Hey Chris! How are you? What are you up to these days?
Doing great! I work for Ron Paul, wearing many different hats, the biggest being the Editor of his website RonPaulLibertyReport.com and Co-Host of The Ron Paul Liberty Report every Friday on YouTube.
When did you find liberty in your life? What was that revelation like for you?
I can’t pin down a specific instance, but I know that it was somewhere in my late teens that I at least acknowledged the ideas of freedom in my mind. I also came to have a big admiration for the Founders of America, who specifically embraced the ideas of Liberty.
Becoming a full-fledged advocate of liberty did take time however. There were different ‘phases,’ in the process. I once considered myself a Republican. I naively believed the Republican rhetoric that they were the party of limited government. It wasn’t until about the year 2004 that I realized I had been duped.
It was around that time that I learned of Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, Ludwig von Mises, and Murray Rothbard. Once my eyes were opened to pure liberty, there was no turning back.
What made you want to write a book about the Federal Reserve?
After discovering Mises, Rothbard, and the others, I spent the next decade reading everything that I could get my hands on that they had written. Learning about the Federal Reserve was naturally a part of that process. I remember it was an eye-opening experience first coming to the realization that the Fed was the beating heart of big government. In hindsight, learning about how our central bank works, and about how repugnant of an institution it is, would only of happened by reading the books that I was reading. I wasn’t ever going to see it mentioned in the “media,” or anywhere else.
With this aversion to government power, it made sense to me to articulate it's source. The Federal Reserve (central bank) is it's source. It has a government monopoly to print money out-of-thin-air to finance whatever a government wants. It’s a legal counterfeiter that acts as a government’s piggy bank, and this ability is the very last thing we should ever want a government to have. It will finance itself to tyranny with such powers. So with these things in mind, in 2014, I wrote “Set Money Free: What Every American Needs To Know About The Federal Reserve."
Do you think it's hard convincing people how important liberty and non-intervention is?
The way that I see it is that advocates of Liberty don’t have to “convince” anyone. I believe that our job is to present the ideas in as clear and understandable way as possible. Whether a person believes what we say is up to them. They have their own free will to decide what makes sense to them.
Is there a lot of competition from government’s octopus arms — the media, compulsory schools, university professors, crony corporations, etc., etc.? Of course! Unfortunately Americans grow up and become adults in a propaganda machine that is truly amazing in size and scope.
But it’s all lies.
Since truth is more powerful than lies, we have the natural advantage. The key is to present the ideas as often and as clearly as possible, to anyone willing to listen.
Do you think the ideas of liberty and non-intervention are sustainable in a society over the long-term?
I believe that liberty, peace, and voluntary interaction between individuals are the only things that are sustainable. Force, war, and compulsory interactions are errors and anti-life. They create volatility and suffering that has littered mankind’s history.
Do you think the world could survive, and thrive, without boarders and governments?
I do believe that humanity would thrive without governments and that would be the ideal. However, I also believe that America’s Founders did an exceptional job early on. If America merely followed the Constitution today, it would be a magnanimous improvement over our current situation. Better still would be to scrap the Constitution and return to something like the Articles of Confederation that preceded it.
Government, if it is to exist, should be so small and limited that people could barely tell that it exists.
With all the terrible events that have already happened (and have been continued) in 2018, how do you think the mid-term and 2020 presidential election will turn out in America?
At this point in time in America, elections are pretty much meaningless. Government wars and welfare expand no matter who is elected. The “Deep State,” that is, the part of government that never leaves the scene, runs the show. That show is to grow government power over each individual indefinitely.
Can you describe the increased viewership of the Ron Paul Liberty Report? Do you think there is bigger momentum towards liberty than ever before?
I believe that the prospects for Liberty are better than ever before. Power seeks to keep people in the dark. The fact that we are able to communicate with just about anyone on the planet presents us with a fantastic opportunity. Government will do it's utmost to censor, as we see today with the censorship that occurs in social media, but the internet is much bigger than Facebook, Google and Twitter. I believe there is plenty to be optimistic about long-term.