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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

6/15/18 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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06/11/18 Tommy Raskin on the Myth of Rwanda

Tommy Raskin, antiwar writer and frequent author at antiwar.com, is interviewed on his article “Spinning Rwanda in the Grand Cult of US Empire“. The article explains how Helen Epstein, in her book “Another Fine Mess”, details the United States intervention in Rwanda and Uganda in the 1990s and dismantles the responsibility to protect “original sin” of Rwanda, and the myth that the United States stayed out of the conflict.

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06/11/18 Eric Eikenberry on the Saudi / UAE attack on Al Hudaydah

Eric Eikenberry, Director of Policy & Advocacy at the Yemen Peace Project, is interviewed on his article for Lobelog, “The Magical Thinking Behind an Attack on Hudaydah”. The situation in Yemen is discussed, as well as the UN plan for Al Hudaydah, and the imminent UAE and coalition offensive on Al Hudaydah.

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6/8/18 Ray McGovern on the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty

Ray McGovern returns to the show to discuss the history of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967. McGovern details the actions of the Israeli forces, the heroic actions of crew member Terry Halbardier, and the fateful decisions of American politicians to cover up what happened. McGovern and Scott then discuss the evidencethat the ’67 War was an aggressive war waged by the Israelis. Finally McGovern discusses the relationship between Netanyahu and Obama.

Ray McGovern is the co-creator of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and the former chief of the CIA’s Soviet analysts division. Read all of his work at his website: raymcgovern.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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6/8/18 Sheldon Richman on Zionism, ethno-nationalism, and why anarchy leads to peaceful association

Sheldon Richman joins the show to discuss his latest article “TGIF: Separation, Not Association, Requires Force.” Richman and Scott discuss the pseudo ethno-nationalism of Israel and its appeal to American white nationalists. Richman makes the case that love, association, and trade break down national, cultural, and racial prejudices and that the state builds them up. Richman and Scott discuss the divide within libertarianism between “left” and “right” libertarians over immigration. Richman then discusses the history of the apartheid state in Israel and takes on the common misconceptions about the causes of the 1967 War. Scott then asks Richman about his previous article, “The Abused Jews of Iraq.” Finally Richman considers all the things that might be different if the Zionist movement had failed.

Sheldon Richman is the executive editor of the Libertarian Institute and the author of America’s Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited. Follow him on Twitter @SheldonRichman.

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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6/6/18 Stu Smallwood on why South Korea must leave the American Orbit to achieve lasting peace

Stu Smallwood joins Scott to discuss his article “For Lasting Peace, President Moon Must Lead South Korea Out of America’s Orbit.” Smallwood says that first we have to consider the perspective of the South Koreans and understand how the corruption of the previous South Korean regime led to a political awakening that has affected South Korean popular views toward the North. Smallwood then shares the backstory of President Moon Jae-in and how his unlikely rise as president for peace. Finally Smallwood makes the case that South Korea realistically can continue the peace deal with the North, even in the United States ultimately backs out—and that Moon Jae-in’s political legacy will rest on the decision.

Stu Smallwood lived in Korea for eight years and now writes about the US empire in Korea for Antiwar.com and Global Research. Follow him on Twitter @stu_smallwood.

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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6/6/18 John Pfaff on the Perverse Incentives of Punishment

Fordham Law Professor John Pfaff joins the show to discuss his article for TheAppeal.org “The Perverse Incentives of Punishment.” Pfaff begins by sharing the story of a sheriff in Alabama who kept the remaining funds from feeding prisoners in the county jail for himself—and used the money to buy himself a beach house. Scott then discusses the true problem with private prison systems, and why even libertarians should be against private prisons. Pfaff then explains why prosecutors have considerable financial incentives to charge defendants with felonies rather than misdemeanors and makes the case why it’s so hard for “smart on crime” to overcome “tough on crime.” Scott then puts the question to Pfaff—if we’re going to have a public police and judicial system, why should they be allowed to vote or unionize? Finally the two discuss why the analytical problem is clear, but the political solution requires creative consideration.

John Pfaff is a professor of law at Fordham University. He is the author of “Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration and How to Achieve Real Reform.” He writes regularly at Appeals.org. Follow him on Twitter @JohnFPfaff.

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

6/15/18 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...

06/11/18 Tommy Raskin on the Myth of Rwanda

Tommy Raskin, antiwar writer and frequent author at antiwar.com, is interviewed on his article “Spinning Rwanda in the Grand Cult of US Empire“. The article explains how Helen Epstein, in her book “Another Fine Mess”, details the United States intervention in Rwanda...

6/8/18 Ray McGovern on the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty

Ray McGovern returns to the show to discuss the history of the Israeli attack on the USS Liberty in 1967. McGovern details the actions of the Israeli forces, the heroic actions of crew member Terry Halbardier, and the fateful decisions of American politicians to cover...

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