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LOTR Happy Hour w/ Tony Ryan of LEAP

Join LOTR for another great happy hour in Denver! Topic of the night? Prohibition vs Legalization, with special guest Tony Ryan of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP).

Tony Ryan, board member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, was a Denver police officer for more than 36 years. During his career, Tony received numerous awards from the Denver Police Department, including the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the Merit Award, and the Community Service Award. He was also named Footprinters Officer of the Year and received a Life Saving Award from the Denver Fire Department. Through his experiences as a police officer enforcing the war on drugs, Tony has come to believe that our current marijuana policy is a failed policy for many reasons, particularly its effect on law enforcement. As a law enforcement officer with front-line experience, he will tell stories from a unique perspective and explain why a legalized, regulated model is the best approach.

RSVP on FACEBOOK

When: Wednesday, September 19 from 6-9pm

Networking from 6-7pm
“30-Second Soapbox” till 7:15
20-Minute Talk w/ Mr. Ryan @ 7:15pm

Where: Choppers Sports Grill | 80 S. Madison Street in Denver


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!

2013 Kick Off Happy Hour!

Join fellow liberty advocates for happy hour this Friday, January 4! Kick off the new year right with plenty of friends, great conversations and cold drinks.

We’ll be meeting at the Rock Bottom Brewery from 7-9 pm.
8980 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla, CA

Happy New Year – hope to see you tonight!

Free Market Economics Training

Mark your calenders for March 31st as LOTR presents an exciting opportunity to learn  -The role economics plays in the advancement of liberty; How to make the case for freedom from an economic and philosophical perspective; Different ways of looking at public policy from an economic perspective; The essential arguments for why socialism can’t work and so much more! (See Below)


Free Market Economic Training
March 31st, 1:30pm @
The Dublin House


Are you a liberty activist seeking to enhance their arsenal of talking points surrounding the issues of capitalism and free markets?

Then this is the educational training course for you!

Liberty on the Rocks is looking for leaders in the liberty movement (current or future) who are interested in increasing their understanding of the fundamental principles of free market economics by attending a half-day educational course in Colorado Springs. **Tickets to attend are $10**

On Saturday, March 31st from 1:30-6:30pm, Liberty on the Rocks will team up with the Charles Koch Institute to present an exclusive hands-on, discussion and activity-driven economics training session. During this half-day course, attendees will learn and/or better understand:

-The role economics plays in the advancement of liberty

-How to make the case for freedom from an economic and philosophical perspective

-Different ways of looking at public policy from an economic perspective

-The essential arguments for why socialism can’t work

-And more!

COCKTAIL RECEPTION:
The seminar will be immediately followed by a cocktail reception with complimentary drinks and appetizers for attendees, instructors and individuals on the panel. Light snacks and drinks will be available throughout the day.

RSVP today by purchasing tickets at:
http://coloradosprings.libertyontherocks.org/economic-freedom-session/

Seating is Limited! Stay tuned for more information as we get closer to the event.

March 27th:
Recognizing Liberty and Q&A with
5th Congressional Candidate
Robert Blaha
5:30pm @ the Dublin House

March 31st:
Free Market Economics Training

1:30pm  – 6:30pm
@ the Dublin House $10

For more info
RSVP today by purchasing tickets (click here)

April 10th:
Guest Speaker: Ann Barnhardt
5:30pm @ the Dublin House

May:
Congressman Lamborn, Q & A

@ the Dublin House
Date to be determined


LOTR – Colorado Springs meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday evening.
For more info:email David Kelly david@libertyontherocks.org
or call 719.237.4598

Liberty on the Rocks is the place to meet others interested in free market and/or liberty-oriented principles while enjoying Tavern Style Politics and Activism in the Tradition of our Founding Fathers!

Join the Bastiat Society

If you are not a member of the Bastiat Society of Colorado Springs and you would like to be invited to future Bastiat Society events, you need to register (for free) and become a member by clicking here and entering your email address in the “Join the Bastiat Society of Colorado Springs Email List”.

Media, Films, Propaganda & Liberty

What would a free market film/media industry look like?  Who truly controls what we can view in the theater or at home?  Does Liberty and Freedom of Choice have a place in the media related industries or are we all lost to the propaganda of a few? Come find out and celebrate liberty and fellowship with other liberty lovers this February 28th 5:30pm to 7:30pm at The Dublin House (1850 Dominion Way, Colorado Springs) enjoying Tavern Style Politics and Activism in the Tradition of our Founding Fathers. The evening’s presentation and topic of discussion: Media, Films, Propaganda & Liberty will be led by Kaitlyn Anderson with the usual respectful discourse in the best political format in town;  tavern style politics.

The evening’s entertainment will include the infamous 30 second soapbox, trivia and awesome happy hour deals along with a door prize or two.
So come on out tonight and enjoy the discussion. You won’t be disappointed.


Freedom February

A Short Course in the Founding Fundamentals, featuring Dr. Thomas Krannawitter and his three part series of presentations and lectures in which we will explore the principles of freedom and the first regime in history built upon them, the United States of America. We will also examine the great challenge of preserving and advancing those principles in a world dominated by human slavery and the great Civil War that resulted, as well as the deep philosophic critique of those principles by progressive intellectuals and politicians, a critique that has been largely successful in undermining the authority of our Constitution and shaping our politics, law, and government today. The goal of this series is to help us understand better how we got to where we are today, and how we might improve our efforts to reclaim the limited government and free society that is rightfully ours.

February  29th, 7pm – 8:30pm at the Vanguard School Library,1605 D. South Corona Ave.,Colorado Springs.

This last seminar is $30
For more info and to register: click here

March 13th:
Hydro-fracking El Paso County
Commissioners Amy Lathen
& Peggy Littleton   Q & A
6pm @ D’Vine Wines
in Manitou

March 27th:
Recognizing Liberty
5:30pm @ the Dublin House

April 10th:
Guest Speaker: Ann Barnhardt
5:30pm @ the Dublin House

LOTR – Colorado Springs meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday evening.
For more info:email David Kelly david@libertyontherocks.org
or call 719.237.4598

Liberty on the Rocks is the place to meet others interested in free market and/or liberty-oriented principles while enjoying Tavern Style Politics and Activism in the Tradition of our Founding Fathers

For the Love of Liberty…

Ladies Night!  The first drink* is on us for all the ladies, so come on out and celebrate liberty and fellowship with other liberty lovers on this Valentines Day, February 14th 5:30pm to 7:30pm at The Dublin House (1850 Dominion Way, Colorado Springs) enjoying Tavern Style Politics and Activism in the Tradition of our Founding Fathers. The evening’s topic of discussion is: Liberty, a love story. Then we will open the floor to respectful discourse in the best political format in town;  tavern style politics.

The evening’s entertainment will include the infamous 30 second soapbox, trivia and awesome happy hour deals along with a door prize or two.
So come on out tonight and enjoy the discussion. You won’t be disappointed.
*one drink per lady; wine, well or draft

Freedom February

A Short Course in the Founding Fundamentals, featuring Dr. Thomas Krannawitter and his three part series of presentations and lectures in which we will explore the principles of freedom and the first regime in history built upon them, the United States of America. We will also examine the great challenge of preserving and advancing those principles in a world dominated by human slavery and the great Civil War that resulted, as well as the deep philosophic critique of those principles by progressive intellectuals and politicians, a critique that has been largely successful in undermining the authority of our Constitution and shaping our politics, law, and government today. The goal of this series is to help us understand better how we got to where we are today, and how we might improve our efforts to reclaim the limited government and free society that is rightfully ours.

February  15th & 29th, 7pm – 8:30pm at the Vanguard School Library,1605 D. South Corona Ave.,Colorado Springs.

Each seminar is $30
For more info and to register: click here

February 28th:
Media, Films & Propaganda
5:30pm @ the Dublin House

March 13th:
Recognizing Liberty
6pm @ D’Vine Wines

LOTR – Colorado Springs meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday evening.
For more info:email David Kelly david@libertyontherocks.org
or call 719.237.4598

Liberty on the Rocks is the place to meet others interested in free market and/or liberty-oriented principles while enjoying Tavern Style Politics and Activism in the Tradition of our Founding Fathers!

Copyright © 2012 Liberty on The Rocks – Colorado Springs, All rights reserved.
Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Colorado Springs Liberty On The Rocks, and Colorado Springs LOTR does not endorse or support any candidate in any election.
Our mailing address is:
Liberty on The Rocks – Colorado Springs

David Kelly
P.O. Box 63562

Colorado Springs, CO 80962

How to Make the Case for Freedom

From an Economic Perspective

Are you a liberty activist who loves free markets, capitalism and limited government – but have a difficult time describing its myriad benefits and merits when talking with others?

Then this is the educational training course for you!

Liberty on the Rocks is looking for leaders in the liberty movement (current or future) who are interested in obtaining insights into the basic fundamental principles of free market economics by attending a half-day educational course in Denver.  Tickets to attend are $10.

On Saturday, February 11th from 1:30-6:30pm, Liberty on the Rocks will team up with the Charles Koch Institute to present an exclusive hands-on, discussion and activity-driven economics session. During this half-day course, attendees will gain a better understanding of the case for freedom, as seen from an economic perspective. Through group discussion, activities, and an expert panel, participants will learn basic (yet vital) economic principles as well as historical arguments for why socialism doesn’t work – in addition to how to utilize these arguments in today’s battle for liberty. The philosophy of freedom will also be discussed briefly to point out the moral arguments for free market capitalism and self-interest. Following the training attendees will receive one-on-one contact with “liberty experts” in Colorado in an informal setting where they will be able to ask questions regarding free market economics, current policies, and/or the morality of freedom.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Who Are the Facilitators?
In addition to the main facilitator, Jeff Proctor from the Charles Koch Institute, we will also be joined by Jessica Peck, Diana Hsieh, Justin Longo, Mike Krause, David K. Williams, and Ari Armstrong.

The seminar will be immediately followed by a cocktail reception with complimentary drinks and appetizers for attendees, instructors and individuals on the panel. Light snacks and drinks will be available throughout the day.

The cost to attend is $10 and spaces are limited. Reserve your spot today by purchasing your ticket(s) here.

Location: Independence Institute | 727 E. 16th Avenue, Denver, CO
Date/Time: Saturday, February 11th from 1:30-6:30 pm (cocktail reception from 6:30-8pm)

cronyist corporatist rent-seekers want you to believe.

It matters not if Democrats or Republicans control the White House, the House of Representatives or the Senate. Wall Street, Big Agribusiness, Big Pharma, Big Government Contractors, Big Insurance and the other corporatist rent-seekers get paid regardless.

I am embarrassed when I hear any liberty minded person embrace the "two-party system" as a physical inevitability, as if it were Newton's Fourth Law. Liberty minded people proudly embrace and admire revolutionaries who fought the biggest military in the world... and won. Liberty minded people proudly embrace and admire revolutionaries that fought, killed and died to defeat a political system that oppressed them.

Then these same liberty minded people dismiss out-of-hand the mere notion that defeating a two-party duopoly that perpetuates an ever-growing leviathan as "impossible." What American revolutionaries did was nigh on impossible. Changing a political system is merely hard. Let's adopt that revolutionary attitude. Let's drop the timid meekness of impossibility. You think it is impossible? Then it is.

The first step in changing the status quo? Quit accepting it as inevitable. Reject the notion that it is an impenetrable bulwark that can not be breached. Admit it is broken and must be thrown out and replaced.

Quit enabling the behavior we want to stop. Quit telling yourself, "this time, it will be different." We pity abused spouses that keep taking back their abuser. How many more times will you accept being lied to? How much more abuse will you take?

It is shameful when liberty minded people - in the name of liberty - accept the system that oppresses them.  If the GOP nominates a big government candidate, what do they tell you? "Vote for the Big Government Republican," whose beliefs you do not share, "or you are just helping the Big Government Democrat!" Where else in your life would you accept such a Hobson's choice?

I submit nowhere. Yet we have been indoctrinated into thinking that two bad choices are inevitable. That nothing can be done. To just accept it. Lie back and enjoy it. There is nothing you can do.

As long as people believe that there is nothing that can be done... there isn't.

Do not accept tripe just because it's not offal. Do not accept losing a pinkie just because it's not a thumb. If you are told, "well, those are the only choices, so choose!" Say "No! No more! I will not choose just because that's the way we've always done it! I will suffer, I will fight, I will sacrifice, but I will not voluntarily partake in a system that does not serve me!"

B. Envision success.

Once we refuse to participate in a system that rewards cronyism at the expense of liberty, then what?

I do not know. Not exactly. But John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and our other revolutionary heroes did not know exactly what they were going to do once they defeated the British. The first attempt, The Articles of Confederation, failed.

But they knew they had to throw off their shackles. They knew they wanted liberty. That's a good start for us, as well.

The first step in fixing a problem is to admit there is a problem. Then we can start coming up with alternatives.

I do, however, have some suggestions. One suggestion is to question plurality voting. Plurality voting is where each voter can pick one candidate to support, regardless of the number of people running. The candidate with the most votes, a plurality, wins. A majority is not needed. The winner frequently is opposed by a majority. What sense does that make?

63% of the electorate could vote against you, and you are the victor. Stupid, right? Yes, it is stupid. Yet we blithely accept it as "the way it is."

I am not making this up. Steve Hogan, the newly elected Mayor of Aurora, was rejected by 63% of the electorate, yet won. It is nonsense. Is it not reasonable to question such a system?

Let's look at the 2011 Aurora mayoral election results:


Steve Hogan 37.5% (13,498)
Ryan L. Frazier 30.2% (10,856)
Jude Sandvall 14.5% (5,244)
Debbie Stafford 11.4% (4,107)
Sheilah Thomas Davis 3.5% (1,291)
Barbara J Yamrick  2.5% (924)


For the sake of argument, let's assume that the 63% of voters whom voted for someone else hated Hogan. (Hogan is probably a wonderful person and a great mayor. I use his election for illustration only). Each of them would have voted for any of the five other candidates before they voted for Hogan. We really have a perverse result, don't we?

There are many ways to avoid this perversion. Some of them are:

Score voting - Voters gives each candidate a score from 1-5. (Or 1-10 or 12-68, the range is irrelevant.) In our example above, 63% of voters would have given Hogan a "1," the lowest possible score. He would have lost - and the voice of the voters would be more accurately reflected.

Approval voting - Voters look at each candidate independently and decide if they approve of that candidate or not. If they approve, they vote "yes." If they disapprove, they vote "no." The candidate with the most approval votes wins. Once again, 63% of the voters would have disapproved of Hogan and he would not have won. The voice of the voters would be more accurately reflected.

Other forms of voting exist, as well. Our slavish devotion to an absurd voting method, plurality voting, is based on nothing but tradition. Nothing. It is not in the U.S. Constitution. It is not in the Colorado Constitution. It is statutory. It can be changed by the state legislature.

But like Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer, people are frightened and confused by anything new.

I highly recommend "Gaming the Vote" by William Poundstone as a great nonpartisan resource on alternative voting methods.

So why do we use plurality voting? Perhaps because it is easier for the corporatist rent-seekers to control. In partisan races, third party candidates have nigh on zero chance with plurality voting. That just leaves two traditionally viable choices. It is far easier to tell the public that they must vote for one candidate over another candidate or horrible things will happen. The rent-seekers, however, don't really care who wins, as long as it is one of the two.

As a result, government gets bigger, corporatists get their money, and voters think they have a real choice between two very different candidates. (And on abortion, immigration, homosexuality and other hot-button issues voters care about, they do differ. But neither will stop the corporatism. And that's all the corporatists care about).

But what if voters could score, or approve of, 10 different candidates? It is much more likely one of those ten would buck the corporatist system. That is against the interest of those in power.

It is, however, in your interest.

C. Don't quit.

Just give it some consideration. Our current system has failed to protect individual liberty. It has allowed the Constitution to become a mere suggestion. I know many liberty minded  people hope to change the system from within. I wish you all the best.

It just appears to me, however, that such hope is misguided. For instance, if Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee, our choice for President will be between two people whom believe in government run healthcare. Do you accept those two choices? Or do you believe defeating Obama is more important than limited government?  I grant we will be marginally better off with Romney than with Obama. Marginally.

But just looking at 2012 is shortsighted. It is exactly what the corporatists want us to do. If they can keep us looking ahead no more than the next election, the two-party duopoly will never end. We'll have great arguments between choosing Corporatist A or Corporatist B. And Corporatism wins.

We have to look at the next hundred years, not just the next ten months.

Dropping plurality voting is relatively painless. It is a start. It's not the only one. But it is something.

But like Andy Dufresne slowly scraping away at his jail cell, year after year, one tiny bit at a time, freedom won't come quickly. And we'll have to crawl through hundreds of yards of vile smelling foulness we can't even imagine.

But freedom is worth it. Isn't it?

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Reject failure. Envision Success. Don’t quit.

A.  Reject failure.

“We live in a two party system! We have to work within it!”

That’s exactly what Wall Street, Big Agribusiness, Big Pharma, Big Government Contractors, Big Insurance and all other cronyist corporatist rent-seekers want you to believe.

It matters not if Democrats or Republicans control the White House, the House of Representatives or the Senate. Wall Street, Big Agribusiness, Big Pharma, Big Government Contractors, Big Insurance and the other corporatist rent-seekers get paid regardless.

I am embarrassed when I hear any liberty minded person embrace the “two-party system” as a physical inevitability, as if it were Newton’s Fourth Law. Liberty minded people proudly embrace and admire revolutionaries who fought the biggest military in the world… and won. Liberty minded people proudly embrace and admire revolutionaries that fought, killed and died to defeat a political system that oppressed them.

Then these same liberty minded people dismiss out-of-hand the mere notion that defeating a two-party duopoly that perpetuates an ever-growing leviathan as “impossible.” What American revolutionaries did was nigh on impossible. Changing a political system is merely hard. Let’s adopt that revolutionary attitude. Let’s drop the timid meekness of impossibility. You think it is impossible? Then it is.

The first step in changing the status quo? Quit accepting it as inevitable. Reject the notion that it is an impenetrable bulwark that can not be breached. Admit it is broken and must be thrown out and replaced.

Quit enabling the behavior we want to stop. Quit telling yourself, “this time, it will be different.” We pity abused spouses that keep taking back their abuser. How many more times will you accept being lied to? How much more abuse will you take?

It is shameful when liberty minded people – in the name of liberty – accept the system that oppresses them.  If the GOP nominates a big government candidate, what do they tell you? “Vote for the Big Government Republican,” whose beliefs you do not share, “or you are just helping the Big Government Democrat!” Where else in your life would you accept such a Hobson’s choice?

I submit nowhere. Yet we have been indoctrinated into thinking that two bad choices are inevitable. That nothing can be done. To just accept it. Lie back and enjoy it. There is nothing you can do.

As long as people believe that there is nothing that can be done… there isn’t.

Do not accept tripe just because it’s not offal. Do not accept losing a pinkie just because it’s not a thumb. If you are told, “well, those are the only choices, so choose!” Say “No! No more! I will not choose just because that’s the way we’ve always done it! I will suffer, I will fight, I will sacrifice, but I will not voluntarily partake in a system that does not serve me!”

B. Envision success.

Once we refuse to participate in a system that rewards cronyism at the expense of liberty, then what?

I do not know. Not exactly. But John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and our other revolutionary heroes did not know exactly what they were going to do once they defeated the British. The first attempt, The Articles of Confederation, failed.

But they knew they had to throw off their shackles. They knew they wanted liberty. That’s a good start for us, as well.

The first step in fixing a problem is to admit there is a problem. Then we can start coming up with alternatives.

I do, however, have some suggestions. One suggestion is to question plurality voting. Plurality voting is where each voter can pick one candidate to support, regardless of the number of people running. The candidate with the most votes, a plurality, wins. A majority is not needed. The winner frequently is opposed by a majority. What sense does that make?

63% of the electorate could vote against you, and you are the victor. Stupid, right? Yes, it is stupid. Yet we blithely accept it as “the way it is.”

I am not making this up. Steve Hogan, the newly elected Mayor of Aurora, was rejected by 63% of the electorate, yet won. It is nonsense. Is it not reasonable to question such a system?

Let’s look at the 2011 Aurora mayoral election results:

Steve Hogan 37.5% (13,498)
Ryan L. Frazier 30.2% (10,856)
Jude Sandvall 14.5% (5,244)
Debbie Stafford 11.4% (4,107)
Sheilah Thomas Davis 3.5% (1,291)
Barbara J Yamrick  2.5% (924)

For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the 63% of voters whom voted for someone else hated Hogan. (Hogan is probably a wonderful person and a great mayor. I use his election for illustration only). Each of them would have voted for any of the five other candidates before they voted for Hogan. We really have a perverse result, don’t we?

There are many ways to avoid this perversion. Some of them are:

Score voting – Voters gives each candidate a score from 1-5. (Or 1-10 or 12-68, the range is irrelevant.) In our example above, 63% of voters would have given Hogan a “1,” the lowest possible score. He would have lost – and the voice of the voters would be more accurately reflected.

Approval voting – Voters look at each candidate independently and decide if they approve of that candidate or not. If they approve, they vote “yes.” If they disapprove, they vote “no.” The candidate with the most approval votes wins. Once again, 63% of the voters would have disapproved of Hogan and he would not have won. The voice of the voters would be more accurately reflected.

Other forms of voting exist, as well. Our slavish devotion to an absurd voting method, plurality voting, is based on nothing but tradition. Nothing. It is not in the U.S. Constitution. It is not in the Colorado Constitution. It is statutory. It can be changed by the state legislature.

But like Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer, people are frightened and confused by anything new.

I highly recommend “Gaming the Vote” by William Poundstone as a great nonpartisan resource on alternative voting methods.

So why do we use plurality voting? Perhaps because it is easier for the corporatist rent-seekers to control. In partisan races, third party candidates have nigh on zero chance with plurality voting. That just leaves two traditionally viable choices. It is far easier to tell the public that they must vote for one candidate over another candidate or horrible things will happen. The rent-seekers, however, don’t really care who wins, as long as it is one of the two.

As a result, government gets bigger, corporatists get their money, and voters think they have a real choice between two very different candidates. (And on abortion, immigration, homosexuality and other hot-button issues voters care about, they do differ. But neither will stop the corporatism. And that’s all the corporatists care about).

But what if voters could score, or approve of, 10 different candidates? It is much more likely one of those ten would buck the corporatist system. That is against the interest of those in power.

It is, however, in your interest.

C. Don’t quit.

Just give it some consideration. Our current system has failed to protect individual liberty. It has allowed the Constitution to become a mere suggestion. I know many liberty minded  people hope to change the system from within. I wish you all the best.

It just appears to me, however, that such hope is misguided. For instance, if Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee, our choice for President will be between two people whom believe in government run healthcare. Do you accept those two choices? Or do you believe defeating Obama is more important than limited government?  I grant we will be marginally better off with Romney than with Obama. Marginally.

But just looking at 2012 is shortsighted. It is exactly what the corporatists want us to do. If they can keep us looking ahead no more than the next election, the two-party duopoly will never end. We’ll have great arguments between choosing Corporatist A or Corporatist B. And Corporatism wins.

We have to look at the next hundred years, not just the next ten months.

Dropping plurality voting is relatively painless. It is a start. It’s not the only one. But it is something.

But like Andy Dufresne slowly scraping away at his jail cell, year after year, one tiny bit at a time, freedom won’t come quickly. And we’ll have to crawl through hundreds of yards of vile smelling foulness we can’t even imagine.

But freedom is worth it. Isn’t it?

Celebrate Liberty: A Holiday Party!

You’re invited to join us for a special holiday event as we celebrate our Liberty.  Coalition for a Conservative Majority (CCM) and Liberty on the Rocks will join together in celebration of our liberty during the holidays with our special guest, Michelle Malkin on December 13th , 6pm to 8pm at D’Vine Wines Winery (934 Manitou Ave., Suite 108, Manitou Springs, CO) enjoying Tavern Style Politics and Activism in the Tradition of our Founding Fathers!

We will provide heavy hors d’oeuvres. Feel free to bring some crackers/ cheese / or chocolate to share with your wine.

Please RSVP to: david@libertyontherocks.org

The evening’s entertainment will include the infamous 30 second soapbox, trivia and a door prize or two.

Our guest speaker: Michelle Malkin is a conservative blogger, political commentator, and author. Her weekly syndicated column appears in a number of newspapers and websites. She is a Fox News Channel contributor and has been a guest on MSNBC, C-SPAN, and national radio programs. Malkin has written four books published by Regnery Publishing.  Michelle will share her thoughts with us and then we will o pen the floor to respectful discourse in the best political format in town;  tavern style politics.  So come on out tonight and enjoy the discussion. You won’t be disappointed.

Upcoming Events:

January 10th: 5:30pm @ The Dublin House “The Declaration of Independence . What does it really say?”  A discussion.

January 17th: 6:30pm @ Colorado Springs Christian School Auditorium – a presentation on: “Sharia and the Muslim Brotherhood” co-hosted by:9-12 Colorado District 5, Pikes Peak Patriots

January 24th: 5:30pm @ The Dublin House  The Internet: Gutenberg Press of the 21st Centurypresented by Bob Adelmann

February 14th: 5:30pm @ The Dublin House  “Valentines day LOTR special: Ladies night!”


For more info, contact: David Kelly: david@libertyontherocks.org 719.237.4598

Visit: http://www.libertyontherocks.org/

Colorado Springs LOTR events / discussions can cover subjects on just about every liberty-oriented topic there is.  We encourage participation  and the sharing of ideas . So come on out to happy hour, enjoy a beer and join us. The purpose is to get us talking to each other about our viewpoints on different topics, so we may become better aware of what we believe and why, and what we have no opinion on (yet!). There is no doubt about it – this will be the most fun you’ve ever had while learning at the same time!

Liberty on the Rocks is THE place to meet others interested in free market and/or liberty-oriented principles. It is also the happy hour for you if you’re interested in getting better informed or involved in the liberty movement.

Colorado Springs LOTR  is proud to promote free market and/or liberty-based institutions and groups, both local and across the country. When attending a Liberty on the Rocks happy hour, be sure to grab information near the door to learn about think tanks and groups in your area.

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Colorado Springs Liberty On The Rocks, and Colorado Springs LOTR does not endorse or support any candidate in any election.

Can Free Markets Alleviate Poverty? Join us in Denver to discuss… over beer!

Why is it that some countries are poor while others are wealthy? If we could answer that question, wouldn’t millions of people around the world be better off? Well we can answer that question, yet people still suffer in many parts of the globe. If you are interested in learning more about how free trade promotes prosperity, you won’t want to miss happy hour this Wednesday night!

When: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 6-9 pm
Where: Choppers Sports Grill | 80 S. Madison Street in Denver
What: A Happy Hour Discussion on Free Trade

Grab a glass of your favorite beverage, pull up a chair and get to know other liberty enthusiasts in the Denver area while talking politics and philosophy to your hearts content!

That’s what Liberty on the Rocks Denver is all about.

So join us this Wednesday night as we host special guest Rich Mitchell, Executive Director of the PIER Institute, to discuss the topic of Free Trade, and how he is literally helping to promote it through his work.

Specials:

$5 Burger & Fries
$1 off Dry Dock pints & $3 off pitchers

About Rich Mitchell:

Rich Mitchell designed the PIER Institute’s development model, created the Institute, and leads their policy and research initiatives. He has significant experience in international relief work, participating in relief and development projects in countries as diverse as Colombia and post-tsunami Sri Lanka. As a business attorney, he has more than 13 years experience in corporate, securities and nonprofit law representing start-up enterprises as well as international companies. In 2003, he spent six months in Costa Rica studying Spanish and interned at a Costa Rican law office. He has also taught more than 25 college courses including the subjects of International Business and U.S. Business Law. Mr. Mitchell received his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver College of Law.

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