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Volume 20, Issue 49                              January 7, 2016
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In This Issue
FROM ME TO YOU 
Making an Opportunity 
NEWS YOU CAN USE 
Counter-Terrorism ‘Experts’ Failed to Identify Threat Prior to San Bernardino Attack
California Bureaucrats Want Nuns to Stop Producing Marijuana Products
#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain
#FreedomPrevails
QUOTABLE
See what Harriet Tubman, Savannah Sly, Daniel Griswold, Benjamin Franklin, and the 11th Circuit Court have to say about freedom, tattoos, open trade, assumptions and slavery.  
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From Me To You


Making an Opportunity

The Internet is abuzz about the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer, in which a Wisconsin man and his family’s experiences with the criminal justice system are chronicled from his arrest, conviction, and exoneration for a 1985 rape case to his trial for a 2005 murder of a freelance photographer.

While not completely one-sided, the viewers’ reactions seem to be strongly in favor of Steven Avery’s defense, as well as that of his nephew Brendan Dassey, eliciting both WhiteHouse.Gov and Change.Org petitions with hundreds of thousands of signatures aimed at garnering his release.

making a murdererI watched the series in three to four nights, quickly moving through the 10 episodes. As a libertarian, the series drew me in with its focus on alleged misconduct on the part of government prosecutors and law enforcement and the possible miscarriage of justice for both the defendants and victims.

Once the “water cooler discussions” commenced and writers returned from time off over the holidays, the enormity of the opportunity that Making A Murderer became apparent to me with article after article populating my social media newsfeeds and my “must read” websites and news sources with perspectives, refutations, and commentary on the series.

The opportunity that libertarians can, and should, seize is one where we can discuss important aspects of libertarian thought by pointing to the alleged corruption of these government officials, the inability for them to follow their own rules, and how the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise fades with each passing day that the pop culture phenomenon features. While many libertarians know their rights and “flex” them frequently, the series uncovers that many who aren’t well-versed in such discussions will easily acquiesce to requests made by perceived authority figures to their detriment.

One key to persuasion is to find openings and moments that can be an opportunity to reveal someone’s “inner libertarian” as you find common ground. Often, we talk about the importance of building rapport with those who do not yet identify as libertarians, yet hold many libertarian beliefs without knowing it. As with our World’s Smallest Political Quiz and the opportunity to “break the ice” that it presents, pop culture phenomena like Making a Murderer can be the opening you need to start building that rapport for those aren’t ready to call themselves libertarians… yet.

If you are not interested in the true crime documentary series, don’t fret. Libertarianism continues to permeate popular culture as we find ourselves more in the mainstream of everyday life than ever before.

Walk the walk,

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News You Can Use

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Counter-Terrorism ‘Experts’ Failed to Identify Threat Prior to San Bernardino Attack

The deadly San Bernardino attack prompted everyone from presidential candidates to media FBIpersonalities to focus on the threat of Islamic radicals committing terrorist attacks at home. But in their quest to focus only on the religion as the root of terrorism here and abroad, many ignored the fact that both San Bernardino and Riverside counties held the First Annual Inland Terrorism Liaison Officer Conference just weeks before the San Bernardino shooters killed 14 people and injured other 22.

The region, The Intercept’s Jana Winter argues, has become home to a hub of counter-terrorism training groups, where countless people are taught to identify would-be terrorists before they actually put their plans into action.

Read more about the failed, counter-terrorism groups here. 

California Bureaucrats Want Nuns to Stop Producing Marijuana Products
 

Christine Meeusen, known as Sister Kate, and her apprentice, Sister Darcey, have one mission: to heal the sick. But it’s how they go about living up to their mission goals that is bothering some California officials.
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The sisters claim to produce marijuana products as part of a spiritual quest to heal the sick. According to Sister Kate, they produce “CBD oil which takes away seizures, and a million other things,” such as salve, “a multi purpose salve,” which the sisters learned that could cure “migraines, hangovers, earaches, diaper rash, toothaches.” They found the city of Merced to be the perfect home for their business. But now, city officials are threatening to put an end to their quest.

Read about how the city is trying to end their business here. 

#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain 

#FreedomPrevails

Lawmaker proposes an end to Indiana marriage licenses - Indy Star
First passenger drone makes its debut at CES - The Guardian 
Better than You Think: The Middle Class, 1971-2014 - FEE

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

Quotable
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

Tubman
 
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ASSUME?: "Migrant sex workers, especially Asian migrant workers, are often inaccurately labeled as trafficking victims...just because a women came to the U.S. and works as an escort does not mean she did so involuntarily. These assumptions are blatantly racist and xenophobic. Many migrant workers in the sex trade, domestic work and agriculture emigrate and work voluntarily." â€” Savannah Sly, SWOP-USA Board President, January 7, 2016

LESS WAR APPEAL: "Open trade makes war a less appealing option for governments by raising its costs. To a nation committed to free trade, war not only means the destruction of life and property. It is also terrible for business, disrupting international commerce and inflicting even greater hardship on the mass of citizens."  â€” Daniel GriswoldDirector of the Cato Institute's Center for Trade Policy Studies, January 7, 2016

THE RIGHT TO TATTOO: "The act of tattooing is sheltered by the First Amendment...The right to display a tattoo loses meaning if the government can freely restrict the right to obtain a tattoo in the first place."  â€” 11th Circuit Court, January 5, 2016

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The Philosophy of Liberty
 

Me: What can you tell me about the philosophy of liberty?
BA (10): You own your life. Other people own their lives.
Me: Does any other person have a higher claim on your life than you do?
BA: No.
Philosophy of Liberty Me: What do we call it when we say someone has a higher claim on your life than you have?
BA: Slavery.
Me: You exist in time, right?
BA: Yeah. Past, present, and future.
Me: What do we call it when someone steals your future?

Read how the Baby Anarchist responded here.


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