Volume 20, Issue 39                          October 15, 2015
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David Nolan
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In This Issue
Are You Ready for the Next Industry Uber Innovates? 
Kentucky ObamaCare Cooperative Will Close
Gun Control Fear Mongering Rings Hollow
See what Kennedy Montgomery, James Alan Fox, Ken White, Rand Paul and Milton Friedman have to say about doing the right thing, minding your business, restricting liberties, behavior patterns and liberty. 
A Spoonful of Sugar
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Executive Director Brett Bittner
From Me To You

by Brett Bittner

Are You Ready for the Next Industry Uber Innovates?

I am proud to admit that I am a HUGE fan of Uber.

When I travel, I use it almost exclusively for transportation. A few mornings a week, I even Uber to work to get ahead of the workday by knocking out a few e-mails or phone calls before my first trip to the refrigerator for a refreshing beverage (I don't drink coffee). I Ubered to work this morning, because I knew that those few minutes I save result in greater productivity on the busiest day of the workweek around here.


When the story of the end to their experimentation with a courier-like service to become a full-featured delivery business model became widely shared yesterday, we saw the next innovation in the "sharing economy." This change joins Amazon and Google in the instant gratification game. As a member of Amazon Prime (and more importantly, Prime Now) and Google Express, I enjoy near immediate delivery of many items to my office or my home that would otherwise require a trip to a grocery or big-box retail store.

After offering a free market alternative to taxis and buses and introducing the areas they serve to the "sharing economy," Uber sought to grow into the logistics market. While not what they envisioned at the start, Uber's experiment may result in providing small businesses, like restaurants and boutiques to offer same-day delivery without the overhead and development of a local logistics program.

What I found to be bigger news than their introduction of these services in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, is that the demand for the service changed their implementation of the new business. The market demanded that the simple courier service they envisioned morph and adapt to accommodate the business side of a transaction, rather than compete directly with delivery services. The original offer is still available, though expanding to be a partner with the small business looking to meet their needs will likely be the driving force of their entrance into the delivery market.

Isn't it great to have competition and cooperation to meet the customers' needs, even if those needs didn't match the beginning hypothesis?

Walk the walk,
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News You Can Use

Written & Compiled by Advocates Staff

Kentucky’s health insurance cooperative will close by the end of the year, leaving approximately 51,000 looking for coverage from other insurers that offer plans on the state’s insurance exchange. The Kentucky Health Cooperative is the latest of its kind to close down due to financial difficulties.

Health Care

Nonprofit insurance cooperatives are an integral part of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.” But this type of health insurance provider has hit significant snags. According to a recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General, 21 of the 23 cooperatives created under the 2010 health insurance reform law are losing money and 13 aren’t meeting enrollment projections.

Read more about the Kentucky Cooperative shutdown here..

Gun Control Fear Mongering Rings Hollow

It didn’t take long for President Barack Obama to politicize the tragic shooting Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon on Thursday, October 1. Just hours after the news of the shooting broke, he appeared before reporters and demanded more gun control laws.

gun control

“[W]hat’s become routine, of course, is the response of those who oppose any kind of common-sense gun legislation. Right now, I can imagine the press releases being cranked out: We need more guns, they’ll argue. Fewer gun safety laws,” Obama said. â€œDoes anybody really believe that? There are scores of responsible gun owners in this country — they know that’s not true.”

Read more about about the fear mongering here..



Anti-drone rifle shoots down UAVs with radio waves - Engadget
McDonald's 'Cage Free' Edict Gets Activists Clucking - Reason
Markets Could Take Us to Mars - FEE

News You Can Use is written and compiled by staff at the Advocates for Self-Government. 
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum
Milton Friedman
A COMMON PATTERN: "The big problem is that the kind of pattern that describes [mass shooters] describes tens of thousands of Americans—even people who write awful things on Facebook or the Internet. We can't round up all the people who scare us." â€” James Alan Fox, Northeastern University criminologist, October 4, 2015

RESTRICTING LIBERTIES?: "How do we express our disapproval—our moral disapproval—for bad things like bigotry, while not restricting liberties?” â€” Ken White, Lawyer and Popehat blogger, October 13, 2015

NOBODY'S BUSINESS: "If you’re not hurting anybody, it’s really nobody’s business what you’re doing."  â€” Rand Paul, 2016 Presidential Candidate, October 14, 2015
"Quotable" is compiled by members of the Advocates staff.
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Brett Bittner
Walk the Walk 

By Brett Bitner

A Spoonful of Sugar

In Disney’s “Mary Poppins,” the title character, portrayed by Dame Julie Andrews, treats the children in her care to a musical, magical show of how to make a game of chores by adding an element of fun. I’ve always enjoyed Ms. Andrews’ performances, and the lyrics of the chorus in this song provide libertarians with an important message.

Spoonful of SugarFor a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
The medicine go down, the medicine go down
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
In a most delightful way

Often, libertarians find themselves as the bearers of “bad news” when it comes to policy discussions and decisions. We also encounter many misconceptions and popular talking points in casual conversations with friends and strangers alike. We often administer “policy medicine,” as we point out the flaws, unintended or unrevealed consequences, or damage to our rights in a proposal.

Read more about how to administer the "medicine" with a "spoonful of sugar" here...

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