Please check out my interview with the Daily Caller. I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Ginni Thomas for her regular column. We spoke about a lot of different things! The edited interview is about 20 minutes long. We spoke about ObamaCare, the Federal Reserve, foreign policy, national debt, my videos, etc. etc.
My favorite thing in the entire world is dogs. That’s why I deeply care about stopping Breed Specific Legislation (BSL). BSL restricts or bans certain types or breeds of dogs, most often pit bulls. I’ve been following the issue for quite a while but I haven’t seen it talked about within libertarian circles. So, I decided to make a video to hopefully spread awareness.
(Here’s a link to adopt Leah– the girl at the end of video: http://www.bullypaws.org/animals/detail?AnimalID=6109859)
I was thrilled to see comments from people who were not previously aware of BSL. It’s a liberty issue and a great way to reach animal lovers. There is already an active community against BSL. These people don’t like the government telling them what kind of dog they can or cannot have.
The argument against BSL is very similar to the argument against gun control. Pit bulls are the AR-15s of the dog world. They look scary! People want to ban them! But BSL (and gun control) only hurts the good guys and helps the bad guys. The good guys are the responsible dog owners who properly train dogs and the bad guys are the thugs who train dogs to be aggressive fighters. What happens when you make pit bulls illegal? You only make them more desirable and profitable to criminals and sketchy breeders.
If you ban pit bulls, only criminals will have pit bulls…
It breaks my heart to hear that innocent dogs are being taken away from their loving owners and euthanized. Can you imagine animal control officers coming into your house and stealing your dog because he or she is the wrong breed? There are cases of animal control officers climbing over backyard fences to nab pit bulls because of BSL.
Other people hide their dogs in their house and live in fear that animal control officers will knock on their door and kill their innocent family pet. There are leaked photos from a Denver animal shelter of pit bulls killed due to the ban (WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC CONTENT.) Some dogs are killed because they are misidentified as pit bulls by government officials– it’s sometimes hard to tell especially with mixed breeds.
Try this “pick the pit” quiz.
Before making the video, I asked on my social networks if people could please send me pictures of their pit bulls with an anti-BSL message. I was overwhelmed with the response. Almost 100 photos! Thank you!
I decided to split the video in two so more dogs could be featured. Here’s the second video with more dog photos!
Will you help me spread awareness?
Learn more here:
Stop BSL: http://stopbsl.org/
Love a Bull: http://love-a-bull.org/resources/bsl/
American Humane Association: http://www.americanhumane.org/animals/stop-animal-abuse/fact-sheets/breed-specific-legislation.html
Also adopt, don’t shop!
Pit Bull Rescue Center: http://www.pbrc.net/
I was really hesitant about putting this video out there. I never make personal videos but I guess Valentine’s Day has me in a cheesy mood. To anyone who has ever been in love, you know that sometimes you just got to tell the whole world. Well, yup I found someone. Please don’t make fun of me for this video! I can’t help it.
The minimum wage is a pet issue of mine.
It goes back to when I was a teenager. I was 15 and I had a bit of trouble finding my first job with a real paycheck because of the classic “how can I gain experience if no one will hire me because I have no experience?” problem. But luckily I found a job at a pizza place for $5.15 an hour where my duties included cleaning toilets and mopping the floor.
Every time someone talks about raising the minimum wage, I cringe because I know that it will prevent the unskilled and uneducated from getting a job.
But unfortunately, many people have never heard the reasonable arguments against raising the minimum wage. You must be a cruel person if you oppose raising the minimum wage, right?
I took a sociology class (not very friendly to liberty!) my freshman year of college. At the beginning of every class, the professor would call up a row of students and ask them their opinion on current events. I suppose this worked because students actually paid attention to current events so they wouldn’t look like a fool in front of the whole class.
Anyways, the professor decided to ask about raising the minimum wage. I stood up there with about 10 students. All of the other students before me said, “Absolutely!” “We need to help the poor!” “People deserve to be paid more!”
I’m standing there twirling my thumbs thinking, “hmmm… should I take the easy way out and just say yay minimum wage? Or should I tell the truth and have everyone in this class think I’m horrible?”
I chose to tell the truth and said that I oppose the minimum wage because it would increase unemployment. The faces. Oh, the faces. People looked at me like I was the worst person in the world. I did a “walk of shame” back to my desk and laid low the rest of the class.
The professor asked to see me after class. “Crud. I’m in trouble” I thought. To my surprise, the super liberal professor thanked me for my position and told me that it took guts to say that in front of a mostly hostile crowd. He encouraged me to continue sharing my views even if they were unpopular.
Now I just share those opinions on YouTube…
(Yup, it’s a parody. I’m pretending to be one of those students back in my sociology class days in the beginning.)
I used to support the death penalty. Hardcore. If you told high school me that I would one day oppose it… I wouldn’t believe you. I thought only liberals opposed the death penalty. Well, I changed my mind. I learned about the costs and the government incompetence. Not to mention the morality issues. I believe that this is the last policy position that I changed my mind on about five years ago.
As expected, the video has mixed reviews. Many disagree with me. That’s fine. I like that non-libertarians watch my videos and hey, we aren’t always going to agree on everything.
Austin Petersen of the Libertarian Republic asked me to be on his podcast today to talk about feminism, libertarianism, privilege checking, and gender related issues. Austin and me worked together for a little while at FreedomWorks.
Austin and me didn’t always agree on feminist related issues. I actually remember having a few debates with him on gender at work. (See all this insider info you get from this blog…) We worked in separate offices and he would come over and basically tell me I was wrong
It’s cool to see him come around. I knew that he would! I’m honored that he invited me on his podcast.
You can listen to the podcast here: http://thelibertarianrepublic.podbean.com/2014/01/21/feminism-libertarianism-are-they-compatible-ft-julie-borowski/
(Sorry about all the background noise and people yelling. Oh, open office environments…#DreamingOfaDoor)
The 2014 International Students for Liberty Conference is about a month away! Register here.
This will be my 5th ISFLC (oh my…) and I highly recommend going if you are a young-ish libertarian person (you don’t have to be a student). I believe they are expecting over 1,000 people! And there are some really great speakers. Click here to see the speaker list.
Young Americans for Liberty asked me to moderate a panel on new media! I’ve never moderated a panel before so this will be a first but I’m excited. The official title: Likes, Views, and Shares: How New Media is Effecting Policy and Philosophy. The panelists are Katie Harbath, Remy, Benny Johnson. I don’t want to give out time/day just in case it changes, but they should be releasing a final schedule soon.
I’ll probably be at the FreedomWorks booth much of the time. We had shirts last year and they were a big hit.
Also, after parties.
If that’s what you’re into.
Hope to see you at ISFLC! It’s going to be a good time.
The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) hosts a monthly online debate feature on issues of concern to classical liberals/libertarians.
This month, the issue is privilege. Cathy Reisenwitz argues that libertarians should be more concerned about issues of class and privilege and I argue that libertarians should stay focused on individual rights.
Read both perspectives and vote for the argument that you like best here: https://www.fee.org/the_freeman/arena/a-question-of-privilege
Glenn Greenwald will be on The Stream on Al Jazeera America tonight at 7:30 PM EST.
The Stream is an interactive show that takes many questions from social media. Use the hashtag #AskGreenwald and he may answer your question live on TV!