Where Will You Finish?

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We’ve all seen the inspirational quote, “It isn’t where you start, it’s how you finish.” While I think that it is important to finish well, I find that your starting point is important. For example, how will you know the route to your destination, if you don’t know where you’re starting. More important than either part of the quote though is THAT you finish and WHERE you finish. Our destination is simply our goal. As many can attest, our journey can offer twists and turns along the way. If I’d not joined the Advocates 3 years ago, I would be ramping up my campaign for City Council in...
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Where Is Your Compassion And Understanding?

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How are we different? For many, we have the understanding that nothing can be in the best interest of everyone, save the freedom to decide for ourselves. There is no “one size fits all” solution to any particular issue, because we all have different situations and needs. At our core, we understand this, as we recognize individualism. Our belief in the individual leads us to point out a lack of compassion and understanding when we see solutions involving force. We understand why a person should not be forced to buy a product they do not wish to consume. We also share compassion for those ...
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Dress the Part

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How many people would let someone who isn’t dressed in scrubs to perform surgery? What about allowing an impeccably clean man in a suit work on your car? Both examples above are unlikely, because, as we’ve discussed before, first impressions matter. Part of that impression is “looking the part.” While there isn’t a uniforms for “knowledgeable libertarian” we can make a positive first impression by ensuring we offer ourselves as not only well-meaning, well-informed, but also well-dressed. I’m not suggesting that we wear a top hat and tails everywhere we go, though we should put fort...
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Liberty Tour 2016 at Indiana University

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On Monday, October 11th, Our America Initiative, in conjunction with IU's Against Prohibition, Young Americans for Liberty, and the Libertarian Party hosted a stop on the Liberty Tour 2016 in Bloomington on the campus of Indiana University. Here are my remarks from that event: If you'd like to listen to the audio only version, Many thanks to We Are Libertarians for joining me and recording this event, and you can find more of the speakers here.
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You Might Be the First…

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Recently, I attended an event with numerous political groups using that event to reach out to the community about their political party or movement. While there, I witnessed some astonishing behavior posing as outreach, some of which I couldn’t believe. I offered some advice, though I’ll offer more here today. These days, my outreach activities are mostly internal, within the libertarian movement, though I do have significant experience “in the trenches.” Through that experience I took steps to learn how to improve the results, whether I was to persuading someone to re-examine their poli...
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What’s Your Number?

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3,500 That’s my number. I’ve administered The World’s Smallest Political Quiz 3,500 times in person. This week, I crossed that threshold with a research project I’m in the midst of. That figure doesn’t count the number of times I’ve left a “TIP Card” along with my business card to a server at lunch or dinner.My number above just counts the interactions I’ve had with people at county fairs, gun shows, on campus, for research, and as part of conversations with friends, new and old. That is a lot of conversations about liberty and libertarianism.Before I joined the Advocates, I was alrea...
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More Fit Than Fat

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It is a new year, and like every January that I remember, many of us make resolutions to improve an aspect or two of our lives. Some of us want to spend more of our time and attention with loved ones. Others want to improve our health by kicking a bad habit, watching what we eat, or increasing the frequency with which we exercise. I love seeing people make positive changes in their lives. It’s exciting. Lately though, I have noticed something of a trend among the more fitness-focused in my network. I do not mean the folks who joined a gym the last week of December or were “waiting until after...
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Target Your Message

I was re-elected on Tuesday. I ran for re-election against not one, but TWO, opponents to represent a ward in my city that is home to about 8,000 people after the re-districting process following the 2010 census. I won without a runoff. This stat is why I'm writing this: Only 276 people voted in my race. How did I find 156 people to vote for me out of the 8,000 that potentially could have? I targeted my message. The first round of eliminations took place with a simple action. I requested the voter registration data for my ward from the county Board of Elections. That request cos...
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