Mere Liberty

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Mere Liberty

Mere Liberty


On this episode of Dare to Think, host Kerry Baldwin delves into the complex history of the Libertarian Party's stance on abortion rights. In her exploration, Kerry highlights key shifts in the party's platform over the decades, shedding light on the diverse perspectives within the Libertarian Party.

As she navigates through the party's evolving positions on abortion, Kerry addresses the recent removal of the abortion plank from the platform, which has sparked debates among delegates who hold varying views on abortion.

With a focus on the nuances of the party's stance and the implications for both pro choice and pro life libertarians, this episode offers an in-depth analysis of a contentious issue within the Libertarian Party.

Join Kerry as she discusses the ongoing philosophical debate and its potential impact on the future of Libertarianism.

00:00 Introduction and history of the abortion plank

06:44 Historical LP stance on abortion shows division.

09:47 Delegate supports removing abortion plank.

11:02 Dallas Accord: Libertarian Party for all libertarians.

14:30 Silence on abortion: Threat to women's rights?

18:43 Authoritarian policies infringe on reproductive rights.

23:02 Libertarian platform silent on abortion for consistency.

24:58 Podcast promoting critical thinking and membership benefits.

| SUMMARY - Nancy Pearcey Explains The Toxic War on Masculinity |


In this episode of Dare to Think, Kerry Baldwin interviews Professor Nancy Pearcey about her book, The Toxic War on Masculinity. This book is not intended to take sides in cultural-religious debate between Complementarianism and Egalitarianism.

Instead, Pearcey examines a socio-historical perspective of the phenomenon known as "toxic masculinity" and whether Christianity or secularism is responsible for it. Pearcey finds a number of surprising examples throughout history, and also today from prominent sociological and psychological marriage researchers. Pearcey's book is more of an academic apologetic written for educated layman, instead of a popular piece.

Join me, Kerry Baldwin, with Nancy Pearcey, as we Dare to Think about the Toxic War on Masculinity

Read my review of Pearcey's book at


00:00 Introduction

01:20 What is the main problem the book is trying to solve?

04:47 What has been the cause for controversy surrounding the book?

09:01 The "Good" man versus "Real" man scripts

12:13 The "Andrew Tate" phenomenon of masculinity & classical Christian schools

14:09 How Christian men are absorbing the secular ("real man") script

15:02 Research for Christian men splits into two different groups: devout versus nominal

17:22 Brad Wilcox on Christian marriages

19:57 Nominal Christian men marriage and divorce stats

21:47 Percentage of nominal to devout Christian men is 50/50

23:24 Fatherless boyhood: a problem of no-fault divorce or Industrialization?

25:23 How did we lose involved fathers?

27:50 Is there a way to flex the workplace so fathers are no longer absent from the family?

29:02 The impact of fatherlessness hits boys harder than girls

30:24 The impact of father substitutes

31:44 How the 1950s model of the household cant possibly be t..


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Summary Welcome to Dare to Think, where we challenge & and rethinking prevailing paradigms. In today's episode, we delve into the relaunch of the Liberty Seminar, a course designed by Kerry Baldwin to cultivate the invaluable skill of thinking well using the Socratic method. Our guests, Mike Leavitt, Jacob, and Kerry Baldwin, engage in thought-provoking discussions on the significance of critically thinking and challenging existing beliefs. We'll explore how the Socratic method can be applied in diverse areas of life, from theology and education to personal growth and professional development. Join us as we learn about the power of asking the right questions and embracing the freedom of thinking well.

Main Points of Discussion 00:00 Introduction 01:06 What is the Liberty Seminar and what is it trying to accomplish? 05:05 What is the Socratic Method? 06:02 Is the Socratic method just about asking questions? 08:14 What is critical thinking and why is it on the decline in society today? 10:56 If tests don't demonstrate learning, then how do we know we're learning? 11:59 Why AI is not taking over reasoning 12:46 What do you get from the course, the Liberty Seminar 16:12 Real life applications: non-academic trade skills building 17:42 Real life applications: improve parenting skills and communication with your teen and adult children 19:05 Real life applications: professional soft skills development 19:26 Real life applications: study of doctrine and theology 21:43 How critical thinking is an effective response to manipulation 24:16 Why is courage implied when choosing to learn to think well 27:29 Objection: Christians who believe philosophy or reasoning is a distraction or will lead you away from the truth 32:56 How has Socratic Practice helped Kerry in her own life? 35:48 How does the Liberty Seminar helpful for intuitive thinkers or those who naturally pursue their passions and interests? Resource Lin..

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To challenge and rethink our paradigms for understanding society, by applying reformed theology and philosophy to politics, religion, and culture, in order to encourage individual freedom and responsibility within our own spheres of influence.

About Mere Liberty

We are at an interesting point in history; most of us know something of the American experiment – this idea that mankind can and should live in a free society. But our history is also riddled with instances where we’ve acted against the principles of freedom. Today, we are approaching an interesting crossroads.

And what about Christians? Evangelicalism in America are under pressure as they abandon orthodoxy; mainline denominations are disappearing; doctrine is a dirty word, and theology is seen as purely academic.

What is it that we’ve lost? How do we find it again? Did we ever have it right? What were we right about? What were we wrong about? What contemporary relevance do our past ideas and history have for today?

Mere Liberty is about liberty at its most fundamental core. It’s stripping away the rhetoric that we’ve become accustomed to hearing, and challenging the paradigms that face us today. The negative effect of these paradigms are also polarizing and we need to find a way past the stalemate.

Mere Liberty is not about politics per se, rather it’s about the philosophies (and theology) behind the problems presented in politics and culture. Challenging the manner in which we see these problems will push us to think beyond mere political solutions that in effect isolate us from own responsibility, and eschewing responsibility means relinquishing our associated freedoms.

Applied Philosophy

Just as it sounds, applied philosophy takes a philosophical system (ethics, for example) and addresses real world issues, questions, and scenarios. This means far more than dealing with abstractions – although this is necessary – this means dealing with real life issues in concrete ways based on philosophical ideas that we believe represent the truth of reality. Mere Liberty is not exclusive neutral in its philosophy; genuine neutrality is impossible. Though there is opportunity to discuss the merits and demerits of any given philosophy, I take a distinctly libertarian approach to philosophy.

Practical Theology

In much the same way as applied philosophy, practical theology is about applying theology to everyday lives. Here it’s not good enough to simply say something like, “our identity is in Christ;” but rather we delve deeper into what that means on a practical level. How can you see this identity manifested in a tangible way? On theological matters, you’ll notice that I take a historic reformed (Calvinist) perspective.

Of course, not all of philosophy or all of theology can be applied practically. The cerebral and abstract sides of these things are highly important and sometimes we’ll discuss these issues, but with Mere Liberty, we don’t want to simply leave them there.

And if you have a topic that you’re interested in me looking at, feel free to email it to me and we’ll discuss it.