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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Paleolibertarianism Must Die

This is difficult to look at but it’s important for Libertarians to understand. The reason we have this problem with the alt-right and lack of diversity is not because Republicans stole our brand, a conspiracy of liberal media/academia, that non-conforming identities just don’t get it or anything else. It is because a group of rich white cishet males in the late 80’s / early 90’s decided that building an alliance of fringe right identities was a great idea, and so they used their cultural privilege to assert dominance over the movement in a nascent stage of its growth and push
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Follow the Golden Brick Road

Shame on Bernie Sanders. To every #bernvictim tonight, let me say: If you are dreaming of that beautiful place where visionary minds are cherished for our bold spirits of resistance, FOLLOW THE GOLDEN BRICK ROAD TO THE Libertarian Party!! We are here waiting with the open arms and joyful hearts of people who celebrate and embrace idealism and want to actually see the world we share changed for the better. Not just talked about but literally made real in our lifetimes. You have a home with us … and there is no place like it. #proudporcupine #feeltheporc #bernvictims #neverhillary #nevertrump
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Blood for Marriage? No Thanks!

I am being told that gay people *have* to support #Hillary because marriage. Really? I am sure the victims of American foreign policy would like to get married too but they can’t because we murdered them. Sometimes during their actual weddings! Hillary is covered from head to toe in innocent blood from working under the #Obama regime and whether she or #Trump seize power makes no difference to their targets. I choose #peace by looking outside the old parties. I don’t need #marriage that bad, not if it costs the lives of innocent people. What kind of a monster would make such
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Ground Zero for Bern Victims

Shame on Bernie Sanders for placing sycophantic formalities ahead of his responsibility as an opposition leader. What a sad day for the #grassroots who trusted and believed in him. I am not a #progressive Democrat but I once was. I still carry many of the same values with me as a Libertarian (minus the coercion). I had a lot of hope that the surge of activity around #Bernie would succeed in breaking the stranglehold of the oligarchy but having participated in the Ron Paul Revolution and seeing how they squashed us like bugs using many of the same tactics I
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Rome is the Substitute Game of Thrones

After watching both seasons of Rome on Amazon Prime and wishing there were more, I’ve gained this weird fascination with the Roman culture and particularly its politics. My entire understanding was more or less contained by having memorized Mark Antony’s “Friends, Romans, Countrymen” speech from the Shakespeare in high school. Which is to say that it all lived in this weird compulsory school lobe of my brain that has no relationship whatsoever to anything in real life. All of sudden I am alive with the knowledge that these names I’ve heard floating around over the years: Cicero, Cleopatra, Caesar, Cato
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Mob Justice is Predictable When the State Fails at Justice

I’m hearing this idea that the cops in Dallas were there protecting freedom of speech and assembly. In fact, that is a lie. What we saw in Oakland with the highway blocked for hours was a much healthier expression of the magnitude of public outrage yesterday. You will notice that while Oakland was more disruptive, it was also more peaceful. Meanwhile, in Dallas the cops conspired to suppress what could otherwise have been a very empowering statement. True street demonstrations are intended to disrupt business as usual. They don’t ask permission from the oppressors, they don’t march where the oppressors
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Racism is Systemic

An individual who participates in a system of supremacy that is designed to elevate one culture above all the other cultures in a geographic region doesn’t necessarily have to be bigoted or prejudiced. They may simply be complicit by their own silence or ignorance. The American legal system was built on the idea that white europeans needed to “settle” and thus subdue and subjugate the people they displaced. The economies of violence that grew out of that are ones premised on the idea that european cultural values were superior and should be implemented by force. The legacy of those politics
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