I’m starting a libertarian group on my campus, but we’re mostly socially progressive. Crowdsource question:

What are the biggest, easiest, most devastating ways to alienate ourselves from conservatives? To be clear, we are trying to NOT do that. Another way of asking this would be, what bugs you most about libertarians?

(self-identifying conservatives answer only, please)

I identify between the two. Something that has always bothered me about a lot of people who label themselves as libertarians is that they actually seem to be more liberal than libertarian. They want government to be involved in all these things instead of as little as possible. Government is a necessary evil, but it should be limited. Something that bothers me about a lot of conservatives is that they seem to bring a lot of religious reasons as to why they should or should not have government involvement in things. Take for example: The Blue Law. In Texas, after midnight on Saturday, you cannot buy or serve alcohol until noon on Sunday. This law restricts alcohol sales for religious reasons instead of logical ones. This limits sales on alcohol and limits a bar or other establishment’s ability to make money because of someone else’s religious views. There is no logic to this law, it is religious. Now something like, say, driving under the influence has both logical and religious reasons for people wanting to outlaw it. Which has a much better argument than something that is purely religious. I’m not saying all of these things apply to all people of each group, by any means. We are all individuals regardless of what party we most identify with. I’m just saying things that bother me about what I have seen from groups. Good luck on forming your libertarian group! :D
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"Years ago I learned a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it. I never actually booked Robin Williams for an event, but I came close enough that his office sent over his rider. For those outside of the entertainment industry, a rider lists out an artist’s specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event, anything from bottled water and their green room to sound and lighting requirements. You can learn a lot about a person from their rider. This is where rocks bands list their requirement for green M&Ms (which is actually a surprisingly smart thing to do). This is also where a famous environmentalist requires a large gas-guzzling private jet to fly to the event city, but then requires an electric or hybrid car to take said environmentalist to the event venue when in view of the public.
When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work. I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back. I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions. He was a great multiplier of his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him. Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example."
- Brian Lord.org (via wonderwoundedhearers)

(Source: gypsy-hip)

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My Thoughts on Ferguson Missouri

I’m a little confused as to when “innocent until proven guilt” stopped being a part of America. That’s what we’re supposed to do, right? We take the facts and form our opinions from there. We don’t form opinions based on gossip and only half of the story.

A family has just lost their son. There are two families in Ferguson tonight holding each other in their arms crying “Why did this happen?” There is no reason to politicize it and spread all of these bits and pieces of the story ll over the news. Let the family of the man grieve in peace over their son and let the cop focus on giving an accurate report about the incident. I am sure that the cop is hurting too. He will forever live with the fact that he shot and killed an 18 year-old with his whole life ahead of him (whatever life that might have been). Give the facts time to surface. When all the facts are in front of you, then make your decision as to what your opinion is on the issue.

That being said, there is NO excuse for the looting that has been going on. Anyone who is participating in it is absolutely despicable. You are destroying your city and stealing from your neighbors just because you’re mad about a guy getting shot? How does that make sense? Stop it. You are not helping. You are just making yourself look like a fool to the rest of America. The rest of the world, because all of this is public. It’s on the internet. It’s on the news. The rest of us are looking at you thinking that this is the Planet of the Apes 3. Stop it.

By all means, if this cop is guilty of shooting the man without a legitimate reason, prosecute him to the full extent of the law. If not, then let the cop go back to doing his job without persecution.

Jesus, people. Use some common sense.

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