CAMPAIGN FOR LIBERTY

The liberty movement lost one of its most unique and effective communicators on Saturday, August 10 when J. Neil Schulman died at the age of 66. Neil was the author of 11 books and a filmmaker who founded his own production company Sisulu Productions. While he write some nonfiction—including two collections of essays on the Second Amendment: Self Control Not Gun Control and Stopping Power: Why Millions of Americans Own Guns—his main focus was as a writer of libertarian-themed science fiction. Neil had a unique ability to incorporate libertarian political theory and Austrian economics into his stories without being heavy handed or boring. Instead, he worked the ideas of liberty into his stories in a way that made the story more entertaining while wanting many readers to learn more about libertarianism and get involved in efforts to restore our lost liberties. His most well-known work was 1979’s Alongside Night. Alongside Night takes place in the near future where America is suffering a major economic crisis featuring hyperinflation thanks to power hungry politicians, reckless central bankers and crony capitalists. As the government assumes more power to deal with the crises, a libertarian revolt springs up seeking not to overthrow the government, but simply [...]
Fri, Aug 23, 2019
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Rand Paul: It should be getting audited
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) took to Twitter yesterday to respond President Trump's latest attack on the Federal Reserve with one simple point about the Fed: Campaign for Liberty is continuing our push to get a majority of the House to cosponsor the Audit the Fed bill (H.R. 24). Please support our efforts. [...]
Thu, Aug 22, 2019
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With Congress on recess, this a good time to take a look at the components of  the appropriations bills the House passed this summer.   Today we’ll look at the Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services bill, which appropriates $189.9 billion, an increase of $11.8 billion over FY 2019 and $47.9 billion over the president’s request. Of course, many of the details may be changed between now and when the bill is signed into law, especially since the budget deal requires no “poison pill” amendments to the provisions. But this at least provides a starting point for Democrats to go into negotiations with the president and the Senate over the final spending bill.   Note: The recently passed budget deal set spending levels of the whole budget, but Congress must still fill in the details of how much each individual agency and program gets.   So, here are the details of the Labor-HHS-Education bill:   1. $75.9 billion for the Department of Education, $4.5 billion above FY 2019 and $11.9 billion above the president’s request 2. $13.3 billion for the Department of Labor, $1.2 billion above FY 2019 and $2.4 billion above the president’s request. 3. $99.4 billion for Health and Human Services, $8.9 billion above FY 2019 and [...]
Wed, Aug 21, 2019
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Stocks fell last week following news that the yield curve on Treasury notes had inverted. This means that a short-term Treasury note was paying higher interest rates than long-term Treasury note. An inverted yield curve is widely seen as a sign of an impending recession. Some economic commentators reacted to the inverted yield curve by parroting the Keynesian propaganda that recessions are an inevitable feature of a free-market economy, whose negative effects can only be mitigated by the Federal Reserve. Like much of the conventional economic wisdom, the idea that recessions are caused by the free market and cured by the Federal Reserve is the exact opposite of the truth. Interest rates are the price of money. Like all prices, they should be set by the market in order to accurately convey information about economic conditions. When the Federal Reserve lowers interest rates, it distorts those signals. This leads investors and businesses to misjudge the true state of the economy, resulting in misallocations of resources. These misallocations can create an economic boom. However, since the boom is rooted in misperceptions of the true state of the economy, it cannot last. Eventually the Federal Reserve-created bubble bursts, resulting in a recession. So, recessions are [...]
Tue, Aug 20, 2019
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I can’t comprehend what the anti-gun statists in BOTH parties don’t understand about the words you and I can plainly read in the Second Amendment’s clear and concise language. But I’m afraid the situation is growing more and more serious following the tragic murders in Texas and Ohio over the weekend. In fact, President Trump declared in his press conference: “I have called for Red Flag laws . . . strong background checks.” He showed he’s ready to make a gun control deal with Congressional Democrats, including on so-called “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation Orders, which would seize law-abiding Americans’ firearms with ZERO DUE PROCESS. And if emerging news reports are to be believed, the President is looking to Attorney General William Barr -- who outright admitted his support for gun confiscation and gun registration to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) during his confirmation hearings -- for counsel on extra-constitutional means to carve away our gun rights via executive order. President Trump is either taking bad advice from the Washington, D.C. “Swamp,” or he’s backtracking on the pro-gun promises he made early in his first term. Either way, it’s absolutely critical you act at once. So please sign your NO DEALS! NO GUN CONTROL! petition IMMEDIATELY! SIGN YOUR PETITION >> Of course, [...]
Sat, Aug 17, 2019
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Campaign for Liberty is battling back against an onslaught of gun control legislation from BOTH parties. I’ve written many times about the threats we’re facing, especially with regards to so-called “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation Orders. That’s why I wanted to share this op-ed written by Congressman Thomas Massie and John Lott, Jr. explaining how these “Red Flag” laws would just make things worse. I hope you’ll take just a few moments to read it in full.  And then, if you haven’t already, please sign your NO DEALS!  NO GUN CONTROL!petition and demand President Trump and Members of Congress oppose ANY gun control scheme that comes up for a vote. Please forward this to your friends and family and encourage them to sign their petition as well! For Liberty, Ron Paul Chairman ‘Red Flag’ Laws Are the Wrong Solution to Mass ShootingsBy Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) & John R. Lott Jr. They haven’t reduced crimes, and the potential for misuse is great Everyone is sick of mass public shootings in the United States. Enough is enough. Everyone, including us, is incredibly frustrated. But let’s do something that doesn’t make the problem worse. With President Trump’s endorsement, Senate Republicans are moving forward with one law that they hope will help — a so-called “red-flag” law, advancing on the [...]
Thu, Aug 15, 2019
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Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul issued the following statement regarding the Federal Reserve’s announced plans to implement a real time payment system: “Consumers already have numerous options to make real-time payments, so the Federal Reserve’s decision to begin work on a central bank-run and controlled real payments system—what Competitive Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow John Berlau calls “FedNow”—is baffling. A Federal Reserve-run real payments system will crowd out private alternatives, leaving consumers with one government-run option for real-time payments. This will be bad for consumers and real-time entrepreneurs but good for power-hungry Federal Reserve bureaucrats who will no doubt use FedNow to help “protect” the Federal Reserve’s fiat currency system from competition from crypto currencies. [...]
Wed, Aug 14, 2019
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I can’t comprehend what the anti-gun statists in BOTH parties don’t understand about the words you and I can plainly read in the Second Amendment’s clear and concise language. But I’m afraid the situation is growing more and more serious following the tragic murders in Texas and Ohio over the weekend. In fact, President Trump declared in his press conference: “I have called for Red Flag laws . . . strong background checks.” He showed he’s ready to make a gun control deal with Congressional Democrats, including on so-called “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation Orders, which would seize law-abiding Americans’ firearms with ZERO DUE PROCESS. And if emerging news reports are to be believed, the President is looking to Attorney General William Barr -- who outright admitted his support for gun confiscation and gun registration to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) during his confirmation hearings -- for counsel on extra-constitutional means to carve away our gun rights via executive order. President Trump is either taking bad advice from the Washington, D.C. “Swamp,” or he’s backtracking on the pro-gun promises he made early in his first term. Either way, it’s absolutely critical you act at once. So please sign your NO DEALS! NO GUN CONTROL! petition IMMEDIATELY! SIGN YOUR PETITION >> Of [...]
Tue, Aug 13, 2019
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The Federal Reserve, responding to concerns about the economy and the stock market, and perhaps to criticisms by President Trump, recently changed course on interest rates by cutting its “benchmark” rate from 2.25 percent to two percent. President Trump responded to the cut in already historically-low rates by attacking the Fed for not committing to future rate cuts. The Fed’s action is an example of a popular definition of insanity: doing the same action over and over again and expecting different results. After the 2008 market meltdown, the Fed launched an unprecedented policy of near-zero interest rates and “quantitative easing.” Both failed to produce real economic growth. The latest rate cut is unlikely to increase growth or avert a major economic crisis. It is not a coincidence that the Fed’s rate cut came along with Congress passing a two-year budget deal that increases our already 22 trillion dollars national debt and suspends the debt ceiling. The increase in government debt increases the pressure on the Fed to keep interest rates artificially low so the federal government’s interest payments do not increase to unsustainable levels. President Trump’s tax and regulatory policies have had some positive effects on economic growth and job creation. However, these [...]
Mon, Aug 12, 2019
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This weekends tragic shootings have renewed a push for the Democrats’ expanded background check legislation and  Republicans’ “Red Flag” laws. This is a good time to re-examine Campaign for Liberty Chairman Ron Paul’s column explaining the threats these proposals pose to liberty. Read Dr. Paul’s column below and remember to sign your  No Deals, No Gun Control petition. by Ron Paul The House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would expand the national background check system to require almost everyone selling firearms, including private collectors who supplement their incomes by selling firearms at gun shows, to perform background checks on the potential buyers. The bill has a section purporting to bar creation of a national firearms registry. However, the expanded background check system will require the government to compile lists of those buying and selling guns. In other words, it creates a de facto national gun registry. Similar to the experience with other types of prohibition, making it more difficult to legally buy a gun will enhance the firearms black market. Criminals, terrorist, and even deranged mass shooters will thus have no problem obtaining firearms. It is no coincidence that the majority of mass shootings take place in “gun-free zones,” where shooters know their targets [...]
Fri, Aug 09, 2019
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