Liberty Info Soup
The mainstream media has largely failed. Numerous internet sites and individuals have sprung into being that offer a possibility for a different view and a more realistic view of the world. But I don’t totally agree with anyone. Jihad Watch is great for news culled from a huge variety of sources concerning topics of interest to those of a counter-jihad slant. However, on issues of history or economics not related to the counter-jihad movement, I often tend to strongly disagree with them. The Tenth Amendment Center is great on issues concerning the Constitution and Constitutional history generally speaking, but advocates for policies that do not address or take Islam into account. Mises.org, especially in the past, has been the go to site for all things libertarian related or Ludwig von Mises related (These things are not necessarily the same.), but also do not take Islam into account. Abbeville Institute has the same failing concerning Islam, but takes a utilitarian and religiously Southern traditional view of culture and the Constitution. Donald Livingston, the founder of the Abbeville Institute, and Ludwig von Mises denounce natural rights as a valid basis for forming a government (Most likely in viewing content from the Abbeville Institute or Mises.org you will tend to view those with strong support for natural rights.). Though I disagree, they offer a distinct other opinion that I believe is useful to consider.
Between the two groups, the anti-jihad right and the libertarian movement’s often opposing views is VladTepesBlog that largely inspired the creation of this page as often I perceive an understanding of liberty I tend to identify with is to be found on that blog.
Though I understand why the name of Vlad Tepes was used for that site, and appreciate why Vlad Tepes is revered as a hero in Transylvania, I empathize more with the Order of the Dragon that Vlad Tepes and his father were a part of. As an American, I do not advocate for heraldic orders and titles (Ludwig von Mises is the singular exception. Contact me if you want to know why.), but still have taken part of the Order of the Dragon symbol as my own, symbolizing for me the ongoing battle of the West to preserve liberty from warring barbarism, whether it be Islam or socialism.
I believe that I have a right to express my views regardless of whether the mainstream media or the government like it or not. Rights are exercised by individuals, not granted by governments.
I intend to post stories from the sites I mentioned and other sites selectively, sometimes offering commentary. For example, sometimes I’ll throw in videos from the jolly heretic, Edward Dutton, that discuss trends and demographics. This will make for a page with a different perspective and focus. For example, I will not tend to post stories having to do with jihad in Great Britain because there is such a huge amount of it and because I see Great Britain as largely a lost cause. Katie Hopkins is an exception to this. How can anyone not love Katie Hopkins? I hope some people from my other Facebook page will like this site and that those interested in the topics will like it too.
https://mises.org/library/theory-and-history-7 (Gordon did this lecture
annually for some years. It is worth it to see it in different years.)
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/ (Be sure to check out their YouTube channel.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31E1gHowYcA&t=1330s (This link is too good not to post, but I discovered to my considerable discomfort that the parts about Irish slavery in the United States and the Catholic link to the beginning of European enslavement of black people was weak.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAZ3W_lDJ78&t=488s (This is a great video addressing slavery in Africa by John Azuma. It encouraged me to get his book.)
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=edward+dutton (Dutton offers many things to think about, a lot. But think about it critically as he will fall into bias at times failing to avoid traps of bias that he himself warns of. He does pursue science that nearly everyone else is too afraid to touch.)
http://www.richardhaier.com/ (Dutton can be hard. Haier touches on difficult subjects cautiously, but provides a foundation for understanding Dutton on the modern research of intelligence.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW4M46JXXzE&t=1407s (Livingston is deep and strongly influenced by David Hume. Livingston makes history come alive from a perspective that denies natural rights but in favor of a Hume type utilitarianism. I don’t know what to think of his perspective. A powerful thinker that will shake everything you ever thought about America.
Books that have influenced me:
The History of Jihad: From Mohammed to Isis, Robert Spencer
Radical Islam: Past, Present, and Future: Anita Boseman, Vann Boseman
The Legacy of Arab Islam in Africa, John A. Azuma
Essay on Trial by Jury, Lysander Spooner
Twelve Good Men and True: The Criminal Trial Jury From 1200-1800, eds. J. S. Cockburn et al.
The Ethics of Liberty, Murray Rothbard.
Socialism, Ludwig von Mises
The Debate on the Constitution (Parts One and Two), ed. Bernard Bailyn (Jefferson said that the way to interpret the Constitution is by considering how the founders interpreted it. The founders consist not only of the Constitutional Convention, but the state ratifying conventions, and various others. A real understanding of the Constitution involves a good understanding of the founders’ views in this context. A great understanding of the debates is impossible because there is just so much, way beyond these two books. Most people, easily including most lawyers and all of the Supreme Court, have a very poor understanding of the Constitution in that they are unable to interpret through what the founders thought.)
Our Republican Constitution, Randy E. Barnett
Government by Judiciary: The Transformation of the Fourteenth Amendment, Raoul Berger (The powerful arguments in this book circle back to what I said about Bailyn’s book earlier.)
The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, Bernard Bailyn.
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution, Kevin R. C. Gutzman
How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America, Brion McClanahan