Happy Birthday Madonna!!

Madonna doesn’t just sing and dance. She transforms deeply relevant and insightful speech into art that transforms the listener. Today I wish her a happy 60th birthday with a reflection on one of her more underappreciated albums, American Life. Many fans counted American Life among her worst, but I loved it. Maybe it’s because most pop music fans don’t care about politics, or at least don’t want to go beneath the surface. American Life was written and recorded in the years following 9/11 and released about the time GWB launched the war in Iraq. The album connected with my personal
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Bottom Unity is the Future

In response to attacks in a lengthy and convoluted thread here (closed group for LP delegates, relevant portion shown at right): I defended Matt and “rent is theft” during his hashtag campaign because I understand that fiat title represents a statist program for enclosing unowned property without justly acquiring it according to libertarian principles. Even Rothbard acknowledges this. I don’t believe that rent is theft in all times and places but I believe that in an open, voluntary market it would cease to be a widespread practice because supply and demand would no longer be distorted by the interference of
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Gun Owners United Will Never Be Defeated

This is a pep talk for gun rights advocates demoralized by the media onslaught of images from gun control rallies from around the nation. Please, take heart!! This is not the disaster it seems. First of all, guns are like apple pie. Learning to shoot is a rite of passage for many, and the relationship of independent firepower to phrases like “consent of the governed” is part of any solid political awakening in the land of the free. Remember that the gun control faction of the Democratic Party is only a percentage of their base, and Democratic Party loyalists themselves
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The Sweet, Sweet Tears of My Enemies

For those keeping track, Merissa Hamilton is infamous for infiltrating grassroots libertarian networks by fronting a professional facade and then detonating her gadfly aesthetic so that it sprays everywhere, dragging down everybody in radius with shrapnel damaging their reputations. A  short list of these “scandals” include, accusing the Povertarian Caucus of embezzling money via the Anti-Inaugural Ball, “exposing” grassroots people who were running for county party office in 2016 for planning a “coup”, accusing Arvin Vohra and Nick Sarwark of instigating a #PizzaGate style “pedo epidemic” in the national LP, and collaborating with Adam Kokesh and the Mises Caucus on
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“Privacy” Is My Middle Name

Yes, that is a Janet reference. Don’t hate me because I’m fabulous!! #nasty Anyway, I posted the other day about switching to Brave Browser … I like it, but its extension / plugin capability isn’t ready for prime time yet. But, with both feet out the door on Chrome I can’t bring myself to go back!! So, I’m finally jumping head first into Firefox. Having a great time geeking out on setting it up for maximum privacy!! For a long time I had been operating under the logic that the convenience I gained outweighed the risk of tracking what I
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The NRA is a Dismal Failure

Gun control advocates really only have themselves to blame for abandoning justice circles to progressives. If they hadn’t spent decades cozying up to white supremacy, prioritizing the gun rights of cops and military, and worshiping at the altar of the GOP, the pro-2A left might actually have been able to find common ground with their peers on the right. I’m glad organizations like Redneck Revolt and Phoenix John Brown Gun Club​ are out there crafting innovative narratives that draw on the leftist roots of community empowerment and I hope together we’re able to reinvent what it means for the people
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Blunts Not Chumps: No on 205

The “Yes on 205” people are trying hard to make everyone believe its opponents are establishment busybodies who want to regulate personal choices. But all the “No on 205” people I know are principled opponents of the drug war who want to see a proposal that returns the market in recreational products to the people rather than the crony cartels, sets everybody free not just pot smokers, and is retroactive to those currently incarcerated or carrying lifelong felonies that deny them access to housing, employment, public benefits and civil rights like voting and self-defense. Don’t be fooled by the “Yes
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Pragmatic Is As Pragmatic Does

The notorious Clayton Hunt has a brilliant write up over at Liberty Hangout today: [W]e should pursue a principled message with a pragmatic strategy, a truly pragmatic strategy. We should focus on the state and local races, both partisan races, and non-partisan. We should embrace the libertarian label and ideology, and build a set of victories that we can take back to those who ask what the Libertarian Party has done. This really highlights one of my personal priorities of pushing back the narrative that says watering down the libertarian message is a pragmatic thing to do. That assertion is demonstrably false!!
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Quick Thought on LPRC vs. Audacious Caucus

I haven’t thought about the “affinity group / diversity of tactics” paradigm for a while now as I haven’t been doing on-the-ground work in Phoenix very much over the last 12 to 18 months and haven’t needed to apply it … but it’s a super powerful idea when it comes to decentralized organizing that I’m going to start weaving into my online work. There will probably be one (or more) blog(s) about it shortly. I think it has a lot of potential to reduce friction without anybody needing to change who they are or what they value, because it doesn’t
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I’m Already Against the Next Mass Murder (aka “War”)

I really can’t even believe this is controversial but apparently there are people who are totally OK with paying money to be made complicit in the mass murder of millions of people (aka “war”) who were never a threat to our safety and were obviously not among the 19 people who allegedly crashed planes on 9/11 since – wait for it – they died in those crashes. So I will explain, I am against the next war because there is no “next” war, it is the same war that I’ve been against since it started, since my very first antiwar action when
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