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A Republic (if you can keep it) with Lawrence Lessig

In this episode, I spoke with Lawrence Lessig, author, Harvard University law professor, and 2016 Presidential candidate. We spoke about his book, Republic Lost 2.0, where he describes the “green primary” where politicians are filtered to be better fundraisers than governors, and corrupted to be responsive to big donors rather than the people. Lawrence proposes a solution, that election receive public funding so that candidates may choose not to rely on big donors. We also talk about the recent blows to net neutrality, and how the current state of technology, combined with the lack of competition, may lead to network providers deciding what content consumer can access.

57 MIN2018 FEB 18
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A Republic (if you can keep it) with Lawrence Lessig

The Ethno-state with Richard Spencer

In this episode, I traveled to Alexandria, VA, to speak with the face of the Alt-Right movement, Richard Spencer. Richard is a white nationalist identitarian, but rejects the neo-nazi label, and prefers to associate his ideas back to Nietzsche. We talked a bit about Charlottesville and his involvement in the protest events. He purports to reject violence, other than self-defense, and claims it was Antifa that was causing the disturbance. He also notes that he could not control who else was involved in this public event, those that joined his side. The main topic of this episode is the ethno-state. I have not heard any interviews that explore Richard’s ideas in depth, and so I thought it would be helpful to tease out the details so they can be judged on the merits. I think it is fair to say that Richard identifies legitimate problems: economic decline, opioid addiction, difficulty integrating immigrants, etc. However, the solution he sets out seems misguided–it assumes that race is...

69 MIN2017 DEC 1
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The Ethno-state with Richard Spencer

Absolute Freedom with Adam Kokesh

In this episode, I traveled to Arlington, VA, and spoke with Adam Kokesh, who plans on running for President in 2020 on the platform of dissolving the government. Adam’s book, FREEDOM!, it is available for free in many formats. Adam is a marine and Iraq war veteran, and says the war was a mistake and a crime. War is a symptom of militarism, as Lyndon Johnson warned us about. Libertarianism is a philosophy based on self-ownership (which gives rise to property rights), this leads to the non-aggression principle stating that coercion is unethical. This gives rise to voluntaryism—the belief that all relationships should be free of fraud and coercion. Statism the belief in state monopoly of violence in a given territory, and belief in goodness or righteousness of organized violence. All government action is funded by taxation (theft) and is therefore illegitimate. Adam describes government as “the racket.” He means that the purpose of government is to control you and rip you off, and...

55 MIN2017 OCT 19
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Absolute Freedom with Adam Kokesh

Latest Episodes

A Republic (if you can keep it) with Lawrence Lessig

In this episode, I spoke with Lawrence Lessig, author, Harvard University law professor, and 2016 Presidential candidate. We spoke about his book, Republic Lost 2.0, where he describes the “green primary” where politicians are filtered to be better fundraisers than governors, and corrupted to be responsive to big donors rather than the people. Lawrence proposes a solution, that election receive public funding so that candidates may choose not to rely on big donors. We also talk about the recent blows to net neutrality, and how the current state of technology, combined with the lack of competition, may lead to network providers deciding what content consumer can access.

57 MIN2018 FEB 18
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A Republic (if you can keep it) with Lawrence Lessig

The Ethno-state with Richard Spencer

In this episode, I traveled to Alexandria, VA, to speak with the face of the Alt-Right movement, Richard Spencer. Richard is a white nationalist identitarian, but rejects the neo-nazi label, and prefers to associate his ideas back to Nietzsche. We talked a bit about Charlottesville and his involvement in the protest events. He purports to reject violence, other than self-defense, and claims it was Antifa that was causing the disturbance. He also notes that he could not control who else was involved in this public event, those that joined his side. The main topic of this episode is the ethno-state. I have not heard any interviews that explore Richard’s ideas in depth, and so I thought it would be helpful to tease out the details so they can be judged on the merits. I think it is fair to say that Richard identifies legitimate problems: economic decline, opioid addiction, difficulty integrating immigrants, etc. However, the solution he sets out seems misguided–it assumes that race is...

69 MIN2017 DEC 1
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The Ethno-state with Richard Spencer

Absolute Freedom with Adam Kokesh

In this episode, I traveled to Arlington, VA, and spoke with Adam Kokesh, who plans on running for President in 2020 on the platform of dissolving the government. Adam’s book, FREEDOM!, it is available for free in many formats. Adam is a marine and Iraq war veteran, and says the war was a mistake and a crime. War is a symptom of militarism, as Lyndon Johnson warned us about. Libertarianism is a philosophy based on self-ownership (which gives rise to property rights), this leads to the non-aggression principle stating that coercion is unethical. This gives rise to voluntaryism—the belief that all relationships should be free of fraud and coercion. Statism the belief in state monopoly of violence in a given territory, and belief in goodness or righteousness of organized violence. All government action is funded by taxation (theft) and is therefore illegitimate. Adam describes government as “the racket.” He means that the purpose of government is to control you and rip you off, and...

55 MIN2017 OCT 19
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Absolute Freedom with Adam Kokesh

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