Episode 061 looks at being prepared to replace significant parts of an older house after buying one; drinking water before bed to help you get up early in the morning; recognizing that even your side of the political spectrum engages in propaganda from time to time (or even most of the time); and paying yourself first after receiving your paycheck by immediately transferring half or more of it into savings.
Episode 463 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following aphorisms written by Jakub Bożydar Wiśniewski: “A ‘guaranteed profit’ is something akin to a riskless danger.”; “A fool believes that liberty comes from participation in power. A person of reason knows that it comes from dissipation of power.”; “A libertarian does not oppose the welfare state because he does not care about the poor, but because he cares about them too much to believe they deserve being caught in the web of lies, empty promises, perpetual dependence, hate-mongering, and cultural degradation created by self-serving, power-hungry crooks.”; “It takes a common thug to commit injustice, but it takes an exceptional thug to call it ‘social justice’.”; “Collectivism: the practice of exploiting humans in the name of humankind.”; and “All delusions aside, personal development consists in little more than scrubbing oneself clean of endless layers of folly.”
This episode features an audio essay written by economics professor and Austro-libertarian Walter Block from 1976, and which comprises Chapter 20 of Defending the Undefendable.
This episode features an audio essay written by an anonymous author titled, “Do You Really ‘Owe’ Those Taxes?” The essay was published at Voluntaryist.com and recorded by Rodger Paxton. Listen To This Episode (13m, mp3, 64kbps) Subscribe via RSS here, or in any podcast app by searching for “voluntaryist voices”. Support the podcast at Patreon.com/evc or PayPal.me/everythingvoluntary.…
Episode 462 has Skyler giving his commentary on several quotes about noncomformity published be Jon Miltimore at the Foundation for Economic Education.
This episode features a lecture by historian Jim Powell from 2011. For thousands of years, slavery went unchallenged in principle. Then in a single century, slavery was abolished and more than seven million slaves were freed throughout the Western hemisphere. The scope and speed of this transformation make it one of the most amazing feats in modern history. Powell concisely illuminates the beginnings of the abolitionist movement, then proceeds through the processes, the battles, the final victory of emancipation, and the incredible impact of its aftermath. Ultimately, Powell argues, the more violence was involved in the emancipation process, the worse the outcomes were, making a provocative case for peaceful antislavery struggles.
Episode 060 looks at two Stoic topics: the first from Marcus Aurelius who wrote, “If someone is slipping up, kindly correct them and point out what they missed. But if you can’t, blame yourself—or no one.”; and the second from r/Stoicism, a post by daviddigit, which started, “I wanted to share a practical exercise that really rocked my world this week. I am inherently an extremely critical person, of myself and others. So this week I was at the airport and decided this would be the perfect opportunity to practice care/love instead of judgment.”
Episode 461 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: taking responsibility for a fetus whose mother wants to abort it; taking responsibility for a child whose parents want to abandon it; taking responsibility for your neighbor’s welfare; taking responsibility for a criminal’s incarceration; and more.
Episode 460 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics from r/blackpeopletwitter and r/whitepeopletwitter: the preference for a 4 year police academy instead of a 6 month one; the Gamestop incident and revealing the rigged game; non-religious people and privately practiced religion; Marjorie Taylor Greene being allowed to help pass laws while Colin Kaepernick lost his job; and the need for a purpose or grand ambition in life.
Episode 059 looks at the logical fallacy Context Imposition (aka Fantasy Projection) and the Hedonic Treadmill cognitive bias.