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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 194 Ratings

Join the Libertarian Christian Institute as each week they explore, debate, and analyze the issues that are directly relevant to the intersection of Christianity and liberty. Always thoughtful, frequently controversial, and never boring (trust us), it is our hope and prayer that The Libertarian Christian Podcast serve as a valuable resource to the Church for years to come.

If you'd like to reach out to us and ask a question or submit some feedback, you can reach us at podcast@libertarianchristians.com, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and of course, our website, libertarianchristians.com.

    Ep 303: Environmental Social Governance and Business Ethics, with David Rose

    Ep 303: Environmental Social Governance and Business Ethics, with David Rose

    Standing in for Doug Stuart is LCI's founder, Dr. Norman Horn. With him today is professor David Rose from the University of Missouri. Dave Rose is a Professor of Economics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has served as the Department Director of Graduate Studies and as the Department Chair. He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 1987 from the University of Virginia.
    His primary areas of research interest are behavioral economics, political economy, and organization theory. He has published scholarly articles in a wide range of areas. His work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the HFL Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, and the John R. Templeton Foundation. He is currently in his second term on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. In 2008 he received the St. Louis Business Journal’s Economic Educator of the year award.
    You might have heard of ESGs (environmental social governance) from various climate change advocates. David Rose helps us understand what ESGs are and their relationship to stakeholder theory. Rose then contrasts the practice of ESGs (including their historical precedence) with business ethics illustrating for us some inherent problems. Rose explains the social benefits of maximizing profit, why this is a net good for society, and it proves to be a boon philanthropically. Another problem Rose highlights is in business ethics itself. Not only are few university students taking this course, but people who should not be in the position are the ones teaching the subject. (No surprise!)
    This episode is a great introduction to the topic of environmental social governance and why we should pay attention to these practices.
     
    Main Points of Discussion:
    00:00 Introduction
    01:45 Environmental Social Governance - what is it?
    04:43 History of "corporate responsibility" (stakeholder's theory) compared to ESG - how did we get here?
    08:33 The evolution of business ethics and current problems
    13:41 Is a business firm a moral agent? The personification problem; The evolutionary theory of firms
    19:10 Why ESG proves to be a profound problem on the social effect of business firms
    20:45 The effect of ESGs on pension funds
    24:25 Why does the firm need to be philanthropic when people can do that on their own? (demonizing profit)
    30:19 The "decades of greed" correlate with the most philanthropic time in American history; How can we understand that ESG will harm this?
    35:17 There's no virtue in spending someone else's money
    37:48 Profit is a signal you've served someone else well
    39:27 Practical advice to build awareness for ESG and problems in society
    41:48 Concluding thoughts
     
    Resources Mentioned:
    Common Sense Society https://www.commonsensesociety.org
    Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com

    • 44 min
    Ep 302: Libertarian Activism, with Spike Cohen

    Ep 302: Libertarian Activism, with Spike Cohen

    Former Libertarian Party Vice-Presidential candidate, Spike Cohen joins Doug Stuart for a discussion about politics, faith, and libertarian activism. Cohen, raised as a Messianic Jew, recounts some of his personal journey in and out of faith. Cohen explains how he became a libertarian and some significant moments in America's recent history where the left and right were very close to unifying on common cause. He then describes how he's come to understand the single most important issue that affects all others is the monopolization of the monetary system through the Federal Reserve. Responsibility for nearly ever grievance against societal problems and government can be laid squarely at the feet at the central bankers. 
    Spike Cohen goes on to address some key issues with the broader freedom movement, including the ongoing divide between pragmatists and idealists. He describes this as "our own duopoly" explaining that both sides need each other and maintaining the divide is handicapping our ultimate goal. He's organized a non-profit called You are the Power, dedicated to grassroots municipal level activism with an effective approach. Cohen highlights one story about Pastor Moses and the city of Gastonia, NC that shutdown his homeless shelter, apparently, to secure tax dollars to finance government homeless programs. Finally, he answers the toughest question about how can possibly have a perfect relationship with his wife, Tasha.
     
    Main Points of Discussion:
    00:00    Introduction
    01:33    How Spike Cohen became a libertarian
    04:16    Personal journey with faith and libertarianism
    09:49    The brief moments where the left and right were unified in their prophetic voice against empire
    16:29    The Federal Reserve and control of the money system as the single most important topic
    22:20    How big is your libertarian tent?
    25:58    Libertarian messaging post-pandemic
    31:00    Advice to libertarians embarrassing themselves on social media
    34:01    “You are the Power” - Grassroots activism
    38:46    Pastor Moses in Gastonia, NC - Homeless shelter shutdown
    42:14    How do we get people interested in activism?
    45:55    How do you have a perfect relationship with your wife?
    48:32    Concluding thoughts
     
    Resources Mentioned:
    Spike Cohen: You Are the Power https://www.spikecohen.com/
     
    Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com

    • 50 min
    Ep 301: Can a Christian Serve in Government?

    Ep 301: Can a Christian Serve in Government?

    In this episode, Doug Stuart is joined by Dick Clark, co-author of Faith Seeking Freedom, to discuss questions related to a Christian's employment or service to the state.Clark is an attorney who is employed by the Nebraska Legislature. He describes himself as an anarcho-capitalist, or radical libertarian, and so not a "beltway libertarian." Clark takes you through his thought process for what sorts of positions, jobs, offices, that someone can do in a particularly Christian way - that is, aligned with our calling as Christians. He also explains why some jobs should be considered off limits for the Christian.
     
    Main Points of Discussion:
    00:00    Introduction
    01:46    What does Dick Clark do in government?
    05:25    What kind of libertarian are you?
    07:55    What is the difference between governance and government (the state)?
    12:15    Is local government closer to obtaining the consent of the governed?
    15:26    What system do we have and is it good? bad?
    19:23    How does our calling as Christians ground how we participate in government?
    22:24    Is it Christian to repeal welfare programs?
    28:20    Would you work for a rival politician?
    31:28    Can Christians participate in law enforcement?
    42:53    Concluding Thoughts
     
    Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com

    • 46 min
    Ep 300: Special: The Christians for Liberty Network

    Ep 300: Special: The Christians for Liberty Network

    We're celebrating the 300th episode of the Libertarian Christian Podcast! This episode was streamed live on Friday, November 11th, 2022. To commemorate this milestone, we announced a big new project: The Christians for Liberty Network (CFLN). This is a network of podcasts that share our mission of educating people about the intersection of faith and politics. Joining CFLN are Mike Maharrey of the Godarchy podcast, Jacob Winograd of the Biblical Anarchy (Daniel 3) podcast, and we've also launched a brand new podcast called the Reformed Libertarians podcast, with Kerry Baldwin and her co-host, Gregory Baus, who is new to LCI. In addition, LCI has re-launched Good News, Bad News, with Matthew Bellis, and the Faith Seeking Freedom podcast. We had a lot of fun with this announcement, as we also invited Doc Dixon back on as our special guest. And all the hosts took some friendly jabs at Doug Stuart, the host of our flagship show. Lots of roasting and good times were had, so enjoy the fun now if you didn't catch the livestream!
    Audio Production by Podsworth Media.

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Ep 299: Reading the Bible as a Libertarian

    Ep 299: Reading the Bible as a Libertarian

    Join Doug as he guest appears on Danial Winograd's Daniel 3 Biblical Anarchy Podcast to talk about how to read the Bible as a libertarian. Not only does Doug get into what he and LCI are up to, Doug and Jacob carry on an in-depth conversation about how many Christian libertarians misread the Bible, and how we can treat the Bible as authoritative without thinking of it like we do the constitution. Doug explains why Jesus wasn't a libertarian and how we can live in a world where the state keeps asking more from its citizens.
    Audio Production by Podsworth Media.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep 298: Deceiving Others for a Living, with Doc Dixon

    Ep 298: Deceiving Others for a Living, with Doc Dixon

    Deceiving others for a living - oh wait! That's politicians. Doug is on a comic kick! In this episode, comic magician Doc Dixon unwittingly exposes Doug's affinity for dark humor. Just kidding. This fun and lively interview takes us behind the scenes with the guy who fooled Penn and Teller (link below). And Doc even comedically corrects the idea that magic is deceiving others.
    Doc Dixon chats with Doug Stuart about being a (Reformed) Christian libertarian and comic magician. Dixon has been featured on Penn & Tell's Fool Us, and successfully fooled them. Like many of us, Dixon came to libertarianism during the Ron Paul Revolution and the libertarian view of economics and monetary policy. Dixon talks about the natural compatibility between Christianity and libertarianism.
    They shift topics to discuss Dixon's career choice as a magician. Dixon demystifies professional magic by pointing out that it's a learned skill like anything else. How do magicians decide to share their secrets? (And how much is already "out there" thanks to the Internet). What's the community of magicians like? Do they get together to learn from each other? and much more! Of course, the performance is personal and we get to hear how his personality comes out in his work.
    Do some Christians believe magic deceiving others and so off limits for us? Dixon has a perfect response for this - "there's an unintended hubris there." Not even Las Vegas, in Dixon's view, are the magic shows really superstitious or occult-like. (Though that's not to say everything in Vegas is that innocent.) Dixon and Stuart take a few (more than a few) friendly jabs at one another throughout. So sit back and enjoy this more lighthearted episode of the Libertarian Christian Podcast.
     
    Main Points of Discussion:
    00:00 Introduction
    02:36 How does Doc Dixon identify? Comedian or Magician
    04:38 Doc Dixon's Christian background and how he came to faith
    06:10 What led you to Ron Paul?
    09:13 Do you believe Christianity and libertarianism is naturally compatible
    11:42 Do you incorporate libertarianism into you shows?
    16:25 How do you become a magician?
    20:08 Magician cocktail parties?
    23:16 Are Las Vegas magicians dabbling in the occult in their performances?
    27:25 Workshopping magic with other magicians
    30:35 Is incorporating humor a part of who you are?
    34:26 Dark humor?
    37:12 People in other fields you admire?
    42:48 Magic over Zoom? How does that experience work?
    45:18 Concluding thoughts, Libertarianmagician.com?
     
    Resources Mentioned:
    Dox Dixon's website: https://docdixon.com
    Libertarianmagician.com Forthcoming
    Magician Doc Dixon FOOLS Penn & Teller on Penn&Teller: Fool Us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaDnY5q_mxg

    • 47 min

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