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Second Amendment Rights

You must be convicted of a crime to have your rights suspended. Not just suspected.

While Libertarian Gary Johnson understand this, Trump and Clinton don't. Trump and Clinton want to suspend the Second Amendment rights of people who have not been convicted of a crime...or even accused of one. These people aren't even on trial. And yet, Trump and Clinton have no qualms about suspending their basic civil rights.

This comes as no surprise. Trump and Clinton both support the Patriot Act and NSA mass surveillance, violating the Fourth Amendment. Gary Johnson and other Libertarian candidates are working to repeal the Patriot Act and end NSA mass surveillance.

Trump and Clinton are happy to ignore your right to a trial. They both support imprisonment without trial at Guantanamo Bay. Gary Johnson and other Libertarian Candidates are working to end this inhumane practice.

Trump and Clinton are happy to violate natural property rights through eminent domain and civil asset forfeiture. In fact, Trump has been the direct beneficiary of eminent domain property seizure. Gary Johnson and other Libertarians are working to reduce and eliminate these practices.

Trump and Clinton are happy to violate your right to self ownership through the War on Drugs. Gary Johnson and other Libertarians are working to end the War on Drugs.

The Libertarian view is straightforward. You don't lose your rights or property unless you are convicted of a crime. You cannot be indefinitely imprisoned without trial. You cannot be searched without a specific warrant.

You can do anything you want, as long as you don't hurt anyone or steal their stuff.

To learn more about the candidates that fight for all of your freedoms all of the time, please visit

In Liberty,
Arvin Vohra
Vice Chair
Libertarian National Committee

How I Vote

Both politically and personally, I am an anarcho-capitalist. I oppose the state in all its forms. I believe there should be no coercive government at the federal, state, or local level, and that only small, private, voluntary governments should exist (if any).

As a business owner, I routinely circumvent or break immoral laws. As an educator, I encourage my students to develop the math and computer skills that will give them the ability to circumvent idiotic laws and taxes.

Even my business logo is inspired by the anarcho-capitalist logo ( you'll notice that the "C" has been extended down to create a lowercase "e", which represents education.)

In the first round of voting at the 2016 Libertarian National Convention, I voted for Darryl W. Perry. In the second round, I voted for...Darryl W. Perry.

In many ways, Gary Johnson's views differ from my own. His views don't represent mine.

You know who else's views don't represent mine? The programmers and designers I hire. The farmers whose produce I buy. The grandmothers whose unlicensed cooking services I patronize.

It doesn't matter to me that their views are different from mine. And it doesn't matter to me that Gary Johnson's views sometimes differ from mine.

The president isn't some guy I plan to worship. He's just a guy I'm hiring for a job. The specific job: get the government out of the way. Cut it. Reduce it. Dismantle it. Eliminate as much of it as you can.

I think Gary Johnson will cut government and empower individuals. His past behavior suggests that he will, his clear campaign pledges suggest that he will. I have every reason to believe that he will cut government when elected.

If something convinces me that one of the other candidates is more likely to cut government, I will immediately switch my vote. If someone convinces me that Governor Johnson will not cut government and no one else will either, then I just won't vote.

But as long as I remain convinced that Gary Johnson will cut government more than any other candidate, he's got my vote and my support.

In Liberty,
Arvin Vohra
Vice Chair
Libertarian National Committee

Bernie: College Tuition

To Current Bernie Sanders Supporters,

Senator Sanders has argued that college debt needs to go. No one should be paying off college debt for decades.

He's right - but his solution isn't. The reason college tuition is so high is that anyone can get a huge federally subsidized loan to pay for college. But if there were no federally subsidized loans, or federal financial aid, college tuition would go down.

If students could no longer get those loans (that turn into debt) colleges would have two choices: lower tuition, or go out of business. Colleges would have compete with each other to lower their prices.

College tuition has increased at 3 times the rate of inflation because government subsidies have allowed and encouraged that. Remove those subsidies, and college tuition will go right back down.

Let's force colleges to innovate and lower costs by ending all federal college subsidies. And while we do that, I encourage everyone to consider prestigious alternatives to college. If you like math, consider the actuarial exams. Passing just one virtually guarantees employment. If you like the humanities, consider the Foreign Service Officer's Test. Passing that proves to any employer that you have the broad base of knowledge you need. And if you just love to learn, and don't care about prestige, consider Coursera and MIT's OpenCourseWare (both free).

If you want to allow the free market to force colleges to lower tuition, to make student debt a thing of the past, please consider learning about the Libertarian Party, and our presidential candidate, former governor Gary Johnson.

Arvin Vohra
Vice Chair, Libertarian National Committee
Author, Lies, Damned Lies, and College Admissions