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Volume 20, Issue 42                          November 5, 2015
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David Nolan
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In This Issue
FROM ME TO YOU 
What is a Libertarian Win? Part 1
NEWS YOU CAN USE 
American Taxpayers on the Hook to Pay for $6 Million to Promote the Beautiful Albanian Countryside 
Conservative Judge Defends Retroactivity of Drug Sentencing Guidelines 
#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain
#FreedomPrevails
QUOTABLE
See what Ron Paul, Ben Sasse, Anthony Foxx, Mark L. Baum, and Barack Obama have to say about gun control, serving, accountability, political parties and civil liberties. 
CONVERSATIONS WITH MY BOYS
Observations from Halloween 
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From Me To You


What is a Libertarian Win? Part 1

On Tuesday, many libertarians appeared on the ballot as candidates for office. Like them, when I ran for office both times, winning was pretty easy to define. It came down to whether we earned enough votes to serve in office. Unfortunately, there are not many wins for libertarians when you only use this metric.

Aside from winning the election, some smaller “wins” are possible:

  • winSeeing libertarian policy positions adopted by another candidate. Often, the biggest impact a candidate can have on an election they do not win at the polls is to have another candidate recognize the principled or popular position held by the libertarian candidate and adopt it as part of their platform or vision for the office they intend to hold. While not as big of a win for Liberty, it is a step toward a more libertarian society.
  • Awakening a desire for transparency. Many voters are unaware of the dealings of government, especially at the local level. There are times when a motivated candidate opens the electorate’s eyes about the cronyism and “shady” deals of their elected officials. Engaging voters and other community stakeholders in the political process to prevent the “business as usual” backroom deals that barely get an iota of public input or discussion in the board room.
  • Awareness of the existence of a differing opinion. We often recognize the similarities between candidates and parties that are supposedly so diametrically opposed to one another, yet find so much consensus when it comes to growing government and restricting liberty. Because of the posturing and theatrics, that is not the case for many Americans who applaud “crossing the aisle” to reach a bipartisan deal. With so many elected officials out of touch with the people they represent, their constituents are looking for something else. We often offer the common sense solution that promotes freedom and limits government power that they are looking for.


We discussed a division of labor for our efforts recently, and we’ll discuss how can we define a win for libertarianism outside of elections next week. What do you think of as a libertarian win?

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News You Can Use

Written & Compiled by Advocates Staff

American Taxpayers on the Hook to Pay for $6 Million to Promote the Beautiful Albanian Countryside
 

You’ve got to hand it to the federal government; they really know how to throw away taxpayers’ hard-earned money. Just last week, Congress passed a budget that increases spending by some $80 billion and raises the debt ceiling for the rest of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Albania

Of course, it’s too much to ask, apparently, that lawmakers and the Obama administration take an axe to some of the wasteful spending that could take some of the burden off of taxpayers. Take the $6 million the U.S. Agency for International Development plans to give to Albania to promote tourism in the tiny Southeastern European nation, which was recently the subject of by Sen. Rand Paul’s, R-Ky., “Waste Report.”

Read more about this poor use of tax dollars here..
 

Conservative Judge Defends Retroactivity of Drug Sentencing Guidelines

In April 2014, the U.S. Sentencing Commission issued new sentencing guidelines for drug offenders by two offense levels and, a few months later, voted to make the change retroactive. According to Families Against Mandatory Minimums, some 10,000 federal prisoners were eligible for re-sentencing under the new guidelines. Applicants were reviewed on a case-by-case basis and approximately 6,000 were released between the end of October and early November.

Drugs

For decades, bad laws passed by well-intentioned lawmakers have ravaged mostly poor and minority communities and have cost taxpayers billions while doing little to stem drug use or stop the drug trade. Several states, both red and blue, are turning to drug treatment and rehabilitation to address drug crime. The U.S. Sentencing Commission’s revision of its guidelines, known as “All Drugs Minus Two,” is just one of many that either have been adopted by the federal government or are currently under consideration in Congress to reform the criminal justice system.

Read more about these new sentencing guidelines here..
 

#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain 

#FreedomPrevails

Could Sovereign "Refugee Cities" Help Solve the Syrian Crisis? - Reason
Someday, Tech Will End Our Dumb Two-Party System - Wired
How a group of neighbors created their own Internet service - ARS Technica

News You Can Use is written and compiled by staff at the Advocates for Self-Government. 

Quotable
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum
 
POX ON PARTIES: "...what I hear — and what I'm sure most of you hear — is some version of this: A pox on both parties and all your houses. We don't believe politicians are even trying to fix this mess." â€” Ben Sasse, U.S. Senator, November 3, 2015

NO ACCOUNTABILITY: "There can be no accountability if the person breaking the rules can't be identified." â€” Anthony Foxx, United States Transportation Secretary, November 3, 2015

SERVING THE MASSES: "We are here to serve our patients and their physicians. We believe that when we do a great job serving our customers, our shareholders will also benefit.” â€” Mark L. Baum, CEO of Imprimis, October 26, 2015
"Quotable" is compiled by members of the Advocates staff.
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Conversations With My Boys


Observations from Halloween
 

Questions Nobody Asks

halloween(Editor’s note: This is not a direct conversation with either the Young Statesman or the Baby Anarchist, but the timeliness and insight within are the reason for publishing)

Who will plan and build Halloween?

What about the free-rider problem of the neighbor who takes his kids trick-or-treating instead of staying home to give out candy?

Who will make sure that the maximum trick-or-treating age is enforced?

Do they have a license to distribute food?

What makes you think anyone will do it if it’s entirely voluntary?

Read more about her Halloween observations here:


The Libertarian Homeschooler is a homeschooling mom of two boys, 15 and 10. You can connect with the online community she's built here.

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