The Shill Report Episode 12: Jeffrey Tucker

Jeffrey Tucker of  Laissez Faire Books joins us to discuss the digital revolution in publishing, the history of, the future of knowledge, and the importance of internet freedom in an age of crumbling institutions. Listen Here.


Executive Editor of Laissez Faire Books, Distinguished Fellow of the Foundation for Economic Education, an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and an Acton University faculty member. He’s also the past editorial vice president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and past editor of


FROM THE ARTICLE:  “As now amended, the legislation would include individuals who have been employed as journalists by media organizations for at least one year in a two-decade period or at least three months within the five-year window, along with student journalists and those with a substantial amount of work as a freelancer.

In addition, federal judges would be permitted to cover other individuals with the privilege when circumstances warrant.”

Republicans and Democrats have effectively come together to shred past SCOTUS rulings and the 1st Amendment. What are the implications here? Clearly this is an attack against new media (social media) and independent news sources — such as We Are Libertarian.  Is this a case of the state fearing the shift in the flow and power of information?

Patrick Lehey (D-VT):  “All of us — whether Republican, Democrat or independent — have an interest in enacting a balanced and meaningful media shield bill to ensure a free flow of information to the American people,” Leahy said. “This bill carefully balances the need to protect confidential source information with the need to protect law enforcement and national security interests, so that we can better protect the American people’s right to know.”

Surprising to hear a Democrat use this logic to deny individuals their 1st Amendment right and a Republican below advocate for the opposite of this restrict policy??

John Cornyn (R-TX) said the definition was limited to too narrow a group of people and should be afforded to anyone qualifying as part of the “free press” under the First Amendment.



FROM THE ARTICLE:  “Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook struck back on Wednesday at critics who have charged tech companies with doing too little to fight off NSA surveillance. Mayer said executives faced jail if they revealed government secrets.”

During an interview with Tech Crunch, Mayer was asked why didn’t Yahoo release more information about the NSA activities. Her reaction clearly demonstrates the idea that government equals force: “Releasing classified information is treason and you are incarcerated.”

To further support the point, from the article: “Yahoo has previously unsuccessfully sued the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court, which provides the legal framework for NSA surveillance. In 2007 it asked to be allowed to publish details of requests it receives from the spy agency. “When you lose and you don’t comply, it’s treason,” said Mayer. “We think it make more sense to work within the system,” she said.




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