Libertarians can be exhausting. Because libertarianism has so many attractive features and strong statements about “freedom” and “liberty” they have a lot of perceived political high ground when arguing with them. The problem with libertarianism – as it is with Marxism, capitalism and so many other philosophies – is that it’s entirely theoretical. Trying to construct an actual framework around the concepts they hold dear is like arguing over how Santa Claus fits down the chimney. That said, there’s a lot to like about some of the principles of libertarianism and its acolytes are growing in numbers every day. So let’s have at it. In part one of this two-part series we’ll unpack the origins of the philosophy, its dark beginnings and define several strains of the discipline.
Segment 1: 00:04:41
Segment 2: 00:13:37
Segment 3: 00:23:53
Segment 4: 00:30:27
Show Notes: 00:40:36
Book Love: 00:41:17
Pod Love: 00:41:34
Emails + Shoutouts: 00:45:13
Libertarian Party: Platform
National Archives: Brown v. Board of Education
ThoughtCo: The Declaration of Independence
ThoughtCo: America’s Most Influential Founding Fathers
ThoughtCo: Laissez-faire Versus Government Intervention
ThoughtCo: What Is Free Trade?
ThoughtCo: Atlas Shrugged Quotes
ThoughtCo: History and Principles of the United Nations
Too Good To Go
David Boaz: The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom
Nancy MacLean: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America
Jane Mayer: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
H. L. Mencken: Notes on Democracy
Thomas Paine: Rights of Man
Straight White American Jesus
Pitchfork Economics: How the Radical Right Weaponized Ideology (with Nancy MacLean)
UNFTR Episode Resources
The Prosperity Doctrine.
Ayn Rand Was a Dick.
Corporate (Ir)Responsibility (Part I): Financial Fuckery and Tax Evasion.
Corporate (Ir)Responsibility (Part II): Deregulation and Catastrophe.
F*ck Milton Friedman.
Building the Climate Industrial Complex.
Bayard Rustin, the man behind the March on Washington, was one of the most consequential architects of the civil rights movement you may never have heard of. Rustin imagined how nonviolent civil resistance could be used to dismantle segregation in the United States. He organized around the idea for years and eventually introduced it to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But his identity as a gay man made him a target, obscured his rightful status and made him feel forced to choose, again and again, which aspect of his identity was most important.
Hey! I got a personal shoutout at minute 36:58-37:23 🥳🥳🥳 “Maria C.” Oh, wait, also at 41:00!!
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Today’s episode is a departure from our normal format. We were tempted to let the 20th anniversary of 9/11 pass given it will be oversaturated with remembrances and armchair punditry as well as the usual tragedy porn imagery. But the impact of 9/11 remains so widespread that it’s impossible to ignore. So, we wanted to add something honest, critical and ultimately hopeful to the mix. This episode contains none of our typical irreverence or profanity, nor do we traffic in speculation or conspiracy. Rather, this is a story of a consequential date in history told in three parts and beginning nearly 50 years ago.
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