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Why Not Apologize?

August 26th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion PowerPoint section in Volume 19, No. 14 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Have you ever put your foot in your mouth? Have you ever said something and wish you had bitten your tongue? Have you ever exploded on someone for no good reason? I have. Probably you have, too. Maybe you were abrasive. Maybe [...]

Contrarian Writers Get Published and Read Way More Often

August 13th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion PowerPoint section in Volume 19, No. 13 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Look for issues where 80%, 90%, or more of the writers and readers disagree with you. Where conventional opinion is overwhelmingly against you. Brainstorm the key 3 to 6 reasons why you’re right and they’re wrong. Sketch out 10 or 20 headlines for [...]

Are You Having Libertarian Conversations?

July 28th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion PowerPoint section in Volume 19, No. 12 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Libertarian persuasion usually takes place in conversation. Not speeches or seminars, books or white papers, important though they are. Libertarian understanding usually grows out of talking and listening. So start or join a libertarian conversation. One-on-one. Or with a small group. In [...]

George Bernard Shaw’s Tailor

July 17th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion PowerPoint section in Volume 19, No. 11 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) “The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me,” wrote George Bernard Shaw. “The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.” Most of us aren’t [...]

Free Markets Nurture Empathy

July 7th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion Powerpoint section in Volume 19, No. 10 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Would you like to live in a world where empathy is both virtuous and profitable? A world where it pays to meet the wants and needs of others? Look for it in the private sector. Private enterprises. Free markets. Without empathy, private [...]

Are You Waiting for Our Libertarian Ship to Come In?

May 21st, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion PowerPoint section in Volume 19, No. 9 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) “Big Government is unsustainable,” said one libertarian. “It’ll collapse and that’s when we’ll get liberty.” “I’m part of the Remnant,” said another. “Liberty is doomed…for now. My job is to quietly share libertarianism until the world is ready for liberty.” “Our tax-burdened, [...]

A Testimonial and Thank You to My Fellow Advocates

May 2nd, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion Power Point section in Volume 19, No. 8 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Fifteen years ago — in 1999 — the Liberator Online published my first Persuasion Point Column. I had been researching and developing, designing and refining, testing and correcting the Art of Libertarian Persuasion since the mid-1970s — and had published and [...]

Short Essays Attract More Readers

April 14th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion PowerPoint section in Volume 19, No. 7 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Every week, more and more online and offline writers flood us with more and more information. They write long essays and long books. You and I simply don’t have enough time to read everything worth reading. So we skim, sift, and sort [...]

Three Kinds of Government Waste

March 28th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion PowerPoint section in Volume 19, No. 6 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) 1. Paying champagne prices for beer quality. 2. Buying champagne when all you need is beer. 3. Buying champagne or beer when you don’t need either. Waste: the government doesn’t need it. Taxpayers can’t afford it. * * * * * * [...]

Questions to Open People’s Minds to Liberty

March 15th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion Powerpoint section in Volume 19, No. 5 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) When you discuss politics or economics with others, do you ask thought-provoking libertarian questions? Or do you make statements? Do you invite them to consider new possibilities? Or do you just argue? What if certain provocative questions could get others to let [...]

How to Strengthen Your Voice and Prevent Hoarseness

March 1st, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion Powerpoint section in Volume 19, No. 4 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) If you’re a libertarian candidate, public speaker, or seminar leader, you need a strong, reliable speaking voice. Not just for two or three 20-minute talks. But for six hours to nine hours of speeches, conversations, and questions and answers each campaign day. Each [...]

Why Isn’t the Libertarian Movement Bigger and More Successful?

February 16th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion PowerPoint section in Volume 19, No. 3 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Reading diet books won’t make you thin. Reading exercise books won’t make you fit. Reading libertarian books won’t make you free. If you want small government and freedom, you must act. Not just once. Regularly, repeatedly, relentlessly. In 1995, I gave speeches [...]

A Modest Proposal for New Year’s Resolutions

January 9th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion Power Point section in Volume 19, No. 1 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) We’re now well into the New Year. If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve either made New Year’s resolutions or you’re thinking you ought to make some. “Let’s see. I ought to lose 10 pounds. And I probably ought to [...]

Make Your Christmas Joyous — and Libertarian

January 2nd, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the Persuasion Power Point section in Volume 18, No. 24 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Would it take a miracle to win your family or friends to libertarianism? Christmas is the season of miracles. And you just might cause one by giving your loved one stimulating and fun libertarian gifts this Christmas. Does your family member [...]

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 [...]

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