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To challenge and rethink our paradigms for understanding society, by applying Reformed theology and philosophy to politics, religion, and culture, in order to encourage individual freedom and responsibility within our own spheres of influence.

Mere Liberty is about liberty at its most fundamental core. It’s stripping away the rhetoric that we’ve become accustomed to hearing and challenging the paradigms that face us today.

Mere Liberty is not about politics per se, rather it’s about the philosophies (and theology) behind the problems presented in politics and culture. Challenging the manner in which we see these problems will push us to think beyond mere political solutions that in effect isolate us from own responsibility, and eschewing responsibility means relinquishing our associated freedoms.

Dare to Think | Mere Liberty Podcast Kerry Baldwin

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To challenge and rethink our paradigms for understanding society, by applying Reformed theology and philosophy to politics, religion, and culture, in order to encourage individual freedom and responsibility within our own spheres of influence.

Mere Liberty is about liberty at its most fundamental core. It’s stripping away the rhetoric that we’ve become accustomed to hearing and challenging the paradigms that face us today.

Mere Liberty is not about politics per se, rather it’s about the philosophies (and theology) behind the problems presented in politics and culture. Challenging the manner in which we see these problems will push us to think beyond mere political solutions that in effect isolate us from own responsibility, and eschewing responsibility means relinquishing our associated freedoms.

    Deciphering the Libertarian Party's Position on Abortion: Key Points Unpacked

    Deciphering the Libertarian Party's Position on Abortion: Key Points Unpacked

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    On this episode of Dare to Think, host Kerry Baldwin delves into the complex history of the Libertarian Party's stance on abortion rights. In her exploration, Kerry highlights key shifts in the party's platform over the decades, shedding light on the diverse perspectives within the Libertarian Party.
    As she navigates through the party's evolving positions on abortion, Kerry addresses the recent removal of the abortion plank from the platform, which has sparked debates among delegates who hold varying views on abortion.
    With a focus on the nuances of the party's stance and the implications for both pro choice and pro life libertarians, this episode offers an in-depth analysis of a contentious issue within the Libertarian Party.
    Join Kerry as she discusses the ongoing philosophical debate and its potential impact on the future of Libertarianism.
    00:00 Introduction and history of the abortion plank
    06:44 Historical LP stance on abortion shows division.
    09:47 Delegate supports removing abortion plank.
    11:02 Dallas Accord: Libertarian Party for all libertarians.
    14:30 Silence on abortion: Threat to women's rights?
    18:43 Authoritarian policies infringe on reproductive rights.
    23:02 Libertarian platform silent on abortion for consistency.
    24:58 Podcast promoting critical thinking and membership benefits.

    • 26 min
    Nancy Pearcey Explains The Toxic War on Masculinity

    Nancy Pearcey Explains The Toxic War on Masculinity

    | SUMMARY - Nancy Pearcey Explains The Toxic War on Masculinity | 
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    In this episode of Dare to Think, Kerry Baldwin interviews Professor Nancy Pearcey about her book, The Toxic War on Masculinity. This book is not intended to take sides in cultural-religious debate between Complementarianism and Egalitarianism.
    Instead, Pearcey examines a socio-historical perspective of the phenomenon known as "toxic masculinity" and whether Christianity or secularism is responsible for it. Pearcey finds a number of surprising examples throughout history, and also today from prominent sociological and psychological marriage researchers. Pearcey's book is more of an academic apologetic written for educated layman, instead of a popular piece. 
    Join me, Kerry Baldwin, with Nancy Pearcey, as we Dare to Think about the Toxic War on Masculinity
    Read my review of Pearcey's book at https://mereliberty.com/041 
     
    | MAIN POINTS OF DISCUSSION |
    00:00 Introduction
    01:20 What is the main problem the book is trying to solve?
    04:47 What has been the cause for controversy surrounding the book?
    09:01 The "Good" man versus "Real" man scripts
    12:13 The "Andrew Tate" phenomenon of masculinity & classical Christian schools
    14:09 How Christian men are absorbing the secular ("real man") script
    15:02 Research for Christian men splits into two different groups: devout versus nominal
    17:22 Brad Wilcox on Christian marriages
    19:57 Nominal Christian men marriage and divorce stats
    21:47 Percentage of nominal to devout Christian men is 50/50
    23:24 Fatherless boyhood: a problem of no-fault divorce or Industrialization?
    25:23 How did we lose involved fathers?
    27:50 Is there a way to flex the workplace so fathers are no longer absent from the family?
    29:02 The impact of fatherlessness hits boys harder than girls
    30:24 The impact of father substitutes
    31:44 How the 1950s model of the household cant possibly be the Biblical ideal
    33:28 Closing
     
    | RESOURCE LINKS |
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    https://www.nancypearcey.com/  Or on Amazon (Affiliate Support for Dare to Think Podcast)
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    https://mereliberty.com/membership
    https://mereliberty.com/membership/courses  LibertySeminar.com

    • 35 min
    Nurturing Thoughtful Minds: The Socratic Method and the Liberty Seminar for Critical Thinking

    Nurturing Thoughtful Minds: The Socratic Method and the Liberty Seminar for Critical Thinking

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    Summary Welcome to Dare to Think, where we challenge & and rethinking prevailing paradigms. In today's episode, we delve into the relaunch of the Liberty Seminar, a course designed by Kerry Baldwin to cultivate the invaluable skill of thinking well using the Socratic method. Our guests, Mike Leavitt, Jacob, and Kerry Baldwin, engage in thought-provoking discussions on the significance of critically thinking and challenging existing beliefs. We'll explore how the Socratic method can be applied in diverse areas of life, from theology and education to personal growth and professional development. Join us as we learn about the power of asking the right questions and embracing the freedom of thinking well.
    Main Points of Discussion 00:00 Introduction
    01:06 What is the Liberty Seminar and what is it trying to accomplish?
    05:05 What is the Socratic Method?
    06:02 Is the Socratic method just about asking questions?
    08:14 What is critical thinking and why is it on the decline in society today?
    10:56 If tests don't demonstrate learning, then how do we know we're learning?
    11:59 Why AI is not taking over reasoning
    12:46 What do you get from the course, the Liberty Seminar
    16:12 Real life applications: non-academic trade skills building
    17:42 Real life applications: improve parenting skills and communication with your teen and adult children
    19:05 Real life applications: professional soft skills development
    19:26 Real life applications: study of doctrine and theology
    21:43 How critical thinking is an effective response to manipulation
    24:16 Why is courage implied when choosing to learn to think well
    27:29 Objection: Christians who believe philosophy or reasoning is a distraction or will lead you away from the truth
    32:56 How has Socratic Practice helped Kerry in her own life?
    35:48 How does the Liberty Seminar helpful for intuitive thinkers or those who naturally pursue their passions and interests?
    Resource Links To get more information visit libertyseminar.com or https://mereliberty.com/membership/courses/
    Original interviews: 
    How Socratic Thinking Can Aid Christians in Faith and Politics, w/ Kerry Baldwin https://libertarianchristians.com/episode/how-socratic-thinking-can-aid-christians-in-faith-and-politics-w-kerry-baldwin/ Thinking Well and The Liberty Seminar with Kerry Baldwin
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-197-thinking-well-and-the-liberty-seminar/id1506671648?i=1000643384563

    • 40 min
    DTTNM - Ep 39 What's Going on in New Mexico?

    DTTNM - Ep 39 What's Going on in New Mexico?

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    New Mexico is facing challenges in terms of violent crime, property crime, education, healthcare access, and economic stability. Despite being a "blue state," historically, Democrats in New Mexico have been pro-Second Amendment and have had few gun control laws. The majority of the population in New Mexico is Hispanic, with Nuevomexicanos being the result of intermarriage between Spanish or Mexican individuals and Native Americans. New Mexico has a complex history, including violent religious conquest and the intermarriage of Spanish and Native Americans. The majority of New Mexicans fall in the middle of the political spectrum and are ready for real change, as they are tired of the two-party duopoly.

    • 12 min
    A First Person Perspective of the First Battle of Loc Ninh, Vietnam

    A First Person Perspective of the First Battle of Loc Ninh, Vietnam

    Summary - A First Person Perspective of the First Battle of Loc Ninh, Vietnam TIP JAR: https://donate.stripe.com/aEUdUE5YodhZgkUeUV 
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    My father died a two weeks ago today, March 21st. It was expected, as he suffered for many years from COPD.
    In 2011, he composed a brief memoir. This was meant as catharsis for therapy we was receiving for PTSD he had suffered from his service in Vietnam. Prior to this, and for my whole life to this point, all we knew about my dad was that he had “shell shock” from time Vietnam - and so we didn’t talk about it.
    In his memory, I’ve put that memoir to narration. Initially, this has been planned only for my family. But as I dug into his story a bit, I realized, that my father was part of a major battle that has historical significance. And so, with permission from my mother, I’m publishing it here for my listeners.
    I’ve snagged a description from Wikipedia about the battle and it’s context. It reads:
    “The First Battle of Loc Ninh was a battle during the Vietnam War that occurred between 29 October and 7 November 1967, fought by the Viet Cong, Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), Civilian Irregular Defense Group (a military program developed by the CIA of South Vietnamese to counter Viet Cong), and the United States Army.
    The battle was part of the Operation Shenandoah II campaign.
    This battle represented the first time that North Vietnamese Communists (headquartered in South Vietnam) had coordinated attacks from different divisions, and was intended as "rehearsal" to experiment with urban-fighting techniques to be used for the Tet Offensive.
    Their operational goals were in part, to draw US and ARVN forces away from the cities in an upsurge of activity, in preparation for the Tet Offensive the next year.
    The Tet Offensive was a major escalation and one of the largest military campaigns of the Vietnam War.
    It was launched on January 30, 1968 by forces of the Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese against the forces of the South Vietnamese Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), the United States Armed Forces and their allies.
    It was a campaign of surprise attacks against military and civilian command and control centers throughout South Vietnam.
    The name is the truncated version of the Lunar New Year festival name in Vietnamese, Tết Nguyên Đán, (tet win dawn) with the offense chosen during a holiday period as most ARVN personnel were on leave.
    The purpose of the wide-scale offensive by the Hanoi Politburo was to trigger political instability, in a belief that mass armed assault on urban centers would trigger defections and rebellions."
    The First Battle of Loc Ninh, instigated by the North Vietnamese against South Vietnamese and the US, resulted in what was considered an American and South Vietnamese victory.
    This is my father’s recollection of that story.
    Main Points of Discussion 00:00 Introduction 04:06 Part 1: David Baldwin enlists in the US Army 11:34 Part 2: David Baldwin deploys to Vietnam 16:58 Part 3: The battle and related skirmishes 29:53 Part 4: David Baldwin reassigned to An Loc 34:30 Part 5: David Baldwin returns rotates home 37:54 Part 6: Discharge and the beginning of a new life 43:06 Part 7: Postscript by Kerry Baldwin David B. Baldwin received the Bronze Star with Valor on February 27, 1968
    Resources Mentioned https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_Loc_Ninh https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet_Offensive

    • 45 min
    Exploring Foster Adoption with Doc Dixon

    Exploring Foster Adoption with Doc Dixon

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    Summary – Exploring Foster Adoption with Dox Dixon
    There are many avenues of adoption and are mostly associated with adopting unwanted unborn babies. But what about foster adoption of already born children? What is the process of foster adoption like, what considerations should prospective adoptive parents consider? And what are some myths about it?
    Join me, Kerry Baldwin with Doc Dixon, as we Dare to Think about what it will take for women to choose life.
     
    Featured Guest Bio | Doc Dixon
    Doc Dixon. I’m a magician, comedian & speaker. From corporate events, trade shows, to resorts in Cancun & private events — even 2 shows at The White House,  appearing on The Late Late Show with James Corden and FOOLING magic legends Penn & Teller on Penn & Teller:Fool Us — I bring a special mix of amazement and hilarity that makes events successful. I’m humbled to say, that’s not just my opinion, but the opinion of my clients for the past 30 years from here in my home near Atlanta, Georgia to across the country.
     
    Main Points of Discussion
    00:00 Introduction
    01:24 About Doc Dixon and how he became a Reformed libertarian
    07:09 The experience and process of being an adoptive family
    16:58 The struggles of foster adoption
    24:42 Why adoptive parents shouldn’t be viewed as heroes
    32:55 Closing thoughts
     
    Resources Mentioned
    https://docdixon.com/
    Doc Dixon on Mike Huckabee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv_uhEI1V8I 
    Doc Dixon on Penn and Teller: Fool Us https://youtu.be/YaDnY5q_mxg
    Mere Liberty Monthly Membership https://mereliberty.com/membership/monthly/
    Kerry Baldwin’s work on abortion https://mereliberty.com/abortion 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

History Podcast junkie ,

She crushes it

I would be hard pressed to find a person that is as well spoken as Kerry on all of the issues that currently affect our lives. So thankful I heard her on the libertarian Christian podcast.

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Love it

I love the production values of the podcast. It is very apparent that Kerry pays attention to detail as to the look and feel of her show.
As to the content, her well reasoned and supported approach to the issues makes her podcast a thinking persons must hear.

The Pilgrims Life ,

One of the Best

I always enjoy what Kerry has to say even if I don't always agree with everything she has to say, and I appreciate the way she challenges my thoughts and helps me to think deeply about difficult issues.

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