The Voluntary Exchange Podcast: Freedom is a Hell of A Drug

In this short episode, I rant about the public reaction to the Las Vegas shooting and the referendum for independence in Catalonia. In both instances, I see people running to give up their greatest gift: freedom. Or, in the case of Catalonia, running to crush the freedom of others because the culture and history around them never cultivated the inherent understanding that the individual’s rights trumps all collective wants.

Episode Link Here.
The full podcast archives can be found here and on ITunes.

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Americans Need to Rediscover What America Stands For

The difference between America and all the other countries people want to compare us to is they were all always controlled by central authorities that dictated what “rights” (privileges) the people under their authority were allowed to have.

America is the opposite. The people created the central power as a means to protect the natural rights of each individual.

This simple and hugely important historical fact is lost on the large majority of Americans.

There is no free speech in Britian. They never had a 2nd amendment to hamper the power of the King/Queen. Spain was a Kingdom, who’s subjects never had the right to secede.

These are important cultural truths. This is why there is an inherent anti-government view in America.

The government here is suppose to “work for us”, it’s owners. Not its subjects. So asking the government is “please take my rights away” in return for “safety” is simply handing over the one thing that makes this country different. We’ve already given up our 4th Amendment right to privacy.

If you like to become a “subject” and stop being a free individual, there are hundreds of other places to move to. Just make sure you pay that “exit tax” to that government that “works for you”.

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The Voluntary Exchange Podcast: Just Play Football

Bright and early on a Sunday morning is a good time as any to record this week. I spend most of the time ranting about the situation with the NFL, and how the masses have taken over the political discussion in this country while solutions to the issues are put on the side. Virtue Signaling is the new activism. I also get into the Kurdish referendum and Catalonia’s attempt at it’s own.

Episode link here.

Full podcast archives can be found here. The podcast can also be downloaded from ITunes on any of the podcast apps you use.

Article to check out:

The Dancing Israelis – By Philip Giraldi

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Episode Preview: The Voluntary Exchange Podcast – Week of 9/28/2017

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Good morning!

This week was light on news, if you don’t really care about the NFL like me. I will speak on it a bit in this week’s episode though. I guess I have to. I want to talk more about the Kurdish Referendum and Catalonia. Along with a couple other stories I found interesting, this week’s episode will be more freeform then usual. Last week being ignored.

This week’s topics include:

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The Voluntary Exchange Podcast: News In Traffic

This week was chaos for me. Recorded the episode in Saturday instead of Friday evening. However, being stuck in hours of traffic coming back a hike put my schedule at risk. So this episode was recorded on my phone, while sitting in traffic on the highway for 45 minutes.

I discuss how little I care about Trump’s speech, the small chance of nuclear war with North Korea, and Referendum Week with Catalonia and The Kurds. I hit on other small stories from this week, like Weiner going to prison.

Episode link here.

Full podcast archives can be found here. The podcast can also be downloaded from ITunes on any of the podcast apps you use.

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Episode Preview: The Voluntary Exchange Podcast – Week of 9/17/2017

Good morning!

This week The Donald went to the UN. Among other topics, he threatened to destruction of North Korea. I’ll be talking about this along with a number of other stories to be aware of.

I’ve been reading a bunch about the Kurds, with the referendum on statehood coming up. Not the only one by the way, I see you Catalonia.

Also this week, the lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Union’s Air Defense Forces Stanislav Petrov died. He’s known as “The Man Who Saved the World” because of his actions back in September of 1983. Petrov was in control of Soviet nuclear weapons when the computer alarmed him that the United States had shot off some missiles. It was a false alarm, and his actions halted global destruction.

This week’s topics include:

Topic suggestions always welcomed.

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The Voluntary Exchange Podcast: 2001: A War Odyssey

This week we talk about Rand Paul’s epic speech on Capital Hill, reflect on 9/11, and follow the guns from the Balkans to Syria. I also learn a thing or two about Myanmar.

Episode link here.

Full podcast archives can be found here. The podcast can also be downloaded from ITunes on any of the podcast apps you use.

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16 Years – Reflections of a New Jersey Kid Who’s World Changed at 8:46 AM

At this time 16 years ago, I was in sophomore Theology class when we’re told to go to the gym. Once there, it was announced that school would be let out because of an attack that took place in NYC. This began my journey towards informed, anti-war advocate.

Living in New Jersey, 9/11 affected me and those around me. I had friends who lost relatives. I had relatives that worked in those buildings, but weren’t there that day. My cousin had to be talked out of signed up for the army. I was young at the time, but I knew that these attackers didn’t “hate us for our freedom”.

As the years have gone on, I tried to go to NYC each year on 9/11. I’ve had good experiences and bad experiences. Sometimes getting into great discussions with people about that day. Most of the time, being told I’m “disrespectful” for discussing the situation on a day like today.

The first few years I could understand, but after a decade, you would think that the people most effected by the day would be as upset as I am that the criminals that carried out the attack are still at large. But the fear has won in NYC. The police state they live under makes them feel safe, as they continue to live in their ignorance.

This is the first year in five that I have not gone to the city. That city isn’t the one I grew up in. It has been invaded by police in riot gear, hipsters from across the country, and a doubled-down sense of self-importance that will lead to another attack leading to even more loss of freedom.

There are those in NYC and NJ that know the truth. That hate the wars. Who’s children have died. They are not allowed to speak out. They are silenced the same way someone critical of the State of Israel is silenced for being “anti-Semitic”.

The patriotism is deep in NYC. It’s an amazing thing to see. True love for their home country. But that emotion has been used by disgusting politicians to gain votes and support for their policies and wars. Today we will see politicians descend on New York City, closing down bridges and roads, making it impossible for the actual people affected to show their support for the fallen, or to remember the day. These snack-oil salespeople are the scum of this world.

I will leave you with a message I post each year on 9/11, to my friends and family. To try to get them to be upset on this day for the right reasons. That their government commits a 9/11 a week in the 3rd world, and the blowback kills their family and friends:

This year let’s actually try to not forgot. Maybe pay attention to the who, what, why & how for once. Let’s not forget how the country & world has changed since that day. Maybe as a country we can once and for all look at the events leading up and after that day seriously so we can recognize when a tragedy like 9/11 could be coming, and also make sure we don’t let the country get out control again if/when one does.

My humble opinion is that this might be more helpful then the obligatory posting of eagles, flags, “never forget”, towers or the combination of the four.

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Episode Preview: The Voluntary Exchange Podcast – Week of 9/10/2017

Good morning!

Another week as past and that means a new episode of the podcast. Tomorrow’s episode will have some positive news, Rand Paul’s revolt on the Senate floor for example. I’ll also talk about looking back on 9/11, the current news regarding the courts and 9/11, and how we’ve seemed to have learned nothing.

I will also discuss the situation in Myanmar, Israeli’s very active week, Turkey’s deal with the Russians, and a big report providing evidence the Pentagon falsified documents about Syrian weapon transfers.

This week’s topics include:

Topic suggestions always welcomed.

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The Voluntary Exchange Podcast: The U.S.S. Liberty Gets a Win & Other News

In this week’s episode, I discuss a little-known story of murder on the high seas, the next stage in the Syrian conflictIsraeli continuing to go rougeMyanmar becomes the next geopolitical hot-spot, and how I believe the EU is going to break up.

Episode link here.

Full podcast archives can be found here. The podcast can also be downloaded from ITunes on any of the podcast apps you use.

I also want to take a minute to link to a few longer stories I think are worth your time:

Three Years After the War: Gaza Youth Speak Out – by Ramzy Baroud – Ramzy Baroud is editor of the Palestine Chronicle. His latest book is My Father was A Freedom Fighter: Gaza’s Untold Story (Pluto Press).

The USS Liberty Wins One! – by Philip Giraldi

Syria: Deir Ezzor Siege by Daesh Finally Broken by Syrian Army & Russian Airforce – by Sarah Abed/@sarahabed

I also want to point my listeners on Steemit over to VetsConnect by @stay-in-the-gray. It is an attempt to create a community/pipeline within Steemit for combat veterans to support their fellow vets.

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