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ANC Ep. 8: David Gornoski Interviews Robert Murphy

How do we win liberty for the future? Where does the liberty movement go in these rapidly changing times?

A Neighbor’s Choice founder and syndicated writer David Gornoski speaks with Austrian economist Dr. Robert Murphy. You won’t want to miss this discussion as winning strategies for communicating liberty are discussed as well as a timely look at the sexual assault-based power of the state’s victimless crime laws that place nonviolent persons in cages where rampant.

In this episode you will also learn how Jesus is the founder of the liberty movement, how the state sacrifices scapegoats to gain power, and how to build bridges with people new to voluntarism and nonviolence.

Robert P. Murphy is a Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute and Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University. He is the author of many books including Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action (Independent Institute, 2015) which is a modern distillation of the essentials of Mises’s thought for the layperson. Murphy is co-host, with Tom Woods, of the popular podcast Contra Krugman, which is a weekly refutation of Paul Krugman’s New York Times column. https://consultingbyrpm.com/

David Gornoski’s writing regularly appears at FEE.org, The American Conservative, Lewrockwell.com, TheMission.co, WND.com, AffluentInvestor.com and several other publications. A Neighbor’s Choice is a mission-based educational platform creating a coalition of writers, artists, churches, pastors, victims, intellectuals, public leaders, and community groups committed to real justice: teaching society to reject the violence of victimless crime laws. www.aneighborschoice.com

A Neighbor’s Choice Ep. 6: Michael Gibson Interview

Episode 6 introduces us to Michael Gibson, General Partner of 1517 Fund, the university-defying capital fund aimed at empowering young entrepreneurs to make the world better through science and innovation. Named after the date of Martin Luther’s 95 theses, 1517 Fund is hosting a General Assembly on October 31, 2017. Learn more here: https://medium.com/the-mission/announ…

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David Gornoski’s essays are featured at publications such as The American Conservative, FEE.org, Lewrockwell.com, WND.com, and AffluentInvestor.com.

How Juries Function as a Scapegoat Mechanism

My recent essay‘s size constraints didn’t permit me to elaborate on this but I do have a nuanced view of the jury system theory. I see it as a Christian revelation-influenced move away from private vendetta parties and mob violence. I recognize the English law system’s principles of habeas corpus, presumption of innocence, etc as Christian revelation-influenced protections of the individual person against the collective that are very good.

However, in practice, the jury system still functions within a kind of already, not yet space. Already leavened by Christian personhood-affirming structures of law but not yet completely shed of its sacrificial origins in archaic religion. Nonviolent persons I define as people charged with crimes without victims, meaning when the police wrote the report they put the “People of the State of ___” because there really is no injured party to redress grievances. I argue that for a community to send deadly agents to enforce a victimless crime law, no matter what it is, is an act of scapegoating. I believe the scapegoat mechanism is continued in the act of putting said person in a cage with actual violent persons in which assault is commonplace and escape is impossible. The scapegoat mechanism begins with the performative lie of the collective’s agents being sent with the option of deadly force to confront something that no sane person would have moral right to use deadly force as an individual: broken tail lights, late child support payments, drug possession, consensual adult prostitution, unlicensed hair salon, etc, etc. The lie is performed by the community by their treatment of the person as if they are violent when in fact they are not. The idea of placing someone in a cage is a performative lie (embodied communication and false witness through collective action). The person is cast outside the camp, other-ized, counted among the violent and dangerous, and dehumanized. – David Gornoski

A Neighbor’s Choice Ep. 1: Ron Paul Interview

In the first episode of A Neighbor’s Choice radio show, host David Gornoski speaks with former presidential candidate and congressman Ron Paul.

Why does the state create religious devotion and violent fervor in its believers? How should Christians think about the state? We talk with Dr. Paul on this and other matters such as voting, war, vengeance, and jury duty.