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As libertarians, our philosophy falls several standard deviations away from the typical mainstream talking points. We find major fault with both the left and the right. Neither side makes much sense in terms of a coherent philosophy. This makes talking about liberty – the real kind – very difficult. We’ve all been there before. We’re talking libertarianism with someone — working through first principles, emphasizing property rights, pointing out economic fallacies, and quite frankly, communicating ideas the person may have never heard ever before — and we run into blank stares and furrowed brows. Tell tale signs of confusion, maybe even resistance. It’s difficult stuff. We can all stand to be better communicators, especially to people we don’t know well. Especially to people we may have first met. And especially to people we might not see again. We’ve got one chance to make an impression and plant a seed. How do we do it right?
Well, I had to ask a friend of mine who’s done this more than anyone else I know. Pete Eyre has been around the country a couple times, met thousands of people from cities he’d never been to before, and spread the ideas of liberty in nearly every state in the lower 48. In some way, Pete spent two years as a professional communicator while working on the Motorhome Diaries project and Liberty on Tour. There is no way of knowing how many lives he’s touched, but I’d imagine the number is quite large and quite impressive.
Knowing all of this, I decided to get Pete on my show to talk about best practices in communicating the ideas of complete liberty. We chatted for about an hour on many topics, including:
1. His journey to voluntaryism
2. Argument from morality or efficiency (utilitarianism)?
3. Most difficult areas to tackle when talking liberty
4. How to approach a first talk
5. How to deal with tough topics, scare stories
6. Form alliances with groups that might not fully agree with us?
7. How important is knowing economics?
8. Gauging the movement – is it growing?
Take a listen to Pete and I talk communication on the Justin Longo show.
My friend Dave Williams has been a figurehead in the Colorado freedom movement for quite some time. He has this uncanny ability to speak to any group on any issue (including those who completely disagree with him), find some common ground, and leave them believing just a little bit more in libertarian ideas. He is kind of like the grand ambassador for freedom in Colorado.
In this podcast, I wanted to address a few things:
1. Can direct political action help the cause of liberty?
2. Can indirect political action help the cause of liberty?
3. Can the Libertarian Party help the cause?
4. How and where does Dave draw the line for “justified” government force?
5. How can we better communicate with those who disagree with us?
We discuss all those issues, plus his work with the Gadsden Society of Colorado, the liberty lobbying firm he founded a few years back.
Check out the podcast – Justin and Dave Williams on the political process.
My friend and fellow voluntaryist Ademo Freeman joined me the other night for a podcast on cops, with a strong focus on police accountability. Ademo is a guy that knows a lot about the cops issue and runs a fantastic police accountability website called CopBlock.org. In it, you’ll find a wealth of information from an array of contributors. They also have a couple of really cool features like podcasts and a sweet interactive map.
In our podcast, we touch on Ademo’s background with the police issue, how Ademo and his crew keep cops accountable, what regular folks like you and I can do to keep the police accountable, some of the more egregious police horror stories, reasons why we see so much police brutality today, why cameras are so important, tips and techniques for dealing with cops, what a moral protection system might look like, and finally, we touch a little bit on some of the institutions that might arise in a voluntary society.
***Update: Ademo was kind enough to link back to me on CopBlock. Thanks bud!***
One night a couple weeks ago, it dawned on me that I have podcast equipment sitting at work at my disposal. Why haven’t I taken advantage of it yet? Then and there I decided to start messing around with some podcasts with my friends. I know a lot of really smart people who I can tap to get some expert knowledge on a wide range of topics.
For my first podcast endeavor, I wanted to talk to an old friend of mine from the neighborhood, James Davis. He and I grew up in Jersey together, played sports together, went to shows together, and went to school together. With the birth of his son, he’s had a bit of a shake up in his world. He’s seeing things in a different light now, specifically, the horrible public school system. This got him thinking about our education system, and more generally, the awful way the government administers (monopolized) goods and services. Since then, he’s been on a tear listening to and reading a bunch of resources about schooling.
I decided we should have a chat about his journey and what he’s learned so far about our school system. Without further adieu, here is the first installment of the Justin Longo podcast show – Justin and James on schooling.