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Happy Hour – with a dash of political debate and discourse

Join Fellow Liberty Lovers for Happy Hour & Political Discourse at Liberty on the Rocks Denver!

Grab a drink, make some new friends and share your ideas for the future of liberty! See event details below:

When: Wednesday, January 19 (6-7PM & 7-9PM)
Where: Choppers Sports Grill (look for us in the dining room!)
What: Happy Hour along with a political mock debate and discussion

*Happy Hour 7-9PM

Special Guest: Justin Longo

We will be joined by Justin Longo of the Independence Institute (rescheduled from last week). Mr. Longo will briefly discuss the topic: Myths of the Rational Voter, providing us an opportunity to begin contemplating new ways to make an impact, including steps we can take to become activists for liberty on a daily basis.

*Pre-Meeting “Debate” 6-7PM

Political Mock Debate (Open to All!) Rescheduled!

Are you a defender of freedom wishing to enhance your communication skills when it comes to promoting America’s founding principles?

Well there is no better way than to practice! So why not do it with friends before you attempt to make your case to others?

Liberty on the Rocks Denver has rescheduled their first political mock debate for next Wednesday (Jan. 19) to help our members and guests become better advocates for freedom by sharpening their communication skills. The “debate” will be friendly in nature, and will be made up of two teams and two to three judges. Our topic will be whether or not the government should stimulate the economy. The goal is to get members of both teams to consider how they would respond to these principles, as well as how the other side would.

Anyone is welcome to join us for this special pre-meeting from 6-7PM in the back room of Choppers Sports Grill. Whether you’d like to participate as a debater, a judge or a member of the audience – we hope you will attend!

If you would like to participate, please sign up here!

The Right to Earn a Living (book signing)

The Independence Institute and Liberty on the Rocks cordially invite you to attend an evening with Timothy Sandefur, CATO adjunct scholar and author of the new book The Right to Earn a Living.

Location:

The Independence Institute
13952 Denver West Parkway, Suite 400
Golden, CO 80401

The right to earn a living and enjoy the fruits of one’s labor is a fundamental human right, guaranteed by the Constitution. But government now intrudes on this right in countless ways, imposing unnecessary training requirements on workers, forbidding businesses from lowering their prices, confiscating wealth, rewriting contracts, and fostering frivolous lawsuits against business owners. In his new book, The Right to Earn A Living, Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Timothy Sandefur details the fascinating history of the Constitution’s protections for economic freedom, and describes some of the remarkable cases in which he has helped defend entrepreneurs from intrusive government.

For more information or to RSVP, email Mary@i2i.org or call 303-279-6536.

The Good American Post

Thanks to our new friends at The Good American Post for linking to us this morning and promoting our cause for liberty! I was able to meet their Chief Executive Officer and Publisher Tisha Casida and Operations Manager Steve Thompson at Liberty On The Rocks Red Rocks this past Monday, where we hosted featured guest Pete Coors.

The mission of The Good American Post is to promote freedom as well as to help support small business by providing the tools necessary for interested parties to establish their own local news source, while simultaneously creating a profit. The publication, which is available both online and in print, provides communities access to local and national news, with a focus on promoting non-biased information on governance, the economy and sustainability. Anyone interested in working with the Good American Post to publish their own local newspaper can find their contact information here. Tisha from the GAP will be joining the Liberty Bus for their 2 week tour across the United States, which will end in Washington D.C. in time for the big 9/12 Rally on the steps of the capitol.

It is so rare to see the liberty viewpoint addressed in the mainstream media, so it is up to us to establish our own. A great quote by Mahatma Gandhi encourages us to, “Be the change [we] want to see in the world”. We cannot emulate the believers of big government who simply wait for them to get it right. If the media won’t cover our stories and viewpoints on freedom, we must cover them ourselves.  This is why I very much support what this group is doing.

That being said, just because an individual decides to start one of these publications (or any other for that matter) under the banner of “freedom” or “liberty” does not mean all aspects of it will be perfect. With different individuals come different perspectives. It’s amazing how many different opinions I have heard from people in the “liberty movement” on the same topic. We simply cannot assume everyone in the business of writing or blogging for “freedom” is going to be correct on every issue. And yes, I do believe aside from personal opinions (i.e. I like chocolate better than vanilla) that fact is fact and there is no gray area. There are, for example, aspects of The Good American Post that I would take issue with, namely their focus on sustainable food systems and keeping dollars local. I personally believe that we need to trade, trade, trade! with all of the world, rather than focus on keeping our dollars within our communities (that gives us a much larger population to trade with!). However, as I briefly read through their website I was given the impression that they would also be open to discussing this issue and others through the lens of opposing viewpoints. I do hope that is the case, as I believe discussion is vital to our success. I myself do not profess to know everything, and according to her bio, neither does Tisha of the GAP. That is the first step to even getting to the point of having a dialogue!

For me, almost nothing is more important than education and information gathering, especially for those who write on the topic of freedom or plan to discuss its merits with anyone, let alone the news media. If we seek to enlighten others with the philosophy of liberty (a very worthy endeavor), we must first begin with fully enlightening ourselves.

After the Flood in Nashville…. Liberty Lives On!

As the waters recede, we are happy to note that MAFIAoZA’s came through the flood mostly unscathed. Join your fellow lovers of liberty to swap flood stories, ideas for how to keep government small while we rebuild, and tip back a few brews, iced tea, or other beverages. Please feel free to bring lots of friends!

Location:

Mafiaoza’s
2400 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN

Join Liberty Lovers in Tempe this Tuesday!

Come join fellow liberty-minded individuals and political activists to discuss rights, duties, and an individual’s relationship to government.

Sure, they have tanks but even one man with the necessary conviction can halt an army.

RSVP on Facebook.

Location:

Monti’s La Casa Vieja
100 S. Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ

Is the Economy Recovering?

The stimulus is supposed to save the economy from depression, right? Isn’t that why the Obama and Bush administrations spent trillions of our hard earned dollars? But has the economy been “stimulated” (sounds dirty, doesn’t it?), or has it simply been propped up, only to fall apart again as soon as the money runs out?

To consider this idea, let’s look at how the “stimulus” is actually created. The math is simple. The government takes from Joe to give to Sally. But of course, there are always administrative fees to take out of the process. So it looks like this: The government takes from Joe, keeps a little for themselves, and then gives to Sally. Vwalla! The economy has been stimulated! Or has it?

Gerald Celente, Founder and Director of the Trends Research Institute, has an interesting view of what will happen with the economy.  His main assertion? Current economic gains are not real and cannot last. This gentleman is worth checking out.

The important thing to consider when the government claims they are trying to protect you (as in the current Goldman Sachs Fraud case), is that no matter how much they believe they can – they can’t. The government cannot protect us from anything. And history shows, they not only create many of the problems we see today, they also make them far worse.