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As the Marijuana Policy Project reported on Friday, New Hampshire is on its way to becoming the 19th medical marijuana state in the US. Governor Maggie Hassan has released a statement expressing her approval of House Bill 573 and her intention to sign the measure. Although this is a compromise measure, under which home cultivation of marijuana will continue to be prohibited, it is still a major step forward for a state which has seemed to lag behind the rest of New England in marijuana policy reform.
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People around the world stared in bewilderment at their TV and computer screens last week as confirmation of our government’s secret surveillance techniques hit the media. Libertarians, on the other hand, were largely unsurprised by the news that the NSA has been monitoring our telephone records and online data. We have been warning about this sort of intrusion into our liberties for years while being called conspiracy nuts and sensationalists, but now that the cat is officially out of the bag, we’ve seen a surprising shift in the general public’s sentiment regarding government surveillance activities.

As a result, opportunities are popping up that allow us to do our part to fight this heinous display of government overreach. Here are five such options: …

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Voluntary News is on a short hiatus due to both head editors visiting family for the week.  We will be returning next week & begin with a few changes in approach to news and opinion and several new items available in the shop!  We are excited to move forward & thank you all for being patient with us!

Sincerely,

The Voluntary Team

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A fellow tumblrer ordered this design and it looks sooo awesome. Excited to ship it out.

Cool custom shirt we printed for someone!

thefreelioness:

A fellow tumblrer ordered this design and it looks sooo awesome. Excited to ship it out.

Cool custom shirt we printed for someone!

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The people warning of tyranny were right. As [Senator] Mike Lee said, our worst fears have come true. The government is lying to, spying on, and harassing the people it is supposed to be representing. Even Piers Morgan, generally known as a supporter of government, has admitted publicly that the recent scandals have shown the government is behaving “vaguely tyrannical.” A good week for the truth is inherently a bad week for the government. So we have seen.

The American government has its hands in almost every manner of daily life. The steady increases in surveillance and control have enabled the government to take what it sees as the next step: utilizing its power to not just “keep an eye on things” but to promote what they like and suppress what they don’t. We are free as long as we stay within the boundaries of what the government finds appropriate; a selection of options that continues to decrease in size. The slightest infringement on such unspoken controls could have you targeted by the IRS, harassed by the police and slapped with unfounded charges, or get you involuntarily detained based on a government employees analysis of your mental health. Anti-government movements have even been infiltrated with the intention to spark violence and arrests.

It’s not a free country if we’re not free to challenge our government. We are beginning to see routine targeting and suppression of people and movements that challenge the status quo of big government. It is a tyrannical environment when otherwise “regular” people are being treated like criminals and stripped of their rights for simply standing up for what they believe in.

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Washington’s Power

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The first clue as to how dangerous it is to live in Oregon’s Josephine County?

No one answers the phone at the sheriff’s office.

“Due to budgetary constraints,” says a recorded voice, “we are only able to answer the phone from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.”

In the cash-strapped county that is home to scenic Grants Pass, a special election was held this week asking voters to approve a tax levy so more deputies could be hired.

Last year, a woman was raped in her home after calling 911 and staying on the line for more than 10 minutes. She was told there were no officers available to help her

This prompted Rebecca Schoenkopf over at the Wonkette to declare that Josephine County is a “new libertarian paradise;” she satirically quotes libertarians: “ABOLISH THE IRS AND STUFF! AND FEDERAL SPENDING! AND ALL LAWS FOREVER!”

Oh, my. Where do libertarians get the ego? The police department’s inability to stop a crime as serious as rape is a genuine disaster, and should prompt genuine  debate and a serious commitment to solving the problem. Yet this is what we’re given instead: Schoenkopf appears to think that “all laws” are dependent upon dispensations from the federal largess, and that to cut the latter is to do away entirely with the former. Apparently officials in Josephine County feel the same way; after losing a bunch of money in federal aid, they couldn’t be bothered to maintain a functioning police bureau that actually protects its citizens—you know, one of the supposed core functions of any civilized government, the thing which should be funded first if it’s going to be funded at all.

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Coca Cola Bridges the Gap Between Pakistan and India

Coca Cola has recently begun a campaign to mend relations between Pakistan and India by rigging pop machines in each country with a video camera that allow customers to make a friend whom they might have otherwise seen as an enemy. Dubbed the “Small World” machines, these devices encourage people to put their hands together, trace a peace sign, dance, and have fun with people in their neighboring country.

In the inspirational video that Coca Cola posted to its Youtube account, you are able to see people come together and treat each other amicably through trade. What results is an incredible case study into human relations, as it shows how corporations are capable of making a positive impact through the libertarian foreign policy of free trade and human interaction.