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November 2014

Economics/Politics

Dear Oatmeal, Net Neutrality Just Isn’t Fair

Dear Oatmeal, As I was scrolling through my social media news feed yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice a letter you wrote to Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Your letter, in response to Mr. Cruz referring to Net Neutrality as “Obamacare for the Internet”, portended to explain to the Senator just how Net Neutrality works. I am not Ted Cruz, but I do happen to write for a couple of reputable online publications and put a considerable amount of thought into current events and policy issues. As I read your letter, two concerns formed in my mind: 1) I’m not sure you’ve really thought through the ramifications of the Net Neutrality standards that you’re attempting to justify. 2) I’m also not sure you have even a cursory understanding of some really important concepts surrounding the whole debate – free association, free enterprise, and heck, even freedom itself. So in the spirit of cooperation and mutual understanding (and because I consider myself a good sport), I’d like to help you out with an explanation of these concepts. Imagine that you good folks at The… Keep Reading

Politics

The Absurd Attack On Rand Paul Via Association With Judge Napolitano

The leftist website Media Matters has published a hit piece on Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul. In the article they attempt to smear Senator Paul by exposing his relationship with Fox News Contributor and former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano. Senator Paul wrote the foreword for Judge Napolitano’s new book, Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Assault on Civil Liberties. Media Matters claims that Napolitano is dangerous because he is a “9/11 Truther” and Confederate apologist. By smearing Napolitano, they’re trying to tarnish Paul. But there is one problem: the claims against Napolitano are mostly nonsense.     Here at Lions of Liberty we haven’t held back from criticizing Senator Paul when he has strayed from libertarian principles, which he does with increasing frequency. There’s nothing wrong with criticizing a politician, but it should be done based on their policy and character, not by manufacturing controversies. Let’s review the claims against Napolitano and by association Paul, which links them both to the 9-11 Truther movement because… Keep Reading

Economics/Politics

Why The Fair Tax Beats The Tar Out Of The Income Tax

If you haven’t seen “UnFair the  Movie”, I highly recommend getting the DVD.  John Sullivan, the same producer of “2016: Obama’s America” and “Expelled:  No Intelligence Allowed”,  took the unfair title from the language of the left.  Polling shows that Americans respond very favorably to the term unfair.  UnFair the movie was released “Michael Moore” style with a  great  grass roots promotion of this documentary which focuses on  the abuses of the IRS. What we have here is an IRS which is not about revenue but  about intimidating and harrassing people and is all powerful controlling our politics, faith and the economy.  The current system is not just unfair,  it’s immoral.  It  violates at least four areas of the Constitution.  First  amendment religious and political expression is violated by the “Johnson Amendment” which seeks to regulate churches and 501c organizations via their tax exemption status.   The fourth amendment guarantees the right to privacy- yet we have a totalitarian IRS which says you have 2 weeks to give us all of… Keep Reading

Politics

Should Libertarians Vote?

Midterm elections take place tomorrow and it’s around this time of the political cycle where we witness a bevy of propaganda aimed at various political goals. Some of this propaganda is aimed towards the support of specific candidates or ballot initiatives, while others simply push a generic “Get out the Vote!” message, without any specific reasons for doing so given. Those who travel in libertarian circles (i.e. social media newsfeeds), are also likely to be met with propaganda of a different message, that being “DON’T VOTE!!!!”  There are various reasons given for this blanket proclamation, among them: “Voting is a tool of the State, and to participate validates the system.” “Voting is aggression.” “If voting were effective, they’d make it illegal.” “Voting is irrational because a vote is mathematically insignificant.” “The system is rigged.” It should first be recognized that there exist elements of truth in these statements. It is true that many politicians will use the cover of “the will of the people” in order to justify the… Keep Reading

Politics

Midterm Election Messaging Towards Millennials Turns Shirtless

The mid-term elections are less than a week away, and as the big day draws closer, the means employed to attract the youth to the polls are garnering extreme controversy. This was first seen with the release of the College Republican National Committee’s “Say Yes to the Candidate” ads, which were widely derided by the liberal media as sexist. It has since then, evolved from music videos containing popular celebrities to physically trying to get millennials to the polls. The most outrageous case of this attempt is set to take place at North Carolina State University this Election Day, thanks to Cosmopolitan Magazine. The #CosmoVotes Party Bus is part of a recent contest by the magazine, aiming to increase youth participation in the “party of the year” by providing transportation to and from this polls this coming TuesdayThe fascinating thing about the bus is it is not just a simple shuttle. The Cosmo Party bus will contain not only your typical free handouts and food, but an entourage of… Keep Reading

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