Will there be consequences to this onrush of economic sanctions against Russia? Is politics overshadowing economics to the detriment of people worldwide? Joining us today is Tho Bishop (mises.org), Assistant Editor of the Mises Wire at the Mises Institute. He discusses how politicians here and in other countries are largely ignorant about economics, putting political righteousness over sound policy. He also looks at the very real possibility that the sanctions process being used against Putin right now will most likely be used against 'domestic terrorists' in America soon. Is there any way off this road to high inflation and economic destruction? If there is, it won't be on a political road.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked this week the Emergencies Act in an effort to defeat the trucker Freedom Convoy – a rally that has occupied parts of Ottawa for three weeks to protest Trudeau's stifling Covid mandates. John and Producer Steve discuss the implications of the Emergencies Act and compare it to Hitler and the leadup to Nazi rule in the 1930s. Anyone who opposes the government's – whether it be in Canada or the U.S. – official position will be branded a terrorist and once that happens, the government's actions against those people, no matter how egregious and anti-freedom, will be deemed justified. It's a dangerous precedent to set.
John flies solo on today's podcast, looking at the dysfunctional government messaging about the trucker protests in Canada and about our media in this country. For years, progressives and leftists have shouted praise for protests, occupation of buildings, and disruption of schools – all in the name of democracy. But now, when their ideological foes are protesting, it's a threat and must be stopped. It becomes nearly impossible to march in lockstep with a group of people that keeps changing directions and doesn't bother to tell you. The only thing constant in this are the double standards. Or massive flippage, as John calls it.
Truth has been sacrificed on the altar of political narrative in just about every topic in news stories today. John and Producer Steve discuss how the truth has been left behind in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, in the recent climate change conference, and in the ongoing saga with the pandemic and the vaccines. There's even an indictment regarding the fake Russian dossier that no one in the media seems to care about. Narrative trumps everything else. If someone really wants to know the truth in any situation, the mainstream media, politicians, and social media sites are not the sources to go to.
We have vaccine mandates, people getting fired or being forced to resign, the economy is sluggish, supply chains are backed up – what, if anything, can we the non-elite citizens do in response? Back with us today is Larry Klayman (freedomwatchusa.org), Founder and Chairman of Freedom Watch. He describes the several different attempts to seize control of this country, in the process ruining it. Regarding our rights per the Declaration, if the government becomes destructive to these ends, then it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it. Can that be done today? Would that be a coup or just establishing separate government? What does that look like? Larry's not just talking – he's doing something about it.
What are the top terror concerns for the United States? The Taliban? China? Iran? Well, according to the FBI, it's "domestic terrorists," which consists of anyone who disagrees with the official government narrative. Joining us today is Christopher Holton (centerforsecuritypolicy.org), Senior Analyst and Director of State Outreach at the Center for Security Policy. He looks at how the term 'white supremacist' has been used to label dissenters and to launch domestic terror task forces. This rings hollow, though, because how many white supremacists are on the FBI's Most Wanted List? Zero.