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Brexit

What an historic day, as the UK decides to throw off the shackles of EU regulation, fees, and socialism. Britons will no longer have to pay for the incompetence, welfare, government pensions, and socialist policies of the rest of Europe.

Britain now has the opportunity to become a bastion of trade, innovation, and business growth. But that won't happen without work.

I ask my British friends, to first beware of cunning workarounds. The proponents of cronyism and socialism will now try the following. They will use economic scare tactics to try to browbeat you into accepting a new agreement...that will look the same as the old agreement. Fight that. While your economy transforms over the next months, there will be rocky times. That's what real economic growth, the kind that comes from productivity and innovation, looks like.

To those who will tell you that England is too small to stand on its own: nonsense. England has the opportunity to be a bastion of free market capitalism in a sea of socialism. What Hong Kong was to China, you can now be to Europe. Let the rest of Europe drown in its regulation, socialism, and unbridled laziness.

Any short term economic difficulty is just shedding a few crony capitalists and economic parasites. If you use this as an opportunity for freedom, innovation, and growth, you will be the great nation you can be.

Keep fighting for the next two years. I promise: this battle is not over. Cronyism and socialism will work hard to find a way to continue. Be fearless; reject any bad deals; and retake control of your own destiny.

Thank you for all the work you have done, and thank you for voting leave.

Respectfully,

Arvin Vohra
Vice Chair
Libertarian National Committee

ISIS - Battle of Ideas

You can't bomb an idea.

Our current battle with ISIS is a battle of ideas, not against a fixed number of people. You can't block ISIS through immigration control any more than you can block the KKK through immigration control. Ideas aren't affected by borders.

The good news: we can win this battle of ideas. The ideas of freedom, political equality, and respect are better ideas than those of bigotry and violence. In the open marketplace of ideas, our ideas will win.

Here are a few ways to win that battle:

1. Eliminate all trade sanctions; allow free trade. What happens when we open the richest market in the world to trade? People will try to sell to Americans, and that means they will have to advertise to Americans. They, their copywriters, their graphic designers, and their representatives will have to learn about American culture, values, and ideas. That exposure to ideas is the first step towards mutual understanding, adoption of better ideas, or even the spreading of great ideas.

As an example: at the 2016 Libertarian National Convention, one of the cameramen was so inspired by the ideas he heard that he joined the LP!

2. Lead by example. When the most powerful nation on earth uses violence to settle every disagreement, it tells the world that power=violence. If we lead through trade and nonviolence instead, the world will understand that power = trade + peace.

3. Don't create enemies. Bombing hospitals and weddings creates enemies. It makes ISIS's ideas more credible, and makes American ideas less credible. It helps ISIS recruit, and gives them a visceral enemy to point to.

Instead, pull out all American troops. Let ISIS collapse under the weight of its own incompetence, just as Venezuela is doing. Let the world see that the ideas of ISIS are just as stupid as the ideas of socialism.

4. Individuals: defend yourself and others. Anyone can join ISIS, the KKK, or other violent groups at any time - even a police officer. But if people are armed and ready, then mass shootings become much harder.

Part of that is eliminating "gun free" zones. When terrorists know the people in an area might be armed, they are less likely to try a mass killing. And if they do attempt a mass killing, they are often quickly stopped:https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/do-civilians-with-guns-ev…/

Vote Libertarian, and let's make America safer.

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 (www.vohramethod.com: 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.

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