The Voluntary Social Safety Net with Max Borders CHPodcast Ep. 24

 

 

Max Borders and I discuss the nature of charity, how he’s using technology to create the voluntary social safety net of the future and viable voluntary options for creating alternatives to coercive institutions.

Max is a former editor at The Foundation For Economic Education, the author of “The Social SIngularity” and the Executive Director of Social Evolution.

We discuss his work using technology to create voluntary social safety nets known as Mutual Aide or Mutual Benefit Societies, the long and fascinating history of the social safety net before the Welfare State and how those who want to live in a free society can and should help those who are in need.

I highly recommend Max’s Book “The Social Singularity” where he goes in depth with many of the subjects we cover. This episode is a little on the technical side but these discussions I believe are important becuse cryptocurrencies, tokens, DOA’s, and other blockchain based technologies have the power to help create more freedom and less suffering for us all.

You can follow Max’s work on Twitter and Facebook

@maxborders

Also check out the fascinating work that Social Evolution is doing and support Max’s work by buying his book “The Social Singularity”.

https://social-evolution.com

The Social Singularity by Max Borders Amazon

You can also find out more about the concepts we covered today by reading Max’s articles on Medium.com and FEE.org.

https://medium.com/@maxborders

https://fee.org/people/max-borders/

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Why the New Green Deal Won’t Work – Dr. William Anderson CHP ep. #17

Dr. William Anderson is our guest today. He is a professor of economics at Frostburg State University, Senior Fellow at The Mises Institute and he’s been studying and writing about Austrian Economics since 1981.

You can listen to our conversation here:

iTunes:

Youtube

We discuss his latest article “AOC’s Green New Deal the Great Leap Forward”. He explains why centrally planned economies never have worked in the past and why they still won’t work today.

https://mises.org/wire/aoc-and-green-great-leap-forward

Dr. Anderson explains how The New Green Deal is based upon the same ideology of The Great Leap Forward in China, The Five Year Economic Plans of the Soviet Union, and the U.S. Invasion of Iraq in 2003. All of these are based upon the idea of collectivism, in which individuals whether in the U.S. or other countries, have no inherent natural rights. 

The Green New Deal is unworkable due to the reality of human nature and the material world we live in and could only be implemented by force. Those advocating for it leave out how it will be paid for, how the private property seized will be distributed and what will happen to those who disagree with their all encompassing plans.

Dr. Anderson equates the insanely ambitious plan of The Green New Deal to transform the entire U.S. economy to what occurred when Communist Chinese Government implemented the Great Leap Forward from 1958 -1962. This plan forced upon the Chinese people resulted in an estimated 45 million dead, mainly through starvation. The Green New Deal shares the same collectivist principles which The Great Leap Forward was based upon.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Leap_Forward

We also discuss The Soviet Unions attempt to centrally plan their entire economy for what was at the time noble goals.  The people running Gosplan (The Soviet Union’s Economic Central Planning Committee) were extremely bright and well educated people who knew that the Soviet system couldn’t work. They continued to support a system that they knew was corrupt and unworkable because they received better accomodations, a car, better food and more relative freedom than the masses, which the system was supposed be helping. We discuss how those who support the current establishment are also rewarded and those pushing The New Green Deal will be as well.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gosplan

We dive into the specific economic reasons for why a centrally planned socialist or communist economy can’t work and that ultimately they must be implemented and kept running by force. 

Dr. Anderson also discusses some key economic ideas which the New Green Dealers leave out.

Opportunity Costs

https://wiki.mises.org/wiki/Cost 

Scarcity

https://mises.org/library/we-do-not-live-post-scarcity-world 

https://wiki.mises.org/wiki/Scarcity 

Those who are selling The New Green Deal say that they’ll raise taxes and have the Federal Reserve pay for it. Here is the Austrian Economist perspective on what will happen if that plan is implemented.

https://mises.org/wire/mmt-even-more-dubious-aocs-green-new-deal 

The ideas that The Green New Deal are based upon have been implemented in the past with disastrous results. In the 20th century its estimated that collectivist governments killed 100 million of their own citizens.

History of Death By Government

https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/NOTE1.HTM 
There are two ways in which a society can be based upon; Individualism or Collectivism. To learn more about the fundamental differences between these two principales read Ayn Rand’s “Textbook of Americanism”. Despite its title its only 18 pages long. 

https://fee.org/media/4959/textbook-of-americanism-by-ayn-rand.pdf

What is Austrian Economics? It is a school of economic thought that is based upon the ideas of inherent individualism, human nature, and how best to flourish in a world with scarce resources. 

It started in Austria and that’s why its called “Austrian Economics”. It’s really the economics of peace and freedom. 

https://mises.org/what-austrian-economics 

Professor Anderson also talked about the many  economic myths that still persist to this day about The Marshall Plan, The Great Depression and World War II.
Below is an explanation of this from FEE.org by Lawrence Reed. 

https://fee.org/resources/great-myths-of-the-great-depression/ 

It wasn’t government spending or the growth of the state that created the post World War II economic boom. 

https://www.mercatus.org/publication/economic-recovery-lessons-post-world-war-ii-period 

By Cecil Bohanan 

For more information about the economics of freedom please visit:

https://mises.org (The Mises Institute) 

and

https://fee.org (Foundation for Economic Education) 

If you don’t have time for the full hour here is a timeline:

Intro

1:00 Where I became familiar with his work:

https://fee.org/people/william-l-anderson/ 

https://mises.org/profile/william-l-anderson

1:26 Dr. Anderson’s Article “AOC, The Green New Deal and The Great Leap Forward”

https://mises.org/wire/aoc-and-green-great-leap-forward 

The Green New Deal Outline

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5729035/Green-New-Deal-FAQ.pdf

The Great Leap Forward was an economic and social plan implemented by the Chinese Government from 1958-1962 that led to the death of an estimated 45 million people.

The Great Leap Forward in China from 1958-1962 killed an estimated 45 million people.
2:55 The dangers of the Totalitarian Left
3:55 Progressive leadership, AOC, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders are not compassionate, but want transformative power to drive humanity in a certain direction.
4:29 Difference between Economists and Urban planners – the dangers of seeing people as statistics.

 

5:17 Paul Krugman at one time didn’t support the 70% income tax.

6:30 What is an appeal to authority?
8:07 The economic fantasy of high speed rail powered by windmills – what happens when people can’t heat their homes? Death toll could be enormous.
9:09 The New Green Deal as population control. Paul Elrich’s book “Population Bomb” and Jimmy Carter’s Global 2000 report.
11:00 Mao’s Great Leap Forward killed 45 million. Dangers of basing policies which use government force to control the lives of millions upon pseudo science. Russian Scientist Lysenko and his role in the Great Famine. Book Small is Beautiful by Schumacher still holds up Lysenko’s work as legitimate.
12:34 Conservatives have bad narratives as well – foreign policy. Vietnam based on really bad narratives.
13:42 The War in Iraq – based on the false belief that if we can only get enough resources into it, it will work. Afghanistan 17 years of war.
14:56 Donald Trump’s Wall based on same principles as Iraq War and The Green New Deal only on smaller scale.
17:00 There are problems in society but centralized planning isn’t the answer. The Soviet Union tried it for 70 years through its GOSPLAN committee which had 100% control over their economy. People running it were extremely bright and well educated. System was destined to fail and they knew it. Vast complex economic model can’t simulate an entire economy.
19:43 Those economists and others knew the Soviet System couldn’t work but still supported the establishment to profit.
21:47 The Green New Deal and schemes like it appeal to a higher purpose. In the Soviet Union it was for Equality and in China it was to help raise the peasant out of poverty. Dorothy Day said China had ended hunger – while tens of millions were starving to death.
22:45 Only way to implement The New Green Deal is through a total dictatorship. Socialists always have a great vision for other people but don’t intend to live as the “masses” do.
25:10 Mao lived in luxury and never missed a meal while tens of millions were starving. The hypocrisy of those advocating for a lower standard who fly on private jets to five star hotels.
26:00 Why not managing forests led to the Great Smokey Mountain fires in Tennessee. Native Americans practiced Forest Management.
28:00 Global Warming blamed for more severe hurricanes and for wildfires, but more people are living next to unmanaged forests and the coast.
29:10 Those who counter the current climate narrative like Dr. Roy Spencer and Judith Curry are attacked and ostracized.
29:39 Some Democrats want to put climate deniers in prison or worse. All government actions are based upon force. Radley Balko quote The legislatures need to be asked before passing a law “are you willing to kill for this”?
31:00 Young people believe the propaganda. Mao used young people in his Culture Revolution as enforcers. People who lived through it won’t even talk about it because it was so bad. Green New Deal seems like it was written by kids.
32:29 People fail to talk about how many problems we all face are actually caused by  The Federal Reserve, The War on Drugs, and the Wars in the Middle East. $5.6 Trillion spent on Wars in Middle East and its not just Americans that have died in these wars. How the Russians paid for the Invasion of Afghanistan and how the US said it would pay for the Invasion of Iraq.
35:26 The problem is the Welfare/Warfare State and the key debate is really about Individualism versus Collectivism. Neocons love of war and their economics are based on collectivism.
38:00 The dangers of appealing to National Greatness to push major projects like The Green New Deal. How the New Green Deal isn’t anything like putting a man on the moon.
42:00 The New Dealers don’t understand Opportunity costs. Those pushing the Green New Deal the same way as the Bank Bailouts. Many Free Market Capitalists opposed the Bank bailouts.
44:46 Economic myths – The Marshall Plan, The New Deal, The Great Depression and WWII.
45:54 Socialist systems fundamentally can’t work do to the lack of the pricing mechanism. Private Property, Prices, and Profit Loss are what is needed in a world of scarcity to guide resources.
47:00 The profit loss signal in the market is like the pain and pleasure signal is the human body. Green New Dealers think the market is inefficient and want to supplant voluntary arbitrary valuation for their own expert opinions. They equate the price system as chaotic and want to impose order.
49:25 Humans are fundamentally religious by nature – If you get rid of a person’s god you have to replace it with another” Carl Jung – Many people see the State as their god – the super entity. Chariman Mao thought that after he  killed off 50-60 million people he could create a system that would work. Collectivist interventions create more chaos which is the opposite of why they were undertaken. Communist and socialism are systems which claim to bring order.
52:00 The thought that socialism will create order is like the Neocons idea that regime change in Iran, Venezuela or Nicaragua will create order. The opposite is true. People don’t like puppet regimes.
55:00 The only product governments have to sell is order. They seem to create disorder in order to sell more of their product. They create more chaos not less when they intervene which then they claim they need to intervene to fix what they’ve already done. The Green New Deal won’t happen like they say it will. It will impoverish most people and result in a dystopia similar to The Hunger Games. This is what happens when people use force to direct resources.
56:00 Wealth disparity and misallocation of resources are mainly a function of The Federal Reserve System and the other collectivist elements within our government.
57:15 The dangers of treating interest rates like a Keynesian. Aggregate demand viewpoint.
58:20 The Federal Reserve is propping up 20% of economy. One way to prop these assets up is through government debt.
60:00 Americans don’t understand assets are real things. The value can only be manipulated by force. Ethanol subsides cause other assets to be devalued while increasing through force the price of corn.
Keynesians never ask why there are idle resources to begin with.
61:00 John Maynard Keynes on a long enough curve we are all dead anyway. (might be apocrvaphyl but Keynesian Economics doesn’t account for long term negative affects of manipulating interest rates and endless government borrowing)
62:00 Those who support the establishment benefit greatly from their work to keep the system going. The top five wealthiest suburbs in the U.S. are around Washington DC. Those is the Tech world and the political class are totally out of touch.
63:00 The New Green Deal could be a trial balloon to redefine “centrist’. The Hunger Games is applicable to The Green New Deal where the elite rules the impoverished masses.
63:45 The total government burden is on Tax Payers is $7 trillion per year over $4 trillion to D.C. (I stated incorrectly that it’s “an investment”. Individuals are forced to pay this or they’ll lose their assets, their freedom or their life”.
The beneficiaries in D.C. aren’t producing anything and in fact they are preventing production from taking place.
Those in D.C. think they are the Heartbeat of this Country, in reality they are the Heart Attack.
64:20 Dr. Houston using Blockchain in Healthcare Ep. 17 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz6O7IXQ7FE 
HPEC uses blockchain technology to allow doctors to get back to doing what they are meant to do.
Dr. Mary Ruwart Medical Freedom Ep. 16
What we all dislike about the healthcare system isn’t caused by the Free Market but by the massive regulations which are sold to us a means to correct these issues. People will follow incentives. (Right now the incentives are for drug companies to create the most expensive and least effective drug they can.)
65:00 Those who are pushing The New Green Deal believe that through force and their brilliance they can transform an entire economy. It’s never been done and everyone who has tried has failed it resulted in the deaths of millions (over a hundred million).
Are people ready to live with half the electricity? What happens when there’s not enough electricity to heat homes? Most who support The Green New Deal aren’t aware of what has happened in the past with The Great Leap Forward, The Cultural Revolution and the Soviet System of economic central planning and the gulags.
And we are told we have only 12 more years. How is a former bartender an expert on the climate and the economy? Have the New Green Dealers been given a gift of prophecy?
There is a fundamental difference between how a Free Market system  and a Socialist system work.

 

Thanks for listening. 

Brad Miller

The Chronically Human Podcast 

The Great Leap Forward in China from 1958-1962 killed an estimated 45 million people.
Paul Krugman’s take on why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is an expert in economic matters.
Paul Krugman’s change of mind over the 70% Income tax rate.
An appeal to authority
The origins of the dire warnings of population control.
Jimmy Carter and the Global 2000 Report written in 1977
He was a Rhodes scholar – That for me is a read flag.
Conservative Foreign Policy based on the collectivist narrative just like The Green New Deal
Soviet Centralized Planning
Why the Soviet System collapses
Dorothy Day
Hypocritical socialists and people sending out the Sky is falling model
It’s really like the secular version of Pascal’s wager.
Great Smoky Mountains Fire
Roy Spencer
Judith Curry
Dems want to throw Climate deniers in prison
Play Launched with Title: “Kill climate deniers”.
Professor (psychology of music) advocates for the death penalty for Climate Deniers 2012.
Here is his explanation after pressure from the university
Mao’s Cultural Revolution
Mao’s Red Guard
Ron Paul End The Fed in chp 2 explains what the Federal Reserve is (not a reserve nor is it Federal) and the damage it causes in society
The cost of the war on drugs
Penatagon estimates wars in Midfle East since 2001 have cost $5.6 trillion taxpayer dollars.
Over 500,000 Iraqis died between 2003-2013
Soviet invasion in Afghanistan
Welfare-Warfare State
Ayn Rand: Textbook of Americanism
Individualism vs. Collectivism
Bush wants to put man on Mars
Opportunity costs
The Marshall Plan Myth
Myths of the Great Depression
Myth that WWII ended Great Depression
The Socialist calculation problem
Importance of profit and loss signals in the market economy
For more on the concept of humans being fundamentally wired to think in religious archetypes check out:
Japanese invasion of China was marked by horrific atrocities. Over ten million Chinese civilians are estimated to have been killed.
The political causes of famine
Highest median income suburbs are all around Washington DC.
Errors of Keynesian Economics
How easy money is rotting the economy
Ethanol subsidies
Death by government – attempts to transform entire economies on collectivist principles through force in the past

The Chronically Human Podcast Ep. 12 Kat Murti – Libertarian Feminist

Kat Murti joins us today. She is libertarian feminist, helps to save animals from unnecessary government medical experiements and works with students around the world to End The War On Drugs.

We had a fascinating conversation about how Libertarianism and Feminism are compatible, how the government uses taxpayer dollars to kill kittens, and why she’s hopeful that college students will help finally put an end to The War On Drugs.

You can learn more about about

Liberty and Feminism

http://feministsforliberty.com

If you want to read more about Libertarian Feminism visit there Library page

https://feministsforliberty.com/library/

Students for Sensible Drug Policy

https://ssdp.org

White Coat Waste – help end taxpyaer funded medical experiments on dogs and cats

https://www.whitecoatwaste.org

Twitter” @Katmurti

 

Brad Miller

The Chronically Human Podcast

Chronically Human Podcast Ep. 11 w/ Dr. Mark Thornton of the Mises Institute

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Dr. Mark Thornton of the Mises Institute joins us. He is a professor, author and a first class Austrian Economist.

Dr. Mark Thornton’s profile on Mises.org

The Mises Institute is a non-profit educational organization promoting Austrian Economics, Freedom and Peace. (Hard to argue with any of that)

Go to https://mises.org to check out their massive library of free online books, their daily articles as well as the coverage of current events.

Today we talked about the dangerous rise of socialism in America, the roots of this ideology and the historical results of what happens when it’s put into practice.

Death by Government

We also talked about ending the War on Drugs and about Modern Monetary Theory.

Mark’s book “Economics of Prohibition” – Free book

Check out Mark’s most recent book for free “The Skyscraper Curse”

Skyscraper Curse Book pdf

We talked a lot about Frederik Bastiat during our discussion, who was a French economist that lived in the first half of the 19th century.

I believe that Bastiat’s short work “The Law” is one of the best defenses of individual liberty and one of the best counters to Socialism as well as Neoconservatism that I’ve ever read.

You can read Bastiat’s pamphlet here. Bastiat’s The Law Pdf .

The Mises Institute has a huge library online you can read for free. I’ve read tons of great books there that have shaped my understanding of freedom, economics and the ideas of peace.

If you want to further explore the reasons why individuals act and what’s the best way to organize society, check out:

Ludwig Von Mises masterpiece “Human Action”

https://mises.org/sites/default/files/Human%20Action_3.pdf

Murray Rothbard’s Classic tome “Man, Economy and State”.

https://mises.org/sites/default/files/Man%2C%20Economy%2C%20and%20State%2C%20with%20Power%20and%20Market_2.pdf

Frederick Bastiat’s “Collected Works”

Bastiat Collected works pdf

You can follow them:

The Mises Institute on Facebook

and check them out on Twitter: @mises

Thanks for watching.

Brad Miller

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Chronically Human Podcast Ep 7 Erica McBride Stark – National Hemp Association Executive Director

Thanks for checking out the latest episode of The Chronically Human Podcast- where we have conversations aimed at creating a better world with more individual freedom and less human suffering.

My guest today is Erica McBride Stark. She is the Executive Director of The National Hemp Association.

We had a fascinating conversation about the past, present and future of Hemp and how this miracle plant can help farmers, improve the overall economy, help people and animals become healthier and also help save the planet.

She clears up some myths about Hemp and explains the difference between Hemp, Marijuana and Cannabis.

We also touch on why Hemp was made illegal in the first place and how it’s become legal again to grow.

If you’re interested in CBD oil at all, she gives great advice about how to find a reputable CBD manufacture. Currently it is the Wild West our there. She suggests finding a company that lists third party lab testing on their website as well as has a way of keeping track of each batch. In the near future she hopes the FDA will give guidance on how the CBD oil industry will be regulated.

This the brand of CBD oil I currently use:

https://pluscbdoil.com

There seems to be no end to the versatility of the Hemp plant. As many as 25,000 different products can’t be made from Hemp. She explains how there are really two types of Hemp plants – one is grown for CBD oil and the other is grown for seed and fiber.

Hemp seeds turns out to be a superfood that she says is one of the healthiest seeds on the planet to eat. She also comments that it makes a wonderful animal feed as well, but bureaucratic red tape is holding that up at the moment.

Erica believes the Hemp industry could easily grow to be a $20 billion industry soon and that the main driver of this will be the demand for hemp fiber used in the manufacturing of car bodies. Currently Audi, BMW and Audi use Hemp fibers in their cars. Henry Ford experimented doing the same in the 1920’s.

She also explains that Hemp fibers can be used to make concrete and to reinforce other building materials. She says that in the future even the addition of small amounts of hemp in building products will make them stronger and lighter and also help the environment.

That’s another great aspect about Hemp. She says that it has the about the same input needs as winter wheat and can sequester massive amounts of carbon.

We also covered why Hemp and Marijuana were made illegal back in the 30’s and discussed where we’d be today if racism, ignorance, government corruption hadn’t ended the growing of Hemp 80 years ago.

She also has great advice for first time Hemp farmers. Start small, experiment with a few different varieties and work out your marketing channels before expanding into large scale production. With Industrial Hemp now legal to grow at the Federal Level she believes that soon the US will no longer have to import Hemp from abroad. This is a huge opportunity for new and existing farmers.

She says there is still a lot of work to be done now that the Feds deem it legal to grow Hemp. A lot of education, research and investment is going to be required for this incredible new/old industry to deliver on the projected promises of positively impacting economy and the environment.

If you are interested in CBD oil, growing Hemp, buying products made of Hemp, or manufacturing products made of this miracle plant, check out their website and consider becoming a member. That helps fund their educational programs and their work in helping grow the U.S. Hemp industry which I believe is good for everyone.

https://nationalhempassociation.org

The future of Hemp is bright according to Erica and I have to agree and after listening to our conversation I think you will as well.

Erica did say that she thinks Hemp is plant which may just save our planet. Listen to our conversation and let us know what you think about Hemp, it you’ve bought Hemp derived products in the past, if you’re interested in buying Hemp products in the future or to agree that you also believe Hemp can save the world.

Whatever your stance is on climate change or your political affiliation, the re-legalization of Hemp cultivation and production in the U.S. is something everyone can agree upon is a good thing.

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Brad Miller

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Chronically Human Podcast #005 with Tom Egan – former UFC Fighter and now one of the best MMA trainers on the planet

“The Chronically Human Podcast” is a place where we have discussions dedicated to creating a world with more individual freedom and less unnecessary suffering.

Today, our guest is my good friend, Tom “The Tank” Egan.

Tom hails from Ireland, he is a former UFC fighter and now one of the best Mixed Martial Arts trainers in the country. He shares a lot of great insights in his strong Irish accent, about fighting, freedom and America.

You can watch it here:

Chronically Human Podcast Ep. 005 Tom “The Tank” Egan

We had a great time talking about MMA fighting, Individual Freedom, Government Oppression, the importance of Culture and why being Personally Accountable for one’s actions, in the Octagon as well as in everyday life, is vital for success.

We start off by covering the UFC Brooklyn Main Event. Tom breaks down brilliantly what Cejudo did right and explains what a huge gamble TJ took by cutting so much weight.

He also said that we should still give TJ a lot of respect for making the weight cut and taking on that daunting challenge. Tom gives his unique perspective about the controversy surrounding the practice of interviewing fighters after a knockout or referee stoppage. He recounts his time being interviewed by Joe Rogan after a tough loss and how much of a big a deal that was for him as a young fighter.

From the discussion on fighting we delve into the topic of Individual Freedom. Specifically we talk about the Bill of Rights and how most Americans take this revolutionary document for granted. He touches on why he came to America and how his own views have changed since he’s been here.

Tom also offers great insight into the history of Ireland’s struggle for Freedom and how there is a big push to bring back the Gaelic language to reclaim some of its forgotten heritage. He also sheds light on how politicians (around the world) like to act as if what they are doing is what’s best for their people, but in the end most are only looking to raise their status, pad their pockets and ensure their spot inside the aristocracy.

We also talk about what happens when the inherent natural rights of the individual are denied and violated by the very governments that were instituted to protect them. He makes a great point about how the monstrous machine that Hitler created was done right under the nose of the German people.

If you want to be free you must also be responsible and we delve into the relationship between the two ideas.

I mention Jordan Peterson’s book “The 12 Rules for Life” – in particular Rule #2 Make your bed. I share Peterson’s admonition:

“You should sort yourself out before trying to fix the world.”

Making your bed everyday is one way to start making the world a better place with your own hands and initiative. By taking care of the smallest things in life we set the stage for more responsibility in the future. Unfortunately we have a large segment of the population who are a part of the outrage culture, who focus their attention on what others are doing or not doing. It’s extremely easy to fall into the trap of searching out the flaws in others instead of searching out our own.

We began by talking fighting and that’s where we ended the conversation. Tom relays how he had a fighter recently who was struggling outside the cage. He was blaming everyone else for his problems except himself. Tom told the young man that he should focus on what he can control, stop blaming everyone else for his problems and to start taking ownership of his actions. All great advice.

At the end of our talk I ask Tom what it takes mentally to get into the cage and fight another man. He gives a good accounting of his mental preparation before a fight as well as what type of mindset is needed to control the fear and to face it head on. This window into the mind of an MMA fighter and coach can be applicable in everyday life for any of us, who will never see the inside of an MMA Cage.

I thoroughly enjoyed our discussions today about Fighting, Freedom, Culture and Personal Responsibility. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.

A big thank you to Tom “The Tank” Egan for being on today. I highly recommend you follow him on Twitter and Instagram @teameganmma

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Chronically Human Podcast episode 3 with Jason Pye

Our guest on episode #3 was Jason Pye, a Libertarian-leaning-lobbyist who is the Vice President Of Legislative Affairs at Freedomworks. He describes himself as “Politically Homeless and Libertarian minded”.

Chronically Human Podcast 003 w/ Jason Pye

On this episode we discuss many issues regarding his work advocating for Liberty in Washington DC, including his most recent success, his efforts to get The First Step Act passed into law, which President Trump signed in December of last year.

The First Step Act is a major criminal justice reform law which will help thousands of individuals who were sentenced under the draconian Three Strikes Laws and the unfair crack cocaine sentencing laws of the 80’s and 90’s. The passage of The First Step Act was supported by folks on both sides of the aisle because it is the first step in bringing the bloated, increasingly totalitarian justice system back to its mandate of protecting life, liberty and property. Jason also pointed out that criminal justice reform saves money as well, Texas has saved billions of dollars of taxpayer money, over ten years, implementing similar laws.

We also discussed why America has the largest prisoner population on Earth, with over 2.2 million incarcerated plus another 1.5 million on probation. The main reason is that they are 400,000 laws and regulations on the books which include the laws passed as part of the destructive War on Drugs.

Since the passage of the War on Drugs in 1971 the US prison population has grown from 200,000 to over 2.2 million. The population in 1971 was around 220,000,000 and now it is over 320,000,000. If the incarceration rates stayed the same there would be only around 320,000 in jail and prison. The War on Drugs has been a disaster for society, created massive poverty, corruption, overdose dangers due to adulterated drugs and has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands on the U.S. / Mexico broader.

The First Step Act is hopefully, what its name implies, a First Step in fixing our corrupt and injurious criminal justice system and maybe even ending the disastrous, expensive (over a trillion dollars spent on it since the 70’s) War on Drugs, which is really a war on individuals.

As well as talking about the First Step Act, Jason offered hope to all of those who are interested in exposing the actions of the secretive and private entity called the Federal Reserve. He said the Audit the Fed Bill is alive and gaining support in Congress. Getting this bill passed would finally expose where all the money is going. Currently the National Debt is 22 trillion dollars and that wouldn’t be possible without the Federal Reserve, which is a privately owned bank, that has the monopoly to print endless amounts of money. The Feds printing press is what causes inflation. Inflation then transfers wealth from the majority of people to the bankers and the well connected as prices increase and package sizes decrease all ahead of any wage increases.

We briefly touched on the immigration issue. I think we both agree that free movement and migration should be an inherent right but the fact that the world isn’t perfect at this time makes the idea of borders a necessity. I know it’s a complicated issue and libertarians hold strong opinions about both sides of the issue. We did agree that the legal immigration apparatus definitely needs revamping.

We look forward to speaking with Jason again. He is extremely knowledgeable about the principles upon which individual liberty is grounded and the inner workings of the Beltway. That is a rare combination.

A big thank you to Jason for his time and work. It was extremely enlightening to hear how the “sausage is made” in Washington and I think our discussion gives a glimmer of hope to all of us who want to live in a more free, peaceful, just and prosperous world.

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Brad Miller

Chronically Human

Five Minutes at a Time

Whatever your New Years resolutions are this trick may help you keep them.

I’m terrible at organization. In fact when I was in second grade I can still remember my teacher, Mrs. Rasar, yelling at me in front of the entire class, because I couldn’t find my math homework that was crammed inside my extremely messy desk. I’m not ashamed to admit it that I did cry that day.

Fast forward to today and I still struggle with this issue but I’ve found a way to change this life-long aversion to organization five minutes at a time.

It’s definitely not rocket science and I’m sure I’m not the first to propose this. What I do is set a timer on my phone for five minutes and then I clean and organize whatever space I want to improve in that amount of time. During this time I’m fond of playing some music. Currently I’m playing Hank William III’s “Crazed Country Rebel” as I’m organizing my medical bills and insurance paperwork.

Tackling a big issue like getting organized can feel overwhelming. By setting a timer for only five minutes at a time I free myself of the anticipated dread of spending hours or even days tackling a problem.

What I’ve found is that after the five minutes are up I set the timer again for five more minutes. I keep doing this and before I know it I’ve got a bookshelf organized, or I’ve gone through a stack of old mail or I’ve finally completed a filing system to put my financial, medical and business paperwork in.

Procrastination destroys my initiative, saps my energy and makes me feel even more physically unwell than usual. Taking action even if it’s only for five minutes at a time is better than not taking any action. I feel a lot better when I am moving in the direction of my goals.

When I set a timer for only five minutes, I think to myself that I can do anything for five minutes. Then when I finally do get off the couch the magic of momentum kicks in and before I know it my room and my car are more cleaned and organized then they’ve been in decades.

Currently I’m rewatching the show “Frasier” from the beginning on Amazon Prime. In between each episode I set my phone timer for five minutes and see how much I can get done. Sometimes I just work for the five minutes and then start the next episode but more often then not I reset that five minute timer at least once or twice before I plop back down on the capuchin to watch the next episode

Today most folks are struggling to break old habits and build new ones, tackle great challenges or accomplish new feats. What I’ve found helpful in my quest to become a better human being is to break down whatever I want to accomplish into small increments of action that I can accomplish in five minutes at a time. It’s a non-stressful way for me to get motivated, build momentum and change lifelong habits by simply setting my phone timer for five minutes and getting to work.

Brad Miller

Fellow Human

Bitcoin explained in 60 seconds

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are the next evolution of money and banking.

What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a proven and secure decentralized digital currency and payment system. There are about 800 other crypto-currencies out there but Bitcoin is the grandfather of them all. Bitcoin and other decentralized digital currencies are the next evolution in money because they aren’t issued and controlled by a government and do not require financial institutions to store or to send them. This technology is revolutionizing banking, politics and global peace because individuals are now empowered to send money to anyone around the world with just their phone.

Brad Miller

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Hero wanted

Are you the hero of your story?

We are all storytellers. We cast ourselves as the hero or villain, sidekick, supporting cast or victim in the stories we tell ourselves. Out of those choices who do you want to be? In the past without even being aware of it I wasn’t casting myself as the hero and in fact most of the time I felt as if I was just an extra in the story of my life. Over the last few years I’ve had a mindset shift that has led me to rewrite the story of my life, which includes how I view my past present and how I want to live in the future. Below are some of the ideas and techniques that help you own the story of you and become the hero of your life.

If you only have a minute or so please watch this video.

 

We all act or don’t act by the stories we tell ourselves. Are we going to be defined by our past mistakes or we going to cast ourselves as the hero in the story of our life? Are we going to be propelled by the story of us a hero embarking bravely and boldly toward what we desire? Or are we going to be paralyzed by the story we tell ourselves about how we are only our failures of our past?
Why is it important to take control of the stories you tell yourself?

1. Life is short – we are all on borrowed time – every movie you’ve ever seen or book you’ve read had a run time or a page count. Your story does as well.

2. You have the power to control, edit, change and alter the story you tell yourself about your past, present and future. By doing so you can create a more peaceful, powerful and productive you in the present which is much more capable of created the future reality you’ve written for yourself.

3. Either you are the hero of your story or someone else is. If you are not the hero you are the victim of external forces which you have no hope of overcoming and you are waiting on a hero to save you. This is the danger of politics and toxic relationships. You are a helpless victim and they are here to protect you from the villains and the world you are not prepared to encounter because you are according to their story that you accept, incapable of being the hero of your own life.

4. We love epic movies because we are supposed to be living epic lives. Recast yourself as the hero. Reimagine your origin story. Create a clearer narrative about your future story and right now envious yourself as a king who believes that his destiny is his to write. Each morning set out upon your white horse of ambition in the armor of courage holding the shield of truth and the sword of decision. The crown you wear is your own. You need no one to tell you that you are worthy to where the mantle, it is your birth right, your obligation and your responsibility.

Guy Ritchie does a great job explaining what it means to be the king of your domain. Everyman is a king and should have dominion over his kingdom. He isn’t talking about dominating others he’s talking about taking extreme ownership of yourself. While listening to the podcast he got me so motivated I bought the book Extreme Ownership while I was listening to the podcast. I’ll post a review soon.

This editing of your life’s story is not meant to be a means of ignoring physical reality or the consequences of past or future actions. However I do believe that the narratives we tell ourselves to explain the workings of the world and the role we are cast ourself in our own story are far more powerful than any circumstance we may find ourselves in. Your narrative doesn’t protect you from the fallout from your mistakes or physical reality. Just as the mighty hero of a great sci-fi- epic, you are not immune to slings and arrows of fortune, but just like every great hero, you have decided to go after what you desire no matter the circumstances you currently find yourself in. By casting yourself as the hero king of your story you are creating the powerful image in your mind that you can overcome, learn from, and turn to your advantage any mistake or oversight, or misdeed or misfortune to your benefit. A hero takes his lumps but he doesn’t stop. He gets back up after being knocked down and he continues on toward the promised land.

 

 

You can check out more of Jordan Peterson’s approach to scripting your life story at his website: https://selfauthoring.com

Now as you write your narrative of your life be careful who you cast as the Villain in your story. It’s extremely dangerous to cast a person as the villain of your narrative. The political dissension is a perfect example of two groups of people who have cast polar opposites as their side’s villain. In other words the stories about reality that they are telling themselves is the opposite of what the other group is telling themselves. What both sides are missing is that the people within each faction should cast themselves as the heroes of their lives and begin acting accordingly. Jordan Peterson’s Self-Authoring program is designed to help you take charge of the narrative of your life and crafting your future reality as well.

You own your past and can tell the story how you see fit which best serves your ability to act with confidence today. Start thinking of your past as your origin story. We all have the most powerful piece of machinery yet known to exist and it resides inside our cranium. Our imagination is the story generating tool that constructs the narratives we live by. The narrative of who you are is not fixed. That is to say within certain parameters. Don’t lie to yourself and don’t lie to others. But that doesn’t mean you have to paint yourself in the worst possible light for your origin story. Those events that occurred and the choices you made in the past got you where you are today. Every great super hero story begins that way. Your origin story is your’s to create.

Along with the powerful origin story every hero wants something. Use your future reality generating machine – your imagination – to craft the story of your future. Tell that story to yourself often. Don’t worry about nailing it all down at once. Focus on the emotional states you want to experience more of and begin creating the scenarios in which you would feel those. The hero wants the girl because of how he thinks he’ll feel when he wins her heart. We all want things or the affections of others, or a vacation or money to feel a certain way. Knowing what emotional states that you want to experience more of will keep you from being disappointed by achieving your goals. Your real goal as the hero is to create a freer, more prosperous, more just, safer, and happier world for yourself and those that you love to inhabit.

You can be the villain, the victim, the supporting cast or even an extra in the story of your life or you can be the hero you were born to be. Claim that today. Claim your dominion over your kingdom. Take full responsibility of your domain. Create your origin story that empowers you to act in the present with confidence and boldness, in order to overcome the internal and external struggles that are necessary to make the story you’ve crafted for your future, becomes a reality.

Brad Miller