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Volume 20, Issue 48                      December 31, 2015
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Robert Ringer
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In This Issue
FROM ME TO YOU 
16 Liberty Action Items for ’16
NEWS YOU CAN USE 
NSA Spied on Israel to Counter Criticism of Iran Deal, Communications with U.S. Lawmakers Intercepted
FactCheck the Third Democratic Debate
#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain
#FreedomPrevails
QUOTABLE
See what John Stossel, William Mauer, Brion Morris, Megan McArdle and George Orwell have to say about liberty, taking government money, the Flint water crisis, property rights and leaving people free. 
ONE MINUTE LIBERTY TIP
Use “Venture Buyers” to Show the Hidden Dangers of Government Spending
WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE ADVOCATES
Find out how to get a FREE OPH KIT for your libertarian student group.
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How Much Is Liberty Worth

From Me To You


16 Liberty Action Items for ’16

"What can I do to help?”

This is LITERALLY my favorite question to be asked, because I can always share SOMETHING that can be done. There’s certainly something for everyone.

Here, I’ve compiled a list of 16 action-oriented items for you to share with your liberty-minded friends:

  1. Liberty in 2016Seek out a group of like-minded people in your area. America’s Future Foundation, The Bastiat Society, and Liberty on the Rocks are all easy ways to network with liberty-minded people, though any civic organization will be helpful.
  2. Seek out a group with whom you frequently disagree. I’m not suggesting that you crash their events, rather I suggest you go to listen to a different perspective.
  3. Identify a candidate for office that you wholeheartedly support, and campaign for him/her.
  4. Run for an elected office where you could serve with passion. A passion for liberty and a passion for the duties of the office will make your service fulfilling.
  5. Affiliate with a local group of organized, engaged, civics-minded citizens.
  6. Pick one issue to speak, write, or advocate for effectively.
  7. Write a monthly letter to the editor about the libertarian perspective on the topic du jour.
  8. Embrace a “disruptive” technology or innovation. 3-D printing, Uber, Bitcoin, AirBNB all come to mind.
  9. Adopt a new “favorite” columnist. In the age of the Internet, it should be easy to find a new writer that you enjoy reading.
  10. When discussing libertarian thought and philosophy, focus on what Liberty offers, rather than focusing on your desire for it. “Sell the sizzle, not the steak.”
  11. Pick a charity to support with your time, talent, or treasure.
  12. Donate to candidates and organizations that you support.
  13. Choose an issue to wave signs, go to a rally, or volunteer to spread the word about.
  14. Find one thing that you can do that will make a positive, lasting difference in the life of one person. It’s easier than you think.
  15. Be nice to everyone, no matter how they treat you.
  16. Do all of the above, and be a shining example of libertarians everywhere.


I look forward to seeing the change you create in 2016!

Walk the walk,

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News You Can Use

Written & Compiled by Advocates Staff

 

NSA Spied on Israel to Counter Criticism of Iran Deal, Communications with U.S. Lawmakers Intercepted

The National Security Agency is bracing for another heavy round of criticism. On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the controversial intelligence agency spied on Israeli leaders while the United States was ironing out a nuclear agreement with Iran. But the spying apparatus also captured communications between Israeli and members of Congress.

NSA

President Barack Obama and the NSA have already come under fire for spying on leaders of countries that are allied with the United States, such as Brazil,Germany, and Mexico. The White House was reportedly unaware of the NSA’s activities, which came to light in the summer of 2013. President Obama, in early 2014, pledged to stop snooping on the United States’ allies.

Read more about the latest criticism of the NSA here. 
 

FactCheck the Third Democratic Debate here

 

#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain 

#FreedomPrevails

SpaceX makes history with the first-ever orbital rocket landing - Science Alert 
2015: The Best Year in History for the Average Human Being - The Atlantic 
Food Freedom Spreading Across States - Reason 

News You Can Use is written and compiled by staff at the Advocates for Self-Government. 

Quotable
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

Stossel
 
PROPERTY RIGHTS = CIVIL RIGHTS: “This case demonstrates that property rights are fundamentally civil rights...Pagedale treats its residents like walking, talking ATMs, making withdrawals by issuing tickets for ridiculous things that no city has a right to dictate.” â€” William Mauer, Institute for Justice senior attorney, December 22, 2015

FLINT WATER CRISIS RESPONSE: "It shouldn't have took this long for them to took responsibility and to let people know that this is serious...That's what we elect office to do, is to inform us of things that we need to know, and to help us to get those things rectified. If they can't do that, they shouldn't be in office." â€” Brion Morris, Flint, Michigan Resident, December 18, 2015

SCAM VIA GOVERNMENT MONEY: â€œPeople get taken by scams every day, often with the help of government money. Should Fannie Mae forgive the mortgages of people if the buyer misrepresented the condition of the house?” â€” Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View columnist, March 31, 2015

Orwell
"Quotable" is compiled by members of the Advocates staff.
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Sharon Harris

 
Use “Venture Buyers” to Show the Hidden Dangers of Government Spending
 

You’re probably familiar with venture capitalists. But what about “venture buyers”?

I encountered that term this week in an excellent short article entitled â€œFederal Spending: Now for the Really Bad News”  by Forbes Political Economy Editor John Tamny.

“Venture buyers” is a nifty phrase and concept that can be very helpful when you’re trying to persuade skeptics that government spending has terrible consequences.

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In his article Tamny points out that government spending is not just ridiculously wasteful, bad as that is. It also deprives the people who earned that money of the ability to spend it themselves, on the things they consider most important. And this not only deprives them, it harms the rest of us — in unexpected ways.

Read more about "venture buyers" 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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