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Monday, April 15, 2013

My Recommended Websites And Resources

This is a list of the websites and resources I rely on for my political news and information. If you enjoy my blog, you should consider bookmarking these sites. I highly recommend them.


Websites

Reason Magazine: If you don't read Reason Magazine, you're not a true libertarian. This is your number one source for news and political analysis from a libertarian perspective. Plus its editor, Nick Gillespie, is as intelligent as he is fashionable. (You've got to love his leather jacket!) Also, its YouTube channel features videos by Remy. He's made of pure awesome.

Lew Rockwell: Created by and named after the advisor and long-time friend of Ron Paul, this website provides your daily dose of anti-state, anti-war, and pro-market opinion, with columns written by some of the most prominent libertarian and anarcho-capitalist minds: Tom Woods, Peter Schiff, Thomas DiLorenzo, Gary North, Walter Block, Walter Williams, Pat Buchanan, Judge Andrew Napolitano, and of course, the dynamic duo themselves, Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell. The site also hosts a weekly podcast with interviews of prominent members in the liberty movement. (Disclaimer: This site contains its fair share of conspiracy theory. Expect to run across some anti-vaccination/anti-GMO/pro-alternative medicine lunacy.)

Mises Institute: The main on-line resource for Austrian economics, named after the founder of the economic school, Ludwig Von Mises. Not only does it provide insightful articles and columns, but also an extensive library of free downloadable e-books written by the greatest Austrian minds: Ludwig Von Mises, F.A. Hayek, Henry Hazlitt, Murray Rothbard, and Lew Rockwell. A few personal recommendations: The Law by Frederic Bastiat, Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt, Defending the Undefendable by Walter Block, Man, Economy, and State by Murray N. Rothbard, and The Left, the Right, and the State by Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.

Newsbusters: Reality doesn't have a liberal bias, but the mainstream media does, and Newsbusters cuts through that bias on a daily basis with reality. The on-line extension of the Media Research Center, this website dispels the spin, propaganda, and downright lies propogated in the liberal media. This is a must-bookmark site for anyone curious about liberal bias, as it routinely exposes liberal mouthpieces such as Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Ed Shultz, and Mike Malloy.

The Blaze: While founded by Fox "News" neocon Glenn Beck--someone who is as "libertarian" as Bill Maher (which is to say not libertarian at all)--this website manages to offer quality news articles from a "libertarian" perspective. Of course, by "libertarian" perspective, this is less in terms of foreign and domestic policy--which is just as neocon as Fox News--though it still manages to offer anti-state and pro-market opinion.

World Net Daily: While teetering on the far-right of the political spectrum, this news aggregator provides easy access to articles from conservative and libertarian-leaning websites across the net. If you're willing to overlook its warhawkish and socially-regressive commentary, especially by notable wingnuts such as Joseph Farah and Pamela Geller, this site provides a valuable resource for conservative news and opinion. Also, it has columns by Chuck Norris. That alone makes it awesome.

Other Recommendations: Daily Caller, CNS News, Big Government, Newsmax, Cato@Liberty.


Opinion

Jack Hunter (a.k.a.: The Southern Avenger): This man helped prompt my evolution from a Religious Right-loving neoconservative into the libertarian I am today. He taught me that you can be critical of the Republican Party and still be a conservative. Born and bred in South Carolina, this libertarian-leaning paleconservative defends limited government, states rights, and free-market principles with a Southern vigor. A Barry Goldwater conservative at heart, he is openly critical of other conservatives—especially neocons like George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Sarah Palin—as he is of progressive liberals. He is a huge supporter of Ron Paul and his son Rand, whom he helped co-author his book. That alone makes him--20 percent cooler!

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Having served as both a Superior Court Judge and a law school adjunct professor, Judge Andrew Napolitano is well-versed in Constitutional law, strongly advocating for limited government while denouncing all forms of big government—be it from the Left (through universal healthcare and over-regulation) or from the Right (through drug prohibition and warrantless wiretaps). Once a Fox News correspondent and host of Freedom Watch, he was booted from the network for his criticism of the former Bush Administration, which he considered guilty of war crimes. He continues to rule his legal expertise through his columns.

Chris Hedges: While I don't agree with 50 percent of what he says, the other 50 percent I agree with 100 percent. Having spent two decades as a foreign correspondent, he knows firsthand the horrors of war and oppression, and as such, is a strong vocal opponent of government and corporate tyranny. Though his anti-capitalist views are little to be desired, his anti-state and anti-war stances are more than commendable. Following the passing of the NDAA with its indefinite detention provision, he filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration challenging the bill, and nearly won! That alone makes him a worthy ally in the fight against the state.

Other Recommendations: The Gateway Pundit, Tom Woods, Thomas Sowell, Glenn Greenwald.


Videos

HowTheWorldWorks: Lee Doren is the intellectual heavyweight of YouTube conservatives. His claim to fame are his critique videos, where he slices through libtarded moonbat propaganda with logic, reason, and evidence. His most frequent target is libtard propagandist Annie Leonard, whom he has routinely bent over and spanked the ever-loving crap out of for her Story of Stuff propaganda films--many of which are shown in public schools! Love him or hate him, you at least have to admire him for doing his research before shooting his mouth off, unlike other conservative pundits.

LearnLiberty: Created by the Institute for Humane Studies, this channel provides educational videos on economics and politics. If you're looking for a resource to help you combat economic talking points, look no further than here. Though most are under five minutes long, these videos are jammed-packed with information that concisely debunk common economic myths about topics such as wealth inequality, minimum wage, and job creation.

LibertyPen: In a website awash with mental mindrot, it's fortunate that channels like this exist to stimulate intellectual thought and growth. This channel archives classic interviews and lectures of some of the greatest liberty-minded intellectuals including Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, Murray Rothbard, Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, John Stossel, and Judge Andrew Napolitano. Here you can view Ayn Rand's classic television interviews or John Stossel's television specials. Watch these videos and educate yourselves in all manners of life, liberty, and property.

POLIPOP: A collaboration of the best political YouTube channels: How The World Works, Drinking With Bob, Steven Crowder, Token Libertarian Chick, Southern Avenger, Adam Vs. The Man--though "balance" requires that it hosts its fair share of libtarded moonbats: Amazing Atheist, Liberalviewer, Old Fart Rants. Occasionally, this channel hosts debates where the greatest minds clash in a battle of wits. Some of its greatest battles included How The World Works vs. Amazing Atheist, Amazing Atheist vs. Southern Avenger, How The World Works vs. Liberaviewer--and the greatest battle of them all, Stefan Molyneux vs. Sam Seder. It's like professional wrestling, only with brains rather than brawn!

Other Recommendations: ReasonTV, Drinking With Bob, Steven Crowder, Token Libertarian Chick, Mike Shanklin.


Radio & Podcasts

LRN.FM: Want to listen to talk radio? Don't want to listen to neocon blowhards like Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck? Then tune into the Liberty Radio Network: LRN.FM. Hosted in the Free State of New Hampshire, this network streams liberty-oriented audio live 24/7, with top libertarian radio programs and podcasts such as The Angel Clark Show, Adam Vs. The Man, Free Talk Live, and Anti-War Radio.

Bogosity Podcast: Hosted by Shane Killian (and occasionally co-hosted by Jonathan Loesche and Tim Dyson), this weekly podcast discusses politics, economics, and science from a skeptical, libertarian perspective. The podcast is divided into three segments: "News of the Bogus," which offers critical analysis on the week's events; "Biggest Bogon Emitter," which thoroughly debunks a egregious piece of "bogosity"; and "Idiot Extraordinaire," which highlights a person whose actions or words makes them exceptionally bogus. Sometimes, once in a blue moon, when the planets align, it will offer a "Silver Cluon Award" to an individual who goes out of their way to expose "bogosity."

Other Recommendations: The Peter Schiff Show, Adam Vs. The ManFreedomain Radio, The Neal Boortz Show.


Mobile Apps

Pulse: Want a convenient way to view content from your favorite websites, blogs, and social media networks? Then download this application for your phone, tablet, or computer. Customize it with feeds from your favorite sites and always stay up to date with their newest content. I use this app on my iPhone and iPad all the time to view the latest news from the websites above and more. This is a must download app for any news junkie. Download yours today from Apple iTunes, Google Play, or Windows Store. It's free to download and easy to use. Try it today!