Volume 20, Issue 34                            September 10, 2015
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In This Issue

The Problem with "Should"

You Don’t Have to Like Same-Sex Marriage to Realize Kim Davis Ignored the Rule of Law
No, Violent Crime is Not Getting Worse

See what Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Leon Wolf, Pope Francis, Ben Locke and a letter to the White House have to say about campus mental health, changes in the church, crime and punishment and governance

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Executive Director Brett Bittner
From Me To You

by Brett Bittner


The Problem With "Should" 

I LOVE feedback. I LOVE suggestions. If you’d like to send me feedback, click here to shoot me an e-mail.

Often, I find that the feedback and suggestions I hear from within the libertarian community are unintentionally similar to feedback and suggestions from non-libertarians about the role of government. In fact, I find them to be eerily similar to the way many Americans talk use a phrase many libertarians despise.


Are you among those I’m writing about in this cautionary tale?

That feedback and those suggestions typically involve the word “should.”

“We should do this.”

“This should be done.”

In nearly every case, the word “should” is used without follow-up about how the giver of that feedback or suggestion will perform or help to perform toward their intended outcome.

That is an outsourcing of responsibility.

By only suggesting that something should be done, you assign an obligation or duty to someone else. Many times, that person will agree, but they have priorities and tasks that take precedence.

How do you remove the “should problem”?

That problem disappears when you take on the responsibility of some tasks toward the outcome.

Is it any different from saying “There ought to be a law!”?

Knowing what to address is a great start, though if you don’t have a solution or take action to correct things, are you really part of the solution? Or simply joining the chorus that points out a problem?

One of the things that makes an effective libertarian is having a defined solution in mind when you see a problem in government.

The next time you are about to say “should,” will you have an action plan and support for what you are pointing out? Are you willing to pitch in to solve the problem? Or are you outsourcing the responsibility of what should be done to someone else?

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News You Can Use

Written & Compiled by Advocates Staff

You Don’t Have to Like Same-Sex Marriage to Realize Kim Davis Ignored the Rule of Law

Apparently, the most pressing issue in the country is a Kentucky county clerk who refuses to separate her religious beliefs from her duties as a public official. The media frenzy has created a debate over the role of religion in public affairs in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Kim Davis was elected as a Democrat to serve as the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky in November 2014. She succeeded her mother, Jean Bailey, who served in the role for 37 years. Davis worked under her mother as a deputy clerk for 24 years.

Kim Davis

Near the end of Bailey’s tenure, her office was the subject of complaints. Davis pulled in more than $63,000 in compensation. The excessive government salaries in the county of approximately 23,600 residents led to a reduction in the office’s budget in December 2011.

When Davis took the oath of office, she pledged that she would “support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth.” When she entered office in January, same-sex marriage was constitutionally prohibited in Kentucky, but that changed in June when the Supreme Court struck down state constitutional amendments and statutes prohibiting it.

Read more about the controversy with Kim Davis here...

No, Violent Crime is Not Getting Worse

One wouldn’t know it if they read what some news outlets are reporting or listened to the words of some Republican hopefuls and pundits on television, but there isn’t any real evidence that crime is getting worse.


The Pew Research Center, in May 2013, noted that the gun homicide rate was down 49 percent since 1993, when it peaked. What’s more, non-fatal gun violence dropped by 75 percent over the same period analyzed. The Bureau of Justice Statistics, an agency in the Department of Justice, found similar figures,a 39 percent drop in gun homicides and a 70 percent drop in non-fatal gun violence, between 1993 and 2011.

Read more about violent crime patterns here...



Government Failed To Repair These Roads, So A Group Of Volunteers Decided To Do It Themselves - Punk Rock Libertarians 
Judge Rules on Missouri Family's Purple Swing Set - CBS News
Denver Concedes Distributing Jury Nullification Pamphlets Near a Courthouse Is Constitutionally Protected - Reason

News You Can Use is written and compiled by staff at the Advocates for Self-Government. 
Students for Liberty Regional Conferences 2015
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

DOES THE PUNISHMENT FIT THE CRIME?: "The fact that Sharanda Jones received this sentence for what amounts to being a drug mule is indicative of the unthinking and senseless drug sentencing policy that infected this country for far too long and which has resulted in a gradually worsening over-incarceration problem in the United States...[w]hich costs American taxpayers billions of dollars a year." â€” Leon Wolf, Conservative Blogger, September 14, 2015

CHANGES IN THE CHURCH: "If we also look at these new unions through the eyes of young children -- and the young are watching -- we see even more the urgency to develop a real welcome in our communities towards people who are living in such situations." â€” Pope Francis on divorce in the Catholic Church, August 5, 2015

CAMPUS MENTAL HEALTH: "[S]tudents are more willing than ever to articulate being overwhelmed and to take that out on themselves, either through self-injury or through talking about the possibility of suicide or thinking actively about that and that plays out in all areas of university life."  â€” Ben Locke, Associate Director of Clinical Services, Penn State University, September 9, 2015

THE MARKETPLACE OF CAPABILITIES: "At a time when government budgets are under siege, cost efficiency is essential, and there is a broad agreement about the need for the government to open its aperture to enable access to the full marketplace of capabilities, this rapid growth in compliance requirements is becoming untenable."  â€” A Letter to the White House, Professional Services Council, August 2015
"Quotable" is compiled by members of the Advocates staff.

The Libertarian Homeschooler
Conversations With My Boys

By The Libertarian Homeschooler
Libertarian Parenting

Me: What are the rules of the house?
BA (10): Do not encroach on the person or property of another. Do all you have agreed to do. [We took those rules directly from Richard Maybury.]Parenting
Me: Who has to obey the rules?
BA: Everyone in the house?
Me: Me and Dad?
BA: Yes.
Me: What if you don’t want to obey those rules?
BA: You can ask if you can change the rules.
Me: Who would you ask?
BA: It depends on who is in a good mood.
Me: Young Statesman, what are your thoughts? What if you don’t want to obey the rules? Do you only lose the constraint?

Read what the Young Statesman has to say here...

The Libertarian Homeschooler is a homeschooling mother of two boys, 10 and 14. You can connect with the community she has created here. 

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