Jackson and I discuss the issues surrounding Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy and his dispute with the Bureau of Land Management. We see this as bigger than a rancher who doesn’t want to pay grazing fees. Does the federal government have a legitimate claim to an ownership of huge portions of land west of the Mississippi? Why would militia members from out of state feel the need to come to Bundy’s defense? Have a listen and tell us what you think.
Tate and Jackson B. discuss different philosophies about voting, both in the context of the nation-state and at a more local level. Is it your duty to vote? Do you have a right to complain if you don’t vote? Or, are you endorsing the system by voting? Find out what we have to say and let us know what you think!
Though it may not be still at the top of the headlines, it’s not as though the NSA isn’t still spying on Americans. So, even if the subject matter of this podcast doesn’t seem timely because of the attention spans the media have given us, I believe it is. But a further question is, why should you want to hear the TNP take on it?
It is our contention at TNP that all, or nearly all, political problems could be extensively mitigated or solved by bringing decision making to the most local level possible. This is the what we refer to as localism. And though at first glance localism might not appear to apply in this case, we believe it does.
In this episode, Jackson B. and I discuss not so much the facts of the immensely controversial Trayvon Martin case, but rather the national media’s power to shape public perceptions.
Can a “society” of over 300 million people have uniform racial problems or are they products of specific communities? Does the media need to create simplistic narratives on race to make sense across so many people? How much does the mass media influence our ideas of what issues are important and which are not?