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<<First Name>>, here's your Volume 21, Issue 16 of the Liberator Online for April 21, 2016
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In This Issue
FROM ME TO YOU 
The “Most Important Election of Our Lifetime” Fallacy
NEWS YOU CAN USE  
California Senate Passes Powdered Alcohol Ban, Proving Everything is Terrible
The Financial Burden Tied to Nonviolent Crimes, Destroying Poor Communities
#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain
#FreedomPrevails
QUOTABLE
See what Steven Greenhut, Bill Nye, Gov. Tom Wolf, and Harriet Tubman have to say about freedom, medical marijuana, climate change, and the customers of government agencies. 
CONVERSATIONS WITH MY BOYS
What are the Hidden Costs of Sending Children to Government Schools?
WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE ADVOCATES
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The “Most Important Election of Our Lifetime” Fallacy

As libertarians, we’ve no doubt heard with every election that THIS one is the “most important election of our lifetime.” Even those who’ve decided to no longer participate in voting and elections are not immune.

Typically, it’s a hyper-partisan individual who is heavily invested in one side of the “horse race” for President, Governor, or Congress making the statement, and they have a litany of reasons why their candidate is “The One.”

To many of us, it’s a broken record. Whether it’s the appointment of Supreme Court justices, ending pointless wars, staving off economic collapse, or fighting back socialism, the refrain from both sides is essentially the same each time it’s shared. It’s been the same since I started paying attention to elections in 1992 and neither George H.W. Bush nor Bill Clinton really spoke to me as they campaigned for President.

The idea that THIS YEAR will be what changes everything is an extension of a societal desire for immediate gratification…like the J. G. Wentworth commercials: “I WANT IT NOW!”

While a sense of urgency is necessary, things do not change overnight, nor will they even over a politician’s term. Patience and hard work bring the change we seek.

The slogan and rhetoric from the 2008 Obama campaign, “Change We Can Believe In,” tapped into the desire for immediate overhaul. What we saw over the last eight years wasn’t much change. It was a continuation of the same. The wars didn’t end. The cronies still got their goodies. Even Guantanamo Bay remains open and operational today.

Actual, sustainable change takes time. It is the result of many in their efforts to win over hearts and minds. It is not achieved in a single election, a new law, or a Supreme Court decision.

slow and steadyAs in the story I recounted in the Tell More Stories article a couple of weeks ago, slow and steady wins the race. That goes for growth as well, whether for an entire philosophy or certain aspects.

I’ve been on the inside as an elected official, and bureaucracy does move with the speed of molasses. In the winter. Uphill. Unless there is a manufactured urgency to DO SOMETHING, when a the square peg will be shoved into a round hole.

We haven’t won over the hearts and minds yet though. We have a long way to go in that regard. When large numbers of people begin to value freedom the same way that you and I do, we can focus our conversations there and on our path to electoral successes, if they are even necessary.

There is no silver bullet. We are building a movement for Liberty, and that growth doesn’t happen overnight, but it’s happening faster with each passing day.

Remember, politicians and laws don’t change hearts and minds, and we don’t win anything without those.

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California Senate Passes Powdered Alcohol Ban, Proving Everything is Terrible

Government’s busybodies are always trying to find new issues so they may be blown out of proportion in the hopes the population will agree. And as it so often happens, these issues are frequently turned into threats that must be contained. By all means necessary.

AlcoholIn California, a state often mocked due to its anti-entrepreneurial regulations, legislators have just passed a new ban that will certainly make residents of the Golden State 100 percent safe.

Just kidding.

According to local news sources, the California Senate has just passed a new bill that officially bans powdered alcohol. The piece of legislation was defended by legislators who were concerned that teens could be using the powdered alcohol in “dangerous ways.”

Read more about the powdered alcohol ban here...

The Financial Burden Tied to Nonviolent Crimes is Destroying Poor Communities

A terribly tragic incident involving a man from Texas is receiving little attention from the media.

According to Yahoo! News, Patrick Joseph Brown, a 46-year-old man accused of stealing a guitar, was booked on a misdemeanor theft charge on April 3. Forty-eight hours after failing to post bail, Brown was found beaten to a pulp in the cell he shared with several other men, including three men who had been charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily harm. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

PrisonWhile authorities in Harris County aren’t aware of what prompted the violent act, Brown was placed in a cell with violent suspects due to his failure to come up with $3,000. Brown’s teenage son is devastated.

To proponents of a comprehensive criminal justice reform, the financial burden tied to minor or drug-related crimes has become a reason of concern.

#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain 

#FreedomPrevails

More travelers are ditching rental cars and turning to Uber, Lyft - USA Today
Airbnb: Regulation without Government - FEE
Malaysia's Free Market spreads the joy of giving to the needy - Asia One (Warning: Auto Play)

Liberty Library
Quotable
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum

 
THEY DON'T VOTE: "Animals don't vote. Government agencies don't have customers. They operate for the good of those who work for them. They ultimately are funded through tax dollars."  - Steven GreenhutUnion-Tribune's California columnist, April 15, 2016

EXTREME DOUBT?: "As a taxpayer and voter, the introduction of this extreme doubt about climate change is affecting my quality of life as a public citizen... So I can see where people are very concerned about this, and they’re pursuing criminal investigations as well as engaging in discussions like this....That there is a chilling effect on scientists who are in extreme doubt about climate change, I think that is good." - Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," April 15, 2016

OVERDUE RELIEF: "I am proud and excited to sign this bill that will provide long overdue medical relief to patients and families who could benefit from this treatment. I applaud members of both parties in the House and Senate who have come together to help patients who have run out of medical options and want to thank the thousands of advocates who have fought tirelessly for this cause." - Gov. Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania, April 14, 2016
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The Libertarian Homeschooler

What are the Hidden Costs of Sending Children to Government Schools?

Editor’s Note: Although this isn’t strictly a conversation, it’s something to think about when weighing the educational options for one’s children. 

School If I took a blow to the head and decided to go to a 9-5 j.o.b. and tried to provide something close to what the boys get at home now I’d have to pay for the following:

–Private school
–Hidden costs associated with school (projects, parties, fund raisers, etc.)
–Someone to run them to activities
–Additional medical due to increased sickness in self and children
–Sick child care
–Testing for BA
–OT for auditory processing/sequencing (I wouldn’t have time)
–Tutoring for reading (I wouldn’t have time)

Read more hidden costs of government schools here..


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

What's Happening with the Advocates

We're adding an intern to our Indianapolis office for summer 2016! Apply here. 

Our Chairman, Dr. James Lark will be speaking at the following events! 

             
Apr. 21:  Address to Students For Liberty at the Virginia Military Institute ("Warning:  Governmentally-Mandated Safety Measures May Be Hazardous to Your Health"), 7:30 p.m. - Turman Room, Preston Library, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA
          
Apr. 23:  Address to Libertarian Party of North Carolina convention ("The Libertarian Party: Where We Are, Where We Are Going"), 9:15 a.m. - Holiday Inn Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh, North Carolina

Apr. 23:  Address at the Adam Smith Gala, Campbell University, Buies Creek, North Carolina, 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, room 141

Apr. 30:  Keynote address to the Liberalistene party congress (the Norwegian Libertarian Party's national convention), 10:00 a.m. - Domus Academica, Auditorium 4, Karl Johans Gate 47, Oslo, Norway

May 7:  Address to Libertarian Party of West Virginia ("The State of the Libertarian Party"), 1:00 p.m. - Days Inn Conference Center, Flatwoods, West Virginia

Brett is presenting at the Libertarian National Convention in Orlando in May. 

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