The decline of liberalism and 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.
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?
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)
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.
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
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
Isaac discusses his take on Libido Dominandi by Dr. E. Michael Jones and it's implications for today. The Levi's ask questions.
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.
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
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!
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.
Original lecture stream
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
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
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.
Article - Criticisms of "Buy Local" Don't Make Economic Sense - Levi Russell
In this episode, Levi, Isaac, and "Other Levi" discuss a recent episode of Taylor Marshall and Tim Gordon's podcast. We address some criticisms of so-called Distributism and Marshall and Gordon's problems with government intervention into markets. We then provide a positive case, rooted in the Catechism and Papal Encyclicals, for government intervention in the market in some cases.
Against Catholic Distributism - Taylor Marshall, Jay Richards, and Tim Gordon
Social Justice Reconsidered - Edward Feser
Socialism Versus the Family - Edward Feser
Catholic Socialism, Stalwart of Liberalism - Isaac Miller
Catholic Economics: Neither Socialist Nor Capitalist - Levi Russell
Free Markets and Families - Levi Russell