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 this week will be the only chance for members of the public to give testimony until the bills crossover to the Senate. I strongly recommend attending any of these committee hearings if you are able. [Read more…]

13 Nonpolitical Ways to Fight for Liberty – Independent Media

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The horrifying presidential election is over. The outcome, same as if it had been different, spells four years of dark days for liberty, at least on the governmental front. The hardcore liberty activists, however, are gearing up for a long battle, stocking up on Bitcoin, guns, and sustainable supplies, all the while encrypting their communications, buying and selling off the grid, taking care of their own, solving their own problems, and treating each other with respect for their autonomy. They’re picking away at the system by encouraging jury nullification and filming cops, and making sure liberty’s ideas are well-represented in the court of public opinion. The elite, though, still want to engage in a more direct role. Here’s how you do that. Here’s how you push the advancement of freedom to the next level. [Read more…]

13 Nonpolitical Ways to Fight for Liberty – Join Public Debate

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While some people are crying or fretting about the impending election of one of two monsters to the highest political office on the planet, liberty’s faithful are busy making a better world. They’re taking care of their own while running local economies and defending themselves. They’re protecting themselves against government abuse, filming cops to prevent unjust behavior while encouraging juries to nullify bad laws. And best of all, they’re encrypting their communications and using Bitcoin to get away from government financial control. Now if only they weren’t so lonely and isolated in their beliefs.

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Twitter Cracks Down on Terrorism, Bullying

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Twitter has axed another 235,000 accounts for promoting terrorism.

Over the last six months, the social media giant has added hundreds of thousands of banned accounts to its 360,000 ban total since about this time last year. This cleanup move has earned praise from the Anti-Defamation League, an organization protesting antisemitism and bigotry against the Jewish people.

Alt-right troll Milo claims credit for the Twitter terror purge [Read more…]

Disarmament in the Information Age

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The stars aligned. A mass shooting in a movie theater in Colorado still very fresh in people’s minds, the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut was the deal-sealing tragedy to usher in a new era of gun control. They had been waiting for a moment like this.

It was the perfect storm of a gun-grab… but it failed. President Obama has admitted to a group of San Francisco donors that he has lost confidence in his ability to get passed any gun control measures of significance. Why? How could such a perfectly-orchestrated effort fall flat? The answer: the information age.

In the weeks following the massacre, the mainstream media reported one major myth regarding the incident: a “military-style assault rifle,” such as an AR-15, was used. Critical analysis quickly uncovered, and spread far and wide across the internet, that not only was an assault rifle not used in the actual killings, but one might not even have been present at all. That proved Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s proposed assault weapons ban to be completely irrelevant to preventing a similar massacre, dooming it from the start.

Next, thanks once more to the internet, information regarding gun violence in America was able to travel around the mainstream media’s filter rather than through it. This illuminated the abject failure of gun restrictions to cause a reduction in violence in places like England, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. itself. Once gun control’s abysmal track record on stopping violence came to light far and wide, the narrative of saving lives simply fell apart.

Finally, the moral case for gun rights, often reserved to the hearts and minds of patriotic Americans, was allowed online public exposure. A photo of Rosa Parks with the tagline “I don’t ‘need’ an AR more than Rosa Parks ‘needed’ to sit in the front of that bus” spread like a virus via Facebook, effectively setting in stone the message that We The People have the right to exercise whatever peaceful behavior we so desire without having to justify it to the government.

Times have changed. Any other decade and this would have been an open-and-shut case of national disarmament. This time, however, they underestimated the power of a free people standing up for their rights. And, most of all, they underestimated the unregulated power of the internet. Next time they try to take away a precious Constitutional right through manipulation and deception they’re going to have to try a little harder than that.

Joel Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx

Mightier Than the Pen

The pen is mightier than the sword. This is because the pen (or keyboard) communicates all-powerful ideas. Without an idea, the sword is meaningless, because there is no motivation for its use. Against the power of an idea whose time has come, mere weapons are conquered every time.

But is there anything mightier than the pen? Yes, yes there is… the guitar.

It ain’t called an axe for nothing. Its raw power, not to mention shape, inspire imaginations of standing on a hilltop (or stage), destroying all miserable foes with sheer brutal force. Wielding a mighty tool of raw masculine power, of ultimate destruction and rage, renders one unstoppable.

All poetic invocations aside, music is a formidable force that spreads ideas. Unlike the pen, however, the guitar communicates on a much more primal level. Instead of targeting the brain, it inspires emotions and imaginations. This makes the guitar far more formidable than the pen for a couple of reasons.

One, music goes straight for the emotions. Our feelings are what moves us to action. Powerful ideas can topple nations because they inspire people to rise up. But it’s not what an idea puts in people’s heads that makes them act, it’s what’s in their hearts. The written word goes for the head, which must then make its way into the emotions. Music goes straight for the heart. Straight for the results.

Two, because music directly targets the heart, it skips possible dissent. An idea written with words has to convince the reader. There can be disagreement, argument, debate. Only if it successfully convinces the mind does it then have the ability to travel to the heart. Music, by directly affecting the heart, skips the debate. It simply makes us feel. We can’t choose whether or not we agree with feeling a certain way. Music either works on someone or doesn’t. It can be very tricky to successfully inspire the right emotions through music. But if you can pull it off, there’s no stopping you.

Music has inspired millions and turned nations upside down, often completely unintentionally. If you can intentionally harness its power, you can be like a god. The sword is for amateurs and the lazy. The pen is for the earnest and dedicated. The guitar is for the truly brilliant and effective.

Don’t start a war. Don’t write a manifesto. Rock the world.