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Ep. 184 Nonviolent Solutions to Social Problems

Bob discusses three separate items all related to nonviolence: (1) Gene Sharp’s work, (2) Bob’s old dream of how to topple a tyrant, and (3) the winners of the Louis CK contest. Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: Gene Sharp’s book, From Dictatorship to Democracy. #CommissionsEarned (As an Amazon Associate I earn…

Ep. 166 Explaining Kenneth Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem for Social Choice

First Bob explains his contest involving Adventures in Pacifism–winner gets 100 smackers. Then he explains the incredibly powerful, and surprisingly Austrian, result by which Kenneth Arrow showed it was impossible to coherently aggregate individual preferences into a social ranking. Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: The blog post explaining the rules for the…

Ep. 94 A Case for Christian Pacifism

Bob gives a pragmatic case for pacifism, appealing to Christians who would like to take the Sermon on the Mount literally but are worried it would spell disaster. Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: Bob Murphy Show ep. 19 on Rothbardian institutions becoming nonviolent. One of Gene Sharp’s books on strategic nonviolence…

Ep. 75 Bretigne Shaffer on California’s Mandatory Vaccinations

Longtime libertarian journalist Bretigne Shaffer explains the de facto mandatory vaccinations now enforced for school children in California, and the concerned parents who are protesting the policy. She also discusses her fictional books that will appeal to libertarian readers. . . . . . . Mentioned in the Episode and Other Links of Interest: The…

Ep. 19 Why Rothbardian Institutions Would Become Nonviolent

In order to motivate his upcoming debate on the Contra Cruise against Tom Woods, Bob goes solo in describing his vision of a Rothbardian society. Without taking a stand on the morality involved, Bob simply explains as an economist why he predicts that the major companies and property owners in an anarcho-capitalist framework would quickly…