Are we seeing the final throes of the drug war in America? Is this the beginning of the end of the drug war? What's in the News with stories on an update to Charlie Gard, mandatory vaccines, life imitating satire, the Nevada Governor must be high, Big Brother is garbage, eugenics, and civil asset forfeiture is expanding. A New Hampshire, It's Like This Too segment on the many wins we've had so far, and a Herding Cats segment on the Freecoast Festival. This episode is brought to you by Swarm City, a decentralized commerce meta-platform that allows people to participate in commerce without interference from a third party.

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

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Incredibly, we are now faced with a US state that could potentially be ending the war on drugs as we know it. 

The Oregon Legislature passed a bill Thursday decriminalizing small amounts of six hard drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and ecstasy.

The bill, HB 2355, will now go to Governor Kate Brown's desk. She said she is looking forward to signing this bill into law. It decriminalizes possession of the drugs so long as the offender has neither a felony nor more than two prior drug convictions on record.

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS

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First of all, I want to apologize for this episode being late. I have been exceptionally busy the last few weeks, but I'm back on track now and should be able to get this podcast back to its regularly scheduled time on the next episode. And, keep an ear out for news about a brand new podcast coming up on the Pax Libertas Productions network very soon!

In universal health care update, 11 month-old terminal ill Charlie Gard in the United Kingdom is still struggling to survive despite the British courts condemning him to death, and now, a new development makes things even more complex.

In government force news, France took a bold step and made vaccinations mandatory starting in 2018 to combat anti-vaxxers. 

In life imitating satire news, it appears that Frederic Bastiat's brilliant satirical essay, “Candlestick Makers' Petition,” is coming true.

“Candlestick Maker's Petition”

In the Nevada governor is high news, Gov. Brian Sandoval declared a state of emergency after stores that sell recreational marijuana reported that their supply is running out just less than two weeks after the drug went on sale legally.

In Big Brother news, garbage men are now being trained to spy on their customers.  

In eugenics news, a county in Tennessee is offering free vasectomies to male inmates in exchange for a whole 30 days removed from their sentence. Not to be left out, women can also receive time off if they receive a Nexplanon implant in their arm which will prevent pregnancies for up to four years.

In civil asset forfeiture news, Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to increase one of the least democratic powers of law enforcement – civil asset forfeiture.

NEW HAMPSHIRE, IT'S LIKE THIS TOO

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What a year New Hampshire has had already. Not only have we had three state legislators switch their party affiliation to Libertarian, making New Hampshire the state with more Libertarian legislators than all the other 49 states combined and giving us the only Libertaricaucussus in a state house in the country, but we have had so many other wins this year that it's damn near impossible to keep up. Let's talk about those wins

HERDING CATS

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And, speaking of New Hampshire, you don't want to miss the upcoming Freecoast Festival from Friday, September 8th – Sunday September 10th. My wife and I are again working on this event as volunteer coordinators, and we are super excited for you to come!

The Freecoast Festival is an opportunity for our local liberty community to come together and for prospective movers to see what life is really like on New Hampshire's Seacoast. The theme this year is “Living a Voluntary Life Today!”

So, what are you waiting for? See you on the Freecoast! 

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TEASER INTRO

Are we seeing the final throes of the drug war in America? What's in the News with stories on an update to Charlie Gard, mandatory vaccines, life imitating satire, the Nevada Governor must be high, Big Brother is garbage, eugenics, and civil asset forfeiture is expanding. A New Hampshire, It's Like This Too segment on the many wins we've had so far, and a Herding Cats segment on the Freecoast Festival. This episode is brought to you by Swarm City, a decentralized commerce meta-platform that allows people to participate in commerce without interference from a third party.

INTRO 

“Welcome to The LAVA Flow, channeling the flow of information to the Libertarian, Anarcho-capitalist, Voluntaryist, and Agorist community. Find us at thelavaflow.com. Here’s your host, Rodger Paxton.”

Thank you for joining me this week, coming to you from the only state in the country where Democrat state reps have switched to the Libertarian Party, both 20 years ago and this year, this is the show that will bring you the people, places, and events that everyone in the liberty revolution needs to know. You can catch me on Twitter @TheLAVAFlowPod.

This is episode sixty-six, The Beginning of the End of the Drug War?, and it's Saturday, July 22nd, 2017, when there have already been more than 680 people killed by police this year. What's Rustling My Jimmies this week? You're about to find out! Let’s Do It To It!

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

Incredibly, we are now faced with a US state that could potentially be ending the war on drugs as we know it. 

The Oregon Legislature passed a bill Thursday decriminalizing small amounts of six hard drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and ecstasy.

The bill, HB 2355, will now go to Governor Kate Brown's desk. She said she is looking forward to signing this bill into law. It decriminalizes possession of the drugs so long as the offender has neither a felony nor more than two prior drug convictions on record.

Republican State Sen. Jackie Winters claimed the war on drugs as it currently exists amounts to “institutional racism” due to how more frequently minorities are charged with drug crimes than whites. Yes, you heard that right, a Republican said that. 

Winters and other supporters of the bill argue the answer to America’s drug crisis is treatment, not prison time. Democratic Rep. Mitch Greenlick said. “It would be like putting them in the state penitentiary for having diabetes. This is a chronic brain disorder and it needs to be treated this way.”

While this bill is not perfect, they are an incredibly large step in the right direction. Many people think these types of bills will lead to increases in addiction and usage of hard drugs. But, we have some hard evidence that decriminalizing drugs has a very positive effect on society over the long term and doesn't lead to increases in use.

For example, In 2001, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. In that country, if someone is found in the possession of less than a 10-day supply of anything from marijuana to heroin, he or she is sent to a three-person Commission for the Dissuasion of Drug Addiction, typically made up of a lawyer, a doctor and a social worker. The commission recommends treatment or a minor fine; otherwise, the person is sent off without any penalty. A vast majority of the time, there is no penalty.

Fourteen years after decriminalization, Portugal has not been run into the ground by a nation of drug addicts. In fact, by many measures, it's doing far better than it was before.

Drug use has declined overall among the 15- to 24-year-old population, those most at risk of initiating drug use. There has also been a decline in the percentage of the population who have ever used a drug and then continue to do so. The percentage of drug-related offenders in Portuguese prisons fell from 44% in 1999 to 21% in 2012. Drug-induced deaths have decreased steeply to only 3 drug overdose deaths for every 1 million citizens. The EU average is 17.3 per million with the UK having 44.6 per million and Estonia having 126.8 per million. HIV infection rates among injecting drug users have dropped 95%. Portugal also saw a surge in visits to health clinics that deal with addiction and disease. And, compared to rest of the EU, young people in Portugal now use the least amount of "legal high" drugs like synthetic marijuana, which are especially dangerous.

One of the Portugal sociologists who a person is sent to if caught with more than the 10-day supply, Nuno Capaz said, "It's cheaper to treat people than to incarcerate them. If I come across someone who wants my help, I'm in a much better position to provide it than a judge would ever be. Simple as that."

Capaz's team of 10 counselors handles all of Lisbon's roughly 2,500 drug cases a year. It may sound like a lot, but it's actually a 75 percent drop from the 1990s. 

Could Oregon see similar results? I don't see why not. The good news is that Oregon will be the test bed for the rest of the country to watch to see if they want to try similar laws decriminalizing drugs. I imagine that once this is signed and is successful for a few years you will begin to see many other states try the same experiment. I think many, if not most, legislators around the country are weary of the war on drugs and what it is doing to society as a whole. I also think more and more police officers are beginning to feel the same way, but they are still solidly in the minority. Poll after poll shows that the majority of citizens are weary of it, for sure. Hearts and minds are changing in this area on a regular basis, and I believe libertarians deserve a lot of credit for that shift in mindset.

WHAT'S IN THE NEWS

First of all, I want to apologize for this episode being late. I have been exceptionally busy the last few weeks, but I'm back on track now and should be able to get this podcast back to its regularly scheduled time on the next episode. And, keep an ear out for news about a brand new podcast coming up on the Pax Libertas Productions network very soon!

In universal health care update, 11 month-old terminal ill Charlie Gard in the United Kingdom is still struggling to survive despite the British courts condemning him to death, and now, a new development makes things even more complex.

The United State Congress granted legal permanent resident status to Charlie, who is now blind, deaf, and unable to move. According to Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Congress just passed an amendment that “grants permanent resident status to #CharlieGard and family so Charlie can get the medical treatment he needs.”

The British claim that no matter his passport, they won’t let him leave; a judge said last Friday that the family would be breaking the law if they spirited Charlie out of the country without his permission, explaining, “It would be entirely wrong for him to be transferred without my being involved.” The hospital won’t even allow the Gard parents to remove Charlie from the hospital so he can die at home.

I applaud this amendment by the US government, even though government is the reason this child is in this precarious situation to begin with. 

In government force news, France took a bold step and made vaccinations mandatory starting in 2018 to combat anti-vaxxers. 

A recent survey found more than three out of 10 French people don't trust vaccines, and that just 52 percent of participants believe that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks. Between 2008 and 2016, there were more than 24,000 cases of measles in France. Of those, 1,500 had serious complications and 10 people died. 

This law follows Germany and Italy passing similar laws in the last year or so. I talked about vaccines way back in episode 5 of this show, The Rage Against the Vaccines. You can listen to my thought on vaccines at thelavaflow.com/5, but in brief, I believe 100% that the benefits outweigh the risks of vaccines, but I am 100% against force being used to force people to vaccinate their children. I believe education is a much more powerful force than actual force ever will be in these situations.

In life imitating satire news, it appears that Frederic Bastiat's brilliant satirical essay, "Candlestick Makers' Petition," is coming true. If you've never read this piece, I have a link to the "Candlestick Maker's Petition" in the show notes to this episode at thelavaflow.com/66. It is a very short read that is well worth your time.

Essentially, what's happening is that a major union, The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees is suing the University of Michigan for deciding to use goats to clear poisonous brush and overgrown vegetation that is difficult for humans to remove. Renting a team of 20 goats from local residents, the livestock were expected to complete the 15-acre clearing job before students returned to campus in the fall.

The Foundation for Economic Education said,

But the goats exceeded all expectations and instead of completing the job by the end of the summer, they fulfilled their task in a matter of weeks. Since the goats had been rented for the season and were still in the care of the university, they were allowed to graze on campus property after they had finished clearing the overgrowth. While this was not the campus’ original intent, this grazing allowed the goats to feed themselves while the university received a cost-effective lawn mowing service on campus. But not all parties saw this cheap labor as a win/win for the campus community.

As animals, the goats themselves were not privy to the terms of the AFSCME’s contract with the school and made the grave error of eating grass that existed outside of the designated 15-acre clearing area. Unfortunately, trimming grass on campus property is a job-protected in the labor union’s contract with the university, making these goats “scabs” in the eyes of the AFSCME.

In a recent grievance filed against the university, the union asserts that “goat crews” on campus have jeopardized the livelihood of its members, specifically its landscapers who are currently out of work. The union claims that these animals have effectively stolen employment opportunities from its members since the goats have essentially offered the same service but at a much lower cost. As a result, the AFSCME believes that the school is in violation of its collective bargaining contract with the union and has sought legal action.

This is one of the most ridiculous things I've ever heard in my life. If I didn't know better, I would think the AFSCME is trolling the courts with this one, but they are gravely serious about this nonsense and are willing to use the force of government to make sure goats don't take their jobs. Frankly, if you're in a job that can be replaced by a goal, I think you should have better career goals. I fully support a union's right to collectively bargain, but this takes the cake, especially when they are backing up their bargaining with force. 

In the Nevada governor is high news, Gov. Brian Sandoval declared a state of emergency after stores that sell recreational marijuana reported that their supply is running out just less than two weeks after the drug went on sale legally. He issued the state of emergency to allow state officials to decide on new rules that could ease the shortage of marijuana

Nevada’s Department of Taxation released a statement that said it will contemplate emergency regulations that would permit liquor wholesalers to cash in on the marijuana sales.

The Department of Taxation said in a statement, "Based on reports of adult-use marijuana sales already far exceeding the industry’s expectations at the state’s 47 licensed retail marijuana stores and the reality that many stores are running out of inventory, the Department must address the lack of distributors immediately. Some establishments report the need for delivery within the next several days.”

This is a government created issue to begin with. This is the epitome of Harry Brown's quote, "the government is good at one thing. It knows how to break your legs, and then hand you a crutch and say, 'See, if it weren't for government, you wouldn't be able to walk."  The government caused this by promising liquor distributors that they would have the sole rights of moving the drug for 18 months. They can't keep up with demand. However, had Nevada actually legalized pot instead of this quasi-legalization, they would have opened the market up completely and allowed anyone to sell it. I guarantee you there would be no lack of supply if that were the case. So, instead of responding to this crises by opening the market, Nevada declares a state of emergency.

For those of you who may not know, a state of emergency is a suspension of the Constitution, allowing the governor to essential control response without any oversight from the state legislature or the judiciary. It also allows the governor to deploy the national guard and use them as his response team, including as law enforcement if necessary. It can also be used to restrict movement and the rights of citizens. It is, in effect, martial law. As an aside, the United States is still effectively in a state of emergency and has been since September 11, 2001. This emergency suspends certain provisions of law that limits the size of the military and the duration of military service. The nationwide emergency is expected to be in effect until September 14, 2017, unless President Donald Trump renews the presidential memoranda. It was last updated by former President Barack Obama on September 14, 2016 to be in effect for another year.

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In Big Brother news, garbage men are now being trained to spy on their customers.  

Just when you thought there was no way another government-funded group could get in on the surveillance scheme: Enter the garbage man.

Several communities in Utah recently joined an increasingly popular program developed by trash collection behemoth Waste Management Corporation, the Waste Watch Driver Training Program.

Here’s how Waste Management Corporation’s website describes the program: “Our trucks are on your streets every day. Our drivers are familiar with their routes, so they’re often the first to notice when something is amiss. As your community partner, we assist local police and fire departments by acting as extra eyes and ears on local streets. Through our Waste Watch program, we provide training to our drivers in what to look for and how to report suspicious or criminal activity to local authorities.”

Any city leaders interested in joining the project can e-mail Waste Management Corporation and receive “a customized plan” for carrying out the surveillance scheme.

Waste Management spokesman Brad Kloos praises the Waste Watch program, created in 2004, pointing out potential benefits of teaching garbage collectors to spy on their neighbors. He said, "Part of our safety culture is awareness. We figured since [our truck drivers are] already out there being aware ... [we would] utilize that to help the police department to monitor what’s going on in the community.”

Did you get that? Policemen and garbage men will now be working together to “monitor what’s going on in the community.” If the garbage men see something, they are supposed to report that activity to “local authorities.” 

It’s not enough, though, for the supervisors of the surveillance state to train trash collectors to watch their neighbors and report any “suspicious activity.” For a few years now, city waste management companies have been installing automatic license plate readers (ALPR) in their garbage trucks! What the Actual Fuck?

And this is not just in Utah. I've found reports of this in Washington state, Florida, Nebraska, Kansas, Indiana, California, and many other areas. According to Waste Management back in 2012, they had over 200 communities on this program, and it has surely grown since then.

This is a disgusting result of government corporation partnerships that can only happen due to crony capitalism. This should put to rest the idea that you are the actual customer of Waste Management if they are your garbage disposal company. Waste Management reports to their actual customer, the government. Fortunately, here in New Hampshire, I have true free market trash disposal. I pay a local company to come and pick up my trash every week. They are a completely private company with no ties to the government at all, and I have several such companies and people I can choose from. This is more a product of living in a small community, but I will take it any day over paying a company to work for the government and spy on me.

In eugenics news, a county in Tennessee is offering free vasectomies to male inmates in exchange for a whole 30 days removed from their sentence. Not to be left out, women can also receive time off if they receive a Nexplanon implant in their arm which will prevent pregnancies for up to four years. Since the program was instituted, county officials claim 32 women have gotten the Nexplananon implant and 38 men are in line to get a vasectomy procedure performed.

This controversial program was signed into being on May 15, 2017, by General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield. Benningfield’s reasoning is that drug offenders keep ending up in jail and failing to pay for child support. If they didn’t have kids, they couldn’t hurt anybody. Or, maybe this judge should stop putting non-violent drug offenders in jail for supposed crimes that hurt no one. Fuck Benningfield in the neck.

Benningfield said, "I hope to encourage them to take personal responsibility and give them a chance, when they do get out, to not to be burdened with children. This gives them a chance to get on their feet and make something of themselves… I understand it won’t be entirely successful but if you reach two or three people, maybe that’s two or three kids not being born under the influence of drugs. I see it as a win, win."

The ACLU released a statement on the matter expressing concerns:

Offering a so-called ‘choice’ between jail time and coerced contraception or sterilization is unconstitutional. Such a choice violates the fundamental constitutional right to reproductive autonomy and bodily integrity by interfering with the intimate decision of whether and when to have a child, imposing an intrusive medical procedure on individuals who are not in a position to reject it. Judges play an important role in our community – overseeing individuals’ childbearing capacity should not be part of that role.

The ACLU is absolutely right on this one. This is a clear case of eugenics and this is abhorrent. He feigns concern for these supposed offenders yet he sees no issue with throwing them in jail for harming no one. If he were truly concerned, he would let them off for their crime. He doesn't give a shit about these people. He is only concerned about his authority and power. This is extortion of the most vile kind, holding the carrot of freedom over their heads to go through a surgical procedure. Things like this make me wish hell were a real place because evil asshats like this would surely be there.

In civil asset forfeiture news, Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to increase one of the least democratic powers of law enforcement - civil asset forfeiture.

In a memo to the Justice Department, Sessions issued an order that authorized "federal adoption of all types of assets seized lawfully by state or local law enforcement under their respective state laws... whenever the conduct giving rise to the seizures violates federal law." Sessions said the policy was designed to curb the drug trade. 

Sessions told a gathering of law enforcement officials, “President Trump has directed this Department of Justice to reduce crime in this country, and we will use every lawful tool that we have to do that. We will continue to encourage civil-asset forfeiture whenever appropriate in order to hit organized crime in the wallet.”

Right. As if the vast majority of these instances are major drug cartels. That is absolute bullshit. These are used primarily to target small-time drug users and dealers and he goddamned well knows that. And, it invariably catches many completely innocent people in the crosshairs, like the Hispanic guy with $20,000 stolen by the state of Arkansas that he was going to use to buy a truck.

The directive revives the Justice Department’s Equitable Sharing Program, a controversial process through which state and local police agencies can seize assets, then transfer those seizures to federal control. In doing so, local agencies can skirt some state-level regulations limiting forfeitures. Under the program, the federal government pools the funds derived from the assets and sends 80 percent of them back to the state or local department itself, sometimes evading state laws that say seized assets should go into a state’s general fund.

The practice has been under heavy scrutiny in recent years amid high-profile reports of abuses by law-enforcement officials and growing concerns about its constitutionality. In 2015, Sessions' predecessor Eric Holder issued a set of modest policy changes that scaled back equitable-sharing proceeds if they were obtained without warrants or criminal charges. Sessions rescinded those policies, of course, making it easier for the feds to steal from us to appease his favorite people, cops. 

NEW HAMPSHIRE, IT'S LIKE THIS TOO

What a year New Hampshire has had already. Not only have we had three state legislators switch their party affiliation to Libertarian, making New Hampshire the state with more Libertarian legislators than all the other 49 states combined and giving us the only Libertaricaucussus in a state house in the country, but we have had so many other wins this year that it's damn near impossible to keep up.

According to Jason Sorens, President founder of the Free State Project:

Supposing you count as a "libertarian representative" anyone who votes at least as well as Caleb Dyer, the first legislator to defect to the Libertarian Party and head of the LP caucus in the legislature, you would count 76 libertarians in the NH House (out of 400). And if the grades carry over to the Senate (caution: they vote on different bills), then there are 8 libertarian senators (out of 24). What would those ratios look like in your state?

This is simply amazing. I can promise you that you won't find another state like that in the country or the world for that matter. 

And, my friend Neal Conner has been keeping up with all of the various wins and has even possibly missed some. He had this to say:

Signed this year: Constitutional carry, cannabis decriminalization, expanded medical cannabis, cryptocurrency deregulation, overdose immunity, home poker games, hair braiding licensing repeal, firecracker legalization, legalized needle exchange, allowing brewpubs to make cider, greater vaccine options at pharmacies, town tuition freedom, and now 1600 regulations eliminated!

Tired of spinning your wheels everywhere else? Get tired of winning instead in New Hampshire!

The 1600 regulations eliminated refers to Republican Governor Chris Sununu signing an executive order this week eliminating 1600 regulations deemed obsolete and establishing a steering committee to oversee further regulatory review.

The steering committee will look at regulations on an agency-by-agency basis and recommend changes “to reduce the regulatory burden imposed on citizens and businesses and to maintain or enhance the public health, safety, or welfare.”

Sununu said in a statement, “Today’s actions are part of my ongoing ‘Cutting Regs and Red Tape’ agenda. This is about moving to a culture where our employees, and boards and commissions, feel empowered to have a mindset of ‘yes first.’ When it comes to working with state government, far too many small-business owners have to fight to get to ‘yes,’ and that’s not right.”

Are things like this happening in your state? Probably not. I believe that New Hampshire has had more wins towards freedom than any other state in the union this year. Ask yourself, why is this happening in a small state that is surrounded by liberal states in the north east. It is because New Hampshire already has that libertarians streak, and the influx of thousands of libertarians thanks to the Free State Project has also had a major impact as well. Can you imagine what we will be able to accomplish once we have 20,000 libertarians making the move to New Hampshire? Start planning your move now so you can get on the ground here and have fun helping us bring about "liberty in our lifetimes."

HERDING CATS

And, speaking of New Hampshire, you don't want to miss the upcoming Freecoast Festival from Friday, September 8th - Sunday September 10th. My wife and I are again working on this event as volunteer coordinators, and we are super excited for you to come!

The Freecoast Festival is an opportunity for our local liberty community to come together and for prospective movers to see what life is really like on New Hampshire's Seacoast. The theme this year is "Living a Voluntary Life Today!"

Festivities begin with a Friday evening social gathering at The Praxeum in Portsmouth, where food will be provided. This will be where registration occurs and will give you an opportunity to network and meet all of the attendees and speakers. Saturday morning features a speaker series, debates, and ends with one of our keynote speakers, Hannah Braime from "Becoming Who You Are" at the iconic music venue, The Stone Church in Newmarket.

The Saturday evening coastal cruise is the festival's banner event. We'll board the Thomas Laighton and make our way down New Hampshire's spectacular seacoast, while enjoying an included catered meal, and keynote speech by Jake Desyllas from, "The Voluntary Life". Sunday we will bring back by popular demand our Entrepreneur Day! If you recall, I won this competition last year with my presentation on Pax Libertas Productions. 

General admission tickets are $30 which includes everything minus the cruise on Saturday night, but you don't want to miss the amazing food and the incredible keynote by Jake. To add the cruise, it is only an additional $100, which is a steal for this stellar event.  

So, what are you waiting for? See you on the Freecoast! Grab your ticket right now at http://festival.freecoast.org.

OUTRO

Thank you for listening to the show this week. As always, I need to thank my favorite board secretary, Jessica, for her help with this show. For the show notes to this episode, where I put links and other information that has been on this show, go to thelavaflow.com/66.

I have four, yes four, new iTunes reviews this week!

DNTJDGME had this to say:

Freedom inspired! Listen and you'll be hooked! Rodger brings us a perfect show every week. Not only a great sounding voice, but a powerful influence in the Libertarian Anarco-Capitalist Voluntarist & Agorist community.

Thanks, Judge. I'm not sure that I'm a powerful influence, but I appreciate the awesome review!

Twigsandberries said:

Amazing podcast! Politically charged with freedom and liberty. His smooth voice tells it like it is and holds no punches speaking out against the corrupt state. Rodger is the man!

Twigs, thanks! I love it! And, you are the man!

And, Maverick is horrible said:

Awesome! I can't believe it took me so long to finally listen to this podcast. Not only is it one of the best Libertarian podcast out there, Roger has one of the best voices for the media. He should be on TV. Great Show!!!!

Glad you're finally listening, Maverick! And, I have a face made for podcasting. You really don't want me on TV, I promise!

And, finally, Punkshot13 said:

Great libertarian podcast! A must have for any libertarian.

Punk, thanks for that. 

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