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Episode-1314- How Most Americans are Little more than Proud Slaves

Are You Proud of Your Chains Slave?

Are You Proud of Your Chains Slave?

I try to focus on the solutions here 99% of the time, vs. the problems.  The issue though is many listeners are often frustrated by my comments like “politics no longer matter especially at the federal level.

They feel if everyone felt that way there would be no checks left on the system.  To a degree they have a point, I will acknowledge this today and tell you why it still doesn’t matter.

Still others are frustrated by those they love and care about who are not willing to “wake up” and simply become just a little bit self reliant.  They simply have done so themselves, they know how great it feels and they can’t understand why others will not take at least that first step.  It becomes very hard to understand why so many continue to exist as dumbed down cogs in the system and can’t even fix say their own flat tire.

The truth?  We are a nation of slaves!  We are slaves to…

  • Exceptionalism Ideology
  • Debt
  • Taxes
  • Class Structures
  • Racial Bias
  • And Above All Fear

We are a nation of slaves, slaves that have built our own prison walls, our own cells and slaves that even manage our own “work release” programs.  We are slaves who not only have forged and crafted our own chains, we actually are proud of them and polish their shackles to a high shine.

This sounds insane but there are two reasons I felt it was time to do this show.

  1. You will never achieve your freedom unless you first acknowledge your slavery
  2. You will never understand why many cling to ignorance until you understand that they currently fear freedom

What I am saying really is that even though we are delving into the “problem” today we are actually still focused on the solution.  Hold on and strap in this won’t be a feel good episode but in the end it still might make you feel good, I mean freedom feels good.

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Episode-1295- Jeffrey Tucker of Liberty.me

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Jeffrey Tucker is CEO of Liberty.me and publisher of Laissez Faire Books. Tucker is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and an Acton University faculty member.  He is past editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and past editor for the institute’s website, Mises.org.

Jeffery joins me today to discuss, bitcoin, digital cities, the bright future of liberty, freedom as a do it yourself project.  Few people I have met are as articulate as Mr. Tucker when it comes to explaining why government should never be trusted with money, the way I heard him put it during one speech was,

“The government should not be trusted with money,…….ever,……., under any circumstances,………at all,………ever,……..as in never.”

I laughed at that but I also agree more and more every day with the premise.  It is funny that two people as different as Jeffery and I have actually walked such a similar ideological path, from conservative, to libertarian to the edge of anarchist simply do to observation of government malice.

We have also both walked a path from financial reformist, to gold standard supporter to abolishing all government currency in favor of private market exchange and embracing the hope represented by digital currencies.

Join us today for a enjoyable discussion on freedom, economics and changing society though individual and voluntary group action.

WARNING – If you support big government solutions of any kind, your head may explode during this episode!

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Episode-1275- John Bush of SovereignLiving.TV

John and Cat Bush of SovereignLiving.TV

John and Cat Bush of SovereignLiving.TV

John Bush is the co-star of a new reality based series called Sovereign Living. He and his family are taking on the massive, yet rewarding task of getting off the grid. The show takes you to the 2.4 acre Blush Family Farm and follows the family as they become food, energy, and water self sufficient. Episode 1 is available on YouTube.

Sovereign Living is a project of The Center for Natural Living an Austin based non-profit promoting health, family, and food freedom – engaging the community in living a voluntary and natural life.

In addition to his work producing SovereignLiving.TV, John is also committed liberty activist.  He has helped to start and grow the following activist and educational groups: Texans for Accountable Government, the Foundation for a Free Society, Operation Defuse, Lone Star SMART, and Indigo Agora.

John regularly delivers speeches and lectures across the country at various freedom oriented events.  He participates actively in local and state politics and enjoys using creativity, consistency, and boldness to spread and further the message of liberty. His ultimate goal is the creation of a wholly free society.

You can learn more about what John is doing at more at SovereignLiving.TV

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Episode-1130- All About Urban Homesteading

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen authors of The Urban Homestead and the blog Root Simple

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen authors of The Urban Homestead and the blog Root Simple

Given the announcement I made today about SilverBulletSilverShield.com it seems this is also an appropriate topic, I imagine some will get that aside and some won’t.  Today indeed we will discuss urban homesteading or as is often the more accurate term, suburban homesteading, but I just really feel like calling it urban homesteading today.

Today I feel like I am somewhere in the middle, I am certainly not in the urban homestead camp nor even the suburban homestead camp as I sit on 3 acres in a quite rural and unincorporated area.  I did have an urban homestead not long ago in Arlington, TX.

From there we went to a true mountain homestead and now we have what is more accurately a mini ranch.  All of this though has taught me a great deal about the advantages that exist in everything from large holdings to small lots.  The entire thing is a system of checks and balances, for everything you gain with one property, you loose the advantages of another.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • What really makes an urban homestead “urban”, size, location, what?
  • What are some unique challenges and concerns for the urban homesteader?
  • How much land do you really need to have a true homestead feel?
  • What things must you avoid 100% if you are to have a enjoyable urban homestead?
  • How do animals fit into the equation, how do you pacify neighbors and avoid issues?
  • What are some things you can do to increase self reliance even in the city?
  • What are some real advantages of urban homesteading?
  • How might a group pool resources and buy property with common property lines?
  • Why I feel restoring the homestead in all locations is the solution to many of America’s problems

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Episode-985- From Pawn to Personal Sovereignty

If You Wish to be Free - First Understand You are a Pawn

If You Wish to be Free – First Understand You are a Pawn

I chose the title today in spite of the wackos at the fringe of the “sovereign citizen movement”, not because of them.  In may ways those people have polluted the concept of personal sovereignty but no other phrase really applies to what I want to discuss with you today.

Personal sovereignty basically means “self ownership” and as such is much larger then any political statement.  Someone who truly lives their life based on self ownership must carry far more responsibility then just telling others that they won’t do as commanded.  The individual sovereign much accept that if they fail the failure is theirs and it will be up to them to get up and try again.  They realize any help by any other party will be voluntarily and not something they are entitled to.

They will carry a burden that due to this they must also have a responsibility to help others in need, to do what is right for simply the sake of right.  They can’t rely on others to tell them when to give, what to give, how much to give or who deserves their help.  They must be responsible for themselves, their families, their communities and their nation as a whole.  The problem is today, most people even those who believe they are “free” are pawns on a giant chess board.  Just as the drug addict must first admit to being a drug addict before he can become free of drugs, so must we admit first that we are pawns if we wish to claim our birth rights of personal sovereignty.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • The blog post that led to this
  • What our nation claims to be vs. what it is
  • Why you must first accept you are a pawn if you want to be free
  • Why you have to let go of all dogmatic beliefs when they are proven false
  • What is personal sovereignty
  • What are your responsibilities as someone who owns yourself
  • How do you break the chains that keep you on the game board
  • What hope do we have if we indeed are all pawns?  A lot!

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Episode-888- Carla Gericke from the Free State Project

Carla Gericke - AKA Queen Quill at Porc Fest 2011

Carla Gericke - "Queen Quill" at Porc Fest 2011

Carla Gericke is also known as “Queen Quill” was born in the in the police state of South Africa and immigrated to California after winning a green card in a lottery.  She practiced law as in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies in Silicon valley before redirecting her efforts to liberty activism and writing.

In 2008, Carla moved with her husband from New york City to New Hampshire.  In 2009-2012, Carla was the organizer of the Porcupine Freedom Festival, which grew significantly under her leadership.

When not wearing her Porcupine Crown, (in other words her day job), Carla is a Program Director for a NH based arts non profit company, where she also teaches writing.  Carla speaks and writes on liberty topics, and she is currently working on a book about the Free State Project.

She like cooking, traveling (less now that the TSA exists), yoga, keeping law enforcement accountable, voluntary monarchies and killing the occasional turkey with her bare hands.  We call her the Quill Queen because in addition to all of the above she is also the currently serving president of the Free State Project.

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Episode-862- The Modern Homesteading Mindset

Some folks wonder why I spend so much effort on homesteading type topics.  Simply put because modern survivalism is about a better quality of life, not just prepping for total systems failure.  In fact I feel in many ways that systems have already failed or are actively failing.

Understand the role of society and government is supposed to be to make sure people have individual rights and the ability to pursue happiness.  While it may be the case that these words are part of our foundational documents I view them as universal natural law.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • How well are “the systems” working for the average person
  • Homesteading as a mindset vs. tasks and stuff
  • What were the goals of the original homesteaders
  • Typical modern homestead lifestyles
    • Urban Homesteading
    • Suburban Homesteading
    • Rural Homesteading
    • Off Grid Homesteading
  • How the six needs of survival relate to homesteading
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Security
    • Sanitation
  • The importance of community for homesteaders
  • The concept of a true “homesteaders community”

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Episode-849- Liberty is Alive and Well

I spend a lot of time on “individual liberty”.  I do so because I think the tide to turn government is so deep that it will take decades or longer to really change things.  Until such time I refuse to live in oppression so I have and will always teach that when it comes to liberty like many things, what you do matters is the number one component to success.

However being in New Hampshire for a few days with the crazy, radical, libertarian folks that call themselves the “Free Staters” has given me renewed hope as I watch how they are making progress at the personal level as well as at a systemic level.  Each member does their own thing, some are inside the system, some fully outside and others such as myself are working a bit in both worlds.

Join me Today as I Discuss…

  • Yes I am still a minarchist but have no further need to debate anarchists
  • You really can make a change at the state level
    • Over 12 State Reps are Freestaters
    • Many more backed by the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance
    • Over 1,000 people have moved as part of the FSP
  • Competing Currencies are Alive and Well
    • Lots of AOCS currency was in place
    • I understand bitcoin a lot better now
    • Shire Silver is onto something
    • TSP Copper will be back soon with even more options
  • People are waking up
    • Photography and video are making LEOs accountable
    • The local/real/etc food movement is hitting a critical mass
    • Many Free Staters were really taken in by “modern survivalism”
    • People in the FSP have each others back – BIG TIME
  • The impact on me
    • I likely won’t ever move to NH, but it could happen
    • My determination to fight is stronger than ever
    • My receptiveness to competing ideas is more open than ever
    • My view on currency isn’t different, it has however, expanded
    • The FSP is not “sponsored by” TSP
    • I will be back in NH next year

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Episode-728- Personal Liberty and Actionable Garden Intelligence

Two we have a two part episode.  In the first part I discuss more about Jan Cline and a progress report on what the TSP audience has done so far.  As of this morning Jan had received over 16,000 and the TSP community by my best count has chipped in over 5,000 of that 16K.

Additionally we discuss personal liberty and why standing up in situations like this is important for everyone’s liberty including our own.  I am also asking you to call the Mayor of Salem Oregon today and tell her what a waiver is!  She stated that they are “looking for a solution to the problem are trying to find some commercial property she can use for her sales”.  Only politicians are stupid enough to see this as a solution.

Apparently this mayor thinks it is okay to expect a woman so riddled with bone cancer to carry her stuff to some “commercial property”.  A woman so riddled with cancer that in her own words, “I could break my leg by walking”.

Personally I feel that at this point that Jan won’t need the sales anymore.  Her real hope though was, “I hope no one else ever has to go through this”.  Well we have come together to help Jan financially now today let us come together to make that wish come true at least in Salem.  Please call the mayor and explain to her that she could and should fix this in 5 minutes with a waiver if she had courage to use her power to do just that.  You can find contact information for Salem’s mayor here.

In part two of the show we discuss the lessons I have learned with my bag and container gardens this year.

Some of the things I  have learned this year…

  • Mason wasps are cool
  • Red wasps patrol your plants looking for prey
  • Cope’s Gray Frogs like dog dishes and blossoms for mini ponds
  • Green anoles are very prolific
  • Swifts and skinks like wood and rock piles
  • Black ants may kill squash vine borers (not sure yet)
  • Bag gardening works great you just have to water often
  • Watermelons grow beautifully in my area

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Episode-680- 14 Steps to the Personal Libertarian Lifestyle

Every day it seems I get information from people about more encroachment by government on individual rights, wide spread government and private sector surveillance etc.  As I look around sometimes it feels that liberty is dying and on some levels the average person couldn’t care less.   It is a depressing thought and one I don’t allow to take root because I view it as an emotional cancer.

Liberty isn’t a life form it is a way of life!

Liberty cannot die, it can only be forgotten, ignored, scorned or attacked but an idea can never die as long as one person has the courage or even the potential to remember it.  So my belief is while our population is not currently interested in liberty as a whole, there is hope and there are many of us who are.  It is up to us to live in liberty in spite of the system around us.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The real beauty of libertarianism
  • The current threats to liberty
    • Debt/Taxes
    • Surveillance/Intrusion
    • Apathy
    • Libertarians living in defeat
  • The Personal Libertarian Lifestyle
    • Believe and do as you please (with in the law)
    • Spread your belief example, never with force
    • Create independence from the systems
    • Solve your own problems when ever you can
    • Vote for what you believe in, not who you think can win
    • Know why you believe what you believe
    • Accept challenges to what you believe but require facts
    • Never submit to government authority voluntarily (legally resist)
    • Create your own systems, your own networks, etc.
    • Value education and be a self directed learner at all times
    • Let no man speak for you or put words in your mouth
    • Accept that others many ignore, demean or attack you
    • Argue ideas, do not ague the validity of the individual
    • Remember no matter what anyone says, what you do matters

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