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Volume 20, Issue 30                              August 13, 2015
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In This Issue

FROM ME TO YOU 
More Fit Than Fat

NEWS YOU CAN USE 
381 Million Taxpayer Dollars Turned to Sludge
#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain
#FreedomPrevails

QUOTABLE
See what Kevin McCullough, Scott Walker, Hillary Clinton, Jim Gray, Grant Moran, and John F. Kennedy had to say about conformity, price floors, the death penalty, college affordability, taxpayer-funded stadiums, and the ineptitude of government.

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The Risky Business of Communicating Liberty

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From Me To You

by Brett Bittner

 

More Fit Than Fat

Recently, I saw something that reminded me about something I wrote in January about how we test, punish, and exclude new people in our circles.

It is a new year, and like every January that I remember, many of us make resolutions to improve an aspect or two of our lives.Some of us want to spend more of our time and attention with loved ones. Others want to improve our health by kicking a bad habit, watching what we eat, or increasing the frequency with which we exercise.

I love seeing people make positive changes in their lives. It’s exciting. Lately though, I have noticed something of a trend among the more fitness-focused in my network. I do not mean the folks who joined a gym the last week of December or were “waiting until after the holidays” to start working on attaining a six-pack before swimsuit season. I mean the guys and gals who are pumping iron, taking a spin class, or running treadmill marathons every day (or so it seems).

fitThe trend I see is a tendency to begrudge having all these new bodies at the gym. I see tweets complaining about full parking lots that will be “back to normal by February,” Instagram photos of a rookie misusing equipment, and Facebook posts poking fun at someone who just began their quest to be more fit than fat.

This trend is recent, but feels very familiar. The familiarity I feel comes from some within the libertarian movement, who challenge, ridicule, and belittle new and prospective libertarians. My hope is that this is not being done intentionally.

I am sure you have seen a “seasoned” libertarian speaking to someone whose interest in freedom is relatively young. They are pontificating about the fundamentals of natural rights and natural law, quoting long passages from Mises’ Human Action, or challenging a new libertarian’s view on a principle or issue of which they have yet to consider or examine the “proper” libertarian position. Perhaps you have seen another longtime libertarian list all of the “essential” books on their bookshelf, intimating that until they have been read, no ounce of libertarianism resides within this n00b. Possibly, you have borne witness to a game I like to call “The Biggest Libertarian in the Room,” where the “winner” is a jerk who made everyone else feel like they are not libertarian enough to even remain there. Noted libertarian communicator Michael Cloud would probably classify each of these as examples of the “Libertarian Macho Flash.”

If you identify as having done any of the above or variants thereof, I ask that you think back to the time when you first found that thirst for liberty. You may not have protested the Federal Reserve on the first day after you realized your newfound political lifestyle. You may not have committed the entire e-book collection of the Mises Institute to memory during your first month as a new libertarian. You may not have begun to look for the unintended consequences in every new governmental proposal or program.

I admit that I am probably guilty of some variation of those dastardly deeds outlined above in the past, and, for that, I ask forgiveness. Today, however, is a new day where I know better than to run off the newly-interested while flexing my libertarian muscles and showing off my libertarian bonafides. I hope this opened your eyes to some of these behaviors, and you will join me in welcoming these new eyes, ears, hearts, and minds to the beauty of our philosophy.

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381 Million Taxpayer Dollars Turned to Sludge

On Aug. 5, a team of workers contracted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spilled 3 million gallons of orange-colored waste from the Gold King Mine into the Animas River in Colorado. The pollutants flowed into New Mexico where it merged into the San Juan River, a critical source of water for Navajo communities.

Local citizens and lawmakers alike are outraged by the lack of transparency from the EPA for the spill and now, the amount of tax dollars given to the firm responsible.

Colorado and New Mexico are now in a state of emergency because of the accident.

RiverNew Mexico Governor Susana Martinez said in a press release that she is “concerned about the EPA’s lack of communication and inability to provide accurate information.” Stating that, “one day the spill is 1 million gallons, the next day, 3 million.”

Part of the frustration is the EPA’s failure to disclose the name of the contractor responsible to law makers and media outlets.

Read more about how your tax dollars polluted rivers in two states here...

#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain 

Money for Nothing: How Taxpayers Foot the Bill for Pro Sports Stadiums - Al-Jazeera America
'Free' Community College Already Costs 50 Percent More than Originally Estimated - Reason
How Dirty Laws Trash The Environment - Learn Liberty on YouTube

#FreedomPrevails

How to Fix the Economy, and Income Inequality- Reason
School Choice Is Good for Teachers, Too - Education Week
Immigration Is Great - Reason

In The News is written and compiled by staff at the Advocates for Self-Government. 
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Quotable
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum
 

WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT HERE?:"[I]n the areas where government has an appropriate role to play...taxpayers not only deserve but should expect and demand that government carry out its functions exceptionally well." â€” Scott Walker, Governor (R-WI) & Candidate for President, July 2015

THAT'S NOT HOW THIS WORKS:"We can't expect the federal government just to pay the bill for free, that's not how America works." â€”  Hillary Clinton, Former Secretary of State, August 10, 2015

CLOSURE FOR THE VICTIM'S FAMILY: "Not only does the death penalty not bring closure, it actually keeps the families of the victims on an emotional roller coaster. Because of the appeals and occasional re-trials, the families are forced for years to relive the grisly details of their loved-one’s death – over and over again."  â€” Jim Gray, retired Superior Court judge, August 11, 2015 

EQUAL PAY: â€œNow the people who were just clocking in and out were making the same as me. It shackles high performers to less motivated team members.”  â€” Grant Moran, former web developer at Gravity Payments, August 11, 2015 
 
 
"Quotable" is compiled by members of the Advocates staff.

Sharon Harris
One Minute Liberty Tip

By Sharon Harris
 

The Risky Business of Communicating Liberty
 

Nobel Prize-winning libertarian economist Milton Friedman was one of the earliest prominent public advocates of ending the War on Drugs.

In a 1991 interview on “America’s Drug Forum,” a national PBS public affairs talk show, Friedman made this excellent point:

risky business“The case for prohibiting drugs is exactly as strong and as weak as the case for prohibiting people from overeating.

“We all know that overeating causes more deaths than drugs do. If it’s in principle OK for the government to say you must not consume drugs because they’ll do you harm, why isn’t it all right to say you must not eat too much because you’ll do harm?

Read about how you can draw analogies for your argument against the War on Drugs here...
 


Super CommunicatorSharon 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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