Last night Phil got a wild hair and decided to make a Paul Harvey -esque “So God Made” video. Now we proudly present to you “So God Made Jefferson”. Let us know what you think!
Welcome to JeffersonSince 1941, overbearing states of California and Oregon make it more and more difficult to access our natural resources, create new businesses and continuously erode our natural rights to liberty and property. Made to bend to the whims of the concentrated populations from the big cities to the south and north, the movement to forge a new state in the region has resurfaced. It's time to get off the sinking ship. So grab your favorite brew and listen as Phil, Josh and Aaron discuss history, politics, economics and the philosophy of liberty here at the State of Jefferson Podcast.
In case you missed it, Phil was a guest on Double Crossed Radio last night. If you haven’t heard of Double Crossed Radio before this, they are our counterparts in Oregon. Run by David, Drew and Chuck out of Northern Jefferson they secede every Thursday at 7pm in much the same way as us. If you want to give last nights show with Phil a listen it can be found here
That’s right folks, this episode is all about Phil. Well ok, it’s really about his presentation from last September in Yreka. Make sure to visit us next Thursday for our special interview with the legendary Dr. Walter Block.
-Phil describes a video showing Spontaneous Order
-We listen to a speech by the late Dr. Murray Rothbard
-We talk about this recent video from Learn Liberty
In this episode we interview Bryan in studio, who attended the Jefferson meeting in Crescent City. To our surprise, he actually had negative things to say about it. After this episode was recorded, I flew into a facebook rage (which, I admit, I should have expressed my thoughts with a cooler head, and for that I apologize to those who witnessed it) on a page the people involved directly in the movement use and heard the other side of the story. I explain my thoughts in an update I added to the beginning of the episode at the last minute.
The thing to take away from all this is that there can sometimes be a breakdown of what you want to say and how it is received. I worry that if we give the wrong message, albeit unintentionally, that it could be seized upon by the anti’s to try to make us look bad, or disenfranchise the fence-sitters. So listen to this episode with that caveat. Make sure your message is delivered in such a way that these misunderstandings and misinterpretations are avoided.
We’ve already recorded our next episode, and we promise it will be a lot more fun than this one.
After a brief hiatus The State of Jefferson Podcast is back! Join Phil, Josh and the new guy Aaron as they tangent and discuss everything from phones to elephants to unions. This podcast marks another change as well, we stopped editing our cursing so much which means it is more in the PG13 range.
-Aaron is introduced and his role explained
-We talk about Robert and Kayla who crunched the numbers to find that Jefferson would be viable
-A thank you and shout out to Joel Nielsen of The Black Mesa Project for the intro music.
-We have a new and improved website thanks to Timothy Caron
-Capitalism! We discuss it in depth. Including bailouts, intellectual property , regulatory capture, etc.
-Silent Circle has a new phone coming out just for those of you who don’t like to be tracked or have your calls and texts listened to or read. (tangent)
-We discuss Walter Block and Free Market Environmentalism
-Learn Liberty and saving the wolves
-Zimbabwe and privately owned elephants
-We discuss the difference between Minarchism and Anarchism
-16 year old boy has testicles ruptured by the police
-The NAP is explained for those who don’t know what it means or have never heard of it
-We share our funny census stories and of course talk about Ron Paul
-42% of people no longer claim to be democrats or republicans
-We discuss developments in the State of Jefferson since our last podcast
-Nicola Tesla is of course discussed
-We discuss unions, especially the Chicago Teachers Union
As you can see, we are redesigning the site! Please stay tuned while we tinker with it and getting it looking (and functioning) good.
Thank you all for your patience!
Siskiyou County has officially declared its intent to dump California!
I know many of you have been sending me emails, but there’s been a flooding of bogus emails in my server lately and its going to take me forever to go through them all, so I apologize for the short replies, or no replies at all. If you got Facebook, go find the Jefferson State Party page and the Jefferson State News page to join the discussion and stay updated.
Yes, I know I stole the title format from TTAG.
As I mentioned earlier, summer is every-day-no-days-off for me, thus the lack of episodes. But while my body hurts and I’m about to go to bed, i started typing on our Facebook page thingy and this came out:
A benefit of starting this podcast is the research and learning I’ve been doing as a result of it. When I think about the stuff Josh and I talked about in our earliest episodes, I realize how much knowledge I’ve attained on this journey. I’ve been thinking a lot about the “constitution” we came up with and a lot of changes I’d like to make to it. Its funny how ideas that make perfect sense in your mind are seen as nonsense as first blush by the “uninitiated.” I admit I take a certain pleasure when people struggle to come up with counter-arguments to concepts I espouse, small government, privatization, and so forth. We must remember that many of the ideas for how the State of Jefferson would work are not new, but are tried and true methods that were commonplace in the past, and in some cases, still the norm in other parts of the world. You hear arguments like “times have changed” but the questions you have to ask yourself are “are humans a different animal today versus back then?” or “does political boundaries demarcate different human natures?”
If you study history, and I mean really look hard at it, you will realize that humanity hasn’t changed at all since the written word. Certain people lie to gain dominance over others, enslave them, start wars etc. Except today, in our politically correct world, we call these activities, “politics,” “taxation,” and “national defense.” Regardless of the methods used, the end result is the same, the exploitation of the people for the benefit of the few.
At the end of the movie The Great Dictator starring Charlie Chaplin there is a speech that I find most inspiring. One quote from that speech goes “…let us fight for a new world. A decent world. One that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future, and old age a security. By the promise of these things brutes have risen to power, but they lie, they do not fulfill that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people!” Is that not the summation of our history as a species? Promises from those who we entrust to safeguard our liberty, only to have it taken away from us by the same individuals?
Ultimately I think the problem is in the very act of entrusting others to watch over something that is our own responsibility. People become complacent when what is ultimately everyone’s own responsibility falls into someone else’s hands. There comes a perceived notion that someone else will take care of it, and blame is shifted when there is a failure. History teaches us that when that responsibility is placed back into the hands of the individual, when there is no one else to point fingers at, and nowhere to turn to take care of it for you, people become responsible for themselves. Out of that comes cooperation with others, and thus, Spontaneous Order. The problem we face as Jeffersonians, is trying to wake people up to that reality. Unfortunately, many fence-sitters or those who are unaware are so indoctrinated by our current system that they can hardly conceive of it. They are mentally locked into the theory of epicycles and the idea of the sun being at the center is absurd to them. You must show them the way, that, as Stefan Molyneux points out (in summary), that the more complex and uninterpretable a concept is, the more one must question the underlying fundamental concept as possibly being false. We know that the simpler a mechanism, physical or conceptual, the more robust it is, as there are fewer points of failure.
Where they justify, excuse and apologize, you must enlighten them with simplicity.
Got a new episode recorded. This one is an interview. Now if I can just find the f***ing time to edit and upload. And don’t give me grief about “Phil, you are on FB, but not editing?” Editing takes hours, and it is summer. I have two jobs, one of which is seasonal (guess which season!) so I usually have somewhere around zero days off. I’ll get to it when I can. You guys rock for your patience. On another note, this is an illustration of something that was said during a conversation about Jefferson: “The State of Jefferson Movement is slow coming, not because the People don’t want it, but because they’re too busy working and otherwise being productive citizens.” …much of which goes to support southern California and northern Oregon in their careless excesses, no doubt.
We’re back. This episode I wanted to revisit our goals for what a State of Jefferson ought to be like. I was going to write up a list of characteristics myself, but in doing homework for it, I found that the Good Doctor Ron Paul kinda already did in his book Liberty Defined. So I figured why reinvent the wheel, and Josh and I went over his Ten Principles of a Free Society, which is posted below. Under that you’ll find some links to some of the stuff that was mentioned during the show.
By the way, I know I said we’d go over listener responses, but in the hurry to get the show recorded I totally spaced it.
The Ten Principles of a Free Society:
1. Rights belong to individuals, not groups; they derive from our nature and can neither be granted nor taken away by government.
2. All peaceful, voluntary economic and social associations are permitted; consent is the basis of the social and economic order.
3. Justly acquired property is privately owned by individuals and voluntary groups, and this ownership cannot be arbitrarily voided by governments.
4. Government may not redistribute private wealth or grant special privileges to any individual or group.
5. Individuals are responsible for their own actions; government cannot and should not protect us from ourselves.
6. Government may not claim the monopoly over a people’s money and government must never engage in official counterfeiting, even in the name of macroeconomic stability.
7. Aggressive wars, even when called preventative, and even when they pertain only to trade relations, are forbidden.
8. Jury nullification, that is, the right of jurors to judge the law as well as the facts, is a right of the people and the courtroom norm.
9. All forms of involuntary servitude are prohibited, not only slavery but also conscription, forced association, and forced welfare distribution.
10. Government must obey the law that it expects other people to obey and thereby must never use force to mold behavior, manipulate social outcomes, manage the economy, or tell other countries how to behave.”
China mass stabbing http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2248054/China-stabbing-22-children-elderly-woman-stabbed-outside-primary-school-Chinese-knifeman.html
Giving junkies heroine http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1926160,00.html