The Scott Horton Show

8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

Scott interviews Tom Woods about his new eBook, which provides a libertarian perspective on some of the national questions being raised these days about the future of policing. Scott and Woods focus in on the war on drugs in particular, which has been the culprit behind so many of the police abuses of the last few decades. They review the reasons why this policy has been completely ineffective, a staggering waste of resource and has led to vastly disproportionate outcomes between white and minority populations. As a libertarian, Woods supports the replacement of government police forces with free market alternatives, but short of this, he also offers a few relatively simple reforms that could go a long way toward solving some of the worst problems with police, and which he hopes almost any American could get behind.

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

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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

8/7/20 Stephen Zunes on Susan Rice’s Pro-War Establishment Credentials

Scott talks to Stephen Zunes about Susan Rice, one of the leading candidates for Joe Biden’s VP pick. Rice fits Biden’s criteria in that she’s a black woman with political experience, but Zunes raises serious concerns about her track record. In particular, Rice turned out to be one of the most hawkish Democrats during her time in the Clinton and Obama administrations, and she played a role in pushing for America’s invasion of Iraq in 2003. Zunes points out that if “a black woman” is Biden’s only important qualification, then he should at least pick someone with better left-wing credentials and with actual ties to the black community—Rice, he says, is virtually indistinguishable in her politics from all the white male establishment war hawks.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Implications of Pro-War Susan Rice as VP Nominee” (Accuracy.Org)
  • “Colin Powell’s speech to the UN Security Council” (Brookings)
  • “Column: No, Susan Rice did not support the Iraq War” (Chicago Tribune)
  • “Don’t Attack Saddam” (WSJ)
  • “Susan Rice has Israel’s back” (POLITICO)
  • “Why Would Biden Pick Susan Rice?” (Defense One)

Stephen Zunes is a professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco. He is the author of Western Sahara: War, Nationalism, and Conflict Irresolution and Civil Resistance Against Coups: A Comparative and Historical Perspective. Find him on Twitter @SZunes. 

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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

8/3/20 Mark Willacy on SAS War Crimes in Afghanistan

Australian journalist Mark Willacy talks to Scott about his investigations into alleged war crimes by Australian special forces units in Afghanistan. Willacy has worked closely with former SAS operative Braden Chapman, the leading figure in blowing the whistle on what has become a spate of such allegations. The incidents include the killing of unarmed, compliant civilians and the fabrication of evidence to cover up wrongdoing. There is currently an investigation underway in Australia into these misdeeds, but Willacy reminds us how much is at stake with the image of the Australian military, and is unsure whether anyone will be brought to justice in the end. He continues to work hard to make sure those at fault are ultimately held accountable.

Discussed on the show:

  • “The same AK-47 was photographed on two dead Afghan civilians killed by Australian soldiers” (ABC News)
  • “Former Australian SAS soldier Braden Chapman speaks out about unlawful killings and war crimes in Afghanistan” (ABC News)
  • “5/22/20 Braden Chapman on Australian Special Forces War Crimes in Afghanistan” (The Libertarian Institute)
  • “Video shows Australian SAS soldier shooting and killing unarmed man at close range in Afghanistan” (ABC News)

Mark Willacy is a reporter for ABC Australia. He’s twice been named Queensland Journalist of the Year and is a five-time winner of Australia’s premier journalism prize, the Walkley Award. Follow Mark on Twitter at @MarkWillacy.

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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

7/31/20 Ray McGovern on Colin Powell and Mike Pompeo

Ray McGovern joins the show to talk about Colin Powell and Mike Pompeo: two credentialed, respected members of the foreign policy establishment that have both been hugely damaging to American interests. McGovern first responds to the claim that Powell unwaveringly and heroically stood against the Bush administration’s desire to invade Iraq, succumbing only at the last minute due to new, more persuasive intelligence and the pressures of being overwhelmingly outnumbered. In reality, says McGovern, Powell not only should have known the whole time that Saddam Hussein didn’t have weapons of mass destruction—even after the final intelligence report, which was doubted at the time by his closest associates—but also didn’t ever resist the idea of the invasion very hard, being pretty much willing at the time to go along with Bush, Cheney, Wolfowitz and the other neocons in the administration. Only more recently has he tried to depict himself as the man many Americans wanted him to be: a principled iconoclast who only relented in his steadfastness at the very last moment. In the current administration, Mike Pompeo presents dangers of a different kind in the form of a fervid quest to gin up hostilities between the U.S. and China. McGovern reminds us how disastrous the consequences of that war could be, and how much both countries benefit by a peaceful, cooperative relationship.

Discussed on the show:

  • “RAY McGOVERN: Powell & Iraq—The Uses and Abuses of National Intelligence Estimates” (Consortium News)
  • “Presumptuous Pompeo Pushes Preposterous ‘Peking’ Policy” (Consortium News)
  • “Colin Powell Still Wants Answers” (The New York Times)
  • “‘To Start a War’ Robert Draper: Bad intelligence led Bush into Iraq” (Business Insider)
  • “CIA Director Mike Pompeo “We Lie, We Cheat, We Steal” – Texas A M University April 2019″ (YouTube)
  • “Schumer to Trump: Intel officials have ways to strike back” (Washington Examiner)
  • “Meet the Steele Dossier’s ‘Primary Subsource’: Fabulist Russian From Democrat Think Tank Whose Boozy Past the FBI Ignored” (Real Clear Investigations)
  • “Breaking the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror” (YouTube)
  • “Scott Ritter in Tokyo” (CounterPunch)

Ray McGovern is the co-creator of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and the former chief of the CIA’s Soviet analysts division. Read all of his work at his website: raymcgovern.com.

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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

7/31/20 Branko Marcetic on Trump’s Dangerous Russia Hawkishness

Branko Marcetic discusses a recent move by the Trump administration that will grant unprecedented powers to the CIA to conduct cyber attacks against foreign countries. This highlights a persistent trend throughout Trump’s precedency that has seen him become perhaps the most hawkish president toward Russia since the end of the Cold War. Scott and Marcetic talk about the stubborn persistence of the “Russiagate” narrative, which has lingered long after its underlying premises have been dispelled. Marcetic says this is the way all conspiracy theories work—their adherents can always assimilate new facts into the theory no matter how contradictory they really are. All this, of course, is nothing but deleterious to America’s relationship with Russia, probably the most important geopolitical issue facing the world today.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Trump the “Putin Puppet” Just Dramatically Escalated the Undeclared War Against Russia” (Jacobin)
  • “Secret Trump order gives CIA more powers to launch cyberattacks” (Yahoo News)

Branko Marcetic is a writer for Jacobin Magazine, a fellow at In These Times, and host of the 1/200 podcast. He is the author of Yesterday’s Man: The Case Against Joe Biden. Follow him on Twitter @BMarchetich.

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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

7/31/20 Greg Mitchell on the Real History of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Scott interviews Greg Mitchell about The Beginning or the End, his new book that tells the story of the making of the 1947 film of the same name. The movie was conceived as an exposé on the horrors of America’s use of the nuclear bomb against Japan, partly at the urging of former Manhattan Project scientists. But it was quickly co-opted by the U.S. government, forcing many changes to the film’s structure, and eventually resulting in what amounted to a piece of pro-military propaganda. Mitchell’s book explores much of the history of this period, revealing the true circumstances of Japan’s potential surrender and America’s real motives for deploying the bomb.

Discussed on the show:

Greg Mitchell is the former editor of Editor & Publisher and author of thirteen books, including Tricks, Lies, and Videotape: Obama vs. Romney and Campaign 2012 and The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood―and America―Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Follow him on Twitter @GregMitch.

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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

7/31/20 Daniel Davis on Afghanistan, Germany and China

Daniel Davis talks about the questionable Russian bounties story that is being used as an excuse to stop President Trump from pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan. Never mind the fact that America’s intelligence agencies have come out to publicly disavow the story, the internal logic summoned by those opposed to withdrawal is inconsistent—if American troops really are in harm’s way in Afghanistan because of Russian bounties, wouldn’t the natural move be to pull them out even faster? Davis is adamant that the war in Afghanistan has for all intents and purposes already been lost, and the sooner the U.S. can withdraw, the better. Scott and Davis also discuss American troops in Germany and U.S.-China relations.

Discussed on the show:

Daniel Davis did multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during his time in the army. He writes a weekly column for National Interest and is the author of the reports “Dereliction of Duty II: Senior Military Leaders’ Loss of Integrity Wounds Afghan War Effort” and “Go Big or Go Deep: An Analysis of Strategy Options on Afghanistan.” Find him on Twitter @DanielLDavis1.

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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

7/31/20 Sheldon Richman: What Social Animals Owe to Each Other

Scott interviews Sheldon Richman about his new book, What Social Animals Owe to Each Other, a collection of essays exploring libertarian political philosophy, particularly as it relates to ancient Greek philosophy and the roots of liberalism. Libertarians sometimes think too narrowly, says Richman, giving in to the stereotype of libertarians as rugged individualists who reject cooperation and community altogether. In reality, of course, libertarianism not only allows for these things, but also sees them as vitally important for the division of labor, free trade and the improvement of economic prospects for everybody.

Discussed on the show:

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

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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

7/31/20 Gareth Porter on the Real Story Behind the US-Israeli AMIA Bombing Narrative

Gareth Porter discusses the 1994 Buenos Aires Jewish community center bombing, and in particular the allegation that Hezbollah was behind the attack. Porter has written a piece based on testimony by an Argentinian undercover police officer that paints a different story. Porter’s theory—one that adheres much more closely to historical fact and personal testimony—is that it was really Argentinian neo-Nazis in the police force along with veterans of Argentina’s Dirty War that were responsible for the bombing, exposing anti-semitic trends that had long been simmering in the country. As has often been the case, the story about Iran was simply created in order to deflect blame toward a convenient enemy.

Discussed on the show:

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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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

7/24/20 Sheldon Richman on the Two-State Illusion

Scott talks to Sheldon Richman about the dawning realization that a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians is never going to happen. Although Prime Minister Netanyahu recently backed down from his official plans for annexation of the West Bank, Richman says that for all practical purposes these territories were annexed years ago. And the current military occupation and subjugation of their Palestinian residents is unlikely to change in any meaningful way. Scott and Richman’s hope, echoed by a growing anti-Zionist movement in America, is that by acknowledging the false promise of the two-state solution, Palestinians might someday simply be granted equal rights under a single state.

Discussed on the show:

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

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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

7/18/20 Gareth Porter on the Prospects of War with Iran

Scott talks to Gareth Porter about the idea of a war with Iran. Certain hawkish figures in the U.S. government have been slowly and steadily pushing for such a war for a long time, and have gained even more prominence during the Trump presidency, as he has shown unprecedented support for the Israeli government. Israel’s prominence in the Middle East, says Porter, is of course what the tensions with Iran have always been about; Iran is in no way a threat to the actual interests and safety of Americans—but it is a threat to America and Israel’s aspirations of dominating the Middle East.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says” (The New York Times)
  • “Long-Planned and Bigger Than Thought: Strike on Iran’s Nuclear Program” (The New York Times)
  • “Pompeo and Netanyahu paved a path to war with Iran, and they’re pushing Trump again” (The Grayzone)
  • “When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes” (Foreign Policy)
  • “NATO officials were briefed on Russian bounties on US soldiers” (Business Insider)
  • “Israel hoping for Iran confrontation before November election: sources” (Business Insider)

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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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

7/17/20 Greg Shupak on the Media’s Syrian Sanctions Malfeasance

Greg Shupak discusses America’s horrible “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign against Syria, and the media’s total willingness to cheer it along. Shupak reminds us that despite what policymakers claim, sanctions really only hurt the regular citizens of a country, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable, while leaving the wealthy and powerful more or less untouched. In theory, say the Madeleine Albright types, if the U.S. and its international allies can exert enough pressure on a country’s populace—meaning making life miserable enough for them—they will rise up and depose their governments. In reality, of course, the results of sanctions can be thousands of civilian deaths and cruel economic hardship for the rest of the population, while almost never achieving the desired result of regime change anyway. Unfortunately, the corporate media seem totally willing to carry water for the sanctions regime, helping to deceive the American people about inexcusable tragedies like Syria.

Discussed on the show:

Greg Shupak teaches media studies at the University of Guelph in Canada. He is the author of The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel, and the Media. Find him on Twitter @GregShupak.

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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

7/17/20 Giorgio Cafiero on Yemen’s Unprecedented COVID-19 Calamity

Scott talks to Giorgio Cafiero about the devastating catastrophe facing the people of Yemen in the form of the coronavirus pandemic. Cafiero describes the way that a virus—or indeed any natural disaster—has the potential to decimate a country like Yemen, where it’s hard to count on the distribution of even basic necessities like food, water and medicine. To make matters worse, the divided powers in Yemen seem unwilling to temporarily put aside their differences in the name of fighting the pandemic. Scott reminds us that the U.S. has just as much responsibility for this war as Saudi Arabia and the UAE do, and perhaps even more, since the President could end it almost instantly with a phone call. Until the American people decide to make this an important issue, however, things are unlikely to change.

Discussed on the show:

Giorgio Cafiero is the CEO and founder of Gulf State Analytics, a geopolitical risk consultancy based in Washington, DC. He writes regularly for the Middle East Institute, The National Interest, and LobeLog. Find him on Twitter @GiorgioCafiero.

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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

7/17/20 Phil Weiss on the Death of the Two-State Solution

Phil Weiss joins the show to discuss what he views as the internal collapse of Zionism, especially in America. It is starting to become obvious to everyone, as signaled by a recent Peter Beinart piece, that the idea of a two-state solution has pretty much been an empty promise all along, used to placate Palestinians and to win the support of liberal Jews in America. Despite the growing clarity into what the Israeli government is really doing, Trump continues to be one of the most permissive presidents in history when it comes to allowing Israel to do whatever it wants to the Palestinians. Against all odds, says Weiss, Biden is positioning himself even further to the right, and even further in favor the Israeli Zionist project.

Discussed on the show:

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

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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

7/17/20 Wayne McElrath on the Dangerous Militarization of the Police

Scott interviews Wayne McElrath about the proliferation of military equipment in America’s police forces, and its harmful effect on police practices. McElrath describes the process by which local police departments are given “outdated” equipment from the military, like body armor, automatic weapons and armored vehicles. To prove how alarmingly easy it is to get hold of this equipment, McElrath and his team created a fake police department and submitted deliberately vague and spurious requests to the Pentagon, which were approved. McElrath contends that this militarization has a powerful effect on the psyches of police officers and on the communities they serve, making the relationship more like that of an occupying force than of a public service organization.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Police reform begins with cutting Pentagon money, militarization program” (USA Today)
  • “7/17/20 Ted Carpenter on the Bogus Russian Bounties Story” (The Libertarian Institute)

Wayne McElrath is a Senior Investigative Advisor to the Project on Government Oversight and is the former Director of Forensic Investigations with the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Follow him on Twitter @mcelrath_wayne.

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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

7/17/20 Ted Carpenter on the Bogus Russian Bounties Story

Ted Carpenter talks about the Russian bounties story, including all the ways it has been misreported by the media. Carpenter reminds us that the original intelligence that was leaked to the press was based on very flimsy anonymous sources, and may have been obtained via torture. Almost as soon as the CIA introduced the narrative, the NSA came out to publicly assert their skepticism about the credibility of the intelligence. And the Department of Defense, which thoroughly investigates every American death in Afghanistan, hasn’t found any evidence of these supposed bounties. But the fact that the national security state and their mouthpieces in the mainstream media were able to get 60% of Americans to believe the story, even temporarily, was enough to derail President Trump’s plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Even if the story had been true, says Carpenter, wouldn’t that be all the more reason to get out?

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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7/17/20 Doug Bandow on America’s Crumbling Empire

Doug Bandow discusses America’s failing world empire and the “threats” posed by rival powers like Russia and China. These countries, of course, don’t pose a plausible threat to the safety and security of citizens in the United States, but they do pose a very real threat to America’s ability to control everyone else’s affairs around the globe. Bandow thinks that the supposed “aggressive posturing” by Russia and China really represents fairly moderate steps to counter America’s rather extreme policy of extending its empire right up to their borders, as the U.S. has done by pushing for NATO expansion and in trying to meddle in southeast Asia. Americans, says Bandow, would be much better off if their government decided to focus on its own affairs, rather than on the expensive and quixotic project of ruling the entire world.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Allies Are Supposed to Help the US, but Americans Always Do the Paying” (Antiwar.com Original)
  • “Madeleine Albright – The deaths of 500,000 Iraqi children was worth it.” (YouTube)
  • “What’s the point of having this superb military if you can’t use it?” (The Economist)

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.

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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

7/16/20 Kelley B. Vlahos on the Dangerous National Security ‘Blob’ Dominating American Government

Kelley Vlahos talks about prominent Democratic national security official Michele Flournoy, whom she calls “The Queen of the Blob.” The Blob, explains Vlahos, is the group of politicians, advisors, lobbyists and pundits who advocate for the continuation of America’s foreign policy status quo—often greatly enriching themselves in the process. The ideology behind their position, she and Scott speculate, is probably based on the idea that these policies are actually good for the United States and the rest of the world, and that if they can benefit personally, that’s just an added benefit. But the last 70 years of American foreign policy failures should by now have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the centrist liberal and neoconservative establishment has done little but endanger the U.S. and destroy the lives of millions of innocent foreigners.

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

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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

7/10/20 Gareth Porter on the Pentagon’s ‘Bountygate’ Hoax

Scott interviews Gareth Porter about the Russian bounties story, or “Bountygate” as it has come to be known. Porter describes attempts by outlets like the New York Times to portray this as a well-sourced story with consensus among America’s intelligence agencies—in reality, he says, the NSA and CIA have rated the intelligence with only low- to medium-confidence, and even the Department of Defense, which thoroughly investigates every U.S. death in Afghanistan, hasn’t found evidence to support the idea that the Russian government is paying bounties to the Taliban. Moreover, says Porter, Russia has very little to gain from such a policy, and a lot to lose. However, the people who would benefit from increased tensions with Russia are the war hawks in the U.S. government and the big players in the arms industry. Just like with the hundreds of other lies told by the U.S. government and sold by the media to benefit powerful military-industrial complex interests, we should be highly skeptical.

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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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8/7/20 Tom Woods: The Problems With the Police and How to Fix Them

7/10/20 Bas Spliet on the American War that Destroyed Libya

Bas Spliet is back to discuss the disaster that was America and the UN’s involvement in Libya after 2011’s Arab Spring. Spliet reminds us that Libya was once one of the wealthiest countries in north Africa, ruled by a secular dictator with relative liberty and prosperity. After the Obama administration decided to begin a bombing campaign there in support of a regime change, however, the country quickly disintegrated into one of the most chaotic and violent places in the world. Today there are open air slave markets and 30% of the population has fled the country. As usual, this intervention was sold in the name of humanitarian intervention and the need to stop a brutal dictator. But Americans should know by now that a bad situation can—and very often does—become much worse after the U.S. military gets involved.

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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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News Roundup

News Roundup 9/16/20

US News The mayor of Louisville announces the taxpayers of his city will pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor. So far, the police officers who murdered Taylor have not been charged. [Link] Trump says he will sell advanced weapons to states that normalize...

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Holy Crap. This Story Better Be Wrong.

‘Like an Experimental Concentration Camp’: Whistleblower Complaint Alleges Mass Hysterectomies at ICE Detention Center Several legal advocacy groups on Monday filed a whistleblower complaint on behalf of a nurse at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)...

‘I’m Shooting Him, I Need a Paid Vacation’

That's right, you bootlicking little worms. That's what your heroic thin blue line thinks of you. Killing you is how they get paid time off. Because they know that there will be no accountability because all of the bootlicking little worms out there who will always...

The Police Are Not Going to Be There For You

The person who trusts the police to protect them is the person who has never had to rely on the police for protection. They're historians. They show up after the fact to take your statement. I've seen people on gun forums say in one moment to get a gun and learn how...

Trump and Netanyahu’s Plan B

Trump and Netanyahu first tried to bribe the Palestinians into capitulating to the Israeli imposition. But the two men failed. So now they are executing Plan B: bribing the Arab states' rulers to give up even the pretense of championing the Palestinians in their...

The Scott Horton Show

9/11/20 Danny Sjursen: America in the Age of Endless War

Scott interviews Danny Sjursen about his new book, which chronicles his own story of disillusionment with America's endless wars, in addition to outlining what he believes should be the new attitude of true American patriotism. He calls this type of patriotism...

9/11/20 Ted Snider on the Israel-UAE Normalization Agreement

Ted Snider discusses the details of the recent "peace deal" between the UAE and Israel. President Trump, who helped broker the deal, has been bragging that this is a groundbreaking normalization of two hostile nations—most likely, says Snider, in an effort to score...

Free Man Beyond the Wall

Episode 464: Ron Paul – Is There Any Hope For Liberty?

28 Minutes Safe for Work Dr. Ron Paul joins Pete to talk about continuing tyranny in response to CV19 and discuss whether there is any hope for liberty when people are so quick to bow to any edict handed down from the State. Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity...

Conflicts of Interest

Both Parties Pretend to Care About Ending Endless Wars

On FPF #537, I discuss both parties claiming they will end the endless wars, but neither is serious about actually doing it. Americans keep voting for the president who promises to be less interventionist. However, after taking office, Bush, Obama, and now Trump have...

Will Trump Bring US Troops Home From Iraq?

On FPF #536, Will Porter returns to the show to discuss Trump's Iraq policy. Trump ran for president on ending endless wars. However, he has failed to get the US out of a single conflict. He is again saying he would like to bring US troops home from Iraq. His own...

Don't Tread on Anyone

Anarcho-Capitalist – AMA

https://youtu.be/HGRfZTV22-s One very popular charge against anarchism is that it “means chaos.” ... anarchists have always believed that the establishment of their system would eliminate the chaotic elements now troubling the world. ... The root of the word comes...

How I Went From Progressive to Libertarian

https://youtu.be/k_py4MDsCCI ... The distinctive feature of libertarians is that they coolly and uncompromisingly apply the general moral law to people acting in their roles as members of the State apparatus. Libertarians make no exceptions. For centuries, the State...

Cooperation and Coercion – Book Summary and Analysis

https://youtu.be/9x8ffr3HsIE ... in a world of voluntary social cooperation through mutually beneficial exchanges, where one man’s gain is another man’s gain, it is obvious that great scope is provided for the development of social sympathy and human friendships. It...

Year Zero

121: Maoists Take Over BLM

Tommy discusses how black community leaders see Antifa infiltration, the Maoist elements calling for revolution, and the conservative response. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/strangerencounterspodcast/Maoist_Takeover_BLM.mp3

120: The Strategy of Silence

Tommy discusses a few current events in order to show how the stories are framed to create a binary, and keep citizens at each other's throat. https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/strangerencounterspodcast/Strategy_of_Silence.mp3

119: Project Manticore w/Ryan Bunting

Ryan Bunting is a newly published author of the dystopian novel Project Manticore. Tommy invited him on to discuss the book, his writing process, and his future endeavors. The conversation progresses into policing in the US, and how the left and right are missing the...

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