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Liberty Explained is your guide to libertarianism. Your hosts Chris Spangle, Julia Geier, and Levie Rainey break down a complicated movement and ideology to understand ways. We are a resource to share with friends when they have tough questions. Hopefully, we will answer some questions you might have yourself along the way. Please send your questions to ask@wearelibertarians.com. Part of the We Are Libertarians Podcast Network.

Is my vote on a third-party candidate wasted?
Oct 22 2020
Is my vote on a third-party candidate wasted?
Learn Libertarianism -   Subscribe to the podcast - "Of Two Evils, Choose Neither" Pastor CH Spurgeon • Isn't it ironic that both duopoly parties who sell voters a utopia of perfection, riches, and paradise, still preach that to get there, you must first compromise your morals and accept their largely flawed, or at the minimum highly imperfect candidate. • Does this sound like the starting point for the world they claim to be able to achieve? If you believe so much of your livelihood is dependent on who the President of the United States is, that inherently means that the Office of the President is MUCH too powerful. • Unless you believe this is your last ever election on this earth, voting to give the duopoly candidate more power will only leave you with a worse choice 4 years down the line, this is why both parties pitch the line that "This election is too important" to: vote your conscience, express your true voice, reject both parties and stay home, or demand a better choice. So suck it up, hold your breath, vote for their candidate and your life will magically be improved. • If enough people in any one state vote third-party that that thin Gold line on CNN/Fox/MSNBC says 2%,5%,10%, this wakes up the whole country to the possibility of an alternative and starts a narrative that the duopoly lives in constant fear of, free will and alternatives. Why can't this be your state, and why can't you be a part of it? Especially if your state is solidly Red or Blue anyway and your vote will have no impact on the result. • Change takes courage. • A vote belongs to you and not another party. If these two parties do not represent you then an L vote will register as a visible, measurable protest against them. It says “there’s a market for these ideas.” • Exit polls are considered the most reliable of all polling. It often shows that a candidate will pull small amounts evenly from the other two parties, but the vast majority of votes are from independents, first-time voters, or re-activated voters that now see an option on their ballot that represents them. • The electoral college means your vote is negligible due to gerrymandering. So really, what have you got to lose? Dystopia by Luke Hall Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported — CC BY-SA 3.0 Free Download / Stream: promoted by Audio Library more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Can the Libertarian Party "win"?
Oct 20 2020
Can the Libertarian Party "win"?
Learn Libertarianism -   Subscribe to the podcast - - Well let's define "win". Win in the sense of receive the most electoral votes in a national Presidential election? No, there is an infinitesimally small chance the Libertarian candidate beats the Republican or Democratic candidate for President. This race is generally viewed as a marketing tool to explain broader libertarian concepts as a result. The best evidence may be the interest of the listener tuning in because it is a Presidential year. • This being said, the Libertarian Party's job at a national level as a minority party is to use its support and voice to impact duopoly party policy in a way that expands individual freedoms and limits government interference. • From this perspective, there are "wins" to be had in working with both parties. On a local level, any candidate can win an election, and given the old adage "all politics is local" it's crucial to have • Liberty-minded candidates on a local level to prove our party's ability to govern. • There are many Libertarians serving in government in local races. - One other benefit of a third party is the impact of a candidate on the eventual victor. For example, in 2012, when Rupert Boneham ran for Governor of Indiana as Libertarian, one of his platform planks was expanding school choice into vocational training. The eventual victor, Mike Pence, tested the idea, it polled well, and he adopted it and ran campaign commercials on it. As governor, he enacted the policy. • Do converted Congressmen count as wins? Justin Amash or Laura Ebke? - Any action that expands awareness of the Libertarian movement, and advances our overall goal of Liberty in our Lifetime is a win. Justin & Laura have had an immeasurable positive impact on our party and that goal, and we hope more sitting representatives and Senators, and local government officials, begin to act their conscience and identify with their true ideology in declaring for the Libertarian Party. The more willing to do it, the more publicly acceptable it instantly becomes. Social proof is a powerful concept. Dystopia by Luke Hall Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported — CC BY-SA 3.0 Free Download / Stream: promoted by Audio Library more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why Can't a Libertarian Party Candidate get into the Presidential Debates?
Oct 15 2020
Why Can't a Libertarian Party Candidate get into the Presidential Debates?
Learn Libertarianism -   Subscribe to the podcast - - When it comes to the national Presidential debates, they are run by a Bipartisan (again not NON-partisan) Committee on Presidential Debates, formed on the (Bipartisan) National Commission on Elections goal of explicitly "turning over responsibility and sponsorship for the debates to the two major political parties", again, the duopoly assigns itself control of election "fairness". • This was in direct response to the 1980 presidential election where third parties took over 8% of the vote and backfired in 1992 when Ross Perot took almost 20% of the popular vote as an Independent. • The CPD is the definition of shady politics, as it sells sponsorships to the major corporate interests, signs secret memorandums of understanding with the duopoly candidates, has confirmed they share questions/topics with campaigns in advance, has 6 secretive donors who no American is able to know the identity of, maintains government tax-exempt status while not doing any of the required non-profit work necessary to retain that title, has detained a major party candidate for 8 hours after she attempted to access the debate stage, and has private, unidentified funding for the constant barrage of lawsuits by Americans who want a fair election. • The best thing to do here is challenging the sponsors, as three major corporate interests ended their sponsorship in 2012 after public pressure due to non-inclusionary tactics preventing third party voices from participating. In 2020, the corporate sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, AARP, The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, The Kovler Fund, The National Governors Association, and Philips. • The board includes several career government workers, former politicians, corporate and special interest CEOs, former media executives, College Deans & Presidents, and former political party chairs, aka no one with any incentive to ever consider a third-party voice. Dystopia by Luke Hall Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported — CC BY-SA 3.0 Free Download / Stream: promoted by Audio Library more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is Libertarianism more a mindset or a set of values?
Sep 28 2020
Is Libertarianism more a mindset or a set of values?
Learn Libertarianism -   Subscribe to the podcast - - is both! Libertarianism focuses on extending personal morality and ethics into societal organization. In other words, we want communities to follow the same rules we were taught as kids: Don't hit others, don't take their stuff, and don't lie or cheat.  Unfortunately, government is organized around the premise that these things are ok if enough people agree. If voters collectively decide to murder or steal from other individuals with 51% of the vote, then they believe the morality changes. Libertarians don't.  So enacting these values requires a mindset shift. It requires a mental shift for individuals that have lived under a different paradigm their entire lives.  The more one examines their values through this new way of thinking, the more empowering the ideology becomes. As individuals begin to think about taking responsibility for their own lives and communities, they get excited about the opportunities this new path affords.  One small example of this is the shopping cart. After purchasing items at a store, people will head to the their car in the parking lot and unload groceries. Once the cart is empty, a person faces a choice. They can leave the cart in the middle of the parking spot to inconvenience both the next parker and the employee corralling carts. Or they can put the cart in the corral and maintain order.  Most put their carts away, but some don't. The market has a fix for these "bad actors." Most stores employ a coraller. Other stores like Aldis use financial incentives to persuade individuals to act in a responsible manner.  Suppose stores hired an armed security guard to threaten any person not returning the cart. Would this make the relationship between customer and store more or less tense? Would it cost the store business? The answer is yes.  Government operates this way. It rejects the peaceful path used by an Aldi and monopolizes force. In other words, it puts all other stores out of business or takes them over and standardizes the more violent approach.  Libertarianism advocates for the original peaceful path by reminding individuals of their personal responsibilities, their right to be left alone, and providing solutions to handle complex problems.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What is the single greatest thing about liberty? What is the greatest flaw of liberty?
Sep 25 2020
What is the single greatest thing about liberty? What is the greatest flaw of liberty?
Learn Libertarianism -   Subscribe to the podcast - - is the single greatest thing about liberty? This answer probably varies for every individual, but mine (Chris Spangle) is the beauty of spontaneous order. Order comes from markets adjusting to the needs of individuals as judged by the price system (or what someone will pay for something). This order is displayed by geese flying in a V or people managing a roundabout without incident.  The classic parable of the efficiency of the marketplace is Leonard Reed's I, Pencil. A pencil is made up of many parts from around the world to solve a simple problem: the need to write things down. No one person invented the pencil. It developed over time with each generation evolving and improving it.  Men and women around the world contribute cedar, lacquer, graphite, ferrule, factice, pumice, wax, and glue. They add the labor necessary to make it work. Numerous people are involved in the process, including people like the sweeper in the factory and the lighthouse keeper guiding the shipment into port.  He writes:  "There is a fact still more astounding: The absence of a master mind, of anyone dictating or forcibly directing these countless actions which bring me into being. No trace of such a person can be found. Instead, we find the invisible hand at work. The lesson I have to teach is this: Leave all creative energies uninhibited. Merely organize society to act in harmony with this lesson. Let society's legal apparatus remove all obstacles the best it can. Permit these creative know-hows freely to flow. Have faith that free men and women will respond to the Invisible Hand. This faith will be confirmed." What is the greatest flaw of liberty? The greatest flaw I have found are two-fold:  It is a pretty big paradigm shift to ask people to trust their fellow man in a market-based system, especially in a low trust society.  Libertarians, like all humans, are imperfect messengers and often fail at communicating the message in a way that helps close that trust gap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What is Liberty?
Sep 21 2020
What is Liberty?
Learn Libertarianism -   Subscribe to the podcast - - is Liberty? Liberty is the freedom to choose to do or not do a thing without interference from outside forces.  The less outside interference in a decision, the freer we are.  The most common form of interference being threats of violence or force if the wrong choice is made.  Liberty is often associated with the idea of free will, which is defined by Wikipedia as "the ability to choose between different possible courses of action unimpeded."  So What is the difference between Freedom vs. Liberty? They are often considered synonyms that mean the same thing. Let's look at the definitions of the words thanks to Wikipedia: Freedom: Freedom, generally, is having the ability to act or change without constraint. In philosophical discourse, freedom is discussed in the context of free will and self-determination, balanced by moral responsibility. (Wikipedia) Liberty: Broadly speaking, liberty is the ability to do as one pleases. It is a synonym for the word freedom.  In modern politics, liberty is the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behaviour, or political views.  Sometimes liberty is differentiated from freedom by using the word "freedom" primarily, if not exclusively, to mean the ability to do as one wills and what one has the power to do; and using the word "liberty" to mean the absence of arbitrary restraints, taking into account the rights of all involved.  In this sense, the exercise of liberty is subject to capability and limited by the rights of others. Thus liberty entails the responsible use of freedom under the rule of law without depriving anyone else of their freedom.  Freedom is more broad in that it represents a total lack of restraint or the unrestrained ability to fulfill one's desires. For example, a person can have the freedom to murder, but not have the liberty to murder, as the latter example deprives others of their right not to be harmed. Liberty can be taken away as a form of punishment. In many countries, people can be deprived of their liberty if they are convicted of criminal acts. There's a third word we'd add to this mix, and it is "autonomy." From Merriam-Webster.com: Definition of autonomy 1: the quality or state of being self-governing 2: self-directing freedom and especially moral independence 3: a self-governing state Ok. Enough philosophizing. What does this actually mean to you? Liberty and Freedom are the goal for libertarians. Individuals should be able to govern themselves because the individual knows how to plan their life in coordination with others better than one person could govern another. We reject the idea that one person can constrain another's free will without their consent. Currently, the governments that we live under limit our ability to be truly free.  This does not mean that one can do whatever they wish. There will still be laws and consequences in a truly free society. The difference is that each person actively participates in the crafting of those rules. Murder, fraud, theft and other crimes would still carry penalties as they violate the free will of others. Music: Dystopia by Luke Hall Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported — CC BY-SA 3.0 Free Download / Stream: promoted by Audio Library more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What is Liberty Explained?
Sep 19 2020
What is Liberty Explained?
Liberty Explained is your guide to libertarianism. Your hosts Chris Spangle, Julia Geier, and Levie Rainey break down a complicated movement and ideology to understand ways. We are a resource to share with friends when they have tough questions. Hopefully, we will answer some questions you might have yourself along the way. Please send your questions to ask@wearelibertarians.com. This podcast is produced by the We Are Libertarians Network. - Learn Libertarianism -   - Subscribe to the podcast - we are a podcast that shares bite-sized information on libertarianism and the movement that nurtures it. Each episode tackles a question submitted by our audience. We will share the libertarian solution to an issue in under 15 minutes. It is a website with many different resources, and we’ve tagged the posts to help you quickly see the posts about a topic like taxes, health care, or education. We link to quizzes to help people clarify their beliefs. We have compiled several YouTube playlists that outline the basics of libertarianism, the libertarian philosophy, libertarian thoughts on current events, and the history of the libertarian movement. We also share a book recommendation a day and have links to several reading lists and sites with free eBooks. You’ll also find a link to LibertarianPodcasts.com, a site that shares many of the most consistent, entertaining podcasts that explain liberty. We have also organized a list of libertarian websites that you can trust to produce consistent and thoughtful content. Have a question? Send us an email at ask@wearelibertarians.com. Video - by Luke Hall Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported — CC BY-SA 3.0 Free Download / Stream: promoted by Audio Library more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices