Maybe It’s Not About Sexism or Racism: Maybe They’re Fed Up

“On Tuesday, 59 million people voted for Donald Trump and made him our President-elect.

Did they do it because they’re racist? They hate women? Immigrants? Free trade? Taxes? The Hollywood elite? The establishment?

Maybe. Maybe to all of that, or some of it.

Or maybe they hate the other 59 million people who voted for Hillary Clinton.

The Clinton voters overwhelmingly chalk up the election results to the fact that Trump voters are racist and sexist.

I think those Trump voters hate the Clinton voters not because they actually are racist or sexist, but because they’re constantly being told that they are.”

Read the rest at The Libertarian Republic.

Neither Clinton Nor Trump Is An Option To This Millennial

“I agree with supporters of both candidates when they tell me the other one is unacceptable. America deserves better than this, and I cannot believe the country has wasted six billion dollars to determine which of these terrible people will be the executive for the next four years. Frankly, we could’ve solved huge problems in this country with that money, voluntarily applied.

I have another option. One who is on the ballot in all 50 states. One who would like to lower taxes, legalize cannabis, have a non-interventionist foreign policy, bring troops home, support a woman’s right to choose, gay marriage, free speech, and generally aligns pretty well with the Constitution, if not always perfectly libertarian. On the field he is overwhelmingly the *most* libertarian candidate even when he falters from perfectly libertarian positions. I would 100% unequivocally prefer a country under his leadership than either Clinton’s or Trump’s. Before you say “Aleppo” — he can’t bomb places he can’t name.

I’ll be voting for Gary Johnson and as many Libertarians as I am able to on November 8th. If I wasn’t voting for him, I still wouldn’t be voting for Trump or Clinton. I’d abstain because I cannot in good conscience endorse the presidencies of either of them. I cannot have the inevitable blood on my hands. Neither are acceptable to my conscience.”

Read more at The Libertarian Republic.

 

Former VP Candidate Judd Weiss Releases Final Video Before Election

“He’s got an incredible point to make, and his videos express it succinctly and beautifully.

Government is force. Laws are enforced through the threat of violence. Don’t think they get that far? Just look at Eric Garner and what killed him. Police brutality over an unpaid tax. Every law must be considered by the threat of violence it creates.

There is a better way. A way to voice and to exit. A way to step away from the hate and the force, and to work together to create something better for everyone.

Liberty is a simple concept – don’t harm me, I won’t harm you.”

See Judd’s videos & the story at The Libertarian Republic.

Childhood & Self-Ownership: Is There A Libertarian Way to Parent?

“I don’t want to say that there’s One True Libertarian parenting style. I’m not even a parent, so plenty of people think I’m disqualified from having an opinion, despite the fact that I have been a child and well aware of my own mind, desires, and agency. I’ve also been a nanny to an incredibly self-possessed child I am honored to still influence as she grows.

But I am a libertarian, and I do think that the way I was raised makes my understanding of the principles of self-ownership and non-aggression tremendously engrained in how I reflect on the world, and how I advocate for liberty. How I advocate for myself. How I advocate for others.

I ask anyone who is parenting, or considering parenting, to look at the ways they pressure children or force children. Look at the ways they tell children that they do not own themselves, that they are not responsible for their own bodies, and they are not the best judge of what is okay for them.

How many people take this concept into adulthood? That they are not fit to determine their own lives? That they cannot? That they must rely on their parent, or, when they’ve left the nest, their government?

Self-ownership begins at home.”

Read more at The Libertarian Republic.

Mandatory Minimum Bill Gains Opposition from Surprising Source

“In August, the state legislature of California passed a bill to approve imposing mandatory minimums in sexual assault cases. This bill came about after the surprisingly short six-month sentence of Brock Turner for three counts of felony sexual assault (he was let out after three months for good behavior).

The bill is now awaiting California Governor Jerry Brown’s signature to become law – but there has been a considerable amount of backlash from a group one would generally expect to see in favor of harsher penalties: feminists.

A coalition of 25 feminist organizations have submitted a letter to Governor Brown, urging a veto.”

Read more at The Libertarian Republic.

To Grammy…

“My last living grandparent died a year ago, on August 28, 2015. My father’s mother.

Constance Jacqueline Bouchard Erickson. We called her “Grammy”.She was 83. I don’t have a happy memory to share, really.

I last saw my Grammy when I was about eight or nine years old. I don’t remember much except the smell of cigarettes and particular sensations, like the feeling of the upholstery of her couch and the way her voice touched my ears.”

Read more at Taste it Twice.