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The Political Orphanage

May 12, 2022

Larry Sharpe is running for governor in New York as a Libertarian, but may not even be able to get on the ballot. When third parties pick up steam, state governments erect barriers to keep them off the ballot and maintain the system.
In this episode we explore the issue of ballot suppression, and how it stacks up...

May 5, 2022

Comedians, television, and film all tend to lean Democrat. Why is that? Is there something inherently unfunny about Republicans, or do the powers that be just not let the funny ones inside the building?

Comedians Jeff Maurer and Andrew Young discuss orthodoxy and anti-authoritarianism in comedy, and media scholar Matt...

Apr 28, 2022

Cognitive dissonance occurs when our actions are out of sync with our perception of ourself or the world, or a new opinion or piece of data makes us question our worldview. It's an incredibly uncomfortable feeling, which most people wave away by dismissing the objection, redefining the situation, or sometimes outright...

Apr 20, 2022

Does distributed power check tyranny, or simply empower petty tyrants? What's the relationship between efficiency, scale, and the size of government? In this episode we explore the pro's and con's of dispersed power.
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Apr 13, 2022

Batya Ungar-Sargon says liberal pieties have more to do with the managerial class’s disdain for the poor and maintaining elite status than with actual racism in the country.

She is the deputy opinion editor of Newsweek, and the author of “Bad News: How Woke Media is Undermining Democracy.”