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The Deadly Isms | Behind the Scenes

January 2, 2018 by Matt Kibbe

Behind the scenes filming The Deadly Isms, featuring Matt Kibbe. Watch new episodes every month on CRTV.

Craft Beer Is Disrupting Markets

December 26, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

Matt Kibbe visits Other Half Brewing Company in New York City, where he encounters some unlikely conversation about economics and freedom. #beerisfreedom

Jeffrey Tucker | Bitcoin and Blockchain Explained

December 19, 2017 by Logan Albright

Everyone’s talking about Bitcoin and blockchain, but who understands how it really works? Libertarian writer Jeffrey Tucker does, and he sat down with Matt Kibbe to explain the enormous implications of this new technology.

As Acting Schools Struggle, Students Have More Opportunities Than Ever

December 12, 2017 by Logan Albright

In a lengthy elegy published by the New York Times, the paper mourns the looming downfall of many of the city’s boutique acting schools that have trained film and theater greats for the last century.

Rising rents and changing market conditions are driving many of these old landmarks out of business, something that’s easy to see as a tragedy to art and history.

It’s always sad when we reach the end of era and things we’ve grown used to have to change. And it’s okay to grieve for the loss of things that are no longer as important as they used to be. But it’s also worth looking at these changes in context, for once we understand the reasons behind painful transitions, they can be as inspiring as they are tragic. …

Do Americans Really Oppose a Government Shutdown?

December 12, 2017 by Logan Albright

Oh no, it’s government shutdown time again!

We are always told that a government shutdown is the worst thing in the world. And even if it isn’t the worst thing in the world, everybody thinks it is. The voters will simply not tolerate shutting down the government, and any political party that attempts it will surely suffer the consequences at the next election. Never mind that this was conclusively proven to be untrue when, in the 2014 election, Republicans made significant gains despite having shut down the government earlier that year. Forget about that. It’s history. The important thing is that, as government funding is about to expire, Congress must unconditionally authorize more spending … or else! …

Nick Freitas Rants on Taxes

December 12, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

Nick Freitas just announced his run for US Senate in Virginia, and he wants to put tax money back in the hands of the people, instead of in Washington. Matt Kibbe gets the scoop.

Why Conservation Shouldn’t Be Government’s Job

December 5, 2017 by Logan Albright

Late in his second term, Barack Obama controversially designated large portions of Utah as a national monument, essentially snatching the land from the state and its residents under the assumption that the federal government knows best how it should be used.

As the feds already control most of Utah’s land — as well as that of many other western states — it really felt like a creeping takeover that was totally unjustified. Now, President Trump is significantly reducing the Bear Ears’ national monument designation, over the howls of conservationists.

This is a good move — respecting federalism and standing against federal overreach. But the broader point I think needs to be made here is the false belief that we can rely on the government to preserve things that the private sector would exploit and destroy. …

The TSA’s New Big Threat; The Disabled

December 5, 2017 by Logan Albright

The TSA has announced that it will be ramping up security procedures at airports next year, following reports of an embarrassingly low success rate for finding hidden weapons. The new procedures will, among other things, focus more heavily on screening passengers in wheelchairs or with casts on broken limbs. Talk about kicking someone when they’re down.

Americans by and large loathe the TSA because its personnel a) don’t keep us safe and b) violate our basic dignity as human beings by groping us, prodding us, and gaping at body scan images that might as well be nude photography. They do it to keep us safe, so they claim, but that’s the problem. …

Governor Matt Bevin: America Believes in Second Chances

December 5, 2017 by Matt Kibbe

Matt Kibbe sits down with Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, who argues that the country’s criminal justice system should be focused on helping people become productive members of society after prison. Hope, dignity, and second chances, he says, are the American way.