Volume 20, Issue 45                         December 03, 2015
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David Nolan
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In This Issue
Looking in the Mirror
Some in Congress Want to Revive NSA Spying
See what John Stossel, Peter Jaworski, Thomas Massie, Jason Edward Harrington and John F. Kennedy have to say about personal liberty, the TSA, co-equal branches of government, blood shortages and the right to bear arms. 
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Looking in the Mirror

Nearly every government official or candidate for office has a governmental solution for issues we face, regardless of the nature of that issue.

Poverty? Let’s adjust the minimum wage.

Education? Let’s tweak this or implement that new and shiny idea in government schools.

Jobs? We need the government efforts to lure businesses to a certain area with special favors.

What these “solutions” fail to address is the largest problem, the government itself. They seek to reform a reform of a reform that needed to change.

We’re told that these solutions are “outside the box” thinking, yet they simply make a small adjustment thought to “fix” the problem they’ve now uncovered.

looking in the mirrorLet’s think “outside the box” for just minute here…

What if we looked in the mirror for a moment and asked, “How can I solve this? Who would I ask for advice about [X]?” without the baggage of what currently exists and the bias toward the status quo? Obviously, our varied expertise and experience, as well as our areas of passion will drive our focus to the areas of greatest interest.

Would you want a brickmason determining healthcare policy? What does a realtor know about which math curriculum works best for students on the autism spectrum? How can a single person be enough of an expert in all that government involves themselves in to accurately determine the best outcomes in each and every case? What we see occur is that an agenda drives the decision-making to a “one size fits all” solution for over 300 million Americans.

What if we decided not to outsource all of this to a few people with a vested interest in keeping things as they are. After all, if they solved the problems we face, why would we need them? Further, if they had the solutions, wouldn’t they have already fixed everything?

What does this have to with liberty? If we took it upon ourselves to examine these issues and used our tendency to consider outcomes rather than intent and to seek out experts for their perspective, we can offer some pretty solid solutions that lean toward liberty and away from Big Government’s further growth.

Real solutions begin with us.

Walk the walk,

How Much Is Liberty Worth

News You Can Use

Written & Compiled by Advocates Staff
Some in Congress Want to Revive NSA Spying

If some senators have their way, the National Security Agency will be able to keep Americans’ cell phone metadata collected through its now-defunct bulk collection program. It’s the second attempt to salvage the controversial apparatus.

In June, the Senate gave final approval to the USA Freedom Act passed in a strong, bipartisan vote. Sen.Tom Cotton, R-Ark., one of the more hawkish members of Congress since going to Washington in January 2013, strongly opposed the bill.

NSAThe Liberty Through Strength Act, which sounds like it could have come straight out of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four, would have delayed the end of the NSA’s bulk metadata collection program. Cotton introduced the measure just four days after the Paris terrorist attacks. Though it’s unlikely that Congress will revisit the recently implemented law, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., supported Cotton’s initial legislation.

The latest version, the Liberty Through Strength Act II, would allow the NSA to keep metadata collected prior to the transition into the new system and makes permanent provisions of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA), including Section 702.

Read more about the NSA's bulk data collection here..



Uber Made New York's Yellow Cabs Nicer - FEE
The economic impact of additive manufacturing - PHYS Org
Technology Could End the Horrible Thanksgiving Drive - FEE

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

Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

FREE THE BLOOD"The simplest solution to the blood and plasma shortage is to desacralize blood and plasma. Instead of bowing our heads to this idol, we should see it as the false idol it is, and get back to having a market in blood." â€” Peter Jaworski, Senior Fellow with the Canadian Constitution Foundation, October 9, 2015

CO-EQUAL BRANCHES: "Our Founding Fathers intended that the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government would be co-equal." â€”Thomas Massie, Kentucky Congressman, December 1, 2015

PUBLIC ABUSE: "Most TSA officers I talked to told me they felt the agency’s day-to-day operations represented an abuse of public trust and funds."  â€” Jason Edward Harrington, Former TSA Agent, January 30, 2014
"Quotable" is compiled by members of the Advocates staff.
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One Minute Liberty Tip

Run This Up the Flagpole..

I have always loved the Gadsden Flag – the bold yellow banner featuring a rattlesnake and the defiant words “Don’t Tread on Me.”

Porcupine One of the first flags of the United States, it was designed by American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden in 1775 and was a renowned war flag during the American Revolution.

Because of its history, it connotes a deep patriotism. And “Don’t Tread on Me” powerfully conveys the fundamental libertarian message of nonaggression.

The Gadsden Flag truly is a classic symbol. But lately, I’ve come to much prefer a new evolution of this famous flag.

Read more about this new evolution of the Gadsden Flag here.
Super Communicator for LibertySharon Harris was president of the Advocates from May of 1995 until May of 2015. She continues to write about and teach excellence in libertarian communication. She is co-author of the Amazon #1 best-selling book, How to Be a Super Communicator for Liberty, about which Ron Paul said: “I recommend this book to everyone serious about winning the battle for liberty. These essays will help libertarians improve their ability to answer the tough questions, make our philosophy relevant to people’s everyday concerns, and most importantly win converts and grow our movement.” You can purchase the print version from the Advocates or the ebook version from Amazon.

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