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What You MUST DO to PROTECT Your FREEDOM | Sebastian Junger

Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu

Check out our sponsors: Butcher Box: Go to butcherbox.com/IMPACT Get 2 five-ounce lobster tails and 2 ten-ounce ribeye steaks all FREE in your first box. RISE: Go to risescience.com/impact and download the RISE app today to try it FREE for 7 days. Paleo Valley: Visit paleovalley.com and enter code impact for 15% OFF your first order. InsideTracker: Get 25% off their entire store at insidetracker.com/impacttheory Lambs: Go to GetLambs.com and use code IMPACT for 20% OFF at checkout. Regardless of where you live, societies are feeling the threat against certain freedoms and are fighting back. Humans innately don’t want to be oppressed or censored by larger, more powerful and dominant groups. But exactly how do you define your freedom? Is your freedom tied to your “rights'' or is your freedom independent of that? Sebastian Junger, best selling author, Afghanistan war correspondent and more has authored a new book, Freedom, that will leave you shocked, perplexed and challenged in many ways. In this conversation, he and Tom take a deep dive into freedom, what it means for different societies, how smaller groups are able to give larger groups and armies hell, and are willing to risk their lives for their freedom. Sebastian also shares his 400 mile experience walking through America with a group of friends and reflects on different feelings of freedom. His more recent near death experience will shock you and give you yet another perspective of freedom worth fighting for Order Sebastian Junger’s new book, Freedom: https://amzn.to/3rr8tP1 SHOW NOTES: 0:00 | Introduction 1:06 | What is Freedom? 2:49 | Defend Your Freedom 6:04 | Balancing Opposing Sides 8:12 | Root of the Word Freedom 10:51 | 10,000 miles for Defense 15:40 | Society Safe in Numbers 20:19 | Value of Physical Strength 25:12 | Small Fighter Advantage 31:14 | Culture of Honor 41:07 | Agriculture Control 48:04 | Autonomy vs Comfort 53:12 | Social Primate PTSD 58:31 | Importance of Physical Contact 1:03:45 | A Weird 400 Mile Trip 1:06:39 | Seeking Out Challenges 1:08:54 | Freedom Along Gender Lines 1:17:00 | Lessons Raising Girls 1:21:31 | Near Death Experience 1:27:32 | Giving Meaning to Death 1:29:04 | Discussing His Next Book 1:32:34 | Relationship to Fear QUOTES: “it means that you are not unfairly controlled by a greater power. That you’re self defining, within the limits, of course of the laws that bind all of us.” [1:25] “That's the eternal human sort of balancing act is to defend themselves but then not wind up being oppressed by their own leaders.” [4:43] “It's very clear that armed aggression is very adaptive, that it helps the aggressive group survive and thrive.” [8:49] “The idea of freedom really only refers to the people within your own community.” [9:25] “Going into a foreign country to defend oneself, puts the military in the whole society on more precarious moral grounds.” [12:29] “first thing you need to do in order to feel safe is to be part of a group that has a kind of common agreement to defend itself against any threat” [16:17] “The really interesting thing about humans is that a smaller fighter, or a smaller group, is capable of defeating a larger fighter or a larger group that size and strength are not the ultimate predictor of victory in combat.” [23:21] “The small guy in the ring does not have to win, they just have to keep not losing long enough for this for the larger entity to run out of resources.” [26:12] “We have an instinct for autonomy, we also have an instinct for, you know, not being uncomfortable and being safe and and having our ease” [49:30] “In an affluent society, individuals need others less to survive. And so they're able to live more and more individualistic lives that are more focused on their own experience, and less focused on the experience of others.” [54:20] “As wealth goes up in a society, broadly, the rates of depression and suicide tend to go up and in poorer societies despite the stresses of poverty, rates of depression and suicide tend to go down.” [54:48] “Where evolution comes from, is testing new things, and evolving physically and psychologically to adapt to them.” [1:07:42] “Leadership has to be completely selfless, like you need leaders who will die for you. Anything less than that is not a leader. They're an opportunist.” [1:12:59] “The meaning that we give to life and the meaning that we give to death. It doesn't say anything really about the nature of existence, it says something about how we, as humans, create a place for ourselves in the world on this crazy planet we live on.” [1:28:00] “Some feelings that you get in touch with, prevent you from doing something that needs to be done. Like that emotional denial is absolutely crucial when you're doing something that is scary or horrifying.” [1:34:04] Follow Sebastian Junger: Website: http://www.sebastianjunger.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/sebastianjunger Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sebastianjunger Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sebastianjungerofficial/

1hr 49mins

22 Jul 2021

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Sebastian Junger - Freedom

Break It Down Show

Sebastian Junger - Freedom - Sebastian Junger has spent decades describing some of the most challenging environments. Fishing in a storm off the Flemish Cap in Perfect Storm. Combat operations at remote outposts in Afghanistan...and a series of shorter books that examine the human condition. Previously, Sebastian released Tribe describing the struggle military members endure as they regear for regular life.  Get Sebastian Junger's Freedom - The latest book is called . It chronicles a long ruck march Sebastian and his friend did covering a distance from DC to Pittsburgh. Their path took them along ancient passageways as well as current train routes. Pete A Turner and Scott Huesing host this fun chat. For the  of this episode head to  Please support the Break It Down Show by doing a monthly subscription to the show  All of the money you invest goes directly to supporting the show! ​​​Haiku He walks the train tracks The undercover Hobo He’s What Freedom is ​Similar episodes: Sebastian Junger Johnny Walker  Thomas Pecora   Join us in supporting Save the Brave as we battle PTSD.  Executive Producer/Host: Pete A Turner  Producer: Damjan Gjorgjiev  Writer: Dragan Petrovski  The Break It Down Show is your favorite best, new podcast, featuring 5 episodes a week with great interviews highlighting world-class guests from a wide array of shows.

1hr 3mins

1 Jul 2021

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Sebastian Junger on Freedom


Journalist and author Sebastian Junger talks about his book, Freedom, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. The book and conversation are based on a 400-mile walk Junger took with buddies along railroad rights-of-way, evading police, railroad security, and other wanderers. Junger discusses the ever-present tension between the human desire to be free and the desire to be interconnected and part of something. Along the way, Junger talks about the joy of walking, the limits of human endurance, war, and why the more powerful, better-equipped military isn't always the winner.

1hr 1min

28 Jun 2021

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It takes (escaping) a village: Sebastian Junger on the search for freedom, and community

Speakers Forum

‘Most nights we were the only people in the world who knew where we were. There are many definitions of freedom, but surely that is one of them.’


25 Jun 2021

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Sebastian Junger: War Correspondent and Bestselling Author

Danger Close with Jack Carr

Sebastian Junger is a journalist, war correspondent, Oscar-nominated filmmaker, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and the founder of the nonprofit organization RISC, which is dedicated to training freelance journalists in battlefield medicine and security protocols.Sebastian has covered conflicts around the globe and is the recipient of both the National Magazine Award and the Peabody Award. His debut film, Restrepo, documents the wartime experience of a platoon in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley and was nominated for an Academy Award. He is the author of The Perfect Storm, Fire, A Death in Belmont, War, and Tribe. His latest book, Freedom, chronicles his year-long journey walking railroad lines down the east coast of the United States while exploring the tensions between personal freedom and community.His work has been featured in Harper's Magazine, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Men's Journal and Vanity Fair, where he served as a contributing editor.  You can follow him on Twitter @sebastianjunger and on Instagram @sebastianjungerofficial. Find out more at http://www.sebastianjunger.com On the latest Danger Close, Jack and Sebastian discuss conflict journalism, Afghanistan, the concept of freedom, and a recent near-death experience that has reshaped how Sebastian lives and reflects on life. Presented by SIG Sauer.Featured Gear: Work by Sebastian Junger:FreedomFireTribe The Perfect StormWarA Death in BelmontRestrepo Winkler Tomahawks:RnD Full-Size AxeRnD Compact AxeRnD Sub-Compact AxeToday's show is also brought to you by Organifi. Go to https://organifi.com/dangerclose for 20% off.

1hr 7mins

23 Jun 2021

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‘Freedom’: Sebastian Junger talks Appalachia, Afghanistan and the meaning of rights

The Chuck ToddCast: Meet the Press

Author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger talks to Chuck Todd about his new book and about the future of the military.


19 May 2021

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Masks Off. Now What? Plus, Sebastian Junger on His New Book.

The Press Box

Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker discuss the new CDC guidelines that state fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks in most situations. They touch on the impact the new guidelines have had, and weigh in on this new phase of the pandemic (4:42). Later, Sebastian Junger joins to talk about his new book, ‘Freedom,’ and his journey to uncover what the word “freedom” really means (29:13). Plus, the Overworked Twitter Joke of the Week and David Shoemaker Guesses the Strained-Pun Headline. Hosts: Bryan Curtis and David ShoemakerGuest: Sebastian JungerAssociate Producer: Erika Cervantes Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 3mins

17 May 2021

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#513: Sebastian Junger — Seeking Freedom, Near-Death Experiences, and Reordering Your Place in the World

The Tim Ferriss Show

Sebastian Junger — Seeking Freedom, Near-Death Experiences, and Reordering Your Place in the World | Brought to you by Mack Weldon premium men's basics, Wealthfront automated investing, and Oura smart ring wearable for personalized sleep and health insights. More on all three below. Sebastian Junger (@sebastianjunger) is the New York Times bestselling author of Tribe, War, A Death in Belmont, Fire, and The Perfect Storm, and co-director of the documentary film Restrepo, which was nominated for an Academy Award. He is also the winner of a Peabody Award and the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He’s based in New York City and Cape Cod. His newest book is titled Freedom.For more Sebastian, you can find our first conversation from 2016 at tim.blog/sebastian.Please enjoy!This episode is brought to you by Mack Weldon! Mack Weldon is reinventing men’s basics. They believe in smart design, premium fabrics, and simple shopping. I’ve been focusing on their underwear and have been wearing their AIRKNITx 5-inch boxer briefs for a while now, and I absolutely love them. They are engineered to keep you dry, cool, and comfortable to the end of your workout (or workday). The fabric is soft, lightweight microfiber, which maximizes airflow and stretches in every direction. It’s breathable, moisture-wicking, and odor-fighting.To get 20% off your first order, visit MackWeldon.com/TimTim and enter promo code TIMTIM. Mack Weldon—reinventing men’s basics.*This episode is also brought to you by Wealthfront! Wealthfront pioneered the automated investing movement, sometimes referred to as ‘robo-advising,’ and they currently oversee $20 billion of assets for their clients. It takes about three minutes to sign up, and then Wealthfront will build you a globally diversified portfolio of ETFs based on your risk appetite and manage it for you at an incredibly low cost. Smart investing should not feel like a rollercoaster ride. Let the professionals do the work for you. Go to Wealthfront.com/Tim and open a Wealthfront account today, and you’ll get your first $5,000 managed for free, for life. Wealthfront will automate your investments for the long term. Get started today at Wealthfront.com/Tim.*This episode is also brought to you by Oura! Oura is the company behind the smart ring that delivers personalized sleep and health insights to help you optimize just about everything. I’ve been using it religiously for at least six months, and I was introduced to it by Dr. Peter Attia. It is the only wearable that I wear on a daily basis.With advanced sensors, Oura packs state-of-the-art heart rate, heart-rate variability, temperature, activity, and sleep monitoring technology into a convenient, noninvasive ring. It weighs less than 6 grams and focuses on three key insights—sleep, readiness, and activity.Try it for yourself. The Oura Ring comes in two styles and three colors: Silver, Black, and Matte Black. For $299, you can give or get the gift of health by visiting OuraRing.com.*If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes? It takes less than 60 seconds, and it really makes a difference in helping to convince hard-to-get guests. I also love reading the reviews!For show notes and past guests, please visit tim.blog/podcast.Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (“5-Bullet Friday”) at tim.blog/friday.For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts.Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books.Follow Tim:Twitter: twitter.com/tferriss Instagram: instagram.com/timferrissFacebook: facebook.com/timferriss YouTube: youtube.com/timferrissPast guests on The Tim Ferriss Show include Jerry Seinfeld, Hugh Jackman, Dr. Jane Goodall, LeBron James, Kevin Hart, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jamie Foxx, Matthew McConaughey, Esther Perel, Elizabeth Gilbert, Terry Crews, Sia, Yuval Noah Harari, Malcolm Gladwell, Madeleine Albright, Cheryl Strayed, Jim Collins, Mary Karr, Maria Popova, Sam Harris, Michael Phelps, Bob Iger, Edward Norton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Neil Strauss, Ken Burns, Maria Sharapova, Marc Andreessen, Neil Gaiman, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Jocko Willink, Daniel Ek, Kelly Slater, Dr. Peter Attia, Seth Godin, Howard Marks, Dr. Brené Brown, Eric Schmidt, Michael Lewis, Joe Gebbia, Michael Pollan, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Vince Vaughn, Brian Koppelman, Ramit Sethi, Dax Shepard, Tony Robbins, Jim Dethmer, Dan Harris, Ray Dalio, Naval Ravikant, Vitalik Buterin, Elizabeth Lesser, Amanda Palmer, Katie Haun, Sir Richard Branson, Chuck Palahniuk, Arianna Huffington, Reid Hoffman, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Rick Rubin, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Darren Aronofsky, and many more. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

1hr 45mins

11 May 2021

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1. Setting Out (Sebastian Junger)


From Manhattan to the Hudson Valley with war correspondent and documentarian Sebastian Junger. Creator and host: Andrew Fedorov Music and recording assistance: Pranav Nayak, Nick Brownell, Sagar Kumar, Reza Sayeed, and Knute Armstrong. Cover art: Gerard d’Albon and Matt Gu https://ia801409.us.archive.org/11/items/1.-setting-out-sebastian-junger/1.%20Setting%20Out%20%28Sebastian%20Junger%29.mp3

24 Nov 2020

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Is the veteran "TRIBE" inclusive of all genders & races? Join as we read TRIBE by Sebastian Junger

99pages Book Club

We kick off our Veterans Day programming with our first conversation on TRIBE by Sebastian Junger. Service in our nation's armed forces over the past two decades has been dangerous and formative. For women and minorities, the pride of service can sometimes be tarnished by acts of misogyny or racism--how does this affect one's affiliation to the Tribe? What are the ways in which veterans grapple with the challenges of their service? Join us as we start discussing TRIBE by Sebastian Junger


9 Nov 2020