Volume 21, Issue 6                              February 11, 2016
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In This Issue
Hope Is Not Lost
As Presidential Candidates Promise to Use Torture, Pentagon Releases Photos of Detainee Abuse
VA Property Owners Win Eminent Domain, Freedom of Speech Cases
Factcheck Debates
See what Clint Kelly, Jeff Orlick, Nick Loris and Adam Smith have to say about natural courses, energy, parking and harmful hospitals. 
Show Before Tell
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Hope Is Not Lost

The most liberty-minded candidate for President from the old parties, Rand Paul, may have suspended his campaign, yet all hope is not lost.

The likely nominees on both sides of the authoritarian coin become clearer by the contest, but there are still some torchbearers keeping Liberty at the forefront.

Third parties who don’t participate in the primary process will be nominating their candidates for the office in the coming months, but the most exciting prospect comes from a recent Gallup poll. That poll suggests that libertarians currently make up the largest single faction in the American electorate, compared to conservatives, liberals, and populists.

Quiz resultsThe Gallup results aren’t that different from the data we see in the results of the World’s Smallest Political Quiz.

While candidates like Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, Virgil Goode, and Rocky Anderson didn’t cause any major upsets in 2012, their efforts pushed the non-Democrat/non-Republican vote totals higher. They grew their respective parties’ vote totals and bases of support.

Outside of electoral politics, we are seeing free market solutions that disrupt stagnant industries like ride-sharing has with transportation, in-home hosting has with travel accommodations, and crypto-currency has with the monetary system.

On top of the free market innovations, we see great things happening with the Free State Project, who just “triggered the move” with the 20,000 signers of their Statement of Intent. Later this month, I’ll be speaking in the Live Free or Die state at The New Hampshire Liberty Forum. I’m excited about their recent milestone, and I look forward to what they accomplish with their new Free Staters.

Also this month is the International Students for Liberty Conference, who hosted 1,600 students from around the globe last year. We’ll have a booth there for any readers who would like to stop by.

Even in the political sphere, we’ll still have Reps. Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, and Tom McClintock, as well as Sen. Rand Paul, who look to have a fairly easy path to re-election in Congress, so things in Washington DC aren’t likely to get worse than they currently stand.

Walk the walk,

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Written & Compiled by Advocates Staff

As Presidential Candidates Promise to Use Torture, Pentagon Releases Photos of Detainee Abuse

The Pentagon recently released nearly 200 photos related to its investigation into the US use—and abuse—of torture against detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to The Intercept, the released images are the most innocuous of the more than 2,000 images the government has been fighting to keep confidential.

The pictures were taken between 2003 and 2006. Most of them are close-up shots of detainees’ limbs. Some of them show scabs or bruises. Faces are covered with black bars to keep the detainees’ identities under wraps.

Read more about the released photos and their consequences here...

VA Property Owners Win Eminent Domain, Freedom of Speech Cases

fight between a Virginia public university and a private radio station has ignited an impromptu debate on eminent domain abuse. And while eminent domain laws and their consequences are seldom discussed by the mainstream media, people start to pay attention when both private property and freedom of speech are threatened.

Recently, a Virginia court sided with property owners who had been threatened with eminent domain laws in Norfolk, VA.

A local radio station known as Central Radio Company was targeted by the city in what appears to be an effort to expand Old Dominion (ODU), a public university. But the radio station wasn’t the only business on the hit list. A privately-owned apartment building was also under threat.

Read more about the eminent domain case here...

Factcheck the Eighth GOP Debate

Factcheck the Democratic MSNBC Debate



Capitalism Promotes Equality - FEE
Cam Newton and the Libertarian Moment - Reason
Gallup Finds More Libertarians in the Electorate - Cato Institute 

Students Get Free Shipping From Amazon
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

MORE HARM THAN HELP: â€œWe don't know if the child will have speech problems or eating problems. The concern here is this was a healthy baby that was supposed to leave the hospital, but instead was harmed by the hospital.” — Clint Kelly, Attorney, February 5, 2016

PARKING VIGILANTE: "People take advantage of their positions. I think some traffic officers are afraid to put tickets on some cars just because they have placards in their car.."  â€” Jeff OrlickParking Vigilante, February 3, 2016

MONEY FOR AMERICANS: "It may be bad for [the administration's] goals to fuel cars on algae or push millions of subsidized electric vehicles to the market. But it's putting money back into the wallets of American households."  â€” Nick LorisHeritage Foundation Energy Specialist, February 11, 2016
Adam Smith

Show Before Tell 

In my elementary school years, we participated in Show & Tell, an opportunity to share with the class something neat or unique and lead a discussion about it. The concept was a simple, yet effective way to prepare young people to speak in front of groups.
Show and Tell

Even as adults, this provides us with a lesson in effective outreach to non-libertarians. We need to show that libertarians live their lives in a peaceful, voluntary way…The libertarian lifestyle.

What's Happening with the Advocates

The Advocates will be at the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, DC Feb. 26-28.

Come see us!

Advocates Executive Director, Brett Bittner, is going to speaking at the New Hampshire Liberty Forum. 

Go hear him! 
Are you ready to schedule a libertarian communication event for your liberty-minded group? 

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