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WTMWD #65: What Roger Koops Learned When he Audited the CDC

 

 

 

 

As director of quality assurance for a pharmaceutical company, Roger Koops interacted closely with the FDA for many years. I speak with him in this episode about his experiences, the nature of that agency and about how the regulatory landscape has expanded and become more burdensome over time. He also tells about the time he was tasked with auditing the CDC, what that experience taught him, and what – if anything – that agency is good for.

We also discuss the problem of professional myopia in the world of science, and the implications that has for the rest of us.

Roger Koops is a contributing author for AIER, and is also a retired scientist, with a PhD in chemistry and over 25 years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. He has authored or co-authored several papers on pharmaceutical technology and chemistry.

I spoke with Roger last month about why he doesn't plan to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

 


WTMWD #64: What Gene Epstein would tell Jordan Peterson about Austrian Economics

 

 

 

 

Recently, Jordan Peterson asked who he should have as a guest on his show to talk about Austrian economics, and Gene Epstein's name came up. In this episode, I ask Gene what he would say to Dr. Peterson, or to anyone looking to understand what Austrian economics is all about, what sets it apart from other schools, and why its insights are so important right now.

Gene is the former Barrons economics and books editor, and now hosts the Soho Forum. I spoke with him last month about where he thinks the economy is headed and what individuals can do to protect themselves, here.

The Soho Forum can be found here.

And if you'd like to learn more about Austrian economics, there is no better place to start than the Mises Institute.

I spoke with Mises Institute President, Jeff Deist last December, about whether it might be time for America to break up

 


Hope for Humanity #1: Illegal Fireworks Light up the Sky in Los Angeles

 

I had a fantastic conversation with Don Boudreaux earlier today. I've got a backlog of episodes to put up, so this one won't be up for another week or so, but I promised I'd send him something, so here it is:

Last summer, the mayor of Los Angeles declared that ALL fireworks in the city of LA were illegal. Was there an actual law to go along with that declaration? I don't know. Does it even matter anymore? After more than a year of this, it's clear that the vast majority of Californians are happy to live under a dictatorship.

...or ARE they?

Watch this, if you haven't already. It remains one of the most beautiful sights from all of 2020:




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WTMWD #63: The Tenth Amendment Center's Michael Boldin: How do we do this?

 

 

 

 

I start off asking Michael Boldin, of the Tenth Amendment Center, how we can use the principle of nullification to put an end to the lockdown insanity and create free societies... and we end up talking about everything from the legal foundations of nullification, how crappy most sheriffs are on constitutional rights, Freedom Cells, Vermin Supreme, and how very very important mutual aid is.

I even tell the story of my grandmother's experience with her amazing care home, provided by her mutual-aid society, and how the state has worked to shut these down across the country.

Michael works tirelessly for the Tenth Amendment Center.

The book I mentioned is "From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State", and you can find it here.

This Cato publication has some good stuff on mutual aid too, including an essay on the book above.

The Fully Informed Jury Association is here.

The Institute for Justice is here.

You can learn more about Freedom Cells here and here.

Read about the battle of Tinhorn Flats here.

And of course the Vermin Supreme Institute can be found here.

 


Building Free Communities with Private Membership Associations - a webinar with the Freedom Angels

 

Yesterday, the Freedom Angels hosted a webinar with Vanessa and Mike Colomb of Renegade Ranch, a new Private Membership Association (PMA) grocery store  in Penn Valley, Nevada County, California. They talk about Private Membership Associations - how they work, and how they can be used to build free communities.

You can watch here:

 




WTMWD #62: Todd Seavey on Secession and Open Borders

 

 

 

 

In which long-time libertarian writer and friend Todd Seavey does his best to offend those on both left and right on two hot-button issues that might actually unite people if only they would think about them in the right way - and predicts that the real revolution will be driven by picnics. We also end up spending a lot of time grumbling about how old we've suddenly gotten.

I spoke with Todd last August, about immigration restrictions. You can see that episode here.

Todd's article "Secession and Open Borders: Why not both?" is here.

His book, "Libertarianism for Beginners" is here.

And you can find Todd on Twitter

 

 


WTMWD #61: Unbreaking Science with Dr. James Lyons Weiler

 

 

 

 

How broken are the systems that evaluate scientific research, and what can be done to fix them? I talk with Dr. James Lyons Weiler about these questions, and about his own contributions to independent research - including his analysis of VAERS data for deaths and anaphylaxis following vaccination for Covid-19, and his participation in the international Nucleaic Acid Amplification Testing Evaluation Consortium (NAATEC), which will evaluate the efficacy of PCR testing for Covid-19.

Dr. Weiler's website is here.

His Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge is here, and you can read about the NAATEC project here.

You can support Dr. Weiler's work here, or here.