Archive for the ‘Podcast’ Category

On today’s episode I was thrilled to welcome Peter Schiff.  Peter is President and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital and Schiff Gold.  He has a great podcast of his own which you can find at: and is a frequent guest on most major financial television networks.  I have been a fan of his for a long time and was really excited to have him on the program.


We recently caught up with famous economic prognosticator Gerald Celente.  He is calling for a worldwide collapse… and soon.  You don’t want to miss this episode:


Trends Research Institute

Occupy Peace

On the latest episode of Political Badger, Doug Casey, renowned author, investor, and libertarian philosopher joined me to talk about our economy.  Doug feels something is brewing and it’s not good.  Listen in as he explains the how and the why of our economy’s pending collapse.

Crisis Investing

Dr. Doom, Marc Faber joins us on Political Badger today to discuss economic troubles in China, Greece, and the U.S.

On today’s show we are talking to John Tamny.  John is editor of RealClearMarkets, Political Economy editor at Forbes, and a senior economic adviser to Toreador Research and Trading ( He is author of the new book Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You About Economics (Regnery).

Here is part two of my interview with Cody Wilson:


On this episode Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed tells us how two young guys from Little Rock, Arkansas conceived of an idea that just might rock the system.  It’s an idea rooted in a deep political philosophy that we’ll explore in episode two…  And it’s an idea that nearly cost him his freedom… and now he’s pursuing those who would imprison him with a fury like William MF Wallace.

Please check out my interview with Scott Horton of Antiwar radio: and the Scott Horton Show:  On this episode Scott obliterates the notion that the U.S. should police the world, that any of our wars are just, and that anything good at all comes from our war machine.  This was a lively conversation.  I know you’ll enjoy it!

Please check out our latest podcast episode with Tres Knippa.  Tres is a trader, broker, and member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and appears weekly on CNBC, Bloomberg, and many other networks around the world. Tres has been trading futures and currency markets for over 17 years and became a member of theChicago Mercantile Exchange in 1996 after moving to Chicago from Texas. In 2004 Tres was the youngest member to ever be appointed to the Live Cattle Pit Committee at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Today, Tres’ focus is nothing short of global in scope.Tres trades a variety markets for himself and his clients including agricultural futures, currencies, stock indices, and interest rates. Tres’ customer base is as diverse as his positions. His customers include a commercial wheat farmer in Brisbane, Australia, a fund manager in London, England, a currency trader in Dubai, UAE, a stock index trader in Prague, Czech, a fund manager in Italy, and a feedyard owner in Dodge City, Kansas amongst many others. Tres is a registered Commodity Trading Advisor with Kenai Capital Management. While building his business, Tres found the time to attend classes and graduate from the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT in Boston, Massachusetts. He also holds a BBA from Baylor University and a Ranch Management Certificate from Texas Christian University. Tres’ fund seeks to profit from what, in his opinion, is the coming debt crisis in Japan.

On today’s episode of Political Badger I interview David Beito about his book From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State which explores Fraternal Societies that provided social services before the government ran them.  It’s a good reminder of how man can and will always figure out ways to solve his problems in the absence of government intervention.  Many people assume we need government to provide unemployment insurance, etc.  Dr. Beito clearly illustrates this was not the case throughout most of our history.

Please check out our latest interview with Bob Wenzel of and where we break down our economy from an Austrian perspective:

On our latest episode we are joined by Dr. Mark Thornton of the Mises Institute for a second appearance.  Today we discuss his great work on what is known as The Skyscraper Index which posits that each time the world’s largest skyscraper is built, an economic crisis follows.  Dr. Thornton has uncovered some pretty compelling evidence to support the theory in the past and has a new article on the newest tallest building in the world under construction in Saudi Arabia.


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Skyscrapers and Business Cycles

Our latest podcast episode is an interview with Travis Wilson of the new website  Police misconduct and general ineptitude is something we see and hear a lot about but is something I really don’t know much about I’m embarrassed to say.  I’m very glad to have had Travis on the show to educate me about this important issue.

Travis Wilson is a 2010 graduate of the Northeast Florida Criminal Justice Training Center in Jacksonville Florida. His experience in the educational setting and experiences both before and after this professional training aid in the thoughts and context to his writing.

Another place to catch his work not related to the Law Enforcement profession is his personal blog at, launching mid April.  He has been guest on several radio programs including The Austrian Circle and Becoming Conscious and has had his writing featured by online blog aggregates The Essence of Liberty, The Libertarian Liquidationist and We Are Libertarians.


I recently had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Harry Dent.  He is the founder of HS Dent Investment Management, Editor of the free newsletter “Economy and Markets”, and is the author of several books including The Demographic Cliff.  Harry offers a bit of a different perspective than you are used to hearing on this show.  It was fascinating to learn how demographic cycles, and cycles in general, can be predictive of economic and societal conditions.

Please enjoy my latest interview with Per Bylund of the John F. Baugh Center at Baylor University.  On this episode we discuss, among other things, Sweden and why it is held up as an example of Socialist success:

On our latest podcast I was extremely fortunate to interview John Mauldin: noted financial expert, best-selling author, and chairman of Mauldin Economics.  John gave us his unique insight into our economy today and what we can expect in the future.  It was fun to have someone on with Austrian influences, but who is not a strict Austrian.  He has a unique perspective and I’m happy he was kind enough to share it with us.  Please enjoy.

I was very excited to interview economist Robert P. Murphy on the podcast recently.  He is definitely one of our more dynamic guests.  His passion for economics and libertarian theory is infectious and we were lucky to have him join us.  On this episode we discuss his book Chaos Theory which lays out plausible ways in which society could function without the state, particularly in regards to the provision of law and military.  Most people think there would be pure chaos without things like a state imposed legal system.  Dr. Murphy clearly illustrates this is nonsense.  Enjoy!

On our latest episode I was happy to welcome Ryan McMaken of the Mises Institute as our guest.  Ryan is editor of Mises Daily and The Free Market and is the author of the book, Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.   Today on the podcast we discuss Net Neutrality: what it’s all about and what the recent vote means.

Our latest podcast was a fun one.  David Kelley is the founder and Chief Intellectual Officer of the Atlas Society, an organization committed to the promotion of Objectivism.  I am a big Ayn Rand fan and it was fascinating to learn more about her philosophy.  As you’ll hear, Dr. Kelley speaks eloquently about the Objectivism and libertarianism in general.  I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.


I recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Benjamin Powell, director of the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University.  He is also senior fellow at the Independent Institute in California.  On this episode we discuss the free market, today’s economy, and sweatshops.   Please enjoy:

Please check out my recent interview with author Steve Patterson in which we discuss his new book: What’s the Big Deal About Bitcoin?  Great stuff!

On the latest Political Badger podcast, I was lucky enough to chat with Butler Shaffer of Southwestern Law School.  Shaffer has written some wonderful books on topics like private property and intellectual property.  He also frequently writes for where you can find tons of great pieces he’s written.  My new favorite is his defense of Ebenezer Scrooge he posted for the holidays:     I hope you enjoy our discussion:

I was very fortunate recently to have Dr. Walter Block on the show for the second time.  He is the Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Economics at Loyola University, senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and regular columnist for  On this episode we discuss his defense of some more unsavory characters in his sequel to his classic Defending the Undefendable,  Defending the Undefendable 2.

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Today I had the pleasure of interviewing David Stockman.  He is a former Congressman from Michigan, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan, and former partner at The Blackstone Group.  Stockman is the author of The Triumph of Politics: Why the Reagan Revolution Failed (1986) and 2013’s The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America.  On the show today we discussed how some of his work traces “historical dominoes.”  It was fascinating to learn how certain events in history led to others and so on, until we wind up with thus and so…  For example: how did the creation of the Fed in 1913 lead to the 2008 crisis?  What was the chain of events?  Find out in today’s episode.

David Stockman’s Contra Corner

On today’s episode I interview sports entertainer, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur Cameron Hughes.  I’m lucky to be able to call this crazy bastard my friend and was extremely excited to have him on the show.  He has a real gift for bringing happiness, inspiration, and fun to just about everyone who comes in contact with him… as you will see.  Plus, the story of how he made it is pretty incredible.  It was really refreshing to have a different kind of guest on for a change.  Enjoy!




David Theroux of the Independent Institute was kind enough to join me on the podcast recently.  We discussed government, the economy, and the Institute itself.  It was a very interesting conversation.  I hope you enjoy:

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Edward Stringham of Texas Tech University.  We covered a variety of topics including his forthcoming book entitled Private Governance, published by Oxford University Press.  It was a really interesting interview.  I hope you enjoy it:

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Fred Reed on the podcast. Fred has written for many publications over his career and has written several books including A Brass Pole in Bangkok: A Thing I Aspire to Be, and Nekkid in Austin: Drop Your Inner Child Down A Well. He’s an extremely talented writer and has some unique opinions that often sit well with libertarians, anarchists, and misfits like me. It was very interesting to chat with the man behind the words.

I recently had an extremely interesting chat with Ward Churchill, author and former professor at the University of Colorado. Churchill became well-known after his controversial article on the 9/11 attacks and his view that this was a case of chickens coming home to roost. I agreed with him on many things and disagreed on quite a few. He is certainly not our typical guest, but definitely one of our more interesting ones. Enjoy!

Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Sean Haugh, the Libertarian candidate for US Senate from North Carolina. Sean has gained attention not only for his views, but for his job as a pizza delivery man. He’s a unique and easy going fellow and is gaining some momentum in the Senate race. He is making national headlines and was kind enough to chat with the Badger recently. Enjoy!

I recently had a great chat with Jeff Deist, President of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute in Auburn, AL. Jeff spoke to me about his experiences as Ron Paul’s Chief of Staff… and he answered a lot of fun questions on libertarianism in general. It was really insightful to get his take on the state of the movement today. Enjoy!

I recently had the great privilege of interviewing Greg Mannarino of I had watched some of his videos and seen multiple interviews he’d given and was fascinated by his views. I know you’ll enjoy his intriguing, if not startling responses to my questions.

Recently I had the real pleasure of interviewing Dr. Burt Folsom of Hillsdale College. In his book, The Myth of the Robber Barons, he smashes the commonly held belief that Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Rockefeller, etc. were greedy capitalists that kept the average American down. As you’ll hear in this interview, nothing could be further from the truth. We also tackle one of my favorite topics: FDR and the Great Depression.

Today I had a really interesting interview with Tom DiLorenzo on Abraham Lincoln. Tom’s fine work on Lincoln has clearly demonstrated that he was not at all the great champion of freedom we learned about in school. In today’s conversation we learn the facts about the man which prove nothing could be further from the truth.

DiLorenzo on

DiLorenzo on Amazon

We recently had a very interesting conversation with Mark Thornton of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. We discussed some Austrian economics basics and analyzed today’s economy through the lens of an Austrian. We also got a sneak peek into his latest article coming out soon on

I recently read a great piece by Steve Patterson on and just had to have him on the show to discuss it. It’s really interesting to learn about and analyze someone’s progression from politically mainstream to politically extreme. Check out the interview and read the article here:

From Conservative to Anarchist

We had a great conversation recently with Ed Krayewski of about the Ferguson, MO situation. We also got into some other current issues of concern to Americans including ISIS and Mexican drug cartels. Enjoy!

Today we spoke with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts on a number of topics including our troubled economy, how we created the mess in Iraq, and the possibility of nuclear war with Russia.  I hope you enjoy this really interesting conversation.

It’s fun to listen to Jeffrey Tucker speak about anything really.  He is so eloquent and such a wonderful communicator of the message of liberty.  I was really excited to get to speak to him first hand recently about one of my favorite topics to explore: anarchy.  I hope you enjoy:

Today I was very lucky to have the opportunity to chat with Dr. Walter Block.  What struck me most was the courage and conviction he has to hold, disseminate and defend some very unpopular, un-PC opinions.  It was a very enlightening conversation for me.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Recently Robert Wenzel of spoke with Jack to give the listeners the basics of Austrian Economics.

With the Fed propping up the the stock market with their cheap money policies, what’s a person to do? Andrew Schiff of Euro Pacific Capital says invest abroad:

He’s a contrarian. He’s a prognosticator. He’s a bear on the US economy. He’s Dr. Doom and he was kind enough to chat with us recently:

Given our tendency towards more government, at least since FDR, is there actually hope for an eventual small government in this country? A recent Reason-Rupe survey suggests there may be! We recently spoke with Reason Foundation director of polling Emily Ekins to discuss the results of this fascinating survey.

On Independence Day, I had the opportunity to chat with Kmele Foster of Fox Business’ The Independents and Freethink Media. We talked about Kmele’s path to libertarianism and to television. We talked about the founders and whether we’ve retained their principles or abandoned them altogether. At times our “movement” can tend to have a negative outlook on our future. The biggest thing I took away from my chat with Kmele is that there is a lot to be optimistic about… which was definitely refreshing for a change.

Also, here are links to the films Kmele mentions in the interview:

Recently we had a really interesting chat with Ed Krayewski of
We spoke about recent events in Iraq and Ukraine and US foreign policy in general. It was a real education. Enjoy…

Dinesh D’Souza is a conservative author and filmaker. He made big waves with his 2012 documentary, 2016: Obama’s America. He is now promoting his new film, America: Imagine the World Without Her. He was kind enough to take a few minutes out of his crazy schedule to talk about the movie and discuss a few issues with us. Enjoy…

Please check out this episode where we discuss FDR, The New Deal, The Great Depression… and Calvin Coolidge:


Investing is like a lot of things we in the libertarian/small government/no government movement observe. If you are a sheep and tend to follow the herd (and not a badger who thinks for himself), you are likely to be at a disadvantage. The crowd is very often dead wrong. Jim Rogers has made a fortune by adhering to this simple philosophy. He is very clear that one shouldn’t go against the crowd simply for the sake of being a contrarian. However, he says and proves that when the whole world thinks one way, the exact opposite may just be the right answer.

Unless you’re living under a rock or in a badger cave (I’m actually not sure where badgers live, a den?) you’ve probably heard of Andy Johnson. He has been all over national media outlets in recent weeks telling his story of his battle with the US Environmental Protection Agency: Fox News Story

Johnson and his wife spent 5 long months of hard labor (labor of love) constructing a beautiful pond intended to be an oasis for his livestock and for wildlife, and more importantly, a place of recreation and memory making for his family to enjoy for generations. Johnson did his due diligence jumping through all the necessary hoops as instructed by the state of Wyoming.

Johnson revealed he is confident his neighbors alerted the Feds which ultimately turned his family’s life upside down. Without any indication of a violation, he was informed by the EPA that he was being fined $187,000 per day (not the $75,000 originally reported in the media) unless he filled in his pond. Johnson has vowed not to pay their fines and to fight to the bitter end.

He tells his story and discusses why he thinks they came after him in our recent interview: