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Nothing kills me more than seeing libertarians fight each other.  On many issues we have some nuanced opinions and differences, but one issue often causes hatred, fighting, and animosity. That is voting.

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Murray “Mr Libertarian” Rothbard said: “I see no other conceivable strategy for the achievement of liberty than political action. Religious or philosophical conversion of each man and woman is simply not going to work; that strategy ignores the problem of power, the fact that millions of people have a vested interest in statism and are not likely to give it up”

With that being said, I’ve never voted or been registered to vote for a day in my life.  It’s not that I think voting is necessarily violence or that it’s wrong, I just can’t bring myself to do it.  The whole process of registering to vote, standing in line at some government owned building, and casting a preference for a ruler just feels dirty to me!

Every election cycle, libertarians bash the State and bash each other. Is it libertarian to vote?  Should we all just stay home on election day?  Even if libertarians do get elected, can they really change anything?

The answer to all of this is yes, yes, and yes.

Voting isn’t violence, and if anything it’s an act of self-defense.  If I’m in prison for some non-violent “offense,” and the prison guards ask for my vote on what channel to put the TV on, of course my first choice would be to let me out of prison I shouldn’t even be here!  Leave me alone!  But since that’s not happening, whether I participate in the vote or not, I’m not aggressing on the tax payers who are paying for the TV and prison.  So when libertarians vote to watch “Stossel,” while everyone else is voting for Pro Wrestling, they are not violating any principals.

Staying home on election day is cool too.  In fact, not voting is a vote.  Non-voters like myself are saying that we know the game is rigged and we’re just going to go about our lives.  Non-voters are dangerous for governments.  The people in power know they ultimately derive their power and privilege from the masses.  If enough of the masses simply drop out or refuse to participate, that power will evaporate.  Many countries have mandatory voting for this very reason!  And every year in the U.S., the possibility is brought up.

Can we make a difference if we’re elected?  Just ask Ron Paul.  He may not have made any legislative victories for Liberty, but he’s done much better.  He’s brought more press and people to our movement than anyone.  The biggest irony of the haters of voting is that many of them wouldn’t have discovered libertarianism if it wasn’t for Dr. Paul!

There are many factions and ism’s in the Liberty movement.  But that’s good, so long as we know we’re on the same team. Joe Torre once said that “Baseball is a team sport played by individuals for themselves.” This is exactly how I feel about the Liberty movement. We’re all individuals, but to win we have to support each other. Each player plays a different position and has a unique set of skills and talents they bring to the team.  If our ideas are going to win, we need people working from all angles.

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For those of us who believe government that governs less, governs best; welfare seems to be a huge bugaboo. Talk to any conservative or libertarian about reducing spending; and some sneer about welfare is sure to come out of their mouth.

Unfortunately, this disdain for welfare is usually directed at the poorer class. However, entitlements for the poorest Americans are only a fraction of welfare given out, since social security, medicare, farm/business subsidies, and of course corporate welfare are more often given to the middle and upper class.  With this in mind, the last thing a small government advocate should worry about is food stamps.  Especially if they’re trying to win over hearts and minds.

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Which brings me to this little gem from NPR on how the National Parks have a minority problem. The irony of NPR calling out the National Parks for being too white is funny, considering 87% of NPR’s terrestrial listening audience is white.  But that article is for another day.

So what’s the point?  According to the above NPR article: “Collectively, minorities made up just over 20 percent of the visitors to national parks, despite the fact that they made up nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population.”

There’s plenty of reasons given for this, one is the lack of public transportation to the parks, another is the lack of signs in Spanish, and of course another reason is the cost. There’s even a section of the article on how the National Park staff is just too darn white!  All of these are valid concerns I’ll admit, but these shouldn’t be the concerns of the public, they should be the concerns of the future owners of the park.

The fact is, it is not fair for people who don’t use the parks, minority or otherwise, to pay for the parks.  This is one of the fundamental flaws of government.  Government forces people pay for things they otherwise wouldn’t pay for and often times don’t even enjoy!

“But without government, we wouldn’t have these beautiful National Parks!!!” you might say.  That is total B.S., we would have National Parks, but it would be no different than any other amusement park.  Why doesn’t the government fund Disney World or Cedar Point?  Because the people that actually go there fund it.  Not only does Disney World NOT cost taxpayers billions of dollars a year, and force minorities and to pay taxes to support them for whites to enjoy, but Disney World PAYS millions in taxes per year!

So if you’re a conservative or libertarian that hates big government, the solution is easy, sell off the National Parks and let businesses run them.  That will reduce spending by billions every year, and bring in billions from the sale.

If you’re a liberal or libertarian that hates oppressing minorities and hates welfare for the middle-class and wealthy, then the solution is easy, sell off the National Parks.  Stop forcing the millions of people, whether minorities, or poor, or just hate the outdoors, who don’t use them to pay for them.

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I still have a few memories of the history lessons from my public schooling.  Most of them are of the narrative that government is wonderful as long as it’s a democracy.  And FDR was the greatest thing since sliced bread.  And without government, gruesome monopolies would roam the land.

But I also remember learning that the freedom of speech is the most important right to a free society.  It is the 1st Amendment for a reason.  And the old quote, “I don’t agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”  This was the early 90’s. I wonder if this is quote is being taught today!

At that time, it looked like the religious right was the big threat to speech.  This was a time of hatred for dirty lyrics in music.  By 1990, no less than 21 states introduced bills to restrict the selling of music to minors if it had “explicit lyrics.”  Right around that time, from 1990 to 2004 to be exact, Howard Stern racked up an amazing $2.5 million in fines from the FCC for being indecent.  The bulk of those fines were from 1991-1993.

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Yes, around this time the term “politically correct” was being invented on college campuses, but it was largely ignored and mocked across the country. Bill Maher had a popular show called “Politically Incorrect.” The movie “PCU” came out in 1994, mocking PC culture on campuses.  PC seemed to run out of steam as quickly as it had popped up.

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Today it’s back full force.  This time it may not go away. Maybe social media is to blame.  In the 90’s, you had to be a on a major college campus to be in the PC crowd.  Now, anyone with a smart phone and a hatred of anyone holding a different opinion than you can be a warrior.

To be fair, social justice warriors are right in wanting to end racism, sexism, bigotry, homophobia, transphobia, and any other terrible phobia or ism that does not belong in a free society. But unfortunately, they are adopting the exact tactics of bigots to end bigotry.  They operate on hate and force, not education and love.

Instead of embracing freedom of speech, they want to ban it.  Some even want to repeal the 1st Amendment entirely!  Just as insane, some in the PC crowd are actually embracing segregation!  Thus limiting any discussion on why certain people might hold racist or sexist views.  In his groundbreaking book Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought, Jonathan Rauch, who is a long time proponent of free speech and same-sex marriage equality, argues that only free and open debate will move society in a positive direction.

Whether you’re libertarian, conservative, or liberal, the only way to a society free of hatred and bigotry is through free and open discussion.  Shouting down a group that thinks different than you only emboldens that group, whether they are right or wrong.  Worse, it deepens their conviction, thus eliminating any doubt in their mind that they might be wrong in their thought.

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Obama is making efforts to open the doors to relations with Cuba after 50+ years.

For years I’ve thought about what Cuba would become if the borders were opened up. Currently, there’s two million people solely reliant on a ruling class dictatorship, technological stuck in the past, and with no hope of a quality life.

Average monthly salary is between $17-$30 a month, and average pension is less than $10 a month. And for you #FeelTheBern types, only the elite have Internet access:

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So with all this poverty and technological stagnation, why has the ruling class Castro family, with Fidel having an estimated $900 Million net worth, still in power?

To answer that, we have to ask what do the Cuban people blame for their poverty? The Castro Regime blames the U.S. because of it’s crippling sanctions. The average Cuban blames the U.S. as well:

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And they are both right. Without the free flow of people, products, ideas, and labor, the Cuban people have been nothing but hostages on a giant island work camp. Completely reliant on a benevolent, extremely wealthy ruling class to provide each person with just the basics to exist. While the average person receives less than $1 a day in their slave wages, the elite Castro family has gained unimaginable wealth.

Once this Island is opened up, it will be like the Internet, or Bitcoin, or Uber. There will be no stopping the rapid advancement. The genie will be out of the bottle. The Cuban People will have opportunities to earn a living and indulge in all the pleasures of life the average American takes for granted.

At this point the Castro Regime will have no choice but to allow personal and economic freedom to its citizens just to stay in power. I’m happily optimistic it will be the beginning of the end for poverty in Cuba, and the end of the rule of the way less than 1% in Cuba. (What is 1 family divided by 2 million, anyway?)

Thanks a lot, Obama.

 

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After every primary, social media explodes with sorrow and sadness. Our world is coming to an end and the signs are everywhere.

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All the gains Ron Paul fought for are being engulfed in a sea of Trump nationalists and Bernie socialists.

I’m here to bring some sanity back to the Liberty movement. Trump and Hillary are both tyrants and neither will do a damn thing for human freedom, but they will drive people to discover libertarianism.

The worst circumstance for your freedom would be for a likable politician to gain the reins of power. I think back to Reagon and Clinton I:

Both loved by the establishment.

Both genuinely likeable people.

For all their expanses of government power, they both paid lip service to keeping government small. Even Clinton I said “The era of big government is over” at one point! Could you imagine a Democrat saying that today?! When top politicians pay lip service to smaller government, libertarian alternatives aren’t sought by independents.

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However, under Bush II and Obama, all the lip service ended. Both were and are unabashed supporters of bigger government being the only solution. This directly lead to the Ron Paul movement starting after Bush II, and the current crop of libertarian minded people in Congress today like Justin Amash, Thomas Massie, and Rand Paul. Not to mention major cable news shows being handed to John Stossel, Kennedy, and Judge Napolitano. All of this was unimaginable before Bush II.

Whoever wins this thing will make things worse, but sometimes we have to take one step back in order to take two steps forward. The more war, debt, and prisoners the State creates, the more fed up people become.

Please share this with your depressed freedom loving friends! I’m pulling for you; we’re all in this together.

 

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