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Welcome to the Dissidents podcast from the Institute for Liberal Values (formerly the Counterweight Podcast), where we talk about how we can strive for a world in which freedom and reason are at the forefront of all human society.

The Dissidents The Dissidents

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 30 Ratings

Welcome to the Dissidents podcast from the Institute for Liberal Values (formerly the Counterweight Podcast), where we talk about how we can strive for a world in which freedom and reason are at the forefront of all human society.

    S4 E18 | Stash or Cash: Partisan Priorities in Resource Distribution

    S4 E18 | Stash or Cash: Partisan Priorities in Resource Distribution

    This week Mike and Elizabeth discuss political conflict from the perspective of evolutionary psychology. While making the country (or the world) a better place for all is a commonly shared goal, the means for accomplishing it are rarely agreed upon. The authors of a recent article argue that in the simplest of terms, conservatives tend to value amassing resources while liberals value the distribution of resources. Both are necessary for a flourishing society, but the difference in focus makes compromise difficult. The authors suggest that the alternation of power common in the history of the United States may be quite beneficial in meeting the shared goals of both parties.







    Podcast Notes:

    Baumeister, R. F., & Bushman, B. J. (2023). Cultural Animal Theory of Political Partisan Conflict and Hostility. Psychological Inquiry, 34(1), 1–16.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    FSF Ep. 4: Ask First: What Is Your Story? | Jennifer Richmond

    FSF Ep. 4: Ask First: What Is Your Story? | Jennifer Richmond

    Join co-hosts Chris and Joia and get to know one of the founders and board members of the Institute for Liberal Values, Jennifer Richmond. Jennifer believes we are at our best when protecting individual rights and freedoms. Hear her stories and discover how Jen’s background in International Relations has shaped her understanding and advocacy for Free Speech. And don’t forget to check out the book she recently co-wrote with W.F. Twyman, Jr: Letters in Black and White: A New Correspondence on Race in America

     

    See: https://ilvalues.org/

    • 38 min
    S4 E17 | Speech Playground: Building Community through Public Discourse

    S4 E17 | Speech Playground: Building Community through Public Discourse

    In this week's episode we talk about public speech as a mechanism for thinking, learning, and reflection. Elizabeth is joined by the founders of 1776Forward, Chris Bush and Joia Houheneka, for a discussion about how speaking aloud may impact our worldviews and relationships. We refer to an article that inspired us to think aloud about the impacts of community, word choice, and modes of communication on private and public attitudes, decision making, and creativity. We end on a positive note by considering how relevant metaphors (thinking of speech as play and free speech advocacy as a journey, not a fight) might help us all enjoy participating in liberal discourse.



    Podcast notes
    https://1776forward.com/
    https://www.compactmag.com/article/private-thought-and-public-speech/?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

    • 54 min
    S4 E16 | Scratching the Surface: Others' Voting Motives are only Skin Deep

    S4 E16 | Scratching the Surface: Others' Voting Motives are only Skin Deep

    This week Mike and Elizabeth discuss how we interpret others' decision-making motives and whether our assumptions make it more difficult to have liberal conversations. As a starting point, we reference research in which participants reasoned about their own and others' choices in different contexts. One study examined motives attributed to Trump and Clinton voters just days before the 2016 election. In all cases, others' decisions were assumed to reflect superficial motives.





    Podcast Notes:

    Barasz, K., Kim, T., & Evangelidis, I. (2019). I know why you voted for Trump: (Over)inferring motives based on choice. Cognition, 188, 85–97. 

    • 1 hr 21 min
    FSF Ep. 3: How to Achieve Safe Governments with James Petts

    FSF Ep. 3: How to Achieve Safe Governments with James Petts

    Co-hosts Chris and Joia are delighted to bring on their first guest. James Petts is a barrister (the equivalent of a trial attorney) in London, England where he focuses on commercial and Chancery (property) cases, especially those involving fraud or dishonesty. To him, liberalism is fundamentally the rigorous reasoned inquiry in all aspects of life, particularly in ethics – this includes the understanding that concentrated coercive power is inherently dangerous. 





    Podcast Notes:https://institute-for-liberal-values.circle.so/c/liberal-values-concepts/

    • 20 min
    S4 E15 | Grade 'A' Hypocrisy: Faculty Politics and Eroding University Standards

    S4 E15 | Grade 'A' Hypocrisy: Faculty Politics and Eroding University Standards

    This week Mike and Elizabeth discuss grade inflation and beliefs about teaching and learning, particularly among radical left college professors.  A recently published survey of state university professors confirmed previously documented trends of declining standards and grade inflation. Political orientation emerged as the most useful predictor of beliefs and attitudes about these trends.  We discuss the numerical findings, the open-ended responses, and authors' interpretation regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, merit, and the future of higher education.  






    Podcast Notes:



    Horowitz, M., Haynor, A. L., & Kickham, K. (2023). “Undeserved” Grades or “Underserved” Students? Faculty Anxieties and Eroding Standards in the Corporate University. Higher Education Politics & Economics, 9(1), 43–84

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

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Refreshing

In a world where many are unwilling to talk and find common ground, Hold my Drink gives me not only knowledge but a feeling of freedom to explore many views. It is refreshing to hear Jennifer and other hosts speak openly about critical issues we are facing in America that are reeking havoc largely in part due to simply refusing to communicate. We are currently facing some of the most challenging times our country has seen in a long time. I especially enjoyed the multigenerational view Jennifer brought when her son Finn was brought on as her co-host. Awesome to hear from the younger generations that will one day be those in roles to govern. I’m pretty sure Finn could be president in 2040. Keep em’ coming!

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