Volume 20, Issue 20                              June 4, 2015
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David Nolan
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In This Issue

This Date In History

This Libertarian-Leaning Republican is Someone We Can Learn From
Whoa: Donald Rumsfeld Criticizes George W. Bush's Iraq Policy

See what Milton Friedman, Marco Rubio, Thomas Massie, Jon Stewart, William Faulkner, and Harry Browne had to say about how government isn't Burger King, being better than one's self, mutual exclusivity, the Freedom Act, nation-building, and voluntary exchange.

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JUNE 12, 1776: Formal adoption by Virginia Constitutional Convention of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason 
JUNE 15, 1215:  Magna Carta agreed to by King John (Note: Evidently a formal document was created to record the agreement on July 15, 1215)
JUNE 16, 1723: Birthday of Adam Smith (New style calendar)
JUNE 16, 1933: New Deal announced
JUNE 17, 1971: Pres. Richard Nixon’s War on Drugs initiated 
JUNE 18, 1798: Congress passes Naturalization Act

Advocates Executive Director Brett Bittner
From Me To You

by Brett Bittner

This Date In History

Well, not THIS date in history.

Something we've added to the Liberator Online to help inspire libertarian activists is a list of important historical dates in the week ahead. These include holidays, significant laws enacted, and birthdays of historical figures with a major impact on the libertarian community. This calendar is by no means a finished product, but we have the beginning of what we think will be a terrific tool for libertarians.

I would be remiss if I did not thank the Chairman of the Board for The Advocates for Self-Government, Dr. James Lark III, who compiled this information for our use. His efforts brought us our first iteration, and we welcome your additions.

How great would it be for each of us to utilize (and amend) this calendar to help guide our libertarian outreach?

For some of the events listed or holidays observed, a simple post to Facebook could suffice. It may remind or inspire a fellow libertarian activist about that great idea they have to point out the birthday of an influential figure for libertarians, like Adam Smith's, whose birthday is just 4 days from today.

For more significant historical events, like the signing of the Magna Carta 800 years ago, you may be moved, as our friend and President of the Foundation for Economic Education Lawrence Reed was, to share a terrific lesson about the history, motivations, and effects of such a ground-breaking document. There may even be an opportunity to promote and host an event locally to draw attention to something that holds significance to libertarians for the public at large, like Constitution Day in September. 

In addition to pointing to the upcoming week's events, we prepared a full listing on our website for your use. There, you'll also find a .pdf for your reference and future planning, an option I hope you'll take advantage of to have a more successful (and less rushed) outreach activity.

Will you commit to one activity each week?

Even something as small as noting these events on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or your favorite other social media outlet will have an impact to grow the libertarian movement.

If you do, please share it with us to feature in an upcoming issue, by e-mailing me directly with a photo, link, or description of what you did.



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This Libertarian-Leaning Republican is Someone We Can Learn From

At the young age of 26, Eric Brakey was elected to the Maine State Senate to serve a district in the southern part of the Pine Tree State. He hasn’t wasted any time since arriving in Portland for his first legislative session.

State Sen. Eric BrakeyThe Portland Press Herald profiled Brakey this week, noting that he’s already sponsored 28 bills, including a “constitutional carry” bill that passed the state Senate with bipartisan at the end of May. The bill cleared the state House last week, though with changes that need to be approved by the upper chamber before heading to the desk of Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican.

“It’s great that we have finally gotten to a place where people understand the importance of this protection and are comfortable enough to let our Maine citizens exercise the same freedoms that the state of Vermont allows their citizens to exercise,” Brakey told the Bangor Daily News after the state House vote. Although it’s a progressive bastion, Vermont is known for its strong support of the Second Amendment.

Read more about Senator Brakey and how he's making libertarian strides in Maine's upper chamber here...

Whoa: Donald Rumsfeld Criticizes George W. Bush’s Iraq Policy

Hell may have just frozen over. Donald Rumsfeld, who served as Secretary of Defense from 1975 to 1977 and again from 2001 to 2006, says that President George W. Bush’s attempt to bomb Iraq into accepting “democracy” was “unrealistic.” Rumsfeld made the comments during an interview with The Times of London.

Donald Rumsfeld“The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic. I was concerned about it when I first heard those words,” Rumsfeld told the paper. “I’m not one who thinks that our particular template of democracy is appropriate for other countries at every moment of their histories.”

The comments are surprising. Rumsfeld was one of the major figures promoting the Iraq War. In fact, he was one of prominent administration figures who tried to connect the Middle Eastern country’s dictator, Saddam Hussein, to al-Qaeda and the 9/11 attacks. In September 2004, Rumsfeld, who has since denied making the connection, said the ties were “not debatable.”

Read more about this apparent about-face by Rumsfeld here...


11-Year Old Boy Played In His Yard. CPS Took Him, Felony Charge for Parents - Reason
E. Texas Police Shut Down Girls' Lemonade Stand, Demand Permit - CBS 46 (Atlanta affiliate)
Reason Magazine Subpeonaed Over Reader Comments about Silk Road Judge - Wall Street Journal
Lawsuit: St. Louis County sent SWAT team, killed a dog over code violations - Washington Post


How Policing Works in a Privatized City -
Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance - New York Times Op-Ed
This Device is like an Anti-Drone Forcefield for your Home - Daily Dot

In The News is written and compiled by staff at the Advocates for Self-Government. 
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum
Milton Friedman on voluntary exchange

THAT SOUNDS LIKE NATION-BUILDING: "I think we have a responsibility to support democracy. And if a nation expresses a desire to become a democratic nation, particularly one that we invaded, I do believe that we have a responsibility to help them move in that direction. But the most immediate responsibility we have is to help them build a functional government that can actually meet the needs of the people in the short- and long-term, and that ultimately from that you would hope that would spring democracy...Well, it's not nation-building. We are assisting them in building their nation. We have a vested interest in doing that." — Marco RubioSenator (R-FL), June 4, 2015

TIP OF THE ICEBERG"“The Freedom Act is not the last word on NSA reform. It’s the tip of the iceberg. The House is interested in doing more, and that was expressed in the vote last night." â€” Thomas Massie, Congressman (R-KY), June 4, 2015

NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE: "You can truly grieve for every officer who's been lost in the line of duty in this country and still be troubled by cases of police overreach. Those two ideas are not mutually exclusive. You can have great regard for law enforcement and still want them to be held to high standards." â€” Jon Stewart (<--link contains censored profanity)Host of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, December 8, 2014

BE BETTER THAN YOURSELF: "Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." William Faulkner, author in an interview with Paris Review, 1958 
Harry Browne
"Quotable" is compiled by members of the Advocates staff.

The Libertarian Homeschooler
Conversations With My Boys

By The Libertarian Homeschooler
A brief introduction of our newest columnist, The Libertarian Homeschooler:
A homeschooling mother of two boys, the Young Statesman (YS) and the Baby Anarchist (BA), The Libertarian Homeschooler (TLH) shares her conversations with her sons as they explore the world through the lens of living a very libertarian, self-governing lifestyle. Since 2010, she’s maintained The Libertarian Homeschooler Facebook page, which serves a community of over 50,000 parents and others interested in what homeschooling through a libertarian lens looks, feels, and sounds like. Inspired by Richard Maybury, the TLH household lives by two very important axioms: “Do not encroach on the person or property of another,” and “Do all you have agreed to do.” These two themes are apparent in the conversations about how we should live our (libertarian) lives that we will share in this column.

Do We Homeschool?

The Libertarian HomeschoolerThe Libertarian Homeschooler (Me): Do we do school at home? 

The Young Statesman (YS): No.

Me: Do we homeschool? 

YS: No.

Me: Do we unschool? 

YS: No.

Me: What are we doing? 

Read more about what they are doing, as well as how they view the role of parents here...

The Libertarian Homeschooler is a homeschooling mother of two boys, 9 & 14. You can connect with the community she's created here.

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