If a Radical Can Come Up With a Plan

Activism isn’t about making policy. That is for politicians to haggle over in the legislatures. #Libertarians can’t promise anything until we get there, since campaign promises necessarily can bind neither the opposition nor the people in the districts represented. What we can do is explain how we think about policy, what the vision for a world set free in our lifetimes looks like, and the many benefits that come from that vision. Arvin Vohra developed a really good messaging strategy to help with this. Basically you explain the benefits of a specific abolition and then you tie an actionable cut
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Crawling in my Skin

You know how people say “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good”? Well don’t listen, because they’re usually trying to sneak something lazy and mediocre past without you noticing. It’s never OK to let the “good enough” be the enemy of the “totally fucking awesome”. And that has pretty much always been my work ethic, even when the focus of my overachievement was how to self-destruct in the most badass way possible. Because self destruction is what badass looks like when it wants perfection and it can’t have it (there will be blogs about this #waitforit). Which brings me to
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Love is the Answer

Not to victim blame or anything but I’m just trying to imagine how I would feel if a monstrous imperial force brutalized my community for decades. I really don’t think muslim rage is that hard to understand. Before you call me disrespectful, I feel as if it respects the lives that could be saved to realize that doubling down for the past 15 years just wasn’t a smart plan. There are far more frightening weapons than airplanes than can kill far more people at once. Think about that when you’re getting your flag worship on. If violence begets violence, does
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Who Is Gary Johnson?

Aleppo is the 13th most populous city in the Middle East. Ahead of #Dubai, #Gaza and #Beirut. “What would you do about Beirut?” … “What would you do about Gaza?” … “What would you do about Dubai?” … These names stand out as epicenters of news stories in their own right. Here is #Aleppo Google Trends history for the past year. Aleppo first spiked in February of this year, again in late April / early May and again in late July through the month of August. Just something to think about. I feel like if I were running for President against
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Stop Purist Shaming in the Libertarian Party

I wish Johnson apologists would stop wringing their hands and catastrophizing the existence of critics inside the Libertarian Party. For one thing it’s obvious Johnson/Weld aren’t even trying to earn our votes. They have traded us for voters unfamiliar with libertarian philosophy who might not support it if they were. Our existence mirrors the body politic itself, with its animated dialogue about the best direction for our country. Let’s not mince words: the political systems we choose for ourselves and thus the individuals we choose to implement those systems really is a life or death matter. History is full of examples, and graveyards are full of bodies, which demonstrate the consequences
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Fuck Respectability Politics

I feel like this weird authoritarian dynamic that is unfolding in the LPRC is probably not unlike the early stages of how it became necessary to have a “libertarian wing” of the party in the first place, and not unlike how an aristocracy rose up from the American revolution: this idea that some voluntary activities are more respectable than others. I am grateful for that insight into how we got where we are today, crystallizing a series of related but not fully formed ideas I’ve been having lately about respectability politics and their relationship to political hierarchies and oppression. I’m
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Roll Your Own Mikester

Been thinking about whether to start an actual “fan page” for MIKESTER.org or just let people “Follow” my personal page. The thing is it only allows 5000 Friends so everybody else after that is in a sort of “Less Than” condition. However they can view and interact with everything else so it’s functionally equivalent. The drawbacks of creating a fan page specifically on the other hand are 1/ the obvious, having to actually build up and maintain yet another social media audience (I have enough pages to maintain as it is) and 2/ one of my motifs is about inspiring
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We Are Ungovernable

Regarding Johnson/Weld: Because I am serious about the long term struggle, my suggestion is that strong voices with the courage and talent to speak strong ideas do not expend social capital on these two people who are unworthy of our time. If I wouldn’t spend my time volunteering FOR them then honestly I don’t have time to work AGAINST them. I did find that bottling up the feelings was harmful to me which is why I’m more freely being open about them for my own health but it doesn’t change what I see as the empowering route forward, which is
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Johnson / Weld Snub Libertarians Again

It makes me sad that Johnson/Weld would fill their administration with old party bureaucrats instead of trusting their own party members with promotions to jobs we are surely capable of. Especially since (one would hope) those agencies would be vastly reduced in cases where not eliminated and they claim to be such effective executives. Are we not good enough to grow into those positions? Or are they just unwilling to nurture our growth? Plenty of us have really solid career experience that would make us capable of taking those roles and I’m not sure why they believe that would be such
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Libertarianism 101

So self-ownership says, I am sovereign over my own self. Nobody else has a greater right to make my choices than me. Basically because my brain is literally attached to my body. I am the moral agent of its actions. It follows, then, if no one else has agency over me, then I do not have agency over them either. That is how we arrive at non-aggression. I may not initiate coercion over another person to take away their agency and substitute it with my own. Self-defense says if either one of us *does* try to violate that personal boundary,
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