As Chicago prepares to celebrate gay pride, it’s important to remember that no political party has a longer or better record of supporting LGBT rights than the Libertarian Party. When the Libertarian Party was formed in 1971, gay rights was one of its founding principles. In fact, the Libertarian Party’s first presidential candidate, John Hospers was openly gay.
Back when Hillary Clinton was still insisting that “a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman“, the Libertarian Party already had 30 years of supporting gay rights. It’s no exaggeration to say that libertarians are literally decades ahead of the progressive left.
Indeed, the Libertarian Party is the most inclusive political party in the world. Why? Because equality is at the very heart of libertarianism. If libertarianism can be summed up in one sentence, it is this:
“Everyone hast the right to live their lives as they choose as long as they don’t infringe upon the equal rights of others.”
What’s more, we treat people as individuals, not just indistinct members of a group.
In Portland, Oregon, three men were attacked, two of whom fatally, after they tried to defend two teenage girls who were being harassed by a man yelling anti-Muslim slurs. The man, who is being held without bail, stabbed two of the men to death, the third suffering serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Reportedly, the attacker, who has a criminal record which includes felony robbery and kidnapping, told the teenage girls to get out of “his country” and and that “that Muslims should die“.
Sadly, this attack is not an isolated incident. According to the Pew Research Center, anti-Muslim violence have reached levels not seen since the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
by Arvin Vohra
If I asked a bank for a loan to buy a 100 million dollar skyscraper for my business, they would probably say no. It’s not because they think I’m a wicked person. They just think it’s unlikely that I’ll be able to pay back the loan.
Americans owe over $1.4 trillion in student loan debt, an average of $37,172 per student.
However, if a D student wants to borrow 200k to study art history at a tenth rate college, the bank will say yes. Why? Because the bank doesn’t care if the student is likely to pay back the loan. If the student does not, the government steals from you to pay it back.
The result is that teenagers with zero work or business experience are able to take out massive loans for impractical goals. People who are considered too young to drink, too high risk to rent a car for a day, can take out a massive loan, leading to decades of debt. Continue reading
So, Facebook is attempting to crack down on so-called fake news.
I’m not sure how this is possible. Even reputable sources make mistakes and don’t always correct them. In fact, most fact-checking sites don’t allow peer-review (which boggles the mind since peer-review is one of the best ways to correct mistakes). Although Facebook’s effort may be well intentioned, I’m concerned that it might backfire and actually reinforce false information.
I’ll give you a real life example. Last week, CNN’s Chris Cuomo falsely reported on live TV that Hillary Clinton’s campaign wasn’t given debate questions in advance on the grounds that town hall debates aren’t debates.
“Hillary Clinton never got debate questions from Donna Brazile. They were for a town hall.”
Wrong. Town halls are simply a debate format. As evidence, I point to the official Commission on Presidential Debates which specifically lists the second presidential debate as a debate even though it used a town hall format:
“The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting”