Friday, December 14, 2018

The Scott Horton Show

12/3/18 Dave Lindorff on the Pentagon’s Audit

Dave Lindorff joins Scott to talk about his recent article, “The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed,” in which he outlines the results of the recent audit of U.S. military spending. The Pentagon’s cavalier attitude toward flunking their audit reveals that they don’t really care what the voters think, knowing they’ll get the funding they want no matter what. In fact, explains Lindorff, much of the supposedly “lost” money is lost because it was never actually spent in the first place. It’s a long established practice for military officials to pretend to have spent any leftover money, just so their budgets will be matched or increased the following year. The lost money is actually laundered into some other area and spent later on something it was not intended for.

Dave Lindorff is an investigative reporter and journalist. He is the author of This Can’t Be Happening!: Resisting the Disintegration of American Democracy. Follow him on Twitter @DavidLindorff.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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11/30/18 Nozomi Hayase on Julian Assange

Nozomi Hayase joins the show to talk about Wikileaks, given all the recent news about Julian Assange. Hayase explains Assange’s background and the founding of Wikileaks, arguing that its mission is critical for a free society today. If leakers and whistleblowers aren’t protected, we lose a powerful check on government control of information. She explains that if people think we live under a free democracy, no one will be motivated to reform the things that need changing, and many whistleblowers are working to fight that image.

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Nozomi Hayase is a journalist and historian, and the author of WikiLeaks, the Global Fourth Estate: History Is HappeningFind her on Twitter @nozomimagine.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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11/30/18 Sheldon Richman on Immigration and the Drug War

Sheldon Richman talks about the latest with the migrant caravan and President Trump’s reaction to it. He points out how odd it is for Trump supporters to justify all the bad things he does by saying “Obama did it too”. Wouldn’t that mean they should either love Obama or hate Trump? Libertarians are fairly consistent with that standard, but pretty much no one else in politics seems to be. Scott and Sheldon continue to discuss how the war on drugs is largely to blame for migrants coming up in large numbers from Latin America, and how the boom and bust cycle, caused by the Federal Reserve’s manipulation of the money supply, fuels economic anxiety among Americans when they see the large waves of immigration coming. Both of these are government problems, and should be abolished.

Discussed on the show:

Sheldon Richman is the executive editor of the Libertarian Institute and the author of America’s Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited. Follow him on Twitter @SheldonRichman.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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11/30/18 Ted Galen Carpenter on Libya and Ukraine

Ted Carpenter rejoins the show to discuss both of his recent articles for The American Conservative. The first outlines Libya’s political history since the ouster of Gaddafi, in which several promised democratic elections have come and gone. Now politicians are promising an election in early 2019, but Carpenter thinks this one too either won’t happen, or will be in some way illegitimate. His second article discusses the turmoil in Ukraine and how U.S. and NATO policy have worsened the situation there. Both Carpenter and Scott think President Trump should employ his famed deal-making abilities as much as possible with Russia; even if the news media make a stink about it, the American people are generally on the side of peace.

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 is a contributing editor at The American Conservative Magazine and the National Interest.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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11/30/18 David Vine on Closing U.S. Military Bases

David Vine makes the case that the U.S.’s roughly 800 military bases in over 130 countries are harmful not only to those countries’ interests, but to America’s own self-interest as well. His movement seeks to bring together people from all parties to force political change in Washington.

Discussed on the show:

David Vine is a professor of Anthropology at American University and the author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia. He also writes for the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Guardian, among others. Follow him on Twitter @davidsvine.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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11/27/18 George Joseph on the Rise in Federal Gun Prosecutions

Journalist George Joseph talks to Scott about the significant ramp up in federal gun prosecutions during Jeff Sessions’ tenure, and continuing even now that he’s gone. The idea behind his program was to target the “trigger-pulling” criminals, but in reality it targets a lot of people with previous drug possession charges, who might normally be able to own a gun, but are now forbidden from doing so because of their records. Many of the cases have even already been adjudicated at the state level, and are simply being brought up again at the federal. Scott and Joseph think this is probably unconstitutional, but it seems unlikely that any judges will care enough to stop it.

Discussed on the show:

George Joseph is a staff writer for The Appeal. Follow him on Twitter @georgejoseph94.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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11/27/18 Hunter DeRensis on the Bankruptcy of the American Empire

Hunter DeRensis joins the show to talk about his recent article for the American Conservative Magazine. He cites Stein’s law, named for economist Herbert Stein, which says that if something can’t go on forever, it will stop. This seems obvious, but people frequently avoid its conclusions when looking at an issue like the American empire. DeRensis worries that the U.S. is too extended and too far in debt to keep going on our current track for much longer. At some point the big crash simply has to come.

Discussed on the show:

Hunter DeRensis is an editorial assistant at the American Conservative and a student at GMU. Find him on his website or on Twitter @HunterDeRensis.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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11/27/18 Max Blumenthal on U.S.-Funded Neo-Nazism

Max Blumenthal talks about the Azov Battalion, a U.S.-backed Neo-Nazi group in Ukraine, and their efforts to train and educate American sympathizers. Once funded by the Obama administration, the group now wields some real power in their region and hopes to spread their ideology in ours. For all their talk about the rise of white supremacy, Blumenthal explains, the U.S. media refuses to cover this scandal because it undermines Obama’s policies. Scott mentions that much of the strife in Eastern Europe today is ultimately America’s fault, because we pushed expansion of NATO into Russia’s backyard. No one should be surprised when tensions with Russia are at their highest since the cold war—but this is yet another thing we’re not allowed to talk about. Even Israel, of all countries, doesn’t seem to care that much about Neo-Nazism, because if anything, it could cause a threatened diaspora to support the Jewish State even more strongly.

Discussed on the show:

Director and writer of “Killing Gaza,” Max Blumenthal is a senior editor of the Grayzone Project and the author GoliathRepublican Gomorrah, and The 51 Day War. Follow Max on Twitter @MaxBlumenthal.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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11/26/18 Tom Woods on his Liberty Classroom Project

Tom Woods comes back on the show to promote his flagship product, Liberty Classroom, an adult enrichment program designed to correct “educational malpractice”. Scott Horton Show listeners can use the promo code “HORTON” to take $200 off the master membership, which includes all the courses Tom did for the Ron Paul Home School curriculum. Scott will also throw in a signed copy of Fool’s Errand.

Liberty Classroom features courses in history and economics taught by prominent libertarian scholars like Bob Murphy, Kevin Gutzman, and Jeff Herbener, and many others.

Tom Woods is the host of the Tom Woods Show and the author of numerous books, including Real Dissent. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEWoods.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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11/21/18 Ramzy Baroud on Palestinian Border Protests

Ramzy Baroud comes back on the show to talk about the continuing injustice suffered by the Palestinian people at the hands of the Israeli government. The death toll of protestors shot by Israeli gunmen is now over 200, with thousands more wounded. Many Americans look at the situation and think that Israel has every right to defend its border. But Baroud explains that that’s not how we should be thinking about it—Israel is basically laying siege these people, controlling their movements along with everything that comes in and out of their territory. If it were as simple as Israel defending their own border, Baroud asks, why do so many American Jews support the Palestinians and oppose Israel?

Discussed on the show:

Ramzy Baroud is a US-Arab journalist and is the editor-in-chief of the Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of My Father Was A Freedom Fighter: The Untold Story of Gaza. His new book is The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story. Follow Ramzy on Twitter @RamzyBaroud and read his work at RamzyBaroud.net.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Kesslyn Runs, by Charles Featherstone; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; The War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.Zen Cash; Tom Woods’ Liberty ClassroomExpandDesigns.com/Scott; and LibertyStickers.com.

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