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  • Thank you very much for presenting the Advocate’s program on Libertarian Persuasion last weekend. I enjoyed it greatly and learned much from it. I’ve also heard positive comments from its attendees… The Advocates method of libertarian persuasion is positive, thorough and structured – all things that lead to successful efforts to persuade and change policy and culture. Let’s plan more seminars for Indiana!
  • Thanks for all the great insights and tools to help me become a better communicator for freedom. I feel this seminar has strengthened my weaknesses and will make my strong points even stronger. I’m running for office this fall and I feel that the people are thirsty for something new and exciting, and this seminar is a start of something good if not great for me to speak for the cause.
  • The Advocates help people to put into words the longing for independence that most Americans feel deep in their hearts.
  •  Your seminar was inspiring and informative. You gave me specific tools that I can apply to my activism to grow the party, to incorporate into candidate platforms and tools that will help me to continue to fine tune my responses to questions that are asked of me. I will attend another of your seminars, and I will highly recommend it to friends. Thank you for your patience, your wit and for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us.
  • The Quiz has proven to be invaluable in breaking the ice with people who otherwise wouldn’t give our booth a second glance. It opens the door to conversations about personal liberty.
  • “I love, love, love The World’s Smallest Political Quiz and working Operation Politically Homeless outreach booths. It is such a great way to open political dialog about the meaning of freedom, and there are few things more rewarding than helping someone discovery that they are a libertarian and need to be homeless no longer.
  • I can’t imagine setting up our outreach booth without the World’s Smallest Political Quiz handy! The Quiz has increased our traffic tremendously and gives us a great conversation piece.
  • The way that The Advocates for Self-Government talk about liberty and teach others to do so shows an intense passion for it. Programs like the “Libertarian Dozen” and other quality training give activists, candidates for office, and elected officials a great base from which to speak about and share the beauties of self-government.
  • The presentation at the Marietta seminar was wonderful! Sharon always teaches her communications workshops in a way that anyone can understand, and everyone can take something useful away from them!
  • In my campaign, the best way to expose someone to how libertarian they are was the World’s Smallest Political Quiz.
  • Brett’s presentation, “Why Libertarians Lose and How We Can Win” is a valuable training I highly recommend for all Libertarians looking to get elected to public office or help a fellow Libertarian with their election. In this presentation Brett identifies potential areas of improvement and then offers practical solutions based on his personal experience winning an election. I am looking forward to hosting a full day Advocates for Self-Government Libertarian Communication workshop.
  • I had the pleasure of attending Brett Bittner’s “Walk the Walk” speech this year at Liberty Forum. It’s one thing to do activism; it’s yet another to spread the message of liberty passively by actually living like a libertarian on a daily basis. Brett gave practical, real-life examples and the results of walking the walk.”
  • David Cureton, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Mark W. Rutherford, Former Chair, Libertarian Party of Indiana
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  • Dawn Beene, Stockbridge, GA
  • Doug Harman, Former Chair, Libertarian Party of Georgia
  • Caryn Ann Harlos, Castle Rock, CO
  • Chris Mayo, Former Congressional candidate, (IN-7)
  • Brett Bittner, Former Marietta City School Board Member
  • Jordan Collis, Vice President, Young Americans for Liberty at Georgia State University
  • Rupert Boneham, 2012 Libertarian Party of Indiana Gubernatorial Candidate and former Survivor contestant
  • C. Michael Pickens, Former Chair, Libertarian Party of Washington State
  • Rodger Paxton, host of The LAVA Flow Podcast

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The Advocates for Self-Government
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"Sixty-one percent of millennials said they favor vouchers, compared to a national average of 56 percent; 63 percent of millennials said they favor charter schools, compared to 59 percent among all age groups"

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News - Most Millennials Favor School Choice, Survey Finds

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The authors of the EdChoice “2016 Schooling in America” report included an expanded sampling of millennials, those born between 1981 and 1997, “in an effort to better understand where this generation of current and future school parents compares with others (and the national average) on K–12 educati...

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The World Health Organization's Tough Tactics Against Tobacco and E-Cigs

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The World Health Organization achieves consensus on tobacco control and vaping through secrecy, mass detentions, and media censorship. Subscribe to our YouTu...

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Which country do you think it is?

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Whose Country Is Freest of Them All? | Daniel J. Mitchell

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The US fell to #23, mostly because of bad scores in Rule of Law, Size of Government, and Legal System and Property Rights.

The Advocates for Self-Government
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In this Exploring Liberty lecture, Friedman discusses the main premises of The Machinery of Freedom and offers a few additional conclusions he has reached in the years after the first edition of the book was published in 1973.

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Exploring Liberty: The Machinery of Freedom

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David Friedman is an economist, political philosopher, and the author of many books including The Machinery of Freedom, wherein he lays the groundwork for a ...

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconDecember 9, 2016 at 5:55 am

"Congress may be the last place to recognize the need for this tinkering mentality."

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The Importance of Garage-Style Thinking

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Congress and the FDA are stifling innovation from tinkerers and dreamers.

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconDecember 9, 2016 at 12:56 am

"But the issue at hand is not whether reliable interpreters are important and necessary, but rather whether Wisconsin has to have a state licensing process to create them. The experience of most other states, which have no such rule, suggests it absolutely does not."

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Opposing occupational licensing laws doesn’t mean you want incompetent businesses endangering people’s lives

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Arguing that such laws are unnecessary doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be accountability.

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What is a libertarian?

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Facebook IconDecember 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm

"The massive exposure of police actions is continuing to force changes in the system — changes that could see more officers paying for their crimes in the same way that civilians do."

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Why police brutality laws don’t seem to matter in America

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We’re learning that while laws against police brutality exist, they don’t seem to be enforced. Learn More...

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Facebook IconDecember 8, 2016 at 8:52 am

Cheers!

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Cheers to the Market's End of Prohibition | Stanton Skerjanec

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Where there is a demand, a supply will most likely arise. When such a supply is suppressed by government action, but the demand persists, those who demand will find a way to access supply. And thus, black markets are born – the enterprise of men like Al Capone.

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconDecember 8, 2016 at 3:12 am

"Protectionism is rank economic idiocy and an unquestionable assault on liberty."

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Quotation of the Day... - Cafe Hayek

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Tweet… is from pages 164-165 of my Mercatus Center colleague Dan Griswold’s excellent 2009 volume, Mad About Trade: America’s antidumping law is considered holy writ by members of Congress. They express horror at the thought that American companies would be left to the mercy of global competition w...

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"As Adam Smith proved so long ago, a key to prosperity is the expansion of the division of labor, that is, finding ways to benefit from the talents of others wherever they happen to be."

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A Plan to Make Me Great Again | Jeffrey A. Tucker

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I was out shopping for a sweater this weekend and I ran into Donald Trump, who told me that I should stop outsourcing my job.

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These Toys Don’t Just Listen To Your Kid; They Send What They Hear To A Defense Contractor

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Kids say a lot of random, unsolicited, or just plain personal things to their toys while playing. When that toy is stuffed with just fluff and beans, it doesn’t matter what the kid says: thei…

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Be the good.

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"If we’re going to find new ways of communicating the value of capitalism to a new generation, pointing out the radical capitalistic tendencies of people like Chance is a good place to a start."

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Chance the Rapper: A Capitalist Love Story | Sean McBride

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Despite Chance the Rapper's affinity for politicians who are no friends of the free market, his fans can still see him for the entrepreneurial hero that he is.

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconDecember 6, 2016 at 10:57 pm

"What's the big deal about this? Understand that this isn't just about hacking into computers of suspected criminals."

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Broad Expansion of FBI’s Hacking Authority Begins Today

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One warrant and one judge can lead to untold numbers of system intrusions.

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Facebook IconDecember 6, 2016 at 5:55 pm

"But the real faces of the Fight for $15 are the young people and small business owners who have had their futures compromised. Those faces are not happy ones."

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Thanks To 'Fight For $15' Minimum Wage, McDonald's Unveils Job-Replacing Self-Service Kiosks Nationwide

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BY ED RENSI -- The real faces of the Fight for $15 are the young people and small business owners who have had their futures compromised.

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Facebook IconDecember 6, 2016 at 12:03 pm

"How about decentralizing immigration policies, allowing states to apply their own rules by allowing states to become immigration policy laboratories, helping to reduce the burden on the taxpayer?"

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Feds Rely on Unreliable Databases to Deport Undocumented Immigrants, Time to Decentralize - The Advocates for Self-Government

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If the President-elect team has its way on implementing its immigration policies, they could look a lot like what has been happening for the past 8 years. Why? Because the new administration could be making use of the same unreliable database to track undocumented immigrants the current administrati...

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It's simple math.

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Facebook IconDecember 6, 2016 at 7:43 am

"Is it any surprise Haitians practiced a “cut and get out” policy with respect to formerly forested Haitian hills and mountains? Not at all. Likewise, if you were building a house for which you had no legal title, how interested would you be in building a more durable structure?"

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Unlearned Lessons in Haiti | T. Norman Van Cott

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It didn’t take long for the world’s overly emotional members to begin lamenting how Haiti gets the raw end of natural disasters. There were the reports of cholera bacteria being washed down mountains devoid of forests. Did the lamenters ask why the Haitian mountains had not been replanted and tended...

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"But what really gets me angry is the absurd misallocation of law enforcement resources."

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More Inane Developments in the Drug War

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When writing about money laundering laws, I’ll sometimes highlight gross abuses by government and I’ll periodically make the usual libertarian arguments about privacy. But I mostly focu…

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Facebook IconDecember 5, 2016 at 9:59 pm

Have you seen any of these?

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The best films to teach your friends about economics and government

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Here are three movies that can help to demonstrate the concept of public choice theory in action. Learn More...

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconDecember 5, 2016 at 4:34 pm

“What is troubling,” they write, “is what The Elf on the Shelf represents and normalizes: anecdotal evidence reveals that children perform an identity that is not only for caretakers, but for an external authority (The Elf on the Shelf), similar to the dynamic between citizen and authority in the context of the surveillance state.”

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The Elf on the Shelf is preparing your child to live in a future police state, professor warns

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He's always watching. And you better keep him happy.