The Libertarian Standard » Podcast Picks http://libertarianstandard.com Property - Prosperity - Peace Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:32:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 A new website and group blog of radical Austro-libertarians, shining the light of reason on truth and justice. The Libertarian Standard clean The Libertarian Standard thelibertarianstandard@gmail.com thelibertarianstandard@gmail.com (The Libertarian Standard) CC-BY Property - Prosperity - Peace libertarianism, anarchism, capitalism, free markets, liberty, private property, rights, Mises, Rothbard, Rand, antiwar, freedom The Libertarian Standard » Podcast Picks http://libertarianstandard.com/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/rss_default.jpg http://libertarianstandard.com/category/podcast-picks/ TV-G TLS Podcast Picks: Cuba, Public Pensions, 3D Printing and IP http://libertarianstandard.com/2012/11/10/tls-podcast-picks-cuba-public-pensions-3d-printing-and-ip/ http://libertarianstandard.com/2012/11/10/tls-podcast-picks-cuba-public-pensions-3d-printing-and-ip/#comments Sun, 11 Nov 2012 03:39:56 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=11981 Recommended podcasts:

Until the 1959 ouster of dictator Fulgencio Batista, Cuba’s legislature convened in the domed Capitolio building in Havana. Today it’s a symbol of a prerevolutionary Cuba that no one under the age of 50 experienced. © Paolo Pellegrin/National Geographic

  • Cuba’s New Now,” KERA Think (Nov. 8, 2012). Fascinating interview by the amazing KERA Think host, Krys Boyd: “What has changed in Cuba since Fidel Castro ostensibly stepped away from power and are the changes happening fast enough for the Cuban people? We’ll talk this hour with National Geographic Magazine contributor Cynthia Gorney, whose story “Cuba’s New Now” appears in the current issue of the magazine.”
  • Joshua Rauh on Public Pensions,” EconTalk. Chilling discussion of the looming public pension crisis, with host Russ Roberts: “Joshua Rauh, Professor of Finance at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the unfunded liabilities from state employee pensions. The publicly stated shortfall in revenue relative to promised pensions is about $1 trillion. Rauh estimates the number to be over $4 trillion. Rauh explains why that number is more realistic, how the problem grew in recent years, and how the fiscal situation might be fixed moving forward. He also discusses some of the political and legal choices that we are likely to face going forward as states face strained budgets from promises made in the past to retired workers.” My guess? States and localities will end up declaring bankruptcy to modify their pension obligations.
  • Chris Anderson on 3D Printing and the Maker Movement,” Surprisingly Free. “Chris Anderson, former Wired magazine editor-in-chief and author of Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, describes what he calls the maker movement. According to Anderson, modern technologies, such as 3D printing and open source design, are democratizing manufacturing. The same disruption that digital technologies brought to information goods like music, movies and publishing will soon make its way to the world of physical goods, he says.” A good discussion of IP implications of 3D printing begins around 14:00.
  • My recent Libertopia talk, Intellectual Nonsense: Fallacious Arguments for IP.
  • My interview, “Silver for the People Interview: Stephan Kinsella—Copyright Laws Cost the U.S. $Billions in Economic Growth” (at Libertopia, San Diego, Oct. 12, 2012).
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TLS Podcast Picks: Donald Harris on copyright law and alcohol prohibition, Tucker on Anarchy http://libertarianstandard.com/2012/08/21/tls-podcast-picks-harris-copyright-alcoho/ http://libertarianstandard.com/2012/08/21/tls-podcast-picks-harris-copyright-alcoho/#comments Tue, 21 Aug 2012 20:13:06 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=11516 Recommended podcasts:

  • Donald Harris on copyright law and alcohol prohibition,” Surprisingly Free (Aug. 14, 2012) “Donald P. Harris, associate professor of law at Temple University discusses the regulation of file sharing. Harris explains that Alcohol Prohibition of the 1920s and 1930s as an historical example of laws that were inconsistent with the vast majority of society’s morals and norms. Looking back, one can see many similarities between the Alcohol and Filesharing Prohibitions. Harris suggests, then, that lessons learned from the failed “noble experiment” of Alcohol Prohibition should be applied to the current filesharing controversy. Doing so, he advocates legalizing certain noncommercial filesharing. A scheme along those lines would better comport with societal norms, he argues, and would force new business models to replace outdated and ineffective business models.” Harris is not an IP abolitionist, but he does at least suggest we consider legalizing file sharing for noncommerical uses.
  • The Spy Who Saved D-Day,” Slate’s The Afterword (Aug. 16, 2012). An interview with Stephan Talty. “Juan Pujol was an underachieving Barcelona chicken farmer until World War II, when he transformed himself into an accomplished anti-Nazi spy. Using only his amazing gift for inventing credible lies, Pujol became Germany’s most valuable secret agent—but he was really a double agent, working with Britain’s intelligence service. Stephan Talty’s book Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler & Saved D-Daytells the story of Pujol’s complex deception and how he convinced Germany’s high command that the D-Day invasion of Normandy was just a feint, while the real attack was aimed at Calais. The interview lasts around 30 minutes.”
  • Tucker, A Beautiful AnarchyJeff Tucker discusses his new book A Beautiful Anarchy: how to Create your own Civilization in the Digital Age in this vimeo video and in an interview with Stefan Molyneux.
  • Ohanian on the Great Recession and the Labor Market,” Econtalk (Aug. 20, 2012). “Lee Ohanian of UCLA talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the recession, the recovery, and the state of labor market. Ohanian describes the unusual aspects of this recession and recovery in the United States as shown by the labor market and the unusual performance of hours worked, productivity, and wages. He also discusses the behavior of business investment and speculates as to why this recession and the recovery has been so different in the United States. The conversation closes with a discussion of the role of the foreclosure process in encouraging unemployment.” I found interesting Ohanian’s discussion of wage stickiness—for example, how wages could fall in response to a recession. He says that workers are quite willing to work for lower wages in response to changed market conditions, but that various state interventions into the market inhibit this adjustment, from soft coercion to regulations to laws.
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TLS Podcast Picks: Francis Scott Key, Pro-Slavery Police-State Thug http://libertarianstandard.com/2012/08/10/tls-podcast-picks-francis-scott-key-pro-slavery-police-state-thug/ http://libertarianstandard.com/2012/08/10/tls-podcast-picks-francis-scott-key-pro-slavery-police-state-thug/#comments Sat, 11 Aug 2012 00:52:07 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=11467 Recommended podcasts:

  • Francis Scott Key and the Forgotten Washington Race Riot of 1835, KERA Think (Aug. 9, 2012). “What role did ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ lyricist Francis Scott Key play in preserving slavery? We’ll talk this hour with Jefferson Morley, former Washington correspondent for Salon and author of the new book Snow-Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835.” This is a fascinating interview. The book sounds great. Key, known for the nauseating, jingoistic, nationalist Star Spangled Banner, was a wheeler-dealer lawyer-politician who parlayed his fame with the song into Washington power, and was finally recruited by Andrew Jackson to help suppress the growing anti-slavery movement in Washington, D.C. He jumped into the job with zeal, arresting and prosecuting people who wrote in favor of abolition or slaves’ rights—by charging them with sedition or libel (or seditious libel). Another evil “patriot” (like Washington who conscripted slaves, used his slave’s teeth for his false teeth, shot deserters, killed tax rebels, and so on). Next time you see “patriots” putting hand over heart to the “Star Spangled Banner,” remind them of the scoundrel fascist who wrote it. He makes Emma Lazarus seem heroic.
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TLS Podcast Picks: Ridley and Lehrer on Creativity and Ideas http://libertarianstandard.com/2012/04/07/tls-podcast-picks-ridley-and-lehrer-on-creativity-and-ideas/ http://libertarianstandard.com/2012/04/07/tls-podcast-picks-ridley-and-lehrer-on-creativity-and-ideas/#comments Sat, 07 Apr 2012 14:14:01 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=10831 Recommended podcasts:

  • How Creativity Works: An interview with Jonah Lehrer,” by June Thomas, Slate’s The Afterword podcast (Friday, March 30, 2012).  “In Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer explores some of the myths of creativity and discovers that it isn’t a gift possessed by a lucky few, but rather a variety of processes that everyone can learn to use more efficiently. This 32-minute conversation ranges from the origins of the Swiffer, why 3M is such an innovative company, what people who work alone can do to replicate the creative advantages of the busy workplace, to Steve Jobs’ views on proper bathroom placement.”
  • “Ideas Having Sex” A Conversation with John Tierney and Matt Ridley, Reason.tv (April 5, 2012).
    “Where ideas have sex, is in technologies,” says author and biologist Matt Ridley, “we give far too much credit to individuals for innovation…all of them are standing on the shoulders of lots of other people.”

    Ridley discussed his views on trade, invention and creativity with the New York TimesJohn Tierney at a Reason Foundation event at the Museum of Sex in New York City on March 8, 2012.

    The author of “The Rational Optimist,” tells Tierney that “Every technology we possess has ideas that occurred to different people in different times and different places…most innovation happens by perspiration not inspiration, it’s tinkering…rather than geniuses in ivory towers.”

    Tierney and Ridley also discuss how traders and businessmen, much maligned throughout history as exploiters and “social parasites,” have actually contributed enormously to the spread of ideas and new technological breakthroughs. Ridley describes how Fibonacci, the son of an Italian trader who lived in North Africa, brought the Indian numeral system (the numbers we all know and love today) to Europe as one of the greatest tangible benefits of trade facilitating the exchange of ideas. Ridley implores the public to “Just stop knocking traders, they’re great people, they do wonderful things.”

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TLS Podcast Picks: Tibor Machan and Jeff Tucker http://libertarianstandard.com/2012/03/21/tls-podcast-picks-2/ http://libertarianstandard.com/2012/03/21/tls-podcast-picks-2/#comments Thu, 22 Mar 2012 00:59:47 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=10716 Recommended podcasts:

  • machan-bannerProfiles in Liberty: Tibor Machan, by Stephen Hicks. Great profile of an important libertarian thinker and good friend of mine.  “Tibor Machan is professor of philosophy at Chapman University in California. He was born in Communist Hungary, smuggled out as a teenager, and came to the United States, where he earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. A prolific writer, he has published over forty books and scores of essays. A recent collection of scholarly essays on Machan’s work, Reality, Reason, and Rights: Essays in Honor of Tibor R. Machan, edited by Douglas B. Rasmussen, Aeon J. Skoble, and Douglas J. Den Uyl, was published in 2011.”
  • The World No One Will Tell You is Possible, Radio Free Market interview with Jeff Tucker, about various themes discussed in his book It’s a Jetsons World, such as intellectual property and other issues.
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TLS Podcast Picks: Stealth of Nations; SOPA http://libertarianstandard.com/2012/01/19/tls-podcast-picks-stealth-of-nations-sopa/ http://libertarianstandard.com/2012/01/19/tls-podcast-picks-stealth-of-nations-sopa/#comments Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:22:02 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=10365 Recommended podcasts:

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TLS Podcast Picks: ACLU on Assassinations, Spying and The Constitution; National Security Letters and “Financial Institutions” and Classificationism http://libertarianstandard.com/2011/12/13/tls-podcast-picks-aclu-on-assassinations/ http://libertarianstandard.com/2011/12/13/tls-podcast-picks-aclu-on-assassinations/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2011 16:09:25 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=10081 Recommended podcasts:

  • Assassinations, Spying and The Constitution: ACLU President Susan Herman Talks Big Government Taking Liberties,” Reason.tv (see video below) (“All of our elected representatives have to hear from a broad cross section of liberals, libertarians, conservatives–people who just say, ‘This is too much big government. We want our government back,” says American Civil Liberties Union President Susan Herman, author of the new book Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy.  … How much has the police state expanded since 9/11, and is there any way to stop it? Herman sat down with Reason.tv Editor-in-Chief Nick Gillespie to discuss the this and other questions surrounding the state of liberty in America. Herman notes that while there have been a few minor changes in policy, for the most part there’s been a remarkable continuity between the Bush and Obama administrations in terms of their disregard for civil liberties. She also discusses the recent assassination of American citizen Anwar Al-Awlaki and the ACLU’s role in representing Al-Awlaki’s father in court.Interview by Nick Gillespie”).

In their discussion, Herman mentions the expanded use of National Security Letters (NSLs) since the war on terror began. A NSL may be used to seek customer and consumer transaction information in national security investigations from communications providers, “financial institutions” and credit agencies. Previously NSLs could be used only against people who were reasonably suspected of espionage, but the  Patriot Act now allows the Attorney General to issue NSLs even against people who are not suspected of criminal activity or of acting on behalf of a foreign power. And the letter can require the recipient to keep it secret. So we don’t even know how many of these are out there are when they are issued. Thus NSLs have become a far more invasive procedure the police state can use against citizens.

And in 2004, Congress expanded the definition of “financial institution” eligible to receive NSLs to include not only banks and credit unions, but also car dealers, jewelers, travel agencies, and real estate agents, among others.1 This is a good illustration of the state’s practice of “classificationism.”


  1. For background, see Charles Doyle, National Security Letters in Foreign Intelligence Investigations: Legal Background (Congressional Research Service, 2009); also here

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TLS Podcast Pick: The Last Day of the Soviet Union http://libertarianstandard.com/2011/12/09/tls-podcast-pick-the-last-day-of-the-soviet-union/ http://libertarianstandard.com/2011/12/09/tls-podcast-pick-the-last-day-of-the-soviet-union/#comments Fri, 09 Dec 2011 17:20:40 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=10059 Recommended podcast:

  • The Last Day of the Soviet Union, KERA Think, Dec. 7, 2011 (“What events actually led to the 1991 dissolution of the U.S.S.R. and how did the bitter relationship between Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin contribute to the superpower’s demise? We’ll talk this hour with journalist Conor O’Clery, author of the book Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union“). This podcast has become one of my favorites. I think Kris Boyd is the best interviewer I’ve ever heard. She is amazing. One riveting interview after another. Great voice, great tone, great questions, great topics, and very intelligent.
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TLS Podcast Picks: Aaron Burr vs. Jefferson, Lew Rockwell vs. Parasite http://libertarianstandard.com/2011/12/06/tls-podcast-picks-aaron-burr-vs-jefferson-lew-rockwell-vs-parasite/ http://libertarianstandard.com/2011/12/06/tls-podcast-picks-aaron-burr-vs-jefferson-lew-rockwell-vs-parasite/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2011 15:16:14 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=9976 Recommended podcasts:

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TLS Podcast Picks: Government Food Subsidies, Unbecoming British, American Privateers, and more http://libertarianstandard.com/2011/11/16/tls-podcast-picks-government-food-subsidies-unbecoming-british-american-privateers-and-more/ http://libertarianstandard.com/2011/11/16/tls-podcast-picks-government-food-subsidies-unbecoming-british-american-privateers-and-more/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 21:07:24 +0000 http://libertarianstandard.com/?p=9512 Recommended podcasts:

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