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An interdisciplinary team of millennials discuss politics and pop culture, all without taking themselves too seriously! From psychology to history to political philosophy to movie reviews, tune in every Tuesday for a snarky overview of what's going on in the world!
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For our final episode of Season 2, Aaron is joined by Liz Whyte, a journalist and fellow Hillsdale Alum, who recently wrote a piece summing up her thoughts on the national attention that Hillsdale is receiving for recently refusing to take sides on the racial issues plaguing the country, and why the College should not claim to be remaining neutral based on both its past and its present. Aaron offers a couple of thoughts on a recent issue of Hillsdale’s magazine “Imprimis,” where the college saw fit to give a voice to Heather MacDonald, a woman whose anti-criminal-justice-reform policies make it hard for Aaron to say anything nice about her. Liz’s original piece for the Bulwark: https://thebulwark.com/hillsdale-must-join-the-national-reckoning-on-race/?fbclid=IwAR21fnij5KKDXhsGfswdda_AXuZncwHIqh7vZSvMcnHl6tHRDsV6SZxUfxg Hillsdale’s statement in response to the open letters: http://hillsdalecollegian.com/2020/06/on-the-college-and-silence-a-letter-from-hillsdale-college/ Fellow Alum John Daniel Davidson’s response to Liz in The Federalist: https://thefederalist.com/2020/07/28/no-hillsdale-college-doesnt-need-to-join-the-national-reckoning-on-race/ Hillsdale’s recently-republished Imprimis piece on BLM and Police Brutality: https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/the-danger-of-the-black-lives-matter-movement/ The Roger Kimball Imprimis piece that Liz mentioned in her article: https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/shall-defend-common-history/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
We’ve often discussed how the letter and spirit of the law are not always the most strongly correlated - i.e., just because something is technically “legal,” that does not mean it is ethical, moral, or even a good idea. Aaron and Austin apply this principle to the Portland situation, with Austin giving his views on not only the strict constitutionality of DHS’s actions in Portland, but also explaining why just because they may be conforming to the strict letter of the law, this does not justify their actions. Aaron, meanwhile, plays Devil’s Advocate for Austin (something Aaron hates doing), in order to allow Austin to address and refute a number of popular justifications for DHS’s actions against the protestors. A report on the legal response to detaining journalists in Portland: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/zoetillman/judge-bans-federal-use-of-force-journalists-portland?fbclid=IwAR15mM1dj0ySPGLpE4QOJ6_qNhdVWrNxKWQIPzGCk95NKKJzx95zUSt8zN4 Andrew Napolitano on the Unconstitutionality of the situation: https://thehill.com/homenews/media/508205-foxs-napolitano-rips-unconstitutional-trump-crackdown-on-portland-just-plain?fbclid=IwAR1g1j_oKecozE7zjhiXIY2n2wRsK9juiWjRysrKmoUE_eIYLjM3oS-e3HY A followup on BLM and how they have responded to the Portland situation: https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2020/07/after-hours-chaos-at-portland-protests-overshadows-black-lives-matter-message-our-movement-has-been-co-opted.html Forbes’ Evan Gerstmann on the unconstitutionality of Federal law enforcement in Portland: https://www.forbes.com/sites/evangerstmann/2020/07/18/federal-law-enforcement-is-making-unconstitutional-arrests-in-portland/#67454de912a6 Theme by Nathan Keightley --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
After, no joke, SIX attempts to record this episode, and after negotiating power failures, Oklahoman “wind events,” computer crashes, and just plain weirdness (seriously, we think this episode might be cursed), Aaron is FINALLY successful in being able to talk to Faith Liu about the issues of representation in media. While last year they talked about casting controversies with Disney’s upcoming remake of “The Little Mermaid,” this time, now that Faith is officially a Hollywood Writer, they talk about the importance of diversity in how stories are told in entertainment, including just what the phrase “representation matters” actually means (and why it matters), why “actors just pretend to be other people all the time” isn’t an excuse for whitewashing, and how there’s more to diversity than just the ethnicity of chosen actors. The Prentice Penny piece that Faith referenced: https://deadline.com/2020/07/prentice-penny-hollywood-blackface-commentary-diversity-plan-guest-column-1202978040/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
Aaron and Jason continue their discussion of our “forgotten founders.” Jason brings up a businessman who was the only signer of all four major American founding documents and who quietly motivated some of the most important founding principles when the American government was being established, the “financier of the revolution,” and a founder who is better known by the college named after him than for his own legacy. Aaron, meanwhile, talks about the ACTUAL first chief justice (as opposed to Jason bringing up John Marshall last week), a playwright, propagandist, and historian whose role in the Founding goes totally unnoticed, and a remarkable Calvinist clergyman from the North who served as one of the most powerful voices for abolition until Frederick Douglass himself. Jason also shills for Coca Cola and Aaron gets more into the Christian theological/philosophical perspective of Calvinism and some of its intersections with American history. Two sources on Mercy Otis Warren: http://www.projectcontinua.org/mercy-otis-warren/ https://www.mountvernon.org/library/digitalhistory/digital-encyclopedia/article/mercy-otis-warren-1728-1814/ A series of resources on Lemuel Haynes: https://thefoundingproject.com/lemuel-haynes-african-american-founder/ http://inside.sfuhs.org/dept/history/US_History_reader/Chapter2/LemuelHaynesLibertyFurtherExtended.pdf https://leben.us/lemuel-haynes-patriot-pastor/ https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-black-puritan https://archive.org/stream/lemuelhaynesspeech/Lemuel%20Haynes%20Speech_djvu.txt Theme by Nathan Keightley --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
For our July 4th episodes, Aaron and Jason decide to take a look at some of our lesser-known Founders, looking for those whose influence has unjustly been denied, or those who don’t conform to the popular image of the Founding, be it in their contributions, their beliefs, or their actions. In Part 1, Aaron talks about a particularly famous New Englander whose reputation has been unjustly tarnished and how one of the first psychiatrists, veterinarians, and abolitionists were all the same person, and how that person was actually an important part of the American Founding. Jason talks about the first “real” American Chief Justice, as well as an Anglo-American who exemplified the dangers of a revolutionary spirit. John Marshall and Judicial Review: https://www.constitutioncenter.org/blog/marbury-v-madison-and-the-independent-supreme-court John Alexander’s Samuel Adams: America's Revolutionary Politician. Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”: http://totallyhistory.com/common-sense-pamphlet/ Alyn Brodsky (author of “Benjamin Rush, Patriot and Physician”) being interviewed about Rush: https://www.c-span.org/video/?180836-1/benjamin-rush-patriot-physician Theme by Nathan Keightley --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
Aaron and Connor continue their discussion of Winston Churchill. They discuss the legacy of other troubling historical figures, as well as bringing up the fact that statues are not vehicles for teaching history, and thus it would be better for statues to find their places in museums, rather than in public places of honor, when the subjects of these statues held beliefs that might trouble modern perspectives and consciences. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
Aaron is joined by a podcast guest, history teacher Connor Gleason, to discus the legacy of Winston Churchill that has been questioned in light of recent protests against both historical and contemporary racial injustice. Aaron brings up some of the specifically troubling things Churchill did and said during his early career, such as the Gallipoli Campaign and his views on the use of gas, while Connor discusses Churchill’s underlying racial and imperialist views that defined his political career. An article about the protests against Churchill: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/churchill-statue-racism-british-black-lives-matter-protests/2020/06/08/33f68146-a991-11ea-9063-e69bd6520940_story.html Shashi Tharoor’s article on Churchill’s troubling legacy in India: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/03/10/in-winston-churchill-hollywood-rewards-a-mass-murderer/ A Response to Tharoor’s article from Connor and Aaron’s Alma Mater, Hillsdale College: https://winstonchurchill.hillsdale.edu/churchill-racist-war-criminal-tharoor/ Theme by Nathan Keightley --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
Aaron and Austin discuss the potential police reforms that have been proposed in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, especially the reform suggested by Reps. Justin Amash and Ayanna Pressley to end qualified immunity. Austin explains how qualified immunity is supposed to work vs. how it actually works and why it’s such a threat to ensuring protection from police brutality. Aaron compares the numerous legal protections that police enjoy to the infamous Milgram experiment, as well as the “problem of moral psychology,” and explains why these issues mean that he thinks that system “reform” needs to address these issues from the ground up. NOTE: this episode was recorded before Minneapolis’s city council decided to abolish their police, we promise that we are not avoiding that issue. Justin Amash’s plan to end qualified immunity: https://fee.org/articles/to-curtail-police-impunity-rep-justin-amash-announces-legislation-to-end-qualified-immunity/ How Qualified Immunity covered a police officer when he negligently shot a ten year old: https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicksibilla/2019/07/18/cop-who-accidentally-shot-10-year-old-when-aiming-for-family-dog-cant-be-sued-federal-court-rules/#1a40ed823987 The Free Thoughts Podcast on the perverse incentives in the Justice System: https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/our-criminal-injustice-system-jason-brennan-chris-surprenant An article describing the effective police reform in Aaron’s home of Camden County: https://www.citylab.com/equity/2018/01/what-happened-to-crime-in-camden/549542/?fbclid=IwAR1EbjCukLYuhxmpcNGhNF0xWlewECgTpY_p3FZ9nZzUj3Noa4491g1M7ZY Theme by Nathan Keightley --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
Life right now sucks, so why not escape into history? Aaron and Jason discuss the History Channel’s recent documentary on President U.S. Grant. Going beyond the documentary itself, Jason tells us why he thinks it’s an important way to inspire further historical analysis about one of the most important presidents, while also calling Aaron a “lying dog-faced pony soldier.” Aaron discusses why he thinks Grant embodies the spirit of Dignity culture, as opposed to the Southern culture of Honor. Both hosts discuss the legacy of Grant, including how his reputation was tarnished by the Lost Cause, how we should think about the corruption scandals of his presidential tenure, and what “the first Civil Rights President” can teach us about living our lives today, even in these troubling times. Ron Chernow’s “Grant,” the book that inspired the miniseries:https://www.amazon.com/Grant-Ron-Chernow/dp/159420487X Dr. David Blight’s “HIST 119: The Civil War War and Reconstruction Era” on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hist-119-the-civil-war-and-reconstruction-era-1845-1877/id1273294635 Prof. Edward Bonekemper III on “The Lost Cause”: https://www.amazon.com/Myth-Lost-Cause-South-Fought/dp/1621574547 Dr. Caroline Janney on “The Lost Cause”: https://www.amazon.com/Burying-Dead-but-Not-Past/dp/0807872253 Theme by Nathan Keightley --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
Aaron and Austin continue their discussion from last week about “policing our own,” and apply it to the armed protests against the COVID-19 Lockdowns. They compare it to previous armed protests and go into why they think these are different, and why these protests are perhaps not the best idea ever. A news article about the Michigan protest that Austin and Aaron use as a counterpoint to the anti-lockdown protests: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/07/michigan-lawmaker-armed-escort-rightwing-protest?fbclid=IwAR3MTxz5-3oAhMu6In9uIk5rcW5fKhtwhLovPnuDSYewDSnF9-YSC6eJTiY Theme by Nathan Keightley --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
Aaron and Austin join up for a two-parter on the topic of “policing our own.” They start by discussing some further details about the Ahmaud Arbery Case, including some of the difficulties they foresee in the upcoming trial. They then discuss the similar case of Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who were the victim of a no-knock raid where the police had the wrong address and killed Ms. Taylor, and Mr. Walker, who was only defending himself, is now facing criminal charges. Aaron and Austin, in the spirit of “policing our own,” call out supposed gun-rights activists who are remaining damnably silent about this, the same way they’ve remained silent about Ahmed Arbery’s case. The WaPo article on Gregory McMichael’s history of shirking use of force training: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/13/ex-detective-accused-death-ahmaud-arbery-lost-power-make-arrests-after-skipping-use-of-force-training/ An article on the rather damning silence from gun rights activists in Mr. Walker and Ms. Taylor’s case: https://www.upworthy.com/gun-rights-activists-silent-in-breonna-taylor-case Reason magazine on the policy implications of Ms. Taylor’s tragic death: https://reason.com/2020/05/15/the-breonna-taylor-shooting-shows-how-reckless-drug-war-tactics-lead-to-senseless-deaths/?fbclid=IwAR1P9ZaBuH78I3Ge2VH0K-dmvVvDhl4b_mYxk_RcMe3ZloUa0LHCwxNxiY4 Theme by Nathan Keightley --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
Aaron is joined by Hannah Cox, a conservatarian journalist and criminal justice reform activist, to discuss the public discourse around the killing of Ahmaud Arbery. Aaron and Hannah discuss the facts of the case, why the public outcry against the delay of justice for Ahmaud is important, how it’s impossible to discuss issues like this without bringing up issues of race, and how these issues extend to all levels of the criminal justice system. Hannah also gives some background about her own involvement in the justice system and why she’s taken up the mantle of such causes as ending the death penalty, and Aaron brings up something that’s become more and more of a theme on the podcast, the idea of “policing our own” when it comes to the expression of individual rights. The Police Report on Ahmaud Arbery’s Death: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/fb-8297829/READ-POLICE-REPORT-AHMAUD-ARBERYS-DEATH.html Georgia DA George Barnhill on why he didn’t prosecute the McMichaels: https://int.nyt.com/data/documenthelper/6916-george-barnhill-letter-to-glyn/b52fa09cdc974b970b79/optimized/full.pdf A report on why the video of Ahmaud Arbery in the house was not grounds for the McMichaels’ actions: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/10/ahmaud-arbery-shooting-new-video-shows-georgia-jogger-did-nothing-illegal/3105123001/ Charles Blow writing for the NYT on the ramifications of this case: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/06/opinion/ahmaud-arbery-killing.html How the source of the leaked video showing Ahmaud Arbery’s death actually leaked it to clear the McMichaels: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8302641/amp/Attorney-leaked-Ahmaud-Arbery-lynching-video-thought-CLEAR-friends.html CNN’s compilation of what is known about this case: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/11/us/ahmaud-arbery-mcmichael-what-we-know/index.html?ref=hvper.com Theme by Nathan Keightley --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
Aaron is joined again by Tyler Groenendal, now one of the hosts of “The Amash Files,” a new podcast dedicated to following Justin Amash’s candidacy, as well as providing insights into Amash’s campaign that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Aaron and Tyler discuss Justin Amash’s recently-declared candidacy. How viable is his bid for the presidency? What makes him different from previous third party candidates? Why is he entering the race so late? What makes him such an ideal voice for liberty? Why do people refuse to consider third party options even when served utter dreck from the mainline parties? Aaron also brings up the specific controversies and questions regarding Amash, from controversial votes (including voting for impeachment) to specific policies an Amash presidency would produce, and Tyler gives us an insider's perspective on these and other topics.  The Amash Files Podcast: https://www.amashfiles.com/ Reason’s Matt Welch on Amash’s Candidacy: https://reason.com/2020/04/28/justin-amash-is-running-for-president-as-a-libertarian/ Joe Walsh on why he thinks Amash’s campaign will re-elect Trump: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/04/29/amash-libertarian-reelect-trump/ The Liberty Herald’s case for how Justin could actually win: https://thelibertyherald.com/2020/05/01/117-electoral-votes-a-very-real-possibility-for-justin-amash-and-the-libertarian-party/?fbclid=IwAR2Y54fVV4yaK2y0_n8LY6UKl0wcBWUJ8q-NI7S_PQsVknOTDPB4RC_4mRk The recent Politico profile on Justin and why he’s running for president: https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/04/30/justin-amash-running-destroy-the-system-that-created-trump-225147?fbclid=IwAR14cYNV1gDXnIJxU02JewJCSroDCzale_BVKS6AJPxDSXRyxfQ6eal1rxo --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
Austin and Aaron continue upon and expand numerous previous podcast episodes (including last week’s episode on Tiger King) to discuss the problems of individual rights vs. collective wellbeing. Both hosts begin by talking about their own preferred variants on the Old Fashioned, after which they discuss a rights-based perspective on such issues as owning large cats, balancing concerns about COVID-19 with the right to work and the right to go out in public, and how we can try to balance our concerns for our own individualism with the welfare of the communities in which we live. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
Hey there you cool cats and kittens! This week, Aaron is joined by Sarah Sparks, a veterinary student and animal welfare advocate, to discuss the fervor around Netflix's “Tiger King.” Specifically, they decide to talk about one of the issues that the documentary seemed to sweep aside, namely the actual tigers and other big cats. Aaron and Sarah discuss some of the problematic depictions of the big cat industry within Tiger King, as well as the overall issues of conservation that Tiger King hints at. Also discussed are Harambe, the exotic pet trade, “Savannah Cats,” and why Aaron’s Old-Fashioned practices (i.e., regarding the bourbon-based cocktail) make him a Heathen in the eyes of his Kentuckian guest. Cat Behaviorist Jackson Galaxy (someone as endearingly bizarre as anyone in The Tiger King, but unlike them he makes a difference in the lives of animals) on why Tiger King misses the mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKH37XLpqa8&fbclid=IwAR0fJiA0MnSZXvCz6wojwTNOr1GbIs3ReZw2_d_-DmhFogO3XBG6hAwsbvg&app=desktop#menu Carole and Howard Baskin on the accusations made against them by Tiger King: https://www.tampabay.com/news/florida/2020/04/10/carole-and-howard-baskin-say-tiger-king-makers-betrayed-their-trust/?fbclid=IwAR10XqqCQyWjV8XOOcCZHxKcxZHUJX73YKtRwIII4TjnhCm0WbpEI1URDXk Why Tiger King is Not “Blackfish for Cats”: https://www.chicagotribune.com/featured/sns-nyt-tiger-king-joe-exotic-conservation-20200418-alcizsxczrc45iam3rvw3zveby-story.html For no other reason other than it’s funny, here’s Joe Biden’s response to Tiger King: https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/joe-biden-reacts-to-viewing-tiger-king-what-are-we-watching/ar-BB12WC2x --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
With the ongoing COVID-19 causing a cry of “trust the experts,” the difficult question that comes to us is; which experts? Who counts as an expert? Who do we listen to? Aaron and Jason tackle this issue by raising the question of who counts as an expert, when should we listen to them, when should we question if their expertise is relevant, and what, in all of this, is the role of common sense and discernment? Ezekiel Immanuel on his plan for an 18 month shutdown: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2020/04/07/ezekiel_emanuel_us_must_stay_locked_down_for_12-18_months_until_theres_a_vaccine.html Ron Paul’s comments on Dr. Fauci: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/ron-paul-claims-dr-fauci-wants-total-control-of-the-public-pushing-outlandish-coronavirus-conspiracy-as-official-receives-death-threats/ar-BB12rFdP Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Earth’s Holocaust”: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/9231/9231-h/9231-h.htm?fbclid=IwAR2xTLBn3aVuQZ6moG7Qff1B-GwEU8Mc6SCi8IoOh7hhe8HOBiPfJPq2XjY A paper by Social Psychologist Robert Cialdini (and others) going over the predatory use of “expertise” in persuasion: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/11169300_Dispelling_the_Illusion_of_Invulnerability_The_Motivations_and_Mechanisms_of_Resistance_to_Persuasion Muppet Treasure Island’s “Cabin Fever”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsezrzS27UY --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
Aaron and Jason conclude our two-part series on U.S. History’s Points of Divergence. Aaron discusses how two often-discounted Constitutional amendments altered the fundamental structure of our government, how FDR changed how individuals relate to the state, the “non-war to begin all non-wars,” and how the United States Federal Government has been utterly defeated by plants and yet refuses to acknowledge it. Jason discusses why the “unnecessary” war was actually 100% necessary, and what he thinks was the most recent point of divergence in our nation’s history. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
Aaron and Jason discuss, Turkish coffee and cream soda in their respective hands, what they consider to be the Top Ten “Points of Divergence” across United States History, in chronological order. In part 1, Jason talks about how “hooligans” in Massachusetts showed fundamental flaws in our system, how “the greatest trade deal in the history of trade deals” created a new opportunity in the American Frontier, and how a lost battle created the American Industrial Age. Aaron, meanwhile, talks about the importance of compromise and how “nobody getting what they wanted” led to the creation of the U.S. as we know it today. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
Amidst their voluntary self-isolation, Aaron, Austin, and Jason come together to discuss the response to COVID-19. Jason introduces the idea of “Black Swans” as social phenomena, and the hosts discuss how COVID-19 fits the label of a “Black Swan.” Jason talks about the importance of civic virtue in response to “Black Swans,” Aaron discusses the psychological problems with the Government’s decision-making in response to the pandemic, and Austin serves as a gadfly while also trying to teach William Barr what a telephone is. 
 The T-Walla Walla link that Jason talks about in today’s episode: https://www.twallawalla.com/faith-over-fear?fbclid=IwAR3G7WCaz97nux5D4BenwYmYHDaRzc-u_jlFbwNZac58hTOOhaTGUFgUD1k The Politico article that Aaron mentioned in the episode: https://www.politico.com/amp/news/magazine/2020/03/19/coronavirus-effect-economy-life-society-analysis-covid-135579 Buzzfeed’s article on how the CDC and FDA have messed up: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/benking/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-errors-cdc Another Politico article detailing the emergency powers that William Barr wants to be granted: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/21/doj-coronavirus-emergency-powers-140023?fbclid=IwAR0QhgmIJWGjyS4vboS7Yvg_I2qM6rxUBwcmPWQcvPn3elai4ndZjKLW2wU Dr. David Katz, president of True Health Initiative and the founding director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, on why he’s worried about the government’s current response to COVID-19: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/opinion/coronavirus-pandemic-social-distancing.html?fbclid=IwAR3mRdy5iQxLrsw-wciEb0p4DCtSDsp6AybGqA03rmFK9qMMdNSsPyHiYRI Dr. John P.A. Ioannidis, professor of medicine, epidemiology and population health, professor by courtesy of biomedical data science at Stanford University School of Medicine, professor by courtesy of statistics at Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences, and co-director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS) at Stanford University, on why he’s afraid at the lack of data being involved in the government’s decision-making: https://www.statnews.com/2020/03/17/a-fiasco-in-the-making-as-the-coronavirus-pandemic-takes-hold-we-are-making-decisions-without-reliable-data/?fbclid=IwAR00Rvptt6ELCfyoQhjeUhyxWQBn-ItLN6vEvA5aVelj8geQpI7urCxNH5U How entrepreneurs are responding to the pandemic: https://www.tenentrepreneurs.org/blog/innovators-vs-the-virus?fbclid=IwAR1ldwyNWLwuZvVzDcZNQGBu0ADMAPoU3r3TMDB5s5VT9ndr-RTM2xFlhdI Theme by Nathan Keightley --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
Aaron and Jenn discuss the new movie “The Hunt” that just released this weekend. Initially cancelled because of conservative outrage over the premise of Liberal elites hunting Conservative “Deplorables,” The Hunt is now garnering criticism from the Left for somehow being too sympathetic to the Right wing? Both Aaron and Jenn are left thoroughly perplexed by the reaction, having both enjoyed it for what it is; a thoroughly ridiculous, utterly farcical B-Movie that nevertheless has some important lessons on partisanship that both sides of the aisle could stand to listen to. Matthew Rosza’s review for Salon that Aaron thinks totally misses the point of the movie: https://www.salon.com/2020/03/15/the-hunt-trump-craig-zobel/ Theme by Nathan Keightley --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/libertysnark/message
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