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30 June 2010
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
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Mr. PAUL. Madam Speaker, the Advocates for Self-Government, one of the freedom movement’s leading organizations, is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. I am pleased to take this opportunity to congratulate the Advocates on this anniversary and wish them continued success in promoting liberty.
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The Advocates where founded by my friend, the late Marshall Fritz. Marshall saw that the growth of the freedom movement was handicapped by the lack of an organization to help activists better communicate the freedom philosophy to the general public. In order to remedy this situation, Marshall rallied a group of activists and donors and founded the Advocates in order to teach libertarians how to effectively communicate their principles.
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Under the leadership of Marshal from 1985 until 1991; Carole Ann Rand from 1991 until 1995; and Sharon Harris since 1995; the Advocates has helped countless libertarians by providing them with the intellectual resources necessary to effectively battle for a free society.
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Without a doubt, the Advocates are best known for the “World’s Smallest Political Quiz.” Created by Marshall and based on an original idea by David Nolan, this quiz graphs an individual’s political philosophy based on responses to a series of ten questions that measure one’s commitment to economic and personal liberty.
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Under Marshall’s leadership, the Advocates undertook an aggressive program of promoting the quiz, distributing millions of copies of the quiz to libertarian activists. They also generously provide free copies of the quiz, as well as libertarian literature and other outreach materials, free of charge to liberty-minded groups such as the Republican Liberty Caucus and Young Americans for Liberty.
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The quiz has been taken over 15 million times online, has been reprinted in dozens of newspapers and magazine, is referenced by major high school and college textbooks, and is used by educators in classrooms across America. The quiz is responsible for many people’s first contact with libertarian ideas. While traveling around the country, I have often heard people say, “I never knew I was a libertarian until I took the quiz.”
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The Advocates also recently revamped their Libertarianism.com web site, featuring commentary on the libertarian position on a variety of issues from notables in the freedom movement. I was honored when the Advocates asked me to participate in this project.
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As they prepare to celebrate their 25th anniversary, it is a pleasure to thank the founder, the staff and the donors of the Advocates for Self-Government for all they have done for the cause of liberty. I wish them continued success.