Scott Horton Interviews Richard Maybury

Scott Horton, October 10, 2008

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Richard Maybury, author of the U.S. and World Early Warning Report, discusses the evolution of common law, the American Revolutionary revolt for natural rights, the “divine right” of the majority, the importance of self-defense to a society’s freedom, the imbalanced offensive/defensive cost ratio, Osama Bin Laden’s strategy of bankrupting the American empire, how to profit from a libertarian understanding of money and power, the emerging second Cold War with Russia, the moral questions around investing in government-tied businesses, the corruption of political power, the two-party system hoax and the coming second American Revolution.

MP3 here. (44:25)

Richard Maybury is the author of the investment newsletter, U.S. and World Early Warning Report and the Uncle Eric books.

6 Responses to “Richard Maybury”

  1. Where is the historical support for Maybury’s assertion that the common law developed as ecclesiastical courts distilled the wisdom of all religions down to “do all you have agreed to do” and “do not encroach on other persons or their property”? Also, where is the support for this assertion in traditional theology? How did these courts know who had agreed to what and who held what property in order to apply these principles?

  2. All very nice to be so optimistic about the prospect of another American Revolution; however, since Oct. 1, Northcom has activated a brigade just back from Iraq whose duty it will be to patrol American streets and presumably able to put down any revolution. My right to own a weapon doesn’t mean a lot in the face of modern weaponry.

    Rather than a return to the 1787 Constitution, wouldn’t a libertarian be more inclined to support the Anti-federalist position? Jefferson wasn’t particularly pleased with the Constitution that was written while he was out of the country, after all.

  3. Obama said that Iran should be barred from importing gasoline. Isn´t that the same as HR 362 and SR 580 ??? And that´s virtually a Declaration of War as Congressman Ron Paul stated.

  4. Mr Maybury’s Uncle Eric series book are great. I do not agree with everything in them but they are packed with great information. Page for page I can’t think of a small set of books that can take one from complete ignorance to a basic understanding of economics, law, and important history (his books on wwi,wwii are superb) . Great books for your kids and ignorant adults like most of us

  5. I don’t buy the statements about the origins of common law. But that is a mere quibble.

    The rationalisations for profiting from mayhem and bloodshed left me feeling decidedly ill.

    It may be all ‘corrupt’ to one degree or another, but that is not an excuse to abandon moral judgment. I’d rather make a modest profit investing in someone who makes ploughshares than make a ‘killing’ out of hi-tech death machines.

  6. Martin:
    Maybury’s assertion is incorrect, but is useful to form a “foundation myth” for his views. The Common Law is a concept that was brought to Britain by the Normans and if anything was based on Germanic tribal law. It was not related to the (Christian/Catholic) ecclesiastical courts, which developed Equity. The generalisation “not to encroach on other persons or their property” is not well supported by religions: at best it applied to members of one’s own religion only. Thus crusades against the heathens and jihad against the unbelievers, and once one had taken their land, the heathens and unbelievers were to be quickly or slowly eradicated (as remains the case in Islamic countries which implement Sharia/aspects thereof).

    In Common Law, Judges developed precedent by writing down their judgements (and the facts of the case on which it was based). The judges were based in cities and did circuits of the country. When they returned, they compared judgements and developed it from there.
    Regarding who owned property, the Statute of Frauds in England was passed in 1677 so that all property transactions must be in writing.

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