Liberty Unlocked

Liberty Unlocked

By Don Watkins
How to win hearts and minds for freedom. Hosted by keynote speaker and best-selling author Don Watkins.
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The Laws of Persuasion with Jeff Rowes
Jeff Rowes is a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice. We discuss lessons he’s learned from championing liberty in the courtroom and in the court of public opinion. Along the way we discuss story-telling, heroes of liberty, and the unique advantage lawyers have in learning the skillsets of persuasion. Jeff Rows Institute for Justice bio: https://ij.org/staff/jrowes/ For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/. You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/. You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting.
1:01:29
August 4, 2020
Thinking Your Way to Freedom with David Birnbaum
David Birnbaum is a podcaster. We talk about his journey from the left to liberty and Objectivism. Along the way we discuss the link between mental health and the support for freedom and the state of political discourse. For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/. You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/. You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting.
1:03:14
July 28, 2020
Q&A 5 - Birth, Sex, and Death
In this episode...   1. What's the Objectivist position on abortion?   2. Why is "man's life" the Objectivist standard of morality rather than "my life"?   3. What is the Objectivist position on animal cruelty?   4. Why couldn't Gail Wynand persuade people towards a favorable opinion of Howard Roark? Was it that since he pandered to people's irrationality, no one listened to him anymore? Or did he lack a persuasion technique?   5. What do you disagree with in Objectivism?   6. Are Objectivists against team sports?   7. Should the death penalty be abolished?   8. What is a philosopher--and was Ayn Rand one?   9. Should we go on strike?   10. Is a corollary of an axiom itself an axiom, even though it is not an independent axiom?   11. Do I need to find a perfect woman to get married?   Submit your questions at https://www.donswriting.com/objectivist-questions For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support  Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
42:15
July 27, 2020
Unleash Your Passion with Jeremiah Cobra
Jeremiah Cobra is the author of "And Then He Shot His Cousin." We talk about what it takes to rise from nothing, learning how to create great art, and the state of race relations in America. Plus a "Liberty Unlocked" first...Jeremiah reads one of my favorite poems.  Jeremiah Cobra: https://jeremiahcobra.com/ Help me build an outrageously good recording studio: https://www.donswriting.com/studio For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting.
1:15:32
July 21, 2020
Q&A 4 - Questions about Objectivism I can't answer
In this episode, I tackle some questions I can't answer...   1. Why is 'entity' an axiom but not a basic axiom? Is it because 'entity' is not basic to understanding Objectivism?   2. What do you think is the reason why Kant's fundamentals were so convincing to (most) intellectuals and why did the intellectuals, who spread (parts of) his system, discard his classical liberal politics?   3. What do you think of Ayn Rand's comments about Native Americans in the Q&A of her West Point lecture?   4. Objectivism battle royal between all the heavy hitters in Objectivism you know, who wins?   5. Being that caring for a child with disabilities is rarely a choice, what counsel does Objectivism have on caring for disabled children and/or adults who are incapable for independent living?   6. Why are so few Objectivists in the entertainment industry?   Submit your questions at https://www.donswriting.com/objectivist-questions   For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support   Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
48:22
July 19, 2020
Q&A 3 - Is it in my interest to respect property rights?
In this episode...   1. What do you make of Leonard Peikoff apparently donating to Trump’s campaign?   2. Why is it in your self-interest to respect property rights?   3. How can I constructively criticize Objectivists?   4. Don’t we all sometimes think subjectively?   5. What should I tell someone hurt by Ayn Rand’s comments about homosexuality?   Submit your questions at https://www.donswriting.com/objectivist-questions For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support  Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
36:01
July 16, 2020
Unleashing Your Creativity with Sean Malone
Sean Malone is the Creative Director at the Foundation for Economic Education. In this episode, Don and Sean talk about how to launch a creative career in the liberty movement and how to create story-driven media that speaks to audiences who don't already support liberty.  How to Talk Liberty With People Unlike Us - https://go.fee.org/year-research For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.   To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/.   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting.
1:28:46
July 14, 2020
Q&A 2 - Should taxes be voluntary?
In this episode...   1. Does Ayn Rand's "immortal robot" analogy make sense?   2. Aren't taxes the price we pay to live in a free society?   3. How do we make the time to fight for freedom?   4. Was it a mistake for Ayn Rand to use the term "selfishness"?   5. Can we condemn people who choose to die? Submit your questions at https://www.donswriting.com/objectivist-questions For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/. Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
29:32
July 10, 2020
Q&A 1 - Is Ayn Rand's Philosophy a Religion?
NEW FEATURE: In addition to the weekly interview, I'm going to start including some new segments. The first addition is a Q&A segment. In this first episode...   1. "Is Objectivism due to a priori or a posteriori reasoning?"   2. "When we as Objectivists look at the left how do we differentiate between Marxism and nihilism? How do the two interrelate?"   3. "How do you overcome the widespread view of equality of outcomes being intrinsically moral?"   4. "Do most adherents treat [Objectivism] as most people treat the Bible (take the good bits, ignore the bad bad bits, assume different contexts) or do they treat it as crazed evangelicals treat the Bible (take it all literally and seriously)?"   5. "Why are so many of the 'intellectual faces' of Objectivism so awkward in public? and...Why do those same people often seem like they don't experience any joy on a regular basis?"   6. "How does Objectivism relate to 'the Liberty movement?' Are they the same thing?"   7. "Did Rand really believe in full tabula rasa? Does the fact that genetics play a huge role in IQ and even self control have any implications for Rand's ethical conclusions that flow out of her tabula rasa premise?"   Submit your questions at https://www.donswriting.com/objectivist-questions For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.    Become a supporter at https://www.donswriting.com/support  Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting
40:57
July 10, 2020
John Stossel on Persuading Through Stories
John Stossel is an award-winning journalist. In this episode, we discuss John's career, how to tell powerful stories about liberty, and what liberty advocates can do to make their ideas more appealing to journalists.  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.   To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/.   You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting. Mentioned on the show: "If you stand for nothing, what will you fall for?" by Don Watkins - https://www.donswriting.com/ideas/the-positive "A Pro-Freedom Approach to Infectious Disease" by Onkar Ghate - https://newideal.aynrand.org/pandemic-response/
53:04
July 6, 2020
The Appeal of the Left with Adam Edmonsond
Adam Edmonsond is a marketing expert, one of my best friends, and all-around brilliant guy. In this episode, we discuss his journey from the left to supporting laissez-faire capitalism. Along the way we delve deep into the appeal of the left, what communicators can learn from marketers, and why most Objectivists find it difficult to persuade people of Ayn Rand's ideas.  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/. You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting.
1:06:56
June 30, 2020
The Philosophy of Liberty with Greg Salmieri
Greg Salmieri is a philosopher, co-editor of "A Companion to Ayn Rand," and director of the Program in Objectivity in Thought, Action, and Enterprise at the Salem Center for Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. In this episode we discuss how philosophy shapes our political conclusions, the value of thinking about political issues, how to assess political movements, and what makes Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" such a powerful novel of ideas.  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.     To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/. You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/donswriting.
1:03:36
June 22, 2020
Yaron Brook on Increasing Your Influence
Yaron Brook is Chairman of the Board of the Ayn Rand Institute, host of the Yaron Brook Show (https://yaronbrookshow.com), and my long-time collaborator. Our books including the national bestseller "Free Market Revolution" and "Equal Is Unfair."  In this episode, we discuss how to become a more influential advocate for liberty. Along the way we delve deep into the state of the liberty movement, what we can learn from public intellectuals like Sam Harris, Jordan Peterson, and Tyler Cowen, and how to become a more effective public speaker.  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.   You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.   To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/.
1:10:23
June 16, 2020
The Virtue of Audience Obsession with Ezra Drake
Don Watkins and Ezra Drake discuss why focusing on persuasion can stop your from connecting with your audience--and why focusing on being helpful can lead to dramatically better persuasion results.  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/.  You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them.  To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/.
59:38
June 10, 2020
Liberty Unlocked - The Psychology of Change with Gena Gorlin
Don Watkins and Gena Gorlin (clinical psychologist) discuss the psychology of change. We touch on everything from how psychologists encourage change while respecting patients’ autonomy to the psychological reasons people are attracted to freedom (or not) to the role of empathy in persuasion. Special guest appearance by Gena’s baby Alice. Gena Gorlin’s blog, The Psychology of Self-Change - https://genagorlin.com/blog/ For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at http://donswriting.com/. You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. To support the podcast, visit http://libertyunlocked.com/.
1:16:27
June 6, 2020
Mark Pellegrino's journey from environmentalist to capitalist
Don Watkins and Mark Pellegrino (Lost, Supernatural) discuss Mark's journey from environmentalist to capitalist. Along the way they explore the challenges of debating controversial ideas on social media, being pro-liberty in Hollywood, and whether anarchism is truly part of the liberty movement.    "Government: Who Needs It" by Gregory Salmieri - https://youtu.be/_78JtNzVi64   Anarchism: The Enemy of Liberty - https://youtu.be/gjFevWb6p8M   SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER - https://www.donswriting.com/   SUPPORT THE SHOW - http://libertyunlocked.com/
53:12
June 1, 2020
Dave Rubin on Leaving the Left
My guest today is Dave Rubin, host of the Rubin Report and author of the new book Don’t Burn This Book.  We discuss Dave's fascinating journey from up-and-coming progressive media figure into a free-market loving classical liberal. Along the way we talk about what liberty supporters need to understand about progressives if they want to be more persuasive, ways Dave aims to make conservatives more pro-liberty, lessons about effective communication Dave learned from his friend Jordan Peterson, and a whole lot more. For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at donswriting.com. You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. To support the podcast, visit libertyunlocked.com. 
52:34
May 27, 2020
Introducing "Liberty Unlocked"
The podcast that will help you win hearts and minds for freedom by talking those who've taken the journey from liberty opponents to liberty champions.  For the latest news, sign up for my newsletter at donswriting.com. You'll also get my free week-long Persuasion Bootcamp email course, where you'll learn the 6 Persuasion Skillsets and strategies for mastering them. To support the podcast, visit anchor.fm/don-watkins. First 3 episodes drop June 2.
02:25
May 22, 2020