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The Counterflow Podcast is a weekly show featuring discussions and interviews with people who are outside of and critical toward mainstream liberal and conservative politics. Counterflow challenges the conventional right/left binary and is concerned with the more important distinction of free vs unfree. The show features thinkers from all backgrounds, who do not fit into the narrow framework of fashionable opinion. The show addresses cultural and lifestyle issues as well as philosophy and po ...
 
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My guest this week is the President of the Mises Institute, Jeff Deist. We discuss one of the biggest silver linings that can be taken from 2020 and the COVID moment. It's time to take stock in what has happened and realize that trying to get a Rand Paul or a Thomas Massie elected at the Presidential level isn't time and money well spent. Is there …
 
Tho Bishop, co-host on the Radio Rothbard podcast and an assistant editor at Mises.org, joins Buck for another great discussion of the nuanced relationship between libertarianism and the right. Purchase tickets for the Renegade University Texas event here: Sponsors: Football Insider Edge ( ): Enter code COUNTERFLOW at checkout for 20% off any month…
 
On the heels of Biden's vaccine mandate announcement, Dr. Murray Sabrin joins the show to discuss his new book on escaping the state's medical fascism. Universal Medical Care from Conception to End of Life lays out the sobering reality of our unsustainable "health care" system. It explains the ruinous policies which changed doctors from respected g…
 
Having branched to our first novel with All Quiet on the Western Front, the Human Action Podcast begs your indulgence for one of the works of 20th century British satire. Lucky Jim is the late Kingsley Amis's seminal send-up of campus life, and it's among your host's favorite books. The book takes place in 1951, and England is trying but failing to…
 
My guest today is director, cinematographer, and editor, MA Taylor. He is the director of multiple great documentaries, including: Clinton Cash, The Creepy Line, Riding the Dragon, and Safeguard: An Electoral College Story. MA Taylor was also on the side of freedom of speech in the historic Supreme Court battle of Citizens United vs. the FEC. In th…
 
My guest today is documentary filmmaker Jason Rink. Jason was at the Capitol on January 6th 2021. He was filming a documentary called "The Steal" and ended up in the middle of a historical moment. The very next day, he got a one-on-one interview with the Q'Anon Shaman, who some of you may know better as "the Buffalo Shaman". At this point, Jason re…
 
This week, I welcome Thaddeus Russell back to the show. Thad is here to discuss the American Left. He is giving a course at Renegade University starting on August 23rd and going through September 13th. Thaddeus knows the Left quite well, as he grew up eyeballs deep in it and considered himself part of it for many years. In this episode, he goes ove…
 
My guests for this bonus episode are Jason Stapleton, of the Wealth, Power, and Influence podcast, and Pete Quiñones, of the Freeman Beyond the Wall podcast. In this discussion, we go over the many reasons people feel a sense of darkness and pessimism lately. For many of us, it feels like relationships are fracturing, pressure to comply is ramping …
 
Jeff Deist hosts a solo show to discuss one of his favorite novels from childhood, All Quiet on the Western Front. Its young protagonist Paul Bäumer, barely out of adolescence, narrates the horrors of trench warfare from the perspective only a grunt soldier can provide. Bäumer and his mates lose their innocence, along with various limbs and often t…
 
Fans of Austrian economics know hedge fund manager Mark Spitznagel as a brilliant thinker thoroughly steeped in Menger, Böhm-Bawerk, Mises, and Rothbard. His excellent 2013 book The Dao of Capital was rooted in Austrian capital theory and "roundaboutness," and his application of of that theory has proven highly beneficial for his investors. Now Spi…
 
My guest this week is one of the driving forces behind the election audits happening across the country. He is Professor David Clements. David appeared on Tucker Carlson to discuss being targeted by his university for not having leftist views, and he briefly mentioned his studying of the election lawsuits. Well, Steve Bannon was listening and conta…
 
My guest this week will primary Governor Greg Abbott from the right. He is Texas Republican Don Huffines. Huffines has been endorsed by Rand Paul and is also a longtime supporter of the great Ron Paul. In this episode, we discuss Don's views on a litany of issues, from lockdowns and vaccine mandates to immigration and weak Republicans. Don is not a…
 
Professor Bradley Birzer from Hillsdale College joins the show to dissect Russell Kirk's famous 1981 essay condemning libertarians. Is libertarianism necessarily utopian and unworkable, as Kirk suggests? Is it hubris to imagine we don't need the state—or even God—to prevent social chaos? Do libertarians have more in common with Communists than cons…
 
My guest this week is Adam Patrick, the host of the Y'er Talkin Over Me podcast. Adam is a wonderful host and always makes me think into things deeper when I listen to him. We discuss the blind spots that libertarians often have, as well as things like: can you be a pure libertarian while being involved in politics, things he learned over the lockd…
 
My guest for this episode is the one and only Hotep Jesus. Hotep wants his community to build their wealth, be independent, and not try to assimilate with whom the Left and the government says they should assimilate. We discuss how to deal with the Left, what he thinks of Trump, what he thinks about tradition, and his thoughts on Kamala Harris. We …
 
Saifedean Ammous, famous for The Bitcoin Standard, has a remarkable new book detailing the effects of fiat money on virtually every aspect of society. In the tradition of Guido Hülsmann's The Ethics of Money Production, Ammous returns with The Fiat Standard. From a framework of Austrian economics, this book explains the sordid history of central ba…
 
My guest this week produces wonderfully made YouTube videos on the philosophy of neoreactionism: the original brainchild of thinkers like Mencius Moldbug and Nick Land. Neoreactionary thought is often misunderstood and yet vitally important to understanding political power and philosophy. It has been incorrectly called the alt-right and even worse.…
 
Murray Rothbard's seminal 1965 essay "Left and Right: The Prospects for Liberty" reads every bit as well today as it did 50 years ago. Rothbard defines liberalism and conservatism against the backdrop of the European Old Order, and skewers the incoherence of both in their modern forms. This brief work, steeped in history and full of optimism, shows…
 
My guest this week comes from the Left but authored a great book titled, "War for Eternity: The Return of Traditionalism and the Rise of the Populist Right". Much of this book focuses on Steven K. Bannon and a cast of Traditionalists from around the world. Ben and I take a deep dive into Bannon, as Ben had many meetings, lunches, and dinners with h…
 
In my view, centralized power is the gravest threat to liberty. The best way to confront that threat is the break up centralized power through secession.Secession gets a bad rap in the United States because of its association with slavery and the Civil War, but secession itself has nothing to do with slavery and it doesn’t have to be violent. We ca…
 
Financial journalist John Tamny has written the definitive book on the disastrous political mismanagement of Covid-19—and the resulting (still unfolding) calamities. When Politicians Panicked is a superb analysis of the economic tradeoffs ignored by alarmist Covid policymakers, and a blow by blow account of their bungling in the early months of 202…
 
My guest this week is Edward Dutton, author of the book, "At Our Wits' End". Edward doesn't shy away from controversial topics. I come at this wondering why a discussion of the intelligence quotient going down over the decades would even be controversial. Edward Dutton goes through the methodology of IQ and explains the factors that have lead to it…
 
Professor Roberta Modugno joins the show to finish our look at Rothbard's seminal treatise on normative libertarianism, The Ethics of Liberty. Dr. Modugno elaborates on Rothbard's disagreements with Mises regarding ethical justifications for a free society, and defends his uncompromising views on the nature of the state. Mentioned in the Episode an…
 
Daniel McCarthy is one of the utmost preeminent conservative scholars alive today. He is here with me to discuss the history of conservatism and give us a taste of what he will be teaching in his upcoming class on Conservatism for Renegade University. Daniel details the many manifestations of conservative thought over the decades, from paleoconserv…
 
Racism is everywhere!At least that’s the narrative the "woke" social justice movement drives.Political movements spring from ideas and the left-wing social justice movement is rooted in postmodernism and critical race theory. But what are these ideologies? Where do they come from? And how do these ideas play out in society?In this episode of the Go…
 
My guests this week are three guys that must remain anonymous to retain their ability to work in Hollywood. They work in the TV and film industry, and they are creating a 5-part documentary series called, "Follow the Science: On Lockdowns and Liberty". They are the creators of the SoundMind Creative Group which allows fellow creators a space dedica…
 
Mises.org editor Ryan McMaken joins the show to tackle some of the toughest and most controversial chapters of Rothbard's groundbreaking treatise The Ethics of Liberty. McMaken and Jeff Deist cover abortion, the rights of children, defamation, and all the "what-ifs" contained in lifeboat situations. They also move into part III of the book, where R…
 
Peter St Onge is on the show with me this week to discuss what exactly is going on with the economy right now. Why are gas and lumber so much more expensive now? Is it inflation? Does it have to do with the supply chain issues of 2020? How stable is the US Dollar? Is it rapidly losing value? What is so special about Bitcoin? Why does it hold value?…
 
My guest today is Peter G. Klein, Carl Menger Research Fellow of the Mises Institute and W.W. Caruth Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business. Peter joins me to discuss the phenomenon many know as "woke capitalism". We discuss where it came from, what it means, it's relationship with the early "Prog…
 
Lawyer and legal theorist Stephan Kinsella joins the show as we dive into Part II of Rothbard's The Ethics of Liberty, grappling with the foundational issues of crime, proportionality, and contract. When is property justly held? When may injuries to a person or property be addressed with force, and how much force? How do we deal with one another co…
 
My guest this week is the Head Lion over at the Lions of Liberty podcast, Marc Clair. Marc's interview style has really been an influence on me, but more than that, I can tell that he's been evolving quite a bit in his thoughts and outlook on everything from libertarianism to spirituality. As someone who respects the work he does, I wanted to bring…
 
Should Christians get involved in politics?Author and former pastor Mark West doesn’t think so. He recently wrote, “I would recommend that Christians avoid political means altogether. … I see political power and political force as forms of violence.”In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, Mark and I talk it out. We also get into his new project Xv…
 
Murray Rothbard's The Ethics of Liberty is a sweeping treatise which creates nothing short of a normative political philosophy of liberty. Contra Hume, Rothbard attempts to derive an "ought" from an "is," using natural law precepts and rigorous logic. Professor Walter Block joins the show to discuss the first section of the book, and gives us his u…
 
Today I'm joined by Tho Bishop and Clint from Liberty Lockdown to discuss the evergreen topic of political strategy. Clint is advocating for the Libertarian Party and Mises Caucus as being the best vehicles moving forward for the growth of liberty and messaging. Tho has a different view and pushes for using one of the two major parties in America, …
 
My guest this week is the great Scott Horton. Scott and I discuss the War on Terror and when, if at all, American troops will finally be withdrawn from Afghanistan. Biden has already torn up the deal that Trump made with the Taliban to remove the troops by May 1, 2021. We also discuss the CIA and other nefarious groups placating the left by pretend…
 
You know things are out of wack when soft drinks become politicized!And that’s where we are today.We’ve politicized virtually everything. But at the core, politics is violence, force and coercion. Surely, that’s not the best way we can come up with to interact with each other.In this episode, Mises Institute president Jeff Deist and I talk about ma…
 
America's "Old Right"—rooted in 19th century liberalism but birthed in the 1930s to oppose the New Deal—was strongly laissez-faire and non-interventionist. Murray Rothbard wrote the comprehensive story of that movement, it's influences and influence, and its destruction at the hands of Buckleyite Cold Warriorism. Modern conservatism sadly bears lit…
 
My guest this week is the brilliant author, journalist, classicist, and historian, Dr. Thomas Fleming. Dr. Fleming first appeared on my radar as a founding member of what was then called The Southern League. We discuss what happened with that organization and what he thinks of secession these days. Dr. Fleming was also the man that Murray Rothbard …
 
Rothbard called Mises's The Theory of Money and Credit "the best book on money ever written." But Rothbard himself may have written the best money book for lay readers, namely What Has Government Done to Our Money? Bob Murphy joins the show to discuss this superb and eminently readable tract: a mini-course on money itself, from its origins and uses…
 
Today's episode features my recent appearance on the Freeman Beyond the Wall podcast with Pete Quiñones. Pete and I discuss some of the things I said during a panel at a Mises Institute event in Birmingham, AL. I advised libertarians to start resisting the, often fallacious, claim to be neither left nor right. We discuss why I said that, the pushba…
 
Trust the science!We've heard that mantra evoked a lot over the last year or so, but what does it really mean? What can science really tell us? And what are its limitations? In this episode of the GodArchy podcast, I talk about "the science" with Libertarian Christian Institute president Dr. Norman Horn -- who happens to have more than a little sci…
 
Politics degrades our lives in innumerable ways, from personal relationships to work to places of worship. Even sports and movies now seem to have become deeply politicized. The political class and political system in America appear intent on creating division and hatred rather than cooperation. The two political tribes in America—red and blue—are …
 
My guest this week is Iowa State Representative Jeff Shipley. Jeff is a Republican in the style of Ron Paul. We talk about his rise to elected office and how he strives to really listen to his constituents. We discuss his philosophy on the political system in America, his thoughts on the Libertarian Party and the Republican Party, and the issues th…
 
Ryan McMaken joins the show for a lengthy discussion of Rothbard's brief but devastating essay Anatomy of the State. This book demands that readers understand the stark nature of government, without fairy tales or niceties. It applies the same lens to public and private criminality. It challenges every myth surrounding politics and statecraft, rang…
 
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