Change Your Facebook Banner

We all know Facebook is awesome for keeping up with friends, sharing about your life, and even distributing ideas. One great new way to get people thinking is to take advantage of the new banner profile with the help of Intellectual Takeout. Here's what one of our banners looks like loaded up on a Facebook profile:

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If you haven't changed your banner profile, than Facebook is likely auto-populating it with photos from your album(s) or from photos you've been tagged in. While those photos are sure nice, have you thought about changing it to promote freedom? If not, below are some ideas and instructions for you to consider.

Step 1 - Pick one of the images below:

Step 2 - Right click on the image you want and save it to your computer.

Step 3 - Go to Profile Banner on Facebook. Click here. You'll see a menu titled "Upload Your Own":

Facebook Profile Banner

Choose the image file you saved to your computer. Then you'll need to select "Scale, Crop & Rotate Image." After that, click "Upload." Once you click "Upload" you'll need to "Squash", "Scale", and maneuver the image to fit into the boxes. Once it looks good, click "Post" and then follow the directions after that. Enjoy! 

The Amagi

According to Liberty Fund, the Amagi (or Ama-gi) "is the earliest-known written appearance of the word 'freedom' (amagi), or 'liberty.' It is taken from a clay document written about 2300 B.C. in the Sumerian city-state of Lagash." Learn more here.

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The Goal is Freedom

We do not seek to implement a rigid ideology, to create an empire, or force people to live a certain way. Rather, the goal is to live in a nation in which individual freedom, including economic freedom, is seen as a just end in and of itself. Indeed, what nation is greater than one that exists to protect and promote the individual liberties of its citizens?

Goal is Freedom


Read the Constitution

We all know there are a variety of ways of looking at the Constitution. Whatever your position, the thing to keep in mind is that it is the document binding the country together, our social contract if you will. It's something worth reminding your friends and family to read. 

Read the Constitution


Only Congress can Declare War

Thinking about Libya? Remember, only Congress can declare war. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution reads, "The Congress shall have Power  ... To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water." In other words, the President can't make war without the consent of Congress.

Only Congress can Declare War


The 10th Amendment

Tired of the federal government overstepping its bounds? Remind your friends and family that if the Constitution doesn't grant the United States government the power to do something, then that power is reserved for the states or the people. To learn more about the 10th Amendment, click here.

10th Amendment  


The 2nd Amendment

Do you cherish the right to defend yourself? If so, promote that Constitutional right with the banner below. To learn more about the 2nd Amendment, click here.

2nd Amendment


Dear TSA: Read the 4th Amendment

The 4th Amendment states: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Does that sound like what's happening at the airports and train stations? Show how you feel about it with the banner below. To learn more about the TSA, click here.

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The 4th Amendment

These days the government is always looking for an excuse to search your stuff. Do we really want to live in a country where cops and government officials can search your person or your property willy-nilly? No. Make sure your friends know their Constitutional rights by using the banner below.

4th Amendment


Time to Balance the Budget

Worried about the federal government's runaway spending? We are, too. $14.3 trillion in debt is way too much. It's time to balance the budget and for the government to live within its means. To learn more about the national debt, click here.

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The rise in prices at the pump and grocery store isn't an act of God. The Federal Reserve, the folks in charge of our money, have made inflation a policy. Help your friends and family understand the root cause of what's going on with the banner below. To learn more about inflation, click here.

Inflation Monetary Policy Friedman


Fear the Boom and Bust

Are you thinking things with the economy just aren't right? You're not alone. The folks in charge believe that more credit and printing money will get things going again. While that might be true for a little while, history tells us the effort is unsustainable and ultimately ends in a bust. 

Hayek Fear the Boom and Bust


Depression and Credit Expansion

Ludwig von Mises, the notable economist, once stated that, "Depression is the aftermath of credit expansion." Now that most Americans have experienced the Housing Bubble, driven mainly by credit expansion (easy money), many of us have learned the lesson. Unfortunately, the worst may still be ahead as the federal government props up the economy by borrowing and spending roughly 10% of the economy. If you want to learn more about deflation, click here



Who is John Galt?

If you're looking around, thinking things are falling apart, and that government seems to be working against you, you might be right. In Ayn Rand's famous tome, Atlas Shrugged, "Who is John Galt?" becomes the line that sums up that sentiment. If you haven't read Atlas Shrugged, it's a classic and controversial novel that's well worth a read. Get it here

Atlas Shrugged


Competition is Cooperation

Too often these days society seems intent on promoting the idea that competition is evil and that only by cooperating with each other can we build a just and prosperous future. The reality is that competition is a form of cooperation. Furthermore, competition has created tremendous prosperity, particularly compared to societies organized around forced cooperation. If you want to spread the message that competition is a good thing, then throw up the banner below. To learn more about competition, click here

Competition is Cooperation


Don't Tread on Me

A classic in the liberty movement. Widely recognized as a symbol of the liberty movement, the motto says it all, "Don't Tread on Me." In other words, let the individual be free to pursue his or her ambitions. You can learn more about the history of the Gadsden Flag here.

 Don't Tread on Me

Prices Communicate Information

Few individuals mind when prices go down. But when prices go up, depending on the good for sale, the public outcry can be enormous. More often than not, politicians will want to "fix" things with wage and price controls. History has repeatedly shown, even here in the U.S., that wage and price controls do not work. The ability to freely set prices is fundamental to a market economy. Prices communicate information and help individuals properly allocate scarce resources. To learn more about the role of prices, click here.


 Wage and Price Controls Don't Work

Wage and Price Controls


We're on the Road to Serfdom

The famous economist F.A. Hayek wrote The Road to Serfdom in which he explored the competing ideas of classical liberalism, fascism, and socialism as well as compared individualism and collectivism. His basic message is that as individuals trade life in a free society for security through economic planning that they will inevitably become more and more impoverished and enslaved to the state (i.e., serfdom). If you haven't read the book, it is a must-read. You can purchase it here. Where are we now? We're on the road to serfdom.

We're on the Road to Serfdom


Property Rights are a Cornerstone of Freedom

Who owns you? Do you own yourself or does the government own you? It's a fundamental philosophical question that reveals how central the concept of property rights is to individual freedom.

Property is a Cornerstone of Freedom


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Hall reports on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's testimony before the House Budget Committee on June 3, 2009. Bernanke believes that the higher spending is necessary in the short term to prevent further deterioration of the economy, but could lead to significant problems down the road.

"Because Bernanke appeared before the House Budget Committee, much...

ITO's Devin Foley responds to a CNN reporter who attempts to make a mockery of a dad at Chicago tea party. Here's an excerpt:

"In watching the video, two things are blatantly obvious:  1) The CNN reporter is biased and 2) She has never taken a finance class in her life. She also...

"President Obama's ambitious plans to cut middle-class taxes, overhaul health care and expand access to college would require massive borrowing over the next decade, leaving the nation mired far deeper in debt than the White House previously estimated, congressional budget analysts said yesterday.

In the first independent analysis of Obama's budget proposal, the nonpartisan...

The Boston Tea Party remains one of the few events leading up to the American Revolutionary War which so truly defines, for the average American citizen, the nature of the colonies' severance from England. Aside from the war itself, the Tea Party, in many respects, embodies this resistance movement.

British attempts to colonize the newly discovered continent of North America began with...

On the eve of the April 15, 2009 tea party protests, ITO's Foley asks the important question, "What is the purpose of a protest rally?" He traces some of the history of civil disobedience in the United States, details the immense debt burden the United States government has taken on...

"New Research by Mercatus Center Senior Research Fellow Veronique de Rugy examines the cost of the debt in another way. Using the Congressional Budget Office's long-term budget projections, this chart compares the relative contributions of general, Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security and net interest spending. While general spending and Social Security spending are projected to remain...

In this article Thorndike contends that the Tea Party was not a protest against high taxes, but rather a response to a "corporate bailout" by the British government of the East India Company, that it was a "carefully managed (if not entirely scripted) episode of civil disobedience," and that the Party did not garner much of a following until decades after the event...

This article from EyeWitness to History examines both the English's imperial motives for taxation as well as the understandable outrage from the beleaguered colonies.  It also offers a brief account from George Hewes, one of those present at the harbor on the infamous evening of December 16, 1773.

In this short blog post, Lindsey worries that the conservative movement has lost its intellectual grist is now living on "intellectual junk food." He also worries that the Tea Party movement, and some associating with it, will taint the liberty movement. He argues that:


De Rugy discusses the affect of interest payments on the national debt. "Starting in 2012, the cost of the debt as a percentage of GDP will explode from a mere 1.8 percent of GDP to more than 30 percent of GDP in 2082."

Stoll, author of Samuel Adams: A Life, recognizes, that the discontent over the spending and taxation plans is legitimate, but questions holding protests in the name of tea parties.

"The skeptical...

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The graph above was produced by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank. It measures the growth of the monetary base between February 15, 1984 and September 21, 2011. It shows a massive expansion of the monetary base since the 2008 financial crisis.

This chart shows the change that will be taking place in government as 60% of federal employees are eligible for retirement through 2016.

"Using the Congressional Budget Office's long-term budget projections, this chart compares the relative contributions of general, Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security and net interest spending."

According to The Washington Post, the CBO's latest analysis projects huge deficits, forcing the U.S. to borrow unprecedented amounts of money.

"Notice that under either of CBO's scenarios, the net interest payments, or the costs of the debt, rival the cost of two of our nation's most expensive social programs."

"Total public debt outstanding on June 9, 2009 divided by the United States population on June 11, 2009 means that at the time this piece is written that on a per capita basis each American owes $37,148.95."

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This paper discusses Federal retirement statistics in order to gain a better understanding of the future makeup of the Federal workforce. A significant number of employees are eligible or will become eligible to retire in the near future, making a deeper analysis of the retirement of Federal civilians more timely and meaningful.

Were the individuals involved in the Boston Tea Party activists? Extremists? Terrorists? Todd Alan Kreamer gives his opinion and puts their actions into 21st century perspective.

White presents a very in-depth analysis of the events leading up to the $700 billion bailout including what Treasury Secretary Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Benanke were requesting, how the citizens reacted, and the actions taken by Congress.


"While politicians blame each other for the House's rejection of the $700 billion bailout bill, some economists warn that if the bill had passed, it would have signaled the end of the 'free market' structure in the United States."

"CNBC's Rick Santelli called for a 'Chicago Tea Party' Thursday, leading the charge for calls to revolt against the Obama Administration's mortgage bailout plan....

The clip has gone viral on the Internet, bringing with it loads of opinions, both pro and con."

While there was talk of Tea Parties prior to Santelli's famous "rant," in many ways he gave legitimacy to modern day Tea Parties and got the movement rolling forward. Some charged that Santelli's rant was a staged "green top."

Belinkie blends Batman with the 2008 $700 billion bailout. The video makes quite a statement.

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Other cities soon follow the Bostonians actions, refusing to allow ships to anchor in their ports. Just over two weeks after the Tea Party had taken place, it had ignited similar actions across the colonies.

New York, Philadelphia, Charleston, and Boston (all port cities) had the possibility of receiving the tea shipments. This article was a cry for Boston, the eventual last option for East India Company, to stand strongly against the Tea Act.

This article features the initial reaction to the Tea Act in the colonies. The British had hoped that the establishment of lower tea prices would mask the fact that the tea tax, which had begun with the Townshend Acts, remained in place. Unfortunately for England, this did not escape the eyes of the perturbed colonists.

"The first published account of the Boston Tea Party by a participant was recorded from the words of Joshua Wyeth. He was just sixteen when he joined other patriots in boarding the tea ships in Boston Harbor. Mr. Wyeth told his story to a journalist in Cincinnati where he lived during his later years. The account was published in 1826, 53 years after the event has occurred."

"The tea destroyed was contained in three ships, lying near each other at what was called at that time Griffin's wharf, and were surrounded by armed ships of war, the commanders of which had publicly declared that if the rebels, as they were pleased to style the Bostonians, should not withdraw their opposition to the landing of the tea before a certain day, the 17th day of December, 1773, they...

"Throughout November, the Boston's patriots have been meeting, writing, and agitating about the tea. On November 28, 1773, the Dartmouth enters Boston Harbor carrying 114 chests of the East India import. Matters are at an impasse: if returned to England, the tea and the vessel carrying it may be confiscated; if the Townshend duty is not paid by 17 December, the customs collector can...

As news breaks of the Tea Party, as it quickly came to be known, colonists celebrate their temporary victory and debate further action.

Thomas Paine's famous and radical 1776 pamphlet made a bold case for American Independence from Britain, at a time when the notion of Independence was still contested among the colonists.

"Chairman Spratt, Ranking Member Ryan, and other members of the Committee, I am pleased to have this opportunity to offer my views on current economic and financial conditions and on issues pertaining to the federal budget."

As part of the First Continental Congress, the Declaration of Colonial Rights was adopted as a result of the passage of the Coercive Acts by Parliament in 1774. It is often argued that this was a direct precursor and influence of the Declaration of Independence.

Predominantly written by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence formally and eloquently justified the independence of the United States from British monarch King George III.

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 was not the first stimulus bill passed in 2008, but it certainly was the largest at over $700 billion.

Dickinson's famous series of letters demonstrate the growing unrest within the colonies over the increasing British imperial control. This letter focuses on the Townshend Acts, foreshadowing the more vehement protests over subsequent Parliamentary acts in the coming years.

Philadelphia reacts to the passage of the Tea Act by refusing tea to be shipped to its ports. The author likens this new act to the infamous Stamp Act of 1765, complaining that this, too, is simply a tax for revenue.

The colonists make it quite clear that they will not tolerate the presence of East India Company's ships in their port.

"As health care costs continue to grow faster than the economy and the baby-boom generation nears eligibility for Social Security and Medicare, the United States faces inevitable decisions about the fundamentals of its spending policies and its means of financing those policies. This Congressional Budget Office report looks at a range of possible paths for federal spending and...

Jenyns, a commissioner of the board of trade in England, depicts the imperial standpoint over the question of taxation of the colonies. His objections to the colonial protest are valuable because they bring to light the simplistic view many Englishman held on the matter. Very few sympathized with the colonial viewpoint.

Perhaps the most controversial of the Coercive Acts (also known as the Intolerable Acts) of 1774, this was part of England's harsh reaction to the Boston Tea Party. Several of these acts specifically targeted MA in an attempt to set an example for the rest of the colonies.

Otis provides a unique colonial outlook as he attempts to reconcile the dilemma of colonial subordinance, while also maintaining some power through representation. He lays out an original argument against taxation without representation and provides a good background to the momentous events that would come ten years after this publication.

This piece is contained in the Boston Pamphlet as part of the reaction against British attempts to strengthen their stronghold on the colonies. Moreover, it was a response to the slew of acts England passed during the 1760s and would remain a symbol to the colonists who participated in the Boston Tea Party.

Ordering a tax stamp on many printed materials in the colonies in order to help fund the Seven Years' War, this act was the first that resulted in significant colonial objection. Although it was repealed just a year later, it alerted the colonists to England's taxation objectives.

This act precipitated further rebellious action in the colonies, which already held strong grievances toward Britain. It eliminated the transfer of the tea through Britain and instead directly taxed the colonies (which it originally attempted to hide from the colonies) to boost the struggling East India Company. Furthermore, it strengthened the monopoly of the East India Company at the expense...

The most relevant aspect of these acts dealt with the trade and taxation of tea. The British East India Company had maintained a monopoly on tea trade for some time. But with such high prices, cheaper smuggled tea became popular for many colonial people, thereby suffocating East India business. To overcome these economic strains, Parliament decided to tax the colonists on tea, again raising...