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“We ran out of pens!” at an OPH at the University of Wyoming

March 26th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 12 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Congratulations, University of Wyoming! You now have an official Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter, thanks to campus activist Ocean Dylan Andrew — and a little help from the Advocates’ OPH (Operation Politically Homeless). Ocean had wanted to start a campus YAL chapter [...]

The Vast Graveyard

March 20th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 11 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Who’d have thought it? In 2008, in order to deal with the problem of obesity, the Los Angeles city council banned the opening or expansion of “stand-alone fast-food restaurants” in low-income areas of the city, where about 700,000 people lived. Now the [...]

Get Ready to Build Your Libertarian Organization

March 12th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 10 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Spring is almost here! People will be out and about to enjoy the great weather. Springtime events will be everywhere: art fairs, political rallies, music festivals, gun shows, campus gatherings of different kinds, concerts, and many more… This makes spring a fantastic time [...]

Liberty Language: Instead of “Sales Tax”

March 6th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 20, No. 10 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) As Mark Twain famously observed, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — ’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.” The political words and labels we use are vitally important. I’m always looking [...]

World’s Smallest Political Quiz and OPH Recruit New Libertarians at CPAC

March 5th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 9 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Committee — is the nation’s largest annual gathering of conservative activists and office holders. In recent years it has featured a strong and growing contingent of young libertarian activists among the attendees. This year’s CPAC was [...]

The Greatest Libertarian Accomplishment in History?

February 27th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 8 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) What is the most important libertarian accomplishment in history? Not long ago David Boaz of the Cato Institute was asked that question. His response? “The abolition of slavery.” “The greatest libertarian crusade in history was the effort to abolish chattel slavery, culminating [...]

Word Choices: Re-Labeling the Minimum Wage

February 24th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 20, No. 8 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Political word choice and labels are vitally important, and I’m always looking for new, more effective political wording. As I’ve noted in past columns, the name of a political proposal can often play a major role in whether it is accepted [...]

Libertarians Rock Washington D.C.

February 20th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 7 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Last weekend in Washington D.C. you could see the future of liberty before your eyes. And, as the pictures here show, it’s a bright future indeed! More than a thousand enthusiastic young libertarians from around the world poured into Washington for the [...]

Valentine’s Day: Uncle Sam Breaks Taxpayers’ Hearts

February 12th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 20, No. 6 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) As I often point out, holidays can be a great time to share libertarian ideas with family and friends. It’s even more fun and effective if you’ve gathered liberty-themed facts, figures and stories specific for each holiday. We often share such information [...]

A Libertarian Approach to Black History Month – Part 2

February 11th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 6 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Recently, we examined some resources for Black History Month, a time which opens the door for discussions on issues key to libertarians. This week I’m concluding with some more issue-oriented Black History Month resources and talking points. First, a look at state-created poverty and [...]

A Libertarian Approach to Black History Month

February 5th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 5 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) I’ve often noted — especially in my One Minute Liberty Tip columns — that holidays and annual observances offer a great opportunity to present the ideas of liberty to family and friends. Libertarians should consider collecting facts and stories to share on [...]

Millions Celebrate Education Choice

January 25th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 4 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Happy National School Choice Week!  This week (January 25 to 31) is National School Choice Week, a non-partisan public awareness effort designed to “shine a positive spotlight on the need for effective education options for all children.” I wasn’t aware of the scope of [...]

There’s No Such Thing as an “Unregulated Market”

January 23rd, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 20, No. 4 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Many people fear that, without government regulation, there would be no way to insure the safety and reliability of the goods and services they rely upon every day. They fear that a free market would be an “unregulated market” where consumers [...]

I Wanted to Change the World…

January 22nd, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 3 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) I love this wonderful little reflection, attributed to “an unknown monk” writing around 1100 A.D.: I Wanted to Change the World… When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world.  I found it was difficult to change the world, [...]

See You at the World’s Largest Gathering of Libertarian Students!

January 15th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 2 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Mark your calendar! The 8th Annual International Students For Liberty Conference will be held in Washington, DC, Friday, February 13 through Sunday, February 15. And it’s going to be an event to remember. Students For Liberty describes the conference as “the premiere [...]

Libertarians Are Actually Less “Isolationist” Than Other Political Views

January 8th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 20, No. 2 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Libertarians who advocate a foreign policy of peaceful non-intervention in the internal affairs of other nations sometimes get labeled by critics as “isolationist.” The words “isolationist” and “isolationism” are smears. Further, they inaccurately describe what libertarians believe. I’ve written in the [...]

To the Death

January 8th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 1 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) “Je ne suis pas d’accord avec ce que vous dites, mais je me battrai pour que vous ayez le droit de le dire.” “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to [...]

Cuba Part of Trend: Liberty Sweeping the World

December 18th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 25 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) What exciting news to hear that — after fifty years — the U.S. is restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba and easing restrictions on trade! It’s yet another example of how the ideas of liberty are sweeping the world. It reminds me of [...]

The Eyeball Lottery: A Powerful Argument for Self-Ownership

December 14th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 25 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) For many libertarians, self-ownership is the philosophical root of their support for liberty. Even many libertarians whose belief in liberty is based on other arguments often strongly support the fundamental idea of self-ownership. The modern argument for self-ownership was formulated by [...]

Government Vs. Generosity

December 12th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 24 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) What a great time of the year! In the spirit of the season, charity and helping those in need are uppermost in the minds of many people. This is wonderful. However, some people, in their commendable desire to help the unfortunate, are [...]

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