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Are you interested in a step-by-step plan for passing the One Subject bill?‏

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Do you know how we got 16 sponsors for the One Subject at a Time Act? Retweet

The “One Subject at a Time Act (OSTA)” currently has 16 total sponsors in the House (and it’s also introduced in the Senate). Each one became a co-sponsor by one of two means…

  • A constituent’s request
  • A Congressional colleague’s request (sponsor Mia Love is really pushing this bill)

We’ll use both methods to add another 202 co-sponsors — for a total of 218. That would give us a Congressional majority. Why should 202 more members of Congress support our bill? The answer is powerful…

Because it will benefit them!

Newer, lower-ranked members of Congress hate voting for packages of unrelated measures. Only the leadership likes the current system, which brings us to the second importance of having 218+ co-sponsors.

That would be enough for a “discharge petition.”

With a discharge petition, we could sidestep the leadership and the committee system and go straight to a vote. We wouldn’t have to worry about the power-brokers corrupting our bill.

This strategy would also help us in the Senate!

As we recruit the support of House members, state-by-state, some of those delegations can reach out and share OSTA with the Senators from their states. They can tell these politicians how much interest these bills attract from wonderful people like you!

Piling up co-sponsors would also help us pass the “Read the Bills Act (RTBA).”

The idea of reading thousand page omnibus bills is intimidating. It’s a major barrier to passing RTBA. Most Congressional offices cannot imagine a time when bills would be shorter. Passing OSTA would remove that barrier. OSTA shortens bills! And that would make it easier to attract co-sponsors for Read the Bills.

So we want to do a lot more of what has worked so far…

  • We need more constituents asking their reps to cosponsor OSTA
  • We need to encourage existing co-sponsors to ask their colleagues to join them

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  1. Make phone calls to Congress about OSTA
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Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes What Hillary Clinton Really Represents

Empire Files: Abby Martin Exposes What Hillary Clinton Really Represents
Digging deep into Hillary’s connections to Wall Street, Abby Martin reveals how the Clinton’s multi-million-dollar political machine operates.

 

This episode chronicles the Clinton’s rise to power in the 90s on a right-wing agenda, the Clinton Foundation’s revolving door with Gulf state monarchies, corporations and the world’s biggest financial institutions, and the establishment of the hyper-aggressive “Hillary Doctrine” while Secretary of State. Learn the essential facts about the great danger she poses, and why she’s the US Empire’s choice for its next CEO.


Totalitarianism Is Infecting Elite Collegiate America

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphbenko/2015/12/13/totalitarianism-is-infecting-elite-collegiate-america/

Trigger warning: Totalitarians will be deeply offended by this column. If you lean totalitarian stop reading now. Although this makes me guilty of a thoughtcrime I shall call it what it is: straight up totalitarianism infecting American elite collegiate culture.

Even a sandbox totalitarian uprising such as this is ugly. While it does not represent “The End of Western Civilization As We Know It” there is a moral and a practical imperative to stand up to it. While Forbes.com‘s John Tamny makes a smart case that growing illiberalism in collegiate America is “much ado about nothing” while admiring his sang froid I beg to differ.

A group at my alma mater, Amherst College, once-upon-a-time-and-perhaps-still a lovely bastion of the liberal arts, has moved to the front of the totalitarian movement infesting America’s college campuses. CampusReform.org sums it up bluntly: “Students at Amherst College are demanding that the school’s president accede to a list of demands that would effectively eliminate free speech on campus.”

>snip<

The full statement by the “Amherst Uprising” may be found here. Let it be noted that the students who posted All Lives Matter signs were pro-life advocates attempting, as they later explained on Facebook, to add their perspective.

#BlackLivesMatter is an important perspective. That said, it is part of the progressive cultural hegemony and, thus, privileged. Voices committed to protecting the lives of unborn children are marginalized by that same hegemony.

This is is a defining moment for Amherst College. President Biddy Martin, a distinguished academic and herself, as author of Femininity Played Straight: The Significance of Being Lesbian, presumably is uncontaminated by such thoughtcrimes as heterosexism. I am proud to note that President Martin has stood up as both a profile of sensitivity to real issues and also of true liberal courage.

>snip<

Does free speech matter? And why should a “tempest in a teapot” matter?

The recent series of collegiate uprisings recall George Orwell’s concepts, stated in Nineteen Eighty Four, of Newspeak, thoughtcrimes, and the Thought Police.

What is Newspeak? According to Wikpedia:

It is a controlled language created by the totalitarian state Oceania as a tool to limit freedom of thought, and concepts that pose a threat to the regime such as freedom, self-expression, individuality, and peace. Any form of thought alternative to the party’s construct is classified as “thoughtcrime“.

Thoughtcrime?

A thoughtcrime is an occurrence or instance of controversial or socially unacceptable thoughts.

Prosecuted by the Thought Police:

The Thought Police (thinkpol in Newspeak) are the secret police of the fictional superstate, Oceania, in George Orwell‘s 1949 dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four.

We we are now seeing, on campus, Thought Vigilantes. Unless they are stopped it moves us closer to Thought Police, with which the prevailing Progressive cultural hegemony already appears uncomfortably comfortable.

>snip<

Almost two years ago, I here asked the question, Are Today’s Progressives Actually Totalitarians? My answer:

Much of what appears baffling in American politics today is more easily understood if one grasps the unspoken progressive axioms that drive so much of our national conversation. Confusion comes because many axioms that underpin many Democratic and left-wing claims are veiled. Unveiled, the Democratic agenda begins to gain coherence. For classical liberals, that coherence is ominous.

If governing progressive axioms, unveiled, are totalitarian in substance it would explain the baffling assault by progressives on the Constitution. There is an ongoing, relentless, assault aimed at the governance structure of the Constitution, against the civil liberties explicitly protected by the Bill of Rights, and directed at those who take a stand for the classical liberal, small-r republican, political order.

Let us take to heart what George Orwell wrote, in a letter dated 18 May 1944, talking about the world situation:

“the intellectuals are more totalitarian in outlook than the common people. … Most of them are perfectly ready for dictatorial methods, secret police, systematic falsification of history etc. so long as they feel that it is on ‘our’ side.”

>snip<

Collegiate America would do well to recall Yale’s 1974 Woodward Report championing free speech:

The history of intellectual growth and discovery clearly demonstrates the need for unfettered freedom, the right to think the unthinkable, discuss the unmentionable, and challenge the unchallengeable. To curtail free expression strikes twice at intellectual freedom, for whoever deprives another of the right to state unpopular views necessarily also deprives others of the right to listen to those views.

What we are seeing on campus now is not mere “political correctness.” It is not mere illiberalism. It is totalitarianism. And let us call to mind the prison writings of the brilliant Antonio Gramsci, a leader of the Italian Communist Party who spent the last ten years of his life imprisoned for his anti-fascism by the Italian fascists.  Gramsci, among other shrewd insights recorded in his Notebooks and in letters, later published, famously called for taking over many small civic groups, such as colleges, to create a beachhead for a later government takeover. Firmly taking a stand against collegiate totalitarianism matters.

Amherst College President Martin demonstrates a nuanced, courageous, championship of liberality against totalitarian assault. Other collegiate leaders would do well to follow her example. And President Obama would do very well to award President Martin the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

To read the full column, click here.


Bush Republicanism Is Dead and Gone – by PatrickJ Buchanan

Bush Republicanism Is Dead and Gone

“The two living Republican past presidents, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, have no plans to endorse Trump, according to their spokesmen.” So said the lead story in The Washington Post.
Graceless, yes, but not unexpected. The Bushes have many fine qualities. Losing well, however, is not one of them.
And they have to know, whether they concede it or not, that Trump’s triumph is a sweeping repudiation of Bush Republicanism by the same party that nominated them four times for the presidency.
Not only was son and brother, Jeb, humiliated and chased out of the race early, but Trump won his nomination by denouncing as rotten to the core the primary fruits of signature Bush policies.
Twelve million aliens are here illegally, said Trump, because the Bushes failed to secure America’s borders.
America has run up $12 trillion in trade deficits and been displaced as the world’s first manufacturing power by China, said Trump, because of the lousy trade deals backed by Bush Republicans.
The greatest strategic blunder in U.S. history, said Trump, was the Bush II decision to invade Iraq to disarm it of nonexistent weapons of mass destruction.
The war Bush began, says Trump, produced 5,000 American dead, scores of thousands wounded, trillions of dollars wasted, and a Middle East sunk in civil-sectarian war, chaos and fanaticism.
That is a savage indictment of the Bush legacy. And a Republican electorate, in the largest turnout in primary history, nodded, “Amen to that, brother!”
No matter who wins in November, there is no going back for the GOP.
Can anyone think the Republican Party can return to open borders or new free-trade agreements like NAFTA?
Can anyone believe another U.S. Army, like the ones Bush I and Bush II sent into Afghanistan and Iraq, will be mounted up and march to remake another Middle East country in America’s image?
Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom are history.
What the Trump campaign revealed, as Republicans and even Democrats moved toward him on trade, immigration and foreign policy, is that Bush Republicanism and neoconservatism not only suffered a decisive defeat, they had a sword run right through them.
They are as dead as emperor-worship in Japan.
Trump won the nomination, he won the argument, and he won the debate. The party is now with Trump — on the issues. For GOP elites, there can be no going back to what the grass roots rejected.
What does this suggest for Trump himself?
While he ought to keep an open door to those he defeated, the greatest mistake he could make would be to seek the support of the establishment he crushed by compromising on the issues that brought out his crowds and brought him his victories and nomination.
Given Trump’s negatives, the Beltway punditocracy is writing him off, warning that Trump either comes to terms with the establishment on the issues, or he is gone for good.
History teaches otherwise……

The 9/11 story in less than 5 minutes- Corbett Report

The 9/11 story in less than 5 minutes- Corbett Report
 All that is needed to know about 9/11

video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7l1Kj6k30w&spfreload=10

 


The only thing left-statists (kind of ) know about economics‏

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There’s one thing left-statists learned in economics. But does it justify statism? Retweet

Libertarians tend to feel that left-statists know very little about economics, and understand even less. But there’s one economic concept that left-statists mention constantly…

Externalities

Yes, that’s a funny word. It’s a bit of abstract economic jargon seemingly designed to stun and confuse. We suspect that’s part of why statists love it so much. They use it to “blind people with supposed science.” But…

An externality is really a fairly simple thing. It’s either a benefit received without having to pay for it, or costs paid that you didn’t willingly incur. The former is labeled a positive externality, the latter a negative externality.

The concept of externalities sometimes seems to be the only economic idea left-statist know, and they use it to justify massive amounts of State violence. So…

Are the statists right? Do externalities justify initiated force? Our latest Mental Lever answers this question, and shows why “The State is the ultimate externality.” Check it out…

Do externalities justify initiated force?
By Perry Willis & Jim Babka

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9/11 – The monstrous myth And the bogus 9/11 Commission Report

The entire country is now run based on the 9/11 “story.”
Wars are fought, trillions are spent (stolen) and liberties are stripped.
It’s the lie that destroyed a democracy…
This year will be the 15th anniversary.
Few Americans – only the dullest and the most brainwashed – accept the government’s unbelievable version of events.

Yet that story, blatantly fraudulent as it is, runs the country. -
video: The “War on Terror” is a Fraud: 9/11 – The monstrous myth


Tyranny Fighters‏

Hello Tyranny Fighters:

! I have returned from my 4 year sabbatical and am ready to return to action.  James Babb is coordinating with me.  More correctly, I will be coordinating with him.

! Tyranny Fighters is an organization without bylaws, without rules, without dues, without meetings, and without a fixed program.  Everyone does his or her own thing to fight tyranny.  Keep James and me informed of your freedom activities, so that we can include them in our regular reports.

For historical information see:

“Tyranny Fighters” by Garry Reed, available from Barnes and Noble.

! From 1:05 to 1:50 PM on Monday, May 2, 2016 James Babb and I distributed about 30 Nullification by Jury pamphlets and talked with 2 interested passers-by at the U. S. District Court in Manhattan, NY. A Court guard directed us to move off of federal court property.  We ignored him, and he left.

! Keith Wood had been distributing jury information literature at the county courthouse in Big Rapids, MI.  He was arrested for a felony, released on bail for $150,000. The felony charge has since been reduced to a misdemeanor charge and his bail money returned.  His trial has been set for July 28 and 29.

! I Hope that some of you in that area distribute nullification by jury information at that courthouse at or before the trial to show your support for Keith Wood and your constitutional right to have a fully informed jury if you go on trial at some future date.

! Big Rapids is a small town in northern michigan with a population of under 11,00 people.  You may ask why waste time in such a small town. The reason is that almost all events which have lead to the end of government corruption have occurred in small towns.  Some of these are:

Scopes trial, Tennessee in 1925 in which a substitute high school teacher, John Scopes, was accused of violating Tennessee’s Butler Act, which made it unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school.[1]

Sit down strikes in Durham, NC (1857),Wichita City, OK (1958, Greensville and Nashville, TN (1960)

Montgomery, AL bus boycott (1955-56),  a seminal event in the Civil Rights Movement, was a political and social protest campaign against the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system ofMontgomery, Alabama.

School desegregation at Little Rock, AK 1957

The Ole Miss riot of 1962, which got James Meredith, a black, enrolled

Dwell-in at Wilmington, CA to desegregate housing discrimination (1963)

The  three Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 were part of the voting rights movement underway in Selma, Alabama. By highlighting racial injustice in the South, they contributed to passage that year of the Voting Rights Act, a landmark federal achievement of the Civil Rights Movement.

Marijuana smoke outs in State College, PA (1967-69)

Public response to police malpractice in Ferguson, MO (2016)

! FIJA info available at FIJA.org and “Democracy Defined” by Kenn

DʼOudney  from Barnes and Noble

THE PRICE OF FREEDOM IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE

THEPRICE OF JUSTICE IS ETERNAL PUBLICITY

Your in freedom and justice-Julian

 


Will you let the Belgian terrorists get what they want?‏

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The Belgian terrorists: Will you respond with fear or reason? Retweet

Why did the Belgian terrorists do what they did? Two answers are obvious…

  • They want people to live in fear
  • They want people to change their way of life because of that fear

Another answer is likely, though not certain — they want to provoke a counter-attack from the West because that will…

  • Help them recruit more terrorists
  • Push the Islamic world toward greater fundamentalism

How will you respond to this? Will you give the terrorists what they want?

  • Will you feel fear?
  • Will you change your way of life?
  • Will you give politicians more power to spy on you?]
  • Will you endorse more military action in Islamic countries?

We’ve been doing all of that for a decade-and-a-half. It hasn’t worked. It cannot work. Instead, it gives the terrorists exactly what they want. In truth, there’s only one way to win the war on terror.

DON’T BE AFRAID!

  • Don’t feel fear.
  • Don’t change your way of life.
  • Don’t give politicians more power — give them less.
  • Don’t endorse military action in Islamic countries — oppose it.

Do you agree? If so, use our “I Am Not Afraid” campaign to tell Congress. The hardwired message for this campaign reads…

I am not afraid of terrorism. Please do NOT be afraid on my behalf.
You can copy or edit the following sample letter for your personal comments to your elected reps…

Responding in fear gives the terrorists what they want. I will not do that. Neither should you. I face more danger from driving an automobile than I do from terrorism. We must not change our way of life or trash our Constitution because of it.

Counter-attacks also give the terrorists what they want. Such attacks kill innocents, inspire new terrorists, and push Islamic societies toward deeper fundamentalism. All the military actions taken to date have made things worse, not better. OUR MILITARY HAS NO USEFUL ROLE TO PLAY IN THIS MATTER.

Please, do as I am doing. Declare that you have already won your personal war on terrorism, by NOT being afraid.

–END OF SAMPLE LETTER–

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Farewell from Sean Gabb‏

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…well, only if you don’t want to hear from me again. If you do want to remain on my list, please go here, or just reply to this e-mail.

Over the past two decades, I’ve gathered up a mailing list of about twenty thousand names. At any one time, several hundred recipients of my e-mails are dead. Several thousand others have changed e-mail address. Many have placed me in spam filters. Most do not, so far as I can tell, open my e-mails.

These various facts mean that my days of indiscriminate posting must come to an end. This is a shame. I really enjoyed vacuuming names off cc headers and distribution lists. Hardly anyone complained. I made all manner of unexpected friendships. But times have changed. Expectations are different. The technology has moved on. I can no longer be bothered with sitting up night after night, wrestling with a vast Access database and an audience of conscripts, most with the volume turned off.

I’ve decided, therefore, to restart my mailing list from zero, and to manage it via Mailchimp. It will, I imagine, be a much smaller list than at any time since the turn of the century. On the other hand, it will be a coalition of the willing. Also, Mailchimp will enable me to send out prettier e-mails.

If you join my new list, I promise not to send you more than one message a week on average. Indeed, I restarted the British end of my list over a week ago, and have still not sent anything. I further promise not to share your details with any third party. I’ve never done so yet.

You may also care to join my Richard Blake mailing list. I still haven’t decided what to do with this, but more names on it would be welcome.

Here are links to  things you the sort of things you would be hearing about if you joined the new list:

 

Best regards,

Sean


Unlocked iPhone opens privacy debate‏

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The FBI recently dropped a lawsuit against Apple that sought to force the phone manufacturer to unlock the iPhone used by a shooting suspect in San Bernardino, California. Before the suit was dropped, Apple said they did not have the ability to unlock the iPhone adding that creating a program to unlock the phone would be arduous and create a back door which would essentially nullify the encryption meant to protect the private information of the phone’s user. The lawsuit was dropped because the FBI claims to have found a way into the phone, though no one at the FBI is saying how they unlocked the phone.

Reuters reports, “Apple Inc has said it would like the government to share how it cracked the iPhone security protections. But the [FBI], which has been frustrated by its inability to access data on encrypted phones belonging to criminal suspects, might prefer to keep secret the technique it used.”

Lawsuit dropped, phone unlocked, case closed, end of discussion, right? Not so fast. The San Bernardino iPhone was just one of the phones the feds wanted to access and since Apple says they don’t have the ability to unlock the phones, some in Congress now want to compel the company to install a back door on their devices.

UPI reports draft legislation filed by Senators Richard Burr & Diane Feinstein would “effectively requires tech firms, in accordance with a court’s order, to hack into devices involved in criminal investigations when authorities can’t do it.” This would most assuredly require software on every device to be preloaded with a back door the feds – and only the feds, don’t think for a moment that hackers could access the back door clearly marked “for federal agent use only” – would be able to use to access encrypted data in an “intelligible format” (i.e. encypted data must become unencrypted data).

Kevin Bankston, the director of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute,told Wired “this is easily the most ludicrous, dangerous, technically illiterate proposal I’ve ever seen.”

Wired notes the legislation is dangerous because it does not limit the legal obligation placed on tech companies “to ‘reasonable assistance’ but rather ‘assistance as is necessary,’ a term that means the bill goes beyond current laws that the government has used to try to compel tech firms to help with data access.”

Bankston adds the bill would also require all “license distributors [such as] Apple’s app store, Google’s play store, [and] any platform for software applications somehow has to vet every app to ensure they have back door[s] or little enough security to comply.” Adding the proposal “seem[s] to also be a massive internet censorship bill.”

This is not the first time that Diane Feinstein has tried to force tech companies to do the government’s bidding. Luckily her previous attempts to stifle free speech and privacy have failed. This legislation will likely have the same fate. Privacy advocates say this bill is so bad that it has “almost zero likelihood” of passing. And that is good news for everyone who supports the right of people to develop, sell, and use encryption technology and distributed software that allows users to protect their privacy.


In Peace, Freedom, Love & Liberty,
Darryl W. Perry

Darryl has spent most of his adult life as an advocate & activist for peace and liberty. Darryl is an award winning author, publisher & radio/TV host. He is a regular contributor to several weekly and monthly newspapers. He hosts the daily newscast FPPradioNews, , the podcast Peace, Love, Liberty Radio, the weekly news podcast FPP Freedom Minute, and is a regular co-host on Free Talk Live.
Darryl is a co-founder and co-chair of the NH Liberty Party.
Darryl is the Owner/Managing Editor of Free Press Publications.

To schedule an interview with Darryl please send an email to editor@fpp.cc or call 202 709 4377


Bad news, good news for Cruz, Kasich supporters‏

Libertarian Party e-mail masthead with eagle-flame torch logo, slogan "Shrinking Big Government - Advancing Liberty," and address & phone number.

 

For immediate release
May 4, 2016

Bad news, good news
for Cruz, Kasich supporters

For Ted Cruz and John Kasich supporters, the Libertarian Party says the candidates’ withdrawal from the GOP presidential race is both bad news and good news.

The bad news is their candidates will not win the GOP nomination.

The good news for fiscal conservatives is that the Libertarian presidential nominee—a tax-and-spending-cutter’s dream—is expected to be on the ballot in all fifty states, plus D.C., this November.

For John Kasich supporters, the Libertarian Party will offer a nominee who will challenge Hillary Clinton and who will eschew the divisive, incendiary remarks and policies that have marked the Donald Trump campaign.

Over a dozen candidates are vying for the party’s nomination, which will be determined at the Libertarian National Convention in Orlando, Florida over Memorial Day weekend.

“Libertarians not only campaign to immediately balance the federal budget,” said Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. “We also aim to downsize and eliminate scores of unneeded and unconstitutional federal bureaucracies. The needs these government agencies allege to fulfill are far better served by the private, voluntary sectors of the economy.”

“Libertarians also know that we must do more than just cut spending,” he continued. “We must reduce taxes, or reduce deficit spending, by the amount saved. By moving trillions of dollars out of the bloated, wasteful government sector and back into the productive, private sector, we’ll stimulate massive business investment, which will create millions of desperately needed new jobs.”

Libertarian Party candidates for president have a solid track record of advocating big cuts in government programs and budgets.

Libertarians also call for free trade, in stark contrast to the trade wars that Donald Trump threatens to wage.

Libertarian delegates from fifty states and Washington, D.C. will select the party’s nominee.

“We invite Republicans, who are aghast at the big spending and trade wars they expect from Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, to join the Libertarian Party, support our candidates, and vote Libertarian on November 8,” Sarwark said.

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We need wise rulers, because you’re too stupid for liberty‏

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Some boob will harm himself or hurt us all. Thank God politicians can stop him, right? Retweet

Our previous Mental Lever refuted the idea that “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” We…

  • Argued that this idea is a recipe for murder
  • Linked to information showing that it has led to murder millions of times

But statists counter-argue, quite correctly, that most of their schemes don’t lead to murder.

Does that make their schemes okay?

Our next few Levers will answer this question in several ways. We start by examining, in a mere 260 words, the arrogance inherent in the idea that some people should make decisions for everyone else. Check it out…

Do some people need to be monitored and disciplined by their “betters?”
By Jim Babka & Perry Willis

Please consider this question…

Are there enough voluntaryists to move our country, even your state, in a libertarian direction?
One of the Zero Aggression Project’s three primary objectives is to locate and activate those who already self-identify as libertarians. Polling data shows that one-in-five Americans identify as libertarians, as opposed to conservative or liberal.

We want to find them! The first step is to build a base of 100,000 engaged subscribers. With that base, we can launch out to find many more — even persuade some people to move our direction.

In our most recent count, the new Zero Aggression Project has 2,002 (+30) engaged subscribers. You can help increase this number…

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Darryl W. Perry 2016 – Newsletter #10‏

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– –PRESS RELEASE– –
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 05/05/16
View pdf here

CONTACT: Darryl W. Perry
Phone: 202-709-4377
Email: Darryl@DarrylWPerry.com

Darryl W. Perry to participate in televised debate

KEENE, NH, May 5, 2016 – Despite being snubbed from the recent debate hosted by Fox Business, Darryl W. Perry did get a mention by John Stossel.

Another network has stepped forward to host a televised debate May 12 to include Darryl W. Perry and at least two other candidates for the Libertarian Party’s Presidential nomination ahead of the Libertarian Party National Convention at the end of May. The debate, hosted by Russia Today (RT), will be broadcast to 700 million households around the globe.

Perry said, “One of the goals of my campaign has been to promote the ideas of liberty as boldly and as often as possible. I’d like to thank RT for putting together this debate which will give a platform for the ideas of liberty and self-ownership to be promoted to such a wide audience, and that will also show voters there are alternatives to the two major parties.”

In addition to the Libertarian Party Presidential debate on May 12, RT will also host a Green Party Presidential debate on May 9. In a video announcing the two debates, Watching The Hawks co-host Tabetha Wallace said, “Corporate media not only doesn’t want [minor party candidates] to win, they don’t even want you to know who [the candidates] are.”

Perry will be attending state conventions in Michigan and Maine the weekend after the debate in DC, two of the last state conventions before the National Convention over Memorial Day weekend in Orlando. A complete listing of events is available on the Campaign’s website at DarrylWPerry.com.

To donate to the campaign, visit DarrylWPerry.com and click on the word DONATE at the top of the page.

To volunteer for the campaign, visit DarrylWPerry.com and click on the word VOLUNTEER at the top of the page.

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Why today’s super-easy action will lead to new progress

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Yesterday, we told you

  • Current OSTA co-sponsors came from either a constituent’s request or a Congressional colleague’s recommendation
  • Getting more co-sponsors will come from those same two methods
  • We have a step-by-step strategy for passing the “One Subject at a Time Act”
  • Passing OSTA will remove a big barrier to enacting the “Read the Bills Act”

We’re asking you to commit to two things…

  1. Open our daily email messages
  2. Do the simple action item contained in that message (if you possibly can)

Here’s today’s super easy action item…

If you already have a Twitter account, do nothing. You’re good to go for what comes next. But if you don’t have a Twitter account, please start one. Here’s why…

We’re going to use Twitter to do two things…

  • Bombard our existing co-sponsors with praise and thank yous
  • Ask them to ask their Congressional friends to become co-sponsors too
  • You cannot do this with our existing ETP, because it’s for contacting your Reps — we literally need to bombard any Rep with concentrated effort

Is there any reason you might NOT want to have a Twitter account?

  • Perhaps you think it will take too much time. If so, only use the account to do our action items.
  • Maybe you believe it will violate your privacy. If so, work from a different email address and choose a colorful “handle” instead of your name.
  • But please, don’t dismiss the power of what we can do here with this free tool.

Once you create your account, do the following for your first tweet…

@DownsizeDC I’ve got my Twitter account. I’m ready to help pass the One Subject at a Time Act.

If you do that, WE will SEE your Tweet.

Thank you for being an ACTIVE DC Downsizer.

Jim Babka & Perry Willis
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3 weeks until #LegalizeFreedom‏

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Dear Libertarian,

I’m sure you’ve heard the news that Sen. Cruz has dropped out of the presidential race. You wouldn’t believe the numbers of inquiries we have gotten since, with more liberty-minded folks now considering the LP!
It is about time.
It is about time that liberty-minded folks from all backgrounds find a home in the LP.
It is about time that we come together for the 2016 Libertarian National Convention in Orlando, FL.
And it is about time that we #LegalizeFreedom!
If you haven’t booked your hotel room for the 2016 Libertarian National Convention, please know that we have now booked up the Rosen Centre and Comfort Inn & Suites.
We do, however, have a few rooms left at the Westgate Palace. You can find more info here.
And, if you still haven’t registered, we encourage you to do so ASAP to ensure you have access to the events that you wish to be a part of.
Lastly, we have just a few vendor booths left. If you are interested, email us for more info.
See you soon!
wes
Wes Benedict
Executive Director

A step-by-step plan for passing One Subject, and our other bills‏

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Do you know how we got 16 sponsors for the One Subject at a Time Act? Retweet

The “One Subject at a Time Act (OSTA)” currently has 16 total sponsors in the House (and it’s also introduced in the Senate). Each one became a co-sponsor by one of two means…

  • A constituent’s request
  • A Congressional colleague’s request (sponsor Mia Love is really pushing this bill)

We’ll use both methods to add another 202 co-sponsors — for a total of 218. That would give us a Congressional majority. Why should 202 more members of Congress support our bill? The answer is powerful…

Because it will benefit them!

Newer, lower-ranked members of Congress hate voting for packages of unrelated measures. Only the leadership likes the current system, which brings us to the second importance of having 218+ co-sponsors.

That would be enough for a “discharge petition.”

With a discharge petition, we could sidestep the leadership and the committee system and go straight to a vote. We wouldn’t have to worry about the power-brokers corrupting our bill.

This strategy would also help us in the Senate!

As we recruit the support of House members, state-by-state, some of those delegations can reach out and share OSTA with the Senators from their states. They can tell these politicians how much interest these bills attract from wonderful people like you!

Piling up co-sponsors would also help us pass the “Read the Bills Act (RTBA).”

The idea of reading thousand page omnibus bills is intimidating. It’s a major barrier to passing RTBA. Most Congressional offices cannot imagine a time when bills would be shorter. Passing OSTA would remove that barrier. OSTA shortens bills! And that would make it easier to attract co-sponsors for Read the Bills.

So we want to do a lot more of what has worked so far…

  • We need more constituents asking their reps to cosponsor OSTA
  • We need to encourage existing co-sponsors to ask their colleagues to join them

We want to focus on this effort like a laser, and we want to persuade you to do likewise. Can you do the two following things…

  1. Commit in your own mind to open our email messages each day
  2. Commit to do the super easy action item each message contains (if at all possible)

That’s it! Just open the message each day and do the super easy action item (if you possibly can). Can you make that commitment RIGHT NOW?

Here’s how: Click feedback@downsizedc.org to send us an email. Your message will be brought to my attention. Tell me: If you’re ready, WILLING, and able to…

  1. Make phone calls to Congress about OSTA
  2. Assist our OSTA efforts on the following social media platforms (such as Facebook and Twitter)
  3. Send regular, repeated letters about OSTA to Congress
  4. Start or increase your monthly pledge, which you can do on our secure web form
  5. Share OSTA messages with a targeted groups of 2 – 10 friends
  6. Visit a congressional office as part of a delegation

Send me the numbers, the descriptions, or both if that’s what you’re willing to do. I look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you, in advance, for your commitment to being an ACTIVE DC Downsizer.

Jim Babka
President
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Uncle Sam’s Idiotic Forest Fire Policy Reveals The Truth About Our Once And Future Financial Crises

DEC 6, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

How was the 2007-8 financial crisis like a massive forest fire, superstorm, or antibiotic-resistant bacteria? They share much in common.

If you enjoyed Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s The Black Swan, or Levitt and Dubner’s Freakonomics, prepare yourself for a major holiday treat. The Wall Street Journal’s chief economics commentator Greg Ip recently authored Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe.

Foolproof is cut from the same bolt of lightning. Foolproof may change the way you think about  some of the most important political, economic, and social problems besetting us.  It changed my thinking. (Full disclosure. Ip and I publicly have dueled over his criticism of the gold standard. He generously tweeted out my response. Neither of us seem to have changed the other’s mind on that particular topic.)

>snip<

Most of Foolproof lucidly addresses the world financial system. It provides a superior systemic overview of the causes, cures, and potential recurrence of major financial crisis. Invest accordingly.

Ip also, materially rather than metaphorically, analyzes how comparable political and social dynamics have caused, among other matters, America’s Western forests to become a catastrophic tinder box for million-acre forest fires; how these dynamics vastly have worsened the impact of superstorms; have put us on the brink of catastrophic antibiotic resistance; and have brought us to rely on more, rather than less, dangerous energy sources. Among other matters.

Ip, compellingly, divides the thought leaders of the policy world into “engineers” and “ecologists.”

Philosophically, they fall into two schools of thought. One, which I call the engineers, seeks to use the maximum of our knowledge and ability to solve problems and make the world safer and more stable; the other, which I call the ecologists, regards such efforts with suspicion, because given the complexity and adaptability of people and the environment, they will always have unintended consequences that may be worse than the problem we are trying to solve.

“Engineers vs.ecologists” could be an intellectual breakthrough. Paradoxically, progressive Democrats lean toward engineering, free-market Republicans lean ecologist. Ip’s taxonomy sets up an elegant, possibly invaluable, novel paradigm.

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Ip’s first chapter is titled Progressives, Engineers, and Ecologists.  In it he describes how the financial Panic of 1907 led to strong federal measures — leading to the creation of the Federal Reserve System – to avert the next one. Some of these measures led, albeit gradually and indirectly, to the Great Depression. And, then, on to 2007….

He then describes the generally-forgotten forest fires in the American West of 1910, fires which burned 4,000 square miles of forest, killing at least 85 people. It was a fire beyond the scope of anything until then experienced. This led to a determination by the federal government to extinguish such fires.

This, of course, led to our current predicament: federal suppression of natural, self-limiting, forest fires has turned much of the American West into a tinderbox. As a direct result now, thank you Smokey Bear, we are confronting megafires threatening more lives, communities, and land than otherwise we would.

>snip<

So, given the human dynamics at work, are we doomed? Not necessarily. Ip calls for adopting a balance between the immediate-problem-solving-bigger-problem-creating-engineers … and the ecologists:

>snip<

The engineers and the ecologists in their different ways embody the best of civilization. We do not have to side with either, but we can take the best of both. Our goal should be to eliminate big disasters, not small ones, to accept a bit more risk and instability today in return for more reward and stability in the long run.

>snip<

Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe could produce a national, and deserves to be the next, Tipping Point. Take it to heart.

To read the full column, click here.


Two famous experiments show no one is qualified to rule or obey‏

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Politicians profit from a mythology proven wrong by science. Retweet

We’re about to name the biggest myth of all — the idea that someone must have coercive control over society. Nearly everyone believe this idea, but it’s wrong.

There are many ways we can know it’s wrong, if we simply think about it…

Who is in control of the language we speak — English? Who designed it? The answer is no one.

Who decides how much food should be imported to your city each week? The answer is no one. Those decisions are made by many people in a decentralized way, without coercion or coordination. In fact, all attempts to direct food distribution in a centralized and coerced way have resulted in mass starvation (see the Soviet Union, Mao’s China, and now Venezuela).

We must help people to see this truth — society needs no overall ruler in order to work. The evidence is all around us. But two bits of evidence are especially compelling. They show us that…

  • No one is qualified to give orders
  • No one is qualified to follow orders

This evidence comes from two of the most famous and compelling scientific experiments ever conducted. Can you name them? Can you explain what they mean? Our new Mental Lever does that. Please check it out…

Should anyone have coercive authority over others?
By Perry Willis and Jim Babka

We’re looking to build a “libertarian society.” The first stage of our plan is to locate 100,000 libertarians to help us spread the Zero Aggression message to a much wider audience. In our most recent count, the new Zero Aggression Project has 1,760 (+677) engaging with this material. You can help increase this number and have a large marginal impact in this launching stage simply by…

  • While reading Should anyone have coercive authority over others?, locate the gold box (on the right on your PC, below the comments on your phone). Use the social networking tools, found in that gold box, to share this Mental Lever with others.
  • Forward this email to two friends who are libertarians or libertarian-leaning, encouraging them to join you in subscribing. Literally, ask them to sign-up! Asking is that important!
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The NSA is going to start sharing YOUR data with the police and FBI!‏

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The NSA will share Your data with the FBI… Even with local police Retweet

The Surveillance State Repeal Act (HR 1466) currently has 15 co-sponsors. It’s a great bill. It would…

  • Prohibit the government from requiring that your electronic devices and software have surveillance “back-doors”
  • Mandate that the FISA courts utilize technologically competent “Special Masters” — experts who can challenge the veracity of government claims about the need for surveillance
  • Repeal the PATRIOT Act, which allowed telephone-metadata harvesting
  • Repeal much of the FISA Amendments Act, which allowed your emails to be harvested.

But these repeals don’t gut intelligence gathering. They just make it look more Constitutional. Now…

There’s even more reason to support this bill!

The NSA is going to start sharing its raw data with police and the FBI. This directly threatens you! Please take immediate action to oppose this. Write your elected reps to complain. Urge them to co-sponsor the Surveillance State Repeal Act. Copy or edit the following sample letter for your personal comments…

The New York Times reports that the NSA is set to share the raw data it collects on Americans with other intelligence agencies, including the FBI. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/26/us/politics/obama-administration-set-to-expand-sharing-of-data-that-nsa-intercepts.html?_r=0

Incredibly, the FBI won’t need a warrant or a national-security reason to poke around in your private information. The FBI can even share what it finds with local police — bypassing the Fourth Amendment altogether!

I’m outraged that ordinary Americans could be subject to routine criminal prosecution, based on information obtained from the NSA without even a pretense of normal legal safeguards.

The NSA lies constantly about the extent of its domestic spying and who has access to its data. How many new revelations of NSA criminality will it take before you do your job and put a stop to this rogue agency’s massive invasion of our privacy and rights?

I deny consent to being spied on.and to having my personal information stored in government computers to be shared with any agency that decides to go on a fishing expedition.

You can choose to stand up for my rights, and the rights of all Americans, by becoming a sponsor of HR 1466.

–END OF SAMPLE LETTER–

Thanks in advance for being an active DC Downsizer.

Jim Babka & Perry Willis
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Libertarian Presidential candidate Darryl W. Perry selects Muslim running mate‏

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– –PRESS RELEASE– –
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/06/16
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CONTACT: Darryl W. Perry
Phone: 202-709-4377
Email: Darryl@DarrylWPerry.com

Libertarian Presidential candidate Darryl W. Perry selects Muslim running mate
 

KEENE, NH, April 6, 2016 – The Libertarian Party, which made history in 1972 when Tonie Nathan became the first woman to receive an Electoral College vote, is notorious for breaking barriers on race, gender and sexual orientation decades before their mainstream counterparts do. In another groundbreaking move for the Libertarian Party, and American politics in general, Libertarian Presidential candidate Darryl W. Perry announced Wednesday that his running mate will be the first Muslim Vice Presidential candidate in American history.

Perry’s running mate is a Muslim academic and thought leader, dedicated family man, and entrepreneur, and has gained name recognition with the Liberty Movement for his work as the National Director of Muslims for Liberty (M4L) – an organization that works to advance the cause of liberty from a principled and Islamic perspective.

The Darryl W. Perry 2016 campaign welcomes Vice Presidential candidate Will Coley to the campaign.

During his tenure, Coley has amassed a considerable following by preaching a message that simultaneously discourages violence while encouraging open-mindedness towards Muslims.

The announcement of Coley’s selection comes in the midst of the Perry Campaign steadily gaining momentum in the weeks leading up to the Libertarian Party’s National Convention slated for the weekend of May 27-30th in Orlando, Florida. Perry, a long-time Libertarian activist and media personality on Free Talk Live, chose Coley as his running mate because “he has intimate knowledge and insight both of the religion, and the cultures of the countries [the US military] has been actively bombing or occupying.”

Over the next six weeks, Perry will be attending a series of Libertarian Party State Conventions to network with fellow libertarians and discuss his platform. A complete listing of events is available on the Campaign’s website at DarrylWPerry.com.

 

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To schedule an interview with Darryl, please send an email to Darryl@DarrylWPerry.com or call 202 709 4377
To schedule an interview with Will, please send an email to Will@muslims4liberty.org or call 865 336 0523

Darryl W. Perry 2016 – Newsletter #9‏

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/26/16
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CONTACT: Darryl W. Perry
Phone: 202-709-4377
Email: Darryl@DarrylWPerry.com

Darryl W. Perry picks up endorsement

KEENE, NH, April 26, 2016 –The Libertarian Party has gained a new caucus, and with that the Darryl W. Perry Campaign has gained a new endorsement.

The Perry Campaign is pleased to announce another endorsement, this time from the Libertarian Party Sex Caucus.

“It’s official,” Caucus co-founder Jeff Wood announced on Facebook, “the Libertarian Party Sex Caucus has endorsed Darryl W. Perry as our POTUS nominee in a landslide victory. Congratulations, Darryl!”

On the endorsement, Wood said “Our preferred nominee is a man of integrity, a man who has taken an unapologetic stance on issues of libertarian principle, he is a steadfast defender of liberty, even those liberties that might be unpopular or distasteful to the general public. His commitment to championing the cause of American freedom has been unequaled, especially when it comes to matters of sexual expression. This gentleman is truly without peer, even amongst fellow libertarian candidates he stands head and shoulders above. His passionate dedication to libertarian activism is truly an inspiration.”

The LP Sex Caucus believes “that people have the right to private choice in consensual sexual activity.” And “support[s] repeal of existing laws and policies which are intended to condemn, affirm, encourage, or deny sexual lifestyles or any set of attitudes about such lifestyles.”

Perry will be attending several events around the country in the coming weeks before attending the National Convention over Memorial Day weekend. A complete listing of events is available on the Campaign’s website at DarrylWPerry.com.

To donate to the campaign, visit DarrylWPerry.com and click on the word DONATE at the top of the page.

To volunteer for the campaign, visit DarrylWPerry.com and click on the word VOLUNTEER at the top of the page.

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To schedule an interview with Darryl, please send an email to Darryl@DarrylWPerry.com or call 202 709 4377

 

 


Liberty First Network Candidate Survey‏

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The Liberty First Network believes in educating the voters of Florida on the legislative process and we feel it is important that you know where the candidates for the state legislature stand on issues of liberty. We have put together this candidate survey to help in that effort. The results of our survey will be posted on our website and released to our members and networks throughout the state.

TAKE ACTION

1. Print out a copy of this survey and hand it to all of the candidates running for state house and state senate offices.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SURVEY

CLICK HERE TO SEE A LIST OF THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR STATE HOUSE AND STATE SENATE IN FLORIDA

2. Email johnhallman@johnhallman.org and tell us about what happened with your interaction.

3. Once the candidate completes the survey they can return the completed survey to the address located at the bottom of the survey or if you pick up the completed survey, please mail to:

The Liberty First Network

9851 S.R. 54

New Port Richey

Florida, 34655

4. If you are unable to meet your candidates you can donate and help us get this accomplished. CLICK HERE TO DONATE

If you have any questions email John Hallman atJohnHallman@JohnHallman.org

 

 

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