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The Trump Effect on Foreign Policy

October 17, 2019

Since the conception of his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump had received backlash from a number of different political factions. Among these, were the “Never Trump Republicans”. This included the likes of multiple Bush administration officials, including Paul Wolfowitz and Hank Paulson, the latter voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
Often many pundits declare that the GOP has become the party of Trump. This statement bears a lot of truth, given that most of the hardliner Never Trumpers have become irrelevant. Among these are major figures in neoconservative circles, including Bill Kristol, and John Kasich. Watching as their hardliner friends started to fade away, many Republicans who would

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Taming the Libertarian Conscience

September 4, 2019

This week my guest is, Atilla Sulker and we discuss libertarianism and what the movement needs going forward. Atilla is a bright young journalist published at the best libertarian news sites. We discuss immigration, the age old debate between “thick” and “thin” libertarianism, anti establishment candidates vs libertarian purists, the impending collapse here in the US, secession, Atilla’s friendship with the great Lew Rockwell and more.
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Tulsi’s Fight Against Big Tech

August 27, 2019

Recently, Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard went on Tucker Carlson, defending her decision to sue google for suspending her campaign ads. According to Gabbard, this move on behalf of google constitutes “election interference”. Gabbard further went on to say that her lawsuit would underscore the extensive power of big tech, and shed light on its violation of free speech. Gabbard’s gripes are very reminiscent of the feelings many conservatives also have towards big tech.
Day by day, big tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter have been shutting down the accounts of various figures they deem “controversial”. Among these, are of course Alex Jones and Louis Farrakhan. Like Gabbard, many conservatives proclaim that

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Liberty Across the Globe

August 9, 2019

Last summer, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Jozef Martiniak at the 2018 Mises University. Dr. Martiniak came to Auburn all the way from Slovakia and he had many great stories to tell about his experience growing up in a Cold War era Czechoslovakia. My conversations with Dr. Martiniak not only revealed an interesting story from the perspective of someone who experienced socialism firsthand, but it also sparked my interest in the politics of Slovakia. He mentioned that there was a libertarian oriented party in Slovakia, and so in this article, I endeavor to examine the movement in Slovakia, analyzing its scope, significance, and authenticity.
The main vessel of Slovak libertarianism nowadays is the political party “Freedom and

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The Rothbard-Rockwell Synthesis

August 6, 2019

I recently published two articles on LRC, titled “Taming the libertarian conscience” and “Waiting for the collapse”. Both of these articles addressed libertarian strategy, the elephant in the room. Just how do we get to liberty? What are the proper steps and protocols? Regardless of how well thought out libertarian models of the ideal stateless or minimal state society are, these are crucial questions to ask. Following the publication of the two previously mentioned articles, I received multiple emails praising me for bringing up a tough issue that has daunted many libertarians. I certainly don’t claim to be the savior. But, in this article, I endeavor to continue this discussion, and reflect more upon optimizing libertarian

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Nationalism, Amash, Black Sabbath, and More

July 31, 2019

Interview conducted 7/20/19 at the Mises Institute, in Auburn, AL
Atilla Sulker: What are your views on nationalism, especially considering its dynamic and dichotomy in regards to globalism today?
Lew Rockwell: Well like Mises, I’m pro-nationalism. I think it’s normal to love one’s homeland. Aquinas talks about that, Aristotle. It has a significant history, I would say. It’s only recently that you’re supposed to hate your homeland, and turn it over to whoever wants to come in on welfare. I think it’s very important in resisting the state, even though the state tries to use nationalism, to benefit itself against the people. I think that it (nationalism) is a natural response to the state. I don’t think that nationalism that’s

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Waiting for the Collapse

July 26, 2019

In my previous article, I came to the conclusion that for libertarians to be successful in realizing their ends, they must change their method, and do so significantly. Putting trust in the political box and Congress has ultimately failed in advancing the freedom movement, and must be abandoned for good. Perhaps the best hope libertarians have is to wait for the impending collapse, and seize this as an opportunity to inject their ideas into the vacuum created by the death of the empire.
Spreading the ideas to fill the vacuum is by no means a spontaneous process. It must be done before the vacuum is created. It is the prevailing mindset of the population before the collapse occurs that shall determine how the vacuum will be

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Taming the Libertarian Conscience

July 24, 2019

The world of libertarian thought is far from being insufficient in regards to ideas. Interdisciplinary scholars have emerged all over the world with vast interest in this doctrine, and have built upon the works of such great scholars as Rothbard and Mises. Rothbard himself was in fact an exponent of Mises, and to this day, thousands of great minds continue to carry the torch and bring in a plethora of new and fascinating ideas, ideas far more dense than those of mainstream thought, providing a fresh basis for solving various problems in the world.
But the main problem in contemporary libertarianism is not the lack of good ideas. There are indeed plenty. It is not even the disunity between so called “thin” and “thick”

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Interview With Ron Paul’s ‘Faithless Elector’

July 5, 2019

I woke up this Independence Day morning, surprised to find out that Bill Greene, the great 2016 faithless elector who cast his vote for Ron Paul, passed away. Among other things, Bill was a fierce advocate of making gold and silver legal tender, and was an assistant professor at South Texas College. He was an early supporter of Ron Paul, his support going as far back as Paul’s 1988 campaign. Last summer, I had the privilege of interviewing Bill while working on a paper on the history of the Mises Institute and the Austrian Revival. Here, we discussed various different subjects, including Ron Paul’s 1988 campaign, and the growth of the Mises Institute. This has not yet been published, and I would like to do so as a tribute to

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The Double Edged Sword

June 20, 2019

In a world of increasing globalization and increasing resistance to it at the same time, via populism, nationalism is beginning to rise. Nationalism, in many ways is seen as the antidote to globalization, so to speak. Populism has began to sweep across Europe and the United States recently, as a reaction to what are seen as the “global elites”. While nationalism is a powerful tool in combating the attack on a nation’s sovereignty from global hegemony, it is on balance, a double edged sword. In certain forms, nationalism turns a given state into a hegemon of its own.
Turkey provides a good historical and contemporary case study of this “double edged sword” phenomenon. Since the founding of the Republic in 1923 by Mustafa Kemal

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Reassessing the Exile

May 17, 2019

Individuals from all corners of the political spectrum have been stirred up by the recent bannings of various figures including Alex Jones and Louis Farrakhan. Some have praised these bans for providing good constraints on what they deem “fake news” or “hate speech”. Others have attacked these bans for being influenced by nefarious motives that are contra free speech. The debate regarding the extent to which social media sites may regulate speech has been going on for years now. Perhaps it is time for a reassessment.
The fallacy of “social media homogenization”
One of the biggest fallacies people fail to avoid in these debates is that all social media sites are homogeneous goods. The successful entrepreneur understands the

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April 25, 2019

The freedom movement in America today can be divided into two main camps- deontological and utilitarian. The former tends to be in favor of the age old natural rights tradition, while the latter judges the effectiveness of the freedom movement in terms of how much prosperity it leads to. While it is rather easy to adopt the latter position, rooted in the argument that humans naturally tend to judge actions by their effectiveness in improving their own happiness, the utilitarian doctrine has its flaws, and one fundamental flaw in regards to the state.
I should first note that utilitarianism itself has nothing to say in regards to the state or the freedom movement. Cut and dried, utilitarianism is a moral doctrine that simply aims

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Net Neutrality and Entrepreneurship

April 5, 2019

Information flows through the internet as cars flow through roads and highways. As a private road owner would be able to regulate traffic on his road, a private ISP, in the context of a free market, would be able to regulate internet traffic. Like physical roads, the logistics of the internet work in such a way that traffic congestion can become a problem.
In the physical realm, potential questions asked would go along the lines of “what is the ideal speed limit that would yield the greatest road safety and least traffic congestion?”. Or perhaps “what would be the proper road pricing that would reduce traffic congestion?”.
Dr. Walter Block has examined the private road phenomenon. He lays out the example of a set of houses being

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Digital Property Rights

September 28, 2018

Earlier this year, I published an article on in which I discussed social media sites, free speech, and “digital property rights”. In this piece, I came to the conclusion that social media sites and blogs are very much like physical buildings and firms. The property owner may set his own rules within his property, so long as these rules don’t involve violence. He may grant, limit, or completely revoke my right to free speech, and may expel me from his property if he wishes. Social media sites ought to operate in this same way.
What my investigation underscored however, was something more fundamental. Not only did it shed light on the fact that free speech stems from property rights, or that property rights can be

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