John Fockler

Educating Americans

Primary and secondary education in this country is an embarrassment.  OK, OK, that’s an exaggeration, to some degree.  We have many fine schools in this country, some private and some tax-supported.  But overall, we are being taken to the cleaners by almost every other developed country in the world, educationally speaking.  So what do we …

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He’s Not My Cup of Tea, But….

Otter: He can’t do that to our pledges!Boon: Only we can do that to our pledges. Animal House, 1978 January 17: Nobody can be harder on Libertarians than other Libertarians. We disagree about policy, we disagree about strategy, and we disagree about who is – or is not! –  a real Libertarian! As a group, we have …

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The message IS the message

One thing I learned growing up is that communication is the art and the craft of conveying meaning from one person to another. My mother, God bless her, taught me that. This means that the craft just isn’t happening until the message has been received and understood. The artistry and elegance with which it is …

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Instant Runoff Voting, But Were Afraid to Ask

Every Libertarian who has been through an election or two as a party activist knows the frustration of having to deal with the “wasted vote syndrome.”   “Vote for Libertarian Edgar Everyman!” we tell a fellow voter.  “Gee, I’d really like to,” says the voter.  “Edgar’s the man!  But I can’t vote for him.  If I do, Wendy Wickedwitch …

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