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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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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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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