Loading Downloads
News & Politics

The Freedom Report is a podcast that reports on news from a perspective of economic freedom and personal liberty.


The Freedom Report Podcast today takes on the critical issues of how to get more libertarians involved in crafting foreign policy.

Special guest Joe Humire is an Iraq War veteran and expert on asymmetrical warfare. He’s currently the executive director of the Center for a Secure Free Society, a think tank which focuses on advancing security and freedom around the world. 

In this interview Humire and show host Austin Petersen discuss critical issues such as the threat of ISIS, Iran and the difference between kinetic and non-kinetic action. How can we get more libertarian ideas into the mix? Humire meets lots of people who identify with limited government principles in the defense community, but there are very few people working to gather them into a power bloc.

How can we unify our principles while maintaining a solid national defense that protects our security and safeguards liberty for generations to come? 

All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast! 

Play Now

Special Guest Katie Kieffer joins the Freedom Report podcast to discuss her latest book "Let Me Be Clear," where she gives her policy prescriptions on how we can limit the damage done by the Obama administration.

The fight over Obamacare, "shacking up," the militarization of police and global warming are all discussed in this episode of the Freedom Report podcast!

Play Now

Are pseudoscientific quacks such as the Food Babe just harmless cranks? Or is she part of a dangerous trend that needs a truth vaccine with extra mercury? Are GMOs really dangerous? Should you not eat anything with ingredients you can't pronounce?

My special guest today is Dr. Joe Schwarcz. Schwarcz is the Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science & Society.” Professor Schwarcz has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and has authored a number of bestselling books. He can be contacted at joe.schwarcz@mcgill.ca

Dr. Schwarz was recently featured in Bloomberg discussing Vani Hari, commonly known as the Food Babe, who peddles anti GMO & anti vaccination rhetoric to her credulous fans.

The Food Babe is famous for her campaign against the Subway sandwich chain, where she bullied the restaurant into changing their ingredients due to her claims that the bread contained the same ingredients that go into making yoga mats. She also made headlines for calling out Starbucks with a campaign against their popular Pumpkin spice lattes.

This episode of the Freedom Report debunks the hoo-hah and snake-oil sold to us by the kooks, cranks and conspiracists that spread fear and misinformation for profit.

Play Now

Lt. Colonel Anthony Shaffer joins the Freedom Report podcast to discuss President Obama's "strategy" to combat ISIS. 

Shaffer, a military and foreign policy expert, explains why the president's strategy of arming Syrian jihadis could backfire against the United States. Shaffer argues that Obama is ignoring the best advice available from his military leaders and pursuing dangerous tactical methods that are counterintuitive. Obama is also ignoring a perfect opportunity to work with groups who are actually friendly to the United States, and whose militaries the American taxpayer has already spent billions building up in order to solve conflicts such as the current engagement. 

Does Lt. Colonel Shaffer believe that ISIS is a direct threat to the U.S. homeland?

Play Now

Leave The Naughty Girls Alone! LEAVE THEM ALONE! 

A 17-year-old entrepreneur is fulfilling her dream of running her own small business in Front Royal, Virginia. But despite her determination and hard work, Tiana Ramos and her mother are facing opposition from a local Catholic group over their "Naughty Girls Donut Shop," which features a WWII-era pinup girl logo and positively sinful fried treats.

"They literally threw trash at the door and said, 'Naughty Girls burn in hell'," Ramos said. "I started bawling, right there."

9News reported that the ladies started receiving negative comments about their restaurant on Twitter, Facebook and Yelp. "They were talking about how the girls look like hussies, they didn't talk about the food or the service," Tiana said.

The local Catholics of Front Royal are unhappy about the name of the Donut Shop, claiming that the logo has a "devil tail" in it. Do you see one? The Catholic group is threatening a boycott of the group, demanding the company stop advertising in the local newspaper.

Despite all this, Ms Ramos is unswayed. She refuses to relocate or back down. "They're the reason we're staying here," she said.

Good for her! Why do some people want to discourage this fine young woman in her entrepreneurial pursuits? And why are so many people so interested in slut shaming? We wag our finger right back at the pearl-clutchers on this special episode of The Freedom Report podcast!



Play Now

Today's episode of the Freedom Report podcast features special guest Rachel Burger. She’s a young voices advocate who studied international relations at the university of Chicago and is an associate editor at Thoughts on Liberty. Her recent piece entitled  “the surprising rise of the Hispanic millennial libertarian” has swept the libertysphere and is has people asking: Just why are so many young Hispanics are self identifying as libertarian? 

Play Now

The Baltimore Ravens announced today the termination of the contract of Ray Rice after a video of him punching his wife unconscious surfaced today from TMZ.

The NFL piled on by suspending Rice from the league indefinitely, and the ensuing media firestorm has sparked outrage, casting fresh light onto the behavior of star athletes and the free pass they get for bad behavior.

Previously, the NFL had suspended Ray Rice for two games, due to footage emerging which showed him dragging his fiancée out of the elevator. At the time there was no footage of him actually punching her.

Both Ray and his fiancée Janay had been arrested over the incident and Rice was allowed to continue to play after he agreed to enter a counseling program. The Ravens coach even defended Rice’s character.

But now the NFL appears to have changed course, saying they never saw the original video of Rice dragging his unconscious fiancée out of the elevator, and upon viewing the newest video where he knocks the woman out, Rice is now out of the league.

Still, upon viewing the video, it does appear that Rice’s wife was participating in the violence in an aggressive manner. But who cares? We don’t take female violence seriously apparently. The Baltimore Ravens are in hot water right now for a tweet they wrote back in May, which stated that Janay Rice says she deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident. They’ve since deleted that tweet, but is that victim blaming? The video does show her throwing blows as well.

Columnist and project manager for Liberty.Me's Tiffany Madison joins the Freedom Report podcast to discuss this topic. Madison is the author of the controversial piece "When is it OK for a man to punch a woman," which analyzed an incident where a man was demonized after defending himself from a female attacker at a football game.

All this leads to so many interesting questions such as, Why did the government give Rice such a lenient sentence? Do sports heroes often get lenient treatment due to their social status?  What kind of force is appropriate to defend yourself from a violent attack, if that attacker is a woman? Is it ever OK to strike a woman?

Listen to the Freedom Report podcast below for answers to these questions. 

Play Now

Keep Your Stinking Regulations Off The Internet You Damned, Dirty Liberals!

President of American Commitment Phil Kerpen joins the Freedom Report podcast to discuss liberal's campaign to regulate the Internet like a public utility. His new campaign to stop Internet regulation by the FCC is aiming at sending a message by gathering 250,000 petitions in support of his fight. Should the Internet be considered a human right?


From the campaign:

At every turn, the Congress and the Courts have told the Federal Communications Commission to cease and desist in its efforts to regulate the Internet. Rather than heed these warnings, the Commission is doubling down, threatening to place the most onerous regulations imaginable on the Internet, subjecting it to 1930s-style regulations meant for telephone monopolies. 

The Internet is not a monopoly or a public utility. The Internet is a massive network of networks that has arisen, not by government fiat, but through free, spontaneous arrangements by investors, engineers, businesses and the consumers they serve. The FCC should heed the sober warnings of the two branches of government that have instructed it to cease and desist in this reckless, destructive effort to regulate the Internet.

In this episode, Kerpen explains what would happen if liberals were able to regulate the Internet the same way they do water and electricity. You can help stop them by clicking below and sending a message using your social network.

Click below:

Screen Shot 2014-09-02 at 3.55.25 PM

Play Now