About Jessica & Justin Pavoni

About Jessica Pavoni (AnarchoMama):

I have worn a lot of hats: athlete, Air Force officer, wife, pilot, mother, entrepreneur, and finally, a student of the world.  I’ve undergone quite a transition in the last few years and consider myself a proponent of free markets, natural law, and voluntarism. Here’s the philosophical nutshell:Jess iPhone Jul14 128

I believe that freedom is good, the state is bad, and war is immoral.  I believe in standing strongly for what you think to be right, and being humble enough to always search for knowledge.  I believe that aggression is wrong, whether it’s focused at another country or how you treat your children.

This blog is an attempt to share some of my journey in hopes of spreading the message of liberty and non-aggression. Thanks for reading, and share if you like! (You can also find some of my writing on http://www.antiwar.com, http://www.ronpaulinstitute.com, and http://www.lewrockwell.com.)

About Justin Pavoni (not cool enough for a pen name):

Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 10.08.43 PMJustin is also not cool enough to write his own bio, so AnarchoMama is going to sing his praises for him. Justin is a husband, daddy, former fighter pilot, entrepreneur, and lover of liberty. He has a passion for Austrian economics, voluntarism, and advancing the causes of peace and selective objection. He also makes the best chocolate cake in the world

You can find more of his writing at http://www.antiwar.com and http://www.ronpaulinstitute.com.

 

A little about our military experience:

Jessica and Justin both graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 2006, and went on to pilot training after earning commissions as Second Lieutenants. Justin became an F-15E pilot, eventually progressing to the position of Mission Commander and Evaluator Pilot. He deployed twice to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and was part of the Battle of Kamdesh, as well as serving as a JSOC liaison. He finished his military flying career with 550 combat hours, and 150+ sorties (combat flights). Justin applied to separate from the military as a conscientious objector in 2013, and was honorably discharged from service in 2015. He ultimately decided to leave the military based on his assessment that the wars the US engaged in were not defensive in nature.

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Jessica and Justin Pavoni in Afghanistan, 2009

After pilot training, Jessica became a U-28 pilot, which is an ISR (intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) platform for Special Operations Command. She was certified as an Instructor Pilot, and deployed eight times to three different theaters. Jessica finished her flying career with 1,335 combat hours. She applied to separate from the military as a conscientious objector in 2013, and was honorably discharged in 2015. Her objection to participating in further warfare was based on her adoption of the non-aggression principle as the guiding moral axiom in her life.

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28 thoughts on “About Jessica & Justin Pavoni

  1. I too heard you on the Tom Woods show. Both of you are on the right path and I just wanted to give you a voice of encouragement to continue on your path to the truth, because you will discover that you have been lied to from birth and the only way out, is to question everything.

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    • Stefen, thanks for the kind words! Questioning everything is fast becoming a hallmark of mine, but I’ve got to admit – it can be exhausting sometimes! Let me take advantage of an opportunity to learn: what is one thing you think I (or anyone else) should be questioning?

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      • I just heard your interview on Peacefull Podcast
        – I am with Viet Nam Vet with Veterans For Peace, we share similar views and would love to share more.

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      • Dan, thanks for reaching out…I’m glad you found us through the Peaceful Podcast! Perhaps we could set up a time to chat and do an episode with you as well – we haven’t spoken with any Vietnam vets yet, and you have so many important things to say. Would you be interested?

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      • Mamamia, I’m so sorry I haven’t gotten back to you yet! I somehow missed this message – my apologies. To answer your questions: our kids are both under 3, so we haven’t settled on their education path yet. Haven’t read Dumbing Us Down, but love every quote I’ve ever seen from JTG. Holt, yes, Kohn, no, Robinson, yes! Thanks for sharing such great resources!

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  2. Heard you on the Tom Woods podcast and absolutely was amazed that two brave patriots like you and your husband exist. Stay on the Liberty loving path and continue to be a witness for this great message. You’re fantastic!

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    • Jody, thank you so much for the kind words – it’s encouraging to hear from you! I was very excited for the opportunity to talk with Tom – he is truly a great resource for those learning about liberty and its implications.

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  3. Hey Justin I caught your piece on the republican debate over at Antiwar, nice work, but really that last paragraph was just awesome, really resonated with me. Stoked to find your blog, looks good, always looking for new sources.

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  4. I heard you guys talking on the Tom Woods show as well. I was an F-15E Crew Chief for 4 years with 8 years total in the F-15 community and then another 8 years in operations as a C-5A/B/M Flight Engineer. I didn’t come to my conclusions through the gateway drug, but for the last 4 years of my last enlistment, I felt more and more like a mercenary than a patriot. By and large, most of my military brothers and sisters had been supportive of my NAP views, and there was a growing sentiment that our foreign policy was destructive to the ends we sought in supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States, and the orders became more mutually exclusive from the oaths we swore. I finally got to retire under TERA back in ’14, but a big piece of my heart goes out to my Blue and Silver Family and doing my part to ensure that as a tool of national defense, they aren’t put into the same situations that we were, and after hearing your story on Dr. Woods’ show, I feel compelled to reach out and see if there is any way I can help those who wish to conscientiously object or find other means to honorably depart military service. Any resources you have would be sincerely appreciated.

    Your friend in Peace,
    Sean L. Goward, TSgt, USAF (Ret.)

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    • Sean, thanks so much for reaching out! My apologies for the delay in responding – I will send an email to your personal address with more information! Thanks for sharing a part of your story…I definitely recognize the mercenary feeling you describe. Let’s keep in touch. -AnarchoMama

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  5. Hey I saw your article and was blown away when I saw the name on it. I’m like 99% sure we chatted about this kind of stuff before we left the Rock. Send me a message at the e-mail listed if you get the chance.

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  6. Like you (both) I did the WRONG thing (“served”), and didn’t have to go the CO route, as my (genuine) incompetence got me passed over twice. I not only never was near combat, my billets were, first paying, then second feeding the 1200 men of my ship. I found comfort physically and even morally in that (but both only relative). I claim (grateful) credit for having come to my views without personally witnessing combat. Your own experience lends abundant credibility to your stance.

    I especially admire the way you have integrated (Austrian) economic freedom with freedom from war – the two buttress each other powerfully. I came to both gradually and in parallel around the time I was your age. 45 years later, I continue to learn and discover.

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    • Joseph, thanks for commenting and sharing a little of your story. It’s amazing how intricately linked economic freedom is with so many facets of our lives. Any great resources you would recommend to further my own learning?

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      • You flatter me asking “learning” recommendations, but I HAVE been reading (and translating and editing) in the subject for the better part of 20 years, so I DO know the canon pretty well. Intending no insult, I will recommend in the direction of accessibility and EVEN entertainment.

        You CAN look ME up as author of 18 or so articles on mises.com. But those are just tapas, so to speak.All topical, and meeting both criteria I mentioned above (or I tried to, anyway).

        Henry Hazlitt’s “Economics in One Lesson” is a standard NOT to be missed – a one-day read.

        I’m a BIG fan of Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, and Friedrich Hayek, but some of their work is heavy sledding, recommended for after you’ve gained your stride (Hayek’s “The Road to Serfdom” for “graduation!”)

        But Mises wrote ONE eye-opener that I DO recommend: “The Free Market and Its Enemies.” Last, here’s a link to a reading list by a guy who’s forgotten more about Austrian economics than I’ll ever learn: http://fff.org/explore-freedom/reading-list/.

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  7. I’ll be looking for some of your own articles – I’m interested in tapas (that’s what I have time for) versus treatises 🙂 I’ve read some Mises, a fair amount of Rothbard, and a little Hayek…although my reading time is greatly diminished with two kids under 3. I’ll put “Free Market and Its Enemies” next on my list!

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    • SORRY! I don’t even know where I’m published. It’s mises.ORG. The 81-page book I recommended is almost the ONLY book by Mises not provided for free download on mises.org (they’ll sell you the paper, of course). This: https://mises.org/profile/n-joseph-potts will put onto my list, of which at least two entries have everything to do with the US armed forces from the “member’s” perspective. NO memoirs, I promise!

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  8. Hello. Current actie duty AF flight crew member experiencing a very difficult situation that mirrors what you both went through, was wondering if I could email you and your husband with some questions? The GI Rights hotline and the center on conscience doesn’t have a lot of answers for me and I can’t turn to anyone else on active duty right now because its a very us vs them mentality. Please, I couldn’t find any other way to contact you both.

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