The Man Behind The Beard: Lysander Spooner Ep. 27

Lauded in the mainstream mainly for his abolitionist work, Lysander Spooner is a titanic figure in the history of libertarian and voluntaryist thought. As a pilot episode for a more scholarly and fact-laden podcast, host Pat MacFarlane begins by offering a short biography of the man behind the beard.

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The Collected Works of Lysander Spooner, by Charles Shively, © 1971 by M&S Press.

www.lysanderspooner.org

The Corbett Report: Lysander Spooner

How to Talk to Statists: A Report From Larken Rose’s “Candles in the Dark” Feat. Actual Anarchy Ep. 26

So you and your friend start talking about politics and you lay out the most infallible defense of  why taxation is theft, but all of a sudden, the conversation shifts to “muh social contract,” or “muh roadz” and quickly devolves from there. Sound familiar?

How do you avoid this trap? How do you plant a splinter of truth in the minds of others? In this episode we  explore just that with our good friends Robert and Daniel from the Actual Anarchy Podcast who join us to share their experience at Larken Rose’s “Candles in the Dark” seminar where they accumulated Jedi Mind-trick level tactics for penetrating the Statist mind.

Keep an eye out this Sunday for Actual Anarchy Episode 37 where they will be taking on 3:10 to Yuma!

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Our Guest Appearance on the Actual Anarchy Podcast discussing Star Wars: Rogue One

Larken Rose: Candles In the Dark September 23-24

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The State of Modern Discourse & Assorted Shenanigans Feat. Dean of Dean-o-Files Ep. 25

Fellow weary internet warriors: retire your keyboards, unplug from your struggles and join us for a variety hour featuring our newest friend of the podcast, Dean of Dean-o-Files! In this episode, we discuss the state of modern discourse and hob-nob over our experience in the marketplace of ideas.  We laugh a little, we drink a little, and we have a great time. We hope that you will also.

Dean is the host and creator of Dean-o-Files, a podcast with a YouTube repository featuring commentary and discussion of current events from an Anarcho-Capitalist perspective. We would urge our listeners to go an show him some love to help build our corner of the liberty movement!

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Our Guest Appearance on the Actual Anarchy Podcast: Star Wars Rogue One

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Charlottesville Underscores the Necessity of American Secession and Revamped Libertarian Tactics

Just in case you have not yet heard, this afternoon a grey and black 2010 Dodge Challenger plowed into a group of Left-wing counter protesters at the controversial “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Before reversing at high speed to flee the scene, the driver injured nineteen and killed one, and has since been apprehended.

The incident marked the climax of what has been a caustic weekend of violence in the latest flash-point of the politically engineered  “Culture War” between the American far-Right and the far-Left.

After a few years of this nonsense, the mind-numbing futility should be self-evident, right? This so-called “Culture War” has reduced grown men and women into mobs of children clad in homemade riot gear, carrying baseball bats and other household implements. How is anyone supposed to take them seriously? How can anyone take American politics seriously? These individuals should be ashamed of themselves.

The escalating violence and toxic rhetoric has only served to dispel the illusory belief that 323.1 million diverse Americans can successfully coexist under one political arrangement. Why, after all of this political turmoil and chaos, do Americans fail to grasp this?

In my opinion, the violence and squabbling in what has been portrayed as the most politically divided period of American history since the Civil Rights Era is in part caused by the Federal Government’s encroachment on States’ Rights.

Don’t get me wrong, the States have propagated their own tyranny and have, in many ways, been complacent to (and have even encouraged) Federal despotism. However, the fact remains that the consolidation of Federal power and the Supreme Court’s insistence on setting universal policy for all fifty states has goaded Americans into battling over illusory control of this policy-setting authority.

First and foremost we are voluntaryists here at Liberty Weekly, but if government does exist we would prefer the smallest one possible. Under our logic, it would be hard for the atrocities committed in the name of American hegemony or Maoist China to be carried out by, say, Saint Croix County, the City of Saint Paul (they cannot even fix the roads), or the State of Montana.

Surely, if given ample resources and power, those entities may attempt to commit said atrocities, but one thing is certain: the government of Saint Croix County, Wisconsin is infinitely closer to the people who reside there than the Federal Government (or even the state government, for that matter). Why should they have to live according to the dictate of DC identity politics?

While any time is a good time to talk secession, given today’s events, it is a particularly apt solution towards reversing our ripening contempt for those who would fight for the power to dictate rules for all of us to live by. Why don’t we just pack up our toys and go home?

There is a reason why Thomas Jefferson regularly referred to the Federal Government as “our foreign government”: Washington DC does not represent us in any meaningful way. Yet, despite this fact, we continue to live under its mandates.

Instead of taking to the streets to 1) beg our benevolent overlords to please, just this once, do something in our best interests, and 2) condemn others for doing the same, let us shed our faulty belief in the necessity of a universal political arrangement.

In doing so, we need to  focus on building voluntary connections between individuals in which the State is not a part. Let’s focus on the community-building tactics of our Agorist friends with an emphasis on civil dialogue and virtuous outreach without (open) contempt for “statists” (as the old saying goes, you attract more bees with honey than vinegar) or dissenters within our own ranks.

Let’s be better than those who would propagate the so-called “Culture War.” Let’s shed our aggressive predisposition (I am as guilty as any of this). Let us be paragons. Let’s lead by example and show normal Americans that there is an alternative to the dog-and-pony show of the “Culture War” and identity politics.

As the nation (hopefully) pauses to reflect on the toxic violence permeating from events like Charlottesville, perhaps we may humbly, and respectfully press secession as a viable alternative? By some crazy chance, we might get a proverbial foot in the door.

Of course, this all may be hopelessly naive, but nevertheless I will humbly assert secession as an effective solution, coupled with a modest change in approachability. Ultimately, open hearts and mutual respect will go farther than motorcycle helmets, household melee weapons, and shitposting on comment threads across the internet.

Thick vs. Thin Libertarianism and Jeff Deist’s Speech Ep. 24

Is libertarianism about more than just non-aggression? Is it possible to couple the message with  other cultural or social beliefs? Do libertarians risk irrelevance by ignoring traditional social arrangements? Should libertarians focus on propagating “libertarian universalism? ” Join us as we discuss these questions in the frame of Jeff Deist’s (surprisingly) controversial speech.

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Transcript of Jeff Deist’s Speech

The Tom Woods Show Ep. 807: The Thick vs. Thin Libertarianism Debate: Have I Been Wrong All This Time?

We Are Change Coverage of the Migrant Crisis

Newsbud Coverage of Migrant Crisis

Dispelling Popular Myths Behind Consumerism and Post-Scarcity Ep. 23

Does consumerism get a bad wrap? Is post-scarcity possible? Is advertising evil? Co-host Jerry McCollum dispels some popular myths behind these concepts in his first ever solo episode.

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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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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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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!”