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On the August 2, 2014 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I discussed:

More analysis of The Gold Standard: Perspectives in the Austrian School (pp. 20-25), with Rothbard’s critique of a basket of currencies, bi-metallic standard and case for a single commodity gold standard.

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Once a haven of pure anarcho-capitalist rhetoric, LewRockwell.com has had to tone it down as of April 2014, in order to publish articles that people actually care about now that Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign is long over.

Where he once had 11-12 articles a day of the same tired, old anti-government rhetoric, he has recently had 4-7 articles a day on things that are more relevant to people than what Murray Rothbard or the same usual suspect anarcho-capitalist Mises Institute devotees have to say about events, past and present.

Here are those articles, starting on Tuesday, April 1, 2014:

Tuesday
The Auto Dealership Scam
Let’s buy cars on-line from the makers for much less, says Eric Peters.

What I Learned at the Cook County Morgue
Paul Huebl on his unique education.

Autism Rates Go Even Higher
David Brownstein, MD, on vaccinerica.

10 Ancient Civilizations
Fascinating, but forgotten in history.

Wednesday
How Good Are You at Problem Solving?
Take this test for 15 year-olds.

5.1 and 100 Aftershocks
Is SoCal prepared for the “quake from Hell”?

We May Be Aging, But We Still Want To Play
Margaret Durst on staying in the game, naturally.

Can You Get Home in an Emergency?
Be ready with a plan and these essential items.

Ride the Highroller!
The 550 ft., half a billion dollar wheel in Vegas.

The Best Times To Eat Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
If you want to lose weight. Oh, and be up by 7am.

Can you Tell a Man’s Intelligence by Looking at Him?
Of course.

Thursday
The Illuminati
Were they real? Mike Jay looks at the history.

From Hannibal’s Elephants to Ukraine’s Killer Dolphins
A history of animal abuse in war.

Hydration for the Apocalypse
Brett and Kate McKay on how to store water for long-term emergencies.

The Holy Grail
Is this ancient, jewel-encrusted Spanish goblet Jesus’s chalice?

Friday
10 Amazing Acts of Defiance
Like the Tank Man in Tiananmen Square, these deserve their place in history.

Limit Your Salt Intake?
Don’t, says David Brownstein, MD.

6 Ways To Sleep More and Better
To avoid the onset of Alzheimer’s. Article by Dr. Joseph Mercola.

Gentlemen Prefer…Body-Builders
Pictures reveal how Marilyn Monroe kept herself in shape with weights and a high protein diet.

For more on Lew Rockwell, see my articles here.

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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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Lew RockwellFrom his December 31, 2013 article, “‘Rockwell, You’re No Grover Cleveland’“, Lew Rockwell says:

LRC could use your help, too, of course. We want to be more effective in 2014 for freedom. If you can help, you’ll not only do good, you’ll bother the bad guys. Let’s give them a hotfoot!

Your gift of $100, $50, or $25 would be great. $500, $1,000, or any amount would be magnificent.

The relentless and well-funded attack of our enemies took its toll this year, but we never fell, never stumbled, and are ready to counterattack in 2014.

We are determined, with your help, to work harder to be worthy of our ideas. We have the truth on our side, after all, and Murray Rothbard asked us to carry on his work. How can we falter?

With you, we can’t.

For more on why I won’t be donating to LRC or the Mises Institute, see my articles:

10 questions for Lew Rockwell and Austrian economics is big business: The Mises Institute’s $22 million war chest.

For true monetary reform and economic justice, consider donating to George Whitehurst-Berry, Wayne Walton, Tom J. Kennedy and Anthony Migchels.

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Here are 10 questions I have for Lew Rockwell, founder of the government-regulated and tax-exempt Ludwig von Mises Institute, and founder of the purported “anti-state” site, LewRockwell.com:

Lew Rockwell1) Why did you enter into a voluntary agreement with the very same government you said is “far worse than the mafia?

2) When there were prominent voices asking for information about who wrote the racially-charged Ron Paul newsletters, with some pointing the finger at you, why did you engage in the very Washington-style politics you decry and provide little to no transparency and say it was “ancient history“, and a smear campaign?

3) Why did you excise the last paragraph from Paul Craig Roberts’ April 2008 article, “What the Iraq War Is About”, implicating Israel’s interests as the primary reason for the 2003 Iraq War, despite your webmaster posting it to his own site, antiwar.com?

4) When serious questions were being raised by 2006 about the official 9/11 government conspiracy theory, why didn’t you regularly give prominent space on your “anti-state” site to these voices, and aggressively question the propositions underlying the attacks that have most served to aggressively expand the power of the state?

5) Why do you regularly promote a so-called free market gold standard, when your most prominent writer, Gary North, admits that such a thing has never existed throughout history?

6) Why do you continue to regularly publish Gary North’s articles in light of him making claims like gold coins produced by the U.S. and Canadian Mints aren’t money, or can’t even be bothered to respond to fellow Austrian School associate, Walter Block?

7) Why are you selectively publishing Paul Craig Roberts’ and Michael Snyder’s articles? That is, when they make good pro-state arguments, why do you censor them like Saul Alinsky advocated, in not presenting valid arguments, even though they may undermine your case?

8) Why don’t you allow comments (potential negative criticism) on your site? (as of December 27, 2013, this remains the case).

9) Why did you say money is something you can use to buy things at Kroger’s (implying that government-issued currency really is money), despite making a career out of blasting government, and saying gold is real money?

10) Why did you claim that Murray Rothbard founded libertarianism, when the Merriam-Webster dictionary shows that it was a defined concept two centuries earlier?

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On the February 24, 2013 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism, I interviewed Austrian School economist Dr. Walter Block, and covered the following issues, among others:

Hour 1: George Whitehurst-Berry back on the airwaves, Jan Helfeld on Radio Liberty, my interview with Doug Newberry & satanic Superbowl half-time show. Hour 2: Interview with Austrian economist Dr. Walter Block on his book, “Yes to Ron Paul and Liberty.

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