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Deep dives with experts and madmen into life's most interesting topics. If you're an independent-thinker, you've found your home. Not right, not left, just real.
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The ever-increasing battle over free speech is becoming a powerful dividing line for Americans. Is anyone allowed to say anything? Or are there certain words and ideas too dangerous to ever be uttered?If you've ever wondered about the concept of free speech in modern America, this is great discussion to listen to. Adam Goldstein is the Senior Research Counsel to the President of the non-profit Freedom of Individual Rights in Education or FIRE.FIRE is a non-partisan organization fighting to protect the First Amendment rights of everyone, regardless of political, religious, or personal beliefs or affiliations. In this fantastic discussion, Adam and Jim cover many controversial subjects including the history of free speech on college campuses, the ways other countries view free speech, race, cancel culture, and recent important American cultural shifts in thinking and ideology.Leave your biases at the door, and listen in to hopefully gain a deeper perspective on what free speech is, why it's important, and what the common ground is we can all agree upon. ...Or don't, whatever, it's really up to you...Interview begins at 6:20(Relevant Links)www.thefire.org(Support the Show)www.patreon.com/independme(Video links explaining free speech and the first amendment)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zeeq0qaEaLw (Free Speech)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BapzjxDfXBU (First Amendment)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)
This is a really interesting discussion with the founder of the new social media app 4B. Amir Sheikh is attempting to create a space for civil disagreement, fact-based debate, and logical discussion in social media. His new app, 4B, helps people engage over controversial topics, but with a goal of finding truth and common ground.In his discussion with Jim, Amir talks about where modern media is going wrong, free speech vs. censorship, and the evolution of the internet. Listen in for new insights and solutions to our modern problems, and then check out Amir's social media app for free at www.4B.worldwww.4b.worldApp store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/4b/id1493000395Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fourb(Support Independent-Thinking and Objective Analysis)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)If you want to give us a few dollars as a tip, in only a couple clicks on buymeacoffee.com you can help keep independent thought alive. No sign up, or subscription, required.If you want to become a monthly subscriber to the Independent Riot podcast to receive bonus content from this week's episode, a free t-shirt, and a free copy of Jim's book, please sign up on patreon.Show store for independent-minded t-shirts, coffee mugs, and stickers.And please subscribe to the Independent Riot Youtube Channel for additional content not contain in the audio podcast.Jim Duncan's non-fiction book "Independent's Guide to Overthrowing the Two-Party System"Jim Duncan's political fiction "Blood Republic"And you can read Jim's articles on MediumSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)
Today’s episode is all about solutions. We talk with Executive Director of the Institute of Political Innovation (IPI), Solomon Lieberman, about what cross-partisan “politics industry theory” reform is, and how it can help us move into a better era of American politics.“Politics industry theory” was first formulated by Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter as they attempted to pinpoint objective, unbiased reasons why American government was failing. What they found was that our political duopoly (both the Republicans and Democrats together) has slowly removed legitimate competition from its industry.The Institute for Political Innovation was then formed in order to help organize and empower reformers from both sides of the political aisle to return competency, and accountability, to government through true competition.Some of the “powerful and achievable” ideas discussed in this episode that IPI is fighting for are implementing Final Five Voting and Ranked Choice Voting. Solomon and Jim also talk about things like the problems of politicians being primaried, plurality voting, polarization and party-line voting in Congress, the Hastert Rule, lesser-of-two-evils elections, and the dual currency of politics, votes vs. money.Listen in to change your perspective on politics, and find positive ways to get involved.(Relevant Links)IPI’s main website www.political-innovation.orgKatherine Gehl’s TedX talk on “Powerful, non-partisan solution to fix politics” www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixk8d3GQJnQLink to original 2017 “Why Competition in the Politics Industry is Failing America” study https://www.hbs.edu/competitiveness/Documents/why-competition-in-the-politics-industry-is-failing-america.pdfKatherine Gehl and Michael Porter’s new book, “The Politics Industry” can be found on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1633699234(Support Independent-Thinking and Objective Analysis)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)If you want to give us a few dollars as a tip, in only a couple clicks on buymeacoffee.com you can help keep independent thought alive. No sign up, or subscription, required.If you want to become a monthly subscriber to the Independent Riot podcast to receive bonus content from this week's episode, a free t-shirt, and a free copy of Jim's book, please sign up on patreon.Show store for independent-minded t-shirts, coffee mugs, and stickers.And please subscribe to the Independent Riot Youtube Channel for additional content not contain in the audio podcast.Jim Duncan's non-fiction book "Independent's Guide to Overthrowing the Two-Party System"Jim Duncan's political fiction "Blood Republic"And you can read Jim's articles on MediumSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)
***Warning: This episode covers subject matter which some may find disturbing***Long woven into pro-Trump conspiracies like Qanon, is there any actual truth behind claims that multitudes of Chinese citizens are being unjustly imprisoned and then murdered in order for the Chinese Communist Party to sell their organs on something called the "red market?"Today's guest is Mitchell Gerber, an activist fighting to raise the world's awareness of the desperate plight of the Falun Gong spiritual group in China.  Mitchell states that far more Falun Gong are being imprisoned and killed for their organs than anyone in the west believes. Listen to Mitchell's claims, Jim's take, and then check the supporting evidence below to make up your own mind.Interview begins at 10:50If you know of a guest who you think should be interviewed on the show, reach out at info@independ.meShow NotesWatch this, if nothing else "Two Davids & Goliath: David Matas & David Kilgour: TedxMunchen" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv5HF5x14QoRead Ethan Gutman's Book "The Slaughter" at www.amazon.com/dp/B00IHMBO6MRead David Matas and David Kilgour's report "Bloody Harvest" at www.endtransplantabuse.orgCheck out the website Mitchell recommends at www.stoporganharvesting.orgWatch the documentary "Hard to Believe" for free on youtubeCheck out www.faluninfo.net for additional information about Falun Gong and information about the group Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH)BBC 2021 article on CCP human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims "Their Goal is to Destroy Everyone"(Support Independent-Thinking and Objective Analysis)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)If you want to give us a few dollars as a tip, in only a couple clicks on buymeacoffee.com you can help keep independent thought alive. No sign up, or subscription, required.If you want to become a monthly subscriber to the Independent Riot podcast to receive bonus content from this week's episode, a free t-shirt, and a free copy of Jim's book, please sign up on patreon.Show store for independent-minded t-shirts, coffee mugs, and stickers.And please subscribe to the Independent Riot Youtube Channel for additional content not contain in the audio podcast.Jim Duncan's non-fiction book "Independent's Guide to Overthrowing the Two-Party System"Jim Duncan's political fiction "Blood Republic"And you can read Jim's articles on MediumSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)
Listen to this quick discussion with "The Good Party" (thegoodparty.org) founder Farhad Mohit as he explains all the ways their innovative technology hopes to bring democratic power back to the people.Farhad Mohit is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, and has been involved in the creation of several successful tech start-ups including Bizrate, Shopzilla, and Flipagram, which went on to become the massively impactful TikTok. Now, though, Farhad is determined to save American democracy.Farhad has dedicated himself to creating thegoodparty.org,  which is a tech platform dedicated to bringing several intriguing tech innovations to American government in order to improve democracy. Some of the unique ideas discussed are crowd-sourcing votes for candidates, body-cams for politicians, and ways to minimize money's influence over our elections.Listen in to find out more about The Good Party, and how you can get involved.Interview Starts at 5:43(Relevant Links)www.thegoodparty.orgOr email Farhad at farhad@thegoodparty.org(Support the Show)If you want to give us a few dollars as a tip, in only a couple clicks on buymeacoffee.com you can help keep independent thought alive. No sign up, or subscription, required.If you want to become a monthly subscriber to the Independent Riot podcast to receive bonus content from this week's episode, a free t-shirt, and a free copy of Jim's book, please sign up on patreon.Show store for independent-minded t-shirts, coffee mugs, and stickers.And please subscribe to the Independent Riot Youtube Channel for additional content not contain in the audio podcast.Jim Duncan's non-fiction book "Independent's Guide to Overthrowing the Two-Party System"Jim Duncan's political fiction "Blood Republic"And you can read Jim's articles on MediumSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)
This is a fascinating discussion with Maj. Danny Sjursen on what the concept of patriotism should be, as well as a deep-dive explanation on what the military-industrial complex is.Maj. Sjursen is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, a West Point military-historian, author, speaker, and now prominent anti-war activist. He talks about his experiences in Iraq, as well as about his new book "Patriotic Dissent," which re-examines what the concept of patriotism should be in a modern America of never-ending warfare.You can watch additional bonus footage from this interview of Maj. Sjursen discussing his personal journey and transformation from West Point graduate to anti-war activist by becoming a show supporter at www.patreon.com/independmeInterview begins at 7:24If you are interested in checking out more of Maj. Sjursen's work head to www.skepticalvet.comHis podcast is available at www.fortressonahill.comAnd you can also find his books, "Patriotic Dissent" and "Ghost Riders of Baghdad" on amazon.(Support the Show)If you want to give us a few dollars as a tip, in only a couple clicks on buymeacoffee.com you can help keep independent thought alive. No sign up, or subscription, required.If you want to become a monthly subscriber to the Independent Riot podcast to receive bonus content from this week's episode, a free t-shirt, and a free copy of Jim's book, please sign up on patreon.Show store for independent-minded t-shirts, coffee mugs, and stickers.And please subscribe to the Independent Riot Youtube Channel for additional content not contain in the audio podcast.Jim Duncan's non-fiction book "Independent's Guide to Overthrowing the Two-Party System"Jim Duncan's political fiction "Blood Republic"And you can read Jim's articles on MediumSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)
Marc Clair is the host of one of the longest running, and most popular, Libertarian podcasts in the country.  Jim and Marc have a great discussion about what Libertarianism is, whether Trump was a libertarian or not, and what the future of  "liberty" is within an increasingly rigged political system. Whether you're on the right, the left, or politically homeless, listen in for some laughs, and great non-partisan insight. And please consider supporting Marc's work, and this show, through the links below.Interview begins at 6:18Show Notes:(Support the Show)If you want to give us a few dollars as a tip, in only a couple clicks on buymeacoffee.com you can help keep independent thought alive. No sign up, or subscription, required.If you want to become a monthly subscriber to the Independent Riot podcast to receive bonus content from this week's episode, a free t-shirt, and a free copy of Jim's book, please sign up on patreon.Show store for independent-minded t-shirts, coffee mugs, and stickers.And please subscribe to the Independent Riot Youtube Channel for additional content not contain in the audio podcast.(Relevant Links)Lions of Liberty main site www.lionsofliberty.comYou can also follow Marc and Lions of Liberty on TwitterAnd can find Marc's new podcast here Jim Duncan's non-fiction book "Independent's Guide to Overthrowing the Two-Party System"Jim Duncan's political fiction "Blood Republic"And you can read Jim's articles on MediumSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)
Lee Camp is a comedian and political analyst who hosts the hilarious television show "Redacted Tonight," where he points out the absurd, the unjust, and the corrupt on both sides of the political spectrum. Jim and Lee have a great discussion about what America is getting wrong, the difficulty of speaking truth to power in mainstream media, and what we can all do to make things better . Whether you're on the right, the left, or politically homeless listen in for some laughs, and great non-partisan insight. And please consider supporting Lee's work, and this show, through the links below.Interview begins at 4:00Show Notes:(Support the Show)If you want to give us a few dollars as a tip, in only a couple clicks on buymeacoffee.com you can help keep independent thought alive. No sign up, or subscription, required.If you want to become a monthly subscriber to the Independent Riot podcast to receive early access to some episodes, bonus content, and a free copy of Jim's book, please sign up on patreon.Show store for independent-minded t-shirts, coffee mugs, and stickers.And please subscribe to the Independent Riot Youtube Channel for additional content not contain in the audio podcast.(Relevant Links)Lee Camp's main site www.leecamp.comYou can also follow Lee Camp on twitter, facebook, or instagramLee television show "Redacted Tonight" can be found on RT America and youtubeAnd Lee's book "Bullet Points and Punchlines" can be purchased on AmazonJim Duncan's non-fiction book "Independent's Guide to Overthrowing the Two-Party System"Jim Duncan's political fiction "Blood Republic"And you can read Jim's articles on MediumSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)
Today's conversation is with Americans for Prosperity grassroots organizer, Nick Reed. Nick is an activist, speaker, and author focusing on helping individuals make positive change in their community from the bottom upwards.  Jim and Nick have an in-depth discussion about what AFP is doing,  the intersection of the individual with politics, how to move past polarization, and whether conscious-capitalism or socialism is the way forward. Whether you're on the right, the left, or politically homeless, listen in to find some inspiration on how we can all be better. And please consider supporting the show through the links below.Interview begins at 4:20Show Notes:(Support the Show)If you want to give us a few dollars as a tip, in only a couple clicks on buymeacoffee.com you can help keep independent thought alive. No sign up, or subscription, required.If you want to become a monthly subscriber to the Independent Riot podcast to receive early access to some episodes, bonus content, and a free copy of Jim's book, please sign up on patreon.Show store for independent-minded t-shirts, coffee mugs, and stickers.And please subscribe to the Independent Riot Youtube Channel for additional content not contain in the audio podcast.(Relevant Links)Americans for Prosperity's main site https://americansforprosperity.orgwww.Standtogether.orgNick Reed's book Return to GnosisJim Duncan's non-fiction book "Independent's Guide to Overthrowing the Two-Party System"Jim Duncan's political fiction "Blood Republic"And read Jim's articles on MediumSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)
Today's conversation is with Independent Voter News' National Editor, Shawn Griffiths. Shawn is an election reform expert with years of experience in providing unbiased and non-partisan political news and fighting for reform.  Jim and Shawn have an in-depth discussion about what IVN is doing, and Shawn explains some reform concepts like open primaries and ranked choice voting. Whether you're on the right, the left, or politically homeless, listen in to find out how you can help break America's duopolistic corruption before it's too late.Interview begins at 5:00Show Notes:(Support the Show)If you want to give us a few dollars as a tip, in only a couple clicks on buymeacoffee.com you can help keep independent thought alive. No sign up, or subscription, required.If you want to become a monthly subscriber to the Independent Riot podcast to receive early access to some episodes, bonus content, and a free copy of Jim's book, please sign up on patreon.Show store for independent-minded t-shirts, coffee mugs, and stickers.And please subscribe to the Independent Riot Youtube Channel for additional content not contain in the audio podcast.(Relevant Links)The Independent Voter News' main site www.ivn.usShawn Griffiths' podcast "Toppling the Duopoly"IVN Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/IVNJim Duncan's non-fiction book "Independent's Guide to Overthrowing the Two-Party System"Jim Duncan's political fiction "Blood Republic"And read Jim's articles on MediumSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)
Today's conversation is with consulting psychologist Dr. Andrea Molberg about her recent book, "Emergency Kit for Finding Common Ground." Dr. Molberg has over 35 years of experience in helping fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and governmental agencies resolve conflicts and maximize leadership ability. Jim and Andrea have an in depth discussion about her book, and what you can do to help America heal before it's too late. Whether you're on the right, the left, or politically homeless, you'll definitely be able to take something positive from this conversation.Interview begins at 5:10Show Notes:(Support the Show)If you want to give us a few dollars as a tip, in only a couple clicks on buymeacoffee.com you can help keep independent thought alive. No sign up, or subscription, required.If you want to become a monthly subscriber to the Independent Riot podcast to receive early access to some episodes, bonus content, and a free copy of Jim's book, please sign up on patreon.Show store for independent-minded t-shirts, coffee mugs, and stickers.And please subscribe to the Independent Riot Youtube Channel for additional content not contain in the audio podcast.(Relevant Books)Dr. Andrea Molberg's book "Emergency Kit for Finding Common Ground"Jim Duncan's non-fiction book "Independent's Guide to Overthrowing the Two-Party System"Jim Duncan's political fiction "Blood Republic"And read Jim's articles on MediumSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)
Today's conversation is with highly-regarded New America political scientist Lee Drutman about his recent book, "Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multi-Party Democracy." Jim and Lee's discussion covers why Lee believes American democracy is at a breaking point, as well as specific ideas to save it. Whether you're on the right, the left, or politically homeless, this a deep dive into fixing the system for all.Interview begins at 6:38Show Notes:(Support the Show)If you want to give us a few dollars as a tip, in only a couple clicks on buymeacoffee.com you can help keep independent thought alive. No sign up, or subscription, required.If you want to become a monthly subscriber to the Independent Riot podcast to receive early access to some episodes, bonus content, and a free copy of Jim's book, please sign up on patreon.Show store for independent-minded t-shirts, coffee mugs, and stickers.And please subscribe to the Independent Riot Youtube Channel for additional content not contain in the audio podcast.(Relevant Books)Lee Drutman's book "Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop"Jim Duncan's non-fiction book "Independent's Guide to Overthrowing the Two-Party System"Jim Duncan's political fiction "Blood Republic"And read Jim's articles on MediumSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/independme)
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