Volume 20, Issue 43                          November 12, 2015
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In This Issue
What is a Libertarian Win? Part 2
Unrest at Mizzou: A Timeline
NSA Gets Slapped Down in Federal Court in Limited Order Against Bulk Collection
See what Justice William O. Douglas, Charles Fisher, Cass Sunstein and Erika Christakis have to say about control, special interests, government handouts and the Constitution. 
Who has the right to marry whom?
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What is a Libertarian Win? Part 2

**Note: This is the second part of an article focused on wins for libertarians. You can find the first part, focused on electoral politics, here.**

Outside of winning your election as a candidate or some of the other wins we shared in Part 1, libertarians can win in other ways as well.

  • winWinning a voter referendum. Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon re-legalized the possession and use of marijuana recreationally. About half of the states that legalized marijuana for medical use did so through ballot measures. These popular votes increased freedom for everyone in their respective states and pressured nearby states to “keep up with the Joneses.” These referendums gave libertarians an opportunity to share a message about the freedom to choose what goes into your body. Statewide ballot measures are not the only opportunities to share a freedom-oriented position on an issue. Local tax referendums take place across the country, and are a great opportunity for a win for libertarians. We can highlight wasteful spending, cronyism, and the proper role of government in opposition to the proposed tax. Who votes to tax themselves? 
  • Lobbying for legislative action. Referendums are not the only avenue for libertarian legislative wins. Strong working relationships with legislators and their staff can yield positive results for liberty if you work with them to pass freedom-oriented bills. This can be a difficult route, even if you have legislators friendly to the issue you’re working on. This will also require some coalescing with other groups with a similar interest and potentially compromising to get some of what you seek. This is easier with the more populist beliefs we hold.
  • Disruptive innovation. Almost entirely outside of politics, free market innovations that revolutionize industries and change the way we do things disrupt the status quo and offer another win for libertarians. Innovations like Uber, Airbnb, and Amazon transformed transportation, travel lodging, and retail sales. Until your innovation affects Big Government and their cronies, this won’t become a political issue. As Uber, Airbnb, and Amazon can tell you, the politicization of innovation will get you interested in politics, no matter the level of interest you held before.

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Unrest at Mizzou: A Timeline

**Editor’s Note: Tim Wolfe’s resignation as president of the University of Missouri prompted us to take a look at the events surrounding his resignation. We have complied them in a timeline here. 

September 12: Student Government President Payton Head posts on Facebook his frustrations after people riding in the back of a pickup truck screamed racial slurs at him. “For those of you who wonder why I’m always talking about the importance of inclusion and respect, it’s because I’ve experienced moments like this multiple times at THIS university, making me not feel included here,” he wrote in the widely shared post.

September 17: Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, the top resident official on the Missouri campus, issues a statement deploring “recent incidents of bias and discrimination.” He calls them “totally unacceptable.”


Read more about the unrest at Mizzou here..

#FactCheck the Democratic Forum and Republican Debate

NSA Gets Slapped Down in Federal Court in Limited Order Against Bulk Collection

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon blasted the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records on Monday in a scathing opinion. The controversial intelligence agency is, however, just weeks away from launching its new system authorized under the USA Freedom Act, which passed Congress in June, and he order applies to only to Verizon Business Networks Services customers.

Large Man Looking At Co-Worker With A Magnifying Glass

“The fact remains that the indiscriminate, daily bulk collection, long-term retention, and analysis of telephony metadata almost certainly violates a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy,” Leon wrote in his order to shutter the NSA’s so-called “all calls” program. The federal judge took great lengths to rebut the federal governments arguments to keep the program in place.

This is the second time Leon, an appointee of President George W. Bush who serves on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, has excoriated the NSA’s bulk metadata collection program.

Read more about the NSA's slap down here..



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The Completely Insane Consumer Surplus of the Internet -
Biotech Startup Pembient Is Making Rhino Horns, Sans Rhino - Tech Crunch

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

Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum
OFFER THEY CAN'T REFUSE: "Whether it’s right or wrong, if they are offering it, you’re foolish to turn it down." â€” Charles FisherTulare County farmer, November 6, 2015

BOUGHT DECISIONS: "We are prone to vote for the person who makes us the most comfortable, even when that person’s decisions are effectively bought by special interests." â€” Cass Sunstein, Author of "Nudge," November 9, 2015

CONTROL IN COLLEGE "But in practice, I wonder if we should reflect more transparently, as a community, on the consequences of an institutional (bureaucratic and administrative) exercise of implied control over college students.” â€” Erika Christakis, Professor, Yale University, November 9, 2015
"Quotable" is compiled by members of the Advocates staff.
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Ask Dr. Ruwart

Who Has the Right to Marry Whom?

polygamyQuestion: Libertarians are quick to defend the rights of people of different races and/or religions to marry, and quick to defend the right of people of the same sex to do so. How do they feel about the right of people being married to more than one person?

Read Dr. Ruwart's short answer here.

Dr. Mary Ruwart is a leading expert in libertarian communication and author of the international bestseller Healing Our World. She is also author of Short Answers to Tough Questions, in which you will find a collection of her answers from this column. In this column she provides Liberator Online readers with answers to questions libertarians are often asked. Dr. Ruwart is a research scientist, ethicist, and a libertarian author/activist. 

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