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Tom Woods: Suppose you have someone's attention for an hour...

Tom Woods status update: Suppose you have someone's attention for an hour, and that person is willing to watch one YouTube video. Which one would you choose that would pack the most punch in terms of persuading someone of the pro-freedom, anti-state position?

There are some great videos links in the comment section. What video would you recommend?

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Either Ron Paul's predictions

Either Ron Paul's predictions from the house floor from a decade ago or so or his last address before retiring. Those two sum it all up pretty well for any newbie.

This is a great one too!

One of my all time faves. It's a good ice breaker: http://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ

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Free to Choose #1 by Milton Friedman

At least it worked on me....

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All of them are great!

Free to choose is a great series.

Check out Stossel in the Classroom on youtube.

Those vids are similar to Friedmans but much shorter and use simpler language designed for teenagers.

The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson

Alex Jones Interview With Piers Morgan

Joking. I think.

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The Philosophy of Liberty on

The Philosophy of Liberty on youtube.

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This hits hard with a lot of ignorant people.

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I forgot about this one, it is outstanding. I am watching it again.

For the average person it is a lot to take in. It is not complex, but opposes what they are conditioned to believe.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

I can't get anyone to watch something for 10 minutes

Even if they sit and watch they are distracted with their damned cellphones.


For real. I kept trying to

For real. I kept trying to show my mom stuff and after a couple minutes, she gets all antsy and like wanders off to do laundry or something. /shrug

In order

1. The Story of Your Enslavement

2. Any of the Ron Paul prediction compilations

3. The American Dream (the animation)

4. Money Masters

5. Silver Bullet Silver Shield series

BINGO! We have a winner. For

BINGO! We have a winner.

For some reason all of the people I have turned onto this movement or attempted to watched those animation films A LOT longer than they did the regular videos. Grown up kids lol.

My friend spend days watching Ron Paul vids after these...

And said he thought of nothing else. I'm from the UK for context.

After I sent them next time I saw him it was all he wanted to talk about and we went to mine to watch more.

I said I'd send him a few but all totalling about an hour...

This is my wake up pack. ;) Plus context I wrote for him.

Here's one about how the two party system works.
- 10 min Ron paul power structure vid

- 10 min Fed Reserve vid. The facts about how the fed is created are all true and undisputed. It also sums up the importance of how the printing is used for control and endebting us.

2 min David Rothschild vid Rothschilds helped set up the Fed! What does young David want now? World Government.

24 min Builderberg BBC radio 4 documentary. On radio 4 but not BBC news?!

Ron Paul on Builderberg he's pushed... You can tell he doesn't want to talk about it...
- 2 min vid

Ron Paul predicting the recession in 2001! This was a week before September 11th... - 10 min Ron paul vid

Also next time I saw him showed him this, it made a big impression.

Four Star General Wesley Clark Talking planned 2001 overthrow of Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebenon Iran, Syria and Libya in 2007!

It all started saying our goodbyes after the Pub in the end We got into a huge conversation in the street. He asked me what's it all about? I said power and as much of it as possible. After all has that not been the goal of power seekers through out ALL of human history?

My friend's open minded and said he respects my opinion because I look into these things. I said I could show him things that you can't un-see. He said send me the vid's, when I did he saw what I meant.

I like your "wake up pack"!


If I only had 95 seconds, I'd

If I only had 95 seconds, I'd show them this video... just for fun.
We'll do it live!


id say anything about the federal reserve system its the true problem of our country, its needs to be elimited http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEnxqZfODfs -Ron Paul Fed is immoral

Albert Camus — 'The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.'

Complaining the government is

Complaining the government is dumb, is in my opinion the biggest hindrance to understanding the truth. It allows a person to tell themselves the government is just making mistakes. Once a person stops telling themselves this lie, things clear up quickly.

Another fundamental idea is incrementalism. It's hard to get concerns about most of the small changes the government makes, unless you can see that they are part of a larger movement that is concerning.

Money Masters

Hands down. There is no "conspiracy" air to it whatsoever. Elite power is gained by control of the money-system and that effects everyone who uses "money." There's no way to claim that it doesn't effect you. After which you've opened their eyes - Freedom to Fascism.

Money Masters


The Biggest Game in Town by Walter Burien


The supposed "Economic Professors" who are self confessed "Gold Bugs" are monopolists at heart, they refuse to defend their position against anyone other than their own Men of Straw, so that basically confesses the weakness of Gold as the best money.

Gold is one of many good ways to store value, but as currency, the Gold Bugs know their lack of power, so they resort to deception: every time so far.

Here is a good start on defending the often resort to falsehood:


Money Masters should plant the needed seed, the slight crack in the armor of abject belief in falsehood without question, and in my opinion The Biggest Game in Town ought to do the same job if anyone cares to question the false authorities based upon the old "follow the money" adage or maxim, whatever, along the lines of Cui Bono and Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.


one of the worst, actually.

one of the worst, actually.

Creates the impression that the solution is lack of money. See any of the "greenbackers vs goldbugs" threads or articles out there.

Woods himself has addressed greenbackers several times, apparently to no avail.

I'm not sure this is the BEST

I'm not sure this is the BEST one to go with, but it's the one that had the biggest impact in waking me up, and that's America: Freedom to Fascism.

I get people on board in less

I get people on board in less than an hour with no videos. My talks usually go like this when I have someone 1 on 1:

1. Bring up something subtly that will lead to a Liberty discussion. The other day I pulled out an Austrian economics book on a car ride.

2. "What's that?" they say. This book on Austrian economics. I explain basically what it stands for. It's the economic policy Ron Paul stands for.

3. "Ron Paul?" Yes, he supports applying liberty economically and socially. Too bad he didn't get elected, he was a real Republican (person I was talking to was a Republican, so I know this will pique their interest).

4. "What do you mean real Republican?" Well first he wants a sensible foreign policy, which I then commence US-Middle East history lesson. 3 points: How Iran went from a democracy in 1953 to an Islamist state by 1979, applying cause/effect to hostage crisis. Then how US propped up Hussein to fight Iran. Then how US helped Bin Laden against the Soviets. Making sure to point out the blow back in all 3 points. They're usually at a loss for words, and now I had this "Republican" on the side of minding our own business.

5. With the biggest thing typical Republicans disagree with out of the way, it was easy rolling from there. Pointed out how most other Republicans aren't even fiscally conservative. How they vote, and Ron Paul's record of integrity and honesty. Throw in how he doesn't take congressional pensions or swayed by lobbyists, they're now on board.

6. Now I hit em with the Federal Reserve and how it's the biggest problem we have. How it came about, how its ran, and quickly explain how printing money causes inflation.

Boom, they were now a fellow Ron Paul friend/supporter and will most likely feel the need to learn more and become an even bigger follower.

I know what I would NOT show them

Alex Jones on the Piers Morgan show last night.

allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

Different strokes for different folks.

Let our standard be Freedom.


I try to change people every day. Do You?

Lol. So true. Down-voters

Lol. So true. Down-voters gonna down-vote.

Ecuse me for repeating this..

Different strokes for different folks.


I try to change people every day. Do You?

By Far.

The Philosophy of Liberty

(Wish it would be updated so it was more aesthetically pleasing but still, if I had to choose, this would be it.)

Well, One Hour 47 Minutes

Very nice lecture to awaken somebody:

The whole series it is great: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL32EF23447C697A32

A good way to defend your freedoms: www.libertymagazine.org

Here are two must-watch videos.

I'm an anarcho-capitalist and an atheist, and this video advocates for a (limited) government and has religious undertones, but I still give this JBS video "Overview of America" a 10/10.

Even flaming liberals I've shown this video to admitted that it is well done.


Also Judge Napolitano's "History of Liberty" is another perfect 10


Folks, be careful with Woods

He is a good speaker and might be a good historian, but he learned ideas of individual liberty via Rothbard. I hope you have discovered the limitations of the latter and his followers by now.