Volume 20, Issue 33                             September 3, 2015
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In This Issue

Do You Listen?

Renaming Mt. McKinley: An Otherwise Silly Controversy Because of Executive Overreach
The Radical Environmentalist Roots of the Anti-Immigration Movement

See what Murray Rothbard, Colt DeMorris, Daniel "Chappie" James, Mark Micallef and Cedric Alexander have to say about owning it, refugees, excellence, medical marijuana and what libertarianism offers. 

How to Prove the Drug War Is Futile and Self-Defeating  

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From Me To You

by Brett Bittner


Do You Listen? 

I mean TRULY listen.

Or are you waiting for your turn to speak?

We have conversations every day, but I don't see many engaged conversations. I see many participating, as if they are following a script's cues: talk, talk, talk, and wait to talk again.

listeningGreat communicators listen actively, not waiting for their opportunity to speak, scrolling through things on their smartphone, or talking past others in the conversation.

In political conversations, it seems that we only wait for our opportunity to talk past one another. Unfortunately, that means that no participant actually understands the others' concerns or point of view on the issue being discussed. We simply wait to throw out our next fact, figure, emotional pitch, or sound-byte, rather than listening to what others say.

When we truly listen, we get the benefit of hearing a different perspective. We hear their concerns, and we find out how they work through solving an issue of concern to them.

What can you do to make yourself a better listener (and a better communicator)? Try out these five tips from Inc. on The Huffington Post:

  1. Be present. Being "in the moment" is not just for yoga or Grateful Dead concerts. If you are going to take in what someone is saying, you have to truly focus your mental awareness on the person. Push distractions aside. Give a person the gift of your attention. Put down the smartphone, turn off your computer screen, put down the book or magazine, and look at him or her with a neutral or pleasant expression. Most people are so accustomed to having half of someone else's focus at any given moment that this gesture alone will make them feel important and it will allow you to actually hear what they are saying.
  2. Turn down the inner voice. Internal analysis of any conversation is unavoidable and necessary, but often it's at the expense of objectivity. That voice can actually take over in your brain to the point at which you are no longer listening to the person talking and instead simply listening to the diatribe in your head. There is plenty of time after a conversation to assess the value of what you heard, but first you have to hear it. One technique for quieting the inner voice is simple note taking. Writing down even key words or short phrases will force you to absorb the information coming in. Then you can process it on your own outside the presence of the speaker. As an added benefit, you'll have a more accurate representation of what was actually said for later discussion.
  3. Hold up a mirror. This is a technique many psychologists and counselors recommend to help alleviate conflict. When the opportunity arises, speak up and describe for the person what you have just heard him or her say. It is OK to rephrase in your own words. Be sure to end with a request for confirmation: "So what you're most concerned about is that the new hires lack training. Is that accurate?" The speaker then knows you are paying attention and fully engaged.
  4. Ask for clarification. During a conversation, hunt for areas of interest where you might further inquire. Without derailing his or her train of thought, ask the speaker to expand and clarify: "What do you mean by 'interesting?'" or "Why do you think that is so important?" The speaker will appreciate the interaction, and you will gain better understanding of the person's perspective as well as your own perception of the information.
  5. Establish follow-up. At the end of any conversation, discuss and determine if there are action steps required. This check-in will alert speakers to your actual concern for what they said, and help them assess their own relevancy to your needs.Express appreciation for their sharing, and let them know what you found to be valuable from the conversation. Making them feel heard increases the odds they'll truly listen to you when you have something to say you believe is important.

So, are you ready to listen?

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News You Can Use

Written & Compiled by Advocates Staff

Renaming Mt. McKinley: An Otherwise Silly Controversy Because of Executive Overreach

On Monday, the United States Department of the Interior announced that it would change the name of Mt. McKinley, located in Alaska, to Denali. The name change reflects the decades-old wishes of the state, but Ohio Republicans are miffed because they see it as a sign of disrespect toward President William McKinley, who hailed from the Buckeye State.

Mount McKinleyWith a prominence 20,128 feet, Denali is in the highest mountain peak in Northern America and the third highest in prominence the world, behind only Nepal’s Mt. Everest and Argentina’s Aconcagua. In 1917, Congress named it Mt. McKinley in honor of McKinley, who was assassinated in 1901, not long after beginning his second term in office.

Read more about the controversy over Mt. McKinley's name change here...


The Radical Environmentalist Roots of the Anti-Immigration Movement

Immigration is dominating much of the national political dialogue at the moment. Republicans in Congress are preparing legislation to target so-called “sanctuary cities” and eyeing a new five-year mandatory minimum sentence for immigrants who illegally re-enter the United States.

immigrationConservatives, generally, are supportive of rolling back illegal immigration. A recent poll found that 55 percent of conservatives want to deport the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already in the United States. Most Americans – 56 percent, in fact – support a plan that would allow them to stay.

Read more about the anti-immigration movement's radical environmentalist roots here...



You’re in the 1 Percent- Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Our Kids Don’t Belong in School - Boston Magazine
Man Builds Park for Neighborhood That Didn't Have One - WLTX **apologies for the auto-play**

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Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

MEDICAL REFUGEE: â€œI watched what chemo did to my mom and I watched her chemo and radiation my wife has been through and there's a safer alternative to combat things like cancer. I'm very angry now because I have to sit here and now we have to try to move to save her life.” â€” Colt DeMorris, Founder, NORML El Paso Chapter, September 1, 2015

THE POWER OF EXCELLENCE"If they were going to hinder me with racism, I was going to overcome through the power of excellence!" â€”  Daniel "Chappie" James, First African-American Four-Star General in the Armed Forces 

NOT IN VAIN: â€œIn the end, the answer I gave myself is that we respect the dignity of those children more by publishing the photos of their bodies than by not publishing them. If the pictures move a single politician holding an unhelpful position, their death would not have been completely in vain.”  â€” Mark Micallef, Editor of the Migrant Report, September 2, 2015

OWNING IT?: "Are we perfect? Absolutely not. But when we find a mistake, we own it. We own the fact that we were at the wrong house. We didn't hide it. We didn't mismanage it. We were at the wrong location based on information that was given to us."  â€” Cedric Alexander, DeKalb Director of Public Safety, September 1, 2015
"Quotable" is compiled by members of the Advocates staff.

Sharon Harris
One Minute Liberty Tip

By Sharon Harris
How to Prove the Drug War Is Futile and Self-Defeating

“The Iron Law of Prohibition” offers you a powerful argument to help persuade others of the dangers of the War on Drugs.

white lightning (moonshine)The term was first used by Richard Cowan, longtime libertarian activist and former director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Cowan introduced the term and the concept behind it in a 1986 cover article for the conservative magazine National Review.

Read about how to disarm drug warriors here...

Sharon Harris was president of the Advocates from May of 1995 until May of 2015. She continues to write about and teach excellence in libertarian communication. She is co-author of the Amazon #1 best-selling book, How to Be a Super Communicator for Liberty, about which Ron Paul said: “I recommend this book to everyone serious about winning the battle for liberty. These essays will help libertarians improve their ability to answer the tough questions, make our philosophy relevant to people’s everyday concerns, and most importantly win converts and grow our movement.” You can purchase the print version from the Advocates or the ebook version from Amazon.

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