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Two students were permanently suspended from school after walking into an after-hours sporting event with a confederate flag draped around their shoulders. The principal of the school said “The African-American students who immediately saw it really exercised heroic restraint and fortunately a teacher immediately confiscated the flag and took the students out of the gym,” he said.

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Obviously schools have a right to maintain order at their facilities, but is wearing a Rebel flag making a racist statement, or is it an issue of free speech? And why after over 100 years are we still fighting the philosophical battles of the Civil War? Was the war about slavery, or states rights? 

This episode of the Freedom Report podcast, which is sure to offend almost everyone, debunks some of the myths and legends of the Civil War.

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Token Libertarian Girl Julie Borowski returns to the Freedom Report podcast to discuss the gender wage gap issue. Do women really make less than men? Borowski argues that they do if you are only comparing the median wage, but if you start to account for other factors including life decisions then it's not really an apples to apples comparison.

Borowski, a policy analyst at FreedomWorks, claims that she's not a feminist and she thinks the problem with the movement is that it doesn't allow diversity of thought. Taking the example of Kirsten Dunst, who was criticized for her views on gender roles, Borowski thinks that people should be allowed to believe what they want about gender without being attacked.

What about her views on traditional marriage? And if a guy and a girl go on a date, who should pay the bill?

You'll have to listen in to hear and don't forget to subscribe to us on iTunes.

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The Freedom Report podcast takes on the issue of whether or not we should be arming commercial airline pilots in order to enhance security on airplanes. It's not a new debate, but it's getting more attention after legislation was proposed by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to lower the barriers for pilots to be able to defend their crew and passengers. 

In this episode we debunk some of the myths and misgivings that people have about the safety issues regarding guns on airplanes and explain why it's probably a good idea for pilots to be armed. 
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Jack Hunter rejoins The Freedom Report podcast to talk about Rand Paul's secret weapon. If Hillary Clinton wraps up the nomination easily, could Democrat voters go into the GOP primary to vote for someone who they like a little bit more than the other Republicans? And if so, could that man be one Kentucky Senator Rand Paul? 

All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast! 

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April 10, 2014

Matt Kibbe’s Manifesto:

Matt Kibbe's new book "Don't Hurt People, And Don't Take Their Stuff," is a hardcore libertarian primer for newbies, but don't call it that. This cleverly disguised free market radical tome written by the President of FreedomWorks aims to give people a spoonful of freedom sugar with their anti-Obamacare medicine.

Kibbe's book begins with the armed coup at his institution that started with him being ousted by then Chairman Dick Armey, but ended with him victorious in maintaining leadership of the organization. The incident, which terrified staffers and caused a brief but brutal rift, Kibbe says was an attempt by the establishment to get FreedomWorks to support squishy candidates that don't further the org's mission.

Kibbe explains why FreedomWorks is focusing resources on the effort to unseat Mitch McConnell from his position as senate minority leader. Kibbe argues that it's not FreedomWorks who is really leading the fight anyway, it's the activists on the ground in Kentucky who want him out and he's just providing them with the resources to do so.

Tyranny, Taxes and the NSA are all covered in this expansive interview about Matt Kibbe and his new book, "Don't Hurt People, And Don't Take Their Stuff."

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One day in the hall at Fox News, Judge Andrew Napolitano chased me down and said, "Austin, you'll never believe what just happened." 

"John Bolton just stopped me and said he wants to be on Freedom Watch. He wants to talk about how libertarian he is." 

My eyes shot wide open, "Huh? Arch-neocon Ambassador bomb-Iran-into-oblivion Bolton?" 

"The one and only," the Judge responded. 

I scratched my head, "Alright, well... I guess I'll book him." 

How does one define a libertarian? Ludwig Von Mises once defined liberty by explaining that "Liberty is always freedom from government." Many libertarians today would most likely agree with that definition. But despite near universal agreement on this precept, there is never a dearth of disagreement on just who or who is not a libertarian in society today. So if you asked someone to name a prominent libertarian in society today, would Ambassador John Bolton come to mind?

To Bolton, libertarianism is about limited government that acts only within a constitutional framework. He says it's a philosophy that he's "very comfortable with," for the reasons that he claims to agree with libertarians on nearly all issues of domestic policy, limited government, personal responsibility, and lower taxes. Still, in an interview on The Freedom Report, Bolton veers off the traditional libertarian viewpoints on issues such as the War on Drugs and foreign intervention.

Bolton believes that many of the problems that Americans experience with healthcare are due to government interference. He argues that a lot can be done for the less fortunate members of society without the need for initiative such as Obamacare. "What if the government was as involved with food as it is with healthcare?" he asks, making the case that intervention into the sector would be as likely to cause food shortages as it does for medicine. It's hard to disagree that Bolton is a libertarian on this issue.

But what about issues of war and peace?

The question we ask of Bolton is: how much national defense do we really need in order to protect our security? And how involved should the United States be in forging mutual defense treaties with nations such as Ukraine, Poland, or even Britain and France? Should we be expending American blood and treasure to defend our allies, even if there doesn't appear to be any clear U.S. interests?

Bolton argues that you avoid a war by being strong, not by being weak, and that the policies of the Obama administration have given carte blanche to foes such as Russia to expand their sphere of influence in eastern Europe. The United States should be aggressively countering the moves of Russia in order to display our willingness to go to war, so that we can avoid one.

Edward SnowdenJames Clapper, Russia and Crimea, the War on Drugs and Obamacare. All these issues and more on today's episode of The Freedom Report podcast!

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Remember when people thought that legalizing marijuana in Colorado meant there would be chaos in the streets? Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver said "There will be many harmful consequences. Expect more crime, more kids using marijuana, and pot for sale everywhere." But despite that dire warning, for the last three months, crime has been on the decline.

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And that's not all. Not only has property crime and violent crime begin to fall, but the Mexican drug cartels are taking a hit as well. The price of marijuana has plummeted from $100 a kilo to $25. Unfortunately that means that Mexican drug farmers are switching from growing pot to growing poppies to make heroin. Guess it's time to legalize heroin to put these guys out of business?

Has all of this made Washington D.C. learn their lesson? Hell no! In fact, the Drug Enforcement Agency director Michele Leonhart recently chastised President Barack Obama privately for comparing marijuana to alcohol and has stated that pot legalization "makes us fight harder." That makes sense though if your job is to bust people for drugs. Big government will do anything they can, including put non violent people in prison for decades if it means that at the end of their careers they get to collect a paycheck at the taxpayer's expense.

But that doesn't mean we have to sit back and take it! All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast!

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The Washington Times is reporting that the murder rate for the first quarter of the year in Chicago is the lowest that it's been in more than 50 years. The first three months of 2014 are the fewest since 1958. 

Representative Louie Gohmert stated, “The facts are every time guns have been allowed, concealed-carry has been allowed, the crime rate has gone down,” 

Another interesting statistic is that even though violent gun crime is at the lowest its been nationally in 20 years, the American people's perception is that gun crime is on the rise. Could it be that the media constantly hypes incidents such as those at Fort Hood, Newtown and in Aurora and tends to downplay those where violent crimes were deterred by people who were armed and ready? 

All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast! 

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Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich was pressured to step down after it was revealed that he donated $1,000 to California's Proposition 8 ballot measure against gay marriage. In a story twist, it was revealed that the Internal Revenue Service was responsible for a leak in which they turned over the donor records of the campaign to a gay rights group. 

The controversy heated up when dating website OKCupid asked users not to access their site using the browser as an act of protest, which initiated a firestorm that resulted in Eich's resignation. Curiously enough, Eich presided over some of the most pro-gay policies of any company in America, including health care benefits and anti-discrimination policies. It also was revealed that he donated to libertarian leaning former congressman Ron Paul. So why did he donate to Prop 8? And were the tactics used to get Eich to step down legitimate? 

All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast! 

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Let Them Eat Meat And Cheese!

A new study from the Medical University of Graz found that vegetarian diets are tied to generally poorer health and quality of life than their carnivorous counterparts. The study also found that people who didn't drink regularly are more prone to heart disease than regular alcohol imbibers.

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Also, did you know that vegetarian women are less likely to be attracted to vegetarian men? Apparently that's the case according to a study cited by associate editor of The Libertarian Republic Ian Huyett.

All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast!

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