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In Faith and Economics, economics professors Dr. Russ McCullough and Dr. Peter Jacobsen and philosophy professor Dr. Justin Clarke discuss big issues that impact economic freedom and human flourishing from a Christian perspective. This podcast is an initiative of the Gwartney Institute at Ottawa University. For more information, contact us at gwartney.institute@gmail.com
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The Gwartney Team mixes it up, talking about some of the best recreational reading they've come across lately. No textbooks, no political tirades, just the kind of reading that they do for fun, and that you might enjoy. Is Peter is still reading Ernst Jünger? Why is Justin so weird? What kind of space-laser-weapons is Russ currently salivating over…
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The possible merger of grocery giants Kroger and Albertsons is in the news. When businesses centralize, there is a danger that they could form a monopoly, which can then exploit consumers. This, at least, is the justification that the governmental bureaucracy gives in order to regulate business mergers and centralization. Problematically, the gover…
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When we think about what constitutes human flourishing, we usually think about family and vocation. But this leaves out an important source of meaning in our lives: our hobbies. What is a hobby anyway, and why so many of us consider them so important? Are there any features that make some activities better suited to be hobbies than others? Is our s…
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In this episode we ask: What is the social responsibility of a business? This was the question on the table during an exciting debate event hosted by the Gwartney Institute earlier this month, and a question that we often hear discussed in our culture. Join us as the Gwartney Team breaks down the different views on this pivotal topic and finds some…
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Join us in this "When to end a friendship" episode, where we tackle a tricky question: When is it okay to say goodbye to a friend? As students, we juggle a lot, including friendships that might only sometimes feel right. We'll chat about signs that tell us it's time to move on, like feeling constantly down or disrespected. Plus, we'll share tips on…
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In this episode, we dive into the heart of Small Town America to explore the challenges and opportunities these communities face. Join us as we discuss whether anything should be done to address the unique issues they encounter. From local economies to community spirit, we unravel the stories shaping small towns' future. Please tune in for an insig…
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This episode, we examine the current state of democracy in the United States and recent attempts by appointed and elected officials to remove a candidate from primary elections. Join us as the Gwartney Team discusses the ramifications of this development, and puts forth ideal solutions that could tame the increasingly vehement and irresponsible for…
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Join us in a heartfelt and inspiring special edition of our podcast as we pay tribute to the remarkable life and legacy of Dr. Jim Gwartney. Delve into the captivating biography of this influential economist who touched the lives of many with his wisdom and guidance. Discover the profound impact he had on those around him and be uplifted by the sto…
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In this new episode "Argentina's Big Change: New President, New Ideas," Russ, Peter, and Justin, chat about Argentina's recent election. The country used to be more about socialism, but now they've chosen a leader who likes the idea of a free-market economy. Join the fun talk as the professors break down what this could mean for Argentina – like, h…
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Hello everyone, This week's new podcast, "2024 Predictions: Bitcoin, Economy, Elections," will reveal the upcoming year's events, so get ready! We are dissecting Bitcoin, the financial industry's state, and the elections' current state. Enjoy casual conversations, knowledgeable analysis, and a few surprises. You're welcome to join us as we decipher…
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Let's dive into renewable energy with the awesome Dr. Levi Russell. Wondering if it's as renewable as it sounds? Dr. Russell is here to explain it all without the confusing jargon. Imagine solar panels and wind turbines like superheroes saving the planet. Dr. Russell helps us understand how these cool technologies work in simple terms that even you…
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In this eye-opening episode, join Dr. Levi Russell as he demystifies the complex world of interest rates and explores the ethical implications of usury. Geared towards students, Dr. Russell breaks down the concept of usury, delving into its historical context and shedding light on how it impacts individuals and societies today. Discover the fine li…
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Tune in to 'Light Bulb Freedom: Government Failure?' and join the conversation on individual rights and government intervention. Explore the unintended consequences of well-intentioned policies as we shed light on a grassroots movement advocating for personal liberties. Don't miss this compelling episode—listen now and be part of the discussion!"…
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Embark on an entrepreneurial odyssey with Chad Steenhoek, unraveling his unparalleled insights in "Entrepreneurship Insights." Journey through the uncharted terrains of his triumphs, failures, and pivotal lessons, guiding listeners towards their own prosperity. Uncover practical wisdom and cutting-edge strategies from a trailblazing industry leader…
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Join Pastor Timothy Roth in 'Reason Your Way to God? Philosophy vs Theology' as he delves into the age-old debate between philosophy and theology. Discover how these two disciplines intersect and diverge, and explore the profound questions surrounding faith, reason, and spirituality. Whether you're a philosopher, a theologian, or simply curious, th…
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Tune in to Pastor Timothy Roth's captivating podcast episode delving into the Reformation's enduring legacy, the transformative power of Confession, and the nuances of present-day Church differences. Engage with history and modern spirituality—listen now for a profound understanding of faith's evolution and challenges."…
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In this new episode, we talk about unemployment in the US. We will examine how the employment market has altered over the past 20 years, particularly for men and women. We will simplify it and read the statistics and patterns that have shaped the labor market. It is more than simply numbers. It is about comprehending how the employment landscape ha…
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Join our riveting podcast as we dissect the transformative impact of the U.S. government's protective measures on the auto industry. In this thought-provoking episode, we unravel the intricate dynamics shaping the fortunes of industry titans and the nuanced repercussions on consumer choices. Stay tuned to unravel the captivating narrative of resili…
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Let's talk about power! In this episode, we discuss whether the old ideas of Machiavelli, an intelligent thinker from the past, still make sense today. We'll break down the tricks, problems, and tough choices that come with having power. Join us for a chat about what Machiavelli can teach us about power in our world today. Listen now!…
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Dive into the contentious debate over tax-exempt status for churches. Uncover the historical context, grapple with the clash between religious freedom and fairness, and discover the tangible consequences. Join us for a thought-provoking exploration of this critical issue that's shaping our society. Don't miss this eye-opening episode!…
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The most recent episode of "Church Finance, How Should We Spend?" examines the sensitive and frequently complicated subject of church budget distribution. Join our Gwartney Institute professors Russ, Peter, and Justin as they discuss ethical issues and best practices for allocating financial resources within a Christian group.…
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We highlight the injustices committed against the rural working class in this episode of "Rich Men in Richmond?" Join us as we explore the unsung tales of devout people who Richmond's wealthy elite has frequently eclipsed. We'll talk about the difficulties, problems, and structural injustices that the rural working class faces as we examine the eff…
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In this enlightening episode of "Investment Advice - Dollar Cost Averaging and More," we dive deep into the world of investment strategies and a whole lot more! Join our expert hosts as they unravel some secrets of "Dollar Cost Averaging", a strategy that can revolutionize your investment game. Listen now!…
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Money counts, especially in college, Don't Get Caught! Episode 252 Personal Finance Pitfalls to Watch for. Join us this week as we explore the top financial mistakes that even the most intelligent students can fall victim to. We have the advice to keep financially healthy and prosperous, from credit card mayhem to budgeting gaffes. Watch now to tak…
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"Join us on a journey of workplace transformation with 'Work From Home Does Not Work?' podcast. Get into the captivating world of remote work as we unravel its intricate layers. Tune in to explore intriguing topics like the unseen switching costs that impact your remote experience. We openly talk about the diverse work styles and home environments …
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This audio episode explores the complex relationship between money and romance. We examine how contemporary sensibilities change how we approach money in partnerships, from splitting costs to making financial decisions. We also explore the role of tradition, looking at how ideas like arranged weddings respond to shifting economic conditions. The ep…
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In this episode, we focus on neocolonialism as we examine the effects of the rising trend of expatriates on developing nations. We explore the drawbacks of expatriation and discuss how it affects both the ex-pats and the locals. The podcast questions the effects of the precise cultural mismatch between ex-patriots and their new homes on regional id…
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Explore the world of "Power Struggle: Ruler vs. Ruled," resulting in probes of the intricate connection between individuals in control positions and those they rule. Explore Adam Smith's principles and their impact on power dynamics as you unravel the historical development of democracy and its effect on empowering the populace. Consider the diffic…
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Welcome to our podcast episode, where we explore the fascinating world of transhumanism and how it relates to government control. Transhumanism is about using advanced technology to enhance human abilities, like outsourcing our brains or merging technology with our minds. This episode discusses these technologies' ethical questions and how governme…
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In this episode, we dive into the challenges and uncertainties of transhumanism. We will discuss the tough questions about what it means to be human and the potential consequences of transforming ourselves in profound ways. Does altering our physical bodies undermine God? Listen now! Timeline: Are You The Same As You Where In Kindergarten? // 4:30 …
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In this episode, the Gwartney Team discusses the transhumanism movement. Join us as we define this concept and discuss whether or not it should be an ultimate goal for our society. Transhumanism / 1:30 When we prolong and improve life, is it still human? / 10.25 The Heavens Gate Comet / 15.00 Lost common tongue / 17.00 Faith and transhumanism / 20.…
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In this episode, the Gwartney Team discusses Derek Parfit's Mere Addition Paradox relating happiness and population. Parfit's "Repugnant Conclusion" is that a huge population living a life of little happiness, is preferable to a small, but universally happy population. Join us as we break down this paradox from a faith perspective. Philosophical id…
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In this episode, the Gwartney team discusses the possibility of aliens after the United States Government declassified information that supports the existence of extraterrestrial life. We attempt to lay some of the intellectual groundwork that is necessary for the discussion of aliens by discussing multiple theories that have emerged over the past …
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This week's discussion covered a recent story about a local woman who is pushing back against the regulations banning gardening and keeping bees as a business in the city of Ottawa KS. Join us as the Gwartney Team discusses entrepreneurship, home businesses, and property rights. Timeline: Restrict the Business / 3.00 Government is thinking of Exter…
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Russ presents a grievance to the Federal Reserve and their use of Interest on Reserves in this episode. We discuss interest on reserves and how it is being used to increase national debt spending. The Fed has incentivized the banking system to invest vault savings, or the grouping of individual saving accounts, into the Federal Reserve's vault savi…
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In this episode, the Gwartney team discusses what should be considered as intellectual property and why certain things may not meet the criteria. For instance, do patents restrict ownership of physical property? Does intellectual property require one to sell/buy rights? We consider that businesses are incentivized to create intellectual property, a…
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In this episode, the Gwartney team wants to discuss the best way to interpret texts. Should we attempt to discover the authors intended meaning or is our own valuable? Peter argues that there needs to be a checkpoint of meaning from the author for interpretations to have any value. Justin argues that words have meaning regardless of what the author…
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In this episode, Justin leads the team through ideas from Rene Girard, a French theorist from the 20th century who countered mainstream thought during this time. Girard wanted to refute claims that Greek myths and the Passion of the Christ were the same, or at least very similar. By comparing stories of Greek myth and those in the Bible, we are abl…
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How do taxes affect investment and saving incentives for individuals in the United States? In this episode, the Gwartney Institute discusses an issue with the tax system in regard to how it handles inflation. Should our tax system include inflation when evaluating individuals capital gains? These taxes disproportionately effect lower income earners…
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