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Published June 21, 2011 in Talking Points by Sharon Harris
Libertarians understand how important property is. Without protection of property, there can be no freedom.
For many people, however, particularly potential libertarians and allies on the left, the word "property" doesn't have the same positive connotation that it has for libertarians.
Some people hear "property" to mean exclusively land. For some, the mental picture the word "property" evokes is a narrow and negative one. They may visualize starving masses peering through high fences as the rich loll about on (Read More)
Published June 07, 2011 in Talking Points by Sharon Harris
Ouch! Libertarians sometimes get hit with hostile questions from people who don't understand the ideas of liberty and free markets. Mention free markets, ending the War on Drugs, or replacing government schools with private alternatives, for example, and some people will go ballistic. They will think you're crazy, or have evil intentions, or both -- and they'll let you know it. "End government welfare? Do you hate the poor?" "Make (Read More)
Published May 17, 2011 in Talking Points by Zach Varnell
by Sharon Harris
Suppose you had a really nice house you wanted to sell. When a prospective buyer came by, would your opening line be, "You may have heard about houses like this falling down, but that's not true about this house." If you owned a restaurant, would you advertise, "Our burgers aren't the kind that make people sick -- honest!" Of course you wouldn't. But that's exactly what I've heard many libertarians do when they're introducing others to libertarian ideas. They (Read More)
Published April 25, 2011 in Talking Points by Zach Varnell
by Sharon Harris
McDonald's doesn't sell hamburgers. It sells Big Macs. Coca-Cola doesn't sell cola drinks. It sells Cokes. These companies want you to think of their stores and their products when you are ready to buy. And they want you to come back. Again and again. For the same reason, when you are talking or writing about libertarian ideas, use the words "libertarian" or "libertarianism." This accomplishes two vital things. 1) It helps people become aware of (Read More)