a notch with a tweet from Zuby posted on his instragram that fails this nonsense measure of reality. Are we getting to a point where some platforms just won’t be worth using any more? Is this what they want? Is there an alternative or are more and more people going to end up like Nic and just rarely post anywhere.

And let it be known we don’t shirk from the most difficult of philosophical freedom questions. How far would you go in your destruction of things you consider bad?

Nic gets snap-happy with Thanos’s glove again, and Andrew challenges him on his philosophy that what he thinks is right (destroying all “vaccines”) isn’t compatible with personal choice.

But is it that simple when the government has stolen the money to produce these dangerous treatments and is coercing people to take them, to their detriment? At what point does it become self defence, and can you come to the defence of others without their explicit permission?

All this and more in the latest edition of Sounding Board


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Libertarianism In Mainstream TV

We’re so used to the general level of statist indoctrination that comes out of mainstream television and film, that it can be a surprise to find a truly libertarian character.

They are certainly not common, but there are some notable examples, which we talk through here. Sometimes its just a hint of something that is on the small state side, but other times its clear and unequivocal morality.

This leads us to discuss other Hollywood films that depict tyrannical regimes and the fight to win against them. How come society hasn’t been prepped nicely for seeing fascist regimes?

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Jack Dorsey Surprises And Anarchism Sells

In this edition, Andrew drops some white pills starting with Twitter’s founder Jack Dorsey tweeting out a complete surprise.

Is Jack a secret libertarian? Does this mean he’s not really in control of twitter policy or that it could change in the future for the better?

We also talk about Michael Malice’s recently released book The Anarchists Handbook and the record number of people buying it across the world.

With people voting with their wallets to learn about the nature of the state, and being exposed to this controversial thinking by key online influencers, could this be a turning point in the fight for freedom?

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The Amazing Life Of John McAfee

This week, Andrew tells the story of John McAfee.

From his early life as a computer programmer at NASA in the 60s to his exploits on the run from the US government for alleged tax evasion, John was always a legend.

We hope you enjoy hearing a little more about his fascinating life.

How to uninstall McAfee Antivirus, by John McAfee: https://youtu.be/bKgf5PaBzyg


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Should We Really Privatise Viruses?

Nukes are normally one of those areas that even so-called libertarians equivocate on.

Do you really want those in the hands of private individuals or corporations? Surely the state is a safe pair of hands and nuclear power and atomic weapons need to be heavily regulated? Right?

Well we’ve discussed this topic before (supermarket nukes), but this time how about deadly viruses?

Should the development of virus technology be super-regulated like nukes, or should the private sector have free rein?

Could a deadly virus that would wipe out humanity be created by the private sector if there were no government regulation?

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Do libertarians need encouragement?

On this, our 100th podcast, we talk about whether its a trait of those who love freedom to have the confidence to be a self starter, and just get on with things.

Do you need encouragement or praise, or do you employ critical thinking and rational self-interest in order to know you’re doing the right thing?

Maybe those on the side of no coercion and voluntaryism are used to hiding their views, even though they think as we do. Does practicing critical thinking lead to an increase in confidence?

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Can Libertarianism Ever Take the UK?

The US has a different political structure as well as a culture with more emphasis on liberty – at least superficially.

It also has a Libertarian Party that fields candidates for President.

But what about the UK?  Who is the closest we have to a Ron Paul and can they succeed anywhere in the current party system?  Or are we stuck with Steve Baker…


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Covid-19 State Expansion, Everyone’s a Right Winger and Panic Buying Baileys

Our last recording before the lockdown, we explore Commander Sunak’s budget-busting spending pledges in reaction to the Coronavirus, and whether no one is a Libertarian in a pandemic, or conversely everyone is.

With the lockdown rules about to be announced, we explain how the government’s response is an entirely right wing one, and why the left wing opposition waved through the budget – no questions asked.

We explore the politics of post-Covid-19, and how Boris can become the Ultimate Centrist off the back of all this spending.

How important is democracy? Should you be panic buying Baileys? And don’t you just wish we were all talking about Brexit again?

Coronavirus Shows Our Reliance On The ‘Precautionary Principle’ Has Ruined Our Ability To Manage Risk: https://science20.org/david-zaruk/20200320/coronavirus-shows-our-reliance-precautionary-principle-has-ruined-our-ability

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Difficult Questions for Libertarianism

Libertarianism isn’t an endpoint for how society should operate. It’s a beginning. How a libertarian society should operate isn’t known. Indeed, because of its inherent freedom, many competing ways would probably exist.

Because of this, libertarianism has some tough questions to tackle. Whilst we don’t claim to have all the answers, we never shy away from asking the tough questions. In this edition, we ask ourselves about some difficult moral conundrums.

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Labels, Tribalism and Rejecting Definitions

Do you hate being labelled?  Nic certainly does, and in this edition he explains why he rejects being put into categories, and his squeamishness over membership of tribes.

Whether its atheist, liberal or even libertarian – we discuss whether there is any label that fits our outlook on the world, and lament that all the definitions we could associate with have been hijacked, mis-defined or were even invented by the other side.

Does a term get watered down if its over used, as has racism and fascism in recent years?

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