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Once again, I have left myself a heroic amount of work at the end of a semester. The combination of moving in to a new house and the staff at NFP taking holiday vacations has severely inhibited the amount of volunteer work I have been able to complete.
In the past two days however, I have completed a proposal for a role with the organization suitable to earn college credit for.
Between the creation and maintenance of the newly minted Nebraskans For Peace Tumblr, and writing a piece on how students can stay informed and involved in the human rights issues transpiring in Egypt, Syria, and Turkey, I will have my hands full this week.
I have stumbled once again into the arena of nonprofit volunteerism, albeit under slightly different circumstances than my previous work with radio, library and politics.
This time I will be receiving college credit for my ongoing assistance to Nebraskans for Peace, the nations oldest statewide peace and justice organization. There are no provisions for the amount of hours required, only that I volunteer enough to keep a journal about the experience and write a concluding paper at the conclusion of the class.
Thus far, I have made contact with Brittany Crawford, the NFP office manager and fundraising coordinator, and began working on promoting a June 24th forum on fair tax policy here in lincoln. Mostly that has just involved walking around downtown and hanging flyers in the windows of local businesses.
We are planning on meeting early next week to discuss a special project with which I can hopefully contribute to the organization on a more substantial level. Until then, I won’t dwell too much about the specifics of walking around downtown hanging flyers: I’ll only say that NFP could use some help in the field of flyer design.
Most important thing you’ll read today:Global warming is MUCH worse than we thought.
I guess the Mayans were only slightly off.
In 2001 the Libertarians were the guys who had the booth at the street festivals sandwiched between the Revolutionary Maoists and the Revolutionary Stalinists. Now you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a Libertarian.1 So where did they all come from?
My unscientific survey concluded that (unsurprisingly) the vast majority of Libertarians are children of Republicans. The politics of parents certainly don’t determine the politics of the children—but one of the awkward truths of political thought is that the apple rarely falls far from the tree. (This isn’t me talking down on Libertarians—it’s just how it is with every political group.)
The relative strength of the Liberty Movement has a lot to do with a crumbling in support for Republicans among young people. Proposals like “let’s all be scared of people who are different and/or gay” simply aren’t resonating like they use to. And maybe the brain needs at least forty-years of buffering to handle the cognitive dissonance necessary to simultaneously maintain that we have to immediately cut spending and that we shouldn’t under any circumstances touch military spending. The Republicans have always struggled with young people. But now they seem to be struggling even with young Republicans.
So what’s next? A huge chunk broke off the Republican glacier. Where is it headed? Will the wayward Republican children rejoin the fold? That seems unlikely, unless the Republicans can bring their platform into the 21st century. Will Libertarianism be a strong, independent force going forward? I don’t think that’s likely either. Opposition to things like Medicare gets harder when people you love start retiring.2 Will the Progressives see an influx? It’s not inconcievable. Advocacy for a more humane foreign policy could plausibly lead to support for a more humane domestic policy.
If you’re proud to live in a jurisdiction where you have the freedom to swing dead cats around without running afoul of some sanitary code or animal cruelty law, thank a Libertarian! ↩
Hey Libertarian friends. I realize how obnoxiously smug it sounds for me to essentially say, “You’ll grow out of your cherished beliefs you naive little duckling.” With that said … I’ve harbored some libertarian sympathies in the past. But then … life takes you outside ivory towers. You see friends with crippling depression and no family to fall back on whose only means of survival is SSDI. You see other friends who worked their whole life anticipating a pension held by a suddenly bankrupt company. ↩
All of this^
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