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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 [...]

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 [...]

December 15: Celebrate Bill of Rights Day!

December 4th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 23 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) A little-known but very important U.S. holiday is coming up — one far too many Americans are unaware of. It offers libertarians a great chance to inform Americans of our heritage of liberty and the urgent need today to defend that [...]

December 5 is Repeal Day

December 1st, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 23 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) In 1929, Senator Morris Sheppard of Texas — author of the Eighteenth Amendment that created alcohol Prohibition, known as “the father of national Prohibition,” and the leading supporter of Prohibition in Congress — boasted: “There is as much chance of repealing the [...]

I’m Thankful for…

November 26th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 22 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect on the blessings of the past year and give thanks for all we’re grateful for. At the very top of my list is… YOU! As a Liberator Online reader, you are part of a vibrant [...]

Thanksgiving: Share Some Shocking Facts About Thanksgiving and Big Government

November 22nd, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 22 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Holidays can be a great time to share libertarian ideas with family and friends, so be sure to gather liberty-themed facts, figures and stories specific for each holiday. We often share such information in the Liberator Online as a holiday nears. [...]

Three Caterpillars, a Butterfly… and Liberty

November 21st, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 21 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Three caterpillars — a conservative, a liberal, and a libertarian — looked up and saw a butterfly.  The conservative caterpillar said, “That should be illegal. Why, it’s blasphemous! If God had meant for caterpillars to fly, he would have given us wings.” [...]

“Rockin’ the Vote” — with the World’s Smallest Political Quiz

November 14th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 20 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) “Rockin’ the vote in Chadron” was the title of a November 11 news story in the Chadron Record newspaper of Chadron, Nebraska. The story tells how high school teacher Craig Nobiling uses the Advocates’ World’s Smallest Political Quiz and other innovative tools and teaching methods [...]

“Food tastes better, the sky is bluer…”

November 6th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 19 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Recently I came across a 1952 poem by the renowned San Francisco poet and leftwing anarchist Kenneth Rexroth. Entitled “For Eli Jacobson,” it is a eulogy for an old friend and fellow political activist. “For Eli Jacobson” wonderfully captures the glory of [...]

Forbes Features Fascinating New Use of World’s Smallest Political Quiz

October 30th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 18 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) “Have You Significantly Changed Your Political Views Since Age 18? If So, How?” That the title of a fascinating article at Forbes.com featuring the World’s Smallest Political Quiz. In it, economist Michael F. Cannon describes his intellectual journey from Big Government “socially conservative social [...]

Halloween: Share Some Scary Facts About… Government

October 22nd, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 18 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) The scariest holiday of the year is fast approaching. Bloodsuckers, devils, demons and creeps will roam the streets, demanding we hand over our goodies — or face nasty consequences. No, not the elections — Halloween! Holidays can be a great time [...]

Worth A Thousand Words…

October 10th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 16 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) I’ve written thousands of words over the years about OPH (Operation Politically Homeless) — the classic Advocates outreach tool. If a picture is worth a thousand words… well, here’s a photo that pretty much says it all about OPH. I came across it at [...]

Try This Brilliant Argument Against the War on Drugs

September 28th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 16 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) One of the most powerful arguments I’ve ever heard against the very concept of the War on Drugs was made by Thomas Szasz, the great libertarian psychiatrist. In the introduction to his wonderful book Our Right to Drugs, Szasz wrote: “Casting a ballot is [...]

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 [...]

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