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Rick Steves on Iran: Americans NEED to see this video

There's a quote attributed to Mark Twain that goes like this: "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."

In this lecture Rick Steves proves that he is more than a travel writer. He has had the courage to vindicate Twain's statement. He has very much proven himself to be a true patriot and gentleman.


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I appreciated this video. Thanks.

I really appreciated this video. I have traveled half of the world by sailboat from Lake Erie to New Zealand from 1998 until 2002. The countries I enjoyed the most were the ones that seldom saw tourists and were unfamiliar with people from the U.S. I learned so much traveling and agree with Rick Steves. Yes I agree, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” http://www.kellnet.com/laboatique/default.html

he's also good on the drug war

Rick Steeves also opposes drug prohibition:


another famous RP fan, possibly?

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I was glued to my chair

I just watched that. I've had to pee for about 30 minutes. I couldn't get up. Maybe they ought to play this at the debate before those war mongering idiots start spewing their B.S.

If people saw this, they would think a lot differently.

A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges. - Ben Franklin

Enjoyed the video very much

Come on Rick - Throw your hat in the ring for Dr. Paul.

Rick Steves is a well-respected man in the Seattle area who has done incredible travel videos called "Europe Through the Back Door."

He does a TV program which is very educational as well.

A Ron Paul endorsement would help a lot in our upcoming causus here in WA State.

Maybe I'll try to reach Mr. Steves and ask him to get on board.

If nothing else he deserves a huge thank you for this video on Iran.

They WANT us to HATE the Iranians.

Who am I talking about?

People like John McCain, Lyndsey Graham, Glen Beck, Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, Joe Lieberman, John Kerry, Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner, Michael Medved, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity etc

Notice the professions of the above names; Bankers, Politician and the Neo-Con wing of the Media.

We're supposed to listen to their hate talk and support an attack on those bad Iranians.

Only with EDUCATION can we fight these misconceptions designed to drag us into another war with a country who has done nothing to us.

Actually as Americans, WE ALL ARE FORCED to support the immoral SANCTIONS going on RIGHT NOW in OUR NAMES.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

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He mentioned he is a Progressive and made

a comment about the Iranians' view of Bush. I'd hope Steves has come to see that Obama is the same, since the video was made.

My opinion

is that he is aware that his ideology doesn't fit into a cookie cutter. He referred to himself as being viewed by others as progressive leaning, but went on to qualify that by advocating small government. The things he said about freedom tell me that he does not fit into the box our society has created around the word "progressive".

adam t

I love learning the real

I love learning the real culture and behavior of the middle east. The only other time I've seen an american in Iran was in the film The Footsteps of Marco Polo. Two guys travel the journey Maro Polo claimed he made to see if it was possible in the time he clamed. So they went by foot, camel/horse or ship and no air travel. It started in the middle east then through china, then India and ended in italy I believe. Im thinking it took Marco Polo 2 years and they achieved it. They found several landmarks Marco Polo identified and yes they ran into trouble and even gun with taliban and rival tribes. They were initially denied access to Iran but were finally accepted. I think it was pre 9/11


I believe Ive seen an article Dr. Paul wrote awile back on lew rockwell where Maro Polo described the worthless value of the fiat currency when he traveled through China sometime in late 13th century.

Update:Here it is


I know this stuff is off topic I just found it interesting.


Great video and thanks for sharing this. For sure Iran is not as scary as our government propaganda forces us to believe. I would love to see our country to be peaceful and staying our of other countries affairs. Let them all have there soverenty back as well as ours.

Informative. Great piece

Informative. Great piece

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto. - T. Jefferson rЭVO˩ution

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.” - BASTIAT

Was this before or after 9/11?

Was this video done before or after 9/11? I'd like to know before I send it to anyone.

Definitely before.

He referenced John Cain saying "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran..." when talking about politics. Not sure if it was before or after the 2009 protests tho.

Well after 9/11


Shared and shared.

Jonny R
Fellow Lover of Liberty


When we continue to seek to understand, war is not an option.

The thing to take away

The thing to take away politically from this, is that if the US (and the rest of the imperial world) hadn't been meddling in the affairs of the Middle East in general and Iran in particular, most of the Middle East would have been "Liberalized" by now (as liberal as a very conservative society can be).

This is no more evident than this video shows. Rick said it himself in the video. When severe conflict happens people tend to gravitate to extremes. Hence the Iranian revolution. We installed and propped-up the Shah and over the years, and as the Shah escalated, the opposition became more and more radical in the face of increasing suppression. This is the universal beginning of the violence cycle.

They DON'T hate us because we are free. They hate our government because we will splatter the blood and brains of little 5 year-old Ahmed for Mercantilism - and think nothing of it.

Thoroughly Enjoyed

Love Rick Steves. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this video, thanks for posting.

All you need to know about Iran in one Hour

great lecture! BIG WISDOM BUMP!!

Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right. -Henry Ford

Thanks for the post

it was worth the watch. It is always interesting to me to see other countries, They never look the way I imagine :)

I saw this awhile back on tv.

I saw this awhile back on tv. Thanks for linking it here, great stuff.

10-15 million more voters need to believe in non-interventionism (liberty) at home and abroad to change America. Minds changed on Syria. Minds changing on privacy. "Printing money" is part of the dialogue. Win minds through focus, strategy.

This was worth the hour.

This was worth the hour.

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Yes, worth the hour


"My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them".
Senator Barry Goldwater, Senator Rand Paul
and others.

“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but cannot disjoin them.”

– Thomas Jefferson

This was a

fascinating watch.

Property Rights

If you develop oil fields in a foreign country with a contract for use of that oil, and the citizens vote in a new leader who breaks your contract and nationalizes your investments (oil wells, roads, ports) seizing your property, do you have any rights?

That is what happened to US and UK citizens in 1953.
- Wiki "Anglo-Persian Oil Company"

Let's not idealize the situation as some evil plot by the US and UK.

Private property has been seized by countries when they see value or wish they owned a business many times - Cuba (everything), Egypt(the Canal), Bolivia(Natural Gas), Chile(Copper mines)...

Overthrowing a democratically

Overthrowing a democratically elected leader and installing your own is not acceptable under any circumstances.

Democracy does not trump human rights

A democratically elected govt that does not respect human rights is not valid.

What if we democratically elected a govt here that took your life, property and freedoms? Would that be ok with you?

Human rights come 1st. Democracy without human rights is mob rule.

BTW - I did not justify the overthow, I only cautioned against idealizing the situation in Iran.

Installing an army of your own in the oil fields and protecting them would have been the proper option.

And the authority of the US

And the authority of the US government to change that in another country that is not attacking us comes from WHERE?

We ARE NOT to be the policeman of the world, no matter what is happening in those other countries. If you, as a supposedly free citizen, wants to take your gun and go over there on your own accord, be my guest.

Freedom and liberty in our own country come first.

Your conclusion is 180 degrees off of what Ron Paul says (and what history says). Are you new to the cause? I see you have only been a member for two hours. Welcome!

Agreed and thanks

Please re-read my conclusion. I think it agreed with your suggestion of private action. And thank you for the welcome.

I did not agree with the US taking action, I suggested the oil company should raise their own security force/army to protect their property.

This example is the case of no objective govt authority. You have property and a contract in a foreign land. The UN is ineffective and you reject global authority.

Note in this case the US/UK took action on behalf of its citizens. That is not global policing in the normal use of the term.

I'm not sure of the best solution in this case. Does the US have authority to protect your rights on foreign soil?

Finally I only raised this comment to guard against over-simplification. I am against foreign entanglements, imposing our will oversees and pre-emptive war.

you are so wrong on many accounts.

1. It is not the right of ANY country to threaten another non-threatening country. Period, end of story.

2. Their laws regarding property are THEIR business. You want to do business in another country; you are subject to their rules. BTW, FACT: we do not have private property in this country either. Also FACT: The thoroughly EVIL concept of "eminent domain" does exist in this country.

3. The "profits" or "private property" you speak of regarding those "free market" businesses were being protected by socialized insurance through the use of government assets. I sure don't want to fund a coup or protect the profits of BP. Furthermore BP is a British company anyway. so what was my money used to commit atrocity.

4. Because of the absolute FACTS stated above, you are correct, we weren't doing "global policing." We have never done that to begin with. We are a mercantilist country if there ever was one. Private profits; socialized costs. Anybody for a TARP sandwich?

Its the same ol' bull$hit that has got us in trouble from the very beginning that we have repeated over and over across the globe. People love Americans, but hate our government.

What you do by trying to parse out the Iranian issue from the EVIL US policies is to attempt to make it a "special case." Different from any other run-of-the-mill US aggression. It is no different than any US aggression - before or after.

Your rant is off target

1) The case I was refering to was threatening - Iran nationalized (read stole) the oil fields from the people who invested in them.

2) There is only one correct law, the law that protects human rights. But I will grant you that we have no right to impose this on other countries.

3) I was not defending foreign action so relax. I was pointing out that Iran stole the property of individuals - that was unjust. The question of a govt being able to protect foreign assets of its citizens I posed as a question, not as a justification.

4) People have a right to protect their lives and their property. They have a right to the fruits of their mind and labor. That has nothing to do with TARP.

I'm confused by your private profits; socialized costs comment. One, there should only ever be private property, and two, the govt was (collectively) designed to protect our rights and our property? As I see it, that is the only valid role of our govt - internal law and courts and external army.

Finally your rant is misdirected. I'm not supporting the overthrow of the Iranian govt, RP is correct to point out the blow back of that action. What I was pointing out is that this fantasy that the US and UK had no reason to intervene is a lie. Iran violate personal property and they share in the blame.