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Bruce Koerber
April 15, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Inflation Series - Inflation Causes Malinvestment.

Inflation: Artificial expansion of the money supply.

Let's start with supply and demand. The supply of loanable funds and the demand for loanable funds is part of the natural market mechanism that determines the market rate of interest. When allowed to operate this disequilibrium-tending-towards-equilibrium coordinates goods and services in the present and goods and services in the future.

When the currency is counterfeited by the central bank the funny money has to enter into the economy somewhere and by design the central bank uses the banking system to inject the expanded supply of money. If you visualize the effect of an increase in the supply of money (the supply curve moves to the right), now as loanable funds, you will see that the effect is to artificially push down the interest rate.

The signal that is sent is that there is a greater supply of loanable funds. This alters the pattern of present goods and services and it alters the pattern of future goods and services. The faulty signal causes errors in judgment. The investment errors resulting from judgments made based on distorted prices - the interest rate is a price - causes malinvestment.

The regression theorem of interventionism 'pins the tail' of the tremendous costs associated with the errors caused by distorting the interest rate 'on the donkey' or 'jackass' - the interventionist central bank.

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Nick Kunkel
April 8, 2014 at 5:44 pm

Hmmm, for all the Libertarianism I see on this page I sure don't see a whole lot of support for "big L" candidates... Just a lot of Republicans.

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April 8, 2014 at 1:09 am

Liberal Republicans, people who believe in markets that are regulated but aren't totally corporatist or deregulated, come here!

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'Libertarian Paranoia' Is the Newest Fad in Politics

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Look out: The libertarians are coming! The libertarians are coming!

Denny Briley It's not the tin foil hat wearing libertarian worried about conspiracies that anyone should worry about. It the things the government is doing that we don't know anything about that should worry you.

April 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm

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Troy Babbitt It's not paranoia when it's true.

April 7, 2014 at 12:44 pm

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Tom Bailey The demopublicans cured me of my paranoia.
I used to be paranoid my govt might begin conducting warrantless searches. But they started those in the seventies so I no longer had to worry about that.
I was paranoid my govt might begin seizing property without due process. The demopublicans started that in the eighties so I could stop worrying about that.
I used to be paranoid about indefinite detentions without charges or trials and about the use of torture and even summary executions. But the demopublicans have made all that policy.
I have nothing left to be paranoid about. The demopublicans cured me.

April 7, 2014 at 4:58 pm

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Tracy Lustic You know you're making progress when the fear-mongering starts.

April 7, 2014 at 3:03 pm

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Zach Edwards It just goes to show that they want us to stay separated rather than think for ourselves. I hope the anarchists "take over". They'd do so and just leave us alone...

April 7, 2014 at 11:49 am

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Joseph Muha First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

April 7, 2014 at 12:01 pm

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Joe Lounsbury they are secretly plotting to take over to leave us all alone and tax us less. My God!

April 7, 2014 at 4:34 pm

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Tony Gehrke Well of course hell I hate all the different parties I just want Liberty

April 7, 2014 at 1:25 pm

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Eric Owens Fear mongering, continued. Whether it's the justifications for their expensively inept foriegn and domestic policy, or blatantly ignoring the Bill of Rights.

April 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm

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Thomas Tribandis Methinks the Republican fear Rand Paul...

April 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm

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Joseph John Summerell The libertarians are coming to take over the government, seize power and leave everyone alone!

April 15, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Tom Koller lol The principles of our countries founders is a fad, eh?

April 8, 2014 at 10:38 am

David Shaw And we are!

April 8, 2014 at 1:58 am

Ryon Shane Hall Seems to me over the years listening to the verbal war going on between the red and the blue, that really they are the same. No paranoia necessary... just have to call the tree by the fruit it drops. Libertarians are just getting warmed up. No amount of mudslinging or name calling is going to change the fact that people are sick of the status quo. Call it Libertarianism, call it Voluntaryism... doesn't matter the -ism.... people are sick of being slaves.

April 8, 2014 at 1:34 am

Tom Bailey They are scared spotless of libertarians. None of their tricks seem to be working. We keep growing.

April 7, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Bob Bradbury It's a good sign. 20 years ago, Libertarians were barely even mentioned by mainstream politicians.

April 7, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Clinton Gale I can't wait until the Libertarian race have destroyed all the roads. Only then can we move onto phase B.

April 7, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Eric S. Harris This Adrian Vermuele character is quite the gift to libertarians.

"If he's the kind of guy who doesn't like them, there really must be something to this libertarianism stuff, whatever it is."

April 7, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Eric S. Harris Because libertarians are so numerous and so influential? I'm not seeing it.

April 7, 2014 at 8:52 pm

James Parker The walls are built highest just before they crumble and fall. Infallibility of the Church, geocentrism, Divine right of kings, slavery... Could it be we are now feared by the progressives in both parties?

April 7, 2014 at 7:55 pm

Melissa Milligan Paranoia?? Wtf.

April 7, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Liz Oldach I made a graphic about "Libertarians are coming!" back in November: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10203123261905000&l=9c8d02fb3c

April 7, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Luke Bowman Well that was lolzy

April 7, 2014 at 3:16 pm

David Valente EHRMAGERD LYBITURNS!

April 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Eliza Divine Coming to conquer the world and leave you alone.

April 7, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Jonty Ormond
April 4, 2014 at 8:10 pm

The NZ Forest Service started a deer skin market which lead to private enterprise cashing in and not costing NZ a cent. Quite the opposite it made us money in terms of employment, exports $'s and tax. This went off and then the wild venison market started from that. Two deer per week made the shooter more than a tradesman's wages at the time. The deer numbers started to drop off and so deer farming was on the cards and live capture was on and massive prices were paid for these animals. Since those days the industry has gone through boom and bust and now is at a boom stage which it will most probably remain at for the foreseeable future. Not one person had ever thought that deer could become such a valuable commodity as they were a pest to be culled for years. The wild venison industry is hamstrung at the moment by 1080. Massive amounts of land are not able to harvested due to 1080. The possum market could become the same. There is fur / skins and meat to harvest from possums and to boot the wild meat market from goats, pigs and deer could once again bring in mega coin. The wild meat industry is alone is calculated at a BILLION DOLLAR industry because of the upturn in organic produce. Add possum products, employment and tax and this raises to a TWO BILLION DOLLAR return to NZ instead of the current $120 million cost to the NZ tax payer. The tax and money saved from harvesting all this could be used to fund the complete eradication of rats and stoats. doc claims this is impossible but actually discourages anyone from trapping and actually charges them for trapping a pest that they are paid to eradicate????? There is only one out come form this all happening. Pest control done at not only no cost to the country but an actual big dollar return. The return of native birds bringing in tourists spending good coin and going away happy instead of doc scare mongering which sends them away with a bitter taste in their mouth. Lets face the facts here 1080 isn't increasing bird numbers, tourists (and locals) are not impressed by bird numbers so they don't return and tell others. STOP 1080 and start this process which will take us down a good road instead of the current use of a massively toxic poison being dropped from helicopters no less.

Not really eyewitness but at the same time it is. There are still plenty of people that would vouch for this and have seen first hand the deer industry in action and put coin in their pockets.

DoC and the AHB aren't going to just walk away from the budget that they receive from the Government, donations and sponsorships. They control the purse strings and spend an estimated 2 million of our own dollars on promoting their own agenda. The only way this will stop is through a groundswell of the public forcing them to discontinue. Lets spread the word and get this country moving not stuck in the doldrums doc likes to scare us with. Let the young guys that love living in the country side stay there and get good dollars instead of being forced into to going to the cities to find work, which also takes pressure off housing and infrastructure. It is a win, win, win sanario (spelling sorry?) that would work and we all know it.

The Advocates for Self Government
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Drone crashes near Lickdale Elementary School

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LICKDALE >> An unmanned Pennsylvania Army National Guard drone crashed near Lickdale Elementary School Thursday afternoon.

Andy Jezioro And to think we all laughed at 1984 when we read it in high school thinking it could never happen here. What's the saying about raising the temperature of water in a pot with a frog in it?

April 4, 2014 at 4:35 pm

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Richard Leach First weekend of the month. They are drilling. And believe it or not, that is the day that they train to do their job. Their job might be flying a drone.

April 4, 2014 at 5:57 pm

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Jerald Lifsey Quick! Pick up all the pieces before the people that paid for it finds out about it.

April 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm

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Rita Shryock Can't wait to hear about criminal charges against the civilian motorist who ran over it . . .

April 5, 2014 at 11:42 am

Kevin Cossey Why is there a drone by an elementary school?

April 5, 2014 at 9:10 am

Dnison Penndragon Are we sure we want Amazon.com owning and operating drones as package couriers? It's only a matter of time before they crash also which could result in a brown box containing an MP3 player, 3 seasons of Game of Thrones on Blu-ray, an electronic aquarium thermometer/water tester, and a multispeed vibrating fleshlight falling on someone's head.

April 5, 2014 at 8:32 am

Sean Lynch If one lands in my back yard can I keep it? I am a tax payer and it would be on my property. :)

April 4, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Brett Allen What about the CHILDREN???

April 4, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Fred Thompson Lick Dale?

April 4, 2014 at 4:18 pm

David Ziebell Stalking innocent children.

April 4, 2014 at 3:02 pm

John Davis Now the government is endangering our children !

April 4, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Garett Kain Tell me someone saw the episode of beavis and butthead where they crashed drones

April 4, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Rick Lane Andy Jezioro.All in the name of so-called safety

April 4, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Bruce Koerber
April 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Inflation: Artificial expansion of the money supply.

When the money supply is artificially increased it has to be initiated by some entity; some legally-sanctioned or some illegal counterfeiting agency. If we assume it is an illegal counterfeiter then the first possessors of this new money have new wealth in terms of the goods and services received in exchange for pieces of paper not worth what they claim. The goods and services extracted decrease the wealth of the providers of goods and services because they get nothing in return. Wealth is redistributed towards the counterfeiters.

The same thing happens when the legally-sanctioned counterfeiters expand the money supply. Those who have first access to the new money gain wealth at the expense of those who receive it later on, after prices have adjusted upwards. This is the real reason why those in control of the money supply expand the money supply - they redistribute wealth towards themselves and those who are favored.

The well-known saying "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer." is the direct and indirect consequence of the artificial expansion of the money supply. Instead of believing the statist diatribe that individual selfishness is the cause of the widening gap between rich and poor, you now are better able to see that it is inflation which being used purposefully to redistribute wealth and which is the primary cause of the extremes of wealth and poverty.

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Andrew Lawrence Make scenes to me.

January 17, 2014 at 11:06 am

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Teerawat Ruengruklikit ???

January 17, 2014 at 10:56 am

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FBI agents have seized thousands of artifacts from Native Americans, Russia, China and other nations from a private collection.

David Ziebell The indianapois star should be asked: how can you publish such a story without answering the question: Why was the raid conducted in the first place? What law, what complaint, based on what information? This is an outrage.

April 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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Mike Reveile "to determine whether some of the items might be illegal to possess privately."
The idea that anything can be illegal to possess privately... is inherently communistic and totalitarian.

April 3, 2014 at 12:39 pm

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Jeff Coyle They don't even know if he broke any laws...

April 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm

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Scott Olive Don't they need evidence that he did something illegal before they raid your private property?! You can't raid it and then try and determine it!

April 3, 2014 at 12:27 pm

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Apple Gaffney These fearless public dependents will duteously confiscate this 91 year old interlopers nick nack collection before they know what's in it...

April 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm

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Jim McFalls would like to know why the government thinks they are entitled to his stuff

April 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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Tara Drumm Ridiculous. Waste of time and money. At his age, most if not all were probably acquired prior to any laws against it. So far all they've said is he "may" have acquired them illegally. He's not doing anything with them other than showing them to a few people, and at 91, they really could've waited a couple more years until he passed away.

April 3, 2014 at 12:24 pm

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Philip Bradley Thieves.

April 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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Grei Walker ["It may be 30 years — or never — before they have it all cataloged."] which means the government plans on stealing them too!

April 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm

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Chris Judah Completely insane!

April 3, 2014 at 12:22 pm

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Dogwood Madeofmanytribes He's an old man that is collected that for years and years what the f*** government

April 15, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Kevin Kurczewski No more private anything in the country government wants a piece of everybody and anything..what that man didn't acquire his belongings illegally what's the problem here & didn't the government take the coins from someone in California that they found once again government takes that too

April 8, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Bonnie Cook Hammond So wrong the FBI has no right to his collection!

April 4, 2014 at 11:33 am

John C. Chamblee Collectors should destroy their collections rather than give them up to such . If obtained before such restrictions were passed they should be amply compensated for such items . This countries leadership has shown it will run roughshod over anyone or anything to get its agenda met .

April 4, 2014 at 8:45 am

Kelly Klass I will bet he acquired all items legally, he did not use deadly force unlike our federal government.

April 4, 2014 at 5:43 am

Ban Islam & Shariah Law govt. nazis

April 4, 2014 at 3:32 am

Sharon Poole poor old guy

April 3, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Paul E. Smith In a fascist police state, there is no private property.

April 3, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Cynthia Triplett This is ridiculous! I'm so sorry. Did I misunderstand that this is a FREE nation?

April 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Jim Cissell Same kind of thing happened out here in Montana at Custer's Museum back in 2005 and 2009, they still are in court fighting it out!

April 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Adam Montoya "Northern said Miller had contacted the FBI about returning the items, but couldn't elaborate on why Miller was looking to repatriate the artifacts now." He called the FBI on himself. http://www.shelbynews.com/articles/2014/04/03/news/doc533c5dcf16065859694070.txt

April 3, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Edward Taylor What can be said that hasn't already been said? This is despicable!

April 3, 2014 at 1:26 pm

William Dodd I feel safer already, teehee, NOT!

April 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

David Ziebell Ask why, my friends.

April 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Dominic Dellagatta They've been doing this forever but now the Internet and social media are exposing it

April 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm

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Bruce Koerber
April 1, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Classical Liberalism In The Modern Age.

A person, man or woman, who espouses the classical liberalism tradition and therefore considers himself or herself a classical liberal has the following views:

Human beings are understood as subjective,
who use Aristotelian logic in a causal-realistic world,
who are adorned with values that originated from the milieu of the interplay of ethics and religion,
who recognize that law is to be discovered rather than created by fallible human minds,
and who recognize justice as that which causes voluntary social cooperation to flourish.

The Advocates for Self Government
April 1, 2014 at 4:24 pm

The new Liberator online is out. You must read her column on Tonie Nathan.

President's Corner
by Sharon HarrisPresident's Corner
by Sharon Harris

Remembering Tonie Nathan, 1923-2014: Libertarian Pioneer and Advocates Friend

Dear friend,

In 1972 I walked into a Georgia voting booth to proudly cast my vote for the presidential ticket of my choice.

My candidates weren't on the ballot, though. I had to write their names in by hand:

John Hospers, Libertarian Party, President
Tonie Nathan, Libertarian Party, Vice President

Did I feel good about that vote? You bet! And I still do. It was the start of a revolution in American politics still going on today.

Alas, both of those two political pioneers are no longer with us.

John Hospers passed away on June 12, 2011.

And on March 20, 2014 Tonie Nathan died at the age of 91.

She was a charter member of the national Libertarian Party, which was founded in 1971. At their first presidential nominating convention in 1972, the LP nominated her as Hospers’ running mate.

Tonie achieved a unique and permanent place in American history during that 1972 race: she became the first woman in U.S. history to receive an electoral vote in the Electoral College – many years before the far more highly publicized 1984 campaign of Democrat Geraldine Ferraro.

How did that remarkable event come about?

The brand-new Libertarian Party was only on the ballot in two states, Colorado and Washington State, though Hospers and Nathan actively campaigned in major cities and on college campuses, taking the libertarian message to large audiences.

Enter Roger MacBride, a Republican elector in Virginia who had libertarian views. MacBride was so fed up with the statist GOP Nixon and Agnew ticket that he decided to support Hospers and Nathan instead – thus giving Nathan that historic electoral vote.

MacBride later joined the Libertarian Party and became the party's 1976 Libertarian presidential candidate.

Tonie remained active with the Libertarian Party, running as a Libertarian for federal and state offices from the 1970s right through the 1990s. She also served as a vice chair of the Libertarian Party.

She was active in other organizations as well. She was a founding member and former president of the Association of Libertarian Feminists. In 1977, Congresswoman Bella Abzug appointed her as a delegate-at-large to the National Conference of Women.

She was a good friend of the Advocates from the early days of our founding, as the quote at the top of this issue of the Liberator Online indicates. She understood and appreciated the importance of the Advocates’ mission of helping libertarians become successful and effective communicators of the ideas of liberty.

She was a speaker at the 2012 Libertarian National Convention, where a large crowd honored her for her many contributions to the Libertarian Party and the liberty movement. Many young people came up to her to thank her and to ask her advice. Friends of hers tell me that experience tickled her pink!

At that convention she was among the very first people inducted into the LP’s new “Hall of Liberty” program honoring “lifetime or significant achievement that has made a lasting effect on the Libertarian Party and/or libertarian movement.”

Also at that convention she presented Gary Johnson as the 2012 Libertarian Party presidential nominee.

As I've written before, it’s vital for our movement to remember, respect and honor our libertarian heroes, our founding fathers, those who came before us. I think the LP’s Hall of Liberty is a fantastic idea, and I urge other organizations to consider similar programs.

Forty-two years later I am still proud of my 1972 vote. I had the great honor and pleasure of meeting and talking with Tonie numerous times over the years. Hers was a life well lived, and she leaves a rich legacy well worth celebrating.

In Liberty,

Sharon

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The purpose of the Liberator Online is to build a stronger movement for liberty. We do this by providing information about the libertarian movement and how to best communicate the ideas of liberty. Thank you for being a part of this!

Learn more about the Advocates and our work for liberty.

Learn more about libertarianism — the philosophy of liberty.


Remembering Tonie Nathan, 1923-2014: Libertarian Pioneer and Advocates Friend

Dear friend,

In 1972 I walked into a Georgia voting booth to proudly cast my vote for the presidential ticket of my choice.

My candidates weren't on the ballot, though. I had to write their names in by hand:

John Hospers, Libertarian Party, President
Tonie Nathan, Libertarian Party, Vice President

Did I feel good about that vote? You bet! And I still do. It was the start of a revolution in American politics still going on today.

Alas, both of those two political pioneers are no longer with us.

John Hospers passed away on June 12, 2011.

And on March 20, 2014 Tonie Nathan died at the age of 91.

She was a charter member of the national Libertarian Party, which was founded in 1971. At their first presidential nominating convention in 1972, the LP nominated her as Hospers’ running mate.

Tonie achieved a unique and permanent place in American history during that 1972 race: she became the first woman in U.S. history to receive an electoral vote in the Electoral College – many years before the far more highly publicized 1984 campaign of Democrat Geraldine Ferraro.

How did that remarkable event come about?

The brand-new Libertarian Party was only on the ballot in two states, Colorado and Washington State, though Hospers and Nathan actively campaigned in major cities and on college campuses, taking the libertarian message to large audiences.

Enter Roger MacBride, a Republican elector in Virginia who had libertarian views. MacBride was so fed up with the statist GOP Nixon and Agnew ticket that he decided to support Hospers and Nathan instead – thus giving Nathan that historic electoral vote.

MacBride later joined the Libertarian Party and became the party's 1976 Libertarian presidential candidate.

Tonie remained active with the Libertarian Party, running as a Libertarian for federal and state offices from the 1970s right through the 1990s. She also served as a vice chair of the Libertarian Party.

She was active in other organizations as well. She was a founding member and former president of the Association of Libertarian Feminists. In 1977, Congresswoman Bella Abzug appointed her as a delegate-at-large to the National Conference of Women.

She was a good friend of the Advocates from the early days of our founding, as the quote at the top of this issue of the Liberator Online indicates. She understood and appreciated the importance of the Advocates’ mission of helping libertarians become successful and effective communicators of the ideas of liberty.

She was a speaker at the 2012 Libertarian National Convention, where a large crowd honored her for her many contributions to the Libertarian Party and the liberty movement. Many young people came up to her to thank her and to ask her advice. Friends of hers tell me that experience tickled her pink!

At that convention she was among the very first people inducted into the LP’s new “Hall of Liberty” program honoring “lifetime or significant achievement that has made a lasting effect on the Libertarian Party and/or libertarian movement.”

Also at that convention she presented Gary Johnson as the 2012 Libertarian Party presidential nominee.

As I've written before, it’s vital for our movement to remember, respect and honor our libertarian heroes, our founding fathers, those who came before us. I think the LP’s Hall of Liberty is a fantastic idea, and I urge other organizations to consider similar programs.

Forty-two years later I am still proud of my 1972 vote. I had the great honor and pleasure of meeting and talking with Tonie numerous times over the years. Hers was a life well lived, and she leaves a rich legacy well worth celebrating.

In Liberty,

Sharon

* * *

The purpose of the Liberator Online is to build a stronger movement for liberty. We do this by providing information about the libertarian movement and how to best communicate the ideas of liberty. Thank you for being a part of this!

Learn more about the Advocates and our work for liberty.

Learn more about libertarianism — the philosophy of liberty.

James M. Holland
April 1, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Please "like" the Facebook page, Approval Voting, that is promoting a better voting system that will improve elections for all political parties! LP Texas and Colorado both support and use Approval Voting already.

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Facebook IconApril 1, 2014 at 11:02 am

Is America ready ?

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Does Rand Paul have a chance in 2016?

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"It's a hard road forward for someone like Rand Paul…"

Vík Murty The country needs Ron Paul.

April 1, 2014 at 11:16 am

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Eric Dellafave After Obama, I would take a Turd Sandwich.

April 1, 2014 at 11:25 am

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Chris Cassata he's a neocon, of course he has a chance.

April 1, 2014 at 11:43 am

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Chris Farrell No Jeb, PLEASE! I've had enough of the Bush crime family. Rand Paul 2016.

April 1, 2014 at 11:24 am

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Vance Oxentenko He's not Ron, but right now Rand is as good as it gets

April 1, 2014 at 11:09 am

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Jackie Mueller O crap. Thats right dick head still has. 2 more years.

April 2, 2014 at 9:10 am

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Marlie Nunes Lesser of 2 evils, choice of hillary and Rand? Rand. Ron Paul r3VOLution is what we need, RON PAUL grandfather of the freedom movement, bring the next gen of leaders, bring it! Audit the Fed, abolish the IRS, no more bailouts, purge corruption!

April 2, 2014 at 8:25 am

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Daniel Lewis Powell Rand Paul is not a libertarian.

April 2, 2014 at 12:44 am

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Danzilla Blue this page is pro rand Paul? gross yo. he's a shadow of a shadow of his father

April 1, 2014 at 7:53 pm

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Andrew Lamothe lol, neo-con fascist warmonger- his father is so different.

April 1, 2014 at 5:21 pm

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Patrick Odle Wrong question. If a person will only vote for a candidate that "has a chance" should keep their butt out of the voting booth. You should always vote for the candidate whose positions most closely match your own AND most closely adhere to the Constitution.

April 1, 2014 at 2:56 pm

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Tim Hall I thought this was a self government page.

April 1, 2014 at 2:51 pm

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Charles Turner No Bush's or Clinton's, No Newt or Chris Christie as well!

April 1, 2014 at 12:26 pm

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Andrew Trapp Rand Paul in my opinion falls pretty short of being a libertarian but assuming his dad Ron won't be running again he's probably the best Repub contender (which isn't saying much).

April 1, 2014 at 5:40 pm

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Cynthia Triplett I don't really know but I would vote for him.

April 3, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Tim Wikiriwhi Not a chance in Hell. Yet many will waste their votes on him instead of supporting the Libertarian party.

April 2, 2014 at 6:33 am

Jeff Caldwell II April Fools!

April 2, 2014 at 2:37 am

Thomas Tanita Dollars to donuts the RNC will do everything in its power to undermine his run

April 1, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Ryan Kelly Soon but not yet

April 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Leigh Carlson Burgess I hope not.

April 1, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Gary Bertagnolli I'm voting for Rand. Period. I don't care if it's giving my vote to Hillary. Vote your conscience folks.

April 1, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Dallas B. Lammert They won't let him apply and if they do they'll cheat him out of the win...

April 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Gordon Willard I like him a lot. America is not ready for anyone who talks about liberty, so he will not win the Republican nomination, IMHO.

April 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm

John Hager II does our country have a chance

April 1, 2014 at 11:52 am

Justin Thompson No they we are not ready for a Libertarian, so its a good thing they are only talking about Rand, not Ron.

April 1, 2014 at 11:30 am

Bruce Koerber
March 29, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Justice Can Be Known By Its Fruits.

Justice exists in the human realm. When plant succession leads to one species-type replacing another no plant cries "foul." When a snake comes upon a mouse hole and enters and eats its inhabitants there is no picketing for justice by other mice! However a sentimental human may see these occurrences and try to superimpose a belief and come up with an interpretation that an injustice has occurred. Without the existence of humans it can be said that there is no concept of justice.

Only if humans were not really human - all exactly equal - would justice be a non-concept. And so in reality justice is an omnipresent concept that is interwoven throughout all of human action. Of course human beliefs again come into play and so interpretations of what is just and what is unjust are innumerable and varied. One of the consequences of living in the Dark Ages of economics has to do with a very poor understanding of human action and this is significantly aggravated by not understanding that the appropriate scientific methodology for the study of human sciences is subjectivism. With these biases in place it is safe to say that justice is a slippery concept.

However justice can be known by its fruits. The drive in socialism and communism to create equality is ironically the cause of great injustices because it runs contrary to natural law. First of all it is unjust to forcibly apply an unrealistic nature on humans. The fruits of this kind of 'justice' are rotten. The political class that tries to impose equality on the masses enjoy the great inequality of being the ordained ego-driven interventionist and ego-driven interpreter, with all of its perks. This rotten fruit of injustice cannot be considered justice. The squelching of the creative expressions of naturally subjective human beings requires force and so many of the 'equals' will have to be either killed or incarcerated. This is another rotten fruit of this kind of injustice. Those who meekly abide by the will of the overlords have no chance of developing any ethics as they are simply told what to do and how to behave and what to believe. This supposedly creates a condition of 'equality' by forcing humans to be slave-like but anyone with any brains or any morals know instinctively and intuitively that this is a rotten fruit.

Justice is that which enhances voluntary social cooperation. By this definition humans are given the freedom to express themselves and to contribute to an ever-advancing civilization.

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Can the Government Shut Down Cellphone Networks in a Crisis?

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After two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, many Boston residents were unable to send or receive cellphone calls. Some believed cell networks were silenced to prevent the detonation of remote-control devices, but representatives from Sprint and Verizon denied that s...

Tommy Sears The answer is they can and they will. They shouldn't be able to, but they will.

March 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm

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Ernst Ghermann "bind them down from mischief with the chains of the Constitution". -- Thomas Jefferson

March 27, 2014 at 3:39 pm

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Sterling Rector There was an interesting article about the comeback of city states that I thought you would find interesting I will see if I can find it for you Tyler Jennings

March 27, 2014 at 3:35 pm

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McKenzie Kelly In regard to what we were chatting about the other day, Travis. They can, they do, and they will.

April 5, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Robert Sherman Gill Is this a rhetorical question?

March 27, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Alex Lyons Can they kiss my ass before they do this?

March 27, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Approval Voting Texas
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This video explains Approval Voting, which fixes the vote splitting problem better than Instant Runoff Voting. See link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db6Syys2fmE&list=UUOwlDgcgFHXmHsyddWp_3Gw

What Is Approval Voting?

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Approval Voting is a voting method for single-winner elections. It addresses vote splitting and always allows you to vote your honest favorite without wastin...

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Jeanna Greene Gee I don't know, my brother does look and act like an ape... ;)

March 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm

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Steve Ofthefamily Bell Wonder how long it will take everyone to actually read and get this!

March 26, 2014 at 8:50 pm

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Brian Cosier Omg!!! Too radical!

March 26, 2014 at 4:45 pm

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Ryan Loewen Libertarianism: The Radical Notion That All People Are Human Beings

March 28, 2014 at 7:41 pm

Thomas Olsen "We the people", unique idea.

March 26, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Approval Voting Texas This video explains Approval Voting, which fixes the vote splitting problem better than Instant Runoff Voting. See link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db6Syys2fmE&list=UUOwlDgcgFHXmHsyddWp_3Gw

March 27, 2014 at 12:56 am

Bruce Koerber
March 24, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Replace The Bankrupt Ideology Of Statism.

One of the most crying needs of this period in history - the Dark Ages of economics - is the refinement of private property rights so that a contractual society can replace the bankrupt ideology of statism. Then the continual refinement of property rights will be the hallmark of an ever-advancing civilization.

Sasha Alex Lessin
Facebook IconMarch 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm

CAIN & ABEL: SUMERIAN TALE PREDATED BIBLE MAKEOVER

by Sasha Lessin, Ph.D., (Anthropology, U.C.L.A.)

Some 200,000 years ago, in his African reserve, Enki, Chief Scientist for the Goldmining Expedition from the planet Nibiru to Earth, impregnated two females descended from the hybrid Nibiran/Erectus girls he had engineered to adapt the genome of the Homo Sapiens from Nibiru for slaves. One of the girls bore a boy, ADAPA; the other, a girl TITI. Enki kept his paternity secret. Enki’s wife, DAMKINA, "to Titi took a liking; all manner of crafts was she teaching. To Adapa, Enki teachings gave, how to keep records he was him instructing."

Adapa and Titi, Enki's son and daughter, mated. Titi bore twins, KA IN and ABAEL, the first ADAPite humans, humans with far more–due to Enki’s genetic infusion Nibiran genes relative to Erectus genes than their mothers, the ADAMite girls Enki impregnated.

Enki schooled Adapa and told him to teach his descendants to run farms, herds, estates and less enhanced Earthlings. Enki brought more Earthlings from the south of Africa to Edin (Sumer, Iraq) for Adapa to train for the Expediton bosses’ homes and facilities.

Enki's heir, Marduk, pre-empted Adapa’s son Abael and taught him how to tend goats and sheep Dumuzi'd brought back from his visit to Homeplanet, Nibiru. To counter Marduk and Kain, Commander Enlil had his son Ninurta teach Aba-el to raise the enhanced grain Ningishzidda'd brought from Nibiru. Enlilites, the Commander insisted--not Enkiites--, would run Earth’s farming. So Ninurta taught Kai-in, Marduk taught Abael.

You know from the Bible tale what happens next, but, click the link below and read the original version and find out the story behind the Bible story:

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CAIN & ABAEL: SUMERIAN TALE PREDATED BIBLE MAKEOVER

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Ron Paul: Crimea secedes. So what?

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Why does the U.S. care which flag will be hoisted on a small piece of land thousands of miles away?

James Peron Poor Ron, so out of touch. This was secession at the point of a gun. One can damn Putin without supporting US intervention.

March 25, 2014 at 6:19 am

Roy Sampley Too may people believe what they hear on the tube!!!

March 24, 2014 at 7:16 pm