Year Zero

By Tommy Salmons

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Stranger Encounters is an open discussion podcast intended to motivate and educate the ambitious in finding and paving their own path in the technological age. Millions of Americans crave their own version of freedom, and Stranger Encounters focuses attention on stranger ideas and conversations meet action in an inspiring form.

Episode Date
Border Patrol, The Drug War, and The Cartels w/ Josh Childress

Tommy was joined by former Border Patrol Agent, Josh Childress. They discuss becoming a radical before circling back to Josh's days working the border. Josh talks trafficking and gives detailed accounts of specific instances that stand out in his memory. Finally, he gives his impressions on BORTAC's use in Portland and how he reacted.

Aug 06, 2020
Markets Not Capitalism w/ Sheldon Richman

Tommy is joined by Sheldon Richman, Executive Editor and Co-Founder at The Libertarian Institute. They discuss Sheldon's newest book, What Social Animals Owe To Each Other, as well as why libertarians should abandon the term Capitalism for Freed Markets.

Aug 01, 2020
Just A Different Authoritarian

Tommy gives his opinion on the Portland incident before diving into the differences between Fascism, Socialism, and Progressivism. Though America displays many tenets of Fascism and Socialism it is neither. But there are those actively trying to change that.

Jul 24, 2020

What is QAnon?

Who is Q?

Tommy spent this last week stuck in a Q-hole attempting to gain insight on the phenomenon that is Q. What he discovered entertained, surprised, and intrigued him. There's no way to discover every angle of Q in a week, but Tommy wanted to avoid the complete mind rot he was sure to experience had he followed every rabbit hole of the Q-sphere. So here's his introduction to QAnon.

Jul 17, 2020
Ghislaine Maxwell

Tommy dives into the Ghislaine Maxwell arrest. He discusses Jeffrey Epstein's influence on Ghislaine, her friend's interview, obvious disinformation, and are the dominoes about to fall? Will she name names? Who's going down with her?

Jul 10, 2020
Maoists Take Over BLM

Tommy discusses how black community leaders see Antifa, the Maoist elements, and the conservative response.

Jul 07, 2020
The Strategy of Silence

Tommy discusses a few current events in order to show how the stories are framed to create a binary, and citizens at each other's throat.

Jun 25, 2020
Project Manticore w/Ryan Bunting

Ryan Bunting is a newly published author of the dystopian novel Project Manticore. Tommy invited him on to discuss the book, his writing process, and his future endeavors. The conversation progresses into policing in the US, and how the left and right are missing the big picture of how communities could better provide security.

Project Manticore on Amazon:


Jun 18, 2020
Police Brutality, Qualified Immunity, and The War On Drugs w/Michael Harris

Public defender and former student of Murray Rothbard, Michael Harris returns to the show to talk about police brutality. He and Tommy discuss the history of qualified immunity, the history of the war on drugs, the militarization of the police, and why the police have devolved into such a violent force.

Jun 12, 2020
Owning Culture

I've heard it said that the identifying characteristic of a conservative is someone that doesn't want to knock down a fence without knowing why it was put up in the first place. This philosophy of inaction not only prohibits conversation, it also limits creativity and has become abundantly clear over the last few months that conservatives would rather give up the moral high ground to their ideological enemies than stand on principles. At no time in my life has it been more clear than now just how feckless and ineffectual conservatism actually is.

Jun 09, 2020
The Beauty of Anarchy w/Tom Burton

Tommy is joined by anarchist musician and poet Tom Burton. They discuss Tom's upcoming EP, his writing process, and the themes within his songs before diving into the nature of the state.

Jun 04, 2020
George Floyd and the Blowback Riots

Just as the boom bust cycle of the economy becomes inevitable through state intervention, so does the boom bust cycle of culture. Whether it be the death of Rodney King, Eric Garner, or George Floyd we're never far away from minority cultures reminding the dominant forces that they are tired of their streets being occupied and militarized by outaide forces.

May 28, 2020
Changing Strategies w/Pete Quinones

Pete joined Tommy to discuss his change of thinking during the Covid19 scare and response. Tommy had been experiencing a different line of thought and he'd noticed Pete moving in a similar direction, so he invited Pete on the podcast to discuss these changing times, changing strategies, and all that we're witnessing in 2020.

May 01, 2020
PTSD, Media, and Politics w/Matthew Hoh

Matrhew Hoh joined Tommy to discuss PTSD and his experiences as a vet suffering from PTSD. The conversation continues and delves into trustworthy media and the political landscape.

Apr 27, 2020
Escaping the Machine

A man's liberty must be an autonomous pursuit of independence. As libertarians and anarchists there is a tendency to depend on the collective to grasp theory and philosophy; so as they accept and achieve liberty so do we. But not all slaves wish to be unshackled.

Rather than searching for the most brilliant minds to draft arguments convincing the masses that liberty is to their benefit individuals must begin to act in pursuit of their own liberty; setting an example and living a life of self-sufficiency and self-worth.

Apr 23, 2020
Utilizing Counter-Economics w/John Bush

Tommy was joined by entrepreneur, activist, agorist, and podcaster John Bush to discuss how those effected by the financial crisis may utilize counter-economic strategies to ensure their family is taken care of.

Apr 16, 2020
Covid19 and the CDC w/Dr James Lyons-Weiler

Tommy invited Dr James Lyons-Weiler, the CEO and founder of IPAK, on the podcast to discuss Covid19 and how the CDC bungled its response. Dr Jack has been extremely critical of the CDC and FDA response to the novel Coronavirus, and he was more than happy to spend time discussing what this virus is, what he's discovered in his research, and how the CDC has made this crisis worse.

Apr 13, 2020
The Fallout, The Aftermath, and The Future Of Liberty w/Mike Korbel

Tommy invited Mike Korbel of The Invictus Mind podcast to come back on the show. They discuss how the hysteria around Covid19 has effected people, the potential for tyranny, and the future of liberty.

Apr 09, 2020
Listener Questions

Last week a listener had some questions and I figured if everyone else can make an episode out of listener questions I can too.

Apr 07, 2020
Pandemic Parenting

Tommy invited Sherry Voluntary to come back to the show. They discuss how she is discussing the current hysteria with her kids, and how she's seeing their future as the economy nose-dives.

Apr 02, 2020
The Value of the Collective

In this episode Tommy looks at the idea of collectivism from the perspective of the markets, and how libertarians may better discuss the ideas of free markets with both the left and right.

Mar 30, 2020
Busting the Bubble with Mike Maharrey

Tommy is joined by Mike Maharrey of the Tenth Ammendment Center and the Godarchy podcast to discuss the government's response to the Coronavirus and the economic ramifications.

Mar 26, 2020
PMA's, A Legal Analysis with Michael Harris

Tommy is joined by defense attorney Michael Harris to discuss the pros and cons of Private Membership Associations. Many doctors and patients, tired of bureaucracy and red tape, choose to find ways to interact without government involvement saving time and money. 

Disclaimer: This episode was recorded a week ago, so all coronavirus related discussion is outdated. 

Mar 23, 2020
Shortages and Delivery Lines with Gord

Tommy invited Gord back on Year Zero to get another truck driver's perspective on the restocking of shelves during the panic buying around the coronavirus.

Mar 20, 2020

Tommy takes a jab at easing fears surrounding the Coronavirus and tries to explain why the panic is worse than the virus itself.

Mar 16, 2020
A Direct Republic with Donnie Gebert

Donnie Gebert of the Direct Republic podcast and author of The Null Hypothesis of Politics joined Tommy for episode 101. Donnie's idea of a Direct Republic, decentralization down to the individual, was thought up within a mind trained and educated by the DOD to topple governments through peaceful revolution. When Donnie realized the enemy was domestic and not abroad he put his education to work at home.

Mar 09, 2020
Policing, Public v Private

In this episode Tommy is joined by Pete Quinones of The Free Man Beyond the Wall podcast. They discuss the role of police, interactions with police, the Amish, and Shomrim.

Mar 02, 2020
A Candidate for Anarchists

When raising children you teach them voluntarism on the playground as you advocate conquest politically. It's time to take your lessons of civility seriously.

Feb 19, 2020
Isms and Regulatory Capture

In episode 98 Tommy takes on the idea that any one ism should be argued as superior over another. When people argue capitalism v socialism v communism v progressivism v fascism they are forgetting that they are arguing in favor of forced integration or forced segragation. In a society founded on liberty people would be able to choose the ism that best fits them and the coercion that enforces and props up their preferred ism would be null and void.

Feb 14, 2020

The state, politicians, and bureaucrats are not, have not, and will not be incentivized to act in your best interest, or the best interest of the citizenry. The health, wealth, and power of the state directly contradicts the interests of a free people and must be combatted through revolutionary counter-economic methods.

Feb 11, 2020
Abortions For Liberty

In Episode 96 Tommy looks at the narrative around the topic of abortion. The class division of the US, not to be mistaken with the Marxist idea of class, has worked tirelessly to set forth binary choices that work to empower the state. How can libertarians change the conversation to create more freedom?

Feb 04, 2020
There's No Such Thing As Western Culture

There's no such thing as western culture.

Jan 24, 2020
Epstein, Eric Ciaramella, and Voluntarism

The Virgin Islands have filed a lawsuit againt Epstein's trust. When will his co-conspirators and those that kept silent be charged? 

Eric Ciaramella began planning to blow the whistle in 2017, and Trump believes the deep state when it's in his interest.

Jan 23, 2020
Invictus Mind

A few weeks ago Michael Korbel invited me on The Invictus Mind to discuss my life and how I became an anarchist.

Jan 20, 2020
Was Soleimani an Imminent Threat?

The Trump administration has backed off of the natrative that Soleimani was in Baghdad to plot attacks on four American embassies, but they haven't addressed the imminent threat he truly posed. While it's true the Iranian general can't be credibly linked to the deaths of Americans or a future plot; he is absolutely linked to plotting peace in Yemen without US support, threatening the world empire's dominance in the region.

Jan 14, 2020
As Needed For Pain

In Episode 91 Tommy looks at the death of Muhandis, and its potential meaning for US military in Iraq. Hassan Nasrallah called upon Hezbollah sympathizers to carry out attacks on US military personel and facilities in order to pressure the US to leave the region. What does that look like? Is it good or bad? And how long will it take?

Jan 10, 2020
War Pigs

"Gen'rals gathered in their masses,
Just like witches at black masses
Evil minds that plot destruction,
Sorcerer of death's construction
In the fields the bodies burning,
As the war machine keeps turning
Death and hatred to mankind,
Poisoning their brainwashed minds"

Jan 06, 2020
The Assassination of Soleimani and Iran's Response

Tommy discusses the events leading to the assassination of Soleimani and what Iran's response may look like. Rejecting the idea of this assassination leading to WWIII Tommy lays out what actions the US and Iran will probably take moving forward in this environment of rising tensions and chants for war.

Jan 03, 2020
Greta Thunberg is Right

Greta Thunberg is right, the world is indeed sick, but not for the reasons she'd have you believe. Greta, the 16 year old girl being used by government's and climate activists around the world is a perfect example of the cancer that infects the world. The cancer of appealing to authority.

Jan 02, 2020
Homeless Crisis

In this episode Tommy compares the homeless population of California, one of the wealthiest states in the US, to homelessness in the poorest state. The conclusion is simple to come to that homelessness is a result of too much government, not too little.

Jan 02, 2020
Mike Maharrey: The Defend the Guard Act

Mike Maharrey joins Tommy to discuss The Defend the Guard Act that is expected to be taken up in state legislatures in the 2020 session. They touch on the appropriate use of the National Guard and why states should demand congress declare war before being granted the power to deploy National Guard troops to combat zones.


Letter to state legislatures

Dec 16, 2019
Scott Horton; American Primacy Pt 2

In part 2 of the interview Tommy and Scott discuss relations with Turkey, more Ukraine, Iran, Russia, and Syria.

Dec 12, 2019
Scott Horton; American Primacy Pt 1

In Part 1 of this 2 part interview Tommy and Scott address Ukraine, Russia, and Iran. US foreign policy for the last 100 years has left millions dead around the world, and there doesn't seem to be a slow down in the interventionism of the US. What is the goal? Why is Ukraine important? And is Iran really a threat?

Dec 09, 2019
Why I Hate The State

Everyone has a story as to what opened their mind - made them susceptible to the message of liberty. This is my story.

Dec 04, 2019
Greg Price The Normie View

In Episode 82 Tommy chats with his friend Greg Price about what average Americans are seeing when they look at the nature of politics, media, and culture. Greg is an independent that just wants government to take a more common sense approach. He's a majority of Americans; frustrated, jaded, and wants to be listened to.

Dec 01, 2019
Gas Leak

In Episode 81 Tommy discusses the latest email leaks revealing there was no gas attack in Douma. Again, like with WMD's, the US military machine is caught spreading lies in order to commit crimes in foreign lands, and arms are still being run into Iraq and Syria through US shell companies.

Nov 29, 2019
Free Assange

Tommy decides to look at the biggest stories on his mind, znd gives his opinion on them.

Nov 22, 2019
How Foreign Policy Affects Us All

In his debate with Dave Smith Nick Sarwark said people aren't worried about foreign policy because it doesn't affect their lives. Tommy decided it was time that this idea was taken on, and debunked for good. 

Nov 18, 2019
Jacob For Liberty

I'm endorsing Jacob Hornberger for president. So should you.

Nov 15, 2019
The Benevolent State

For thousands of years the fight for liberty was waged against dictators and tyrants seen as gods or descendents of gods. Today the benevolence isn't limited to a man and his lifetime, but to a system outlasting any one man's life and legacy. Can the ideals known as American exceptionalism and the system in place be utilized to bring about liberty?

Nov 07, 2019
The Deep State Coup

Tommy spent a week and a half scouring articles for links between the Ukrainian impeachment scandal and Trump Russia. This is what he found.

Nov 05, 2019
ZA Rape Culture

Rape in South Africa has become a societal norm. With a rape taking place every 26 seconds women are living in fear. Tommy dares to look at the social causes that may lead otherwise normal children to grow into such monsters.

Nov 01, 2019
Black Hats and White Hats

In episode 74 Tommy looks at the idea of a good and bad side to political theater. After Kennedy was assasinated Sam Giancana is credited as saying, "This proves, without a doubt, there are no white hats or black hats. It's all a game, and it always ends the same - death."

Oct 26, 2019
Girl's Gone Mild

Tulsi.... If she were any more of a disappointment I'd have to call her son.

Oct 19, 2019
The Red Pill Era

In Episode 72 Tommy takes a deep dive into the modern politic of America. The conservative elements of society have coopted the term red pill in an effort to propagandize the public into their idea of order and justice while coopting the progressive idea that government is all powerful, giving people access to inherent rights. As they giveth, so shall they take away.

Oct 15, 2019
Reactionaries of the Left and Right

In Episode 71 Tommy digs into the political reactionaries of the left and right. As new problems pop up in society neither Conservatives or Progressives interest themselves with causes. The typical response from both groups is to beg the state for solutions with no reflection of how this reaction has failed in the past.

Oct 10, 2019
Et Tu Brute?

In Episode 70 Tommy once again looks at the Ukrainian story. Given all the crimes the US has committed, and the treatment of whistleblowers what makes this different? Quid pro quo? Or business interests?

Oct 03, 2019
Friends With Fascists

In Episode 69 Tommy digs into the CIA obsession with fascists since the defeat of NAZI Germany in WW2. Every time the CIA intervenes in another country's affairs it does so on behalf of a fascist insurgency.

Sep 26, 2019
Trump, Biden, Saudi Arabia, and the Intelligence Community

In episode 68 Tommy looks at the latest news surrounding Hunter Biden, Trump, and the deployment of troops to Saudi Arabia to defend against the threat that is Iran. Tommy speculates that given the history of business interest and intelligence interest merging that the reason Trump is once again being threatened by leaks has to do with his unwillingness to stick to the protocol of National Security laid out before him upon taking office.

Sep 23, 2019
Anything for National Security

In Episode 66 Tommy looks at the National Security State. Fear is a powerful emotion. The National Security apparatus knows this better than anyone. Their goal is to keep citizens in fear in order to flex their power without question.

Sep 17, 2019
Bin Laden's Victory

On the 1 year anniversary of Year Zero, episode 65, Tommy looks at the effects of 9/11. Given all the lies told by the US government surrounding 9/11 It's easy to see why the truther community still grows and thrives. So much so that one must wonder if the conspiratorial angles were intentionally inserted to keep that truth secret. While these narratives are being debated Bin Laden is victorious peacefully in his grave.

Sep 12, 2019
The Afghanistan Plan

In Episode 64 Tommy looks at the negotiations between the Taliban and the US. In light of the negotiations breaking down, and Trump's desire to keep 9,000 military personnel in Afghanistan is it possible that Trump's rhetoric on the campaign trail was another politician talking peace for votes?

Sep 10, 2019
Collapse for Liberty


Sep 05, 2019
Mob Tactics

In Episode 62 Tommy looks at the assassination of Frank Olson, a CIA scientist killed in 1953. Eric Olson, Frank's eldest son, has spent the last 66 years searching for answers. In 1994 forensics showed that Frank was murdered, and to this day the CIA has escaped justice.

Sep 03, 2019
Jeffery Epstein

In Episode 61 Tommy gives an overview of updates in the Epstein death. Was he murdered? Did he commit suicide? Either way the system is either grossly incompetent or extremely corrupt. 

Aug 15, 2019
The Political Crusades

In Episode 60 Tommy looks at the evangelical left and the evangelical right fighting for dominance over the politics of the US. In his assessment he determines that though people are using the same words they're speaking different languages. He encourages all anarchists to distance themselves from the binary thinking of statists, and ally among themselves to combat present and future tyranny.

Aug 13, 2019
No More Compromise

In Episode 59 Tommy explores the idea that there is no true left in America. He contends there is a left that is growing and underrepresented in the narrative. But the left is not what you might expect.

Aug 10, 2019
Communication Breakdown

in Episode 58 Tommy looks at the mass shootings in America. He examines possible causes. Tommy ventures into the art of communication; the left and the right talking past each other and never being able too get on the same page, and how this contributes to violence used in advancing the control of the state.

Aug 05, 2019
Immigration Underground Railroad

In Episode 57 Tommy takes another look at immigration. The caricature of libertarians is that they are open borders. Tommy describes private property borders, property attained via natural law, and the government's land monopoly before spending a few minutes on the immigration underground railroad attempting to nullify federal immigration policy and help those that are in need of assistance.

At the 16 minute mark there's some static that lasts the rest of the podcast due to a call that rings in. I hope that doesn't ruin the fun.

Aug 01, 2019
An Apartheid Story

In Episode 56 Tommy talks to his wife. AS boring as that may sound, they are truly interesting and entertaining together. Beatrix, Tommy's wife, was born in South Africa under apartheid and she witnessed the changes that occurred as a teenager, durimg her most impressionable years. Tommy and Beatrix discuss the way that the fall of apartheid changed the country, and the pros and cons that followed.

Jul 29, 2019
Why Anarchy

In Episode 55 of Year Zero Tommy gets into his reasons for becoming an anarchist.

Government operates as if it owns you and your existence is for its advancement. Tommy disputes this claim by decrying self ownership and natural rights. If liberty were the original state of nature any construct claiming dominion is illegitimate and criminal.

Jul 25, 2019
True Believers

Sorry for the delay. I had issues uploading last week, and i didn't realize this episode had not uploaded until Saturday.

In Episode 54 Tommy looks at faith in the state and other ideologies. Blind subservience to any ideology is dangerous, and given the wedge within the nation I think the canyon between the belief systems is a strong indication that it's time the different factions divorce before there's serious violence on the strets.

Jul 21, 2019
Moralism of the State

In Episode 53 Tommy takes a page out of Thaddeus Russell's book, and looks into the culture's construction from a less than moralistic view. Prohibition is the policing of the body in order to serve the state. If you think you're an individual, or owner of self you want to tune in.

Jul 11, 2019
Mr Jack

In Episode 52 Tommy recounts events and people from his childhood. The Democratic party is obsessed with convincing voters that they'd pursue reparations, but what would the results of these reparations do to the country? 

Jul 08, 2019
Liberty at Home or Life Abroad

In Episode 52 Tommy takes a look at the American Revolution for Independence Day. As time has passed, and presidents and Congress violated the constitution America became an empire. Modern conservatives defend these actions, but is that the bar they should be aiming for?

Jul 04, 2019
No Justice

In episode 51 Tommy takes a quick look at the first democrat debates, gives his highlight moment, and then discusses the idea of justice in America.

In conversations I've had with people from the left I've discovered that the main difference in our approach to the government abusing people is that they want justice while I want liberty.

Jul 01, 2019
When Is War Appropriate?

In Episode 50 Tommy looks at the latest on US Iran tensions. Given the history between the 2 countries war may be inevitable, but either way Trump is not getting a better deal. Tommy lays out his thoughtson on recent events and the three scenarios he thinks are most likely.

Jun 27, 2019
On A Soapbox

In Episode 49 Tommy addresses his thoughts on licensing and punching laterally. it's impossible to survive in today's world without accepting other people's authority in nearly every area. Tommy decides it's time that he give his opinion on licensing which leads him into the the topic of punching laterally.

Jun 24, 2019
The Scourge of Society

In Episode 48 Tommy looks at the docuseries The Killing Season. After outlining the general premise he looks at how flawed the systematic approach to victimized sex workers is, and how much wasted money and time is spent on persecuting nonviolent offenders as opposed to those that find sport in murder.

Jun 20, 2019
Pete Raymond, Making A Documentary

In Ep 47 Pete joined Tommy to discuss making a documentary. After announcing their crowd funding efforts Tommy decided to have Pete return for a rundown of how making a documentary and funding is going. Pete has become a prominent voice in the libertarian movement, and he is constantly striving to make a bigger and better splash.

Jun 17, 2019
Anarchy is the Default

In Ep 46 Tommy addresses the conservative talking point that Venezuela is suffering only because of its socialist policies, and how more voices and podcasts is a good thing for liberty. He also takes time to promote the libertarian institute and Pete's upcoming documentary.

Jun 12, 2019
Social Media, Another Arm of the State?

In Episode 45 Tommy addresses deplatforming. In 2016 the Intercept reported that In-Q-Tel had funneled money to social media companies in exchange for access to user data for the purpose of spying on average people. Is this proof that social media companies are nothing but extensions of the intelligence agencies? 

Jun 06, 2019
Policing the World to Safety

In Episode 44 Tommy takes a look at the results of the US policing the world. From Timber Sycamore to WMD'S, Tommy ventures into the 7 most dangerous nations in the world with one thing in common.

Jun 03, 2019
Julian Assange Indictment

In Episode 43 Tommy addresses the latest indictment of Julian Assange. What is the US charging him with and why? Are they playing word games in order to add more time to his sentencing? 170 years? Let's go through the indictment.

May 30, 2019
John Kiriakou

Tommy invited John Kiriakou on to usher in the new direction of the podcast. John is a former CIA analyst and counterterrorism expert turned whistleblower. Given his experience in the CIA he has a unique perspective on the intelligence world and how they interact with elected officials and the general population. In this episode John and Tommy discuss how the intelligence agencies interact with elected officials, the role the intelligence agencies play in foreign policy, updates on Assange, and the continuation of the Trump Russia scandal after the release of the Mueller report.

May 27, 2019
Year Zero 41: What Is Year Zero?

Tommy discusses the inspiration behind Year Zero, and his thoughts about the podcast going forward.

May 23, 2019
Ep 40 Because They Can't Have It; Sherry Voluntary

In Episode 40 Tommy is Joined by Sherry Voluntary. They embark on discussing the difficulties of being libertarian, abortion, being a libertarian parent, tactics, altruism, and suicide.

May 20, 2019
Ep 39 Now It's Personal

In Episode 39 of Stranger Encounters Tommy revisits his experience of military training, financial struggles, how class affects libertarians, being young and idealistic, and a current dilemma he is faced with.

May 16, 2019
Ep 38 Nullify... the War State? Mike Maharrey

In Episode 37 Mike Maharrey joins Tommy to discuss socialism, it's evils, nullification, and how we may begin to take back our liberty.

May 13, 2019
Ep 37 Is Capitalism Compatible With Libertarianism?

In Episode 37 of Stranger Encounters Tommy looks at the pros and cons of capitalism as a term used by libertarians, and if the use of this terms serves any utility in the furtherance of liberty.

May 09, 2019
Ep 36 It's Not About Socialism; It's About Liberty

In Episode 36 of Stranger Encounters Tommy goes solo to take on the idea that intervening in other countries, Iran and Venezuela, has some utility for the libertarian.

May 06, 2019
Ep 35 Gord: 18 Wheels of Misery; The Way of the Road

In Episode 35 of Stranger Encounters Tommy and Gord discuss trucking, climate change, the culture of today, finding libertarianism, foreign policy, The Seige of Mecca, and the 2020 candidates.

Apr 29, 2019
Ep 34 Trump Mueller and Yemen

In Episode 34 of Stranger Encounters Tommy talks about the Mueller report and Trump's decision to continue his support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

Apr 22, 2019
Ep 33 Julian Assange to be Extradited to the US

In Episode 33 Tommy discusses the arrest of Julian Assange, the pending extradition, and what it means for the future of journalism and freedom.

Apr 15, 2019
Ep 32 The Julian Assange Case w/ Elizabeth Lea Vos

In Episode 32 Tommy and Elizabeth discuss the drama around Julian Assange. How long has he been in the Ecuadorian Embassy with no outside contact? Why is the US after him? What can he do? What can we do? 

Julian Assange Defense Fund

Apr 08, 2019
Ep 31 The Progressive Era Chapter 1.1

In Episode 31 Tommy begins a series following the Murray Rothbard Book The Progressive Era.

Apr 01, 2019
Episode 30 Tommy Takes on Collectivism

Tommy talks some current events; NZ Shooter, Trump Mueller Report, and MO Taking on Federal Gun Regulation.

Mar 25, 2019
Ep 29 Jason Korbel: Red Flag Laws and the 2nd Amendment

In Episode 29 Jason and Tommy discuss the Red Flag Laws that have been put in place since the Parkland School shooting. Are they constitutional? Does anyone care? What has happened to due process?

Mar 18, 2019
Ep 28 Figures of History 3: Dr Ron Paul w/ Scott Horton and Pete Raymond

In Episode 28 Tommy is joined by Scott Horton and Pete Raymond to discuss the legacy of Dr Ron Paul.

Mar 11, 2019
Ep27 Dan "Taxation Is Theft" Behrman; Libertarian(ish) Running For President

In Ep 27 Dan joins Tommy to discuss his philosophy and reasoning behind running for president.

Mar 04, 2019
Ep 26 Drake Powell; Praxis, An Alternative to Traditional Education?

In Episode 26 Tommy is joined by Drake from Praxis to give an introductory course on the benefits of Praxis compared to traditional college.

Feb 25, 2019
Ep 25 Figures of History 2: John Taylor Gatto w/ Richard Grove

In Episode 25 Richard joined Tommy to discuss John Taylor Gatto's legacy.

Gatto left the school system to teach everybody the history and methods of the public education system; preparing the upper class for success and the lower class for servitude.

He wrote several books on the education system, and Richard spent a lot of time with John, including a five hour interview entitled The Ultimate History Lesson.

Feb 18, 2019
Ep 24 Scott Horton; Foreign Policy, They Lied

In Episode 24 Scott Horton and Tommy discuss American Foreign policy - Venezuela, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, N Korea, Iran, and Russia.

Feb 11, 2019
Ep 23 Figures of History 1: Murray Rothbard w/ Michael Harris

In Ep 23 of Stranger Encounters Tommy and Michael discuss Murray Rothbard, Mr Libertarian. Murray Rothbard has left a lasting impression on libertarianism. He wrote tirelessly and published countless essays, articles, and books. Through his writings and teachings Rothbard has inspired thousands of libertarian minded people around the world.

Feb 04, 2019
Ep 22 Pirate Radio: A Tribute to Bruce Corbitt with Beatrix Burger

My wife, Beatrix, joins me to jam out and discuss Bruce Corbitt's death. We laugh. She Cries. It's the time of your life if you wish to pay respect to Bruce after his death on Friday, 1/25/2019. 

Jan 28, 2019
Ep 21 Andrew Schnek: An Entrepreneur Takes on the Opioid Crisis

In Ep 21 Tommy and Andrew discuss the opioid crisis, his experiences since taking on the epidemic, how others can help fight the crisis, and how he got involved in the fight against addiction.

Jan 21, 2019
Ep 20 What's in store for 2019, AOC setting an example, Immigration and The Wall

In Episode 20 of Stranger Encounters Tommy gets topical, discussing what AOC means to the political process going forward and Immigration, while completely destroying my credibility by referring to Cool Hand Luke as Smokey and the Bandit.

Jan 14, 2019
Ep 19 Ta'rell Burton; A Real Redemption Story

Tommy and Ta'rell discuss how Ta'rell found himself on the wrong side of the law, how he copes with his past, and hope for his future.

Jan 07, 2019
Ep 18 Tommy Salmons; What and Why Stranger Encounters

In Episode 18 of Stranger Encounters Tommy goes solo. Why did he choose the path he chose for the podcast? What is Stranger Encounters? And we'll sprinkle in some history.

Dec 17, 2018
Ep 17 Damien Foord; The Psychology of Branding

In Episode 17 Tommy and Damien discuss the psychology of branding, making business more human, defining your business, rebranding, and when is it the correct time to brand.

Dec 10, 2018
Ep 16 Michael Korbel: Prosperity Coach Dicusses Finances and Financial Education

Michael Korbel is a prosperity coach and personal financial planner from Chicago, Il. He grew up blue collar, and began his career installing A/C units before pursuing finance and financial coaching.


In this episode of Stranger Encounters Michael and Tommy tackle many interesting issues:


Michael begins by giving a brief review of his past; where he came from, and how he has achieved so many goals in his life.

They dive into how important communication is, why people make the decisions they make, and how understanding basic human psychology benefits Michael in his career.

Michael reveals how he defines his WHY, and how the idea of having a WHY is used in the financial environment.

They discuss some of Tommy’s background, inner city crime, and how personal responsibility works hand in hand with family in solving this problem.

Michael talks about personal views on the good and bad of technology, how it’s changing business, and how it’s changed how people view and use money.

Michael digs into the Rule of 72 and compounding interest, how money works, and the importance of financial education.

Michael Korbel is a prosperity coach and personal financial planner from Chicago, Il. He grew up blue collar, and began his career installing A/C units before pursuing finance and financial coaching.


In this episode of Stranger Encounters Michael and Tommy tackle many interesting issues:


Michael begins by giving a brief review of his past; where he came from, and how he has achieved so many goals in his life.

They dive into how important communication is, why people make the decisions they make, and how understanding basic human psychology benefits Michael in his career.

Michael reveals how he defines his WHY, and how the idea of having a WHY is used in the financial environment.

They discuss some of Tommy’s background, inner city crime, and how personal responsibility works hand in hand with family in solving this problem.

Michael talks about personal views on the good and bad of technology, how it’s changing business, and how it’s changed how people view and use money.

Michael digs into the Rule of 72 and compounding interest, how money works, and the importance of financial education.

Dec 03, 2018
Ep 15 Stephen Warley; Life Skills That Matter

Stephen and Tommy discuss the future of employment and work, becoming your number one resource, and how Stephen's 30 day accelerator program helps in reclaiming self ownership.

Nov 26, 2018
Ep 14 Kylon Geinger; The Successful Dropout

Kylon joins Tommy to discuss entrepreneurship, money, how his childhood prepared him for self employment, and being a successful dropout.

Nov 19, 2018
Ep 13 Sam Watt; Tech Solutions to Healthcare Systems

Tommy and Sam discuss Sam's attempts to improve the healthcare industry through better designed online systems.

Nov 12, 2018
Paul McNeal; Crypto Currator

Paul and Tommy discuss the benefits and uses of cryptocurrencies for investment and as an alternative to fiat currency.

Nov 05, 2018
Jason Korbel; History and The Constitution

Jason and Tommy discuss American history, the constitution, and the founding fathers.

Oct 29, 2018
Ep l10: Eric Nimmer, Just a Guy

Eric joins Tommy to talk about his start in comedy, meeting Owen Benjamin, touring, and comedy in general.

Oct 22, 2018
Ep 9 Alex Merced: Libertarian Entrepreneurship

In episode 9 of Stranger Encounters Tommy and Alex discuss entrepreneurship, the struggles of starting a business in college, never wanting to work for others, and how self employment has advanced.

Oct 15, 2018
Stranger Encounters Ep 8 Rebecca Zeines: World Traveler and Freelance Writer

In episode 8 of Stranger Encounters Rebecca and Tommy discuss world travel, dropping out of college in order to work from anywhere in the world, Praxis, freelancing, and living life on your terms.

Oct 08, 2018
Stranger Encounters Ep 7 Zack R Sewell: Sicmonic, the Progressive Beats

In episode 7 Zack and Tommy discuss progressive metal, continued learning, band chemistry, influences, the writing process, and gaining a following in today's age.

Oct 01, 2018
Stranger Encounters Ep 6

In Episode 6 of Stranger Encounters Tommy and Zoe discuss acting, comedy, the Impractical Jokers, blogging, bullying, and her debut movie release.

Sep 24, 2018
Stranger Encounters Ep 5 Deadline: The Music For Stranger Encounters

In Episode 5 of Stranger Encounters Tommy and the members of Deadline discuss, metal, musical influences, the release of their album, touring, and the music scene in South Africa. Deadline is the band that wrote the music you hear on Stranger Encounters.

Sep 17, 2018
Stranger Encounters Ep 4

In Episode 4 of Stranger Encounters Tommy and Scott discuss being Anti-War, freedom, the soldiers' well being, indoctrination, hating government, and comedy. Join the discussion, and discover how a Texan has taken a principled stance on liberty by protesting the power of the federal government.

Sep 10, 2018
Stranger Encounters - Ep 3

In Episode 3 of Stranger Encounters Author and former radio personality Brad Carl joins Tommy to discuss writing and influence. 

Sep 03, 2018
Stranger Encounters - Ep 2

In Episode 2 of Stranger Encounters Tommy and Mance discuss the ideas of libertarianism, how the state sets out to control the people, and what the meaning of voluntarism is. A little bit of fun, and a little bit of education. Tune in to hear points of view not typically shared on public air waves.

Sep 03, 2018
Stranger Encounters - Ep 1

In Episode 1 of Stranger Encounters Tommy talks to Michael Harris, a Libertarian candidate for Texas Attorney General, about the state of laws in Texas. What can be done about unjust laws that derail lives daily? Tune in to find out the current state of affairs in Texas.

Sep 03, 2018