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Volume 18, No. 8                                          April 24, 2013
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In This Issue

PRESIDENT'S CORNER
* "Every person should be free to..."

INTELLECTUAL AMMUNITION
* New: The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity
* New: CA Lt. Gov: Drug War a Failure
* VIDEO: How Did CORN Get into Your COKE?
* The Laziest Gun in the World
 
THEY SAID IT: The best way to stop gun violence.... Gary Johnson on the phony rigged presidential debates.... President Obama denounces his drone policy.... Your kids belong to the state, says MSNBC host.... Jay Leno exposes North Korea's diabolical plan.... Disturbing Henry Kissinger quote surfaces via WikiLeaks....

PERSUASION POWER POINT #346
* The Fox and the Grapes (as Applied by Michael Cloud)

ASK DR. RUWART
* How would a libertarian country combat genocide abroad?

ONE-MINUTE LIBERTY TIP
* Libertarians: Radicals -- or Moderates?

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE ADVOCATES
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President's Corner

by Sharon Harris




"Every person should be free to..."

Dear friends,
 
Leonard E. Read is one of the true Founding Fathers of the modern libertarian movement. A wonderful and prolific writer, Read was the Founding President of America’s first libertarian think tank, the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE).

In an article published way back in May 1955, Read gave a particularly eloquent description of libertarianism. 
 
Read said that in an ideal world, every person should be free:
 
"...to pursue his ambition to the full extent of his abilities, regardless of race or creed or family background.
 
...to associate with whom he pleases for any reason he pleases, even if someone else thinks it's a stupid reason.
 
...to worship God in his own way, even if it isn't 'orthodox.' 

...to choose his own trade and to apply for any job he wants -- and to quit his job if he doesn't like it or if he gets a better offer.
 
...to go into business for himself, be his own boss, and set his own hours of work -- even if it's only three hours a week.
 
...to use his honestly acquired property or savings in his own way -- spend it foolishly, invest it wisely, or even give it away.
 
...to offer his services or products for sale on his own terms, even if he loses money on the deal.
 
...to buy or not to buy any service or product offered for sale, even if the refusal displeases the seller.
 
...to disagree with any other person, even when the majority is on the side of the other person.
 
...to study and learn whatever strikes his fancy, as long as it seems to him worth the cost and effort of studying and learning it.
 
...to do as he pleases in general, as long as he doesn't infringe the equal right and opportunity of every other person to do as he pleases.
 
“The above, in a nutshell, is the way of life which the libertarian philosophy commends. It means no special privilege from government for anyone. It is the way of individual liberty, of the free market, of private property, of government limited to securing these rights equally for all.”
 
What a wonderful description of the world libertarians are working to create! It is eloquent and inspiring, yet at the same time humble and down to earth. Anyone can understand it, and no one should be threatened by it. 

If you like it, please share it online with others. 

Millions of people around the world have been influenced by the great work of the Foundation for Economic Education, which is going strong today under the leadership of Lawrence W. Reed and remains one of the liberty movement’s great treasures. 

In Liberty,

Sharon

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Intellectual Ammunition

by James W. Harris





New: The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

Ron Paul has launched an important new institute to challenge the "bipartisan" interventionist foreign policy that has dominated American politics, with disastrous results, for much of the past century. 

The Ron Paul Peace and Prosperity InstituteThe Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity aims to bring together conservatives, liberals, progressives, libertarians and the general American public in a new movement embracing a more sensible foreign policy. 

The Institutes' Board of Advisors reflects this diversity. It contains prominent figures from across the political spectrum, including: progressive former congressman (D-OH) and former presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, libertarian media figure Judge Andrew Napolitano; Mises Institute President Lew Rockwell; conservative congressmen John Duncan and Walter Jones; and Faith Whittlesey, U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland under Ronald Reagan.

The Institute will offer timely news and analysis through its website, which will function as an online magazine and news service for foreign policy news and non-interventionist viewpoints. The Institute plans a foreign policy summer school for university students studying international affairs and journalism, along with other student programs. 

Here's an excerpt from "The Coming Non-Intervention Revolution," an article by Ron Paul announcing the organization: 

"According to the U.S. Special Operations Forces commander, Adm. William H. McRaven, testifying before the Senate Armed Services emerging threats subcommittee earlier this month, 'On any day of the year you will find special operations forces [in] somewhere between 70 and 90 countries around the world.'

"Why? To what end? And most importantly, where is the authorization? On whose permission does the U.S. Special Forces Command conduct war in 70 to 90 countries at any given time? Are there stacks of hidden declarations of war somewhere that no American knows about? The Constitution gives the president no power at all to make war on any given day in 70 to 90 countries, to use secret forces to undermine domestic political currents in favor of movements and politicians that the U.S. elites judge to be 'in line' with their interests. Again it is the sign of a nation that has lost its way.

"It is time for us to stand up for peace, a peace that is intricately connected to justice, shared human values, and prosperity. A peace that leaves us safer than the empty lies of the warmongers. A peace that leaves our economic future with some glimmer of hope, that leaves our next generations with some glimmer of hope. A peace that frees up the economic resources that can prevent our children from being slaves to the impoverishing imperial ambitions of those directing our current foreign policy. …

"This is an historic moment. The era of the neo-conservative control over our foreign policy is passing. Those pushing authoritarianism at home are being challenged and rejected. The American people are turning away from a foreign policy of empire because they understand that they cannot afford it, that it does not make us safer but rather the opposite; that the price of empire abroad is a police state at home, and that throughout history all empires fall and fall in a catastrophic way. 

"We can avoid this terrible fate if we stand up together."

Read the rest of Ron Paul's great article and learn more about his new Institute here.

California Lt. Gov: Drug War a Failure; Re-Legalize Marijuana

Here's one more sign that rebellion against the War on Drugs, and particularly the War on Marijuana, is on the rise. 

At the California Democratic Party convention in Sacramento on April 13, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom -- a rising Democratic star and a leading contender for the gubernatorial nomination in 2014 -- called for marijuana re-legalization and described the War on Drugs as "an abject failure." 

"It's time to decriminalize, tax, and regulate marijuana," Newsom said to enthusiastic cheers and applause. "It's time we own up to the fact that our drug laws have done far more harm than good. The War on Drugs is an abject failure.

"In 2011 alone in this country, three quarters of a million people in the United States were arrested for marijuana law violations, 87% of them for simple possession. 

"And listen to me closely on this -- African-American children are ten times more likely to get arrested for drug crimes than their white counterparts, even though white children are more likely to abuse drugs.

"You can't make this up. We send a higher percentage of African-American males to prison and jail in this country than we send to colleges and universities in California. 

"After 42 years of failure, I think it's time we concede that if we continue to do what we've done, we'll continue to get what we've got. I think you and we deserve better. 

"It's about standing up on principle, having the courage of our convictions, about saying publicly all too often what we say privately."


VIDEO: How Did CORN Get into Your COKE? 
 
Older readers might remember that Coca-Cola used to taste… different. Many say, better. 
 
That’s not just nostalgia. Coca-Cola used to be made with real sugar. But in 1984 the makers of the soft drink replaced sugar with… corn syrup. So did most other popular soft drinks.
 
Why? Part of the reason is that in 1984 corn syrup suddenly became a lot less expensive than sugar -- in America. In fact, sugar is nearly twice as expensive in America as in the rest of the world. 
 
It won’t surprise many of you to learn that government is the culprit.
 
In this short (3:25 minutes) video, economics professor Diana Thomas points out that the U.S. government strictly limits the amount of sugar imported each year -- in order to increase profits of U.S. sugar producers and protect them from foreign competition. 
 
This limit in turn causes the price of sugar to rise in the U.S. 
 
As a result, Americans pay a staggering $3 billion each year in higher food costs -- just to make a handful of sugar barons rich. 

It’s a sweet deal for them… but a lousy deal for the rest of us. 
 
This video -- one of many fine offerings from our friends at LearnLiberty.org -- packs a wealth of economic information into a few minutes. Enjoy -- and share!
 
The Laziest Gun in the World

From a letter to the editor by Donald K. Martin, published March 19, 2013 in the  Hartford Courant (Connecticut) newspaper:

"Yesterday I placed my shotgun on the front porch, gave it six shells, and noticing it had no legs, placed it in a wheelchair to help it get around. I left it alone and went about my business.

"While I was gone, the mailman delivered my mail, the boy across the street picked up my yard, a girl walked her dog down the street, and quite a few cars stopped at the stop sign near my house.

"After 10 hours, I checked on the shotgun. It was still sitting in the wheelchair. It had not rolled outside and It had not killed anyone in spite of many opportunities that had been presented. It had not even loaded itself.

"Can you imagine how surprised I was with all the hype about how dangerous guns are and how they kill people? Either the media is wrong and the killing is by people misusing guns or I'm in possession of the laziest gun in the world. 

"So now I'm off to check on my spoons, because I hear they make people fat."

(Editor's note: Yes, we know it would irresponsible to actually leave a gun unattended, and we're sure Mr. Martin does, too. He's clearly taking some poetic license in order to make an important point in a humorous way.)

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Intellectual Ammunition is written by Liberator Online editor James W. Harris. His articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, and he has been a Finalist for the Mencken Awards, given by the Free Press Association for "Outstanding Journalism in Support of Liberty."
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They Said It...

BEST WAY TO STOP GUN VIOLENCE: "The single most effective option -- which is not being discussed at all -- would result in a huge reduction of gun violence: Legalize drugs. There are 1.5 million drug arrests each year, and more persons incarcerated for drug infractions than for all violent crimes combined. Fifty percent of our federal prison population comprises narcotics violators. Most important, because drugs are illegal, participants in the drug trade cannot go to court to settle disputes and enforce contracts. As a result, disputes are resolved by force. Meanwhile, the Drug Enforcement Administration has 10,000 agents, analysts, and support staff, who could be fighting terrorism or real crime -- including gun violence." -- Robert A. Levy of the Cato Institute, "Reflections on Gun Control by a Second Amendment Advocate," National Law Journal, February 11, 2013.

GARY JOHNSON ON THE RIGGED PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES: "Look at the Commission on Presidential Debates: it's entirely made up of Republicans and Democrats. None of them have any interest whatsoever in seeing a third party onstage. I think a very fair requirement would be: are you on enough state ballots to win the election? Using that approach, four people would have qualified to be in the national debate in the last election: [Green party candidate] Jill Stein, myself, Obama and Romney." -- 2012 Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson, interviewed at policymic.com, April 12, 2013. 

PRESIDENT OBAMA DENOUNCES HIS OWN DRONE POLICY: "[A]ny time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror." -- President Obama, April 16, 2013, condemning the Boston Marathon bombings. 

YOUR KIDS BELONG TO THE STATE: "We have never invested as much in public education as we should have because we've always had kind of a private notion of children ... We haven't had a very collective notion of 'these are our children.' [W]e have to break through our kind of private idea that 'kids belong to their parents,' or 'kids belong to their families,' and recognize that kids belong to whole communities. Once it's everybody's responsibility and not just the household's, then we start making better investments." -- MSNBC TV host and Tulane University professor of political science Melissa Harris-Perry in an MSNBC promotional ad. 

JAY LENO ON NORTH KOREA'S PLAN: "North Korean officials reportedly are planning a cyberattack on the U.S. in an effort to bring our economy to a halt. Nice try, guys. You're five years too late." -- Jay Leno, April 11, 2013. 

ILLEGAL AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT: "Before the Freedom of Information Act, I used to say at meetings, 'The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer'." -- Henry Kissinger in a 1975 diplomatic conversation, now made public in a collection of formerly classified documents published by WikiLeaks, April 2013.

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Persuasion Power Point #346

by Michael Cloud





The Fox and the Grapes (as applied by Michael Cloud)
 
The fox was thirsty. It was late afternoon on a scorching summer day -- and the fox hadn't had a sip of water since dawn.
 
He came upon a walled-in vineyard. And he saw a bunch of grapes hanging above the wall.
 
“Oh, yes! They wilhttp://tx.english-ch.com/teacher/julia/fox_grapes.jpgl quench my thirst,” he thought. He crouched down, and leaped as high as he could. 
 
Not high enough.
 
He trotted several paces from the wall. With a running start, he jumped as high as he could. 
 
He came up short. 
 
Again, he trotted several paces from the wall, turned, made a running start, leaped high... and missed the grapes. 
 
Again and again, he tried to jump high enough to get the grapes. 
 
Again and again, he fell short. Dead tired and thirsty, he gave up.
 
Slowly walking away, he said, "So what! They were probably sour."
 
Aesop’s moral: “It's easy to condemn or find fault with what you can't get.” 
 
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A libertarian runs for office -- raises almost no money, runs no ads -- and gets no TV or mainstream news coverage. "It probably wouldn't have made any difference, anyway," he says.
 
A libertarian gets a brilliant idea for a great libertarian novel -- as great as Atlas Shrugged, as big as The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, perhaps  -- but gets stuck on a few plot complications, has trouble with dialogue, and experiences writer's block. So he abandons the project. "Who the hell would publish a libertarian novel anyway?!" he says.
 
A libertarian watches a well-known Big Government politician give a speech to an enthusiastic crowd. A video of the speech is put on YouTube, and 600,000 people watch it. “I could write and give a libertarian speech far, far better than that politician,” thinks a libertarian. “But it'd be too bold, too hip for most Americans. So why bother!”
 
Sour grapes. Sour grapes. Sour grapes. A snarky, cynical “Why bother? What's the use?” belief that keeps us from trying, or from trying again, or trying until we succeed.
 
Don't buy the lie.
 
The only person who truly knows, who has the right to proclaim that “the grapes are sour” is the libertarian who has won them, dined on them, and shared them with friends.
 
But the victorious libertarian discovers that the grapes are sweet, that they taste better than he imagined, that they satisfy... and spur him on to more grapes, more vineyards, and liberty in our time.

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Ask Dr. Ruwart

Dr. Mary Ruwart is a leading expert in libertarian communication. In this column she offers short answers to real questions about libertarianism. To submit questions to Dr. Ruwart, see end of column.

How would a libertarian country combat genocide abroad?
 
QUESTION: Does non-interventionism entail non-assistance to any military efforts to stop genocide? In other words, should the U.S. military involve themselves in any efforts to stop mass genocide abroad? If not, through what means do libertarians propose to stop genocide?
 
MY SHORT ANSWER: In a libertarian society, if someone feels called to stop genocide in another country, he or she could contribute their time, money or effort to do so. They could organize and solicit similar contributions from others, even to the extent of joining foreign militaries or hiring military personnel to enter the fray. They might also help those targeted for genocide escape to safety. What they couldn’t do is call upon the libertarian government to tax or draft their neighbors in support of their chosen cause.
 
Unless the libertarian country was actually directly threatened, its government would not become involved. Instead of sending “foreign aid” or troops, the nation itself would stay neutral. If the libertarian government taxed or drafted citizens to fight, it would, by doing so, be taking freedom of choice from its citizens in order to “free” the people subject to genocide. The hypocrisy in this should be clear.
 
We are so accustomed to having government handling such situations that we forget how effective the private sector is in thwarting genocide. For example, in October 1943, the Nazis decided to round up the Danish Jews. Neighboring Sweden decided, as a libertarian government might, to end refugee immigration restrictions, announcing that all Danish Jews who could make it across the channel would be welcomed. 
 
The Danish people organized a smuggling operation that brought 90% of their Jewish population to Sweden. Private donors insured that no Jew was left behind because of lack of money. The Danish police and coast guard either looked the other way or protected those crossing the ocean to neutral Sweden. (For a good read on this, see Leo Goldberger’s 1987 book, “The Rescue of the Danish Jews: Moral Courage Under Stress”. 
 
How different this was from the way the U.S. government treated Jewish refugees! In 1939, President Roosevelt turned away the ocean liner St. Louis, which had arrived from Europe with more than 900 Jewish escapees. The U.S. Coast Guard kept vigilant watch so that no one on board could swim to safety. 
 
Other countries, following the U.S. example, refused to liberalize their immigration restrictions. Eventually, the St. Louis returned to Europe, where about half of the unfortunate passengers were eventually killed in Hitler’s genocide program (see "Voyage of the Damned" by Marilyn Henry, Jerusalem Post, July 1998 for more detail.)
 
Compared to government, the private sector is fast, efficient, compassionate and creative. Even when it comes to thwarting genocide, the private sector is likely to do it better.
 
Learn more: Suggested further readings on this topic from Liberator Online editor James W. Harris:
 
* “A Libertarian Explanation of Genocide” by R.J. Rummel: This short article by one of the world’s leading experts on the topic of government murder and genocide argues that the best way to prevent genocide is to foster more libertarian governments and societies around the world. 
 
Excerpt: â€œVirtually all genocides and non-genocidal mass murders obey the following social law: The more power those who rule have, the less libertarian the government, the more likely the rulers will commit genocide and mass murder.”

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One-Minute Liberty Tip 

By Sharon Harris



Libertarians: Radicals -- or Moderates?
 
Words can mean very different things to different people and different audiences. 
 
Libertarians tend to like the world “radical.” We are radical about liberty -- we want to go all the way with individual freedom. We, in libertarian writer Walter Block’s phrase, proudly “defend the undefendable.” Ayn Rand famously described herself as a “radical for capitalism.” 
 
Many of us will quickly point out that the word “radical” comes from the Latin word "radix," meaning "root." To be radical is thus to want to “go to the root” of the issue. To want fundamental change. Beginning... yesterday! 
 
So when we say we’re radical, we’re saying we’re principled, consistent, and courageous in our defense of the highest political value: liberty. And we see no reason to wait to bring the blessings of liberty to others. We’re proud of that, and justly so. 
 
But not everyone hears the word “radical” that way. To some people, “radical” means a small and dangerous group of extremists demanding drastic and disturbing change. Anything radical, to some people, is frightening and threatening. A "radical" is someone to view with suspicion. 
 
Sometimes our opponents use the word “radical” in this way against us. They say that our ideas are strange and dangerous and will never succeed, because they are… “too radical.” 
 
If that argument is used against you, consider this verbal judo. 
 
“Actually, I don’t think libertarians are radicals -- certainly not in the way you use the word. In fact, I think we are the true moderates in America’s political debate.”
 
“Moderates? But you’re calling for --“
 
“Look. Libertarians simply believe that peaceful people should not be harassed, controlled or dictated to by the government. That they should be free to do any peaceful thing they wish with their own lives and property, just as long as they respect the rights of others to do the same.
 
“I don’t see anything ‘radical’ about that. In fact, I think it’s the epitome of moderation. It’s just common sense and common decency. Respect for others. Peace. Tolerance.
 
“What’s radical to me is the notion that some people think they have the right to use force against peaceful people who are harming no one. To take their money. To tell them how to run their business. To try to control their private lives. To tell them what they can eat, or drink, or smoke, or read, or watch. To demand that the government force them, at gunpoint, to live the way someone else thinks they should.
 
“Now that is a radical idea! Forcing peaceful people at gunpoint to live in ways they don’t want or that they may even find abhorrent. Taking their property. Bossing them around. What could be more radical than that?
 
“Libertarians oppose that kind of radicalism and extremism. Unlike liberals or conservatives, we don't think we have the knowledge, or the right, to tell other people how to live their lives. 

"I think that makes us the real moderates.”

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