Liberty or Lies?

April 1, 2012
Light of Liberty Less than Flattering to Progressivism
By Brien Farley

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I have been producing a documentary film series about conservative talk radio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (you can see parts one through four at  The documentary consists of interviews with local conservative talk show hosts as well as some of the area’s most prominent critics of the format.

I call it Liberty or Lies?  As the title suggests, it is an attempt to answer the question of whether conservative talk radio in Milwaukee — or anywhere else — is a legitimate expression and advocacy of American liberty, or just a bunch of hateful, racist lies.  I am a conservative and a fan of conservative talk radio and have always believed the latter criticism to be baseless. But the relentlessness and ubiquity of the charges have long given me cause to wonder, “What are they hearing that I’m not?  Are they right, somehow?”
Conservatives embracing a documentary featuring liberal/progressives declaring conservative talk radio a one-sided, GOP talking-point parroting, democracy-damaging forum for hateful and racist misinformation?  What’s going on?

What’s going on is photo-degradation.  With Liberty or Lies? I simply captured the liberal/progressive case against conservative talk radio and the conservative defense of it and laid the two out, side by side, in the plain light of day.  What is fascinating is that in this light it seems the conservative case shines all the brighter while, over the course of the program, the liberal/progressive case deteriorates into a baffling hodgepodge of misconception, groundless speculation and brazen absurdity.  No wonder liberal/progressive viewers are angry.  They don’t like what they see in the mirror.

Revealed here is not (as some suggest) that I have deliberately selected poor representatives of the left’s case against conservative talk radio — indeed they are among Wisconsin’s most popular liberal/progressive commentators — nor that I employed slick production techniques to diminish their arguments; what is revealed here is the fundamental fraud of American progressivism.

Those who would represent progressivism are forced to perform all manner of logical contortions and suspensions of belief in attempts to make their philosophy appear consistent with traditional American values because, in fact, it is not at all consistent with traditional American values.  Just behind the well-marketed folklore of the progressive as the open-minded, uber-compassionate champion of social justice is raw collectivist authoritarianism that believes itself justified in using any means necessary to impose its utopian vision on American society (the “fundamental transformation of America”) regardless of the consequences.

Locally and nationally, conservative talk radio exposes this fraud every day; thus hysterical retaliations from the left like the Media Matters/Sandra Fluke sex farce and the “climate of hate” slander following the Tucson shooting. Instructive in these retaliations is that liberal/progressives seek not merely to expose and admonish those they believe to be wrong or distasteful, but to destroy them via the power of government.  This is not liberal, progressive or American. It is tyrannical.

Herein lies the true value of conservative talk radio. As both creature and advocate of the free market, steadfastly channeling the principles of the American Founding — limited government, individual liberty, free market economics — into modern society, it proves an intolerable irritant to the enemies of those principles.  In their zeal to discredit and silence the medium, progressives are drawn forth into the open light where their actions betray the emptiness of their “social justice” rhetoric and their abhorrence of the day-to-day exercise of liberty.

Many times over the course of producing Liberty or Lies? I have wondered, “Why am I doing this?”   I have a family, a job, and lots of other things I need to be doing.  “All this about a radio format?”  What I have come to realize is that my documentary is about much more than a radio format, and that conservative talk radio is about much more than political talk on the right. They are about my country and whether or not we retain the intellectual and moral capacity to discern, pursue, and secure the blessings of liberty and resist the seductive promises of the utopian.

In the light of liberty, the choice has been made clear: liberty or lies.  The time to decide is now.

-Brien Farley lives in Genesee, Wisconsin and is producer of “Liberty or Lies? Conservative Talk Radio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.”   For more information go to
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“This is not liberal, progressive or American. It is tyrannical.”

Half right, Brien. Un-American/tyrannical = liberal/progressive. It is pure delusion to think our left is anything other than the descendant of the Leninists who took power in Soviet Russia after the October 1917 putsch. I’ll give you an example from your own experience cited in the article: The fellow who accused you of spreading “dangerous” ideas. To the rational mind, ideas are true/false, justified/unjustified. That’s all. Any other dimension ascribed to ideas is in the realm of emotion, where things go out of control very quickly and debate is pointless. The fact that the fellow wrote you off as the “enemy” speaks volumes and no further comment is necessary — ditto the reactions to your program from the left.


Conservatives have pretty much been on the downward slope from the beginning to now. Marxism was here very shortly after we won our Independence. It was called “liberation” & “transcendentalism”. It was sold as freedom from the oppression of traditional values. And Americans bought it. And conservatives just couldn’t fight back. Because it was “liberation”. But marxism is servitude to a despotic state. Which is what we live under now. Liberty is social conservatism, or the truth. Marxism is social liberalism, or lies. Unfortunately, after two hundred years of losing the fight, liberty wants to lose just by habit.


Progressives have never fond of the open debate of ideas,that requires cognitive thought and a possession of facts to back up the debate. Their only tactic is tyranny,one only needs observe the conditions in America today,after a century of progressive/liberal government there is fail at every level of government. The people who claim to be the intelligent ones have brought a majority of our villages,towns counties,states and national governments to near financial collapse. It is clearly obvious their system does not function regardless of their claims and excuses it is time they stepped aside and allowed conservative,small government thinkers and doers to salvage from their wreckage that which can be saved. Progressive programs and thinking have been a failure on a monumental scale,this is exactly the reason that there can be no open debate,to argue to the positive on the effectiveness of progressive policies,in the light of the conditions in this country would clearly be insane.

frank logan

Liberalism is a giant con game, and like all con games it’s based on lies. The liberal elites tell the lies, the MSM spreads the lies, and the dupes believe the lies. Photodegradation exposes the lies, and upsets the dupes. Hopefully, some will start thinking for themselves, but don’t count on it.


Good post. Ronald Reagan said…”Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.” All we have to do is apply that to the enemies within and hopefully we will roll back the forces of totalitarianism this November. Please help to get out the vote between now and the election. As a parting thought(and ammunition), Ronald Reagan also said…”Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.”


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