Volume 16, No. 20                                                                                                               Dec 30, 2011

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In This Issue

* A Libertarian New Year's Celebration

 by Harry Browne


* A Modest Proposal for New Year's Resolutions

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President's Corner

by Sharon Harris

A Libertarian New Year's Celebration
Dear fellow libertarian,
Happy New Year! 
Have you made your New Year's Resolutions?
In this special New Year’s Eve edition, I’m happy to bring you three distinct takes on the time-honored practice of New Year’s resolutions. 
Here is timeless wisdom from the great Harry Browne. An outrageous New Year’s Modest Proposal from Michael Cloud. And a few words on what we at the Advocates are planning in the coming year. 

Wishing you and your family a joyful and prosperous New Year!

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A Libertarian's New Year's Resolutions

by Harry Browne

Editor’s Note: Several years ago, Harry Browne -- 1996 and 2000 Libertarian Party presidential candidate, world-renowned libertarian speaker and writer, and very good friend of the Advocates -- made his.

The result was a compact how-to of effective libertarian communication, by one of history's most persuasive advocates of the ideas of liberty.

We are happy to share this inspiring and uplifting. classic with you. Consider adding them to your own resolutions this year -- and share them with other libertarians.

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1. I resolve to sell liberty by appealing to the self-interest of each prospect, rather than preaching to people and expecting them to suddenly adopt my ideas of right and wrong.
2. I resolve to keep from being drawn into arguments or debates. My purpose is to inspire people to want liberty -- not to prove that they're wrong.
3. I resolve to listen when people tell me of their wants and needs, so I can help them see how a free society will satisfy those needs.
4. I resolve to identify myself, when appropriate, with the social goals someone may seek -- a cleaner environment, more help for the poor, a less divisive society -- and try to show him that those goals can never be achieved by government, but will be well served in a free society.
5. I resolve to be compassionate and respectful of the beliefs and needs that lead people to seek government help. I don't have to approve of their subsidies or policies -- but if I don't acknowledge their needs, I have no hope of helping them find a better way to solve their problems.
6. No matter what the issue, I resolve to keep returning to the central point: how much better off the individual will be in a free society.
7. I resolve to acknowledge my good fortune in having been born an American. Any plan for improvement must begin with a recognition of the good things we have. To speak only of America's defects will make me a tiresome crank.
8. I resolve to focus on the ways America could be so much better with a very small government -- not to dwell on all the wrongs that exist today.
9. I resolve to cleanse myself of hate, resentment, and bitterness. Such things steal time and attention from the work that must be done.
10. I resolve to speak, dress, and act in a respectable manner. I may be the first libertarian someone has encountered, and it's important that he get a good first impression. No one will hear the message if the messenger is unattractive.
11. I resolve to remind myself that someone's "stupid" opinion may be an opinion I once held. If I can grow, why can't I help him grow?
12. I resolve not to raise my voice in any discussion. In a shouting match, no one wins, no one changes his mind, and no one will be inspired to join our quest for a free society.
13. I resolve not to adopt the tactics of Republicans and Democrats. They use character assassination, evasions, and intimidation because they have no real benefits to offer Americans. We, on the other hand, are offering to set people free -- and so we can win simply by focusing on the better life our proposals will bring.
14. I resolve to be civil to my opponents and treat them with respect. However anyone chooses to treat me, it's important that I be a better person than my enemies.
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Harry passed away in March of 2006. His last speech was given at an Advocates’ convention. He was a great friend of the Advocates, and a great friend of liberty. 
If enough of us follow Harry's advice above, we can make 2012 the best year yet for the libertarian movement. 
There could be no greater tribute to Harry -- and no greater gift to America!

The Advocates’ New Year’s Resolutions --
and Our Promise to You

We've made our New Year's Resolutions at the Advocates, and here's our promise to you. 
In 2012 the Advocates will help build a much larger and more effective movement for liberty. We will do this in two ways. 
First, by providing more libertarians than ever before the tools and training they need to successfully take the ideas of liberty to the public. Example: over the past two years we have provided student libertarians with over 400 OPH outreach kits – FREE of charge. We believe these kits will identify thousands of new libertarian students and turn them into activists for liberty! 
Second, we will take libertarian ideas ourselves to a million or more people who will take our online World's Smallest Political Quiz; who will encounter the Quiz in the mass media; and to students who will use the Quiz in their classrooms. 
Right now the libertarian movement faces an unprecedented opportunity. Millions of Americans are finally waking up! They're tired of watching our precious liberties being destroyed, huge government deficits being increased, and escalation of wars around the globe. 
They're ready and eager to hear the message of liberty. But libertarians must present that vital message in the most effective and persuasive ways possible to bring these "politically homeless" millions into our movement.
That's where the Advocates comes in! We provide libertarian activists with the tools, training, and information they need to become powerful, persuasive advocates for liberty. We also reach millions of people each year ourselves with the libertarian message, through our promotion of the Quiz online and in other ways. 
For over twenty years the work the Advocates has built a larger and stronger liberty movement. As Ron Paul said in the Congressional Record: 
"The [World's Smallest Political] Quiz is responsible for many Americans' first contact with libertarian ideas. While traveling around the country, I have often heard people say, 'I never knew I was a libertarian until I took the Quiz!'" 
The work we do benefits the entire liberty movement. As the late David F. Nolan Libertarian Party founder and creator of the famous chart on the Quiz said: 
"The Advocates... is tilling the soil, sowing the seeds that other organizations in the libertarian movement are reaping the benefits from."
Whatever your strategy for liberty, one thing is certain: we need many, many more dedicated, effective libertarian activists! Discovering, training and supplying them is what the Advocates is all about. 
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In the coming year we will be greatly expanding these tested, proven, successful programs. We are planning for the most exciting and fruitful year in Advocates history. 
Get more details about our work by checking out my end-of-year report.
Dollar-for-dollar, I believe support for the Advocates is the best libertarian investment you can make. Every penny will go to essential, proven programs to make the liberty movement larger and more effective, and our world a freer, more abundant place.
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Thank you for your dedication to liberty -- and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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     Sharon Harris
     President, Advocates for Self-Government
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Power Point

by Michael Cloud

A Modest Proposal for New Year's Resolutions

New Year's Day is coming up. If you're like a lot of people, you're thinking, "I ought to make some New Year's Resolutions."
"Let's see. I ought to lose 10 pounds. And I probably ought to stop smoking. Oh yeah, I need to spend more time with my spouse," you might say.
So you write down these items. New Year's is a good time to improve yourself. And this time you'll really keep your resolutions. Uh-huh.
Why did you pick these resolutions?
They're hard. They're important. They're uplifting. And you'd feel really proud of yourself if you actually accomplished them.
So you start out with the best of intentions. The highest of hopes. And a grim determination.
Then you break one of them. You forget another. Before you know it, your resolutions have you on your back, all four feet in the air, another victim of resolution road kill.
You feel guilty. You get a funny-looking grin on your face when your friends ask you, "How are your resolutions coming?"
Your self-esteem plummets. Until time lets you forget all about the resolutions.
Frankly, this isn't good for you.
It isn't good for the people you spend time with.
But I have a solution.
It's bold, breathtaking, and BIG.
It feeds your need to be uplifted. It gives you a steely look and the calm confidence of a poker player holding four Aces.
THE BIG TRUTH: Most of your problems are caused by other people.
Your life would be a whole lot smoother if other people were way more considerate of your wants and needs. Of your hopes and expectations.
Your life would be a whole lot better if other people would stop being so selfish.
Always putting themselves first. Always thinking about their problems. Always wanting things their way.
Most religions teach that it is better to give than to receive.
So what is the greatest gift you can give to others?
The opportunity for them to give.
THE MODEST PROPOSAL: Write New Year's Resolutions for other people. Tell them exactly how they can make your life better, and nicer, and happier.
Why should you lose 10 pounds? After all, how many times do you look in the mirror each day? They should lose 10 pounds. You look at them more often than you look at yourself.
And they should learn to say, "You're not fat. You're snuggly."
Why should you stop smoking? They should learn to appreciate the fragrant smell of burning tobacco. And enjoy the process of scooping up ashes that have fallen in the wrong place. And cleaning out ashtrays.
Why should you spend more time with your spouse?
She should appreciate the spare moments you ration out. After all, the rare is the precious. If diamonds were commonplace, who would value them? If your time were commonplace, would your wife really appreciate you?
Remember, most of your problems are caused by other people.
That means that most of your solutions can be provided by other people. Unless they insist on selfishness.
Maybe your friends don't call you often enough. Or invite you to dinner regularly. Or listen in rapt attention when you repeat your story for the 11th time.
It is better to give than to receive. Help them give. Write their resolutions so that they can learn to give and give and give.
Write their resolutions so that they can grow and grow and grow.
So they can be more worthy of being your friend.
So make up a list of your friends. Write out their New Year's Resolutions. The resolutions that put you first. The resolutions that make them better friends. Resolutions that let them live to give.
If they keep those resolutions, they'll become stronger and better.
If they fail to keep the New Year's Resolutions you wrote for them, they will feel frustrated. Guilty. They will suffer plummeting self-esteem.
Help your friends become better people. Write their New Year's Resolutions today.
Some day they'll thank you.

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Michael Cloud is author of the acclaimed book Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion, available exclusively from the Advocates.
In 2000, Michael was honored with the Thomas Paine Award as the Most Persuasive Libertarian Communicator in America.


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