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Two New Speeches, Two New Interviews

Scott’s Talk to the Colorado Libertarian Party Convention, May 22, 2021 The Economics of War – Danny Hudson Timcast IRL – Tim Pool Discussion With Nick Sarwark

Recent Episodes of the Scott Horton Show

5/20/21 Pete Quinones on All the Best Libertarian Podcasts You Should Be Following

Scott and Pete Quinones talk about all the other libertarian and antiwar podcasts you should be listening to. Some are big names that every libertarian needs to know about, others are lesser-known up-and-comers that need all the support we can give them.

Discussed on the show:

Pete Quinones is managing editor of the Libertarian Institute and hosts the Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast. He is the author of Freedom Through Memedom: The 31-Day Guide to Waking Up to Liberty and is co-producing the documentary, The Monopoly On Violence.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Photo IQ; Green Mill Supercritical; Zippix Toothpicks; and Listen and Think Audio.

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5/20/21 Kalmen Barkin on Israel’s Fraught Past and Uncertain Political Future

Kalmen Barkin is back for an update on Israeli politics. In the last two weeks, Knesset opposition leader Yair Lapid got the opportunity to form a coalition government, and possibly oust Prime Minister Netanyahu for the first time since 2009. But just afterward, as Barkin explains, violence erupted at the al-Aqsa mosque, in response to Palestinian protests about settlements in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. These events have thrown Israeli politics into turmoil, and it’s not at all clear what will happen going forward. If Netanyahu can hold onto power, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s done so by leveraging uncertain circumstances and supposedly temporary powers. Barkin also explains much of the history that has led the Israelis and Palestinians to this point of conflict.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Israeli Party Leader: Hamas is a Strategic Asset” (Antiwar.com)

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Photo IQ; Green Mill Supercritical; Zippix Toothpicks; and Listen and Think Audio.

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5/20/21 Eric Brakey and Reed Cooley on State Nullification and the Defend the Guard Movement

Eric Brakey, former state senator from Maine and current spokesman for Young Americans for Liberty, talks about the efforts to get Defend the Guard bills into state legislatures. The Defend the Guard movement is an attempt to force congress to uphold its role in declaring war by making sure states retain control of their own national guard troops until an official declaration of war, as the constitution outlines. Of course, congress hasn’t declared a war since World War II, and is unlikely to do so with any of the current terror wars, meaning that in practice the national guard troops simply wouldn’t be available to serve overseas. Brakey is joined by Reed Cooley, Vice President of Communications at Young Americans for Liberty.

Discussed on the show:

Eric Brakey was a member of the Maine State Senate from 2014 to 2018. He has also been a candidate for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Brakey is now a senior spokesman for Young Americans for Liberty. Find him on Twitter @SenatorBrakey.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Photo IQ; Green Mill Supercritical; Zippix Toothpicks; and Listen and Think Audio.

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5/20/21 Gareth Porter on the Increasing Power Shift Toward Hard-Liners in Iran

Scott talks to Gareth Porter about the national political scene in Iran, where, in large part thanks to U.S. intervention, the population is increasingly aligning behind the most conservative forces, and moving away from President Rouhani. Iranians, Porter says, have very little trust that America will negotiate in good faith, and there is now less support than ever for the JCPOA, which the Biden administration is supposedly trying to renegotiate.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Leak Exposes Fissures in Iranian Establishment and Power Shift to Hard-Liners” (Consortium News)

Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on the national security state. He is the author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare and, with John Kiriakou, The CIA Insider’s Guide to the Iran Crisis. Follow him on Twitter @GarethPorter and listen to Gareth’s previous appearances on the Scott Horton Show.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Photo IQ; Green Mill Supercritical; Zippix Toothpicks; and Listen and Think Audio.

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5/20/21 Daniel Larison on Israel’s De Facto Annexation of Palestine

Daniel Larison talks Israel-Palestine. He takes on the common straw man argument that Israel “has a right to defend itself” from the belligerence of its neighbors. In the abstract, of course, every sovereign nation should have the right to self-defense; the problem is that this argument doesn’t take any of the history of the conflict into account. The Hamas rocket attacks, Larison explains, have been a response to raids on the al-Aqsa Mosque, which were themselves a reaction to Palestinian protests in solidarity with victims of Israeli settlements. And besides, Israel only pretends that the Palestinians are “their neighbors” when there’s fighting—the rest of the time Palestine is just territory that in fact is being occupied by the Israeli government. We should always be wary of simply condemning one side, especially when one side  is so consistently mischaracterized in the mainstream media.

Discussed on the show:

  • “Gaza Lives Erased: Israel Is Wiping Out Entire Palestinian Families on Purpose” (Haaretz)

Daniel Larison is a contributing editor at Antiwar.com, contributor at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and former senior editor at The American Conservative magazine. Follow him on Twitter @DanielLarison or on his blog, Eunomia.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Photo IQ; Green Mill Supercritical; Zippix Toothpicks; and Listen and Think Audio.

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5/17/21 Hassan El-Tayyab on American Complicity in Saudi Arabia’s War of Genocide in Yemen

Hassan El-Tayyab discusses the state of the war in Yemen. The Biden administration famously announced in February that it would be ending support for Saudi “offensive operations” in Yemen, including targeting assistance and maintenance on their military equipment. In the last few days, however, the U.S. military has clarified the position: it will, in fact, still be supporting the Saudi air force in its bombing operations, seemingly the most important part of Biden’s supposed decision to stop helping them. But leaving that whole issue aside, what’s really causing the most devastation on Yemeni civilians—and especially young children—is the Saudi blockade of the Hodedah port. With the blockade in place, it has become difficult to get much-needed supplies like food and basic medicine into the country, making an already dire humanitarian crisis that much worse. The UN has estimated that 400,000 Yemeni children could starve to death in 2021, and the U.S. is poised to let it happen.

Hassan El-Tayyab is a musician and peace activist, who works as the lead lobbyist on Middle East policy for the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Photo IQ; Green Mill Supercritical; Zippix Toothpicks; and Listen and Think Audio.

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5/13/21 Mike Swanson on the Post-Covid Economic ‘Recovery’

Mike Swanson gives his take on what’s in store for the U.S. economy as the covid restrictions begin to lift. Although the early economic recovery isn’t looking as rosy as some predicted, many businesses do seem to be getting back to normal as the pandemic subsides. What’s much more worrisome, says Swanson, is the sheer amount of money that the government has created over the last year. With trillions of new dollars injected into the economy, it’s impossible that we won’t see some kind of inflationary consequences sometime soon.

Mike Swanson provides investment advice at wallstreetwindow.com and is the author of The War State: The Cold War Origins Of The Military-Industrial Complex And The Power Elite. He also works with the Neopolis Media Group, 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: The War State, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Photo IQ; Green Mill Supercritical; Zippix Toothpicks; and Listen and Think Audio.

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5/13/21 Max Blumenthal on the Real History of Israel-Palestine

Scott talks to Max Blumenthal about the true state of affairs between Israel and Palestine, which you won’t hear about in most mainstream media sources. Although the situation is often depicted as two neighboring states engaged in a religious conflict, the truth is that the Palestinians are second-class citizens in what has become a de facto single apartheid state. The widely-publicized rocket attacks are the actions of an oppressed minority fighting back in the only way they can. Any violence against Israeli civilians is of course condemnable, but we can’t lose sight of the fact that Israel has a massive advantage in money, weapons and international support, and has been killing innocent Palestinians for decades. Scott and Blumenthal also discuss the extent to which Iran actually supports Hamas

Discussed on the show:

Director and writer of “Killing Gaza,” Max Blumenthal is a senior editor of the Grayzone Project and the author GoliathRepublican Gomorrah and The 51 Day War. Follow him on Twitter @MaxBlumenthal.

This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods’ Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; Photo IQ; Green Mill Supercritical; Zippix Toothpicks; and Listen and Think Audio.

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