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Future of Freedom is a podcast that explores the intersection of conservatism and libertarianism in today's society. On each episode we bring together guests who hold opposing viewpoints on a specific policy or cultural issue. We tackle a range of topics, from economic policies to social issues, and from foreign affairs to constitutional law. Our guests come from different backgrounds and have different beliefs, but they all share a commitment to the principles of freedom, individualism, and limited government.

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On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints about the recent FEC decision to ban noncompete clauses in employment agreements. First on the show is C. Jarrett Dieterle, resident senior fellow at the R Street Institute. Later, we hear from Brian Albrecht, chief economist of the International Center for Law and Economics. You can find R Street on X, formerly Twitter, at @RSI and Brian at @BrianCAlbrecht.
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints on the future of conservatism. First on the show is John Hood, president of the John William Pope Foundation and one of the organizers of the Freedom Conservative Statement. Later, we hear from Andrew T. Walker, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Public Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and author of the recent book, Faithful Reason: Natural Law Ethics for God’s Glory and Our Good. You can find John on X, formerly Twitter, at @JohnHoodNC and Andrew at @AndrewTWalk.
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints on whether surrogacy is good for our culture. First on the show is Elizabeth Nolan Brown, senior editor at Reason and the author of Reason's biweekly Sex & Tech newsletter. Later, we hear from Emma Waters, a Senior Research Associate for the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Life, Religion and Family at The Heritage Foundation. You can find Elizabeth on X, formerly Twitter, at @ENBrown and Emma at @emlwaters. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints regarding possible reforms to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). First on the show is Vance Ginn, president of Ginn Economic Consulting and former chief economist at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Later, we hear from Angela Rachidi, senior fellow and Rowe Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. You can find Vance on X, formerly Twitter, at @VanceGinn and Angela at @AngelaRachidi. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints regarding our approach to the broadband affordability gap. First on the show is Daniel Lyons, nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and associate dean of academic affairs and a professor of law at Boston College Law School. Later, we hear from Jonathan Cannon, policy counsel in Technology and Innovation at RStreet. You can find Daniel on X, formerly Twitter, at @ProfDanielLyons and Jonathan at @JMLCannon. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints regarding our approach to the homelessness crisis. First on the show is Mark A. Calabria, a senior advisor to the Cato Institute. Later, we hear from Mary L. G. Theroux, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Institute. You can find Mark on X, formerly Twitter, at @MarkCalabria and Mary at @MaryTheroux1. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints regarding the implementation of a miles traveled tax to fund transportation infrastructure. First on the show is Robert Poole, director of transportation policy and Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow at Reason Foundation. Later, we hear from David Ditch, a Senior Policy Analyst in the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at The Heritage Foundation. You can find the Reason Foundation on X, formerly Twitter, at @ReasonFdn and David at @DavidADitch. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints regarding federal paid parental and medical leave. First on the show is Aparna Mathur, Senior Manager in Economics at Amazon, former resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a former senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Later, we hear from Rachel Greszler, Senior Research Fellow in the Roe Institute at the Heritage Foundation. You can find Aparna on X, formerly Twitter, at @aparnamath and find the Heritage Foundation at @Heritage. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints regarding the expansion of access to contraceptives in the U.S. First on the show is Courtney Joslin, Resident Fellow and Senior Manager of the Project for Women and Families at RStreet. Later, we hear from Michael New, Assistant Professor of Social Research at the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America. You can find Courtney on X, formerly Twitter, at @courtneyatlas and find Michael at @Michael_J_New. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints regarding the future of U.S. involvement in NATO. First on the show is James Carafano, Senior Counselor to the President at the Heritage Foundation and E.W. Richardson Fellow. Later, we hear from Ivan R. Eland, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Director of the Independent Institute’s Center on Peace & Liberty. You can find James on X, formerly Twitter, at @JJCarafano and find Ivan at @Ivan_Eland. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints regarding universal school choice and school vouchers. First on the show is Corey DeAngelis, senior fellow at the American Federation For Children, visiting fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, and a member of the board of academic advisors for Classical Learning Test. Later, we hear from Robert Bortins, CEO of Classical Conversations and also a member of the board of academic advisors for Classical Learning Test. You can find Corey on X, formerly Twitter, at @DeAngelisCorey and find Classical Conversations at @ClassicalConv. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints regarding the War on Drugs. First on the show is Nick Gillespie, editor at large at Reason and host of The Reason Interview. Later, we hear from Charles Fain Lehman, fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor at City Journal. You can find Nick on X, formerly Twitter, at @NickGillespie and Charles at @CharlesFLehman. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints regarding the U.S. approach to Mexican cartels and the potential need to utilize military force. First on the show is Joshua Treviño, Chief of Intelligence and Research at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Later, we hear from Ilya Somin, Professor of Law at George Mason University and the B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute. You can find the Texas Public Policy Foundation on X, formerly Twitter, at @TPPF and Ilya at @IlyaSomin. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints regarding the need for terms limits in the U.S. House and Senate. First on the show is Nick Tomboulides, Executive Director of U.S. Term Limits. Later, we hear from Adam Carrington, Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College and author of the recent essay “Congressional term limits are bad medicine for a sick branch.” You can find Nick on X, formerly Twitter, at @Tomboulides and Adam at @CarringtonAM. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints regarding the conservative approach to ESG investing initiatives. First on the show is Jeremy Kidd, associate professor of law at Drake University and co-author of the report “Stakeholder Capitalism: Theft, Path to Central Planning, or Both?” Later, we hear from Julius Krein, editor director of American Affairs and author of the essay, “Why the Right Can’t Beat ESG.” You can find Jeremy on X, formerly Twitter, at @JeremyLynnKidd and Julius at @JuliusKrein. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints about the wisdom and effectiveness of the Ranked Choice Voting system. First on the show is Walter Olson, senior fellow at the Cato Institute. Later, we hear from Jason Snead, executive director of Honest Elections Project and co-author of the book The Case Against Ranked Choice Voting. You can find Walter on X, formerly Twitter, at @WalterOlson and Jason at @JasonWSnead. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with different viewpoints about the need for government regulation of artificial intelligence. First on the show is James Broughel, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.  Later, we hear from Samuel Hammond, senior economist at the Foundation for American Innovation. You can find James on X, formerly Twitter, at @JamesBroughel and Samuel at @hamandcheese. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with opposing viewpoints about the need for conservatives to rethink their approach to organized labor. First on the show is Chris Griswold, policy director at American Compass. Later, we hear from Dominic Pino, Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow at National Review Institute. You can find Chris on X, formerly Twitter, at @Chris_Griz and Dominic at @DominicJPino. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with opposing viewpoints about whether conservatives should embrace the current class action system. First on the show is Brian T. Fitzpatrick, Milton R. Underwood Chair in Free Enterprise and Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School. Later, we hear from Ted Frank, director of the Center for Class Action Fairness at the Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute. You can find Brian on X, formerly Twitter, at @BTFitzPat and Ted at @TedFrank. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
On this episode of Future of Freedom, host Scot Bertram is joined by two guests with opposing viewpoints on the debate over the regulation of social media for minors. First on the show is Kara Frederick, Director of the Tech Policy Center at The Heritage Foundation. Later, we hear from Jacob Sullum, senior editor at Reason and a nationally syndicated columnist. You can find Kara on X, formerly Twitter, at @KaraAFrederick and Jacob at @JacobSullum. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/future-of-freedom/support
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