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YALCON Shows Us the Future of the Liberty Movement

Kevin Damato | @KevinCDamato

YALCON is a libertarian convention held by the national organization Young Americans for Liberty (YAL). YAL is a multifaceted organization, holding both a 501(c)(3) for their education side and a 501(c)(4) for their political campaigning work in their “Operation Win at the Door” program.

One of the amazing benefits of being a member of your local YAL chapter is the ability to attend the aforementioned convention, which has 5 locations this year all around the country. During each YALCON, attendees have the opportunities to meet liberty leaders, learn how to expand their outreach knowledge, and network with their peers.

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Politicon 2018 Recap

Joshua D. Glawson | United States

Politicon 2018 was another success. Held in the LA Convention Center on October 20th and 21st in Los Angeles, California, the annual “Comic-Con” of politics continues to include people from all political perspectives, discussing and debating, presenting and mingling. The largest corporate news source present was MSNBC who provided free tote bags freshly made in front of you and a huge stage in the center where news anchors spoke on contentious topics such as race and sex, among others.

The greatest blatant comical relief was nearing the comical caricaturized Trump blimp who was portrayed in the image of a whiny baby holding a phone, probably Tweeting something sour.

There were not as many vendors this year, and the LA Convention Center was probably too big and spread out to host Politicon, as opposed to the Pasadena Convention Center where Politicon has been held for two years prior. Some people were confused as to where to go and when people were speaking.

Nevertheless, Politicon was a great time this past weekend. A couple of key heated debates were that of TurningPoint USA’s (TPUSA) Charlie Kirk versus The Young Turks’ (TYT) Hasan Piker:

and a debate with TYT’s Cenk Uygur versus Fox News’ Tucker Carlson:

 

Of course, both of these so-called debates were riddled with logical fallacies, emotions, and inconsistent philosophy such as the role of government and its limitations, fear-mongering on both sides, the push for regulations of technology and people, etc. Coincidentally, another bruise in American politics was present posthumously, i.e. the Nixon Foundation, with the former US President’s lackluster limo including deflated tires and all, and a booth displaying various images of Richard Nixon.

As a side note, in response and staunch opposition to Nixon’s policies is what helped start the Libertarian Party in 1971; and the ’71’ in “71 Republic” is an homage to the founding of the Libertarian Party.

It was great seeing some familiar faces, such as former Presidential candidate Austin Petersen; former Vice President candidate, photographer, entrepreneur, and owner of the award-winning marijuana company Lit.ClubJudd Weiss; Libertarian writer and speaker – Avens O’Brien; Libertarian Party of California State Chair – Honor “Mimi” Robson; the Mises Institute; Free and Equal Elections‘ – Christina Tobin; along with many others.

I, Joshua D. Glawson, was also there representing 71 Republic, donning a costume, taking notes, and speaking with various people:

I look forward to next year’s Politicon, and I hope to see more libertarian scholars present to accurately debate those that only want to impose the State on everyone for their own constantly changing agendas and overall Statism.


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Sarwark Vs. Smith, To Debate Or Not To Debate?

By Ryan Lau | United States

In a new development Sunday, tensions are rising between candidates for the Chairmanship of the Libertarian Party. This July, incumbent Nicholas Sarwark will attempt to defend his seat against Think Liberty founder Joshua Smith. The election will take place at the Libertarian National Convention in New Orleans.

Before the election, Smith hopes that he may be able to debate Sarwark on a number of policy differences. 71 Republic may sponsor this debate. So far, the only slated meeting of the two candidates will take place at a forum in Long Beach, California. Additionally, a debate at the Nebraska Libertarian Party State Convention was planned, but then canceled.

However, it is still possible that a debate between the two may not occur. Despite Smith’s firm advocacy for one to occur, Sarwark has yet to confirm his availability. In the following video obtained from an anonymous source, Smith asked Sarwark to increase the number of debates beyond one. Sarwark replied calmly, stating that “I’ll have to see about scheduling”.

Without a doubt, the ultimate victor of this race may have a huge impact on the future direction of the party. In the above video, Sarwark and 2020 Presidential Candidate Adam Kokesh agreed on the importance of the party’s future. After Kokesh stated he has “a lot of interest in the future of the party”, Sarwark agreed, remarking “that’s good, we all do”.

However, it is possible that voters may not be able to see a debate between the two candidates prior to their critical election if the two cannot reach an agreement on a time and place for such a debate to occur. What are your opinions on the subject? Please add your comments below.