Gary Johnson to Appear on 60 Minutes

Gary Johnson will be on 60 Minutes tonight. I can’t believe how great this cycle has been. It’s a vindication for all the years of people telling libertarians to give up on growing a third party and change it from the inside. Not once have I been asked in 2016, “Who are you guys running?”

He’s on the ballot in all 50 states and is a serious enough candidate to be on every major news program. We hear there is no chance that he will win. He has every opportunity if people vote according to their conscious. Math doesn’t prevent him from winning, only fear.

Gary Johnson to Appear on 60 Minutes

Gary Johnson will be on 60 Minutes tonight. I can’t believe how great this cycle has been. It’s a vindication for all the years of people telling libertarians to give up on growing a third party and change it from the inside. Not once have I been asked in 2016, “Who are you guys running?”

He’s on the ballot in all 50 states and is a serious enough candidate to be on every major news program. We hear there is no chance that he will win. He has every opportunity if people vote according to their conscious. Math doesn’t prevent him from winning, only fear.

Announcing the Dispatch, Our Email Newsletter

An email newsletter has long been something I’ve wanted to add to We Are Libertarians. Time has prevented us from starting one, and it will be our foe in the future. We will email one a day as time allows, but there may be some days where we just don’t have the chance to put it together. Sign up here.

Our goal is to arm you with information. Greg Lenz, our contributors and I spend hours a week reading and studying for each episode. The Dispatch is the byproduct of that work. If you see articles, videos or podcasts, please send by email to

30 Books To Heal Codependency and Grow Emotionally

Codependency had always been an amorphous word to me. It was something that plagued weak and needy people. Then I went through a divorce, not of my choosing. I realized I had been codependent through every relationship I’d had. Through the past year, I’ve been through therapy, talked to friends, and have read. A lot.

These are the books I’ve found helpful, and they are from my unique recovery path. Still, I think you’ll find a book for every stage struggling codependents enter: 1. The realization. 2. The Quest for information. 3. Strategies to overcome. 4. How do “normal” people live?

These aren’t in any order, but Scary Close is the book that struck me like lightning and changed my life. It’s the book that shared that codependency wasn’t amorphous. It’s how I thought. The rest renewed my mind.

  1. Scary Close by Donald Miller
  2. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
  3. The Journey from Abandonment to Healing by Susan Anderson
  4. Taming Your Outer Child: Overcoming Self-Sabotage and Healing from Abandonment by Susan Anderson
  5. Self-Esteem: A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Assessing, Improving, and Maintaining Your Self-Esteem by Matthew McKay and Patrick Fanning
  6. The Self-Esteem Guided Journal: A 10-Week Program by Matthew McKay PhD
  7. Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by Henry Cloud and John Townsend (And Workbook)
  8. Thoughts & feelings: taking control of your moods & your life by Matthew McKay
  9. Healing the shame that binds you by John Bradshaw
  10. The undervalued self: restore your love/power balance, transform the inner voice that holds you back, and find your true self-worth by Elaine Aron
  11. Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find – and Keep – Love by Amir Levine, Rachel Heller
  12. Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples OR Keeping the Love You Find by Harville Hendrix
  13. Smart Change: Five Tools to Create New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others by Art Markman PhD
  14. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  15. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
  16. I Need Your Love – Is That True? By Byron Katie
  17. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  18. To be a man: a guide to true masculine power by Robert Augustus Masters
  19. The invisible presence : how a man’s relationship with his mother affects all his relationships with women by Michael Gurian
  20. Self-therapy : a step-by-step guide to creating wholeness and healing your inner child using IFS, a new cutting-edge psychotherapy by Jay Earley
  21. Invisible men: men’s inner lives and the consequences of silence by Michael Addis
  22. Healing relationships is an inside job: when the connection between you and another person is strained or broken by Arlene Harder
  23. Healing your emotional self: a powerful program to help you raise your self-esteem, quiet your inner critic, and overcome your shame by Beverly Engel.
  24. Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie (And workbook)
  25. Let Go Now: Embracing Detachment by Karen Casey
  26. Healing the Child Within: Discovery and Recovery for Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families by Charles Whitfield
  27. Struggle for Intimacy by Janet Woititz
  28. Daring to Trust: Opening Ourselves to Real Love and Intimacy by David Richo
  29. When the Past Is Present: Healing the Emotional Wounds that Sabotage our Relationships by David Richo
  30. Mate: Become the Man Women Want by Tucker Max and Geoffrey Miller

P.S. If you’ve found this list then it was likely due to a Google search out of desperation. I remember being there. A book won’t change your life. Only you can. Self-care must be the most important driver in your life for a while. Read these books, go to therapy, open up to friends, write in a journal, get sunlight, exercise, eat right, got to Al-Anon meetings, and get plenty of sleep. Time fixes everything else.

“There’s no one in the world if anything is meaningful and truthful that you’re not going to offend someone. You’ve got to be able to say what it is, say how it is and take the consequence.” – Tommy Smothers

Tommy Smothers (CNN's The Sixties)

The Rev. Ralph Abernathy was the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL in the early 1950’s. As the leader of the largest black church in the city, it put him squarely in the middle of the civil rights movement’s birth. He would befriend another pastor in town: Martin Luther King Jr. The two would become best friends and the leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He succeeded King as the head of the SCLC after King’s 1968 assassination. Abernathy passed away in 1990 of a blood clot. I found the inscription on his tombstone fitting: “I TRIED.”

We Are Libertarians is not your typical political podcast. Chris Spangle and Greg Lenz blend humor and intelligence to explain what the hell is happening in our world today and how to fix it by thinking differently. Learn more about us at

This is a great event to bring friends that are interested in politics or libertarianism! It is a ton of fun.

We will be recording a live episode and will interact with the audience through games and question and answer. Admission will be $5.

Morty’s Comedy Joint is a full-service bar and restaurant in addition to being a great comedy club. They are 18+. (Our show has bad language anyways.) Come thirsty and hungry.

Date: September 26, 2016
Time: 07:00-09:00 p.m.
Event: We Are Libertarians Live at Morty's Comedy Joint - Sept. 26, 2016
Venue: Morty's Comedy Joint
Location: 3824 E. 82nd St. Indianapolis, IN 46240
Indianapolis, IN 46240
United States
Public: Public

“Now the crucial paradox which confronts us here is that the whole process of education occurs within a social framework and is designed to perpetuate the aims of society. Thus, for example, the boys and girls who were born during the era of the Third Reich, when educated to the purposes of the Third Reich, became barbarians. The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated. The purpose of education, finally, is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions, to say to himself this is black or this is white, to decide for himself whether there is a God in heaven or not. To ask questions of the universe, and then learn to live with those questions, is the way he achieves his own identity. But no society is really anxious to have that kind of person around. What societies really, ideally, want is a citizenry which will simply obey the rules of society. If a society succeeds in this, that society is about to perish. The obligation of anyone who thinks of himself as responsible is to examine society and try to change it and to fight it – at no matter what risk. This is the only hope society has. This is the only way societies change.” – James Baldwin

My Radio Origins on the No Better than Average Show

“This week on the No Better than Average Show the guys have a special guest; Chris Spangle.

Chris is the Digital Director for the nationally syndicated, top-rated morning comedy radio show The Bob & Tom Show as well as the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of We Are Libertarians (a podcast that “brings all of the irreverence modern politics deserves”).

The guys have Chris on to discuss creating and running a successful podcast, how new media and technology is integrating with “dying” mediums like terrestrial radio, of course, some political chit-chat and more.

To follow Chris, check out his site – We Are Libertarians – at He has a ton of great shows & content online through his network.

A Conversation on Codependency on the Well We Tried Podcast

I appeared on my coworker’s Grace and Jess’s show, the Well, We Tried podcast and ended up discussing codependency.

“The girls are joined for their first threesome… of conversation on the podcast with guest Chris Spangle. Warning: this gets a little deep and meaningful, so if you’re not into therapy stuff, skip this one. Spangle goes over how he’s grown in the past year, where he’s headed and gives Jess and Grace an idea of what a podcast should sound like. Follow us at @wellwetried or email us at”

My Top 10 Libertarian Podcasts

I am often asked what are my favorite libertarian podcasts. Everyone has different tastes, so here are the ones I personally enjoy the most. We have a full list of libertarian websites and political sites here. Maybe I missed some on the list? Let me know.

  1. We Are Libertarians  – We Are Libertarians brings all of the irreverence modern politics deserves. Chris Spangle and other co-hosts blend humor and intelligence to explain to you what the hell is happening in our world today and how we can fix it by thinking differently by blending comedy and the libertarian philosophy to explain current events.
  2. Lions of Liberty – These guys have a similar feel to WAL. Enjoy a beer and catch up with friends. They have a ton of great interviews as well.
  3. Johnny Rocket Launch Pad – This is so well produced and entertaining. You are going to LOVE this podcast the first time you hear it.
  4. LAVA Flow with Rodger Paxton. Probably the only “radical” podcast on my list, I appreciate Rodger’s point of view. I always learn something new, and the show is well researched.
  5. The Joe Rogan Experience – Not always libertarian, but most of his interviews are mind expanding.
  6. The Fifth Column – Matt Welch of Reason, Kmele Foster and Michael Moynihan shared a fact-based and reasoned view of the week’s news. You will learn something every week.
  7. The Tom Woods Show – This has to be in any libertarian’s top 5, right? One of my favorite libertarians present wide range of interviews on history, economics, and society.
  8. Leading Liberty with Jenn Gray – A practical approach to communicating liberty.
  9. Cato Daily Podcast – Issues of the day from the top thinkers at the Cato Institute. They also have an audio feed of their events.
  10. Dan Carlin’s Common Sense – Carlin’s Common Sense and Hardcore History podcasts are works of art. There is always a point of view proposed that won’t be heard anywhere else. It is not dogmatic libertarianism, but it is thought provoking.

Honorable mention:

Libertarian Podcast Networks:

Libertarian Podcasts

Other Political Podcasts to Check out:

  • The Axe Files with David Axelrod
  • Candidate Confessional
  • CNN Debates
  • Democracy Now!
  • The Dick Morris Podcast
  • The Ezra Klein Show
  • Face the Nation Radio
  • Fareed Zakaria GPS
  • FiveThirtyEight Elections
  • Fox News Sunday
  • Freakonomics Radio
  • Fresh Air
  • Frontline Audiocast
  • Fw:Thinking
  • It’s All Journalism
  • List of top Conservative Podcasts
  • Longform
  • Louder with Crowder
  • Masters in Politics
  • Matt Lewis and the News
  • Off Message
  • Political Wire Conversations
  • Politico’s Nerdcast
  • The Pollsters
  • Presidential
  • The RSA
  • State of the Union with Jake Tapper
  • TED Radio Hour
  • The Tim Ferris Show
  • This Week in Tech

Small Council: Should I Be Dating?

We convene the small council for the first time. A group of my friends and I will discuss whatever issue may be popping up in our lives on these episodes. Today Joe Ruiz, Tyler Weiss, and Mel Bam sit me down for a frank talk about my dating life.

How To Do Standup Comedy with Josh Arnold

I have wanted to do standup comedy forever. I think I am funny. I laugh at me all the time. But will anyone else laugh? What if they don’t? What do I write? Professional comedian and great human Josh Arnold walks me through his progression as a standup and gives me some tips.

Inside the Mind Of A Superfan with Kristi Avery

We all have that one friend insanely devoted to an artist, musician, comedian, or entertainer. We even cringe a little at how much they are obsessed over something that seems trivial to us. Kristi Avery shows us how meaningful something like Weird Al Fandom is to her life.

Series Two, Episode Three: Reaction to Episode 2, Why the LGBTQ community must be armed

Chris Spangle and Miah Akston review the reaction to last episode, discuss Orlando and why the LGBTQ community must be armed, and have some laughs when Spangle draws out a mock tattoo for Miah’s new sleeve.

PJ Yinger on the Early Days of the BOB & TOM Show Art

PJ Yinger is the graphic artist for the BOB & TOM Show. He is also the trumpet player in the BOB & TOM Band. He is also the one that shepherded me into the B&T universe. He shares with us the process of making the 65 B&T albums over 30 years as well as the the changes in graphic design since the 1980s. PJ is also the designer of the new WAL and CSS logos.


Series Two, Episode Two: Bathrooms, Miah’s Emotional Life, Suicide

Chris Spangle and Miah Akston sit down to share an intense and emotional discussion about a trip Miah is taking, what goes on in her mind, and suicide. We also cover trans bathrooms.