Sleeping Outside

I slept outside the Day Resource Center for a night to try and get first-person perspective on the challenges experienced by those who spend every night on the streets.

by: Fayetteville City Council Candidate Justin Herbe

Last Sunday, in an effort to better understand the issues our city is experiencing with a growing unsheltered population, I slept outside the Day Resource Center in Fayetteville alongside ten other individuals, all of whom routinely live outdoors. It was an eye-opening experience, to say the least. Unnecessary government bureaucracy and responsibility avoidance has led to a homeless crisis within our city limits.

First off, I need to give a special thanks to Ms. Quancidine Hinson-Gribble and Mr. Joseph Wheeler, who organized the Sleep Out Fayetteville event. I saw many folks out there in support of the homeless throughout the night, and it did so much to give me hope for our future. I saw Carl Pringle, owner of Flip Flop sauce that is sold inside all our local Food Lion’s. He and his friend Michelle Ornelas, who was also present serving food, have a special ability to quietly live the ethos "do what you can where you can."

Personally, I am still undecided on the role a government, local or larger, should play in providing housing for people. This is a delicate issue where the problem is growing and resources are limited. People work hard to provide housing for their family. They have chosen to live in areas with higher property taxes in order for their children to go to better schools. Many have raised themselves up out of difficult situations with no handouts. 

On the other side of the issue is the human cost and the reality of what I personally experienced. Over the course of the night, I had the chance to speak to several people and hear lots of personal stories about how they ended up living on the streets. Over and over again, what I heard was that they don’t want to be where they are. They did not ask to be homeless, and they need help. What absolutely broke my heart was the woman, 39 weeks pregnant, sleeping outside the center. Just past 11, her husband returned from his shift at the grocery, all his belongings in hand, gave her a hug and was able to sit and chat with her for about five minutes, until he had to leave for an eight-hour shift at the gas station, his second job. They don't get to spend much time together.

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War Finance Policy - A Libertarian Option (Part 2) - Opinion by Phil Jacobson

War Reparations:  A Choice for Taxpayers

Opinion by Phil Jacobson

Libertarianism opposes war conscription of all types. But it also advocates for freedom of choice. 

In Part 1 of this discussion, which focused on the Ukraine War, I asserted that no conscripted government funds should be allocated to a war. I specifically called for an end to USA funding in support of Ukraine in its war with Russia without the consent of the taxpayers, voting with their tax dollars. If this were policy, the only taxed funds which could go to that war effort would be funds which had been deliberately allocated by individual taxpayers from their tax assessment. Tax payments from taxpayers who did not choose that option would no longer be available to fund the war.

While this policy would prevent any war funding from automatically coming from opponents of the war, it would not allow war opponents to reallocate their own taxes. War supporters would be able to send some or even all of their tax money to fund the war. I ended the first part of this discussion by asking if the idea of giving options to taxpayers be appropriate in other contexts.

In this, Part 2, I explore a policy proposal which grants an option, a choice, to taxpayers who oppose a war that the USA government has funded. Again, the proposal is very narrow, but in principle could be applied in other specific examples.

The rhetoric of many, if not most, who support the Ukrainian side in this war has included a demand that Russia withdraw completely from internationally recognized Ukrainian territory. There has also been a call by some for reparations. It is not clear that, given the stresses placed by the war on the Russian economy, a Russia which has ceased fighting and withdrawn from Ukraine could provide a lot of material or financial aid to a recovering Ukraine. But whether or not any effective aid program from Russia is established, there is no question that the USA government has assigned to Russia blame for the economic damage to Ukraine caused by the war.

Yet a similar claim might be made against the USA government itself with regard to the need for aid to Afghanistan to address the damage caused by USA military operations there, only recently ended. Similar claims against the USA government might also be made in other parts of the world.

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Tar Heel Libertarian August 2023

Volume 4, Issue 11 | August 2023

"War is the extreme expression of division between people… but people are beguiled into this catastrophic trap by countless tiny steps of division. It begins way back in the virtuous little dissociations of oneself from the weaknesses that are all too evident in one’s neighbor." ― Philip Britts, Water at the Roots: Poems and Insights of a Visionary Farmer

In this Issue... 

In our August 2023 issue, we start by highlighting the first group of our 2023 candidates. Ryan opines on the summertime and the Liberty candidates, and then we introduce you to five Libertarians running for local office in North Carolina who need your support. 

Communications Director Rob Yates finishes his reflection on a year in the role. Joshua Glawson looks at some of the biggest areas of concern in NC and offers Libertarian solutions. Mike Ross ruminates on the recent Gubernatorial debate between him and Shannon Bray, and Thomas Hill shares his experience at an event in South Carolina feeding the hungry. Brunswick Chair Jennifer Bias tells us about a beach affiliate, Justin Hinckley exposes more anti-2A tyranny and puts out a call to action, and we spotlight a ranked choice voting event later this month. 


From the Chair

Monthly message from the Chair of your Libertarian Party of North Carolina Executive Committee.

Meet the Candidates

Featured Articles

Timely ruminations, calls to action, extraordinary insights, and so much more in the articles featured in the Tar Heel Libertarian.

LP in NC

Members of your LPNC are doing big things around the state, and we capture it all right here. Check out Shannon Bray on Timcast, Mike Ross on Black Talk Radio, and David Hoesly in the Gaston Gazette. 

Liberty iNC

Your rights, all the time. Nothing more, nothing less, no exceptions. Simple as that.

Find all episodes here. Available on YouTube, Spotify, Rumble, Google Pods, and Prime.

2A Talk

All things second amendment from the LPNC's 2A issues liaison, Justin Hinckley. This month, he dismantles a silly, old analogy.

Chair Chats

This month, we catch up with Jennifer Bias, Brunswick County Chair.

Better Ballot North Carolina Event

Full August edition

PDF copy here as well

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Have a business, blog, podcast, product, or service that you are interested in advertising to fellow libertarians? Reach out here for inquiries about ad space.

Support your Fellow Libertarians

The Tar Heel is honored to promote the endeavors of LPNC members. Check out Fox Knob Farm, for Libertaria-owned, heritage breed pastured pork. And then tune in to Dr. Dan's Freedom Forum Radio to set the mood for your delicious meal from Fox Knob.    

 Get Involved

Do you oppose the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals? Do you challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and wish to defend the rights of the individual? Are you already Libertarian, but you want to do more and you aren’t sure how? We are entirely dependent on the hard work and sacrifice of our dedicated volunteers. Here's your chance to join the team. Every little but makes a huge difference.

Managing Editor - Rob Yates, LPNC Communications Director

Staff Writer - Joshua D. Glawson, LPNC Strategic Communications Adviser

2A Editor - Justin Hinckley, LPNC Second Amendment Issues Coordinator

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Libertarian Party of North Carolina Announces Several Libertarian Candidates for 2023 Elections


July 24, 2023 (RALEIGH) – The Libertarian Party of North Carolina (LPNC) is excited to announce 14 Libertarian candidates will be on ballots around the state in this year's fall elections. The group of candidates is dynamic, with a mix of first-timers and seasoned campaign veterans, and the range of offices is broad, including mayor, town board, and city council races.

LPNC Chair Ryan Brown said, “We’re excited with how many people stepped up to run for office, but we’re even more excited about the people who are running. People are sick of watching their livelihood and Liberty be attacked by politicians who often don't feel the pain they are causing others. None of the Libertarians running this year ever wanted to be a politician when they grew up. They’re moms and dads, teachers, lawyers, just normal people like us, but they can’t sit back and do nothing any longer. I am proud to be associated with them, and I’m happy that the state party can offer them so much support.”

LPNC Secretary and Political and Policy Director Dee Watson said, “These candidates represent the end of the first phase of work we have been doing to put an infrastructure in place to recruit, train, and support candidates at every level around the state. But they represent the beginning of implementing our long-term strategy. It’s so exciting to see this vision taking shape, and especially with such a solid group.”

LPNC At-Large Executive Committee Member and Candidates Coordinator Christina Aragues said, “Now the work really begins, but it’s the fun part, too. We have put together excellent resources for candidates, and there’s a ton of knowledge and experience to support the tools we can provide. I can’t wait to watch this election season develop.”

The LPNC will spend the next week working with each candidate to personalize the infrastructure, offer support, and fine tune strategies. All announcements, including events, will be published on the LPNC website and advertised in the newsletter.


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Ryan Brown
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Rob Yates
Communications Director and Acting Press Secretary
Libertarian Party of North Carolina
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