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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If You See Something, DO Something

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The Department of Homeland Security’s “If you see something, say something” campaign has become the unofficial slogan of post-9/11 America. It’s been the butt of jokes by libertarians since its launch, and DHS re-launched the effort with new videos earlier this year. This campaign is the epitome of Big Government “solutions.” It reinforces the idea that we should outsource responsibility to them, rather than looking out for ourselves. As libertarians, we understand that the price of individual liberty is the personal responsibility that comes with it. While this slogan is directed...
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Do What You Say You’ll Do

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There are many approaches to summarizing libertarian philosophy, whether it’s “The Golden Rule,”rugged individualism, or the complete works of Ayn Rand. Personally, I embrace Richard Maybury’s approach most, when he introduces two laws in “Whatever Happened to Justice?“: Do all you have agreed to do, and Do not encroach on other persons or their property. I find that most libertarians handle the second of those laws quite well, as most of us subscribe to the non-aggression principle. Where we can ALL, libertarian and non-libertarian alike, use a bit of help is with the first. Ca...
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Change We Can Believe In

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Obviously, we’re not talking about the campaign slogan from eight years ago. We are at a point where the dynamics of media are changing. More media outlets, bloggers, instant LIVE broadcasts, and social media drive conversations outside the tightly controlled messaging we’ve seen in the past. Because of the “always on” nature of many of these developments, the way news is presented is changing… For the better. With the ability to break news at any time, how people interact is changing. Today, we know more about what’s happening throughout the world, rather than a narrative that can be co...
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Learn By Doing

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin He’s right! The best way to learn is to get involved, and just do it. While reading books, watching videos, and listening to speeches can deliver a positive learning experience, I learn best by doing. On top of that, there is nothing more motivating than my being told that I can’t do something. In that, I’m sure that I’m not alone. Ten years ago, I’d never stuffed envelopes for a candidate or a political organization, let alone run for office (or won re-election). The majority of what I...
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Outsourcing is TERRIBLE!

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Jobs shipped overseas! Sweatshops exploiting the poor! Workers laid off! We’ve all seen a politician or two try to score political points by talking about outsourcing and how outsourcing destroys the fabric of America… Or it takes jobs from Americans… Or it is bad for the economy… What if I told you that none of those politicians sees that they serve as the mechanism by which EVERY American outsources the worst thing we possibly could. We outsource responsibility. Within (and hopefully outside) the libertarian movement, we discuss individual liberty and all that flourishes wi...
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