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  • in reply to: Talking Political Philosophy with Family #20208

    I find it very hard to convince the left of many of our libertarian values, but I’ve had much more success with those further to the right.

    For instance, my mother is a more moderate. She still votes Republican, but she’s not opposed to the idea of some government programs for one thing or another. I’ve made great strides in getting her closer to my position simply by talking a lot, and she’s beginning to see a lot of my gripes about regulation now that she and her boyfriend are deer farming.

    My father was a Reagan-conservative, but he’s come much closer to libertarianism and I would describe him as a conservative-libertarian. There are only two pieces left of the major libertarian takes that I have yet to convince him of: drugs, and foreign policy. He’s become much more reserved on his foreign policy than he was during the Bush years, and I would say he aligns himself as a bit more hawkish than Rand Paul, but I find that he gets closer to non-interventionism every day. On the drug war, I’ve also gotten him closer to the libertarian position on drugs simply by asking him why if he believes that the government should not be paternal in other facets of life why should they do so on a failed drug war? I think he’s getting much closer.

    So I guess the best way to handle it is know who to target and then use their own thinking as a base for your argument.

    in reply to: The Introduce Yourself Thread #20234

    What is your name?
    Ryan Connor

    How do you describe yourself ideologically?
    Constitutional minarchist (please don’t hate me), but I’m also a huge fan of Rothbard and can’t really argue with him philosophically. I just think the best way to bring about the maximization of liberties is to have a government whose sole purpose is rights protection. I’m pretty much always for less government in everything.

    How did you first hear about Tom Woods?
    A podcast that mentioned his name and then I found him through his own podcast.

    Facebook and Twitter profiles?
    Find me on Twitter: @RyanConnorYAL

    Other Fun facts about you?
    I currently run the Young Americans for Liberty Podcast, so check that out. I’m also working with a state senate runner who is a libertarian running under the Republican ticket (I’ve tested the crap out of him, and he checks out)

    Courses your looking forward to?
    Austrian Economics courses. I’ve always wanted to really learn about the nuts and bolts of Austrian Economics, but never really found a way to do it until now. Also looking forward to the history that won’t be littered with statist propaganda.

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