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Episode-1438- Free Your Mind and the Rest Will Follow — 21 Comments

  1. In line with the theme for this episode, I remember a quote from someone analyzing the main difference between the dystopian worlds of Orwell and Huxley.

    ‘The great crime of Orwell’s 1984 was that they burned books. The great crime of Huxley’s Brave New World was they burned away man’s desire to read them.’

    The cycle of liberty tends to go like this, liberty-apathy-ignorance-oppression-revolution-liberty. And the cycle repeats. Sometimes I wonder where in that cycle we are right now.

    • Unfortunately, based on your cycle, I think we are somewhere in the middle of “apathy-ignorance”, and the real “oppression” is on it’s way.

  2. Never let a good crisis go to waste. The media will peddle this and 5 more ebola cases to the point of madness to herd people into their local walgreens for an ebola shot.

    The same happened with the pig flu.

    • Good point I forgot about that. I missed the whole pig flu stuff because I was in Afghanistan. I came back and I was like uh what? Swine who?

      • It’s started. People in Dallas ISD were taking kids out of school yesterday because apparently the nephews of Duncan had been exposed and sent to school. I think by now they’ve been quarantined at their house.

  3. Great podcast. One thing missing from the jail cell analogy is the curtain in front of the open door. It’s a beautiful curtain that people love to stare at that’s hiding that open door.

    How close to Dallas would you have to be to start worrying about this guy with ebola? I’m arguing on facebook and was curious about your opinion.

  4. Jack,
    I sometimes wonder if politicians don’t care that we don’t vote, as long as we are paying our taxes. Not suggesting we break the law.

    But I once heard someone mention a concept called ‘disintermediation’, basically cutting out the middleman. Becoming more self-sufficient as far as food, water, energy, health, eventually requires less income. My own grid related dependency could easily be reduced by 50%, even in the suburbs, along with improving my quality of life immeasurably. It would also mean less tax collected if we decide to take a few steps away from the economic treadmill. Is this a way to take the wind out of the sails of those who would take our liberty to sustain their livelihood, or just an individual decision that makes sense? Is ‘disintermediation’ possibly the opposite of slavery? And is ‘intermediation’ the first essential step towards slavery?

  5. LOVED LOVED LOVED the comments on religion. I switched from the Catholic cult to…………………………yes……………………………the UMC! I’m more devoted to my church family than anything. I do NOT like this faith. They kneel to 3.5% of the population (homosexuals) and if each parish does not pay their OUTRAGEOUS apportionment fees, then they will be punished by being ineligible for any grants, funding, etc…. The non-denominational churches are bursting at the seams around here. Why? FREEDOM. True Christianity. They are simple and humble. The work they do for the community and the people in it are incredible because they’re not paying big bucks to the grand pooba.
    I was ostracized horribly at annual conference because I didn’t have my “blue band” on my arm (in acceptance and support of GTBL or whatever they are now)…and I told everyone I’m Libertarian…I don’t need, want or desire a blue band for #1 something that is none of my business #2 something I don’t condone #3 DO NOT CARE. I had created and donated a beautiful painting to be used for Imagine No Malaria and it was pulled due to my refusal to comply to the gay stuff. The group in charge of the malaria project refuses to respond to any emails or calls I have made. My pastor feels the same way I do and refused to wear a blue band. His classmates actually turned their backs to him as he was approaching them. How very junior high of them.
    The day prior to voting, an openly gay man was made a deacon (100% against the book of discipline) and the next day voting on homosexual agenda went 64% in favor of. Well imagine that!! What a freakin’ horse and pony show.

    Yes Jack….liberty is rough.
    Three rules: Know your cause. Have the facts to back it up. Be prepare to defend it. And I guess we could add a fourth: Listen to TSP!
    As for Ebola…I sent you a short article on that subject from a friend that I think you will appreciate.

  6. Hi Jack,
    A great show about a subject that had to be addressed.

    I know a fair amount about the subject since about half of my business is researching a wide range of subjects for my clients, potential clients and for my own account.

    Regarding main-stream media, which as you have so accurately stated IS controlled by a handful of corporations who dish out mostly news, that while it captures the audience’s attention, does not really affect them.

    While on the other hand, mainstream media really goes out of its way to AVOID news that REALLY WOULD directly affects its audience, like the many things you DO share with the TSP listeners.

    Further, unlike you, regardless of the story, mainstream media would never come near to even suggesting solutions. They just want to hold its audience’s attention long enough to sell whatever their sponsors are hawking, maybe just so after the listener/viewer consumes all their inconsequential, but seemingly significant news stories on a personal basis the listener/viewer will go out and buy whatever they are selling just to feel better.

    Conversely, you and TSP are a virtual Cornucopia of practical realistic solutions to realistic, some quite possible, challenges that your listeners may confront.

    I do not know how others feel or if they are as excited as I am in sharing the PermaEthos farm concept with as many people as I have found interested in learning about the possibilities, but PermaEthos is just one solution to a myriad of “real-world” challenges that one way or another effect EVERYBODY.

    “Caribe” – John

  7. You latest podcast is right on the money. Most folks have no concept of true freedom. If you ever get down my way, touch base.

    Robert Patrick

  8. Reminds me of this dialog from Easyrider (1969)-
    George Hanson: You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it.
    Billy: Man, everybody got chicken, that’s what happened. Hey, we can’t even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we’re gonna cut their throat or somethin’. They’re scared, man.
    George Hanson: They’re not scared of you. They’re scared of what you represent to ’em.
    Billy: Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.
    George Hanson: Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.
    Billy: What the hell is wrong with freedom? That’s what it’s all about.
    George Hanson: Oh, yeah, that’s right. That’s what’s it’s all about, all right. But talkin’ about it and bein’ it, that’s two different things. I mean, it’s real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don’t ever tell anybody that they’re not free, ’cause then they’re gonna get real busy killin’ and maimin’ to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they’re gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ’em.
    Billy: Well, it don’t make ’em runnin’ scared.
    George Hanson: No, it makes ’em dangerous. Buh, neh! Neh! Neh! Neh! Swamp

  9. I saw in your note you say this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a sermon or a lecture, interesting. I listen to handful of podcasts, each one is by Libertarians. I have much in common with the pod casters ideas, but it never fails to come up that each one of you have to lecture us Christians about our “worry” of homosexuals. You speak of liberty and freedom like it is something, like nirvana, you can only acquire if one finally accepts homosexuality as a moral equivalent to Christian marriages. I have NEVER heard y’all’s argument go the other way. Homosexuals finding true liberty and freedom when they accept Christians are expressing their First amendment liberty when professing what the Bible teaches about homosexuality, it’s a sin. In a REAL FREE society ALL people are free not only those as perceived as being a victim, homosexuals, of another group. The playing field is level. Do you defend the Christian bakers who won’t bake a Gay wedding cake? Do you defend the parent who doesn’t want their child taught homosexual “normalcy” in their tax funded schools? It occurred to me that you Libertarians are like the public education system, complain about the problem, but never solve it, you’ll lose your platform. It’s like the ancient issue of having a Jewish problem, the Jews would never bow down, if only they would we could have a Utopia, same here with Christians, if only the Christians would bow down, America could be a Libertarian Utopia, oh, that’s right, Ameritopia. I love Mark Levin!!! Go ahead call me a neo-con, it’s happened before! Peace! BTW you’re right you only have your opinion, you don’t have a patent on the definition of Liberty or the free expression of it!

    • You can worry about it if you want to. When you do it will only serve to enslave you, so yes it has to do with liberty.

      Again though you may have a LISTENING problem here. I don’t really care if you think being gay is wrong, don’t really care if your church says so, etc. Fine.

      What I do care about is if you seek to use the power of the state (which is the threat of violence at the point of a gun) to enforce your opinion upon others. How any of you spout liberty out of one side of your mouth and do this with the other is beyond me. So yes your ability to say being gay is bad, will send you to hell, will result in God’s wrath, etc. and anything else you believe is okay with me, it really is. But you bet your ass you have a right to say it, I also have a right to say I think you are wrong. Get a damn clue dude! Your liberty can’t exist if mine doesn’t exist as well. Where we SHOULD both agree is that you and I both should have NO RIGHT to make a law that applies to one group of people differently then another.

      As for libertarians not solving the problems of the x or y system, etc. We do it every day, the fact that many of you choose to stay in the SYSTEMS you bitch about is your problem. The libertarian solution to the public education system is to remove two words from it, first public, then system. You are then left with what, EDUCATION, and an education which is voluntary, not supported by THEFT OF PROPERTY and not controlled by government. And guess what it works, millions are doing this sort of education now, their kids are spanking the pants off of those in the “public system”.

      May be you should listen more?