The Ron Paul vs. Gary Johnson Edition

This is the transcript of episode sixteen of The LAVA Spurt podcast. You can listen to the audio of this Podcast episode here:

 

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Is Gary Johnson libertarian enough for Ron Paul? Thank you for joining me on the sixteenth episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Ron Paul vs. Gary Johnson Edition.

I am still catching a lot of flak, even from many voluntaryists, for my stance on the Johnson Weld campaign. I don’t get it. I can understand minarchists giving me flak on this, but not voluntaryists. Minarchists love to throw the word “purist” at me like it’s some sort of albatross, so I just throw it back and them and call them “party purists,” because they believe the Libertarian Party can do no wrong, and we should follow LP candidates no matter what. This is party over [Read more…]

What are some of the best libertarian podcasts?

This is the transcript of episode fifteen of The LAVA Spurt podcast. You can listen to the audio of this Podcast episode here:

 

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I get asked all the time what podcasts I listen to, so I thought I’d share. Do you listen to these? Thank you for joining me on the fifteenth episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Libertarian Podcasts I Listen To Edition.

What are my favorite podcasts? I get this question an awful lot, so I thought I would take a few minutes and answer it. So many people out there put out a list of “the best liberty podcasts” or “the top ten libertarian podcasts.” That is nothing more than someone’s opinion, so instead of trying to tell you what you should think are the top liberty podcasts, I’m just going to tell you the ones I actually listen to on a regular basis. There are a ton of podcasts out there, both liberty related and non-liberty related, and I listen to quite a few of them. These are in no specific order and this is not an all-encompassing list. There are surely some great liberty podcasts out there that [Read more…]

Should Johnson and Weld Be Removed from the Libertarian Party Ticket?

This is the transcript of episode thirteen of The LAVA Spurt podcast. You can listen to the audio of this Podcast episode here:

 

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The Libertarian Party of the Seacoast of New Hampshire has asked the Libertarian National committee to remove Johnson / Weld as the candidates. Will this have any impact? This is the thirteenth episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Remove Johnson and Weld Edition.

Many of us have been railing against Gary Johnson and Bill Weld for months, and many of us have independently asked the Libertarian National Committee to invoke Article 14 Section 5 of their Bylaws to remove Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, or at the very least, [Read more…]

Kratom vs. Oxycontin

This is the transcript of episode twelve of The LAVA Spurt podcast. You can listen to the audio of this Podcast episode here:

 

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The DEA bans kratom as the FDA approves OxyContin for kids. Am I the only one that sees the hypocrisy of this? This is the twelfth episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Kratom vs. Oxycontin Edition.

The DEA recently added the herbal substance, kratom, to its schedule 1 list of drugs. Kratom is a plant from Southeast Asia that activates some of the same receptors as opioids but is far less dangerous.  Schedule 1 is generally reserved for the most dangerous drugs that have no medicinal benefit, although several of the drugs scheduled that way have shown to have medicinal benefits much to the chagrin of the DEA and the FDA. Schedule 1 includes drugs like heroin, ecstasy, LSD, peyote, and others. Why did they decide to schedule this plant the same way? As Tom Knapp said in a William Lloyd Garrison center article:

The agency offers numerous excuses — insufficient testing for the plant to have an approved medical use, its historical use as an opium substitute,  its increasing use “to self-treat chronic pain and opioid withdrawal symptoms, with users reporting its effects to be comparable to prescription opioids.” DEA says that last bit like it’s a bad thing. It isn’t. Pain relief is a GOOD thing.

And to go even further than Tom, at a time when the federal government is busting folks who are [Read more…]

I Sit with Kaepernick

This is the transcript of episode eleven of The LAVA Spurt podcast. You can listen to the audio of this Podcast episode here:

 

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Colin Kaepernick is refusing to stand for the national anthem. Is he right to do so? This is the eleventh episode of The LAVA Spurt, The I Sit With Kaepernick Edition.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself directly into controversy and the line of fire by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States. He has done this for at least two preseason games so far.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that [Read more…]

Free Market Disaster Relief is Superior

This is the transcript of episode ten of The LAVA Spurt podcast. You can listen to the audio of this Podcast episode here:

 

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The free market saved countless lives in Louisiana the last several days while the government fiddled. This is the tenth episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Don’t Wait for Government Edition.

Louisiana finds itself yet again under water, leaving 13 dead and tens of thousands homeless. With the massive amount of people finding themselves in a precarious situation during the flooding, government and first responders were completely overwhelmed with calls to help people trapped inside their homes by the rapidly rising waters. They could not keep up with the demand.

Enter the “Cajun Navy”

Thankfully, though, Louisiana is not called the “Sportsman’s Paradise” accidentally. It gets that name because there is a very large portion of the population that loves to hunt and fish. Enter the Cajun Navy, an informal group of sportsmen who assemble their own boats and equipment to help those in need anytime a major flood hits the state. [Read more…]