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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 [...]

Remembering Tonie Nathan, 1923-2014: Libertarian Pioneer and Advocates Friend

March 20th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 19, No. 6 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) In 1972 I walked into a Georgia voting booth to proudly cast my vote for the presidential ticket of my choice. My candidates weren’t on the ballot, though. I had to write their names in by hand: John Hospers, Libertarian Party, President Tonie [...]

“Home to Their Families”

March 16th, 2014 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 19, No. 5 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) In a statement this week  — featured in the Intellectual Ammunition column in this issue — the Libertarian Party called for the U.S. to “immediately withdraw all troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and bring them home to their families.” “Bring them home [...]

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.) [...]

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