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Cathy Reisenwitz stopped by The Freedom Report podcast to discuss the issues of free market feminism and how the Republican Party could benefit from taking some of the issues that she champions. Her latest column at Reason.com explains why rich women have great access to low cost childcare but poor women have to pay out the nose. Could that and a host of other issues be the key to turning the "War on Women" against the Democrats?

Also, Cathy takes a moment out to "check her privilege," because apparently she's been thinking she's a badass, when she's really just a b*tch. Her words friends, not mine. But in another piece, Reisenwitz discusses the perils of iconoclasm and leaping into the limelight before you've got your ducks in a row. Cathy discusses why she's got "big fish in a little pond syndrome."

Also, it's the tenth anniversary of "Mean Girls," and Cathy answers the question of whether women are their own worst enemies. Also, TRIGGER WARNING: we talk about trigger warnings. So, tune in, subscribe on iTunes, and don't forget to come back every single day to your home for economic freedom and personal liberty at The Libertarian Republic dot com.


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Secretary of State John Kerry is in hot water after comments were released that he made suggesting that Israel could become an apartheid state. Texas Senator Ted Cruz took to the airwaves to blast Kerry as an anti-semite for suggesting that if Palestinian Arabs don't receive the same political rights as Jews, then the country would effectively be apartheid.

Meanwhile, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has introduced the Stand With Israel Act of 2014, much to the chagrin of columnists who'd like to tar him with the anti-semite brush. So what would his bill do effectively? Is it explicitly libertarian? We discuss that, as well as debate the issue of peace in the Middle East.

Also, The Libertarian Republic held a non-scientific poll of our readers to test their feelings about the Jewish State. Do readers of TLR support the state of Israel, or do they wish them ill will? In this podcast we go over the results of our reader poll and dissect & analyze why we believe readers responded the way they did. The results might surprise you, so don't miss a minute of this fascinating dialogue with associate editor Ian Huyett and editor of The Libertarian Republic, Austin Petersen.

So, do you support the State of Israel? And if so, does that mean you support the sending of foreign aid? Is it possible to support Israel's people, but not her government?

Listen in and consider both sides of the issue on this episode of The Freedom Report podcast!

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A reporter for the Brisbane Times wrote that she knows she's sexist, but that she doesn't want her kids setting next to a man on an airplane. She writes that men are reportedly responsible for 92% of all sexual assaults, but since she says she'd rather be safe than sorry, shouldn't she be terrified of the 8% of female pedophiles as well? 

This episode of The Freedom Report takes a look at the issue of men being asked to move away from children on airplanes. The assumption is that since most men are the ones convicted of sexually assaulting children that airlines should take the initiative to move men away. But using that logic, can we then say that since most suicide bombing terrorists are Muslims, should we ban Muslims from airlines?  Oh, that's offensive you say? 

All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast! 

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Jack Hunter joins the Freedom Report podcast again today along with associated editor Ian Huyett to discuss the neocon onslaught against Senator Rand Paul. Why are they piling on with so many attacks of of late? Everyone knows that Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin's Rand Paul Obsession, but why are so many others lining up to take turns tag-teaming him?

Also, what are the best strategies for liberty? Libertarians tend to be critical of neocons who would force their views on democracy on others. But what about the philosophy of "Rothbard's Button?" Is it a libertarian solution to impose liberty on a nation, if other people in the country don't want it? What are the best ways to get people to accept libertarian ideas, without forcing them on others? 

All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast! 

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The party of slavery, the Democrats, are up in arms about the racial comments made by Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, and Republicans concerned about their reelections and TV show ratings are running away from him as fast as they can.

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The New York Times reported that Bundy said about blacks that,  “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

Obviously Bundy's comments are way off the mark for civil debate, but maybe Bundy is just echoing some of the rhetoric he's heard around Nevada, such as Democratic Senator Harry Reid, who famously remarked on the fact that Obama was "light skinned" and has "no negro dialect unless he wanted to have one." No, that couldn't be it.

Maybe he learned it from Democratic President Lyndon Johnson, who suggested that the "negroes, they're getting pretty uppity these days." Could it be? No, maybe it was President Woodrow Wilson, another Democrat, who in speaking to the New York Times about blacks voting for him said, "If the colored people made a mistake in voting for me, they ought to correct it."

When considering the case of Cliven Bundy, you have to also wonder why those who attack him the most, seem to have the longest and most sordid involvement in the history of racism. Are the Democrats hypocrites about the racists in their own ranks?

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Should you talk to cops? The Freedom Report podcast today looks at a story of a woman who was arrested for walking on the wrong side of the street. Although she wasn't convicted of any crime, the sheriff who was defending the police officer's actions claimed that it was "odd" that she would walk away from the cop.

If you're ever approached by a police officer, is the best thing to do just to walk away? How should you behave when approached by police? Is it true that sometimes calling the police for help can get you in more trouble than if you just solved your problems on your own?

All that and more on this episode of the Freedom Report podcast!

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took to the airwaves to bash the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, stoking fears that if he were ever president he'd step up drug raids in states that obey the mandates of their citizens.

Speaking on a Jersey radio station, the governor remarked, "See if you want to live in a major city in Colorado where there's head shops popping up on every corner and people flying into your airport just to come and get high. To me, it's just not the quality of life we want to have here in the state of New Jersey and there's no tax revenue that's worth that."

Christie's rhetoric rings harshly in the ears of those people in Colorado who fear a potential Christie administration might be hostile to federalism and their state's autonomy. The governor's statements also are a strange retreat from his anti drug war rhetoric he used during his second inauguration speech when he said, "We will end the failed war on drugs that believes that incarceration is the cure of every ill caused by drug abuse."

So what's Christie's beef? Is he just another big government Republican who'll say anything to get elected and then put the bootheel on our necks the first chance he gets? Or does he have a single limited government bone in his body?

All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast! (Subscribe on iTunes)

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New York Representative and Korean War veteran Charlie Rangel thinks we need a mandatory draft. Not only that, but he thinks that now women are legally able to serve in combat roles, they should also be required to register with the Selective Service.

His argument? If more people are in the service, there'd be less wars. He also thinks that the problem with the voluntary service is that it's disproportionately the poor who go and fight in rich men's wars. But is that really the case?

Famous economist and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman once argued with General Westmoreland over the military draft. When Westmoreland stated that he didn't want to command an army of mercenaries, Friedman famously countered, "Would you rather command an army of slaves?"

So what's your take? Leave your comments and thoughts below, and don't forget to subscribe to us on iTunes.

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Albert Einstein once said that great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds, and this story brings that quote to life.

Patrick Farve was suspended after getting the guts to ask Miss America, Nina Davuluri, to prom at a recent seminar she attended at their school. Miss Davaluri wrote to the school asking them to pardon him because she wasn't offended by the request, but there were plenty of people to be offended for her.

This episode of The Freedom Report discusses the issues of free speech, male courage, dating, sex, science and technology in show you absolutely won't want to miss. So don't forget to subscribe to us on iTunes so you'll never get behind on your daily dose of economic freedom and personal liberty.

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Nevada Senator Harry Reid took a swipe at the protesters supporting rancher Cliven Bundy in his war against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Reid claimed that the rancher's supporters were "domestic terrorists," and challenged their patriotism. Meanwhile, radio host Glenn Beck cautioned against violent right-wing protesters who were the "right's version of Occupy Wall Street." 

The issue in Nevada has deescalated in the past week, but as Senator Reid has said, it's far from over. Bundy is still being ordered to pay approximately $1 million in grazing fees for his cattle that are on public land. Libertarian icons Senator Rand Paul and former congressman Ron Paul have joined the litany of voices that have offered some form of support for Bundy against the feds, but the elder Paul believes that the feds will be back with reinforcements. 

So what really is at issue in the war against the BLM? With approximately 85% of the land in Nevada owned by the feds, could this issue ignite a modern version of the Sagebrush Rebellion, where Ronald Reagan sided with the rebels to attempt to liquidate federal land holdings? Are there some issues with lunatics on the front lines who want an initiation of violence and for women and children to die on the front lines? 

This episode of the Freedom Report takes an objective look at the issues swirling around the standoff in the Silver state. 

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