Stopped by the Cops, Pt 2 – Freedoms Feens

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I was co-host on today’s Freedom Feens broadcast. The 2-hour show is broadcast live at LRN.FM weeknights at Midnight Central time and at noon on weekends. A list of stations carrying the Freedom Feens is available here

Show notes for 09/17/2014:  The OuterNet — Miranda Warnings — Waiving Rights — Right to Remain Silent — How silence can be used against a suspect — Why we get pulled over — Are cops allowed to lie?

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Review of “Free is Beautiful” at Strike-the-Root

Anarcho-Ichthus Catholic libertarianGot a real nice write-up of Free is Beautiful: Why Catholics Should be Libertarian from Lawrence Ludlow at Strike-The-Root.com

I wrote to Mr Ludlow with my appreciation, but also a mild protest regarding the comparison to St Thomas Aquinas. He reminded me that St Thomas reconciled the teachings of Aristotle with those of the Church, just as Free is Beautiful attempts a harmony of the Church and libertarianism. Free is Beautiful is only a beginning, but I thankfully appreciate the comparison.

Mr. Ludlow’s review is here.

If you haven’t read Free is Beautiful you can drop $11.66 over at Amazon, or just listen to the free audio book right here.

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Stopped by the cops – Freedom Feens 08/03/2014

Catholic libertarianFreedom Feens is a daily, liberty-related radio show with Michael W. Dean and a rotating cast of co-hosts.

I was co-host on a Feens broadcast this week. The 2-hour show is broadcast live at LRN.FM weeknights at Midnight Central time and at noon on weekends. A list of stations carrying the Freedom Feens is available here

Show notes for 08/03/2014: Feds collecting subversive internet memes — Nationalize the police? — FeenPhone Update — When the cops pull me over — Never, never, ever consent to a search — Do police have to read me my Miranda Rights? — I want to talk to a lawyer!

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If you imagine that you are not a criminal, think again:

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Freedom Feens – co-hosts Derrick J and Randy England

microphoneFreedom Feens is a daily, liberty-oriented radio program and podcast with Michael W. Dean and a rotating cast of co-hosts.

Freedom Feen Derrick J Freeman and I co-hosted today’s show. The 2-hour show is broadcast live at LRN.FM weeknights at midnight Central time and at noon on weekends.

This weekend, August 23-24, 2014, we will be broadcasting live (the Lord willing and the creek don’t rise) from The 2nd Annual Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest held at the Circle Pines Center near Delton, Michigan. Listen at noon Sunday on LRN.FM.

Of course, if you live in the neighborhood, just come on by. For more information: The 2nd Annual Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest.

Show notes for 08/18/2014:

Being a government prosecutor — Ferguson, MO protests — future justice systems — Ignorance of the law is no excuse — selling raw milk without permission — prosecutors refuse cases — Why Catholics should be libertarian — heroine sold in vending machines? — libertarianism in the Bible — Mind your own business — Derrick’s concealed carry appeal

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Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest – See you there!

RandyEngland smallI’m excited to be going to The 2nd Annual Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest to held on August 22-25, 2014 at the Circle Pines Center in Delton, Michigan (about 2+ hours NW of Chicago).

There is still time for early registration, which is $45 and that *includes* the tent campsite rental.

If any readers will be going, let me know. I’d would enjoy meeting. Randy England

For information, go to The 2nd Annual Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest.

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Catholic libertarian J.R.R. Tolkien

tolkienThe centerpiece of the libertarian political philosophy is the nonaggression principle which prohibits any person from initiating physical force against another person. Such force–universally prohibited to individuals–fairs no better when government claims such power for itself.

J.R.R.Tolkien (1892 – 1973) is one such libertarian: A Catholic Englishman who understood Lord Acton’s maxim: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute powers corrupts absolutely.”

Viewing state power as illegitimate, Tolkien described himself as  a philosophical anarchist:

“My political opinions lean more and more to Anarchy (philosophically understood, meaning the abolition of control not whiskered men with bombs) — or to ‘unconstitutional’ Monarchy. I would arrest anybody who uses the word State (in any sense other than the inaminate real of England and its inhabitants, a thing that has neither power, rights nor mind); and after a chance of recantation, execute them if they remained obstinate! If we could go back to personal names, it would do a lot of good. Government is an abstract noun meaning the art and process of governing and it should be an offence to write it with a capital G or so to refer to people. […] Anyway the proper study of Man is anything but Man; and the most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Not one in a million is fit for it, and least of all those who seek the opportunity. ” The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien.

I hope you enjoy this very listenable biography and background on this great storyteller:

The Bad Quaker talks with a Catholic libertarian

Bad QuakerIf you have never listened to Ben Stone’s Bad Quaker podcast, you’ll find it a relaxed way to spend an hour and learn about liberty at the same time.

Sometimes Ben will offer a unique view on libertarian issues; sometimes he explores relevant historical issues; and other times he shares interviews he has recorded with other liberty-minded people. This week I had the pleasure of discussing Christianity and libertarianism with Ben. I hope you will give it a listen:

Show notes for 07/17/2014:  The Catholic Case for Libertarianism — Free will and Helping the poor — God is so very libertarian — Virtue cannot be be forced — Libertarianism and people on the margins — Should Christians pay taxes? — Romans 13 — St Paul Mocks the Emperor Nero

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