Actual Anarchy Podcast Episode 35 – Rogue One (1:16:05)

Last week, we had a great time recording a guest spot with our buddies at the Actual Anarchy Podcast in which we dissected Star Wars Rogue One.

Our conversation was (loosely) framed around an article that I wrote which was concurrently published on February 20, 2017 to both this site and to the Actual Anarchy Page.

For your listening and viewing pleasure, I have included both our guest appearance and the article that framed our discussion.

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Star Wars–Rogue One: Why I Wouldn’t Join the Rebel Alliance

By Patrick McFarlane

While  I would not consider myself a hardcore fan of the Star Wars franchise (I do not have the benefit of nostalgia), I really enjoyed Rogue One. Why? Because it contains the franchise’s most visceral, realistic depiction of war and grappled with some of my feelings on the role of revolution in libertarian rhetoric.

According to the Star Wars Fandom Wiki, the Rebel Alliance’s main goals are to fight the Galactic Empire and restore the Old Republic. This shakes out to be a constitutional democratic republic, mirroring the system that we currently see in the United States, with a federal government in control of the federal leviathan and state, or local governments in control of planets or planetary systems.

I would not bind myself to the Rebel Alliance for several reasons.

First is that war, even in the interest of propagating liberty, is not to be celebrated. As we have previously discussed in Liberty Weekly, mankind has a natural, deep set tendency for peace.

Second: Even without the emergence of the First Order, the Rebel Alliance would quickly turn into the Empire. As highlighted in the events of Rogue One, the rebellion is not an ideologically pure movement. I won’t go into spoilers (who hasn’t seen the film at this point), but the rebel alliance does some pretty evil things.

Third: Why would the local planetary bodies in Star Wars even need to band together for any reason other than mutual security? A federal government with the power to encompass several star systems would, by nature, be a terrifying force against liberty and would never work.

In the real world, tremendous cracks are emerging in the foundations of the movement for global, or universal governance.  While not necessarily in favor of liberty, emerging national populist movements should make clear to all that one-size-fits-all solutions and large government undermine popular sovereignty by depriving individuals of self-rule (or the illusion thereof).

In order to maintain the New Republic and enforce its rule,  the Rebel Alliance would–by necessity–become the Empire. With its unprincipled behavior on display in Rogue One, the precedent is already there. Once the federal level of the New Republic is given power, it would be ripe for corruption.

Likewise, I would never support an armed rebellion against the government, even if it was principled in strict voluntarist ethics (defending my own life, liberty, and property from IMMINENT attack is another story).

The very process of rebellion would corrupt the rebellion. War is the game (and the health) of the state, not of peaceful people. Besides, while the state itself is evil, the state’s actors are just individual people acting in their own self-interest. Local policemen do not deserve to be killed for carrying out failed state policies.

The good news is that we don’t have to rebel against the government (and I would suspect that the Rebel Alliance wouldn’t have to either), because these governments defeat themselves from within. Could you imagine what central banking magic would emerge from the New Republic? The very thought of it makes me laugh.

Thoughtcrime Thursdays: American Psycho, Political Ponerology, and The Pathocracy Ep. 22

As Voluntaryists, we know that government is merely an imaginary political entity which claims a legal monopoly of the use of force and violence within a given geographical area. With this definition in mind, it is only logical to assume that those who would seek to wield the coercive power of government are in fact, psychopaths.

In this edition of our Thoughtcrime Thursdays series, we tell the clandestine tale behind the seminal psychiatric work Political Ponerology. In the second half of the episode, we use American Psycho to help the audience digest and explore this revelation.

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Corbett Report: Our Leaders Are Psychopaths

Corbett Report: Revisiting Psychopathy

Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes (Amazon Affiliate Link)

Ponerology 101: Lobaczewski and the origins of Political Ponerology

In Memoriam: Andrzej M. Łobaczewski

“ØØ Void” by: Sunn 0)))

Zbigniew Brzezinski to the Mujahideen: “Your cause is right and God is on your side!”

Thoughtcrime Thursdays: A Scanner Darkly, The CIA, and Afghani Opium Ep. 12

Madeleine Albright: The Deaths of 500,000 Iraqi Children Was Worth it for Iraq’s Non-existent WMD’s

Bret Easton Ellis: American Psycho (Amazon Affiliate Link)

American Psycho Film (Amazon Affiliate Link)

Perusing the Political Theater: “Skinny Repeal,” Russian Sanctions, “Calexit,” and the “New World Order” Ep. 21

The State’s illusion of legitimacy is maintained by a careful charade: the political theater. While the performance is intended as a diversion, a peek behind the golden curtain may reveal something resembling the truth. In Episode 21, we do just that by analyzing the three biggest story lines currently being showcased for our amusement.

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Show Notes:

Thoughtcrime Thursdays: If You’re Listening FBI, Please Give Us More Downloads Ep. 8

Senate Releases Full Text of “Skinny” Obamacare Repeal Bill, Vote Expected After Midnight

John McCain Kills Obamacare Repeal With Single Decisive Vote

Trump Confirms he will Sign Russia Sanctions Bill

Americans Pay More In Healthcare as percentage of GDP

Tom Woods Show Ep. 481 “How Capitalism Can Fix Health Care (Cash Clinic)

Government Medicine: Court Declares Child Should Die Rather Than Receive Privately-Funded Health Care

New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato: Charle Gard

Topher Field: YouTube

NHS Emergency Room Commentary: Beginning 21 mins

Demographic Dysphoria Looms As Doctors Discover Sperm Counts In Western Men Plummeted Nearly 60%

“Calexit” Referendum Question Is One Step Closer To Appearing On 2018 Ballot

Intro Sample: Jeff Deist–The Silver Lining to the 2016 Election

Our Eyewitness Experience of the Student Loan Crisis Ep. 20

Are you a Millennial? Have you been duped into going to college? Are you a parent trying to move your millennials out of the basement? All we can say is: “the struggle is real.” In this episode, we commiserate with our fellow millennials and parents alike by offering our first-hand experiences in the Student Loan Crisis.

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Show Notes:

Intro Audio: Austrian Markets

Before and After Feminism

The First Liberty Weekly Interview Featuring: Activist Extraordinaire, Charlie Gers Ep. 9

Praxis on the Tom Wood’s Show

Praxis: An Alternative to College

Our Tramp Through the Decentralized Media Revolution Ep. 11

Zerohedge: A Shocking Thing Happened to College Tuitions in 2016…

Zerohedge: “May The Bursting Of The Student Loan Bubble Commence!”

Do Trans People Have a Right to Serve?

This morning, President Trump sent shock waves across the Left-Right Paradigm when he made the following succession of tweets about trans people in the military:

As one would imagine, the backlash came furious and swift, with commentators splitting along familiar ideological lines. The arguments from both sides are so familiar that I will not even recount them here.

My question is: why do we waste our time with this trash? Arguing over this recent controversy only detracts from the point that we want the least amount of people in the military as possible.

I was similarly affected when Congress was considering making women register for the draft. During this time, our friends on the Left were celebrating the potential move as a step forward for women’s equality. This sentiment echoes a familiar phrase: “FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.”

Absolute garbage, I say.

War, in addition to being a pure racket, is also the health of the State, where instead of the State protecting its citizens from other States, as we have been lead to believe, the reality is exactly the opposite.

Even though most Voluntaryists maintain their own social beliefs, this is not a trans issue at all. This is about celebrating the fact that less people now bear the burden of going abroad to kill innocent civilians for oil companies and government drug cartels.

In the interest of completely separating ourselves from the political theater, let’s bypass this distraction and focus on removing all soldiers from the United States Military unless for the express purpose of protecting against aggression that immediately and legitimately threatens our life, liberty, and property.

Though, if they were truly interested in doing that, they may find that the true enemies are much closer to home . . .

For more on the realities of what war inherently is, I would refer readers to Episode 3 of the Liberty Weekly Podcast:

WAR: WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? (ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!) EP. 3

Questions We Musk Ask About the NY-DC Hyperloop Ep. 19

Elon Musk got in hot water  on Thursday when he declared that he had obtained “verbal govt approval” to build his long-anticipated Hyperloop connecting New York City to Washington D.C. In this episode, we deconstruct Elon Musk’s business ventures, lament his receipt of government subsidies, and compare similar revolutions in infrastructure throughout American history.

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Show Notes:

Zerohedge: Government Flabbergasted After Elon Musk’s Most Bizzare Claim Yet

Zerohedge: How Elon Musk Used Broken Marketplace to Play Us All

Zerohedge: World’s Largest Solar Plant, With Second Largest Ever Department of Energy Loan Guarantee, Files for Bankruptcy

LA Times Hit Piece Article: Elon Musk’s growing empire is fueled by $4.9 billion in government subsidies

Elon Musk’s Response: Incentives Not Necessary, but Helpful

Thomas DiLorenzo: Truth About the Robber Barons

James J. Hill Archive

Corbett Report: How Big Oil Conquered the World

Intro Audio Sample

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Boom, Bust, Boom: Austrian Business Cycle Theory & The Fed’s Current Predicament Ep. 18

Show host Pat MacFarlane appears solo to offer Murray Rothbard’s take on Austrian Business Cycle Theory. In the second half, we use the theory to analyze the current state of the economy and outline the Fed’s current predicament.

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Murray Rothbard: America’s Great Depression

Misesmedia YouTube Channel

Jeff Diest Interviews Jim Rickards on the SDR and the prospects of a global monetary shift

Getting to Ancapistan–“Secession Begins at Home” Ep. 17

In this discussion-based episode of the podcast, Jerry and Pat finally discuss one of the biggest questions facing the Voluntaryist community: how do we get to Ancapistan? During our talk, we discuss Agorism, secession, and strawman arguments against Anarcho-capitalism.

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Show Notes

Jeff Deist: Secession Begins at Home (Intro Sample)

Politico: “The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise”

James Corbett–Solutions: Agorism

Health Inspectors Harrassed out of Porcfest

Tom Woods Ep. 948 Seasteading: Floating Nations as Models of Liberty

The Free State Project

Clarification: The LDS Church generally encourages self-sustainability and preparedness

The End of the Internet!? Our Thoughts on Net Neutrality Ep. 16

In response to today’s “Day of Action” against the FCC’s proposed roll-back of net neutrality, we lament the government’s involvement in the internet.

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NPR Article on today’s “Day of Action”

Tom Woods Ep. 351 (Used in the intro sample)

Jane & Bernie Sanders & the Big Burlington Heist Ep. 15

In episode fifteen of the podcast, we document, explore, and discuss the ongoing FBI investigation of Bernie and Jane Sanders for bank fraud relating to the bankruptcy of Burlington College. In the second half, we discuss strategies for reaching out to Bernie Sanders fans. In doing so, we share our mutual dislike for the Young Turks, laugh about Alex Jones, and touch on the pitfalls of socialized healthcare.

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Show Notes:

Burlington College Closing Due to “Crushing Debt” Incurred Under Presidency of Bernie Sanders’ Wife–Zerohedge

Catholic Parishioners: Investigate Bernie Sanders’ Wife for Fraud–Heatstreet

Burlington College to close under weight of debt–Burlington Free Press

The Chronicle of Higher Education–What Really Happened at Burlington College (Written by President Carol Moore)

Bernie Sanders & Wife Under FBI Investigation for Bank Fraud–Zerohedge

Officials: Burlington College subject of FBI, Justice Dept. Probe–Burlington Free Press

Bernie Sanders Daughter Got Paid $500,000 To Teach Woodworking At His Wife’s Bankrupt College in Vermont… He is up for reelection next year–Investment WatchBlog.com

Burlington College Public Tax Records

Vermont Woodworking School Official Site

Burlington College Campus Purchase Still Coming Back to Haunt Jane Sanders–Inside Higher Ed

The Truth About Public Healthcare–Topher Field

The Truth About Public Healthcare (Followup)–Topher Field

Topher Field.net

Young Turks on Voluntaryism

Alex Jones Confronts the Young Turks

The Clinton’s Slaves

Intro Audio Sample from Fox News Business (Fair Use U.S.C. 17 Sec. 107)