Volume 20, Issue 26                              July 16, 2015
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In This Issue

Outsourcing is TERRIBLE!

No, Immigrants Don't Make the U.S. Less Safe
Chipotle Increases Prices in San Francisco to Match Increase in the City's Minimum Wage

See what Lawrence Reed, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, David Boaz and Benjamin Franklin had to say about helping the poor, the "gig economy," Edward Snowden, and the best and worst of government.

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From Me To You

by Brett Bittner


Outsourcing is TERRIBLE!

Camden NJJobs 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 with that liberty, while recognizing that the price of individual liberty is responsibility, both personal and social.

Today, Americans outsource responsibility to government.

Rather than seeking knowledge about what is in the food we eat and how safe it is, we outsource that responsibility to the FDA and USDA. They do such a great job of preventing outbreaks of foodborne illness and ensuring that we have nutritious meals every time we eat, don’t they?

Rather than caring for others through mutual aid societies and private charity, we outsource that responsibility to the alphabet soup that is SNAP, AFDC, and TANF. Those programs keep people from going hungry and from living on the street so well, don’t they?

Rather than choosing the type and quality of education our children receive, we outsource that responsibility to a school system that chooses for our children the type and quality based on our ZIP code. Government schools continue to provide the highest-quality, individualized education that each of our children will need to succeed in the world they will face as adults, don’t they?

What if we chose to take back the responsibility of all that we’ve outsourced to government and focus on how we can flourish with the liberty that comes along with it?

Will you be more responsible with me and end this outsourcing?

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No, Immigrants Don't Make the U.S. Less Safe

Immigration has been catapulted back into the national political discussion in recent weeks, thanks to the comments of a bloviating celebrity businessman who is desperately seeking relevance.

immigrant family

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” he said last month. “And some, I assume, are good people.”

While some justifiably cringed at the notion, immigration restrictionists have praised the comments, especially after the tragic death of Kate Steinle, who was murdered by an illegal immigrant in San Francisco.

Read more about the correlation between crime and illegal immigration here...

Chipotle Increases Prices in San Francisco to Match Increase in the City's Minimum Wage

If you live or work in San Francisco, the delicious burritos you buy at your local Chipotle are going to be a little more expensive, and you can thank the city’s new minimum wage law, which took effect on May 1.

American Enterprise Institute economist Mark Perry made note of a report from William Blair, an investment banking firm, which noticed the price increase and surmised its cause.

chipotle burrito“San Francisco…saw across-the-board price increases averaging over 10%, including 10% increases on chicken, carnitas (pork), sofritas (tofu), and vegetarian entrees along with a 14% increase on steak and barbacoa,” the report said. “We believe the outsized San Francisco price hike was likely because of increased minimum wages.”

In November, voters in San Francisco overwhelmingly passed a referendum mandating a gradual increase in the city’s minimum wage from $10.74 an hour to $11.05 in January and $12.25 in May. By 2018, San Francisco’s minimum wage will be set at $15.

Read more about how the minimum wage hike in San Francisco is affecting those they intended to help here...


Drop That Snack! - Reason
The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders - The Atlantic
Tucson PD releases names of people possibly connected to prostitutes — after removing those who happen to be cops - Washington Post


What Else Are Libertarians Ahead of the Curve On? - The Daily Caller
The Use of Knowledge in Society -
700 million humans have moved out of deep poverty in the 21st century. Thank capitalism - AEIdeas

In The News is written and compiled by staff at the Advocates for Self-Government. 
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Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum
FEE President Lawrence Reed

KILL THE TRAITOR: "[Edward Snowden] is really doing damage to this country, and he’s also making us look like dopes. We can’t allow this guy to go out there and give out all our secrets and also embarrass us at every level. We should get him back and get him back now.” â€” Donald TrumpBusinessman & Candidate for President, July 2, 2015

GOOD JOBS: "This on-demand or so-called gig economy is creating exciting opportunities and unleashing innovation, but it's also raising hard questions about workplace protection and what a good job will look like in the future," â€”  Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State & Candidate for President, July 13, 2015

THE CRAZIES: "“I don’t want to drink raw milk, but some people do. I don’t want to smoke marijuana, but some people do. It’s also true that a lot of Republicans still want to fly the Confederate flag, and only a few years ago it was the Democratic Party that put the Confederate flag on top of the South Carolina statehouse. Bernie Sanders looks at a world full of Venezuela and Greece and says, ‘Let’s be more like those countries.’ Who are the crazies?”"  â€”  David Boaz, Executive Vice President at The CATO Institute, July 14, 2015 
Benjamin Franklin on how to help the poor
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Dr. Mary Ruwart
Ask Dr. Ruwart

By Dr. Mary Ruwart

When Should ID Be Required?

QUESTION: What is your position on requiring ID to buy firearms? What about voting?


MY SHORT ANSWER: Most libertarians don’t believe that ID should be required for purchase of firearms. Recording a person’s ID or making them register a handgun allows the government to easily confiscate weapons if it wants to disarm part of the population.

Some libertarians believe that a background check, which would require ID, is a reasonable way to keep violent criminals from easy access to firearms. 

Read more about when IDs should be required here...

Short Answers to Tough QuestionsDr. Mary Ruwart is a leading expert in libertarian communication and author of the international bestseller Healing Our World. She is also author of Short Answers to Tough Questions, in which you will find a collection of her answers from this column. In this column she provides Liberator Online readers with answers to questions libertarians are often asked. Dr. Ruwart is a research scientist, ethicist, and a libertarian author/activist. 

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