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Welcome to Libertatheists. In our weekly podcast, we discuss questions that are relevant to our day, and we look at them through our libertarian-atheist lens.

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Ep. 75: Films about Cults

April 1st, 2021


This week we finish up talking about cults by reviewing films that revolve around cults: "Jesus Camp", "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of …

Ep. 74: Book Review— "Combating Cult Mind Control" by Steven Hassan

February 26th, 2021


Continuing with last episode's theme, we read and discussed a book by cult expert Steven Hassan, and we couldn't help but compare it to our …

Ep. 73: Dealing with Lingering LDS Conditioning

February 10th, 2021


This month Adam has been thinking a lot about the LDS church, and he realized he has some lingering programming from his years in the church.  So we chat about all of that.

Ep. 72: Trump Rally and Protest at the US Capitol

January 19th, 2021


This week we're catching up on what's happened so far in January: Trump's leaked phone call with Georgia, his Save America March and the protest/riot …

Ep. 71: Wrapping Up 2020

December 31st, 2020


For our last episode of 2020, we spend time just free-talking.  We talk about the LDS religion and how Adam's wife and her family are handling …

Ep. 70: The 2020 Election and Much More

November 17th, 2020


After a long break, we have a lot to catch up on: the lockdowns' effects on teenagers; Adam's wife left the LDS church; Lisa visited New Hampshire; Trump and the election; libertarians who don't vote on principle; …

Ep. 69: Libertarian Review of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982)

October 4th, 2020


We're taking a break from recording until the election, and we wanted to pause on a high note.  This week we covered the musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", which talks about the libertarian concepts of …

Ep. 68: Atheist Review of "The Sunset Limited" (2011)

September 16th, 2020


This week, after a while of catching up with each other, we covered the cerebral film "The Sunset Limited", starring Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.  We discuss the film's coverage of arguments for Christianity, …

Ep. 67: Atheist Review of "The Invention of Lying" (2009)

September 8th, 2020


This week we delve into why Ricky Gervais's film "The Invention of Lying" is on multiple best-atheist-films lists—from ideas of an afterlife and what …

Ep. 66: Libertarian Review of "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013)

August 26th, 2020


This week we review "Dallas Buyers Club" which is based on a true story about a man who has AIDS and has to smuggle in the medication he needs to keep himself and other AIDS patients alive.  Many libertarian themes …

Ep. 65: Navigating Homeschool and "School from Home"

August 19th, 2020


This week Adam and Lisa share their tips for homeschooling—what Lisa learned from homeschooling her children last year, and Adam's decade-long …

Ep. 64: Our Presidential Match-up—"I Side With" Quiz 2020

August 12th, 2020


As promised, we've revisited our "I Side With" quiz and took it again, now that the presidential candidates have been finalized and we're closer to the election.  Adam compares where he agrees with Trump and with Biden, …

Ep. 63: Life in the Free State Project, with guest Robert

August 4th, 2020


This week, we have a guest who moved three years ago from California to New Hampshire to be part of the Free State Project.  He shares with us what the movement is all about, what life in New Hampshire is like, sources …

Ep. 62: A Puff Piece—Adam's Fun Libertatheist Media

July 21st, 2020


In this episode we wanted to take a break from serious stuff and talk about fun media that Adam likes to consume that have libertarian and/or atheist themes: various films, video games, YouTube channels, etc.

Ep. 61: Christianity vs Mormonism, with guest Colton

July 15th, 2020


This week we have as a guest Adam's friend Colton who is a Christian and philosopher and who is the one that recommended "The Reason for God" to …

Ep. 60: Part 2 of our Atheist Review—"The Reason for God" by Timothy Keller

July 11th, 2020


In this episode we're covering Part 2 of Timothy Keller's book "The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism".  It's different from Part 1, but it's bad in its own way and doesn't redeem the book for us.  We also …

Ep. 59: Atheist Review of "The Reason for God" by Timothy Keller, Part 1

July 2nd, 2020


We realized that we've been neglecting the atheist side of our podcast lately, and so for this week's episode we're delving into the first half of "The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism" by Timothy Keller.  …

Ep. 58: Our Social Contracts

June 17th, 2020


In this episode we talk about Hobbes and Locke and where our country's social contract theories come from. We talked about the social contracts we have with each other and how we can strengthen them.  We also had fun …

Ep. 57: Where are the Conservative Atheists?

June 11th, 2020


This week, we tackle atheism in America and why American atheists not only seem to be mostly liberals, but also why many of them think that conservative atheists can't be a thing.

Ep. 56: The Murder of George Floyd

June 2nd, 2020


In this episode, we're covering what led up to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the events surrounding his death, and the aftermath in …

Ep. 55: Our Top 12 Most-Seen Logical Fallacies

May 20th, 2020


This week we delve into logical fallacies.  We've picked the twelve that we see as the most common in modern discourse, and we explain what they are …

Ep. 54: Can Our Country Recover Before it Collapses?, with guest Mike

May 14th, 2020


Lisa's husband joins us this week as we discuss our country's financial situation—the national deficit and debt, the causes of our current situation, …

Ep. 53: Who is Justin Amash?

May 6th, 2020


In this week's episode we delve into who Congressman Justin Amash is, why he's seeking the nomination for president of the United States, and we find out just how libertarian he is with how he's voted and his stances on …

Ep. 52: What Role Should Government Have in a Crisis?

April 23rd, 2020


This week we ask the question of what is the best role for government to have in a crisis.  We bring in examples of Michigan, of Sweden, Trump and …

Ep. 51: Where Can We Turn in a Crisis?

April 16th, 2020


This week we ask the question, "Where can we turn in a crisis?", and we answer it with current events during this COVID-19 time, such as how religions are responding, how the government is acting or failing to act, and …

Ep. 50: Governing Ourselves is now Libertatheists

April 6th, 2020


Hey folks!  After much thinking and discussing, we've decided to make some changes to our podcast.  We're changing our name from Governing Ourselves …

Ep. 49: Part 2 of the BITE Model Applied to the LDS Church

April 1st, 2020


In this second half of our BITE model episode, we're covering Thought control and Emotional control.  We tally up the numbers of all four sections at …

Ep. 48: Cult Control—Applying the BITE Model to the LDS Church, Part 1

April 1st, 2020


As two ex-Mormons we have a lot of insight into the LDS church, and so we're taking two episodes to apply Steven Hassan's BITE model to the LDS Church.  BITE is an acronym for Behavior, Information, Thought, and …

Ep. 47: COVID-19, and Irish History with "Black '47" (2018)

March 18th, 2020


This week we cover two topics: the first is the current event that has everyone talking—COVID-19—and the other topic is in honor of St. Patrick's Day where we cover what happened with the Irish Great Hunger, or the …

Ep. 46: Super Tuesday 2020 Results

March 12th, 2020


Super Tuesday was last week on March 3rd, and Adam and Lisa talk about the remaining candidates for the Democratic Party, how they match up against President Trump, and our thoughts on the Libertarian Party and a few of …

Ep. 45: Libertarian Movie Review—"The Big Short" (2015)

March 2nd, 2020


This week, we discuss the informative comedy-drama "The Big Short", based on the true story of a few men who saw that the '07-'08 housing crisis was going to happen and they bet against the market and made a ton of …

Ep. 44: Atheist Video Review—"The Four Horsemen - Hitchens, Dawkins, Dennet, Harris [2007]"

February 24th, 2020


This week we're reviewing a YouTube video of a round-table discussion between Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Dan Dennet, and Sam Harris, which earned them the nickname "The Four Horsemen of new atheism".  …

Ep. 43: Governing Ourselves Book Review—"The 5 Love Languages" by Gary Chapman

February 18th, 2020


This week for a belated Valentine's Day episode, we review a book called "The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts" by Gary Chapman.  This book gives you information and teaches you skills that you can learn …

Ep. 42: Libertarian Book Review—"Permanent Record" by Edward Snowden

January 21st, 2020


This week we cover what brought Lisa to libertarianism: learning about US government's mass surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden.  He came out with a book in late 2019 and that's what we're reviewing today.

Ep. 41: Libertarian Movie Review—"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014)

January 14th, 2020


For our first libertarian movie of the year, we're covering one of Adam's favorites: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", and how its messages of …

Ep. 40: Libertarian Book Review—"End the Fed" by Ron Paul

January 7th, 2020


We're starting off 2020 by reviewing an excellent book by the person who got Adam into libertarianism: Ron Paul.  He explains the history of the …

Ep. 39: Atheist Movie Review—"Klaus" (2019)

December 23rd, 2019


For our final episode of the Christmas season and of 2019, we're covering the new Netflix original movie "Klaus", a family-friendly animated Santa Claus origin story.

Ep. 38: Atheist Book Review—"How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee" by Bart D. Ehrman

December 20th, 2019


The historical Jesus wasn't always thought of as divine, much less as God, but he came to be thought of as such after his death.  The book we're …

Ep. 37: Atheists at Christmas

December 11th, 2019


This week we chat about our own Christmas traditions—how we used to celebrate Christmas when we were Christians and what's changed now that we're atheists.

Ep. 36: Atheist Movie Review—"Monty Python's Life of Brian" (1979)

December 3rd, 2019


This being the start of the Christmas season, we decided to tackle a movie that deals with Jesus... sort-of.  "Monty Python's Life of Brian" is a hilarious movie about an average guy who becomes seen by some as a …

Ep. 35: Libertarian Book Review—"One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

November 27th, 2019


Many kids have to read One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in high school, and Adam did but Lisa did not.  So together we talk about this classic …

Ep. 34: Adam's Review of "Joker" (2019) and Critiquing the "Woke" Critics

November 21st, 2019


Adam flies solo again this week as he reviews "Joker" (2019).  He also critiques the film critics who have given negative and "woke" critiques of …

Ep. 33: How Libertarians are Similar to and Different from Conservatives and Liberals

November 14th, 2019


Some folks might be wondering how libertarians are similar to the Right and the Left, and how we're different.  So here we give many examples of our …

Ep. 32: Atheist Book Review—"God, No!" by Penn Jillette

November 1st, 2019


This week we review the book "God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales" by Penn Jillette (of the magician duo Penn & Teller).  This is the book that made Adam realize he's probably an …

Ep. 31: Atheist Video Review—"Letting Go of God" by Julia Sweeney

October 30th, 2019


This week's review is of a one-woman show found on YouTube, detailing her journey from being a believing Catholic to becoming an atheist.  We chat …

Ep. 30: Lisa's Thoughts on the October 2019 LDS General Conference

October 22nd, 2019


Lisa flies solo this episode to talk about the General Conference for the LDS church.  She talks about the good, the bad, and some overall …

Ep. 29: Libertarian Movie Review—"Dr. Strangelove" (1964)

October 1st, 2019


Today we reviewed another classic movie, "Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb", commonly known simply as "Dr. Strangelove".  While Adam and Lisa have very different opinions about this …

Ep. 28: Atheist Book Review—"god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything" by Christopher Hitchens

September 27th, 2019


This week we cover one of Christopher Hitchens' books, called "god is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything".  We wish we had more time to cover more of his book because there's a lot of good stuff in here, but we …

Ep. 27: Atheist Movie Review—"Inherit the Wind" (1960)

September 18th, 2019


This is our first movie review on the Atheist side of our podcast.  We're reviewing the classic movie "Inherit the Wind" (1960) which is based on the real-life "Scopes Monkey Trial", dealing with the issue of teaching …

Ep. 26: Libertarian Book Review—"Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy" by Thomas Sowell

September 12th, 2019


We've been promising you "Basic Economics" for a while now, and we're finally delivering!  Adam read it, and together we're discussing what the book …

Ep. 25: Libertarian Movie Review—"The Lorax" (2012)

August 29th, 2019


For our first movie review, we discuss "The Lorax" (2012) and how plot holes turned this movie into anti-capitalist propaganda that shows …

Ep. 24: Review of Debate between Libertarian Party's Kim Ruff and Dan Behrman

August 21st, 2019


Last week, the host of the podcast "Bluntly Speaking" (formerly "The Terrible Conservative"), Tyler Bluntman, moderated a debate between two of the Libertarian Party's 2020 presidential candidates: Kim Ruff and Dan …

Ep. 23: Governing Ourselves Book Review—"12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos" by Jordan Peterson

August 19th, 2019


Today we finally cover Jordan Peterson's book "12 Rules for Life".  This episode is longer than our new goal of ~45-minute episodes, but both of us …

Ep. 22: Changing Up Our Format

August 12th, 2019


We're taking this brief episode to let our listeners know that we're making some changes to our format: we're removing current events and adding movies, among other things.  We're looking forward to this new format and …

Ep. 21: Adam's Detroit Democratic Debate Commentary, Night 2

August 11th, 2019


Adam reviews the highlights of the second round of Democratic Party debates in Detroit, with the candidates promising free stuff and the end of the world as we know it.

Ep. 20: Adam's Detroit Democratic Debate Commentary, Night 1

August 4th, 2019


Adam flies solo today as he reviews the 1st night of the Democratic debate in Detroit, Michigan. He takes selected highlights and gives commentary on …

Ep. 19: How Libertarian Are We? Comparing Our "I Side With" Quiz Results

July 15th, 2019


This week we took the "I Side With" quiz to see how our political ideals match up.  We compared how compatible we are with seven different political …

Ep. 18: Lisa's Husband Joins Us for the Miami Democratic Debates

July 7th, 2019


This week, Lisa's husband joins us to share his financial and economic insights into topics that were brought up in the Miami debates, such as if Amazon pays its fair share of taxes, why you can't refinance student …

Ep. 17: Current Events—Hateful Baptist Preachers, ICE Deportations, Denson, DNC lineup

June 26th, 2019


This week, we discuss current events, including some hateful Southern Baptist preachers and the Make America Straight Again conference held in …

Ep. 16: The Importance of Fathers

June 18th, 2019


In this Father's Day episode, we're taking a break from book reviews and current events to talk about fathers, especially how essential it is for children to grow up with a good father in the home.

Ep. 15: Part 2 of "Wholly Different": 7 Deadly Sins, 10 Commandments, Islamic Feminism, and Dogs

June 14th, 2019


In this episode, Lisa delves more into where we left off last episode: talking about the seven deadly sins and the Ten Commandments.  She also explains a little more about feminism in Islam, about why Muslims don't like …

Ep. 14: Atheist Book Review—"Wholly Different: Why I Chose Biblical Values Over Islamic Values" by Nonie Darwish, Part 1

June 4th, 2019


This week we discuss the book "Wholly Different" which details the doctrinal differences between what the Bible teaches and what Islam's …

Ep. 13: Current Events—Alabama Abortion, Colorado Shooting Vigil Walkout, Marriage, Florida Man, and Much More

May 28th, 2019


In this episode we cover political and religious current events from the past few weeks, from the highly controversial Alabama ruling on abortion …

Ep. 12: Libertarian Book Review—"Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto" by Matt Kibbe

May 22nd, 2019


In this episode, we review one of Matt Kibbe's books called "Don't Hurt People and Don't Take their Stuff".  This book is a great introduction to …

Ep. 11: Current Events—Civil Asset Forfeiture, Police Overstepping, LP Convention Theme, and More

May 12th, 2019


We catch up on political news over the past few months from a libertarian point of view.  We discuss updates on civil asset forfeiture laws; police …

Ep. 10: Lisa's Thoughts on the April 2019 LDS General Conference

May 5th, 2019


Lisa goes through some of the April 2019 General Conference talks that as an ex-Mormon and an atheist she thought were interesting.  She found some good things, but sadly she also found guilt trips and scare tactics …

Ep. 9: LDS Current-ish Events—Removed Anti-LGBT Policy; Temple Ceremony; The Full Name; and More

May 3rd, 2019


We go over several major policy changes in the LDS church, including topics such as the temple endowment ceremony, the policies regarding children of …

Ep. 8: Adam's Theist-Atheist Debate on God's Existence

April 21st, 2019


This episode is Adam's debate with theist and professor of philosophy at Grand Canyon University, Joshua Walker. They discuss God's existence, morality and rationalism. 

Ep. 7: Thoughts on the Debate and Julian Assange

April 20th, 2019


Lisa asks Adam questions about his recent debate (to be uploaded soon) and he talks about what he would have done differently and what he felt went …

Ep. 6: Debate Prep—Arguments for God's Existence

April 20th, 2019


We delve deeper into chapter three of Richard Dawkins' book "The God Delusion" in preparation for Adam's upcoming debate about God and religion. 

Ep. 5: Atheist Book Review—"The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins

April 1st, 2019


This week, we review Richard Dawkins' book "The God Delusion" and share insights that we gained from studying this book. 

Ep. 4: Our List of Great Books about Libertarianism and Religion

March 24th, 2019


We discuss our plans for our podcast and its "book club" format. We talk about relevant books we've read so far and what we plan to cover. First up: …

Ep. 3: Our Journey to Libertarianism

March 16th, 2019


We talk about our journeys from the major parties towards Libertarianism, our skepticism towards government, and where we fall within the libertarian spectrum.

Ep. 2: From Mormonism to Atheism

March 16th, 2019


This week, we talk about our upbringing in the LDS faith, what caused our doubts, what led us to leaving the Church, and what eventually led to us …

Ep. 1: Introducing Ourselves

March 10th, 2019


In this first episode of Governing Ourselves, Adam and Lisa talk about their motivations to make the show, what the show is about, and what sort of topics and content the listeners can expect. 

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