Raeford Davis: Ex-Cop Turned Libertarian Drug War Critic – LOF #14

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Raeford Davis: Ex-Cop Turned Libertarian Drug War Critic

Raeford Davis spent four years patrolling the streets of North Charleston, South Carolina arresting hundreds of innocent people in drug charges. Now he’s gone straight and speaks out against the State’s Insane War on (Some) Drugs.

Here’s some of what Raeford and I discuss:

  • What Scott Horton and I have in common (that Raeford agrees with)
  • Why Raeford became a police officer
  • What patrol officers do (besides busting people for harmless drug offenses)
  • The cop who once did me a “favor”
  • One profession that is far more dangerous than being a cop
  • What Raeford did when a perp tried to shoot him with a pistol
  • Why Raeford took a position as an SVU detective
  • What made Raeford leave the police force (and why he would have left soon after regardless)
  • Why neighborhoods in North Charleston look exactly the same as they did 10 years ago when Raeford was patrolling the streets
  • The secret reason President Nixon ramped up the War on Drugs in the late 1960s and early 1970s
  • Two possible reasons a cop let me go even though I was smoking pot while driving
  • Why Raeford believes individual cops are not racists (and how the system is to blame for targeting minorities for drug enforcement)
  • The police-industrial complex and how it creates tension among the public
  • Why Raeford believes drugs should be legalized and regulated
  • Two possible reasons Baltimore cops didn’t protect private property during the riots
  • Why cops almost never get convicted for deeds that would land you or me in jail
  • Is there such a thing as a “good cop”?
  • The military mindset among cops that is even more dangerous than the military equipment they get from the Pentagon
  • The mission of LEAP (and Raeford’s role in the organization)
  • And much more!

Visit LEAP – Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Follow Raeford Davis on Twitter

 

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Rick Rivers

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Obamacare: A Disaster 100 Years In The Making – LOF #11

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Obamacare: A Disaster 100 Years In The Making

If you think healthcare in the US got really bad all of a sudden because of Obamacare, then this is the episode for you!

Here’s some of what Frank, Jackson and I cover:

  • Why Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster for almost everyone involved
  • How the Canadian healthcare system is similar to the US system (and how it’s different)
  • Is healthcare a right?
  • Why healthcare is really no different from any other product or service
  • How government appropriates a monopoly on the provision and regulation of healthcare
  • The endless cycle of government intervention in the private sector (and what the inevitable result of it is)
  • How the American Medical Association conspired with the government to limit the supply of doctors and healthcare workers (and the hidden racist agenda that went along with it) over 100 years ago
  • The difference between health insurance and other types of insurance
  • Why health insurance covers low-cost routine maintenance, but car insurance doesn’t
  • How the government-insurance complex hides the true cost of healthcare from patients
  • One simple thing that Amazon and Ebay do that could work in a free market in healthcare providers
  • How Frank saved thousands of dollars on surgery by shopping around (and why almost no one ever does this)
  • Why health insurance and pharmaceutical companies will fight a true single-payer system in the future
  • Hans Hermann Hoppe’s 4-part plan to get the government out of the healthcare business
  • Why the FDA doesn’t protect people (and why they are responsible for a mountain of dead bodies)
  • The industry that is protected from lawsuits (and how taxpayers get stuck with the bill as a result)
  • Why people die waiting for drugs to be approved (and why other people die after taking approved drugs
  • How eliminating all medical licensure would give individuals more choices and lower prices in healthcare
  • Abolish Medicare and Medicaid? How the poor and elderly would be taken care of in a free society
  • And much more!

Hans Hermann Hoppe’s Four-Step Healthcare Solution

Murray Rothbard on Government Medical “Insurance”

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Most music on Libertarians On Fire is courtesy of Bill Palmer’s TV Killers. To hear more of Bill’s music, please visit his Bandcamp page.

Libertarians On Fire is covered by a BipCot No Government license. It can be reused by anyone except governments and government agents and employees.

Until next week, peace.

Rick Rivers

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Adventures In Nicaragua: Energy Economist Confronts Howler Monkey – LOF #9

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Adventures In Nicaragua: Energy Economist Confronts Howler Monkey

Join me as I talk with my guest Brandon, an economist studying rural energy poverty. Brandon recently returned from a month-long trip to Nicaragua, and he shares his adventures with us.

Here’s what you’ll hear about in this episode:

  • Tom Woods mentions Libertarians On Fire during The Tom Woods Show and then again in an email to his list
  • Why Brandon joined the military (and why he wished he hadn’t)
  • How Brandon talked his brother out of joining the military using a clever form of reverse psychology
  • The book Brandon read that instantly made him want a PhD in economics
  • Keynesian economics vs. Austrian economics: how they’re different and which is better
  • Why Milton Friedman jumped the shark on monetary policy
  • How Brandon navigated the land mines of learning economics from statist professors 
  • The book that launched Brandon on his libertarian journey, and led him to take an interest in energy poverty
  • A dead libertarian who renounced violence and became a staunch anti-war activist 
  • Modern energy that the first world takes for granted (and what people in the developing world have to deal with)
  • How a single solar-powered light bulb changed a family’s life
  • Why US government foreign policy since the mid-1800s still adversely affects the lives of people in Nicaragua to this day
  • The mistake some people make when they conflate the State with the nation 
  • What happened when Brandon confronted a howler monkey (and what they have in common with humans)
  • Why it’s easy to catch a cab in Nicaragua
  • Free-market agorism at work in a socialist economy
  • How crafty entrepreneurs take advantage of the US Coast Guard
  • And much more!

Watch Alex Epstein shred Senator Barbara Boxer during a congressional hearing.

Read Jeffrey Sachs’ The End of Poverty, the book that made Brandon want to pursue a PhD in economics.

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Most music on Libertarians On Fire is courtesy of Bill Palmer’s TV Killers. To hear more of Bill’s music, please visit his Bandcamp page.

Libertarians On Fire is covered by a BipCot No Goverment license. It can be reused by anyone except governments and government agents and employees.

Until next week, peace.

Rick Rivers

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Statist News – All The Propaganda That’s Fit To Print – LOF #3

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Statist News – All The Propaganda That’s Fit To Print

Libertarian mole Kiki has infiltrated a local daily newspaper and she is our Statist News Correspondent. Join us for an informative and fun-filled hour as we discuss:

  • Kiki’s libertarian journey (including how she almost became a cop!)
  • The moral and ethical challenge she faces working inside the system
  • How she asks the tough questions no other reporter will ask
  • Why the media lies down for politicians, bureaucrats and cops
  • The revolving door between government and media
  • Heroic cops who get lap dances paid for by you and me
  • From the evidence room to the streets: why cops are selling drugs to the most desperate people in society
  • The alternative to traditional media that can make a difference in exposing government lies
  • A Dead Libertarian who indirectly inspired one of the best TV shows of all time
  • And much more!

To connect with the show, send me an email.

You can also follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.

If you’d like to be on the show, click here to use your phone or your computer.

If you want a FREE copy of my book Petty Little Tyrants, and Other Essays, go to LibertariansOnFire.com/book.

Most music on Libertarians On Fire is courtesy of Bill Palmer’s TV Killers. To hear more of Bill’s music, please visit his Bandcamp page.

Libertarians On Fire is covered by a BipCot No Goverment license. It can be reused by anyone except governments and government agents and employees.

Until next week, peace.

Rick Rivers

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