War: What is it Good For? (Absolutely Nothing!) Ep. 3

In this Memorial Day Episode, we discuss the immorality of war and its destructive effects on society.

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Show Notes:

Audio Sample: For A New Liberty

Randolph Bourne: “War is the Health of the State” 

Smedley Butler: “War is a Racket”

Liberty Weekly: “Total War” and Anatomy of the State

James Madison: “Real or Imagined Threats”

Murray Rothbard: America’s Two Just Wars

G. Edward Griffin: Rings Within Rings

Paul Krugman’s War Fantasies

Frederic Bastiat the Seen and the Unseen

Trump’s Syrian Rocket Strike

Peter Schiff “I am the 1%”

Iraq Before US Intervention

Nayirah False Flag Testimony (Dead Babies in Cribs Reference)

Dave Grossman: “On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

Iraq Veterans Against the War: Winter Soldier Testimony

Iraq Veterans Against the War

PTSD In Drone Pilots

Tom Woods Show: Two Dozen Key Foreign Policy Questions the Media and Government Ignore

Depleted Uranium

Millennium Challenge 2002

“War Games” [1983] Trailer Starring Matthew Broderick

The Conspiratorial Corruption of the Constitution Ep. 2

In this episode, we analyze the Constitution, discuss its ideological origins and explain how it has allowed the government that we have today.

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Lysander Spooner: No Treason–The Constitution of No Authority

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Ann Lyon; Constitutional History of the United Kingdom

Bernard Bailyn; Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

William J. Watkins, Jr.; Popular Sovereignty, Judicial Supremacy, and the American Revolution: Why the Judiciary Cannot be the Final Arbiter of Constitutions

Murray Rothbard; Conceived in Liberty

Follow your oligarchs at the Supreme Court!

Our First Foray Into Freedom Ep. 1

Hosts Pat and Jerry take us on a quick tour around the Liberty Movement by defining the major terms mentioned in Episode 0 and the concepts they represent.

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Audio Sample: Murray Rothbard, Anatomy of the State, Mises Institute

Audio Sample: Ron Paul Voluntaryism, Youtube Channel FR33 Agents

 Definition of State: The organization that has a legal monopoly of the use of violence, within a geographical area.
A great video explaining what Dispute Resolution Organizations (DROs) are and their function in a stateless society
Markets within prisons          
Larken Rose’s first hand experience in federal prison
The Corbett Report 
My Liberty Classroom Affiliate Link
Tom Woods Show: Ep. 909 What the War on Drugs Really Looks Like, Minus the Propaganda 
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Introducing: The Liberty Weekly Podcast Ep. 0

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Audio Sample: Murray Rothbard, Anatomy of the State, Mises Institute

Liberty Weekly Blog Roll

Budget Impasse Article: Bipartisan Budget Emerges in Effort to Prevent Government Shutdown

Thoughtcrime Thursdays Column

Thoughtcrime Thursdays: “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” and Ideological Revolution

Money: The Basics

Liberty Links

The Mises Institute

Adam Kokesh

Stefan Molyneux: Freedomain Radio

Liberty Links: Week of May 14-21, 2017

Welcome back for the third installment of Liberty Links, your essential weekend news digest from Liberty Weekly!

This week has been a bit sparse in terms of Liberty Weekly content because my co-host Jerry and I have been hard at work recording the first episodes of the Liberty Weekly Podcast! We are very excited to launch and share our work with you all. The show is still slated for launch by the end of the month. Keep your eyes peeled.

Without further ado, it’s time to serve up the links:

Domestic News

A Quarter Of American Adults Can’t Pay All Their Monthly Bills; 44% Have Less Than $400 In Cash The Fed’s latest annual Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households heralds some troubling statistics

“Everybody’s Freaked” — Washington Nuclear Facility Admits Second Radiation Leak, Workers Contaminated While the world focuses on the Trump-Russia narrative, there may be a nuclear disaster unfolding in Washington State

The Russian Obsession Goes Back Decades Notes on the  resurgence of McCarthyism

Report: DoD May Have Improperly Booted Thousands of Troops With Mental Health Conditions The government can’t take care of our veterans

Cover-up of the Murder of DNC Staffer Seth Rich? It’s looking more and more likely that Seth Rich is the real source of the DNC leaks. Is he yet another victim of the Clinton Kill List?

Will Republicans Dump Trump for Pence? Peter Schiff weighs in on the opposition to Trump and new economic numbers in this week’s edition of the Peter Schiff Show

Foreign News

Highland Venezuelan town blitzed by looting and protests Reuters gives some much-needed coverage to the situation in Venezuela

Syria calls U.S. air strike ‘terrorism’, Russia says ‘unacceptable’ the U.S. airstrike eliminated militia supported by the Assad Administration on Thursday. It is the second U.S. attack on Syrian forces since Trump took office.

As Trump Pushes Massive Saudi Weapons Deal, Yemenis Suffer from Cholera, War, and Famine Some news from the Left side of the aisle about the suffering of the Yemeni people from Saudi aggression. 

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Thoughtcrime Thursdays: “Equilibrium,” North Korea, and the Surveillance State

Hello everyone and welcome back for another issue of Thoughtcrime Thursdays, the weekly column where we explore the world of fictional dystopia as a critique on our current society. This week, we are going to compare life under the North Korean Regime to life within the fictional regime in the 2002 film Equilibrium starring Christian Bale and Sean Bean.

In the film, it is the year 2072 and the totalitarian city-state of Libria has arisen from the ashes of WWIII. Libria is governed by the Tetragramaton Council and its mysterious leader, known only as “Father.” Seeking to prevent another world war, the regime has identified human emotion as being the main cause of war and conflict. Correspondingly  all human emotion and all forms of artistic expression are illegal.

The secret police force, the Grammaton Cleric, of which Christian Bale’s character is a member, enforces these laws by destroying artistic works and assuring that citizens take their scheduled doses of Prozium II, a drug which suppresses their ability to feel emotions. In many ways, citizens of Libria live in a complete surveillance state, where privacy is virtually nonexistent. Citizens are encouraged to spy on one another and report “sense offenders” for immediate execution.

The utter tyranny imagined in the film pales when compared with the real life abomination that is the North Korean regime. Like the film, citizens of North Korea live in a complete surveillance state. However, instead of the coercive administration of Prozium II, it is mandatory that every North Korean citizen regularly attend self-criticism sessions. In these sessions, individuals are expected to report their wrongdoings to the group and inform on the wrongdoings of other group members.

In order for the regime to completely dominate the populace, North Korean families are separated into 50 different castes according to their Songbun, a merit-based system which determines a family’s trustworthiness with the regime. Each caste is geographically confined to their corresponding districts within the country.  Freedom of movement does not exist, and every citizen must obtain and carry a permit to go anywhere. Furthermore, only the elite members of society are allowed to set foot in the city’s capital, Pyongyang.

Enemies of the Korean regime are either publicly executed or sent to prison camps. In the most severe cases, punishment for an individual’s infractions will be inflicted on their entire family–this means the extermination of three complete generations: the person’s children, siblings, and parents.

The incomprehensible repugnance of the Korean Regime cannot be fully documented here and the above infractions are merely a glimpse of the crimes against humanity being committed in North Korea.

In the fictional world, the film ends with the Tetragramaton overthrown and the people of Libria freed from the yoke of oppression. It must be assumed that in the aftermath of the revolution, the former citizens of Libria would exhaust or refuse to take their intervals of Prozium II and begin to feel emotion.

Because they had never before possessed the ability to feel, the former citizens of Libria would be completely unprepared to handle these new emotions. Likewise, life in North Korea is so propagandized that, if the North Korean Regime disappeared tomorrow, North Koreans would be similarly unprepared.

While Michael Malice notes that in the short term, there is little hope for the North Koreans, it is possible that the regime could collapse quickly and peacefully. For now, they are very much deserving of our thoughts and prayers.

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Liberty Links: Week of May 7-14, 2017

Welcome back for the second installment of Liberty Links, your essential weekend news digest from Liberty Weekly!

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Foreign News

President Trump: Toss Your Generals’ War Escalation Plans in the Trash Ron Paul with some good advice for the President.

North Korea’s Latest Ballistic Missile Was A “New Type” With Dramatically Longer Range Tensions continue to boil as North Korea continues their ICBM program.

Kissinger At White House Signals A Bigger Scandal Than Comey (Video) While the world is distracted with Comey-mania, Bilderburger Henry Kissinger lurks about the White House.

“Canada Hasn’t Seen A Bank Run Such As This In Decades” — Finance Minister Says Home Capital Bailout Is Possible Financial turmoil in the land of hockey, maple syrup, and government interventionism. 

Domestic News

Stealing from the Citizenry: How Government Goons Use Civil Asset Forfeiture to Rob Us Blind Constitutional attorney and President of the Rutherford Institute John W. Whitehead explains of civil asset forfeiture works.

Arizona Passes Bill to End Income Taxation on Gold and Silver Arizona takes steps to end the Fed’s monopoly on money.

Texas House to Consider Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Could Texas join the legalization movement?

UofA Hires “Social Justice Advocates” To Police Fellow Students For “Bias Incidents” More leftist censorship on our campuses.

Is Blockchain A Gold & Silver Launchpad?  Could precious metals infuse with crypto-currencies?

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Thoughtcrime Thursdays: “Minitrue” and the Sterilization of History

Hello everyone and welcome to the special Friday edition of Thoughtcrime Thursdays, the weekly column where we explore the world of fictional dystopia as a critique on our current society. This week’s installment has been postponed to today because I’ve been taking exams all week!

This week, we are plunging headlong into controversy in order to discuss Nineteen Eighty-Four, the Ministry of Truth, and the recent removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans.

In the early hours of Thursday, May 11, a statue of Jefferson Davis was removed from Mid-City in New Orleans. Beginning around 2:30 am, the city instigated the removal process, which was carried out by unmarked workers wearing helmets, body armor, and masks.

The statute of Jefferson Davis is the second of four monuments set to be removed pursuant to an effort spearheaded by the city’s mayor, Mitch Landrieu. In a 4:30 am press release linked above, the city denounced the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy” and vowed to remove the monuments, which Mayor Landrieu claims celebrate a “legacy of slavery and segregation.”

The history and causes of the Civil War are immensely complicated. Ultimately, the war was the culmination of a long, intricate, and highly political power struggle between the North and South. The slavery issue was one of the most prominent mediums or manifestations of the fight for political power itself. The war wasn’t about slavery itself as much as it was about what slavery meant in relation to economic and political power for both sides.

By sterilizing this history and simplifying it to such a degree, progressives seek to control the narrative and ignore the fact that the South also–maybe even more importantly–fought to preserve its culture, identity, and understanding of the Constitution as a compact between the States, whom, in their correct view, retained their undiminished sovereignty. The average Confederate soldier didn’t own slaves, and many wrote letters which expressed more concern for their own culture and their understanding of the proper role of government.

In Nineteen Eighty-Four, the job of the Ministry of Truth is to control the narrative by rewriting, amending, or ignoring history. By removing these monuments under cover of darkness, progressives are sweeping these issues under the rug. Furthermore, they are distorting history and simplifying an immensely complicated subject that warrants discussion and preservation.

The Ministry of Truth is not a fictional organization–it is very real. It operates not only as a governmental organization, but among us. Often, it is the people themselves rewrite the past.

That being said, there can hardly be any truth to our study of the Civil War–the term itself is already controlled by the minitrue:

A Civil War could fairly be defined as a “war between citizens of the same country” or a struggle to control the government of a country. The Civil War was not a civil war at all, because Southerners were neither citizens of the United States, nor were they fighting to control the United States Government. They were fighting to leave the Union in much the same way that the colonists fought to secede from the British Empire.

I neither condone slavery, nor claim the the war had nothing to do with slavery. I simply posit that the truth is more complicated, and warrants more discussion. The popular public school understanding of the conflict is very one-dimensional at its best and purposefully deceptive at its worst.

We need to confront real truth, which is infinitely more complicated than the Ministry of Truth would have you believe. To guide you in this quest, be on the lookout for the upcoming Liberty Weekly Podcast where we take on Big Brother by deconstructing the official narratives.

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Liberty Links: Week of May 1-7, 2017

Welcome to the first edition of Liberty Links, your essential weekend news digest!

Beginning with this first edition, Liberty Links will provide a collection of the news stories from the preceding week may have been . . . overshadowed . . . beneath more “important” headlines.

Domestic News:

Wikileaks Reveals “Archimedes”: Malware Used To Hack Local Area Networks Wikileaks exposes more CIA shenanigans.

Chicago Is A War Zone”: Police Suicide Rate Surges To 60% Above The National Average Chicago continues its “progressive” transition into the third-world.

Big Brother Is Still Watching You: Don’t Fall for the NSA’s Latest Ploy Nice try, NSA.

Foreign/Foreign Policy News:

May Day Paris France, Most Insane Protest Footage We Are Change with their indispensable coverage of civil unrest across the globe.

US Navy Launches Colossal 46,000 Ton Warship War is the health of the State.

Saudi Power Struggle Could Destabilize The Entire Middle East All may not be well in the land of sand, blood, and oil.

US Dropping Bombs Quicker Than They Can Be Replaced Surely, supply will rise to meet demand.

Why Do North Koreans Hate the American Government? The answer probably won’t surprise you.

What the N. Korean “Crisis” Is Really About Here is one take, at least.

Syria Safe Zones Declared: Will the Killing Finally End? Don’t hold your breath.

Army Announces New Deployments for 5,700 Soldiers US deployments return to Afghanistan. 

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Thoughtcrime Thursdays: “The Matrix” and Human Farming

“Wake up, Neo . . .” and welcome back for the fourth installment of Thoughtcrime Thursdays, the weekly column where we explore the world of fictional dystopia as a critique on our current society!

This week, we will be “taking the red pill” to see how far down the rabbit hole goes. To help us draw some obvious parallels between The Matrix and the State, we will recruit the help of the one and only, Murray Rothbard.

(If you have not seen The Matrix, I implore you read no further and order it here)

In the film, the machines harvest bio-electricity from humans, who are suspended in sprawling rows of stasis pods on human farms beneath the Earth’s surface. In order to keep the humans apathetic and compliant, their minds are plugged into the Matrix, a computer program that simulates human life as it existed in 1999, before the beginning of the war between humans and the machines.

The Matrix is necessary, for in order to continue operating their human farm, the machines need to maintain the illusion that the Matrix is real. To see the Matrix for what it really is, Neo needs to “take the red pill,” unplug, and free his mind.

In viewing The Matrix as a dystopian allegory, the most glaring real life parallel is the relationship between the State and its citizens. While this is not the only allegory contained within the film, it is perhaps the most blatant, and the one we will concern ourselves with.

In The Ethics of Liberty, Murray Rothbard describes the State as being “a bandit gang writ large.” The State produces nothing, and has first stolen everything it possesses. Just as the machines survive through harvesting human life force, the State harvests its due from us by taxing our labor, our property, and our transactions. It controls what we can or can’t do with, or put in, our bodies, regardless of whether or not we are harming anyone else. The logical implication of this taking is that you do not actually own yourself or your property, the State does.

Sure, one could argue that the State takes, but they don’t take everything (in most cases). They only take your fair share. Besides, it is the price we pay for a civilized society. It is necessary taking. You can always leave! Without the State, we wouldn’t be safe, we wouldn’t secure our liberties, and worst of all, we wouldn’t have ROADS! It would be chaos.

You could say the same of the humans plugged into the matrix. Despite literally having their bio-energy harvested, they still had enough to survive, the machines didn’t take all of it. They didn’t want for anything, many of them were actually very happy in the Matrix. What kind of life would there be without it?

Through applying the logic of the allegory, we can see how silly it sounds in reverse.

To defeat the Matrix is to see it for what it really is. By realizing this, Neo is able to manipulate the Matrix and grasp his own destiny. Just as the machines require apathy on behalf of their livestock, the State requires, at the very least, our passive acceptance.

In Anatomy of the State, Rothbard identifies the State’s greatest weakness: independent intellectual criticism, which the forthcoming Liberty Weekly Podcast will intend to provide by showing you that life exists outside both the Matrix and the State.

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