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Volume 20, Issue 47                      December 17, 2015
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In This Issue
FROM ME TO YOU 
From the Missile Crisis to Air Travel 
NEWS YOU CAN USE 
Multiple Threats Made Against US School Systems Following San Bernardino Shootings
FactCheck the Latest Republican Debate
#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain
#FreedomPrevails
QUOTABLE
See what Margaret Thatcher, George C. Leef, Fred McMahon, Kurt Russell and Thomas Paine have to say about freedom, gun control, a weakened rule of law, free speech and power. 
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From Me To You

 

From the Missile Crisis to Air Travel

Our relationship with one of our closest neighbors continues to thaw after more than 50 years of tense relations, as both the United States and Cuba reached an agreement to allow commercial air travel to commence between the two nations. We are one step closer to ending the embargo and restoring a relationship that many thought would return upon the collapse of the Soviet Union more than two decades ago.

I love it!  I’ve long been a fan of the food, music, and culture of the Caribbean, especially that which has made its way from Cuba.

Not only will Americans soon be able to travel to the island nation ninety miles off the coast of Florida openly and often, Cubans will soon be able to enjoy many of the niceties they’ve missed over the last fifty-four years.

When it comes to freedom, this may be one of the best ways to share it. When we’re disconnected from a nation, but more importantly its people, we become a piece of propaganda over which we have no influence. After fifty-four years of a Castro-controlled narrative, we have a opportunity to share what it means to be free. Our goods, our music, and our people will serve as ambassadors to a regime that seems to be content living in an era frozen in time.

CubaThe introduction of commerce with the United States offers a glimpse at the advances made since 1961. Cars, computers, and culture all progressed during our absence from their lives. We can shape a vision of “Libertad” previously unfamiliar. Without a single bomb, boot on the ground, or posturing politician, we can liberate the hearts and minds of millions of people simply through the expressions available in our culture.

As “Western” goods made their way behind the Iron Curtain, we began to erode the messaging about America through commerce. The narrative about us didn’t hold up.

We can do that again. We SHOULD do that again.

We should ALWAYS be doing that, even within our own borders. If we forget what we’re told and believe what we experience with and about one another, we can build a future that does not rely on Big Government. We can build one that only relies on the freedom to choose our best path and the personal responsibility that goes along with that freedom.

¡Viva la Libertad!

Walk the walk,

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News You Can Use

Written & Compiled by Advocates Staff


Multiple Threats Made Against US School Systems Following San Bernardino Shootings

In the weeks following the shootings in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people, multiple threats have been made against school systems in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Miami and Indiana.

Members of the Los Angeles Board of Education received a crudely written email that prompted officials to close all 900 schools in the nation’s second-largest school system Tuesday. School officials for the New York City school systems and local law enforcement dismissed an identical threat as a hoax.

On Thursday, school officials in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Houston and Dallas said they received threats similar to the ones received by the Los Angeles and New York school districts earlier this week.

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Two schools in Indiana canceled classes after also getting threats. The Danville Community School Corporation said two students were arrested after allegedly making threats against schools in separate incidents.

The Miami-Dade County, Dallas and Houston school districts announced on their websites that “less-than-credible” threats were received by email late Wednesday evening, and that schools would be open Thursday. Officials from Broward County Public Schools in Fort Lauderdale said they also received a threat.

Read more about the threats made towards these schools here. 
 

FactCheck the Latest Republican Debate here.
 

#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain 

#FreedomPrevails

Google's Verily is developing surgical robots - WIRED
Technology, Not Politics, Is the Future of Progress - FEE
Uber Hitches Ride on Facebook Messenger - The Wall Street Journal 

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

Quotable
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

Thatcher
 
GET IT OR GET OUT: "Instead...what most schools really need is tolerance training, with a special emphasis on the importance of free speech. Those who don’t “get it” should be advised to find other employment." â€” George C. Leef, Director of Research at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, December 11, 2015

A WEAKENED RULE OF LAW: â€œA weakened rule of law, the so-called wars on terrorism and drugs, and a confused regulatory environment have helped erode economic freedom in the United States.” â€” Fred McMahon, Vice-President of Research, International, at the Fraser Institute, December 10, 2015

IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN: â€œYou really believe they’re not going to? Are you serious about that? What good will that…? Oh my God. You and I just disagree....I understand that you think you can control the behavior of people that are dead set on taking your way of life away from you. You think you can control that? And there’s only one thing you can do with that. And that’s [to say] ‘No, dude, that’s not gonna happen. That’s just not gonna happen.” â€” Kurt Russell, Actor, December 10, 2015

Paine
"Quotable" is compiled by members of the Advocates staff.
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The Libertarian Homeschooler

 
Santa?
Me: Tell me about Santa.
Santa BA (10): People say he’s a fat guy who likes milk and cookies, defies physics and flies around on a sled with flying reindeer, goes around the world delivering presents to everyone in one day. But what he really is, is the guy who gives stuff in secret which I can believe a lot easier.
Me: What do you mean?
BA: Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas gave in secret. Like Santa Claus does.
Me: But Saint Nicholas is dead. How can he give children stuff?

Read more about what the Baby Anarchist thinks of Santa here.

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