June 26, 2014
The Libertarian Republic takes on the topic of actor Gary Oldman's controversial statements in an interview with Playboy magazine. Oldman outed himself as a "libertarian" who hates political correctness and then went on to defend Mel Gibson and his anti-semitic statements that earned him the ire of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League. Oldman initially seemed to confirm Gibson's rants that Hollywood was under what the ADL described as "Jewish control," but is that really the case, or is it just more fuel for lunatic conspiracy theories? To his credit, Oldman backed away from his statements, but the ADL refused to accept his apology.
Plus, The Libertarian Republic's sister site LibertyViral.com has hit the scene and it's already causing enormous controversy. In this podcast we discuss the implications of free speech and speaking truth to power. Are we immune to the consequences of our free speech?
All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast!
June 20, 2014
The Freedom Report podcast today asks the question of whether there has ever been a historic example of a libertarian society. In his final appearance as associate editor of TLR, Ian Huyett dissects a column that he wrote where he analyzes the multiple historic examples of decentralized societies that one might call libertarian.
Have you ever heard of how Iceland was formed? Well did you know that it was basically started as a way for people to avoid the centralization of power in Norway? Or how about the Xeer legal system? And did you know that taxation was an alien concept to many of the ancient Greeks? And what about the Holy Roman Empire? Was Charlemagne a terrorist abroad but a Ronald Reagan at home? And where does the United States stand in relation to these societies?
All that and more as we bid a fond adieu to Ian Huyett on his final episode of the Freedom Report podcast!
June 19, 2014
Jack Hunter rejoins the Freedom Report podcast to discuss whether the United States should be expending any more blood and treasure in Iraq. (Hint: He doesn't). And Associate Editor Ian Huyett opines on just exactly what's at stake on the domestic front, with Senator Lindsey Graham now claiming that we should be working with Iran to stop the ISIS forces from taking over the country. Just what exactly should be the U.S. role in Iraq, especially considering the al Maliki government told us in no uncertain terms to leave years ago.
The Freedom Report podcast breaks down the news that you need to know about what's happening on the ground. As ISIS militants take over oil fields, will the rising price of oil have Americans clamoring for the government to intervene? And what does Jack Hunter think about Senator Rand Paul's comments that he might be open to airstrikes? Where's Ron Paul when you need him?
All that and more on today's episode of the Freedom Report podcast!
June 18, 2014
The Freedom Report podcast today interviewed Jeffrey Tucker about his opinion on a variety of topics including bitcoins, Brutalists and bad Catholics.
Tucker breaks down the brouhaha over the latest Bitcoin battle where a mining syndicate could potentially threaten the security of the crypto-currency. Could one bad actor be the ballast breaker for the burgeoning Bitcoin?
And as a practicing Catholic and Anarcho-Capitalist, what does Mr. Tucker think about the recent attacks by the church leadership on free market capitalism? Tucker buoys the hopes of fellow believers with his blistering attacks on bitter people who oppose barter, voluntarism and free trade.
But what about those darn Brutalists? The great unwashed of the liberty movement have rallied together under the banner of Brutalism following an article Tucker wrote bashing the bad actors. But does he regret giving birth to the butthead brigades?
All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast!
June 17, 2014
Rabble-rousing rockstar Gavin McInnes is out with his latest list of "hatefacts" that are sure to piss off every white liberal weenie who has the guts to read them. He calls them "15 Myths That Millenials Want You To Believe," but we all know that 'millenials' is just code words for liberal weenies. After all, it was McInnes who boldly called out white liberal nerds for worshiping at the altar of Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Was America stolen from the Indians? Is the U.S. really a nation of immigrants? Is a "tranny" really a woman? Was America built on slavery? Do women really make less than men? And what about the gays? Do they really live the same lives as straight people? Gavin's list is the most controversial thing we've read recently and certainly deserves your attention!
You can read McInnes' article here.
(15 BS Myths Millenials Believe As Fact)
In a podcast that's sure to offend everyone, the Freedom Report takes on Gavin's list to confirm or debunk many of the "myths" that McInnes postulates. We admit, we're big fans of his work here, but some of the things that he posits are just blatantly untrue. Do you agree, or disagree? Listen to the show and leave your thoughts below.
June 13, 2014
A new political action committee called Liberty In Pink is on the scene, and they're on a mission to find female candidates for public office. Executive Director Melissa Denker says that the organization isn't just looking for anyone though. Liberty In Pink is targeting their approach to find ladies who want to run for office to represent ideas from a perspective of economic freedom and personal liberty.
Denker says she doesn't care what party line the ladies they recruit run on. It isn't about Republicans or Democrats, it's about ideas. Whatever party the candidates choose to run as, they can do so, provided they adhere to a certain set of principles that the PAC represents. So what are those principles? Listen to the Freedom Report to find out!
June 12, 2014
The Freedom Report podcast today looks at the developing crisis in Iraq as ISIS fighters position themselves to overthrow the U.S. installed government in Baghdad. ISIS fighters have already captured Mosul, the second largest city in the nation, and Washington D.C. is promising weapons and aid to the beleaguered government of Nouri al Maliki.
ISIS fighters have been committing targeted murders across the country, mercilessly killing their enemies on streets and in vehicles as they seek to consolidate power. Kurdish fighters gained control of a key oil field in the northern region, and oil prices began to rise on Thursday morning.
Is Iraq on the verge of collapse? Who are the ISIS fighters and what are their goals? All that and more on this episode of the Freedom Report podcast!
June 11, 2014
President Barack Obama praised Australia's tough measures to confiscate guns in a question and answer session on Tuesday. Speaking to users of the blogging site Tumblr, the president remarked, "Couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting, similar to Columbine or Newtown. And Australia just said, well, that’s it, we’re not doing, we’re not seeing that again, and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws, and they haven’t had a mass shooting since. Our levels of gun violence are off the charts. There’s no advanced, developed country that would put up with this."
The president must have failed to read a report by his own Department of Justice which last year found that gun violence in the United States is at a 20 year low. Despite that, the administration is threatening to take unilateral action via executive order on guns. White House spokesman Josh Earnest stated, “The president’s goal is to look for opportunities to act administratively, unilaterally using his executive authority to try to make our communities safer."
But does gun control actually make us safer? And is it really a straw man for libertarians to accuse liberals of wanting to take our guns if the president praises policies such as Australia's?
All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast!
June 10, 2014
The Freedom Report takes on the difficult issue of policing our own today. After reports surfaced of two conspiracy theorists who went on a shooting rampage, killing two cops and a concealed carry owner, some people calling themselves libertarians claimed that the murderers were heroes. Left wing media outlets licked their lips in glee at the reports that killers Jerad and Amanda Miller were fans of Ron Paul, FreedomWorks, Rand Paul, and most notably conspiracy theorist supreme: Alex Jones.
Of course any fringe movement will attract lunatics. The communists in the 1960's had to deal with Lee Harvey Oswald killing the very anticommunist President John F Kennedy. But one of the leading progressives of the time, a man named Saul Alinsky, instructed his fellow socialists to cut their hair, wear a suit and infiltrate if they wanted to actually bring their ideas to power. But many libertarians have expressed hostility at people who suggest they should clean up their act and stop acting like freaks if they want to actually change things. Is it really statism to suggest that taking a shower before you go to an open carry event might be a good idea?
The Libertarian Republic Associate Editor Ian Huyett and Austin Petersen break down the difference between moral and legal responsibility for driving people insane, as well as deconstructs the idea of whether kooky fringe types are the majority of libertarians, or just a vocal minority.
June 5, 2014
Austin Petersen speaks with Connor Boyack, a leading Mormon
libertarian and children’s author. Boyack’s book “The Tuttle Twins Learn About ‘The
Law’” – which can be purchased at tuttletwins.com - is designed to help homeschoolers and other
liberty-minded parents introduce their children to the thinking of Frédéric
Boyack talks about his work combating forcible entry and
bulk data collection in the Mormon environment of Utah.
He also announces, for the first time, the subject of his
next children’s book.
All that and more on the Freedom Report podcast.