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Volume 20, Issue 36                          September 24, 2015
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In This Issue

FROM ME TO YOU 
Slacktivism: You Can Do More

NEWS YOU CAN USE 
The Religious Test Clause and Muslims
The Good and the Bad of Donald Trump’s White Paper on Guns
#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain
#FreedomPrevails

QUOTABLE
See what Marcus Tullius Cicero, John Mackey, Mike Reitz, Andy Johnson and John Stossel have to say about government, the EPA, crime, business and individual rights. 

ASK DR. RUWART
Is it Corporate Greed That Led to Turing Pharmaceuticals’ “Price Gouging” on Daraprim?

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Executive Director Brett Bittner
From Me To You

by Brett Bittner
 

Slacktivism: You Can Do More 


I’ve worn ribbons. I’ve liked, shared, favorited, retweeted, and pinned things on social media. I’ve sported a sticker on my laptop.

Facebook LikeBut did any of that really accomplish anything? When looking at the direct effect of those activities, there was no measurable impact.

So, why bother with what I call slacktivism? (I’ll answer this shortly.)

Where is there a measurable impact?

  • Tabling/Outreach Booth â€“ Setting up a table at an existing event and meeting new people is a great way to find new people for your group, your issue, or your philosophy. When you’re in college, there’s always an opportunity to table. Once you’re out, however, it gets pricier and a bit more difficult, but it can be done. Gun shows, book fairs, holiday festivals, and town celebrations are a prime opportunity to reach out to the local community for the post-college readers.
  • Going Door-to-Door â€“ While this sounds like a strictly candidate or party politics activity, it can be something that gets noticed by your neighbors. If you are active in your community or highly visible, this kind of activism can lead to growth as you ask those around you to join in your efforts.
  • Contributions â€“ I’ve long held the belief that EVERYONE can give time, talent, or treasure. When you have a particular talent that you can offer to your preferred issue or group, do it. When you have the time to serve that issue or group, share it. When you have the treasure, spend it in a way that benefits your passion project. I’ve always appreciated the time and talent an individual will give, as well as the funds they spend in lieu of that time, when they are too busy to make the time or talent commitment.
  • Being a Shining Example â€“ This takes little or no “extra” time to accomplish. When you exemplify the libertarian lifestyle, the results may not be immediate, but they are measurable and direct. You will inspire others to join you. You will find that there are others who hold your same beliefs that may not be motivated other ways.


Above, I gave “slacktivism” a hard time. I realize that many of us are busy people with a lot going on, and wearing a pin, interacting on social media, or sporting a sticker may be all that you can do in that moment. I also realize there is an immeasurable impact in the aggregate when many wear those pins en masse, “like” or share social media posts, or promote a position or organization’s brand.

I ask that after that slacktivism moment passes that you take a hard look to plan how you can make a lasting, measurable impact.

If I can offer an immediate opportunity, I ask that you support us here at The Advocates for Self-Government with a bit of your treasure.

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News You Can Use

Written & Compiled by Advocates Staff

The Religious Test Clause and Muslims


Ben Carson raised more than a few eyebrows on Sunday when he said that a Muslim should never be considered for the presidency. The retired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential hopeful was responding to a question from Meet the Press host Chuck Todd when he made the Islamophobic comment.

“Should a president’s faith matter? Should your faith matter to voters?” Todd asked Carson.

“Well, I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it’s inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter,” Carson replied. â€œBut if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the Constitution, no problem.”

Read more about what Ben Carson said here...


The Good and the Bad of Donald Trump’s White Paper on Guns


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has shifted away from his previous support of some gun control policies, including longer waiting periods and a ban on “assault weapons.” Although his campaign is general devoid of any meaningful or specifics on policy, Trump released a white paper last week that offers support for the Second Amendment.

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The white paper opposes restrictions on firearms, such as “assault weapons,” that are usually targeted by the anti-gun left. But this is a departure for Trump, who, in his 2000 book, The America We Deserve, expressed support for a ban on this type of firearm.

“The Republicans walk the NRA line and refuse even limited restrictions,” Trump wrote. â€œI generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.” (Emphasis added.) Trump was, at the time, considering a bid for the Reform Party’s presidential nomination.

Read more about Trump's white paper on guns here...

#BigGovernmentStrikesAgain 

#FreedomPrevails

Happy Birthday Song Copyright Ruled Invalid - Reason
This 3D Printer Can Build 10 Houses A Day For $5,000 Each - Upriser
American University Joins Thin Ranks of Colleges Defending Free Speech - Reason

News You Can Use is written and compiled by staff at the Advocates for Self-Government. 
How much is Liberty worth?
Quotable
Bits and Bytes From Across the Spectrum
 

PRAISES FROM THE EPA?“It makes no sense whatsoever. We have wetlands now. I really think the E.P.A. should be coming in and saying, ‘Good job.’”— Andy Johnson, Wyoming welder, September 19, 2015

INTENT AND ACTION: â€œFor a crime to occur there has to be a combination of intent and action." — Mike Reitz, Executive Vice President of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, September 21, 2015

FREE MARKETS?: "Intellectuals have always disdained commerce...have always sided...with the aristocrats to maintain a society where the business people were kind of kept down."   â€” John Mackey, Whole Foods Market co-founder, August 12, 2015

 
"Quotable" is compiled by members of the Advocates staff.

Dr. Mary Ruwart
Ask Dr. Ruwart

By Dr. Mary Ruwart
 
Is it Corporate Greed That Led to Turing Pharmaceuticals’ “Price Gouging” on Daraprim?


Question: Is it corporate greed that led to Turing Pharmaceuticals’ “price gouging” on Daraprim?

Turing PharmaceuticalsOver the last couple of days, the media has been aghast as Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO, Martin Shkreli announced his plan to increase the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 a pill. Daraprim was patented in the 1950s, and is used for treating parasitic infections in fewer than 13,000 people a year in the U.S.  Turing bought exclusive rights to distribute the drug in the U.S. from Impax for $55 million; drug sales are less than $10 million/year.  Impax itself bought daraprim several years earlier. It upped the price from $1 to $13.50/pill, causing the number of prescriptions to drop about 30%.

Read more about Turing Pharmaceuticals here...


Dr. Mary Ruwart is a leading expert in libertarian communication and author of the international bestseller Healing Our World. She is also author of Short Answers to Tough Questions, in which you will find a collection of her answers from this column. In this column she provides Liberator Online readers with answers to questions libertarians are often asked. Have a question for Dr. Ruwart? Ask here.

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