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Volume 18, No. 22                        November 15, 2013
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In This Issue

PRESIDENT'S CORNER
* Look Who's Coming to Dinner

INTELLECTUAL AMMUNITION
* More Evidence: Libertarians Growing Rapidly in Numbers and Influence
* Anal Probes at a Traffic Stop: Why the War on Drugs Must End
* Videos: The Five Winners of the First-Ever Reason Liberty Video Prize
* FREE E-Book: After the Welfare State
 
THEY SAID IT: Congress is a bunch of thieves, says Walter Williams.... Obama wins top award for falsehood.... Global leaders say end the misbegotten War on Drugs.... Want to help the working poor? Stop taxing them so much, says British journalist.... Oliver Stone imagines a grim wall four miles long.... Ron Paul tells the surprising story of why he became a doctor... Jay Leno laughs at Obamacare and needles the NSA....

PERSUASION POWER POINT #360 by Michael Cloud
The Power of One

ASK DR. RUWART by Mary Ruwart
* Who will fund national monuments in a libertarian country?

ONE-MINUTE LIBERTY TIP by Sharon Harris
* Instead of "Government Subsidies"

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE ADVOCATES
* Upcoming: Libertarian Communication Workshops and speeches this Fall
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President's Corner

by Sharon Harris








Look Who's Coming to Dinner

Dear friends, 

Holidays can be a great time to share libertarian ideas with family and friends, so be sure to gather liberty-themed facts, figures and stories specific for each holiday. (The Liberator Online is an excellent source for such information as a holiday nears.) 

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. As you're making your plans, the free-market Cost of Government Center (CFR) reminds us that an uninvited guest is planning to crash your Turkey (or Tofurkey) Day — Uncle Sam. 

CFR — an affiliate of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) — offers us some genuinely shocking figures about how much government is adding to the cost of your family's Thanksgiving celebration this year. 

Share this information with your family and friends, if the appropriate opportunity arises, and you'll surely open some minds. Maybe they'll give thanks that you and other libertarians are working to spare them from this kind of government plunder. 

Here's CFR's report. 

Hard to Be Thankful for Bigger Government this Thanksgiving
 
Thanksgiving is a time for reuniting with friends and family — but the government wants to be part of your celebration too. Whether you stay home or travel for the holiday, government is a significant contributor to the costs of the celebration. 

Of an identified $10 billion in spending that occurs during Thanksgiving weekend on the wine and beer, the gas and plane tickets, and the meal itself, government taxation composes 35.86 percent of those expenses — approximately $3.6 billion in revenues.

Many of these Thanksgiving items are subject to the increased costs of income taxes, payroll taxes, corporate income taxes, and other taxes on business activity. Government then includes additional fees and excise taxes that further increase the cost of providing specific items or services.

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, this year's Thanksgiving meal for ten increased in cost by $5.73 to a total of $49.20 — mostly due to rising food prices. Despite the most significant increase in food costs since 1990, government taxation still gobbles up $13.68 of your meal preparations.

Unfortunately this measure still does not account for beer and wine consumption. Between football games and meals, nearly 53 million cases of beer are consumed. Government collects $219 million in taxes â€” 44.33 percent of the cost of each case. Thanksgiving attendees will also find it hard to be grateful for the 32.77 percent increase in the cost of each bottle of wine thanks to government.

Whether you fly or drive to be with your loved ones this Thanksgiving season, government heavily taxes your preferred mode of transportation. Of the 94 percent of travelers driving their cars, government will raise an estimated $1.1 billion in tax revenue â€” 45.33 percent of the gasoline price tag. Similarly, government also increases the cost of the average $376 Thanksgiving flight — making up 43.57 of each ticket's price.

The government hits taxpayers particularly hard during the holiday season, filling its plate with these taxes and fees. As you gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving, remember that Uncle Sam is to thank... for your smaller slice of pumpkin pie.

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This Thanksgiving I'll be giving thanks for the growing liberty movement, and especially for Liberator Online readers like you — people who are eager to learn the best ways to share the blessings of liberty with others! 

I'm also grateful for libertarians who support the vital work of the Advocates with their generous donations. They make all the programs of the Advocates possible — including this newsletter. If you'd to join this special group, click here to donate and see the great "thank-you" gifts we have reserved for you. THANK YOU and Happy Thanksgiving!

Yours for Liberty,

Sharon

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Intellectual Ammunition

by James W. Harris





More Evidence: Libertarians Growing Rapidly in Numbers and Influence

Last issue we brought news of an amazing survey by FreedomWorks that found libertarianism rising rapidly, especially among the young. 

Here's more great news along those lines. 

First, a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute — a nonpartisan group that studies religion, values, and public life — finds that about 22% of Americans are either consistent libertarians (7%) or "libertarian leaners" (15%). "Libertarian leaners" are more libertarian than they are liberal, conservative or other political brands. 

This 22% libertarian bloc estimate is pretty consistent with other recent surveys. And it is a large and powerful number for a growing political movement. 

The survey also found that libertarians are disproportionately young: fully one in four is under 30. This is wonderful demographics for a political philosophy that wants to be the politics of the future. 

Nick Gillespie of Reason.com, writing at Time.com, tells why this is exciting news for libertarians: 

"[T]he 22 percent of Americans who are consistent libertarians or lean libertarian are fully capable of throwing any election in their direction. That makes them the true wild cards of American politics. A majority of libertarians describe themselves as independent (35 percent), affiliated with a third party (15 percent), or as Democrats (5 percent), with the remaining 45 percent calling themselves Republicans. …

"After a dozen-plus years of government mismanagement of the economy, foreign policy, and basic civil liberties under Republicans and Democrats, a record number of Americans rightly believe that the government has too much power. Libertarians are young, intense, principled, and highly engaged in politics. They are going to be around for a long time to come, and in ever-larger numbers. The only question left unanswered is who they will vote for."

The survey finding is perhaps borne out by the remarkable showing this month by the Libertarian Party candidate for governor of Virginia, in a hotly contested three-way race. Libertarian Robert Sarvis, a software developer and attorney, had polled as high as ten percent, and on election day won 6.5 percent of the vote 

This was the third-highest vote total for a Libertarian in a governor's race in the party's history, in any state. In 1990, by contrast, the Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate got just 0.7 percent of the vote.

Most importantly, the Sarvis campaign was especially popular among young voters. An exit poll shows that Sarvis won a startling 15 percent of voters age 18-29.

"A record-breaking number of Virginia voters have sent a message that they prefer the open-minded and open-for-business libertarianism of Robert Sarvis to the crazy social agenda of the Republicans and the crony capitalism of the Democrats," said Chuck Moulton, chairman for the Libertarian Party of Virginia. "The Libertarian Party of Virginia is excited to build on this success by expanding its membership and running ever more highly qualified candidates in 2014 and beyond."

Libertarianism is spreading fast among Americans -- and especially the young. And that's great news! 

Anal Probes at a Traffic Stop: Why the War on Drugs Must End

"David Eckert was pulling out of a Walmart parking lot when police officers pulled him over for failing to stop at a parking lot stop sign. Police ordered Eckert to step out of his vehicle, and that's when he committed the highly suspicious act of 'clenching his buttocks.' The officers' natural reaction? This man must be hiding narcotics in his anal cavity." 

So reports Alison Frankel of the ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project. She continues: 

"Being pulled over for a minor traffic violation is never a pleasant experience, but these Deming, New Mexico police officers took it to an atrocious new level, forcing Mr. Eckert to undergo a colonoscopy, anal probes, and defecation in a search for drugs. 

"Yes, you read that correctly: the War on Drugs is being waged on minor traffic violators with enemas and sedatives.

"After pulling Mr. Eckert over, officers obtained a search warrant for an anal cavity search and drove Eckert to a Deming hospital. In the one act of sanity in this insane saga, doctors at that hospital refused to conduct the search, saying it would be unethical. 

"Undeterred by such ethical concerns, police then took Eckert to Gila Regional Medical Center…"

Reporter Chris Ramirez of New Mexico's KOB Eyewitness News 4 sums up, in this numbered list, what happened to Eckert next: 
  1. Eckert's abdominal area was x-rayed; no narcotics were found.  
  2. Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert's anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
  3. Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert's anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.
  4. Doctors penetrated Eckert's anus to insert an enema. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
  5. Doctors penetrated Eckert's anus to insert an enema a second time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
  6. Doctors penetrated Eckert's anus to insert an enema a third time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of  doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.
  7. Doctors then x-rayed Eckert again; no narcotics were found.
  8. Doctors prepared Eckert for surgery, sedated him, and then performed a colonoscopy where a scope with a camera was inserted into Eckert's anus, rectum, colon, and large intestines. No narcotics were found.  
         Throughout this ordeal, Eckert protested and never gave doctors at the Gila          Regional Medical Center consent to perform any of these medical                          procedures...

         No drugs were ever found.

And get this: Mr. Eckert is now receiving… bills from the Gila medical center. Yes, the medical center is demanding he pay thousands of dollars for the torture he underwent there.

The ACLU is defending Mr. Eckert in a lawsuit against the City of Deming, its police officers, and the medical center. 

Incredible though it may seem, these tactics are being used by police elsewhere. The ACLU's Frankel also mentions that "In two separate incidents in Texas this August, police officers probed the genitals and anal regions of four women suspected of possessing marijuana during routine traffic stops. No drugs were found during the cavity searches."

Drug law reform, anyone?

Videos: The Five Winners of the First-Ever Reason Liberty Video Prize

Here are five fantastic — and now award-winning — liberty videos. 

On November 6, 2013 the libertarian Reason Foundation announced the winners of the first-ever Reason Video Prize, which "honors short-form video, film, and moving pictures that explore, investigate, and enrich our appreciation of libertarian beliefs in individual rights, limited government, and especially human possibilities."

All are great, and you can see them all here. Note at the upper left of the video, there's a playlist of all five winning videos, starting with the winner, "I, Pencil." So you can sit back and watch them in sequence, or pick whichever ones you want to see. 



Drew Tidwell's "I, Pencil," produced for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, won first place and a $7,000 award. We've featured it in past issues. It's a fantastic video adaptation of one of the greatest free-market essays ever written. 

Second place ($2,000) went to Justin Monticello's "Obama That I Used to Know," a song parody that sums up the disillusionment of young Obama voters who voted for peace and civil liberties and got, in return... drones hits, illegal wars, crony capitalism, and other bitter fruits. Our favorite line: "Sometimes I think that Peace Prize winners shouldn't have a kill list…"

Third place ($1,000) went to Isaac Reese's "Game of Food Trucks," produced for the libertarian Institute for Justice (IJ). This funny Game of Thrones parody asks a very serious question: Should the city of Chicago be in the business of protecting a few politically connected restaurateurs from competition? Hooray for the heroic entrepreneurs who are fighting back — with the help of IJ. 

There were two other finalists.

"Top DHS Checkpoint Refusals," produced by Mike Mills, is one you don't want to miss. It's a raw, astonishing compilation of citizens daring to stand up to authority by exercising their constitutional right to travel unmolested and to refuse questioning at Department of Homeland Security immigration checkpoints (that aren’t actually at the border). It's also an eye-opening look at the sleazy, deceptive ways government agents try to imply powers that they don't legally have. If all Americans had this devotion to civil liberties…

"Crony Chronicles: I Want to Grow Up to be a Crony" by Owen Brennan, Justin Folk, and Robert Perkins is a hilarious, if sad, portrayal of how the American dream has been perverted by crony capitalism, aka "crapitalism." 

Five fantastic videos for liberty. Check them out! 

FREE E-Book: After the Welfare State

"Young people today are being robbed. Of their rights. Of their freedom. Of their dignity. Of their futures. The culprits? My generation and our predecessors, who either created or failed to stop the world-straddling engine of theft, degradation, manipulation, and social control we call the welfare state."

So writes libertarian scholar Tom G. Palmer in the introduction to After The Welfare State, a short, readable and highly enlightening look at the origins, failures, and tyranny of the welfare state — and alternatives to it.

Among questions the book explores: How does the welfare state function? What systems did the welfare state displace, and were they viable? How has the welfare state contributed to poverty and major international crises? And finally, how can we replace the unsustainable and coercive welfare state with a system to help the needy based on peace and liberty?

Edited by Palmer, the book contains essays by Palmer and other experts. It is published by Students for Liberty and the Atlas Network. 

You can download it as a FREE PDF eBook here.

Inexpensive hard copies, and free copies in bulk for student libertarian groups to distribute, are also available. You can learn more about that here.
 
Praise for After the Welfare State: 

"This book provides a superb introduction to the folly of the welfare state. The historical examples, the discussion of adverse consequences from existing welfare programs, and the moral arguments against government-imposed redistribution are all compelling background for anyone who cares about our future prosperity. Your future depends on understanding what is in this book." — Jeffrey Miron, Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics, Harvard University.

"After the Welfare State makes serious economic analysis of current events readable, enlightening, and enjoyable. Spending other people's money -- even with the best of intentions -- is a recipe for conflict and even catastrophe, as the authors demonstrate in one country after another." — Donald J. Boudreaux, Professor of Economics, George Mason University.

Highly recommended! 
 
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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...

THIEVES: "If any American did privately what Congress does publicly, he'd be condemned as an ordinary thief. Taking what belongs to one American to give to another is theft, and the receiver is a recipient of stolen property." — economist Walter Williams, "Is There a Way Out?", syndicated column Oct. 30, 2013. 

OBAMA WINS AWARD FOR OBAMACARE "WHOPPER": "Four Pinocchios." — rating from the Washington Post's "Fact Checker" column for President Obama's false 2010 claim that, under Obamacare, "if you like your insurance, you will keep it." Four Pinocchios is the Post's highest award for a falsehood; the paper says it is reserved exclusively for "whoppers." 

GLOBAL LEADERS SAY STOP THE WAR ON DRUGS: "Each year, hundreds of thousands of people around the world die from preventable drug-related disease and violence. Millions of users are arrested and thrown in jail. Globally, communities are blighted by drug-related crime. Citizens see huge amounts of their taxes spent on harsh policies that are not working. …It is time for a smarter approach to drug policy. Putting people's health and safety first is an imperative…" — Kofi Annan, former secretary general of the United Nations, and Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil, "Stop 'war on drugs,'" CNN.com, Nov. 5, 2013. Both men are members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, seeking international drug law reform. 

STOP TAXING THE WORKING POOR: "The reason that the national minimum wage is not a living wage is because government taxes the working poor too much. We do not have a low wage problem at all, we have instead tax poverty. …if you want the working poor to have more money just stop taxing them so damn much." — British journalist Tim Worstall, "Yes, it's still tax poverty, not a Living Wage," Adam Smith Institute blog, Nov. 5, 2013

A WALL FOUR MILES LONG: "The Vietnam Memorial Wall in D.C. contains the names of 58,272 Americans who died in the war. Its message is that the tragedy of that wretched war was that 58,000 Americans died. The wall is 146 feet long. Imagine a wall that also contained the names of all the Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, and others who died. Such a wall would be over 4 miles long." — filmmaker Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick, "The myth of American exceptionalism," USA TODAY, Oct. 25, 2013. (Thanks to Lawrence Vance, LewRockwell.com blog.)

RON PAUL — WHY I BECAME A DOCTOR: "I became a doctor to avoid being a soldier. I knew I would be drafted, and such things as seeking asylum in another country, or becoming a conscientious objector, were out of my range of thought at that time. But if I became a doctor, I knew I would not be given a rifle and told to shoot other young men at government orders. …Though the horrible UN oath is used in medical schools these days, I still adhere to the Hippocratic Oath, and its injunction to 'First, do no harm.' It's a great, ancient libertarian principle." â€” Ron Paul, "Why RonPaulMD.com?", November 8, 2013.

JAY LENO ON THE OBAMACARE DISASTER: "A new record was set today in the 100 meters. It was set by Senate Democrats running away from Obamacare." — Jay Leno, Nov. 11, 2013.

DON'T CALL US, WE'LL CALL YOU: "According to The Washington Post, the White House is considering appointing a civilian to lead the NSA. If you're interested in the job, no need to submit a résumé, they have all your information already. They will call you." — Jay Leno, Nov. 11, 2013.

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"They Said It..." is compiled by Liberator Online editor James W. Harris.
 

Persuasion Power Point #360

by Michael Cloud




The Power of One
 
One may be all you need.
 
You may be only one request away from funding for your libertarian project.
 
You may be just one phone call away from recruiting a great libertarian candidate.
 
You may be one email request away from enrolling 50 campaign volunteers in just one day.
 
You may be one fundraising letter away from raising the first $100,000 for your Libertarian campaign.
 
You may be one meme away from reaching 1,000,000 people hungry for what you're offering.
 
You may be one paradigm-shifting campaign slogan away from winning 308,860 votes in Massachusetts: “small government is beautiful.”
 
You may be one simple idea away from rotating the X-axis, Y-axis Nolan graph into the Diamond Chart on the World’s Smallest Political Quiz — and capturing the imagination of tens of millions.
 
One idea. One person. One action.
 
One-derful. 

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In 2000, Michael was honored with the Thomas Paine Award as the Most Persuasive Libertarian Communicator in America.
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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.

Who will fund national monuments in a libertarian country?

QUESTION: National landmarks such as the Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial are symbols of national unity, strength, and sources of inspiration. They are monuments of a national republic. How would these monuments be constructed for the entire nation in a libertarian society?
 
MY SHORT ANSWER: They would be constructed and maintained through private donations rather than taxes. Donations are given freely; taxes are forced.
 
We honor Jefferson, Washington, and other American icons because they believed in the importance of individual freedom, even though they may not have practiced it perfectly (e.g., Jefferson had slaves). We dishonor their memory and the values they cherished by forcing our fellow Americans to pay for their memorials.

Without tax funding, the edifices of these great men might be less grandiose than they are today. (Of course, they might just as well be even grander, better preserved and staffed, and better funded.) However, they would be a truer symbol of the freedom that made our nation great.

Even today, many renowned historical sites and monuments are privately funded. George Washington's home Mount Vernon â€” the most popular historic estate in America, open 365 days a year — has been maintained and made available to the public since 1853 by the Mount Vernon's Ladies' Association, which proudly declares it "does not accept grants from federal, state or local governments, and no tax dollars are expended to support its purposes." 

Thomas Jefferson's home Monticello is maintained by a private, non-profit corporation, in cooperation with the University of Virginia. 

Colonial Williamsburg was restored with private funds and is run as a private national museum not dependent on government funding.

A libertarian society, based on free enterprise and free from today's crippling tax burden, would be far wealthier than our society today and thus better able to fund such monuments and landmarks. And the drive to collect the funding for them could unite and inspire the country every bit as much as the actual monuments themselves.

LEARN MORE: Suggestions from Liberator Online editor James W. Harris for additional reading on this topic:

* "The Firestorm Over Private Museums" by Lauren A.E. Schuker, Wall Street Journal. This April 2008 article tells how art collectors are increasingly creating private museums to insure their prized artwork gets shown the way they feel it should be. It notes that there are nearly 100 such museums in America, despite the huge competition from government-funded art museums.

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Got questions?  Dr. Ruwart has answers! If you'd like answers to YOUR "tough questions" on libertarian issues, email Dr. Ruwart
 
Due to volume, Dr. Ruwart can't personally acknowledge all emails. But we'll run the best questions and answers in upcoming issues.

Dr. Ruwart's previous Liberator Online answers are archived in searchable form.
 
Dr. Ruwart's latest book Short Answers to the Tough Questions, Expanded Edition is available from the Advocates, as is her acclaimed classic Healing Our World.
Click cover to check out Dr. Ruwart's latest book!

One-Minute Liberty Tip 

by Sharon Harris



Instead of "Government Subsidies"

Libertarians often complain about "government subsidies" of various types. And rightfully so. 

Like many people of other political views, libertarians object to government subsidies to corporations. To millionaire farmers. To baseball teams. And so on. 

We are right to criticize such outrageous spending. 

But consider using different phrasing. 

"Government subsidies" sounds like the government is reaching into its pockets and handing out its own money.

We libertarians know, however, that the government has no money of its own. It is reaching into our pockets and the pockets of our fellow citizens, forcibly seizing money from us, and handing our money over to its favored special interests. 

So let's use language that makes that clearer. That tells who is really footing the bill.

Instead of "government subsides" to corporations, try "taxpayer subsidies" to corporations. 

Instead of "government funding" of a project, try "taxpayer funding." Or "taxpayer dollars." 

Or personalize it further. 

"Subsidizing corporations with your hard-earned money." 

"Taking our money away from us and giving it to sports teams." 

"Taking money from struggling families and giving it to millionaires." 

Identifying the true victim of such schemes — telling where the money is really coming from — makes a far stronger case for stopping such spending. 

Pointing out that it is taxpayer — not government — funding drives this point home.
 
This may open the eyes of people lulled into complacency by the notion of "government funding" and "government subsidies."  It may help some people to realize, in a visceral and personal way, the outrageous nature of so-called "government subsidies."

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Sharon Harris is president of the Advocates for Self-Government.   

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NEWS and UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING ADVOCATES LIBERTARIAN COMMUNICATION EVENTS: Advocates President Sharon Harris will be conducting libertarian communication workshops or giving speeches at these upcoming events:
  • November 16: Communication workshop at Utah Valley University, Orem, UT, sponsored by Libertas InstituteStudents for Liberty, Young Americans for LIberty and Campaign for Liberty
  • November 19: Speech at meeting of Atlanta Chapter of America's Future Foundation.
Attendees will learn how to dramatically increase their effectiveness at communicating the ideas of liberty. 

IN THE WORKS

Note: if you would like to learn when dates and places are set, please email Sharon.

January 2014: Communication workshop in New Orleans. Place and date TBA.
January 2014: Communication workshop in Kennesaw, GA. Place and date TBA.
February 2014: Communication workshop in Nashville. Place and date TBA.
March 2014: Communication workshop in Colorado. Place and date TBA.

Email us now if you'd like us to send you further information on these events. 

Email Sharon if you'd like to learn about having a communication event near you.

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