Jacob Hornberger: Just Leave Cuba Alone.
Brendan O’Neill: It’s Time to Get Real about Freedom of Speech.
Laurence Vance: Three Libertarian Principles for Education.
And David Martin: CIA Election Meddling
Jacob Hornberger: Just Leave Cuba Alone.
Brendan O’Neill: It’s Time to Get Real about Freedom of Speech.
Laurence Vance: Three Libertarian Principles for Education.
And David Martin: CIA Election Meddling
Becky Akers: Most Magnificent Video of the Year!
Laurence Vance: Spineless Republicans
Robert Wenzel: It’s Out: ‘Face Masks In One Lesson’
Tom Woods: The Covid Cult. (video)
Paul Craig Roberts: Classified US Embassy Cable Proves Smartmatic’s Connection to Venezuela.
And Dom Armentano: Are Temperatures And Ocean Levels Rising Dangerously? Not Really.
Ben Johnson: Would AOC Blacklist 73 Million Americans?
Antony Mueller: The United Nations and the Origins of “The Great Reset”
Becky Akers: Snitches: Almost As Evil As Politicians
Tony Cartalucci: “Biden’s America” Will Continue Pressure on Iran.
Matt Purple: End Three Wars, Then Blow Up Iran?
Michael Rozeff: Governors Issue Equivalents of Red Spiked Stars
Eric Peters: The Coronamonomaniac Cult and Mask Emotional Blackmail.
Thorsten Polleit: Why We Need a Free Market in Money
Michael Tennant: Diplomatic Impunity.
And Bill Sardi: Land That I Love
You’ve probably heard that the Trump campaign has been accusing the Democrats of stealing the election with massive vote fraud schemes, flipping votes from Trump to Biden, bringing in coolers and suitcases full of “mail-in” ballots for Biden, etc., etc. The software for some of the machines used is by a company called “Dominion” which apparently is highly suspect.
In this video, Trump campaign attorney Sydney Powell goes over some of the details for “Greg Kelly Reports” on Newsmax TV.
However, Jon Rappoport and Tucker Carlson are asking Sydney Powell to provide evidence of her accusations. It seems to me that she and other attorney Rudy Giuliani have presented a lot of evidence, including witness sworn affidavits. Although, there is a lot of circumstantial evidence such as vote tallies occurring showing numbers that could not be possible statistically, and the sudden stopping of vote counting late election night after it was clear that Trump was winning by a wide margin, followed by a sudden increase in Biden votes appearing out of no where.
But these elections are futile, anyway. When will people learn that central planning doesn’t work? The larger the country and the larger the central government the more chaos and dysfunction you will have. All the power-seekers and power-grabbers and psychopaths are driven to the central power structure in Washington. The country needs to decentralize. I have explained all that several times here, including in this article.
Laurence Vance: Attention Liberty-Loving Cops
Caitlin Johnstone: ‘Confirmed’ Has Become A Meaningless Word In Mainstream News Reporting.
Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies: Will Michele Flournoy Be the Angel of Death for the American Empire?
Jacob Hornberger: What is a “Libertarian-Conservative”?
And Neve Gordon: Redefining Anti-Semitism on Facebook.
Joe Lauria: What Kamala Harris Really Thinks of WikiLeaks.
George Gilder: The New Fascism.
Jon Rappoport: The Pandemic Pattern—How the Illusion Is Built
Jacob Hornberger: The CIA’s Longstanding Relationship with Crime.
J.G. Martinez D: Venezuela Has Gone Cashless (And That’s Not All)
Laurence Vance: Rethinking Discrimination.
Karen Kwiatkowski: On Reckless Exuberance
Bill Sardi: Coronacvirus Vaccination Catastrophe in The Making.
Olivia Alperstein: The US Should Apologize for the Atomic Bombings – and Denuclearize.
Joseph Mercola: Why Aren’t We Promoting Health to Combat COVID?
Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling of the Future of Freedom Foundation discuss the coronavirus panic and the libertarian answer to the problem.
James Corbett and James Even Pilato discuss medical martial law with coronavirus panic:
And Larken Rose discusses coronavirus predictions:
Jon Rappoport: China coronavirus hype straight out of the CDC flu playbook, and Coronavirus covert operation.
Dana Loesch: The Bloomberg Oppo List.
Ron Paul: Trump’s betrayal of Julian Assange.
Nozomi Hayase: Assange’s extradition hearing reveals Trump’s war on free press.
Daniel Lazare asks, Did WikiLeaks put lives at risk?
Patrick Cockburn: With WikiLeaks, Julian Assange did what all journalists should do.
Neenah Payne: Ron Paul and Jennifer Zeng warn Americans about socialism.
Jacob Hornberger: Socialism in America.
Richard Ebeling: The technocrats will not save us.
Thomas DiLorenzo: Secession fever in America: What would Lincoln think?
Robert Wenzel: The confused plastic bag haters.
Sheldon Richman: Might you be a libertarian?
Donald Boudreaux: Free trade in ten easy points.
Bill Blunden: The bogus Big Brother-Big Tech brawl over backdoors.
Gary Barnett: Another whistleblower “suicide”: Philip Haney.
Danny Sjursen: Where have you gone, Smedley Butler?
William Luther asks, Why is Maduro pushing the Petro?
James Bovard: Mass college hunger is a statistical sham.
And Justin Murray: Why it’s so hard to escape America’s “anti-poverty” programs.
Here is my latest article on Activist Post, Socialism vs. Freedom:
Bernie Sanders seems to be getting a lot of support from people who think they want “socialism” in America, especially the young people, many of whom know nothing about what socialism really is.
There is a lot of misinformation out there, including the assertion that Sweden and other Nordic countries are “socialist,” which they aren’t because of their protection of private property and the private ownership of the means of production. So, those countries are capitalist countries but with a large welfare state, just like the U.S.
But the truth is, actual socialism has a history of economic stagnation and impoverishment, tyranny, and political oppression. The “equality” that Bernie supporters are looking for does not exist in socialist societies.
In such socialist societies the political class are the elites who climb the ladder of success based on political favoritism and corruption, not based on abilities, talent, merit and risk. The political class are the rulers and the rest of the people are their servants, quite frankly.
No “equality” there.
So Bernie is running on a platform to “tax the billionaires” to pay for all the socialist programs he wants to impose.
But Bernie has also said he wants to eliminate the billionaires (until there are no more billionaires to tax, and thus no more wealth to fund his schemes!).
The truth is, these politicians, demagogues, and propagandists such as Bernie are really for government power and control, and they oppose freedom, even though it was freedom that most contributed to the biggest expansion in growth and progress in human history and the biggest rise in the standard of living of all (and not just the “1%” or the “rich” or billionaires, but everyone).
More than guided by motivations of charity, giving and compassion, the Bernie socialists seem guided by envy and covetousness in their expressed desire to take other people’s money and stuff away from them. Sadly, earlier misguided Americans began the process for them by imposing the income tax and empowering the IRS.
And the truth is, socialism is anything but “social.” It is in fact anti-social. Socialism is antithetical to peace, and has no place for the peacefulness of voluntary exchange. Socialists impose policies of coercion, compulsion, and government theft of private wealth, government exploitation of your labor.
Many people agree with the policies of aggression against peaceful people, from the antifa demonstrators who beat up MAGA hat-wearing Trump supporters to the police state enforcing immigration and drug laws.
And Project Veritas showed that some Bernie supporters are threatening to burn down Milwaukee and other cities if Bernie doesn’t get the Democrat nomination.
But these people merely reflect the actual government policies they support. Socialism requires a heavy dose of State power and aggression over the people and a powerful police state, goons with badges and guns, to enforce the bureaucrats’ iron fist.
The differences between socialism and freedom?
Unlike in the private sector in which all transactions, trades and associations must be voluntary, and the use of coercion with threats of force are considered criminal, under socialism the transactions between government and the workers are involuntary. You must obey the government’s demands for whatever it wants, or else.
And the U.S. quickly became this kind of society after the income tax was imposed in the early 20th Century. Which is what enabled the aforementioned enrichment of the ruling class in Washington. (Hence Bernie’s three homes and $2 million in wealth. But what has he actually produced and served consumers with in return? Nothing, quite frankly.)
And it is not just the “rich” who are robbed by the government, it is everyone. Either through direct taxation or indirectly via inflation and a central bank such as the Federal Reserve System.
So we have to decide whether we want to live in a free society, a society of peace and prosperity, or not.
The socialist society, or in the U.S. the “mixed economy” as it is sometimes called, requires the violation of the people’s freedom.
What exactly is freedom, as compared to the enslavement of the government-owned and controlled economy under socialism?
In freedom, you own your life and your body. Not the government. You own your labor and all the energy and effort you put into your productivity, until you voluntarily sell your labor to an employer, a client or customer. And you thus own the earnings or compensation that are paid to you voluntarily by such employers, clients or customers, which are based on mutually agreed-to voluntary contracts.
In the modern era, more freedom has led to the periods of the greatest growth and expansion, and raised the standard of living of all in society. Socialism and less freedom have a history of reducing the standard of living of the people.
For example, we still have generally a lot of freedom in the tech sector now, unlike the healthcare and some other sectors. The reason you have a very modern and convenient iPhone and other little gadgets is because of that freedom.
All the advances and inventions of modern tech, as well as inventions in other areas, came from that freedom and free markets. They did not come from socialism.
What inventions, exactly, came from the socialist Soviet Union? From Cuba, North Korea, or Iran?
And healthcare in the U.S., for example, right now is not nearly as free and affordable as it used to be.
What happened? The government came in during the 1960s and imposed Medicare and Medicaid. Those interventions, mandates and intrusions distorted the markets in healthcare and caused havoc, which led to the increase in costs in healthcare. Prior to those intrusions, if someone was unable to afford to go to a doctor or hospital, it was affordable for doctors to provide medical care for people for free, which many did.
There was much more freedom of healthcare in general in the old days, as well. Doctor-patient confidentiality was also more secure. Governmental intrusions have compromised that, too.
Another example of the destruction of socialism is Venezuela, which Bernie enthusiastically praises. In Venezuela the government seized the ownership of the means of production of food. Food production and distribution are under the ownership and control of the government. And what happened? The government distortions in those markets gave the Venezuelan people empty store shelves, long lines, mass starvation, violence, corruption, and death.
In contrast, look at all the store shelves in grocery stores in the U.S. Fully stocked, most of the time, with many, many choices, all as a result of private ownership of food production and distribution, and the freedom of the people running those industries to do what they think is right at whatever given time, not based on what a bureaucrat demands.
In socialism the government owns the means of production. And what is the most important means of production? The people, of course.
In socialist societies you do not own your own life and your labor’s earnings. The government is the initial, primary owner of your labor and the government gives to you whatever it thinks you deserve.
Meanwhile, when there’s more freedom, especially the freedom to keep more of what you earn, businesses expand more and the workers are getting better pay and benefits so they can afford that car, a new refrigerator, etc. A recent example: the tax cuts of December, 2017 in the U.S. that were followed by companies immediately announcing their workers’ raises and bonuses.
In a genuinely free society the companies are privately owned and the capital of the private manufacturers and investors is free from government theft. This leaves the people free to invest in and expand their businesses to produce better goods and services to better serve the consumers.
Freedom is one big reason why people in the society can afford to have an iPhone, a TV, a car, and air conditioning.
In contrast, when the State owns and runs production and industry, which is what Bernie Sanders wants (like in modern Cuba and the old Soviet Union), government bureaucrats decide what you will do with your life and career (tracking kids from kindergarten to college, etc.). That is because in such societies you have no freedom and your right to self-ownership is usurped away by the rulers, i.e. a slave of the State.
And in such socialist societies there is no political freedom including the right to “question authority” and challenge the State’s abuses. Given that the U.S. is very socialist in the kinds of powers and controls the federal government already has, it’s no wonder the regime in Washington railroads anyone who rocks the establishment boat, from Donald Trump to political prisoners Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange.
In socialist societies that Amerika had become long ago but many people aren’t willing or able to acknowledge, you can see how political power over others and the political process is an obsession. Look how members of the political class are climbing and grasping for power with the current 2020 elections.
The two major parties, Republican and Democrat, a.k.a. Republicrat and Demopublican, are really a racket. They are really a branch of the government, federal, state and local. Just look how those two parties have legally restricted the right of third parties or independent candidates to get their names on ballots. And the media, by the way, are another branch of the government, as their propaganda mainly repeats the government’s word without question.
Anti-establishment media people are “heretics,” “unpatriotic,” “Russia puppets,” and censored by mainstream media, or “de-platformed” by the government’s social media minions.
And, while Donald Trump in many ways is also an authoritarian socialist, just see how the apparatchiks and propagandists of the permanent extra-constitutional national security state and bureaucratic state went after him, just because he said, “Drain the Swamp.” Just look how the State’s criminals of government made things up, like “golden showers” and concocted a Steele Dossier to falsely accuse and frame-up a duly elected U.S. president. And when that didn’t work, they then made up more “crimes” from a mere phone call toward an impeachment, and that didn’t work either.
And with the pathological political class the Republicans are just as bad as the “strategizing” Democrats. Some of the conservative talk radio hosts and their ditto-head callers are saying they will vote in Democrat primaries for Bernie. But how did Rush Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos” work out? (It gave us Obama!)
You see, this is how things are when everything in life is politicized in a socialist society.
The conservatives, by the way, love socialism when it comes to the immigration issue. They love the idea of the central planners in Washington attempting to control the movements of millions of people, which is impossible.
The Rush Limbaugh crowd loves having the government restrict the rights and freedom of foreigners entering “our” country, entering the socialized and “publicly-owned” territory of Amerika and imposing a police state on everyone at or near the border.
In that kind of socialism that conservatives love, you have to get the government’s permission to get a job somewhere or to hire someone.
In contrast, in a free society people come and go as they please, they go to where a job is available and they buy or rent a home where they want to live, and employers just hire the best person for the job. No permission from a parasite bureaucrat in Washington needed.
In a free society, you do what you want to do with your own life, your labor and property, as long as you are peaceful and don’t violate the persons or property of others. Not complicated.
And in a free society, there is no government “war on drugs.” You own your own body and consume whatever you decide, and you’re responsible for your own decisions and actions. But when life is socialized, the government is empowered to own and control everything, including you.
Currently in Amerika, the government owns your body and bureaucrats decide what you may or may not put into “your” body.
In a free society, if you want to use, buy or sell a plastic bag, then you use, buy or sell a plastic bag. As long as you don’t litter. People littering is the real problem as far as environmental issues are concerned, not plastics per se.
In a free society no one may go to government bureaucrats to ban plastic, or ban anything for that matter. No banning drugs by law, no banning sugary drinks or salt, no banning guns, no bans on otherwise peaceful activities.
So a free society is a “leave people the hell alone” society. Whether the Bernie, Bloomberg or Trump socialists and fascists like it or not!
And in a free society, you educate your children however you want. And when there is freedom, there would be many more schools and choices, and the government doesn’t run the schools. No federal Department of Education, no local school committees. And it’s all voluntary. No compulsory education.
In a free society, if your child wants to have a lemonade stand, she has a lemonade stand. Nothing a local official or neighbor can do about it, as long as it’s on your own private property. If you want to drive a cab and offer people rides, you put “TAXI” on top and drive your cab and offer people rides. You don’t get a bureaucrat’s permission. You don’t pay the government a fee. You just do it.
And in a free society there is freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of movement, freedom of self-defense, and due process.
Sadly, there is no room for any of those things in a socialist society.
Activist Post – ALTERNATIVE INDEPENDENT NEWS – Creative Commons 2020
What a “slow news week” this has been. The Super-Duper Bowl, the failed Iowa caucuses with more cheating by the Undemocratic Party, the impeachment farce, and The Donald’s State of the Union. There is so much to address here, it’s slightly overwhelming.
First, the Trump State of the Onion, in which Trump “snubbed” Nancy Lugosi by not shaking her hand, although supposedly he didn’t shake Mike Pence’s hand either. So who knows whether he did that intentionally.
And Nancy wasn’t ripping up Trump’s speech, by the way, it was another copy of the Constitution. Probably the 203rd copy that she’s shredded by now (along with Trump, of course).
So, within one or two days after Rush Limbaugh announced to his loyal, obedient ditto-heads that he has advanced lung cancer, Trump used the State of the Union speech to present Limbaugh with the “Presidential Medal of Freedom.” Past recipients have included Georgia O’Keefe, Norman Rockwell, Gregory Peck, Walt Disney, Martha Raye, Kirk Douglas, and Edward R. Murrow. Now Rush Limbaugh.
I don’t know. “Freedom”? Limbaugh pushed and propagandized for the two Bush wars in Iraq and most other Republican-instigated wars, he’s been a vicious and ignorant anti-immigration police statist, a drug warrior police statist, and a promoter of the evil national security state. So, I personally would not give this guy a “Medal of Freedom”!
Trump also had Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as a guest at the State of the Union. Why? Guaidó is a product of U.S. regime change, that’s why. You see, despite his “Drain the Swamp” routine, deep down Trumpo loves the national security state and loves foreign interventionism! Don’t believe his “Drain the Swamp” mantra. He’s FOS.
And Trump criticizes “socialism” in Venezuela? Has Juan Guaidó ever said a thing about WHY the empty store shelves in Venezuela, the long lines, mass starvation and death in Venezuela, those being a result of the Maduro regime’s seizure of the means of food production and distribution? No, he has not. Government ownership of the means of production i.e. socialism causes distortions and over-supplies or shortages. But then, Guaidó himself is much more opposed to Maduro than to Maduro’s actual socialist policies and is no fan of free market reforms, just like The Donald!
Also this week were the Iowa Caucuses. It might as well be called the Iowa Carcasses because these caucuses are really another farce, just like the 3-year impeachment crusade.
Mayor Pete Butthead already declared himself the winner of the Carcasses before the results were announced. How do you like that? And Mayor Butthead’s campaign donated to the firm whose app failed in Iowa and caused delays in the voting results. Hmm. Is the fix in, Butthead?
And, with Mayor Butthead winning “random” coin tosses to get delegates, maybe “#Mayor Cheat” really is appropriate for this guy. So, besides being a fascist and an Afghanistan warmonger, this Mayor Butthead is very shady character.
So it looks like Butthead “won” the Undemocratic Carcasses in Iowa, with
Bernie Ward Bernie Madoff Bernie Sanders as a close second. Liawatha was #3, I think, and “Senile Joe” was a distant 4th. Amy Klawbutcher, Andrew Yankee and Mike Doomberg were way at the end. (Does it matter? Like Trump, they all suck.)
Incidentally, speaking of impeachments and indictments, should Andrew Yankee be charged with bribery, given that he actually IS bribing the American people to vote for him by paying them $1,000 a month if he wins? He knows he can’t win the election without bribing people, given that he has no qualifications whatsoever.
And Mayor Doom-and-Gloomberg, besides his climate hysteria and his wanting to control how much sugary drinks people are allowed to have, he also wants to tax poor people to nudge them into “making the right choices.” What a real low-life, this guy! So does this mean will we then have another billionaire bozo buying another election?
And also this week, the end of the U.S. Senate’s trial of Trump in the two House impeachment articles. Is it really “The End”? Or will Pelosi, Nadler and Soviet Schiff make up new articles of impeachment and put everyone through the same thing all over again?
I’ve never seen so much pathological HATRED for someone like these Undemocrats hate Trump! (I don’t blame them, however.)
After colluding with national security bureaucrats of the CIA and FBI to falsely frame up Trump and his cohorts in a “Collusions with Russia to steal the 2016 election” scheme, none of which ever happened, the Undemocrats tried but failed to impeach Trump based on non-criminal phone calls that were taken out of context in the loony-tunes’ crusade to steal the 2020 election and blame Trump for their own cheating and shenanigans.
The members of the Undemocratic Party were accusing the Trump administration of blocking White House staff or former staff such as John Bolton from appearing as witnesses, so the Haters were calling it a “sham” trial. Excuse me, but shams are what the Undemocrats are all about! Just like the Rethuglicans. They’re all the same!
Supposedly, Republicans were blocked from questioning witnesses at the House impeachment hearings, chairman Adam “Soviet” Schiff directed witnesses to not answer certain questions, and Rethugs were also not allowed to bring on their own witnesses, such as Hunter Biden etc. So, the House hearings were a sham as well, if those allegations are true. But what definitely is true is that the liar Adam Soviet Schiff made up a fake phone call transcript that he tried to make people think was the actual transcript. Lying, corrupt apparatchiks are good at fraud and slander, apparently.
At the end of the Senate trial, Willard “Mitt” Romney was the only Republican voting to convict Trump of “Abuse of Power.” Sadly, the actual crimes that Trump commits on a daily basis, the war crimes with the murderous drone strikes that he has authorized since January 20, 2017, the continued U.S. military occupations of countries where they have no right or constitutional authority to be, are the actual crimes committed by U.S. Presidents that Romney supports, as a committed warmonger, pathological interventionist, and True Believer in “American Exceptionalism,” i.e. moral relativism.
Romney says he’s a “religious” man, yet his real god is his mirror! In all my years of observing politics and government, I’ve never seen any politician as fake and phony as this Romney scum. Like the Undemocrats, he just HATES Trump, and probably because Trump is where Romney has wanted to be ever since George Romney ran for President! Willard is drooling and dripping with ENVY! We’ll have to get the Capitol Hill janitors to clean up after him!
As governor of Massachusetts Willard inflicted “RomneyCare” onto the people of that state, the model for ObamaCare, and he spent most of his last year as governor, 2006, outside of Massachusetts already starting his campaigning for President. And talk about corrupt, with his aides taking computers or hard drives from the Massachusetts State House as he vacated the premises when his term was finished. What were you covering up, Willard? The conniving and scheming in concocting “RomneyCare” with Ted Kennedy? Scum. I warned the people of Utah, yup, I sure did.
So what’s next, New Hampshire primary cheating? Super-Duper Tuesday shenanigans? (Probably.)
Ron Paul asks, How expansive is FBI spying?
Jacob Hornberger on interventionism making Americans less safe, and the absurdity of the U.S. prosecution of Meng Wanzhou.
Jon Miltimore: “Jack Ryan” gets 4 Pinocchios on Venezuela.
Matt Agorist: New bill in Kentucky to allow cops to detain citizens, force them to explain who they are and what they’re doing. (In “libertarian” Rand Paul’s state. Will he protest this?)
Peter Schweizer: How five members of Joe Biden’s family got rich through his connections.
Becky Akers on “recovering” what wasn’t yours to begin with.
Zero Hedge with an article on a former CIA officer who suggests the U.S. government hacked Ukrainian plane transponder to provoke Iran shootdown. And Joe Quinn asks, Was Iranian missile operator tricked into shooting down the Ukrainian Airlines plane over Tehran?
Sheldon Richman on warmonger Sen. Tom Cotton accusing antiwar think tank of anti-Semitism.
Richard Ebeling: understanding the freedom we have lost.
Laurence Vance on why Christians should not pray for the troops.
Michael Boldin has this introduction to Virginia 2nd Amendment “sanctuaries.”
James Ostrowski says, The Second Amendment works.
Bill Sardi on the false prop of “Get your flu shot”: “influenza-like illness.”
Jonathan Turley on Germany criminalizing flag-burning.
Gary Barnett: The real serial killers exposed.
Pat Buchanan on the articles of impeachment against Trump: a malicious indictment Mitch McConnell should throw out.
Doug Bandow: Note to Trump: Iraq is not a U.S. colony.
And John Stossel: Occupational licensing hurts the little guy.
Laurence Vance comments on military habits.
Kerry McDonald in praise of spontaneous order.
Thomas DiLorenzo on the Soviet-style university system in Amerika.
Kurt Nimmo comments on the police state escalating its war on freedom of speech.
Caitlin Johnstone says that mainstream journalists who refuse to defend dissident journalists are worshipers of power.
Ray McGovern on the arrest of Max Blumenthal.
David Stockman says, Yes, Virginia, there is a deep state.
Matt Agorist with an article on Florida police caught creating illegal lists for tracking gun owners.
Donald Boudreaux has some questions for immigration skeptics.
Bryan Caplan on the plight of the worker.
Steve Penfield discusses in depth the forgotten media purges of the Great Depression.
Jacob Hornberger comments on the never-ending wars on terrorism and drugs.
Ron Paul on Trump flip-flopping on Syria withdrawal.
James Bovard says U.S. aid makes corrupt countries more corrupt.
Aaron Kesel: Trump further militarizing police.
Human Rights Watch with an article on CIA-backed forces committing atrocities in Afghanistan.
Robert Wenzel asks, Should we accept the conclusions of experts?
Richard Ebeling discusses Max Weber on politics as a vocation.
And Tyler O’Neil discusses the new Austin, Texas sex ed curriculum that trains kids to be LGBT activists.