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Does the Bill of Rights Guarantee the Right to…Own a Pet?

January 21st, 2016 (No Comments)

Does the Bill of Rights Guarantee the Right to…Own a Pet? This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Thomas Jefferson once said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant & free… it expects what never was and never will be.” One can only imagine [...]

Use “Venture Buyers” to Show the Hidden Dangers of Government Spending

December 28th, 2015 (No Comments)

Use “Venture Buyers” to Show the Hidden Dangers of Government Spending This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. You’re probably familiar with venture capitalists. But what about “venture buyers”? I encountered that term this week in an excellent short article entitled “Federal Spending: Now [...]

Run This Up the Flagpole…

November 30th, 2015 (No Comments)

Run This Up the Flagpole… This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. I have always loved the Gadsden Flag – the bold yellow banner featuring a rattlesnake and the defiant words “Don’t Tread on Me.” One of the first flags of the United States, [...]

Success!

October 19th, 2015 (No Comments)

Success! This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. You’ve heard the sayings: “Success attracts success.” “Nothing succeeds like success.” They’re true. People are attracted to success! They are impressed and intrigued by it, they respect it, and they want to be identified with it. Success [...]

Ammunition Against a Powerful Anti-Gun Rights Meme

September 28th, 2015 (No Comments)

Ammunition Against a Powerful Anti-Gun Rights Meme This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. You see and hear this phrase over and over again in the media: “the gun lobby.” Frequently it is prefaced by the word “powerful” as in “the powerful gun lobby.” [...]

How to Prove the Drug War Is Futile and Self-Defeating

August 31st, 2015 (No Comments)

How to Prove the Drug War Is Futile and Self-Defeating This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. “The Iron Law of Prohibition” offers you a powerful argument to help persuade others of the dangers of the War on Drugs. The term was first used by [...]

The Risky Business of Communicating Liberty

August 12th, 2015 (No Comments)

The Risky Business of Communicating Liberty This article was featured in our weekly newsletter, the Liberator Online. To receive it in your inbox, sign up here. Nobel Prize-winning libertarian economist Milton Friedman was one of the earliest prominent public advocates of ending the War on Drugs. In a 1991 interview on “America’s Drug Forum,” a national PBS public [...]

I’m Retiring!

April 19th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 15 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) For the Advocates, some big changes and celebrations are coming up. * It’s the 30th Anniversary for the Advocates. * It’s my 20th Anniversary as Advocates president. * And… I will be retiring as Advocates president at the end of the month. [...]

No One “Pays” Taxes

April 15th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 20, No. 15 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) “You don’t ”pay’ taxes. The government TAKES them.” — comedian Chris Rock. Not only is this quote funny (especially when you hear Chris Rock say it), it makes a profound point — one well worth remembering when talking about taxes and [...]

Classic “Bad Attitude” Anti-Tax Verse — and Hope for Ending the Income Tax

April 9th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 14 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) April 15, Tax Day, is nearly here. It’s a grim subject — so how about some comic relief? And some inspiration, some hope, for change? First, the comic relief. I’ve had a lot of fun over the years with the following two [...]

What Is the “Costberg” — and Why Should You Care?

April 4th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 20, No. 14 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) I’m always delighted to find colorful, eye-opening words and phrases that libertarians can use to help people understand and embrace the ideas of liberty. Here are some very useful terms for bringing attention to the little-known but astounding cost of government [...]

The Most Powerful Way We Have to Change Things

April 3rd, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 13 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) “I have a friend who can always be counted on to have a great book recommendation handy,” writes marketing guru Seth Godin in a recent post at his always-insightful blog. “Another who can not only tell you the best available movie currently in theatres, [...]

“We ran out of pens!” at an OPH at the University of Wyoming

March 26th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 12 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Congratulations, University of Wyoming! You now have an official Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter, thanks to campus activist Ocean Dylan Andrew — and a little help from the Advocates’ OPH (Operation Politically Homeless). Ocean had wanted to start a campus YAL chapter [...]

Two Phrases That Unmask Crony Capitalism and Corporate Welfare

March 24th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 20, No. 12 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Chris Rufer is founder of The Morning Star Company, which employs approximately 2,500 people in food processing and agribusiness. He’s also an Advocates Board member. Last week Chris had an excellent opinion piece published in the New York Times, explaining why [...]

The Vast Graveyard

March 20th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 11 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Who’d have thought it? In 2008, in order to deal with the problem of obesity, the Los Angeles city council banned the opening or expansion of “stand-alone fast-food restaurants” in low-income areas of the city, where about 700,000 people lived. Now the [...]

Get Ready to Build Your Libertarian Organization

March 12th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 10 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Spring is almost here! People will be out and about to enjoy the great weather. Springtime events will be everywhere: art fairs, political rallies, music festivals, gun shows, campus gatherings of different kinds, concerts, and many more… This makes spring a fantastic time [...]

Liberty Language: Instead of “Sales Tax”

March 6th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 20, No. 10 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) As Mark Twain famously observed, “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter — ’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning.” The political words and labels we use are vitally important. I’m always looking [...]

World’s Smallest Political Quiz and OPH Recruit New Libertarians at CPAC

March 5th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 9 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Committee — is the nation’s largest annual gathering of conservative activists and office holders. In recent years it has featured a strong and growing contingent of young libertarian activists among the attendees. This year’s CPAC was [...]

The Greatest Libertarian Accomplishment in History?

February 27th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the President’s Corner section in Volume 20, No. 8 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) What is the most important libertarian accomplishment in history? Not long ago David Boaz of the Cato Institute was asked that question. His response? “The abolition of slavery.” “The greatest libertarian crusade in history was the effort to abolish chattel slavery, culminating [...]

Word Choices: Re-Labeling the Minimum Wage

February 24th, 2015 (No Comments)

(From the One-Minute Liberty Tip section in Volume 20, No. 8 of the Liberator Online. Subscribe here!) Political word choice and labels are vitally important, and I’m always looking for new, more effective political wording. As I’ve noted in past columns, the name of a political proposal can often play a major role in whether it is accepted [...]

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