Topic: Authoritarianism

Podcast: ESG’s Moral Crusade for a ‘Green New World’

– January 4, 2024

ESG has been perniciously changing the way corporations, governments, NGOs and institutions operate. This discussion on the Liberty Curious podcast highlights the utopian ideals and ideological shifts that have shaped the ESG movement.


As Some Workers Try to Free Themselves from Unionization, Biden Officials Try to Dragoon More In

– January 3, 2024

“This case is destined for the Supreme Court, which might take another look at the constitutionality of compulsory unionism. The Court might even decide that the freedom to decide whether you want someone else acting as your representative is a fundamental right.” ~George Leef


Podcast: How free is your state?

– December 26, 2023

AIER’s Jason Sorens joins Kate Wand on Liberty Curious to discuss his book ‘Freedom in the 50 States.” In this 7th edition, New Hampshire, Florida, and South Dakota are the freest states in the country. Where does your state rank?


Why Ordinary People Enable Totalitarians (Part II)

– December 14, 2023

“The best safeguard of liberty is societal support for a system that prevents abuses of power before individual acts of heroism are necessary.” ~Barry Brownstein


Why Ordinary People Enable Totalitarians, Part 1 

– December 7, 2023

“After the First World War in Germany, peace came with hyperinflation, which obliterated all wealth. The bonds of civilization fray during hyperinflation.” ~Barry Brownstein


TikTok: Five Cuts

– November 21, 2023

“Americans already have a license to engage in free speech, in the form of the First Amendment. And if you are thinking that the United States has a long history of anonymous, public speech, you’re right.” ~James Harrigan


Thinking About the Regulation of Industrial Emissions Differently, Part I

– November 20, 2023

“Production of the likes of tires, furniture, steel, speedy transportation, and air conditioning and home heating is surely good for humanity. But such production requires energy and it produces harmful by-products.” ~Donald J. Boudreaux


Can We Pass Adam Smith’s Finger Test?  

– November 11, 2023

“We have allowed our institutions to be hijacked by illiberal authoritarians posing as humanists. Should it surprise us that morality is in short supply?” ~Barry Brownstein


Leviathan Rising

– October 26, 2023

“Much of the growth of the SEC can be seen as a variation of the ‘Baptists and bootleggers’ story, where the SEC is the bootlegger earning bigger budgets by combining with people who believe that its nostrums protect investors, even when they do not.” ~Robert E. Wright


Badgers and Environmental Laws

– October 26, 2023

“As ever more stringent measures are taken to ‘curb climate change,’ for instance, ever more anger will erupt over their impositions. The days of distant elites toying with our lives, in other words, are numbered.” ~Paul Schwennesen


To Live for Grievances Risks Liberty 

– October 19, 2023

“How many minor and major irritations and grievances occupy your thinking throughout the day? What do we sacrifice when our attention is centered on grievances?” ~Barry Brownstein


The FTC’s Case Against Amazon is a Case Against American Consumers

– October 9, 2023

“Even in an era of inflation, digital markets have had profoundly deflationary effects. Disassembling Amazon’s business model would almost surely dampen this trend.” ~David McGarry