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I have extended interview invitations to the Ontario Libertarian Party candidates in Kitchener-Waterloo, and here is my 20-minute interview with Patrick Bernier, OLP candidate in Kitchener Centre. You can listen to the audio here.

We talk about the OLP’s plans for empowering individuals and not government, with regard to health care and education, which are always big issues, provincially, and locally as well.

We talk about the unaffordable $11,189 2012-2013 Ontario per student grant for the public education system, and student-driven alternative options that would be more effective.

For health care, we discussed patient-focused care, and ways to improve efficiencies and drive costs down to the level of other countries with better care.

Recently, I conducted an in-depth interview with Ontario Libertarian Party leader Allen Small on March 20, 2014.

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Allen SmallOn the March 20, 2014 special broadcast of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I interviewed Ontario Libertarian Party leader, Allen Small. Here is the audio.

We discussed the following issues:

  • The upcoming Ontario general election
  • The Ontario Libertarian Party’s plan to run a full slate of candidates in all 107 ridings in the upcoming election
  • Major parties changing their policies just to get votes, whereas Libertarian Party stands on principles
  • Reactions to increasing government intrusion in the private, peaceful activities of our lives
  • Municipal governance
  • Unnecessary permits
  • The proper role of government
  • Canada in infamous company with Cuba and North Korea, for not allowing private payment of primary health care by most residents
  • Ontario’s exemption for private sports clubs
  • Ontario used to have a vibrant private health care system in the early 1960s
  • Provincial health insurance coverage arbitrary and varies among provinces
  • You have a right to health, but not to force others to provide health care for you
  • Current health policy in Ontario costing time, money and lives
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford publicly admitting to what constitutes an indictable offence (crack possession and use)
  • Waterloo mayoral candidate Dave MacDonald’s letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne, calling for a provincially-mandated referendum on the Region’s light rail transit plans
  • Whether referendums are appropriate for issues that aren’t the proper function of government
  • The misconception of voting for an alternative party is “throwing your vote away”
  • Even a small percentage of support for alternative parties in a close election can cause other parties to “steal” ideas, and how that’s beneficial

I previously interviewed Allen on September 16, 2012.

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From this February 23, 2010 Daily Bell interview with Lew Rockwell, he said:

Daily Bell: Is it reasonable to believe that the state will ever wither away or does reality instruct us that the best that can be done is to limit its power?

Rockwell: To me, that’s like asking if we can imagine a society without robberies and murders. Maybe it won’t ever happen, but we must have the ideal in mind or else we’ll never get closer to it. Without the ideal, progress stops. To some extent, then, whether reality will finally ever conform is not the critical question. What counts is that what we imagine can and should exist. I like to imagine a society without legally sanctioned aggression against person and property.

For more on Lew Rockwell, see my article, 10 questions for Lew Rockwell.

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Andrew NapolitanoFrom his February 18, 2014 appearance on the Tom Woods Show, Judge Andrew Napolitano said (at 16:04):

Even when Lew Rockwell and you, and I, are dining together, I am the most libertarian person in the room.

and:

The long answer is that I am the quintessential Rothbardian. I believe that you have the right to avoid the state, to avoid the government, the absolute moral right to do so.

For more on Judge Napolitano, see my article, Dr. Stan Monteith on Judge Andrew Napolitano: “Is he another plant in the conservative movement?”, in response to Judge Napolitano’s statement that the first American to shoot down a drone flying over their house where their kids are playing would be an “American hero.”

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One of the misconceptions bandied about in the alternative media is that Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan claimed in 2007 that the Fed was above the law, as this popular video indicates.

Here’s what he actually said:

The Federal Reserve is an independent agency, and that means, basically, that there is no other agency of government which can overrule actions that we take.

He didn’t say that the Fed is above the law — he made the true claim that no other *agency* of government can overrule it, where agency means some other body created by Congress. Congress itself can get rid of the Fed, and should, because its purpose was to serve the big financial interests and not the interests of the people, such as limited state banking and usury-free community currencies would.

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Lew RockwellFrom this January 25, 2014 New York Times hit piece against Rand Paul and Mises Institute associates, Lew Rockwell told a New York Times reporter who requested a tour of the Mises Institute campus that he’s “part of the regime“, yet Lew Rockwell himself is the Chairman of a government-sanctioned and government-regulated institution, the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Ludwig von Mises Institute.

Despite the claim that tax money is better off in the hands of its donors, and the analogy given by Rockwell and other anarcho-capitalists that it is valid and even a moral duty for an individual to seek to pay as little taxes as possible, it doesn’t hold in the case of the Mises Institute, since it was created by Lew Rockwell and others voluntarily entering into an agreement with government, whereas individuals are being taxed on the basis of their very natural existence.

For a close examination of Lew Rockwell’s anti-state credentials, see my articles:

1) 10 questions for Lew Rockwell

2) Lew Rockwell entered into a voluntary agreement with the same government he regards as “far worse than the mafia.”

3) The Ludwig von Mises Institute hates government so much, they’re a government-sanctioned and regulated tax-exempt organization.

4) Austrian economics is big business: The Mises Institute’s $22 million war chest

5) Self-described anti-state LewRockwell.com regularly posting state media articles by Russia Today

6) Lew Rockwell promotes the government-granted privilege of concealed-carry more than the natural right of open carry

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Tom WoodsOn the January 5, 2014 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism, I provided a two-hour refutation of Tom Woods’ 2013 presentation paper, “Why the Greenbackers are Wrong.

Here are some highlights:

(2) that fiat money is just fine as long as it is issued by the people’s trusty representatives instead of by the Fed
– It’s not fiat money, since it’s being issued into circulation by the 12 privately-owned Federal Reserve Banks
– Misdirection, since the proposal isn’t to have Representatives and Senators issue money, but to have bankers do it through the U.S. Treasury, under the public trust, akin to the successful Bank of North Dakota.

The Fed pays for this purchase by writing a check on itself, out of thin air, and handing it to the primary dealer.
– Not created out of thin air, but instead, by a bookkeeping entry.

For one thing, pieces of paper with politicians’ faces on them are not saleable goods. They have no use value, and therefore could not have emerged from barter as the most marketable goods in society.
– They do, because of the full faith and credit of the government backing them, which is based ultimately upon the productivity of the people, and the exchange between producers (taxpayers and government).

Second, even if government did try to impose a paper money issued from nothing on the people, it could not be used as a medium of exchange or a tool of economic calculation because no one could know what it was worth. Are three Toms worth one apple or seven fur coats? How could anyone know?
Its value is ultimately determined by the market, and even Lew Rockwell said that not only is the USD a medium of exchange, it’s also money.

This is how unbacked paper money comes into existence. It begins as a convertible substitute for a commodity like gold, and then the government takes the gold away.
– What about the first paper money issued by the Mongols, and what about the United States Notes?

“Free-market money, therefore, is commodity money.”
– Says who? Stephen Zarlenga has documented several other ways that money has arisen, and privately-issued, voluntary, usury-free community currencies have been issued that aren’t commodity-based.

So free-market money does not enter the economy as a loan.
– What about the paper notes issued by banks during the Free Banking Era of the United States? Were they not free-market money, just because they were issued by state-chartered banks?

For consistency’s sake, they should support all forms of debt-free money, including money that takes the form of a good voluntarily produced on the market and without any form of monopoly privilege.
– “They do”, as in me (Jason Erb), Anthony Migchels, George Whitehurst-Berry, Wayne Walton, Tom J. Kennedy and others.

Although the “there isn’t enough money to pay the interest” argument fails, I want to take up a related warning about sound money
– Is gold sound money when it dropped from $1700 to $1200 in 2013?

First of all, no one can expect to print pieces of paper with his face on them and spend them into circulation. Nobody would accept them, needless to say, and as we have seen, it is impossible for money to be introduced ex nihilo in this way. The only kind of money that can emerge on the free market is one that, at least at one time, had been considered a useful commodity. Paper money can come into existence on the free market and without coercion if it serves as a redemption claim for the commodity money, but irredeemable paper money cannot originate without government threats or violence.
– Tom Woods flaunts his ignorance of the success of voluntary, usury-free community currencies, such as Ithaca Hours and mtnHours.

Again, as we saw previously, the pattern is this: a commodity is freely chosen by market participants to serve as money, for convenience paper receipts fully convertible into that money begin to circulate as money substitutes, and finally the government removes the commodity backing from the paper and only the paper circulates.
– In other words, gold doesn’t function directly in a wide-spread way as money.

When Franklin Roosevelt confiscated Americans’ gold in 1933 and gave them paper money in exchange, this money did not enter the system “as debt.” It was a simple act of conversion of specie into paper. (Thanks to J.P. Koning for tracking down that link.)
– If it didn’t enter as debt, why were they still referred to as notes?

the naive confidence in the American political class that the Greenbacker alternative demands is beneath the dignity of a free people.
– By that standard, why trust government with any powers? — In this way, the anarcho-capitalist critics of government-issued money have some credibility on this point, unlike the minarchist critics like Gary North, who still call for government regulation of contracts in his illusory free market gold standard that is just as much a fool’s gold standard as any government-guaranteed gold standard.

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