Mind Your Liberty

Mind Your Liberty

The Mind Your Liberty channel is all about liberty! What it is, why you should care about it, and how to defend it!


April 30, 2023 58 mins

For this month's episode I recorded a terrific Dorothy Sayers' essay on education, called The Lost Tools of Learning. In it, she outlines a return to classical education in the modern era. I simply didn't have time to expound on it much, but the piece stands on it's own. Enjoy, and have your thoughts provoked! 






The Lost Tools of Writing, by Dorothy Sayers - https://archiv...

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My friends Fred and Rawné Pierce discuss their family homeschooling journey, how they encountered Classical Conversations, and why they chose classical education for their family. They have a unique perspective, as they look back, now that they are about to graduate their oldest child. 


Mentioned resources:

A Thomas Jefferson Education - https://a.co/d/4Qd726l



The Way of the Warrio...

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Local School Board member Kim Miller joins us to discuss her experience on the school board, and how we can stay engaged in the community as Christians, even if our kids aren't in the public school district. 


James Lindsay's New Discourses Bullets (Scroll down to the first episodes from last year) - https://newdiscourses.com/tag/nd-bullets/


The Expulsive Power of a New Affection , Thomas Chalmers, Book - https://a.co/d/03i4wHx


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In this short informal episode I dust off the mic after a month's break and go over What's in a Name, Where We've been, & What's in Store for 2023.

What's in a name - Why the podcast is titled Mind Your Liberty, and what shape the podcast has taken

Where we've been - a brief look back at the podcast in 2022

What's in store for 2023 - To give you an idea of what to expect this year.

Thanks for listening! 


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"The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people, a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations” - John Adams to Hezekiah Niles, 1818


Have you ever wondered what was being preached in the American colonies before the revolution? Given the outstanding role that "religious sentiments" played in the pre-war psyche, we certainly should be curious what the preaching was like. Today I read though a ser...

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The Stamp Act was now going into effect in Colonial America, meaning colonists of all stripes (anybody that used paper) had to make a choice - to use the comply or not to comply. John Dickinson, “the Penman of the Revolution”, wrote this broadside pamphlet to encourage his countrymen to carefully consider their course of action, and the consequences thereof. 


“THE Stamp Act, therefore, is to be regarded only as an EXPERIMENT OF Y...

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In this episode I read through and briefly talk about another important document from the revolutionary era, The Rights of Colonists, by Samuel Adams. This document is another one of the many you can trace the similar lines of thought from the early 1760's (and earlier) to the mid 1770's, and beyond. Adams further develops the concept of natural rights in this piece. 



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What do we do when a country is being divided? When "enemies" are skewing events, blowing things out of perspective, and demonizing us? When we are being labeled as "dangerous" and "a threat"? Well, lets take a peek into a similar situation back in 1768, and see how a Boston town meeting wrote to their London agent and explained events that had been used to stoke division. Maybe there is something for us today. 


P.S. I know it's...

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In this podcast episode I read through a rousing oration given by patriot Samuel Adams in Philadelphia on August 1st, 1776 American Independence. The following day, the members of congress affixed their signatures to the parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence. 


British paper quoted in the speech: https://classicliberal.tripod.com/price/ncl04.html


Text of the American Independence oration: https://tenthamendmentcenter...

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In this short episode I read through America’s favorite document, the Declaration of Independence. Most of us probably read through it in grade school, some of us have studied it since then, but I believe all of us could benefit from once again listening to these timely, intentional words.


Pauline Maier’s book  American Scripture: Making the Declaration of Independence.


Thomas Paine’s Common Sense - https://oll.libertyfund.org/...

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Today I celebrate the the historic Supreme Court decision, where they get something right and recognize our God-given right to self defense, specifically carrying pistols in public. I read though the syllabus of the opinion. Follow along, I bet you'll learn something!


Epoch Times article - https://www.theepochtimes.com/supreme-court-strikes-down-new-yorks-unconstitutional-concealed-carry-gun-law_4553435.html


The Opinion - http...

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In this episode we cover A Summary View of the Rights of British America, by Thomas Jefferson (1774) There are a lot of timeless quotes taken out of this piece. I point out a few of these and break down the document a little bit before reading through the whole thing, so we can get a grasp on the context these quotes are being taken from. 



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This is episode #2 in the Wordy Wednesday series. Today we cover some old words I encountered while preparing a forthcoming episode covering A SUMMARY VIEW OF THE RIGHTS OF BRITISH AMERICA, by Thomas Jefferson. The words covered in today's episode are: Imperious, Recognizance, Nugatory, Salutary, Allodial, Feudal, Burthens, Venal








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In this episode I read Washington’s Farewell Address. Our first president was offering some parting advice, while looking forward to retirement after over 20 years of service to his country. Issues he addressed back then may sound familiar to us even today. He mentioned the dangers of party politics, overgrown military establishments, entangling European alliances, choosing favorite nations, what to do with the national debt, encro...

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Words are our primary means of expressing ideas. As such, they are natural means of subversion of liberty, which is, among other things, an idea. This is the inaugural episode for an ongoing series of episodes called "Wordy Wednesday". Sometimes, we'll dive into high-impact words and spend a full length episode digging into the word and the ideas behind it. Other days, like this episode, we will simply define some old words that I ...

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February 11th, 1768, 254 years ago today, the Massachusetts Colonial Legislature sent out what we today would call an open letter to the British Parliament, with copies sent to the other colonies as well. Recent acts of Parliament were felt in the colonies to be "encroaching" on the public liberty. The rights asserted in this letter were felt to be universal among the British Colonies, and so any infringement upon them was to be me...

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The Second Amendment Preservation Act, commonly referred to as SAPA, has been in the news a lot lately. Everybody, if you listen to the mainstream news, is against it now. Gun-grabbing leftists, news and media outlets, and maybe surprisingly to some, the law enforcement community has come out against the act. However, this is a historic bill that took 8 years to get passed, and was passed at the insistence of tens of thousands of M...

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John Witherspoon is one of the greatest, yet overlooked, influencers of the founding generation. This episode features a sermon preached he preached at Princeton University on May 17th, 1776. Witherspoon admits “that this is the first time of my introducing any political subject into the pulpit. At this season however, it is not only lawful but necessary”.  My hope is that you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed recording it! 

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This is just a short (really short) note to let you know I am, in fact, still alive, and I do, in fact intend to continue the podcast. I also wanted to let you know a bit of what is coming down the pipe for Mind Your Liberty. Enjoy the short now, the next one is long! 

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Jono Scott is running for City Council in Aurora, Colorado for Ward 3. In this interview he talks about why he is running, and how he got here, and he gives us a perspective on what a city council position could looks like.

Check out his webpage: https://www.jonoscott.com/

Support Jono: https://secure.anedot.com/jono-scott/

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