Iranian writer and activist Ladan Boroumand sits down with Matt Kibbe to discuss her fight for human rights in Iran. She points out that the Iranian people have a yearning for personal liberty, rule of law, and economic freedom, but they fear to speak out against the tyrannical, theocratic government.

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Matt Kibbe is the President and Chief Community Organizer at Free the People, an educational organization turning the next generation on to the values of liberty. We reach the “liberty curious” through social media, video, and storytelling. Kibbe is also an Executive Producer at BlazeTV, where he produces the Kibbe on Liberty podcast as well as The Deadly Isms, a documentary series about the dangers of all flavors of authoritarianism. He is the Co-Founder and Partner at Fight the Power Productions, a strategic communications firm focused on video production, social media branding, and compelling storytelling. He is also a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economics Center in Vienna. In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, where he served as President for 11 years. Steve Forbes said, “Kibbe has been to FreedomWorks what Steve Jobs was to Apple.” Against his better judgment, Kibbe occasionally gets involved in politics, serving as Senior Advisor to a Rand Paul SuperPAC, and creating AlternativePAC to support liberty candidates. Back when Yoda was a teenager, Kibbe worked as Chief of Staff on Capitol Hill, as Budget Director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and at the Republican National Committee. Dubbed “The Scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is most recently author of the #2 New York Times bestseller, Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto. In his spare time he appears on Old Media, including FOX News, MSNBC, CNN and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Most of his best material is lifted from his three liberty-minded cats, Roark, Ragnar, and Rearden.


  • Is scarcity permanent?  Is abundance possible?  I have read some utopian writings outside of the economics sphere vilifying the need for money (a unit of exchange) as if we have been brainwashed into believing that a state of abundance is a myth thereby creating a disenfranchised and lethargic society.  Is this an absurd ideal or a distant possibility?  why and how?

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  • How important is the concept of natural rights to the tenet of libertarianism? Personally, I don’t believe that  “natural rights” exist insofar as rights that are inherent to humanity. Rather I believe all rights are essentially legal or man-made, including the right to life. Natural rights are those that are not dependent on the laws, customs or beliefs of any particular culture or government, and are therefore universal and inalienable (i.e., rights that cannot be repealed or restrained by human laws). Most people feel that natural rights come from God, although I know some atheists who also believe in natural rights. Surely the legal system has not always gotten it right when it comes to things that can/should be/are considered rights, and libertarians recognize that the law is not the basis of right and wrong. Yet I believe all rights describe rules and conditions that we feel are practical, fair and favorable, and do not necessarily describe some divine premise. To me this is perfectly compatible with libertarianism, though I’ve been told that it’s an inconsistent philosophy. Does one have to believe in God and/or natural rights to justify libertarianism?

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  • The State will never be abolished because it does provide a valuable service! Thus, rather than being abolished it will be defined and refined just as property rights/human rights are defined and refined. The two go hand in hand. The role of government is to protect persons and property from fraud and violence. As property rights/human rights are defined and refined then the potential exists for the State to exist in a proper form. One of the ways to move towards a classical liberalism society is to strengthen property rights. As we all know they are being weakened now. But every person can appreciate their own property rights so there is a common interest in fighting back against the mistaken role of the State. This is all a part of the education that leads to an understanding of the connection between liberty and prosperity.

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