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If you are equating your level of virtue with your level of outrage, the rest of us (and you) are going to have a bad time. Everyone agrees that we are too divided, and divisive rhetoric needs to be toned down, but no one is willing to take the first step because THEY are not being divisive, the other side is. Such is the inevitable political climate when people are not talking to each other. In this episode, we explain how we got here and give next steps on how to make it better.
This is why we can’t have nice things. Government ruins the lives of two *seemingly* different groups of people, turns them on each other, and gets away with continuing to ruin their lives while the groups focus on hating each other. The response to the recent Capitol Hill riot is just the latest example. Instead of BLM and Trumpers teaming up against their common enemy, the state, they seek to discredit each other while the welfare/warfare state grows.
Like clockwork, everyone is at each other’s throats again, this time about whether the next round of “bailout” checks from big daddy government is going to be $600 or $2,000. And, you’re never going to guess: the fault lines have been drawn based on nothing but party affiliation. Shocker, we know. Well, the whole debate is missing the major point of, who pays for it? Listen to this episode to avoid asking the wrong questions so you can have a shot at getting the right answer.
Satire? Reality? Who can tell anymore? In such a world, we in the libertarian space thank God for Twitter accounts like Titania McGrath. If you haven’t followed yet, get over to @TitaniaMcGrath asap, you won’t regret it. To ring in the new year, we start off with laughs. We go through a list of Titania’s greatest hits, predicting absurd headlines based on intersectional/progressive nonsense. It is almost uncomfortable how often she’s right, but we choose to laugh. Laugh with us.
New York politicians are literally begging businesses, in this case Goldman Sachs, not to leave. As all abusers do, New York has taken its job creators for granted, pummeled them financially, and is now crying crocodile tears to keep them as they head out the door. We say good for Goldman Sachs, and any other business, big or small, leaving a high tax/regulation jurisdiction for a friendlier one (just don't vote the same way you did when you get there). Because after all, when states compete, you win!
A Texas representative wants to allow Texas citizens to vote on whether staying a part of the U.S. is in their best interest. A simple, unobjectionable enough proposition, no? Apparently not for those that proudly wear the badge of abuser in the relationship, otherwise how are they going to control Texas citizens (or anyone else that wants to leave for that matter)? Secession is legal, it’s as American as apple pie, and it has nothing to do with slavery. This meme gets the destroying treatment it deserves.
As Christmas approaches and the incoming Biden administration ramps up its efforts and rhetoric surrounding its Covid response, we think it a healthy exercise to ask important questions and anticipate worst case scenarios. Why? Because the “worst case scenario” has played out over and over in human history and we think it’s a little short sighted to assume it can never happen here. So, we talk Covid vaccination cards, and how such a simple device might be abused. We want to be wrong.
Thanksgiving Day, and the shouts about “responsible covid policy” from every corner of society has us thinking: “why do we listen to these politicians?” Well, you know your hosts here don’t, but we still wonder why so many others still are. We work through it, the best we can, from inside the Gulag, where they threw us for having more than 10 dinner guests. Shame on us!
It’s a meme extravaganza!
Only a hopelessly brain-dead belief in the benevolence, efficiency, and perfectibility of government could lead one to the conclusion that spending money on political campaigns helps the poor and common man more than… get this… actually helping the poor and common man. But yet, here is John Legend to chastise you and tell you exactly that. We destroy him (and Tom Arnold) and each of these memes in this episode. Enjoy!
What's something exciting your business offers? Say it here.On this episode we examine the curious case of the “love Trump’s hate” crowd’s penchant for being the sorest winners in modern electoral politics. Not even winning can stop them from indulging in their basest command/control instincts to compile lists of their political rivals. Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro, and yes, even literal “literal Hitler,” would be proud of their efforts. A fact we are sure is lost on these people, but that’s why we are here to remind them.
We finally found out whether Schrodinger’s cat is alive or dead… it’s dead but it wasn’t our fault. In this episode we tackle the strange case of the libertarian vote. We discuss how it’s simultaneously a waste, the deciding factor in an election, and impossible to tell who it was really for until the eventual winner is announced. We roast the presumptive winners and losers because if there’s one thing you can count on from us, it is to tell you the truth no matter how much you don’t want to hear it.
As the election approached there was a lot of hysteria around the USPS. Along with it, a should be long dead meme of “only the government can provide a public service like mail delivery” once again reared its ugly head. We take that meme head on and give you the Econ 101 reply to destroy this meme when it eventually pops up again in the future to justify government waste.
Alyssa Milano is the target of this episode (low hanging fruit, we know). As the gift that keeps on giving that she is, she recently tweeted that simply because she’s a Democrat, she is all love and cannot understand why anyone is a Republican. Amazing. This attitude leaves her utterly incapable of identifying the un-loving actions of her party’s standard bearers (Biden and Harris) and turns her into a hypocrite of epic proportions. The meme that a political party has a monopoly on love/virtue of any sort has got to go. We take care of this one here.
So many damn Nazis!
In this episode we attack the (sadly) growing meme in the culture that makes one quick to demonize another as a Nazi because they have a 2.3% difference of opinion. This meme must be destroyed for 2 reasons. First, it’s polarizing and destroying society by making civil discourse damn near impossible. Second, it rots the brain of the person who uses it because just like a lack of exercise atrophies one’s muscles, the inability to engage in a discussion with critical thinking as opposed to shutting it down as “I’m good you’re evil” wastes away one’s brain. Enough already.
You're Canceled! In this episode we discuss the “Manichean Temptation” (shout out to Prof. CJ over at the Dangerous History Podcast) of politics and cancel culture. If you view the world and the actors in it as a cosmic struggle between good and evil you’re going to wind up defending things you hate from your teammates while condemning well-meaning or non-evil people you perceive as being on the other team. In either case, you end up losing yourself. Spot it, acknowledge it, and fight back against it.
Oh no! The government is abducting you, caging you, and denying you due process?! Sure wish someone would have warned you about that. *sigh* In this episode we use the abductions of commies by federal agents to teach some lessons about libertarians: (1) don’t mock us for decades and expect us to come to your defense; (2) you’re our enemies, you tell us all the time, so don’t wonder where we are when our mutual enemy attacks you; and (3) our principles mean we can’t harm you, but we don’t have to help you.
Cancel culture sucks! But, you already knew that. The real question is: why? A few years before cancel culture was a thing we had a personal experience with a guy that would have loved to “cancel” us simply due to his quickness to jump to conclusions to confirm his preconceived biases. That is the long and the short of the attitude that underlies what cancel culture is. Spotting this attitude in yourself and others is the first step to nipping this cancel culture stuff in the bud.
If you focus on all the wrong things, you are going to have a bad time. Confirmation hearings for ACB to fill the SCOTUS seat of RGB are ongoing, and as usual, the discussion around is focusing on all the wrong things. This is why we can’t have nice things! In this episode, we explain how the wrong focus leads to the wrong answers and why a history of doing so has made the Court a political football that both sides existentially fear losing control of. This need not be the case, and now, you will know why.
When in doubt, blame government. In this episode we attack the meme that is Karl Marx’s labor theory of value. Like any good zombie, this meme which has been dead since almost the very day it left his pen just keeps coming back, and all too often impacts the way people view public policy concerning workers and/or “the common man.” As usual though, government is to blame for the plight of these groups, not “greedy capitalists,” and we explain why.
“Voting makes me better than you!” So, say the sophisticates. Well… about that… Not only are they not morally superior for voting, chances are they are too ignorant to provide any tangible benefit to the rest of us with their vote. That, and as a simple matter of logic and math, no vote matters. Now that you know this, you are free to go spend your time doing something that actually, tangibly makes the world a better place.
liBeRtArIanS aRe sElFiSh! The late Christopher Hitchens provides sarcastic commentary on Libertarianism, displaying his complete ignorance of it. Shocker! He asserts that libertarians are just selfish misanthropes without even the faintest concern for why libertarians’ objections to coercive power might be well founded. A meme libertarians hear constantly, which allows their opponents to conveniently avoid any honest discussion on the substance. A meme that needs destroying again and again. You’re welcome!
The tribalism of politics gets the WMD destroying treatment. The polarization that accompanies the perpetual struggle for power brings out the worst of human tribalistic tendencies. It gives the respective camps an undeserved sense of superiority over their opponents while making every excuse for their teammates. This has got to stop! We give you the weapons to help put a stop to it in your own life and with your friends and family. Enjoy!
It’s not all seriousness around here! In this episode we take a deep, and kind of disturbing, dive into the life and times of co-host David. He recently suffered an egregious violation of the non-aggression principle, and trust us when we tell you, the story is worth your time.
WMD Podcast Rule #1: don’t concede the moral high ground just because someone claims it. In this episode we pick apart a classic example of “the left can’t meme” where the creator tries, in vain, to plant his/her flag on mount “I’m better than you!” They’re not better than anyone, and we refuse to let them get away with claiming they are. It is possible to love grandma and live marginally free in the time of Covid. Shocker!
Are we too hard on the left? Not hard enough on the right? It’s a fair critique, but we don’t think so. We just think the left has a much louder cultural megaphone, and therefore, calls for more discussion than does the right. Listen in then tell us whether we’re rationalizing or on to something.
Aren’t lefties supposed to be the champions of individual rights and civil liberties? What can the response to Covid from the left and the right teach us about the deeper philosophical underpinnings of each? On their own terms, it would seem the left would be the ones to resist authority while the right chants “follow the rules!” but Covid has turned that on its head. What the hell is going on here?! Have a listen and find out.
Social media censorship, wtf is up with that?! In this episode we discuss social media censorship, why it seems to trend in one direction, and whether or not the side it isn’t trending toward (and cheers it being done to the other side) should really be happy about it and cheering it on. Hint: if you want your opponents censored, eventually you too will have a bad time.
New to the podcast? Start here. Where did your two love-able co-hosts come from? What makes them so damn love-able in the first place? This is where you find out. A little family history is in order as we guide you through a tour of our minds and how they work. Bring provisions and methods of self-defense, these are scary places. You’ve been forewarned.