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Episode-1336- Critical Thinking and Issue Analysis

Today I want to discuss the concept of critical thinking and how we are often led by those in power.  How many “issues” are presented to divide us yet they really shouldn’t.  Most if actually examined critically would result in people either realizing the issue doesn’t matter and nothing should be done, or in general agreeing on the solution.

Those in charge can’t have this, a people divided are easily led, in fact a divided people given their consent to being controlled, having liberty taken and are in general okay with the oppression of their fellow man.

Way back in September of 2009, I did episode 269, in it I came up with a series of questions called, “The Issues Test” today I am going to revisit those questions.  While I am sure today’s show will have some similarities to the original, I am willing to be a lot will be new and different.  It has been over 4.5 years since I did that original early TSP episode.

Along the way I have evolved my thinking.  In some ways I am far more the pessimist, in regard to political solutions and government anyway.  In others I am far more optimistic, in regard to human beings and individual solutions.  I guess that makes me a realist! Sometimes people really seem to dislike the realist! Whether mired in apathy, pessimism or illogical optimism, people seldom want their fantasies disrupted.

The Realist Is Often Disliked for Speaking the Truth!

The Realist Is Often Disliked for Speaking the Truth!

Today instead of disrupting your fantasies about the world I would prefer to discuss how you can do so for yourself.  There is a lot to be done in this world, one must accept reality and not be misled if one is to accomplish anything meaningful.

The first time I went though this list of questions it was mainly related to legislative actions.  This time I am taking a more universal approach.  I believe it can be applied to news stories, life decisions, business choices, you name it.

Today We Revisit the Issues Test…

  • Will it effect me? (me meaning us, the average American)
  • Does it increase or decrease the power of government?
  • Is it Constitutional?
  • Does it make people that agree on 95% of issues fight amongst themselves?
  • What is it going to cost us? What is our ROI on it?
  • Who is paying for it?  Who benefits the most financially?
  • Is my personal prejudice or bias influencing my judgment on this?
  • What happens if we take this action?
  • What happens if we don’t do anything?
  • Does it set up the future potential for government intrusion in more areas?
  • Do I really need to be “for” or “against” this issue?
  • If we only focused on issues that “passed the test” what would be left?
  • How would that effect the ability of our government to bullshit us?
  • If everyone did this, would we know “what we believe” and “why we believe it”?

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Episode-1334- Of Wolves and Liberty

If a Wolf Can Change a River, You Can Change a Nation.

If a Wolf Can Change a River, You Can Change a Nation.

Recently I have pointed out a lot of things wrong with our nation.  From our own government spying on us, to the IRS taking money from the children of dead parent to the crumbling system we call public education.  I have also discussed the rigged political system and repeatedly said voting right now won’t fix anything.

I have explained how we are lied to, manipulated and controlled.  The most depressing thing I have had to tell you though is that at least, and I mean at least 9 out of 10 Americans are asleep, don’t care or think their side of the crime syndicate is the solution.  90% of Americans are either controlled by the system, don’t care about anything anyway or simply feel totally defeated and have accepted their sorry state of affairs.

A very fair email came in recently and said,

“Well if I can’t vote for change, if I can’t wake up the masses and if I can’t trust either side, what the hell can I do?  Oh and Jack, please don’t tell me to pant trees and get chickens.  For the record I already have, I see the value but clearly that isn’t enough.

What happens when they come take my chickens, bull doze my garden and raise my taxes to pay for doing so?  What happens when they take away the last of my natural rights?  I see the writing on the wall, and sadly I know you are right about the voting issue, so what do we do, what do I do?  How do we fight back?

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • It sounds overly simple but change yourself, it will change others – be the wolf
  • To win a fight first you must understand you are in a fight
  • To defeat your opponent use his own energy against him
  • To stack the deck, build an alliance of others to fight at your side
  • Wars are fought with both arms and information, information can be more powerful
  • Never seek a solution from one who caused the problem
  • Develop skills, knowledge and teach them to others
  • Never compromise your integrity, be true to who you are
  • Never call theft justice, never call captivity freedom and never equate safety to freedom
  • Remember wolves are not solitary they run in packs, build your pack

Resources for today’s show…

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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-1281- John Pugliano on 10 Trends for 2014

John Pugliano of InvestableWealth.com

John Pugliano of InvestableWealth.com

John Pugliano is a self taught investor with over 25 years of investment experience. Recently he founded Investable Wealth, LLC to offer independent advice and money management based on his stock trading philosophy and methods. John has served in the military and worked for several large corporations.

He is the father of six. John and his wife Cheryl live happily and debt free in Utah. John spent 20 years in corporate America as an industrial products business development salesman. More importantly for past 25+ years he has taught myself to invest in the stock market and today has a net worth in excess of 1 million dollars.

He is now a licensed financial adviser and owner of an investment advisory firm. Like myself, John has had an extremely low opinion of the financial adviser industry- which is one reason why he has started his own firm.

Join US As We Discuss John’s 10 Trends to Watch in 2014

  • Disregard for rule of law by typically law abiding citizens
  • The paradox of inflationary deflation
  • A interesting mid term election
  • Executive order and regulatory agency decrees
  • A continued energy boom, despite the government not because of it
  • Growth and expansion of free and online education options
  • Continued advancement in automation processes
  • Continued growth and acceptance of alternative currencies
  • Surprising growth of the “liberty movement”
  • The continued growth individual entrepreneurship

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1237- Michael Evans on the Rising American Police State

Michael Evans is the founder of America’s Voice Now and a syndicated radio host. The AVN show is a hard hitting no-holds-barred look at the current political events and news where Michael delivers truth and critical thinking while exposing mainstream media propaganda.

The program seeks to Educate, Inform, Motivate & Activate the audience to take grassroots actions to return and restore America to a Constitutional Republic and place Washington in it’s correct role of co-equal government to the States.

Mr. Evans is a sought after guest on numerous radio talk shows around the nation as a political commentator on topics ranging Constitutional issues, Legislative Grassroots Action, Firearms / 2nd Amendment, Financial and Judicial issues.

America’s Voice Now stands for microscopic federal government, miniature state government and the principles of free markets and self regulation for the people. They believe the Constitution is the declared law of the land and any migration from it is a usurpation of power.   Michael Joins us today to discuss the REAL reason behind Obamacare and the Data Hub, NSA spying, and the massive buildup of surveillance on all Americans.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1176- Shawn Hipskind – Libertarian Candidate for Arkansas Governor

Shawn Hipskind and Family

Shawn Hipskind and Family

I am joined today but the first ever political candidate on TSP.  Shawn Hipskind my long time friend is running for Governor of the State of Arkansas as a Libertarian.  Shawn’s real goal isn’t so much winning but to bring awareness to problems in our political system, how votes are bought and paid for and the concept of zero dollar campaigns.

I want to warn some of our audience that today you are likely to hear many things you disagree with.  Specifically on many libertarian issues like the use of force, the war on drugs and gay marriage.  Note that no one is trying to convince you of anything, frankly no one is trying to tell anyone here how to live their lives.  What we are simply asking is that you at least consider some of these concepts in a new light.

Not interfering with another individuals natural rights does not mean your endorsement of their decision as to how to exercise said rights.  If you want to learn more about official positions of the Libertarian Party you can do so at LP.org.

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-1171- The Bright Future of Homesteading in America

In the 70’s there was a very large back to the land movement that just didn’t last.  Many are calling the current boom in gardening and small livestock keeping something similar, but that is quite short sighted.

To begin with the current boom in such things really began about 2006 and was in full swing by 2008, it is now 2013 and things are moving faster then ever.  That is a total of 7 years so far, the 70’s back to the land movement only lasted about half a decade before fading into oblivion.

So what is different this time and why is this new multi generational group of homesteaders different and what does the future hold for us.  That is today’s subject.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • The 70’s movement was yet another cycle of things that occurred in the 60’s and the 30’s
  • The 30’s were driven by survival and the 70’s by an escape mentality
  • Both movements had some urban components but were mostly rural
  • Today’s homesteaders are working land from 1/10th to 100 acres and more
  • Today’s movement is driven by multiple factors
    • Concern about the future
    • The quality of our food
    • The environmental damage of big agriculture
    • The concerns about GMOs
    • Regaining what was lost in Generations X and Y for everyone
    • A change in the fundamental understanding of wealth
    • An understanding of what is actually “beautiful”
    • A desire to regain control in our lives
  • What will sustain the modern homesteading movement
    • The I can do this almost anywhere mentality
    • The internet and info sharing
    • Opposition will strengthen the movement
    • It is being done BEFORE an economic crisis
    • The problems of modern society are more evident then ever
    • Automation and technology will make doing it easier
    • The biggest reason, it is simply becoming accepted by most people
  • Why I believe almost everyone will do at least a bit of homesteading in coming years
  • What decentralizing even 25% of the food system would mean for society

 

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-1147- Portrait of a Financial Collapse

So yesterday I screwed up and pointed to a parody site as though it was an actual site put out by the NSA.  The biggest problem with my screw up (other then for me personally) is that it may have led many to believe that government survalence isn’t really, “that bad”.  Sadly it is, here are some vetted examples,

I bring this up because it does play a role in a future America where power vacuums form, the financial elite walk out the door and America falls from global dominance.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • What most likely sets of our final economic collapse
  • What happens in the next few days
  • What the government might choose to do to maintain order
  • Why some states will succeed and why some may try and fail
  • How the government would force a revalued currency into acceptance
  • How all this surveillance and stored data could come back to bite us
  • Why we need to be thinking about these things now
  • It will go wrong but there are many different ways it could go wrong
  • The collapse is the only thing that could derail the coming police state
  • The collapse is also the thing that could most empower a coming police state
  • Why the constitution is now feared by those in power
  • Start in your own backyard, right now it is all you really have
  • Why America will always be “wealthy” and why that is good and bad

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-1109- John Titus on the Movie “Bailout”

Titus During the Filming of "Bailout"

Titus During the Filming of “Bailout”

John Titus is a lawyer, licensed before the U.S. Supreme Court, who’s practiced patent litigation for over 15 years. In 2011-12, he took a break from his practice to make a feature-length film, Bailout, about the real cause of the financial crisis: criminal fraud.

The film features interviews with truth tellers Dylan Ratigan, Karl Denninger, Chris Whalen, Yves Smith, Sheriff Tom Dart, and others. He is now working on a TV-safe version of the film to be released later this year.

John joins us today to discuss what actually caused the financial crisis because it isn’t what the TV told you.  Why he went to the expense and trouble of making a film.   What distinguishes Bailout from other financial crisis films and the direct cause and effect relationship between Wallstreet elites and the crisis.

I think you will be intrigued when I ask him how many bankers should be in jail a you hear the math behind his response.  We also will discuss how this crisis will end and the sad answer can be summed up as bad or worse.

Before becoming a lawyer, John worked as a circuit designer for motors used on the Space Shuttle and space station. He was a free market Republican until the party betrayed itself as a total sham in 2008 by getting TARP passed.

 

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1103- David Crawford and Glenn Tate on One Show? Only at TSP!

David Crawford contacted me a couple weeks ago and asked me to get the word out that “Lights Out” is being made into a full on big screen film in cooperation with Travis Sparks who has purchased the rights to the film.

We have David and Travis booked for a full interview in June (as early as the schedule permits) but I wanted to get them on for a short segment today and let you guys know about the project and how you can be a part of it.

Next up we have Glen Tate author of  The 299 Days Series. Glen has some announcements and also has just released book 5 in the 10 book series.  The 299 Days story is a realistic look at what Glen and I both consider an unavoidable reckoning as our fallacy of an economy one day hits solid economic reality.

Today Glen and I discuss many current events such as the BRICS banking initiative, the expansion of the Panama canal and the robber barren model for failed banks in Cyprus and how those events relate to the insider view Glen is privy to in his job.

Resources for Today’s Show

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