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Volume 18, No. 21                        November 1, 2013
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In This Issue

PRESIDENT'S CORNER
* Online Quiz Taken 20 MILLION Times!

INTELLECTUAL AMMUNITION
* Record High: 58% of Americans Say Re-Legalize Marijuana
* Report: U.S. Economic Freedom Fading; U.S. Falls to 17th Place
* VIDEO: The NSA Has "The Whole World in Its Hands"
* Liberty Resource: 2013 Edition of FREE Gun Rights E-Book
 
THEY SAID IT: The GOP Establishment is against a free market in health care, notes conservative writer Andrew C. McCarthy.... Abolish the U.S. Dep't of Dystopia, says Cato's Gene Healy.... Rand Paul makes the compassion-based case for ending mandatory minimum sentencing.... Death panels, again?.... Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno yuck it up over the disaster that is Obamacare.... 

PERSUASION POWER POINT #359 by Michael Cloud
The Assault of Laughter

ASK DR. RUWART by Mary Ruwart
* Is gene patenting akin to slavery?

ONE-MINUTE LIBERTY TIP by Sharon Harris
* Too Much Libertarianism?

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE ADVOCATES
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President's Corner

by Sharon Harris







Online Quiz Taken 20 MILLION Times!

Dear friend,

Please join me in celebrating a new Quiz milestone! 

As of last week, the online World's Smallest Political Quiz has now been taken more than 20 MILLION TIMES since it was first put on the Web in 1995. 

The Quiz has become an Internet legend — the world's first, and by far the most popular, Internet political quiz. 

And the numbers continue to grow. In October 2007 we were thrilled to announce that we had reached the ten million mark. Just six years later — that impressive number is doubled! 

Add to that the 12-million-plus Quiz cards we've distributed, and the additional millions more people who are encountering the Quiz in classrooms, newspapers, books, on talk radio, at Facebook, at Operation Politically Homeless (OPH) booths, and elsewhere. 

This is fantastic news for libertarians. Because the Quiz is arguably the most effective tool for libertarian understanding and outreach ever invented.

When people take the Quiz: 

* They learn that libertarianism is a major part of the American political spectrum — that there is more to politics than just left versus right.

 * They get insights into their own political views, and they think about some of today's most important — but often ignored — political issues. 

* They learn that, on many key issues, libertarians are their allies, even if they consider themselves liberals or conservatives or centrists. 

* A large percentage of Quiz takers discover they are libertarians, or have more in common with libertarianism than any other political philosophy. 

* At our Web site, Quiz takers are given instant access to outstanding information about libertarian ideas. Their questions are answered. They are given the opportunity to become active in the libertarian movement. And they are offered tools and training to help them become ever more effective and successful in their libertarian outreach. 

Please note: the amazing success of the Quiz is no accident. The Advocates has spent many years developing, refining and promoting the Quiz. 

The Quiz was created by Advocates Founder Marshall Fritz in 1987. It was built upon a revolutionary multi-spectrum political chart created in 1970 by David F. Nolan (a co-founder of the Libertarian Party). Fritz added ten short questions and a graph to Nolan's chart. The questions and graph allowed people to quickly plot their place on the political spectrum, as well as giving other political insights. 

From the beginning, Marshall insisted that the Quiz be not just fast and fun, but above all honest and accurate — giving reliable and useful insights to those who take it.  

The result is a tool so effective and mind — opening that non-libertarian educators, journalists and others can — and do — use it and recommend it.

During the past decade, the Quiz has been featured in many of America's best — selling college and high school textbooks or their supplementary material — including more than a dozen key textbooks by the biggest names in publishing.

In addition, we've supplied educators, at their request, with tens of thousands of card Quizzes for their classrooms. Today, thousands of college and high school students study the Quiz — in their classrooms.

Furthermore, we have promoted it extensively for many years to literally thousands of journalists, educators, national and local office holders, political activists, and other opinion leaders. 

This is tangible, real-world outreach success. And it is making a real difference. 

As Ron Paul has said: "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 success of the Quiz is great news for the entire liberty movement. We're finding and educating the libertarian leaders, activists and supporters of tomorrow! 

This is just part of the work the Advocates does for liberty. But in so many ways, the Quiz is central to everything we do. 

NONE of this success would have been possible without the help of the many wonderful people who support the work of the Advocates with their generous donations, large and small. Advocates donors are HEROES OF LIBERTY who have made it possible for the Quiz to reach so many people in such an effective way with the ideas of freedom! 

If you would like to join them by becoming an Advocates donor, we have some fantastic "thank you" gifts for you. Check them out here. Or call us toll-free at (800) 932-1776.

Most importantly, you'll have the great satisfaction of knowing you're making so many crucial programs possible — including the Quiz, and the Liberator Online — that the liberty movement relies on. 

Help us reach the NEXT 20 million Quiz takers. Thank you!

Yours for Liberty,

Sharon

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Intellectual Ammunition

by James W. Harris





Record High: 58% of Americans Say Re-Legalize Marijuana

A historic new Gallup poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans now want to re-legalize marijuana. 

Fully 58% of voting-age Americans support re-legalizing marijuana — up fully 10% in just one year. Only 39% are opposed. 

In recent issues we have reported on the fast-growing support for marijuana re-legalization, as indicated by polls. 

But this new poll is a breakthrough. Gallup notes: "now for the first time, a clear majority of Americans (58%) say the drug should be legalized."

Further, demographics are on the side of liberty on this issue. The strongest support for re-legalization comes from Americans aged 18 to 29 — a whopping 67% are for it. 

Gallup: "It is likely that this momentum will spur further legalization efforts across the United States." 

Longtime advocates of re-legalization were elated by the poll.

"Legalization is now the mainstream position and supporters of perpetuating our war on marijuana will continue to be further relegated to the fringe," declared NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri. "The American people... see that a new approach to marijuana policy is both required and possible." 

"Marijuana prohibition has been an abject failure," said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). "Most Americans realize it is unjust, wasteful, and counterproductive to invest in the criminalization of adults for using a substance that is far less harmful than alcohol."

To put this poll in perspective, the first time Gallup surveyed this question in 1969 only 12% of Americans were in favor of re-legalization.

Gallup notes that the growing support for re-legalization parallels support for another libertarian cause.

"The movement to legalize marijuana mirrors the relatively recent success of the movement to legalize gay marriage, which voters have also approved now in 14 states," says Gallup. "Public support for gay marriage, which Americans also overwhelmingly opposed in the past, has increased dramatically, reaching majority support in the last two years,"

The Berlin Wall of marijuana prohibition is fast crumbling. Libertarians should be greatly encouraged by this. It shows that bold libertarian political change is possible in a relatively short time, even on such a controversial issue. It also indicates that demographics are on our side on important related issues. 

Report: U.S. Economic Freedom Fading; U.S. Falls to 17th Place

That's the disturbing finding of the 2013 Economic Freedom of the World Annual Report, a highly-regarded study of economic freedom around the world. 

The annual study is prepared by the Economic Freedom Network, a group of independent research and educational institutes in nearly 90 nations and territories worldwide. The group describes the report as "the world's premier measurement of economic freedom."

From 1980 to 2000, the United States was generally rated the third freest economy in the world, ranking behind only Hong Kong and Singapore.

But policies of the Bush and Obama administrations have decimated that ranking. Today, the U.S. languishes in 17th spot. 

Hong Kong again topped the rankings of 152 countries and territories, scoring 8.97 points out of a possible 10. Hong Kong was followed by followed by Singapore (8.73), New Zealand (8.49), and Switzerland (8.30).

Also ahead of the United States: United Arab Emirates (8.07), Mauritius (8.01), Finland (7.98), Bahrain and Canada (each 7.93), and Australia (7.88)… and six more. 

Scores are for 2011, the most recent year for which the data is available.

More disturbing than the rankings is the U.S.'s score, which shows a sharp drop in the amount of economic freedom. After generally rising from 1980 to reach a score of 8.55 in 2000, the U.S. has now fallen to a considerably lower 7.73. 

"Unfortunately for the United States, we've seen overspending, weakening rule of law, and regulatory overkill on the part of the U.S. government, causing its economic freedom score to plummet in recent years," said Fred McMahon of the Fraser Institute, co-author of the report. 

"This is a stark contrast from 2000, when the U.S. was considered one of the most economically free nations and ranked second globally." 

The worst countries? Venezuela has the lowest level of economic freedom worldwide, with Myanmar, Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, and Chad rounding out the bottom five. (North Korea and Cuba could not be ranked because of a lack of data.) 

The worldwide average economic freedom score rose slightly to 6.87 out of 10, compared to 6.74 last year. However it remains below its peak level of 6.92 in 2007.

These scores are extraordinarily important, because, as the report shows, economic liberty is literally a matter of life and death. Extensive research shows that people living in countries with high levels of economic freedom enjoy greater prosperity, more political and civil liberties, and longer life spans. 

"The link between economic freedom and prosperity is undeniable: the nations with the most economic freedom also offer people the best quality of life. Compare the bottom-ranked countries, where oppressive regimes deny their citizens opportunities for economic growth and personal freedom," McMahon said. 

On average, the poorest 10 per cent of people in the freest nations are more than twice as prosperous as the average population of the countries with the least economic freedom. 

Among the highest-ranked countries, the average income of the poorest 10 per cent of people was $10,556 (U.S. dollars) in 2011, compared to only $932 (U.S.) for those living in the least free economies.

The report defines the cornerstones of economic freedom as personal choice, voluntary exchange, freedom to compete, and security of private property.

The report measures economic freedom in five different areas: (1) size of government, (2) legal structure and security of property rights, (3) access to sound money, (4) freedom to trade internationally, and (5) regulation of credit, labor, and business.

The full report goes into all of these issues in far greater detail. It is available free at www.freetheworld.com

VIDEO: The NSA Has "The Whole World in Its Hands"

Every day more NSA bombshells hit the news. And no one seems able to stop them.  

So it's time to bring out the big guns: calling the Kinsey Sicks! 

Yes, the Kinsey Sicks — stars of music, film, and Las Vegas and Off-Broadway live shows. Known worldwide for over 16 years as "America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet."


In this hilarious yet alarming video, the Kinsey Sicks turn the traditional American spiritual "They've Got the Whole World in Their Hands" into a smart and sassy Edward Snowden-inspired all-out assault on the tyrannical NSA and the police state that agency is busily building. (Be sure you catch all the lyrics: they're printed just under the video, click on "Show  more.")

Maybe humor can do what politics has so far failed miserably at. Share this with your friends (and, like it or not, with your favorite government spy agency — because you know they're watching)! 

Liberty Resource: 2013 Edition of FREE Gun Rights E-Book

Gun Facts by libertarian writer Guy Smith is a free ebook, updated in 2013. Smith says his book is devoted to "debunking gun control myths and providing citable evidence." 

Gun Facts has been downloaded into more than 165 countries with well over a million direct copies in circulation.

Gun Facts is written in an easy-to-read digest form. Each chapter presents common gun control myths and fallacies, then counters with documented facts (with over 530 detailed footnotes and numerous insightful charts). The book is concise, just a bit over 110 pages.

Gun Facts provides excellent info for speeches, debates, letters to editors, and more. Virtually every major gun control topic is covered: assault weapons, guns and crime, gun show "loopholes," ballistic finger printing, firearm availability, gun control outside the U.S., accidents, etc. Finding information is fast and easy.

Gun Facts is a very useful resource on this crucial and sometimes contentious topic — and, again, it's free in ebook form. (A paper copy is also available for purchase.) 
 
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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...

GOP "VS" OBAMACARE: "It is not an exaggeration to say the GOP establishment is more sympathetic to Obama's case for the centralized welfare state than to the Tea Party's case for limited government and individual liberty. … Remember, Republicans are the guys who gave us a new Medicare prescription-drug entitlement when Medicare was already tens of trillions of dollars in debt. They are the guys who ran in 2012 as the saviors of Medicare — even though they well knew that slamming Obama over taking money out of Medicare would make it much more difficult to address Medicare's unsustainable costs in the future. They are the guys who accept core premises of Obamacare: Republicans do not make the case that health care is like any other commodity in a free market rather than a corporate asset to be centrally managed. The disagreement between statist Democrats and the GOP establishment is about the degree of government intrusion in health care, not the matter of government intrusion in principle. Republicans are also the guys who want to keep some of Obamacare's core, anti-free-market elements — e.g., provisions that forbid denial of coverage owing to preexisting conditions and that keep 'children' on their parents' coverage until age 26." — Andrew C. McCarthy, "The Art of the Impossible," National Review Online, October 19, 2013. 

ABOLISH THE U.S. DEP'T OF DYSTOPIA: "From its inception, the [Department of Homeland Security] has operated as something akin to a federal Department of Dystopia, encouraging the proliferation of surveillance cameras, armed personnel carriers and police drones across Main Street America with some $35 billion in Homeland Security grants. … [The] Senate should abolish Homeland Security." — Gene Healy, Cato Institute, "Instead of Confirming Jeh Johnson, Senate Should Abolish Homeland Security," DC Examiner, October 21, 2013. 

RAND PAUL — SHOW SOME COMPASSION: "Federal Judge Timothy Lewis recalls a case where he had to send a 19-year-old to prison for 10 years for 'conspiracy.' What was the 'conspiracy?' This young man had been in a car where drugs were found. I don't know where many of you in this chamber went to high school, but I'm pretty sure one of us might have been in a car in our youth where someone might've had drugs. As this young man was sentenced to a decade behind bars, he turned and screamed for his mother as he was escorted away. Before the arrest, this young man was going to be the first in his family to go to college." — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) testifying in favor of ending mandatory minimum sentencing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 16, 2013.

FIRST OBAMACARE, THEN… "Canada Has Death Panels — And That's a Good Thing." — title of article at Salon.com by Adam Goldenberg, Oct. 21, 2013. Excerpt: "When taxpayers provide only a finite number of acute care beds in public hospitals, a patient whose life has all but ended, but whose family insists on keeping her on life support, is occupying precious space that might otherwise house a patient whose best years are still ahead." 

THE FASTEST WAY TO NOT: "In San Francisco, Apple unveiled its new products. Apple said, 'This iPad is the fastest and most vivid way to not be able to log on to the Obamacare website.'" — Jimmy Kimmel, Oct. 22, 2013.


LENO ON OBAMACARE INNOVATION: "Here's my favorite part: The president said yesterday that if it's taking too long you can bypass the [Obamacare] website and enroll by mail. Only the federal government could come up with a website that's slower than sending something by mail!" — Jay Leno, Oct. 22, 2013.

LENO: PUT NSA IN CHARGE OF OBAMACARE WEBSITE: "What the president should do is put the NSA in charge of the website. That way there's nothing to fill out. They already have all our information. You just put your name in." — Jay Leno, Oct. 24, 2013.

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

Persuasion Power Point #359

by Michael Cloud





The Assault of Laughter

In politics and economics, there are hundreds of different ways of responding to ideas and proposals you disagree with.

Humor is one powerful way. It dissolves tension. It changes the tone of the conversation. It's fun. And many people love to share a good joke.

Mark Twain wrote, "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand."

H.L. Mencken wrote, "One horse laugh is worth 10,000 syllogisms."

Both proved it in their writing. So did Ambrose Bierce in The Devil's Dictionary. So does P.J. O'Rourke today.

Free-market pamphleteer Frederic Bastiat sometimes used humor to skewer bad economic ideas. Read his marvelous essays "The Candlemakers' Petition" and "The Negative Railroad." Hilarious — and more relevant today than when he wrote them.

Consider a famous example from politics.

In the 1984 Presidential campaign, a growing number of people believed that Ronald Reagan was too old for a second term.

During a televised debate with 56-year-old Walter Mondale, 73-year-old Ronald Reagan put the issue to rest with a quip:

"I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience."

Even Mondale laughed.

Want to use humor against Big Government ideas?

1. Recognizing a good political joke — and sharing it - is easier than making one up. So when you hear or read a good joke or humorous remark about Big Government, write it down or otherwise save it. Email it to friends. Tell it to people in the office. Same with a funny quote or a libertarian online meme or video. If it's good, some of them will in turn pass it on. If it's great, it could go viral.

2. Read a collection of political wit and humor — and substitute your target for theirs. Great Political Wit by Robert Dole is a good place to start.

3. If you want to learn how to build a joke or write comedy, read New Comedy Writing Step-by-Step by Gene Perret. You'll learn and laugh. I studied with Mr. Perret in the 1980s. He's a master comedy writer. Or Comedy Writing Secrets by Mel Helitzer and Mark Shatz. It's very good.

In a world of self-important, know-it-all politicians and pundits, we need more humor. At their expense.

In a world where every issue is crucial, where every election is the most important ever, where our failure to elect this golden candidate could destroy Western civilization... we need laughter.

In a world of bloated big government balloons... you can be a pin.

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Michael Cloud's latest book Unlocking More Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion is available exclusively from the Advocates, along with his acclaimed earlier book Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion.

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.

Is gene patenting akin to slavery?

QUESTION: Regarding the issue of patented genes: If a person — their body — is made up of genes, is not owning the genes which make up that person's body akin to slavery? Slavery being the ownership of another person?

MY SHORT ANSWER: The usual way that a company patents a person’s genes is to take a blood or tissue sample from a willing donor during a study to test new drugs. Usually, the donor signs an “informed consent” explaining that the company might make — and patent — a gene product from the blood or tissue without any further compensation to the donor.  

The patent entitles the company to use or sell the gene or gene product from the donated sample only. The person is not owned, and can’t be forced to give additional samples, so he or she isn’t what we’d normally consider a slave.  

However, such patents do create property rights issues, because, in theory at least, a donor couldn’t sell the same gene or gene products to another company or person. In my opinion, the problem is the U.S. Patent Office, which should not have allowed such patents to be issued in the first place. However, because the FDA requires so much expensive testing for new drugs, companies wouldn’t develop gene products, even if they cured major diseases, without the patent protection that allows them to recover their costs.

The Supreme Court, it seems, agrees with me. In a landmark decision against Myriad in June, 2013 (Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, 569 U.S. 12-398 (2013)), the Supreme Court ruled that genes can’t be patented because they occur in nature. Since the U.S. Patent Office has already granted a couple thousand gene patents, this decision will create a lot of economic chaos. It will limit the development of genetic diagnostic testing as well, because the cost of regulatory FDA hurdles won’t be recoverable in many cases without these patents.  

I was in the pharmaceutical industry during the time that FDA regulations were increasing. The company I worked for, and others, made the decision not to develop unpatented products because of this problem. We need to get rid of this excess regulation so that patents are no longer necessary for drug development. 

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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.
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One-Minute Liberty Tip 

by Sharon Harris



Too Much Libertarianism?

Little Johnny had been playing outside. He came running into the house and asked, "Mommy, where did I come from?"

She'd been waiting for this question, so she took a deep breath, sat down with Johnny, and explained all about the birds and the bees and the wonders of how children are conceived and born.

When she finally finished, she asked him, "Did that answer your question?"

"I guess so," he replied. "But Joey said he came from Boston."

Sometimes we give people a lot more information than they want to know!

That can be true about libertarianism and political issues, too.

When someone asks you a question about libertarianism, begin by giving them a short answer. Start with soundbites

Most people prefer to get a little information and then ask more questions, rather than getting a long lecture in response to one question.

A conversation goes much smoother when there's give and take, so before going ahead and giving a longer answer, get permission from the other person. Ask them a question like one of these:

"Did that answer your question?"

"This is one of my favorite topics. Do you mind if I tell you a little more about it?"

"Do you have time to discuss this further?"

"Would you like to know a little more about this?"

Continue to be sensitive to their level of interest. Be alert to signs of disinterest, like fidgeting, looking around the room. Be ready to ask a permission question again, if the conversation extends.

(If you sense their attention is drifting, or time is an issue, you can also offer to supply further information in another form. "I know a great short article on this topic. Would you like me to email it to you?")

Of course, sometimes you can sense that the person you're talking with is very interested and desires to talk and learn more. But you'd be surprised — sometimes that is hard to tell, especially when you're in the midst of talking about a great passion of yours. So play safe and ask.

It's generally better to give too little — and leave them interested in hearing more — than to drown them in information.

As Michael Cloud likes to say: Don't try to quench their thirst with a firehouse. Offer a glass of water instead.

Remember the old show business wisdom: "Always leave 'em wanting more." 
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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.
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February 2014: Communication workshop in Nashville. Place and date TBA.
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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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