The Lesson I Learned from People who Buy Porsche’s

I am at a place in my life I have facetiously been calling “limbo.” I recently graduated from university, am engaged to be married in March, and living temporarily in Virginia with my soon-to-be wife in housing provided to us by the theatre company we each are working for in different capacities. Summed up, we are living in a generously sized closet, working long hours, not making much money, and being that we will be moving to California before the wedding, we lack the ability to make long term financial or life plans. Continue reading

Thomas Massie’s ReasonTV Interview: Politics Alone Cannot and Will Not Bring Liberty

Matt Welch from Reason Magazine (not to be confused with Matt Walsh from The Daily Wire who I criticized in an earlier podcast episode) recently sat down with Rep. Thomas Massie from Kentucky. The congressman shared many important thoughts regarding strategy and some insider information about what it’s actually like to try being a principled person in Washington, DC.

Libertarians have a great habit of being uncompromisingly dedicated to their principles and to idealistic prospects for a free society. That propensity for radical idealism is something I share, and something I value as one of libertarians’ best hopes for inspiring that free society. There are many libertarians who hope for progress to occur through the avenue of politics as the field stands and by being a moderate bridge between mainstream positions and libertarianism in its most consistent form. While many see this as a realistic approach, this interview with Rep. Massie solidifies what I already figured was true: political ends come after cultural wins. Continue reading

LibertyBias Show #6: Conversation- The Ideal Education?

True education is not confined to the classroom. What is the current state of education like for students? What might a better approach be? What are the problems non-leftists face in higher education today?

My guest today is Gabi Maylock from Ohio University. Gabi is a graduate student in Critical Studies in Education. Her and I first met about a month ago at Students for Liberty’s LibertyCon, which is what we discussed in the first ten minutes of this episode. She, like me, is interested in the ways in which liberty can be personable and can bring out the best in humanity. I hope that we can talk many more times on!

Sincerely, John Osterhoudt

Listen on Stitcher and iTunes.

Recorded: 3/24/18

LibertyBias Show #5: Conversation- Achieving Mental Freedom

Freedom is not something we are given; it’s something that has many forms and many paths of achieving it. There certainly can be instances or long struggles where our freedom is infringed upon external factors, but liberty must first spring from within. Without the mental state of being free, then how free can we be externally? That’s the way in which this late-night, beer-fueled conversation was framed. Continue reading

LibertyBias Show #3: True Virtue Cannot Be Enforced

Today, Matt Walsh of The Daily Wire tweeted this nonsense that libertarians are somehow opposed to caring about virtue… that we have nothing to say about anything except when it comes to violence. Wrong. We just know that truly being a virtuous person is something that must be by its very nature consciously chosen, otherwise it’s not actually virtue. Continue reading

LibertyBias Show #2: The Internet’s Proclivity for Drama and Dishonesty

A discussion of employing rational, objective, and honest thinking that revolves around the controversy of Logan Paul (Yes, I know I’m late to the party).

I, unlike the angry mobs on the internet, will not assume the moral high ground when it comes to the Logan Paul controversy. “But John,” some might say, “he showed a dead body, made a joke of suicide, and profited off death.” I think this response, which was the norm on Twitter for a week or so, is dramatic, let alone inaccurate if you objectively watch the never-monetized vlog without a pitchfork. Continue reading

LibertyBias Show #1: The Intro

A messy and sloppy introduction into my new personal audio project: LibertyBias ThoughtCast. It will be nothing more than me thinking aloud, which I hope will eventually be challenging, provoking, and fun. Today, however, is just a quick explanation of what this site “Liberty Bias” is, why the name, why I stopped writing blog posts, and my aspirations for this project. Continue reading