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Volume 18, No. 9                                          May 8, 2013
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In This Issue

PRESIDENT'S CORNER
* One of Liberty's Greatest Treasures

INTELLECTUAL AMMUNITION
* New Interactive Map: What Are the Most Free -- and Least Free -- States?
* The Boston Drone Strike
* VIDEO: Ron Paul, Pop Star -- Joined by Kevin Smith and Others in Amazing Anti-Drug War Music Video
* Walter Williams: The Minimum Wage and Black Unemployment
 
THEY SAID IT: Taxation is theft, rules Judge Napolitano.... Jay Leno tells Obama how to shut down Guantanamo and warns about those slippery Federal Reserve Notes.... Something is missing from the Bush Presidential Library, says David Letterman.... Good parents should support drug re-legalization, says noted author.... New report: U.S. officials engaged in torture.... Rand Paul says we need the Bill of Rights, not martial law....

PERSUASION POWER POINT #347
* How You Can Become a Slightly Famous, In-Demand Libertarian

ASK DR. RUWART
* How can we provide care and education for children of poor or irresponsible parents?

ONE-MINUTE LIBERTY TIP
* Robert LeFevre's Three Zones of Libertarian Communication

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE ADVOCATES
* May 19: Sharon Harris to speak at Libertarian State Leadership Alliance, Aurora, Colorado
 * FREE OPH KITS for libertarian student groups!
* Join the Advocates on Twitter
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* 2013 Freedom Cruises

President's Corner

by Sharon Harris





One of Liberty's Greatest Treasures

Dear friends,

There are miracles all around us, if we will just open our eyes and see.

That is one of the key lessons in "I, Pencil," a short, whimsical little story that is justly famous as one of the greatest essays ever written about the wonders of the free market. 

It was penned by Leonard E. Read (1898-1983), Founding President of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), America's first free-market think tank, and it was first published in the December 1958 issue of The Freeman.

Last issue I shared one of my favorites by Read, "In An Ideal America," his inspiring 1955 description of a free society. 

Read's undisputed masterpiece, however, is the delightful little "I, Pencil." If you haven't experienced "I, Pencil" …well, you've missed one of liberty's greatest treasures. 

The concept of "I, Pencil," is simplicity itself -- indeed, Read's genius is to present one of the most important ideas in the world so clearly and simply that a child can understand it. Yet this idea is incredibly profound. When you grasp it, it can change forever the way you look at the world. 

"I, Pencil" is narrated by a pencil -- an ordinary yellow lead pencil of the type found in school rooms everywhere.

Ordinary, yes -- but also extraordinary. As the pencil says early in his story, "I, Pencil, simple though I appear to be, merit your wonder and your awe... I have a profound lesson to teach." 

And indeed he does. If you have not yet encountered "I, Pencil," I urge you to do so right away. And if it's been a while since you've read this classic, you may want to dip into its wisdom again. Share it with everyone you know.

The Foundation for Economic Education has made it available in several formats here.  

At that page, you can: 

* Read it online with an introduction by current FEE president Lawrence W. Reed and an afterword by Milton Friedman

* Download an audio mp3 version.

* Read and download a handsome PDF edition. 

* Purchase a print copy. 

Donald J. Boudreaux, a past president of FEE, once wrote: "If I could choose one essay or book that everyone in the world would read, I would unhesitatingly choose 'I, Pencil.'" 

And Milton Friedman said: "Leonard  Read's delightful story, 'I, Pencil,'  has  become  a  classic, and deservedly so. I know of no other piece of literature that so succinctly, persuasively, and effectively illustrates the meaning of both Adam Smith's invisible hand -- the possibility of cooperation without coercion -- and Friedrich Hayek's emphasis on the importance of dispersed knowledge and the role of the price system in communicating information that 'will make the individuals do  the  desirable things without anyone having to tell them what to do.'"

Yes, it's that powerful. Read it and be filled with wonder at the unseen and unappreciated miracles that are all around us -- thanks to the free market.

In liberty,

Sharon
sharon@theadvocates.org

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Intellectual Ammunition

by James W. Harris





New Interactive Map: What Are America's Most Free -- and Least Free -- States? 

What's the freest state in America? How free is YOUR home state?

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University -- which describes itself as "the world's premier university source for market-oriented ideas" -- is glad you asked. 

They've created Freedom in the 50 States -- a fun interactive map that lets you quickly see how each state ranks on personal and economic liberty. 

The Freedom in the 50 States map also helpfully offers suggestions as to how each state can move higher in the listings. (We can only hope that some kind of competition evolves out of this.)

To create the rankings, Mercatus scores each state on more than 200 policy issues of economic and personal liberty. 

To measure economic freedom Mercatus examines a wide variety of fiscal and regulatory issues, including taxation, size and cost of government, property rights, occupational freedom, and much more. 

Personal freedom is measured in these categories: gun policy, alcohol policy, marijuana-related policy, travel policy, gaming policy, miscellaneous civil liberties issues, education policy, civil asset forfeiture, law enforcement statistics, marriage policy, campaign finance policy, and tobacco policy. 

A FAQ at the site gives details on how these figures are gathered and weighed. 

Mercatus finds that high taxes and excessive state regulation are strongly associated with weaker economic growth. And more personal freedom attracts residents from less-free states.

As Jason Sorens of the Mercatus Center notes: "People definitely consider tax burden in their choice of a new home. Business regulation can dampen job opportunities, and people tend to move where the jobs are. Medical cannabis users move where their medicine is legal; gun enthusiasts move where their lifestyle is respected; same-sex couples move where they have legal rights; home-schooling parents move where they can educate with less state control."

So who are the biggest winners and losers?

According to Mercatus, North Dakota is the freest state in the United States. The Peace Garden State scores very well on economic issues and slightly above average on personal freedom. 

Scoring at the bottom is New York. New York has the highest taxes in America, the biggest debt, and major restrictions on personal liberty. 

Perhaps this explains why New York also has the highest percentage of former residents. Fully 9 percent of the state's 2000 population fled New York for freer states between 2000 and 2011 -- the highest such number in America. Coincidence? Unlikely. 

With states consuming more and more of our dollars and intruding on our freedoms, the Freedom in the 50 States map offers valuable information -- information that citizens can use to demand more personal freedom in their state.  

The Boston Drone Strike

Micah Daigle of San Francisco, posted the following short piece at his Facebook page, after the manhunt for Boston Marathon terrorist suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ended in Watertown, MA.

He didn't expect it to gather much comment. But it quickly went viral, viewed by thousands of people around the world. Among them were many Pakistanis who live under the stress of constant drone attacks, and who thanked him for trying to see the world from their position. 

Here's what Daigle wrote: 

"On Friday at 7:05pm Eastern Time, Boston Police received a report that suspected terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was hiding in a boat in Watertown.

 "At 7:15pm, the low buzz of a drone was heard overheard. Seconds later, an enormous explosion engulfed the area, destroying the boat and several nearby homes. Sources say 46 Watertown residents were killed in the missile strike, including 12 children."

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"Of course, that's not what happened. But if it did, wouldn't we find it unconscionable?

"If so, then why are Americans okay with our government doing this to people in other countries?

"In Pakistan alone, the U.S. government has killed more than 3,000 people with drone strikes... and only 1 out of 50 were suspected terrorists. The rest were bystanders, rescue workers, and children.

"Let's stop this madness now.

"One people. One planet. "

VIDEO: Ron Paul, Pop Star -- Joined by Kevin Smith and Others in Amazing Anti-Drug War Music Video

Hey, who knew Ron Paul could sing so well! 

In January 2008 Paul shocked Republican audiences during the presidential debates by declaring: "We need to repeal the whole War on Drugs. It isn't working. We don't have to have more courts and more prisons. This has to change. …We need to come to our senses."

In his wildest dreams Paul surely never imagined his words would become, of all things, a pop song -- and that he'd be "singing" it in a music video along with other prominent Drug War critics, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and filmmaker Kevin Smith. 
But enter Schmoyoho, aka the amazing Gregory Brothers, renowned for their creation of musical viral videos. Schmoyoho uses the Auto-Tune voice tuning device to alter the pitch of voices to fit a tune and beat. Millions have watched their past videos, which included "The Bed Intruder Song" video -- the single most watched YouTube video of 2010. 

In their new "The War on Drugs Is a Failure" video, the Gregory Brothers magically turn Paul's 2008 debate comment, along with remarks by others, into a pop song with a great message. 

Add some remarkable video editing that, among other things, brings in film stars Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes -- in their Silent Bob and Jay roles -- to sing along with Gov. Chris Christy and Gov. Andrew Cumo, and you've got the makings of a YouTube classic. 

In just two weeks over 250,000 viewers have tuned in to hear Dr. Paul's smooth vocal stylings. 

This super-fun video is another nail in the coffin of the despotic War on (Some) Drugs. Watch it, laugh with it, and circulate it widely.  

(Hat tip to Jon Osborne.)

Walter Williams: The Minimum Wage and Black Unemployment

As the Obama administration pushes for a higher minimum wage, economist Walter Williams warns that the minimum wage hurts those who are most vulnerable and most in need of jobs that a minimum wage increase will destroy: 

"The typical answer given for many black problems is racial discrimination. No one argues that every vestige of racial discrimination has been eliminated. 

"But the relevant question is: How much of what we see can be explained by discrimination? I doubt whether anyone would argue that the reason for lower unemployment, higher labor force participation and shorter duration of unemployment among blacks in the first half of the 20th century was that there was less racial discrimination. 

"I also doubt whether anyone would argue that during earlier periods, blacks had higher education and greater skills attainment than whites. Answers must be sought elsewhere.

"I was a teenager during the late 1940s, living in North Philadelphia's Richard Allen housing project. Youngsters in my neighborhood who sought after-school, weekend or summer jobs found them. I picked blueberries in New Jersey, caddied at Cobbs Creek Golf Club, shoveled snow for the Philadelphia Transportation Co., delivered packages for a milliner, performed janitorial work at Horn & Hardart restaurant, and huckstered fruits and vegetables.

"As a high-school student, Christmas employment for me included after-school and weekend work at Sears, Roebuck and Co.'s mail-order house, and one year, I delivered mail for the U.S. Post Office.

"Such opportunities for early work experiences are all but gone for today's teens living in Richard Allen homes. 

"A major reason is the minimum wage law, which makes hiring low-skilled workers a losing economic proposition. 

"In 1950, only 50 percent of jobs were covered by the minimum wage law. That meant the minimum wage didn't have today's unemployment effect. Today nearly 100 percent are covered. Today's child labor laws prevent youngsters from working in perfectly safe environments. 

"The minimum wage has destroyed many jobs. That's why, for example, in contrast with the past, today's gasoline stations are self-service and theater ushers are nonexistent."

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Intellectual Ammunition is written by Liberator Online editor James W. Harris. His articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, and he has been a Finalist for the Mencken Awards, given by the Free Press Association for "Outstanding Journalism in Support of Liberty."
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They Said It...

TAXATION IS THEFT -- JUDGE NAPOLITANO: "There are only three ways to acquire wealth in a free society. The inheritance model occurs when someone gives you wealth. The economic model occurs when you trade a skill, a talent, an asset, knowledge, sweat, energy or creativity to a willing buyer. And the Mafia model occurs when a guy with a gun says: 'Give me your money or else.' Which model does the government use? Why do we put up with this? " -- Judge Andrew Napolitano, "Taxation is Theft," syndicated column, April 18, 2013.

JAY LENO ON HOW TO CLOSE GUANTANAMO: "President Obama held a press conference today. He said he still wants to close the Guantanamo Bay prison facility, but he doesn't know how to do it. He should do what he always does. Declare it a small business and tax it out of existence." -- Jay Leno, April 30, 2013.

JAY LENO ON FRNs: "The United States Treasury announced that they will put into circulation a newly designed $100 bill in October. Of course, by that time, it should be worth about 50 bucks." -- Jay Leno, April 26, 2013.

LETTERMAN ON THE BUSH LIBRARY: "The Bush Presidential Library is beautiful, and they have a huge section devoted to weapons of mass destruction, but nobody can find it." -- David Letterman, April 25, 2013.

WHY GOOD PARENTS SHOULD SUPPORT DRUG RE-LEGALIZATION: "As a father, I sometimes find myself on the receiving end of an argument that's a perennial favorite of the hardened drug warrior: Why would I, the father of a nine-year-old girl, advocate for a society awash with legally available drugs?

"The answer is simple: My daughter is already growing up in a society in which illegal drugs are easier to procure than alcohol. Unlike the guy behind the counter of my local liquor store, I've never known a drug dealer who checked IDs. …I truly believe that ending prohibition would protect her, not expose her to harm." -- author Tony O'Neill, "Why Good Parents Should Support Drug Legalization," AlterNet, May 4, 2013.

U.S. USED TORTURE AFTER 9/11, INVESTIGATION SHOWS: "…it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture… the nation's highest officials bear some responsibility for allowing and contributing to the spread of torture… there is no evidence there had ever before been the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after September 11, directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody." -- from the 577-page report of the Constitution Project's bipartisan "Task Force on Detainee Treatment," a detailed analysis of the treatment of prisoners following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

DEFEND LIBERTY AT HOME -- RAND PAUL: "Because some terrorists will battle us here at home doesn't mean we want the laws of war or martial law at home. The Bill of Rights still needs to reign supreme. Our soldiers have sacrificed life and limb for our Constitution -- it seems the least we can do is defend them in the homeland." -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Wall Street Journal, April 29, 2013.

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Persuasion Power Point #347

by Michael Cloud





How You Can Become a Slightly Famous, In-Demand Libertarian
 
Specialize.
 
Become THE Expert in one niche of libertarianism.
 
Thousands and thousands of libertarians know a lot about libertarianism. They've read dozens of libertarian books, white papers, and briefings. They've joined libertarian study groups and participated in libertarian academic conferences. They subscribe to libertarian email newsletters and read libertarian blogs.
 
The supply of generalist libertarians is large. The demand modest.
 
If you or I wanted to be THE go-to, in-demand generalist libertarian spokesperson, we would need to be radically better than libertarian academics at Harvard, Yale, or George Mason. Dramatically better than the think tank libertarians at CATO, Reason, the Independent Institute, or Heartland. We would need to write and publish and promote well-researched books on libertarianism. AND we would need to regularly write and speak and promote our expertise as much as those institutions promote their credentialed libertarians.
 
This competition is massive, well-funded, knowledgeable, and skilled. Your chance of coming out on top? Very slim.
 
But there are thousands and thousands of small, uncultivated, but very important libertarian knowledge niches. Not the huge field. One small section of it.
 
Freedom is a huge field. What if you specialized in freedom of assembly, or free speech, or freedom of the press? Each is narrower than freedom. But each of those specialties is still huge. What if you specialized in a part of, say, freedom of the press? What if you specialized in freedom of the press in colonial America? Or from 1800 to the end of the Civil War? Or what if you specialize in freedom of the press as an individual right -- rather than a privilege of recognized news reporters and news media?
 
What if you were to study, research, and blog about freedom of the press as an individual right? What if you devoted one hour each day for eighteen months? Could you become THE libertarian expert on the subject? What if you kept studying, researching, writing, and speaking on the subject for eighteen months more? In three years, could you become the undisputed libertarian authority on the subject?
 
Yes.
 
And you would be sought out, quoted, and cited by writers and news reporters who want expert information and opinion on your libertarian niche or specialty.
 
Consider two examples.
 
Jack Dean specializes in news, information, and insights on California government employee pensions. On how they compare to retirement pay in the private sector. He collects and publishes links to news reports, opinion columns, and other studies each weekday at his web site Pension Tsunami. He started doing this in 2005 -- and is the go-to, in-demand expert on California government employee pensions.
 
Richard Winger is THE authority on all matters concerning ballot access.
 
Here's what Wikipedia writes about Richard Winger: “Ballot Access News is a U.S.-based monthly online and print newsletter edited and published by Richard Winger of California, an expert on ballot access law in the United States. Published since 1985, the newsletter advocates ‘fair and equitable ballot access laws.’
 
“Ballot Access News reports on state and federal court decisions, compares American ballot access laws to those of other democratic nations, and documents the number of votes independent and minor party candidates receive. The newsletter also records the activities of the Coalition on Free and Open Elections, an interest group of minor party members and others working together on ballot access law reform issues. Further, the newsletter occasionally notes developments on the usage of instant-runoff voting in the United States.”
 
Jack Dean and Richard Winger are specialists. They get called, quoted, and cited. Their knowledge, their expertise regularly helps the cause of liberty.
 
You can do this, too. In your libertarian niche. In your specialty.
 
Do this for 18 to 36 months and you may well become a slightly famous, in-demand libertarian. 
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Ask Dr. Ruwart

Dr. Mary Ruwart is a leading expert in libertarian communication. In this column she offers short answers to real questions about libertarianism. To submit questions to Dr. Ruwart, see end of column.

How can we provide care and education for children of poor or irresponsible parents?

QUESTION: If some parents cannot take care of their own child, then should we have programs in place that allow the child to be cared for at the taxpayers’ expense without necessarily taking the child away from its parents? I know this flies in the face of libertarian ideals but I am not convinced the private sector has the ability to ensure that ALL children can gain equal access to this type of program.
 
MY SHORT ANSWER: Neither the public nor the private sector will ever be able to ensure that ALL children have equal access to any type of program. Life just doesn’t work that way. Perhaps a more realistic question is “What is likely to give children the most access to what they need?” 
 
The program you describe is well-intentioned and sounds good in theory. In practice, however, parents will use the service as free day care or baby sitting if no questions are asked and will overwhelm the system. The truly needy child will be the exception rather than the rule and won’t get the attention that they need. Indeed, they might not even get accepted or well-treated, as middle-class parents are likely to tip the social workers generously (even if it’s illegal) so that their children get preferred treatment. This is how heavily socialized programs work: they are adopted to benefit the disadvantaged, but actually end up benefiting the advantaged. 
 
For example, about 75% of the tax dollars that are targeted to welfare programs actually go to the middle-class administrators rather than the needy. In contrast, private programs give about 75% of donated dollars to the poor. Thus, the poor get more when charitable giving is private. 
 
If parents can’t take care of their children for economic reasons, the best solution is to slash taxes, regulation, and government spending (on anything, including wasteful welfare). Why? Studies show that inefficient government spending (such as in the welfare example above) results in job destruction, especially jobs for the poor. 
 
When government spends less, more jobs are created and the poor benefit most. More parents can take care of their children. (For examples of such studies, see my book, “Healing Our World,” especially chapters 11 and 12. You can download the 1992 version free at my website, www.ruwart.com, or buy a copy of the 2003 version there or from The Advocates.)  
 
The few parents who can’t care for their children will be better served by the more efficient private sector. Inefficient spending means that fewer parents and their children will be helped. Diverting money to government to spend inefficiently actually makes the problem worse.   
 
LEARN MORE: Suggestions by Liberator Online editor James W. Harris for further readings on this issue: 
 
* “What about the Poor? What about Irresponsible Parents?” by the Alliance for the Separation of School and State.
 
EXCERPT: â€œThere are already philanthropists and foundations that pay private school tuition for the poor. This would increase many-fold, in the form of scholarships and direct aid to schools so they could offer free tuition to needy students. There are also churches and charitable foundations that reach out to the poor and will branch out into the field of education with the extra money that will be available because government at all levels is no longer confiscating it for their own endeavors in the school field. …
 
“This is not a wishful scenario. There are already many people in the private sector working to help the children of irresponsible and of poor parents, but they're up against the stranglehold the public schools have on the children. They are trying to undo damage as it continues to be done. Freeing the children would open endless windows of opportunity.”
 
* “What About the Poor?” by Chris Cardiff.
 
EXCERPT: â€œIn various forms, the question ‘what do we do about the poor?’ outstrips all others as the most frequently asked question about separating school and state. The implicit assumption, only natural after 60 years of the welfare state and 150 years of government control of education, is that government is the only entity capable of looking out for the poor and educating them. Both the historical record and present conditions invalidate this assumption.”

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One-Minute Liberty Tip 

by Sharon Harris



Robert LeFevre's Three Zones of Libertarian Communication

Robert LeFevre was one of the Founding Fathers of the modern libertarian  movement. 

A wonderful short lecture he gave on communication is available online, and I recommend it to everyone who is serious about effectively communicating our ideas. 

One extremely useful concept LeFevre describes is the idea that there are three "temperature zones" at which communication can occur: the Frigid Zone, the Torrid Zone, and the Temperate Zone. 

This concept offers you a great way of easily evaluating how a libertarian conversation is going. 

You have entered the Frigid Zone when you are pushing a lot of words, theories and information at your listener -- more than they can understand or want to understand. You may be too loud, too egocentric, too demanding. In the Frigid Zone your listener grows "cold" to you and your arguments. They don't connect with you, they are bored, they are annoyed, they want to leave. 

You don't want your conversation to be in the Frigid Zone. 

Then there's the Torrid Zone. Unfortunately, a lot of libertarian conversations end up here. The Torrid Zone is hot. It's a place of "heated debates" and "fiery arguments" and "burning rhetoric." You're pushing your listener's "hot buttons." There is little or no communication or persuasion in the Torrid Zone. Instead, both sides become antagonistic and aggressive. Facts, figures, and rhetoric are shot back and forth like flaming arrows. It's a fight, not a communication. In the Torrid Zone our listeners may be turned off to our ideas for good. 

You don't want your conversations to be in the Torrid Zone. 

Where you DO want to be is in what LeFevre calls the Temperate Zone. 

The Temperate Zone is the communication sweet spot. It's a place of friendliness, give and take, and rapport. You and your listener are calm, collected. It's an honest, genuine exchange of ideas. 

You are responsible for choosing which zone you are in. To be in the Temperate Zone, the zone of productive libertarian communication and persuasion, you must always be respectful of your listener. You must understand that they are sensitive and sovereign beings, people who have valued opinions of their own, people who almost certainly know a great deal more about some things than you do. People who have no obligation to accept your ideas and who are actually doing you a favor by listening to, and considering, your ideas. People who have a right to disagree. 

They are, in short, people who are important and worthy of your respect and your attention. (Why else would you be speaking to them?)

To remain in the Temperate Zone, where communication and persuasion happen, you must use the classic communication rules. Listen sincerely to what they say. Be polite. Be nice. Practice good manners. Avoid arguments. Build rapport. Use the many Advocates communication techniques we've discussed in past columns. 

In the Temperate Zone conversations are neither too hot nor too cold. Communication is two-way. It is fun, educational, meaningful, joyful. 

LeFevre's Three Zones of Communication gives you a great tool to instantly assess any conversation or discussion you find yourself in. Just ask yourself: Which Zone am I in right now?

You'll instantly know the answer. If you're in the Temperate Zone, great!

If you're in the Frigid Zone or the Torrid Zone, change your approach -- or leave the discussion or change the subject, and wait for a better opportunity to advance your libertarian ideas. 

LeFevre's seven-minute-long talk expands on this idea. I highly recommend it. You can listen to it here

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Sharon Harris is president of the Advocates for Self-Government.   

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