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A libertarian podcast from behind enemy lines in the People's Republic of Portland, Oregon. We discuss topics of liberty, politics, and philosophy all while drinking our livers into cirrhosis.

Half-Hour Liberty Hour Brett and Rob

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A libertarian podcast from behind enemy lines in the People's Republic of Portland, Oregon. We discuss topics of liberty, politics, and philosophy all while drinking our livers into cirrhosis.

    Episode 035 - Oregon, You Never Fail To Disappoint Me.

    Episode 035 - Oregon, You Never Fail To Disappoint Me.

    Rob actually managed to get a day off from work, so he set about clearing out the archives. This episode was originally recorded in late November 2018.
    In this episode of Half-Hour Liberty Hour, Brett and Rob discuss the results of the recent statewide election in Oregon and the local election in Portland (SPOILER ALERT: It went badly for liberty lovers). The guys discuss:
    The reelection of "Corrupt Kate" Brown as governor The Super-Majority now held by Democrats in the state government OR Measure 102 Bonds for affordable housing OR Measure 103: Ban on grocery and soda taxes OR Measure 104: Change tax raising threshold from 3/5 to 2/3 OR Measure 105: Repeal of Oregon's Sanctuary State status OR Measure 106: Banning public funds for abortion Portland Measure 26-201: Gross revenues tax The state of Oregon suing the President of the United States It was almost as if the Dynamically Drunken Duo were looking into a crystal ball in this episode. Since the turn of 2019, the Oregon Democrat Super-Majority has completely gone off the rails. From new taxes, to massive unfunded mandates, to weak PERS reform, to the nation's first statewide rent control law, there is nothing to stop this out-of-control government. Oregon has set its path, possibly irreversibly, toward bankruptcy and economic collapse.
    Resources Mentioned In This Episode:
    Nullification by Tom Woods
    This Episode's Drink of Choice: Elijah Craig Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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    Refuting Stupidity 006

    Refuting Stupidity 006

    Recorded in February 2019 while Rob was home for jury duty (no worries...when he explained what an Anarcho-Capitalist is, he was removed from the jury pool).
    In this episode of refuting stupidity, Brett and Rob lay into the stupidity of the Green New Deal, proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They originally recorded 90 minutes of material, and Rob had to chop it down into around 30 minutes. They guys point out the stupidity of the GND and the solutions to solving all of the issues that the GND attempts to solve. The guys hope you are sitting down and having a drink with us on this one.
    Brett's microphone had trouble during this recording. Rob has done his best to make repairs, but Brett still sounds like he's speaking over a telephone. Our apologies.

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    Bonus Episodelet 017 - The Downsides To Capitalism

    Bonus Episodelet 017 - The Downsides To Capitalism

    This bonus episodelet was promised to you in the liner notes from Episode 029 - Why Capitalism? This is a segment that was cut for time. In this clip, the Dynamically Drunken Duo honestly assess the few weaknesses they find in capitalism:
    There is no social safety net You can lose everything Derivatives exist Government involvement Brett and Rob concede that capitalism is not a perfect economic system, but it surely is the best one that has ever been discovered. Even though they identify four weaknesses, they will defend the true free market (one that has no outside interference from the State) until their last breaths.

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    Episode 034 - The Beerpisode

    Episode 034 - The Beerpisode

    In this episode of Half-Hour Liberty Hour, the Dynamically Drunken Duo change things a bit with a beer-focused episode. Using Charlie Papazian's Unspoken Passion recipe, Brett and Rob walk you through the basics of making a batch of homebrew. Although they forget to discuss some very important issues when making beer (such as proper cleaning and sanitation, the equipment necessary for brewing, etc.), hopefully you are pushed into experimenting with homebrewing yourself by this episode. And of course, they have to talk about politics. In this episode you will learn:
    How beer saved the world The (very) basics of homebrewing What has been going on in the lives of Brett and Rob since last summer How homebrewing can help lead you to living a more liberty lifestyle A brief history of homebrewing So sit back, relax, have a beer if you can, and maybe you'll be inspired to start homebrewing yourself.
    This Episode's Drink of Choice: Beer and lots of it (Ninkasi Total Domination IPA)

    • 41 min
    Bonus Episodelet 016 - You Like Your Internet Devices? Thank Capitalism.

    Bonus Episodelet 016 - You Like Your Internet Devices? Thank Capitalism.

    This bonus episodelet was a segment cut for content from Episode 029 - Why Capitalism? In this very short segment, Brett and Rob discuss how the price of mass storage has greatly dropped since the mid-1990s (and Brett even makes an allusion to the 1980s) because the free market controlled the prices, not the State. Even though the Internet is never mentioned, the only way that your devices became ubiquitous is due to the cheap price of mass storage. You can thank capitalism for the device on which you are listening to this episodelet.

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    Episode 033 - Why A Trade War With China Is A Bad Idea

    Episode 033 - Why A Trade War With China Is A Bad Idea

    Can you believe it? A new episode of Half-Hour Liberty Hour? Say it ain't so!
    It is so. Rob has finally had a couple of days off from his new job and found an episode the Dynamically Drunken Duo recorded while he was on vacation in July 2018. It's the guys' first remote-recorded episode, and boy did it take some time to edit. They think you'll like it. There are two more episodes, both recorded when Rob was briefly in Portland in November 2018, that are due to be edited and released in the future. Keep an eye out for them.
    In this episode of Half-Hour Liberty Hour, Brett and Rob discuss why any trade war, especially one with China, is a bad idea. They lay out the reasons from both economic and social perspectives, with a heavy emphasis on liberty (would you expect anything less?). So sit back, have a drink if you can, and listen to why America will never survive a trade war.
    This Episode's Drink of Choice: Bacardi Silver Rum

    • 27 min

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