Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Snarkiness

49 EpisodesProduced by libertysnark

A team of millennial professionals, including a psychologist, a law student, and a history teacher, team up to discuss politics, current events, and pop culture, all without taking themselves too seriously.

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Under the Sea! The Little Mermaid, “Colorblind” Casting, and the Importance of Representation

July 16th, 2019

1:00:37

In the wake of the Black Little Mermaid casting “controversy” (now replaced by Area 51 memes!), guest Faith Liu returns to the podcast to discuss both this and other casting controversies from the perspective of a …

Healthcare Problems and Solutions: A free-market perspective

July 9th, 2019

55:11

In this episode, we have a chance to talk to Dr. Eric Larson, host of The Paradocs Podcast, about the healthcare crisis in America. As seen in the recent Democratic debates, it seems that the Healthcare system is going …

Time to Sit Down? The Standing Army as a Threat to Liberty

July 2nd, 2019

44:36

Aaron interviews Andrew Kern, founder of “The Principled Libertarian,” regarding his recent article about the dangers a standing army poses to liberty. Andrew explains some of the historical and economic context for why …

Slavery Reparations, the Contact Hypothesis, and Transitional Justice

June 25th, 2019

53:43

Aaron and Austin discuss the recent congressional hearings regarding healing race relations by Federal reparations for slavery. Austin brings up some of the moral and practical concerns that the proposed financial …

Righteous Minds: Moral Foundation Theory

June 18th, 2019

41:47

Aaron and guest Kevin Bell, one of Aaron’s fellow psychologists, discuss Jonathan Haidt and Moral Foundations Theory, a psychological model of how we …

"Change My Mind” - Steven Crowder and Youtube

June 11th, 2019

53:18

We’ve talked about free speech a lot on this podcast, typically from the perspective of what you CAN do. This week, we discuss what you SHOULD do, as Aaron and Jason discuss Youtube’s recent demonetization of …

Never Meet Your Heroes - The Allegations Against Martin Luther King Jr.

June 4th, 2019

44:43

Aaron and Austin discuss the recent allegations brought up against Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which neither Aaron nor Austin accept as true, but …

Making Amash of Things? The Latest Call for Trump's Impeachment

May 28th, 2019

50:38

Aaron and Jason discuss Justin Amash’s recent controversial tweets regarding potentially impeaching President Trump. Aaron supports Justin Amash’s …

Whining Isn’t Constructive Criticism - Game of Thrones and Toxic Fandom

May 21st, 2019

46:27

Aaron and Jenn decide to tackle a thoroughly non-controversial topic by discussing the finale of the small, tiny, and barely known show Game of …

Learning from Aaron's Mistakes - Are Corporations People?

May 14th, 2019

56:10

In our 40th episode, Aaron and Austin discuss learning from Aaron’s recent mistakes regarding a big company. Aaron talks about what happened, and how, even after some introspection, he still believes that government …

Beyond “Taxation is Theft” - Discussing the New Tax Code

May 8th, 2019

48:29

Aaron is joined by two guests this week, first his wife Katherine, a financial professional, and second, returning guest Michael Dilaura, to discuss the new tax code. Katherine starts by discussing some of the positives …

Kamala Harris, Social Dominance, and those Pesky Courts

April 30th, 2019

47:48

Aaron and Austin discuss Kamala Harris’s recent statements about gun control, as well as the Left’s reaction to her owning a gun, which some believe …

Protect us from Protectionism!

April 23rd, 2019

49:11

Aaron is joined by Tyler Brandt, associate and editor at the Foundation for Economic Education, who recently wrote a great article about the dangerous connections between protectionism, socialism, and even communism. …

Crossover Episode! Pan-Libertarianism and Wikileaks

April 16th, 2019

1:02:36

Aaron and Austin are joined by Buck Johnson, host of the Death to Tyrants Podcast, for our first crossover episode with another podcast! In the first half, the trio discuss the similarities and differences between …

Gas Station Sushi and Swastikas: Hate Speech vs. Free Speech

April 9th, 2019

46:44

Aaron and Austin discuss the idea of hate speech, as well as the other factors surrounding it, in response to a recent incident involving Nazi …

Rammstein, Jordan Peele, and Chicken Nugget Problems

April 2nd, 2019

50:33

 

Jenn and Aaron knock back some Jameson while discussing the ever-popular topic of outrage culture in both the pop-culture and social spheres. In …

Electoral College/Supreme Court “Reform”, and Why That’s a Bad Idea

March 26th, 2019

46:38

Aaron, Austin, and Jason all come together to discuss two classically progressive ideas which are manifesting themselves again in the race to the …

“Live” Episode - Ranking the Democratic Candidates!

March 19th, 2019

58:19

What do “fun mom energy,” drinking expensive bourbon, wanting chihuahuas over golden retrievers, sheer abject terror of robots, and Starbucks have in …

"The Great Stone Face" - Practical Steps to Discussing Ideology

March 12th, 2019

44:49

Aaron talks with guest star Greg Rehmke, Program Director for Economic Thinking, an organization that specifically works with public speaking and debate groups from a liberty-minded perspective. Greg talks about the …

Cohen, Catholicism, and Collusion

March 5th, 2019

48:40

In our 30th episode, Austin and Aaron tackle a double-header of topics! First, they discuss the highlights of the Cohen testimony, and why neither …

Oscars' "Outrage" - Please Calm Down

February 26th, 2019

37:13

Jenn and Aaron dissect a disappointingly lacking-in-controversy Oscars. However just because it’s lacking in controversy doesn’t mean people aren’t trying to manufacture some, because we live in a hellish nightmare …

National Emergency! Why Aren’t We Panicking?

February 19th, 2019

41:55

There’s a National Emergency on! Feel alarmed! Austin and Aaron, both connoisseurs of the bottom shelf, begin by talking about Costco booze, before launching into why President Trump’s latest meshugas has neither of …

The Green New Deal - Did a First-Grader Write This?

February 12th, 2019

41:57

Aaron and Austin are joined by guest Michael DiLaura to discuss Alexandria Occasio Cortez’s brilliant/terrifying new piece of legislation. Michael guides us through some of the especially problematic elements of AOC’s …

Fear the Devil's Lettuce!

February 5th, 2019

45:41

Don’t fear the reefer! Aaron, Jason, and Austin tackle that most terrifying topic: marijuana legalization. Aaron discusses how scientifically iffy the “gateway hypothesis” is, while Austin gives his views on the …

Trump, Milo, and Evangelical Christianity

January 30th, 2019

42:47

In our 25th episode, Aaron is joined by guest-star Andrew Egger, a journalist formerly of The American Standard and now working for the new, …

The Psychology and Masculinity Kerfuffle

January 22nd, 2019

51:53

 The recent APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Men and Boys have caused something of a controversy. Many on the Right have decried it, …

Hollywood!

January 15th, 2019

54:14

Jenn and Aaron are joined by guest Faith Liu, a Hollywood Screenwriter, to discuss the ever-popular issue of whether or not America’s entertainment …

Term Limits Suck

January 8th, 2019

45:18

 

Welcome to our first episode of 2019, in which Jason, after several months, realizes he is a cohost of this podcast! Jason explains why term limits did nothing to curb power when applied to executive power, and may …

You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out! The Bump Stock Ban

December 25th, 2018

44:57

Merry Christmas! For our Christmas episode, Austin and Aaron talk about President Trump’s ban on bump stocks. Both hosts express their personal dislike of bump stocks before Austin explains what a bump stock is, and how …

A Conversation with Rebekah Bydlak: Millennial Politics and the Cause of our Generation

December 18th, 2018

57:18

In this week’s episode, we’re thrilled to get a chance to talk to Rebekah Bydlak, executive director of the Coalition to Reduce Spending. Rebekah and …

Trial by Tweet and Stand Up Comedy

December 11th, 2018

44:11

Aaron and Jenn discuss the recent trials and tribulations of the tweets made some time ago by Kyler Murray and Kevin Hart that have all of a sudden …

Happy Holidays! There’s No War on Xmas!

December 4th, 2018

34:03

Aaron and Jason discuss the myth of the “War on Christmas,” and make the case for why it’s a case of manufactured outrage. Jason goes over the …

Criminal Justice Reform and a Family Get-Together

November 27th, 2018

42:36

As the holiday season begins, what better way to celebrate than with family? In that spirit, Austin and Aaron host an episode with Aaron’s Dad, Dr. …

Women, Aggression, Shame, and Boxed Wine

November 20th, 2018

42:40

Happy Thanksgiving Week! Jenn and Aaron return with a new guest, Maddie Collins, to discuss a recent article alleging that women who do not support …

Gun Control: "Common Sense" or Prejudice?

November 13th, 2018

43:04

Austin and Aaron take on some of the latest anti-gun legislation from New York and Washington State. Austin discusses some misconceptions that both …

Immigration, Anchor Babies, and Executive Orders

November 6th, 2018

45:10

Happy/Horrific Election Day! In the wake of the immigration-fueled hysteria, and President Trump's hurling gasoline on that fire with his promise of …

Princesses, Harry Potter, and Parenting

October 30th, 2018

41:47

Aaron and Jenn Shadle discuss Kristen Bell and Kiera Knightley’s controversial views on letting their kids watch Disney Princess movies. Jenn gives her views on why censorship is a bad thing, and why it harms the point …

Political Tribalism and Tribulation - A Historical Perspective

October 23rd, 2018

44:29

Jason and Aaron discuss the recent "rise" in political tribalism pointed out by many across the political spectrum. Though many say it's only getting …

Facebook, Free Speech, and Frikkin' Frogs!

October 16th, 2018

41:45

Aaron and Austin discuss the recent purge of facebook pages, many of them liberty-oriented, which supposedly occurred to "protect our democracy." Austin discusses the underlying jurisprudence of free speech, including …

Telltale Games, Gompers, and Robber Barons

October 9th, 2018

54:45

The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Batman, and…. John D. Rockefeller? Guest host Jason Klicker joins Aaron as they discuss the recent controversy around Telltale Game Studios, including their unceremonious firing of …

Senatorial Circus Town

October 2nd, 2018

42:07

In the first ever guest-episode, guest Austin Collins joins Aaron in exploring both the legal and psychological reasons why the Kavanaugh hearings …

Hurricanes and Price Gouging: Alright, Alright, Alright?

September 18th, 2018

42:36

As the East coast struggles in the wake of yet another hurricane, Aaron and Tyler discuss a notion often brought up in the wake of such tragedies: price gouging. Tyler argues that price-gouging is a more complex …

Nike, In-N-Out, and Boycotts for Everyone!

September 11th, 2018

45:40

Tyler and Aaron discuss the boycott sensation that’s sweeping the nation! Tyler questions if how politicized they are will make them less effective, …

South Africa and Dabbing

September 4th, 2018

38:22

Tyler and Aaron discuss the land seizures in South Africa, including the so-called “white genocide” supposedly occurring. Tyler discusses the …

"Accountable Capitalism,” Construal Levels, and Latin

August 28th, 2018

37:07

Tyler and Aaron discuss Elizabeth Warren’s “Accountable Capitalism Act,” discussing the problems associated with central planning in the private sector. Tyler explains why he doesn’t think lack of government oversight …

Economic Inequality, Envy, and Beyoncé

August 21st, 2018

46:19

Tyler disapproves of Aaron’s drink of the week, before raising the topic of wealth inequality and whether or not our perception of “the rich get richer and the poor get poorer” is accurate. Aaron discusses group …

Miniature White-Collar Crime & The End of the Frikkin' World

August 14th, 2018

42:43

In Episode 3, Tyler and Aaron discuss the controversy of 3-D printed guns, authoritarianism, and moral panic, while a Storytime with Uncle Tyler takes an unexpected turn.

Note: Due to atmospheric oddities (a …

Tariffs, Honor Culture, and Storytime with Uncle Tyler!

August 7th, 2018

43:57

Tyler and Aaron give their respective takes on the Trade War, Tyler giving a case against protectionism and tariffs, and Aaron linking the trade war …

Microbrewing, Socialism, and the Youth

July 30th, 2018

51:22

In the first episode, Aaron Pomerantz and Tyler Groenendal talk a little bit about their political views, how government regulations can have …

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