Mon, 8 May 2017
Last week Rep. Amash wrote a two-page letter explaining why he voted for the Republican healthcare modification to Obamacare.
Darren and I are divided over his comments. Well, not really decided since I can't argue any of the points he made on today's show.
We ask our representatives to treat liberty as a primary political value and always to vote in a way that takes us closer to liberty. Did Justin Amash do that? I'll let you be the judge.
I'll read you the story today. My information is limited, but I'm going to see about getting an expert on the show to talk us through what it all means.
On the plus side, we talk a little about fractional reserve banking in today's episode which should give you a much clearer picture of how banking works.
Mon, 1 May 2017
You might think that article came from VOX or MSNBC or some other left wing, eco-terrorist website but you'd be wrong.
It came from Forbes.
A few times each year we see articles like this discussing how capitalism is going to kill all of us and how we need to move to a more "socially and environmentally responsible" economic system.
They've been saying the same thing since the '70's.
I'm going to break down this article today and discuss why it's bogus.
The bulk of Americans save nothing, invest nothing and contribute only modestly to the overall growth of the nation.
Fed policy centers around propping of the richest and most successful among us. You can cry about that OR...
You could just stop being part of the bottom 50%.
It's easier than you might think. Just save some money and don't live beyond your means. In a few years, you'll be part of the 50% that 'matter.'
I'm of course half joking. (Just half) The truth is government doesn't care about any of us, and the FED is acting in IT'S best interest, not yours.
Don't be fooled. Be informed.
Tue, 18 April 2017
Today I've got Connor Boyack on the show. He's the author of the highly successful Tuttle Twins book series that teach libertarian principles to children.
He's also the fonder of Libertas Institute. A Group dedicated local political change in Utah.
During our chat Connor connor mentioned a website you could use to find ways to plug in with your local political network. Here's the link:
He also gave every one of my listeners a discount on the Tuttle Twins combo pack.
Just visit: https://tuttletwins.com and use the promo code "Jason" at checkout to save 30%.
Great show today,
Thu, 16 March 2017
From Trump's latest travel ban to his new budget proposal the president has been met with nothing but pushback from both Democrats and Republicans.
Many pundits have said the Democrats are a political party in disarray, but from my chair, it would seem they are far better mobilized and clear on their mission than the Republicans are.
The Republican Party is fundamentally broken. They appeal to a mostly conservative, limited government block of American voters but once in office they rarely make good on their tuff talk on the campaign trail.
It's not as thought Trump's proposals are all that great. The new Obamacare is a disaster and Trump's own budget does nothing to curb government spending.
If we want Washington to change we've got to change the people IN Washington. They're not going to leave on their own. We've got to show them the door when primary season rolls around.
Wed, 28 September 2016
Tue, 27 September 2016
Mon, 14 March 2016
Here is the speech from today's episode:
What are we doing here? What is all this about?
I came home from work last week to find my kids sitting at the table doing homework as they always do. I saw them preparing for their future and for a fleeting moment I allowed myself to question what that future might look like.
As I look across the economic and political landscape of America today, to say that I am trouble would be an understatement.
We have a government that collects more than 3 trillion dollars a year in taxes from the American people yet still manages spend nearly a billion dollars a day more than it brings in. Yet we are told the government has a revenue problem NOT a spending problem.
Congress hasn’t balanced it’s budget in 14 years. Out debt has skyrocketed over the last 16 years, from 5.6 trillion dollars to over 18 trillion. A nearly 234% increase.
Over the course of that same time, our country has been in a state of perpetual war. First in Afghanistan, then Iraq, Lybia, Syria, Yemen, and if the current trend continues, Russia, China, and North Korea.
Is this what Reagan meant when he said peace through strength? After nearly two decades of war, hundreds of thousands dead, millions displaced and now flooding the borders of Europe I ask you, is this what peace looks like?
We’re told that this war is too important. We’re told that we face a tyrannical and relentless enemy who seeks the total destruction of our way of life. We’re told it’s fight them over there or fight them here. We must, we are told, defend our freedom and liberty.
But I wonder if we still know and understand the freedom and liberty intended for us by the founding fathers.
The founders of this nation pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor on a radical and seemingly impossible idea. That we have a right to be free. That government is beholden to the people, that it has no power except that granted by the people. This idea, predicated on the individual right of self-determination gave birth to the greatest nation the world has ever known. Yet what have we done with this gift?
America now finds itself in the throws of another election. On the left, a socialist and a progressive. On the right, a nationalist and populist. Each tells us they know best. We’re told we must accept in this time of trial, a greater infringement on our freedoms and the continued eroding of our constitutional liberty.
We have seen this play out over the years. On the streets of our hometowns as police are transformed from peacekeeper to enforcer. Many now look more like a military unit than law enforcement. Roaming the streets in unmarked cars, conducting military style raids in our own back yards, confiscating wealth and property with no evidence of a crime or even an accusation of wrongdoing.
We have watched our savings eroded through inflation and bad economic policy by both the federal reserve and our own Congress. We’ve seen time, and again the cycle of boom and bust brought on by poor decisions of a few self-described intellectual elite.
We suffer the continued invasion of our privacy and violation of the 4th amendment through data collection approved by our own elected representatives and overseen by secret courts deep inside the government leviathan.
Oh, these are the times that try men's souls. How I have waited for a leader. How I have longed for the spirit of our nation to be renewed and for the people to stand up and take their rightful place as captains of their own destiny. Where is our voice?
This election we are told we have a choice between left and right. In truth, there’s no such thing as left or right. As Reagan said their is only up or down. Up toward liberty and self determination or down toward totalitarianism.
I am tired of waiting for a leader. You ask me why I come here every day. I come to bring a message of liberty to a desperate nation.
Thoreau said, “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
I started this, risked my business, my future, my children’s future because I was tired of being silent. No longer will I live a life of quiet desperation. This is my song.
But my voice is not enough. It requires you. And I know your reservations. You can’t fight city hall. That’s what they say. Our numbers are two small, our armies to weak. Cowards will always talk that way. I prefer the simple, elegant truth of John Adams who said, “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” Are you angry enough yet?
Together we can build a movement, and if you will join me we will stand shoulder to shoulder against the enemies of Liberty and proclaim in one voice that we will not kneel, we will not bow, we will not be silent we will be free. Will you join me? Will you carry that message with me? To your homes, your jobs, To you friend, co-workers, and relatives? Will you teach it to your children?
I just recently returned from Washington DC and while I was there, I had the chance to visit the Jefferson Memorial. A beautiful stone monument built to honor one of the greatest men of his time. And as I stood in the middle of the monument I looked up and etched in the stone around the dome were these words.
...I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
Our founders risked everything so that they and their posterity could live a life free from tyranny and oppression. And as I sat across from my little girls that day, watching them prepare for a life not yet lived I asked myself, how could I risk any less. That’s why I’m here. And I hope that’s why you’ll stay.
Wed, 2 March 2016
Barring some unforeseen circumstance (like Hillary being indicted or Trump being struck by lightning), it would appear we are going to have a Trump/Clinton general election. What some considered to be impossible just a few months ago has now become a reality.
Even I thought it was highly unlikely that Hillary would make it out of the primaries. With all her baggage from Benghazi to the email scandal, I thought there's no way she would survive. I assumed she would be radioactive to the democrat party.
Never discount the stupidity of the American voter. We now have a potential felon and an orange colored mud-slinger leading the race for the White House. It's like a car crash you can't tear your eyes away from. I think what's must sad it's it is truly a reflection of our country. The movie Idiocracy comes to mind. America is coming apart, and all anyone seems to care about is the spectacle of it all.
The other thing we're going to cover on the show today is a recent conversation in the private FB group. The question of military service comes up frequently in libertarian discussions. Many former servicemen and women become libertarian because of their experience in the military. But there is a small segment of libertarians who view those in the military as evil tools of the State. They are seen as a kind of caricature, a group to be demonized.
Today I give you my thoughts as both a libertarian and a former Marine on military service and how we should treat those who have served and are serving.
Wed, 4 November 2015
Since its inception I've been talking on the show about the messaging problem, we have as libertarians. I "attack" what I call purists for they're constant and unrelenting divisive speech and uncompromising attitude toward their version of the truth.
If we want to truly change the world we live it will take subtle changes and challenges to prevailing belief. It will require we paint a message of hope based on the most appealing aspects of libertarianism. Peace, Tolerance, Individual Liberty, Limited Government and Free Markets.
This week Jeffery Tucker wrote a piece at FEE.org outlining the two baths of libertarian thought. The humanitarian and the brutalist. It was one of the best-written pieces I think he's ever written, and I spend some time early on in the show discussing his article and what we can learn from it.
Then it's off for a discussion of democratic socialism using the recent insurance Co-op failures selling Obamacare-compliant plans. You can't make this stuff up. All that and more today. Don't miss a minute.
Tue, 20 October 2015
No lack of content for this subject. First let me apologize for being absent yesterday. I was feeling a little sick on Sunday and by Monday this little cold had finally gotten the best of me and I had to take a day of rest. Luckily I'm feeling a lot better today so we can soldier on in our fight to ride the world of the economically and politically illiterate.
Today I've picked several really good stories in the news that indicate a few things.
1. Those running the government are not the smartest or best equipped for the job.
This an awesome show today. Listen now!