Volume 20, Issue 32                              August 27, 2015
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You Might Be the First...

Blame Protectionist Policies for Oreo’s Exit from the United States
Walmart Surrenders to the Gun Control Lobby

See what Lawrence Keane, Dana Rohrabacher, Brian Frosh and Taeko Frost have to say about harm reduction, improper profiling, oppressive prohibition and poll taxes. 

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From Me To You

by Brett Bittner


You Might Be the First... 

Recently, I attended an event with numerous political groups using that event to reach out to the community about their political party or movement.

While there, I witnessed some astonishing behavior posing as outreach, some of which I couldn’t believe. I offered some advice, though I’ll offer more here today.

firstThese days, my outreach activities are mostly internal, within the libertarian movement, though I do have significant experience “in the trenches.” Through that experience I took steps to learn how to improve the results, whether I was to persuading someone to re-examine their political home, convincing them to vote for my candidate, or introducing them to a new organization.

One of the best lessons I learned to improve my outreach was to constantly think to myself that â€œYou might be the first libertarian this person has ever met.”

When you ARE that first libertarian contact, you are an ambassador to libertarianism.

You represent every libertarian in the movement at that point in time to that person. He or she will be left with a permanent impression, good or bad, about libertarians going forward.

First impressions matter.

If you leave a bad first impression, you’ve just made it that much harder for your fellow libertarians. They now have to overcome that negative impression to persuade that person to consider libertarian ideas. If you left a REALLY bad first impression, he or she might have told others about how terrible libertarians are.

Luckily, there are more libertarians today than ever. Since the Advocates’ founding in 1985, we’ve identified and recruited countless people to accept libertarian ideas, philosophy, and way of life. Even on college campuses, where freedom seems to be a dirty word, our partner organizations, Students for Liberty and Young Americans for Liberty, have opened the door, as well as hearts and minds, to thousands that now yearn for a libertarian society.

Honestly, I hope that you are not the first libertarian contact. That is not because I think you will give a bad first impression. You’re clearly interested in being a better ambassador for libertarianism by keeping yourself informed about the libertarian movement and how you can be a better representative of the philosophy. I hope you are not the first libertarian contact because of the growth of the libertarian movement.

Whether or not you are the first, act like you are. I can guarantee the results are better when you do.

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Blame Protectionist Policies for Oreo’s Exit from the United States

At the end of July, Mondelēz International, which owns the Oreo brand, announced that it would be moving the production of the delicious cream-filled sandwich cookie from Chicago, Illinois to a recently opened facility in Salinas, Mexico. Oreo’s move across the border will take with it 600 jobs.Oreos

Marilyn Katz, president of MK Communications, opined on the announcement at the Huffington Post, taking aim at Mondelēz International CEO Irene Rosenfeld. “Certainly Rosenfeld’s move is legal (although whether it should be is another question),” she complained. “But I can find no sense in which it is moral, just or defensible.”

Read more about why Nabisco moved Oreos to Mexico here...

Walmart Surrenders to the Gun Control Lobby

Walmart announced a new policy on Wednesday that it will no longer sell AR-15s and similar semiautomatic rifles, though it will continue to sell some firearms, such as pump-action shotguns and bolt-action rifles. The nation’s largest retailer and largest seller of firearms has long been a target of gun control organizations.

WalMartThe decision was made, according to a company spokesperson, due to the lack of “consumer demand.” In June, guns sales were up 11 percent, according to CNN Money, when “the FBI conducted nearly 1.53 million background checks” conducted by dealers with a Federal Firearms License (FFL).

“That’s the highest volume of checks in June since 1999,” CNN Money noted, “when the FBI started keeping track.” Although background checks are conducted for gun purchases from federally licensed dealers, the AR-15, the civilian version of the M16, is the most popular semiautomatic rifle on the market.

Read more about Walmart's surrender here...



Why you'll be paying a 'Netflix tax' soon -  Yahoo! Finance
D.C.’s Attempt to License Personal Trainers Is Anti-Business, Anti-Competition, and (Probably) Anti-Health. - Reason
A family in public housing makes $498,000. HUD wants them to stay. - MSN


Uber Should Keep Employing Drivers With Criminal Backgrounds- Reason
What a $100,000 Bionic Arm Can Do - Vocativ 
Is Politics Insoluble? -

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Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

POLL TAX:"The Seattle ordinance is nothing but a 'poll tax' on the Second Amendment and an effort to drive Seattle's firearms retailers out of business," â€” Lawrence Keane, General Counsel National Shooting Sports Foundation, August 24, 2015

END OF OPPRESSIVE PROHIBITION?:"This is a victory for so many...[It's] the first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana.” â€”  Dana Rohrabacher, Congressman (R-CA), December 16, 2014

IMPROPER PROFILING: â€œWe believe we can improve the administration of justice. Experience shows us that improper profiling by police does terrible damage.”  â€” Brian Frosh, Maryland Attorney General (D), August 25, 2015

HARM REDUCTION: "In New York, we're seeing people in our community dying of overdose, contracting HIV and hepatitis C and being pushed to the edges because of the shame and stigma associated with injection drug use. As harm reduction providers, we're engaging individuals on safer drug use and providing the tools and resources to prevent overdose and transmission, but the reality is there isn't a consistent, safe space to apply these strategies."  â€” Taeko Frost, Co-Director Documentary, "Everywhere But Safe," August 25, 2015
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Chloe AnagnosFreedom On Campus

By Chloe Anagnos
Free to Be Stupid, College Students

Last week, the Eta Chi chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity at Old Dominion University made national news for hanging banners from a balcony with the messages: “Rowdy and fun—hope your baby girl is ready for a good time,” “Freshman daughter drop off,” and “Go ahead and drop mom off too…”. Students

The banners were displayed at an off-campus house and were seen by many visitors to the Virginia college town during move-in week. Concerned parents and students were quick to post photos of the banners on social media along with their reactions.

Read about how the university handled the situation here...

Chloe Anagnos is a recent graduate of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she majored in journalism and telecommunications. Anagnos served as the President of the Ball State student body for the 2013-2014 school year. She joined The Advocates staff earlier this year.

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