Fighting the Tyranny of Local Government | Guest: Jesse Ramos | Ep 179

Matt Kibbe is joined by Jesse Ramos, community engagement director for AFP-Montana, to talk about the ways in which individuals can make a difference in local politics. So often, our conversations revolve around national institutions like the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court, but it’s really at the local level where we can best hope to effect real change. Issues like education, property taxes, and the lockdown policies implemented by local health departments can have a dramatic impact on people’s lives, but we can improve those outcomes simply by showing up to city council meetings and getting involved.

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Matt Kibbe

Matt Kibbe is President at Free the People, an educational foundation using video storytelling to turn on the next generation to the values of personal liberty and peaceful cooperation. He is also co-founder and partner at Fight the Power Productions, a video and strategic communications company. Kibbe is the host of BlazeTV’s Kibbe on Liberty, a popular podcast that insists that you think for yourself.

Dubbed “the scribe” by the New York Daily News, Kibbe is the author three books, most recently the #2 New York Times bestseller Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto.

He was senior advisor for a Rand Paul Presidential Super PAC in 2016, and later co-founded AlternativePAC to promote libertarian values.

In 2004 Kibbe founded FreedomWorks, a national grassroots advocacy organization, and served as President until his departure in 2015. Steve Forbes said: “Kibbe has been to FreedomWorks what Steve Jobs was to Apple.”

An economist by training, Kibbe did graduate work at George Mason University and received his B.A. from Grove City College. He serves at the whim of his awesome wife Terry, and their three objectivist cats, Roark, Ragnar and Rearden. Kibbe is a fanatical DeadHead, drinker of craft beer and whisky, and collector of obscure books on Austrian economics.

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  • Humanity’s biggest asset is individuals who are free to innovate, e.g., free from coercive politics, free to make choices without interference from others, however “well intended”. I contend “good intentions” are no excuse, no justification, for controlling peaceful others. People who want to “live & let live” have a right to life, liberty, property, business, happiness.

    This is called, political equality, individual sovereignty, the opposite of a sovereign ruler or sovereign representation. A sovereign citizen cannot co-exist with others who believe they are “more sovereign”, “more equal”, or “authorities with special privileges”. For example, people who have solutions for their needs may be prohibited from fulfilling those needs due to govt. intervention, e.g., monopoly “services”, i.e., services forced on those who don’t want/need them. Law often protects exploitation, prevents freedom of economic action, immorally, as if “the law is the law” is a magic chant that could explain/justify a wrong. It can’t/doesn’t, and no one should ever let that lie stand in their way.

    We have a right to live and let live. It follows, natural assets are useless without economic freedom. Life as a free person is unlivable in the authoritarian state, the present situation worldwide, the unfree world.

    To be free is to selectively, carefully, resist all authority, on principle.

  • Loved it. Hope to get some folks involved. Totally support Jesse’s view on politics.



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