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Being an activist is emotionally draining. Trying to get people into the same place on the same day can be like herding cats; People will argue with you constantly, and sometimes it feels like no matter what you do, you aren’t making a difference. Sometimes you wonder if it’s worth it to be in the movement anymore.

This is normal and natural. Anyone who works long hours and sometimes doesn’t see results can relate. For activists, it can be even harder because it’s something we so fervently believe in that brings us so much exhaustion. This is why, like with all things, it’s important to remember that you always come first. You’ll be a happier person (and a more effective activist) if you take time for yourself once in a while. Your mental and physical health is always the most important thing.

These are some suggestions as to how to take care of yourself when activism is getting you down.

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I wrote this piece for WVU Students for Liberty’s Medium account some time last year. After seeing people reply to Jason Lee Byas’ post about ending the anarchist silence, I was reminded of the sentiment I expressed here. It is all to frequent that people who generally agree find themselves at odds because of the rhetorical walls we build around political ideology. I largely reject this idea as it is not conducive to positive change or progressing society in any way.

According to many of the so-called American left, libertarianism is the radical extension of American Republicanism ideology. It is amusing to those of us who identify as libertarians to read such things as the truth of elections, policy and rhetoric say otherwise. Further irony can be found in that many American liberals seem to feel somehow removed from what they cast off as the “right” when they claim themselves to be the “left.” This is largely a result of the differences between both parties being entirely rhetorical. Each of the major American political parties supports, and is in turn supported by, massive corporations, each continues drug prohibition, each tampers in markets only so far as it doesn’t affect campaign contributions, and each denies the American populace self ownership for a variety of reasons; Each continues the neoconservative legacy started some time during the Cold War, carrying out interventionist intrusions into other nations. The fact that American liberals would debase a political ideology that opposes them as being a facet of a political ideology they claim to hate but are also identical to is both laughable and confusing.

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The follow is a guest post from Quenton King.

Many people believe that only guilty people go to prison. They reason that if you are truly innocent, there is no way that police, prosecutors, juries, and judges will find you guilty. Evidence shows that this assumption is completely false. According to the Innocence Project, in the United States alone, there have been 318 exonerations, or people freed upon new evidence being found, after spending years in prison. The number of people wrongly imprisoned is even higher if you consider the many citizens who have no chance of achieving justice because they don’t have anyone to fight for them. Some studies have found that up to 5% of prisoners in the United States could actually be innocent. Considering our outrageously high prison population (over 2 million!), that means there could be over 100,000 innocent people incarcerated in US prisons. If that number seems high, imagine foreign countries that have a history of human rights abuses such as freedom of speech, press, and assembly violations.

There are several factors that contribute to wrongful convictions. In some instances, overzealous prosecutors desire a conviction so badly that they will take a case to court that has no business being there. There have been many documented cases in which a prosecutor has withheld evidence that otherwise would have proved the innocence of the defendant, such as the 1986 Christine Morton murder case, in which District Attorney Ken Anderson withheld evidence during his prosecution of Michael  Morton. After the Innocence Project became involved, their work led to the exoneration of Morton, as well as prison time and a Texas disbarment of Ken Anderson.

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A few days ago, I sat down with one of my housemates for a good old fashioned Canadian Thanksgiving movie night, sans exams, homework, and tests, to watch a film I had heard quite a lot about but had never seen: The Lego Movie. Little did I know that The Lego Movie was filled to the brim with libertarian values as well as the consequences of a polar opposite world: one that is micro-managed, coercively perfected, and always spied upon. The differences between these two worlds was like night and day. What I had learned so far from the liberty movement only further illuminated this difference and clarified what I was advocating for, in a humorous and Lego-filled fashion, of course. Without further ado, let me begin to outline the libertarian values I found in The Lego Movie. I hope you will be as excited as I was to see a modern movie boasting a libertarian theme. Here we go!

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