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Episode 01 : The Reformed Libertarians Podcast Introduction

https://reformedlibertarians.com/001
A discussion of some basic ideas of what Reformed libertarianism means; what Reformed means, and what libertarian means with its connection to Reformed. The hosts introduce themselves, and say a word about who the podcast is for.
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Episode 02 : What Does Romans 13 Say About Civil Government?

https://reformedlibertarians.com/002
A discussion of the main points of Gregory Baus’ article on the historical, confessionally Reformed view of Romans 13 and a Reformed view of stateless civil governance. Also there’s elaboration on lex talionis and the non-aggression principle, the Old Mosaic Covenant theocracy, and establishmentarianism.
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Episode 03 : What Makes Civil Government Legitimate?

https://reformedlibertarians.com/003
A discussion of the main points of Kerry Baldwin’s article on law and order and the question of the legitimacy of civil governance. John Locke’s three requirements for legitimate civil governance are shown to be not reasons for a limited state, but rather reasons for stateless (non-monopolistic) civil governance.
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Episode 04 : How Should Christians View Culture and What Are Some Mistaken Views?

https://reformedlibertarians.com/004
A discussion of the first subsection of the Reformed Libertarianism statement about culture. Also discussed are the significance of the fall into sin, common curse, redemption, and eschatology in relation to culture; as well as subjective sanctification of Christians’ cultural activity, contrast of neocalvinist with scholastic and biblicist (or theonomic) views, and transformationalism.
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Episode 05 : Does Sin Make Civil Government Necessary?

https://reformedlibertarians.com/005
A discussion of the main points of Kerry Baldwin’s article on human sinfulness and the question of the state’s necessity for civil governance. The fact that people are sinners and there will always be crime is shown to be not a reason that states are necessary, but rather a reason for stateless (non-monopolistic) civil governance.
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Episode 06 : Why Is The Right Of Resistance Important?

https://reformedlibertarians.com/006
A summary of the doctrine of the Right of Political Resistance, with four reasons for its importance. Plus, a little about the life of John Chrysostom and his early church contribution to this important doctrine.
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Episode 07 : Can Libertarians Be Conservatives?

https://reformedlibertarians.com/007
A discussion of the article “Can Conservatives Be Libertarians?” by Gerard Casey. Several mischaracterizations of libertarianism are answered. How Reformed libertarians value tradition and liberty in contrast with progressive liberalism is clarified, with reference to an essay by Friedrich Hayek. Also mentioned is the relation between liberty and civil justice.
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Episode 08 : The Boetie Option: The Peaceful Underthrow Of The State

https://reformedlibertarians.com/008
A discussion of Murray Rothbard’s Introduction to Etienne de la Boetie’s “The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude”. The connection of La Boetie’s essay to the French Reformed is explained. Also highlighted is the main idea of the Discourse, that state tyranny relies on popular compliance, and when such compliance is withdrawn, the tyranny ends.
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Episode 09 : Does Social Hierarchy or Economics Make The State Inevitable?

https://reformedlibertarians.com/009
A discussion of the main points of Kerry Baldwin’s article on economics, social relations, and the question of the inevitability of the state in a properly-functioning society. Robert Nozick’s economic argument for the immaculate conception of the state, and Russel Kirk’s social argument for states are both answered. A non-monopolistic view of civil governance is placed in terms of “sphere sovereignty” and a non-individualistic and non-collectivistic view of society.
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Episode 10 : Climate Alarmism and the Cornwall Alliance, with Calvin Beisner

https://reformedlibertarians.com/010
An interview with Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, President of The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation about politically-concocted climate alarmism in contrast with climate realism, based on genuine scientific study. We also talk about destructive governmental emissions policy, and the environmental Kuznets curve.
[episode 10 bonus audio, more about Dr. Beisner and the founding of the Cornwall Alliance]
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Episode 11 : The Truth About The Great Depression, with Larry Reed

https://reformedlibertarians.com/011
An interview with Lawrence W. Reed, President emeritus of The Foundation for Economic Education, about his booklet Great Myths of the Great Depression. We talk about the Progressive Era as the context for the government policies that brought about the Great Depression, and discuss several commonly misunderstood elements that caused or perpetuated the Great Depression. We conclude with a note about personal character.
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Episode 12 : Is Civil Governance Without The State Plausible?

https://reformedlibertarians.com/012
A discussion of the main points of Kerry Baldwin’s article on the plausibility of stateless civil governance and the common difficulty in imagining such a society. We talk about factors that may contribute to the failure of imagination such as the mere-exposure effect, the Overton window, and plausibility structures. Also mentioned are several examples of historically existing non-monopolistic civil governance. Spontaneous order is explained in terms of a consistent sphere sovereignty, and we provide resources on how civil governance can be practically and realistically provided without the state.
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Episode 13 : What Do We Mean By “Scripture Alone”?

https://reformedlibertarians.com/013
A reading of the essay “What Do We Mean By Sola Scriptura?” by W. Robert Godfrey, which focuses on explaining some key features of the Protestant principle or doctrine of Sola Scriptura (that is, Scripture Alone). Godfrey defines the principle, discusses several Bible passages that teach it, and answers 4 basic objections.
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Episode 14 : Does Political Representation Make Sense?, with Gerard Casey

https://reformedlibertarians.com/014
An interview with Dr. Gerard Casey about his article “The Indefensibility of Political Representation.” Dr. Casey introduces himself and recounts how he became a libertarian anarchist. He speaks about the idea of legitimate command and various options proposed to justify the state’s supposed authority. He summarizes some of his examination of political representation from his article. He also talks about what real democracy was like, and closes with a reflection on caring for the poor in a free society.
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Episode 15 : Can Christian Civil Government Be Theocratic?

https://reformedlibertarians.com/015
A discussion of whether a Reformed Christian view of civil governance is compatible with theocracy. We explain how the term “theocratic” has been used, and two key elements of a theocratic view (namely, the monopoly state and civil establishment of religion) that must be rejected in a genuinely Christian view of civil governance. We also touch on how some who support a theocratic view go wrong in their eschatology.
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Announcement

https://reformedlibertarians.com/bonusA
We’re taking a short break for summer, but listen for some other information (eg, about the website) and plans for the Reformed Libertarian podcast when we get back.
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Bonus Minisode : Should Christian Libertarians Reject Biblical Inerrancy?

https://reformedlibertarians.com/bonusB
A reading of Kerry Baldwin’s article on biblical inerrancy, which discusses a blog post by Pete Enns in which he says why he believes the Bible has errors, and no one is obligated to obey Romans 13. Resources for a better (non-biblicist) view of inerrancy and a better view of Romans 13 are recommended. The hosts also give an update about new episodes.
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Episode 16 : The Five Elements And Epochs Of The Kingdom Of God

https://reformedlibertarians.com/016
An introduction to a Reformed view of God’s Kingdom in its 5 elements and its 5 covenantally-administered epochs, culminating in the Kingdom’s definitive consummation, the New Creation. The relation between Christian cultural activity and the Kingdom of God is also clarified.
Transcript: https://reformedlibertarians.com/transcript-016

 

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