<<First Name>>, here's your Volume 21, Issue 13 of the Liberator Online for March 31, 2016
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In This Issue
Take A Break... The State Will Still Be There
Lawmaker Targets Burner Phones Over Terrorism, Ignores Unintended Consequences Tied to New Restrictions
The Solution to Detroit’s Corruption Scheme is Less Government
See what Marc Rotenberg, David Kallman, Emily Ekins, and Lawrence W. Reed have to say about defenders of the free market, being less keen on big government, the power of jurors, and clearer rules for TSA body scanners.
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Take A Break... The State Will Still Be There

Rest. Relaxation. Leisure.

All of that sounds delightful. Why? Because it’s the opposite of most of our lives. We work. We raise families. We volunteer.

Those restful vacations break up our daily lives. Even a change of scenery while we toil can be refreshing.

breakPolitics is no different, and you don’t necessarily need to plan a getaway.

Every once in a while, you need to take a break from the grind of politics. There’s no need to go to, watch, read, and consume EVERYTHING ALL. THE. TIME.

As libertarians, we attune ourselves to the actions of, commentary about, and reactions to what happens in Washington DC and state capitols. That’s a lot of information to keep track of.

Additionally, we interact with other libertarians, other politicos, and media organizations almost obsessively. In today’s age of information, it’s almost like trying to drink from a firehose.

We can easily become overwhelmed by it all.

Being overwhelmed can impact our effectiveness. It can also hurt our ability to effectively communicate with others, both within the libertarian movement and with those who haven’t joined us yet. We don’t even realize it’s happened.

That’s when it’s time to take a break.

If you need sun, surf, and drinks with umbrellas in them, take a few days to soak up the sun on the beach with an umbrella drink.

Often, it only takes stepping back to turn a wrench, paint a picture, or play your guitar. Letting your hobbies and interests clear your mind for a few hours, days, or even a week will change you.

Personally, I’m a fan of completely unplugging, and I come back refreshed, invigorated, and eager to jump back into the swing of things.

Walk the walk,

Liberty Library
Written & Compiled by Advocates Staff

Lawmaker Targets Burner Phones Over Terrorism, Ignores Unintended Consequences Tied to New Restrictions

As politicians in Washington DC continue to wage what the late author Gore Vidal called an “idiotic” and “eternal” war on terror, more lawmakers refer to anti-liberty measures to crack down on potential terrorists at home.

Phone bill known as Closing the Pre-Paid Mobile Device Security Gap Act of 2016 seeks to require consumers looking into buying prepaid burner phones to register and provide identification. Requirements would make it impossible for consumers to purchase the so-called burner phones without providing personal information upon purchase. According to Tech Dirt, the bill’s timing may have something to do with reports claiming that burner phones used by Islamist extremists helped them to evade law enforcement.

Read more about the unintended consequences of regulating burner phones here...

The Solution to Detroit’s Corruption Scheme is Less Government

Certain municipalities in the United States look a lot like South America these days.

According to a CBS affiliate, the public school system in Detroit is facing bribery and fraud charges associated with some of its current and former principals.

DetroitTwo months ago, ex-principal Kenyetta Wilbourn Snapp—also from Detroit—pleaded guilty after being accused of pocketing a $58,050 bribe from a local vendor. She was sentenced to 46 months in prison. Paulette Horton, a 60-year-old consultant, also admitted to being part of the scheme. She allegedly played the part of the middleman between Snapp and other contractors and vendors seeking to seal deals with Detroit’s public schools.

The most recent corruption case involves 12 principals, a school district vendor, and an administrator. They are all being accused of participating in corruption schemes involving payments in exchange for exclusive contracts between businesses and public schools.



Car-Pooling Helps Uber Go the Extra Mile - NY Times
How Technology, Innovation, Free Market Can Help Food Crisis - Triple Pundit
Doctors Without Borders Testing 3D Printing, VR to Deploy, Design Hospitals - Curbed 

Students Get Free Shipping From Amazon
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

CLEARER RULES: "We’d like to see clearer rules about the collection of the images. Are they deleted? Are they saved? Is some analysis being done and can they be linked to passengers?"  - Marc RotenbergElectronic Privacy Information Center, March 28, 2016

THE POWER OF JURORS: "Jurors have the power to vote their conscience and disregard a trial court's instructions....The government authorities in this case do not want members of the public to know, or be made aware of, their power. These authorities, therefore, arrest, charge, and imprison those who dare exercise their First Amendment free speech rights to inform citizens of their lawful power." - David Kallman, Michigan Pamphlet Vigilant, March 30, 2016

LESS KEEN ON BIG GOVERNMENT: "Overall, these results tend to compliment other evidence that indicate that as millennials get older, get jobs, make more money, and pay more in taxes, they, like generations before them, become less keen on activist government." - Emily Ekins, CATO Institute Research Fellow, March 28, 2016
Lawrence W. Reed
One Minute Liberty Tip

HAIL Yes! You Can Win Others to Libertarianism

It’s not enough to speak about liberty. You want to be heard. Understood. Remembered. Appreciated. And you want your ideas, whenever possible, to be accepted.

HandsIn his TED talk â€œHow to Speak So People Want to Listen,” renowned communication expert Julian Treasure talks about four pillars of communication that are essential for powerful outreach – particularly when your goal is to change the world.

It’s marvelous for libertarians. Here are his four pillars, along with a brief discussion of how they apply to communicating libertarian ideas:

Read more about the four pillars of communication here...

How to Be A Super Communicator for Liberty Sharon Harris was president of the Advocates from May of 1995 until May of 2015. She continues to write about and teach excellence in libertarian communication. She is co-author of the Amazon #1 best-selling book, How to Be a Super Communicator for Liberty, about which Ron Paul said: “I recommend this book to everyone serious about winning the battle for liberty. These essays will help libertarians improve their ability to answer the tough questions, make our philosophy relevant to people’s everyday concerns, and most importantly win converts and grow our movement.” You can purchase the print version from the Advocates or the ebook version from Amazon.

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