In A True Free Market, It’s Hard To Be Rich

In A True Free Market, It’s Hard To Be Rich

One interesting feature of libertarian theory is its ability to offer a critique of corporate capitalism from the perspective of laissez faire economics. The political economics of societies with large corporations are troublesome, and if you read left-wing literature you’re sure to encounter an endless stream of analysis discussing the problems with large and powerful corporations. What’s interesting, therefore, about the implications of Austrian – libertarian – economics is that under this interpretation one might conclude that free markets make the accumulation of wealth rather difficult...

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An Anarcho-Capitalist Take On Epidemics

Some libertarians might think that epidemics and the panic associated with them might be some kind of government scam. Yes, government can and will exploit crises, maybe using them to accomplish its own ends more so than even solving the problem. However, an anarcho-capitalist world would certainly respond to severe epidemics. In anarcho-capitalism, authority does in fact exist.  Private authority.  A mall owner can close the mall.  A train company can close the train.  A neighborhood organization can define the terms by which people use common property like roads.  Rights Protection...

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The Virus Has A Racism Problem – It’s Not What You Think

Commentators have said that people are being racist for worrying about Coronavirus and especially when they avoid Chinese people.  We should never treat people poorly or be a jerk, but when you have a serious infectious disease problem with a lot of unknowns, the use of discrimination can be rational.  However, there is a racism associated with this virus that people aren't talking about, and it's the same racism that we see with America's foreign policy attitudes. There's some speculation that perhaps males and perhaps Asian males might be more susceptible to the virus for certain reasons. ...

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Reddit Is Cancer

I know there's nowhere else to go, but reasonable people just need to quit Reddit. Recently they have comprehensively banned and quarantined (funny wording) all talk of the coronavirus that does not refer to either 1) government press releases or 2) mainstream media articles.  It's sick, because these two sources of information are a week behind the curve and also often just wrong.  Let's compare this topic to national security topics, and see how much we trust the "official" channel of information. Still, if information has to be verified by official channels before it can be viewed, then...

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The Virus

There is an odd information gap surrounding this virus.  We can't say that it's particularly harmful yet, as essentially all patients who were treated for it outside of China seem to have recovered nicely or are recovering.  Some seem to have only ever had mild symptoms and self-recovered.  However, there's still an information gap. Until very recently there are a few facts which have been repeated in Western media and by Western governments to reassure people.  I've even seen some alternative media tout some of these points in order to downplay the situation.  Here's what people are saying:...

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Does Foreign Press Have First Amendment Rights?

“We have now learned from submissions and affidavits presented by the United States to this court that they do not consider foreign nationals to have a First Amendment protection,” - WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson The text of the First Amendment is: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." It seems that the US Constitution prohibits Congress from...

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The Unprofession of Arms in the US Military

Over the last few days, the United States and Iran came dangerously close to going to war. Thankfully, both sides backed down. The event which precipitated this latest crisis was the decision by the Trump Administration to unilaterally and illegally assassinate Iranian general and IRGC commander Qassem Soleimani. In a stunning and historically meaningful event, Iran directly targeted and attacked United States bases and equipment in Iraq. Nevertheless, the Trump administration decided, in the end, to back down from further escalating the crisis. The question on everyone’s mind - those who...

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Why Bin Laden Has Won

Iraq's infrastructure is broken.  China is making them a deal: they'll help rebuild it, in exchange for some oil. Why is it that the totalitarian communist empire is making friends and money through commercial development and cooperation?  How come the "liberal" and "free society" republic is trying to maintain its command authority through a boot on the face? The boot on the face is why Bin Laden hated the US Empire, more than anything else.  His goal was to cut through the crap and show the Islamic World that the US might promise commercial friendship, but what it really delivers is the...

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US News The State Department will pay employees who alleged they suffer from ‘Havana Syndrne’ six-figure payouts. State is making the payments in accordance with the HAVANA Act. [Link] Haiti At least eight prisoners died from starvation in a prison in Haiti. [Link]...

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Actually, Socialism IS When The Government Does Stuff

https://youtu.be/_-6CyEYetxM How is something to be owned by “the community as a whole?” Ownership means that you get to decide what is done with something. If you and I disagree on who gets to eat your apple, then whatever you decide will take precedence, because it...

Let’s Get ‘Defend the Guard’ on the Ballot in California!

"Resolved, That the Libertarian National Committee: Calls upon the State Legislatures to enact legislation to prohibit the States’ National Guard and any member thereof to be released from the state into active duty combat unless the U.S. Congress has declared war...

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6/17/22 Douglas Macgregor on the Lies Getting Ukrainians Killed

 Download Episode. Scott is joined by retired Col. Douglas Macgregor to discuss an article he wrote about the war in Ukraine. Macgregor points to the lies that got us into a situation earlier this year where a Russian invasion was inevitable and the lies that are...

6/3/22 Aisha Jumaan on How You can Help End the War Against Yemen

 Download Episode. Aisha Jumaan from the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation joined Scott on Antiwar Radio to discuss the war in Yemen. Despite little to no media coverage, which Jumaan recently wrote about, the war in Yemen as well as the consequences of that...

6/3/22 Hassan El-Tayyab: Some Good News on Yemen

 Download Episode. Hassan El-Tayyab came back on Antiwar Radio to give an update on the effort to end the war in Yemen. First, Scott and El-Tayyab discuss the last-minute extension of the two-month ceasefire. El-Tayyab reports that airstrikes have stopped completely...

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10 “Pro-Choice” Arguments – DEBUNKED (w/ Kristan Hawkins)

https://youtu.be/vgo8Uys-Xs4 The glory of the human race is the uniqueness of each individual, the fact that every person, though similar in many ways to others, possesses a completely individuated personality of his own. It is the fact of each person’s uniqueness —...

Economic Truths My Professor Lied About (w/ David Bahnsen)

https://youtu.be/8jK-rT-0SCk Defenders of free enterprise do not believe in a perfect administration under a market economy. Rather, we do not believe in the possibility of such. To the extent imperfect decision-making is accepted, we then seek to solve for who has...

Liberty Weekly Podcast

An Economic Reckoning ft. Clint Russell Ep. 217

https://youtu.be/B4rBZcugFw0 Clint Russell joins me in this week’s episode of Liberty Weekly. Clint is the host of Liberty Lockdown, a podcast that took the liberty scene by storm during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Before Clint launched Liberty Lockdown, he was a private...

On the Brink of Nuclear War ft. Connor Freeman Ep. 216

https://youtu.be/CJ62Lw1PJsg In this episode of the podcast, I speak with Connor Freeman about the dismal state of U.S./Russian relations. We discuss the spiraling escalation in Ukraine and U.S. policy decisions which signal that the unthinkable may be inevitable....

Addiction and COVID-19 ft. The Clean Libertarian Ep. 215

https://youtu.be/38r3URgicX4 Much has been said about the excess rate of substance abuse during COVID-19. To try to understand some of these causes, I brought on my friend Drew Cook of the Clean Libertarian. Drew is a recovering addict who is now working to help other...

Press Censorship in Wartime Ep. 214

https://youtu.be/s5Jhj1smhFI With the risk of kinetic war between the US and Russia becoming more and more likely each day, the United States is already marshalling its forces to silence domestic and international dissent to the conflict. In this episode, I examine...

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A Conversation with Patrick MacFarlane

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John Robb joined me to talk about the network, its operations, where it fails, and why he thinks conspiracy theorists are wrong. Global Guerillas Substack Discord Libertarian Institute 19 Skills Pdf Autonomy Course Critical Thinking Course Donate Patreon...

America’s Response to the War in Ukraine w/Dave DeCamp

Dave DeCamp joined me to discuss the American reaction to the war in Ukraine. We discuss how the sanctions and information war seem to be targeting Americans rather than the Russian politicians. Is the Biden Administration utilizing propaganda to manufacture consent...

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