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<<First Name>>, here's your Volume 21, Issue 8 of the Liberator Online for February 25, 2016
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In This Issue
FROM ME TO YOU 
A Tale of Two Petitions
NEWS YOU CAN USE  
With New Nullification Effort, Mississippi Challenges Federal Gun Control 
Private Initiative Ignites Flame of Real Change in Flint, Michigan
Factcheck Town Hall
#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain
#FreedomPrevails
QUOTABLE
See what Brandon Cappelletti, Rebecca Schuman, Jason Kuznicki and Dwight Morrow have to say about good government, the market, analogies and life-changing events. 
ASK DR. RUWART
Why aren't free markets dominating in countries with weak or failed governments? 
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A Tale of Two Petitions

Here in Indiana, election laws require candidates for statewide office to submit signature petitions from 500 registered voters from each of the state’s nine Congressional districts before they can appear on primary ballots.

Recently, Rep. Todd Young, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, saw his petition signatures challenged by the Indiana Democratic Party and his GOP competitor. The challenge centered on one district, where Rep. Young submitted a number of signatures perilously close to the minimum. An independent effort by the Indianapolis Star found only 497 valid signatures, despite the campaign’s claims of 501 valid ones and improper rejections.

As the challenge progressed, many Republicans across the state endorsed Young, while simultaneously speaking in favor of “their guy” in comments aimed at the Indiana Election Commission.

As many expected, a 4-member panel deadlocked at 2-2 along party lines, preventing any action by the commission.

The challenge prompted a bill from Young’s party, who enjoys supermajority status in both chambers of the state legislature, to reduce the hurdle from 500 to 200.

OKLP Petition Turn InRoughly 750 miles away, the Libertarian Party of Oklahoma submitted 42,000 signatures to the state Election Board in an effort to be recognized as a political party and have candidates appear on the general election ballot this November.

Rather than risk a close call akin to Rep. Young’s, the Libertarians submitted almost double the number of the 24,745 signatures necessary to survive signature any challenges during validation.

Having been a part of ballot access petitioning in the past, I find that the latter method is preferable to the first. Doing so eliminates many angles of attack used by those in power to prevent competition in the marketplace of politics. Without friendly members of the board, it’s unlikely that things would have a rosy outcome for the Libertarian Party of Oklahoma, had they not turned in far more signatures than necessary.

While the validation in Oklahoma remains, do you expect an outcome similar to Rep. Young’s, had the Libertarians taken the riskier action with their petition turn-in?

I guess it pays to have friends in high places.

Walk the walk,

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With New Nullification Effort, Mississippi Challenges Federal Gun Control Measures

Last week, the Mississippi legislature took an important step against federal efforts targeting gun owners and their property.

According to the Tenth Amendment Center, the House Judiciary B committee passed House Bill 782. If this piece of legislation passes the full House, the Senate, and Governor Phil Bryant signs it into law, future executive orders or federal rules pertaining to gun control will be blocked by the state.

Mississippi

HB 782, which was introduced by Rep Mark Formby (R-Picayune), counts with 13 cosponsors. The bill prohibits state agencies, employees, and political subdivisions from participating in the enforcement of a new federal rule or executive order relating to personal firearms, accessories, or even ammunition if the federal rule in question goes against Section 12, Article 3 of the Mississippi Constitution of 1890. 

Read more about the challenges to federal gun law here...

Private Initiative Ignites Flame of Real Change in Flint, Michigan

The Flint, Michigan water scandal has been shaking up the lives of locals, putting their health in grave danger, and alerting the country to the dangers of too much government.

As private organizations like Walmart, Coke, Nestle, and Pepsi take steps to help Flint residents by delivering 6.5 million bottles of water to the city, free market advocates have been arguing that the private sector is the compassionate sector, while the state is often the originator of most of our problems.

HandSanitizer

Now, news about another private initiative in Flint is flooding social media websites, reminding us that the flame of change—and real hope—can only be ignited by the individual. 

#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain 

#FreedomPrevails

The Average American Today Is Richer than John D. Rockefeller - FEE
Free State Project Triggers The Move - The Free State Project
Fox Business to hold Libertarian Party debate this primary season - NVO News 

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Quotable
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

NOT WHAT I WANT TO DO: â€œIf I end up getting expelled, I’d have to go to a community college. It’s not what I really want to do. My whole life would change.” — Brandon Cappelletti, High School Student, February 12, 2016

DEATH OF THE ANALOGY: â€œCollege students are not customers. That analogy needs to die. It needs to be drowned in the world’s largest bathtub. It needs a George R.R. Martin–esque bloodbath of a demise.” â€” Rebecca Schuman, Education Writer, February 15, 2015

MARKET DOESN'T CARE: "The market doesn’t care one bit about your feelings. By the same token, it doesn’t care about your political beliefs. It doesn’t care about your favorite baseball team either, except that it will be happy to sell you some merchandise thereof."  â€” Jason KuznickiEditor of Cato Unbound, February 11, 2016
Dwight Morrow
Dr. Ruwart

Why aren't free markets dominating in countries with weak or failed governments? 

Question: If a free market with no government oversight and protections for the People is a successful model, then how come countries with failed/weak governments are not mopping up all the worlds’ business?

Free Market

Short Answer: If by “failed/weak” governments you are referring to the Third World, some “mopping up” is indeed occurring. Since governments that exploit their people the most usually have the lowest wages, U.S. and European manufacturers are utilizing the “cheap labor” there. If by “failed/weak” governments you mean something else, please give me more detail and I’ll try to answer you.

Read more of Dr. Ruwart's answer here...
Dr. Mary Ruwart is a leading expert in libertarian communication and author of the international bestseller Healing Our World. She is also author of Short Answers to Tough Questions, in which you will find a collection of her answers from this column. In this column she provides Liberator Online readers with answers to questions libertarians are often asked. Dr. Ruwart is a research scientist, ethicist, and a libertarian author/activist. 

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