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Recent Episodes of The Forge of Freedom


Episode 134. Active Shooter Response with Ed Monk

Episode 134. Active Shooter Response with Ed Monk

Show Notes

 

Episode 134. Active Shooter Response with Ed Monk

 

Ed Monk, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with extensive experience in addressing active shooter scenarios, discusses the active shooter problem and the flaws in current approaches to school safety. He emphasizes the need for immediate, deadly, violent counterattacks to minimize the number of victims. Monk criticizes the reliance on law enforcement response, lockdown drills, and building hardening as ineffective solutions. He also highlights the limitations of school resource officers and the misconception that their presence guarantees safety.

 

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Episode 11 June 2024 56m and 24s


Episode 133. How to Change the World

Episode 133. How to Change the World

Show Notes

 

Episode 133. How to Change the World

 

In this episode, Alex Ooley shares an article by Patrick Carroll that discusses the importance of persuasion in changing the world for the better. He emphasizes the need for libertarians to not only possess knowledge about the principles of a free society but also to be skilled in the art of changing people's minds. He highlights two key principles of persuasion: authority and liking. The article shares examples of individuals who were persuasive due to their expertise and likability. He concludes by emphasizing th...

Episode 7 June 2024 15m and 1s


Episode 132. Jeff Knox - Fighting to Save the NRA

Episode 132. Jeff Knox - Fighting to Save the NRA

Show Notes

 

Episode 132. Jeff Knox - Fighting to Save the NRA

 

Alex Ooley is joined by Jeff Knox, Director of The Firearms Coalition, to discuss the structure of the NRA, the recent NRA annual meeting, and the state of the organization. The conversation discusses the outcomes of the NRA annual meeting and the election of reform-minded individuals to leadership positions. It highlights the importance of these changes for the future of the NRA and the need for continued reform. The financial challenges faced by the NRA are also addressed, along with th...

Episode 2 June 2024 1h, 25m and 11s


Episode 131. Dismissal of Charges Against Scottie Scheffler

Episode 131. Dismissal of Charges Against Scottie Scheffler

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Episode 131. Dismissal of Charges Against Scottie Scheffler

 

In this episode, Alex Ooley discusses the incident involving Scottie Scheffler at the PGA championship and the subsequent dismissal of charges against him. He analyzes the video footage that contradicts the officer's account of the incident and highlights the importance of having a good attorney in cases like this. Ooley also criticizes the system that allows public officials to escape accountability and puts the burden on taxpayers. He concludes by mentioning upcoming topics on the podcast, including an interview with Jeff K...

Episode 1 June 2024 18m and 46s


Episode 130. Tactical First Aid and System Collapse Medicine (rerun of Episode 38)

Episode 130. Tactical First Aid and System Collapse Medicine (rerun of Episode 38)

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Episode 130. Tactical First Aid and System Collapse Medicine (rerun of Episode 38)

 

Alex Ooley is joined by his wife, Whitney, to discuss “Tactical First Aid and System Collapse Medicine,” a class they took with Greg Ellifritz from Active Response Training. They cover topics such as the importance of first aid skills, the Tactical Combat Casualty Care Protocol, and practical exercises in applying pressure bandages and tourniquets. The conversation delves into the MARCH acronym, the use of hemostatic dressings, and the misconceptions about tourniquets. The conversation covers a comprehensive overview of tactic...

Episode 27 May 2024 55m and 10s


Episode 129. Property Rights and the Will to Own

Episode 129. Property Rights and the Will to Own

Show Notes

 

Episode 129. Property Rights and the Will to Own

 

This episode discusses the concept of self-ownership as the foundational principle of libertarianism. The article by Wanjiru Njoya explores the nature of property rights and the will to own. It contrasts the Benthamite view that property rights are created by the state with the argument that property rights are an expression of the human will. The importance of self-ownership is emphasized, as it serves as a barrier against state control and promotes individual liberty. The article concludes by highlighting the need to...

Episode 25 May 2024 16m and 11s


Episode 128. Highlights from the NRA Annual Meeting (NRAAM)

Episode 128. Highlights from the NRA Annual Meeting (NRAAM)

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Episode 128. Highlights from the NRA Annual Meeting (NRAAM)

 

In this episode of the Forge of Freedom podcast, Alex and Mike discuss their experience at the NRA annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. They attended the firearms law seminar, visited exhibits on the convention floor, and attended a seminar by Ed Monk. The membership meeting and board meeting were also discussed, highlighting the dissent and lack of support for the NRA among members and some board members. They also attended seminars by other notable speakers such as John Correia, Lieutenant Colonel Da...

Episode 21 May 2024 52m and 45s


Episode 127. The Root of Today’s Worldwide Education Problem Is Staring Us in the Face

Episode 127. The Root of Today’s Worldwide Education Problem Is Staring Us in the Face

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Episode 127. The Root of Today’s Worldwide Education Problem Is Staring Us in the Face

 

The article discusses the failure of government schools in various countries, including Israel and the United States. It highlights the lack of critical thinking, writing, and debating skills among graduates and the focus on seniority rather than individual performance in teacher salaries. The article emphasizes that government schools are a disgrace and nurture indiscipline. It compares the performance of public schools to private schools and homeschooling, noting that the latter options generally produce better outc...

Episode 18 May 2024 14m and 27s


Episode 126. Armed Teachers and Nullification in New Hampshire

Episode 126. Armed Teachers and Nullification in New Hampshire

Show Notes


Episode 126. Armed Teachers and Nullification in New Hampshire


In this episode, Alex Ooley discusses the topic of teachers carrying guns in schools. He explores the laws and regulations in different states, focusing on Indiana and New Hampshire. The host also delves into the concept of nullification and its potential application in resisting federal overreach. He emphasizes the importance of swift response to active shooters and shares statistics on mass public shootings in gun-free zones. The episode concludes with a reminder to fight for freedom and not take...

Episode 13 May 2024 29m and 10s


Episode 125. From Leftism to Liberty, a Personal Journey with Michael Rectenwald

Episode 125. From Leftism to Liberty, a Personal Journey with Michael Rectenwald

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Episode 125. From Leftism to Liberty, a Personal Journey with Michael Rectenwald


Michael Rectenwald, a former NYU professor and now a presidential candidate on the Libertarian Party ticket, discusses his journey from leftism to libertarianism. He speaks about his awakening to the problems of the woke left and the suppression of free speech on college campuses. Rectenwald explains how his study of economics, particularly the works of Ludwig von Mises, led him to reject socialism and embrace libertarianism. He emphasizes the importance of individual liberty and the need...

Episode 10 May 2024 38m and 28s

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