Certain statist ideas recur in every one of these debates. They are as predictable as a Lindsey Lohan car wreck. I found the following, verbatim, moments ago:

Quit paying taxes, using the post office, close all the public schools, and cut your own grandma's off Medicare, and then you might at least be consistent with the illogical ranting about government involvement. Cheers.

This sums up the statist belief. Every pro-freedom idea is always, in the end, trumped with "you just want to kill your grandmom!" Then the statist walks off, smug in his love of your grandma and, indeed, all old people.

But let's address these assertions and see if we can find a theme:


"Quit paying taxes." Many would, but government agents with guns will take them away and put them in cages.

"Quit using the post office." Many would be glad to do so, but government agents have declared that only the USPS can deliver first class letters. If they set up a competing business to do that, government agents with guns will take them away and put them in cages.

"Close all the public schools." How about letting parents use their education tax money on attending any school they wish? Lots of people would keep that money and make their own decisions, but government agents with guns would take them away and put them in cages.

"Cut grandma off Medicare." How about letting grandma keep all that money that was taken away from her while she worked her entire life? Lots of people would keep that money and make their own decisions, but government agents with guns would take them away and put them in cages.

Did you spot the theme?

The statist philosophy is simple: The government knows best. The government is compassionate. Comply with its good intentions for your own well-being. And if you don't, government agents with guns will take you away and put you in a cage.

It's compassion at bayonet point. Cheers!



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Spot the statist theme!

Facebook can be a great place for the exchange of ideas and challenging debate. In between playing online poker and that killing-zombies game, I’ll even sometimes stumble onto one of those debates between libertarian ideas and statist ideas. I just did.

Certain statist ideas recur in every one of these debates. They are as predictable as a Lindsey Lohan car wreck. I found the following, verbatim, moments ago:

Quit paying taxes, using the post office, close all the public schools, and cut your own grandma’s off Medicare, and then you might at least be consistent with the illogical ranting about government involvement. Cheers.

This sums up the statist belief. Every pro-freedom idea is always, in the end, trumped with “you just want to kill your grandmom!” Then the statist walks off, smug in his love of your grandma and, indeed, all old people.

But let’s address these assertions and see if we can find a theme:

Quit paying taxes.” Many would, but government agents with guns will take them away and put them in cages.

“Quit using the post office.” Many would be glad to do so, but government agents have declared that only the USPS can deliver first class letters. If they set up a competing business to do that, government agents with guns will take them away and put them in cages.

“Close all the public schools.” How about letting parents use their education tax money on attending any school they wish? Lots of people would keep that money and make their own decisions, but government agents with guns would take them away and put them in cages.

“Cut grandma off Medicare.” How about letting grandma keep all that money that was taken away from her while she worked her entire life? Lots of people would keep that money and make their own decisions, but government agents with guns would take them away and put them in cages.

Did you spot the theme?

The statist philosophy is simple: The government knows best. The government is compassionate. Comply with its good intentions for your own well-being. And if you don’t, government agents with guns will take you away and put you in a cage.

It’s compassion at bayonet point. Cheers!

Marketing Coordinator – Charles Koch Institute

The Charles Koch Institute seeks a Marketing Coordinator with a special focus on social media to join its communications team. This position will work in support of efforts to increase the awareness of and engagement in the Institute’s various projects, including the Economic Freedom Project (www.economicfreedom.org) and the Institute’s professional education programs. The Marketing Coordinator will be responsible for creating, executing, and measuring marketing strategies that more effectively reach the goals of the communications team and CKI.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

•Identify gaps in existing marketing strategies

•Manage various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

•Develop relationships with various external marketing vendors

•Consistently contribute creative ideas and advertising copy

•Develop metrics that accurately measure marketing success

 

Qualifications:

•Bachelor’s degree, and 3-5 years of marketing and/or advertising experience preferred

•Solid understanding of and passion for economic freedom

•Ability to deliver on tight deadlines

•Can work autonomously and within a team

•Experience with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator is a plus

•Entrepreneurial spirit, humility, and a high sense of urgency

 

EOE/M/F/D/V

 

Contact:

Allyson Quesada, Recruitment Manager
Allyson.quesada@charleskochinstitute.org
703.875.1624

Presentation by Randal O’Toole of CATO

No happy hour this week! See “change of plans” below:

The American Dream turned into a nightmare when the housing bubble burst, and people have been trying to figure out who to blame- Greedy bankers? Corrupt politicians? Ignorant homeowners? In American Nightmare: How Government Undermines the Dream of Homeownership, Randal O’Toole explores the forces at play in the housing market and shows how we can rebuild the American dream of homeownership by eliminating federal, state, and local policies that distort the free market for housing.

Please join the Independence Institute and Liberty on the Rocks for a presentation with Mr. O’Toole on Wednesday evening, June 20 at the Independence Institute.

When: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 5:30-7pm
Where: Independence Institute | 727 E. 16th Ave., Denver

5:30 PM Refreshments
6:00 PM Presentation

R.s.v.p. to Mary@i2i.org or 303-279-6536 X 102

Randal O’Toole is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute & Independence Institute working on urban growth, public land, and transportation issues.

Can’t make it? View the event LIVE online from 6-6:45 (MDT) tonight!

Liberty @ The Ballpark (07/22/2012)

A group field trip to watch a baseball game together and spread the seed of liberty.

NOTE: Date subject to change if not enough turnout OR quantity of tickets available.

Event Info

Next Meeting (06/17/2012)

First meeting in a while, besides first meeting for the month of June. Plenty to talk about that is going on as always. Including the U.S. Presidential race & this year’s Liberty @ The Ballpark. Hope to see all the regulars as well as old friends and newbies are always welcome. Cheers for liberty!

Event Info

The Economics of Medical Licensing & the War on Drugs

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Celebrate the Life of Dr. Friedman With LOTR!

Liberty on the Rocks is pleased to invite you to join us for Friedman Legacy for Freedom Day! This annual, international event provides fans of Milton Friedman and lovers of liberty the opportunity to learn about free market ideas, and to celebrate the impact they had on our country and the world.

To celebrate the philosophy of liberty and to honor Dr. Friedman on what would have been his 100th birthday, Liberty on the Rocks is hosting an educational event complete with networking, cocktails and appetizers, and rousing discussions from two local liberty advocates and experts.

The War on Drugs

What did Dr. Friedman think about the War on Drugs? Hear from local lawyer and liberty activist David K. Williams, Jr., who will share the views espoused by Milton Friedman on this critically important subject.

Medical Licensing

Throughout his career, Dr. Friedman was adamant about the need for ending medical licensing of doctors. Hear from local radiologist and liberty activist Dr. Paul Hsieh to learn about Milton’s view on this topic, and the economic and moral reasons behind his crusade.

When: Tuesday, July 31 from 5:30-7:30pm
Where: TBD

To RSVP, email amanda@libertyontherocks.org

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About our Speakers:

Paul Hsieh, MD, is a practicing diagnostic radiologist in the south Denver metro area. He received his BS in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MD from the University of Michigan, and has served on the faculty at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Hsieh is also a founding member of Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine (FIRM).

David K. Williams, Jr. is former state chair of the Colorado Libertarian Party, and Executive Director of the Gadsden Society of Colorado. He is a personal injury lawyer who owns and operates the Williams Law Office in Denver, CO.

Liberty Hour in Denver

Join fellow liberty advocates for food, cocktails and fun conversation this Wednesday night at Choppers in Cherry Creek!

MEETING ON THE PATIO + FREE APPETIZERS!!!! RSVP on Facebook!

Become part of discussions about capitalism, free markets, societies where no one rules with an iron fist – or whatever you feel like bringing up!

This week’s topic for discussion will be brought to us by our very own Patrick Kane, a recent high school graduate planning to make his way to George Mason University this fall where he will study philosophy.

Mr. Pat Kane of Liberty on The Rocks and the Open Government Institute of Colorado will be making a few short remarks regarding the mechanics of a stateless society in the American West. The information provided will be based off his senior thesis, which derived a large amount of research from the book, “The Not So Wild, Wild West: Property Rights on the Frontier” by Terry Anderson and Peter Hill.

Read a review in the Freeman Online!

This Wednesday we will meet on the patio (rather than the back room), where Choppers will be providing us with FREE APPETIZERS while they last! So stop by early to grab some grub.

When: Wednesday, June 6 from 6-9pm
Where: Choppers | 80 S. Madison
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