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Tag: Occupy Wall Street
  • How Occupy Wall Street is beating the Liberty Movement

    When a group of young libertarians gathered in Pepperdine last week for a Students for Liberty conference, they probably did not expect to begin their day listening to a speech advocating for greater cooperation between the Liberty and the Occupy Wall Street movements. However, that was the message of left libertarian philosopher Prof. Gary Chartier, …

  • Young Voters Becoming More Independent

    Voters are becoming more independent of conventional partisan politics, and young voters in particular are getting harder to squeeze into a red or blue box. While many voters may feel they have to choose whether they are socially and economically “liberal” or socially and economically “conservative,” more and more young voters are deciding that they …

  • Lessons Learned from Occupy (or what not to do as a liberty activist)

    Back in October 2011, the Occupy Wall Street movement first hit the streets with a breathtaking bang that held all sorts of potential as a radical and powerful vehicle for real change.  At the time, I diverted much of my energy from the liberty movement to test out these new activists and discover whether they …

  • Where did you get your shoes?

    It’s a common question I used to ask Occupy activists while being present at some of their rallies during the peak of the movement in autumn 2011. Caught off guard by a perfectly normal question, the anti-corporate activist would inevitably drop his head down towards the ground in guilty contemplation of whatever shoes he was …

  • Who Are the 1 Percent?

    I gave an antiwar speech at Occupy the Rose Parade, where I sought to define the “1 Percent” for my fellow occupiers.

  • We the People!

    In the video above, the Preamble of the U.S Constitution being read to police at Occupy DC started by Catholic University of America Young Americans for Liberty. You can see Joey Hughes (Vice President) and Byron Sanford (Activist Director) in the back as I, Daniel Herrera (President) hold the Camera The night started when we …

  • Statist Worship of Military Veterans by the Occupy Movement

    The Occupy Wall Street movement opens itself up to the possibility that in their statist worship of the military that one of their celebrated veterans might not be whom they claim to be. And indeed, it has happened with the military record of an occupier in question in Buffalo, N.Y.: The claims of a dedicated …

  • Occupy Mordor or Destroy the Ring?

    There has been mixed responses to Occupy Wall Street by libertarians. Some see the movement as a positive, while others see them as little more than lazy hipsters. But libertarians must be sensitive why people feel the way they do about issues. The occupiers point out a legitimate concern that “the 1%” control vastly more …

  • The Super Committee Failed Because Neither Side Is Willing To Give Up Washington’s Empire

    As the so-called super committee announced its inability to come up with a plan for deficit reduction by its Nov 23rd deadline, the sheer magnitude of dysfunction on Capitol Hill was perhaps best summarized by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said: Both sides of the aisle, both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue – they …

  • Tanks in Horse Country

    The header of the website for Lenco Armored Vehicles features two waving American flags and the slogan “Protecting our nation’s defenders.”  A little lower down the page, we learn the Lenco is the country’s top manufacturer of “tactical armored security vehicles.”  A quick glance at the product pictures offers clarification:  They basically make tanks, but …