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Don’t Quench Their Thirst with a Fire Hose

December 26th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion Power Point section in Volume 18, No. 23 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) When someone asks you about libertarianism, how much should you tell them? a) Enough to stimulate their desire for more? b) Enough to satisfy their interest? c) More than they want to know. Everything you know about libertarianism. All too often, [...]

The Power of One

December 3rd, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion Power Point section in Volume 18, No. 22 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) One may be all you need. You may be only one request away from funding for your libertarian project. You may be just one phone call away from recruiting a great libertarian candidate. You may be one email request away from [...]

The Assault of Laughter

November 18th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion Power Point section in Volume 18, No. 21 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) In politics and economics, there are hundreds of different ways of responding to ideas and proposals you disagree with. Humor is one powerful way. It dissolves tension. It changes the tone of the conversation. It’s fun. And many people love to [...]

Is Your Libertarian Activism “Only a Drop in the Bucket”?

November 5th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion Power Point section in Volume 18, No. 20 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) “Why are you even bothering to support the Advocates?” asks your friend. “Your support is only a drop in the bucket.” “Why are you volunteering to work at an Operation Politically Homeless booth?” asks your college roommate. “One day at an [...]

The Reverse

October 24th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion Power Point section in Volume 18, No. 19 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Tired of long, drawn-out arguments about government? Worn out from explaining why government fails and makes things worse? What if you could convince your listener to persuade himself about libertarianism? What if you could persuade him to marshal compelling and convincing evidence and arguments that [...]

4 Big Factors That Make More People More Receptive to Libertarianism

October 15th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion Power Point section in Volume 18, No. 18 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) What really changes people’s minds about libertarianism? Sometimes it’s what you say. Sometimes it’s how you say it. Sometimes it’s who you say it to. Very often, it’s what’s going on with Big Government… while you’re having the libertarian conversation. And [...]

The Libertarian Progress That Might Have Been

August 22nd, 2013 (No Comments)

(By Michael Cloud, From Persuasion Point #353, from the Liberator Online Volume 18, No. 15. Subscribe here!) For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: “It might have been!” – John Greenleaf Whittier Near the end of your life, you may have a chance to look back – and see what might have [...]

“Advancing Liberty Is Like Driving a Car at Night”

July 25th, 2013 (No Comments)

(By Michael Cloud, From Persuasion Point #352, Volume 18, No. 14 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here.) There has never been a libertarian country. No time and no land has ever been fully free. Some of our ancestors made progress. Made inroads to freedom. The Magna Carta. The Declaration of Independence. The Constitution of the United States [...]

Persuasion Power Point #351: What’s the Most Important Issue in Politics Today?

July 18th, 2013 (No Comments)

Politics is priorities. What’s most important? What’s least important? Which problem is critical? And which is trivial? The next time you discuss politics with a friend or co-worker, ask: “If you could solve only one political problem — which would you choose? “Why? “Why, in your opinion, is the problem you named more pressing, more [...]

Persuasion PowerPoint #348: Gandhi’s Simple Lesson

June 26th, 2013 (No Comments)

Would you like people to carefully listen to every word you say about liberty? Do you want them to be receptive and responsive to your libertarian ideas and evidence? Would you like people to thoughtfully consider your libertarian point of view? It may be possible — if you learn and live Mahatma Gandhi’s lesson. “Be [...]