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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 my vote on a third-party candidate wasted?

    LE: Is my vote on a third-party candidate wasted?

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    • "Of Two Evils, Choose Neither" Pastor CH Spurgeon
    • Isn't it ironic that both duopoly parties who sell voters a utopia of
    perfection, riches, and paradise, still preach that to get there, you must first compromise your morals and accept their largely flawed, or at the minimum highly imperfect candidate.
    • Does this sound like the starting point for the world they claim to be able to achieve? If you believe so much of your livelihood is dependent on who the President of the United States is, that inherently means that the Office of the President is MUCH too powerful.
    • Unless you believe this is your last ever election on this earth, voting to give the duopoly candidate more power will only leave you with a worse choice 4 years down the line, this is why both parties pitch the line that "This election is too important" to: vote your conscience, express your true voice, reject both parties and stay home, or demand a better choice. So suck it up, hold your breath, vote for their candidate and your life will magically be improved.
    • If enough people in any one state vote third-party that that thin Gold line on CNN/Fox/MSNBC says 2%,5%,10%, this wakes up the whole country to the possibility of an alternative and starts a narrative that the duopoly lives in constant fear of, free will and alternatives. Why can't this be your state, and why can't you be a part of it? Especially if your state is solidly Red or Blue anyway and your vote will have no impact on the result.
    • Change takes courage.
    • A vote belongs to you and not another party. If these two parties do not
    represent you then an L vote will register as a visible, measurable
    protest against them. It says “there’s a market for these ideas.”
    • Exit polls are considered the most reliable of all polling. It often shows
    that a candidate will pull small amounts evenly from the other two parties, but the vast majority of votes are from independents, first-time voters, or re-activated voters that now see an option on their ballot that represents them.
    • The electoral college means your vote is negligible due to gerrymandering. So really, what have you got to lose?

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    PP: What is Your Metric of Success?

    PP: What is Your Metric of Success?

    When looking back after a few months, how will you know if your time and effort were worth it? How will you judge success? Will it be in the number of downloads? New influence and connections in your network? A second income? Understanding your own motivations and goals will shape your content and it is important to understand it before you begin. 
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    • 16 min
    The Debt Ceiling Goes Up And Social Media Goes Down

    The Debt Ceiling Goes Up And Social Media Goes Down

    In a wild week, the debt ceiling was raised amidst talk of permanently abolishing the debt ceiling. Additionally, Facebook had its embarrassing flaws exposed in a Congressional testimony while the site went down for a few hours. Join special guest host Tricia Stewart and the WAL gang as they dig into these issues in a week full of juicy economic and social dilemmas.
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    • 1 hr 37 min
    LE: Can the Libertarian Party "win"?

    LE: Can the Libertarian Party "win"?

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    • Well let's define "win". Win in the sense of receive the most electoral votes in a national Presidential election? No, there is an infinitesimally small chance the Libertarian candidate beats the Republican or Democratic candidate for President. This race is generally viewed as a marketing tool to explain broader libertarian concepts as a result. The best evidence may be the interest of the listener tuning in because it is a Presidential year.
    • This being said, the Libertarian Party's job at a national level as a minority party is to use its support and voice to impact duopoly party policy in a way that expands individual freedoms and limits government interference.
    • From this perspective, there are "wins" to be had in working with both parties. On a local level, any candidate can win an election, and given the old adage "all politics is local" it's crucial to have
    • Liberty-minded candidates on a local level to prove our party's ability to govern.
    • There are many Libertarians serving in government in local races. - https://my.lp.org/elected-officials/
    • One other benefit of a third party is the impact of a candidate on the eventual victor. For example, in 2012, when Rupert Boneham ran for Governor of Indiana as Libertarian, one of his platform planks was expanding school choice into vocational training. The eventual victor, Mike Pence, tested the idea, it polled well, and he adopted it and ran campaign commercials on it. As governor, he enacted the policy.
    • Do converted Congressmen count as wins? Justin Amash or Laura Ebke? - Any action that expands awareness of the Libertarian movement, and advances our overall goal of Liberty in our Lifetime is a win. Justin & Laura have had an immeasurable positive impact on our party and that goal, and we hope more sitting representatives and Senators, and local government officials, begin to act their conscience and identify with their true ideology in declaring for the Libertarian Party. The more willing to do it, the more publicly acceptable it instantly becomes. Social proof is a powerful concept.

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    • 14 min
    LE: Why Can't a Libertarian Party Candidate get into the Presidential Debates?

    LE: Why Can't a Libertarian Party Candidate get into the Presidential Debates?

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    • When it comes to the national Presidential debates, they are run by a Bipartisan (again not NON-partisan) Committee on Presidential Debates, formed on the (Bipartisan) National Commission on Elections goal of explicitly "turning over responsibility and sponsorship for the debates to the two major political parties", again, the duopoly assigns itself control of election "fairness".
    • This was in direct response to the 1980 presidential election where third parties took over 8% of the vote and backfired in 1992 when Ross Perot took almost 20% of the popular vote as an Independent.
    • The CPD is the definition of shady politics, as it sells sponsorships to the major corporate interests, signs secret memorandums of understanding with the duopoly candidates, has confirmed they share questions/topics with campaigns in advance, has 6 secretive donors who no American is able to know the identity of, maintains government tax-exempt status while not doing any of the required non-profit work necessary to retain that title, has detained a major party candidate for 8 hours after she attempted to access the debate stage, and has private, unidentified funding for the constant barrage of lawsuits by Americans who want a fair election.
    • The best thing to do here is challenging the sponsors, as three major corporate interests ended their sponsorship in 2012 after public pressure due to non-inclusionary tactics preventing third party voices from participating. In 2020, the corporate sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, AARP, The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, The Kovler Fund, The National Governors Association, and Philips.
    • The board includes several career government workers, former politicians, corporate and special interest CEOs, former media executives, College Deans & Presidents, and former political party chairs, aka no one with any incentive to ever consider a third-party voice.

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    • 12 min
    This Is Why It's Personal

    This Is Why It's Personal

    This week, we're sharing personal stories about government overreach in our lives. We spend a lot of time standing up for others, but it's our own experiences that make us see the importance of liberty for all. Join guest host Hodey and the WAL crew as they get personal. Audience comments and questions will be taken, so please join in on the discussion!
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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
412 Ratings

412 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

Bradyo545 ,

Chris is the best

Love the podcast and the whole network

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