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TNP Podcast 7: Militarization of Police


Floyd Noel joins us in a talk about militarized police departments, their negative effects, and what more humane, local solutions have to offer.

The Salon article mentioned can be found here.

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TNP Podcast 6: Cliven Bundy, Public Lands, and Militia

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.


Music Credit: Chance McCoy and the Appalachian String Band


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The New Polis Podcast 5 – Voting and Political Participation

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!

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The New Polis Podcast Episode 4: The Government Shutdown in Idaho

Tate and Jackson discuss how the federal government’s “shutdown” is affecting Idahoans. The programs affected include national parks, the National Guard, the US Attorney’s office, and WIC.

Referenced Material:

Spokesman Review article

Pro Libertate on Wendy Olson


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The New Polis Podcast Episode 3: NSA and Edward Snowden

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.

Please listen and tell us what you think!

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The New Polis Podcast, Episode 2: Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, and the Mass Media

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?


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Introducing The New Polis Podcast!

Jackson B. Archer and I sit down and discuss why we created The New Polis, answer the question, “What’s with the title?”, and explain what contributions we hope TNP can make.

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Please let us know what you think!


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