Why Syria Matters

This episode provides a little bit of context that can more adequately inform the events that are currently unfolding than you may get from a TV news report.  To understand what’s really going on, at a bare minimum we need to visit 1953 when the US overthrows the Mosaddegh regime in Iran and installs the Shah.  When you peal back the onion to figure out the truth of what’s happening in the Middle East, we uncover layers of proxy wars and in fighting within each given syndicate in struggles to power.  A region of the world torn by a century of war, ever since the overthrow of the Ottoman Empire in World War One.

There’s a lot of history and context to these conflicts that even the most outspoken of us can struggle to comprehend, but at the very least we could at least agree that we don’t know enough to start toppling power structures in this tenuous part of the world.

Despite having the largest military in the world, Americans have resigned to cowering in fear of a country with an economy the size of Manhattan.  This conflict has America and Russia written all over it, and the events we’ve witnessed in the past decade should tell us very well that the Cold War may have never ended, just was on hiatus.

I have plenty of links for you:

My discussion with Will Porter on the Iran Nuclear Deal.  I neglected to mention how this is also a crucial component, but there wasn’t any more time to devote anyway in this episode.

Seymour Hersh on describing Al Qaeda’s access to sarin gas 
Hersh again on the 2017 attack on Khan Sheikhoun

Immersion News links on congress reactions to Syrian strike

Immersion News links on the strikes on Syria in general

Hillary Clinton’s e-mails show that benefiting Israel was in mind during the planning of overthrowing Bashar Al Assad

The Atlantic showing how Syrian Rebels, in fact, used chemical weapons on Assad allied forces, as opposed to the hawkish narrative which claims the contrary

Where Sam Harris And Christian Picciolini Get It Wrong w/Tony Rockamora of DWYH

Tony joins Trey of Subversion Webcast to dissect Sam Harris’ recent conversation on White Power.

Christian Picciolini is a former white supremacist with a violent past. Over time, he saw the error of his ways, and now works to reform young men in the white power movement.

Trey and Tony take issue with some of the views and conclusions of both Harris and Picciolini.

Topics discussed: Mainstream Media, Stefan Molyneux, Alt Right, the Russia narrative, and white privilege/white guilt.

Listen to Harris and Picciolini’s Conversation:

Conversation of Harris with Douglas Murray:

Molyneux Talks To Murray:

For sake of representing the specific charges against Molyneux, this is the clip that many people criticize:

Another Criticism of Molyneux:

Trey’s Show Notes (timestamps from Waking Up with Sam Harris podcast episode with Christian Picciolini)

Conspiracy theory simply pivoted to a new boogyman: from Jews to whiteness

Genuinely curious if he can delineate a disaffected unemployed white person from the rust belt from a well polished white supremacist.

Good points he makes:

6:00 – Details that not only people from broken homes become radicalized. Important point when we talk about Jihadism as well

15:00 – Potholes analogy. Great metaphor, and I think this is useful. What broke the cycle of his association with the white supremacist movement was having someone reach out an olive branch.

53:00 – Silence and violence are both bad ways to confront extremists

1:06:00 – Dylan Roof, radicalized partially by fake news. This is a complicated point for me, there’s good and bad in this short little clip of audio.

1:40:00 – Chris both says that all we have to do is admit that we’re a white supremacist nation. Then when asked about what to tell black people he seems to not have thought about that much, and instead dodges the question in lieu of a shaming of white people again for gentrification, immediately after shaming white people for segregating blacks in Chicago.

1:48:00 – Audience member calls out Chris for being hard on the right and strawmanning people like Molyneux (on the point of holocaust denialism) and Jordan Peterson (the implication of him being alt-right), and making the point that the dishonesty of the left has to be part of the discussion on pushing people to the fringe right. (btw, audience member was black)

Bad points he makes:

33:00 – Says white supremacy has seeped into mainstream society. examples he uses later is affirmative action, and if you’re against it, you’re the useful idiot of nazis….

36:30 – Says there’s no difference between nazis and ISIS…preening about how we never call white people terrorists

39:00 – Russia, Russia, Russia!

45:45 – America has never faced it’s history of racism

1:15:00 – While earlier making the point that being given the time of day is part of what broke his relationship to nazism, Harris and Christian both advocate insulating media from being cordial to these people. Seems backward. 15 minutes later makes the point that the person you’re debating isn’t the person you’re trying to reach, it’s the people watching who are on the fence about a given idea that you’re trying to convince. (back to 1:15:00) Then says Molyneux is a cult leader..

1:28:30 – In response to a question, Harris appeals to public education as the panacea for white supremacy.

Unfortunately he seems to imply that we’re all one bad experience away from being a nazi.

I really wish Chris would have talked more about the ideology of neo-nazism, because I’m curious to actually hear what they think the policy prescriptions ought to be. Reason being, I’m suspicious of the implication that neo-nazism is mainstream, all he did was preen about it, never offered great examples or parallels between the contemporary right and nazism.

State of the Libertarian Union Talk Show – Episode 4

This is the fourth installment of the State of the Libertarian Union monthly talk show where I was joined by Patrick MacFarlane of the Liberty Weekly podcast, Kyle Anzalone of Foreign Policy Focus, Tony Rockamora of Don’t Waste Your Hate, as well as Daniel and Robert of Actual Anarchy.

Check out all of the fine podcasts we have over at LibertarianUnion.com and you can also find the video from this podcast at this link 

Freeing Yourself First w/ Antony Sammeroff

This episode is quite a treat.  Antony Sammeroff was gracious enough to take the time to deliver to us his thoughts on libertarianism, how this phenomenon manifests itself across the Atlantic, and how it dovetails with self development.  You’ll also hear in this episode your host relay his own experience with using self help and how it effected his own quality of life and unique circumstances which lead to my current worldview.

You don’t want to miss this one, or any like it in the future.  Please subscribe on your podcatcher of choice so you never miss an episode.

Places to find Antony:

Be Yourself and Love It Podcast

E-Book: Procrastination Annihilation 

Scottish Liberty Podcast

The Problem of Domestic Violence ft. Patrick of Liberty Weekly

In this episode with Patrick of the Liberty Weekly podcast, I interview him on his paper he wrote on the subject of domestic violence.  Coming at this from a libertarian angle can sometimes fall on deaf ears of people who believe that we simply need to use the state to police the problem.  Setting aside the moral injury of using the social apparatus of violence, we should take pause in reflection of the ineptitude of government to solve this issue.

But we don’t just spend the whole time focused on criticism, we also show a great example of effectively protecting victims from violence.  Dale Brown of the Detroit Threat Management Center holds under his resume an impressive track record of crisis intervention without the common problem we notice in public policing of collateral damage.  The number of officer involved shootings is effectively 0, being as a method of deescalation is employed instead of coming in with guns blazing.

What Libertarianism Is and Is Not

This installment of Subversion features an opening monologue about highlighting the double standard a lot of folks tend to have about private entities when compared to public entities.  Your host then gives a cursory look the framework for the various libertarian schools of thought, then tackles a “Libertarianism Debunked” video produced by The Young Turks point by point to flesh out the simplified and straw clad version of libertarianism TYT provided.  It is clear that Hasan Piker has not even a clue what his opposition really believes and we expose that, even if the video came out in August 2016 the same ol’ fallacies keep getting thrown at you.

Visit the Libertarian Union to find other great podcasts ranging from heavy topics such as Foreign Policy Focus and legal theory through a libertarian lens with Liberty Weekly, or just something light and fun with Daniel and Robert over at Actual Anarchy for movie reviews from a hardcore libertarian perspective.

The Inaugural Libertarian Union Meetup

I know that libertarians are an individualistic bunch and are anti-collectivist, but there’s something to be said about the usefulness of voluntary coalitions.  This week we bring you an in person conversation between Patrick MacFarlane of the Liberty Weekly podcast where his staple topic has been centered around aspects of law from the perspective of an anarchocapitalist.  We discuss tactics, pragmatism, conspiracies, net neutrality, the left-right dichotomy, culture, and among other tangential topics.  Subscribe to Pat’s show and follow his blog over at LibertyWeekly.net

Patrick and I crossed paths through both doing libertarian podcasts, having both become part of a podcast network called The Libertarian Union. Find more at LibertarianUnion.com

2017 in Retrospect

What begins as a retrospective look at the show over the past year, quickly turns into an episode devoted to yours truly’s pet issue, foreign policy.  I will provide some key pieces of information that has helped form my understanding of the geopolitical quagmire in the Middle East/North-East Africa region, with a lot of help from clips made my various other media outlets.

Who are the big players, why each faction leverages power against each other, and under which proxies.  These are the big questions we need to be asking ourselves, and there’s a lot to unravel.  Consider this setting a precedent for 2018’s trajectory as a show, where you can expect to see more of the curtain be pulled back, as we subvert the gatekeepers of narrative.