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Liberty Explained is your guide to libertarianism. Your hosts Chris Spangle, Julia Geier, and Levie Rainey break down a complicated movement and ideology to understand ways. We are a resource to share with friends when they have tough questions. Hopefully, we will answer some questions you might have yourself along the way. Please send your questions to ask@wearelibertarians.com. This podcast is produced by the We Are Libertarians Network.

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Liberty Explained is your guide to libertarianism. Your hosts Chris Spangle, Julia Geier, and Levie Rainey break down a complicated movement and ideology to understand ways. We are a resource to share with friends when they have tough questions. Hopefully, we will answer some questions you might have yourself along the way. Please send your questions to ask@wearelibertarians.com. This podcast is produced by the We Are Libertarians Network.

    Is my vote on a third-party candidate wasted?

    Is my vote on a third-party candidate wasted?

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    • "Of Two Evils, Choose Neither" Pastor CH Spurgeon
    • Isn't it ironic that both duopoly parties who sell voters a utopia of
    perfection, riches, and paradise, still preach that to get there, you must first compromise your morals and accept their largely flawed, or at the minimum highly imperfect candidate.
    • Does this sound like the starting point for the world they claim to be able to achieve? If you believe so much of your livelihood is dependent on who the President of the United States is, that inherently means that the Office of the President is MUCH too powerful.
    • Unless you believe this is your last ever election on this earth, voting to give the duopoly candidate more power will only leave you with a worse choice 4 years down the line, this is why both parties pitch the line that "This election is too important" to: vote your conscience, express your true voice, reject both parties and stay home, or demand a better choice. So suck it up, hold your breath, vote for their candidate and your life will magically be improved.
    • If enough people in any one state vote third-party that that thin Gold line on CNN/Fox/MSNBC says 2%,5%,10%, this wakes up the whole country to the possibility of an alternative and starts a narrative that the duopoly lives in constant fear of, free will and alternatives. Why can't this be your state, and why can't you be a part of it? Especially if your state is solidly Red or Blue anyway and your vote will have no impact on the result.
    • Change takes courage.
    • A vote belongs to you and not another party. If these two parties do not
    represent you then an L vote will register as a visible, measurable
    protest against them. It says “there’s a market for these ideas.”
    • Exit polls are considered the most reliable of all polling. It often shows
    that a candidate will pull small amounts evenly from the other two parties, but the vast majority of votes are from independents, first-time voters, or re-activated voters that now see an option on their ballot that represents them.
    • The electoral college means your vote is negligible due to gerrymandering. So really, what have you got to lose?

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    • 20 min
    Can the Libertarian Party "win"?

    Can the Libertarian Party "win"?

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    • Well let's define "win". Win in the sense of receive the most electoral votes in a national Presidential election? No, there is an infinitesimally small chance the Libertarian candidate beats the Republican or Democratic candidate for President. This race is generally viewed as a marketing tool to explain broader libertarian concepts as a result. The best evidence may be the interest of the listener tuning in because it is a Presidential year.
    • This being said, the Libertarian Party's job at a national level as a minority party is to use its support and voice to impact duopoly party policy in a way that expands individual freedoms and limits government interference.
    • From this perspective, there are "wins" to be had in working with both parties. On a local level, any candidate can win an election, and given the old adage "all politics is local" it's crucial to have
    • Liberty-minded candidates on a local level to prove our party's ability to govern.
    • There are many Libertarians serving in government in local races. - https://my.lp.org/elected-officials/
    • One other benefit of a third party is the impact of a candidate on the eventual victor. For example, in 2012, when Rupert Boneham ran for Governor of Indiana as Libertarian, one of his platform planks was expanding school choice into vocational training. The eventual victor, Mike Pence, tested the idea, it polled well, and he adopted it and ran campaign commercials on it. As governor, he enacted the policy.
    • Do converted Congressmen count as wins? Justin Amash or Laura Ebke? - Any action that expands awareness of the Libertarian movement, and advances our overall goal of Liberty in our Lifetime is a win. Justin & Laura have had an immeasurable positive impact on our party and that goal, and we hope more sitting representatives and Senators, and local government officials, begin to act their conscience and identify with their true ideology in declaring for the Libertarian Party. The more willing to do it, the more publicly acceptable it instantly becomes. Social proof is a powerful concept.

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    • 13 min
    Why Can't a Libertarian Party Candidate get into the Presidential Debates?

    Why Can't a Libertarian Party Candidate get into the Presidential Debates?

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    • When it comes to the national Presidential debates, they are run by a Bipartisan (again not NON-partisan) Committee on Presidential Debates, formed on the (Bipartisan) National Commission on Elections goal of explicitly "turning over responsibility and sponsorship for the debates to the two major political parties", again, the duopoly assigns itself control of election "fairness".
    • This was in direct response to the 1980 presidential election where third parties took over 8% of the vote and backfired in 1992 when Ross Perot took almost 20% of the popular vote as an Independent.
    • The CPD is the definition of shady politics, as it sells sponsorships to the major corporate interests, signs secret memorandums of understanding with the duopoly candidates, has confirmed they share questions/topics with campaigns in advance, has 6 secretive donors who no American is able to know the identity of, maintains government tax-exempt status while not doing any of the required non-profit work necessary to retain that title, has detained a major party candidate for 8 hours after she attempted to access the debate stage, and has private, unidentified funding for the constant barrage of lawsuits by Americans who want a fair election.
    • The best thing to do here is challenging the sponsors, as three major corporate interests ended their sponsorship in 2012 after public pressure due to non-inclusionary tactics preventing third party voices from participating. In 2020, the corporate sponsors include Anheuser-Busch, AARP, The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, The Kovler Fund, The National Governors Association, and Philips.
    • The board includes several career government workers, former politicians, corporate and special interest CEOs, former media executives, College Deans & Presidents, and former political party chairs, aka no one with any incentive to ever consider a third-party voice.

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    • 11 min
    What is The "NAP" or Non-Aggression Principle?

    What is The "NAP" or Non-Aggression Principle?

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    • The "NAP" or Non-Aggression Principle is the belief that initiating or threatening any forceful interference against an individual, their property, or their right to liberty is morally wrong. While many libertarians vary on their definition or forceful interference, property, when/how to apply the NAP, and proper responses to an aggressor, the movement is largely built on the defining principle, which boils down to "don’t hurt people and don’t take their stuff". It is in contrast to Pacifism in that it allows a forceful defense.
    • Mary Ruwart in her book Healing Our World calls this the Good Neighbor Policy. "Therefore, our program for peace had two parts: 1. honesty, tolerance, and respect towards others and their property (i.e. refraining from threatening first-strike force, theft, or fraud); and 2. repairing any damage we caused by violating the first part. We will refer to this dual approach of honoring our neighbor's choice and righting our wrongs as the practice of "nonaggression," the Good Neighbor Policy, or libertarianism."

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    • 18 min
    How does one begin the road to becoming politically active?

    How does one begin the road to becoming politically active?

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    Just start! Most feel they need a master class in political science to work on campaigns. On-the-job training is the most effective way to learn. 

    Find a candidate that shares your value and contact their campaign to get involved. 

    Basic volunteering like envelope stuffing, door knocking, yard sign distribution, or phone banking are a good start. 

    Don't take on too much. Sometimes a small campaign will ask a new person to be a campaign manager. This can lead to volunteer frustration and you'll burn out quickly. While campaign work can be uncomfortable or time-consuming, it shouldn't be frustrating.

    Also check out our training podcast called Upward - Libertarian Activism. 

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    Is Libertarianism more a mindset or a set of values?

    Is Libertarianism more a mindset or a set of values?

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    It is both! Libertarianism focuses on extending personal morality and ethics into societal organization. In other words, we want communities to follow the same rules we were taught as kids: Don't hit others, don't take their stuff, and don't lie or cheat. 

    Unfortunately, government is organized around the premise that these things are ok if enough people agree. If voters collectively decide to murder or steal from other individuals with 51% of the vote, then they believe the morality changes. Libertarians don't. 

    So enacting these values requires a mindset shift. It requires a mental shift for individuals that have lived under a different paradigm their entire lives. 

    The more one examines their values through this new way of thinking, the more empowering the ideology becomes. As individuals begin to think about taking responsibility for their own lives and communities, they get excited about the opportunities this new path affords. 

    One small example of this is the shopping cart. After purchasing items at a store, people will head to the their car in the parking lot and unload groceries. Once the cart is empty, a person faces a choice.

    They can leave the cart in the middle of the parking spot to inconvenience both the next parker and the employee corralling carts. Or they can put the cart in the corral and maintain order. 

    Most put their carts away, but some don't. The market has a fix for these "bad actors." Most stores employ a coraller. Other stores like Aldis use financial incentives to persuade individuals to act in a responsible manner. 

    Suppose stores hired an armed security guard to threaten any person not returning the cart. Would this make the relationship between customer and store more or less tense? Would it cost the store business? The answer is yes. 

    Government operates this way. It rejects the peaceful path used by an Aldi and monopolizes force. In other words, it puts all other stores out of business or takes them over and standardizes the more violent approach. 

    Libertarianism advocates for the original peaceful path by reminding individuals of their personal responsibilities, their right to be left alone, and providing solutions to handle complex problems.  

    • 13 min

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thatguy188 ,

This kind of podcast is needed BUT

Like the title says, a podcast like this needs to exist. The issue however is when the first episode seems to make fun of “Cart Pushers” by calling them “Cart Boy” and “Cart Monkey”, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. They’re doing a job that if they didn’t, you’d be ramming buggies due to people like the host. Disappointed unfortunately.

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