Don’t Fall for “Free Speech Socialism”

White nationalism is the controversy du jour in the United States, as elements of the alt-right have made headlines for violent rallies and clashes with counter-protesters. While free speech is protected in the United States, a growing list of companies and social media platforms have begun to refuse the business
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Don’t Fall for “Free Speech Socialism”

Herding Cats: Keep the Train Moving

I've previously talked about how to motivate libertarians to activism and how to foster relationships to organize a truly powerful community. Now, I'm going to tell you how to keep your movement from crumbling. Here's how to keep your activist train moving. 1: Find ways of saying thanks Everyone needs to get
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Herding Cats: Keep the Train Moving

State-Based Escapes from Restrictive National Labor Laws

The free market works. The top safest, most prosperous nations in the world employ some variant of a free market system, and the United States's success is often held up as symbol of the success made possible by economic liberty. However, there are a few flies in the soup of
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State-Based Escapes from Restrictive National Labor Laws

This Week in Concord – Cannabis Legalization, NH Independence

The author is a New Hampshire state representative committed to advancing the cause of liberty This week there are a number of bills scheduled for their public hearings that affect many Granite Staters. All of the hearings on these bills are open to the public but the hearings on these bills
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This Week in Concord – Cannabis Legalization, NH Independence

This Week in Concord – New Hampshire Legislative Review

The author is a New Hampshire state representative committed to advancing the cause of liberty This week there are a number of bills scheduled for their public hearings that affect many Granite Staters. All of the hearings on these bills are open to the public but the hearings on these bills
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This Week in Concord – New Hampshire Legislative Review

Getting Your Freedom On Someplace Else

The author currently lives in Chile and admins the group Run Like Hell on Facebook. My first trip to a really foreign country was in 1993 to the Bahamas. When I arrived my hosts drove to a store, bought a case of beer, opened it up, and started drinking while driving
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Getting Your Freedom On Someplace Else

Herding Cats: It’s All About Relationships

This subject will be covered during the talk “Herding Cats: How to Organize a Liberty Activist Army” at Liberty Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire. Event details are here.

So few movements get off the ground because of a lack of volunteer activism. To get anything done you need to put in hours of work multiplied by the number of people you have involved. Companies make this work by making money and then paying employees as they expand. Nonprofits use a similar model by asking big donors for funding, and then using that to pay their own employees, but their growth is limited because such organizations don’t inherently make money.

To really make a difference you need a vibrant grassroots movement of volunteers, and in order to build one you need to be a superior community organizer. But how can you make that work? How do you get good at getting lots of people to work very hard for free? In two words: building relationships.

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Debt-Weary Millennials More Likely to Have Emergency Cash

More than other age group, millennials are more equipped to have funds available to use for unexpected expenses, indicating a generation weary and leery of debt.

According to a survey from Bankrate, 69% millennials were prepared to deal with emergency expenses by either dipping into savings or cutting back on spending, compared with an average of 61%. Among baby boomers, that number dips down to 56%, meaning that 13% of young people are better at dealing with unexpected financial responsibilities without going into debt than their parents. [Read more…]

US Forces Killed About 50 Civillians, 25 Taliban in “Self-Defense”

An internal investigation has cleared US troops of wrongdoing in a battle last November that killed dozens of Taliban assailants and possibly twice as many civilians.

During an operation in the village of Boz in the Kunduz province, American and Afghan forces entered the village and were fired upon by Taliban forces from houses reportedly filled with civilians. Airstrikes were called in, and the battle resulted in about two-dozen Taliban casualties, and between 33 (US-reported figure) and 50 (local officials’ estimate) civilian deaths. Following the raid, residents carried over a dozen corpses towards the office of a local governor to protest the deaths. [Read more…]

How to Herd Cats: Organizing Libertarian Activism

This subject will be covered during the talk “Herding Cats: How to Organize a Liberty Activist Army” at Liberty Forum in Manchester, New Hampshire. Event details are here.

Leading libertarians can be like herding cats. They’re solitary, stubborn individualists who do precisely what they want and nothing else, and therefore take directions poorly. Leading an organized and efficient liberty activist army is supposed to be next to impossible.

Yet it can be done, and done well, just as cats can be effectively herded. The Moscow Cats Theatre bases its entire act around getting house cats to perform tricks. Director Dmitry Kuklachyov explained that the key to training cats is that you can’t force them to do anything, but instead must nurture what they already want to do:

“You can’t force a cat. My job is to see the specialty, the spark that is inside it and develop that. You see, I already can see that this one can roll a little barrel”

The same goes for libertarians. Here’s how to get the staunchest of individualists to go along with your activism:

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Five Killed in Shooting at Ft. Lauderdale Airport, Where Guns Are Prohibited

Five have been killed and eight injured in a shooting today at the Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida, a state with relatively restrictive firearms laws.

At 1:00pm local time, a gunman in his 20s wearing a Star Wars shirt opened fire in Terminal 2, killing five and injuring eight more. He is currently in police custody and, according to Sheriff Scott Israel, he was apprehended without any additional shots fired.

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The Principled Libertarian’s Guide to Using Food Stamps

Taxation is theft. Living off of tax money is leeching from productive workers. So, naturally, I’m going to teach you how to use food stamps and still keep all your libertarian cred.

No, this isn’t some convoluted rationalization for people looking to be parasites while pretending they’re not. This is how taking government assistance can actually help preserve, and expand, liberty. Think about it: if taxation is theft, and tax money is stolen from the people, taking it from the government is okay as long as it’s returned to its rightful owners. Just using it for your own benefit doesn’t cut it, though. There’s a process to make sure you use funds reclaimed from the state in a moral and responsible way.

So if you’re going to go on food stamps, but don’t want to lose your libertarian soul, here’s what to do: [Read more…]