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Is Liberty Doomed — or Inevitable?

September 23rd, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 15 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) I’ve heard both of these arguments for many years: 1.) “The libertarian cause is doomed. People will never understand liberty; even those who do understand it don’t want it. So why should I waste my time in such a futile cause?” and: [...]

Raising the Price of Milk: A Minimum Wage Metaphor

September 8th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 15 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) First, the bad news. A strong majority of Americans favor increasing the minimum wage. A recent Reason-Rope poll asked 1,003 American adults this question: “The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Do you favor or oppose raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per [...]

Celebrating 30,000!

September 5th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 14 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Hooray! The Advocates Facebook page just reached a new milestone: we’ve crossed the 30,000 mark for “Likes” on our page. If you were one of these fans, THANK YOU! If you haven’t yet liked our page, please check it out. I think [...]

Don’t Win the Debate by Losing Your Opponent: Walter Block on Debating

August 23rd, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 14 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) In a recent post at the LewRockwell.com blog, the great libertarian writer Walter Block — a superb defender of libertarian ideas both in print and in live debates — shares his views on debating: “My goal, in debating, is, along with my opponent, to [...]

Cosmic Bowling, Gutterballs and Liberty

August 21st, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 13 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) A couple of weeks ago I found myself giving bowling lessons — of a sort — to a group of bright young libertarians. More specifically, I demonstrated to them the fine art of… throwing gutterballs. Over and over. Right and left. How embarrassing! [...]

“Intervene globally, lose freedom locally”

August 9th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 13 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) “Intervene globally, lose freedom locally.” — Robert Higgs. I’ve long written about the importance of soundbites and pithy sayings in getting people to consider libertarian ideas. I saw this phrase at the Facebook page of the great libertarian writer and scholar Robert Higgs this week, and [...]

How He Did It: Two Hundred New Libertarian Students Recruited — in One Semester

August 7th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 12 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) I was delighted to get this email from Michael Melendez, Young Americans for Liberty State Chair in Utah: In one semester, I recruited more than 200 students on campuses all over the state of Utah. There is no tool more effective for [...]

The Missing Ingredient in Your Fact-Based Arguments for Liberty

July 24th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 12 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Facts are essential to making the case for liberty. But you can make dry facts come alive to your listeners — by using the mind-changing power of stories. Stories — both true and fictional — have a special power. The greatest [...]

Tip: Make Your OPH Booth a “Politically Homeless Shelter”

July 21st, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 11 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) I’m always on the lookout for ways to make OPH even more fun and successful than it already is.  (OPH is, of course, Operation Politically Homeless — the Advocates’ acclaimed “event in a kit,” which uses the World’s Smallest Political Quiz and [...]

Great Libertarian Movie

July 9th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 11 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) “Still Mine” (2013) is one of the best libertarian-themed movies I’ve ever seen. It’s based on a true story. In 2007 Canadian Craig Morrison, 88 years old, set out to build a small home where he could care for his wife, who was [...]

Free Market or… Freed Market?

July 7th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 10 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Here’s a neat little phrase that can be very handy when talking about economics: “freed market.” No, not “free market.” Freed market. Here’s why. As we’ve discussed in the past, “capitalism” is often not a very useful word for libertarians to [...]

Thank You, Libertarian Party!

July 2nd, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 10 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Last week at its national convention, the Libertarian Party awarded me the greatest honor of my career.I was awarded the party’s Thomas Paine Award. The Thomas Paine Award is given by the Libertarian Party every two years to the Libertarian Party member [...]

Thursday, June 5, 2014: Online Liberty Campaign “Reset The Net”

May 29th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 9 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Fed up with government surveillance spoiling the freedom and fun of the Internet? You’re not alone. And now there’s something you can do about it. “Don’t ask for your privacy. Take it back.”  That’s the theme of Reset the Net — a new worldwide [...]

Word Choices: Pro-Market, Not Pro-Business

May 18th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 9 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Libertarians enormously appreciate the positive contributions so many businesses have made to our world. Because of this, libertarians are sometimes labeled “pro-business.” But this is incorrect — and misleading. Libertarians are not “pro-business.” We are “pro-market” — a very different thing. [...]

Grab Those Ideas — Before They Get Away!

May 8th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 8 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) I was enjoying a delightful lunch with Harry Browne and a few other libertarians. Harry was discussing an upcoming book project. As usual with Harry, it was fascinating, enlightening and fun listening. Someone at the table commented on something Harry had [...]

Surveillance, Safety… and Rabbit Hunting

April 22nd, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 8 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) For the past year or so liberty-loving Americans have been appalled by the revelations of Edward Snowden and others about the secret and unconstitutional spying programs the federal government is engaged in. Ironically, we’ve also learned that the programs have been spectacularly ineffective. As the [...]

Raising the Overton Window

April 19th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 7 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) In the 1990s I had the great pleasure of meeting the late Joseph P. Overton at a leadership seminar at the free-market Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Joe was senior vice president of Mackinac. He was brilliant, charismatic, inspiring and fun [...]

Making the Case for Ending the Income Tax

April 17th, 2014 (No Comments)

Ending the personal income tax would be a great blessing for America. And it would achieve many libertarian goals in one single swoop. However, to most Americans — even those who hate the income tax — the idea currently seems unrealistic and breathtakingly radical. Can we persuade others to accept this idea — and eventually [...]

Can We Abolish the Income Tax?

April 2nd, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 7 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) In this issue‘s Intellectual Ammunition section you will find some truly shocking facts about the federal income tax. It’s enough to make you mad — and, I hope, ready to do something about it. In recent years libertarian arguments in many areas [...]

Before You Click “Share”

March 31st, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 6 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Oops! Was my face red! Last week I saw a fascinating article on Facebook. It was entitled “Amazing things you didn’t know your cell phone could do.” Wow! I had no idea cell phones could do all that. I immediately shared [...]

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