Nemo Sundry: Jordan B. Peterson Doesn’t Understand Childhood Suffering (37m)

This episode features a presentation by youth autonomy advocate and independent researcher Nemo Sundry from 2018. Sundry critiques Peterson’s chapter on parenting from his book 12 Rules for Life, and contrasts it with parenting experts Shefali Tsabary, Alfie Kohn, and Peter Gray. Purchase books on peaceful parenting here.

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Walter Block: Defending the Drug Addict (12m)

This episode features an audio essay written by economics professor and Austro-libertarian Walter Block from 1976, and which comprises Chapter 5 of Defending the UndefendablePurchase books by Walter Block on Amazon here.

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Gloria Alvarez: The Power of Freedom for Latin America (38m)

This episode features a talk by economist and social activist Gloria Alvarez. She speaks passionately about issues facing Latin America and why an expansion of freedom would help bring about much needed change. Purchase books by Gloria Alvarez on Amazon here.

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Alfie Kohn: Happy Kids, Better Relationships (33m)

This episode features an interview of education and parenting researcher, writer, and lecturer Alfie Kohn from 2016 by Neil Sattin of Relationship Alive! When it comes to parenting, rewards and punishments are an easy one-size-fits all approach that lets people go into auto-parenting, but unfortunately does more harm than good. While rewards and punishments may get the short term reactions we are looking for, there is a lot of research and evidence suggesting that this parenting style ultimately damages and holds children back. The alternative is not just the absence of bribes and threats, but an entire complex network of guidelines – the most important being that you let your kids know that you accept them no matter what. With this attitude you can begin to work WITH your child, getting to know their perspective and world, and bring them into decision making. Children learn to make good decisions by making decisions (and learning), rather than learning to follow directions (on making good decisions). Purchase books by Alfie Kohn on Amazon here.

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John Baeza: A View From the Frontline of the Drug War (30m)

This episode features a talk by former New York Police Department narcotics detective John Baeza from 2019. He speaks of his conversion from drug warrior to anti drug war warrior. Harrowing tales of undercover drug buys!

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Randy Barnett: Polycentric Legal Orders (49m)

This episode features a talk by lawyer and legal theorist Randy Barnett from 1997. He speaks broadly on various methods of constraining state power including federalism and the separation of powers, the power of exit, and existing and theoretical polycentric legal orders. Barnett suggests that two simple rules must be present for polycentric orders to work: a “nonconfiscation principle,” and a “competition principle.” Purchase books by Randy Barnett on Amazon here.

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