LISTEN NOW… Can people control your mind with social media? From Cambridge Analytica and Russian Facebook trolls to platforms de-platforming controversial creators, there’s a deep concern about outside forces manipulating and meddling with our heads on social media. Are these problems the growing pains of the most revolutionary publishing invention since the printing press, or the seeds of something much more troubling in the future of tech? Find out with your hosts on this week’s Told You So! LISTEN NOW…
LISTEN NOW… “Lockdowns” have become a part of everyday life across America – but where did it all start, and what can we do to stop this? From the birth of the concept in prisons to events right here in Manchester, dive into the history and reality of school and neighborhood lockdowns with your hosts on this week’s episode of Told You So!
BONUS CONTENT! I was invited by State Representative Werner Horn to attend a discussion last night at a Republican meet-up in Franklin.
We had a fruitful discussion about “Lockdowns in NH,” delving into the history of these in our state, including details about past lockdown, like the recent Hillsborough County fiasco in which 300,000 Granite Staters were wrongly informed they’d been place under a “lockdown advisory,” and the 2016 West Manchester Lockdown where 30,000 residents of Manchester were place under a “lockdown” for more than 7 hours AFTER the subject had been apprehended. I explained how government-run schools are now routinely placed in lockdown, for example more than 10 have taken place in Manchester and surrounding areas since February 2018.
We discussed the legal basis for lockdowns. My position is there is none since “free people move freely.” One participant mentioned the “imminent danger exception,” and another said according to the Office of Legislative Services, they could not find any RSAs or laws authorizing “lockdowns” for civilian populations. We discussed the use of National Guard in Watertown, MA after the Boston Marathon Bombing, and how this appears to be a clear violation the Posse Comitatus Act.
We chatted about possible solutions for this emerging danger to our civil liberties as free people. Some ideas that were bandied about: making sure people are better informed about their rights; better training for police officers to understand that people can assume the risk of moving around freely, even in possibly volatile situations and that is NEVER OK to order people back into their homes at gunpoint; better communication between police and citizens, including decrypting their scanners so that law abiding citizens can know what is happening when an incident is occurring; and parents need to be made aware of the dangers of school lockdowns, and the traumatizing realistic “training” scenarios their children are being subjected to.
LISTEN NOW… Do you have a complicated relationship with food and exercise? With more Americans succumbing to the “illnesses of wealth” like heart disease and diabetes, something is obviously wrong with the way our food and fitness culture operates. So what’s the answer?
Your hosts discuss their personal history and experience with different fitness and diet regimes, and work through the difference between a diet and a lifestyle. While this week’s episode is a bit of a detour from our regular subject matter, at its core it’s about self ownership and working to make life better. We hope you’ll find something useful! LISTEN NOW…
America’s imagination has been captured by the “miracle” of the Scandinavian “third way” – a mix of socialist safety net policies and market-friendly policies that seem to have helped them avoid the worst excesses of socialism while continuing to grow their economy.
But is the story really that simple? Your hosts explore the real story of Scandinavian socialism, focusing on Sweden. From the historical forces that shaped the Swedish welfare state to the economic collapse that their government’s largesse brought on in the early 90s, it’s been anything but a utopian fairytale.
Find out if the Scandinavian third way is the future for New Hampshire on this week’s episode of Told You So!
We mentioned the following lectures, topics, and articles in the show – follow the links to get more info!
- “THE ICELANDIC ALTHING – Dawn of Parliamentary Democracy” by Jesse Byock
- Anders Chydenius
- “The Swedish Model – Myths and Realities” – a talk by Johan Norberg at the Free Market Foundation
Big Brother is looming over Manchester, and our hosts are pushing back with a lawsuit against proposed surveillance cameras on Elm St. From ancient Roman secret police to Bentham’s Panopticon and Orwell’s telescreens, surveillance has been a topic of controversy and discussion for as long as humans have existed in community with one another. What cultural and political changes would constant surveillance bring to New Hampshire? Dive into the dirty details on this week’s episode of Told You So! LISTEN NOW…
Pain, torture, and death at the hands of the state are at the core of this week’s Told You So. From the recent repeal of New Hampshire’s death penalty to the historical roots of public execution as ritual entertainment, there’s something for anyone interested in how and why structures of authority are so invested in being able to kill their subjects. LISTEN NOW…
Carla Gericke, past president of the Free State Project, joins me for an update from New Hampshire and to discuss some important local issues that affect many communities. She has been at the forefront of a campaign against surveillance cameras, as well as securing the release of a list of bad cops — a list that a major state official is trying to keep suppressed.
In the inaugural episode of the Told You So Podcast, Brinck and Carla take a deep look at the news documentary “Seattle is Dying” – homelessness, drug policy, and out of control city governments are at the heart of the story, and there are more than a few lessons that Manchester can learn from what cities on the West coast are experiencing right now. LISTEN NOW…
The most exciting words of my morning? “This is the Control Room in London.” I recently joined the BBC’s The Why Factor at the NHPR Studio in Concord to answer the following question: “Why is it so hard to get people to pay their taxes?” Whatcha think my answer was? Do you think I managed to say, “Taxation is Theft” on air? Listen now to find out.
Carla Gericke, board member and former president of the Free State Project, discusses ongoing if underreported libertarian victories in New Hampshire, her own campaign for state senate, whether and why libertarians should pursue politics, and a lot more. LISTEN NOW.