Which Libertarian Are You?

As the libertarian philosophy gains popularity in response to the repeated failures of government, we need to define which type of libertarians we want to be. Our numbers are growing, and as we reach critical mass, we need to start to specialize our political activities. In my mind, there are three kinds of libertarians in politics: the candidates, the party or cause leadership, and the activists. You should recognize this specialization as the division of labor. Previously, libertarians had to "wear many hats," because of how few our numbers were. Today, that is not the case. Have you ever ...
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Lead By Example, Not With A Label

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“I’m not sure how active I can be in the liberty movement while I’m building my business.” That is pretty close to what I recall from a conversation over dinner last week, where I was having my brain picked by someone who is “dipping their toe” in the world of politics after previously being fairly apathetic. The response to my guest was probably not what he expected, but it led us into a great conversation. I told him, “Lead by example, not with a label.” While that may sound simplistic, I know many in the liberty movement who may as well wear a sign around their neck that says “I’M ...
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How Libertarians CAN Win

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If this post got you fired up, thinking that I'm a defeatist who sees nothing good coming from the efforts of Libertarians/libertarians and other grassroots candidates, keep reading.  I rarely identify a problem, oppose an idea, or "play pessimist" without having an alternative or a plan. Civic Involvement Anyone considering a run for office should attend meetings for that office, long before announcing or qualifying for the post.  Our civic involvement should have others asking us to campaign and lead, rather than being an afterthought once already committed to running.  Not only will w...
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Why Libertarians Lose

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“Libertarians will never win.”  “Why don’t you just join the Republican Party?”  I’ve heard all the reasons I’m “doing it wrong” from people outside the Libertarian Party.  “We don’t have ballot access.”  “We aren’t able to raise money, because we aren’t bought by special interests.”  I’ve heard every excuse inside the Libertarian Party about why we do not win elections.  Aside from the ballot access issue and joining the Republican Party, what you’re about to read is also valid for “small L” libertarians, grassroots campaigns of either the Democratic or Republican variety, and nearly any rece...
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Charter Passage Won’t ‘Move Needle’ For Most Students

This was originally published in the Marietta Daily Journal yesterday. Choice. It is a beautiful thing. We choose which car to buy, what shirt to wear, or which cereal will be swimming in milk for breakfast. This election cycle, Georgia voters will decide whether we amend our state Constitution to allow the state to authorize and fund “special schools” that are not approved by the elected school boards serving local communities. Unfortunately, most voters will not delve into the language of the authorizing resolution or discuss with legislators the intent of the amendment they voted f...
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Three Questions on the Transportation Investment Act

This was originally published on the Civic League of Regional Atlanta's blog (and newsletter) and re-published on Peach Pundit. After serving on the Steering Committee for last summer’s “Get A Move On” Townhall, I was asked by the Civic League to respond to three questions regarding the upcoming voter referendum on the Transportation Investment Act of 2010. Originally, my responses appeared on their blog and in an e-mail newsletter. I’ve included the questions and my responses below: What’s good about the Transportation Investment Act? When the Transportation Investment Act pas...
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Which America Do You Want?

This was originally published yesterday in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With great fanfare, Atlanta officials unveiled a new video surveillance center at a news conference last week. Atlanta police Chief George Turner expects the “cutting-edge technology” of the cameras to allow police to “stay one step ahead of lawbreakers.” But it does not appear that city leaders who approved this “video integration center” in July did their homework on costs or supposed benefits of the cameras or the accompanying surveillance. A grant of $2.6 million of taxpayer funds from the Department o...
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Where is the HELL NO option?

This was originally published on Peach Pundit. As the 2010 midterm elections drew to a close, Cobb County residents were in the midst of another political battle waged over the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) expiring at the end of this year. With what started as a six-year $750 million project list, the Cobb County Commissioners soon found that many fiscally conservative voices in the Georgia Tea Party, the Libertarian Party of Cobb County (of which I am the vice-chair), the Georgia Taxpayers Alliance, and now the local chapter of Americans for Prosperity, as part of a coal...
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