How would Private Defense Agencies be funded in a free-market society? What’s in the News with stories on police state USA, ICE detentions, and asset forfeiture. And, a Herding Cats segment on two cool events coming up.

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

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It’s a question I hear a lot, “without the government, who would protect me from an invading army.” This is actually a good question, as even if we lived in a free-market society, who is to say the rest of the world does? Frankly, I am of the mindset that most countries would never consider attacking a free-market society because the financial benefits of trading between each other would make it foolish. Generally, when bread and money cross borders, soldiers rarely do. However, as we know, governments don’t always act rationally. There would need to be a defense against that. Enter private defense agencies.

I’ve talked about Bob Murphy’s pamphlet “Chaos Theory” several times on this show because it has some excellent answers to this and many other questions. 

WHAT’S IN THE NEWS

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In legalized theft news, the Drug Enforcement Agency has seized, or rather, has stolen over $4.15 billion in over 100,000 cash seizures since 2007. 81% of those seizures, a total value of $3.2 billion, were forfeited administratively, meaning without charging someone with a crime or any judicial oversight.

In sitting on ICE news, a US citizen is suing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, alleging that he was illegally detained.

In legislating the future news, Chicago high school students may soon need to create a plan for their future in order to graduate. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has laid out his new proposal, which would require students to develop a post-high school plan before receiving a diploma. 

In police state news, everything that you may possibly do is considered suspicious, including having a reclined car seat. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that a reclined car seat is suspicious behavior and can be used by police as a justification for warrantless searches. 

In even more police state news, the ACLU of South Dakota has exposed a nightmarish by-product of the drug war in their state. To find out if a person has traces of an arbitrary substance deemed illegal by the state, cops are torturing adults and children alike.

HERDING CATS

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For the second year in a row, my wife and I are on the planning team for Freecoast Festival, and this year is going to be better than ever! You don’t want to miss this one, I promise.

The theme this year is “Living a Voluntary Life Today,” and it is one I am especially excited about. 

I hope to see you guys there the weekend of September 8th – 10th. You can get all of the details and the tickets at EventBrite or by going to thelavaflow.com/freecoastfestival.

Also, don’t forget about PorcFest 2017! Jess and I are also on the planning team for this event, and you don’t want to miss it. It is going to be June 21st – 25th at Roger’s Campground in the mountains of New Hampshire. Tickets are on sale at PorcFest.com right now for $80 per person for the entire 5-day event, with kids being free. My kids told us last year that they enjoyed PorcFest more than Disney World, and I know Jess and I did as well. I met so many of my listeners there last year and I hope to see many more of you there this year. Don’t miss it!