Mark LeBar: Equality as an Ideal (43m)

This episode features a lecture by philosophy professor Mark LeBar from 2012. Mark considers what kind of social or political ideal we ought to have, with a specific focus on equality. There are numerous types of equality, and philosophers tend to be concerned with what Mark refers to as normative equality, which is concerned with how we as individuals ought to treat others. Purchase books by Mark LeBar on Amazon here.

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Edward Stringham: Do We Need Government? (1h15m)

This episode features a lecture by economics professor Edward Stringham from 2009. Should government provide law enforcement? Most would argue that government is absolutely necessary for law enforcement. Prof. Stringhman, however, argues that government may not even be necessary at all. To come to this conclusion, Prof. Stringham asks a few important questions. First, if something is really important, does it logically follow that government should provide it? Second, are markets capable of providing law enforcement and security in the modern world? Third, how are disputes currently settled between people of different countries? Purchase books by Edward Stringham on Amazon here.

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Tom Woods: The Economics of the Police State (39m)

This episode features a lecture by historian and Austro-libertarian Tom Woods from 2014. In the modern United States, federal laws are now so numerous and written so broadly and vaguely, that it is nearly impossible to make it through the day without breaking at least one of them. And through it all, an enormous government apparatus of prisons, prosecutors, police, and bureaucrats remains well-funded, powerful, and nearly impossible to oppose in court. Purchase books by Tom Woods on Amazon here.

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb: How to Live in a World We Don’t Understand (1h42m)

This episode features a lecture by author, scholar, and statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb from 2013. He discusses his work on uncertainty, randomness, and disorder outlined in his book: Antifragile. Taleb’s works focuses on decision making under uncertainty, as well as technical and philosophical problems with probability and metaprobability, in other words “what to do in a world we don’t understand”. Purchase books by Nassim Nicholas Taleb on Amazon here.

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Vote for What I Want… or Else! (16m) – Episode 018

Episode 018: Join your host Jared as he goes off on the act of voting. Would you force your neighbors to pay for something they don’t want?

Frederic Bastiat’s “That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen

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Marc Stevens: Effective Damage Control (46m)

This episode features a lecture by activist radio host and anarchist Marc Stevens from 2011 on defending yourself from legal attacks by people who call themselves “government”. Listen to Marc Stevens weekly on the “No State Project” at LRN.fm. Purchase books by Marc Stevens on Amazon here.

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