Liberty Unlocked

Liberty Unlocked

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How to win hearts and minds for freedom. Hosted by keynote speaker and best-selling author Don Watkins. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/don-watkins/support


Hannah Cox on the Power of Facts
Aug 11 • 53 min
Hannah Cox is a political commentator and self-described rabid capitalist. We talk about the role of powerful facts in persuasion. Along the way we discuss her disenchantment with the GOP, finding pro-liberty stories, and coping with criticism and the…
Q&A 6 - What’s Wrong With The Libertarian Party?
Aug 10 • 33 min
In this episode… 1. What’s wrong with the Libertarian Party? 2. Is watching porn bad? 3. What did Ayn Rand want to express with the character of Eddie Willers? 4. How can I better use Objectivism in my career? 5. Jeff Bezos said his decision to found…
The Laws of Persuasion with Jeff Rowes
Aug 4 • 61 min
Jeff Rowes is a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice. We discuss lessons he’s learned from championing liberty in the courtroom and in the court of public opinion. Along the way we discuss story-telling, heroes of liberty, and the unique advantage…
Thinking Your Way to Freedom with David Birnbaum
Jul 28 • 63 min
David Birnbaum is a podcaster. We talk about his journey from the left to liberty and Objectivism. Along the way we discuss the link between mental health and the support for freedom and the state of political discourse. For the latest news, sign up for…
Q&A 5 - Birth, Sex, and Death
Jul 27 • 42 min
In this episode… 1. What’s the Objectivist position on abortion? 2. Why is “man’s life” the Objectivist standard of morality rather than “my life”? 3. What is the Objectivist position on animal cruelty? 4. Why couldn’t Gail Wynand persuade people towards…
Unleash Your Passion with Jeremiah Cobra
Jul 21 • 75 min
Jeremiah Cobra is the author of “And Then He Shot His Cousin.” We talk about what it takes to rise from nothing, learning how to create great art, and the state of race relations in America. Plus a “Liberty Unlocked” first…Jeremiah reads one of my…
Q&A 4 - Questions about Objectivism I can’t answer
Jul 19 • 48 min
In this episode, I tackle some questions I can’t answer… 1. Why is ‘entity’ an axiom but not a basic axiom? Is it because ‘entity’ is not basic to understanding Objectivism? 2. What do you think is the reason why Kant’s fundamentals were so convincing to…
Q&A 3 - Is it in my interest to respect property rights?
Jul 16 • 36 min
In this episode… 1. What do you make of Leonard Peikoff apparently donating to Trump’s campaign? 2. Why is it in your self-interest to respect property rights? 3. How can I constructively criticize Objectivists? 4. Don’t we all sometimes think…
Unleashing Your Creativity with Sean Malone
Jul 14 • 88 min
Sean Malone is the Creative Director at the Foundation for Economic Education. In this episode, Don and Sean talk about how to launch a creative career in the liberty movement and how to create story-driven media that speaks to audiences who don’t already…
Q&A 2 - Should taxes be voluntary?
Jul 9 • 29 min
In this episode… 1. Does Ayn Rand’s “immortal robot” analogy make sense? 2. Aren’t taxes the price we pay to live in a free society? 3. How do we make the time to fight for freedom? 4. Was it a mistake for Ayn Rand to use the term “selfishness”? 5. Can we…
Q&A 1 - Is Ayn Rand’s Philosophy a Religion?
Jul 9 • 40 min
NEW FEATURE: In addition to the weekly interview, I’m going to start including some new segments. The first addition is a Q&A segment. In this first episode… 1. “Is Objectivism due to a priori or a posteriori reasoning?” 2. “When we as Objectivists look…
John Stossel on Persuading Through Stories
Jul 6 • 53 min
John Stossel is an award-winning journalist. In this episode, we discuss John’s career, how to tell powerful stories about liberty, and what liberty advocates can do to make their ideas more appealing to journalists. For the latest news, sign up for my…
The Appeal of the Left with Adam Edmonsond
Jun 30 • 66 min
Adam Edmonsond is a marketing expert, one of my best friends, and all-around brilliant guy. In this episode, we discuss his journey from the left to supporting laissez-faire capitalism. Along the way we delve deep into the appeal of the left, what…
The Philosophy of Liberty with Greg Salmieri
Jun 22 • 63 min
Greg Salmieri is a philosopher, co-editor of “A Companion to Ayn Rand,” and director of the Program in Objectivity in Thought, Action, and Enterprise at the Salem Center for Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. In this episode we discuss how…
Yaron Brook on Increasing Your Influence
Jun 16 • 70 min
Yaron Brook is Chairman of the Board of the Ayn Rand Institute, host of the Yaron Brook Show (https://yaronbrookshow.com), and my long-time collaborator. Our books including the national bestseller “Free Market Revolution” and “Equal Is Unfair.” In this…
The Virtue of Audience Obsession with Ezra Drake
Jun 10 • 59 min
Don Watkins and Ezra Drake discuss why focusing on persuasion can stop your from connecting with your audience—and why focusing on being helpful can lead to dramatically better persuasion results. For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at…
Liberty Unlocked - The Psychology of Change with Gena Gorlin
Jun 5 • 76 min
Don Watkins and Gena Gorlin (clinical psychologist) discuss the psychology of change. We touch on everything from how psychologists encourage change while respecting patients’ autonomy to the psychological reasons people are attracted to freedom (or not)…
Mark Pellegrino’s journey from environmentalist to capitalist
Jun 1 • 53 min
Don Watkins and Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural) discuss Mark’s journey from environmentalist to capitalist. Along the way they explore the challenges of debating controversial ideas on social media, being pro-liberty in Hollywood, and whether…
Dave Rubin on Leaving the Left
May 27 • 52 min
My guest today is Dave Rubin, host of the Rubin Report and author of the new book Don’t Burn This Book. We discuss Dave’s fascinating journey from up-and-coming progressive media figure into a free-market loving classical liberal. Along the way we talk…
Introducing “Liberty Unlocked”
May 22 • 2 min
The podcast that will help you win hearts and minds for freedom by talking those who’ve taken the journey from liberty opponents to liberty champions. For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at donswriting.com. You’ll also get my free week-long…