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Iraq War II: A History Lesson

It's been 15 years since they lied us into Iraq War II. So I did a couple of long, in-depth interviews with Jonathan Schwarz about how and why they lied us into it, and Gareth Porter about how the war played out. Especially for those of you who were too young or wrong...

Retired USSC Justice Stevens: Repeal the 2nd Amendment

Other than conservatives, is there a group of people anywhere dumber than American liberals? How childish is this thinking?: Change the law and all the guns will vanish and then shooting will decrease. Here’s a more likely result: the second America Civil War, mass...

New Jersey Speech This Weekend

Saturday the 24th I'm giving a talk about Afghanistan to the Libertarian Party of New Jersey state convention. It's at the University Inn on the campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Find out more here.

Recent Episodes of the Scott Horton Show

6/22/18 Sheldon Richman on Trump’s Border Policy

Sheldon Richman, Executive Editor of the Libertarian Institute, is interviewed on his new article for the Libertarian Institute, “What Does Trump Have Against the Children“. Trump’s border policy, lying, and the common arguments used by border restrictionists on all sides of the political spectrum are deconstructed.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; LibertyStickers.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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6/20/18 Simon Floth on Julian Assange

Australian Analytical Philosopher and early contributor to Wikileaks Dr. Simon Floth is interviewed on his new article for antiwar.com, “Assange’s Equadorian Cave“. The history of Assange’s detention in the Ecuadorian embassy, his journalistic activities, and why he’s really unable to leave is explored in detail.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; LibertyStickers.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.
Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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6/20/18 Nasser Arrabyee on the Latest in the War in Yemen

Nasser Arrabyee rejoins the show to discuss the latest developments in the Saudi-U.S. war in Yemen. UAE and Saudi forces have continued to bomb Hodeidah because of its strategic importance to the Houthis. Arrabyee explains that the attackers continue to underestimate the Houthis, and that fighting a guerrilla war against the civilians of Hodeidah won’t be easy.

Nasser Arrabyee is a Yemeni journalist based in Sana’a, Yemen. He is the owner and director of yemen-now.com. You can follow him on Twitter @narrabyee.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; LibertyStickers.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.
Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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6/20/18 David R. Henderson on the Effects of War

David Henderson joins the show to talk about the consequences of war for the American economy and the world political order. Henderson explains that many of the intrusive powers the state has today are the result of major crises, during which the state seizes some new power, and then after the crisis gives up much of that power again—but not all of it. Over time these powers accumulate into the government we have today. The nascent income tax, for instance, was raised all the way to 77% for top earners during World War I, and then ‘generously’ lowered closer to modern levels after the war ended. Railroads were nationalized around the same time, and then privatized afterward but with much more regulation. Henderson identifies three crises that had the most impact in this area: World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II. War in particular has dire consequences for government power, as demonstrated by the rise of Hitler’s fascism in Europe and numerous socialist regimes in the East, all as a direct result of the aftermath of World War I. He advocates a return to defense, rather than offense, which would not only save American taxpayers billions each year, but would also avoid the blowback with which we’ve become all too familiar.

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David R. Henderson is a Research Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and former professor of Economics at the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is the author of The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey. Read his work at DavidRHenderson.com and AntiWar.com.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; LibertyStickers.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.
Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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6/18/18 Tim Shorrock on the North Korea negotiations

Tim Shorrock joins Scott to discuss his recent trip to Singapore to report on the negotiations with North Korea. According to Shorrock the negotiations are a good thing—but you won’t get that from listening to the American media. Pundits on both sides of the aisle are trying to undermine Trump’s and Jae-in’s efforts at diplomacy because peace on the Korean peninsula would undermine the influence of the American Empire. Democrats especially, supposedly anti-war in principle, oppose troop withdrawal, a move that Shorrock says makes their position even further to the right than South Korea’s far right-wing party. Will North Korea denuclearize? Scott and Tim are undecided, given that nearly all countries that acquire nuclear weapons retain them. Both, however, are optimistic that good things will come from the negotiations.

Tim Shorrock is the author of Spies For Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing and a regular contributor to The Nation and the Korea Center for Investigative Reporting. Follow him on Twitter @TimothyS.

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This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.; NoDev NoOps NoIT, by Hussein Badakhchani; LibertyStickers.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.
Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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6/13/18 Ramzy Baroud on the Gaza border protests and the nature of the discussion around Palestine

Ramzy Baroud returns to the show to discuss his latest book, The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story, the propaganda coming from both the American and Israeli media, and the changing nature of the conversation around Palestine. Baroud, a harsh critic of Obama’s, Trump’s, and the United Nations’ strategies toward Israel, explains what the U.S. is doing wrong, and how the few good things are often “too little, too late.”

Baroud argues that the terms “conflict”, and even “occupation”, are incorrect, and that the only accurate way of viewing the situation is as colonization by a secular state. The terms we use have implications in international law and influence any potential solution.

Ramzy Baroud is a US-Arab journalist and is the editor-in-chief of the Palestine Chronicle. He is the author of My Father Was A Freedom Fighter: The Untold Story of Gaza. His new book is The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story. Follow Ramzy on Twitter @RamzyBaroud and read his work at RamzyBaroud.net.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Beating the US “Veto”: Palestinians Need Urgent Protection from Israel” (AntiWar.com)
  • “‘Every bullet has a precise address’ – another Israeli journalist justifies the massacre” (Mondoweiss)
  • Razan al-Najjar
  • “Israel’s Premature Celebration: Gazans have Crossed the Fear Barrier” (RamzyBaroud.net)
  • “The Colonization of Palestine: Rethinking the Term ‘Israeli Occupation’” (AnitWar.com)

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.
Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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6/15/18 Sheldon Richman on Trump, North Korea and Iran

Sheldon Richman, Executive Editor of the Libertarian Institute and author of TGIF “The Goal Is Freedom” every Friday on the Institute’s site, is interviewed on his new article “Trump, North Korea, and Iran”.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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6/18/18 Aaron Mate on the Russia Investigation

Aaron Maté, host and producer of “The Real News” and author for The Nation, is interviewed on his new article “The Mueller Indictments Still Don’t Add Up to Collusion“. Alleged Russian interference in the US Election, Paul Manafort’s crimes, Michael Flynn, and James Clapper and John Brennan’s involvement in the Russian investigation is all discussed in a wide ranging interview.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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6/15/18 Mike Swanson on Jerome Powell’s Economy, Boom Bust, and Investing

Mike Swanson is interviewed on the economy, boom bust, investing and his article “Is Today Going to be the Day that Jerome Powell Brings a Dovish Surprise?

Mike Swanson runs the website wallstreetwindow.com and is the author of the books Strategic Stock Trading and The War State. He also is affiliated with the Neopolis Media Group, which is a group of historians, educators, authors, researchers, and free speech advocates who endeavor to provide original and engaging content, including The Ochelli Effect, and The Lone Gunman Podcast.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage Inc.LibertyStickers.comTheBumperSticker.com; and ExpandDesigns.com/Scott.

Check out Scott’s Patreon page.

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Recent Episodes of the Scott Horton Show

6/22/18 Sheldon Richman on Trump’s Border Policy

Sheldon Richman, Executive Editor of the Libertarian Institute, is interviewed on his new article for the Libertarian Institute, “What Does Trump Have Against the Children“. Trump’s border policy, lying, and the common arguments used by border restrictionists on all...

6/20/18 Simon Floth on Julian Assange

Australian Analytical Philosopher and early contributor to Wikileaks Dr. Simon Floth is interviewed on his new article for antiwar.com, “Assange’s Equadorian Cave“. The history of Assange’s detention in the Ecuadorian embassy, his journalistic activities, and why he’s...

6/20/18 Nasser Arrabyee on the Latest in the War in Yemen

Nasser Arrabyee rejoins the show to discuss the latest developments in the Saudi-U.S. war in Yemen. UAE and Saudi forces have continued to bomb Hodeidah because of its strategic importance to the Houthis. Arrabyee explains that the attackers continue to underestimate...

6/20/18 David R. Henderson on the Effects of War

David Henderson joins the show to talk about the consequences of war for the American economy and the world political order. Henderson explains that many of the intrusive powers the state has today are the result of major crises, during which the state seizes some new...

6/18/18 Tim Shorrock on the North Korea negotiations

Tim Shorrock joins Scott to discuss his recent trip to Singapore to report on the negotiations with North Korea. According to Shorrock the negotiations are a good thing—but you won’t get that from listening to the American media. Pundits on both sides of the aisle are...

6/15/18 Sheldon Richman on Trump, North Korea and Iran

Sheldon Richman, Executive Editor of the Libertarian Institute and author of TGIF “The Goal Is Freedom” every Friday on the Institute’s site, is interviewed on his new article “Trump, North Korea, and Iran”. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen...

6/18/18 Aaron Mate on the Russia Investigation

Aaron Maté, host and producer of “The Real News” and author for The Nation, is interviewed on his new article “The Mueller Indictments Still Don’t Add Up to Collusion“. Alleged Russian interference in the US Election, Paul Manafort’s crimes, Michael Flynn, and James...

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