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Libertarian moment: A Rare interview with Ron Paul

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Kurt Wallace: Our guest today on Rare is Dr. Ron Paul, host of the Ron Paul Channel and his new media site Voices of Liberty and Dr. Paul thanks for being with us today on Rare.

Ron Paul: Kurt it’s nice to be with you.

Kurt Wallace: Robert Draper of the New York Times wrote an in-depth piece about libertarians “Has the Libertarian Moment Finally Arrived?” He references 1968 as being potentially, the declaration at the time, a breakout moment for libertarians, but that didn’t happen. Could you take us step by step through the last 45 plus years, what was it like then leading up to before you ran for president in 2008?

Ron Paul: Right, and to start off with I would say that that New York Times article Draper’s article had interesting stuff in it. But I don’t think he quite understands what’s going on. I see…

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Iraq 3.0: Podcast of August 9, 2014 Show

The above picture was taken in June when it was reported that 800 ISIS soldiers defeated 30,000 Iraqi troops who basically threw down their arms and deserted leaving land and arms for ISIS to pick up. Where did these matching vehicles come from? Did the Iraqi soldiers give them up? Is it really plausible that 30,000 Iraqi soldiers turned tail in the face of 800 jihadis if the Iraq Army is this well-equipped? ISIS looks to me like a well-funded, well-organized group that did not just spontaneously break off from the disorganized, beaten down jihadis in Syria. Even if they did, the Syrian jihadis (and ISIS) are widely reported as being funded by our allies in the region. In any case, looking at this picture calls to mind the (new?) adage, “all terrorism is state-sponsored.”

Here is the podcast of this week’s show. (For the show I did when ISIS first emerged in June, click here.)

Two corrections/points to the August 9 show: (1) I misspoke and said the Shia state would be in the middle but it’s actually in the south (see this image from my June show for the proposed configuration of the states formerly known as Iraq): (2) Caller Bret said Assad gassed his people in Syria last year – I think that’s untrue. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that the Syrian rebels conducted that chemical attack to draw the US into the Syrian war. For some damning footage supporting this view, click here.

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The world is in flames, but are any of them hot enough to engulf US? On this week’s show…

In watching cable news today (not to get facts, mind you, just to find out where “they” want us to focus), there was news of crisis in Iraq, Syria, Israel, Libya, Afghanistan & Ukraine (and at one point a FOX News hostess actually said, “Don’t forget about Korea!” Korea????) To top it all off there were numerous stories to terrify us about ebola: African cities blockade themselves, CDC issues high alert, New York man tested for ebola, ebola dirty bomb feared….

Not one of those stories really has the power to change my world except one (unless ebola is going to be some kind of a false flag and not just a psyop, but I refuse to even contemplate that). That’s Ukraine. We could wade in or wade out anywhere else on the list, IMO, and it wouldn’t matter much to you and me, but we are waking the Bear in Ukraine and I’m not sure we can control that outcome. So the question is, Why are we doing this?

The possible answers include: to start a Cold War, to start a Hot War, for the bankers, for the MIC / defense companies, for the oil companies, to reshape American culture, to destroy the dollar or to  create a New World Order. These are my top candidates and I gotta say, I don’t like any one of them. Here are a few things that are not on my list: to stop megalomaniac Putin who is a menace to society, to make the world safe for democracy, to end corruption in Ukraine, for humanitarian reasons / because the Ukrainian people need us and deserve our help.

I will try to tick off my whys and why nots on these possibilities but I must also touch on the BIG POSSIBILITY: that it is perhaps no coincidence that the Arc of Crisis has been set aflame at the same time we are looking for trouble with Russia and China…i.e., to provoke THE BIG ONE. I can hardly get my mind around the possibility that complete maniacs are pulling the levers of power, but then I remind myself of what the American public was thinking and feeling a hundred years ago when the Great War started and again 75 years ago when World War II was in the offing.

Do you think this is even a remote possibility? Even if these guys are just bumbling their way to World War III, could these missteps have such dire consequences, or will cooler heads prevail in the end? The show is on tomorrow, Saturday, 3PM-6PM ET, on News 95-5 and AM750 WSB.



Self-Defense Is the Only Right

Or perhaps I should say, self-defense is the only operative right.

Every year on January 22 my mother used to take me on the bus to Washington DC to march for the Right to Life. Thomas Jefferson famously wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Even looking beyond the glaring hypocrisy of a slave-owner penning these words (and I love Thomas Jefferson, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t read the Declaration of Independence without thinking of that every time!), I have to say I’m not quite sure my mother or TJ got it right exactly–powerful and poetic though their claims are. Continue reading

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Atlanta Libertarian Goes The Full Rothbard!

I met Rich Clarke at a Ron Paul event in 2012 when he was working hard to get Ron Paul votes in the Republican Presidential Primary. He has since gone The Full Rothbard (as reason‘s Katherine Mangu-Ward would say). He sent me this, his “coming out” video, and I enjoyed it immensely. I love that it’s unrehearsed, demonstrating Rich’s genuineness and depth of knowledge, and that, spontaneity notwithstanding, it’s a coherent narrative complete with everything from hardcore libertarian philosophy to inside-Georgia Republican politics (and even a walk in the woods!) I highly recommend a watch or a listen and look forward to Rich’s next installment.


Bringing Ebola to Atlanta – Bad Idea or No Big Deal? Podcast of August 2, 2014 Show

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On this week’s show…Update on Ukraine!…Oh wait – why does the US care about Ukraine again????

The pat answer to why there’s a problem in Ukraine is basically that Putin is an expansionist megalomaniac who wants to be President of Russia for life, wants to reassemble the Soviet Union and wants to have statues of himself erected all over Russia like Stalin did. Seriously, I have heard all of those reasons in the mainstream media. Problem is, even if all of that were true, it doesn’t actually explain the crisis in Ukraine, because the US started that one plain and simple. (If you want proof, check out my post and podcast: Exposing the Shadow Government in Ukraine (and the US?))

Even if we hadn’t started it and Putin did actually start it because he’s a megalomaniacal tyrant, why does the United States care about it at all much less care about it more than Europe does??? The EU is going kicking and screaming down the path of hostility with Russia and we’re egging them on at every step. Within minutes of the downing of flight MH17, the US governmental-media continuum made it crystal clear: “Now the EU MUST join the US in sanctioning Russia.” And so they have.

But again I ask, why do we care so much? It’s not like they’re threatening to spread communism – after all, We’re All Socialists Now! It’s gotta to be more in the lines of realpolitik or some other vague or cronyistic “American interest,” but what specifically?  I can think of several reasons the western power elite might want to beat Russia back with a stick right now, each of which I will cover on the show this Saturday (regular time 3PM-6PM ET on WSB.)

To get you primed, I am posting below a few good articles that give some background on the situation and some clips I’m going to play on the show to help explain why I think the military industrial complex (which I always go out of my way to specifically define as primarily the finance, energy and defense industries – like the WSJ inadvertently does in the headline below), and specifically US oil and gas companies, might be behind this.

Here is Hillary Clinton within hours of the downing of flight MH17 laying out the three things she expects the tragedy to accomplish, including that the EU move away from energy dependence on Russia.

And here is Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland early this year reporting to the executives from Chevron and Exxon (competitors?), while still complaining of Ukrainian jetlag, that she just got back from trying to shape the direction of Ukraine, that over the years “we” (meaning you and I) have spent $5 billion in Ukraine to steer it toward Europe generally and the IMF specifically (!) and thanking profusely these energy giants for all their help in this regard, in standing shoulder to shoulder with “us,” and in praise of their continued efforts to make Ukraine a hospitable place for giant American oil companies. (Well, that last point is not a direct quote, but in the last minute or two of the video that’s the definite impression one gets!)

There are other possible explanations for our belligerent behavior toward Russia, including: the new anti-dollar movement among the BRICS nations led by none other than Putin’s Russia; there’s also the very long term plan of what the New World Order should look like (Zbigniew Brzezinski recently said we must move toward a bipolar world of the US and China with Russia playing catch-up); perhaps it’s the old Report from Iron Mountain plan, ie, Big Government needs Big Enemies to justify its existence and maintain consent of the governed.  This is a big nut to crack and there’s lots to talk about, so it’s a good thing we have 3 hours!

Here are the articles…

Is Putin Worse Than Stalin? by Pat Buchanan

My thoughts On Pat Buchanan’s Brilliant And Incisive Take On Washington’s Ukrainian Fiasco, by David Stockman

On Dominoes, WMDs And Putin’s “Aggression”: Imperial Washington Is Intoxicated By Another Big Lie, by David

US, Europe Turn Up Heat on Russia: Sweeping Sanctions Target Banking, Energy & Defense Industries; Western Companies Brace for Impact Wall Street Journal

A Time of Unprecedented Instability? An Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski

In one of Stockman’s articles above, he alludes to how Secretary of State James Baker in 1990 promised Gorbachev that if Russia let East Germany reunite with West Germany and be a part of NATO, the west would not expand NATO a “single inch” to the east. Since that time, the west has expanded NATO to include the exact countries that Gorbachev was worried about. The implication is that if anyone has been expansionist, it has been the west. Here are the post-promise members of NATO…

12 March 1999  Czech Republic Member of the rival Warsaw Pact 1955–1991 as part of Czechoslovakia.
 Hungary Member of the rival Warsaw Pact 1955–1991.
 Poland Member of the rival Warsaw Pact 1955–1990.
29 March 2004  Bulgaria Member of the rival Warsaw Pact 1955–1991.
 Estonia Member of the rival Warsaw Pact 1955–1991 as part of the Soviet Union.
 Latvia Member of the rival Warsaw Pact 1955–1991 as part of the Soviet Union.
 Lithuania Member of the rival Warsaw Pact 1955–1991 as part of the Soviet Union.
 Romania Member of the rival Warsaw Pact 1955–1991.
 Slovakia Member of the rival Warsaw Pact 1955–1991 as part of Czechoslovakia.
 Slovenia Previously part of Yugoslavia 1945–1991 (Non-aligned)
1 April 2009  Albania Member of the rival Warsaw Pact 1955–1968.
 Croatia Previously part of Yugoslavia 1945–1991 (Non-aligned)

For more on the expansion of NATO…

And in case you’re wondering why there’s a cartoon manatee at the top of this post, click through to watch this CNN video, Chris Cuomo loses it on RT host Peter Lavelle, then come back here and watch the youtube video below. The last two minutes of Cuomo’s “interview” reminds me of an old Dr. Katz skit. It’s a little out there, but tell me if you get it: