Anarchast Ep. 13 with Louis James of The International Speculator

This is an episode of Anarchast from before Patrick, Kason, and Disenthrall took ownership of the show. The views, opinions, and facts expressed in this episode have not been reviewed and are not endorsed by us. Always think rationally and for yourself.

In this episode we speak with Louis James who writes Casey Research’s, The International Speculator and also is a regular host of Conversations with Casey, a weekly    Topics include:  

  • Louis’ evolution from a socialist to an anarchist
  • The two authors that woke Louis up were Ayn Rand (the Fountain Head) and Robert Heinlein
  • Anarchists need to go back and re-watch movies after they convert to anarchism
  • Louis’ comments on Occupy Wall Street (OWS), “This looks like one of those times when history is about to veer completely in the wrong direction”
  • OWS has so much potential for good but it likely won’t happen
  • Louis used to protest protesters with his organization, “Bureaucrash”
  • We (anarchists) can’t wish away human nature any more than the communists could
  • Louis isn’t sure anarchy has grown that much because of the internet or if the internet just made it easier to find anarchists
  • Louis believes Ron Paul cannot win but is spreading education in a great way
  • 9/11 swayed the pendulum back towards the statists after a long rise in free market understanding
  • In the US, talking about capitalism is like going into a church and talking about statism
  • In the old eastern bloc countries, people thirst for knowledge about capitalism
  • Socialism ultimately always ends once everyone is so impoverished
  • Louis operates the Casey Youth Conference on Liberty and Entrepreneurship (ProfitFromFreedom.com) and teaches students in Lithuania about free-market capitalism
  • Anarchists should focus on reducing government.  It doesn’t have to go to zero, overnight. 

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