Posts Tagged ‘anarchy’

Have a listen to another great episode from Lions of Liberty!

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I am joined by WorldNetDaily.com‘s longest running paleolibertarian columnist, Ilana Mercer! Ilana describes how her political views first took shape, and how a conversation with Walter Block made her realize that she was a libertarian. Ilana and I then discuss Ms. Mercer’s recent article, “Libertarian Anarchism’s ‘Justice’ Problem”. Ilana explains the problem she has with many anarchists who denounce any involvement in government or politics, preferring to live in the “sin of abstraction.” Ilana and I explore the ideas surrounding what justice should be in a free society, the problem with competing theories of justice, and how “personalized justice” can actually result in injustice. As usual, I have some thoughts of my own in the wrap-up rant!

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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!

http://consultingbyrpm.com/

http://mises.org/library/chaos-theory

http://lionsofliberty.com/2014/05/22/lions-of-liberty-podcast-ep-35-robert-murphy-objections-to-anarcho-capitalism/

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 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!

http://wardchurchill.net/

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!

http://www.mises.org

I recently read a great piece by Steve Patterson on http://www.lewrockwell.com 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

http://steve-patterson.com/

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I welcome in “Free Talk Live” host, Ian Freeman! Ian describes how he came into the libertarian movement through Harry Browne and activism within the Libertarian Party, before picking up and moving to New Hampshire as part of the “Free State Project”, along with his own “Free Keene” group. Ian explains why he opted to challenge an incumbent Democrat for the governorship of New Hampshire, how he drew the ire of the New York Times, just what has the “STOP FREE KEENE!!!” group so upset, and more!

So grab your favorite beverage, and strap yourself in for another liberty-fueled edition of the Lions of Liberty Podcast!

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Here’s a great post by bionic mosquito where he offers some possible ways we could function without central planners. For more on this topic listen to our interview with Dr. Gerard Casey under the podcast tab.

An Anarchic Possibility for the Modern World

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:

 

http://liberty.me/

http://lfb.org/

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.

 

http://www.walterblock.com

Recently Robert Wenzel of http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com spoke with Jack to give the listeners the basics of Austrian Economics.

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com

http://www.amazon.com/The-Fed-Flunks-Federal-Reserve/dp/1312047232

Just Kidding… but this is pretty cool.

I’ve often wondered if the libertarian/anarchic principle of less government, fewer laws would apply to traffic lights. Central planners suck at everything. Do they really know precisely where traffic lights should be placed? Or at what intervals they should change? Or like most things they do, do they actually make the situation worse? I found this brief video enlightening:

Traffic Lights

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:

http://www.amazon.com/Honor-Flight-Bert-Brach/dp/B00BU984DK/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1405045292&sr=1-1&keywords=honor+flight+the+movie

http://www.amazon.com/2081-based-Vonneguts-22Harrison-Bergeron-22/dp/B002Y2BDEE

Many of you have read his pieces on his blog bionic mosquito. You have seen his stuff all over the place: on lew rockwell, economic policy journal, lions of liberty

After hearing some talking head on CNBC refer to Ron Paul as a mosquito, the author thought to himself, “If Ron Paul is a Mosquito, he is a powerful one.” Hence the name. Jonathan Goodwin is bionic mosquito and was kind enough to give us a peek into his not-so-mosquito-sized brain.

Political Badger: What was the impetus for starting your blog?

Bionic Mosquito: I had been thinking about doing something like this for quite some time. I thought it would be a good way for me to improve my thinking on several subjects – economics, libertarianism, politics, and empire (I think history wasn’t originally on my mind); I am not trained in any of these. I felt that the act of writing, and posting it publicly, would force an improvement of discipline in my thought. I also thought that receiving feedback online would be a wonderful, free, learning tool. Finally, I wanted to document my own learning / progression.

But what drove me finally to take the step was a minor technical problem (you asked). For a time I was a regular feed-backer at The Daily Bell. Early on, I was not able to post a comment of more than a few characters (it turned out to be a browser problem on my end). In order to get around this, I would post my longer comments on my blog, and DB graciously copied the comments from my blog to their thread.

Pretty dull, I know.

PB: When did it really take off?

BM: Have you looked at the alexa ratings? “Take off” is not a phrase I would use, but thank you.

I guess bionic mosquito first started gaining some recognition (beyond the comments section of Daily Bell, EPJ, and Mises) when Lew Rockwell ran a post a couple of years ago – something I wrote about Pearl Harbor, based on a book by George Victor, “The Pearl Harbor Myth: Rethinking the Unthinkable”. Since then, Lew has re-posted many of my blog posts, as has Robert Wenzel at EPJ and Marc Clair at Lions of Liberty. A few other sites occasionally pick up a post as well.

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When you think anarchy, what do you think? Disorder? Chaos? Pandemonium? Murder and mayhem? What if there was no government? No President or Prime Minister? No politicians? Who would protect us? Educate our children? Take care of the poor and elderly? The consensus among the masses is that we need government to provide these things for us. We need them to ensure order, if nothing else, right?

Recently, I had the real pleasure of interviewing Dr. Gerard Casey, professor of philosophy at University College Dublin and author of the 2012 book, Libertarian Anarchy: Against the State. Given our common perceptions of what anarchy is, you would think a man who teaches a class called Anarchy, Law and the State and believes we’d be better off with no government at all would be an unstable, disagreeable, even ill tempered person. After all, he’s in favor of chaos and mayhem, right? This could not be further from the truth. As you will learn from this interview, Dr. Casey’s brand of anarchy, which he has dubbed “Libertarian Anarchy”, if implemented properly would provide the maximum amount of peace, order, and prosperity. And Dr. Casey has a personality suited to teach this lesson. He is passionate, yet level headed. Extremely intelligent, but also really funny and charming. Students flock to fill his extremely popular classes. Enjoy.

Hello my flock of badgers. Or is it a herd? Or a gaggle? What’s the word for a group of badgers? Whatever that word is… Wait, I just looked it up! It’s a cete! Hello my cete of badgers! There’s a common objection I get from time to time from people when I mention that I believe in a small (or zero) government. People often say something to this effect, “Not only has our population increased, but things have changed so much since our founders drafted the constitution. This obviously necessitates a bigger government.”

This line of thinking is as dangerous as it is scary. Let’s get one thing straight. Government is responsible for the worst of the bad things in this world. (more…)