Stefan Molyneux

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Stefan Molyneux
Stefan Molyneux 2014-02-10.jpg
Stefan Molyneux in 2014
Born Stefan Basil Molyneux
(1966-09-24) September 24, 1966 (age 55)
Athlone, Ireland
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater B.A., McGill University
M.A., University of Toronto
Occupation Public speaker, host of Freedomain Radio, Podcast
Website freedomainradio.com

Stefan Basil Molyneux (/stɛˈfæn ˈmɑːlɪnj/; born September 24, 1966) is an Irish-born Canadian writer and radio host. Molyneux's areas of interest include anarcho-capitalism, secular ethics, right-libertarianism, cryptocurrencies, and familial relationships. He is a self-published author and has spoken at libertarian conferences. He regularly interviews public figures on his FreeDomainRadio show and his YouTube videos customarily receive over 100,000 views. Molyneux formerly worked in the software industry.

Background

Molyneux was born in Ireland but raised mainly in London, before moving to Canada at age 11.[1] After attending the Glendon College of York University, where he was an actor at Theatre Glendon[2] and a member of the Debating Society,[3] he attended the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal.[1][4] Molyneux received a B.A. in History from McGill University in 1991 and an M.A. in History from University of Toronto in 1993.[4][5]

In early 1995, he and his brother Hugh founded Caribou Systems Corporation, a Toronto-based provider of environmental database software. Stefan was the salesman for the company. The company was sold in 2000.[4][6]

"Freedomain Radio" podcast

In 2005, Molyneux began a podcast called Freedomain Radio (FDR).[7] He uses the same name for the website on which he distributes his own writings, hosts podcast archives, and provides an Internet forum for FDR listeners. Molyneux also produces videos and commentary on current events, and he presents a weekly call-in show on which listeners can ask questions or discuss personal issues.[5] These call-in shows have occasionally been guest-hosted by men's movement activist Warren Farrell[8] and unschooling advocate Dayna Martin.[9] Molyneux funds his efforts by soliciting direct payment from listeners and viewers.[10]

Molyneux has conducted interviews and un-moderated debates with guests including renowned public intellectual Noam Chomsky,[11] anarcho-capitalist theorist Walter Block,[12] libertarian economist David Friedman,[13] Harvard economics lecturer and Cato Institute fellow Jeffrey Miron,[14] intellectual property attorney Stephan Kinsella,[15] Austrian School economist Robert P. Murphy, Divorce Corp director Joseph Sorge,[16] and Zeitgeist founder Peter Joseph.[17] After the interview, Joseph expressed concerns regarding the conduct of his "debate" with Molyneux.[18]

Jeffrey Tucker of the Ludwig von Mises Institute has described Molyneux as "probably the single most influential libertarian thinker of our times" for his ability to teach young people in the digital age.[19]

Public appearances

Stefan Molyneux on the Peter Schiff show
Speaking at The Next Web 2014

Molyneux has been a frequent guest host of the Peter Schiff Show since 2012.[20][21][22]

In 2014, Molyneux spoke at the Texas Bitcoin Conference,[23] the Toronto 2014 Bitcoin Expo,[24][25] and The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam.[26]

He spoke on the topics of circumcision and maternal parenting at the June 2014 International Conference on Men’s Issues hosted by A Voice for Men in Detroit.[27][28]

Views

Stateless society

Molyneux theorizes that the pursuit of virtue in our personal lives could bring about a stateless society that abhors the initiation of force (see Non-Aggression Principle). In addition, the free market (see anarcho-capitalism), poly-centric legal systems and private "dispute resolution organizations" (DRO's) could be empowered to find new and more peaceful ways of adjudicating Common law infractions and contractual disputes.[29]

Criticisms

Criticism of his works

In 2012, libertarian philosopher David Gordon gave a critical examination of Molyneux's 2007 Universally Preferable Behaviour: A Rational Proof for Secular Ethics in The Mises Review, stating, "He fails, and fails miserably. His arguments are often preposterously bad."[30]

Molyneux was the subject of an investigative documentary by Channel 5 in the United Kingdom, which aired on August 20, 2015.[31][32]

Bibliography

Fiction

  • Revolutions. PublishAmerica. 2002. ISBN 978-1591294634. OCLC 671025010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • The God of Atheists. October 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Seduction – a play adapted from Turgenev's Fathers and Sons
  • After – short story and 1998 short film screenplay

Also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Author Stefan Molyneux To Russia, with love". The Mississauga News. Mississauga, Ontario. June 1, 2003. p. Arts & Entertainment: 15. ISSN 0834-6585. OCLC 290997481. Retrieved June 18, 2014 – via NewsBank (Access World News). Molyneux is an Irish-born author who grew up in England and Africa before coming to Canada 25 years ago.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Johnson, Phil (February 23, 1988). "Horrors! Dracula's at Glendon College". Toronto Star, The. Ontario, Canada. p. Neighbors: N17. Retrieved June 18, 2014 – via NewsBank (Access World News).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. da Costa, Cathy (February 8, 1988). "World Champions at Glendon" (PDF). Pro Tem. York University/Glendon College. p. 4. Retrieved May 9, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  5. 5.0 5.1 Ha, Tu Thanh (December 12, 2008). "How a cyberphilosopher convinced followers to cut off family". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved April 28, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Blue292 acquires Caribou Systems" (Press release). Durham, NC: Blue292. January 28, 2002. Archived from the original on August 2, 2003. Retrieved June 6, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Freedomain Radio – Home". Freedomainradio.com. Retrieved 2015-11-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Lane, Carol-Ann (June 2013). "Using Video Technology to Address Boys' Literacy Gap and Connect the Male Voice in Gender Dynamics" (PDF). International Journal of Technology and Inclusive Education. Infonomics Society. 2 (1): 146. ISSN 2046-4568. Retrieved May 26, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Martin, Dayna (March 13, 2013). "Dayna Martin Hosts the Freedomain Radio Sunday Call In Show!". Dayna Martin: Author, Speaker, Voice for Change. daynamartin.com. Retrieved May 26, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Horsager, David (2012). The Trust Edge: How top leaders gain faster results, deeper relationships, and a stronger bottom line. New York: Free Press. pp. 25–26. ISBN 978-1-4767-1137-9. OCLC 820783989.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Audio & Video". Chomsky.info. Retrieved May 31, 2014. The Race War of Drug Prohibition (interview with Stefan Molyneux, of Freedomain Radio). YouTube. December 24, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Block, Walter E. (December 9, 2013). "Walter Block and Stephan [sic] Molyneux debate on spanking (using violence against) children". LewRockwell.com. Retrieved May 25, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Carden, Art (June 25, 2013). "Parental Economics and Risk: A Couple of Reading Suggestions". Library of Economics and Liberty. Retrieved July 7, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Jeffrey A. Miron discusses the war on drugs on Freedomain Radio w/ Stefan Basil Molyneux". Cato Institute. February 23, 2014. Retrieved May 20, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Kinsella, Stephan (July 3, 2010). "Libertarian Parenting – A Freedomain Radio Conversation". StephanKinsella.com. Retrieved May 31, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. "Director Joseph Sorge Interviewed by Stefan Molyneux". Divorce Corp. Retrieved April 28, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. Joseph, Peter (September 26, 2013). "Post Debate Review – Peter Joseph & Stefan Molyneux" (video) (Interview). Retrieved May 31, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. "Peter Joseph on Stefan Molyneux: "The Art of Nonsense" | Pathology or Con-Artistry?". YouTube. Retrieved 2015-11-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. Kinsella, Stephan (March 12, 2012). "Jeff Tucker on Reddit's 'Ask Me Anything'". The Libertarian Standard. Retrieved May 8, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. The Wisdom of Socrates with Peter Boghossian and Stefan Molyneux (video). The Peter Schiff Show. Retrieved April 28, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. The Peter Schiff Show! Hosted by Stefan Molyneux of Freedomain Radio (video). Retrieved July 22, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. Kinsella, Stephan. "KOL106 Peter Schiff Show: Obamacare, Patent Reform". StephanKinsella.com. Retrieved April 28, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. Hortex, Alice (April 14, 2014). "The Psychology of Money: Stefan Molyneux at Texas BTC Conference". Cointelegraph. Retrieved April 28, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. Huber, Suzanne (April 16, 2014). "Toronto Hosts Canada's First Bitcoin Expo". Techvibes. Retrieved April 27, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  25. "Bitcoin Expo Announces Conference Highlights, Sponsors and Exhibitors for Toronto April 11–13 Conference" (Press release). Bitcoin Alliance of Canada. March 28, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  26. Sawers, Paul. "How cryptocurrencies can curb unsustainable growth in government power (interview with Stefan Molyneux)". The Next Web. Retrieved April 16, 2014. Meet Stefan Molyneux, the podcaster, broadcaster, philosopher and host of Freedomain Radio. Molyneux is one of the speakers at the TNW Europe Conference in Amsterdam next week, where he’ll discuss the shifting sands of Western political power over the centuries, the rise of centralized banking, government-controlled currency, and the recent surge in cryptocurrencies.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  27. AVFM. "Stefan Molyneux to speak at International Conference on Men's Issues in Detroit". A Voice for Men. www.avoiceformen.com/allbulletins/stefan-molyneux-to-speak-at-international-conference-on-mens-issues-in-detroit/. Missing or empty |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  30. "The Molyneux Problem | Mises Daily". Mises.org. 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2015-11-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  31. "Trapped In A Cult?". Channel 5. 2015-08-20. Retrieved 2015-11-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  32. Daisy Wyatt (2015-08-20). "Trapped In A Cult? – TV review: Disappointing Channel 5 shock-doc fails to come up to scratch | Reviews | Culture". The Independent. Retrieved 2015-11-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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