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Jul 29, 2016
Business, Racism, and Non-Violent Private Security - Dale Brown part 2

Commander Dale Brown is the founder of the Threat Management Center in Detroit, where his organization provides an alternative to the local police in the areas of safety and security. Today's show, part two of three, covers a lengthy discussion we had together. In this episode, we talk about how his company focuses on prevention and non-violent solutions to the problem of security. Commander Brown walks us through multiple real world examples. We spend more time talking about racism and life in Detroit. We discuss the nature of running a business verses working for someone else, and even get into a debate about whether or not business is cut throat.

Stay tuned for the rest of the series, where we discuss police shootings, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and much more!

In case you missed episode 1: http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/police-private-security-racism-and-sexism-dale-brown-part-1

Find out more about Commander Dale Brown and the Threat Management Center here:
http://www.threatmanagementcenter.com
800-525-3491

 

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Jul 22, 2016
Police, Private Security, Racism and Sexism - Dale Brown part 1

Commander Dale Brown is the founder of the Threat Management Center in Detroit, where his organization provides an alternative to the local police in the areas of safety and security. I'm intrigued by the work Commander Brown is doing, as his focus is on prevention and non-violence. Today's show, part one of three, covers a lengthy discussion we had together. In this episode, we talk about Commander Brown's story and the story of his organization, but our talk goes far beyond that! We get into the nature of police work, where police are failing, and how his strategies are superior. Heedless of avoiding controversy, we then dive right into the topics of racism, racial profiling, Nazism in modern Germany, and sexism. In addition, we cover altruism, law, and the importance of conquering fear.

Stay tuned for the rest of the series, where we discuss police shootings, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and much more!

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http://www.threatmanagementcenter.com
800-525-3491

 

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Jul 1, 2016
Brexit with Jeffrey Tucker

Jeffrey Tucker is back to talk about Brexit. We cover the following points and more in this delightful conversation:

  • What is Brexit?
  • Is it a good thing that it went through?
  • What were the right and wrong points on both sides of the argument?
  • Is the leave side led by racists and nationalists?
  • How will immigration be effected?
  • What propaganda is circling about Brexit?
  • Will there be another referendum?
  • What is the nature of democracy?
  • What is the nature of the EU?
  • Do large trading blocks help with free trade and economic growth?
  • What effects will this have on future wars?
  • Will other countries leave the EU? If so, who is next? (Nexit)
  • Should the States secede in America?
  • Can liberty achieve a permanent victory?
  • What about David Cameron's resignation?
  • What is the impact of globalization and technological advancement?


Buy Jeffrey's books here:
Bourbon for Breakfast: Living Outside the Statist Quo
Bit by Bit: How P2P Is Freeing the World
It's a Jetsons World: Private Miracles and Public Crimes
A Beautiful Anarchy: How to Create Your Own Civilization in the Digital Age
Advice for Young, Unemployed Workers
99 Ways to Leave Leviathan
The Great Fiction: Property, Economy, Society, and the Politics of Decline

Find more from Jeffrey here:
https://fee.org/
https://liberty.me/

 
A Choice Conversation about Medibid: http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/beating-obamacare

 

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Apr 19, 2016
Adam Kokesh, Objectivism, and Religion - The Fall of Stefan Molyneux.  Part 5

In this latest installment of the Fall of Stefan Molyneux series, Wes Bertrand and I go through a laundry list of concerns over the inconsistent messages from Freedomain Radio. We could not help returning to the topics of IQ, race, genetics, R vs K, immigration, and Donald Trump. These ideas are the backbone of Stef’s thinking these days, overarching themes, so even though they've been covered thoroughly earlier in the series, we still briefly address them in this episode. Having said that, our discussion goes into many new areas, including the following:

  • Adam Kokesh's appeal to Stef to debate him about soap opera politics and click bate podcast titles
  • Stef's cult of personality, where he is not questioned
  • Psychologizing by Stef and the FDR community
  • Stef's abondonment of Objectivism and the individual (and his corresponding embrace of collectivism)
  • Stef's inconsistencies about the win-win nature of the free market
  • Is Donald Trump a lesser evil?
  • Is Stef a neocon and/or a proponent of the religious right?
  • Does Stef gaslight his audience, denying that anything has changed in his message?
  • Trolling in the FDR community
  • feminism
  • single moms
  • Religion
  • Culture
  • Peaceful Parenting
  • Non-Violent Communication and empathy
  • Shaming, blaming, and moralistic judgement

 

The Fall of Stefan Molyneux series:
http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-fall-of-stefan-molyneux-there-will-be-no-recovery-part-1

http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-fall-of-stefan-molyneux-can-there-be-a-recovery-part-2


http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/gene-wars-iq-and-immigration-the-fall-of-stefan-molyneux-part-3


http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/a-principled-look-at-immigration-the-fall-of-stefan-molyneux-part-4


 

Find more from Wes here: http://completeliberty.com/

Buy Wes's book here!

 

Parent Effectiveness Training is still the best book on peaceful parenting.  A must buy.

 

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Feb 23, 2016
A Principled Look at Immigration - The Fall of Stefan Molyneux part 4

Wes Bertrand and I are joined by author David Hathaway to discuss his excellent book Immigration: Individual vs National Borders. David's book provides a logically consistent view of immigration from a Libertarian's perspective. It details the various fallacies that are put forth by so called voluntaryists who advocate the use of state power to "protect" the borders.

This show continues The Fall of Stefan Molyneux series. The principled arguments David makes during our conversation match those that Molyneux use to make. The Freedomain Radio shows linked below illustrate this. Unforutnately, Stef has done a complete 180 on immigration, as a supporter of Donald Trump and a proponent of using state violence to "close the borders."

Stefan's stance on immigration circa January 2007. Sadly he no longer advocates this position:
http://www.fdrpodcasts.com/#/619/immigration-and-empathy
http://www.fdrpodcasts.com/#/620/immigration-part-2

The Fall of Stefan Molyneux Series
Part 1 in the series:
http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-fall-of-stefan-molyneux-there-will-be-no-recovery-part-1
Part 2 in the series:
http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-fall-of-stefan-molyneux-can-there-be-a-recovery-part-2
Part 3 in the series:
http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/gene-wars-iq-and-immigration-the-fall-of-stefan-molyneux-part-3

Buy David's book here: http://www.amazon.com/Immigration-Individual-vs-National-Borders-ebook/dp/B018019WRM

Find more from David here: https://www.lewrockwell.com/author/david-hathaway/

Find more from Wes here: http://completeliberty.com/


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Jan 19, 2016
Gene Wars, IQ, and Immigration - The Fall of Stefan Molyneux part 3

Wes Bertrand and I are joined by geneticist Kevin McKernan for more analysis of Stefan Molyneux and Freedomain Radio. This time we take a close look at Molyneux's Gene Wars series, and the R vs K hypothosis discussed within. Kevin details how R vs K has long been dismissed as pseudo science by the scientific community, and that there is no evidence for the claims Stefan is making that political leanings are tied to genetics. From there, Kevin talks about how the claims Stef is making about IQ being linked to genetics also have no scientific evidence to back them. We discuss race quite a bit in this episode, and even dig into global warming a bit. This is a can't miss show, especially if you are an FDR listener!

Part 1 in the series:
http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-fall-of-stefan-molyneux-there-will-be-no-recovery-part-1
Part 2 in the series:
http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-fall-of-stefan-molyneux-can-there-be-a-recovery-part-2

 

Find more from Wes here: http://completeliberty.com/

 

Cannmed conference mentioned by Kevin: http://www.medicinalgenomics.com/

 

Superior Pattern Processing is the essence of the evolved human brain
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4141622/pdf/fnins-08-00265.pdf

Joseph Graves refutation of R vs K
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eRtjgKlt8s
Wikipedia refutation of R vs K
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R/K_selection_theory
Self reported race is not accurate. Bell Curve is based on self reported race.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4307746/

Ice Core data (Figure 5)- Not open access but discussed at the link below.
• North Greenland Ice Core Project Members: High-resolution record of Northern Hemisphere climate extending into the last interglacial period, Nature, 431, 147-151, 2004
https://www.bas.ac.uk/data/our-data/publication/ice-cores-and-climate-change/

IQ genetics cant be found
http://www.nature.com/news/chinese-project-probes-the-genetics-of-genius-1.12985
Closest recent finding implies a network of over 150 genes
http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nn.4205.html

Genetics of Skin Color
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_skin_color#Genetics_of_skin_color_variation

Human Microbiome complexity
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3709439

Human Birth Rate
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birth_rate
https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/infantcare/conditioninfo/Pages/born.aspx

Cannabis plants per year are derived from DEA seizure data (likely flawed but black market data is hard to get to)
http://www.drugscience.org/Archive/bcr2/estproc.html
http://www.dea.gov/ops/cannabis.shtml

DEA report over 4M plants seized and believes to only seize less than 10% of whats out there.
10,000 metric tons at 1 pound per plant = 2204 X10,000 or 22M plants in the USA alone (5% of global population)
about 4M people were born in the USA in 2010


The choice quotes Wes read, starting at 1hr 39min:

https://player.fm/series/freedomain-radio-with-stefan-molyneux/fdr3170-dusty-p3ns-syndrome-call-in-show-january-1st-2016

FDR3170 Dusty P3n!s Syndrome - Call In Show - January 1st, 2016

http://cdn.freedomainradio.com/FDR_3170_Call_In_Show_01_Jan_2016.mp3

 

And finally, some comic relief. The savior is risen!!! http://cdn0.dailydot.com/cache/be/f8/bef8eab97d7a87196ba549b14839e1d0.jpg

 

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Nov 7, 2015
The Fall of Stefan Molyneux.  Can There Be a Recovery?  Part 2

Wes Bertrand is back for more analysis of Stefan Molyneux and Freedomain Radio. Wes and I detail several contractions and double standards that abound on Freedomain Radio these days. In addition, did Stef change his message for increased money or downloads? Does Stef automatically reject competing ideologies like Non-Violent Communication? What would be required from Stef for restitution? Are IQ studies important?  Why did we change the title of the series? And of course more on that Donald Trump fellow!

Part 1 in the series:
http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/the-fall-of-stefan-molyneux-there-will-be-no-recovery-part-1

 

Find more from Wes here: http://completeliberty.com/

 

FDR 3103 The Truth About Illegal Immigrants: Was Donald Trump Right?
https://soundcloud.com/stefan-molyneux/fdr-3103-the-truth-about-illegal-immigrants-was-donald-trump-right

Why Trump’s Wrong on Immigration By Benjamin W. Powell:
http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8519

Powell's interview on Free Talk Live:
https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/episode-october-25th-2015

Another article about Trump and immigration: http://www.theanarchistalternative.info/zgb/15A044.htm

 

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Oct 9, 2015
The Fall of Stefan Molyneux.  Can There Be a Recovery?  Part 1

Wes Bertrand joins me to discuss a couple emails he recently sent to Stefan Molyneux and Mike DeMarco from Freedomain Radio. Those emails are reprinted below:

 

From: Wes Bertrand
Subject: Ominous parallels
Date: September 4, 2015 at 8:41:45 PM EDT
To: Michael DeMarco

Hello, Michael, and by extension, Stefan. I’ve appreciated the many helpful and insightful messages FDR has sent its listeners and viewers over the years. Thank you for all the time and effort you’ve expended to inspire individuals in so many enriching and enlightened ways. Though this is not a fan email, I hope you note the vital significance of it, so that your show is able to gain more respect from those who value truth. Basically, I’m writing to express my grave concerns about the ideas that have been promoted on your podcast, particularly in this episode:
FDR3052 Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan: An Honest Conversation
http://cdn.freedomainradio.com/FDR_3052_Trump_Immigration.mp3

I realize that both of you believe in the efficacy and morality of free markets instead of tyranny, which in the past have been articulated extensively. So, your advocacy of Trump’s anti-immigration views and his overall anti-economic agenda (which Jeffrey covered with sufficient clarity here: https://tucker.liberty.me/trumpism-the-ideology/ ) runs noticeably discordant. This particular topic of policing statist “borders" really hits home with me, despite not being an “illegal” person (one must be privy to The Anatomy Of Slavespeak - http://www.mind-trek.com/reports/tl07a.htm ). In 2009 I was detained (with threat of being gunned down) by the so-called U.S. border patrol for about 6 hours with my Indonesian friend Siska, who had a student visa, just not with her at the time since we were going to photograph wild flowers, so her sister was ordered to drive for hours to deliver her paperwork to us in the desert of Ocotillo, CA on her behalf. The papers her sister brought were insufficient for our captors, however. Had it not been for a bureaucratic paperwork glitch, she would have been deported that day (through no fault of her own). It might come as a surprise to you that we weren’t crossing any statist borders. The jackboots in southern California were running a check point approximately 12 miles inside the arbitrary statist line in the sand (still present here - https://goo.gl/maps/Y4Bj0 ), which I recounted in this episode of Complete Liberty Podcast:
Episode 63 - Freedom to travel, reside, and work without government, where property rights are respected -> link

When I heard Stefan read Trump's proposed policy of actually building a physical wall from California to Texas (the ultimate police-state boondoggle, aside from the insane NSA data mining process) in order to supposedly keep out Mexicans, as well as any Americans like myself desiring free travel, I waited for some sign of objective, critical philosophical analysis from him. Tragically, there was none, and I’m still waiting to hear it. Instead, I heard various economic fallacies about “illegals” harming the economy for “citizens" amidst the domestic ills of welfare statism. I encourage you to process your fears and concerns with the principles of voluntaryism (honoring individuals and markets, strictly disavowing governmental methods) as well as more evidence; Benjamin Powell has done a lot of freedom-oriented work in this realm - http://www.independent.org/aboutus/person_detail.asp?id=1023 .

I’m puzzled about why you did not explicitly note the massive contradictions and intolerable harm involved in playing politics too, i.e., granting any legitimacy to the enforcement of statist “laws”—since no one has ANY right to such a rights-violating process. Not to explicitly and consistently denounce statist policies (i.e., aggression) is not to be philosophical. It’s a massive contradiction to say that, in the absence of a free market, we need to engage in the coercive, political means; such pragmatism only perpetuates rights-violations. The really odd thing is that I suspect you know that a paradigm shift in the philosophy of a society cannot happen with more advocacy of the political status quo (collectivistic, in-group/out-group, tax-fed, law-enforcing, welfare-statist thinking).

As you know, many of the podcasters in the liberty community viewed your initiation of the DMCA take-down process on YouTube as being pro-IP and, thus, a major departure from your previously voluntaryist moorings. I disagreed with that position too, because it violated property rights, as well as Stefan’s previously stated beliefs against IP. Yet, the gravity of your recent choice to promote the totalitarian fascist agendas of Trump overshadows this (as does endorsing the costly, coercive strategies of the spurious “freedom club,” via the collectivistic abstraction of "Western civilization”). This strikes me as eerily similar to the intellectual inception of Nazi Germany—definitely no joke. Trump’s views are the epitome of populism, nationalism, and mob mentality, based on contradictions, fear, distrust, and aggression. There are ominous parallels in our culture to those of Nazi Germany (as Peikoff outlined decades ago: link ), which were evidenced at the end of your episode regarding a survey of Americans’ confused views on immigration.

from http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324577904578557352244619768
"Their theses were often focused on racial and biological studies within populations, particularly where German minorities lived. The controversial borders that were drawn after 1919 in countries like Poland and Czechoslovakia rankled many of them.”

from http://www.slate.com
"Hitler, the suitable ruffian, could never have done it on his own. He could never have done it with all his party. He needed a climate of belief—the belief that Weimar was a problem requiring a solution. Having solved it, he was free to answer his version of the Jewish Question—the question that the intellectuals had fooled with on paper. Only the madmen among them had ever thought it needed to be answered with fire. But the sane ones had helped open the door for the avenger that the madmen had dreamed of.”

wikipedia link

Please let me know if you want to discuss these matters either in public or private. Understanding and promoting the principles of true freedom mean a great deal in an age of philosophical confusion and psychological unawareness.

Thank you for your time and consideration, Wes

p.s., I have a lengthy list of notes I’ve taken over the last year concerning various other ideas conveyed by FDR, because they diverge from logic and sound evidence in places, so clarification is needed. The issue above takes precedence for now, however.

 


From: Wes Bertrand
Subject: Fwd: Ominous parallels
Date: September 24, 2015 at 3:37:12 PM EDT
To: Michael DeMarco
Cc: Chris Stefanick

Hi again, Michael. It’s been nearly three weeks since I sent the email below to you, and I’ve gotten no reply. Am I correct in assuming that you and Stefan do not want to have a conversation about this disturbing and confusing trend in FDR’s message these days? I want you to know that there is still the possibility to reverse course, make amends, and engage in restorative justice with your listeners who seek philosophical rigor and objectivity. As I see it, that is the only way you can regain credibility as a philosophy show, which I’d like to see you do. If you believe that I’ve somehow misinterpreted your present views, then let’s have a discussion about it (again, in private or on your call-in show).

A few days after I sent this first email, I was waylaid by armed enforcers of the so-called U.S. border, while driving back from Ottawa (visited some dear voluntaryist friends there). After asking a litany of intrusive questions, which seems to be their primary tax-fed “job,” they demanded that I stay in their building while they proceeded to search every nook and cranny of my vehicle, including all my personal possessions, which took the better part of an hour; I was also personally searched. It was a complete violation of property rights, and when I conveyed this simple truth to them, among other liberty-oriented statements, they of course provided rationalizations in place of valid arguments—the mainstay of humans who are trying to downplay the significance of massive contradictions. If I had defended my person and property from their aggressive actions, I would have been murdered. This is the nature of “border enforcement”: individuals are harassed, suffer, and even die as a consequence.

You know, Stefan used to not give disclaimers or caveats in his shows (like you've done on the ones that cheerlead for Trump), because he adhered to the principles of voluntaryism. Here’s an example (from over eight years ago) of the person who the liberty community admired, when he recognized the profound significance of the individual (based on reason, volition, and life-giving values) rather than the collective (based on spurious notions of race, genes, “ethnicity,” etc.):
link

I’ve Cd’d my friend Chris in this correspondence, because I plan on reading my email below that I sent you and Stefan (who also apparently un-contacted me on Skype) as well as sharing related thoughts on his Choice Conversations Podcast, when we record in about a week. We will also post Stef's “Immigration And Empathy” episode in order to show the stark contrast between promoting sound principles and deviating from them. If you take it off your server, I can put it in my Complete Liberty Podcast feed, since these ideas matter so much—individuals matter so much!

Regards,
Wes

 


Find more from Wes here: http://completeliberty.com/

 

Also mentioned in the show:

Stef addresses his future self:
http://www.fdrpodcasts.com/#/619/immigration-and-empathy
http://www.fdrpodcasts.com/#/620/immigration-part-2

Jeffrey Tucker's excellent coverage of Trump:
http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/donald-trump-fascism-and-racism-with-jeffrey-tucker
https://liberty.me/podcast/eye-empire/

My appearance on UCY.TV discussing non-violent communication: http://choiceconversations.libsyn.com/nvc-the-trivium-and-mind-control-with-walter-hendricks

Some comic relief via Trey and Matt:

http://southpark.cc.com/full-episodes/s15e09-the-last-of-the-meheecans
http://www.hulu.com/watch/288997
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_of_the_Meheecans

http://southpark.cc.com/full-episodes/s19e02-where-my-country-gone
http://www.hulu.com/watch/847805
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where_My_Country_Gone

 


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Sep 17, 2015
Donald Trump, Fascism, and Racism with Jeffrey Tucker

Jeffrey Tucker joins me for a discussion about Donald Trump.  Is Trump a fascist?  Why is "The Donald" so popular?  Is racism rampant in America?  Does Hillary Clinton stand a chance against Trump?  What does Jeffrey think of Stefan Molyneux’s support for Trump?  Why is a corrupt politician a good thing?  Is a demoralized Obama the perfect president?  What does Rand Paul have against Libertarians?

We cover all of this and more in this interesting and entertaining discussion!

 

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liberty.me

fee.org

 

Here is Jeffrey’s brilliant News Week article that was discussed on the show:

http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-fascist-354690

 

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Aug 11, 2015
Liberland, The Real Land of the Free with Vít Jedlička

I had the privelege to talk with Vít Jedlička, President of the new libertarian nation The Free Republic of Liberland.  President Vít goes into detail about how things typically handled by governments will work in a country where state power is limited and taxes are voluntary. Who will build the roads?  How will the justice system work?  Can a crypto-currency be a nation's legal tender?  How do I become a citizen?

 

We talk about the Liberland constitution, covering topics like how citizens are granted the right to veto any new bills.  Public works will be paid for through croudfunding, and shares for public works will be traded on the Liberland Stock Market.

 

We discuss all this and more in this fascinating look at the birth of the Libertarian homeland.

 

 

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Jan 27, 2015
Government Sponsored Social Media Trolls with Fergus Hodgson

I’m joined by Fergus Hodgson, the Editor in Chief of the Pan Am Post.   We discuss the challenges and rewards encountered working in “new media,” including being harassed by people who earn a paycheck from the government to troll on the internet.   Is it important to follow current events?  What about political action and personal action and your sphere of influence?  Do people get their jollies by being felt up by the TSA?  What does Fergus have to say about international living, perpetual travel, and minimalism?  Why are some people more open to the message of freedom and liberty?  Will artificial intelligence end facebook and twitter as we know it?  All this and more in this entertaining and insightful interview!

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Oct 2, 2014
Democrats and Republicans are Half Right with Drew Sample

Drew Sample from The Sample Hour joins me for a wide ranging discussion.  Here is just a “sample” of what we cover:  Democrats and Republicans are half right.  Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and the NFL.  Is voting important?  Why democrats are a bigger threat to civil liberties than republicans.  Why republicans grow the size of government.  The importance of living a principled life.  What we’ve learned from podcasting.  The evils of prohibition.  Prison is big business.  Maurice Clarett, Terrelle Pryor, the SEC and college football scandals.  Hitting rock bottom.  People’s relationship to money.  All this, and more!

 

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Sep 23, 2014
Sugar Taxation with Christopher James Clark

I was recently on The Rebooted Body podcast with Kevin Geary, talking to blogger and author Christopher James Clark.  Christopher wrote an article for The Huffington Post about a potential new tax on sugar in the United States.  The three of us discuss this article at length and delve deep into the pros and cons of attempting to use government violence to force social change.

 

Here is Christopher’s article on sugar taxation:  http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/christopher-james-clark/sugar-taxation_b_5624785.html

 

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May 22, 2014
Kim Kardashian, Glenn Greenwald, and Dan Carlin

What do Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Glenn Greenwald, and Edward Snowden have in common?  All were part of the discussion I had with Dan Carlin about the state of the media, be it mainstream or alternative.  We talk about the importance of the media in a representative democracy, and how far things have gone awry. 

 

From there we segue nicely into a discussion of Dan’s political views and how they compare to mine.

 

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Jan 8, 2014
Ringing in the New Year with Glenn Jacobs

 

Professional wrestler Glenn Jacobs, who goes by the ring name of Kane in the WWE, joined me on New Year’s Day 2014 for a great discussion.  Glenn told me about his journey, getting into professional wrestling, and how that impacted the growth of his political and economic views.  We then took a hard look at the Federal Reserve, the NSA, and the TSA.  Was 9/11 not a big deal?  Is the public school system undermining American freedom?  How far is the USA from Soviet-style totalitarianism?  Can the internet save us? 

 

 

 

Listen to how Glenn and I ring in the New Year and “celebrate” the 100th birthday of the Federal Reserve. :)

 

 

 

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http://www.lewrockwell.com/author/glenn-jacobs/?post_type=article

 

 

 

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Mar 11, 2013
Is Society Progressing?

In this week's show we revisit a question from the last podcast, is society truly progressing?  To help us answer the question we have a round table discussion.  Hosts Steve and Chris are joined by previous guests Wes Bertrand of the Complete Liberty Podcast and Brett Veinotte from the Schools Sucks Project.  Listen to the show to discover why we almost titled this episode "The Philosophy of Hookers." 

 

 

 

http://schoolsucksproject.com/

 

http://completeliberty.com/

Feb 22, 2013

Steve returns from vacation to engage in one of the more unusual podcasts we have ever done. Steve subjects Chris Stefanick to a scenario in which he changes the incentives of the scenario through a series of questions. 

Recently Steve has been experimenting with this series of questions in an effort to expose the perverse incentives behind government redistribution. Obviously the experiment is still evolving and Steve would gladly accept different scenarios and questions to add to his experiments. If you are interested in helping out just contact us at twobeerswithsteve@hotmail.com

Feb 16, 2013
Complete Liberty with Wes Bertrand

This week’s guest is Wes Bertrand from the Complete Liberty podcast.  We cover psychology, ethics, parenting, statism, nutrition; seemingly no topic is off limits! 

 

 

 

Wes is so well rounded he has four different websites, each with a different focus.  I encourage you to explore them.

 

 

 

http://completeliberty.com/

 

http://happinesscounseling.com/

 

http://healthymindfitbody.com/

 

http://logicallearning.net/

Dec 18, 2012

Tom Woods the historian, economist, and political analyst joins Chris and I on Two Beers With Steve to discuss his latest venture The Liberty Classroom. A first of it's kind on-line education forum that aims to educate Liberty-minded individuals while at the same time arming the students with tools for debating.

Tom refers to Liberty Classroom as teaching the Real Version of history and the Real Version of economics and when I challenged him on what he was implying Tom responds that he is not implying anything at all, that instead he is explicitly stating that the current narrative taught in public schools and universities is flawed and incorrect at times and goes unchallenged. 

Nov 9, 2012

Cronyism + Capitalism = Crapitalism.

Chris and I recap the election briefly and talk about the future of the Republican Party.

Nov 1, 2012

Once every four years I became fully engaged in the "political super-cycle" and this time around is no different. In this episode I focus my energy on the topic of debating. After my interest was picqued through the Presidential Debates I went searching for other debates and found this debate "Stefan Molyneux vs. Sam Seder" and decided to record a podcast on the material brought up in the debate.

In this debate Molyneux and Seder debate Libertarinism and in my opinion Seder is the victor, though his victory was purely a victory of debating "style" rather than "substance". Seder was able to disarm Molyneux from some of his more effective arguments before he had the chance to fully engage them. 

For this reason of losing on style rather than substance I decided to discuss the common pitfalls of defending Libertairinism and how to counter the arguments.

Oct 23, 2012

How could we not talk about the debates? The political season is upon us and which war-monger shall we choose?

You'll hear my synopsis of the past two debates and why none of it really matters. Also, should I vote or should I not vote?

Beyond our discussion about the debates we also talk about my book recommendation Albions Seed and why I chose this particular novel to read. The discussion surrounding the book brings us to a larger discussion about the founding of this country.

Feb 28, 2012

This week I interview Aaron Hawkins of the website Waiting For The Storm

I don't know how I came upon Aarons videos and website but I am glad that I did. Aaron does what few revolutionaries are capable of doing; condensing their complex message down to a 3 minute video that is Facebook-able (ie. pasting the video into Facebook and having people actually watch it). 

Where this interview was intended to go is not where it ended up and I'm glad we discussed what we did... but... there is still plenty to talk about with Aaron (am I hearing a part two?). We eventually settled upon the topic of awakening people to Aarons message and whereas I am sceptical of claims of internet videos making a difference, Aaron defended his position that it is possible and desperately needs to be done, albiet it needs to be done correctly.

The book 'The Crowd' by Gustave Le Bon is available for free download on Amazon for your Kindle or E-Book reader.

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