Copy
Volume 18, No. 16                                     August 23, 2013
View this email in your browser
The Liberator Online

for everyone who loves Liberty
Published by The Advocates for Self-Government
"The Advocates for Self-Government is one of 
the freedom movement's leading organizations."
 -- Ron Paul, The Congressional Record, June 30, 2010
WELCOME to the Liberator Online!

In This Issue

PRESIDENT'S CORNER
* The Dangerous Killer Lurking in Your Kitchen

INTELLECTUAL AMMUNITION
* America's Nuttiest Warning Labels
* New Study: Welfare Pays More Than Minimum Wage Job in 35 States
* VIDEO: CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman: "I'm a Rabid Libertarian"
* Libertarian Party: Vote Out Pro-Surveillance Congress, Restore the Fourth Amendment
 
THEY SAID IT: THEY SAID IT: Ron Paul says NSA violations are "irrelevant".... Give whistleblower Snowden amnesty, says GOP congressman.... Leno lambasts Congressional Obamacare hypocrites.... Jimmy Fallon on gubberment skoolz.... Obama jails whistleblowers but protects war criminals, charges Glenn Greenwald.... Libertarianism is winning young voters, says political scientist.... Libertarianism works in real life, says libertarian scholar....

PERSUASION POWER POINT #354 by Michael Cloud
A Matter of Perspective

ASK DR. RUWART by Mary Ruwart
* What will libertarians do about abusive corporate power?

ONE-MINUTE LIBERTY TIP by Sharon Harris
* Opening Minds: A Law Isn't Just a Suggestion

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE ADVOCATES
* 3 Libertarian Communication Workshops this Fall
* FREE OPH KITS for libertarian student groups!
* Join the Advocates on Twitter
* Join the Advocates on Facebook
* 2014 Freedom Cruises
Follow us....
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Twitter
Website
Website
YouTube
YouTube

President's Corner

by Sharon Harris




The Dangerous Killer Lurking in Your Kitchen
 
Dear friends, 

This issue's Intellectual Ammunition column has an article on the annual "Whacky Warning Labels" contest. 

That reminds me of an email warning I received recently. 

I can't find an author, so I'm attributing it to that most prolific of Internet writers, A. Nonymous. (If you know the author, please email me and I'll credit him or her.) 

I hope you will take this warning seriously and take the appropriate actions to fight this menace. Hope for change lies in an informed public. 

A Dangerous Killer Lurks in Your Kitchen!

 Many people are completely unaware of a dangerous substance sitting on their pantry shelves. It's commonly known by its street name: "bread." 

Facts About Bread
  • More than 98 percent of convicted felons are bread eaters.
  • Fully HALF of all children who grow up in bread-consuming households score below average on standardized tests.
  • Newborn babies can choke on bread.
  • Bread is baked at temperatures as high as 400 degrees Fahrenheit! That kind of heat can kill an adult in less than one minute.
  • In the 18th century, when virtually all bread was baked in the home, the average life expectancy was less than 50 years; infant mortality rates were unacceptably high; many women died in childbirth; and diseases such as typhoid, yellow fever and influenza ravaged whole nations.
  • More than 90 percent of violent crimes are committed within 24 hours of eating bread.
  • Bread is made from a substance called "dough." It has been proven that as little as one pound of dough can be used to suffocate a mouse. The average American eats more bread than that in one month!
  • Primitive tribal societies that have no bread exhibit a low occurrence of cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and osteoporosis.
  • Bread has been proven to absorb water. Since the human body is more than 90 percent water, it follows that eating bread could lead to your body being taken over by this absorptive food product, turning you into a soggy, gooey bread-pudding person.
  • Most American bread eaters are utterly unable to distinguish between significant scientific fact and meaningless statistical babbling.
Take Action Now!

In light of these frightening statistics, we propose the following bread restrictions:
  • No sale of bread to minors.
  • No advertising of bread within 1000 feet of a school.
  • A 300 percent federal tax on all bread to pay for all the societal ills we might associate with bread.
  • No animal or human images, nor any primary colors (which may appeal to children) may be used to promote bread usage.
  • Limits on the sale of large amounts of bread, no use of bread in public places such as restaurants and sandwich shops.
  • Eventually, a total ban on the production, sale and use of bread. 

Join the fight to combat this dangerous substance. Write your representatives today!
****
Readers, please share this with your friends -- before it's too late. 

And if you're not aware of the dangers of another common household substance -- Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) -- I urge you to check out dhmo.org, an organization doing vital work on that menace. 

Yours for safety,
 
Sharon
sharon@theadvocates.org

* * *
The purpose of the Liberator Online is to build a stronger movement for liberty. We do this by providing information about the libertarian movement and how to best communicate the ideas of liberty. Thank you for being a part of this!

Learn more about the Advocates and our work for liberty.

Learn more about libertarianism -- the philosophy of liberty.

Intellectual Ammunition

by James W. Harris





America's Nuttiest Warning Labels
 
Announcing the winners of this year's Wacky Warning Label Contest!

For 16 years this contest, conducted by Bob Dorigo Jones and the Center for America, has brought us laughs along with a very serious message. 

The purpose of the Wacky Warning Label Contest is to shine a light on some of America's weirdest and most nonsensical product warning labels -- and to explain why they exist and what they cost. 
 
This year's winners were chosen by a studio audience on FOX Business Channel's "Stossel," hosted by libertarian journalist John Stossel. 

First Place went to a label on a common indoor extension cord: "Wash hands after using." Right -- everybody does that. After all, you don't know where that thing has been! 

Second Place: a warning on a small bottle of spray-on anti-fog cleaner: "Not for contact lenses or direct use in eyes." Okay, but isn't that true about… just about every product in the world? Do we really need to be warned about this? Is it okay if we spray it in our mouths? Our ears? If not, why aren't we warned about that? Can we sue?

The runners-up had us scratching our heads as well: 

* A label on a commonly used pedometer: "Company will not be held responsible for any illness or injury that is incurred while using the pedometer." Like falling down while walking? 

* A warning on a box of matches: "Combustion of this manufactured product results in the emissions of carbon monoxide, soot and other combustion by-products which are known by the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or reproductive harm." Strike, you're out! 

* And finally, our personal favorite, a warning on a package of rubber worms made for fishing: "Not for human consumption." Good advice, but… do Americans actually need to be told not to eat plastic fishing worms? What about bicycle tires or pencils -- are they okay to eat?  

Are these extreme examples? Not at all. Consider a few nominees from past contests:
 
* "Caution: Cape does not enable user to fly." -- on a Batman costume.
* "Remove child before folding" -- on a child car safety seat.
* "Not for use on moving vehicles" -- the warning on the "Off-Road Commode," a portable toilet seat that attaches to a trailer hitch.
* "Danger: Avoid Death" -- excellent advice, found on a small tractor.
* "Harmful if swallowed -- a warning on a brass fishing lure with a three-pronged hook.
* "This product moves when used" -- a warning attached to a Razor motorized go-cart. (Hey, it's a go-cart -- what did you expect it to do?)
 
... and one of our all-time favorites:
 
* "Do not use for personal hygiene" -- on a flushable toilet brush.

Are Americans as stupid as these labels seem to indicate? No, and that's the point of the Wacky Warning Label Contest. It publicizes how, in our lawsuit-obsessed nanny-state nation, manufacturers and marketers feel the need to go to extreme, sometimes ridiculous, efforts to try to avoid frivolous lawsuits. 

The costs of frivolous lawsuits are ultimately passed onto consumers, in the form of lost jobs, abandoned products, and higher prices. And that cost is shocking, says contest founder Bob Dorigo Jones.
                                                              
"Every family of four in America pays a 'litigation tax' of more than $9,000 a year on products and services we buy," Jones noted last year. 

Ouch! Somebody should… warn us.

Incidentally, three of this year's finalists are warnings placed on common products as a consequence of a California law ordering warnings when any of 774 chemicals are present. According to Jones, products affected by this include "aspirin, shower curtains, coffee, alcoholic beverages, fishing lures, luggage, cars, and countless other products used safely by consumers every day." Jones writes more about this law here
 
Visit the Center for America to see photos of this year's winning warning labels and/or products.

New Study: Welfare Pays More Than Minimum Wage Job in 35 States

Studies and surveys consistently show that people on welfare want jobs and want to work. However, government is discouraging this. 

Government discourages employment first and foremost by destroying millions of jobs and potential new jobs through high taxes and unnecessary regulation. 

Government also penalizes and discourages work by offering welfare benefits so large that people in many states can make as much or more money by staying on welfare than by getting a job, providing an extreme disincentive to leave welfare and get a job. 

In the process, government is creating a massive trapped-in-poverty, welfare-dependant clientele that can be depended on to vote for big government and high taxes.

A new Cato Institute study entitled "The Work Versus Welfare Trade-Off: 2013" calculates the dollar value of the combined total of seven benefits that a typical welfare family -- consisting of a single mother with two children ages 1 and 4 --  could receive in all 50 states. The study then compares those benefits with the wages a recipient would need to earn in order to take home an equivalent income.

The study reports some shocking findings: 

* Welfare -- food stamps, housing assistance and other programs -- currently pays more than a minimum wage job in 35 states.

* In 13 states, welfare pays more than $15 per hour. 

* In 39 states welfare pays more than the starting wage for a secretary. 

* In 11 states, welfare pays more than the average pre-tax first-year wage for a
teacher. 

* In 3 states a person on welfare can take home more money than an entry-level computer programmer. 

* In Hawaii, state benefits provide the equivalent of $49,175 per year. To equal the value of those benefits, a Hawaiian would have to take a job paying (before taxes) $60,590. (The higher cost of living in Hawaii must be taken into account when assessing these benefits.)

* Welfare exceeds the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) in 42 states and the District of Columbia. In the District of Columbia, Hawaii, and Massachusetts, welfare pays more than twice the Federal Poverty Level.

* Despite claims from politicians of all stripes that welfare has been reformed (some even say abolished), the study reports that the value of welfare benefits has actually increased in 32 states and the District of Columbia since 1995. 

* Considering just the 3 programs that, according to the study, "nearly all welfare recipients" are enrolled in -- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF, the primary cash welfare program), SNAP (food stamps), and Medicaid -- in 8 states recipients of just these 3 make more than the minimum wage.

Of course, as the study cautions, "Not every welfare recipient fits the profile used in this study, and many who do fit it do not receive every benefit listed." 

However, the report sums up: "Welfare benefits continue to outpace the income that most recipients can expect to earn from an entry-level job, and the balance between welfare and work may have actually grown worse in recent years. The current welfare system provides such a high level of benefits that it acts as a disincentive for work."

VIDEO: CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman: "I'm a Rabid Libertarian"

Add Greg Glassman to the ever-growing list of libertarian celebrities.

Glassman is founder of the worldwide fitness phenomenon CrossFit. In this ReasonTV video, Glassman declares "I'm a rabid libertarian" and mentions that he started reading libertarian economist Milton Friedman in high school and went on to read and reread Friedman, Friedrich Hayek and other libertarian luminaries.
 
The 56-year old Glassman opened the first CrossFit gym in the mid-1990s in Santa Cruz, California. Today, there are more than 7,000 CrossFit affiliates around the world, and CrossFit is projected to generate $100 million in revenue this year.

The 2013 CrossFit Games have been held every summer since 2007. The 2013 games were held in July and broadcast on ESPN, attracting a whopping 140,000 athletes from around the globe who entered the open competition. Winners of the grueling event -- who this year each received $275,000 prizes -- are crowned by the judges as the "Fittest Man and Woman on Earth."

Libertarian Party: Vote Out Pro-Surveillance Congress, Restore the Fourth Amendment

Are you looking to Congress to defend your beleaguered Fourth Amendment rights? Uh-oh. 

Libertarian Party Political Director Carla Howell points out that fully 95 out of 100 sitting Senators and 421 of 435 sitting House members have voted in support of surveillance in the past. 

"Thanks to the brave and patriotic actions of whistleblower Edward Snowden, Americans now know that their Fourth Amendment rights have been blown out of the water; that the government has been routinely spying on millions of Americans," Howell said in a hard-hitting media release and video.

"Your telephone calls, emails, text messages, chat sessions, and Skype sessions are no longer private. The National Security Agency -- the NSA -- has put virtually every American under surveillance. You're being watched, listened to, and tracked just about everywhere.

"And it's not just the NSA that is invading your privacy. Cameras, mounted on toll booths and in cities across America, enable government officials to know where you are and where you've been. Authorities can break into your home with a no-knock 'sneak and peak' court order from a secret judge. The IRS and other government regulators can access your bank records without your knowledge or consent. And the government has authorized thousands of agents to look at your personal medical records. If Obamacare ever goes into effect, it will get even worse. …

"As long as the Patriot Act, NDAA, and FISA remain on the books; as long as there are secret courts, and as long as the federal government spends $75 billion -- every year -- on 17 separate spy agencies, do you really believe they're going to stop spying on Americans? …

"Passing a law that violates your Fourth Amendment rights is -- in and of itself -- an abuse. There are no 'abuses' of the NDAA -- the NDAA is an abuse. There are no abuses of the Patriot Act -- the Patriot Act is an abuse. Voting for the Patriot Act or NDAA is an abuse. Leaving them on the books is an abuse.

"Every politician who voted for the Patriot Act, NDAA, CISPA, or FISA violated your Fourth Amendment rights, violated his or her oath of office to uphold the Constitution, and created the inevitable consequence of the massive surveillance programs we're seeing today.

"There's one and only one way to stop this abuse: Repeal every law that violates your Fourth Amendment right to privacy. Dismantle, unplug, and end all unneeded spy agencies and secret courts."

Howell has much more to say about this, and about the Libertarian strategy to correct it, at the Libertarian Party website. There's also a list of the members of Congress who voted for surveillance in the past, and a much smaller list of the handful who resisted the push to gut our fundamental Bill of Rights freedoms.

* * * * * * * *
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."

They Said It...

RON PAUL SAYS NSA VIOLATIONS ARE "IRRELEVANT": "Though it made for a sensational headline last week, the fact is these 2,776 'violations' over the course of one year are completely irrelevant. The millions and millions of 'authorized' intercepts of our communications are all illegal -- except for the very few carried out in pursuit of a validly-issued search warrant in accordance with the Fourth Amendment. That is the real story. Drawing our attention to the violations unfortunately sends the message that the 'authorized' spying on us is nothing to be concerned about." -- Ron Paul, "Why The 2,776 NSA Violations Are No Big Deal," Texas Straight Talk column, August 18, 2013. 

CONGRESSMAN SAYS GIVE SNOWDEN AMNESTY: "I think it would be best if the American government granted him amnesty to get him back to America where he can answer questions without the threat of prosecution. We have some very good laws against sharing secrets and he broke those laws. On the other hand, he broke them for a very good reason because those laws were being used in direct contravention of our 4th Amendment rights as Americans." -- Rep Tom McClintock (R-CA), August 7, 2013. 
 
LENO ON CONGRESS OBAMACARE HYPOCRITES: "Before they went on vacation, Congress voted to exempt themselves from Obamacare. They gave themselves a special exemption because they thought it was too expensive. So the people who voted for Obamacare for us voted to exempt themselves from it. You know how doctors take the Hippocratic Oath. Congress apparently takes the 'Hypocritic Oath.'" -- Jay Leno, August 8, 2013. 


GOV'T SKOOLZ: "The New York City Department of Education says that only 26 percent of the city's students passed the English portion on a recent standardized test. But on the bright side, they're too bad at math to realize how bad that is." -- Jimmy Fallon, "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," August 8, 2013. 

OBAMA JAILS WHISTLEBLOWERS, PROTECTS WAR CRIMINALS: "Obama admin: we aggressively prosecute those who expose war crimes, and diligently protect those who commit them." -- tweet from civil liberties journalist Glenn Greenwald, August 21, 2013. 


LIBERTARIANISM WINNING YOUNG VOTERS: "That socially liberal, economically conservative, non-interventionist policy stance popular among libertarians is very appealing to younger, college-age people. ... Some of these people are disaffected Obama voters who have been turned off by the Obama administration's national security policies and foreign policies and interventionism." -- David Cohen, political science professor at the University of Akron in Ohio, quoted in NPR story "Amid Struggle For 'Soul' Of GOP, Libertarians Take Limelight," NPR, August 17, 2013. 

LIBERTARIANISM WORKS IN REAL LIFE: "In my view, the farther you go toward actual, existing libertarianism, the closer you get to a society with prosperity, economic growth, social dynamism, and social harmony. More and more countries in the world are moving toward broadly libertarian principles. Freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of travel, freedom of movement, freedom of occupation. Sometimes we forget how different these things are than what went before. Economic and personal freedom, and the extension of the promise of the Declaration of Independence to more and more people -- to black people, to women, to gay people -- all of those things are trying libertarianism in real life, and I think it works pretty well." -- Cato Institute executive vice president David Boaz, "America's Libertarian Moment," interview in the Atlantic, August 18, 2013. 
 
* * * * * * * * * *
"They Said It..." is compiled by Liberator Online editor James W. Harris. 

Like this newsletter? How about a donation :)

Persuasion Power Point #354

by Michael Cloud





A Matter of Perspective

retold by Michael Cloud

A libertarian is walking down a sidewalk in Washington, D.C.

A 7-year old girl skips past him -- and is attacked by a D.E.A attack dog that has broken loose. The attack dog knocks her down, rips her dress, and grabs her leg.

The libertarian sees the terrified young girl and leaps on top of the attack dog. The dog snarls and rips the arms and chest of the libertarian rescuer. Blood spurts and flows from the libertarian's wounds. Finally, the man finds a way to kill the attack dog.

A writer for the Weekly Standard -- the neoconservative magazine founded by Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes -- had seen the life and death struggle. He approached the libertarian and said:

"That's the bravest thing I've ever seen. We've got to put you on the front cover of the Weekly Standard -- and tell this story in a major article inside. Let me take your picture and ask some questions."

The libertarian wipes the sweat off his forehead and blood off his arms -- and lets the writer take his picture.

"How's this for a headline: 'Hero Risks His Life to Save a Young Girl?'" asks the neocon writer. "Oh, I write for a political magazine, so I've got to ask, what's your politics?"

"I'm a libertarian."

"Well, in that case, maybe we could change the headline to: 'Man Saves Girl.' I can gloss over the fact you're a libertarian, but you at least admire and respect some of the work of neoconservatives like Kristol and Barnes and Rumsfeld, don't you?"

The libertarian answered, "Actually, I don't. Neocons got us into the Iraq War, the war in Afghanistan, and you endlessly beat the drum for U.S. military intervention in foreign conflict after foreign conflict. You lobby for 'nation-building' in other countries by U.S. occupation forces. I believe that the neocon ideology is wrecking America and the rest of the world."

The writer turned off his voice recorder and left to write the story.

The libertarian was in D.C. for a week, so he figured he'd pick up a copy of the Weekly Standard before he flew back home.

One morning he gets up and goes to the newsstand to get a copy of the Weekly Standard. On the cover is this headline:

LIBERTARIAN KILLS HELPER DOG

* * *

It's a matter of interpretation and perspective.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand may be skewered and scorched by some social conservatives.

It may be praised and recommended by fiscal conservatives and Tea Party conservatives.

Healing Our World by Mary Ruwart may be mocked and ridiculed by progressives.

Or it may be lauded by New Age and private-sector social activists.

Losing Ground by Charles Murray may be slashed and burned by social activists influenced by Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

Or it may be cherished and championed by undergraduates who do not share the Big Government paradigm of their professors.

And this is a lesson for me and my fellow libertarians: some people will be receptive and responsive to our libertarian message, and some won't.

Don't let those who are indifferent or opposed to libertarianism keep you and me from reaching out to the hundreds and thousands and millions of Americans who are hungry for liberty. Keep reaching out.
 
* * * * * * * *
Michael Cloud's brand-new book Unlocking More Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion is available exclusively from the Advocates, along with his acclaimed earlier book Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion.

In 2000, Michael was honored with the Thomas Paine Award as the Most Persuasive Libertarian Communicator in America.
Unlocking More Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion

BRAND NEW!

Click cover to see more and order.

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.


What will libertarians do about abusive corporate power?
 
Question: Corporations receive billions in government subsidies, use the government to legislate their profits and stomp on their competition, and their internal policies toward their employees are often the least generous of any institution in our society. Opening up a free market to this powerful lobby sounds scary. Any suggestions?
 
My short answer: A free market is the only way to control corporations! As long as government has the power to regulate business, big business will control government by funding the candidates that legislate in their favor. A free market thwarts lobbying by taking the power that corporations seek away from government.
 
For example, in a libertarian society, government could not give subsidies, legislate profits, or introduce legislation designed to favor big business as it does today. Today, when regulations are proposed, big business cries, "Don't throw me in the briar patch!" More regulation means that their smaller competitors are forced out of business.
 
Free markets, by encouraging competition, expand the economy and create more jobs. Employees would have more choice and flexibility to move if they weren't treated well. Without the regulation that big business wants, employees could much more easily become their own bosses. Employers who didn't treat employees well might find themselves creating competitors!
 
LEARN MORE: Suggestions by Liberator Online editor James W. Harris for further reading on this topic:
 
* “Corporations versus the Market; or, Whip Conflation Now” by Roderick T. Long. Philosopher and libertarian theorist Roderick Long examines the often-tangled relationship between governments, corporations, and those who argue both for and against free markets. 
 
This stimulating essay is the lead essay in a four-part series on corporatism and its relationship to free-market advocacy, entitled “When Corporations Hate Markets” and published by the Cato Institute. The other essays in the series -- by political analyst Matthew Yglesias and economists Steven Horwitz and Dean Baker, are all well worth reading on this important and frequently misunderstood topic. 

* * * * * * * * * *
Got questions?  Dr. Ruwart has answers! If you'd like answers to YOUR "tough questions" on libertarian issues, email Dr. Ruwart
 
Due to volume, Dr. Ruwart can't personally acknowledge all emails. But we'll run the best questions and answers in upcoming issues.

Dr. Ruwart's previous Liberator Online answers are archived in searchable form.
 
Dr. Ruwart's brand new book Short Answers to the Tough Questions, Expanded Edition is available from the Advocates, as is her acclaimed classic Healing Our World.
Click cover to check out Dr. Ruwart's latest book!

One-Minute Liberty Tip 

by Sharon Harris



Opening Minds: A Law Isn't Just a Suggestion

"I like a lot of libertarian ideas," he said as he approached our OPH booth. 

"Great!" I said, smiling. 

"But I could never be a libertarian."

"Why not?"

"Because I don't believe in gay marriage. Or gay rights. My church teaches that homosexuality is immoral. I think that homosexuality should be outlawed."

I paused a moment, then said: "Let me ask you a question. Do you think gays should be put in prison?"

"Oh, no," he said, clearly horrified by the suggestion. "I wouldn't want to see that."

"But if we outlawed homosexuality, that's exactly what would happen," I pointed out. "Gay people would be put in jail. A law isn't a suggestion, or an expression of disapproval. It's a command. Those who violate the law will be arrested, which can be a devastating, shattering experience by itself. If they're found guilty, they will face fines or imprisonment, or worse."

He was stunned. He simply had not thought of this. In moments his mind was made up. 

"I wouldn't put them in jail," he said. "So I don't favor laws outlawing homosexuality after all." He smiled. "I guess I could be a libertarian!" 

* * * 

I have had similar discussions on a wide variety of victimless crime laws: gambling, drug use, prostitution and so forth. 

The same principle applies to many economic issues, too. Should someone be punished or imprisoned for hiring someone at less than minimum wage, practicing hair braiding without a license, selling unpasteurized milk, or engaging in other consensual but controversial economic acts? 

Many people's first thought about such activities is to feel "there should be a law" against engaging in them. That's because they think these activities are wrong or immoral, and in their minds a legal prohibition is a kind of social statement of disapproval. 

But many of these same people would not actually want to see a person put in prison, or face other dire consequences, because of the behavior they consider immoral. 

They just haven't considered that a law is not a suggestion or a social statement: it's a command, enforced by guns and punished by fines, imprisonment or worse.

The key question is not whether you approve or disapprove of an activity. It is, rather, whether you are willing to have someone fined, imprisoned, or otherwise punished for engaging in that activity. 

Sometimes bringing them around to the libertarian position on the issue is as easy as asking a simple "aha!" question: Do you want to put people in prison for that?

You can make this even more effective by personalizing it: 

"If your neighbor was gay, would you want him put in prison for his behavior?" 

"If your college-aged daughter smoked pot, would you want her put in prison for doing so?"

Try it.

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

Share
Tweet
Forward to Friend

What's Happening with the Advocates


UPCOMING ADVOCATES LIBERTARIAN COMMUNICATION WORKSHOPS: Advocates President Sharon Harris will be conducting libertarian communication workshops at these upcoming events:
  • September 21: Texas State University, sponsored by Students of Liberty
  • September 28: Cobb County (Georgia) Library, sponsored by Liberty on the Rocks and America's Future Foundation
  • November 16: Brigham Young University (Provo, Utah), sponsored by Students for Liberty
Attendees will learn how to dramatically increase their effectiveness at communicating the ideas of liberty. 

We'll post more information on each of these events next issue. Email us now if you'd like us to send you information on them as soon as it becomes available. 

FREE OPH KITS FOR LIBERTARIAN STUDENT GROUPS: Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we're giving our acclaimed OPH (Operation Political Homeless) outreach kits to libertarian student groups FREE -- if they simply promise to use them a minimum of three times a year and send us photos documenting their OPH activity. OPH -- praised as the best recruiting tool in the libertarian movement -- normally sells for $50.00.
If you're in a student libertarian group, click here for more information on getting your free OPH kit.

JOIN US ON TWITTER: Twitter is the first place to learn about breaking Advocates and liberty movement news, expert communications tips, and exclusive Advocates discounts and specials. (And don't worry -- we won't bombard you with tweets. We're keeping it fun, fast, and useful.)
 
Go to the Advocates Twitter account and click the "follow" button below our picture. Thanks!

JOIN THE ADVOCATES ON FACEBOOK: The Advocates Facebook offers you a chance to share your ideas on liberty, meet some great people and show your support for the Advocates for Self-Government and liberty. Join us and you'll receive regular Facebook updates on Advocates news, communication tips, and special offers for our Facebook friends.

2014 FREEDOM CRUISES: Advocates Board Secretary and long-time libertarian leader Dr. Ken Bisson invites you to join him for a Freedom Cruise. Enjoy a wonderful trip on a luxury cruiser -- at a bargain rate! Great food and fine company. Non-libertarians welcome! On January 26, 2014 the 17th Annual Freedom Cruise embarks: a 7-day Holland America voyage to excellent snorkeling destinations Grand Cayman and Cozumel, with visits to Key West and Half Moon Cay as well, all on Holland America's newest cruise ship! (These aren't Advocates events, but libertarians who have been on past cruises rave about them.) Ken offers two other February 2014 cruises as well. For photos and more details -- or to sign up for free, no-pressure, no-commitment email updates -- visit Freedom Cruises.
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter
Twitter
Website
Website
Email
Email
Copyright © 2013 The Advocates for Self-Government, All rights reserved.
unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences