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Libertarianism Is Now A Young Persons Game

The Libertarian Vindicator

The rise of Gary Johnson in the polls the last few months has brought forth a new idea in American politics. With the rise of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as their party leaders, many people are moving away from the idea of the two-party system and the idea of having to be backed into a corner to support a particular Presidential candidate.

Libertarianism is now taking hold as a legitimate political philosophy like it never has before. Part of this has been the Libertarian Party not trying hard enough to spread their message, and now it is becoming people opening their eyes to the ideas that Libertarians stand for.

I recently had a conversation with an educated person about the current election. He asked me what Libertarians actually stand for. I was taken back at first, but then soon realized that most people, even the educated ones, had never taken…

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What Liberty is all about – Jay Polk

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Editor’s note: Jay Polk is a former chair of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee and a good friend of mine…

I love each and every one of you. Here’s how you know: I don’t want to force you to change your lifestyle. I don’t want to force you to give away your money or property. I don’t want to control what you do with, or to, your body. I don’t want to send you or your children to foreign lands to die in a war. Ladies and gentlemen, this is what Love is all about. And it’s no coincidence that this is what Liberty is all about as well.

Our world is severely lacking in our Love for one another which, I believe, stems from the fact that many people do not love themselves. We are told that we cannot make important decisions about our lives without the government’s wise and powerful hand. That without them, our world would descend into chaos. Libertarians know the opposite is true.

Government divides and isolates. Those who need charity no longer have to seek help from their community. Those who want to spread their beliefs no longer have to knock on doors and talk to their friends and neighbors. The government does these things for them through coercion and deceit.

Libertarians know that through voluntary relationships, we find our self-worth. By interacting with our neighbors, we build a stronger community. By loving ourselves, we can love each other and share the Liberty that comes along with it.

The secret LSD-fuelled CIA experiment that inspired Stranger Things – Richard Vine

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Spoiler alert: this article discusses the plot of season one of Stranger Things.

With its blend of 1980s nostalgia, pesky kids on BMXs, Stephen King-style small town horror and pulsing synth soundtrack, Stranger Things has been one of the TV hits of the summer.

But just as strange as its plot about a missing child, a freaky Demogorgon monster, the bizarre Upside Down parallel dimension and Winona Ryder’s obsession with Christmas lights is the story behind Project MKUltra, the real-life inspiration for the show’s shadowy government research facility.

When police chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) uncovers a reference to MKUltra in the evil Dr Brenner’s past (thanks to a diligent search of microfiche newspaper cuttings), it’s a nod to viewers that series creators, the Duffer brothers, were drawing not just their love of Spielberg but also a moment when truth was as strange as fiction.

As Matt Duffer has said, Stranger Things evolved from being a paranormal story about a missing child when they started “talking about some of the mysterious government experiments that … were happening at the tail end of the cold war, right when rumoured [projects] like MKUltra were ramping down”.

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Source: The secret LSD-fuelled CIA experiment that inspired Stranger Things | Television & radio | The Guardian

Psychedelics: The Trip from Criminality to Validity – Jack Owen

Almost all native cultures have integrated psychedelic healing into their way of life. However, since the War on Drugs began in 1971 in response to the counter-culture movement of the 1960s, Western civilization has turned its back on the idea that psychedelics could have any medical benefit.

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Source: Psychedelics: The Trip from Criminality to Validity – Reality Sandwich

The Trump Train is broken – Ben Farmer

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Editor’s Note…

Ben Farmer is the Director of Public Relations for the Libertarian Party of Texas and a good friend of mine.

Seriously, it’s time to talk strategy. This one is for all of you ‪#‎neverhillary‬ people.

The Trump train is broken. Trump has gained zero support since the primaries. The same folks who supported him then, support him now, and those literally are the only folks. He cannot win. He is a sinking ship. The only hope you have to beat Hillary is to come over to the one candidate who can beat Hillary: Gary Johnson. Together we can defeat what she stands for: more war, more taxes, fewer freedoms, and less security. The Trump folks will try to tell you to vote for him because he’s the only hope to beat her… but he cannot beat her, you know he cannot beat her, and you don’t want to vote for him anyway.

Vote for someone better. Vote for someone who has a chance. Vote for someone who can voice your hope. Vote for Gary Johnson.

 

Nonviolent – Gary Johnson 2016 Ad (Unofficial) – Sharif Matar

 

Editors Note…

I first found this on the Republicans for Gary Johnson Facebook page

This Libertarian welcomes these Republicans and everyone brave enough to admit the truth that the War on Drugs has been an utter failure, ruining millions of lives and wasting billions of dollars.

Like alcoholism, drug abuse has ruined many lives. However, like alcoholism, we should treat drug abuse as a health issue.

Doctors, families, friends, the faith community, etc., can help substance abusers much more compassionately and effectively than law enforcement, prosecutors, judges and prison wardens ever could…

In Liberty,

The Libertarian Hippie

Fox Business latest channel to host Libertarian town hall – POLITICO

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Fox Business Network will host a town hall with the Libertarian Party presidential ticket of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, the channel announced Tuesday.

John Stossel will moderate the town hall, which will air on Friday, Aug. 26 at 9 PM, in Stossel’s normal timeslot. According to FBN, “Stossel will focus on the major differences between the Libertarian, Republican and Democratic platforms, as well as on economic, social and defense issues.

Fox Business, which hosted a Libertarian debate earlier this year, now joins CNN in hosting town halls with the third party ticket. CNN has hosted two town halls with Johnson and Weld.

Source: Fox Business latest channel to host Libertarian town hall – POLITICO

U.S. Congressman Scott Rigell (R-VA) Endorsed Gary Johnson For President

No one wants to be first. As a politician, sticking your neck out and endorsing outside of your party is a risk that few are ever willing to take. It only happens in the most extraordinary of circumstances – like when your party’s nominee is Donald Trump. There are scores of elected Republicans who have said they’ll never vote for Trump but they’ve been unwilling to be the first to endorse Gary Johnson instead. That seal has now been broken. U.S. Congressman Scott Rigell endorsed Gary Johnson for President.

In an interview with the New York Times the Virginia Republican, who came out against Trump several months ago, announced that he would be voting for Gary Johnson this November. Until now Rigell has been a vocal opponent of Donald Trump. One of his deepest concerns is that Trump is not “equipped in temperament, judgement, or character to lead our troops”. The Congressman was warning of this back in March but no one in the party listened to him. The RNC is only figuring it out now that Trump isn’t going to change and his campaign is only going to sink faster.

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Source: U.S. Congressman Scott Rigell (R-VA) Endorsed Gary Johnson For President

Let Libertarian Gary Johnson debate Clinton and Trump – Chicago Tribune

For many Americans, this presidential race is a train wreck in progress.

CNN’s latest poll says Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are viewed unfavorably by a majority of voters. A majority! Clinton’s negative number is bad — 55 percent — but Trump’s is catastrophic: 70 percent have an unfavorable opinion of him. The Pew Research Center says 4 in 10 voters find it hard to choose; they think neither would make a good president.

But if many Americans see their options as casting a hold-your-nose vote or staying home, others wonder about a third-party candidate. We saw that interest spike after a July 7 editorial exploring potential alternatives, as readers found their way to our website to learn about Gov. Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party.

By July 19 when Johnson, the leading third-party candidate, met with the Tribune Editorial Board, his CNN poll numbers had climbed to 13 percent. That visit, again, led to a bump in web traffic, social media “shares” and reader feedback. Voters want to know more.

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Source: Let Libertarian Gary Johnson debate Clinton and Trump – Chicago Tribune

The Hidden Psychedelic History of Philosophy: Plato, Nietzsche, and 11 Other Philosophers Who Used Mind-Altering Drugs

Philosophy itself often arrives as a mind-altering experience, a new mode of perception unto our cosmos, at times so radical as to be hazardous. Thus can philosophy be seen as a psychoactive substance—yet the place of psychoactive substances in philosophy is not apparent. In this mildly chronological overview we shall shed light upon the history of the notable western philosophers who took psychedelic chemicals and how this may have influenced their thought—how psychedelics influenced philosophy.

Source: The Hidden Psychedelic History of Philosophy: Plato, Nietzsche, and 11 Other Philosophers Who Used Mind-Altering Drugs | High Existence

RLC & #NeverTrump Leaders Found Republicans For Johnson/Weld SuperPAC

The Republican Party is cracking. It has been for some time now. Although the party leadership had hoped that the convention would bring the various sects back together the opposite has happened. The GOP is more divided than ever before and every word out of Donald Trump’s mouth continues to make that worse. There is a significant plurality of both moderate establishment Republicans and libertarian conservatives that are breaking away. This split was made more public recently when Republican Liberty Caucus and #NeverTrump movement leaders started the Republicans for Johnson/Weld SuperPAC.

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Source: RLC & #NeverTrump Leaders Found Republicans For Johnson/Weld SuperPAC

The “Acid King,” Serving Life Without Parole, Speaks to The Influence

(Written by Seth Ferranti)

Convicted of making obscene amounts of LSD at a former nuclear missile silo, William Leonard Pickard—aka “The Acid King”—was sentenced to life without parole in the federal prison system in 2003.

Now 70 years old, Pickard is still steadfastly fighting this unjust and inhumane sentence, trying to regain his freedom. He’s doing so with the help of his exceptional intellectual arsenal. An alumnus of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, with degrees in chemistry and public policy, he was formerly a research associate in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School, a fellow of the Interfaculty Initiative on Drugs and Addictions at Harvard, and deputy director of the Drug Policy Analysis Program at UCLA.

In November 2000 the DEA raided the LSD lab inside Atlas E, the old nuclear missile silo in Wamego, Kansas, after a tip from an informant—the man who owned the silo, who was granted immunity by the prosecution in return for his testimony against Pickard.

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Source: The “Acid King,” Serving Life Without Parole, Speaks to The Influence | TheInfluence

Gary Johnson Winning Among Independents Nationally at 34%

The Libertarian Vindicator

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According to the Independent Voter Project, there is a clear winner among independents nationally for the November election.

Receiving nearly 32,000 responses, the IVN survey posed three questions to respondents: 1. If the election were held today, which presidential candidate would you vote for? 2. Of the listed candidates (4-way race), who would you approve of being the next president? 3. Which political party, if any, best represents your views?

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In the first question, which incorporates the choose-one, plurality voting method used in U.S. elections, Gary Johnson leads among the IVN audience with 35% of responses. Jill Stein came in second with 31%. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton polled at 13% and 9%, respectively, while a notable 12% wrote in an unlisted candidate.

It is clear from this new poll that the American people are looking for an alternative to the crazy that they have to chose from among the major party candidates.

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Meet Moxie Marlinspike, the Anarchist Bringing Encryption to All of Us

Moxie Marlinspike’s ingenious code protects texts and calls from snoops and spies. That has privacy advocates celebrating—and law enforcement worried.

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Source: Meet Moxie Marlinspike, the Anarchist Bringing Encryption to All of Us | WIRED

Gary Johnson Summed Up Hillary In Four Words “She Is The Establishment”

Gary Johnson summed up Hillary Clinton in four words: “she is the establishment”. As Johnson went on to explain in this short clip, nothing will change if Hillary is elected President.

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Source: Gary Johnson Summed Up Hillary In Four Words “She Is The Establishment”

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