Recently an ex-den leader got a petition together and submitted it to the Boy Scouts of America in hopes of getting her job back, from which she was fired after it was found out that she was a lesbian. This provides a great opportunity to talk about discrimination, and in what ways it is legal and illegal.
This is a fun issue because we get to talk about public funding. The way our system of government is setup, it requires that government cannot discriminate against people, that everyone must be treated equally by the law, and that tax payer money must be used in a way that complies with the first two requirements. Continue reading Discrimination: How you can and can’t do it →
The infographic below will help you in all of your researching endeavors when it comes to finding out information on Google. Continue reading How to use Google more effectively →
I’m sure you’ve heard Obama’s recent remark that everyone is going crazy about “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.” You can also be sure that once I come across a good image poking fun at it, I’ll be running it on our Facebook page. For now though, I’d like to talk about this train of thought concerning Progressive Libertarianism.
Originally this organization began as a Facebook group back in early 2009 and has since progressed to become a website that puts out original progressive libertarian oriented content as well as a Facebook page used for the bulk of our discussions sitting at just over 8,200 “Likes” and steadily going up by the day. The organization brings in zero revenue, all hosting expenses are paid out of my pocket, and that is the way it is intended. While it isn’t a business, it is an organization that is designed to deliver and provoke thoughts and ideas that aren’t being presented by others while fostering a rich discussion on a wide variety of political and societal topics in general. Continue reading Somebody else made Progressive Libertarianism happen →
By: Stephen Carter
There’s been a lot of talk about taxes, the 1%, greed, paying your fair share, inequality, etc here lately. It sounds like a bitter struggle among factions that are more intent on talking at one another rather than with one another. People aren’t understanding one another, and to be fair, most aren’t making much effort to be understood. It’s easier to just keep it simple and keep shouting, but people are deluding themselves if they think this is effective by any means.
One thing I can assure you is that there is no such thing as being taxed into prosperity. We are not going to help those who are in poverty or those anywhere below the 1% of the richest in the US for that matter by raising taxes. The problem is fundamentally deeper than collecting and spending taxes. Sure it may make some people feel good that those who are obscenely rich lose some of that money, but it won’t fix anything. Continue reading The 1%, Inequality, & Taxes: There is a racket here →
By: Steven Bateman
“To protect and to serve.” In 1955, this was the motto chosen for the Los Angeles Police Academy and was later adopted by the LAPD itself and many police departments around the country. Yet many folks today, particularly those with libertarian inclinations, distrust the police and view them as enemies.
From where does this distrust originate? In my life, I’ve personally only had a few interactions with law enforcement, and those instances have mostly been positive. It can be easy for someone with my experience to view claims of police abuse as isolated incidents. However, as YouTube, Google, and other media searches will quickly reveal, there is a very serious problem with police today. Illegal searches, excessive force, and even deaths are becoming increasingly common. Continue reading Distrust and Abuse Requires Police to Operate in New Ways →
What if people voted on what candidate aligned with them most closely on issues and not based on who the media gatekeepers thinks you should vote for?
The map is created off the results of over 600,000 quiz takers on the iSideWith site. Users answer 36 questions that cover a range of issues from social, environment, science, foreign policy, domestic policy, immigration, the economy, and healthcare. Their answers are matched up with the candidates answers and then they are shown who they align most closely with.
iSideWith generates state by state breakdowns so you can see which state supports which candidate. I tabulated the data and assigned the electoral votes to the winner of each state. iSideWith included a couple candidates in their questionnaire who will only be on the ballot in a handful of states so I excluded them, but I did include the Constitution, Democrat, Green, Libertarian, and Republican candidates.
A bipartisan group of House members has proposed legislation that would make it easier for people to defend themselves in federal cases for possessing marijuana, if they can show that they are using marijuana for medical purposes in line with relevant state laws.
The Truth in Trials Act, H.R. 6134, was introduced Tuesday by Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), along with an eclectic mix of 15 House Democrats such as Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), and three Republicans, including GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (Texas).
The bill would give people facing federal prosecution for marijuana possession the right to “introduce evidence demonstrating that the marijuana-related activities for which the person stands accused were performed in compliance with state law regarding the medical use of marijuana.” It would also create an affirmative defense under federal law for marijuana possession. Read more
During the 2008 presidential election, John McCain built profile for all of the possible Vice President candidates he would fill out his ticket with. One of those candidates was Mitt Romney, and after a staffer leaked the campaign’s documents to the internet, what you will find below is Romney’s complete profile compiled by the McCain campaign.
You might be surprised at what you find, enjoy. Continue reading Almost everything you ever wanted to know about Mitt Romney →
Recently, I was offered the opportunity to contribute to a book on Libertarianism entitled Why We Left the Left by Tom Garrison. The book is available as an e-book for download from Amazon.com. There are many wonderful stories – each of us explaining how and why we have all moved away from the typical Leftist or Liberal stances, while never really letting go of the ideals that lead us there in the first place. We’ve all found a home in Libertarian thought. No matter what your politics are – it’s an entertaining read. I hope you will purchase the whole book, but here is my submission. Read more
It seems to be that as the United States federal government and the Presidency in particular have gradually morphed into something more like a European monarchy, our attitude towards its sovereignty has shifted. Certainly no state or province or faction of the ruling class would dare to challenge the military might of the United States in a single act of open revolt. But as time goes on we challenge it in small acts of secret revolt. Violation, for example, of our draconian system of immigration laws has become quite common. How many appointees to the federal bench or to the office of Attorney General must be caught in nannygate scandals involving child care payments to illegal aliens made under the table before we get the fact that our governing class, even that part which is directly pledged to enforce the law, routinely ignore this law?
We have a Treasury secretary who cheated on his taxes. But he is not the only one. There are probably more people who buy goods and services via the internet and catalogs who don’t pay sales taxes than people who do. We’ve been rehabbing our 132-year-old home for several years now, and I can tell you, some subcontractors expect to be paid in cash under the table. We follow speed limits when we think they are being enforced only. Dads let their teenaged kids drink beer. People cross the state line to buy fireworks, or any good when the sales tax is lower. People on unemployment compensation stretch it out so they can work on their eBay business.
Retirees buy discount drugs from Canada. Families share prescription antibiotics with other family members for whom they have not been prescribed. A man with cancer smokes marijuana even though he doesn’t live in a medical marijuana state. When we are driving at night and we come to a T in the road with a stop sign and there is no one else around, we slow down and roll through the stop sign. We eschew seatbelt laws when we take short safe jaunts up the block. We let our kids do a little practice driving in the parking lot before they get their learners permit. Continue reading Americans Revolt Billions of Times a Day →
By Stephen Carter
Our society needs to overcome a fear that is dragging us down, the fear of being wrong.
We live in a world where no one wants to be wrong, ever. Obviously this is impossible. The bad thing is that even when we are wrong, many can’t admit it. Think about it, have you ever heard a politician admit that they were wrong? It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does people line up to crucify them for it. Gonna be an awful lot of broken glass around here. Continue reading It’s OK to be wrong →
By: Stephen Carter
It is a line often repeated, libertarians are just potheads who want to get high. Drugs are an issue that many non-libertarians automatically use to define who libertarians are. Continue reading Libertarian Drug Legacy →
Two cities both similar in crime rates have taken two very different approaches to their recruiting and presentation of what kind of police officers they want with their recruiting videos. Which do you prefer?
The first is from Decatur, Georgia, where officers are empathetic and play a role of friendly helpers of the community.
The second is from Orange County, California, with a very different approach showing in your face officers who are tough on crime and are perfectly willing to crack some skulls.
We’re opting for the friendly ones who are genuinely concerned with helping people rather than ruling over them.
Writing in Foreign Affairs, Christopher Swift attempts to show that cause-and-effect is not a concept applicable to foreign policy in “The Drone Blowback Fallacy.” What he ends up doing only reinforces the idea that a government can’t continue butchering children and not expect the parents to one day retaliate. Continue reading The Real Blowback Fallacy →
by Shayne Felberg
Well, it has been almost a year. After lying low for the winter, the Occupy movement is back. The protests have been going on anew for some time. For those outside of this, with a modicum of political savvy, watching this happen, there have been a number of questions on their mind.
The first is – what happens now? They’ve been out protesting for a while now. This made a lot of waves in the beginning, but the financial industry still doesn’t take them seriously. Believe it or not, there is actually a good reason for this, but we’ll get to that in a few. These protests are well and good, but even those like this writer, who are more left than right are wondering – where the heck are we going from here? Continue reading “Occupy’s” future is looking pretty bleak right now… →
The following is a transcript of a speech delivered by Glenn Greenwald at this month’s Socialism 2012 conference (videos above), on the massive growth of government and corporate surveillance and their chilling effects on Americans’ rights. Continue reading Glenn Greenwald: How America’s Surveillance State Breeds Conformity and Fear (Video) →
By: Susan Cassidy
Or whatever it’s called when your blog is attacked by another blog. Shoot, I don’t even have a “blog.” I have contributed twice to the Progressive Libertarian website because I believe in a progressive move toward greater liberty. The name itself confuses people because of the associations we have with both words.
Friday morning I discovered an opinion piece I had written a while back was linked to and quoted in a CNN article about an Obamacare advocate/internet sensation and her reaction to the SCOTUS ruling. Continue reading So I have hate mail…. →
Land of the free, home of the brave. July 4th, Independence Day, proves this. Right?
What’s not to like about this holiday? We’re in the midst of summer at this point, BBQ is in the air, we’re out at the lake, on the beach, in the pool, etc. Parties are abound, many enjoying their drug of choice, alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, caffeine. Good times with family and friends to be had.
History lessons tell us that we “officially” declared our independence that day, our freedom from oppression and tyranny. We birthed a new nation where all men were proclaimed to have been created equally, that we were to be a nation of liberty.
I look at the society around me and take stock of just how much liberty we have. The picture is pretty bleak. We are a nation of oppression, with little liberty to celebrate. Just what the heck are we even celebrating on July 4th? Continue reading July 4th: Why the Celebration? →
A low priority issue here. Nothing to worry about!
Our government spends more than $7 billion annually to enforce marijuana prohibition in shockingly cruel ways, but the efforts have not deterred marijuana use.
Cannabis is one of the most innocuous substances known to humans. Safer than Advil, a little (or a lot) of weed has never killed anybody, nor is it known to induce the kind of violent behavior linked to, say, alcohol. What’s more, marijuana shows great therapeutic promise. It has been proven to reduce nausea associated with several ailments and chemotherapy, help cure post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), slow the progression of multiple sclerosis, and protect eyesight from glaucoma, among other medical benefits.
The side-effects of pot are minimal, especially when compared to legal, often lethal drugs like OxyContin or Xanax. The consequences of a marijuana arrest, however, can be far more damaging than the drug itself.
America’s legal system continues to treat the plant as if the 1920s propaganda film Reefer Madness were true. In the United States — where a marijuana arrest occurs every 42 seconds, on average — the war on pot has disastrous consequences for its victims. Here are 10 of the most shameful examples in which the crime – related to weed — does not even come close to matching the punishment. Read more
From the perspective of somebody with a background in digital archiving, copyright is a squatter’s right, defined by the ability to deny content to others.
The overwhelming majority of works are not Harry Potter, still sold, published, and making money. Most materials under copyright are not reprinted, not available, not distributed, with the rights no longer belonging to those responsible for its creation. But if an archivist tried to digitize it and make any of it available to their patrons without permission…wham! Infringement lawsuit. Read more
Oh great, first the war on drugs, now a war on internet trolls.
And everyone else suffers because of police incompetence and brutality.
Dressed in full protective gear, police broke the storm door of the home at 616 East Powell Ave. — the Milans’ front door was already open on the hot summer day. They also broke a front window. They tossed a flashbang stun grenade into the living room that made a deafening blast. A short distance away, a local television crew’s cameras were rolling. The police had invited the station to videotape the forced entry of the residence. Read more
Last month, a “senior administration official” said the number of civilians killed in drone strikes in Pakistan under President Obama is in the “single digits.” But last year “U.S. officials” said drones in Pakistan killed about 30 civilians in just a yearlong stretch under Obama.
Both claims can’t be true. Read more
States’ rights, they’re cool, hip, and everyone’s talking about them. The question is, why are they talking about them, and how exactly do states have rights? Continue reading States’ Rights: What are you talking about? →
In preparation for equipping the volunteers of our campaign, I went in search of a printable map of our district yesterday. With the newly drawn lines from the 2010 census going into effect for the first time this year, Texas House District 56 looks quite different from before. Continue reading Outdated district maps in an election year? The Texas government doesn’t care →
As you may or may not know, we host daily discussions on a slew of topics through our Facebook page. We recently decided to talk about Georgia’s denial of the KKK’s application to adopt a highway, and of course contradiction ensues. Continue reading Progressive Libertarianism defends the KKK? Not Exactly… →
Voting once every four years, or two? Not at all? Does it all feel pretty hopeless, like a waste of time? No offense, but if this is what you’re doing, it essentially is a waste of time. Continue reading Voting: A series of steps to better government →
In a segment that’s bound to ruffle the feathers of some progressives, Bill Maher had some strong, sarcastic words for the Occupy Wall Street movement on Friday’s episode of “Real Time.”
His overall message: it’s time to leave the parks and get in the game. After citing some upcoming OWS plans, including an event on July 4 that will “facilitate a visioning process” as well as a gathering of the OWS “guitarmy” (i.e. a guitar army), Maher explained what OWS’ next step should actually be: Instead of organizing interstate hootenannies, maybe it’s time for Occupy Wall Street to actually participate in the American political process. That means, boring stuff like canvassing neighborhoods, raising money, running candidates for office, manning phone banks and making a baby with John Edwards. Read more
—Yes, you actually have to get out there and participate, which means more than voting once every 2 or 4 years, in order to have a real effect.
The Texas primary was held yesterday and after reviewing the results, almost every incumbent won their party’s nomination or are on their way to winning in a runoff, all except for one.
In the Democratic primary for the House seat representing El Paso, eight-term incumbent Silvestre Reyes faced an unexpected challenger in Beto O’Rourke, who formerly served on the El Paso city council. The race garnered media attention, largely focusing on O’Rourke’s support for marijuana legalization. Continue reading Marijuana Law Reform Supporter Dethrones Eight-Term Incumbent in El Paso Primary →
It seems that memorial day takes on a new and greater meaning for me every year.
When I was a child, it was just another holiday to me. As a teenager, it became essentially a day to become infatuated with soldiers and to dream of one day becoming a soldier, a marine in particular. Due to some injuries in high school, enlisting became unobtainable. Once I hit my 20′s though, my entire perspective began to radically change. Continue reading Memorial Day: Mourning, not Celebrating →