Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Snarkiness

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Snarkiness

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A group of millennials team up to discuss politics and pop culture, all without taking themselves too seriously! From psychology to history to political philosophy to movie reviews, tune in every Tuesday for a snarky overview of what’s going on in the world!


We’re Ranking the Presidents, Part 2: The Bottom of the Best of the Barrel
Dec 6 • 53 min
Jason and Aaron move on from the list of worst presidents to the happier topic of the best presidents. In part 2 of our now-tentatively-three-part (and we’re REALLY going to try to keep it at three parts, but at this point, no promises) series on the…
We’re Ranking the Presidents! Part. 1: The Hall of Shame
Nov 26 • 76 min
Every podcast comes to the point of doing lists, so we thought we’d get it out of the way! In part one of our two-part series, Jason and Aaron give their “worst five” of the U.S. Presidents, each using their own criteria and viewpoints to say who they…
Concrete Criminal Justice Reform
Nov 19 • 35 min
A still-recovering-from-the-flu Aaron is joined by Brianna Walden, Associate Director of Criminal Justice at Stand Together and the Charles Koch Institute, to discuss criminal justice reform! Brianna talks about her work with the Charles Koch Institute…
Tin Foil Hat Time (and Epstein didn’t kill himself!) : Conspiracy Theories in Sociopolitical Discourse
Nov 5 • 48 min
Aaron and Austin tackle the question of conspiracy theories, as belief in such theories is often used as an attack on non-mainline political beliefs. Are all conspiracy theories created equal? What makes a conspiracy theory worthy of consideration as…
A Few Smooth Stones: An Insider’s Perspective on Foreign Wars
Oct 29 • 47 min
It’s a “live” episode! Aaron is joined by guest Capt. Nils Gransberg, to continue our discussion of Middle-Eastern Affairs from last week. Nils talks about his experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, and why they gave a more libertarian perspective on…
Syria, Foreign Wars, and Betrayed Principles
Oct 22 • 43 min
Depending on who you ask, President Trump’s recent actions regarding Syria are either a fundamental and base betrayal of America’s national honor, or a step in the right direction for getting us out of foreign wars. Well, everyone else has their opinions…
Undercooked Stater-tots: Prohibition and the Vaping “Crisis”
Oct 15 • 49 min
Well the vaping “crisis” is still ongoing, as is the sheer stupidity of the government and society-as-a-whole’s response demanding that “somebody do something!” and “won’t someone think of the children???” Jason starts us off by making the important…
Incel Clown Posse? Todd Phillips’ Joker
Oct 8 • 48 min
After Aaron has some melodramatic fun with sound editing, Jenn and Aaron discuss the newly-released (and apparently controversial) movie “Joker.” They discuss the statements released before the film indicting it for potentially stirring up dangerous…
Spooky Scary Statistics: Thinking Critically about Politician/Media Claims
Oct 1 • 39 min
As we begin the official Halloween season, Aaron discusses one of the things that scares him the most: how research and statistics are treated in pop-culture and the mainstream news. Aaron goes through the importance of “thinking statistically,” and how…
Talkin’ ‘Bout Tulsi: The Libertarian Response(s) to Tulsi Gabbard
Sep 24 • 47 min
Aaron is joined this week once again by Buck Johnson of the Death to Tyrants Podcast, to discuss Democratic candidate Tulsi Gabbard and just why she’s managed to become so popular among the libertarian movement. We discuss the importance of bringing…
The god-Emperor’s New Clothes: The Republican Primaries and Pluralistic Ignorance
Sep 17 • 46 min
Yes, yes, we all know Beto wants to take your guns, but beyond the insanity that is becoming the Democratic 2020 primaries, President Trump is facing his own challenges from within his own party, with three potential challengers hoping to take him on, and…
Not Just for Gun People: Why Red Flag Laws Should Worry Everyone
Sep 10 • 53 min
President Trump has already made it plain that due process doesn’t really matter to him when it comes to second amendment issues (“Take the guns first and worry about due process later!”), and it seems that other republicans like Lindsey Graham and Dan…
Drink Some Tea and Calm Down: A Review of “Sticks and Stones”
Sep 3 • 61 min
Another stand-up special, another boatload of hurt feelings. Jenn and Aaron review Dave Chapelle’s new special “Sticks and Stones,” talking about Chapelle’s specific takedown of cancel culture, the psychology behind humor and how it can be helpful or…
Something Has to Change: Police Brutality and Misconduct
Aug 29 • 63 min
Remembering the fourth anniversary of Eric Garner’s death and the recent dismissal of the officer who killed him, Austin and Aaron discuss the broad-reaching topics of police misconduct and brutality. Both hosts discuss the widespread issue of police…
The Golden God Wants to Fight the Vikings: The Greenland Situation
Aug 27 • 46 min
Aaron is joined this week by a returning guest, The Bulwark’s Andrew Egger, to discuss an instance of truth being stranger than fiction; the Greenland situation. Andrew goes over what happened to cause President Trump’s issues with Denmark over Trump’s…
Nationalism, Immigration, and American Identity
Aug 13 • 78 min
Continuing on from last week’s discussion of Nationalism, Jason and Aaron decide to link Nationalism more broadly to topics of prejudice and immigration. They start by attempting to reach some sort of common definition of Nationalism, with Jason favoring…
National “Conservatism,” Patriotism, and American Identity
Aug 6 • 34 min
For our first Season 2 episode (new intro music!), Aaron interviews Stephanie Slade, a managing editor and writer at Reason Magazine, on her recent experiences visiting the National Conservatism Conference. Aaron and Stephanie discuss the rise in…
Civil War Debate - Part II
Jul 30 • 65 min
In part 2 of our Civil War debate, we discuss the Civil War in light of the Founding Principles, during which Austin Collins attempts to derail us by trying to make this about the Federalist papers. We then skip over the years of the war itself to keep…
Screw It, We’re Debating the Civil War!
Jul 23 • 77 min
The default position for a lot of libertarians/classical liberals/small government folk tends to be siding with the South in the American Civil War. We do not, and we’ve gotten some flack for it. Thus, being the nerds we are, we decided to have a formal…
Under the Sea! The Little Mermaid, “Colorblind” Casting, and the Importance of Representation
Jul 16 • 60 min
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 Hollywood writer. Faith and Aaron discuss…
Healthcare Problems and Solutions: A free-market perspective
Jul 9 • 55 min
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 to become a major issue in the…
Time to Sit Down? The Standing Army as a Threat to Liberty
Jul 2 • 44 min
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 a standing army might not be all…
Slavery Reparations, the Contact Hypothesis, and Transitional Justice
Jun 25 • 53 min
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 reparations would pose (yes, Taxation is…
Righteous Minds: Moral Foundation Theory
Jun 18 • 41 min
Aaron and guest Kevin Bell, one of Aaron’s fellow psychologists, discuss Jonathan Haidt and Moral Foundations Theory, a psychological model of how we define, experience, and interpret morality. They discuss each of the five basic moral foundations (with…
“Change My Mind” - Steven Crowder and Youtube
Jun 11 • 53 min
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 conservative shock jock Stephen Crowder. In…
Never Meet Your Heroes - The Allegations Against Martin Luther King Jr.
Jun 4 • 44 min
Aaron and Austin discuss the recent allegations brought up against Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which neither Aaron nor Austin accept as true, but provides an opportunity to reflect on how our culture views history and heroism. Austin brings up his…
Making Amash of Things? The Latest Call for Trump’s Impeachment
May 28 • 50 min
Aaron and Jason discuss Justin Amash’s recent controversial tweets regarding potentially impeaching President Trump. Aaron supports Justin Amash’s statements, and discusses the psychology of why the Republican party is so violently and hypocritically…
Whining Isn’t Constructive Criticism - Game of Thrones and Toxic Fandom
May 21 • 46 min
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 Thrones, as well as the reasonable, rational, and thoughtful responses of its few fans feeling mild…
Learning from Aaron’s Mistakes - Are Corporations People?
May 14 • 56 min
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 regulation of companies and…
Beyond “Taxation is Theft” - Discussing the New Tax Code
May 7 • 48 min
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 and negatives of the tax code as…
Kamala Harris, Social Dominance, and those Pesky Courts
Apr 30 • 47 min
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 disqualifies her from running as a Democratic Candidate (after all, come on guys, it’ll be 2020!). Austin…
Protect us from Protectionism!
Apr 23 • 49 min
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. Aaron and Tyler discuss Frederic…
Crossover Episode! Pan-Libertarianism and Wikileaks
Apr 16 • 62 min
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 different schools of libertarian thought.…
Gas Station Sushi and Swastikas: Hate Speech vs. Free Speech
Apr 9 • 46 min
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 graffiti in Oklahoma. Austin discusses the importance of maintaining the right for people to be hateful in a…
Rammstein, Jordan Peele, and Chicken Nugget Problems
Apr 2 • 50 min
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 the first half, Jean and Aaron discuss two popular topics of outrage, the new music video put out by German…
Electoral College/Supreme Court “Reform”, and Why That’s a Bad Idea
Mar 26 • 46 min
Aaron, Austin, and Jason all come together to discuss two classically progressive ideas which are manifesting themselves again in the race to the 2020 election; establishing a national popular vote and packing the Supreme Court. Jason goes over the…
“Live” Episode - Ranking the Democratic Candidates!
Mar 19 • 58 min
What do “fun mom energy,” drinking expensive bourbon, wanting chihuahuas over golden retrievers, sheer abject terror of robots, and Starbucks have in common? The Democratic Presidential candidates, of course! From Tulsi Gabbard to Andrew Yang to Bernie…
“The Great Stone Face” - Practical Steps to Discussing Ideology
Mar 12 • 44 min
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 importance of thinking in debate terms;…
Cohen, Catholicism, and Collusion
Mar 5 • 48 min
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 Austin from a legal perspective nor Aaron from a psychological one found Cohen even the slightest bit…
Oscars’ “Outrage” - Please Calm Down
Feb 26 • 37 min
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 where the 24 hour news cycle and social…
National Emergency! Why Aren’t We Panicking?
Feb 19 • 41 min
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 them feeling especially panicked. Among…
The Green New Deal - Did a First-Grader Write This?
Feb 12 • 41 min
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 thoroughly impractical plan, while…
Fear the Devil’s Lettuce!
Feb 5 • 45 min
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 illegitimacy of the war on drugs and any…
Trump, Milo, and Evangelical Christianity
Jan 30 • 42 min
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, explicitly Anti-Trump publication “The Bulwark.” Andrew starts by getting excited to share his choice of drink.…
The Psychology and Masculinity Kerfuffle
Jan 22 • 51 min
The recent APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Men and Boys have caused something of a controversy. Many on the Right have decried it, claiming that the report represents an attempt by psychologists to undermine healthy, normal masculinity by…
Hollywood!
Jan 15 • 54 min
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 industry is as politically biased as many seem to perceive it. Faith and Jenn pressure Aaron into watching…
Term Limits Suck
Jan 8 • 45 min
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 have actually made the problem worse.…
You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out! The Bump Stock Ban
Dec 25, 2018 • 44 min
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 it does NOT, whatever the acting…
A Conversation with Rebekah Bydlak: Millennial Politics and the Cause of our Generation
Dec 18, 2018 • 57 min
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 Aaron talk about everything from being homeschooled, the embarrassment and inspiration that can come from…
Trial by Tweet and Stand Up Comedy
Dec 11, 2018 • 44 min
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 taken over the news cycle because people seem to have nothing better to do. Jenn discusses the inherently…
Happy Holidays! There’s No War on Xmas!
Dec 4, 2018 • 34 min
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 historical origins of Christmas in America and how the holiday as we know it is largely a post-WWII invention.…
Criminal Justice Reform and a Family Get-Together
Nov 27, 2018 • 42 min
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. Jeffrey Pomerantz, a corrections physician of 23 years, to discuss ongoing criminal justice reform efforts,…
Women, Aggression, Shame, and Boxed Wine
Nov 20, 2018 • 42 min
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 the progressive agenda are bigoted. Jenn discusses how her encounters with the works of Russell Kirk and…
Gun Control: “Common Sense” or Prejudice?
Nov 13, 2018 • 43 min
Austin and Aaron take on some of the latest anti-gun legislation from New York and Washington State. Austin discusses some misconceptions that both sides hold about the legal rights surrounding firearms. Both Austin and Aaron take issue with the term…
Immigration, Anchor Babies, and Executive Orders
Nov 6, 2018 • 45 min
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 overriding the 14th Amendment via executive order, psychology, history, and the law come together for our…
Princesses, Harry Potter, and Parenting
Oct 30, 2018 • 41 min
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 of storytelling and art in general,…
Political Tribalism and Tribulation - A Historical Perspective
Oct 23, 2018 • 44 min
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 worse as the midterm elections loom closer, Jason explains why, from a historical perspective, this is…
Facebook, Free Speech, and Frikkin’ Frogs!
Oct 16, 2018 • 41 min
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 the history of the Supreme Court…
Telltale Games, Gompers, and Robber Barons
Oct 9, 2018 • 54 min
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 almost all of their employees. In the…
Senatorial Circus Town
Oct 2, 2018 • 42 min
In the first ever guest-episode, guest Austin Collins joins Aaron in exploring both the legal and psychological reasons why the Kavanaugh hearings have been an unmitigated disaster for both sides of the aisle - and why neither party has ended up looking…
Hurricanes and Price Gouging: Alright, Alright, Alright?
Sep 18, 2018 • 42 min
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 economic issue than most of our cultural…
Nike, In-N-Out, and Boycotts for Everyone!
Sep 11, 2018 • 45 min
Tyler and Aaron discuss the boycott sensation that’s sweeping the nation! Tyler questions if how politicized they are will make them less effective, while Aaron discusses the phenomenon of reactance and how it works against these boycotts’ cause. Both…
South Africa and Dabbing
Sep 4, 2018 • 38 min
Tyler and Aaron discuss the land seizures in South Africa, including the so-called “white genocide” supposedly occurring. Tyler discusses the difficulties in having the government try to right historic wrongs, while Aaron discusses how peacemaking should…
“Accountable Capitalism,” Construal Levels, and Latin
Aug 28, 2018 • 37 min
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 will set us back to Feudalism, while…
Economic Inequality, Envy, and Beyoncé
Aug 21, 2018 • 46 min
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 dynamics and how they influence our…
Miniature White-Collar Crime & The End of the Frikkin’ World
Aug 14, 2018 • 42 min
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 thunderstorm) our sound quality did suffer…
Tariffs, Honor Culture, and Storytime with Uncle Tyler!
Aug 7, 2018 • 43 min
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 with the social psychological concept of the Culture of Honor. We also learn about Aaron’s Vegemite…
Microbrewing, Socialism, and the Youth
Jul 30, 2018 • 51 min
In the first episode, Aaron Pomerantz and Tyler Groenendal talk a little bit about their political views, how government regulations can have unforeseen consequences - even on your beer! - and discuss why socialism seems to be so popular among young…