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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.”
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  • 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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"The philosophy of liberty appeals to me because it says to all people, regardless of race, religion, place of birth, or sex, “If you want to dream, create, build, own, grow, or improve, go for it!”

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3 Pioneering Women in American Business | Lawrence W. Reed

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These three women each possessed a spirit to break barriers. They achieved success and respect in private enterprise.

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Real Heroes Are Grateful People | Lawrence W. Reed

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I’m grateful already for what you graduating seniors are going to accomplish in your lifetimes. And I hope you will always be thankful that you live in a country where there is still so much to be grateful for.

The Advocates for Self-Government
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"But then policy began to move in the right direction, especially between 1985 and 1995, when the country became a Mecca for market-oriented reforms. The net result is that New Zealand’s score dramatically improved and it is now comfortably ensconced in the top five for economic freedom, usually trailing only Hong Kong and Singapore." #FreedomPrevails

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New Zealand's Remarkable Economic Transformation | Daniel J. Mitchell

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New Zealand privatized, cut the budget, reduced taxes, and generally freed up enterprise, and just look at the wonderful results.

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"There are many more examples of women entrepreneurs who have achieved their potential, creating value for society in the process, thanks to liberalizations of markets previously monopolized by European welfare states." #FreedomPrevails

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Free Markets Empower Women Entrepreneurs | Nima Sanandaji

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As the welfare state took over, many industries dominated by women were smothered in red tape or monopolized outright.

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconSeptember 24, 2016 at 3:18 am

"The biggest challenge of all is to be able to make any sense out of the concept of retaliation. It is one thing to bomb a ghost town, where just a few unlucky civilians remain; it’s a whole different thing to target the heart of an enemy stronghold just to deter them from crossing a line in the sand."

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What War and Terror Do to Principles | Abdo Roumani

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Abdo Roumani describes his time in a region being torn apart by war. His principles start to fade with the distant memories of peace and pluralism in Damascus, the city he loves.

The Advocates for Self-Government
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Hehehehe.

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The Advocates for Self-Government
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"Regardless of where Americans stand on gun rights or law enforcement, Picard’s right to protest the checkpoint in peace while carrying a weapon should always be upheld."

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Police Caught Framing Open Carry Activist at DUI Checkpoint - The Advocates for Self-Government

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As America discusses yet another deadly police shooting, the name Terence Crutcher becomes a “viral” hashtag. And as many argue that yet another hashtag won’t make a dent in helping to put an end to the systemic violence associated with law enforcement, Washington Post’s Radley Balko continues to re...

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconSeptember 23, 2016 at 12:13 pm

Democracy in a nutshell.

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The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconSeptember 23, 2016 at 7:57 am

The goal of the police on roads is not to inspire better driving but rather catch people in acts of lawbreaking so that government can collect revenue.

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How Waze Makes Roads Safer than the Police | Jeffrey A. Tucker

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Cops profit from bad driving, but community-driven apps are protecting drivers from fines, from one another, and from themselves.

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconSeptember 23, 2016 at 2:58 am

"There are innumerable stories about regulatory capture, cronyism, and corruption that would never see the light of day if we accepted the argument that everyday emails aren't in the public interest, and what bureaucrats really need to make government more efficient is less oversight."

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Why We Need More Access to Bureaucrats’ Emails, Not Less

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The Freedom of Information Act is crucial for government accountability.

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconSeptember 23, 2016 at 12:38 am

After decades of growth and expansion, the FCC wants to step in as regulators of content.

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The FCC Now Wants To Create A TV Content Commission

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Having a free market was fun, wasn’t it? Unfortunately, more and more – the fun’s over.

The Advocates for Self-Government
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Ponies want to #EndTheFed too, Suzy.

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The Advocates for Self-Government
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You can't be too careful.

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Man Gives Away Teddy Bears, Everybody Panics and Calls the Cops

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You can't be too careful.

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconSeptember 22, 2016 at 4:30 am

This is unreal.

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Police Seize Car, Drive 54,000 Miles, Sell It Without Charging Owners With a Crime

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Michigan forfeiture laws allow assets to be turned over without a conviction

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconSeptember 21, 2016 at 11:23 pm

And consumers ate it up.

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50 Years Ago, Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Scientists To Point Blame At Fat

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Documents show that in the '60s, the sugar industry funded Harvard researchers who, examining risk factors of heart disease, dismissed concerns about sugar and doubled down on the dangers of fat.

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconSeptember 21, 2016 at 5:11 pm

"One of the most powerful arguments for limiting the size and scope of government is the inability of politicians and regulators to keep up with the pace of technological change."

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Digital Privacy Shouldn't Depend on a Law Written in the Time of Stranger Things

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The Electronic Communications Privacy Act was passed in 1986.

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconSeptember 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Sarah Breedlove Walker may have not always seen her own story as an example of how markets help empower the individual. But this generation of young women could learn a great deal from her. Not just because of her defiance in the face of difficulties, but also because of her vision.

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BREED LOVE: What the Country’s First Female Self-Made Millionaire Taught Us About Free Markets - The Advocates for Self-Government

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The African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political activist became one of the wealthiest black women in the country by launching Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing, a company created to meet her communities’ cosmetic needs. Born to enslaved parents in 1867, Breedlove was the first child…

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconSeptember 21, 2016 at 5:27 am

Another government agency that is literally the worst.

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The TSA is a waste of money that doesn't save lives and might actually cost them

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It's not worth the wait.

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconSeptember 21, 2016 at 12:04 am

Is this a step in the right direction?

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An Elementary School Has Kids Meditate Instead Of Punishing Them and the Results are Profound

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Instead of punishing them or sending them to the principal's office, kids go to "the mindful moment room" where they meditate and wind down.

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconSeptember 20, 2016 at 7:01 pm

Do you agree?

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The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconSeptember 20, 2016 at 12:48 pm

It's official - hacking someone's computer counts as a "search" under the Fourth Amendment.

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Federal Judge: Hacking Someone's Computer Is Definitely a 'Search'

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Shouldn’t this be obvious?

The Advocates for Self-Government
Facebook IconSeptember 20, 2016 at 7:43 am

Awkward...

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Police Accidentally Record Themselves Conspiring to Fabricate Criminal Charges Against Protester

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The ACLU of Connecticut is suing state police for fabricating retaliatory criminal charges against a protester after troopers were recorded discussing how to trump up charges against him. In what seems like an unlikely stroke of cosmic karma, the recording came about after a camera belonging to the…