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Daily Beast: World’s Smallest Political Quiz and OPH Recruiting New Libertarians at CPAC

March 9th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 5 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Guess which booth at this year’s widely-covered CPAC drew the biggest, mostexcited crowds? (CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Committee — is the nation’s largest annual gathering of conservative activists and office holders, with a strong number of libertarian students among the attendees.) [...]

Word Choice: Blowback — Foreign and Domestic

March 3rd, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 4 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) “Blowback” is a term that originated in the CIA in 1954. It originally referred to the unintended consequences of a covert foreign operation — consequences that are often suffered by the civilians of the nation whose government instigated the covert operation. This [...]

World’s Smallest Political Quiz Taken 21 Million Times Online

February 22nd, 2014 (No Comments)

Great news! As of this week, the online World’s Smallest Political Quiz has now been taken more than 21 MILLION TIMES since we first put it on the Web in 1995. Regular readers will remember we celebrated the 20-million milestone just a few months ago, in late October. So we’re delighted that in the four months since [...]

A Libertarian Approach to Black History Month

February 20th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 3 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Holidays and annual observances offer a great opportunity to present the ideas of liberty to new and receptive audiences. Every libertarian should collect a selection of facts and stories to share on those occasions. (We offer them frequently in the Liberator Online.) [...]

Do You Prefer Cats, Dogs — Or Liberty?

January 18th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 2 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) As president of the organization that publishes the world’s first and most popular online political Quiz, I was naturally interested when TIME magazine posted an online political quiz this month in an article entitled “Your Personality Makes Your Politics.” “Can TIME Predict Your Politics?” the article’s [...]

Word Choices: “Free Enterprise” Instead of Capitalism?

January 14th, 2014 (No Comments)

Word choices are very important. Two words might mean the same thing to you. But to your audience, one word may be far more meaningful and positive than another — and may get your point across not just more favorably, but more accurately. An example is the word “capitalism” to describe the economic system libertarians [...]

The “Trickle Down Economics” Myth — and How to Refute It

January 8th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 1 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Economist and syndicated columnist Thomas Sowell begins a recent column this way: “New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, in his inaugural speech, denounced people ‘on the far right’ who ‘continue to preach the virtue of trickle-down economics.’ According to Mayor de Blasio, [...]

Comparisons: Questions that Make People Think

December 30th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 18, No. 23 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Government is often inconsistent and unfair.  By asking the right questions, you can get people to see this unfairness and inconsistency, and lead them to question commonly-accepted coercive government programs. Here are some examples: “Why should people who spend their own money [...]

December 15 Is Bill of Rights Day!

December 13th, 2013 (No Comments)

Dear friend, December 15 is “Bill of Rights Day” — a day to celebrate, honor and renew support for our precious Bill of Rights. It was on December 15, 1791 that the Bill of Rights — the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution — went into effect. One hundred and fifty years later, in 1941, December [...]

Instead of “Government Subsidies”…

December 6th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 18, No. 22 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Libertarians often complain about “government subsidies” of various types. And rightfully so. Like many people of other political views, libertarians object to government subsidies to corporations. To millionaire farmers. To baseball teams. And so on. We are right to criticize such outrageous [...]

Look Who’s Coming to Dinner

November 25th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 18, 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. (The Liberator Online is an excellent source for such information as a holiday nears.) [...]

Too Much Libertarianism?

November 20th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 18, No. 21 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Little Johnny had been playing outside. He came running into the house and asked, “Mommy, where did I come from?” She’d been waiting for this question, so she took a deep breath, sat down with Johnny, and explained all about the birds and [...]

Halloween: Share Some Scary Facts About… Government

October 30th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 18, No. 20 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. (The Liberator Online is a good source for such information. We frequently share it [...]

World’s Smallest Political Quiz used to explain libertarianism and Libertarian Party at CPAC

October 28th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 18, No. 20 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Libertarian Party Chair Geoffrey J. Neale presented and explained the Libertarian Party at the Sept. 28, 2013, Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in St. Louis, Mo. CPAC is one of the most influential conservative gatherings in the world. attended by activists and [...]

Dramatically Improve Your Conversations with These Simple (But Too Often Ignored) Tips

October 25th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 18, No. 19 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) In past columns we’ve talked a lot about the vital importance of listening. In my communication seminars libertarians are often startled to learn about the power that active, genuine listening can add to our communication efforts. It is equally important that the person you are conversing [...]

Success Stories – How We Can Find Thousands of New Libertarians and Bring Them into the Libertarian Movement

October 18th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 18, No. 19 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Dear friends, Campus libertarians are having great success using free OPH kits provided by the Advocates to reach the libertarian leaders and activists of tomorrow! So far we’ve given over 900 OPH kits free to campus libertarian groups who’ve requested them. It’s one of the biggest outreach [...]

Give Them Something!

October 17th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 18, No. 18 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Maybe you’ve just met someone at a party. You’ve had a great discussion about libertarianism. Now it’s time to leave. You may never see this person again. Or you’ve just delivered a speech on libertarianism to a service club or high school [...]

Listen Up! The Incredible, Free and Too Often Neglected Benefits of… Listening

October 3rd, 2013 (No Comments)

One of the most important — and frequently overlooked, and surprisingly difficult — secrets of truly successful communication is active listening. In our eagerness to tell people about the ideas of liberty, we may miss out on the huge benefits of simply stopping and listening to what the people we are talking are saying in [...]

Libertarian Renaissance!

September 25th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner in Volume 18, No. 18 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Dear friend, Want a blast of GREAT news? Uplifting, exciting, motivating news? Then check out the first article in this issue’s Intellectual Ammunition section: “New Poll Finds ‘Libertarian Renaissance in America.’” This is an explosive story, and it is wonderful [...]

Quick and Easy E-Ways to Help Others Discover Liberty

September 16th, 2013 (No Comments)

(From the Liberator Online, Volume 18, No. 17. Subscribe today!) “What is your political philosophy? It is an interesting question that few people really give time to think about.” That’s how Judge Jim Gray — retired Orange County Superior Court judge and 2012 Libertarian Party vice presidential candidate — began a recent column in the Daily Pilot, a newspaper [...]

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