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Politics minus bile plus jokes. Comedian and avowed independent Andrew Heaton interviews authors and thought leaders about policy and big thinky stuff. Then on Fridays he talks with degenerate comedian friends about funny headlines.

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Politics minus bile plus jokes. Comedian and avowed independent Andrew Heaton interviews authors and thought leaders about policy and big thinky stuff. Then on Fridays he talks with degenerate comedian friends about funny headlines.

    Bill Kristol on Military Intervention

    Bill Kristol on Military Intervention

    Should America actively promote democracy and liberalism abroad, to the point of destabilizing authoritarian regimes, or arming their enemies? Bill Kristol is a prominent Neocon, and proponent of muscular liberalism–the idea that a robust American presence abroad is integral to global peace and security. 
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    Bonus: Your Life Is Way Better Than King Louis XVI's

    Bonus: Your Life Is Way Better Than King Louis XVI's

    This Thanksgiving Brian Brushwood joins to discuss the many ways an average American's life is more comfortable, affluent, and magical than the vast majority of human history--including that of pharaohs and kings. 

    BOOKS:

    This episode relies heavily on "The Rational Optimist" by Matt Ridley, "Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know" by Ron Bailey, and "The Better Angels of Our Nature" by Stephen Pinker, and "Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think" by Peter H. Diamandis. All great books that present convincing stats on the positive trajectory of the world. They're all linked to at www.mightyheaton.com/featured

    RELATED INTERVIEWS: 
    Matt Ridley on Rational Optimism 
    Ron Bailey on Positive Trends 

    • 1 hr 10 min
    What Skinny Dipping Taught Me About Greed

    What Skinny Dipping Taught Me About Greed

    The idea that we can eliminate poverty by outlawing greed is like trying to increase marriage rates by making people less horny. In this episode we go over the Medieval understanding of greed, against that employed by economists. 
     

    • 1 hr 12 min
    This Comedy Club Owner Un-Canceled Louis C.K.

    This Comedy Club Owner Un-Canceled Louis C.K.

    Noam Dworman is owner of the Comedy Cellar in New York City. A huge critic of Cancel Culture, he caught flak for allowing Louis C. K. to perform at his club. He joins to discuss: should anyone ever be canceled?
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    We Should Abolish Student Councils

    We Should Abolish Student Councils

    Student Councils are meant to teach young people about democracy, but what lesson are they learning? Namely that elections are popularity contests with no stakes or results!
    Turner Sparks and Michael Ira Kaplan join to discuss the abolition of student councils, and also give updates on Ruby Kaplan's elementary school candidacy

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    The Huge, Dumb Permit You’ve Never Heard Of

    The Huge, Dumb Permit You’ve Never Heard Of

    Jeremiah Johnson of The Neoliberal Podcast joins to discuss how NEPA and environmental impact reports stall construction pretty much everywhere, and alternatives to the red tape.

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