Rep. Joe Kennedy III gave the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday. He accused the Trump Administration of diving America stating “for them, dignity isn’t something you’re born with but something you measure — by your net worth, your celebrity, your headlines, your crowd size.” Watch his full remarks.

“262: Jordan Peterson vs. Cathy Newman – Gender Pay Gap, Trans Rights, Winning Debates”
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Chris Spangle, Chris Gault, and Creighton Harrington discuss why human nature and libertarianism are perfectly aligned by breaking down the Jordan Peterson debate with Cathy Newman on the BBC. We discuss economics, the wage gap between men and women, the best way to win a debate, human nature, the differences between men and women, social hierarchies, and why the future is libertarian.

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Peterson on Morality

Peterson on the BBC

“261: Women’s Marches”
by We Are Libertarians

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Chris Spangle and Harry Price dissect the reactions to this past weekend’s Women’s Marches, and the male reaction to it.

“260: Is Trump Libertarian? And FISA Section 702”
by We Are Libertarians

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Chris Spangle, Chris Gault, and Creighton Harrington reunite the original cast and discuss how little has changed since 2012, but everything is different. We ask if Trump is a libertarian President, and explain the reauthorization of FISA Section 702.


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A panel of experts from TechFreedom, the ACLU, R Street, and the US Naval Academy discuss Section 702, the controversial warrantless mass-surveillance provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

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Foreign Policy Explained, Ep. 1: Government Surveillance: We’re Being Watched (video): Is government surveillance of private citizens ever justified? Prof. Abby Hall Blanco from the University of Tampa explains the history of spying by the American government on its own and foreign citizens.

Should You Be Afraid of the NSA? (video): Cindy Cohn and Ronald Sievert share their opposing views on the threat of NSA Surveillance.

Edward Snowden: Surveillance Is about Power (video): NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says government surveillance is taking away our privacy AND our security.

TRANSCRIPT: For a full transcript please visit: http://www.learnliberty.org/videos/what-is-section-702/

“Featuring General Michael Hayden (former director of CIA and NSA) and Barton Gellman (participant in the Edward Snowden surveillance leaks) debate at American University about the balance between security and liberty, government and free press.
Filmed by Ford Fischer”

Sex and Intimacy are Inseparable. Aziz Ansari Proves It.

A society that puts promiscuity above genuine connection isn’t working for men and women. We’ve all believed that sex without attachment is the highest form of personal freedom thanks to the Boomers and the sexual revolution, but in reality, it’s led to awkward degradation. Maybe some people are able to disconnect emotions from sex, but I find those people detached from healthy intimacy in general. Forced chastity is wrong, but we need to end societal shame over chastity by choice. There’s nothing wrong with putting genuine connection first and building relationships without the pressures and complications of sex. Let’s be honest, sex outside of a relationship usually sucks. The Aziz Ansari story is the perfect illustration of that.

“259: Trump’s “S-Hole,” Haiti’s Past, Aziz Ansari and #MeToo”
by We Are Libertarians

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Chris Spangle and Harry Price discuss the s-hole comment, why the right can’t trust Trump, why is Haiti an s-hole, and Spangle explains the birds and bees to Aziz Ansari and the #MeToo movement.


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MLK Was Not a Republican

My least favorite part of MLK day is conservatives pretending that Martin Luther King Jr. was a Republican. The political parties were much less connected to ideology and national politics then. His wife was a socialist and he sympathized with her views. My second least favorite part of the day are conservatives and libertarians claiming he was a communist.

King avoided politics not related to the cause of increasing black equality so he wouldn’t alienate any potential allies. On issues of economic equality, he sounded a lot like Bernie Sanders because he didn’t trust the free market or local governments to treat his constituents fairly. Predicting what he’d think about politics almost 50 years after his death based on comments in an era and place where politics were vastly different is a silly leap in logic.

He was constantly baited to wade into the controversies of the day by journalists and avoided it consistently so he wouldn’t turn people away from his cause. That did happen in droves when he opposed Vietnam. A lot of activists should learn that lesson.