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A Tale of Two Constitutions: Scottish Liberty on the Liberty Weekly Podcast Ep. 70


I was very pleased to bring on Antony Sammeroff and Tom Laird of the Scottish Liberty Podcast! We had a great discussion about Scottish & UK politics, Count Dankula, the British & American Constitutions, personal development, and free market environmentalism.

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Scottish Liberty Podcast: What People Don’t Know About Capitalism and the Free Market!

Scottish  Liberty Podcast: The Myth of Free Market Monopolies

Antony’s Blog: “Seeing the Unseen” at seeingnotseen.blogspot.com

The Economics of Recycling | Floy Lilley

Be Yourself and LOVE It!

Scottish Libertarians.com

Taxation Makes SLAVES of Us All Ep. 69

Happy (belated) Taxation is Theft Day! If you live in the geographical area known as the United States of America, you just got fleeced by tax season! Not only did the government forcibly take your income under the threat of violence, but they made YOU calculate how much you “owed” them. In today’s episode I connect the dots between taxation being theft (or extortion) and how by definition, that makes us all slaves to the respective governments who would claim to rule us.

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Show Notes:

Liberty Weekly: Libertarian Anarchists Are Modern Day Abolitionists

Judge Andrew P. Napolitano: Taxation is Theft Mises Wire

Frank Chodorov: Taxation Is Robbery Mises Daily

Michael S. Rozeff: Taxation Isnt’t Only Theft, It’s Destruction Mises Wire

Peter Schiff: Two Former Social Security Officials Admit The System Is Not Much Different from a Ponzi Scheme

US Legal: Elements of Extortion

Quizlet: Criminal Law: Property Crimes: Theft Offenses

Larken Rose: How is Taxation Not Theft?

Keith Knight’s Don’t Tread on Anyone

Libertarianism in a Former Soviet Block Ep. 68 Ft. Dtluna

New(ish) friend of the show, Dtluna joins me from Minsk, Belarus, to chat about Belorussian history, deprogramming language, and taking control of your tech! DT has been a great friend of the show and I am really excited to bring his perspective! Hope you enjoy as well.

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Voluntaryism.club

mumble://voluntaryism.club

xmpp://dtluna@voluntaryism.club

https://www.gnu.org/

https://www.libertarianism.org

Libertarians in a World on the Brink Ep. 67 Ft. Keith Knight

Esteemed friend of the show Keith Knight joins me to discuss libertarian tactics and current events in a wide ranging variety show of the highest quality! We cover lots of topics and, as always, Keith provides unique insights through his heavily sourced, encyclopedic knowledge of history, philosophy, and economics.

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Where is the American Antiwar Movement?

As voluntaryists, we understand that it is impossible to delegate rights to third parties that we do not ourselves possess. Therefore, murder is not justified just because “society” delegates that some men are “soldiers.” With this reasoning, we arrive to the conclusion that war is simply murder on an industrial scale.

Aside from being mass murder, war is also the health of the state. The state waxes fat off war, expanding its own power both domestically and internationally, using central banking to transfer wealth from the many to the few, thereby socializing the costs of war while lining the pockets of special interests.

To top it all off, war mobilizes the propaganda wing of the state, girding the opinion molders in academia and Hollywood to inundate the public with war fervor and state worship.

Because war supercharges the state apparatus, enslaves generations to debt-based servitude, erodes liberties at home, and results in the immoral death of millions, one must come to the conclusion that the issue of war and peace is one of the most pressing issues facing the modern Liberty Movement.

Great . . . so where is the rest of the antiwar movement in the United States? Where is the antiwar movement within our own movement? When is the last time this country saw a real antiwar movement?

True, the 1960s antiwar movement was not perfect and was corrupted with marxism, free love, and fueled by opposition to the draft as much, or even more, than moral concern.

However, we need some kind of antiwar movement. Where is it?

. . . Bueller?

Just as important, where is the antiwar Left? We need them too. At the moment, the prospect of an antiwar movement from the Left are not promising. Some on the Left have even decried antiwar sentiment on the Right as being a dog-whistle for white supremacy…seriously.

18 years in Afghanistan . . . bases all across the world? Largest military budget in human history . . .

Enough!

More than just about anything else (aside from ending the Fed, the mechanism that makes this all possible), the United States needs a new antiwar movement.

Unfortunately, it is not enough to only prevent US military escalation in Syria. We must go further than that, or we will only be waiting for the next false flag push for escalation. We have to actually make progress in bringing the troops home. This will obviously demand heightened activism.

My question is, who is going to put that together? I think the onus is on us libertarians, because practically no one else seems concerned.

What say you?

EMERGENCY BROADCAST: Call Your Rep and Say “No” to More US Intervention in Syria Ep. 66

Here we go again! Another false flag chemical attack meant to drag the United States into more war in the Middle East. Let it not be said that we sat on our hands and did nothing while the seeds of WWIII were sown! Calling “your representatives” to say no to mass murder does not violate voluntaryist principles. It will take less than 5 minutes.

Call TODAY!
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Immersion News

Foreign Policy Focus at the Libertarian Institute

Record Afghan Opium Crop Signals Violent Year for U.S. Forces (Co-authored with Will Porter)

syria.liveuamap.com

Show Notes:

FPF #179: “Trump Beats the Syria War Drum” w/ Will Porter

Moon of Alabama: Syria – Any U.S. Strike Will Lead to Escalation

Cato Daily Podcasts: POTUS Lacks Authority to Strike in Syrian Quagmire

CBS News: Nikki Haley Issues New Warning Over Syria Chemical Weapons Attacks

US, Turkish Forces Face Off As Trump Reneges on Syria Withdraw Ep. 65

Earlier this week, Trump made comments about withdrawing US forces from Syria. Shortly after, this comment was reneged and effectively stamped out by the establishment. Meanwhile, US coalition forces continue to occupy the Syrian-Kurdish enclave of Manbij with Kurdish YPG forces in defiance of the invading Turks.  To help me dissect these unfolding events, I am joined once again by Kyle Anzalone, host of the Foreign Policy Focus Podcast & the resident foreign policy expert at the Libertarian Union.

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Immersion News

Foreign Policy Focus at the Libertarian Institute

Record Afghan Opium Crop Signals Violent Year for U.S. Forces (Co-authored with Will Porter)

syria.liveuamap.com

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Show Notes:

Ron Paul, Daniel McAdams Ron Paul Liberty Report: “Trump: ‘Just Kidding. We’re Staying In Syria’

AP: In Private, Trump Has Mused About Syria Pullout for Weeks

CBS News: Nikki Haley Issues New Warning Over Syria Chemical Weapons Attacks

AP: US Forces in Syria Seen Setting Up New Front-Line Positions

Antiwar.com: Turkey Says France Must Choose Ally, Turkey or Kurdish YPG

CBS News: American Service Member, British Armed Forces Member Killed in Syria

Antiwar.com: Turkey Seizes Full Control Over Syria’s Afrin District

SCOTUS Rules Police Can “Shoot First, Ask Questions Later” Ep. 64

On Monday the SCOTUS dismissed (without briefing or oral arguments) an excessive force case stemming from a 2010 incident where Respondent, Amy Hughes was shot four times by Arizona Police officer Andrew Kisela. In her dissent, Justice Sotomayor stated this precedent means police can “shoot first” and “ask questions later.” In this episode I walk us through the Court’s decision and explain the legal rules at play.

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Jury Nullification on the Liberty Weekly Podcast

New York Times: Supreme Court Rules for Police Officer in Excessive Force Case

SCOTUS Blog: Justices Grant One New Case, Summarily Reverse In Excessive-Force Case

Liberation Library [7] America’s War for the Greater Middle East

I hop on the mic for a quick Liberation Library Episode about my most recent read “America’s War for the Greater Middle East” by Retired Army Col. Andrew Bacevich. In short, this is a  best first book to read for foreign policy newbies.

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Foreign Policy on the Liberty Weekly Podcast

Ben Lewis’ Review on The Great Fiction

NYT Review

National Review’s Review

Al Jazeera’s Review

Repeal the Second Amendment?! Ep. 63

In the wake of the March for Our Lives protest, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote an op-ed in the New York Times calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment. To give context to his statement, I review the Supreme Court’s decision in the Heller Case and outline the gun control debate.

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Show Notes:

Stevens’ NYT Op-Ed

Justice Stevens’ Oyez Profile

Oyez’s Heller Recap

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA v. HELLER

Liberation Library Ep. 3: The Truth About Judicial Review

Liberty Weekly and the Constitution of No Authority Ep. 28