Is there any hope at all of building and maintaining a free society? If so, how? If you are among "the remnant", this might be the show for you. See blog & discussion at: www.bretigne.com
Externalities: Is Carrying Germs an Act of Aggression? With Don Boudreaux
Don Boudreaux is the perfect person to address the "you don't have a right to infect others" argument. Don is a professor of economics (among many other accomplishments), and he also has a law degree. So he has quite a lot to say about the nature of "externalities", both from an economic perspective and one grounded in law, and in common-law principles in particular.
We also address the question of whether the perpetrators of the devastating lockdowns and other restrictions should be held accountable for the harm they have done via something similar to the Nuremberg trials.
And in the end, I think I even manage to cheer him up a little regarding humanity's prospects for the future.
Don writes about externalities here.
...and you can find more of his writings here, or on Cafe Hayek where he blogs regularly.
Some of the LA fireworks videos we talk about are posted here.
What Roger Koops Learned When he Audited the CDC
As director of quality assurance, Roger Koops interacted closely with the FDA for many years. I speak with him in this episode about his experiences, the nature of that agency and about how the regulatory landscape has expanded and become more burdensome over time. He also tells about the time he was tasked with auditing the CDC, what that experience taught him, and what – if anything – that agency is good for.
We also discuss the problem of professional myopia in the world of science, and the implications that has for the rest of us.
Roger Koops is a contributing author for AIER, and is also a retired scientist, with a PhD in chemistry and over 25 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He has authored or co-authored several papers on pharmaceutical technology and chemistry.
I spoke with Roger last month about why he doesn't plan to get the Covid-19 vaccine.
What Gene Epstein would tell Jordan Peterson about Austrian Economics
Recently, Jordan Peterson asked who he should have as a guest on his show to talk about Austrian economics, and Gene Epstein's name came up. In this episode, I ask Gene what he would say to Dr. Peterson, or to anyone looking to understand what Austrian economics is all about, what sets it apart from other schools, and why its insights are so important right now.
Gene is the former Barrons economics and books editor, and now hosts the Soho Forum. I spoke with him last month about where he thinks the economy is headed and what individuals can do to protect themselves, here.
The Soho Forum can be found here.
And if you'd like to learn more about Austrian economics, there is no better place to start than the Mises Institute.
I spoke with Mises Institute President, Jeff Deist last December, about whether it might be time for America to break up.
The Tenth Amendment Center's Michael Boldin: How do we do this?
I start off asking Michael Boldin, of the Tenth Amendment Center, how we can use the principle of nullification to put an end to the lockdown insanity and create free societies... and we end up talking about everything from the legal foundations of nullification, how crappy most sheriffs are on constitutional rights, Freedom Cells, Vermin Supreme, and how very very important mutual aid is.
I even tell the story of my grandmother's experience with her amazing care home, provided by her mutual-aid society, and how the state has worked to shut these down across the country.
Michael works tirelessly for the Tenth Amendment Center.
The book I mentioned is "From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State", and you can find it here.
This Cato publication has some good stuff on mutual aid too, including an essay on the book above.
The Fully Informed Jury Association is here.
The Institute for Justice is here.
You can learn more about Freedom Cells here and here.
Read about the battle of Tinhorn Flats here.
And of course the Vermin Supreme Institute can be found here.
Todd Seavey on Secession and Open Borders
In which long-time libertarian writer and friend Todd Seavey does his best to offend those on both left and right on two hot-button issues that might actually unite people if only they would think about them in the right way - and predicts that the real revolution will be driven by picnics. We also end up spending a lot of time grumbling about how old we've suddenly gotten.
I spoke with Todd last August, about immigration restrictions. You can see that episode here.
Todd's article "Secession and Open Borders: Why not both?" is here.
His book, "Libertarianism for Beginners" is here.
And you can find Todd on Twitter.
Unbreaking Science with Dr. James Lyons Weiler
How broken are the systems that evaluate scientific research, and what can be done to fix them? I talk with Dr. James Lyons Weiler about these questions, and about his own contributions to independent research - including his analysis of VAERS data for deaths and anaphylaxis following vaccination for Covid-19, and his participation in the international Nucleaic Acid Amplification Testing Evaluation Consortium (NAATEC), which will evaluate the efficacy of PCR testing for Covid-19.
Dr. Weiler's website is here.
His Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge is here, and you can read about the NAATEC project here.
You can support Dr. Weiler's work here, or here.
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I really appreciate this podcast. Not only is the subject matter relevant and informative, but the host has a wonderful speaking voice, great interviewing skills and I always finish an episode with more knowledge and understanding. Thank you!
A constant and steady voice in the darkness. I am happy to recommend this podcast to anyone seeking to expand their views on the world and how to best navigate it!