Happy Friday! Here in New Hampshire, this weekend brings 75° weather and cool breezes, and students are getting ready to head back to school. At the Libertarian Policy Institute, we’re thinking about future generations through tumultuous events.

Here’s a snippet of a message our Nick shared with me that I wanted to pass along to you:

There is so much that is out of our control, which is why we are getting back to a focus on empowering individuals to take control over what they can. Our family visited Colonial Williamsburg earlier in the month and were struck by the incredible things a small community of people willing to work together on a shared goal were able to accomplish.

There is a bridge from the modern visitor's center to the historical town that reminds visitors of the progress that has been made in protecting individual rights, correcting the wrongs of slavery and privileges of birth, and developing new technologies to connect us with each other over time and space. It's striking how far we've come in the short history of our country and even in my lifetime. Watching our four children learn about history and knowing how many more tools they have to change the world gives me a profound sense of gratitude and hope.

I was similarly filled with a sense of hope this week. My partner is a member of a school committee in Massachusetts, and I was lucky enough to attend her last meeting. Children are an intimate topic and serious issues were at hand, so tensions were understandably high. Unfortunately, many members of the crowd were not on their best behavior. Insults and threats were thrown and multiple attendees needed to be ejected.

Three students and recent graduates of the high school, though, were in attendance to speak from the perspective of the most important stakeholder: the pupil. Although the three students were not on the same side of any of the present issues, they conducted themselves with class and eloquence, thanked the school committee members for their time, and sat in polite silence while others made their voices heard.

That brings us, subscriber, to this month’s big question: what’s going on in your community that has you hopeful for the future? What are you doing to be a part of the solution?

Today is Nick’s birthday. Don’t tell him I asked you to do this, but if you have a story, selfie with Nick, or just a birthday message you want to share with him, tag @libertarianpol and @nsarwark on Twitter. Our ideas travel the nation, and so too can our shared joys and celebrations!

Now, let’s take a look at the Institute on the Internet…

Our hearts go out to the U.S. servicemen and women in Afghanistan. We strongly oppose the foreign policy mistakes that led so many families to lose loved ones. Both safe passage and a chance to make it in the United States in the United States must be granted to all civilians, returning Americans or fleeing Afghans.

See the Libertarian Policy Institute's Tweet

Recency bias would lead us to focus on President Biden’s missteps in executing the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, and his reluctance to follow through on the government’s guarantees to Afghan allies. It’s important to note prior administrations’ errors as well. Former President George W. Bush entered the war, but former Presidents Obama and Trump had ample time to withdraw sooner or create a more effective plan. Nick below points out an even more particular blunder by the Trump administration:

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On a slightly different note, Killer Mike (government name Michael Render) is an inspiration of mine. Watching moderate Muslims flee Islamist extremists, in some cases to Christian-majority nations, Mike’s line on “walking in the snow” comes to mind: “Never forget in the story of Jesus the hero was killed by the state.” We’re more alike than those in power in our respective governments would have us believe. Let’s not let religious differences make us look past our shared humanity.

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I want to thank you for reading, and extend a special shout-out to everyone who’s reached out to write as well. It’s been a rewarding experience working with those of you who have already worked so hard with me to create stellar articles. If you’ve reached out to me recently, look for a follow-up over the weekend; as I tie up these initial submissions neatly, I’m looking forward to working with more of you who’ve submitted already.

If you have any questions or want to write, reach out to me at rmanzo@libertarianpolicy.org!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Richard Manzo
Operations Director
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