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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 [...]

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 [...]

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