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Podcast #4 – Pete Eyre on Communication

with 3 comments

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.


Written by jlongo12

April 4, 2011 at 8:02 am

Posted in podcasts

3 Responses

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  1. Thanks for the opportunity Justin! Really enjoyed the convo – you had some excellent points.

    Looking forward to working with you on continuing the growth of this peaceful evolution!

    Pete Eyre

    April 5, 2011 at 7:23 am

  2. […] Justin wrote on his blog: As libertarians, our philosophy falls several standard deviations away from the typical mainstream […]

  3. Hi Justin, thanks for the show. Great content, and your audio quality is beautiful. Keep up the good work! Pete, you did a great job on this one!

    Stephanie Murphy

    April 7, 2011 at 10:03 am

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