One of the themes of the Occupy Wall Street movement was a call for more direct democracy in our political system, shifting power from elected representatives directly to the people. But is this a good idea? Or, to paraphrase James Bovard, are we in danger of having a system where two wolves and a sheep vote on what to have for dinner?
LearnLiberty has a great new video explaining why rule of the majority is not compatible with individual rights:
My colleague Dan Mitchell also has a great post on it here.
From the Charles G. Koch Institute’s Crony Chronicles project:
Every year the Competitive Enterprise Institute offers a special fellowship in honor of the late syndicated-columnist Warren T. Brookes. The program seeks to identify young journalists who wish to improve their skills and work in issue areas related to free market economics.
Some of the many notable WTB alums include Tim Carney, Michelle Malkin, and Brian Doherty. Click here fore more information on the fellowship and how to apply.
At the ChicagoNow blog, AFF national chapter coordinator Richard Lorenc talks about his experience representing America’s Future Foundation at the Chicago Printers Row Lit Fest, the Midwest’s largest outdoor literary festival. He writes:
Although most visitors were curious about libertarianism, a handful believed they understood libertarianism well enough to make some pretty confused or even outrageous statements.
Some believed, for instance, that all libertarians are anarchists, they have to be members of the Libertarian Party, and advocate for absolute pacifism. Lorenc summarizes the top ten misunderstandings of libertarianism that he encountered and his rebuttals here.
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton spoke at a luncheon organized by AFF Pittsburgh and the St. Vincent College Center for Political and Economic Thought, offering a grim picture of “American decline in the world.” Read the full article at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
AFF’s May 17 Roundtable at The Fund for American Studies in Washington, DC featured a discussion on the dynamic of religion and liberty with our distinguished panel of experts: Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Minaret of Freedom Institute; Ed Hudgins, The Atlas Society, Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work and Economics.
Jacqueline Otto, who also moderated the event, published her thoughts on AEI’s Values & Capitalism blog.
The Daily Caller covers Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-WI) remarks at AFF’s 2012 Gala held last Thursday night at the Arts Club of Washington. Watch the video of Sen. Johnson’s remarks below and read the full article by the DC‘s Michelle Fields here.
A month before Tax Day, the Institute for Justice is getting ready to take the IRS to court. Teaming up with three independent tax preparers, IJ is filing suit against the IRS in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the IRS’s statutory authority to impose its protectionist licensing scheme (since Congress never gave the IRS the authority to license tax preparers). Check out the video below:
Interested in shaping the face of the liberty movement with your graphic design skills? The Charles Koch Institute‘s Liberty Artists Guild project is having a poster design contest to show how government is in your home. Click here to enter and for full details on the contest (submission deadline extended through 3/19).
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