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Aaron is joined by Dr. Eric Larson of the Paradocs podcast to discuss how many individuals seem unwilling to see the light at the end of the tunnel in regards to COVID-19. Emma Green for the Atlantic, “The Liberals Who Can’t Quit Lockdown”: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/05/liberals-covid-19-science-denial-lockdown/618780/ An epi…
 
Aaron and Austin discuss the reactions to the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial, especially from segments of the political right. Austin rebuts a “steel man” argument from the Right by Andrew McCarthy, while Aaron brings up the importance of objectivity and how members of both political wings are harming their own causes by politicizing issues of …
 
Aaron and Jason discuss the historical unifier of Japan, Oda Nobunaga, as the next entry in their “Great Leaders You Should Know” series. Theme-song information: Music from YouTube Audio Library [Aka YAL] Music provided by RFM: https://youtu.be/hMLSa6-cXT0 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message…
 
NOTE: This Episode was recorded before the wrongful killing of Daunte Wright in Minnesota. In light of New Mexico’s recent “abolishment” of Qualified Immunity, Aaron and Austin return to this ever-relevant issue. They take a couple of steps back to re-define and re-examine what qualified immunity is supposed to be (as opposed to how it is practiced…
 
Aaron, Jason, and Faith continue their discussion from last week, discussing anti-Asian prejudice in the 1970s, a re-evaluation/reframing of the idea of “micro aggressions,” Asians as a “model minority,” and the importance of words and rhetoric in efforts against prejudice. Also discussed are the existence of Klicker Mountain (it’s a thing, google …
 
Aaron, Jason, and Faith all have a roundtable (or a triangle table, there are three of us) discussion about anti-Asian prejudice in America. Jason discusses the history of anti-Asian sentiment in this country dating all the way back to the mid-19th century, Aaron talks about the psychology underlying prejudices like those exhibited against Asian-Am…
 
Neither Aaron nor Jason speak French, but we’re going to talk about the most famous Frenchman in history (even though he was actually Corsican), Napoleon! Topics covered include Napoleon’s being declared an “Antichrist” for his pro-Jewish (or at least not antisemitic enough for some peoples’ standards) stances, an historical conspiracy theory about…
 
In recognition of the one-year anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s Death, Aaron and Austin discuss some recent happenings around the specific issue of police brutality, including updates on the Breonna Taylor case itself, the full-out assault on the first amendment that is Kentucky Senate Bill 211, and, once again, the issue of qualified immunity. Sen.…
 
Aaron and Jason join to discuss the life, times, and legacy of a man known for his salad, his pizza, and almost single-handedly destroying the Roman Republic, Julius Caesar! Jason compares Caesar to Tom Brady and Theodore Roosevelt, while Aaron talks Caesar up before questioning why he’s doing it. Both hosts spend a lot of time butchering the Latin…
 
Aaron is joined by film writer Faith Liu to discuss the current outrage about how the muppets have been “cancelled” by having disclaimers about certain stereotypes placed before certain episodes. Faith talks about the importance of contextualizing past art that doesn’t conform to modern values, and making sure that such art is presented in the corr…
 
Aaron and Jason continue their “Great Leaders You Should Know” discussion, this time examining Saladin, the famed opponent of Richard the Lionheart during the Crusades. Along the way, they discuss the background of the Crusades themselves, how looking to ancient figures can inform our attitudes and behaviors in the modern socio-political arena, and…
 
Aaron and Austin look over the recently re-examined case of Sedley Alley, a man executed by the State of Tennessee who might be posthumously exonerated thanks to DNA evidence. The hosts discuss the various things that went wrong in Mr. Alley’s case, the importance of examining such cases if we want criminal justice reform, and what we can learn fro…
 
A long episode for a big topic! As one of the newly-inaugurated President Biden’s first acts was to abolish and retract the report from the 1776 commission, we figured we should revisit the 1776 commission not only because of its fundamental undermining of good teaching of history, but also because of what their published report represents more bro…
 
As we wait with baited breath to see what next act of stupidity/treason might or might not occur in the wake of the election, Aaron and Jason decide to take a step back into history to see what we can learn from great leaders beyond America. In the first of this ongoing series, the hosts discuss precisely why we should study such leaders, the crite…
 
Continuing our discussion of last week’s coup attempt, Aaron, Austin, and David discuss Trump’s pathetic attempts at “condemning” the violence, the whattaboutism comparisons between the coup and the BLM rallies over the summer, the right-wing argument that the capitol “belongs to all of us” and thus the coup was acceptable, the slippery slopes pres…
 
The events of last week’s riots in DC are too much for one episode, so we’re using it as an opportunity to catch up on the episodes we missed over the holidays! In Part 1 of this two-part discussion, Aaron, Austin, and David discuss the causes of the riots, including whether or not they count as a coup, whether or not Donald Trump is responsible fo…
 
What could be crazy enough to make both Aaron and Austin break the no swearing rule? The answer is Josh Hawley and Lin Wood’s bouts of authoritarian insanity. Aaron and Austin begin by discussing the variety of bizarre and slanderous statements made by attorney Lin Wood about everyone from Mike Pence to Chief Justice John Roberts, and continue by d…
 
Tomorrow is Festivus, meaning that it’s time to air our grievances, and this week, Austin and Aaron air a lot of grievances with Trump’s legal team and election result challenges. Austin talks about why everything about this affair offends him as a lawyer, from the actors within it to the legal claims made to the rhetoric used outside the courtroom…
 
In the spirit of the philosophy that “there is no bad time to talk about Good things,” Aaron and Jason decide to do a post-Thanksgiving autopsy of the Pilgrims and their legacy in America for the issues of self-government and religious freedom. The Lawrence Reed article quoted by Aaron: https://fee.org/articles/the-mayflower-compact-as-an-idea-amer…
 
After our two-week Thanksgiving break, Aaron and our Costco-brand Neuhaus discuss the recent comments from Evangelical intellectual Eric Metaxas, who claims that Trump won the election in a landslide and that Jesus is on Trump’s side. Aaron and David discuss the harmful nature of Metaxas’s comments, how his comments reflect on Christianity and Evan…
 
One of the more-ignored occurrences of our previous election day was the vast number of criminal justice reform referendums that passed. Aaron and Austin review several state questions, propositions, and other efforts aimed at reform, evaluating their practicality, effectiveness, and overall usefulness for the cause. Opinions are also given about g…
 
In honor of Armistice/Veteran’s Day this week, Aaron and Jason discuss the political antecedents to the oft-ignored (in American contexts) First World War. The hosts discuss how the century before the war influenced the war’s start, how the war became about Britain and Germany even though neither had anything to do with the events that sparked the …
 
The various and sundry hosts of the podcast come together on election day to discuss the least political topic they know, and the only one that helps them keep it together: alcohol. From college mistakes to myths about tequila to discussions of cheap beer, everything BUT the election is discussed. Theme-song information: Music from YouTube Audio Li…
 
Aaron and Austin start by answering some questions about their previous “Beyond Brutality” episodes before moving into an updated discussion of the murder of Breonna Taylor. Aaron discusses the case as an example of almost everything that can go wrong with the justice system going wrong, while Austin focuses on the specific prosecutorial misconduct…
 
While not giving their opinions on Justice Barrett specifically, Austin and Aaron tackle the topic of Originalism, Justice Barrett’s judicial philosophy, around which a number of critiques of her have centered. Austin gets actually outraged for the first time when addressing numerous critiques of originalism, while Aaron talks about the importance …
 
In the wake of Indigenous Peoples’ day, as well as Donald Trump’s call for “patriotic” education, his Columbus day proclamation against those who seek to “destroy our history” by pointing out that Columbus was a terrible, terrible person, and his executive orders regarding the 1619 project, Aaron and Jason discuss philosophy of history. Jason bring…
 
Aaron and Austin continue their discussion of needed criminal justice reform. This week, they set their sights on prosecutors, and from the get-go, Aaron struggles against (and nearly breaks) the no-swearing rule. Aaron talks about why he thinks prosecutors are, in many ways, the “ultimate evil” of the justice system, why they are psychologically s…
 
Recorded before President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, Aaron and Austin reflect on the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, looking beyond the Right-Wing talking points of Abortion and Gun Rights to see RBG’s legacy as a defender of individual rights and an advocate of the Fourth Amendment. While not agreeing with everything RBG did o…
 
Continuing their discussion of needed criminal justice reform beyond stopping police shootings, Austin and Aaron discuss the news out of Florida where a Sheriff’s “intelligence-based policing” is basically “minority report for idiots.” In an episode that tests the podcast’s “no swearing rule” more than any that has come before it, Aaron and Austin …
 
Given the recent societal interest in criminal justice reform, and in the wake of the exoneration of Mr. Curtis Flowers after 6 trials and 24 years of wrongful imprisonment, Aaron and Austin begin a series of conversations about issues surrounding the criminal justice system. While it’s a good thing that so many calls for criminal justice reform ha…
 
A still-recovering-from-COVID Aaron (hence the excessively scratchy voice) is joined by fellow OU Alum, psychologist, and grad student Marie Altgilbers, whose research focuses on the study of conspiracy theories. Aaron and Marie discuss the QAnon conspiracy theory, as well as related conspiracy theories like Pizzagate, and discuss their broad-reach…
 
As Pastor John McArthur takes on the state of California, Aaron is joined once again by Pastor David Keating to talk about the religious response to COVID, including the government public health regulations designed to prevent it, as well as discussion why it is that so many within organized Christianity seem to resist these public health measures.…
 
In the light of the upcoming miniseries “The Good Lord Bird,” Aaron and Jason are joined by Connor Gleason to discuss the circumstances, actions, and legacy of John Brown. They discuss the national circumstances surrounding slavery, including the Missouri Compromise, the Dred Scott case, and the caning of Charles Sumner, as well as how those events…
 
As we head into our third year of the podcast, Aaron, Austin, and Jason sit back together (well, separately, there are literal hundreds of miles of distance between them) to discuss the differences between where they were politically when they first joined the podcast, and where they are now. Austin describes his descent into “political agnosticism…
 
For our final episode of Season 2, Aaron is joined by Liz Whyte, a journalist and fellow Hillsdale Alum, who recently wrote a piece summing up her thoughts on the national attention that Hillsdale is receiving for recently refusing to take sides on the racial issues plaguing the country, and why the College should not claim to be remaining neutral …
 
We’ve often discussed how the letter and spirit of the law are not always the most strongly correlated - i.e., just because something is technically “legal,” that does not mean it is ethical, moral, or even a good idea. Aaron and Austin apply this principle to the Portland situation, with Austin giving his views on not only the strict constitutiona…
 
After, no joke, SIX attempts to record this episode, and after negotiating power failures, Oklahoman “wind events,” computer crashes, and just plain weirdness (seriously, we think this episode might be cursed), Aaron is FINALLY successful in being able to talk to Faith Liu about the issues of representation in media. While last year they talked abo…
 
Aaron and Jason continue their discussion of our “forgotten founders.” Jason brings up a businessman who was the only signer of all four major American founding documents and who quietly motivated some of the most important founding principles when the American government was being established, the “financier of the revolution,” and a founder who i…
 
For our July 4th episodes, Aaron and Jason decide to take a look at some of our lesser-known Founders, looking for those whose influence has unjustly been denied, or those who don’t conform to the popular image of the Founding, be it in their contributions, their beliefs, or their actions. In Part 1, Aaron talks about a particularly famous New Engl…
 
Aaron and Connor continue their discussion of Winston Churchill. They discuss the legacy of other troubling historical figures, as well as bringing up the fact that statues are not vehicles for teaching history, and thus it would be better for statues to find their places in museums, rather than in public places of honor, when the subjects of these…
 
Aaron is joined by a podcast guest, history teacher Connor Gleason, to discus the legacy of Winston Churchill that has been questioned in light of recent protests against both historical and contemporary racial injustice. Aaron brings up some of the specifically troubling things Churchill did and said during his early career, such as the Gallipoli …
 
Aaron and Austin discuss the potential police reforms that have been proposed in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, especially the reform suggested by Reps. Justin Amash and Ayanna Pressley to end qualified immunity. Austin explains how qualified immunity is supposed to work vs. how it actually works and why it’s such a threat to ensuring protectio…
 
Life right now sucks, so why not escape into history? Aaron and Jason discuss the History Channel’s recent documentary on President U.S. Grant. Going beyond the documentary itself, Jason tells us why he thinks it’s an important way to inspire further historical analysis about one of the most important presidents, while also calling Aaron a “lying d…
 
Aaron and Austin continue their discussion from last week about “policing our own,” and apply it to the armed protests against the COVID-19 Lockdowns. They compare it to previous armed protests and go into why they think these are different, and why these protests are perhaps not the best idea ever. A news article about the Michigan protest that Au…
 
Aaron and Austin join up for a two-parter on the topic of “policing our own.” They start by discussing some further details about the Ahmaud Arbery Case, including some of the difficulties they foresee in the upcoming trial. They then discuss the similar case of Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who were the victim of a no-knock raid…
 
Aaron is joined by Hannah Cox, a conservatarian journalist and criminal justice reform activist, to discuss the public discourse around the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Aaron and Hannah discuss the facts of the case, why the public outcry against the delay of justice for Ahmaud is important, how it’s impossible to discuss issues like this without brin…
 
Aaron is joined again by Tyler Groenendal, now one of the hosts of “The Amash Files,” a new podcast dedicated to following Justin Amash’s candidacy, as well as providing insights into Amash’s campaign that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Aaron and Tyler discuss Justin Amash’s recently-declared candidacy. How viable is his bid for the presidency? W…
 
Austin and Aaron continue upon and expand numerous previous podcast episodes (including last week’s episode on Tiger King) to discuss the problems of individual rights vs. collective wellbeing. Both hosts begin by talking about their own preferred variants on the Old Fashioned, after which they discuss a rights-based perspective on such issues as o…
 
Hey there you cool cats and kittens! This week, Aaron is joined by Sarah Sparks, a veterinary student and animal welfare advocate, to discuss the fervor around Netflix's “Tiger King.” Specifically, they decide to talk about one of the issues that the documentary seemed to sweep aside, namely the actual tigers and other big cats. Aaron and Sarah dis…
 
With the ongoing COVID-19 causing a cry of “trust the experts,” the difficult question that comes to us is; which experts? Who counts as an expert? Who do we listen to? Aaron and Jason tackle this issue by raising the question of who counts as an expert, when should we listen to them, when should we question if their expertise is relevant, and what…
 
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