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Love him or hate him, Barack Obama is a transformational president

Considering the title, you might think this piece is a love letter to President Barack Obama. It’s not. On the contrary, I’m a libertarian who is on the record objecting to just about every major policy push the Obama administration has made.

Nevertheless, I think my colleagues on the center-right need to recognize what a transformative president Obama has been in an ideological sense. Barack Obama will not go down in the history books as a forgettable or ineffective commander-in-chief. To the contrary, he marks a major shift in liberal politics from the Third Way compromise era characterized by the Clinton era to unapologetic progressivism.

That’s not to say that Barack Obama is the first progressive president. To the contrary, there have been many — from Woodrow Wilson to Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Lyndon Johnson. However, progressivism largely went out of style after World War II—until Obama. John F. Kennedy signed off on the largest tax cuts in American history. Jimmy Carter deregulated the airline and trucking industries. Bill Clinton enacted welfare reformharsher crime sentences, and cracked down on immigration — not to mention Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

I can only chuckle when I hear hardcore conservatives call past Democratic presidents “leftists” or “communists.” To the contrary, many of them achieved remarkable victories for liberty.

Barack Obama’s presidency, on the other hand, is a whole different story.

Read the full article at Rare.

Editor Casey Published in The Daily Caller on Free Speech at UC Berkeley

Editor Casey Given was published in The Daily Caller on recent threats to free speech at UC Berkeley.

Last Wednesday night, a group of approximately 50 protesters interrupted a student event with famed venture capitalist Peter Thiel, prompting it to end early before its question and answer session. As a UC Berkeley graduate and the founder of the university’s libertarian club Students for Liberty, I could not be more ashamed of my alma mater. Despite being hailed as the home of the Free Speech Movement, it’s clear that Berkeley still needs to learn what free speech is.

You can read the entire piece here.

If you’d like to book Casey or any other Advocate, please contact Young Voices.

Editor Casey Published in Watchdog on Police Militarization

Editor Casey Given was published in Watchdog on the benefits and dangers of President Obama’s plan to combat militarized police.

President Obama announced last week a forthcoming plan to curb the increasingly “militarized culture” among America’s police forces in wake of Michael Brown shooting in Missouri.

The reform is expected to take multiple forms, including an executive order streamlining military surplus gear programs available to local enforcement agencies, congressional funding for local law enforcement agencies to purchase body cameras and a Department of Justice guidelines restricting racial profiling.

You can read the entire piece here.

If you’d like to book Casey or any other Advocate, please contact Young Voices.

Editor Casey Published in Townhall on Education Tax Hikes

Editor Casey Given was published in Townhall on a recent spate of tax hikes for education being proposed across the U.S.

“I believe the children are our future.” As cliché as this famous line that Whitney Houston once crooned may be, politicians across the country continue to use its sentiment on to grow government. Public education is one of the biggest drivers of tax hikes, justifying bad fiscal policy in the name of some vague notions about protecting America’s children.

You can read the entire piece here.

If you’d like to book Casey or any other Advocate, please contact Young Voices.

Editor Casey and Advocate Joseph’s Arena Debate on Voting Published in Print Edition of The Freeman

Editor Casey Given and Advocate Joseph Diedrich‘s Arena debate for The Freeman on the merits (or lack thereof) of voting was published in the December 2014 print issue of the magazine.

From Casey’s article:

Elections are not just about voting. In the months leading up to Election Day, candidates engage in a battle of ideas. Whether through canvassing, commercials, debates, radio and television interviews, or town halls, electioneering opens up multiple communications media that are more difficult to engage with in the political off-season. We can use these media to spread the message of liberty.

From Joseph’s:

Voting is also a colossal waste of time. Let’s say you vote once every two years. Over the course of your life, you’ll spend literally days at the polling place — and in all that time, odds are you will never once decide the result. There are better ways to advance liberty.

Instead of voting, throw your energies into entrepreneurship. Because the government will always be reactionary, the productive among us will always be one step ahead. And your abstention will send a message to the State: “You are irrelevant to me!”

You can find both articles here.

If you’d like to speak with Casey or Joseph, please contact Young Voices.