Hello fellow conservatives, lend me your ears. There has been a lot of chatter as of late regarding whether or not we should support Trump in the 2016 presidential race. Well, after reading this post, I hope you will have no question as to whether or not you should support Donald Trump to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.
Here is a list of why Trump is the perfect conservative candidate:
1. We conservatives are always in favor of as little taxes as possible, and certainly do not support those stupid liberal tax plans. This is why I support Donald Trump’s plan to institute a progressive tax plan that looks very similar to a dirty hippy liberal’s tax plan but it certainly isn’t that because Donald Trump is a conservative. I mean, look at it. It is definitely not your typical conservative tax plan but that’s fine. If you’re tired of #FeelingTheBern of liberal tax policies, we should embrace Trump’s liberal tax policy and slap a conservative label on it. If I’m going to get a liberal tax policy, I’d much rather FeelTheTrump than FeelTheBern.
2. The second reason that Donald Trump is a perfect conservative candidate is that he is 100% in favor of our natural and constitutional right to own property and not have it seized from us. Yes, I know, he thinks using government force to take your property from you is ok. Listen. The only reason he thinks that “eminent domain is wonderful” is because he wants to make America Great Again, and how can you do that if people won’t get out of your way while you’re trying to make America great? Cling to your property rights somewhere else, hippy. Read the rest of this entry »
Several years ago I watched and listened for anything I could understand during a debate between a handful of presidential hopefuls. I did not know much about politics, economics, foreign policy, or anything else they were talking about.
But I do remember being angry when I heard something I disagreed with.
… or thought I disagreed with.
The real story is that I was ignorant and overwhelmed. I wasn’t angry because the people were saying things I disagreed with, I was angry because I didn’t have the slightest clue what I was talking about. I didn’t know which political perspective was correct because I didn’t know which news sources to trust or which political philosophies were consistent.
Everything seemed loaded with assumptions and I didn’t know how to discern right from wrong. And given my interest in epistemology, this really frustrated me.
But I gave up politics for a little while. My ignorance forced me into apathy.
If I didn’t know anything about it, why should I care? I’ll let other people figure out that mess, I thought.
Now fast-forward about a year. I was on my way back to work after lunch and I got pulled over. As I was pulling to the side of the road, I thought this should be interesting. My inspection is up to date and registration is fine. I was not speeding. My phone is in my bag. There is no reason why he should be pulling me over right now.
“Hello officer”, I said.
“License, registration, and proof of insurance please”, he responded.
“Sure, here you go. Mind if I ask you why I am being pulled over?”
“You’re not wearing a seat belt. I’ll be right back”
“My seat belt? I didn’t know you could pull me over for not wearing my seat belt”
“Yes sir, it is against New York state law to drive without a seat belt. Now hang tight while I run your license”
I was pulled over (and eventually ticketed) because I was not wearing a seat belt? I should be able to drive around and put myself in danger if I want to. I’m not hurting anyone. Why in the world is this a law? Read the rest of this entry »
Its not very often where I will recommend a podcast that has [probably] stopped producing content. However, if you’re interested in one of the best pro-life audio resources available, allow me to point you to…
There’s so much that could be said about Life Report in terms of the valuable content, the character of those doing it, the value in the way they approach the issues… everything. This podcast is great.
While employed at Right to Life of Central California, Josh Brahm spear-headed Life Report with the help of several other people. Eventually, Josh ended up splitting with Right to Life of Central California and establishing the Equal Rights Institute, which ended Josh’s contribution to the Life Report podcast (you can read about that announcement here).
Josh’s last episode was episode 199.
Who ends on 199?! That would kill the completionist in me.
Yesterday, January 22nd, was the anniversary of the famous Roe v. Wade decision made by the US Supreme Court in 1973, which was effectively a federally signed permission slip for women to get abortions. But many people, including myself, do not agree that the issue of abortion is settled by court fiat because… well, the court was wrong.
Abortion is an issue fraught with emotionally and rhetorically powerful arguments, so we have to make sure that we handle this issue with care. However, we are discussing an issue of great importance; if the pro-lifers (those against abortion) are correct, then we have been allowing the systematic destruction of the most helpless member of society for the last 42+ years. And if the pro-choicers (those in favor of abortion choice) are correct, then pro-lifers are looking to take away a woman’s right to choose to have an abortion.
Most of the ‘street-level’ arguments for and against abortion are a combination of assuming what they’re trying to prove (begging the question), personal attacks, accusatory motivational assumptions, straw men, loaded questions, and any number of other logically fallacious ways of thinking. How often have you heard a discussion on abortion where the pro-lifer is accusing the pro-choicer of hating babies and wanting to use abortion as birth control? …and in response, the pro-choicer accuses the pro-lifer of misogyny and being against women’s rights?
In fact, if you’re trying to hone your skills in logical fallacy identification, watch a popular level debate (on Fox News or CNN or something, those are almost always hilariously bad) and count the number of fallacies used by both people. That’s some hardcore on-the-job training, so be warned.
When we are approaching the issue of abortion, we have to ask two vitally important questions – one scientific and one philosophical.
What is the unborn? This is a scientific question.
What gives us value? This is a philosophical question. Read the rest of this entry »
Specifically, episode 309: On Being a Workaholic. This episode is great, but is very very very unlike his normal podcast content… which is just as great, but in a totally different way. In this episode, Tom talks about the lessons he learned while being a ‘workaholic’; namely that he used to carry his work over into his family life. As someone who has moderate workaholic tendencies, I’m going to learn vicariously through him and take his advice.
Usually, Woods discusses libertarian political philosophy. He puts out a new episode every weekday, and they’re usually around 30 minutes long. I love that they’re so short because it allows for a full episode while driving to work, or it allows you to binge listen to 250 of them in a month or two (#PersonalExperience). One of my favorite things about the Tom Woods Show is that he doesn’t do politics; I hate politics. He does political philosophy.
By “politics” i mean pointing at specific people and arguing about their voting record and arguing over whether the tax rate should be 15% or 17%.
By political philosophy, I mean economics, the role of government, taxation, foreign policy, etc. Tom does mostly political philosophy. And when he does do ‘politics’, it doesn’t suck because it is mostly political philosophy anyway!
So after you listen to On Being a Workaholic, you should listen to these other episodes (listed below). I’ve been listening and writing down the episodes that I think are the best of the best, and these are them. My top 15, if you will.
Should you listen to my top 15? Yes.
Should you binge listen to his entire podcast repertoire? Even more yes.
Be careful though. Woods is the kind of libertarian that makes the average non-libertarian uncomfortable with how much he LOVES FREEDOM. (lol)
- 7: Guns 101 (no iTunes link, but you can search for it (do it))
- 13: Objections to Libertarianism (iTunes)
- 53: Before the Welfare State? (iTunes)
- 54: Pope Francis on Capitalism (iTunes)
- 80: Libertarians are Scary! (iTunes)
- 81: Raise the Minimum Wage? (iTunes)
- 100: Are there Good Arguments for the State? (iTunes)
- 119: The Environment and the Market (iTunes)
- 123: Climate Change and Liberty (iTunes)
- 144: Libertarian Christians (iTunes)
- 243: Why Arguments for Government Don’t Work (iTunes)
- 257: Austrian Economics vs. a Mainstream Text (iTunes)
- 263: Friedman Takes on Tough Libertarian Questions (iTunes)
- 272: Am I a Dummy for Believing in God? (iTunes)
- 296: Maximize Your Results, Minimize Your Time: Five Tips for Learning Liberty (iTunes)