The Real Record on Income Inequality and Economic Growth

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By Ron Knecht and Geoffrey Lawrence

We frequently hear claims from the Left that Republican economic policies increase income inequality by benefiting the wealthy and leaving the poor and middle class in the dust.

Last year, President Obama dissed Republican leaders' empathy for income inequality, saying, "They're just trying to bamboozle folks. We've got an agenda and we know it works."

As economists, we know that history and experience around the world show that economic freedom and strong property rights, plus the rule of law, limited government with separation of powers, and personal liberty and individual rights produce the best results for the public interest in human wellbeing and fairness. As public officials, we take these matters seriously. So, the first question we ask on issues is whether a particular policy, law, regulation, decision, etc. promotes economic growth and thus gives people greater opportunities and aggregate wellbeing.

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‘Strong’ and Full of Sass

“Who is Sarah Miller?” I asked myself when an attractive brunette crossed my social media feed.  And why does she look like someone on TV?  The answer’s simple: because Sarah Miller is someone on TV! 

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The 29 year old Chicago resident is a contestant on NBC’s Strong, premiering this spring.  I had the opportunity to pick her brain and find out more about this up and coming reality star and what makes her tick.

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The Power Behind Bartering

Libertarians and Bartering

Siri, what is a Libertarian?
    A person who believes in the doctrine of free will.

It was 1980. Jimmy Carter was soon to leave office and Ronald Reagan would take his place at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The economy was stagnant, except for one interesting niche: Bartering. Bartering had grown beyond an old-fashioned way of country folk trading eggs for chopping firewood or a wagon load of hay for stud services from the neighbor's bull. Nearly every Fortune 500 company had a Barter Division. It was an effective method of making sales that otherwise wouldn’t have been made.

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LP Nevada and American Dream Presents America Fight Night!

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To be the best, you have to surround yourself with the best. —Muhammad Ali

The Libertarian Party of Nevada hosted celebrities and dozens of Party members at its 2016 state convention. The convention happened simultaneously in Carson City and Las Vegas and was simulcast so members in both the northern and southern regions could participate without having to travel far.

Attendees included Libertarian Assemblyman John Moore, TV star and Libertarian candidate Dennis Hof, championship boxer Ron "the American Dream" Johnson, and several members of the Libertarian National Committee.

After the convention, Party members and supporters flocked to Satay Thai Bistro for the official after party. The after party was attended by dozens of activists and a variety of special guests, including athletes and billionaires. Best of all, Libertarian Party members everywhere had access to the after party and some HUGE announcements (see video here)!

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Libertarian Assemblyman makes waves with college students

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Young Americans for Liberty hosted a state convention at UNLV this past weekend, which was attended by LP Nevada's leadership team. One of the keynote speakers was Assemblyman John Moore, introduced by YAL State Chair (and LPN Youth Caucus leader) Andrew Lea. Assemblyman John Moore is an Iraq War veteran, a businessman, and currently the only capital-L Libertarian serving in a state legislature.

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March 2016 Newsletter

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The Racism of the Drug War (Part 2)

Local citizens protest federal closure of a Hollywood MMJ dispensary.
“End the drug war. The deteriorating economic conditions and the mess with immigration invite the violence of the drug lords and corrupt officials on both sides. It’s time to break up the coalition of the religious drug warriors and the drug dealers who fight any effort to decriminalize drugs. It’s time to treat all drugs the way we treat alcohol and cigarettes, substances that kill millions more than hard drugs do."

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News from the North: End of Year Report

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This article was originally published in the December 2015 newsletter.

It's the end of the year. The sun rises later and sets earlier, the ground is either barren or covered in snow, the temperatures consistently dive below freezing when they can be bothered to stay above freezing at all. Ice covers our windshields, pipes occasionally freeze and crack, the passes out of town occasionally close. Though it all sounds depressing and bleak - and, sometimes, it is - it's also a necessary step toward renewal and new life. Winter brings us fresh snow, without which we don't have water for summer. Winter also kills the bugs, which is welcome once they the few stragglers from autumn stop wandering into our homes. 

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Libertarian Millennial Caucus Announces Official Launch and New Website

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Libertarian Millennial Caucus Announces Official Launch and New Website

Influential leaders throughout the Libertarian Party team up and launch caucus to build a credible and viable national party to attract new members, donors and be an alternative for voters.

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LPN activists train for busy campaign season

The Libertarian Party of Nevada is arguably the most active state chapter of the Libertarian Party in America.  I was incredibly proud to take part in this weekend’s activist training at the Libertarian Party of Nevada headquarters in Las Vegas. When I originally joined this band of freedom activists in the desert, I never imagined I’d get a front row seat at a third party’s historic growth.  

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