Trad Dads

Trad Dads

By Trad Dads
The decline of liberalism and the rise of illiberal ideas necessitates an informed critique of current events through the lens of traditional thought. Trad Dads Podcast focuses on economic, cultural, political, and family issues and provides traditionalist commentary on the big issues to an audience of traditionalists, libertarians, liberals, socialists, and people of other political identities.
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On Catholic Investing | Ep 49
Levi interviews seminarian Anthony Gentile on the moral issues involved with investing today. Links: Anthony's bio on the Leonine Institute site. USCCB document on investing Cooperation in evil chart
30:10
May 27, 2020
Cities - Problems and Solutions | Ep 48
A city-dwelling Catholic joins me to discuss the problems American cities have and the ways we can solve them.
47:53
May 22, 2020
About Cars | Ep 47
A smattering of topics related to cars: economics, personal finance, emissions, quality, durability, and the future for electric cars. Links: Why did cash for clunkers fail? Edmunds report on used car purchases and financing
37:47
April 18, 2020
An American Central Bank | Ep 47
Recent events have radically shifted the purpose and activities of the Federal Reserve. Does America now have a central bank? This episode is a response to a request by a listener! To suggest an episode topic, leave a voice message on Anchor, a YouTube comment, or contact me @Traddads on Twitter or /TradDads on Facebook! Show links: YouTube Interview
20:34
April 9, 2020
Price Gouging and the CCP Virus | Ep 46
Does economic theory dictate that we shouldn't employ anti-price gouging laws? How else can we think about this issue? This topic is a response to a listener request. Please leave a voicemail on the Anchor app or hit me up on social media to request an episode! Show notes: Price Gouging During the Pandemic Can prohibitions on price gouging reduce deadweight losses?
17:07
April 4, 2020
Open Borders is a Risky Policy | Ep 45
I discuss the policy of open or lightly regulated borders with respect to the recent CCP Virus outbreak. Free Trade is Risky | Ep 44
15:15
March 22, 2020
Free Trade is Risky | Ep 44
I discuss the economics of free trade in the context of the liberal worldview. Free trade is an obvious policy, until something goes wrong.
29:22
March 19, 2020
CDF's Document on Financial and Economic Issues | Ep 43
I discuss the CDF's 2018 document "Economic and Financial Issues" and provide my view on their fundamental principles and the application of those principles in the worldwide financial system. Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones
47:14
March 15, 2020
Risk Uncertainty and Coronavirus | Ep 42
I discuss the panic, fearmongering, risk, uncertainty, and market plunge associated with the worldwide outbreak of coronavirus. Show notes: COVID-19 isn't as deadly as we think - Slate
33:50
March 9, 2020
The Just Price and Salamanca | Ep 41
I discuss the notion of the just price according to the School of Salamanca. Specifically, I use an article from the Distributist Review to respond to some libertarian critics of price controls and add some economic meat to the article. Corporation Christendom - Dr. Peter Chojnowski
21:14
March 1, 2020
Trent Horn's Catholic Critique of Socialism | Ep. 40
Though it's not published yet, Trent Horn's forthcoming book on socialism will likely spark a lot of discussion on Catholic Social Teaching. As a preview, I provide here a critique of a talk he gave on the subject at Benedictine College late last year. Show notes: Horn's talk at Benedictine College Trad Dad's episode on Labor Economics & Policy
19:11
February 7, 2020
Externalities and Moral Judgments | Ep 39
Is economics a reliable guide for morality? How should we respond when we are told our policy views are incoherent because we "don't understand economics?" Show Notes We're All Utilitarians Now? - Levi Russell
24:39
February 1, 2020
Clarifying Vix Pervenit on Usury | Ep 38
Vix Pervenit is, in my view, the most important encyclical on usury. Its admonitions against usury are applicable to all of Christendom, so we should all understand it very clearly. I hope I have provided you with some clarity in this episode! Show notes: Vix Pervenit - Pope Benedict XIV Ethics and the National Economy - Fr. Heinrich Pesch, S.J. "Extrinsic Interest" - Wikipedia on Vix Pervenit Usury FAQ - Zippy (RIP)
24:26
January 28, 2020
Bonus: Vix Pervenit - Encyclical On Usury
I will be doing an episode or two on Vix Pervenit later this week, so to prepare, here is a reading of that encyclical. Vix Pervenit - His Holiness Pope Benedict XIV, 1745
15:00
January 21, 2020
Anthony Stine on the Minimum Wage & Gig Economy | Ep 37
Interview with Anthony Stine of the Return to Tradition podcast. Anthony gives a personal perspective on minimum wage work, the gig economy, and the reality many face in today's workforce. Dept of Labor Tip Info
34:30
January 18, 2020
Fixing the Gig Economy | Ep 36
Recently, California's legislature passed a law effectively banning so-called "gig work" and requiring companies like Uber to treat their contractors as employees. The law went into effect on January 1, but in December controversy around businesses' response to the regulation flared up. In this episode, Levi R addresses the conservative and left-wing responses to the controversy and proposes a more traditional solution to the underlying problem. Dan Bongino's Response to the Controversy (time stamp 46:00) California's gig worker law went into effect; these groups are fighting it - Fox Business
19:03
January 6, 2020
Jobs vs GDP in the Manufacturing Debate | Ep 35
In the various policy debates over trade and industrial policy, the framing is very important. I discuss the tradeoffs between manufacturing employment and output given the trends we've seen in these two data series over the last 20 years. Manufacturing Employment Graph Annual Growth in Manufacturing Employment Graph Manufacturing Real Output Graph Annual Growth in Manufacturing Output Graph Andrew Yang vs Tucker Carlson - Episode 5
21:28
December 18, 2019
On Homeschooling | Ep 34
Levi B joins in to discuss several important reasons for homeschooling. Levi B was homeschooled for 8 years and he and his wife homeschool their children. His experience is enlightening! Show notes: 7 Reasons School is Not An Option for My Homeschooled Kids Home School Legal Defense Association
49:31
December 12, 2019
Libertarian Analysis of CST | Ep 33
Levi R responds to a short video clip by Johan Norberg on atomistic individualism. He then responds to an article in Reason Magazine that attempts to spin Catholic Social Teaching as really just an application of libertarian political theory! Show notes: Norberg on Atomistic Individualism Slade on Catholic Social Teaching
27:44
December 4, 2019
Response to Left Wing Critics of CST | Ep 32
Levi R addresses 4 objections to Distributism or CST-consistent economic policy. The primary issues are definitional: what is "concentrated power?" How should Catholics build their politics around the principle of subsidiarity?
16:01
November 7, 2019
Labor Economics & Policy | Ep 31
Levi R discusses some important issues with labor economics and popular policies that many believe will solve some of our economic problems. What are "breadwinner jobs?" How do we get more of them? How do we raise wages? Links: Definition of "breadwinner jobs" Breadwinner jobs data Deep State Declassified with David Stockman
24:14
November 3, 2019
Promoting Cooperatives | Ep 30
Levi R presents some of the strongest arguments in favor of cooperatives and responds to a few common criticisms. We'd like your feedback! Please hit us up on Twitter (@traddads) or in the comments on YouTube. Family vs Rugged Individualism | Trad Dads Social Security | Trad Dads
22:13
October 26, 2019
Did Liberalism Give Us Prosperity? | Ep 29
Levi R interviews a trained philosopher and former Twitter Thomist. Is liberalism necessary or sufficient for the material prosperity we now enjoy? What about the problems we face in modern society? Sortes sorts it out for us!
40:49
October 17, 2019
On Mandatory Paid Parental Leave | Ep 28
Many on both the right and left advocate mandatory paid parental leave. The left likes this policy for women's empowerment and redistributive purposes. Some on the right like it because it sounds pro-natalist and pro-family. The question is, does mandatory paid parental leave actually accomplish its intended goals? Is it an effective pro-family policy or is there something better? Ship of Fools by Tucker Carlson The Two-Income Trap by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi
22:08
October 8, 2019
Social Security | Ep 27
Levi R discusses Social Security and its critics. Can it be salvaged? Is there a better way? Are the common critiques any good? Fix Social Security game
21:23
October 5, 2019
Economies of Scale - A "law" of economics? | Ep 26
Levi R discusses the concept of economies of scale in policy and political discourse. Do the left and right view economies of scale differently? Is economies of scale an immutable law of nature that cannot be violated by policy?
23:15
September 28, 2019
Tariff Primer and Our Trade War with China | Ep 25
Levi R gives a brief primer on tariffs and other trad policies. He then provides a discussion of the U.S. / China trade ware and gives an update on the latest action. Don't miss it! Primer on tariffs ends at approximately 11:55 Get Economics for Helen from IHS Press. They are in a transition period and you can call for your copy! U.S. vs China Trade War Timeline
27:57
September 18, 2019
The Mechanics and Economics of Social Media | Ep 24
Levi B and Levi R discuss social media platforms. Should we be expected to just build another social media platform or are there barriers to the creation of new platforms? Do we have alternatives to Twitter and Facebook now? Why aren't they bigger?
30:19
September 4, 2019
Community-Focused International Trade Policy | Ep 23
Levi R discusses the economics and politics of international trade as if communities mattered. Yes, unlimited trade makes many of us wealthier, but at what cost? IHS Press - Economics for Helen (order by phone or email)
20:58
August 29, 2019
Anti-Anti-Distributism | Ep 22
In this somewhat unusual episode, Levi R has some harsh words for the Anti-Distributists. Distributism was an attempt to apply the social teaching of the Church to the problems of the early 20th century. It has a ton of great ideas, some of which are very useful today. The most important thing is that you form your economic policy perspectives around Church teaching, rather than the other way around. Unfortunately, there are far too many Catholics who insist on doing the latter. This episode is a response to them.
35:24
August 21, 2019
Family vs Rugged Individualism | Ep 21
The Levis talk about the importance of prioritizing family and reasons why doing so is so difficult in the modern world.
55:56
August 7, 2019
Should We Protect Agriculture? | Ep 20
Levi R and Levi B discuss agricultural policy, specifically tariffs and subsidies designed to benefit agricultural producers. Should countries protect their domestic agricultural industries? Do some policies go too far? The Levis discuss. You can order "Economics for Helen" from IHS Press Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal by Joel Salatin
46:21
August 1, 2019
The Common Good | Ep 19
Levi R did a livestream with Anthony Stine of the YouTube Channel Return to Tradition. This episode is the audio from that conversation. Please enjoy!
1:00:33
July 25, 2019
John DeRosa on the Problem of Evil and Suffering | Ep 18
Levi R interviews John DeRosa, host of the Classical Theism podcast on the problem of evil and suffering. We talk a lot about the need for sacrifice today, but what are the intellectual and theological foundations of sacrifice? Why do we have to live in a world with evil and suffering? Classical Theism Podcast Website Talking Points
37:30
July 17, 2019
Primer on Usury | Ep 16
NOTE: I made an error regarding Fr. Pesch's book. The IHS book is a direct translation of Pesch's Ethik and Volkswirtschaft. Levi R lays out a few definitions of usury and speculates about possible effects of banning usury today. Show notes: Usury in Christendom - Hoffman Usury FAQ - Zippy Catholic (RIP) Ethics and the National Economy - Fr. Pesch (kindle) Vix Pervenit - Pope Benedict XIV Catholic Economics: Debt and Usury - Levi Russell Compound Interest Video
39:52
July 3, 2019
Pesch on the State and the Economy | Ep 15
Levi R reads chapters 2 and 3 of Ethics and the National Economy by Fr. Heinrich Pesch, S.J.
34:52
June 26, 2019
The Minimum Wage | Ep 14
Isaac and the Levis discuss minimum wage policy, its effects, and alternatives like the family wage. Is government policy sufficient to ensure a just wage or does society itself need to be reformed. 
42:20
June 19, 2019
Godly Fatherhood | Ep 13
Levi R interviews Charles, an autodidact theologian on the issue of God and fatherhood. Can we know God if we don't know what a good father is? Can we be good fathers without knowing God? Charles answers these questions in a compelling, Thomistic fashion. This is a must-listen!
35:24
June 12, 2019
Heinrich Pesch on the Just Price | Ep. 12
Levi R reads chapter 6 of Fr. Heinrich Pesch's book Ethics and the National Economy, which can be purchased here.
25:15
June 6, 2019
Mere Catholic Economics | Ep 11
Levi R replays a lecture he recently gave via YouTube livestream to the Canis Society. He lays out a positive case for economic policies based on Catholic Social Teaching. Lecture Notes Original lecture stream
46:25
June 1, 2019
Men's Role in the Pro-Life Movement | Ep. 10
Levi B and Levi R discuss Levi B's recent participation in a pro-life march in Edmonton, Alberta.
18:38
May 24, 2019
Can You Be Humble and Masculine? | Ep 9
Isaac and Levi R discuss the importance of understanding humility properly. It is not weakness and it is not self-deprecating. How should men act humbly in accordance with their masculinity?
20:15
May 15, 2019
Homer Dads - Being a countercultural father | Ep 8
Levi B and Levi R discuss strategies for pushing back against the dominant cultural narrative that infantilizes and disrespects fatherhood.
25:41
May 9, 2019
Brian Kemple - Continuum Philosophical Insights | Ep 7
Levi R and Isaac interview Brian Kemple, PhD about his new venture Continuum Philosophical Insights
45:54
April 30, 2019
The Anti-Pets Episode | Ep 6
Levi R and Levi B discuss the reasons they don't like pets. Rest assured that the other half of Trad Dads don't agree with them and you'll be hearing from them on this topic soon!
33:15
April 22, 2019
Andrew Yang vs. Tucker Carlson | Ep 5
Within the small group of commentators and prospective politicians who question the liberal economic consensus, there are some significant differences. In this episode, Levi talks about the differing perspectives on automation using Ben Shapiro's interviews with Andrew Yang and Tucker Carlson. Yang and Shapiro Tucker and Shapiro
19:53
April 19, 2019
Overview of Catholic Social Teaching | Ep 4
Isaac and Levi discuss Rerum Novarum and the basics of Catholic Social Teaching. Show Notes: Rerum Novarum Series on Catholic Economics Quadragesimo Anno Isaac on the Family Fun Pack
55:12
April 15, 2019
Kids' Tech Use | Ep 3
Levi and Levi discuss how they manage their own children's use of devices and screen time. They provide advice on goals and the key component of screen time management. In their discussion, they separate device management for young kids from device management for teens. Tucker Carlson on Young Teens' Use of Cell Phones The Light Phone
29:55
April 10, 2019
Why You Should Buy Local
In this episode, Levi Russell discusses the economics and ethics of the "buy local" movement. Though many economists oppose this idea on theoretical grounds, there are good reasons, even theoretical ones, to buy local. Trad Dads Show notes: Article - Criticisms of "Buy Local" Don't Make Economic Sense - Levi Russell
23:04
April 4, 2019