Episode 64 – I Saw the Devil (52:47)

In what may become a routine feature, we do a foreign film from South Korea that has a bit of a cult following in the US, I Saw the Devil. This one is timely as the Olympics are currently taking place there and has plenty on offer.

It’s a story of revenge where the aggrieved party takes justice into their own hands, and fights fire with fire, becoming the monster he is hunting.

Kyung-chul (Choi Min-sik) is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, but were unable to catch him. One day, Joo-yeon, daughter of a retired police chief becomes his prey and is found dead in a horrific state. Her fiance Soo-hyun (Lee Byung-hun), a top secret agent, decides to track down the murderer himself. He promises himself that he will do everything in his power to take bloody vengeance against the killer, even if it means that he must become a monster himself to get this monstrous and inhumane killer.

We expect to have Patrick MacFarlane of Liberty Weekly on to discuss this film and any other rabbit-trails we go down during the inaugural episode of our new hangout-style/conversation show to be called “Boys Night Out” where all guests and listeners must identify as a man for the duration of the show.


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Protecting the Unprotected

By David Hynes


Following the horrible mass murder in Florida, gun control has once more become a front and center issue in the mainstream dialogue.

Naturally, it skips completely over the extremely lengthy list of social and institutional failures that lead to that awful day, most notably the failure of the FBI to follow up on a credible tip. Despite this gigantic exercise in question begging regarding the necessity of heaping new systems on top of already failing systems, there are many millions of people saying the guns are the villain here, along with people who defend the right to own firearms. In the midst of this noise, the question remains: How do we make schools safer?


I am going to speak practically here. I am going to speak not in terms of plumb line Rothbardianism, but in realpolitik. There will not be snarky quips about abolishing public schools or police, because just like the anti-gunners can’t just snap their fingers and make guns or gun owners magically go away, I can’t snap my fingers and magically make state schools and law enforcement go away. Continue reading “Protecting the Unprotected”

Anarchy in Action – Antony Sammeroff of Be Yourself and Love It – Actual Anarchy

We are joined by Antony Sammeroff to discuss his new book “Procrastination Annihilation” and demonstrate his process in action on us!  Robert and I get real personal with Antony as we start the trek of solving our own distinct forms of procrastination that oddly leave us both in the same trap.  Antony helps us see the path to light our way out.

This is a great complementary piece to his other interviews on the Tom Woods Show, the School Sucks Podcast, Don’t Waste Your Hate and others where he gives the background on his book and the advice contained within.


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Antony Sammeroff, Personal Development Expert and Libertarian Podcaster, Life Coach; Piano Tutor; Theatre Critic.  Purveyor of the “Scottish Liberty Podcast” and “Be Yourself and Love It“.

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Download this man’s book if you’re guilty of the same bad habit that is all too common : procrastination.

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Another Take on Immigration

By Andrew Kern of the Principled Libertarian


Immigration is a controversial subject in libertarian and anarcho-capitalist circles. Usually when there is a question of what people should be allowed to do or what policies we should support we can turn to property rights. We can ask “who owns this?” Unfortunately, the borders of a nation are not that clear cut. Governments specifically prevent individuals from exercising full ownership of the property along the border, and even seize additional property through eminent domain or similar programs.

Both open and closed government borders are not free market answers. Restricting movement of people over property that you do not own infringes on their rights. Alternatively, the government disallowing private acquisition and thus private decision-making of the land surrounding a nation distorts the amount of immigration that would otherwise occur.

Borders, in part, define the nation-state. It is within those borders that the coercive territorial monopolist of ultimate arbitration exists. So while the strict libertarian/anarcho-capitalist position on borders is to privatize them, to do so means to end the state. Until that happens we are forced to choose a 2nd best option as an immigration policy.


The federal government setting the rules for the entire border is the worst possible route for people who care about respecting the wishes of individuals. It amounts to a few politicians and bureaucrats setting the immigration policy for millions of square miles and hundreds of millions of people.

Outside of full privatization, there is another option which can unite libertarians of many stripes: decentralization. Continue reading “Another Take on Immigration”

A Few Costs of War: Part 1

By Steven Clyde


There are 40,000,000 men under arms in the world today, and our statesmen and diplomats have the temerity to say that war is not in the making. Hell’s bells! Are these 40,000,000 men being trained to be dancers?

– General Smedley Butler, War is a Racket (1935)

The second lesson of economics—after scarcity is recognized as the first—is cost. There are costs in relation to everything we do.[1]

For example, if I spend $10 on a new hat, I am giving up everything else I could have purchased: a quality burger and fries, a cheap watch, a CD, two $5 scratch-offs, etc. But considering the first lesson of politics is to ignore the first lesson of economics, it is no surprise that the second lesson of economics is treated as non-existent.[2]

On January 17th, 1961, Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his farewell speech, which was a warning we still ignore to this day:

Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peace time, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea. Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United State corporations. This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence-economic, political, even spiritual-is felt in every city, every state house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.[3]


General Smedley Butler, who at the time of his death was the most decorated Marine in the military, took part in missions throughout countries such as Cuba, the Philippines, China, Nicaragua, etc. In his 34 years of service not only did he witness massive amounts of waste, but he took note of the deception that arose out of the military-industrial complex. During the early 1930’s Butler gave a speech across the country titled “War is a Racket,” which he later went on to publish as a small book in 1935.

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Lysander Spooner on Jury Nullification Ep. 56

It’s been too long since I’ve done a solo episode. For this one, I hop on the mic for the first installment in a new series focusing on trial by jury. Using Lysander Spooner’s “Trial by Jury” as a framework, this series will explore the simple fact that juries have the ancient right to judge both the facts and the justice of the laws. This first episode introduces the fundamental importance of that fact.

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Nikolas Cruz and the Parkland Florida Shooting – ABS036

Hey guys, in this episode Scott breaks down the Parkland Florida shooting. At this point, I’m sure everyone knows that on February 14th, 2018, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz shot and killed 17 people, mostly teenagers, at Marjory Stoneman High School. Scott offers his analysis by his lonesome due to the rest of the boys being stuck at work.    Don’t forget to send your questions to feedback@ancapbarbershop.com for the February Live Stream which will be available to patrons at the Gentleman’s cut level and up ($5 per podcast episode). You can find out more about our Patreon campaign at patreon.com/ancapbarbershop.    Scott starts by recounting the events of the day as reported by CNN. You can read the article here.    Every time there is a similar shooting people ask the same questions. “Why did this happen?” as well as “How can we prevent this from happening again?” The naive answer to either question is “Because of guns.” and “By banning or further regulating guns.” respectively. One might wonder why our grandparents were presumably spared the rash of mass shootings we see today. They certainly had guns, including semi-automatic rifles, and they had far more lax firearms regulations. Is it because of psychotropic medication? Is it because of gun free zones? Is it because of an inherent tendency in our culture? Is it because the security measures we have in place are monopolized, or all of the above? To that end, why would we ever allow our children to be gathered together without some form of effective security? Why would we create laws prohibiting the protection of our children?    In this instance one thing is overwhelmingly clear, government has failed us and our loved ones at every level. From the FBI to the Sheriff’s office, to the schools. They have failed us miserably, they, have the blood of children on their hands, and we are forced to pay their salaries and fund their pet projects at the threat of violence. Fuck them… Fuck them in the neck…   The remaining articles Scott references throughout this podcast can be found below:   http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2018/feb/15/jeff-greenfield/mostly-false-18-us-school-shootings-so-far-2018-an/   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/us/fbi-nikolas-cruz-shooting.html   https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/16/politics/parkland-shooting-fbi-tipster/index.html   http://thefreethoughtproject.com/nikolas-cruz-said-wanted-professional-school-shooter-fbi-knew-nothing/   Hopefully, there is some better news next time we are in the Ancap Barber Shop. Worms…    
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Eliminate Government Shutdowns

Several months ago, I argued that the United States debt ceiling is a counterproductive and anti-formalist measure that should be eliminated, albeit for what establishment thinkers might call the wrong reasons. However, the debt ceiling is only part of the problem. Another part is the practice known as a government shutdown. Let us examine this practice and its effects, then make the case for its elimination. Overview Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution delegates the power of the purse to Congress. Appropriations bills must start in the House of Representatives, then be approved by the Senate. Next, both houses must agree on a final version to send to the President’s desk. The President may approve the budget by signing the bill into law, or he may veto it. Following a presidential veto, Congress has the options of revising the budget to be more in line with the President’s position or trying to override his veto with a two-thirds majority in both houses (290 House members and 67 Senators at present). If no budget is passed before the existing budget cycle ends, a shutdown will occur. A proper understanding of government shutdowns begins with the Antideficiency Act of 1870, which was passed in response to the behavior of government agencies. Before that time, it was common for government agencies engage in coercive deficiency; which is to say that they would spend more money than Congress had appropriated for them and dare Congress to allow them to cease operations and fail to meet obligations until the next fiscal period. The Act put a stop to such behavior by specifying that agencies may only spend money that Congress has appropriated for them. It has been amended several times since, most recently in 1982. During a shutdown, the Office of Management and Budget determines which government functions are stopped.[1] Active duty military, federal law enforcement, medical personnel in federal hospitals, and air traffic controllers remain employed, while most of the civilian workforce and the full-time, dual-status military technicians in the National Guard are furloughed.[1][2][3] Self-funded programs, such as the US Postal Service, continue operation.[4] Programs funded by laws other than appropriations, such as Social Security, can be interrupted if they rely on activities that are funded by annual appropriations.[5] Members of Congress continue to be paid because only direct law can alter their pay.[6] Initially, federal agencies responded to shutdowns by minimizing non-essential operations. Their reasoning was that Congress did not intend for them to close while waiting for a budget deal to be made. In 1980 and 1981, Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti issued two opinions concerning interpretation of the Antideficiency Act. These stated that the Act requires agency heads to suspend operations until appropriations are enacted, with the only allowable exceptions being “a reasonable and articulable connection between the function to be performed and the safety of human life or the protection of property.”[5] Despite these opinions, only four out of nine funding gaps between 1980 and 1990 resulted in furloughs.[7] Since 1990, the practice has been to effect a shutdown for any funding gap. This type of government shutdown is unique to the United States. Systems which are more democratic, such as parliamentary systems, do not have separate legislatures and executives. Executive ministers in these systems are designated by the parliament, and failing to pass a budget usually counts as a no-confidence vote and triggers a snap election. There are usually provisions in place to continue using the previous year’s budget until a new one can be passed. In less democratic systems, the executive usually asserts the authority to continue operating the government without an approved budget.[8] Read the entire article at ZerothPosition.com References: O’Keefe, Ed; Kane, Paul (2011, Apr. 2). “Government Shutdown: Frequently Asked Questions”. The Washington Post. Riley, Charles (2011, Apr. 6). “Shutdown: 800,000 Federal Workers in the Dark”. CNN Money. Paletta, Damian (2011, Apr. 6). “Government Prepares for Shutdown”. The Wall Street Journal. Kolawole, Emi (2011, Apr. 8). “Government Shutdown 2011: Will I Get Paid? What Will Be Open? What Can I Expect?”. Federal Eye (blog of The Washington Post). Brass, Clinton T. (2017, Nov. 30). “Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects” (PDF). Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists). Shear, Michael (2011, Apr. 7). “Will Members of Congress Get Paid in a Shutdown?”. The Caucus (blog of The New York Times). Tollestrup, Jessica (2013, Oct. 11). “Federal Funding Gaps: A Brief Overview”. Congressional Research Service. p. 4. Zurcher, Anthony (2013, Oct. 1). “US Shutdown Has Other Nations Confused and Concerned”. BBC News. Barringer, Felicity (1981, Nov. 24). “Behind the Shutdown, a Long-Dormant Law”. Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Borkowski, Monica (1995, Nov. 11). “Looking back: Previous Government Shutdowns”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Tolchin, Martin (1982, Oct. 1). “Conferees Adopt Stopgap Fund Bill”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Pear, Robert (1984, Oct. 4). “Senate Works Past Deadline On Catchall Government Spending Bill”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. “Government Shutdown: Data on Effects of 1990 Columbus Day Weekend Funding Lapse”. U.S. General Accounting Office. (1990, Oct. 19). Espo, David (2013, Sep. 30). “Republican Unity Frays As Government Shutdown Looms”. Huffington Post/AOL/Associated Press. Plumer, Brad (2013, Sep. 30). “Absolutely everything you need to know about how the government shutdown will work”. Wonk Blog, The Washington Post. Cohen, Tom (2013, Oct. 17). “House approves bill to end shutdown”. CNN International. Shaw, Adam (2018, Jan. 20). “Government braces for shutdown as Senate fails to meet deadline for spending deal”. Fox News. Barrett, Ted; Bash, Dana; Diaz, Daniella; Killough, Ashley (2018, Jan. 23). “Congress approves plan to end shutdown, reopen government”. Kaplan, Thomas (2018, Feb. 9). “Trump Signs Budget Deal to Raise Spending and Reopen Government”. New York Times. The Economist (2013, Oct. 5). “Closed until further notice”. The Economist. Randstad USA “Employee Confidence Rebounds in Month Following Shutdown”. Randstad USA. “Rand Paul rightly says the government shutdown was more expensive than keeping it open”. @politifact. Cross, Tim (2013, Oct. 16). “Robot-Aided, Mass-Murder Jellyfish Orgy”. The Economist.

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Ep. 30 – More Libertarian Infighting | McAdams vs. Molyneux

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In an ASTOUNDING turn of events…

 

…libertarians are hurling insults at one another.

 

Yes it’s true, Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute has been attacking Stefan Molyneux and later Michael Malice over criticism of North Korea.  Jeff and Tony discuss why this is unbelievably annoying and unproductive. 

Watch Malice and Molyneux discuss the issue: https://youtu.be/Srg1O7uzldY

 

Source: Don’t Waste Your Hate Podcast – Ep. 30 – More Libertarian Infighting | McAdams vs. Molyneux

FPF #158 – When Syrian Lives Matter

On FPF #158, I discuss the mainstream media’s attention turning back to Syria. The Assad bombing of East Gouta has allowed the mainstream media to push the “Assad must go” line. The mainstream media have used Iran’s and Russia’s role in Syria to claim those states are looking to expand their power. The media ignores cases when Syrian civilians are killed by groups other than Assad, Russia, ISIS, or Iran. I also update Nigeria, the Olympics, Iraq, the Iran Nuclear Agreement, and Operation Olive Branch

Links

Dangerous History: Grunts Perspective 

FPF #59 – The Putin Interviews

 

Source: Foreign Policy Focus – FPF #158 – When Syrian Lives Matter

On Libertarianism and Statecraft, Part III: Governance, State, and Defense

By Insula Qui Author’s note: The main themes of this series will be further expounded upon in my upcoming book Anarcho-Monarchism, which will be available in April. Alleviating Burdens of Property As established in Part II, the entire burden of owning property is usually too much for a single person to bear. Any person who fully owns property in a libertarian social order has the responsibility of an absolute monarch. He would have to uphold all control over legislation, arbitration, and upkeep when it comes to his property. The only way to alleviate this burden is to outsource part of it to someone who is more capable of managing the property. This is necessarily a person or group of people who can harmonize the interests of multiple property owners into a cohesive social structure which allows for property to be used to the greatest possible extent. When market forces are properly in order, this is all but inevitable due to the effects of forming economies of scale and creating a more advanced division of labor. If each person is fully responsible for his own property, then even the people who are least suited for managing property are in charge of their property. When the management of property becomes outsourced, this is no longer the case. The logic supporting the division of labor still applies even where libertarians might not want it to apply. Having a society means that there will be certain people who specialize in the management of property. There will be people whose job is to ensure that the burden of holding property is reduced. Even when there is no state, these people constitute a government. Government and State One must not conflate the government with the state. The state is an entity that monopolizes force, while government is simply the managerial entity in control of property. The state claims partial ownership over property, which gives it the ability to tax and legislate. It is difficult to conceive of a government that lacks a state, but this is simply due to a limited imagination. The abolition of the state does not imply an abolition of governance; quite the opposite. The proliferation of individual sovereignty will bring about an increase of governance and statecraft. Because owning property is a burden, governance services become necessary for human flourishing. The only exception would be if all people in society are capable sovereigns, which is never going to be the case. There are individuals who are sufficiently capable at managing their own property so as to have no need for outside governance. However, a significant number of these people already have libertarian proclivities and are drawn to philosophical libertarianism. And since the majority of the population are not libertarians, we can only assume that most people are not capable of shouldering the entire burden of their property ownership. This produces the demand for governance, and this is why there is a natural tendency to form states. Even if one does not support them, governance structures will characterize human society even without a state. Most anarcho-capitalists would argue that there is actually no demand for a government, and that the bureaucratic government would be replaced by decentralized market actors for managing land. This ignores that even small associations for managing apartment buildings and housing developments are structured like governments. There is no possibility that governmental structures will not emerge from the demand for systems which can harmonize different private interests. These governmental structures must be value-productive in order to survive, as they are still within the confines of the libertarian society and are not subsidized by a state. All states fundamentally weaken property rights to increase their own power, and will always act according to the taxes they collect. Read the entire article at ZerothPosition.com

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FPF #157 – Mueller Indictment Insanity with Will Porter

Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to discuss the new indictments by the Mueller Probe. Will and Kyle debunk the lies that surround the claim “Russia hacked the election.” We break down the responses to the new incidents by Leon Panetta, Rachel Maddow, Brian WilliamsTucker Carlson, Chris Hayes, Peter van Buren, and Rob Reiner. We also look at possible future of the Russiagate story.

Links

Moon of Alabama

Gareth Porter on hacking voter rolls 

FPF #80 – Will Porter Debunks the Latest Russiagate Claims

NBC on Parkland shooting

VIPS Memo

Source: Foreign Policy Focus – FPF #157 – Mueller Indictment Insanity with Will Porter

Non-State Solutions to Domestic Violence Ep. 55 Feat. Trey Weaver

After a week of being sick and having 2 episodes ruined due to technical difficulties, my good friend Trey Weaver of the Subversion Webcast jumps on to interview me about my law school paper: “Vacating the State: Free Market Alternatives to Domestic Violence Policy.”

I realized only after recording this episode that my audio went through my webcam mic and not my real microphone. So that’s three episodes this week affected by technical difficulties. At least this one didn’t ruin the episode. Apologies!

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