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Mitchell Steffen

Mitchell Steffen has 7 articles published.

Mitchell Steffen
Mitchell has been involved in the student liberty movement with the Young Americans for Liberty where he served as a State Chair for them in Indiana and Michigan. He also worked as a Field Representative for the Leadership Institute. In the past he has managed a campaign for a liberty republican and worked in local politics in the metro Detroit area.

The Southern Avenger Predicted The Alt Right In 2009

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It was 2009 and the freshness of the liberty movement was still in the air with hope on the horizon, even with the recent election of Barack Obama as President. The liberty movement was an organized group on the right that would push back against the status quo; an alternative right of sorts. At least that’s what the once fiery paleolibertarian writer Jack Hunter called it back in 2009. A movement he could be proud of, with the likes of Paulites and Buchanites, who could deliver a huge blow to the neoconservatives and left alike. This alt-right in its infancy stage was called the liberty movement. This movement which had the likes of the self-described Southern Avenger, who wrote with a never-ending passion against the beltway elite and took no prisoners. In an article in November of 2009, the paleolibertarian stalwart wrote about being against NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement),  illegal immigration, and the war hawks. This man was unafraid of standing for the constitution, even if he was deemed…

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A Donald Trump Presidency Indicates The Necessity Of Alt-Right Libertarianism

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On January 20th, the reality finally set in. Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States. The anti-establishment, anti-globalist firebrand was at the helm of the most powerful position in these United States. The power that grew throughout the Bush and Obama years gave the Presidency an unprecedented amount of power. The power is there, but can this power be used to reduce government even slightly? Just within days of his presidency, Trump answered that question by signing an executive order to remove the United States from the corporate-devised Trans-Pacific Partnership. The Madman that is Donald Trump had people like Bernie Sanders, the devout socialist, praising him for exiting the TPP. However, the likes of Reason Magazine and Cato Institute took to the internet to criticize Trump for hurting “Free Trade.” As pointed out below in a tweet by the principled Mises Institute, government-managed free trade agreements are not free trade in the libertarian sense: 

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The Arms Industry War On America

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Recently, the film Man Down premiered in theaters across the United States. The film showcases the negative effects that war has both on the people who serve in them and their families back home. The film has the viewer immersed in the story, and I couldn’t help but leave the film thinking about the problems resulting from American militarism. How is it that we have 200,000 veterans who are homeless? Why do we have one in five veterans ending up with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? And why are 20 veterans committing suicide a day?   This depressing state of affairs has resulted from a country and a culture that glorifies war from the time a child is young to the time he is of age to join. The men that go to war are praised for being patriotic, yet when they come home from the war effort, they are forgotten and often spit upon by society. Ask any veteran who has tried to get their government-run health care from the…

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The Fight Against Communism Is Far From Over

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The world is a better place now that  former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has died.  One more dirty commie has been physically removed from the earth, so to speak. Unfortunately for the world, communism is still lurking and waiting for yet another chance to strike the evil capitalist pigs (such as libertarians) of the world and the United States specifically. We live in a country today that has prominent athletes wearing shirts with the likes of Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, for crying out loud!   This one fact shows us that the world has not learned from the sheer magnitude of communism’s  massive death count. Communists have killed 94 million people collectively. It is the most murderous political philosophy known to man and yet, for some odd reason, millennials and their college professors alike still rock communism like a washed up  football star rocks his  high school jersey at 45 years old, yearning for that lost feeling. The only difference is that the old high school star actually…

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Jeff Sessions Is Not Powerful Enough To Stop The Marijuana Industry

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The news that President-elect Donald Trump picked Senator Jeff Sessions to be the next Attorney General has many libertarians up in arms for the pick. The Senator has been one of the strongest proponents of the prohibition of marijuana at the federal level and with this pick, we must hold Trump’s feet to the fire. Sessions has opposed legislation to make mandatory minimum sentencing less harsh and has said that “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” Despite these ridiculous policies and ideas from Sessions, we must realize that marijuana legalization will not come through the federal government but will be achieved at the local and state levels of government. We must join the fight for the radical decentralization of government if we are to make any change at all.

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Students Must Fight Against Cultural Marxism’s Iron Grip On Campuses

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A generation ago, we lived in a society that accepted free speech as a bedrock principle. This is not so much the case today as we in live a society that not only advocates against free speech but shuts it down unconstitutionally, as well.  According to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), around 55 percent of college campuses across these great United States has some sort of restriction on free expression. How has a country gone from valuing free thought to needing trigger warnings so that others will not become offended? Social Marxism and egalitarianism are the main culprits, as today many colleges require trigger warnings and safe spaces just so the delicate snowflakes on campus will not be exposed to new ideas that may hurt their feelings. How can we fight against this rampant disease spreading not only on college campuses but also into the daily lives of regular Americans? One who is not familiar with these sorts of occurrences might become dumbfounded in finding out…

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How Gary Johnson’s Failure Shows That Selling Out Doesn’t Work For Libertarians

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Being dead-set in the middle of the libertarian students movement gives me a unique perspective in the development of the cause. It cannot be understated on how much the Johnson/Weld campaign has damaged the movement, both as a whole and for the future. The embarrassment began back when Gary demanded that Jewish bakers be compelled by state force to bake Nazi cakes. That was a pathetic misstep, and one that he has since amplified with many similar concessions of libertarian principle. Johnson sympathizers within the libertarian movement have said that these types of statements are necessary to remain pragmatic, but those voices forget that private property rights and the non-aggression principle are the core principles of libertarianism, and  – without them being at the forefront – our movement falters. Those are only the underpinnings of the laundry list of abysmal statements made on the campaign trail by both Gary himself and his “original libertarian”  globalist warmongering counterpart Bill Weld. The “OG” Weld loves guns so much that he advocated…

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