Posts Tagged ‘liberty’

Folks, check out another fun episode of Libertarians in Living Rooms Drinking Liquor! from our friends over at Lions of Liberty!

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Please check out my interview with Scott Horton of Antiwar radio: http://antiwar.com/ and the Scott Horton Show: http://scotthorton.org/  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!

Another great episode from Marc Clair and the Lions of Liberty!

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I am joined by Dr. Mirand Sharma, an emergency room physician of over twenty years who asked to come on the show to offer a rebuttal to the recent interview with the “Science Babe”, Yvette Guinevere. First, Dr. Sharma describes how the events of 9/11/01 along with the presidential candidacy of Ron Paul helped lead him to hold libertarian ideals. Dr. Sharma then explains why he took issue with many of the statements of the Science Babe, including her stance on GMO’s and vaccines. Dr. Sharma and I discuss how crony arrangements between the FDA and CDC and companies such as Monsanto and Merck often lead to justifiable suspicion about their products, particularly when they are able to influence the regulation of their own products. I offer my own summary in the wrap-up rant!

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Please check out the latest from Peter Schiff:

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Listen to all of Peter Schiff’s podcasts at SchiffRadio.com. Visit Peter’s gold company at SchiffGold.com

Check out the 100th episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast!!!

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty podcast, I forget any semblance of order and celebrate the 100th episode the only way he knows how – by throwing a party! The champagne and whiskey flow freely, as I am joined by a variety of guests from the past, present, and future of the Lions of Liberty Podcast! If you’re looking for the insightful interviews of libertarian leaders and thought-provoking analysis of current events that you’ve come to expect from this show…well this might not be the episode for you. But if you’re looking to drink along with some of your favorite “Libertarians in Living Rooms Drinking Liquor” as they wax and reminisce about the episodes that did have those qualities, then look no further than this, the Lions of Liberty Podcast 100th Episode Extravaganza!

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By: Mark Thornton

Even as the Saudi Arabian state steps up bombing raids in Yemen and spends billions on new military infrastructure, plans are moving forward for the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. The new tower is to be a kilometer tall and will contain at least 200 floors. It will include both a luxury hotel, class A office space, residences, and many other luxury features. It represents phase 1 of a multiphase development just north of the city of Jeddah on the Red Sea.

The Kingdom Tower project is organized by the Kingdom Holding Company, the chairman of which is Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. He is nephew of the late King Abdullah and is the wealthiest Arab in the Middle East.

The project has been in the works for several years. Between 2008 and 2013 contracts were negotiated and signed, technologies were selected and developed, and preliminary work was carried out. In early 2013 work was begun on the underground foundation and was completed in early 2014. The above-ground construction commenced in the fall of 2014 and is proceeding apace.   (more…)

Another great episode from our partners over at Lions of Liberty:

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I am joined by fellow Lions of Liberty contributor and co-founder, John Odermatt for another edition of The Felony Report! John breaks down some of his most recent articles from his weekly Felony Friday series. Topics discussed include the Florida man acquitted of marijuana charges due to a medical necessity defense, the 72 year old New Jersey teacher arrested for an antique pistol, and the Hillary Clinton email scandal. John and I discuss property rights, why non-violent felons should have their rights restored, and ask just who is “Texas Bill?” 

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In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I am joined by the libertarian speaker, activist, and author of “Healing Our World: In an Age of Aggression”, Dr. Mary Ruwart! Mary describes how her political views evolved from her days in Catholic School to her more liberal college days until finally coming upon the ideas of liberty. Mary explains how she came to see aggression as the root of many of society’s ills, eventually leading her to write “Healing Our World.” Mary and Marc discuss how a free society actually benefits the poor, how government licensing stifles the market, and why we should not want the government to require mandatory vaccinations. As you might expect, I have some thoughts of my own in the post-show 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/

As many of you know I’m a massive Lew Rockwell fan.  My friend Marc Clair recently interviewed him on his Lions of Liberty podcast.  Please have a listen!

http://lionsofliberty.com/2015/02/12/lions-of-liberty-podcast-ep-79-lew-rockwell/

From Marc Clair of LoL: In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I welcome in James Carli, the Development Coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance, a great organization that has been diligently working behind the scenes to roll back the War on Drugs both in the United States and abroad. James describes how he first became passionate about drug policy, and how he channeled that passion into a position with the Drug Policy Alliance. James and I then discuss how the origin of the War on Drugs is intertwined with racism, and how ultimately the War on Drugs is a war against people. Stay tuned as usual for my wrap-up rant!

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In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, host Marc Clair is joined by the founder and CEO of AltcoinGraphs.com, Kevin Ostrowski! Kevin describes how he first became interested in crypto currencies, and how he channeled that interest into starting AltCoinGraphs. Kevin and Marc discuss the practical uses for crypto currencies, the implications of government regulations, and whether or not crypto currencies are a threat to the Federal Reserve banking system. As always, stay tuned for Marc’s post show wrap-up rant! 

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By: Paul Craig Roberts
paulcraigroberts.org

When Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, they don’t know what they are celebrating.

In American folklore, Thanksgiving is a holiday that originated in 1621 with the Pilgrims celebrating a good harvest. Some historians say that this event is poorly documented, and others believe that the Thanksgiving tradition travelled to the New World with the Pilgrims and Puritans who brought with them the English Days of Thanksgiving. Other historians think the Pilgrims associated their relief from hunger with their observance of the relief of the siege of Leiden.

The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving, if it happened, might not have been the first in the New World. Historians say the Virginia colonial charter declared a Day of Thanksgiving in 1619, and other historians say the first Thanksgiving was observed by the Spanish in Florida in 1565.

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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:

http://www.independent.org/

By: Tom DiLorenzo

“[F]rom the military policies of Sherman and Sheridan there lies but an easy step to the total war of the Nazis, the greatest affront to Western civilization since its founding.”

–Richard M. Weaver, The Southern Essays of Richard M.

Weaver, pp. 168-169.

Having lied about secession, states’ rights, the origins of the Constitution, Lincoln, and just about everything having to do with the American “Civil War” for many generations, the Lincoln cult is now hard at work on its biggest lie of all: that General William Tecumseh Sherman’s famous “march to the sea” did not negatively affect Southern civilians or their property.

In a November 14 New York Times article one Alan Blinder wrote of “an expanding body of more forgiving scholarship about the general’s behavior.” In its ten thousandth attempt (at least) to mentally “reconstruct” Southerners, the government-funded Georgia Historical Society, in cahoots with the Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum, recently paced a marker in Atlanta “near the picnic tables at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum” that is supposedly “a reassessment of Sherman” that has been “decades in the making” by the Lincoln cult. (more…)

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:

EXCELLENT! Interview by Marc Clair of Lions of Liberty. Do yourself a favor and listen:

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By: Tom DiLorenzo

Several times a week I force myself to be subjected to five minutes or so of neocon chatter by Rush Limbaugh, Marc Levin (“The Grate One”), Sean Hannity, or the FAUX News Channel morning show. Their bloviations are filled with extreme hypocrisy and delusional contradictions.

For example, during the Bush administration the neocon mantra was “9/11 changed everything!” by which they meant, “to hell with the Constitution.” Whenever Judge Andrew Napolitano would challenge any of his FAUX News Channel colleagues over warrantless wiretaps, NSA spying, undeclared and unconstitutional wars, torturing of prisoners, the murder-by-drone of American citizens, etc., this was their mantra, their all-purpose slogan designed to censor all discussion. “Constitution Schmonstitution” was their unofficial motto.

Now that a Democrat is in the White House that has all changed. Marc Levin, who slavishly supported Bush’s “War on Terra” and all of its constitutional subversions, has even written a very silly book on the importance of sticking to the Constitution. His fellow neocons all sounded more like Mussolini than (James) Madison during the Bush administration but today they have all become born-again constitutionalists. At least until the next Republican is elected president. (more…)

Very interesting interview on my second favorite podcast, Lions of Liberty, with Udo Uflkotte. Please have a listen!

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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.

http://www.fredoneverything.net/South.shtml

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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!

https://seanhaugh.nationbuilder.com/

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

By: Thomas J. DiLorenzo
Posted with Author’s Permission

When the Washington Post reviewed Martin Scorsese’s movie “The Gangs of New York,” which included a reasonably-accurate portrayal of the 1863 New York City draft riots (see Iver Bernstein, The New York City Draft Riots), the Post’s reviewer expressed astonishment upon learning that such an event had occurred. “We were all taught in school that there was national unity during the Civil War,” he opined.

Of course, there is never “national unity” about anything, especially war, democratic politics being what it is. When is the last time you heard of a unanimous vote expressing national unity in the U.S. Congress about anything? Even the vote to declare war on Japan after Pearl Harbor was not unanimous. (more…)

I recently had the great privilege of interviewing Greg Mannarino of http://www.traderschoice.net 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.

Please check out part 2 of Marc Clair’s Libertarians in Living Rooms Drinking Liquor Episode ZERO – The Origin Story:

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From Ed Krayewski at Reason:

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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 lewrockwell.com

DiLorenzo on Amazon

From http://www.davidstockmanscontracorner.com today:

http://davidstockmanscontracorner.com/how-financial-bubbles-fester-and-burst-even-as-the-fed-says-not-to-worry/

A must read for some perspective on our latest and greatest war:
Napolitano Article

Please check out the latest Lions of Liberty podcast! Really interesting episode:

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I welcome in financial and insurance expert, Jeff Kanter of Empowering America, to discuss alternative solutions to the burdens and costs of Obamacare insurance. Jeff describes how the use of health care ministries and becoming a self-pay patient can both satisfy the ACA mandate while providing better health care at a much better value. If you’re still recovering from Obamacare sticker shock, be sure not to miss this latest episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast!

http://lionsofliberty.com/2014/09/04/lions-of-liberty-podcast-ep-50-an-alternative-to-obamacare-with-jeff-kanter/

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 mises.org.

http://www.mises.org/

http://bastiat.mises.org/

Check out another great episode from Marc Clair at Lions of Liberty:

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I welcome Lions of Liberty contributing writer, Derrel Walters to the show! Derrel describes how he first became acquainted with the ideas of liberty and how he approaches discussing politics with others. Derrel and I discuss the importance of individual rights, how people might organize in a society that respects and understands them, and how we can change the world through peaceful and logical advocacy for liberty.

http://lionsofliberty.com/2014/08/28/11415/

 

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

If you haven’t seen Walmart VP of Corporate Communications David Tovar’s response to a NY Times piece that vilifies the company, you have to check it out. I always find it interesting that despite their supposed inadequate wages and mistreatment of employees, thousands show up to apply for a few hundred positions every time they open a new store. Obviously these jobs provide a better opportunity than was previously available to these people or I doubt they would show up to apply. Walmart should be seen as a hero not a villain. They provide jobs and cheap goods making life better for many Americans.

http://blog.walmart.com/fact-check-the-new-york-times-the-corporate-daddy

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/

Whether you’re anti-war or not, shouldn’t we always exhaust all possibilities before bombing innocent civilians? Why were we not taught in school that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was an awful and inhumane thing?

Check out this great little piece by my boy, bionic mosquito:

Truman Knew

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

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.

http://reason.com/assets/db/2014-millennials-report.pdf

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

Submitted by Dirk Tripp, former Marine.

The American experience in Vietnam once had a real bite to it. Second only to the Civil War in the way it affected the American psyche. These two wars go hand in hand in that respect, for they were both firsts when it came to seeing the blood, and guts, and bones of dead Americans in living color. After the Civil War we sure kept waging war on the Native Americans, but after Vietnam we actually stopped the killing for a minute, took a pause, and actually reflected on what we had done. (more…)

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

Submitted by: Jaime Pollard-Smith, Co-Owner & Coach at CrossFit Jane

crossfitjane.com

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” -Dr. Seuss
As a CrossFit affiliate owner and coach, I often hear the question, “Is CrossFit dangerous?” What disturbs me about this question is that I do not hear people asking:

“Is diabetes dangerous?”

“Is heart disease dangerous?”

“Is childhood obesity dangerous?”

“Is Alzheimer’s disease dangerous?”

When I walk into a local grocery store, I see far more danger than when I walk into my CrossFit affiliate. I fear low-fat, chemicals, antibiotics, GMOs, sugar and processed fake food, not barbells and pull-up rigs. Each time I pass a mom with a grocery cart full of Capri Suns, chips and vitamin-fortified cereals, I want to scream “DANGER!” When we now have scientific evidence to prove that sugar is more addictive than cocaine, how can we possibly not see the danger in feeding it to our children in almost everything they eat?

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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…