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In less time than your commute takes we bring you a dose of danger from today's exciting writers including Scott Adams, Peter Hitchens and Nick Cohen. “An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” Oscar Wilde. Your host Thor, mines for stories of previous failures, useable writing tips, and discovers how they got published to begin with! We bring the sort of Libertarian conversation, which happens when you are willing to listen and debate with writers of all political or religious persuasions and none. Might you be a writer with courage?
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Oct 27, 2016

Timothy Garton Ash. Our guest today @fromTGA is a Historian, political commentator at The Guardian among other places, author of many books including, The Magic Lantern & The File. his New book: is, ‘Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World’ 

“A major piece of cultural analysis, sane, witty and urgently important. Timothy Garton Ash exemplifies the "robust civility" he recommends as an antidote to the pervasive unhappiness, nervousness, and incoherence around freedom of speech.” So says Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury

"What I have to tell you is, in the five years since I started doing this, free speech has been eroded, has been pushed back almost everywhere..."

"There's a whole new front in defending freedom of speech which is about checking the power of the private superpowers - facebook, google and twitter...the home office is now what's called a 'privileged flagger' on facebook!"

"What i saw in East Germany was the power of censorship...how the big lie, can fill the whole public space..."

"we've moved into a World neither Orwell or Havel could have imagined..where because of the internet and the smartphone, and mass migration, everyone is becoming neighbours with everybody else."

"So there's never been such a threat to free speech, because of course, the internet is such a fantastic surveillance tool. beyond a Stasi General's wildest dreams.. and what happens if you think someone is always listening in is you censor yourself and don't say what you really think..."

"What I call, The 'assassin's veto' is a disease of our time... people saying 'if you say that, if you publish that, we will kill you'...every thought is a provocation! And not to accept this means solidarity with those being threatened... because we have to show that violent intimidation won't pay."

Oct 24, 2016

Thor from www.thorholt.com interviews Brendan O'Neill of SpikedOnline - ‘…one of Britain's leading left-wing thinkers' says the Daily Mail, and an 'obnoxious intellectual wind-up merchant'! says the Guardian! Here he is speaking at The Oxford Union on Free Speech 

"The right to be offensive is the engine of progress! Unless you give people the leeway to experiment with ideas, and the scope to be offensive and dangerous, and to shake the status quo, then we can't have the kind of progress and leaps forward, that have generated the conditions we live in today."

"Lots of leaders in the West, Theresa May, President Obama, various other European leaders, will say that internet freedom is very precious, and these evil foreign 'regimes' shouldn't be clamping down on it so much, but they do the same thing!"

On those who see his being Marxist and Liberal as a contradiction: "...if they really took on the arguments in Marx, they would know, the idea of the radical left, was always an idea for expanding people's liberty and expanding people's choice!"  

"The left should be about liberating people from poverty AND official dictates!"

"Self-editing is fine...but self-censoring is bad!"

He recommends 'Common Sense' by Thomas Paine

Brendan is the editor of Spiked, the magazine that wants to make history as well as report it, and is a columnist for The Big Issue in London and The Australian in, er, Australia. He blogs for the Daily Telegraph and has written for a variety of publications in both Europe and America. He is the author of Can I Recycle My Granny And 39 Other Eco-Dilemmas, published by Hodder & Stoughton and described by the BBC as a “skidmark on the gusset of environmentalism”, his book, ‘A Duty to Offend: Selected Essays by Brendan O'Neill’ is available on amazon.. in Duty to offend, he explores everything from free speech to feminism, porn to Thomas Paine, coal (good) to Chomsky (bad). Fuelled by humanism, the essays put the case for a new enlightenment, and for rediscovering our faith in 'the dignity and excellence of man'.

Brendan is the only journalist to have written for both the Catholic Herald and Abortion Review…oh, and He does NOT tweet!

Oct 18, 2016

 

Our guest today is David Boaz. David is Executive Vice President of The Cato Institute

Peter Thiel says about David Boaz new book, "The Libertarian Mind is so convincing critics will want to condemn it, regulate it, tax it, fleece it, and forbid it. Fortunately, good ideas haven’t been outlawed...yet."

"People have a right to be free...society works better when people are free...The right and the responsibility to make the important decisions...what you smoke, read or spend your money on... should not be governed by coercive government!"

 

Oct 13, 2016

"I'm like Bruce Banner. I write best when I get angry!" On writing despite danger and death threats - "I couldn't sleep knowing that i didn't put my foot on the throttle."

Today's Guest is Taleeb Starkes. Taleeb is Author of two Amazon #1 Best Sellers: ☆BLACK LIES MATTER☆ & ☆THE UN-CIVIL WAR☆ Thought-Police Fugitive. NAACP Image Award Non-Winner.

 "...I worked with juvenile delinquents in a group home setting in Philadelphia. That has been my passion. To try and take these seeds and help them grow into flowers. Not all grow as we may like. Some grow into weeds, not flowers. I grew up as part of this delinquency. I went to jail... went to prison. 3 hots and a cot!"

"I still mentor...but not in delinquent homes. Now that I gained some notoriety with my writing, I had to take my skill set and apply it in a different way.... because people try to get you fired these days because they don't agree with the position I take"

Being poor is no excuse for poor behavior" - Taleeb's Grandmother

 

 

 

 

 

Oct 10, 2016

I don't like the way Muslims have co-opted the political correctness and victim mindset of the left."

You can sit at home and worry about a 'clash of civilisations', or taking your belief in non-aggression, you can do something to promote understanding. These kind of conversations are more likely to lead to solutions than one-sided ranting. 

Guest today, Nabeel Azeez. Nabeel is Founder and blogger at ‘Becoming the Alpha Muslim”, he also writes professionally for business clients at ‪Dropkick Copy and recently wrote for the Huffington Post.  

Our second guest is Anni Cyrus. Anni is originally from Iran. She is the producer of web tv show, ‘The Glazov Gang’ and also runs a site called Live Up To Freedom

Nabeel Azeez - "When it comes to things like free speech ad political correctness...I personally can't stand this so-called alliance that a lot of Muslims have with the left for fear of 'islamophobia...I don't like the way Muslims have co-opted the political correctness and victim mindset of the left."

Anni Cyrus - "First I want to thank you Nabeel for asking that question. A lot of respect to you for this article...thank you for being honest"

 

Oct 6, 2016

"It's the drug war that's corrupted society" Neil Woods

Our guest today is Neil Woods… Neil is a former undercover drugs operative, and reached the rank of Detective Sergeant. He is now is part of the ‪@UKleap team, working towards drug law reform. His Memoir ‘Good Cop Bad War: My Undercover Life Inside Britains Biggest Drug Gangs’ was published by Ebury on the 18th August 2016.

"I thought I was fighting the good fight.But all I ever did was interrupt the drug flow to a city for a few days. The war on drugs is a devastating terrible thing and gangsters are getting rich!'

 

 

 

Sep 29, 2016

Our guest today is Saurav Dutt. Saurav is an Author and Political Commentator whose writing focuses on human rights issues, ranging from women's rights, honour-based violence, racism and geopolitics. His new book "The Butterfly Room" chronicles the issues of violence against women as well as the taboo issue of homophobia. His political columns cover wide-ranging topics such as the GOP, Conservatism, and geopolitical issues. His book has met with considerable critical acclaim, leading to appearances on BBC Radio and Television, Sky News, RT (Russia Today), Press TV (of Iran) and has been showcased on ABC and MSNBC News amongst others [and has made it across the desks of Amnesty International, The UN, Former PM David Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

On Brexit: "I'm a proud British Indian, but that didn't stop so many 'fans' calling me a sell-out c**t" 

On Writing: "It's a bit like vomiting. You just have to get it out. The art is in the editing. Just like film." 

"...any writer who doesn't read, needs a whack on the head!"

"Don't let anyone rain on your parade. You'll get a lot of criticism in writing. Bear in mind they probably don't even have a parade to rain on!

Connect with Saurav and enjoy his varied and incisive blog sauravdutt.co

Sep 20, 2016

Jack Donovan - @starttheworld on Instagram - is Author of a number of books including; ‘The Way of Men’. and ‘Becoming a Barbarian’.

He also Hosts ‘Start The World’ Podcast on Itunes/Stitcher Radio

"You get into a survival situation - which would be prison - and guys are gonna gravitate towards guys like them. Tribalism is our natural instinct and we are preventing that because tribalism is very inconvenient in the modern world... because it effects commerce."

"...try to not follow the news cycle. Writing about that stuff, no one cares about it in a week. So I want to write about more universal things so right now I'm writing an essay on Brotherhood."

"I don't have a small vocabulary. I'd much rather write short tight little sentencesI like to try to write the way I'd talk to someone in a bar. Not using fancy long words to show how well you write. That's the worst writing to read... people who are pretentious about their writing."

'The Seawolf' by Jack London.

 

 

 

Sep 15, 2016

Michael Auslin ( @MichaelAuslin ) is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and National Review. He has advised the US government on Asian and global security issues. He is a resident scholar, and the director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he specializes in Asian regional security and political issues. Before joining AEI, Dr. Auslin was an associate professor of history at Yale University.  

"The only good dissertation (or book) is a finished dissertation - just write it!" 

 

 

 

Sep 12, 2016

Our guest today is @gregstevens Greg Stevens. Greg formerly taught at UCLA and is now a research scientist - a Data Modeling & Analytics Specialist to be precise. Greg still writes on science topics for Second Nexus and The Daily Dot. His writing has also appeared in Salon.Com, Inside, The Week, The Good Men Project, and Real Clear Technology. Greg also blogs about science, philosophy, politics, religion, history, culture and fitness at www.gregstevens.com 

"The fact that you can come up with an intelligent argument for your position is not by itself evidence for that position. You need to ask yourself, can I come up with a really smart argument for the other side as well. And that is what you need to argue against!" 

He recommends we all read 'Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid' by Douglas Hofstadter.

 

Sep 8, 2016

Today's guest is Raheem Kassam @RaheemKassam - Editor in chief @BreitbartLondon If you don’t know about Breitbart yet… they’re a news organisation founded in 2007 by commentator and entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart in the USA and are currently top of the Twitter league table for news sites.

On his background - 'I was a previous regular Mosque going Muslim, but it's just not for me... I was more interested in going to the pub'

How he ended up as UKIP and Nigel Farage advisor - "I got to know Nigel Farage by drinking in Westminster pubs!'

'You don't quite realise how corrupt almost everything, and everyone is!'

 

 

Sep 1, 2016

Michael A Sherlock. Michael is an Atheist and Humanist Speaker.. the Author of books including; 'The Gospel of Atheism and Freethought: according to Sherlock', Blasphemy: The Selected Works of a Blaspheming Atheist', 'I Am Christ' and 'Tell Me More'. Michael is also the founder of Founder of ‘Human Rights for Atheists, Agnostics & Secularists’. He holds a BA, Pol Sci & Sociology. He's Studying MA in Religion and his aim as an author is to expose the "sacred" lies, frauds and forgeries of religion.

"To live an honest life, you're going to necessarily make people angry, and you need to develop a thick skin. Better to make some people angry than to sit by and let atrocity and injustice carry on without hindrance."

Catch up with Michael on Twitter @sherlockmichael 

Aug 25, 2016

Our guest today, Ed Latimore, is a 13 times Undefeated (13-0) Heavyweight Professional Boxer From Pittsburgh. He’s also a Chess nerd. Physicist Army National Guard. and of course… Ed is a writer! Ed comes highly recommended by Mike Cernovich, a previous guest on WWC!

Catch him on Twitter @EdLatimore

Aug 18, 2016

Today Thor ( @ThorHolt ) talks to @SpikedOnline and @Spectator writer Candice Holdsworth. Candice began her own blog and was talent spotted by Spiked via Twitter.

"The best sort of writing is clean clear prose. Simplify."

"I didn't hit my groove...until I started saying what I really thought"

"Write what you truly think. Or you'll never really connect..." 

"You write because you have to. Writing is a compulsion. Otherwise, why would you choose to do it?"

The article we mention in the podcast Clinton and May: The Hollow Women of Politics

Catch up with Candice on Twitter @CandiceCarrie 

 

Aug 11, 2016

Today's guest talking to Thor ( @thorholt ) is Mark Blyth. Writer, Professor of Political Economy at Brown University and Author of Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea, & Great Transformations.

"When you write, there has to be something at risk"

Catch up with Mark on Twitter @mkblyth or visit www.markblyth.com 

Aug 9, 2016

www.thorholt.com talks to five-time Hugo Award nominee, Science Fiction Author and Publisher Vox Day talks writing, politics, his American Indian heritage and partying with Donald Trump and Henry Kissinger!

Vox writes epic fantasy as well as non-fiction about religion, philosophy, and economics. He's a professional game designer who speaks four languages and a three-time Billboard Top 40 Club Play recording artist. His books have been translated into 10 languages.

To get an introduction to his Sci-Fi Vox suggests 'A Magic Broken' available at Amazon.

Enjoy some banter with the self-titled 'Supreme Darl Lord of The Evil Legion of Evil' @VoxDay on Twitter. His publishing company is http://www.castaliahouse.com/

Write With Courage Podcast will only ever work commercially with organizations who fit with our values: encouragement and freedom. This is why we are sponsored by Audible. Go and get a free trial audio book, because; you can listen to it in the car, your eyes won't get sore reading and because we spend eight hours (480 minutes) or more in research, logistics to get guests on, admin, all to bring you the show for free :)

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Aug 4, 2016

Thor Holt ( @thorholt ) talks to Candice Malcolm. Candice is a very well-read classical liberal writer. She pens a regular column in the Toronto Sun and contributes at @TheRebelTV. Candice has just published a searing book on Canadian playboy Prime minister Justin Trudeau with, "Losing True North: Justin Trudeau's Assault on Canadian Citizenship."

"I try to write every day even if I don't publish it"

"Stay true to your values and persevere"

Connect with Candice on twitter @CandiceMalcolm or at www.candicemalcolm.com 

Jul 30, 2016

@thorholt and @writewthcourage bring you a special deep dive episode on self censorship among writers. Our first guest is Nabeel Azeez. He is Founder and blogger at ‘Becoming the Alpha Muslim”. Nabeel also writes professionally for business clients as ‪Co-Founder of Dropkick Copy… he joined us from Dubai. Our second guest is Donna Rachel. Donna is a Christian, mother, and one of the professional writer team at Breitbart in London.

Nabeel Azeez @Nabeel4reel‪ on twitter.

Donna Rachel @Donna_R_E on Twitter

 

Jul 28, 2016

John King is the author of eight novels – The Football Factory, Headhunters, England Away, Human Punk, White Trash, The Prison House and Skinheads….and his most recent title, ‘The Liberal Politics of Adolf Hitler’. 

"Write novels that deal with the world around you..."

"I'm not particularly organised, I start writing and then find a path...'

"People confront the horror of certain things and have to turn away from it..."

Find out more about John and his work at www.london-books.co.uk

Jul 21, 2016

Journalist, movie maker and now writer, Phelim McAleer who's work examines topics such as; Ferguson, Clinton's 'email issues' and the dark side of environmentalism...

"...there's nothing brave about making or writing something that all your friends agree with"

"...people don't like it when the truth doesn't match their beliefs"

Connect with him on facebook, just plug in 'Phelim McAleer' or Twitter @phelimmcaleer 

Write With Courage Podcast will only ever work commercially with organizations who fit with our values: encouragement and freedom. This is why we are sponsored by Audible. Go and get a free trial audio book, because; you can listen to it in the car, your eyes won't get sore reading and because we spend eight hours (480minutes) or more in research, logistics to get guests on, admin, to bring you the show for free :)

Go to http://www.audibletrial.com/WriteWithCourage right now and take just one minute of your time to get set up with a FREE audio book. As I recommended to Leslee, I'd also suggest to you 'Man's Search for Meaning' by Viktor E Frankl because your life will never be the same after you've heard his experience in Nazi death camps, and his conclusion for how you live your life!

Jul 18, 2016

Martin Knight was brought up on a London council estate, left school at 15 and became a writer when he met a former football hooligan, Martin King, and wrote a book ('Hoolifan') with him. He has written many books since including 'Battersea Girl', 'Grass' and most recently, 'Justice for Joan - The Arundel Murder', a true story of an unsolved murder in Sussex. He co-owns www.London-Books.co.uk, who 'Fly the Flag for Free Thinking Literature'  

He recommends 'A Man Of His Time' by Alan Sillitoe and credits Alan with these wise words, "Ignore what anyone else thinks...writing isn't about earning a living, it's something you have to do if you're that way inclined"

"To be honest, I don't have a structure, I write as and when it grabs me..."

Connect with him on Twitter (some good twitter banter!) @MartinKnight_  

Write With Courage Podcast will only ever work commercially with organizations who fit with our values: encouragement and freedom. This is why we are sponsored by Audible. Go and get a free trial audio book, because; you can listen to it in the car, your eyes won't get sore reading and because we spend eight hours (480 minutes) or more in research, logistics to get guests on, admin, all to bring you the show for free :)

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Jul 16, 2016

Thor Holt talks to Peter Tatchell. Peter has attempted multiple times to arrest Robert Mugabe for human rights abuses, has scrapped with neo-nazis in Russia while campaigning for Gay Rights, survived an attempt to kill him at his home in London… he actively stands up for free speech (“free speech trumps offensiveness”) over at http://www.petertatchell.net and he’s found time to write some books over the years… which is great because it gave us an excuse to get him on the show!

"I love other people, I love freedom, I love justice..."

Catch his latest campaigns and thoughts on Twitter @PeterTatchell 

Write With Courage Podcast will only ever work commercially with organizations who fit with our values: encouragement and freedom. This is why we are sponsored by Audible. Go and get a free trial audio book, because; you can listen to it in the car, your eyes won't get sore reading and because we spend eight hours (480 minutes) or more in research, logistics to get guests on, admin, all to bring you the show for free :)

Go to http://www.audibletrial.com/WriteWithCourage right now and take just one minute of your time to get set up with an audio book. 

Jul 14, 2016

Kuwaiti-born writer Saleem Haddad was educated in Jordan, Canada, and the United Kingdom and talks to Thor about writing, life and his debut novel Guapa (2016) 

Guapa received widespread acclaim, with The New Yorker calling it a "vibrant, wrenching début novel".

Haddad says, "I knew I needed to tell the truth... but what will people say? Will I be misunderstood or vulnerable?"

Connect with Saleem on twitter @sysh or on facebook.

Write With Courage Podcast will only ever work commercially with organizations who fit with our values: encouragement and freedom. This is why we are sponsored by Audible. Go and get a free trial audio book, because; you can listen to it in the car, your eyes won't get sore reading and because we spend eight hours (480minutes) or more in research, logistics to get guests on, admin, to bring you the show for free :)

Go to http://www.audibletrial.com/WriteWithCourage right now and take just one minute of your time to get set up with a FREE audio book. 

Jul 11, 2016

Thor Holt ( @thorholt) from www.thorholt.com talks #writing and media hoax take-downs with Mike Cernovich of www.dangerandplay.com catch his hot hoax busting, and heated banter @cernovich on Twitter.  

"Throw fire or what is the point?!" "write every day for as long as you can afford"

"If I'm gonna say what everyone else is saying why even bother writing - I like it hot! 

"...Don't just ask 'why isn't there a that?' I say, go create 'that'!

You'll find Mike's book 'Gorilla Mindset' on Audible. Go to http://www.audibletrial.com/WriteWithCourage  right now and take just one minute of your time to get set up with an audio book. 

 

Jul 7, 2016

Thor of www.thorholt.com talks to Popular fiction author Johnny B Truant. Johnny is co-host of the top-rated Self Publishing Podcast, co-author of the #1 Marketing bestseller “Write. Publish. Repeat: The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success”. He also Hosts ‪http://SelfPublishingPodcast.com ‪ and the http://BetterOffUndeadShow.com 

…He once wrote a novel live in 30 days which was a record-setting Kickstarter project! 

"...got to be tough, you gotta role with it!"  

"The harder I work...the more opportunities I get."

 say hello to Johnny on Twitter @JohnnyBTruant and tell him Thor from Write With Courage sent you.

Write With Courage Podcast will only ever work commercially with organizations who fit with our values: encouragement and freedom. This is why we are sponsored by Audible. Go and get a free trial audio book, because; you can listen to it in the car, your eyes won't get sore reading and because we spend eight hours (480 minutes) or more in research, logistics to get guests on, admin, all to bring you the show for free :)

Go to http://www.audibletrial.com/WriteWithCourage right now and take just one minute of your time to get set up with an audio book. Perhaps try 'Invasion' Book 1 by Johnny and co-author 

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