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In this special quarantine edition of Kibbe on Liberty, Matt Kibbe is joined via Skype by Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky) to discuss the COVID-19 virus and the government’s response to it. Massie points out that no amount of money can stimulate an economy that has been put on pause and that if there isn’t some regulatory relief for farmers and other workers soon, we could start seeing food shortages as well as all the other economic damage this response is causing.

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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.

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  • I’ve been doing some searching… research on the topic of how libertarians (in general) and anarcho-capitalists (specifically) may approach the issue of mass-scale health threats, such as Ebola. I’ve not found much; therefore, I would love to hear any discussion or ideas from my fellow liberty lovers. How might an anarcho-capitalist world handle outbreaks, such as the Ebola virus? One rather simplistic idea is to create a bounty that everyone could contribute to, in order to raise funds which would pay the individual(s)/group(s) who can provide a cure… as well as funds to provide for research costs. I won’t go into the details of this approach, but if you have anything to add, please do so. Otherwise, I’d appreciate other creative ideas and approaches to this serious topic. Thanks!

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