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Our goal at the Chris Spangle Show is to help you sound smarter while talking to your friends. If you struggle to understand politics, we explain it from an independent, libertarian perspective with all of the irreverence it deserves. We toss out the screaming heads, put people before political parties, and give context to the news to make you think. Our host is Chris Spangle, a fifteen-year veteran of politics and media. Founded in 2012 as We Are Libertarians.
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Our goal at the Chris Spangle Show is to help you sound smarter while talking to your friends. If you struggle to understand politics, we explain it from an independent, libertarian perspective with all of the irreverence it deserves. We toss out the screaming heads, put people before political parties, and give context to the news to make you think. Our host is Chris Spangle, a fifteen-year veteran of politics and media. Founded in 2012 as We Are Libertarians.
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    LE: Is Libertarianism more a mindset or a set of values?

    LE: Is Libertarianism more a mindset or a set of values?

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    It is both! Libertarianism focuses on extending personal morality and ethics into societal organization. In other words, we want communities to follow the same rules we were taught as kids: Don't hit others, don't take their stuff, and don't lie or cheat. 

    Unfortunately, government is organized around the premise that these things are ok if enough people agree. If voters collectively decide to murder or steal from other individuals with 51% of the vote, then they believe the morality changes. Libertarians don't. 

    So enacting these values requires a mindset shift. It requires a mental shift for individuals that have lived under a different paradigm their entire lives. 

    The more one examines their values through this new way of thinking, the more empowering the ideology becomes. As individuals begin to think about taking responsibility for their own lives and communities, they get excited about the opportunities this new path affords. 

    One small example of this is the shopping cart. After purchasing items at a store, people will head to the their car in the parking lot and unload groceries. Once the cart is empty, a person faces a choice.

    They can leave the cart in the middle of the parking spot to inconvenience both the next parker and the employee corralling carts. Or they can put the cart in the corral and maintain order. 

    Most put their carts away, but some don't. The market has a fix for these "bad actors." Most stores employ a coraller. Other stores like Aldis use financial incentives to persuade individuals to act in a responsible manner. 

    Suppose stores hired an armed security guard to threaten any person not returning the cart. Would this make the relationship between customer and store more or less tense? Would it cost the store business? The answer is yes. 

    Government operates this way. It rejects the peaceful path used by an Aldi and monopolizes force. In other words, it puts all other stores out of business or takes them over and standardizes the more violent approach. 

    Libertarianism advocates for the original peaceful path by reminding individuals of their personal responsibilities, their right to be left alone, and providing solutions to handle complex problems. 


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    • 14 min
    The Legacy of 9/11

    The Legacy of 9/11

    September 11th radically shaped the future of America, and deeply impacted me personally. Harry Price, Rhinehold, and I discuss why Osama Bin Laden attacked us, what happened on that day, and why is the legacy of our response. If we are to properly remember 9-11, we need to drop the hollow patriotic sentiment and learn from the period now known as the "Terror Years."
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    • 2 hr 3 min
    What is in Biden's Mandates?

    What is in Biden's Mandates?

    President Joe Biden announced new COVID-related initiatives and mandates, including instructions to OSHA to require vaccine mandates and regular testing of companies with over 100 employees. Listen as I give you the details and my thoughts on this.

    Biden’s Vaccine Push: What You Need to Know - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/09/us/politics/biden-vaccine-plan-highlights.html
    Biden Asks OSHA to Order Vaccine Mandates at Large Employers - https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/09/business/osha-vaccine-biden-mandate.html
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    • 27 min
    LE: What is the single greatest thing about liberty? What is the greatest flaw of liberty?

    LE: What is the single greatest thing about liberty? What is the greatest flaw of liberty?

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    What is the single greatest thing about liberty?

    This answer probably varies for every individual, but mine (Chris Spangle) is the beauty of spontaneous order. Order comes from markets adjusting to the needs of individuals as judged by the price system (or what someone will pay for something). This order is displayed by geese flying in a V or people managing a roundabout without incident. 

    The classic parable of the efficiency of the marketplace is Leonard Reed's I, Pencil. A pencil is made up of many parts from around the world to solve a simple problem: the need to write things down. No one person invented the pencil. It developed over time with each generation evolving and improving it. 

    Men and women around the world contribute cedar, lacquer, graphite, ferrule, factice, pumice, wax, and glue. They add the labor necessary to make it work. Numerous people are involved in the process, including people like the sweeper in the factory and the lighthouse keeper guiding the shipment into port. 

    He writes: 

    "There is a fact still more astounding: The absence of a master mind, of anyone dictating or forcibly directing these countless actions which bring me into being. No trace of such a person can be found. Instead, we find the invisible hand at work.

    The lesson I have to teach is this: Leave all creative energies uninhibited. Merely organize society to act in harmony with this lesson. Let society's legal apparatus remove all obstacles the best it can. Permit these creative know-hows freely to flow. Have faith that free men and women will respond to the Invisible Hand. This faith will be confirmed."


    What is the greatest flaw of liberty?

    The greatest flaw I have found are two-fold: 

    It is a pretty big paradigm shift to ask people to trust their fellow man in a market-based system, especially in a low trust society. 

    Libertarians, like all humans, are imperfect messengers and often fail at communicating the message in a way that helps close that trust gap.


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    • 18 min
    PP: What is the Point of Your Podcast?

    PP: What is the Point of Your Podcast?

    One thing matters in producing a podcast: How do you serve your audience and give them value? In this episode, I talk a little bit about the importance of starting with a mission statement first as opposed to the technical concerns of producing the podcast.
    Be sure to grab your guide to launching a podcast here: https://podcastingandplatforms.com/18
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    • 20 min
    Stuck in the Middle With You

    Stuck in the Middle With You

    Honestly, this isn't an episode teaching you anything... It's more a discussion on the frustration of being stuck in the middle of two sides of crazy in an effort to not feel like we are the only ones thinking this stuff. WAL Plus Member Joe Benavidez joins Harry Price, Rhinehold, and me. 
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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
411 Ratings

411 Ratings

Bsimmers1998 ,

One of my favorites

I try to listen to every spectrum of Libertarians out there. I’m a huge fan of Spike Cohen, Dave Smith, Justin Amash, and Chris Spangle. Everyone of them have their place in the libertarian movement and Chris’ place is to bring me back to earth and give me a grounded take on the news of the day without getting emotionally attached to it. I appreciate his objectivity!

Rdnk1 ,

Factual

I have been listening to this show for about 7 years. I find it incredibly informative and unbiased. I highly recommend

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Chris is the best

Love the podcast and the whole network

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