Today’s guest is Michael Badnarik. He was the 2004 presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party. Though perhaps more notably to this audience, the man I credit with setting me down the Radical Path, nine years ago.
If you’ve been listening to the pogrom from awhile, you’ve heard me tell the story. Back in 2009 I found myself in some legal trouble, which I thought to be quite unjust. I planned to take the case to trial, and as I was studying for my defense I thought it might be useful to get a better understanding of the Constitution of the United States. A subject I never much though of prior to that.
I knew you were allowed to say what you wanted, as long as you didn’t piss off the wrong people. I knew you could own a gun as long as the government said so. I knew you couldn’t be searched without a warrant, unless the police officer suspected you might have something he wanted to take, but that was about all I knew about the constitution.
It never occurred to me to ask if the Federal Government had the authority to monetarily coerce states into passing seat belt laws or blood alcohol limits. I certainly never questioned who was or was not subject to the jurisdiction thereof. I doubt too many people enjoy paying taxes, but few of us ever question their constitutionality.
So when I stumbled across Michael’s Introduction to the Constitution on YouTube, my whole paradigm was shattered. This 6+ hours long video went through American history, monetary policy, the rights of man, and a number of other subjects in a manner that was so far detached from what I had been told my whole life that my mind was initially repelled, but it simultaneously spoke to me. To use what may be a poor metaphor, it was like a song I never heard but I already knew the words.
I realized that my country was in danger, and that nearly all of my countrymen had been terribly deceived by wicked people who had to be stopped.
And I’ll tell ya what, I set out to stop them like I had never set out to do anything else before in my life.
I joined the Tea Party, I joined the Libertarian Party, I ran for Congress, I went to protests, I got into fights, I got arrested, I spent countless hours reading books, watching videos, listening to podcasts, and propagandizing on the internet. I started a blog, got published by many larger outlets, started podcasting, got syndicated on broadcast radio, got fired from the radio over social justice horseshit, and sunk my entire life into the production you’re listening to right now, while every concentration of power on the planet tried to silence me through violence, deception, frame ups, and bogus lawsuits.
And I tell ya what, if you gave me a nuclear DeLorean and the choice to go back and change it I would not.
There’s a piece by Murray Rothbard I’ve read on here a few times called Do You Hate The State? And in it, Rothbard is talking about the division in the libertarian movement, seemingly between anarchists and minarchists, but Rothbard concludes this is not the actual issue, but rather, as he put it, radical vs. conservative.
Of the Radical Rothbard says this.
Perhaps the word that best defines our distinction is “radical.” Radical in the sense of being in total, root-and-branch opposition to the existing political system and to the State itself. Radical in the sense of having integrated intellectual opposition to the State with a gut hatred of its pervasive and organized system of crime and injustice. Radical in the sense of a deep commitment to the spirit of liberty and anti-statism that integrates reason and emotion, heart and soul.
Now, these days you don’t hear me much oppose the State as an institution, but the power structures which presently rest their boots on our necks, are our mortal enemy. So I do stand in “root-and-branch opposition to the existing political system” I am consumed by my “integrated intellectual opposition to these structures with a gut hatred of their pervasive and organized system of crime and injustice. I share this deep commitment to the task at hand “that integrates reason and emotion, heart and soul.”
That essay, lent itself to the title of the show you’re about to listen to.
Michael joins us for the entirety of the show today, and we’ll be taking your calls at 740-I-AM-1488. You might be on hold for a little while though, because I am really looking forward to catching up with the guy who got this whole thing started. My ideas have gone through a lot of really dramatic changes over the years as I’ve come across new information, but none so drastic as that first red pill.
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