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Boston Meets @ Grafton Street!

Hello Friends, Romans, Small Government Types, Libertarians, Voluntarists, Anarchists and Liberty-Curious,

Come to our next hour(s) of happiness in the heart of liberty-unfriendly Harvard Square. This is where Ben Bernanke got drunk before he got drunk with power. Invite a friend or four. If you are new to the ideas of liberty we want you to come to with an open mind. Meet and socialize with other liberty-minded folks in an informal atmosphere over beverages. Trade exciting stories about your brushes with the DHS. Meet Kennedy School of Government students and try and talk them out of their plans for world domination! 😉

Parking or Public Transport
Metered street parking until 8pm. Near Harvard Square Red Line Stop.

(Attention liberty groups please consider promoting this event and message me so we can add your organization to our list here or contact us for other suggestions)

When you arrive ask the host for Andreas Decker’s group to find us. We’ll be near the bar.

GRAFTON STREET
1230 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
P: 617.497.0400

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Boston Drinks for Liberty!

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Young professionals and students for liberty – join us at Tia’s July 14 for drinks with fellow liberty minded friends in an informal atmosphere! This is not your grandfather’s Tea Party. 😉

Invite a friend or four. If you are new to the ideas of liberty we want you to come to with an open mind or a sharp mind for debate.

We’re planning to launch a more active liberty social community here in Boston and would enjoy hearing your ideas about:
> social events
> activism
> spreading ideas
> liberty education

We look forward to meeting you.

Parking or Public Transport
Metered street parking until 8pm or parking around Faneuil Hall/Financial District. Near Aquarium Blue Line Stop.

(Attention liberty groups please consider promoting this event and message me so we can add your organization to our list here or contact us for other suggestions)

When you arrive ask the host for Andreas Decker’s group to find us. We’ll be outside if the weather allows.

What to Do About the Scott Brown Issue?

After a recent post about Scott Brown being far from a liberty-oriented candidate, many responded that it’s important to live in reality, and that we cannot have a perfect candidate. Especially not one who lives in Massachusetts.  

I agree that it’s important to live within the means of reality, and I believe that is exactly what I’m doing – and what others should do as well.  Scott Brown is nowhere near the ideal candidate. However, as I argued in another post, it isn’t only about electing the right candidates.  Because I live in reality and I know that many out there wouldn’t vote for a truly liberty-oriented candidate, I argue that rather than focus all of our efforts on electing the “right” candidate, we focus a good amount of our time on informing people and discussing the ideals of liberty.  If we choose not to do this and to simply continue trying to elect candidates, we will always be given choices like Scott Brown.  Not just in Massachusetts, but in other places as well.  I must admit that I don’t have much hope for Colorado in 2010, and the reason is because I don’t believe enough voters in the state truly believe in liberty.  And so long as that is the case, we will never have a truly pro-liberty man or woman in office.

Remember, it is about us! The people elect those in office.  And while those in office often try to lead the people where they want them to go, most will not be elected or get into office by going completely against an extreme majority in this country.  Therefore, I argue that we must spread the ideals of liberty to everyone and everywhere. And yes, Scott Brown being elected was no surprise, and I didn’t see it happening any other way.  He was elected, and we must understand that, but the goal must now be to showcase the example of Scott Brown, and to KEEP talking about this until we are able to get a liberty-oriented consensus in this country.  All lovers of liberty and freedom must take on the responsibility of selling the principles of liberty if they ever wish to have a better reality.

I’m Glad Scott Brown Voted for the Jobs Bill…

…early on that is.  At least everyone was paying attention.

While myself and others recognized that Scott Brown was not a liberty-loving fellow and were expecting this kind of behavior, it hasn’t been seen that way across the country (until now, hopefully).  All most people knew was that he was running against a Democrat and he said he wouldn’t vote for Obama’s healthcare bill.  But did many listen when he mentioned he wouldn’t vote for it because he thought he could instead make it better?

What I’m trying to say is that we shouldn’t be surprised by his vote to advance this bill.  His stance is that government can and should help people better their lives. He stated that he “…came to Washington to be an independent voice, to put politics aside and to do everything in [his] power to help create jobs for Massachusetts families.” [emphasis mine]  If we wanted a truly liberty-oriented candidate who believes in the constitution, it would have been someone who would never claim that the government is the answer to our problems, rather that they are the problem themselves. Not only should the government not be in the business of bettering anyone’s lives, they are unable to! If you frequent the post office, DMV or pay any attention to politics whatsoever, it should have been clear long ago that the government does not run things well and should be limited to the strict confinements of the constitution. Scott Brown let us down by advancing government rather than diminishing it.

I am glad that Scott made his move when people were watching. All I can hope is that as a nation we are learning our lessons, and it seems that we are. I have been quite pleased with the outrage today by those on the “center-right”, and am happy to see that very few are sticking up for him. However, we still have a long way to go and cannot stop now.  For those of us who truly care about restoring liberty to this republic, there is plenty of hard work ahead.

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