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Samuels leads the way for Windies B

By on January 19, 2020

first_imgTAROUBA, Trinidad (CMC): In what was a perfect example of a captain’s knock, Marlon Samuels stroked a brilliant century to lead the West Indies B to a thrilling 10-run victory over Canada in a high-scoring affair in the opening round of the Regional Super50 on Wednesday. The skipper’s knock overshadowed an exceptional bowling performance from Canada’s Romesh Eranga, who took a five-wicket haul on his way to running through the Windies’ lower order. Samuels made 101 and, together with Yannic Cariah, who made 73, shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 165 to be the backbone of their eventual total of 302 for eight off their 50 overs. Canada then put up a valiant effort but fell just short as they ended on 292-8 from 50 overs. The Windies didn’t get off to the best of starts, with Keagan Simmons (1) and Kirstan Kallicharan (7) losing their wickets cheaply. Samuels found a reliable partner in Kimani Melius who made 46, and the duo took the score to 83-2 before Melius became the second of Salman Nazar’s three scalps. His departure signalled the arrival of Cariah, and for the next 25 overs, the Canadian bowlers were put to the sword, with the two batsmen scoring at almost seven runs an over. The 37-year-old Samuels was the more aggressive of the two, hitting 10 boundaries and four sixes during his 131-minute stay at the crease. Not to be outdone, Cariah needed just 77 balls and smashed four fours, as well as four sixes. But just as they were looking to press on, they fell in the space of three balls, with Nazar dismissing Samuels and Eranga accounting for the wicket of Cariah. Eranga finished with the spectacular figures of 5-31 from eight overs, and Nazar claimed 3-60 from ten overs.last_img read more

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WATCH: ‘Splash Brothers’ make it rain in Warriors’ Game 5 win

By on January 17, 2020

first_imgSolon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Down six with under three minutes left, Curry and Thompson took turns from downtown to spearhead the Warriors’ comeback.Thompson sparked Golden State’s run with a triple then, after Curry knotted the score at 106 with his own 3-pointer, he hit another from long distance to put the Warriors ahead for good, 106-103, with 56.6 ticks to go.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCurry finished with 31 points on top of eight rebounds and seven assists while Thompson added 26 points built on seven triples. The two combined for 12 of Golden State’s 20 3-pointers.☔️ @StephenCurry30 (31 PTS, 5 3PM, 8 REB, 7 AST) and @KlayThompson (26 PTS, 7 3PM) help the @warriors win in Toronto to force a Game 6! #StrengthInNumbers #NBAFinalsGame 6: Thursday (6/13), 9pm/et, ABC & TSN pic.twitter.com/SkndtHKV8V— NBA (@NBA) June 11, 2019ADVERTISEMENT 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu LATEST STORIES MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Read Next Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks French Open champ Ash Barty up to career-best No. 2 in rankings Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted TORONTO, ONTARIO – JUNE 10: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates his teams 106-105 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. Claus Andersen/Getty Images/AFPWith Golden State’s season on the line, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson delivered Tuesday (Manila time) as the Warriors escaped the Toronto Raptors, 106-105, in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.The best shooting duo the league has ever seen did what they do best especially down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge View commentslast_img read more

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Comedians take aim at Cheney’s shooting

By on December 28, 2019

first_imgTelevision talk shows took aim Monday at Vice President Dick Cheney’s accidental weekend shooting in Texas of a hunting companion. Here are a few of the jokes. “Late Show with David Letterman,” CBS: • “Good news, ladies and gentlemen, we have finally located weapons of mass destruction: It’s Dick Cheney.” • “But here is the sad part before the trip Donald Rumsfeld had denied the guy’s request for body armor.” • “We can’t get Bin Laden, but we nailed a 78-year-old attorney.” • “The guy who got gunned down, he is a Republican lawyer and a big Republican donor and fortunately the buck shot was deflected by wads of laundered cash. So he’s fine. He took a little in the wallet.” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” NBC: • “Although it is beautiful here in California, the weather back East has been atrocious. There was so much snow in Washington, D.C., Dick Cheney accidentally shot a fat guy thinking it was a polar bear. • “That’s the big story over the weekend. … Dick Cheney accidentally shot a fellow hunter, a 78-year-old lawyer. In fact, when people found out he shot a lawyer, his popularity is now at 92 percent.” • “I think Cheney is starting to lose it. After he shot the guy he screamed, ‘Anyone else want to call domestic wire tapping illegal?’” • “Dick Cheney is capitalizing on this for Valentine’s Day. It’s the new Dick Cheney cologne. It’s called Duck!” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Comedy Central: • “Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a man during a quail hunt … making 78-year-old Harry Whittington the first person shot by a sitting veep since Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton, of course, (was) shot in a duel with Aaron Burr over issues of honor, integrity and political maneuvering. Whittington? Mistaken for a bird.” • “Now, this story certainly has its humorous aspects. … But it also raises a serious issue, one which I feel very strongly about. … moms, dads, if you’re watching right now, I can’t emphasize this enough: Do not let your kids go on hunting trips with the vice president. I don’t care what kind of lucrative contracts they’re trying to land, or energy regulations they’re trying to get lifted it’s just not worth it.” “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” CBS: • “He is a lawyer and he got shot in the face. But he’s a lawyer, he can use his other face. He’ll be all right.” • “You can understand why this lawyer fellow let his guard down, because if you’re out hunting with a politician, you think, ‘If I’m going to get it, it’s going to be in the back.’” • “The big scandal apparently is that they didn’t release the news for 18 hours. I don’t think that’s a scandal at all. I’m quite pleased about that. Finally there’s a secret the vice president’s office can keep.” “Apparently the reason they didn’t release the information right away is they said we had to get the facts right. That’s never stopped them in the past.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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WATCH: Southampton club-record signing Sofiane Boufal scores EFL Cup WONDER goal

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first_imgIt has been a long time coming.Sofiane Boufal finally made his first start for Southampton since joining for a club-record fee of £15 million from Ligue 1 side Lille.The Moroccan international has had to bide his time on the sidelines due to injury and the form of his teammates. But on last night’s evidence, Boufal could become a permanent fixture under Claude Puel.Boufal provided the moment of magic to send his side through to the EFL Cup quarter-finals.Producing an immaculate first touch, Boufal let fly with 66 minutes on the clock to condemn Sunderland to another defeat, while whetting the appetites of every Saints fan across the country.Watch Boufal’s stunning strike above.last_img read more

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Arsenal fans booing you is ‘like being disowned by family’

By on December 25, 2019

first_imgArsenal favourite Perry Groves has told talkSPORT he believes Granit Xhaka should consider leaving the Emirates in January after being stripped off the captaincy by Unai Emery.The manager’s decision comes after the midfielder’s incredible outburst at his own fans as he was substituted during the 2-2 draw at home to Crystal Palace on October 27. Getty Images – Getty Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane TOP WORK LATEST Xhaka was stripped of his Arsenal captaincy after confronting fans during the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace 1 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos SORRY latest There looks to be no way back for Xhaka, who secured the captaincy courtesy of a player vote, with striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang confirmed as his replacement.And speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Groves, who himself was subjected to criticism by Gunners fans during his playing days in north London, believes the writing is on the wall as far as Xhaka’s Arsenal career is concerned.He said: “I think his time at Arsenal is over. I believe they’ll come to an agreement [in January].“On a personal level and a human level he’s in a really bad way. It’s really hurt him. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Ray Parlour defends under-fire Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka“I was booed by Arsenal fans and it’s like being disowned by your family. But his reaction was wrong. He should have just apologised, and said I reacted in the wrong way.“If you say ‘but’, it weakens the apology. He needs to move in January, and find pastures new.”The former Gunners striker said Emery was wrong to hand Xhaka the captaincy in the first place, after the squad voted in favour of the midfielder in the poll.Such is the damage that has been done during this sorry episode, Groves doubts whether the 27-year-old can get his fans back onside again.“First and foremost when Emery asked the players who they wanted to be captain, that was wrong,” he added. appointed revealed Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 5.09%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen PAYBACK scrap The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 “In those cases you vote for your mate don’t you? Or if not you vote for someone who has brought a bag of sweets in – it’s like being back at school.“He’s clearly very popular in the dressing room, there’s no doubting that.“When I was getting booed by the Arsenal fans I could win them back because I ran around a lot and put the effort in.“I closed someone down or threw myself into a tackle – Xhaka’s not that sort of player, though.”last_img read more

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Top-ranked Stratford wrestling team holds off sixth-ranked Athens

By on December 20, 2019

first_imgManny Drexler earns pin for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD — In a battle of top-10 teams in Division 3, it was top-ranked Stratford that proved a bit stronger.The Tigers won one match by pin, another by technical fall, and two by forfeit to slip past sixth-ranked Athens 38-22 in a Marawood Conference wrestling dual meet Thursday at Stratford High School.The rankings are based on this week’s wiwrestling.com Division 3 state team rankings.Manny Drexler won by pin in just 37 seconds at 106 pounds, and Kam Bornbach topped Dakota Benzke 23-8 to earn a technical fall victory at 220 for the Tigers.Winning by major decision for Stratford were A.J. Schoenfuss (126), Derek Marten (132) and David Marquardt (170). Max Schwabe (120) and Dilan Dehlinger (138) won by forfeit for the Tigers.Stratford will wrestle at the D.C. Everest Invitational on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Stratford 38, Athens 22106: Manny Drexler (S) pinned Chase Ellenbecker in 0:37.113: Carter Brunke (A) pinned Kolton Dahl in 3:21.120: Max Schwabe (S) won by forfeit.126: A.J. Schoenfuss (S) won by major decision over Jon Albrecht 12-1.132: Derek Marten (S) won by major decision over Andy Nowacki 8-0.138: Dilan Dehlinger (S) won by forfeit.145: Jake Drexler (S) def. Clay Ellenbecker 7-1.152: Austin Engel (A) won major decision over Jordan Becker 9-1.160: Nate Morse (A) def. Kade Ehrike 7-2.170: David Marquardt (S) won major decision over Jordan Decker 10-1.182: Connor Westfall (A) def. Dylan Schoenherr 7-2.195: Marshall Westfall (A) def. Aiden Hoffman 8-3.220: Kam Bornbach (S) won by technical fall over Dakota Benzke 23-8.285: Tyson Sommer (A) def. Jon Aguirre 5-0.last_img read more

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Extroverts Guide to #SHRM15 !!

By on December 18, 2019

first_imgThe SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition starts in one week in Las Vegas !! This venue seems to scream “extrovert” with all of it’s bright lights, shows and casinos. With over 15,000 people, expected the Conference can be overwhelming for everyone.We don’t write about extroverts much because we assume they’re going to fill the space with their outward thoughts anyway !! I have to be honest, most of my friends are not extroverts. I assumed because they were active socially, they’d be extroverted. I am, so why wouldn’t they be? (1st fault of the extrovert . . . )Being introverted or extroverted is neither right nor wrong. It just is who we are and how we’re wired. So, I wanted to put some hints and advice that will fill up the extrovert’s need for constant communication and interaction so that you can fully enjoy SHRM15 !!Pick Sessions that STRETCH you !!There are so many great sessions at this year’s Conference. Don’t fall into the trap of going to ones that reflect your day-to-day role. Stretch yourself and feed your inner desire to see what HR could look like and may look like in the future. Get on the edge of what we do and claw out of the trenches for a week. These sessions will challenge the way you think and you’ll love it.Make connections that matter !!Extroverts have to talk. They can’t help but express themselves. Use that fact to meet the folks who are at the event. We are all in HR together and instead of trying to continue to go it alone, meet the folks that are milling around you. We’ve lost sight that we’re all in the same profession. The best resource you are looking for could be right next to you. So, when you talk to strangers, because you will, connect with them so that you can be resources for each other long after the conference concludes. To put this in HR math – if you connect with 10 people and each of those folks are connected to 10 people, you have just built an incredible network !!Tweet, SnapChat, Post, Blog, etc. !!Face it, you’re already social. It’s part of your inherent nature. Social Media use by HR pros jumps through the roof during SHRM15 and that’s awesome. The challenge is that you carry it forward and remain social. Remember, social media is just another way to communicate and connect. Tweet during sessions using the speaker’s Twitter handle and the hashtag #SHRM15. Post to Instagram with pics from all over the SHRM Store and the Vendor Hall. Show HR people who weren’t able to attend all of the great things going on.As an extrovert, you have a drive that needs to be constantly fed on the social side of your personality. Use the Conference to launch your social side and then keep it going strong with all of your new connections once you head back to your part of the HR universe.Take in EVERYTHING !!I know that the temptations of the Vegas Strip will pull on every attendee, and there will be plenty of time for that. My hope is that you take in the entire vendor hall and talk to people to see what they have to offer and not just make the dash for swag. Sit up front in the keynotes and the concurrent sessions to grow and develop.Extroverts are great at “conferencing” which means that you are eager to see the 7:00am sessions and then you are on the go through the wee hours of the night. Don’t miss a thing. You’ll be glad you did !!Finally, don’t just hang with your own kind. There will be people from all over the world at the Conference. Don’t just stay with those from your own state or country. Release your inner extrovert and meet folks from everywhere !!When you meet our introvert counterparts, greet them, give them a second and then hug away !! (if they’re cool with it). Have fun !! The SHRM Annual Conference is always a great event. This is where you can flourish and be your extroverted self !!I will make sure to find you – count on it !!last_img read more

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Today’s Top LP Jobs

By on December 17, 2019

first_imgRegional Manager, Security & LP, FedEx Office, (OH) The Regional Manager Security & Loss Prevention is responsible for assisting in the development, implementation, validation and management of corporate security and physical security programs and initiatives within their assigned region, which encompass multiple state areas and 150+ operating locations. The position conducts and documents investigations, audits and surveillance operations to protect company personnel, brand, customers, shareholders, business operations, assets and prevention of losses resulting from fraudulent activity or behavior… Learn moree-Commerce Fraud Specialist, Rent-A-Center, (TX) Assist the asset protection department in protecting people, product and profit throughout the organization. Monitor implemented fraud strategies, review and conduct remote e­ commerce investigations. Provide on-going support for other asset protection initiatives as assigned… Learn more[text_ad use_post=’2385′]- Sponsor – Area Asset Protection Leader, Big Lots, (OH) Manages asset protection and Safety program activities designed to increase overall store profitability, reduce shrink and provide support to establish and maintain a safe and secure environment within stores in an assigned market… Learn moreMulti-Unit Asset Protection Manager, Sears, (CA) Non Negotiable(s)/Critical Success Factors: Owns shrink and safety results for assigned area(s) and supports the loss prevention five play strategy. Manages the training, detection, investigation and successful resolution of all internal high dollar and sensitive investigations within assigned store. Ensures all training in the detection and detention of shoplifters including certification has been completed in assigned store… Learn more Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Libertarians

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first_imgWhat does it mean to be an effective advocate of liberty? It means to love what you do and adopt sustainable patterns of thinking and living that contribute to making the world a freer place.Sustainability is key. Most of today’s attacks on freedom lovers include a dismissal that libertarianism is an ideology for idealistic (or maybe deluded) kids, not one for adults. Sure, you can feel enraptured by the writings of Bastiat or Rand or Rothbard when you are in high school or college. But once you get into the real world, they say, you mature and give up the illusions of a freer world.I don’t believe this. Within the domain of liberty, we find the path to prosperity, social peace, and human flourishing. Every limitation on the freedom of thought, action, and ownership robs the world of creativity, wealth, and progress.And yet, freedom is not baked into a world where various forms of despotism are always threatening. It must be won anew in every generation. Indeed, it’s the ones who fancy themselves as grown-ups — able to make big decisions for the rest of humanity — who become the next generation of despots. It is the very foundation of intellectual and moral maturity to resist this level of hubris and to acknowledge the truth of our limitations.Surely maturity shows us the limits of power. Surely the cause of liberty is worth our lifelong efforts.But there is a superficial plausibility to the critics’ claims because there is a tendency for libertarians to give up hope. I’ve known many who lost their enthusiasm for liberty for a number of reasons, none of them strictly intellectual. People can begin to feel demoralized on discovering how little they can do to change the world. The gap between dreams and reality grows too large. Idealism fades when you sense you are hitting your head against a brick wall.What can be done to sustain the passion for liberty throughout a lifetime? Here are my suggestions for seven habits to foster a lifelong attachment to liberty and to live a life that makes the best possible contribution to human well-being.1. Oppose oppression but love liberty even more. The dawning of the libertarian consciousness often takes place in two steps.First, you realize that there is such a thing as a state that is distinct from society at large, a fact that massive swaths of the social sciences (not to mention mainstream media) try to cover up. Second, there is the new awareness that the state is distinct from every other institution in society because it uses aggressive force to achieve its aims. Further, the state actually does not achieve the aims it promises. Rather, it violates rights, undermines economic achievement, fosters dependency, and serves a ruling class rather than the public at large.At this point in your intellectual journey, you realize that the mainstream alternatives of left and right leave a lot to be desired; neither is a wholly consistent application of a principled opposition to power.A new consciousness dawns. It can give rise to righteous anger. You see for the first time the difference between how the world is (which can often look dark and gloomy) and what could be. It can be tempting to focus on the negative: wars, police abuse, corruption, looting of the productive, graft in politics, and so on.This anger is why so many liberty-minded news feeds consist of terrible news. But how much bad news can one person possibly handle? We have no means to directly right wrongs, to change the world for the better in one fell swoop. To see evil that we cannot change can only lead to despair: a trap that too many libertarians fall into.It is crucial not only to think about the problem but also to see the solutions being lived out all around us. We need to learn to observe the marvelous businesses starting and succeeding every day, the beauty of spontaneous human interaction, the order and prosperity that emerge from the exercise of human choice. We should thrill in the many ways that people go about their lives in casual defiance of the central plan. We can glory in the creations all around us that were never mapped out or approved by politicians, or by the experts in their pay.In other words, focusing on the solutions rather than solely on the problems can brighten your day and give rise to creativity in the service of the good. Liberty is not just the absence of oppression; it is the presence of well-lived lives and institutions that emerge despite every attempt to stop them. In this sense, freedom is blossoming all over the world. If we can focus on making that positive change, rather than dwelling on what’s wrong with the world, our task becomes more delightful and a dedication to liberty becomes more sustainable.2. Read broadly and be confident in your ideas.Political debates can be fun, but they can also be shrill and unproductive, with two sides battling it out and making no intellectual progress. They bring more heat than light. If you are going to change that pattern, you must have the confidence to listen carefully to other ideas and not be threatened by them. With intellectual confidence, you can respond in a way that is sure-footed rather than belligerent. You can be thoughtful rather than reactive.Think of the difference between the way a street thug behaves and how a martial arts expert carries himself in combat. One is angry, threatening, and reckless. The other is calm, clever, and effective. In a hand-to-hand match between the two, the latter is going to win. Why? Because the martial arts expert has actual skill, whereas the bully only has attitude and emotion. Libertarians should be like skilled experts and exhibit the confidence that comes with that discipline. But becoming a black belt in liberty takes time and learning; it doesn’t happen overnight.We should also know our opponents’ arguments better than they do and be prepared to respond to them fairly and without caricature, crafting our own arguments in ways that are actually persuasive rather than just forceful or loud. This requires that we spend some time reading and studying other traditions of thought. Our libraries ought to be broad and sample all disciplines and viewpoints.We should never shy away from ideas that are different from our own. Sometimes our intellectual opponents — even when they are completely wrong — are our most valued benefactors. They help us think through issues, sharpen our skills, and inspire us to research and read more. This is the way we improve. Then we can approach debates with no fear.This approach will make us far more effective over the long term. Bombast and bromides can shut down opponents, but do they win hearts and minds? Not likely. As Ludwig von Mises emphasized in his great 1927 book Liberalism, it is reason, good arguments, and thoughtfulness — combined with a genuine desire for a better world — that will carry the day.We don’t want to shut down our opponents, causing them to retreat to their comfortable and familiar way of thinking. We want our opponents to keep asking questions of us, to keep challenging our ideas as we continue to engage them. We want them to keep talking with us and others. The ongoing discussion is a sign of curiosity and openness that we should welcome.3. Look beyond politics.For most libertarians, politics is the initial draw. There is nothing wrong with this. It is typical of American culture that it takes campaigns to get people interested in big questions like the role of human freedom, the place of the state, whether war is necessary, and so on.But it only takes one or two campaigns before people realize that politics is a not a very effective way for changing the world for the better. Our votes matter very little, if at all. We are mostly only voting for people, not policies. And people in politics tend to betray principles. If we put too much stock in politicians — even the best of whom confront a system much larger than they can control — we will feel frustrated and powerless. Plus, there is no nastier business on the planet. Calumnies and deceptions define the political world.Working in campaigns as a consumption good is fine, if that’s the sort of thing you like. Some people enjoy it. But let’s be realistic. As a production good — a means of producing good outcomes — it is mostly an illusion. Politics tends to be a lagging rather than leading indicator of social change. The first steps toward change are cultural and not political. Politics is reactive, not proactive. If we can make a contribution to changing minds and fostering a culture of liberty, the rest will take care of itself.There are many other ways to make a difference outside of politics. Think of the way the economy of mobile apps is challenging the status quo in nearly every area of commerce. Municipal taxi monopolies are reeling from the competition from ride-sharing applications. Peer-to-peer housing solutions are making a mess of zoning laws. Cryptocurrency is challenging nationalized money and old-fashioned payment systems. Homeschooling and online education are busting up the state’s education system. These efforts have already accomplished more than any top-down reform.Indeed, every start-up enterprise is a kind of revolutionary act against the status quo that the state’s regulations and plunderings have conspired to prevent. Their existence is proof that you can’t stop human creativity with any amount of control. At the end of day, we’ll look back to see that start-ups have made a mightier contribution to liberty than all the political campaigns combined. Libertarians have long understood that bottom-up solutions to social problems work better than top-down approaches. It’s the same with building a free society.4. See everyone as an ideological friend.Do you know anyone who actually opposes human freedom? I don’t. It’s just that we all have different ways of understanding that idea and different levels of tolerance for its inconsistent application. We should see everyone as a potential ally in the great cause, regardless of sex, race, religion, or station in life.Modern democratic politics divides people by interest-group affiliation. According to the prevailing ethos, women should prefer one set of politics and men another. Blacks want things one way, whites another — and Hispanics want yet another. Young and old are each opposed to the other, just as are the rich and the poor. In this way, as Frédéric Bastiat never tired of pointing out, politics divides people, creating a war of all against all.But the classical liberals always emphasized that freedom means a harmony of interests between all groups. Only true liberals favor the common good of all, because they want to remove the major source of division in society. They favor allowing all groups and individuals to cooperate, associate, exchange, and produce to their mutual betterment. Society can manage itself better than any central planner can.To see this today, in a time of cold war between groups, requires some high-minded thinking. Often, it requires acknowledging the justice of victim-group complaints and drawing attention to how the state has created the problem in the first place. This pertains to a huge range of problems in society, from unemployment to institutionalized racism to persistent poverty, exploitation, and war. It is not the case that we all have different goals; it’s that we disagree on the means to achieve those goals.Start all discussions with the presumption that the other person is a potential lover of liberty. When someone says something right and true, seize on it and draw it out. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t gain a convert immediately. As with all exchanges of ideas, the goal should be to plant seeds, not harvest a crop. It is through such subtle but persistent efforts that we win over hearts and minds to the cause of liberty.5. Don’t have all the answers.It is typical of nonlibertarians that they demand full and complete answers to all human problems that are currently tackled by statist means. Who will care for the poor? How will education work? How will people get health insurance? What is to be done about the problems of racism, misogyny, and religious intolerance? Above all else, who will build the roads? (Never mind that roads are all built by private companies on contract with the state today.)It is tempting to try to give complete answers. And history can provide some important hints and guides along the way to giving us a vision of what might be. There is a point to drawing attention to the way government intervention has displaced a whole range of private industries: schools, roads, mutual aid, title companies, courts, and more. At the same time, we must resist the temptation to construct a different central plan for freedom. If we take the bait, we set ourselves up for failure.We do not have all the answers. In freedom, we discover answers through an ongoing process of trial and error. An open society exists to leave the maximum amount of room for innovation and discovery.F.A. Hayek was correct in his amazing essay “The Case for Freedom”:Freedom granted only when it is known beforehand that its effects will be beneficial is not freedom. If we knew how freedom would be used, the case for it would largely disappear.… Our faith in freedom does not rest on the foreseeable results in particular circumstances but on the belief that it will, on balance, release more forces for the good than for the bad.… It is because we do not know how individuals will use their freedom that it is so important.As Leonard Read used to say, the single most notable feature of freedom is its humility. It defers to the results of human action and does not attempt to design them in advance. Freedom does not mean rule by smart libertarians who know better than anyone else. It means the removal of institutionalized sources of power that rule with the arrogant presumption that there is only one way to manage society, and that society can and should be managed.There is nothing wrong with responding to critics of freedom, “I don’t know the answers, but neither do politicians and bureaucrats, which is why they aren’t in a position to impose their ideas on the rest of us. We need freedom to work out social problems for ourselves. If you see a challenge to be met, it’s guaranteed that others see the same problem. Let’s work together to find the answers. Freedom is a necessary condition for finding the best solutions.”6. Hack your life.Once you realize that we are living under a central plan for your life and property, you can start to get creative about finding alternatives. You can use technologies to find a new approach to education. You can find better paths toward personal success. You can better manage your finances without the personal debt encouraged by the policies of the Federal Reserve. You can hack your appliances in ways that make them operate better than the regulations allow.One way that statist lobbying groups have increased the power of government has been to find ways to apply their principles in public life. The greens have become masters of this approach. They have constructed a whole liturgy for our lives whereby we recycle, bike, ration garbage, take short showers, and so on — never mind that these things do next to nothing for the environment. The point is to personalize the political (the opposite of the left’s principle of politicizing the personal).We libertarians can personalize the political by finding ways around the central plan. These steps are hugely important because they make liberty real in our lives. It is not just an abstraction we hold in our minds, a vague hope of some world that may or may not dawn in the future. The opportunities to live out freedom are all around us. We only need eyes to see and the courage to act.Before Ayn Rand wrote Atlas Shrugged, she knew that it was not enough to write a novel solely about a decaying social order under the iron hand of a corrupt government. She needed characters who felt empowered to do something about it. She ended up with an epic story about a whole generation of entrepreneurs who moved to Galt’s Gulch to build a better world. Their plan of action, as presented in this book, has influenced libertarians for half a century.No, that doesn’t mean that we must all bail out and move to New Hampshire. It does mean that we must all look for ways to live and innovate without permission from the ruling class, embracing freedom whether our political masters like it or not.7. Be joyful.Factionalism is a major joy killer. There is a temptation to become overly embedded in a small circle of opinion, to look for differences (however minute), and to argue tempestuously. When debates are civil and fair, they can lead to intellectual growth. When they become personal and lead to claims that so-and-so is not a real libertarian, they can lead to broken friendships and general acrimony.No one wins in such joyless struggles. They cause people to lose focus on the critical goal, which is the rise of liberty and the fall of everything that stands in its way. Social media is a wonderful thing, but sometimes technology can exacerbate squabbles rather than build real community. Remember that it takes two to fight, and you can always walk away. That takes discipline and humility, but it preserves relationships. For our own well-being, we need to focus on building a community of ideas, not on purges based on the false hope of purifying the movement.There is something seriously wrong if the dawning of libertarian consciousness leads to a dour and dreary attitude toward the world and all its works. It should be easy to adopt a joyful view of the world, especially in our times.We are seeing the failure of 20th-century statist measures in every area of life. All the statists’ fiscal, monetary, and regulatory plans have all failed. Their programs are unraveling. Governments and their leaders have never been more unpopular. Commerce is making an end-run around their schemes every day.These should be causes of great joy. Libertarians are on the right side of history. We celebrate and seek to defend human rights against all who would take them away. This is a happy pursuit, one that gives our lives added meaning and significance.Murray Rothbard used to say that fighting the state should be a joyful occupation. In the end, tyranny cannot work. There is just something wonderful about realizing that and seeing how it plays itself out in the real world. Having such joy was effortless for Rothbard because it was part of his personality. For the rest of us, it takes some practice. We should smile at the inevitable failures of the state, feel happy about the liberty all around us, and take comfort in the hope for a future of liberty that is realizable, partly through our own efforts.Onward! Let us remember that when we are talking about human liberty, we are talking about the whole of what makes life itself beautiful. That is a gigantic subject. There are many pathways into the ideas of liberty and many ways of living the ideas, too. That is a beautiful truth, one worthy of lifelong attention and commitment. To make it effective, we should never forget that liberty is about real life, not merely an intellectual abstraction.Imagine a small group of people going out into the world armed with these seven habits. Soon, that infectious optimism helps grow the group, as more and more people are drawn to its light. Those who doubt, criticize, and clamber for power will come to be seen not as progressive and forward thinking, but rather as stuck in old ways that don’t work. And the group of networked changemakers will prove their value one experiment at a time. People will turn not to the politicians and the paid experts, but to the geeks, volunteers, and entrepreneurs — to those with a vision of a beautiful future. That’s what freedom looks like. And that’s how you change the world with it.This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the original article.last_img read more

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