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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 [...]

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 [...]

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