Mysticism, Spirit and the Shadow’ – Jordan Peterson interview part 1

Published on Jan 3, 2018

The first part of Rebel Wisdom’s exclusive interview with psychologist and professor Jordan Peterson – where he talks in depth about his understanding of mysticism, religion and the challenge of integrating the shadow. Rebel Wisdom is a new media organisation making films about the biggest subjects. For more: If you enjoyed this documentary, please consider supporting our work on Patreon:

Economics of the Green New Deal | Robert P. Murphy

Published on Jul 20, 2019

Recorded at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, on 17 July 2019. Mises University is the world’s leading instructional program in the Austrian school of economics.


California Seeks to Ban Trump from Running in 2020

California is at war with Donald Trump. The state is currently involved in more than 40 lawsuits with the Trump administration on issues ranging from environmental regulation to immigration and safe cities. This is the problem with our legal system. Governments can pass any law they wish and then it is your obligation to prove it is unconstitutional. It gets worse. They could pass a law that the governor declared the common law right of Primum Noctum – the right to take the bride on her wedding night. This was actually the origin of the marriage license for the governor or the king could be bought off with a fine. A governor could pass such a law and ONLY if he demanded some girl show up at his bedroom would there be “standing” to challenge the law. If you are not a bride, you cannot sue to prove the law is unconstitutional.

Against this backdrop, California and its war against President Trump has declared that he will not be eligible for California’s primary ballot unless he releases his tax returns, under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The former governor back in 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown, vetoed it questioning whether it was constitutional. Gov. Brown warned that it would create a precedent for requiring all sorts of other information including medical records or certified birth certificates for example from candidates like the controversy over Obama.

So here we go again. This new law will require that all presidential candidates release their tax returns in order to be placed on the ballot for the state’s primary next year. Clearly, this is only going to escalate a running feud between California and Trump.

Has the Ice in the Arctic Ever Melted Before?

Been reading you for years, starting when the SDNY wrongly jailed you and basically destroyed your constitutional rights, s/b a movie… what a great service you do for human kind…hope some of it sticks..lucky for all readers we have you for now to help us face the future,”thank you” !!!
Our question concerns climate change, all the nay-sayers who will not listen to any reasonable argument against their view…The big question that gets thrown at me all the time is: “has the artic ever melted before and has it happened several times over the course of time?
Thank you for all you do,

ANSWER: The North Sea Passage opened in 1817 after the Little Ice Age. From a cyclical perspective, the Arctic freezes and then opens. Before the Little Ice Age, there is evidence that Norwegian Vikings sailed as far north and west as Ellesmere Island, Skraeling Island, and Ruin Island for hunting expeditions and trading with the Inuit and people. Modern explorers attempted to find a passage during the 15th century , and it was attempted again during the 19th and 20th centuries. We have this account from 1817 which discusses how the ice has melted to allow ships to pass and therefore proves that this is cyclical and the melting of ice has nothing to do with human use of fossil fuels.


“It will without doubt have come to your Lordship’s knowledge that a considerable change of climate, inexplicable at present to us, must have taken place in the Circumpolar Regions, by which the severity of the cold that has for centuries past enclosed the seas in the high northern latitudes in an impenetrable barrier of ice has been during the last two years, greatly abated….

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….. this affords ample proof that new sources of warmth have been opened and give us leave to hope that the Arctic Seas may at this time be more accessible than they have been for centuries past, and that discoveries may now be made in them not only interesting to the advancement of science but also to the future intercourse of mankind and the commerce of distant nations.” A request was made for the Royal Society to assemble an expedition to go and investigate.

President of the Royal Society, London, to the Admiralty, 20th November, 1817, Minutes of Council, Volume 8. pp.149-153, Royal Society, London. 20th November, 1817.(from)

Democrats Concerned about the Squad of Four

Behind the curtain, many House Democrats are becoming deeply concerned that the attention given to the “Squad of Four” among their ranks is having the same effect from the media that Donald Trump received during the primaries before the 2016 election. By focusing always on Trump as the novelty, many believe that the media made Trump and caused 17 career politicians to be ignored. The fears are rising that this Squad of Four, which is extremely hard left, are painting all Democrats as radicals.

While the House Democrats united in their vote to condemn President Donald Trump’s racist tweets, behind the curtain they know they were not racist for it was about their political views, not a race. Trump is not backing down on that and the Democrats fear that calling him racist may really polarize the nation and send white Democrats to the Trump ranks who are not racist but fed up with the anti-American statements that are emerging from the Squad of Four.

The fear rising among some Democratic lawmakers is that these far-left progressives have been the overriding influence of the whole with their tiny caucus and are painting all Democrats with the same brush. Many are expressing frustration with the repeated headlines involving the four progressive congresswomen who are overshadowing the liberal agenda which is not far-left.

There are those claiming the Squad’s reference to concentration camps were the Japanese, rather than the Germans. In both cases, the Jews and the Japanese were citizens — not illegal immigrants. The German camps were known as “concentration camps” whereas the US version for the Japanese were “internment camps” which were upheld by the Supreme Court (Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944)) – which is one of the top 10 worst decisions ever along with Dred Scot.

Nevertheless, it went over most people’s heads that the Supreme Court overruled Korematsu when they wrote in the majority opinion upholding President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The Supreme Court also overturned a long-criticized decision that had upheld the constitutionality of Japanese-American internment during World War II. Indeed, Justice Sonia Sotomayor had mentioned the 1944 case, Korematsu v. United States, in her dissent, arguing that the rationale behind the majority decision had “stark parallels” to Korematsu; in both cases, she argued, the government “invoked an ill-defined national security threat to justify an exclusionary policy of sweeping proportion.”

Writing for the majority, however, Chief Justice John Roberts argued that the case was not relevant to the travel ban, but went ahead and wrote that it is now overturned. “The dissent’s reference to Korematsu … affords this Court the opportunity to make express what is already obvious: Korematsu was gravely wrong the day it was decided, has been overruled in the court of history, and — to be clear — ‘has no place in law under the Constitution,’” he wrote.


Lou Dobbs Interviews Former Acting AG Matt Whitaker…

Former Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker appears with Lou Dobbs to discuss ongoing issues in/around the DOJ and FBI.

Matt Whitaker notes the corrupt members of the FBI/DOJ who have left the institution; but stops short of criticizing current FBI Director Chris Wray. Whitaker expresses strong support and respect for John Ratcliffe’s nomination to ODNI.

Whitaker positions himself as an advocate for transparency, but is careful not to be critical of those in the DOJ and FBI who are working diligently against releasing documents that would actually bring about transparency.  The implied message is that declassification of material will ultimately force transparency…. [but he doesn’t say it].

…Every minute spent outraged at what Comey, McCabe or Muller did yesterday, is one minute less that Bill Barr is being held accountable for what he is not doing today…

CNN Detroit Debate, Night One – The Thriller in Vanilla – 8:00pm Open Discussion Thread…

Tonight and tomorrow CNN is the broadcast host for two nights of Democrat presidential primary debates in Detroit Michigan.  After a live lotto-draw, the line-up was announced for only the 20 presidential candidates who the DNC qualified the second set of debates.

[Former Senator Mike Gravel, Mayor Wayne Messam, former Representative Joe Sestak and billionaire Tom Steyer did not qualify for the second round of debates. Sad.]

Tonight is the all white line-up: the Thriller in Vanilla; and will put Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren on the stage along with Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke.  It will be interesting watch how the communist and socialist differentiate themselves, the crowd is expecting a free stuff frenzy.

Meanwhile Beto needs to take a bite out of Buttigieg to survive to the next round.  Mayor Pete has been stealing all of self-flagellating Beto’s support; and the cashmere might start flying if the limo-liberals enter a demolition derby.

CNN holds exclusive broadcast rights to the debate. Consider this an open discussion thread for anyone watching…

Chopper Presser #2 – President Trump Impromptu Remarks Upon Arrival….

Chopper Pressers are the best pressers; and today we get two. One upon departure, and one upon return to the White House from Virginia. [Video Below – Transcript will follow]

President Trump Impromptu Remarks Departing White House…

Chopper pressers are the best pressers.  Earlier today President Trump held an impromptu press conference as he departed the White House for an event in Virginia.

[Video below – Transcript ADDED]


[Transcript] – 9:12 A.M. EDT – THE PRESIDENT: So I just want to tell you the economy is doing fantastically well. We have people over in China right now. We’re negotiating with China. We’ll see what happens. We’re either going to make a great deal or we’re not going to make a deal at all. But a lot of great things are happening, and including with China.

Our country has gone way up in terms of its differential. We’re the number one economy in the world. It’s picked up tremendously in the last three years since I’ve been here. So a lot of great things are happening. A lot of really great things are happening. The economy is through the roof. I guess we’ll hopefully get good decisions from certain branches of government. We’ll see what happens. But we have a lot of good things happening.

We were just speaking with the Department of Commerce, and we have interest in our country like we’ve never had before.

Q Mr. President, do you regret targeting Baltimore?

THE PRESIDENT: No. Baltimore has been very badly mishandled for many years. As you know, Congressman Cummings has been there for a long time. He’s had a very iron hand on it. It’s a corrupt city; there’s no question about it. All you have to do is look at the facts. The government has pumped in, over the years, billions and billions of dollars to no avail — to absolutely no avail.

Baltimore is a — it’s an example of what corrupt government leads to. Billions of dollars have been given, and I feel so sorry for the people of Baltimore. And if they ask me, we will get involved. But we’re already involved from the standpoint that, over many years, billions and billions of dollars have been given to Baltimore. It’s been misspent. It’s been missing. It’s been stolen with a lot of corrupt government. And as you know, Cummings has been in charge.

Now, I will say this: I think that Representative Cummings should take his Oversight Committee and start doing oversight on Baltimore. He’d find out some real things.

Q On China, how did the talks go today? And on the Fed, what should the rate cut be?

THE PRESIDENT: So the talks are moving very well with China, but they were often with China. But China always makes a new deal at the end, or seems to. We’re taking in billions and billions of dollars from China in the form of tariffs. Our people are not paying for it. China reduced their currency. They devalued their currency, and they’re pumping money into the system in order to pay for it.

They had the worst year in 27 years. They’ve had a terrible year because of the tariffs. A lot of companies are moving out of China. You’ve never seen this before. The United States is doing phenomenally well and we’re taking in tens of billions of dollars for — from China.

We’re giving some money to our farmers who have been really targeted by China to do a number on them, and — because they like me. The farmers like me and I love the farmers. And I will say that the farmers are very grateful. The most they’ve ever spent on agricultural product is $16 billion. So when they pulled out, I took just a small part of the money that China is paying us, and I gave it toward the farmers and the farmers are very happy.

Q Is a quarter-point rate cut from the Fed enough for you, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: The Fed moved, in my opinion, far too early and far too severely. It puts me at a — somewhat of a disadvantage. Fortunately, I’ve made the economy so strong that nothing is going to stop us. But the Fed could have made it a lot easier. I would like to see a large cut, and I’d like to see immediately the quantitative tightening stopped. It should be stopped. For them to have done quantitative tightening and also higher interest rates simultaneously, I think, was a big mistake.

I also think that had they not done it — as good as we’ve done, we’ve set a record, as you will tell, as you will say, in the stock market. We have the all-time high in the history of the stock market. I think I would have been 10,000 points higher and I think we would have been in the fours with GDP.

President Obama had zero interest rates; we have normalized interest rates. With zero interest rates, anything happens. And yet we still blew his economy away.

Q Was it a mistake not retaining Janet Yellen?

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t talk about that. I just — I’m very disappointed in the Fed. I think they acted too quickly by far. And I think I’ve been proven right. People have said I was right; they were wrong. The Fed is often wrong. The Fed is often wrong.

Q (Inaudible) Washington Post op-ed called Mitch McConnell a “Russian asset.”

THE PRESIDENT: The Washington Post called Mitch McConnell what?

Q A Russian asset.

THE PRESIDENT: I think the Washington Post is the Russian asset, by comparison. Mitch McConnell loves our country. He’s done a great job. We’re trying to pass an infrastructure bill. It’s being written up right now, as we speak, for our highways and our roadways.

Mitch McConnell has got more judges than probably any — I mean, in all fairness, with my help. But at the combination, we’ve got up — we’re going to be up very soon to 179 federal judges. Nobody has ever seen anything like that. And other than George Washington, we’ll end up having the highest percentage of judges put on the court and it’s going to be a legacy.

Mitch McConnell is a man that knows less about Russia and Russia’s influence than even Donald Trump. And I know nothing.

So I think it’s a horrible thing when a paper — which is really just a paper for the benefit of Amazon — the Washington Post is fake news, just like the New York Times is fake news. It’s put there for the benefit — the Washington Post — of Amazon. That’s my opinion. And I think it’s a disgrace.

And if they actually said that, I didn’t read it. If they actually said that — that Mitch McConnell is an asset of Russia — they ought to be ashamed of themselves and they ought to apologize.

Q Are you going to watch the Democratic debate tomorrow night? And do you have a sense yet, in your gut, as to who your likely opponent will be in 2020?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think right now — I am watching — I think right now it will be Sleepy Joe. I think. I feel he’ll limp across the line. That’s what I think.

So what I think doesn’t mean anything, but I know the other people. I know him. I think he’s off his game by a lot, but I think — personally, I think it’s going to be Sleepy Joe.

Q Mr. President, do you think you’re alienating voters when you tweet at the Squad and at Congressman Cummings?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I think I’m helping myself because I’m pointing out the tremendous corruption that’s taken place in Baltimore and other Democratic-run cities. All you have to do is look at the past mayors in Baltimore — see what happened. No, I think I’m helping myself.

And I’ll tell you what: The White House and myself — in letters and emails and phone calls — have received more phone calls than I think on any other subject, of people from Baltimore and other cities corruptly run by Democrats, thanking me for getting involved. Those people are living in hell in Baltimore. They’re largely African American. We have a large African American population and they really appreciate what I’m doing and they’ve let me know it. They really appreciate it.

And, by the way, the numbers just came out. Unemployment for African Americans is the lowest it’s been. The best numbers — meaning, in the history of our country. The lowest in the history of our country.

But people have called from Baltimore thanking me so much, because all that money that’s been spent over 20 years has been stolen and wasted by people like Elijah Cummings.

Q Do you want a free trade agreement with Brazil?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I have a great relationship with Brazil. I have a fantastic relationship with your President. And he’s a great gentleman. He was here, as you know. In fact, they say the “Trump of Brazil.” I like that. That’s a compliment.

And, by the way, I think he’s doing a great job. It’s a tough job, but I think your President is doing a fantastic job. He’s a wonderful man with a wonderful family.

Q And you will discuss free trade agreement?

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah, we’re going to work on a free trade agreement with Brazil. Brazil is a big trading partner. They charge us a lot of tariffs, but other than that we love the relationship.

Q Are you concerned about the health of Russian opposition leader —


Q The Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, who apparently might’ve been poisoned while in prison. Have you heard about that?

THE PRESIDENT: I don’t — I’ve heard about it. I don’t know about it, but I’ll find out about it. This is new. I heard about it last night.

Q Are you concerned more about the Ratcliffe nomination? You have Democrats and Republicans who say a Trump loyalist should not be in a DNI position.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, John Ratcliffe is a brilliant man. He is a wonderful person. I spoke to him long before about this — long before, months ago. I spoke to him long before the Mueller fiasco. That was a fiasco. I think probably nobody in the history of Capitol Hill has embarrassed themselves like what Mueller did to himself and to the Democrats.

But John Ratcliffe — I spoke to him about this for a long time. He’s a very talented guy. He’s a strong man. It’s what we need in that position.

Q More and more people are calling you “racist.” Does that bother you?

THE PRESIDENT: I am the least racist person there is anywhere in the world. When con men — who I’ve known almost — you know, almost all my business life, because I had to deal with him, unfortunately, in New York. But I got along with him — Al Sharpton. Now, he’s a racist. He’s a racist. But when people — when people —

Q Racist against who?

THE PRESIDENT: Let me explain it to you. What I’ve done for African Americans in two and a half years, no President has been able to do anything like it. Unemployment at the lowest level in the history of our country for African Americans — nobody can beat that. You look at poverty levels, they’re doing better than they’ve ever done before. So many things: Opportunity Zones, criminal justice reform. President Obama couldn’t get it done. It was done.

Really, the biggest beneficiary, probably, is African Americans. I got criminal justice reform done. President Obama couldn’t get it done. No other President was able to get it done. What I’ve done for African Americans, no President, I would say, has done.

Now, I’ll say this: They are so happy — because I get the calls. They are so happy at what I have been able to do in Baltimore and other Democratic-run, corrupt cities. The money has been stolen — what they’ve done. It’s been wasted and it’s been stolen — billions and billions of dollars. And the African American community is so thankful. They’ve called me and they said, “Finally, somebody is telling the truth.”

Q Mr. President, do you think there will be a trade deal with China before November of 2020?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think the biggest problem to a trade deal is China would love to wait and just hope — they hope it’s not going to happen. I hope. But they would just love if I got defeated so they could deal with somebody like Elizabeth Warren or Sleepy Joe Biden or any of these people because then they’d be allowed and able to continue to rip off our country like they’ve been doing for the last 30 years.

China has been taking out hundreds of billions of dollars a year with our country. And now what I’ve done with the tariffs is — number one, they had the worst year they’ve had in 27 years, yesterday — the Wall Street Journal. The worst year in 27 years. Companies are leaving China by the thousands, and their prices are coming down.

And I will tell you this: China is dying to make a deal with me. But whether or not I’ll do it — it’s up to me; it’s not up to them.

Q What can you get China to give you this week? Just this week, what do you think you can get China to give you in the negotiations?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think China is willing to give up a lot. But I — that doesn’t mean I’m willing to accept it. I think if China had their wish, they’d wait until after the election, they’ll pray that Trump loses, and then they’ll make a deal with a stiff — somebody that doesn’t know what they’re doing — like Obama and Biden, like all of the Presidents before. Because what they’ve done is they’ve just picked our pockets as a nation. That’s not happening with Trump.

Q On Virginia — the black Virginia lawmakers are boycotting your event today.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s okay.

Q What do you say to them? I mean, they’re offended by your remarks.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think if that’s the case, I’d be shocked. But if that’s the case, they’re fighting against their people because the African American people have been calling the White House. They have never been so happy as what a President has done. Not only the lowest unemployment in history for African Americans; not only Opportunity Zones for — really, the biggest beneficiary are the inner cities; and not only criminal justice reform. But they’re so happy that I pointed out the corrupt politics of Baltimore. It’s filthy dirty. It’s so horrible. And they are happy as hell.

So, you may have a couple of politicians boycott, but it’s all a fix. It’s all a fix. The fact is African American people love the job I’m doing because I’m working for them. I’m not working for the politicians.

Q Mr. President, do you believe that congressional oversight, is (inaudible), in your case?

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, absolutely. It’s — what he should do — what Elijah Cummings should do is he should take his Oversight Committee, bring them down to Baltimore, and invest all of it, and really study the billions and billions of dollars that’s been stolen. It’s been wasted; it’s been stolen. They ought to take that beautiful waste of an oversight committee, go down to Baltimore and other Democratic-run cities, and take a look. See if you can find the billions that have been stolen.

Q Is your goal in North Korea simply containment — just a status quo?

THE PRESIDENT: My relationship with Kim Jong Un is a very good one, as I’m sure you’ve seen.

We’ll see what happens. I can’t tell you what’s going to happen. I know one thing: that if my opponent was President — if she won — you would be in a major war right now with North Korea. And we are nowhere close.

So we’ll see. I have a good relationship with him. I like him; he likes me. We’ll see what happens.

Q Mr. President, are you willing to visit Baltimore to go see — are you willing to visit Baltimore and go tour it today?

THE PRESIDENT: At the right time, I’ll visit.

But the people of Baltimore are very thankful — they have let us know by the thousands of people — because of the fact that finally somebody is pointing out how corrupt Baltimore is, how billions and billions of dollars have been stolen. And the ones that like it the best — what I’m doing — are African American voters. Those are the ones.

Thank you.

END 9:29 A.M. EDT

Maria Bartiromo and Clete Willems Discuss U.S-China Trade Discussions…

Good interview between Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo and former White House trade official Clete Willems.  Essentially Willems confirms the current outlook of the Trump administration that a deal with China is not likely in the short-term; however, Willems is optimistic of the probability in the longer term (as China realizes consequences).