Top 17 People I Respect 2017

In the past I have done a top people I respect list in both 2007 and in 2011. I figured now would be a good time to carry on the tradition as my views change over time and it has been a while since I've done this. Like the old lists, this list will include people that I currently find most interesting and valuable.

by Quinton Figueroa on October 28th, 2017
  1. Henrik Palmgren

    Henrik Palmgren is way smarter than he lets on. I've listened to him for a long time and he has covered some really deep topics with some really smart guests. He used to talk much more about ancient history, aliens, conspiratorial topics and all this kind of stuff, but now he has changed it up.

    Now Henrik focuses much more on European issues and how the west is losing its identity and culture. I think he is right and I always enjoy listening to his take from time to time. He really knows what he's talking about and it takes a lot of balls to talk about the kind of stuff he talks about. Congrats to him.

  2. Paul Joseph Watson

    I'm not overly political myself, but it's not to say it isn't enjoyable to sit back and watch somebody troll the left every now and again. It gets so tiring hearing people on the left always trying to control what people think and say and it is nice sometimes to hear somebody who thinks more closely to you fight back. And that's what Paul Joseph Watson does.

    I agree with most of the positions he takes and it's nice to hear him attack back against the constant badgering of the left.

  3. Peter Thiel

    I think Peter Thiel is probably the smartest businessman alive. This guy is a genius and listening to him talk will give you a perspective that is a tier up above others. He's just one of those guys that thinks at a higher level than most people and you can instantly recognize it when he opens his mouth. He always picks up on very insightful trends and patterns and is very good at articulating his points.

    I also like that he isn't a state sell-out like former Paypal co-founder Elon Musk. Don't get me wrong, of course I like Elon Musk and respect him, but the way he panders virtue signaling talking points and state subsidies isn't something I'm a big fan of.

    Peter Thiel is a strong libertarian and appears to be a very honest person. Even when asked about Bilderberg he gave a very honest answer and moved on. He is a rich, powerful guy but at least he talks to people and doesn't place himself above everyone. He also supported Donald Trump for president which is something very few people who are rich and powerful publicly do. I really like Peter Thiel.

  4. Donald Trump

    I know having Trump on my list is sure to fire people up. I've always been a fan of Trump ever since reading some of his books and watching him on The Apprentice. The Apprentice was one of the few TV shows I ever watched. I even ordered an Apprentice DVD to watch some of the shows. I always thought they had some good business advice in them.

    With the advent of Trump's political campaign my view on him changed greatly -- and for the better. You see, very few, if any, rich people have the balls to actually run for political office. It's a lose, lose situation. You don't make money and you are constantly attacked because it's not possible to please people. I guess it's similar to business except in business at least you come out with money for putting up with all the headache. In politics it's all headache with no money.

    But I think Trump actually cares enough about the country and is tired of seeing what is happening to it that he wanted to fight for it in the way that he knew how. You see, the Trump presidency is nothing about politics. It isn't about policy, laws or the economy. The Trump presidency marks a turning point that many people still don't see or get.

    The Trump presidency is about culture. The American culture has been lost -- the culture that fought against government and that fought against control. The American culture has slowly been taken over through the schools, the media and Hollywood. It is now cool in our culture to be weak and dependent as opposed to strong and independent. This is what the Trump presidency is about. The whole purpose of Trump as president isn't to set policy or balance the budget, nobody cares about that for the most part -- it was all shot long ago. This country was taken over and lost long ago. Now the fight is against the media and all the social engineers that want to control how people think and what they do. A country is only as good as its people and the people in America don't think or act like Americans anymore.

    Now the fight is against the media itself and Trump knows it. Why do you think he is on Twitter constantly attacking them? Trump does more good by attacking the media than he does by setting policy. The country is already controlled by the Federal Reserve. That controls pretty much everything. All these petty things you see on the news are minuscule in scope to the Fed. And a lot of people know it. So who cares about balancing a budget that can't be balanced on an inflationary fiat currency system? How about instead you just win over the culture by showing the hypocrisy and lies that we have been fed for years through the schools and media? That's where the fight is now.

    I'm not even a big fan of what he's doing with the government. But I get that there's not much you can do as president. The president doesn't run the country. Foreign families do. I get all that and have researched it heavily. So we might as well just sit back and watch as he attacks back to their cultural control mechanisms. It's a quite interesting presidency and one I find amusing.

  5. Caroline Myss

    Caroline Myss is a fairly new edition to my life. My significant other is really into Chakras and spiritual topics and turned me on to Caroline Myss. In the past I have come across information similar to this on Youtube, but it's nice to read/listen to books that go into detail on this kind of stuff.

    I like Caroline Myss because she doesn't come across as super New Agey to me and she is still really technical when it comes to spiritual topics. She is really good when she talks about energy and how it works through our body from idea to material reality. She explains the Chakras in a really interesting way that makes a lot of sense and ties in with other topics like personality types.

    Another thing I also like about her is how she talks about something she calls Homo Noeticus which is basically a more evolved form of humans that goes beyond the 5 senses. This is the kind of stuff that ties in heavily with Sensor VS Intuitive MBTI types and also ties in with things like r/K selection theory. This kind of stuff is really fascinating to me and it's interesting how she talks about this kind of stuff that few people will touch.

  6. Milo Yiannopoulos

    Milo Yiannopoulos is just an animal. Although there are obviously some things I don't agree with Milo on it doesn't even matter. He's so entertaining and good at trolling people that it just doesn't matter. I disagree with his opponents way more than I do with him. And it is so refreshing to hear him slam people who perpetuate the same virtue signaling narrative that is void of any real argument or reason.

    His mission isn't to provide the best arguments or the best data, even though he usually does -- nobody cares about that anyway. His mission is to challenge people at the exact same level they challenge him. Milo is part of the new wave of conservatives that cares more about culture than they do politics. He gets that culture has largely been taken over in the 1st world and he is a strong believer in freedoms like free speech.

    The fact that he is a gay, Jewish guy is great because he doesn't fit the typical mold that society would place him in. He's not some nice, virtue signaling guy on the left but rather a rude, confrontational gay guy on the right who feeds off of your intolerance of him.

    I think it's good to have people like Milo around who can constantly brush up against hypocrisy and challenge the political correctness that we see so much around us. We need somebody like Milo to keep everyone in check and I suspect that he will only become more and more popular as time goes on.

  7. Jordan Peterson

    I am fairly new to the work of Jordan Peterson, but from what I have listened to it is extremely high quality. The thing I like about Jordan Peterson is that he is a psychologist and he comes from a feeling angle.

    Most of the people I listen to are guys that are more on the unemotional, more rational side of just straight facts and data and this kind of thing. And while that is obviously important, I also still highly value the emotional, intuitive, feeling aspects of life -- the more feminine if you will. Jordan Peterson is cool because he's a guy that talks about more feminine topics and he does it with such elegance because he's really smart and well-read.

    He still talks about really controversial stuff like race and IQ and he delivers it in a very soft and convincing way from a different angle than most people. Personality-wise he's a feeler (probably INFJ) instead of a thinker, which is a nice change sometimes.

  8. Murray Rothbard

  9. Jordan Maxwell

    I've been a fan of Jordan Maxwell for a long time. He is one of the researchers I came across back when Google Video and Youtube were just getting started and his content was like none other. These days a lot of other people are starting to talk about the topics that he covers, but he is still always fun to listen to and every once in a while he will drop a nugget that you have never heard anyone talk about before.

    I think he understands secret societies and the hidden agenda behind the world about as well as anyone. I've done a lot of research myself on these topics and it always corroborates very closely with Jordan Maxwell.

  10. Michael Tsarion

    I have followed the work of Michael Tsarion for a long time. I've gone through most of his books and his book "The Irish Origins of Civilization" was a masterpiece that really outlined ancient history and what is going on in this world. This guy is a hardcore researcher and has done his homework big time. Outside of Jordan Maxwell, this guy probably understands secret societies and ancient history better than anyone. If you want to get a detailed understanding of who really runs the world check out his material.

    I also like how in the past few years Michael Tsarion has kind of changed from more the historical side of things to more the psychological side of things. He recognizes that the spiritual/psychological part is immensely important and has some really fascinating things to say in this regard. He is a lot like one of my other favorite people Manly P. Hall in this way. It's always nice when people can tie the historical context of things into the present day context and how it relates to our spiritual evolution and own psyche. I highly recommend his work.

  11. Tom Woods

    I have slowly grown to really enjoy Tom Woods and the material he produces. Being pretty much an Anarcho-Capitalist myself I align closely with his political and economic views. I really enjoy how he produces a new episode for his podcast every day and the content is very high quality. In fact, he is pretty much one of the few people who is from the Anarcho-Capitalism camp that produces content under this lens on a daily basis. I have learned a lot from him and his guests and I really appreciate the content he puts together.

    Tom Woods also seems like a really nice, high quality guy as well. He is a Christian with what sounds like an awesome family and he seems like the type of guy that lives a very virtuous life. I'm a big fan of people like this and I really respect the work he does.

  12. Esther and Jerry Hicks

    I have read a lot of spiritual books and listened to tons of spiritual talks in my life. It's my favorite subject so I study it really heavily and really deeply. In doing so I ultimately came across the Abraham books by Ester and Jerry Hicks (thanks to my significant other once again) and I have to say that I think these are the most accurate books I have read when it comes to spiritual topics.

    These are some of the only spiritual books that I have come across that actually make really good sense and don't sound like they're being dumbed down in order to not offend the reader. The Abraham material coincides directly with what you will find if you research topics like Near Death Experiences. The material talks greatly about how you create your own reality and how the thoughts and vibrations you put out determine what you get back in.

    I have to include these two people together because their work is basically the result of both of them. One of them channels the information and the other one records it down. If you are into spiritual topics and have not checked out the Abraham books I would recommend them over any other book. Check out The Vortex if you want to cut to the chase and get some good info.

    For example, the book The Vortex goes through the 22 Flawed Premises. These are some great principles to live by that may go contrary to what you currently believe. A lot of the stuff we innately believe or are taught is often wrong and it is nice to hear something correct it that actually makes sense.

    Let me give you the first 3 flawed premises:

    1. I am either physical or Non-Physical, either dead or alive.
    2. My parents, because they were here long before I was born, and because they are my parents, know better than I do what is right or wrong for me.
    3. If I push hard enough against unwanted things, they will go away.

    This is some next level stuff that I think people would benefit greatly from if they were to live it more. Perhaps in the future I will do a post on the 22 Flawed Premises. It truly is great stuff.

  13. Alex Jones

    Where do I even begin with Alex Jones? The guy is an animal. Ever since the early days of Google video and Youtube I have been watching Alex Jones fight for freedom. When I think of a true American I think of Alex Jones. He is the quintessential American: courageous, driven, hard working and not afraid to speak his mind no matter who he offends.

    I still tune in to what he has to say every now and again, but I don't listen to him on a steady basis like I used to. This is not to say that I think his information is bad -- far from it. His information is entry level, and he knows it and says it. His mission is to wake people up and to expose the globalist control over society and how we're heading towards an authoritarian, globalist state. And he is probably the best at exposing this.

    I have great respect for Alex Jones and commend him for his courage and drive to continue day in and day out towards fighting for his country. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson would be proud :)

  14. Robert Kiyosaki

    I've been a fan of Robert Kiyosaki ever since I read his book Rich Dad, Poor Dad like 20 years ago when I was in middle school. I remember my brother had a copy of it and was like, "I'm going to invest in real estate and make money" and I was like, "that sounds interesting". I have since read tons of business and financial books and I must say, Rich Dad, Poor Dad stands the test of time. It is just a great foundational book. And of course it isn't his only book.

    Robert Kiyosaki has written many, many books and they all have great value. The thing I like about Robert is that he actually talks like a real entrepreneur and not some college educated book smart guy with no real experience. Kiyosaki has experience and lives the life of an entrepreneur so he gets it and isn't naive like so many people throughout the world, especially people who went to "school".

    Besides the books he creates he also has a weekly radio show that is of the utmost quality. He has some of the smartest people on his show to talk about important topics like the economy, finance and business. Kiyosaki is smart enough to know which guests are good and he brings in some really, really high quality people.

    I am a big fan of Robert Kiyosaki and appreciate his no BS attitude towards life. He doesn't beat around the bush and he's real, a quality so few people possess.

    "The average person doesn't think well because they went to school"

    Robert Kiyosaki

  15. Satoshi Nakamoto

    Satoshi Nakamoto is the creator of Bitcoin. If you don't know by now Bitcoin has changed the world, and it's only just getting started. Since 2009 the value of Bitcoin has gone from $0 to over $5,000. That's a decent return on investment. Many may think this is just a fad or a trend but it isn't. Value exchange through cryptography is here to stay. It may not be with Bitcoin but it will be with something. And this something is going to slowly and then quickly whittle away at the giant state-backed financial institutions we have throughout the world.

    Bitcoin was created in 2009 and we still don't know who or what Satoshi Nakamoto is. It could be a single person or it could be a group of people, nobody knows. Despite many people claiming to be the real Satoshi nobody has proven that they are him -- and it's easy to do. Satoshi Nakamoto has ~1,000,000 bitcoin. To prove you're him all you need to do is transfer 1 of these coins somewhere. Nobody has done this yet, and at this point they probably never will. Perhaps that's why the supply of coins is 21 million, he knew 1 million would be taken out of circulation and wanted an even 20.

    The invention of bitcoin is a big invention like the invention of the Internet but people don't see it yet. Unless you understand fiat currency, inflation and free markets then you won't grasp the essence of what makes bitcoin such a big deal. And the biggest deal with bitcoin is that it is extremely hard to stop. It is extremely hard for the government to shut it down.

    We are still in the early stages and with time open cryptographic blockchains will become more popular in more and more applications. The first application is in one of the most essential and necessary parts of society: currency. It is no accident that bitcoin is worth over $5,000. This isn't necessarily because bitcoin is so good, but rather, that all the other currencies we have are so bad.

    Satoshi Nakamoto is also the quintessential example of a selfless person. I mean think about how this all went about. The guy created an invention similar to that of the Internet and doesn't even show his face or take credit for it. Instead he does the opposite, he hides his identity the whole time and remains in hiding even after it takes off. Talk about caring only about the cause. This guy has to have some serious self-development to be able to stay out of the limelight and just watch in the background as his creation flourishes and improves the world.

    "The root problem with conventional currency is all the trust that's required to make it work. The central bank must be trusted not to debase the currency, but the history of fiat currencies is full of breaches of that trust. Banks must be trusted to hold our money and transfer it electronically, but they lend it out in waves of credit bubbles with barely a fraction in reserve. We have to trust them with our privacy, trust them not to let identity thieves drain our accounts."

    Satoshi Nakamoto

    "It might make sense to get some in case it catches on."

    Satoshi Nakamoto

  16. Stefan Molyneux

    If you're not listening to Stefan Molyneux you probably should be. This guy is a machine that produces very high quality content every day on Youtube. His content is well researched and actually makes sense. Stefan Molyneux doesn't shy away from controversial topics which is why I like him. And when I say controversial I'm not talking about safe controversy like aliens or Illuminati. When he talks controversy he talks things that really hit at the core of people: differences in intelligence between races, differences between genders and stuff like this -- you know, the kind of stuff "scientific" people never talk about.

    His Youtube channel has grown immensely over the past few years and he deserves it all. The whole operation is done with just him and his friend and they produce better content and more accurate content than CNN, Fox News and MSNBC combined. If you want to understand what is really going on in the world then listen to Stefan Molyneux for a few years and you will have a strong grasp on reality.

    The only real negative I find with him is that he isn't entirely a spiritual person. It's interesting because 10 years ago he started out as a hardcore atheist and with time he has shifted more and more towards spiritual things. He doesn't exactly believe in spiritual phenomena, but he doesn't immediately dismiss spiritual or Christian views like he used to. He has shifted more in this direction and I suspect he will only shift more in this direction with time.

    But it is also interesting because the fact that he is so materialistic and non-spiritual gives him a unique rationality and view that many people do not hold. He was raised by an overly spiritual mother to the point where he went the exact opposite direction and became hyper-rational. It makes sense and we see this all the time with people. The pendulum swings in the opposite direction. And so with Stef we have somebody who comes from a hardcore anti-spiritual perspective where he still holds almost all the same principles and ethics of spiritual people, but he arrived at them from a rational, materialistic path. In this way he offers some very unique perspectives that are completely valuable.

    I would encourage anybody who is currently not listening to him to listen to him. I don't know of anyone out there that produces higher quality information on a steady basis than this guy. This is my go-to Youtube channel and the one I listen to the most. He covers all the important topics to life -- well all except spirituality that is. But that's okay, he is slowly coming around and it's nice to hear things from a different viewpoint.

    "The socialists don't understand the difference between government and society. These are two different things completely. When you say government shouldn't do something idiots on the left genuinely believe that you are saying that that thing should not be done."

    Stefan Molyneux

    "Anybody who tries to change society without examining the family is trying to push a shadow without moving a statue."

    Stefan Molyneux

  17. Manly P. Hall

    Manly P. Hall was a genius. And not just in the technical sense of the world. I think he's the smartest person I've ever listened to or read from. Seriously, head over to Youtube and listen to one of his talks. This guy gets it at a deep level. And he is a fantastic communicator.

    The reason I like Manly P. Hall so much is because he speaks to me more than any other person. I find myself in agreement with what he says more than anyone else. I don't think I disagree with anything he says. There have been times when he will say something that I don't fully agree with so I will have to sit back and meditate on it. And then sure enough, after a few months or whatnot, I will finally come around to what he was saying and get it. The guy wasn't just smart, he was wise. He wasn't naive, he was well-read in almost every subject so he knew how to tie it all together and how to fit everything into place.

    When it comes to higher level topics you usually have people who specialize so you have to get information from all of them and then combine it and filter it. With him, he really has a grasp over all of it. For example, some people are really good with ancient history but know very little about spirituality. Or some people are very good with spirituality but know very little about science. This guy knows it all.

    Now sure, I may be building him up a bit and he is by no means an expert on everything, but he is smart, really smart. If you've never listened to him I encourage you to check him out. One of the reasons I like him so much is that his main subject is spirituality which I find as the most important topic in the world. It's great and fun to talk politics, government, economics and even business. But at the end of the day the real bottom line is your own personal growth, your own spiritual growth. And he gets that and that is his main topic and message.

    If anybody were to honestly study under the works of Manly P. Hall for a few years afterwards they would come out not only a better man, but an enlightened man. This guy was a born researcher and a born teacher. He was born to filter tons of information and bring about the common thread between it all. He has shaped my views in many topics and helped me through some of the most challenging conundrums -- like Jesus. If you are looking to gain insight into the true meaning behind many of the stories in the Bible and other religions I would recommend reading some Manly P. Hall. If you are looking to learn why we are here and where we are going I would check out Manly P. Hall. And if you are looking to understand life then check this guy out.

    His work has influenced me more than any other person.

    "One of the difficulties of a representative government is that it does represent us. It does not do what we hope it will do - allow us to vote for persons more perfect than ourselves. If we had the chance we would not vote for them anyway, because anything more perfect than ourselves would frighten us."

    Manly P. Hall

    "The whole world desires to be happy, it desires security and peace, it longs for green pastures; but happiness must be earned. The stupid, the foolish, and the selfish can never be happy. Any man who departs from wisdom departs from peace. A man who clings to the evils in him must suffer for his decision. It appears in this world that the evil flourish, but if we examine closely into their lives we shall see sorrow, misery, sickness, and death. The law forbids that any man who is not intrinsically good shall enjoy either wisdom or peace."

    Manly P. Hall

    "Wisdom is given to no man until he asks for it"

    Manly P. Hall

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Josh: Stand To Reason

Judging by what you said about Stephen Molyneux, I think both you and he would be interested in Stand To Reason at www.STR.org. It's a Christian apologetics group, founded by Greg Koukl (former atheist), that focuses on making sound, logical arguments for Christianity. I'd love to see him in a debate with Sam Harris or Michael Shermer, but he doesn't like debates, because it's always the rhetoric that seems to win instead of the arguments. Here are some videos of Koukl:
Seminar Q & A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXBL4p3hLbk&t=106s
5 minute clip from debate with Deepak Chopra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-_mLT0OZ8E

Anonymous: Your recent posts on

Your recent posts on spirituality make me think you may find Sarah Certa's Twitter account interesting. Some of her stuff seems truly off the wall and borders on saying that people *attract* bad events, which I find harmful and untrue. But there will also be really fascinating ideas mixed in which I find often challenge my ideas about spiritual growth.

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