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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What Is Right Isn’t Always What Is Legal

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When discussing libertarianism with others, never forget that we have one of the best tools at our disposal at almost all times. We have the biggest recruiter to libertarian philosophy, and that is government. One of the best ways that we can utilize that tool is that we can talk about the difference between what is right and what is legal. Those two are NOT one in the same. On the one hand, we can talk about the things that are right. We can talk about the things that we know to be true. We can talk about the things that are the result of the decisions that you and I make about what is ...
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How Did We Get Here?

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It’s 2016. We are 40 days from the Presidential election. So, how did we get here? As a country, we’ve abandoned hope, we’ve given in to fear, and we’re seemingly okay with it all. A long time ago, the ideals of the American Dream went away. They were replaced by people “knowing what’s better.” They promised to fix the ills of society by giving them the ability to plan what you and I do. As with any social change, it began with something small, limiting an act in the interest of “common sense,” or “safety,” or “the future.” Once empowered, they used fear to drive public opinion to ...
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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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What Would It Take To Make You Leave Everything Behind?

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The actions that could lead one to leave everything behind is the central theme discussed by Oliver Stone’s newest film, “Snowden.” Framed by the June 2013 release of information to journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewan MacAskill, along with documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, the film takes us on a course of a young man enlisting in the Army Reserves, being discharged after an injury, and moving on to a series of information security positions both inside and contracted by the CIA and the NSA. Prior to the screening, a special message from Oliver Stone spoke to the danger to privacy tha...
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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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