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(From the They Said It… section in Volume 18, No. 19 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!)

GUESS HOW TO END MOST VIOLENCE CRIME IN CHICAGO: “Most of Chicago’s violent crime comes from gangs trying to maintain control of drug-selling territories.” – Jack Riley, head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for a five-state region that includes Illinois, quoted in “Heroin Pushed on Chicago by Cartel Fueling Gang Murders,” Bloomberg Markets Magazine, Sep 17, 2013. Last year there were more than 500 homicides in Chicago.

PRO BONO CAPITALISM: “‘Rock star preaches capitalism.’ [Laughs.] Wow. Sometimes I hear myself and I just can’t believe it. But commerce is real. … Commerce, entrepreneurial capitalism takes more people out of poverty than aid. Of course, we know that. … Aid is just a stopgap. … We need Africa to become an economic powerhouse.” – Bono, lead singer for the Irish supergroup U2, from a speech at Georgetown University’s 2012 Global Social Enterprise Event, now widely circulating on the web. Bono, one of the world’s best-known philanthropic performers, has long raised funds for African charities.

SYRIA SHOWS MORE AMERICANS AGREEING WITH RON PAUL: “The American people have spoken out against war. Many more are now asking what I have been asking for quite some time: Why is it always our business when there is civil strife somewhere overseas? Why do we always have to be the ones to solve the world’s problems? It is a sea change and I am very encouraged. We have had a great victory for the cause of peace and liberty and let’s hope we can further build on it.” – Ron Paul, “Has The Tide Turned Against The Warmongers?” Texas Straight Talk column, September 16, 2013.

MINIMUM WAGE MADNESS: “One of the simplest and most fundamental economic principles is that people tend to buy more when the price is lower and less when the price is higher. Yet advocates of minimum wage laws seem to think that the government can raise the price of labor without reducing the amount of labor that will be hired. … Countries with minimum wage laws almost invariably have higher rates of unemployment than countries without minimum wage laws.” — economist and syndicated columnist Thomas Sowell, “Minimum Wage Madness,” Sept. 17,2013.

LEAVE POT USERS ALONE, GO AFTER REAL CRIMINALS: “There is no greater waste of valuable taxpayer dollars than branding hundreds of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens as criminals simply for choosing to use a substance less harmful than alcohol. Given the fact that most Americans support taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol, I suggest our police and prosecutors find a better use of their time.” — former prosecuting attorney Dan Riffle, now director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, Sept. 16, 2013.

THE REAL WORRY: “How many are worried about a government shutdown? How many are more worried about it starting back up? ” — Jay Leno, Oct. 1, 2013.

LENO RIPS OBAMACARE: “USA Today had a front-page feature on the new healthcare law. It said that the opposition to Obamacare is at an all-time high. It has gotten so bad that the president is now calling it ‘Bidencare.’” — Jay Leno ,Sept. 16, 2013.

LENO ON GOV’T EFFICIENCY: “According to a new report, over the last three years Social Security overpaid by $1.29 billion — thus establishing itself as the federal government’s most efficient program.” — Jay Leno, Sept. 16, 2013.

RAISING THE DEBT LIMIT: “President Obama is now making his case for raising the debt limit. He said raising the debt limit does not increase debt. You know, like raising the speed limit does not increase speed.” — Jay Leno, Sept. 26, 2013.

Which kind of health care would you prefer?

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Which type of health care system would you prefer? – Personal, Self-Reliant, Controlled costs, Voluntary, Effective, Giving vs. Bureaucratic, Forced, Uncaring, Ineffective, Little control of personal decisions and costs…

Criticize by Creating

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FEE recently launched a speaker-series that resembles TedTalks titled Voice and Exit. Advocates contributor Mary Ruwart was a part of the series. It is innovative and encouraging. The first has a powerful message: criticize by creating. If one wants a better life, better government, better community, better media, better currency, do it. There is a way. Innovate.

Some call libertarians too critical. As one wanders through the libertarian movement, one has to ask themselves, “Would I want to engage in a voluntary relationship with this person? You make anarchy scary.”

This talk is about creating the new. If one does not like something, they ought to do it better. Make an example. Don’t make excuses.

“Thanks to the Communist Party of China, we now know the path to poverty alleviation is Capitalism.”

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In 1981, China counted for 43% of the world’s poor. In 2010, China accounted for 13% of the world’s poor. What changed within China? Capitalism.

“Thanks to the Communist Party of China, we now know the path to poverty alleviation is Capitalism.” – Fareed Zakaria

Watch this video to see the power of capitalism:

Have you thought about the name Advocates for Self-Government?

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The name of our organization is the Advocates for Self-Government. Have you ever sat and thought about what our name means? We value the individual and every person’s right to govern themselves. So what does this mean? A new video from our friends at Learn Liberty have a great new video on self-ownership.

Reason: Three Reasons Not to Go To War With Syria

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Reason has published a video with 3 simple reasons why we ought not go to war with Syria.

Description: As the Obama administration beats the drum for yet another military engagement, here are three reasons we shouldn’t go to war with Syria.

Should the US intervene in Syria?

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This is the one year anniversary of the Obama “red line” comments in which the President stated that the military should intervene if Assad used chemical weapons. Sadly, it is clear that the Syrian government did. Now the President now has a choice: intervene or let his words ring hollow.

In a video post on June 8, 2013, Doug Bandow explains why intervention is the wrong approach for Americans and Syrians.

Video Description:

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, specializing in foreign policy and civil liberties. He worked as special assistant to President Reagan and editor of the political magazine Inquiry. He writes regularly for leading publications such as Fortune magazine, National Interest, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Times. Bandow speaks frequently at academic conferences, on college campuses, and to business groups. Bandow has been a regular commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He holds a J.D. from Stanford University. Video produced by Caleb O. Brown and Austin Bragg.

Facebook Shows the Morality of Capitalism

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Facebook is reaching a saturation point. They need a new market of users to continue growth. Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO, announced that they will invest in new infrastructure in emerging markets to bring internet to 5 Million people around the world. (http://cnnmon.ie/1dsZkKj) This newfound tool for information sharing will build new ways to make money, and hopefully topple tyranny. It can bring peace, abundance and harmony in places that desperately need it.

Yes, Facebook will profit by building infrastructure and providing this internet service. But the service will also profit the user. Can we say that the same benefits are always derived from government-funded infrastructure?