Interns support the infrastructure of liberty

Is Dr. Ron Paul your hero? Are you interested in becoming a vital piece of the Liberty Movement? Does big government have you “down in the dumps”?

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Internships in the Washington D.C. area are not exactly easy to come by, and many interns are without a doubt over-qualified for their respective position. Many have already graduated college, or may even be in grad school, law school, or pursuing their doctorate. This means that many of them are looking for a real job, you know, one that pays REAL money? The problem is, in order to get that job they want in the Liberty Movement, they must first prove themselves useful as an intern.

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What free coffee has to do with freedom

By Julian Hassan

A free society flourishes by spreading around knowledge. This sounds complicated, but it isn’t. It’s a natural, human thing we do when shackling barriers to social cooperation are eliminated.

Prices convey knowledge. They represent countless bits of information, such as whether a typhoon in Asia that interrupted crops is behind a price rise for toothpaste in Milwaukee. The Foundation for Economic Education teaches this message by providing students with free copies of the libertarian primer I, Pencil:

Leonard Read’s delightful story, “I, Pencil,” has become a classic, and deservedly so. I know of no other piece of literature that so succinctly, persuasively, and effectively illustrates the meaning of both Adam Smith’s invisible hand—the possibility of cooperation without coercion—and Friedrich Hayek’s emphasis on the importance of dispersed knowledge and the role of the price system in communicating information that “will make the individuals do the desirable things without anyone having to tell them what to do.”

So whether or not you’re a coffee drinker, we have some exciting news to share in the spirit of liberty. This morning, McDonalds started giving away free coffee with breakfast, which you can ask for every morning through September 29th.

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Will The Swiss Vote to Get Their Gold Back?

By: Ron Paul

On November 30th, voters in Switzerland will head to the polls to vote in a referendum on gold. On the ballot is a measure to prohibit the Swiss National Bank (SNB) from further gold sales, to repatriate Swiss-owned gold to Switzerland, and to mandate that gold make up at least 20 percent of the SNB’s assets. Arising from popular sentiment similar to movements in the United States, Germany, and the Netherlands, this referendum is an attempt to bring more oversight and accountability to the SNB, Switzerland’s central bank. (more…)

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A Minimum Wage Disaster

By: Julian Hassan

Did you know that the average fast food business only makes 3% annual profit? I certainly didn’t. The Heritage Foundation tells the story in a recent report on higher fast food wages:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average cook in a fast-food restaurant earned $9.04 an hour in 2013. The SEIU’s push for $15 an hour would consequently raise fast-food wages by at least 66 percent. Paying $15 an hour would raise fast-food restaurants’ total costs by approximately 15 percent.

Fast-food restaurants could not pay this additional amount out of their profits. The typical restaurant has a profit margin of just 3 percent before taxes. That works out to approximately $27,000 a year—less than the annual cost of hiring one full-time employee at $15 an hour. In order to raise wages, fast-food restaurants must raise prices.

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Prepare for D.C.

Check this picture out. At Campaign for Liberty Foundation we can relate.

Rare.us reports:

“The photo was taken in the Oval Office back in June, but started making the Internet rounds this week. Not many details are known other than the man who met with President Obama is a Secret Service agent and the woman is his wife. And the kid is really, really tired.”

You know who else can be really tired?

Interns. College students.

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Nixon’s Vindication

By: Ron Paul

Forty years ago many Americans celebrated the demise of the imperial presidency with the resignation of Richard Nixon. Today it is clear they celebrated too soon. Nixon’s view of presidential powers, summed up in his infamous statement that, “when the president does it that means it is not illegal,” is embraced by the majority of the political class. In fact, the last two presidents have abused their power in ways that would have made Nixon blush. (more…)

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Police Militarization and the Welfare State

By: Julian Hassan

Many libertarians have championed police reform, including former Congressman Ron Paul and Senator Rand Paul on the recent crisis in Ferguson. If you’re like me, maybe you’ve never focused as much on the police militarization issue as you have on End the Fed or repealing Obamacare.

Individually, members of our police force are often upstanding citizens of high integrity. Yet it is incredible to uncover the sociological changes that the police force has undergone with the introduction of the welfare state. This is now a mainstream issue.

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Apply Now for Spring Internship Grants

Today, the Campaign for Liberty Foundation released the applications for our Spring 2015 Internship Grants via the M. Louise Tate Leadership Fund. If you have an unpaid Spring 2015 internship with a liberty minded organization or Congressman, make sure you apply today for these $1,000 grants!

The goal of the M. Louise Tate Leadership Fund is to provide internship grants to young, liberty-minded individuals who are seeking to intern with a DC-based, pro-limited government organization or Congressman.

At the Campaign for Liberty Foundation, we strive to identify and empower future leaders in the Liberty Movement. Sometimes these leaders serve behind the scenes. They don’t look for the spotlight or appear in nightly newscasts, but they make the Liberty Movement what it is today. (more…)

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LPAC 2014 is almost here!

By: Michael Clayton

The 2014 Liberty Political Action Conference is only 20 days away! And our staff is currently finalizing preparations for what is sure to be one of the biggest events we have ever been a part of.

Our General Session lineup includes a plethora of liberty all-stars from across movement. Joining us again this year are Congressmen Justin Amash (MI-3) and Thomas Massie (KY-4). These two have been ruining establishment plans since the day they set foot on the Hill. Their stand against unconstitutional NSA spying programs has shown that these two are ready to lead the next generation of liberty-minded politicians. (more…)

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#FreetheFuture

By: Julian Hassan

We log onto Facebook to share our successes, that new job we got or our acceptance into grad school.

Some commentators have even gone as far as to say that you shouldn’t check your Facebook feed if you are depressed since it will cause you to compare yourself too much to others.

Imagine if instead we started sharing our inability to find a job, that rejection letter, or that crushed hope. Generation Opportunity “72 Hours of Action” doesn’t go that far. There is no need to depress your friends. No, this program is much more interesting and undeniably millennial.

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