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COI#98 – Cops Kill Kids in the US, While Biden Sanctions Russia
Yesterday at 1:34 PM

On COI #98, Kyle discusses two recent police shootings involving children. In Chicago, 13-year-old Adam Toledo was killed by a police officer. The officer chased Toledo demanding he stops and put his hands up. Toledo dropped the gun he was carrying, stopped, and put his hands up. The officer murdered Toledo anyways. In Maryland, 16-year-old Payton Ham was gunned down by a cop. There is no body camera footage and police alleged Ham pointed an airsoft gun at the officer. Biden announced new sanctions on Russia in response to alleged election interference, hacking, and other 'malign' activities. The sanctions target dozens...

Episode 566: A Livestream w/ Reed Coverdale, Ryan Dawson and Eric Jackman
Yesterday at 8:00 AM

128 Minutes Not Safe For Work To celebrate his 100th episode, Naturalist Capitalist host Reed Coverdale asked Pete, Ryan Dawson and Eric Jackman to come on the show and, essentially, see if he could get his YouTube account nuked. Naturalist Capitalist YouTube Channel Eric Jackman Get Autonomy 19 Skills PDF Download The Monopoly On Violence Pete's Patreon Pete's Substack Pete's Paypal Pete's Books on Amazon Pete on Facebook

The US State Department & Independent Media ft. Joanne Leon Ep. 163
Yesterday at 1:51 AM I joined forces with Joanne Leon of the "Around the Empire Podcast" to discuss the US State Department's influence on the independent media. We also discuss the West's narrative against China and Russia, nuance in foreign policy positions, the difficulty in discovering the Truth, my latest article at the Libertarian Institute, and many more foreign policy topics. Follow Joanne at Around the Empire Around the Empire on Twitter Joanne on Twitter Episode 163 of the Liberty Weekly Podcast is brought to you by: Liberty Weekly Subscribestar Liberty Weekly Substack The Liberty Weekly Patreon Page: help support the...

4/16/21 Ray McGovern: Biden and Blinken Blink on Ukraine
Yesterday at 1:17 AM

Scott interviews Ray McGovern about America's perilous foreign policy stance in Eastern Europe. Over the last few years, the U.S. has increasingly thrown its support behind Ukraine—and specifically the pro-Western, anti-Russian forces in that country. This policy has shown itself to be extremely dangerous, given Russia's clear willingness to go to war to defend its interests in Crimea and on its own border. Luckily, explains McGovern, the Biden administration seems to have backed down for the time being from a commitment to a full defense of Ukraine against Russia. Discussed on the show: "Biden and Blinken Blink on Uk...

4/16/21 William Arkin: Why America Can’t End its ‘Forever Wars’
Yesterday at 1:12 AM

William Arkin discusses the changing nature of America's military, specifically the way that operations have shifted away from traditional "boots on the ground" and toward drone strikes, special forces, civilian contractors and intelligence analysts. In fact, for every soldier on the ground in the Middle East today, Arkin estimates that there are at least one hundred other people around the world to support that soldier. This has led to a Faustian bargain for the American people: the number of American troops getting killed and injured overseas is relatively low—on the other hand, this hugely built-up military complex makes it al...

DEBATE: Neoconservatism v. Libertarianism
Last Sunday at 2:35 PM It is best for all of us, in all countries of the world, to have each country and territorial area, and each of the individuals and fi rms within such areas, specialize in the production of what each is relatively most efficient at producing, and then selling those products in exchange for the most efficient products of other fi rms and countries. In short, it is best for all of us to allow the free market, and the international division of labor, to operate across international boundaries (“freedom of trade”). Furthermore, economics shows us that even...

4/15/21 Dan McKnight on America’s Ascendant Bipartisan Antiwar Coalition
Last Friday at 5:07 PM

Dan McKnight talks about the “Defend the Guard” movement, a set of bills that would mandate that a state’s national guard troops not be deployed overseas without an official declaration of war from congress. The legislation has sponsors in 31 states so far, and that number is growing. None of this, McKnight stresses, is a radical reinterpretation American law—it is just an attempt to follow the process that the constitution already lays out. It’s ridiculous, he says, that national guard troops are spending their time helping the American empire occupy countries halfway across the globe when their own states alr...

The Mass Murdering Government Is Unworthy of Obedience. Liberty Lockdown & Keith Knight
Last Friday at 5:01 PM ... since the State began to control education, its evident tendency has been more and more to act in such a manner as to promote repression and hindrance of education, rather than the true development of the individual. Its tendency has been for compulsion, for enforced equality at the lowest level, for the watering down of the subject and even the abandonment of all formal teaching, for the inculcation of obedience to the State and to the “group,” rather than the development of self-independence, for the deprecation of intellectual subjects.   Murray N. Rothbard Education: Free and Compu...

COI #97 – Is the War in Afghanistan Ending or Evolving?
Last Friday at 1:23 PM

On COI #97, Kyle breaks down Biden's announcement that he will not withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by May 1st. The new plan is for US troops to leave the country by 9/11. However, even if US troops leave, 6,000 American contractors remain. The US will also maintain the ability to launch airstrikes in Afghanistan. While Biden is claiming he is ending the war, it appears he is evolving it to include less uniformed American soldiers. LBRY Donate LBRY Credits bTTEiLoteVdMbLS7YqDVSZyjEY1eMgW7CP Donate Bitcoin 36PP4kT28jjUZcL44dXDonFwrVVDHntsrk Donate Bitcoin Cash qp6gznu4xm97cj7j9vqepqxcfuctq2exvvqu7aamz6 Subscribe Star – Co...

Episode 565: Against The Left w/ Buck Johnson
Last Friday at 8:00 AM

61 Minutes Some Strong Language Buck Johnson is the host of the Counterflow podcast, formerly Death to Tyrants. Buck joins Pete to talk about a comment made about the American Left at a Mises Institute event both attended this past weekend. The Counterflow Podcast Get Autonomy 19 Skills PDF Download The Monopoly On Violence Pete's Patreon Pete's Substack Pete's Paypal Pete's Books on Amazon Pete on Facebook

4/14/21 Grant Smith on the Upcoming Israel Apartheid Conference
Last Thursday at 3:37 PM

Scott talks to Grant Smith about the upcoming Israel Lobby Con, the annual conference hosting a range of expert speakers who offer opposing views to the mainstream zionist position that dominates American polite society. This year's conference consists of two sessions, the first on Saturday 4/17 and the second on Saturday 4/24, and will be hosted on Zoom. Sign up for the conference at, watch live on YouTube or listen to the podcast afterward. Discussed on the show: "Expert Speakers to Discuss Israel, its U.S. Lobby and Apartheid April 17 & 24" (PR Newswire) Architects of Repression: How Israel and Its...

4/13/21 Gareth Porter on Staying in Afghanistan, the Iran Deal and Getting Shut Out of Vietnam
Last Wednesday at 5:09 PM

Interview #5,500! Scott talks to Gareth Porter about a range of U.S. foreign policy issues, beginning with the Biden administration's announcement that it will withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by September 11. To some extent, this is good news, but it obscures what the headline should be—that Biden has decided to break the Trump administration-brokered peace deal to leave by May 1 of this year. Since the Taliban have promised to start fighting again if that deadline is not met, staying another six months could seriously complicate things. Porter also brings us up to speed on America's relations with Iran, Vietnam an...

Why Philosophy Matters. Michael Huemer & Keith Knight
Last Wednesday at 4:27 PM Why should 535 people in Washington be entitled to issue commands to 300 million others? And why should the others obey? These questions, as I argue in the following pages, have no satisfactory answers. Prof. Michael Huemer The Problem of Political Authority: An Examination of the Right to Coerce and the Duty to Obey, Pg. xxvii Michael Huemer is a professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado. He is the author of more than seventy academic articles in epistemology, ethics, metaethics, metaphysics, and political philosophy. Buy Knowledge, Reality, and Value here:

COI#96 – Active Duty Soldier Finds Liberty, Decides to Leave Military
Last Wednesday at 1:40 PM

On COI #96, Kyle and Will are joined by Jose Galison, an active duty Air Force mechanic who decided to leave the military after 11 years enlisted. Jose talks about joining the Air Force, his journey into libertarianism and antiwar circles and why he became disillusioned with the service and US foreign policy more generally. His show, No Way Jose, can be found on YouTube or any major podcasting platform. Note: The views expressed in this episode are Jose's alone, voiced in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the United States Air Force, Department of...

Episode 564: This ‘Deaf’ Culture w/ Michael Korbel of ‘The Invictus Mind’
Last Wednesday at 8:00 AM

49 Minutes PG-13 Michael Korbel is the host of The Invictus Mind Podcast. Michael asked Pete to com on his show and discuss the current state of affairs in America especially when it comes to communicating with the masses. The Invictus Mind Get Autonomy 19 Skills PDF Download The Monopoly On Violence Pete's Patreon Pete's Substack Pete's Paypal Pete's Books on Amazon Pete on Facebook

September 12th, 2001 – When Will We Learn? by Harry Browne
04/13/2021 In very few cases have these anti-interventionists favored literal “isolation”: what they have generally favored is political nonintervention in the affairs of other countries, coupled with economic and cultural internationalism in the sense of peaceful freedom of trade, investment, and interchange between the citizens of all countries. And this is the essence of the libertarian position as well. Murray N. Rothbard For a New Liberty, p. 330 LBRY / Odysee: BitChute: Archive: Minds:

4/12/21 Ted Carpenter on Putin’s Ukraine Red Line

Scott interviews Ted Carpenter about America's dangerous Ukraine policy. Carpenter explains how ever since the Obama administration helped right-wing extremists in Western Ukraine overthrow the elected Russian-aligned government in 2014, the U.S. has been behaving as though it had the right to dictate policy all over Eastern Europe. Thus when Russia moves troops around at its bases on the Western border, the story becomes about Russia threatening our allies in Ukraine, and how the U.S. must be ready to intervene. This is not only a ridiculous policy, Carpenter says, but also a dangerous one. At some point Russia will...

4/12/21 Jacob Sullum: Biden Learns to Love Gun Control

Jacob Sullum discusses the Biden administration's possible moves on gun control. Thanks to recent mass shootings, says Sullum, gun control is back in the public eye, resulting in some proposed new laws like background checks, increased "red flag" rules, an "assault weapons" ban and the reclassification of certain firearm accessories. Most of these laws, Sullum says, would do very little to reduce gun violence: most mass shooters, for instance, use common handguns—many also obtained them legally and would pass a background check. Leaving mass shootings aside, which constitute a tiny fraction of gun violence in America, almost all of th...

4/9/21 Danny Sjursen on AFRICOM’s Latest Adventure in Mozambique

Danny Sjursen talks about the absurdity of the recent announcement that America is sending special forces troops to Mozambique, a country that he says has basically no strategic relevance to the United States whatsoever. Those who argue that this is only a dozen operatives who will stay less than two months, he says, don't understand the way the U.S. military works. These operations always entail a vast number of support personnel and infrastructure, and they always find a way of exceeding their schedules. This is just the latest move in "The Great Game" that America plays for global dominance. ...

10 Books That Make the Irrefutable Case for Libertarianism. Isaac Morehouse & Keith Knight
04/12/2021 Once concede the power of the people to consent as well as the natural law of “equal freedom from subjection,” and the logical consequence must be anarchism. Murray N. Rothbard Economic Th ought Before Adam Smith, p. 279 Isaac Morehouse is the CEO of Crash, the career launch platform, and the founder of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Obviousness of Anarchy:  The Myth of the Rule of Law:  Do We Ever Really Get Out of Anarchy by Alfred Cuzan:

COI #95 – Will Biden Save the Iran Nuclear Deal?

On COI #95, Kyle and Will update the progress of the negotiations between the US and Iran in Vienna, where the two sides are meeting for indirect talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal. While there have been some promising developments, public statements from the US have not inspired confidence in Biden's willingness to break with the aggressive policies of his predecessor. A Florida court has concluded that police officers can conceal their names from the public after they shoot suspects, so long as they argue that they were themselves the victim of a crime. The court overturned a previous ruling which fo...

Episode 563: Explaining Institutional, State Corruption w/ ‘Etienne de la Boetie 2’

46 Minutes PG-13 "Etienne de la Boetie 2" has written a visual learning guide to help wake up those friends and relatives who need books with pictures. Pete asks Etienne to discuss his research into the institutional corruption in the US since the drawing up of the Constitution. He also give a top notch revealing of the corruption that has been widespread since CV19 mania started. Get Autonomy 19 Skills PDF Download The Monopoly On Violence Pete's Patreon Pete's Substack Pete's Paypal Pete's Books on Amazon Pete on Facebook

4/9/21 Hassan El-Tayyab on Yemen’s Dire Humanitarian Crisis

Scott interviews Hassan El-Tayyab from the Friends Committee on National Legislation about the effort to end the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Although the Biden administration announced an end to support for "offensive operations" in Yemen, thanks to the Saudi blockade of the Hodedah port, the country is still experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The UN has estimated that 400,000 children could starve to death in 2021—it's entirely in the power of the U.S. government to stop it. Discussed on the show: "UN Warns 400,000 Yemeni Children May Starve To Death In 2021" (Forbes) "3/18/21 Scott Paul on the Millions of In...

For a New Libertarian Golden Age ft. What’s HAPAning Ep. 162

This last Friday, I joined Shaine Scalph of What's HAPAning for a marathon livestream. We discuss several topics, such as Biden's gun control measures, my recent feature article at the Libertarian Institute regarding the Chinese Uyghurs, the problem with civil libertarians, the case for libertarian optimism, podcast burnout, and the legality of vaccine passports. Subscribe to What's HAPAning Episode 162 of the Liberty Weekly Podcast is Brought to you by: Liberty Weekly Subscribestar Liberty Weekly Substack The Liberty Weekly Patreon Page: help support the show and gain access to tons of bonus content! Become a patron today! Become a Patron!Liberty...

The Separation of Economy and State. Lawrence W. Reed & Keith Knight
04/09/2021 ... the existence of free will prevents us from conducting any controlled experiments; for people’s ideas and valuations are continually subject to change, and therefore nothing can be held constant.   Murray N. Rothbard Economic Controversies, p. 18 Lawrence W. Reed is the President emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). LBRY / Odysee: BitChute: Minds: Archive: Spotify:

4/9/21 Jay Schweikert: New Mexico Ends Qualified Immunity for All Public Officials

Scott talks to Jay Schweikert about the promising developments in New Mexico, where a new state-wide law has been enacted that repeals qualified immunity as a legal defense for any public official. This is a similar move, says Schweikert, to legislation adopted recently in Colorado and New York City, but whereas in those places the new measures apply only to police officers, the New Mexico law covers all government employees. Scott and Schweikert consider this a great first step in eliminating the unjust privileges that protect public figures from being held accountable for their actions. Discussed on the show: "New...

4/9/21 Jessleyn Radack on the Latest Victim of America’s Draconian Espionage Act

Scott interviews national security attorney Jesselyn Radack about her work in the protection of whistleblowers. Daniel Hale, the man who leaked the so-called "drone papers" to the Intercept in 2014, has just pleaded guilty to violations of the Espionage Act in what Radack calls yet another travesty of justice. Because the Espionage Act, of course, has nothing to do with espionage. It's never used to go after spies—or any real threat to the well-being of the American people—but only to prosecute people who bravely risk their livelihoods and freedom to expose secrets that Americans have a right to know. Disc...

4/8/21 Trita Parsi on Biden’s Willingness to Negotiate With Iran

Trita Parsi talks about the state of negotiations between the U.S. and Iran. President Trump, of course, made a point of withdrawing from the JCPOA and increasing hostilities with Iran, deliberately parting ways with one of President Obama's signature issues. But the Biden administration, says Parsi, seems serious about reestablishing diplomatic relationships with Iran, especially as they continue to demonstrate advanced nuclear capabilities. Contrary to the common narrative, Parsi explains, it isn't America's cruel and futile sanctions regime that brings the Iranian government to the negotiating table, it is the Iranian nuclear program that brings America to the table...

COI #94: NATO’s Push Into Ukraine Is Increasing Tensions Between the US and Russia

On COI #94, Connor Freeman - writer at The Libertarian Institute - returns to the show to discuss the escalating tension between the US and Russia. Most of the escalation is over Ukraine. Biden is reassuring the Ukrainians that they have America's full support and backing. Ukraine could misread the American promise and launch an offensive against Russia in Crimea or eastern Ukraine. Even if Ukraine doesn't decide to launch a military offensive, there is still a risk that the US will allow Ukraine to join NATO, crossing a Russian redline. Ukraine's president said it was the only way to resolve...

Episode 562: Vaccine “Fact Checkers” Exposed with Stacie-Ann from ‘The Dissent’ Podcast

41 Minutes NSFW Stacie-Ann is the host of "The Dissent" podcast on YouTube as well as being a lawyer. Stacie-Ann joined Pete for a Livestream to discuss a couple articles, including a FaceBook "fcat-check" one, addressing the CV19 vaccine and their alleged numbers. The Dissent Fact Check: Vaccines Are NOT Primarily Designed To Improve Survival Rates Of Those Already Infected -- They Work By Reducing The Risk of Infection 246 "Fully Vaccinated" Michigan Residents Catch COVID-19, 3 Die246 "Fully Vaccinated" Michigan Residents Catch COVID-19, 3 Die Get Autonomy 19 Skills PDF Download The Monopoly On Violence Pete's Patreon Pete's Substack Pete's Paypal Pete's Books on...

Critical Race Theory Explained and Debunked. James Lindsay & Keith Knight
04/08/2021 Capitalist production is the only method by which poverty can be wiped out. ... only freedom allows people to produce in the best and most efficient way possible. Force and violence may “distribute,” but it cannot produce. Intervention hampers production, and socialism cannot calculate. Since production of consumer satisfactions is maximized on the free market, the free market is the only way to abolish poverty. Dictates and legislation cannot do so; in fact, they can only make matters worse. Murray N. Rothbard Man, Economy, and State with Power and Market, p. 1319 Find James Lindsay here: https://newd...

COI #93 – China’s Uyghurs: Genocide Victims or CIA Pawns?

On COI #93, Patrick McFarlane - host of Liberty Weekly - returns to the show to discuss claims about the Chinese Uyghurs. More reports have claimed that China is committing atrocities - including genocide - against its Muslim population. One new report claims to independently confirm the genocide claims. However, the report relies on known and unverified sources. The lack of proof for the genocide hasn't stopped media voices - including those in the independent media - from repeating the genocide claims as fact. Thousands of Uyghurs fought for jihadists groups in Syria. Some have suggested the CIA is helping to...

Episode 561: The Horrors Of Post ‘Civil War’ Reconstruction w/ Ryan Dawson

118 Minutes PG-13 Ryan Dawson is the host of the Anti-Neocon Report and a documentary filmmaker. Ryan joins Pete to give details on post-"Civil War" rebuilding in the South, commonly called "Reconstruction." Get Autonomy 19 Skills PDF Download The Monopoly On Violence Pete's Patreon Pete's Substack Pete's Paypal Pete's Books on Amazon Pete on Facebook

4/2/21 Pete Quinones Interviews Scott About Vaccine Passports and the New Domestic Terror War

Listen to a livestream Scott recorded with Pete Quinones on Friday. They discuss covid passports, the government's response to the pandemic over the last year and the growing focus in the U.S. government on so-called "domestic terrorism." Discussed on the show: "Blaming Tuskegee syphilis study for Black communities' distrust in vaccines doesn't capture everything" (CNN) "4/2/21 Larry Wilkerson on the Global Struggle for Power in Asia" (The Libertarian Institute) "4/2/21 Immortal Technique on Slavery, Israel-Palestine and the Politicization of American Society" (The Libertarian Institute) Podesta Emails "US Capitol: Driver dead after ramming barricade" ( "“The President Threw Us Under the Bu...

What’s the #1 Cause of Homelessness?
04/06/2021 Whenever a third party coercively intervenes in a voluntary exchange, the voluntary parties are both worse off. "Any statute or administrative regulation necessarily makes actions illegal that are not overt initiations of crimes or torts according to libertarian theory. Every statute or administrative rule is therefore illegitimate and itself invasive and a criminal interference with the property rights of noncriminals." Murray N. Rothbard Economic Controversies, p. 406 This video on Bitchute: LBRY:'s-the--1-Cause-of-Homelessness-:e Archive:

Episode 560: Against Vaccine Passports w/ Angela McArdle and Aaron of Timeline Earth

60 Minutes NSFW Angela McArdle is the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Los Angeles and is running for national chair at the 2022 convention. Aaron is 1/4 of the TimeLine Earth Podcast. Both join Pete today to talk about the inevitability of vaccine passports and ways they believe they can be fought. Angela on Twitter Support Angela Timeline Earth Podcast Get Autonomy 19 Skills PDF Download The Monopoly On Violence Pete's Patreon Pete's Substack Pete's Paypal Pete's Books on Amazon Pete on Facebook

4/2/21 Peter Lee on China’s Treatment of the Uyghur Muslims

Scott talks to Peter Lee about the ongoing Uyghur controversy in China. The Chinese government, he says, is trying to integrate their minority Uyghur Muslim population, as part of their larger project to urbanize and centralize China. There is growing concern, especially on the American right, that these efforts represent an outright genocide, with claims of mass forced birth control and up to a million people in detention centers. These fears, Lee says, tend to be exaggerated—though what the Chinese government is doing might be something more like cultural genocide. He stresses that it is important to acknowledge the ho...

4/2/21 Lyle J. Goldstein on the American Military’s Disastrous Indo-Pacific Strategy

Lyle J. Goldstein discusses the terrifying possibility of war between the U.S. and China. There are plenty of hawks in the U.S. government, he says, who might try to fight China were they to attack Taiwan or exert their influence elsewhere in the region. But even leaving aside the potential catastrophe of a nuclear war, Goldstein says American strategists don't give enough credence to the possibility that China could now defeat the U.S. even in a conventional war. The entire doctrine of trying to be the dominant military power in the world forever is foolish, wasteful and...

COI#92 – Will the Biden-Big Tech Coalition on Vaccine Passports Destroy Freedom?

On COI #92, Will and Kyle discuss the Biden administration's role in developing a flurry of vaccine passport apps alongside tech companies and the implications they will have for human liberty. While the government insists the efforts are fully private, the White House and federal agencies are more involved than Biden's team has let on. A State Department report reviewing human rights around the world has pulled its punches on Israel, reaffirming Donald Trump's support for Israeli claims on the Golan Heights and Jerusalem, both at odds with international law. The report makes little mention of Israeli settlements in the occupied...

Episode 559: A White-Pilled Take On Vaccine Passports w/ Scott Horton

68 Minutes Safe for Work Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from He’s the author of the 2021 Book, Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and editor of The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019. He’s conducted more than 5,000 interviews since 2003.  Scott joined Pete to do an impromptu Livestream in which they discussed the potential for Vaccine Passports, the...