The Scott Horton Show

4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

Jason Ditz talks about escalating tensions in Iraq, the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and the murmurings of another attempt by the U.S. to put Juan Guaido in power in Venezuela. Scott and Ditz are stunned that America keeps making the same foreign policy mistakes over and over again. Scott sees a real opportunity for a politician like Bernie Sanders to make these topics a leading issue, given that nobody else talks about them and that the American people, when asked, are mostly on the right side. Voters simply do not want to be spending tax money to kill foreigners and prop up murderous regimes while they have plenty of their own problems at home.

Discussed on the show:

Jason Ditz is the news editor of Antiwar.com. Read all of his work at news.antiwar.com and follow him on Twitter @jasonditz.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

4/3/20 Doug Bandow on the Fake North Korean Threat and America’s Role in Yemen

Scott interviews Doug Bandow about his recent article for the National Interest, which discusses the effects of the coronavirus on U.S. relations with North Korea. Bandow explains how after years of hand-wringing over the imminent threat posed by Kim Jong-un’s aggressive nuclear posturing, and the need for America to respond strongly, everyone forgets all about it as soon as an actual emergency like the current pandemic emerges. If North Korea really posed an existential threat to the United States, we would probably still be concerned. Scott and Bandow also discuss America’s role in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the war in Yemen. The onset of the rainy season there threatens to bring another outbreak of cholera, an easily preventable disease that thousands have already died from thanks to intentional targeting of critical civilian infrastructure. Saudi Arabia would not be able to wage this war without explicit U.S. approval.

Discussed on the show:

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and a regular contributor at Forbes Magazine, the National Interest, and elsewhere. He’s on Twitter @Doug_Bandow.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.com; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/27/20 Hassan El-Tayyab on America’s Ongoing Genocide in Yemen

Hassan El-Tayyab talks to Scott about the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen, where the U.S. continues to help Saudi Arabia wage an aggressive war against the Middle East’s poorest country. Scott reminds us that President Trump could end the war with a single phone call, but is too concerned with the arms contracts with the Saudi government to risk jeopardizing the relationship. Things are already desperate for the Yemeni people, who have a hard time getting food, medicine, and clean water. These problems have led to the world’s worst outbreaks of cholera, a disease that only needs basic sanitation and nutrition to treat. It would be an utter disaster if the coronavirus spreads there on top of the problems they face already.

Discussed on the show:

Hassan El-Tayyab is a musician and peace activist based in Chicago. Find his work at justforeignpolicy.org.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/27/20 Andrew Bacevich: Judgement Day for the National Security State

Scott talks to Andrew Bacevich about the ways U.S. military spending over the last few decades has indebted our country and will continue to impoverish future generations. The mistakes go back to America’s squandering of its Cold War peace dividend in the early 1990s, drastically expanding its empire in Europe and Asia instead of shrinking the military and focusing on prosperity at home. This problem escalated under Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama with more spending, more wars in more countries, and more dead American soldiers. All of this has cost the American people trillions of dollars and is likely to lead to worse problems than the ones we initially tried to solve. Bacevich hopes that a crisis like coronavirus, which exposes the fragility of our economy and our society, might finally force people to recognize how untenable the entire empire project is.

Discussed on the show:

Andrew Bacevich is a Professor Emeritus of International Relations and History at Boston University. He is the author of a number of books including America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History and The Age of Illusions: How America Squandered Its Cold War Victory. He is a regular contributor at The American Conservative and TomDispatch.com.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/27/20 Ted Carpenter on Liberty and the Coronavirus

Ted Carpenter discusses the possible ramifications of the coronavirus on both the economy and our personal liberties. He first reminds us that this is not a question of sacrificing economic productivity for the sake of saving lives, as some would have us believe—shutting down huge sectors of the economy itself threatens human lives through increased risk to the most vulnerable, ruined careers, and increased deaths related to stress and despair. Carpenter also worries that it will be difficult to roll back the increased powers that the federal government is deploying, supposedly to combat the spread of the virus, like tracking our cell phones and enforcing shelter in place orders. In both these cases, the cure could be worse than the proverbial disease.

Discussed on the show:

Ted Galen Carpenter is a senior fellow for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. Carpenter has written 10 books including America’s Coming War with China: A Collision Course over Taiwan and most recently NATO: Dangerous Dinosaur. He is a contributing editor at The American Conservative Magazine and the National Interest.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/27/20 Eli Clifton on the Crushing US Sanctions on Iran

Scott interviews Eli Clifton about the U.S. sanctions regime against Iran. These sanctions were already having a severe impact on the ability of Iranian civilians to conduct business and buy necessary goods, and in the face of coronavirus they could turn an already bad situation into a humanitarian disaster. None of this has deterred the sanctions hawks in the Trump administration from sticking to their idea that by pressuring a country’s population you can weaken its government. This has almost never borne out in practice, and simply hurts thousands of innocents while the elites remain more or less untouched.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Hawkish Group Targets Medicine Sales to Iran Amid Coronavirus Crisis” (The Intercept)
  • “Collective punishment has always been the stated goal of Iran sanctions hawks” (Responsible Statecraft)

Eli Clifton is a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and a contributing editor for Lobe Log. Follow him on Twitter @EliClifton.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/27/20 Charlie Davis on Skateboarding Culture in the West Bank

Charlie Davis talks about his project, Skate Palestine, which is trying to spread the sport of skateboarding to Palestinians in the West Bank. He says that Palestinians, already perceived by the state of Israel as outsiders in their own homeland, are in some ways perfectly suited to skateboarding culture, which historically has also attracted outsiders and misfits. He even hopes that skateboarding can provide an opportunity for Israeli and Palestinian youth to meet on neutral terms and build friendships over a shared interest.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/27/20 Reese Erlich: US Beats War Drums in Middle East

Scott interviews Reese Erlich about his latest antiwar.com column, which describes the dangerous game being played by the war hawks in Washington as they ratchet up tensions with Iran. The Trump administration has retaliated several times against Kataib Hezbollah targets in Iraq for alleged attacks on U.S. military bases there, and of course ordered the assassination of Qasem Soleimani in January. These acts of force could easily blossom into full-scale war, but even if they don’t, they still put American troops in unnecessary danger. The safest thing for these soldiers, and for the rest of the country, would be to end all hostilities and bring everyone home.

Discussed on the show:

Reese Erlich is a freelance journalist who has reported from the Middle East for decades. His nationally distributed column, Foreign Correspondent, appears every two weeks. He is the author of The Iran Agenda Today: the Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis. Find him on Twitter at @ReeseErlich or at his website.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/27/20 Patrick Jaicomo on Our Unaccountable Overlords

Patrick Jaicomo of the Institute for Justice discusses the (brief) history of the “qualified immunity” doctrine, which makes it very difficult for civilians to sue government agents for constitutional rights violations. Jaicomo breaks down the different types of legal immunity, and the ways in which it’s still possible, sometimes, to seek redress for unjust killings, thefts, and other abuses by government officials. Usually, however, the state protects its own, at the expense of ordinary citizens.

Discussed on the show:

Patrick Jaicomo is an attorney with the Institute for Justice. You can follow his work on Twitter @pjaicomo.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.com; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Listen and Think Audio; TheBumperSticker.com; and LibertyStickers.com.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/23/20 David Stockman on the Mother of all Financial Bubbles

Scott talks to David Stockman about the fate of the economy after the coronavirus-induced shutdown and the multi-trillion dollar bailouts being undertaken by the U.S. government. Stockman is much more concerned about the economic ramifications than about the virus itself, and not because businesses are being forced to close for a few weeks, but primarily because we’ve been living under a crony capitalist regime of corporate welfare and unsound money for decades on end. The only solution any of the central planners understand, he explains, is to pump more money into the financial markets, which provides the illusion of short term relief at the expense of real long term damage. The current stimulus will only inflate asset bubbles even further and eventually bring about an even worse crash. All of this, of course, will be blamed on free market capitalism, which is the system most people think we have. Such a backlash is likely to lead to even greater socialization of our government and economy.

Discussed on the show:

David Stockman is the ultimate Washington insider turned iconoclast. He began his career in Washington as a young man and quickly rose through the ranks of the Republican Party to become the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan. After leaving the White House, Stockman had a 20-year career on Wall Street. He is the author of Trumped!, The Triumph of Politics, and his history of the financial crisis, The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/20/20 Mike Swanson on the Coming Recession

Mike Swanson offers his take on the current virus-induced stock market downturn. What has surprised him most so far is the fact that assets are down across the board, unlike previous recessions, which might see a decline in stocks offset by a jump in precious metals. This suggests that the real panic hasn’t actually hit yet, and that we are likely to see a lull before another big downturn. He and Scott are worried for the economy, but knew even before the coronavirus that something like this was inevitable thanks to decades of interference by the Federal Reserve and other central planners.

Discussed on the show:

Mike Swanson provides investment advice at wallstreetwindow.com and is the author of The War State: The Cold War Origins Of The Military-Industrial Complex And The Power Elite. He also works with the Neopolis Media Group, a group of historians, educators, authors, researchers, and free speech advocates who endeavor to provide original and engaging content, including The Ochelli Effect, and The Lone Gunman Podcast.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/20/20 Scott Paul on Yemen’s Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis

Scott Paul discusses the looming cholera outbreak in Yemen as the country prepares for yet another rainy season. Thanks to U.S.-backed Saudi bombing of critical infrastructure, the people of Yemen lack the tools to fight cholera: basic nutrition and clean water. Paul describes the state of the overrun, under-equipped Yemeni hospitals, warning of their inability to deal with the current crisis, let alone what could happen if the coronavirus spreads there. Scott reminds the audience that President Trump could pretty much end this war with a single phone call, but instead continues to placate Saudi Arabia.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Rainy season threatens huge cholera spike in Yemen as conflict hampers efforts to address forgotten crisis” (Oxfam International)

Scott Paul leads Oxfam America’s policy advocacy on a number of emergencies and cross-cutting humanitarian issues. He is a frequent media commentator with outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and Al Jazeera and has testified before Congress. Follow him on Twitter @ScottTPaul.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/20/20 Philip Weiss on Israel’s Uncertain Political Future

Scott talks to Philip Weiss about the latest in Israeli politics, where Benjamin Netanyahu still has neither been removed from power in a decisive election, nor tried for his corruption charges. His main opponent, Benny Gantz, may now be offered the chance to form a minority government, but if he cannot, there could be yet another round of elections. But with the global coronavirus outbreak, Weiss explains that Netanyahu’s approval ratings are now as high as ever—he and Scott think there’s little chance he will be ousted any time soon. Meanwhile, there is great concern for the health of the Palestinians living in ghetto-like conditions on the West Bank, but whom the Israeli government seems to have little interest in helping.

Philip Weiss is the long-time editor of Mondoweiss.net. Follow him on Twitter @PhilWeiss.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/20/20 Tim Shorrock on Getting Along with North Korea

Tim Shorrock shares what might be a positive side to the global coronavirus outbreak: a chance for the U.S. government to relax sanctions on Iran and North Korea. Shorrock thinks it would be easy for President Trump to announce that these sanctions will no longer be enforced, if he wanted to, and that Congress is unlikely to prevent such a move. A crisis like the coronavirus helps demonstrate how awful it is to victimize the civilians of a foreign country with economic sanctions, which can contribute to shortages of necessary supplies even during normal times. Scott wishes Trump would follow the example of Richard Nixon in feeling that it was worthwhile to go negotiate with even the world’s worst rulers in the name of world peace.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Washington Hawks Are Softening Their Hard Line on Sanctions Against North Korea” (The Nation)
  • “CDC, FDA: The Enemy” (The Libertarian Institute)
  • “Tucker Carlson on How He Brought His Coronavirus Message to Mar-a-Lago” (Vanity Fair)

Tim Shorrock is the author of Spies For Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing and a regular contributor to The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Reporting. Follow him on Twitter @TimothyS.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/20/20 Gareth Porter on the New York Times’ Ongoing Russiagate Disinformation Campaign

Scott talks to Gareth Porter about the New York Times’ continued efforts to bolster the story that Russia both interfered in the 2016 presidential election and continues to do so in the lead up to the 2020 election. This time around, they allege, Russian actors are working on behalf of both President Trump, and also Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary race. Porter reviews some of the reasons why these claims are spurious, and he and Scott rehash a few of the Times’ other great blunders.

Discussed on the show:

  • “The New York Times’ Insidious Ongoing Disinformation Campaign on Russia & Elections” (Consortium News)
  • “The Plot to Subvert an Election: Unraveling the Russia Story So Far” (The New York Times)
  • “Same Goal, Different Playbook: Why Russia Would Support Trump and Sanders” (The New York Times)
  • “Pompeo and Netanyahu paved a path to war with Iran, and they’re pushing Trump again” (The Grayzone)

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on the national security state, and author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare. Follow him on Twitter @GarethPorter and listen to Gareth’s previous appearances on the Scott Horton Show.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/20/20 William Arkin on the Military’s Top Secret Coronavirus Plans

Scott interviews William Arkin about his recent Newsweek article discussing the the government’s various contingency plans—both public and secret—to keep a functioning, constitutional government alive during a national crisis. He is not so concerned about the introduction of martial law as usually conceived, which he considers unlikely, but worries about something called devolving succession, a process by which a group outside the usual, public line of succession could declare themselves a legitimate government. One problem with this system is that these figures are essentially unknown to the American public. Arkin believes that more transparency with respect to the government’s succession plans would increase faith among the American people that they are in good hands in emergencies.

Discussed on the show:

William Arkin is a military intelligence analyst, activist, author, journalist, academic and consultant. His award-winning reporting has appeared on the front pages of The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. He is the author of American Coup: How a Terrified Government Is Destroying the Constitution. Follow him on Twitter @warkin.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/16/20 Jim Bovard on the Police Killing of Duncan Lemp

Jim Bovard shares the story of the death of Duncan Lemp, a 21-year-old Maryland man recently killed by police in his home in the middle of the night. The police aren’t releasing their side of the story yet, but it looks as though Lemp hadn’t even been charged with any crimes—police were simply executing a search warrant on what they deemed a “high-risk” target. The SWAT team threw stun grenades into his room, where he and his pregnant girlfriend were sleeping, then shot Lemp to death. Scott suspects that the officers responsible will face few to no repercussions for this crime, as is almost always the case.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Did Maryland Police Shoot And Kill A Sleeping Man?” (The American Conservative)
  • “Waco: The Rules of Engagement (1997)” (IMDb)
  • “Potomac man killed in police-involved shooting in Maryland” (The Washington Post)
  • “James Bovard Playboy 2000 Flash Bang You’re Dead SWAT Team Abuse” (jimbovard.com)

Jim Bovard is a columnist for USA Today and the author of Public Policy Hooligan: Rollicking and Wrangling from Helltown to Washington. Find all of his books and read his work on his website and follow him on Twitter @JimBovard.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/13/20 Joe Lauria on the Heroic Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

Joe Lauria discusses the latest with Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange. Manning has finally been released after a year in jail for contempt of court after refusing to testify against Assange in his extradition trial. Assange is still being held while his trial in Britain is underway. The trial will determine whether he will be extradited to the United States to face charges under the espionage act, which Lauria says are totally outrageous. As far as he can tell, what Assange did with the information provided to WikiLeaks by Manning and others is no different from what news outlets like the New York Times do. This is a dangerous precedent for publishers, and principled journalists everywhere should be flocking to Assange’s side.

Discussed on the show:

Joe Lauria is the editor-in-chief at Consortium News. He is a former UN correspondent and wrote at the Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal. You can follow him on Twitter @unjoe.

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4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

3/13/20 Ryan McMaken on the Coronavirus and our Fragile Economy

Scott interviews Ryan McMaken about the current coronavirus-induced financial slowdown and what it might mean in terms of the next big crash. McMaken explains that with America’s incredibly over-financialized economy, practically the only tool that the government knows how to use is huge injections of liquidity directly into the financial sector. This of course only eases the pain temporarily, delaying (and worsening) the eventual popping of the bubble. One danger Scott and McMaken foresee is that there can now be no principled opposition to those who clamor for government-sponsored, “free” programs like universal health care, free college, and other expensive social packages, since our government continues to demonstrate that it is perfectly willing to create a trillion dollars out of thin air and hand it out to certain people. The only question, at that point, is who gets the money.

Discussed on the show:

Ryan McMaken is a senior editor at the Mises Institute. He has degrees in economics and political science from the University of Colorado, and was the economist for the Colorado Division of Housing from 2009 to 2014. He is the author of Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.

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3/13/20 Kelley Vlahos on the Release of Chelsea Manning

Scott is joined by Kelley Vlahos, executive editor at The American Conservative, to talk about the release, at long last, of Chelsea Manning, who was being held in federal jail for refusing to testify in the Julian Assange case. After a year in jail and a suicide attempt, a judge finally said that Manning’s testimony isn’t really necessary anymore and ordered her release. She will still be responsible for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for her refusal to testify. Vlahos also discusses her recent articles about the U.S. military presence in Africa, which many Americans don’t even know is going on. As with many foreign policy issues, President Trump seems to have pretty good instincts on the question of American intervention in Africa, but allows himself to be bullied by the military establishment into going along with their agenda, just like every other president.

Discussed on the show:

Kelley B. Vlahos is the executive editor of The American Conservative. Follow her on Twitter @KelleyBVlahos.

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Could it be that we’re simply a victim of our own technology and the hubris acquired in response to its perceived capabilities?

The Scott Horton Show

4/3/20 Jason Ditz on Iraq, Yemen, and Venezuela

Jason Ditz talks about escalating tensions in Iraq, the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen, and the murmurings of another attempt by the U.S. to put Juan Guaido in power in Venezuela. Scott and Ditz are stunned that America keeps making the same foreign policy...

Free Man Beyond the Wall

Episode 401: ‘Sheltering In Place’ w/ Dave Smith

67 Minutes Some Strong Language Pete did a Livestream with Part of the Problem podcast host Dave Smith where they discussed current 'Coronavirus events,' the government's failure in not only preventing it, but their response to it, and where do we go from here. Part...

Episode 400: Dr Ron Paul On Growing Tyranny

35 Minutes Suitable for All Ages Pete invited Dr Ron Paul to return to the show to talk about the federal government's massive expansion due to the CoronaVirus. Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity Ron Paul Liberty Report Link to Richard Grove's Autonomy Course...

Episode 399: There Are Dark Days Ahead w/ James Corbett

36 Minutes Suitable For All Ages Pete invited documentarian, researcher and commentator, James Corbett, to come on the show. James has been consistently reporting on government's reaction to the CV-19 pandemic and paints a picture of where he thinks individual liberty...

Foreign Policy Focus

The US Is Making More Weapons in Response to Coronavirus

On FPF #476, I discuss the US government is buying more weapons and giving financial support to the weapons markers. The finical assistance was approved through the $2 trillion bailout. The Navy announced it was buying an additional $2 billion in torpedos and missiles...

War Under the Cover of Coronavirus

On FPF #474, I discuss the US moving towards war with Iran under the cover of Coronavirus. Trump took to Twitter to threaten Iran if an attack is carried out against American forces in Iraq. Trump's Tweet creates a situation that means any attack in Iraq - with Iran's...

The US is Exploiting Covid-19 to Push Regime Change

On FPF #473, I discuss the US attempts to exploit coronavirus outbreaks to overthrow governments. In Venezuela, the US already has a 'maximum pressure' campaign going. The over a year-long campaign has failed to force the countries president, Maduro, from power, but...

A Boy Named Pseu

#126 Stephan Livera

Stephan Livera and I discuss Austrian economics, libertarianism, personal responsibility, and much more.

#123 Paul Snow

CEO of Factom, Paul Snow, gives me the 101 on Factom. We also discuss blockchain use cases (especially having autonomy over your digital ID and data), tokenization, and the overall importance of bitcoin and crypto. This is how we become sovereign individuals. Factom...

#121 Pierre Rochard

@krakenfx 's "COSO" (Chief Open-Source Officer 😉) @pierre_rochard indoctrinates me on FOSS, Austrian Econ, Volcker, The Fed, & Lightning ⚡️We also debunk #bitcoin FUD & EMH. Thanks for coming on, dude! Listen on all Podcatchers!...

#120 Parker Lewis

Parker Lewis of Unchained Capital gives the 101 on fractional reserve banking, quantitive easing, the problems of the current financial system, what money is, and why we need bitcoin. Check out the Unchained Capital Blog

Don't Tread on Anyone

Golden Rule Philosophy. Marc Victor and Keith Knight.

https://youtu.be/iwdVv6ZvTmQ Summary of Live and Let Live Philosophy (3LP) from Liveandletlive.org Live and Let Live Principles Competent adults own themselves. They are entitled to be the sole rulers of their bodies, their property, their money and their...

Do We Ever Really Get Out of Anarchy? – Essay Summary

https://youtu.be/UY8Q--1JL-k Every criticism of free markets, applies ten-fold to the state. The most obvious example- "we need a central government to keep order". Five questions/points to keep in mind- Government is the number one cause of war and jailing for...

Anarcho-Capitalism: The Only Moral System

Based on the following definitions, I make the case that free market anarchism is the only moral system for humans to live under. Anarchy: A social system based on the recognition that no person or group of persons has the right to rule or initiate violence or...

The Scam ALMOST EVERYONE Fell For

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge1jjt2mmmM&t=2s A monumental scam throughout history has been getting people to criticize technicalities of an issue, rather than the foundational problem.  The problem with government is NOT that some are monarchies, some are...

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