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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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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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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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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