Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Scott Horton Show

10/13/17 Robert Freeman reviews Ken Burns’s Vietnam War

Robert Freeman joins Scott to discuss his article “Why the US Lost the Vietnam War.” Freeman outlines the history of U.S. intervention in Vietnam dating back to the end of World War 2, details the political context in the United States immediately preceding and during the Vietnam War, and explains why Ken Burns’s Vietnam War is historical fiction.

Robert Freeman writes about economics and education. He is the author of The Best One-Hour History series which includes World War I, The Vietnam War, The Cold War, and other titles.

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5/24/17 William Hartung ‘There’s Less Than Meets The Eye in Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal’

Center for International Policy’s William Hartung, author of “The American Way of War is a Budget Breaker”, is interviewed about his new article “There’s Less Than Meets The Eye in Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal” on, on the huge new arms deal, which he writes is “a mix of offers already made and promises yet to be kept”. Hartung also talks at length about how these deals have an implied US security guarantee, and how the Saudi military has historically been a Potemkin army. Also discussed is the defense budget, how money is appropriated, and whether there is any hope to ever reign in the military industrial complex.

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12/8/17 Philip Weiss on Trump’s Jerusalem decision

Philip Weiss, editor of, returns to the show to discuss Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel and his future plans to move the U.S. embassy there in the future. According to Weiss Trump’s decision extinguishes the peace process and is a moment of great despair for those who believed the Oslo Accord would lead to the creation of a Palestinian state. Weiss then details the history of Israeli land annexation from Palestinians in Jerusalem dating back to the the 1940s. Weiss believes that ultimately Palestinian freedom will require American Jews to demand equal political representation for Palestinians. Scott then turns the subject to “Russia-gate” and the grand omission from much of the media: Michael Flynn’s behind-the-scenes work to torpedo the U.N. resolution that condemned Israeli settlements.

Philip Weiss is the long-time editor of Follow him on Twitter @PhilWeiss.

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06/26/17 Robert Murphy on Trumpcare

Robert Murphy returns to the show to discuss how the new GOP healthcare bill compares to Obamacare, why pre-2007 healthcare was far from a free market, and how the Democrats are misleading people when they claim repealing Obamacare will literally kill people. Murphy also explains why he expects the next financial crisis to happen in Europe, how the Fed is raising rates in an unusual way, and why price stability may be an indicator of a bubble. And, of course, how the Fed helps finance America’s wars.

Murphy holds a Ph.D. in economics from New York University, and is a Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech University and a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute. He is the author of many books, including Choice: Cooperation, Enterprise, and Human Action.

Discussed on the show:

Austrian Business Cycle Theory

The Economics of ObamaCare,” by Robert Murphy

No, Obamacare Has Not Saved Lives,” by Oren Cass

The Effects of Medicaid Expansion Under the ACA,” Kaiser Family Foundation Study

Why Government Doesn’t Work,” by Harry Browne

For A New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto,” by Murray N. Rothbard

How the Fed Helped Pay for World War I,” by John Paul Koning

2/27/17 Conn Hallinan on the Trump administration’s belligerent and unpredictable foreign policy

Conn Hallinan, a writer for Foreign Policy in Focus, discusses Trump’s bombastic rhetoric and ever-changing policy pronouncements on Iran, Yemen, and North Korea; and how he could blunder into war with China if he follows through on threats to blockade China from islands it controls in the South China Sea.

2/5/18 Gilbert Doctorow on Bob Parry and Russia-Ukraine tensions

Consortium News’ Gilbert Doctorow returns to the show to discuss his latest article, “A Coming Russia-Ukraine War?” Doctorow also shares his memories of legendary journalist Bob Parry who died this week, explains why understanding Russian political goals is essential to good diplomacy, and describes the rising tensions between Russia and the Ukraine. Doctorow then details the many different sanctions placed on Russians by the United States, and makes the case why sanctions constitute an act of war.

Gilbert Doctorow is an independent political analyst and was the European Coordinator of The American Committee for East-West Accord. He writes regularly for Consortium News. His latest book is “Does the United States Have a Future?

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3/22/17 Daniel McAdams on Senator Rand Paul’s ‘Stop Arming Terrorists Act’

Daniel McAdams, Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, discusses how Rand Paul’s Stop Arming Terrorists Act could impact terrorism-supporting countries like Saudi Arabia; and the Mises Institute event “Symposium with Ron Paul: War and Peace in the Age of Trump,” scheduled for April 8, 2017 in Lake Jackson, Texas.

1/26/18 Daniel McAdams on Syria, Trump, and Twitter’s investigation into Russia-gate

Co-host of the Ron Paul Liberty Report Daniel McAdams returns to the show to discuss the latest developments in Syria where the Turkish government is threatening to confront American forces in eastern Syria. McAdams and Scott talk about Donald Trump’s disappointing presidency (to put it mildly), how Ron Paul’s anti-war views have become even more radical, and Twitter’s latest policy of alerting its users who follow supposed Russian bots.

Daniel McAdams is the executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and the co-host of the Ron Paul Liberty Report. Follow him on Twitter @DanielLMcAdams and read all of his work over at

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1/24/18 Greg Shupak on the arrest of Palestinian 16-year-old Ahed Tahimi

University of Toronto professor Greg Shupak joins Scott to discuss his article “Slapping An Israeli Soldier More Newsworthy Than Shooting A Palestinian Child In The Face.” Shupak details the events that led up to Ahed Tamimi’s arrest after her cousin was shot in the face with a rubber bullet by an Israeli soldier. Shupak then describes the treatment of Palestinians in Israeli military prisons, where torture of children is well-documented and 16-year-olds are tried as adults. Shupak then describes the outline of his newest book, “The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel, and the Media.” Finally Shupak and Scott discuss Israel’s role in the rise of Hamas and how Palestinian political parties have been regularly coopted by Israel and the United States.

Greg Shupak is a professor of media studies at the University of Guelph in Toronto. He writes at and Jacobin. His books is The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel, and the Media. Follow him on Twitter @GregShupak.

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This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: Zen CashThe War State, by Mike Swanson; WallStreetWindow.comRoberts and Roberts Brokerage; and

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1/16/17 Joey Lawrence on his 2015 journey to Kurdistan

Joey Lawrence, a portrait photographer and war documentarian, discusses his 2015 trip to the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Syria, where he lived among the hospitable Kurdish people and photographed the men and women who are fighting against ISIS.

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