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0 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Rick’s Appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court: USA v Koerber
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13 minutes | Jan 27, 2016
The Ambush and Murder of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum
BURNS, OREGON (Last Updated 1/31/2016 3:46 am)(FCP) – on January 26, 2015 the FBI and Oregon State Police ambushed and murdered Robert “LaVoy” Finicum. Based upon two personal eye-witness accounts, it is clear that the stories being widely circulated are false (due to laziness, misguided motives, or wickedness) and the truth should interest the friends of liberty, and those who want to know the actual fate of LaVoy and how our government agents acted yesterday. (Update: 1/31/2015 FreeCapitalist.com has now published a new, exclusive interview with a second eyewitness.) I had just been to the Malheur Refuge to visit and interview LaVoy, Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy, and Shawna Cox the day before, and had only left yesterday morning in the very early hours. I hadn’t gone there to be an occupier or to participate, I had gone there to see the truth for myself and to talk with Ryan and Ammon. Prior to my trip I had observed that news reporters like Julie Turkewitz for the New York Times had just walked right up to the Refuge and encountered with no problems from law enforcement or the occupiers. So, I wondered whether a Free Capitalist might do the same thing. I made contact with Ryan Bundy, and at his and Ammon’s invitation, I cautiously headed to Oregon. With a friend I drove through the night (abt. 8 hours) and we arrived in the very early morning hours. Breakfast was being served at the Refuge, and LaVoy was the first person to greet us. Throughout the day he and Ryan Bundy showed us around, introduced us, and talked about all that was going on. Without staying the night in Oregon, we left at about 2 AM, not long after my last interview on Periscope.tv with Ammon. Shawna Cox was the last person I hugged. The only thing I could think to say when I left was, “Be safe!” I’ve already gone on record a few times regarding my thoughts on the protest, on Ammon, and last night I did a Periscope broadcast related to the tragic death of LaVoy, along with the arrest of Ammon and Ryan Bundy, Shawna Cox, and others. But, as the news has filtered out today, in both the mainstream and the alternative media I have been alarmed at the false accounts, hearsay accounts, and speculation regarding the events of that night. Since I was not a witness to the arrests or LaVoy’s shooting yesterday, I too have spent time scouring the Internet for the latest word and updates. But, by this morning a disturbing and intolerable pattern had started to emerge and I cannot sit silently. Here’s why – during my visit to meet and interview these men, I not only made contact and got to know them, I was also able to observe the workings and activities at the Refuge. And – while I was there – I surprisingly observed, what now appears to be the initial portion of sabotage that lead directly to the ambush, arrest, shooting and ultimately – the murder of LaVoy Finicum. I didn’t realize what I was observing at the time. But, in hindsight it’s now clear there were people on the inside, posing as occupiers, but working to help set last night’s police action and ambush into place. Now, after putting the pieces together in my own mind, its clear that not only were these few men’s actions a betrayal of trust for the Bundy’s, LaVoy and others, but the whole thing is quite clearly – something more sinister. This is amplified by the false stories that are now circulating – and despicably so through outlets like OregonLive.com. Make no mistake, based upon the only credible first hand witnesses – LaVoy Finicum was strategically ambushed and murdered – and the factual accounts must be defended and the false narratives resisted by those who love and cherish liberty. (Update: 1/29/2016 – The FBI released video footage from a drone or airplane of the operation culminating in the shooting death of LaVoy – In the coming days intend to publish a follow-up to this essay here on FreeCapitalist.com, with a detailed break-down of that video, compared to the witness accounts below.) Three Witness Accounts There are three eye witness statements related to the events so far. Of these, only two are credible. First, the wife of Ammon Bundy, Lisa. She reported that she received a phone call from Ammon, after his arrest and while he was in the back of the police car. Ammon told her that LaVoy had been murdered, in cold blood with his “hands up” and that he had also been shot multiple times, even after he was on the ground. Second, the driver of the first vehicle, Mark McConnell, was reportedly released after several hours of questioning, and he responded to the social media frenzy about LaVoy’s murder by debunking the concern, posting two videos arguing that LaVoy had acted aggressively and that LaVoy had charged at the FBI agents, provoking their shots. Third, an 18-year old female passenger, Victoria Sharp, who was in the second vehicle that was driven by LaVoy, gave a detailed account of her experience and eye witness of LaVoy’s murder. For the reasons explained below, only Lisa and Victoria’s accounts are credible. Worse, Mark’s account and the activities and messages a few other “Patriot” group leaders are spreading are more than un-credible, they are suspect. Lisa Bundy’s Account: Lisa’s account was the first direct report of events that didn’t come from law enforcement or government sources. And, both Lisa and Ammon have a sterling track record of focusing on calmly, rationally, and accurately disseminating the facts and circumstances surrounding these events. Lisa’s account comes directly from Ammon – and is thus highly valuable. Certainly, once having verified that this report actually came from Lisa and her conversation with Ammon immediately after the tragic events – there is nothing suspect. (Update: Reports have now been published that Ammon’s father Cliven Bundy also received a similar phone call, with similar information at about the same time). If Ammon Bundy says that LaVoy was murdered in cold blood – under these circumstances, and based upon my own assessment of Ammon’s character and the motives and interests at issue – then I give a very high degree of credibility to this account. For the record, Lisa’s first hand statements were “I talked to Ammon after he was arrested…they shot [LaVoy] in cold blooded murder” and “He called me right after, gave me the details and told me to tell everyone before the news got out the lies. Then got off the phone!!!” Mark McConnell’s Account: Mark was the driver of the vehicle (a Jeep) that was carrying Ammon. Mark posted two videos that are being circulated among Oath Keeper members and other patriot group members (i.e. Melvin Less). In Mark’s report he is visually upset about the “rumors” and “asinine comments” regarding how LaVoy was innocent and murdered. But critically, he admits that he was too far away to witness the actual shooting. Yet, virtually every major media source is reporting his account as credible. In his videos, he estimates that the shooting took place approximately 1 mile from where he was being detained and that he only saw the second vehicle drive off “from about 200 yards” towards the road block about “a mile” away. But, the substance of his report is that he claims LaVoy subsequently exited his vehicle and “charged at the law enforcement” which provoked the shooting and his death. But, what is the basis for this? Mark says repeatedly, “I did not see the shooting” and that “I didn’t see it” and “I’m not going to speculate on it.” Yet, he claims that LaVoy was “foolish” and had been in a “heated discussion” with fellow passenger Ryan Payne. He contradicts himself repeatedly, because for some reason, he really wants people to “calm down.” Apparently, this desire is even at the expense of the truth, and it may be worse. Ryan Payne had exited vehicle number two (as described below) and was arrested and did was not present at the shooting. Thus, there are only two living, non-government witnesses to all of the events – Shawna Cox and Victoria Sharp. In sum, even Mark admits that his account is based upon second hand reports from Shawna Cox and Ryan Payne (both presumably still in custody) and based upon remarks that Mark said changed multiple times and that he was simply putting together “pieces here” and “pieces there.” Victoria Sharp’s Account: Victoria was a passenger in the back of the second vehicle driven by LaVoy. She witnessed events from the initial stop of vehicle 1 all the way through to the shooting. She has given a lengthy interview describing events – consistently and calmly. In her report Victoria states that when LaVoy was first pulled over, he and Ryan Payne (who was the front seat passenger) repeatedly requested to talk to the county Sheriff rather than the FBI. Her report is that this angered the FBI agents. In response to FBI demands LaVoy put his hands – both hands – out the window to show he was not a threat. She also reports that from the moment they were pulled over there were approximately 20 laser spots she could see on her and the other passengers, including from pre-positioned snipers in the trees, positioned on the side of the road up in the forest. Significantly, she also reports that the first shots were fired by the FBI when Ryan Payne looked out the passenger side window and was shot at, but was not hit. She reports that no one in the vehicle ever returned fire or pulled
81 minutes | Nov 8, 2015
What is a “Liberal” Education? (#205)
In this episode of Free Capitalist Radio Rick talks about the power of words, who thinking men define terms, and the basis of a “liberal” education, meaning the education of a “free man” or “free woman.” The fundamentals of education for homeschooling, private schooling, or adult curriculums are discussed. Rick also briefly reviews the history of public / government controlled education in the United States from Horace Mann to the present time. Host: Rick Koerber. Free Capitalist Radio, Episode #205. Originally broadcast November 9, 2015. #education #homeschool #liberty #freedom #principles #libertyreef #capitalism #freecapitalist #talkradio
74 minutes | Nov 6, 2015
Tolerance As Intolerance (#204)
The media generated controversy surrounding LDS Church’s policy regarding church discipline for same-sex couples and regarding ordinances for children of same-sex couples exposes the hypocrisy of the new mantra of “tolerance.” In the name of tolerance and diversity, critics of the LDS Church are using hostility and irrational shame to mock LDS doctrine, and to dissuade faithful Christians. Rick discusses the issue, and several of the recent news stories, illustrating how the media is generating the false controversy. Shame is a powerful tactic, but when accompanied by deception, it becomes a tool to avoid principles and reason. Rick also discusses Ayn Rand’s essay called “The Comprachicos” and introduces the new “Free Capitalist Experience” at http://www.freecapitalist.com/exp for those interested in personal mentoring. Host: Rick Koerber. Free Capitalist Radio, Episode #204. Originally broadcast November 6, 2015. #LDS Policy #Liberty #Capitalism #FreeCapitalist
61 minutes | Nov 5, 2015
The Cause of Liberty Today (#203)
On this special “November 5th” edition of Free Capitalist Radio, Rick discusses the status of the cause of liberty today, comparing main stream statements from Reagan back in 1981 to fringe statements today. Rick also discusses Bernie Sanders, ISIS, the rights of children, the duties of parents, and the origins of free government (self-government, family government, and community government). Host: Rick Koerber. Free Capitalist Radio, Episode #203. Originally broadcast November 5, 2015. #Capitalism #Liberty #Freedom #FreeCapitalist
63 minutes | Nov 3, 2015
Can Bernie Sanders Save America? (#202)
Can Bernie Sanders Save America? In this episode of Free Capitalist Radio the question of Bernie Sanders and the reality of socialism is addressed. The question of whether or not “compromise” and “governing in the middle” are virtues and principles. Rick discusses the idea that standing up for principle is actually a better path morally and pragmatically because it provides the only real basis for reaching agreement among those with differing views. Also, whether or not Ted Cruz is “crazy” because he is willing to “shut down the government” on a strong or “extreme” political stand. Rick also reviews some online comments about the prior show (Episode #201) and the principles involved in whether or not someone has a right to do something – and criticism over the exercise of that right. Host: Rick Koerber. Free Capitalist Radio, Episode #202. Originally posted November 4, 2014. Posted by Rick Koerber – Free Capitalist on Wednesday, November 4, 2015
64 minutes | Nov 2, 2015
Shredding the U.S. Constitution (#201)
Host: Rick Koerber Administrators at Yale, Cornell, Syracuse, Vassar and Oberlin were recently caught on undercover camera agreeing to rip up copies of the Constitution handed out off campus after an investigator posing as a student described the Constitution as “triggering” and “oppressive.” On the show Rick talks about why something that is supposedly “hurtful” to the feelings and sensitivities of others does not necessarily implicate protected rights. Episode originally aired on November 2, 2015.
75 minutes | Nov 1, 2015
10th Anniversary Show (#200)
Host: Rick Koerber (with Kimball Roundy and Guest Brandon Adams) The formal broadcast starts at 2 min 4 sec. On November 2, 2015 – the 10th Anniversary of its first broadcast, Free Capitalist Radio launches a new season. The episode is broadcast via radio transmission (FM 88.1 in Liberty Reef), via Periscope.tv/@freecapitalist and via UberConference. You can also find these video editions on the Free Capitalist YouTube Channel. In this episode Rick discusses the history of the Free Capitalist Radio program, the legal battles of the last several years, and provides some insight into what happened with Franklin Squires and Founders Capital. Brandon Adams, who has been a co-host on Free Capitalist Radio back in 2007 and 2008 joins the broadcast towards the end of the show and discusses his excitement for the return of Free Capitalist Radio. This video episode is available in audio form via Soundcloud and iTunes podcast as well (See below).
11 minutes | Oct 30, 2015
The Three Essential Things Needed to Rekindle Your Drive and Will to Fight!
A few nights ago I had an epiphany. It all happened in a few short seconds, but the volume of information that came to my mind was amazing. In the recording below you can hear my unscripted description of the experience, and the three essential things that are needed to rekindle or find the internal fire or drive that enables us to accomplish great things. In the recording you’ll also hear some personal thoughts about my friend Les McGuire and how these kinds of thought are with me regularly – more than 9 years after his untimely death. Les was a tremendous friend, a good man, and a passionate lover of life and truth. If you’re interested in a very raw, candid, unscripted description of a very personal insight – listen below. This is a raw recording of me explaining the experience to a friend here at Liberty Reef.
47 minutes | Oct 20, 2015
Capitalism & Freedom (#5)
Host: Rick Koerber. Co-Host: Les McGuire In this episode Rick and Les discuss the roots of capitalism and freedom and Milton Friedman’s book on the subject. The way to change society is NOT electing new and better politicians it is to change the mindset of people – first. Other subjects include news items on the 9th Circuit’s ruling that public schools have an independent social benefit for teaching sex education that trumps parental rights. Caller William has to learn the “Brain-Off, Mouth Shut” rule. Episode originally aired Friday, November 5, 2005.
44 minutes | Oct 19, 2015
WMD and the Iraq War Debate (#4)
Host: Rick Koerber If we are deceived about principles, we cannot progress because we don’t know what we don’t know. If you don’t “wake up and you don’t have the facts, you don’t have an argument.” Other topics: Iraq War Debate and whether or not Pres. Bush lied to the American people about weapons of mass destruction data; Pres. Clinton’s “Iraq Liberation Act.” Liberal socialist victim caller “Aaron” hostly asks Rick why he’s “going down memory lane” and why facts are important in the debate over the Iraq war. Aaron won’t engage in a rational conversation, revealing himself as a non-thinking emotional voice of accusation. Later, “Claud” another caller, demonstrates the opposite of thinking and rational debate – instead offering highly emotional, disconnected and sensational comments. Rick illustrates how this kind of thinking is not just limited to politics, but that how a person thinks permeates all aspects of his or her life. “Your ideas determine where you are in life.” This recording, like the previous two, is partially damaged and is incomplete, but it is the only known surviving copy of episode. Episode originally aired November 3, 2005. [Phone Number and Offers Have Expired]
37 minutes | Oct 19, 2015
“Prosperity is Up to Me.” Introducing Les McGuire (#3)
Host: Rick Koerber with Guest Les McGuire “Prosperity is up to me.” In this episode Les McGuire joined Free Capitalist Radio for the first time. Rick and Les discussed the basic of “what capitalism is” and how that reality can help individual men and women prosper. Rick and Les also discuss the comparison of socialism and capitalism. Insightful and prophetic, a decade before our time today, Rick and Les reveal the terrible and devastating consequences of those who accept socialism and who fail to understand the morality and power of capitalism. Les explains that socialisms don’t want to take responsibility for themselves or for their own country. And, the conversation also exposes the false comparison of democrats versus republicans, but instead the more useful comparison is socialist versus capitalist. Other topics include personal prosperity, individual economics, how to find success, getting honest about your own self interest, victimhood versus success and being ready “for something to actually change” in your life. “The first thing” needed to reach personal prosperity is taking “responsibility for yourself.” Call Peter says “I’ve never had sight” so how does this “apply to me.” Capitalism is a “dirty word” when you mistakenly believe it is a “win – lose” philosophy, but that is a mistake and a mistaken notion. Capitalism is about liberty, voluntary actions and value creation. This recording, like the previous two, is partially damaged and is incomplete, but it is the only known surviving copy of episode. Episode originally aired November 2, 2005. [Phone Number and Offers Have Expired]
44 minutes | Oct 17, 2015
Understanding the Basic Principles of Capitalism (#2)
Host: Rick Koerber Episode 2: Rick discusses Judge Alito’s confirmation hearings, Sen. Leahy’s “socialist” ideas and the basic principles of capitalism. Caller Kevin and Rick discuss: What is capitalism? Is the first principle of capitalism virtue? Where does “self-interest” fit into morality. The importance of understanding terms, and being accurate with our “fundamental ideas.” Rick also discusses why he became “The Free Capitalist.” Episode Originally aired November 1, 2005. [Phone Numbers and Offers Have Expired]
38 minutes | Oct 16, 2015
The Original Launch of Free Capitalist Radio (#1)
Host: Rick Koerber On October 31, 2005 Rick launched Free Capitalist Radio from AM 630 KKTK in Salt Lake City Utah. This is the only known recording of the show (and even this recording is a partial or incomplete record of the episode) where Rick introduces the concept of viewing world events and personal growth from the perspective of capitalism and freedom rather than the classic talk radio liberal vs. conservative. In this episode Rick is a bit sick and his voice is a bit strained. The recording picks up mid point through the first segment where Rick asks listeners about their commitment to learning about freedom including references to Ayn Rand, W. Cleon Skousen, and the 5,000 Year Leap. Other topics include Harriet Myers, Judge Alito, Supreme Court confirmation process, US Senate originally elected by the state legislatures. Rick also discusses the definition of capitalism and socialism. Episode originally aired October 31, 2005. [Phone Number and Offers Have Expired]
102 minutes | Apr 2, 2015
Intro: The 13 Principles of Prosperity™
American Founders University lecture series on The 13 Principles of Prosperity by Rick Koerber. Published in conjunction with the American Liberty Society.
63 minutes | Feb 18, 2015
100 Keys of Liberty & Prime Number Formula
This lecture was originally delivered part of the weekly ALS: Thursday Calls. Original broadcast date: February 19, 2015. American Liberty Society.
52 minutes | Aug 22, 2014
On Air: Rick is Interviewed About Criminal Charges being Dismissed
Rick was interviewed by Clark Aposhian on AM630 in Salt Lake City (KTKK, K-TALK) on August 22, 2014 about the dismissal of all criminal charges in USA v. Koerber (Case No. 09-cr-302) and the court finding excessive prosecutorial misconduct and violations of the Fifth Amendment, before even bringing the case in the first instance, back in 2009. [smart_track_player url=”http://www.hillerickson.com/radio/20140822KTALK.mp3″ social=”true” social_twitter=”true” social_facebook=”true” social_gplus=”true” ]
63 minutes | May 29, 2013
Restoring the Republic by Restoring the Family!
Rick tackles the false notion that we can advocate for liberty and make true progress in the United States, or beyond – by focusing only on politics. Instead, as Rick outlines, we must advance liberty by restoring home and family.
53 minutes | May 28, 2013
Is the Liberty Movement Failing?
Rick address the question of whether or not the liberty movement is failing because it has not made any significant strategic success in halting the ever increasing role of federal, state and local governments in the lives of citizens and families.
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