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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.

https://www.caseyresearch.com/

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Check out the latest podcast from Peter Schiff!

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Please listen to the latest episode from our friend and guest on Political Badger podcast, Bob Wenzel.  On this episode of the Bob Wenzel Show he talks to Dr. Mark Hendrickson about Thomas Piketty and the problems with his approach to economics. Click here to listen!

By: Mark Thornton

We live in a world of massive monetary inflation and extremely low interest rates. Mortgage rates are near historic lows and yet it seems that people cannot get loans. Home sales are up, but with a near record percentage of sales made with cash, rather than a mortgage. The unemployment rate is nearing “full employment” and yet a record number of people do not have jobs.

We are repeatedly told that the unprecedented monetary stimulus by the Federal Reserve and other central banks is necessary to stimulate the economy, create jobs, and generate economic growth. The truth is that this scheme is designed to stealthily steal from the productive classes in order in enrich the unproductive financial class and the counterproductive political classes. It is a con game.

Financial Repression 

With politicians and central bankers seemingly gone made with their obsession of money printing and ultralow interest rates, it is nice to know that academic economists have a term, i.e. financial repression, for the policies that have created our current economic conditions.

However, it is not a new term. Its use dates back to at least 1973 when two Stanford University economists, Edward Shaw and Ronald McKinnon, used the term in separate publications. The phrase was initially meant to criticize various policies that reduced economic growth in undeveloped countries, rather than as an indictment of the world’s leading modern economies.

Financial repression is a revolving set of policies where the government insidiously takes wealth from the private sector, and more specifically makes it easier for government to finance its debt. In today’s environment this includes: (more…)

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 Lions of Liberty!

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I am joined by Peter Klein, research fellow at the Mises Institute and Professor in the Division of Applied Sciences at the University of Missouri. Peter explains how he first became interested in the study of free markets, particularly as it pertains to technology and the sciences. We discuss how coercive governments have influenced the development of technology, particularly as it pertains to the internet. They look at the issue of net neutrality, and whether or not calls for it can be justified as a response to crony capitalist control over content delivery services. Peter and I examine the question of whether humans would have gone to the Moon or explore deep space if it weren’t for U.S. government intervention, and as usual Marc has some thoughts of his own in the wrap-up rant!

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Please check out the latest podcast episode from our friend Bob Wenzel of http://www.targetliberty.com and economicpolicyjournal.com

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Another awesome episode from Lions of Liberty!

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, host Marc Clair welcomes in NY Times bestselling author and longtime libertarian radio personality Charles Goyette to discuss his planned Ron Paul documentary “Empire of Lies.” Charles explains how he first found himself identifying with libertarian ideals, and how he would work these ideas into his successful radio show. Charles then describes how his vociferous opposition to the Iraq War drew the ire of the executives at Clear Channel, and how sticking to his convictions affected his career. Charles and Marc then discuss the upcoming documentary “Empire of Lies”, which will look at how the Presidential runs of Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012 ignited the modern liberty movement. Find out how you can become a part of this exciting new project, and stay tuned for Marc’s thoughts in the wrap-up rant!

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Here’s the latest from our friend Marc Clair of Lions of Liberty.  On this episode Marc interviews the great Walter Block!

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By: Mark Thornton

I am regularly asked what can be done to solve the problem of “urban blight” in places like Detroit. The question is usually asked with exhausted desperation and a shrug, as if there are no possible answers. The cause of this “blight” is the root of the problem, and when ignited by police brutality, sets off riots in cities like Ferguson and Baltimore. There are a whole range of answers that we know will work to at least improve the situation.

The root problem of urban blight is government. With this in mind I want to focus on seven areas that if you eliminate government from the scene will solve the problem, or at least reduce the scope of the problem. Some of these solutions can be easily adopted by cities; others will require state and federal governments to remove or modify various forms of intervention. Some aspects of urban blight, such as the deep-seated ideology of victimhood, are likely only to be solved — as with the problem of aging tenured professors — one funeral at a time.

1. Grant “Urban Blight Status” to Free Communities from Regulatory Dead Weight

What we need are more “real” jobs because gainfully employed people commit fewer crimes. The government creates all sorts of problems in labor markets other than the minimum wage law. City governments, or city elders, should be able to request what I’ll call “Urban Blight Status” for all of the city or parts of their city. Such status will allow for the removal of the minimum wage law and all licensing requirements. It will further remove property taxes and sales taxes. This will immediately create a competitive advantage for labor contracts in the “Urban Blight Zone.” Naturally, all of these measures are decidedly non-radical and would be considered “first steps” that should later be applied to the entire population nationwide. (more…)

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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Check out the Peter Schiff’s latest analysis of the economy on his latest episode:

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Marc Clair interviews Rick Ross on cults!

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I welcome in cult expert and deprogramming specialist, Rick Ross of the Cult Education Institute. Rick describes how he first became entrenched in the subject of cults when he realized his grandmother was being preyed upon by a cult at her nursing home. Since then, Ross has become one of the leading specialists on cults in the United States, and has worked to “deprogram” many who have fallen under the influence of destructive cults. Rick describes the defining characteristics of cults, and how they differ from mainstream religions. Rick and I discuss the types of people who are vulnerable to cults, how cult leaders exert such a strong influence over their followers, and just how those who have fallen into a cult can be deprogrammed. In the wrap-up rant, I have some thoughts of my own on how cult-like thinking has become pervasive in many aspects of our society. I then share a personal story about my own experience with a cult.

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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…)

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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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In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I welcome in Michael Minardi, a criminal defense attorney based out of Florida who specializes in defending clients against prosecution for using cannabis for medical purposes. Michael describes how he first began to see the hypocrisy in drug laws and their enforcement as a teenager, and how that led him to pursue a career in defending people against drug prosecutions. Michael and I discuss the case of Jesse Teplicki, who Michael successfully defended in court after he was arrested for growing marijuana at his home in order to aid him in dealing with his anorexia nervosa. Michael explains the federal government’s hypocrisy on medical cannabis, the hostility faced from judges and prosecutors for defending medical cannabis patients, and why he feels the jury’s decision to acquit Jesse Teplicki is not a case of jury nullification. As fans of the Lions of Liberty Podcast might expect, I have a rant of my own to close out the show. 

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By: Thomas DiLorenzo

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American “civil War,” more accurately described as the War to Prevent Southern Independence.  It is also the 31st anniversary of the movie, The Godfather, Part II.  A single scene in the movie illustrates the true cause of the “Civil War.”

 The scene in question involves a Hells Kitchen New York Mafia boss in the early twentieth century named Don Fanucci, whose character is based on a real-life Mafia boss named Ignazio Lupo (“Lupo the Wolf”).  In the scene Don Fanucci meets with a young Vito Corleone (who would later become “The Godfather”) after discovering that young Vito and some friends had been quite successful operating as thieves in the neighborhood.  The purpose of the meeting was to extort money from the young Mafia wannabes since that, after all, was a big part of the “business” the Mafia was in at the time.  Don Fanucci (and Ignazio Lupo) would go to all business people in Hell’s Kitchen and essentially say, “If you want to do business in ‘my’ neighborhood, you’ll have to give me a percentage – or else.”  (Ignazio Lupo meant business; he is “credited” with at least 60 murders).  Here is what Don Fannucci said to Vito Corleone, from the script of The Godfather, Part II:   (more…)

Please listen to Marc Clair of LoL on the Earning Freedom Podcast:

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, the tables are turned as I gets interviewed by last episode’s guest, Michael Santos, on the Earning Freedom podcast. I describes my inquisitiveness as a teenager, and how a college friend first introduced him to the ideas of liberty through the writing of Ron Paul. Marc explains how years later – largely inspired by the Presidential campaigns of Ron Paul – he came together with college friends Brian McWilliams, John Odermatt and Dom Sidoti to form the Lions of Liberty. Marc and Michael discuss some of the reasons the Lions of Liberty work daily to advance the ideas, and some of the common topics we discuss such as the FDA and the War on Drugs. Marc then gives his last word, with a message to anyone currently imprisoned who wants to create change in the world.

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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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Here is the latest from Lions of Liberty:

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I welcome in Lions of Liberty’s own Brian McWilliams for the premier of the podcast adaptation of his weekly column, “Rand Pauluses and Minuses!”  Brian explains why Rand Paul is such a focus of attention for libertarians why he decided to start a weekly article grading his newsworthy actions and statements. Brian and I then analyze and dish out their “Paulus” or “Minus” grades for some of the latest goings-on in Rand Paulitics. They discuss medical marijuana legalization, “ClapGate”, Sheldon Adelson, Libertarian Girl, the Republican “Open Letter” to Iran, and more! Gather your family and friends, and slowly clap along with “Rand Pauluses and Minuses!”

http://lionsofliberty.com/2015/03/12/lions-of-liberty-podcast-ep-87-rand-pauluses-and-minuses-with-brian-mcwilliams/

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!

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

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

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In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I am joined by Brian Aitken, author of “Blue Tent Sky: How the Left’s War on Guns Cost Me My Son and My Freedom.”  Brian describes the circumstances which led to his arrest in New Jersey for transporting his legally owned guns, and how prosecutors, judges, and even his first attorney tried to pressure him into a plea deal. Brian details how the jury was manipulated to produce a “guilty” verdict, his brief time spent in prison, and what led Governor Christie to commute his sentence. Brian and I then discuss how this event has impacted Brian’s political views, how it has kept Brian from seeing his son for over six years, and what listeners can do to help him reunite with his son. Be sure not to miss this heart-wrenching tale of injustice on the latest Lions of Liberty Podcast.  

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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.

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Please enjoy this recent article by Paul Craig Roberts who has been a guest on the podcast                                  (PCR Interview on Political Badger):

Foreign Affairs is the publication of the elitist Council on Foreign Relations, a collection of former and current government officials, academics, and corporate and financial executives who regard themselves as the custodian and formulator of US foreign policy. The publication of the council carries the heavy weight of authority. One doesn’t expect to find humor in it, but I found myself roaring with laughter while reading an article in the February 5 online issue by Alexander J. Motyl, “Goodbye, Putin: Why the President’s Days Are Numbered.”

I assumed I was reading a clever parody of Washington’s anti-Putin propaganda. Absurd statement followed absurd statement. It was better than Colbert. I couldn’t stop laughing.

To my dismay I discovered that the absolute gibberish wasn’t a parody of Washington’s propaganda. Motyl, an ardent Ukrainian nationalist, is a professor at Rugers University and was not joking when he wrote that Putin had stolen $45 billion, that Putin was resurrecting the Soviet Empire, that Putin had troops and tanks in Ukraine and had started the war in Ukraine, that Putin is an authoritarian whose regime is “exceedingly brittle” and subject to being overthrown at any time by the people Putin has bought off with revenues from the former high oil price, or by “an Orange Revolution in Moscow” in which Putin is overthrown by Washington orchestrated demonstrations by US financed NGOs as in Ukraine, or by a coup d’etat by Putin’s Praetorial guards. And if none of this sends Putin goodbye, the North Caucasus, Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan, and the Crimean Tarters are spinning out of control and will do Washington’s will by unseating Putin. Only the West’s friendly relationship with Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakstan can shield “the rest of the world from Putin’s disastrous legacy of ruin.”

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In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I am joined by Dr. Keith Smith, co-founder of and practicing surgeon at the Surgery Center of Oklahoma. Dr. Smith explains why he first went into the field of medicine, and details the problems he saw in the industry that led him to form the free market oriented Surgery Center of Oklahoma. Keith and I discuss how the medical industry in the United States is influenced by cronyism, and how this leads to a distorted market and price dishonesty from unaccountable institutions. We then discuss how the Surgery Center of Oklahoma is able to deliver quality service at affordable prices while practicing price honesty by refusing to participate in government programs. Stay tuned for my wrap-up rant, as I have my own thoughts on the root causes of the problems with the medical industry in the United States. 

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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/

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:

 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Sweatshops-Improving-Cambridge-Economics-Cognition/dp/1107688930

Here’s the latest from LoL:

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I am joined by fellow Lions of Liberty contributor and co-founder, John Odermatt, for the inaugural edition of “The Felony Report!” John explains how he first became aware of the “plight of felons” and what let him to start writing his weekly Felony Friday series of articles. John and I review Felony Friday articles from the beginning of the year, touching on topics such as France’s gun problem, assaults on sports officials, and the sad death of a 95-year-old man at the hands of police. Enjoy this first installment The Felony Report here on the Lions of Liberty Podcast!

http://lionsofliberty.com/2015/02/05/lions-of-liberty-podcast-ep-77-the-felony-report-w-john-odermatt/

Here’s the latest LoL podcast from Marc and his crew:

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I convene another session of our popular feature,“Libertarians in Living Rooms Drinking Liquor!”. I am joined by Howie Snowdon and Lions of Liberty co-founder Dom Sidoti to discuss politics from the liberty point of view over a few adult beverages. We discuss Chris Christie, gas taxes, SWAT Raids, the War on Drugs, and a plethora of other topics on this ever-winding road of slightly tipsy political dialogue. So grab your favorite adult beverage (or perhaps a hot cocoa if you’re underage!), sit back in your favorite comfy chair, and hang with the Libertarians in Living Rooms Drinking Liquor! 

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Guys, this is a great interview from my friend Marc Clair at Lions of Liberty.  This guy gets amazing guests!

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I welcome in award winning independent journalist, the host and producer of the Truth in Media Project, Ben Swann! Ben fills us in on what’s been happening in the past year with BenSwann.com and the Truth in Media Project, why he decided to focus on the issue of police militarization, and how events in Ferguson, MO caused him to rework the project. Ben and I then go on to discuss exactly what “police militarization” is, the detrimental effects the trend is having on individual liberty, and just what is at the root of it all. Be sure to stay tuned for my wrap-up rant, as I getjust a little fired up in the Lions of Liberty Studios.

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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 lewrockwell.com 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: http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/12/butler-shaffer/the-case-for-ebenezer/     I hope you enjoy our discussion:

http://www.amazon.com/Boundaries-Order-Private-Property-Social/dp/1479207756/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422413996&sr=1-2

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In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, host Marc Clair welcomes in Raeford Davis, a former police officer who is a libertarian and a vocal opponent of the War on Drugs. Mr. Davis explains what drove him to first pursue a career in law enforcement, and how his experiences serving on the police force in North Charleston, South Carolina – one of the most violent cities in the country – began to make him rethink the role of law enforcement. Raeford and Marc discuss how victimless crime laws foster violence, and what Raeford would say to those who advocate for violence against police officers. Stay tuned for Marc’s thoughts on this insightful interview in the wrap-up rant.

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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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This is a great talk that friend of Political Badger, David Theroux gave at the first annual conference of Christians for Liberty, that was held at St. Edwards University in San Antonio, TX, August 2, 2014.   Presented by the C.S. Lewis Society of California.  Please check it out:

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 LewRockwell.com.  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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I’m very jealous that my friend Marc Clair over at Lions of Liberty recently had Tom Woods on his podcast.  I am a big Tom Woods fan and this is a great interview.  Please check it out:

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By: Peter Schiff

The sudden fall in the price of oil provides a unique opportunity to examine the widely held belief that deflation is economic poison. As many governments and central banks have vowed to fight deflation at all costs in 2015, the question could hardly be more significant.

While falling prices may strike the layman as cause for celebration, economists believe that it can kick off a nasty, and often inescapable, negative cycle, which many believe leads inevitably to a prolonged recession, or even a depression. However, these same economists acknowledge that falling energy prices may offer a stimulus, equivalent to an enormous “tax cut,” particularly for lower and middle income consumers for whom energy costs represent a major portion of disposable income. They suggest that the money consumers and businesses no longer spend on gasoline and heating oil could be spent on other goods and services thereby creating demand in other areas of the economy. Even Fed Chair Janet Yellen, a staunch advocate of the economic benefits of rising consumer prices, has extolled the benefits of falling oil prices.

After considering these competing tensions, most economists agree that falling energy prices are a net positive for an economy (except for oil exporting countries like Russia and Venezuela). But the fact that there is even a debate is shocking. It should be clear to anyone that consumers individually, and an economy collectively, benefit from lower energy prices. As I mentioned in a column late last month, no one buys energy for energy’s sake. We simply use it to do or get the things that we want. The lower the cost of energy, the cheaper and more abundant the things we want become.

But if we all can agree that lower energy prices offer a benefit, why can’t we make the same conclusion about food prices? Wouldn’t consumers get a huge “tax cut” if their grocery bills fell as dramatically? How about health care? Wouldn’t we all be better off if our hospital and insurance bills fell dramatically from their currently insane levels? Come to think of it, why wouldn’t we be better off if the price of everything fell?  When does too much of a good thing become too much? (more…)

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In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I am joined by Mike Vine of the Free State Project to discuss the film “101 Reasons Liberty Lives in New Hampshire.” Mike describes how he became a libertarian at the young age of 13, and what eventually drove him to move to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project. Mike and I discuss a few of the reasons presented in the film, and how the Free State Project could be a model for creating political change in other states and even countries.

http://lionsofliberty.com/2014/12/18/lions-of-liberty-podcast-ep-65-mike-vine-why-liberty-lives-in-new-hampshire/

By: Paul Craig Roberts

Financial Market Manipulation Is The New Trend: Can It Continue?
Financial Imperialists Attack Russia

A dangerous new trend is the successful manipulation of the financial markets by the Federal Reserve, other central banks, private banks, and the US Treasury. The Federal Reserve reduced real interest rates on US government debt obligations first to zero and then pushed real interest rates into negative territory. Today the government charges you for the privilege of purchasing its bonds.

People pay to park their money in Treasury debt obligations, because they do not trust the banks and they know that the government can print the money to pay off the bonds. Today Treasury bond investors pay a fee in order to guarantee that they will receive the nominal face value (minus the fee) of their investment in government debt instruments.

The fee is paid in a premium, which raises the cost of the debt instrument above its face value and is paid again in accepting a negative rate of return, as the interest rate is less than the inflation rate.
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The latest from Lions of Libery…

In this episode of the Lions of Liberty Podcast, I am joined by Jay Beeber, a libertarian activist in Marc’s home city of Los Angeles, who is best known for getting the red light camera program shut down in the city. Jay describes how he became involved in the red light camera issue and helped to expose the program as a scam benefiting crony corporations, leading to him becoming a local folk hero of sorts in LA. Jay explains how why he is now running for LA City Council, and how he plans to take on the local establishment and continue to call for a government accountable to its citizens, not corporatist interests.

Be sure to stick around for my fiery wrap-up rant, where I address libertarians who decry political activism.

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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

http://www.amazon.com/Great-Deformation-Corruption-Capitalism-America/dp/1586489127/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418358518&sr=8-1&keywords=the+great+deformation&pebp=1418358520995

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!

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By: Tom DiLorenzo

November and December of this year mark the 150th anniversary of General William Tecumseh Sherman’s famous “march to the sea” at the end of the War to Prevent Southern Independence.  The Lincoln cult – especially its hyper-warmongering neocon branch – has been holding conferences, celebrations, and commemorations while continuing to rewrite history to suit its statist biases.  Business as usual, in other words.  But they are not the only ones writing about the event.  Historian Karen Stokes has published South Carolina Civilians in Sherman’s Path: Stories of Courage Amid Civil War Destruction that contains a great deal of very telling information about Sherman’s motivation in waging total war on the civilianpopulation of South Carolina.

Stokes begins by quoting a letter that Sherman wrote to General Henry Halleck shortly before invading all-but-defenseless South Carolina:  “[T]he whole army is burning with an insatiable desire to wreak vengeance upon South Carolina.”  In another message a few weeks later, Sherman reiterated to Halleck that “The whole army is crazy to be turned loose in [South] Carolina.” (more…)

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
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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:

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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…)