Imagine . . . Independent Thinking

Partisan Stupidity | Canada's Freemen on the Land | Free Trade and Nationalist Bickering | The Next Currency?

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Paul Wilson (5:15), Ryan Elson (21:49), Wolf von Laer (44:23).

While those most affected may fail to notice, political parties have a way of infecting their adherents with sloppy thinking — all the better for “total devotion to the goals.” Paul Wilson of has written on the matter, and he shares how he observed this in his own life and why “politics has become a religion.”

The Freemen on the Land movement in Canada is generating attention and has reached the then-they-fight-you stage. How dare people question the authority of an all-encompassing state and seek to opt out! Ryan Elson of unravels the media spin and reveals his own approach to the freemen lifestyle.

young-voicesWolf von Laer is a fellow international-explorer, a Young Voices Advocate, and on the executive board of European Students for Liberty. He explains the merits of free trade and how childish behavior among government officials, particularly their tendency to spy on each another, is threatening more open engagement. (Read more on comparative advantage.) He also shares insights from his book (shown below, in German) on the pitfalls of central banking.

While Tom W. Bell was unable to make this episode, he appeared the following week to discuss the latest on startup cities, and you can find the September 15 episode here.

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