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Volume 19, Issue 7                               April 22, 2014
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In This Issue

PRESIDENT'S CORNER
* Can We Abolish the Income Tax?

INTELLECTUAL AMMUNITION
Worse and Worse: 101 Years of the Federal Income Tax
Libertarian Party Voter Registration Increases 11% As Republicans, Democrats Wane
VIDEO: It's Almost Illegal to Start a Business in the U.S.A.
TV and Film Star Rob Lowe: Is He a Libertarian? 
 
THEY SAID IT: 
Today's youth are "the most libertarian generation ever," says SFL founder.... "Libertarianism is on the rise," says Washington Post journalist.... NY Times executive editor blasts Obama's war on journalism.... Rand Paul says protecting privacy rights is good politics.... Conan O'Brien on U.S. borrowing.... Jimmy Fallon on Obama taxes.... Requoted and noted: Ayn Rand on racism....

PERSUASION POWER POINT #368 by Michael Cloud
Short Essays Attract More Readers

ASK DR. RUWART by Mary Ruwart
Do libertarians support a national sales tax?

ONE-MINUTE LIBERTY TIP by Sharon Harris
Raising the Overton Window

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President's Corner

by Sharon Harris







Can We Abolish the Income Tax?
 
Dear friends, 
 
In this issue's Intellectual Ammunition section you will find some truly shocking facts about the federal income tax. 
 
It's enough to make you mad — and, I hope, ready to do something about it. 
 
In recent years libertarian arguments in many areas have made remarkable progress. The re-legalization of marijuana and other drugs has moved from a theoretical possibility to legislative reality. We've seen the elimination of centuries-old anti-gay laws. In foreign policy, the ideas of non-intervention are catching on so fast it's scaring the political establishment. And the idea of libertarianism itself has gone from being an obscure, little-understood political philosophy to being the hottest idea in politics today. 
 
None of this happened by accident. It came about because libertarians and others who favored liberty on these issues spent years challenging the status quo, opening minds, and bringing the libertarian position into public debate. 
 
I think it's high time we added abolishing the income tax to that list. 
 
A few years ago I wrote a series of articles on how to argue for eliminating the income tax and replacing it with nothing. 
 
I've combined those into one article, which you can read here. I hope it helps you in the crucial work of pushing the "abolish the income tax and replace it with... nothing" meme into mainstream American politics. 
 
In my Liberty Minute column in this issue, I discuss the concept of the Overton Window, a very useful model for advancing the ideas of liberty. One of our major goals as liberty advocates is to raise the Overton Window to include ever-bolder libertarian ideas. 
 
Can we do this with the idea of ending the income tax? Can we make that a part of the national political debate? You bet we can. It's what Hollywood describes as "high concept": it makes sense, it is exciting, and it is easy to grasp. Ron Paul's longtime support for this issue is another big benefit. Paul's millions of influential and active followers have the manpower to bring this idea alive for the mainstream. 
 
Perhaps, not so long from now, the income tax will go the way of censorship, sodomy laws, Jim Crow, and other discredited and vanished tyrannies liberty lovers have sent into oblivion.

In Liberty,

Sharon
 
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Intellectual Ammunition

by James W. Harris 




 
Worse and Worse: 101 Years of the Federal Income Tax

"The American income tax is perhaps the most dramatic example of how government grows at the expense of liberty," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), last week. "Slowly. Constantly. Inexorably."

Indeed, the 101-year history of the federal income tax has been marked by more and more taxpayers paying higher and higher amounts of tax, accompanied by ever-increasing complexity and confusion, as this chart from ATR shows: 



And that's just the start. Consider the incredible burden and costs of compliance. According to the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) 

* The total time burden of tax compliance totals an astounding 6.1 billion hours this year.
    
* That is the equivalent of about 3.05 million employees working 40-hour weeks year-round with just two weeks off; or more than the number of workers at three of the biggest retailers in the Fortune 500 — Wal-Mart Stores, McDonald's, and Target — combined.

* When calculated at the average hourly employee compensation cost, the value of the labor involved in tax compliance is a jaw-dropping $192.6 billion.

* Individuals spend a combined $31.7 billion a year on tax software and other out-of-pocket costs related to tax compliance.

NTU thus estimates the total compliance burden of the income tax is a horrific $224.3 billion. And that does NOT include "numerous hours taxpayers spend on state and local taxes, pursuing tax minimization strategies, or responding to IRS notices and audits; nor do they include the huge 'growth penalty' imposed on the nation's economy by high tax rates."

Then there are the numerous severe civil liberty problems with the income tax. "Ten Ways the Income Tax Harms Civil Liberties," a short commentary by the Cato Institute's Chris Edwards, summarizes some of them. 

If you're tired of this madness, why not start convincing your family, friends, neighbors and community leaders that it's time to end the hated income tax — and replace it with… nothing. 

Yes, it's both fiscally and politically possible, as Ron Paul, Harry Browne, and many others have pointed out. In this article Advocates President Sharon Harris offers some some background info and suggestions to help you make that argument persuasively and effectively. 

Libertarian Party Voter Registration Increases 11% As Republicans, Democrats Wane

Voter registration in the Republican and Democratic parties has decreased significantly in recent years. 

However, according to American's leading ballot access expert Richard Winger, Libertarian Party voter registration in the U.S. is growing — by a whopping 11.4% since late 2012. 

According to Winger, the most recent figures available from state governments show 368,561 registered Libertarians in March of 2014, compared to 330,811 in November of 2012.

That's from the 30 states that, along with the District of Columbia, allow voters to include a party affiliation with their voter registration.

Libertarian Party Chair Geoffrey Neale was, naturally enough, pleased. "I think it's great that Libertarian registration is increasing throughout America, while the Democrats and Republicans have been shrinking," he said in a media release. "Maybe it's our across-the-board message of 'more freedom, less government.'"

The states with the largest percent increases were Idaho (161% increase), Wyoming (68% increase), Nebraska (55% increase), and Louisiana (33% increase).

The surge comes after the 2012 election season in which Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson won a record 1.276 million votes, double the 2008 vote. In total, 2012 Libertarian Party candidates received nearly 16 million votes nationwide, and set new records in several categories. 

VIDEO: It's Almost Illegal to Start a Business in the U.S.A. 

Believe it or not, in what was once the land of the free, fully one in three Americans must seek and win a government-issued license before they can start a business. No wonder unemployment's so high!

This funny — and horrifying — animated cartoon from the libertarian Institute for Justice (IJ) brings this important issue to life. Watch prospective entrepreneur Chuck try to start business after business across the country — and get slapped down time and time again by the outrageous maze of unjustifiable laws that stop would-be business owners from getting their ideas off the ground. 

And… well, we don't want to give anything away, but you just won't believe what happens to poor Chuck in the end. And it's all true. 

The Institute for Justice says one of the principal obstacles to creating new jobs and entrepreneurial activity across the country is the complex web of regulations cities and states impose on small businesses. 

IJ has lots of back-up information for this video at their website. Their report "License To Work" is a good place to start. 

Share this entertaining and enlightening video with friends. Let them get mad about it too! About 5 minutes. 

TV and Film Star Rob Lowe: Is He a Libertarian? 

Renowned TV and film star Rob Lowe is promoting his new autobiography Love Life. And he's been making some very libertarian-ish statements along the way. 

In an interview with the New York Times, he described his politics this way: 

"My thing is personal freedoms, freedoms for the individual to love whom they want, do with what they want. In fact, I want the government out of almost everything."

He sounded even more libertarian during an April interview with Bill O'Reilly, though he seemed determined not to let O'Reilly stick a label on his views. Here is the relevant portion: 

    BILL O'REILLY: You also have said in your promoting of this book that you want less government intrusion. Is that correct?

    ROB LOWE: I do. Yeah.

    O'REILLY: But your pinhead friends in Hollywood, they don't want, they want equality for everyone, which takes a massive government.

    LOWE: Well, I'm — equality for everybody is great. That would be amazing. I just think that individuals usually do a better job than collective big government.

    O'REILLY: So you don't want the government to be telling you how to live, that's kind of a libertarian position.

    LOWE: Well, that's funny, does that make me a libertarian? I'm a Hollywood pinhead, Bill, I don't know about political labels.

    O'REILLY: The libertarians want less government and more personal freedom, which I think is what you are saying.

    LOWE: That is what I'm saying.

    O'REILLY: So now you're a libertarian?

    LOWE: So all this time shedding the dogma of political labels and you're telling me now I have to go back to living under political labels.

    O'REILLY: No, no, it's not bad. You just have to hang out with Stossel which is very, very difficult.

    LOWE: Well then I take it back.

    O'REILLY: You know, I think, look, I'm not a libertarian but I don't think that the government can solve the problems that the government purports to be able to solve.

    LOWE: And just for the record we do need government for a lot of big ticket items. Not total. 

Libertarian, or libertarianish, positions aren't new to Lowe. In 2012 he defended Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged on Twitter, tweeting: "Can someone explain the vitriol whenever Ayn Rand comes up? 'Atlas' is the greatest motivator for the individual that I can imagine."

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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."
 
THEY SAID IT...

THE MOST LIBERTARIAN GENERATION EVER: "Today's youth is the most libertarian generation that has ever existed. Today's youth have grown up socially tolerant, but at the same time skeptical of government intervention in the economy. And we're fed up with excessive military intervention in foreign affairs by the U.S. government, not to mention we've seen the failed presidential administration of both a big-government Republican and a big-government Democrat." — Alexander McCobin, founder of Students for Liberty, at the Libertarian Party of Texas state convention, April 12, 2014.

LIBERTARIANISM "ON THE RISE": Libertarianism [is] on the rise. There is, without question, an expanding libertarian streak within the Republican party — particularly among younger voters. The ideas of limiting foreign entanglements, spending less time cracking down on marijuana use and being OK with same-sex marriage are all growing in terms of their mindshare within the GOP. Need evidence? Six in ten young Republicans — defined as between 18-30 years of age — are in favor of same-sex marriage in new Pew data." — award-winning journalist Chris Cillizza, "It's time to start taking Rand Paul seriously," Washington Post blogs, March 17, 2014. 

NY TIMES EDITOR — OBAMA VS. JOURNALISM: "The Obama years are a benchmark for a new level of secrecy and control. …Collectively [the Obama administration's criminal leak investigations] have really, I think, put a chill on reporting about national security issues in Washington. Sources who want to come forward with important stories that they feel the public needs to know are just scared to death that they're going to be prosecuted. Reporters fear that they will find themselves subpoenaed in this atmosphere." — Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times, interviewed at The Takeaway.org, April 10, 2014. 

RAND PAUL GOES FOR THE PRIVACY VOTE: "[Young voters] have all got a cell phone and they all think the government shouldn't be looking at their cell phone or listening to their cell phone without a warrant. We get to the young people with privacy. It's not a conservative or Republican issue. It's an area where we can connect with people who haven't been connecting. Obama won the youth vote 3 to 1 but he's losing them now. Hillary Clinton's as bad or worse on all of these issues. It's a way we can transform and make the party bigger or even win again, but we've got to be as proud of the Fourth Amendment as we are the Second Amendment." — Rand Paul at an NH GOP rally at the Cottage by the Bay in Dover, N.H, April 11, 2014.

CAPTAIN AMERICA MEETS CAPTAIN CHINA: "'Captain America' is currently the No. 1 movie in China. The Chinese say their favorite part is when Captain America asks Captain China for a $17 trillion loan." — Conan O'Brien, April 9, 2014.

THANKS A LOT, OBAMA: "The White House just released President Obama's tax returns, which show that he and Michelle paid $98,000 dollars in taxes last year. When he saw that, even Obama said, 'Thanks, Obama.'" — Jimmy Fallon, April 11, 2014.
 
RE-QUOTED AND NOTED

AYN RAND ON RACISM: "Racism is the lowest, most crudely primitive form of collectivism. It is the notion of ascribing moral, social or political significance to a man's genetic lineage — the notion that a man's intellectual and characterological traits are produced and transmitted by his internal body chemistry. Which means, in practice, that a man is to be judged, not by his own character and actions, but by the characters and actions of a collective of ancestors." — Ayn Rand, quoted by Sheldon Richman of the Future of Freedom Foundation in his article "In Praise of 'Thick' Libertarianism." See Rand's full quote here.
 
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"They Said It..." is compiled by Liberator Online editor James W. Harris.

Persuasion Power Point #367

by Michael Cloud





Short Essays Attract More Readers
 
Every week, more and more online and offline writers flood us with more and more information.
 
They write long essays and long books.
 
You and I simply don't have enough time to read everything worth reading.
 
So we skim, sift, and sort a few pages of this and a few pages of that — to determine which, if either, is worth an hour — or more.
 
Would you like your writing to go to the front of the line?
 
Would you like busy, overwhelmed readers to read your whole essay?
 
Write a short, short piece. 300 words.
 
Or write a short blog or essay. 600 to 900 words.
 
In a world of long essays, the short essays stand out.
 
And they can be read in less time than it takes to decide whether to read the 3,000 to 5,000 word essay.
 
An average reader can read 300 words in 90 seconds — or 900 words in 4-1/2 minutes.
 
Want to quickly learn how to write brief, to-the-point essays?
 
First, read How to Write Short by Roy Peter Clark.
 
Second, read The 30-Minute Writer by Connie Emerson.
 
Your essays will get read — by the vital, busy, bright readers you want to reach.
 
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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.

 

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.


Do libertarians support a national sales tax?
 
Question: I have read about proposals to eliminate the income tax and replace it with a consumption tax (national sales tax). This seems like a very good idea. First, it would mean foreign manufacturers would pay almost the same tax as domestic ones. Second. it would remove the need for large accounting and legal departments in corporations, and would certainly simplify the paperwork of small businesses. Third, it would eliminate the ability of the wealthy to utilize loopholes in the present tax system. There are many more benefits I can see, and I can't see a downside. Am I missing something? Do libertarians support this idea?
 
My Short Answer: Libertarians recognize that taxation of any kind is theft and therefore do not support taxation. However, some dedicated libertarians have been working to replace the income tax with a consumption tax, like the one you've outlined.
 
Among other things, they believe that people would feel the bite much more if everything they bought came with a double-digit sales tax. Tax increases would be more visible — and more unpopular for politicians to propose. The abuses perpetrated by the IRS would also end. Public support for abolishing taxes altogether would increase.
 
However, one danger many libertarians see in proposing this switch is the possibility that we would end up with a national sales tax AND an income tax.
 
Why not simply get rid of the income tax and replace it with nothing, as libertarian presidential candidates like Ron Paul and Harry Browne have proposed?
 
As Ron Paul told the New York Times in 2008: "I see a consumption tax as being a little better than the personal income tax, and I would vote for the Fair Tax if it came up in the House of Representatives, but it is not my goal. We can do better. ... We could eliminate the income tax, replace it with nothing, and still fund the same level of big government we had in the late 1990s. We don't need to 'replace' the income tax at all."
 
Ron Paul is right. If all we did was to restrict government to its constitutional limits, we could provide for defense and other necessary functions with constitutionally-permitted excise taxes.
 
Then, libertarians could start working on getting rid of those, too!

LEARN MORE: Suggestions for further reading on this topic, pro and con, from Liberator Online editor James W. Harris: 

* Fairtax.org is the website of Americans For Fair Taxation, a non-profit organization that argues for the Fair Tax. Their site includes an extensive FAQ that answers common questions about the proposal. 

* "There Is No Such Thing as a Fair Tax" by Laurence M. Vance, Mises Daily, December 12, 2005. Vance says advocates of the Fair Tax are right on the evils of the income tax, but the Fair Tax isn't the solution. He lists 17 problems with the Fair Tax from a libertarian perspective. 

* "Against the FairTax Proposal" by Jim Cox, LewRockwell.com, March 29, 2005. Additional criticisms of the Fair Tax from the author of The Concise Guide to EconomicsMinimum Wage Maximum Damage, and The Haiku Economist, the latter two published by the Advocates. 

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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.

One-Minute Liberty Tip 

by Sharon Harris




Raising the Overton Window

In the 1990s I had the great pleasure of meeting the late Joseph P. Overton at a leadership seminar at the free-market Mackinac Center for Public Policy. 

Joe was senior vice president of Mackinac. He was brilliant, charismatic, inspiring and fun to be with. The liberty movement lost a great leader when he died in a plane crash on June 30, 2003. 

One of Joe's many contributions to liberty was the popularizing of a vital concept that now bears his name: the Overton Window. 


The Overton Window is explained by Mackinac this way: 

"Joseph Overton observed that in a given public policy area… only a relatively narrow range of potential policies will be considered politically acceptable. 

"This 'window' of politically acceptable options is primarily defined not by what politicians prefer, but rather by what they believe they can support and still win re-election. 

"In general, then, the window shifts to include different policy options not when ideas change among politicians, but when ideas change in the society that elects them."

This is a powerful concept. You can see it clearly when you illustrate it, as Joe did, by lining up possible positions on a political issue in order from more free to less free. 

Let's do this with drug policy. Here are a few positions on this issue, lined up (starting from the bottom) from most oppressive to least oppressive:

     All drugs are legal for adults to buy, sell, and consume
     "Hard drugs" legal but only with doctor's prescription
     Some other drugs in addition to marijuana also legal; other still illegal
     â€”————————————————————————
     Marijuana legal to own, grow, sell with permission from government
     Marijuana legal to buy but not sell
     Marijuana legal for medical purposes only, with doctor's prescription
     Marijuana illegal but only minimal punishment 
     All drugs illegal with stiff penalties
     â€”————————————————————————
     Mandatory drug tests for all Americans 
     Harsh punishment for drug use
     Death penalty for drug use, possession, sale

See the two lines I made in the middle of that list? Those lines show the area of today's most politically-acceptable options. That's an approximation of where we are right now. 

Those lines show the top and the bottom of the Overton Window at this time. 

Those policies inside the Overton Window are politically acceptable. It doesn't mean they are right, universally agreed on, or that they are law. It just means that people holding or seeking political office can say they support them, and still get elected. 

In contrast, the policies outside the Overton Window are not very politically acceptable. It is far harder to advocate them and get elected. Not impossible, but more difficult. 

The Overton Window makes our goal as libertarians clear: to raise the window. To push it ever higher. To make currently unpopular libertarian positions acceptable. To bring those positions into the mainstream political debate. 

As we do so, we also raise the bottom part of the window, so that previous authoritarian solutions are no longer acceptable.

How do we do this? Surprisingly, not by electing politicians, according to the Mackinac Center: 

"Many believe that politicians move the window, but that's actually rare. In our understanding, politicians typically don't determine what is politically acceptable; more often they react to it and validate it. Generally speaking, policy change follows political change, which itself follows social change. The most durable policy changes are those that are undergirded by strong social movements."

Politicians are lagging indicators; that is, they usually reflect what is acceptable, rather than making radical political change. 

The Overton Window model gives us some major insights into how we can effectively change government policy. Rather than just hoping to elect the "right people" to office, it suggests that the most powerful way to changing government policy lies in changing the views of the public as to what is acceptable. 

Do this, and the politicians will follow. Witness the growing popularity of the movement to relegalize marijuana. It's not a movement that was brought about by politicians. Rather, politicians are reluctantly accepting it because of the years of work by liberty activists to educate the public to demand reform. 

That means our job as libertarian communicators is to constantly be pushing the window up — gently but persuasively — in the direction of liberty. In our discussions with people, in our outreach efforts, in our casual conversations. 

When, for example, relegalizing medical marijuana is politically possible, we support that — but we also argue that marijuana should be legal across the board, for everyone. And as that idea begins to win, our job is to push it further, until we reach the full libertarian ideal: adults are free to use whatever substances they wish. 

Similarly, on taxation, our goal right now might be a particular tax cut or reducing the tax burden. But we also want to argue for something that's now outside the Window — like ending the income tax, for example — in order to introduce that idea into the debate and thus raise the Overton Window. And as that idea gains traction, we discuss more seriously the libertarian ideal: ending all taxes. 

Important: This does NOT mean that we should deliberately pursue gradualism or avoid discussing long-range and ultimate libertarian goals. We don't have to move one small step up the Overton Window at a time. I strongly agree with the great abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison: "Gradualism in theory is perpetuity in practice." I strongly believe we should be ready and happy to argue persuasively for the full libertarian position any time. Indeed, doing so is part of raising the Overton Window. 

However, during a political discussion in which there is general agreement on a particular libertarian reform, there is often a great opportunity for us to push the discussion a bit further — to raise the Overton Window higher. Be alert for such opportunities. 

This also suggests that, for most of us, using effective and persuasive communication methods, such as those taught by the Advocates, is crucial. While we need our Menckenish curmudgeons and pundits, most of us can't do that well. We can be most effective by winning the trust of our neighbors and community members, bringing them to our side. 

Ultimately it is public opinion, not political power, that changes society. Which means we have in our hands the ability to make bold political change. Which means the more successfully and persuasively we can communicate our ideas, the greater our chance for victory. 

So let's use that power to push the Overton Window up, up, up until it's wide-open — and we welcome in the fresh air of liberty. 

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More on the Overton Window can be found at this website: The Overton Window, A Model of Policy Change by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. This web page has several short essays on the Overton Window, illustrations of the Window in action, videos, thoughts on how to move the Window up, and more. Essential. 

Also of interest: Murray Rothbard challenges gradualism in his essay "The Case for Radical Idealism."

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Sharon Harris is president of the Advocates for Self-Government.  

 

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