Austin Petersen reads an article from the Wall Street Journal which exposes the electoral consequences of leftist moral outrage. In a brilliant piece, Petersen discusses how leftist narratives on white guilt led to the type of reactionary politics we have in the United States today. Petersen also goes through a list of Public Policy rules, in order to advance the libertarian cause, as well as offers a sneak preview of his upcoming book.

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Austin Petersen is the chief executive officer of Stonegait LLC, a for-profit consulting firm specializing in photo and video services. Stonegait also provides social media advice, political campaign expertise and grassroots organizing strategies to candidates for office or to brands looking for more exposure. Petersen is the editor in chief of The Libertarian Republic news magazine, one of the most read political news sites in the United States. He also hosts The Freedom Report podcast, which has 30,000 daily listeners. Petersen is the former Director of Production at FreedomWorks and was an Associate Producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show, “Freedom Watch” on the Fox Business Network. Petersen built Judge Napolitano’s social networks boasting over 600,000 fans and millions of clicks a month. His work has appeared in Getty, Reuters, the LA Times, NBC and Time Magazine. He is also a frequent contributor on television appearing on Russia Today and on dozens of local radio shows. Austin grew up on a farm in the Midwest in a town called Peculiar, Missouri. Graduating from Missouri State University with a degree in the Fine Arts, Petersen moved to New York City after graduation to a pursue a career in media.


  • I wrote a post about #LiberalismDay, an effort to take back “liberalism” from the progressive left. What do you guys think? Is this worthwhile? Or should we just stick to classical liberalism and libertarianism?

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  • Interested in what a libertarian government might look like if it got elected in the UK. What would be its priorities, could it limit government power and enact reform? My own view is that it should look at abolishing government departments first. Once gone they can’t make policy and interfere in people’s lives. I would embrace public services because people are so used to them they won’t accept change immediately but one could change the governance of schools and hospitals and who controls the money.

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  • The Wikipedia page for Mises seems to be written from a bias perspective: someone with the right credentials or knowledge set should go change it. I’ve tried multiple times but had my submissions blocked or undone. Probably the most irksome line in the whole article is under “Contributions and Influence in Economics” where it concludes that among Mises’ students “only Israel Kirzner has achieved mainstream respectability among economists.”(02:39, 21 November 2016) It would be nice if someone could undo the bias on his Wikipedia page. Any Ideas for changes? Use this discussion to report back on what changes have been made and how smoothly your changes go.

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  • Hi everyone, We could all use a good laugh these days, so just thought I’d pass along one of our new animated videos. For Liberty, The Wry Guys

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  • When J. K. Rowling mentioned a petition to ban Donald Trump from the UK, the audience at the PEN Literary Gala applauded. But unlike much of the left, she knows that taking away freedom of speech threatens everyone, including her, and she rebuked the people who clapped. “Just a moment: Now, I find almost everything that Mr. Trump says objectionable. I consider him offensive and bigoted. But he has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there. His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot.” The people who applauded were doubtless the same ones who objected to PEN’s free speech award to Charlie Hebdo. While they’re not likely to be convinced by any argument, she may have gotten others to think about the danger in today’s spreading hostility to free speech. That’s what counts.

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