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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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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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’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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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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