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The GodArchy podcast shoves a crowbar between state and church. It’s the show where Christian faith intersects with libertarian anarchism.

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My Swan Song: GodArchy Podcast 3.4

“For everything, there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” And the season for GodArchy has come to an end. This will be the final podcast for the foreseeable future. In this episode, I explain why, reminisce a bit, and say some thank you’s.

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A Radical Among Radicals With Dave Benner GodArchy Podcast 3.3

The American founders were radicals. In the 21st century, America’s founding political principles seem pretty mundane. But in their time, they were extremely radical. And Thomas Paine was one of the most radical of the radicals. In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, I talk with historian and Paine biographer

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The Case for Crypto With Joël Valenzuela GodArchy Podcast 3.2

What good is cryptocurrency anyway? With the steep decline in the price of bitcoin and the high-profile bankruptcy of the FTX exchange, you might be asking that question. But despite all of the negative press of late, there is still great potential for cryptocurrency. In this episode of the GodArchy

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Dropping Some Big News! With Doug Stuart: GodArchy Podcast 3.1

It’s official! GodArchy has partnered with the Libertarian Christian Institute with the GodArchy podcast joining the Christians for Liberty Network. In this episode, I drop the big news and then talk with Libertarian Christian Institute CEO Doug Stuart. We discuss the work of LCI, how Doug got involved, and how

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Inflation Is Theft GodArchy Podcast 2.8

Taxation is theft. And so is inflation. In fact, inflation is just taxation by another name. What is inflation? How does government use inflationary monetary policy to steal from you? And what are the spiritual/biblical implications? I cover these questions in this episode of the GodArchy podcast. Show Notes Taxation

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Pontius Pilate the Politician: GodArchy Podcast Episode 2.6

You can’t trust politicians! Pontius Pilate is the archetypical politician, and the way Pilate handled Jesus’s trial teaches a lot of lessons about political power, the political process, democracy — and why we shouldn’t trust any of it. In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, I talk about some of these

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The Yemen War and How to Stop It With Scott Horton

This war needs to end — now! The U.S. has been involved in a war in Yemen for years. Calling the situation in that country genocide is no hyperbole. In this episode, I talk to foreign policy expert Scott Horton. He explains how the U.S. got into the war, its

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Living Free in an Unfree World With Tricia Stuart-Mann

The state may be illegitimate but it’s not going anyplace anytime soon. So, how do we live free in this unfree world? If you’re a regular listener to GodArchy, you know I talk a lot about the moral and ethical illegitimacy of the state and its governments. I frequently point

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This Episode Is History! With CJ Killmer

It’s dangerous history! Does history repeat? Does it rhyme? Does human nature change? These are some of the meaty topics I discuss with Dangerous History Podcast host CJ Killmer. CJ and I talk history, his approach to teaching the subject, and how history led him to libertarianism. And of course,

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It’s Magic! An Interview With Doc Dixon

You have to believe in magic. After all, seeing is believing! In this episode, I chat with Doc Dixon. Doc is a professional magician who fooled Penn and Teller. He’s also a libertarian and a Christian. In this wide-ranging (and hilarious) episode, we talk about a bunch of topics including

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I’m Back! GodArchy Podcast 2.1

After about a 9-month hiatus, the GodArchy podcast has returned!For the GodArchy reboot, I talk a little about where I’ve been and where the show is going. I explain why I decided to bring the show back and what you can expect moving forward. There is also a little foray

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A Grief Observed

“There is nothing we can do with suffering except to suffer it.” – C.S. Lewis In this episode, I share a little about my journey through grief after the death of my mother, guided by “A Grief Observed” by C.S. Lewis. I also talk a little about my plans moving

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The Last Enemy

The last enemy to be destroyed is death. I recently watched my mother die. It was a profound experience. In this episode, I share a few thoughts and the flashes of light I saw during a dark time. I also tie in a little political theology. Show Notes An Ethic

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To Jab or Not to Jab?

To jab or not to jab? That is the question. But a lot of people don’t feel like they have a whole lot of choice in the matter. In this episode, I talk about the coronavirus vaccine,  mandates and passports, from a libertarian Christian perspective. Show Notes Unmasking Rona –

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Unmasking Rona — GodArchy Podcast

If all these mitigation efforts including lockdowns and mask mandates worked, we should see a significant difference between areas that implemented such measures and those that didn’t. We see no such difference. In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, I talk with Ian Patterson about efforts to control coronavirus. We

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Suck It Up Simone? GodArchy Podcast

Is Simone Biles “soft?” Did she embarrass America? Is she indicative of deeper problems in American society? A lot of people think so since the American gymnast dropped out of the Olympic competition. But perhaps there’s another way of looking at it. In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, I

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Compulsory National Service

Compulsory national service is slavery. Sound like hyperbole? I don’t think so. In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, I talk about compulsory national service, including military conscription, and explain how it destroys the fundamental concept of self-ownership. And if somebody else owns you — that’s slavery. Show Notes Who

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If at First You Don’t Secede With Mark Kreslins

In my view, centralized power is the greatest threat to liberty. The best way to confront that threat is the break up centralized power through secession. Secession gets a bad rap in the United States because of its association with slavery and the Civil War, but secession itself has nothing

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Postmodernism and Critical Race Theory With Michael Rectenwald

Racism is everywhere! At least that’s the narrative the “woke” social justice movement drives. Political movements spring from ideas and the left-wing social justice movement is rooted in postmodernism and critical race theory. But what are these ideologies? Where do they come from? And how do these ideas play out

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Hopping on My Soapbox: GodArchy Podcast

I’ve got stuff to say! In this potpourri episode,  I hop on my soapbox and pontificate about several issues including a misguided reason for supporting wars, the dark side of social media, and the limitation of libertarian philosophy when it comes to promoting human flourishing. Show Notes Enough Already! Time

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Should Christians Do Politics? With Mark West

Should Christians get involved in politics? I don’t think there is a dogmatic answer, but it’s definitely something believers should at least wrestle with. Author and former pastor Mark West doesn’t think so. He recently wrote, “I would recommend that Christians avoid political means altogether. … I see political power

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She Blinded Me With Science! With Dr. Norman Horn

Trust the science! We’ve heard that mantra evoked a lot over the last year or so, but what does it really mean? What can science really tell us? And what are its limitations? In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, I talk about “the science” with Libertarian Christian Institute president

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Socialist Myths With Economist Walter Block

Profit is theft? I get comments like this from time to time on the GodArchy Facebook page. There seem to be a lot of Christians enamored with socialism. I think they have good intentions, but good intentions can’t trump economic reality. In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, economist Dr.

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Liberty in Pink With Caryn Ann Harlos – GodArchy Podcast

Listen in as Caryn Ann Harlos and I talk about things you’re not supposed to discuss in polite company – politics and religion. Caryn Ann Harlos serves as the Libertarian Party LNC National Secretary. In this episode, we talk about her spiritual and political journeys, along with her Christian faith

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Christian War-Mongering

We pray for peace and we revel in war. Sadly, this lyric written by Steve Hindalong generally sums up the state of the modern church. In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, I lay out the case that the state is a death cult and war is its highest sacrament.

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Laws of War

How should God’s people wage war? I would argue that they shouldn’t. But in under the Old Covenant, they surely did. It should come as no surprise that God gave the Hebrews laws of war. In this episode, I talk with Adam Terrell about those laws and how they might

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I Pledge Allegiance to…

Where is your allegiance? In this episode of the GodArchy Podcast, I talk about the Pledge of Allegiance, focusing specifically on the phrase “under God” and the notion of a Christian nation. I contend the United States never was and never will be a Christian nation because “Christian nation” isn’t

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Don’t Censor Me!

Should “dangerous” or “hateful” speech be shut down? Censorship is all the rage right now. A lot of people reason that as long as the government isn’t shutting people down, private censorship is OK, perhaps even beneficial to society. In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, I argue that censorship

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Bring Our Troops Home With Dan McKnight — GodArchy Podcast

How do we end America’s endless wars? In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, I talk with Dan McKnight, founder of Bring Our Troops Home. We talk about his experience in the military, why he started an organization dedicated to ending foreign wars of aggression, and practical strategy within the

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Thanksgiving’s Economic Lesson – GodArchy Podcast

Did you know Thanksgiving can teach us a valuable economics lesson? When the Pilgrims first established their colony in Massachusetts, they adopted a communal system based on the socialist notion “from each according to their ability to each according to their need.” Like pretty much all socialist experiments, it ended

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You’ve Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers! – GodArchy Podcast

When it comes to Christianity and libertarianism, I bet you’ve got questions. Well, we’ve got answers. In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, I chat with two of the four authors of a new book published by the Libertarian Christian Institute titled Faith Seeking Freedom: Libertarian Christian Answers to Tough

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Libertarian AND Christian With Norman Horn – GodArchy Podast

Libertarian AND Christian? How does that work? In this episode, I talk with Norman Horn, the founder of the Libertarian Christian Institute. We discuss how libertarian philosophy meshes with Christian theology. We also talk about Norman’s spiritual/political journey and the work of LCI. Show Notes The Libertarian Christian Website LCI

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The High Holy Sacrament of Voting

Have you registered to vote? As election day approaches, we’re being inundated with demands to get registered and go vote delivered with religious fervor. In fact, I argue that voting is one of the high holy sacraments of the religion of statism. So should we vote? And if we do,

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Self-Rule and the Wisdom of Solomon

Rule thyself… Self-rule is one of the cornerstones of libertarian thought. We own ourselves. We generally think of it as a negative obligation – kind of like a no trespassing sign – keep off me. But self-rule also involves a positive obligation – to literally rule ourselves and to direct

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Faith and Liberty in the D.C. Swamp: A Chat With Ron Paul

Ever wonder how Ron Paul’s Christian faith shapes his political ideology? We talked about it in this episode of the GodArchy Podcast.  We also discussed how his faith helped sustain him in the D.C. swamp. And as you would expect, there is also a good bit of discussion about war

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Government “Help” GodArchy Podcast 47

Should libertarians take government help?   Governments have offered all kinds of help during the coronavirus pandemic, from unemployment benefits, to forgivable loans, to outright bailouts. But how helpful has the help been? Judging by this week’s guest Alan Mosley’s experience — not very. But that brings us back to

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Monopoly Government – Always the Wrong Answer: GodArchy 44

Even if Covid-19 were airborne Ebola, or something even more horrifying, centralized decisions, imposed from the top down, by people who will never have to pay for the harm they do, would STILL BE A TERRIBLE SOLUTION!!! In the midst of a crisis, people cry for centralized government solutions. The

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His Conscience Made Him Quit: GodArchy 43

Josh Childress worked for the U.S. Border Patrol. Then his conscience got to him. So, he quit. During this interview, we talk about Josh’s slow evolution from statist to voluntaryist, his two stints in the military and why he became anti-war, and the journey that led him to quit his

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Behind The Thin Blue Line: GodArchy 42

There’s rot behind the “Thin Blue Line.” In this episode, I talk about the institutional problems with policing in America. I breeze by the typical arguments about race and riots and focus on what I see as the real problem – an institutional culture steeped in authoritarian violence. I  trace

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Facing the Nitwit Mob With Tom Mullen: GodArchy 41

Is government really the root of our problem? Those of us striving for more freedom and liberty generally focus on government as the enemy. But author Tom Mullen says government isn’t the root of the problem. It’s the nitwit mob that makes the whole system go. As H.L. Mencken said,

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A Fireside Chat With a Lesbian GodArchy 40

How do you navigate this world as a black, libertarian, Christian who happens to be a lesbian? Continuing my fireside chat series, I talk with Kim Schjang, host of the Lesbertarian Podcast. Kim is a Christian and a libertarian anarchist. She also happens to be a black lesbian. We chat

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The Economics of Coronavirus: GodArchy Podcast 39

What about the economy? The coronavirus-induced government shutdowns have had devastating economic impacts. But a lot of people seem to think once we get the pandemic under control and restart the economy, everything will snap back to normal. In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, I explain why this won’t

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GodArchy Podcast: Coronavirus Edition

How would a free society deal with a pandemic? I freely admit I don’t know the answer to that question. But I suspect it would be better than the response we’re getting from government. In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, I touch on a number of issues raised by

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Are You Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse? GodArchy Podcast 37

“Be Prepared” is more than just a cute Boy Scout motto. The coronavirus outbreak showed us just how fast society can go from all systems normal to full-blown panic. Within a matter of days, store shelves emptied, people found themselves on lockdown and fear gripped the entire country. It was

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The Failure of Government Schools: GodArchy Podcast #36

Government schools are an abject failure. You don’t have to look very deeply to figure out America’s education system is a mess. The typical solution involves throwing more money at it. But what if the system is the problem? What if the whole model of compulsory, government schooling is creating

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The Sermon on the Mount: GodArchy Podcast #35

Did Jesus really mean all that stuff he said in the Sermon on the Mount? The Sermon on the Mount is hard. So hard that a lot of Christians have relegated it to an ideal for some other time and place. But what if Jesus really intended for his people

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The Great Abortion Debate: A Chat With Kerry Baldwin GodArchy #33

Pro-life? Pro-choice? Which side are you on? Few issues are as binary and divisive as abortion. But the standard “pro-life” and “pro-choice” positions in American politics have utterly failed to adequately deal with the issue. Kerry Baldwin has developed a  philosophical framework that can overcome some of the shortcomings inherent

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A Good Guy With a Gun: GodArchy Podcast Bonus Episode

A killer in a church killed. Was this an incident to celebrate or to mourn? In this bonus episode of the GodArchy podcast, I talk about the recent events inside a Texas church. How should we view them? Was the killing of the shooter justified ethically? Morally? How does the

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Build That Wall? GodArchy Podcast #31

Should America build that wall? Should libertarians support it? And what about Christians? In this episode, I tackle the issue of immigration from both a libertarian and Christian perspective in preparation for my upcoming interview with economist Bryan Caplan, author of “Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration. I

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Policing Without Police: GodArchy Podcast #30

Do we really need government cops to “protect us?” Peter Quinones doesn’t think so. In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, he joins me to talk about the concept of private policing. Peter and I discuss the myriad problems behind the “thin blue line,” the myths many people believe about

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Are You Gonna Make Me? GodArchy Podcast 29

How can one believe in Anarchy and also in an Abrahamic religion? if you’re happy for a religious cult to rule your life, why not a country? They’re practically the same thing. Good question. In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, I answer it. What’s the difference between a country

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His Moral High Horse Is Lame: GodArchy Podcast 28

A lot of people on the left (and the right) justify their politics because they view their preferred policies as just, compassionate and loving. In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, I look at a blog post by Christian activist John Pavlovitz. He makes just such an assertion. In the

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Tank Man: GodArchy Podcast #24

Would you stand in protest in front of a column of tanks? Tank Man did. You’ve almost certainly seen the iconic photo of the man standing in front of a column of Chinese tanks in Tiananmen Square. Nobody knows who that man was nor anything about his fate. Robert Anthony

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Identity Politics and Race: GodArchy Podcast #23

Can politics fix racism? I don’t think so. In fact, I believe politics exacerbates racial tensions. Race has become one of the most dominant issues in American politics. On one side, we have a bunch of people who think everything is racist and blame all of society’s ills on white

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Black Guns Matter With Maj Toure: GodArchy Podcast #22

Your right to self-defense is a natural right that flows logically from the concept of self-ownership. That right is increasingly under assault as governments attempt to crack down on various types of firearms in the name of safety. Maj Toure is having none of it. He is the co-founder of

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Walking the Talk: GodArchy Podcast #21

What would you do if your spiritual and political beliefs evolved to the point that they were at odds with an important part of your life?David Swain had to confront this question. When his political and spiritual journey led him to reject war, he had a problem — he worked for

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Government Does; We Do Better! GodArchy Podcast #20

Government does stuff. We can do it better!Do you ever get tired of politics? It seems like everything these days is political. Heck, we’ve even politicized chicken sandwiches. As a result, it seems like pretty much everybody looks to the political process to solve the world’s problems. Everybody wants the

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A Fireside Chat With a Muslim: GodArchy Podcast #18

Can a Muslim and Christian get along on a podcast together? The answer is a resounding yes! In this episode, I chat with Muslims4Liberty cofounder Hesham El Meligy. I spend a lot of time asking Hesham questions about his faith, and he smashes some common misunderstandings and stereotypes. And of

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Un-Politics: GodArchy Podcast #16

What if we just ignored the government? In this episode, I talk with activist and radio show host Lou Sander about agorism, counter-economics and underground economies. Most activism directed at changing the political system involves utilizing the political system.  Lou believes there is a better way — simply do an

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A Fireside Chat With an Atheist: GodArchy Podcast #15

Can a Christian and an atheist find some common ground? Why yes. Yes, we can. In this episode, I talk with fellow libertarian anarchist Alan Mosley, who happens to be an atheist. We talk about our differences, find common ground, and discuss why killing people and taking their stuff isn’t

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This Is My Story: GodArchy Podcast #13

In this episode of the GodArchy Podcast, I get personal. A couple of people have asked me to share my testimony. I’ve touched on it before, but in this episode, I share my spiritual journey and how it impacted my political evolution.

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“We” Are Not the Government: GodArchy Podcast #12

You often hear people assert, “We are the government; the government is us.” In a nutshell: no! Here’s a question: if we are the government, as so many people assert, why am I suing myself? (I have been involved in an open records lawsuit with the city of Lexington for

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Decentralizing the State and the Church: GodArchy Podcast #10

In this episode, I talk with entrepreneur Jason Rink about decentralization of both government and the Church. Political decentralization is a fundamental libertarian concept. Should we be thinking in similar terms when it comes to the Church? In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, Jason and I discuss this idea.

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Knocking Down Three Common Objections: GodArchy Podcast #9

I hear three objections to the ideas presented by GodArchy over and over and over again. In this podcast episode, I confront them head-on. No matter the particular subject I’m addressing, three objections to the concept of GodArchy – Christian anarchism/voluntaryism – come up time and time again. An anarchist

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Economics and Free Markets: GodArchy Podcast #8

Why should we embrace free-market economics?I’ve had a lot of people tell me we should focus so much on economics. After all, there is more to life than money. We can’t boil down everything to an economic calculation. And yet these same people vigorously advocate for imposing policies that are

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Christian Nonviolence: GodArchy Podcast #7

Does following Christ involve rejecting violence?We call Jesus “The Prince of Peace,” but the history of Christianity has been anything but peaceful.  Despite Christ’s clear teaching about loving your enemies and turning the other cheek, even suggesting that Christians should embrace “pacifism” will make people uncomfortable, if not outright angry. Libertarians

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Romans 13: Obey Citizen! Really? GodArchy Podcast #6

So, what about Romans 13? If you’re a Christian and have been a libertarian for more than about 30 seconds, somebody has thrown Romans 13 at you to prove your political philosophy is incompatible with the Christian faith. The statist interpretation of these verses goes something like this assertion from a

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Who Would Jesus Bomb? GodArchy Podcast #5

Who would Jesus bomb? I’m going to go out on a limb and say, nobody.  In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, I make the antiwar case from both a Christian and libertarian perspective. “We pray for peace but we revel in war.” – Steve Hindelong America has been constantly

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Yes. Taxation IS Theft: GodArchy Podcast #4

You’ve almost certainly seen the meme: “Taxation is theft.” But is it? Really? I tackle that question in this episode of the GodArchy Podcast. It’s almost become a cliche’, particularly in libertarian circles. We see the memes all over Facebook. It’s become a go-to retort in comment threads. You can

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Who Owns You? GodArchy Podcast #2

Who owns you? How you answer this questions has important ramifications and should inform the way you interact with other people. In the next two episodes, I am going to cover two foundational ideas that underlie the GodArchy worldview — self-ownership and the non-aggression principle. In this episode, I tackle self-ownership.

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