Friend of The Advocates, here's your Volume 21, Issue 11 of the Liberator Online for March 17, 2016
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In This Issue
23 Million! 
Snowden: Bulk Data Collection is Ineffective, Promotes Insecurity and Oppression
Utah Resolution Claims Pornography is a ‘Health Crisis’
See what Chris Marchese, Lenore Skenazy, Randal O'Toole, and Charles Payne have to say about the experts, Metro's problems, suspected terrorists, and using free speech to promote their beliefs. 
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23 Million!

Add Friday, March 11, 2016 to the history books!

23 Million!The World’s Smallest Political Quiz broke the 23 million mark for the number of times it’s been taken online since its placement on the Internet in 1995.

While the Quiz has seen many iterations, both analog and digital, it is still the best tool out there to quickly and accurately examine the political tendency of its takers. The results give you a great place to start discussing issues as you work to persuade them to embrace a more libertarian philosophy and outlook.

A bit of history about the Quiz:

  • 1969 – David Nolan created the “Nolan Chart,” at the time, a new look at the political spectrum beyond the “Left–Right” line, which measures political thought along a one-dimensional line, into a two-dimensional graph, measuring degrees of economic and personal freedom.
  • 1971 - Nolan introduced the chart in an article for the January issue of The Individualist entitled “Classifying and Analyzing Politico-Economic Systems.”
  • 1987 – Advocates founder, Marshall Fritz, designed the 10 question quiz to accompany the Nolan Chart, along with other refinements. The Quiz originally appeared in card form, and is still available in that form today.
  • 1993 - Brian Towey produced a full-color, instant-scoring computer Quiz on disk, for DOS and Windows. Shortly thereafter, programmer Jon Kalb created a similar version for Macs.
  • 1995 – Our first website, hits the Internet, with an interactive version of the World’s Smallest Political Quiz. To our knowledge, this is the first political quiz online.
  • 2004 – Printed versions of the Quiz topped 7 million.
  • 2013 – The Quiz reached 20 million online administrations.

Do you have a favorite aspect of the Quiz? Have you done something neat with it (Did you know I once gave it to a panda?)? Share your outreach and Quiz stories with us.

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Written & Compiled by Advocates Staff

Snowden: Bulk Data Collection is Ineffective, Promotes Insecurity and Oppression

As the country watches the battle between the FBI and Apple unfold, former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden uses his notoriety to bring attention to the surveillance problem publicly.

During an interview with the Spanish TV channel Sexta, Snowden gave his two cents on the subject, extending his commentary to the realm of bulk data collection and why it never works.

SnowdenDuring the interview, Snowden claimed that what Washington D.C. believes to be the most effective way to deter terrorists doesn’t pass the smell test.

“In the wake of the revelations of mass surveillance,” Snowden explained, “[US] President [Barack Obama] appointed two independent commissions to review the efficiency of these [surveillance] programs, what they really did and what effect they had in combating terrorism.”

Read more about what Snowden said here...

Utah Resolution Claims Pornography is a ‘Health Crisis’ — Lawmakers Want to Handle it Like Tobacco

Small government and libertarian advocates often like to poke fun at the nanny state. Now, it just got easier. According to Fox News, the Utah House of Representatives has just passed a resolution that declares pornography a “public health crisis.” The resolution is causing quite the uproar, especially among people who are concerned about the potential ramifications.

CigarettesAccording to S.C.R. 9, “pornography is a public health hazard leading to a broad spectrum of individual and public health impacts and social harms.” Representatives who authored the resolution state in the document that there’s a “need for education, prevention, research, and policy change at the community and societal level,” which must address the “pornography epidemic that is harming the citizens of Utah and the nation.”



Metro shutdown leads to record day for Uber in DC - The Washington Post
The free market wins the currency war in China - MarketWatch
Africa’s rapid growth is down to industry and free markets - The Telegraph

Students Get Free Shipping From Amazon
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

HUMANS ARE FLAWED: â€œHow can this be? I think the answer is simple: Humans are flawed. Time and again, administrators have used these policies to shield their institutions and themselves from criticism. This is a natural tendency, but it’s a destructive one; students, including these protesters, need protection to freely criticize their schools and promote their beliefs."  - Chris Marchese, Senior Financial Analyst at Meritor, March 16, 2016

WE'RE ALL SUSPECTS: "If you look and act like a terrorist, naturally you become a suspect. But if you don't look or act like a terrorist—if, in fact, you look like a kid who's not about to win any awards for art or articulation—naturally you become a suspect, too. Which means we are all suspects. Even preschoolers." - Lenore Skenazy, Founder of the book and blog Free-Range Kids, March 15, 2016

BOOK OF PROBLEMS: "A complete listing of Metro’s problems could fill a book (and in fact have already done so)."  - Randal O'Toole, Cato Institute Senior Fellow, October 1, 2015
Dr. Ben Carson
Freedom On Campus

College Holiday Party? Better Skip the Props

Ah, today is St. Patrick’s Day. In college towns across America, students are probably skipping class to drink and attend parties while dressed in every green piece of clothing they own.

SombreroShamrock glasses and “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” tee shirts are usually the norm for St. Patrick’s Day party goers. But, as holidays come and go, traditional shirts and accessories could be another opportunity for college administrators and perpetually offended student protesters alike to bypass free expression rights as part of a misguided effort to prevent offense and hurt feelings.

Case in point, a tequila-themed birthday party at Bowdoin College caused quite the uproar a few weeks ago due to guests wearing…tiny sombreros.

Read more about the controversy with tiny sombreros here...

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