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News from the Libertarian Party:


LP in New York welcomes elected official known as “taxpayers’ watchdog”

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Mike Becallo, Libertarian town councilor in Cicero, N.Y.

On June 29, the Libertarian Party welcomed Mike Becallo, a town councilor from Cicero, N.Y., who switched his political affiliation to the Libertarian Party.

The Libertarian Party of Onodaga County credits Becallo, known as the “taxpayers’ watchdog,” as having been a champion of liberty since he was elected there in 2014.

“In my time in office,” Becallo said about his switch, “I have met many disenfranchised voters who are fed up with the political system. I want to give them another option.”

Read more here.


Virginia LP gubernatorial candidate on the ballot

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Cliff Hyra, Libertarian candidate for governor of Virginia

Cliff Hyra, the 2017 Libertarian Party candidate for Virginia governor, will appear on the ballot this November. The Virginia Department of Elections has confirmed that the campaign submitted more than 10,000 valid signatures from registered voters, with at least 400 signatures from each of the state’s 11 congressional districts.

Hyra will be the only choice on the Nov. 2017 ballot, other than the Republican and Democratic nominees.

Read more here.

Hyra for Governor campaign website: CliffHyra.com


Libertarian Party now qualified in Maine

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The Maine Libertarian Party is now recognized by the state, as bill L.D. 1571 became law last week.

To get onto the 2016 ballot, the party needed at least 5,000 voters registered by Dec. 2015, which it accomplished. Under the old law, however, the party needed to have at least 10,000 of its registered voters participate in the 2016 election. Currently, the party has more than 6,000 registered voters.

Click here to read the full article in Ballot Access News.


‘Libertarians Working for You!’ episodes covering ballot access, environmental solutions, digital currency, and more

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New episodes of the “Libertarians Working for You!” talk radio show, hosted by LNC Vice Chair Arvin Vohra, are now available online.

  • June 27 episode with guests Richard Light, 2018 Libertarian candidate for governor of Maine, Mark Boler, Libertarian candidate for U.S. House in Texas’s District 26, and Alicia Dearn, chair of LP San Diego.  Listen here.
  • June 20 episode with guest Mike Shipley, secretary of LP Arizona, on their campaign for a lower-cost initiative process. Topics also include the “roads” argument for big government and the moral duty of jurors.  Listen here.
  • June 13 episode with guests Travis Hallman, administrator of the “Ask a Libertarian” Facebook page, and Aaron Wright, elected Libertarian member of Collinsville (Ill.) Recreation Board (Illinois).  Listen here.

Upcoming state LP conventions

Visit LP.org/2017-state-conventions for newly announced LP state conventions and updates to those listed here.

Kentucky: Aug. 5
Massachusetts: October Exact date(s) TBD in Massachusetts
Michigan: July 29
Missouri: July 22
Nebraska: (TBD) Date TBD in Nebraska
North Carolina: Aug. 11–13
South Carolina: Nov. 4
South Dakota: July 22

     

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Macedonia to George Soros and USAID: Go Away

BY: VICTOR GAETANHere’s an opportunity for President Trump and Secretary Tillerson to pay some serious attention.

Small but mighty Macedonia is the mouse that roared this year, declaring war on George Soros, 86, and his U.S. Government handmaidens, who, incredibly, have financed a left-wing agenda to divide the nation and bring a socialist-Muslim coalition to power.

It was the kind of Obama Administration manipulation that was so routine that it passed unnoticed in 2012, when USAID/Skopje selected Soros’ Foundation Open Society Macedonia (FOSM) to manage $2.5 million in taxpayer dollars earmarked for oxymoronic “democracy building,” an amount increased to $4.8 million two years later. READ MORE

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I’m With Her: Tomi Lahren vs. Glenn Beck

BY: ROBERT ZAPESOCHNYToo many have lost all perspective on what’s at stake.

Earlier this week Tomi Lahren was suspended from the Blaze by her boss Glenn Beck. Tomi Lahren was suspended after she said, “I’m someone that is for limited government, so I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government, but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies.” READ MORE

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Self-Busting Myths

BY: SCOTT MCKAYThe Left can’t seem to do much well anymore; not even spinning its usual narratives.

The American Left’s myth-making and invention of useful narratives starting in the middle of the 20th century and running to about 2010 will go down as one of the more successful efforts at shaping culture, both political and otherwise, in human history. Controlling the discussion, amid abject failure in government, education, and business (Detroit, for example, or Solyndra, or what they’ve done to Yale or the motion picture industry), has been a feat defying proper explanation. They’re to be congratulated for their skill in masking, if not weaponizing, their failure through narrative. READ MORE

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PeaceOptions – How Far Will Your Hate Go?

 

 

Jun 23, 2017 02:46 pm | John Dennison

It’s no secret Democrats hate Trump.  In fact, they’ve turned it into a fine art form. Starting with the election and continuing daily, a never-ending crescendo of vitriol has been spewing forth from liberal Democrats against Trump and his supporters. Fueled by seditious deep state leaks and egged on and amplified by a partisan mainstream […]

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Jun 21, 2017 08:36 am | John Dennison

It’s not enough that the NSA can sweep up all our email, text and phone conversations.  Neither is the fact the CIA has software that allows them to hack our phones and smart TVs to turn them into hot mikes to listen to us, or to seize control of our devices and spy on our […]

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Jun 14, 2017 03:04 pm | John Dennison

Too many have been hurt. Too many have died. Yet still the political violence continues unabated. Just today House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot AT A BALLFIELD in Virginia along with several  others by a “lone gunman” in an act of politically-inspired violence.  The shooter was an Illinois man who reported asked whether those […]

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Jun 11, 2017 11:13 am | John Dennison

Do you believe in God, or some other source or power behind the mystery of life and the creation of all that is? I do. I don’t know why I do. I just do. Some say there’s a “God gene” in the human genome that predisposes us to this belief that there is more than […]

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May 20, 2017 03:24 pm | John Dennison

As a birthday gift to myself, I thought I’d pull out one of my teacher’s favorites on meditation. Mine, too. It’s the classic of all classics. It’s the Buddha’s Anapanasati Sutta with his famous teaching on mindfulness. Try it. It’s a great way to find peace. Check it out.   Mindfulness of In-&-Out Breathing “Now […]

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The Nature of Fascism

 

Fascism: The Career of a Concept
Paul E. Gottfried
Northern Illinois Press, 2016
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[Published in The Salisbury Review, June 2017]

I feel obliged to begin this review with an admission. I first met Paul Gottfried in May 2006, at the inaugural meeting in Bodrum of the Property and Freedom Society. We became immediate friends, and have remained friends ever since. I admire him as a conservative thinker. I find his writings and speeches of unending interest. This being so, I may reasonably be suspected of partiality in reviewing his latest book. On the other hand, friendship would require me not to review a book that I thought was below his usual standard. If I will now give a favourable review to his book, you can be sure that I believe it really is a good one.

One of the difficulties with political taxonomy is that words are often coined in an attempt to name something that may be real. Over time, they acquire a cloud of meanings somewhat removed from their original. They can then be saved by attaching adjectives – for example, state-socialism, anarcho-socialism, utopian-socialism, and so forth. Or they become attached to so many divergent things that they cease to have any agreed meaning, and end merely as vague terms of approval or disapproval.

Fascism is a word of this latter kind. Mussolini was called a fascist – obviously! So was Hitler. So was Franco. So was Pinochet, and the Shah of Iran and the Ayatollah Khomeini, and Enoch Powell, and F.A. Hayek, and Ayn Rand, and Margaret Thatcher, and Ronald Reagan. So is Donald Trump. So is Theresa May. So is Nigel Farage. So is Vladimir Putin. So are social workers, and police officers, and school teachers. I once called a bus conductor a fascist. I have been called one. I once heard someone call a cat a fascist. We may all be, or have been, bad people by certain lights. But a word applied so freely, to so many different people, of such radically divergent personalities and points of view, has surely lost any useful function.

Or, if it retains any function, it is as a tool of persecution. If enough people call you a fascist, however defined or undefined, it can be bad for your career. You may have trouble finding work in a university or the state sector. You may be harassed by the police. You may be followed about by self-proclaimed “anti-fascists.” Perhaps they will have trouble explaining what you have in common with Adolf Eichmann or Julius Evola – or what these had in common with each other. But they are a noisy, and occasionally a violent, irritation.

The purpose of this book is to rescue the word, by trying to give it an objective meaning. Paul’s general view is that fascism did exist. It existed as a response, between 1917 and 1945, to the chaos created in Europe by the Great War, and as a counterweight to the challenge of Soviet Communism. It gained much power from grudges over territorial losses, actual or prospective. It was, for men of a certain age and experience, a continuation of the close and meritocratic bonds they had found in the trenches. It involved a rejection of bourgeois liberalism, and it involved the promise of a social and economic system that would benefit all groups, so long as they were legitimately within the nation. There was a taste for political violence and for authoritarian government. When war eventually came, they generally found themselves on the same side against Britain and its allies. Apart from this, however, the various fascisms of the age had little in common.

The Italian Fascists often called themselves modernists, but they worked within a traditionalist society, and they compromised with Monarchy and the Roman Catholic Church. The German National Socialists were modernists. Hitler was a revolutionary, in love with modern science, and his Germany was a place connected by new motorways and television transmission towers, and dominated by a military-industrial complex only slightly behind Britain and America in developing the jet engine and the atom bomb. Because it lasted so long, Franco’s Spain went through traditionalist and technocratic phases that had little real connection to each other. Some fascists were Christians – take Franco. Some were pagans – take Himmler. Some were mysticists – take Hitler and perhaps Julius Evola. Some were anti-semites. Some were not. Some were biological racists. Some were not. Some wanted war. Most did not, except perhaps against Soviet Russia – when they often hoped others would do much of the fighting.

This is to be expected. Whatever its antecedents – and these are hotly-disputed – the fascist period lasted just over twenty years. Unlike Soviet Communism, it had no canonic texts. Mussolini wrote much, but was essentially a journalist, and his time in office was a work in continual progress. Mein Kampf was respected, but not seen as a universal blue-print. Fascism had neither the intellectual nor the temporal space – nor mostly the murderous urge to conformity – to solidify into the Orthodox Marxist-Leninism that existed by the time of Stalin’s death.

And it is over. It is over because most of the fascist regimes went down in 1945. It is also over because the American managerial capitalism impoed on Western Europe after 1945 took away the electoral base of fascism. This provided high and continuous economic growth that reconciled people to a kind of bourgeois liberalism. It provided a military shield against the Soviet Union. Fascism arose. It flourished. It was eradicated. The word remains, not the thing.

Paul’s book works as an academic study of its subject matter. Being a Paul Gottfried enterprise, it also has a polemical function. Paul is one of the fathers of what is called the Alternative Right. This is a break with what he and his allies see as the failed conservatism of the past three generations. It rejects the leftist obsession with equality, and the neo-liberal project of globalisation – and the fusion of both into a neo-conservatism that fights endless wars of aggression to no purpose that can be honestly explained. This Alternative Right is a diverse movement, and I know that Paul has little time for some of its more esoteric strands. But it is a rising force in the English-speaking world. Its two most significant achievements, after barely a decade of existence, have been the British vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump. The leftists have set up their usual mantra of “The Fascist Danger,” and are confidently waiting for the black shirts to be put on and the first administrations of castor oil. Some are waiting of Auschwitz to be reopened.

I will end this review with Paul’s response to this mantra:

Treating any Right or any nationalism as identical to the one that enraged the ideological battle of interwar Europe opens the door to methodological abuses. Among these abuses, and indeed the most conspicuous one, has been the supposed discovery of a ubiquitous fascist danger. Emotional predispositions are imagined to furnish a sufficient cause of why fascist movements arise and flourish. Once having reached this point the interpreter does not merely exaggerate the applicability of his criteria of investigation. He may also succumb, more importantly, to the temptation of extravagant political rhetoric. [p.41]

 

 

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One Subject at a Time reintroduced in U.S. House and…

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We have VERY good news to report on the Downsize DC Agenda. RETWEET Mia Love

Rep. Mia Love has reintroduced the One Subject at a Time Act (H.R. 395).

The 115th Congressional session just started, and it lasts two years. This is the earliest any of our bills has ever been introduced. That means we’ll have more time than ever to work for co-sponsors.

But the news gets even better…

We already have 21 co-sponsors! That’s a record!

At this stage, it’s important to say “Thank You” to Rep. Mia Love. We need to praise and encourage politicians when they do good things. Doing so reinforces an action we want. It also expands Downsize DC’s influence in this process.

The best way for us to say thanks, particularly if you don’t live in Rep. Love’s Utah district, is to use social media.

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These simple actions will help lead to progress. We already have co-sponsors in the following states: Two each in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Utah. One each for Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. You can see who the actual co-sponsors are on the OSTA campaign Background page. So…

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FEE: Liberate Your Life with This Ebook Full of Inspiring Essays

Rogue One and the Moral Costs of War

by Ilya Somin

The awfulness of war is driven home by the fact that the heroic rebels in Rogue One are almost entirely ordinary people, with relatively ordinary abilities, rather than members of a Force-capable elite. Lead heroine Jyn Erso and her cohorts talk about how the Force is with them. But, with one marginal exception, none of them actually have the ability to use it as Rey or Luke Skywalker can. That makes their suffering — and their successes — more poignant and real.

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The Intellectual Journey of Robert Higgs

by Christopher Coyne

Bob’s career serves as a wonderful example for younger scholars seeking to be productive and influential teachers, scholars, and editors. Bob was the F. A. Hayek Distinguished Visiting Professor with the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University during the 2015–2016 academic year.

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It’s Really, Really Hard to Stay Rich

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People move up and down the income quintiles and percentile groups throughout their careers and lives. The top or bottom 1/5/10% by income, just like the top or bottom income quintiles, are never the same people from year to year, because there is constant, dynamic turnover as we move up and down the income categories.

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What’s Truly Remarkable about Bitcoin: It Exists

by Jeffrey A. Tucker

Money for the digital age, and without the state: the concept has been proven. That’s what matters. The technology is known. It works. It represents a path for reforming the world’s monetary and legal systems. It points to a bright future.

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Capitalism Has Given Us Chemo for Cats

by David R. Henderson

Earlier this month, we found out that our favorite cat, Joey, has small cell lymphoma. That’s the bad news. The good news is that they now have chemotherapy for cats. We inject a pill 3 times a week. All things considered, the pills are not expensive. The very existence of chemo for cats is due to both the medical and the economic progress we have made in recent years.

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Timeless Advice from Rudyard Kipling

by Lawrence W. Reed

Kipling detested communism, especially the Soviet variety from its inception under Lenin in 1917. With the Bolshevik rise to power, one sixth of the world, he wrote, had “passed bodily out of civilization.

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NH Rep. Phinney switches to Libertarian Party

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June 27, 2017

New Hampshire Rep. Brandon Phinney switches to Libertarian Party

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Brandon Phinney, Libertarian state representative in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. — Rep. Brandon Phinney (Strafford 24), formerly a member of the Republican Party, announced today on the State House steps he is changing his party affiliation to Libertarian.

For the third time this year, a sitting state legislator has left his party and joined the LP. Rep. Caleb Q. Dyer (Hillsborough 37) switched to Libertarian from Republican in February, and Rep. Joseph Stallcop (Cheshire 4) left the Democratic Party in May.

Darryl W. Perry, Chair  of the New Hampshire Libertarian Party, welcomes any others, unhappy with their party leadership, to join the LP.

“When the Libertarian Party had ballot access in the 1990s, the Libertarian House Caucus had four members,” Perry said. “It is my hope and desire that the civil libertarians, classical liberals, and philosophical libertarians in the New Hampshire General Court will show the same courage shown by Reps. Dyer, Stallcop, and, now, Rep. Brandon Phinney, and abandon the two-party system that has for so long burdened us with taxation, regulation, and legislation that has trampled our freedoms.”

Phinney will work with Dyer and Stallcop in the N.H. House Libertarian Caucus to minimize state government, lower taxes, and eliminate barriers to conducting business, and will work hard to increase individual freedom and personal liberty while protecting the rights of individuals and businesses within New Hampshire.

Phinney brings his experience serving in the New Hampshire National Guard and the state’s Department of Corrections to the caucus.

“We were elected to the people’s house to serve their will, their interests, and limit government interference in their lives,” said Phinney of his differences with the GOP. “I was not elected to do the bidding of a political party at the expense of my principles. Establishment partisan politics do nothing to protect the rights of people, but instead only serve to prop up and expand government with arcane plans to irresponsibly spend our money and enact burdensome regulations on businesses, small and large alike. The Libertarian Party platform gives us, as legislators, the best possible framework to expand social freedoms, support a free-market economy, and ensure the checks and balances on government power are enforced.”

Originally formed in 1992, the New Hampshire House Libertarian Caucus had four members: Calvin Warburton, Andy Borsa, Don Gorman, and Finlay Rothhaus.

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Nunes: Trump Communications were Collected…Incidentally

BY: MELISSA MACKENZIESo Trump’s accusation that Obama spied on him is true?!

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Nunes confirms US intel collected information on Trump campaign, transition teams unmasked – none of these activities related to Russia.
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The Heartland Institute will be holding their 12th International Conference on Climate Change on March 23-24. Watch it live tomorrow on the Climate Conference Website:
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Airbnb Doesn’t Want the Law to Apply to Them

BY: MYTHEOS HOLTEven as they join the techies in opposing President Trump’s travel ban.

Scratch just beneath the surface of any of the multiple lawless stays on President Trump’s travel ban, and you will find one thing in common: certain tech companies back all of them. The leading example, so far, has been Airbnb, which, incredibly, signed on to both the lawsuit against the travel ban in its original form, and against it in its revised and even more legally impregnable form. I say “incredibly,” because while 100 tech companies opposed the first form of the ban, some 40 percent of them gave up when the second one was released. READ MORE

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BY: BETSY MCCAUGHEYPresident Trump is right to propose slashing U.S. funding to the United Nations.

Globalists and Democrats shrieked last week, when President Trump proposed cutting American funding for the United Nations by 50 perecent. The president dismisses the U.N. as a “waste of time and money.” That’s the least of it. U.S. taxpayers bankroll the U.N. with $10 billion a year. Our hard-earned money perpetuates an organization that validates the most savage human-rights abusers on the globe, regularly votes against the U.S., and targets America’s ally Israel for extinction.

Past American presidents have poured billions of our money into U.N. “peacekeeping” operations that prop up corrupt dictatorships and subject local populations to rape with stomach-turning frequency. Women and children often have more to fear from the U.N.’s blue-bereted soldiers than the ravages of war. READ MORE

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The General Election: Authoritarian Hag v Fenian Scumbag

 

The General Election:
Authoritarian Hag v Fenian Scumbag

by Sean Gabb
26th May 2017

For the avoidance of doubt, I still intend to vote Conservative in this dreadful election. And, if Labour seems to be catching up in the opinion polls, so, I suspect, will enough people to give the Conservatives a decent majority. The general election is a rerun of last year’s Referendum. There is no other consideration that ought to sway anyone who is looking beyond our present circumstances. We vote Conservative. We leave the European Union. We hope and work for a realignment in British politics. Except for this, however, I would be dithering between another vote for UKIP and a spoiled ballot. Except for Europe, the contest is between an authoritarian hag and a Fenian scumbag.

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have made their responses to the Manchester Bombings. According to the BBC,

Theresa May has urged world leaders to do more to combat online extremism, saying the fight against so-called Islamic State is “moving from the battlefield to the internet.”

What she has in mind is outlined in the Conservative Manifesto:

[W]e  will  establish  a  regulatory  framework  in  law  to  underpin  our  digital  charter  and to  ensure  that  digital  companies,  social  media  platforms  and  content  providers  abide by  these  principles.  We  will  introduce  a  sanctions  regime  to  ensure  compliance, giving regulators the ability to fine or prosecute those companies that fail in their legal duties, and to order the removal of content where it clearly breaches UK law. We will also create a  power  in  law  for  government  to  introduce  an  industry-wide  levy  from  social  media companies and communication service providers to support awareness and preventative activity to counter internet harms, just as is already the case with the gambling industry.

If this hardly needs translating into Plain English, I will make the effort. The Conservatives are proposing to censor the Internet. Anyone who, in this country, publishes opinions or alleged facts the authorities dislike will be prosecuted. If these are published abroad, access to the relevant websites will be blocked. Internet companies will be taxed to pay for a Ministry of Propaganda to go beyond anything now provided by the BBC.

We are supposed to think the main targets of censorship will be the radical Moslems. I have no doubt some effort will be made to shut them up. The main targets, however, will be on the nationalist right. These are the ones who will be harried and prosecuted and generally threatened into silence. The only person so far to have lost a job on account of the bombings is the LBC presenter Katie Hopkins. She made a sharp comment on air about the Moslems, and was out. Other than that, we have had a continual spray of propaganda about the Religion of Peace, and how its core texts have nothing to do with suicide bombings or mass-rape or disorder.

In Britain, in Europe, in America, there are powerful interests that are itching to censor the Internet. It is the Internet that has made us cynical. It is the Internet that is giving us the probable truth. It is because of the Internet that the authorities are being held to account. Never let a good atrocity go to waste. Get the people ready for censorship while the bodies are still being reassembled.

Jeremy Corbyn, I grant, has been slightly better. He sees Islamic terrorism as a response to our endless wars of aggression in the Islamic World. He says:

[M]any experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed out the connections between wars that we have been involved in, or supported, or fought, in other countries and terrorism here at home.

There is some truth in this. I will not quote the relevant news releases from the Islamic State. But their consistent line is that, so long as we drop bombs on their women and children, they will blow themselves up among ours. Bearing in mind the scale of the chaos and bloodshed they have unleashed since 2001 in the Islamic world, our leaders are in a weak position to complain.

Even so, if they have been at least unwise, these wars cannot be regarded as the whole cause of what is being done to us. There have been major terrorist attacks in Spain and Germany and Sweden, countries that have not been to war in the Islamic World. There have been attacks in Thailand and India and the Philippines, and in many other countries that stayed neutral. I believe that we should withdraw all our forces from Iraq and Libya and Afghanistan. We should leave the Syrians to sort out their civil war. We should, so far as possible, vacate those parts of the world. I believe we should do this for our sake and for theirs. But I do not believe this would stop the terrorists from blowing our people up or from running them down. Remove one excuse – another would be found.

There is a weak correlation between Islamic terrorism and whether a country targeted has been to war in the Islamic World. There is a very strong correlation between Islamic terrorism and the presence of a large Moslem population. Thailand had no part in the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. It has Moslems. It has had terrorism. Slovakia was in the “Coalition of the Willing.” It has almost no Moslems, It has had no terrorism.

Let us suppose Tony Blair had found the common sense to tell the Americans to invade Iraq on their own. There might have been less Islamic terrorism in this country. But do not suppose there would have been none. The wars we fought in Iraq and elsewhere were wrong in themselves. They failed in their stated ends. But the true cause of the mess we are in is unlimited immigration of people who mostly cannot be assimilated, and who have been allowed to establish a demographic and cultural hegemony in large parts of the country. When our ancestors turned up in North America, they formed exclusive enclaves, and felt no obligation to conform to the ways of the aborigines. They thought they were better, and they would have been scandalised by any advice to paint their faces and join in the tomahawk dance. Once their initial colonies were secure, and once their population had sufficiently grown, they took over. Why should it be very different when we are the colonised? Terrorist violence is connected with what we have done to their countries. Much more, it is part of marking new territory and pre-empting opposition.

I could move to discussing what solutions may be available to this problem. But I will not. Instead, I will return to the May solution. If every terrorist outrage we have known in this country during the present century was committed by Moslems, terrorism is not the worst problem we face. I do not wish in any sense to minimise the horror of what was done earlier this week in Manchester. I am not saying this for form. It was a shocking and a disgusting act. But I will quote the words of Lord Justice Hoffman when he struck down an anti-terrorism law in 2004:

In my opinion, such a power in any form is not compatible with our constitution. The real threat to the life of the nation, in the sense of a people living in accordance with its traditional laws and political values, comes not from terrorism but from laws such as these. That is the true measure of what terrorism may achieve.

Terrorist violence, on whatever scale, affects those individuals who suffer it directly. A police state harms the nation as a whole. It may be said that we need a police state to fight terrorism. It is better said that terrorism is presently seen by the authorities as an excuse for the police state they have long wanted. There was no Islamic terrorism in this country before the beginning of the present century. There had been a declining level of Irish terrorism before then. There was no credible reason to suppose that any terrorists were using the Internet to further their ends. All the same, the 1990s saw a steady drumbeat of claims that the Internet needed to be censored, and that the normal rules of justice should be replaced by the rules of a police state. The excuse then was drugs and child pornography. At the end of the 1980s, I recall Margaret Thatcher’s claim that we needed identity cards to deal with violence at football matches. I believe that, if every Moslem were to leave this country tomorrow, the authorities would pause to draw breath, and, the day after that, continue demanding censorship, and detention without trial, and identity cards, and mass-surveillance – this time to save us from global warming, or Russian spies, or an impending asteroid impact.

And now to my final words on Mr Corbyn. If our present rulers are in a weak position to complain about terrorism, Mr Corbyn is in a very weak position to call himself a man of peace. I carry no torch for Israel, but Mr Corbyn has, throughout his time in politics, openly sided with the enemies of Israel – which, whatever can be said against it, is a liberal democracy of sorts. It is reasonable to presume that he opposed our wars in the Islamic world less because they were wars than because they were with his friends. Far worse than this, he has been a consistent supporter of Sinn Fein/IRA. I shall think better of his opposition to our wars in the Islamic World when he finally denounces the campaign of armed terror directed by his late friend Martin McGuiness.

But Mr Corbyn will almost certainly not be asked to form a government the week after next. Mrs May will keep the one she has. I will vote to keep her in office. But I take no pride in this. We live in a country with a more degraded public life than the average dystopian novel of forty years ago was likely to imagine.

Yes, I will pinch my nose again the Thursday after next, and vote Conservative – in the hope, and perhaps in the belief, that I shall have a better choice in 2022.

 

 

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PeaceOptions – Government Hacks Our Wifi Routers

 

Jun 21, 2017 08:36 am | John Dennison

It’s not enough that the NSA can sweep up all our email, text and phone conversations.  Neither is the fact the CIA has software that allows them to hack our phones and smart TVs to turn them into hot mikes to listen to us, or to seize control of our devices and spy on our […]

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Jun 14, 2017 03:04 pm | John Dennison

Too many have been hurt. Too many have died. Yet still the political violence continues unabated. Just today House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot AT A BALLFIELD in Virginia along with several  others by a “lone gunman” in an act of politically-inspired violence.  The shooter was an Illinois man who reported asked whether those […]

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Jun 11, 2017 11:13 am | John Dennison

Do you believe in God, or some other source or power behind the mystery of life and the creation of all that is? I do. I don’t know why I do. I just do. Some say there’s a “God gene” in the human genome that predisposes us to this belief that there is more than […]

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May 20, 2017 03:24 pm | John Dennison

As a birthday gift to myself, I thought I’d pull out one of my teacher’s favorites on meditation. Mine, too. It’s the classic of all classics. It’s the Buddha’s Anapanasati Sutta with his famous teaching on mindfulness. Try it. It’s a great way to find peace. Check it out.   Mindfulness of In-&-Out Breathing “Now […]

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Apr 18, 2017 05:03 pm | John Dennison

Let’s forget politics today and talk about you. Or more particularly, knowing yourself. Who are you really? What is your life all about? Why? Talk about heavy. But really, isn’t this what it’s all about? You? You are at the center of your universe. So why shouldn’t your life be about you? It’s bringing you […]

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Healthcare proposal #1: Restore natural prices & make them visible

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Downsize DC is promoting 20 proposals designed to replace Obamacare with consumer controlled, free market medicine. A major effect of these proposals would be to make healthcare costs visible to patients. And that’s because restoring natural prices is the most important issue in healthcare reform. We have a campaign that explains this point, and the benefit of it to Congress. Please consider sending this material to your reps.

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Restore visible, natural prices to healthcare.

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A natural price is one that reflects supply and demand, NOT political dictates. A visible price is one a patient sees before agreeing to a procedure, NOT a number viewed on an insurance statement after the fact.

Policies that restore natural prices and make them visible to patients will enable consumer control, foster competition, and reduce costs. Patients currently have…

— No incentive for frugality because insurance companies and taxpayers are paying nearly all of their healthcare bills.
— No means to economize because they never get to see any prices for medical procedures.

Healthcare prices are set in secret by politicians, bureaucrats, and insurance companies. Medicaid and Medicare have the greatest price-fixing impact. Insurance companies take their lead from that source. So-called “cash prices” are set astronomically high to weed out cash customers and to manipulate tax filings with false losses from non-paying cash customers.

>>Natural prices, set by the decentralized forces of supply and demand, are nowhere to be found.

Third party payments and the lack of visible prices disconnect patients from their doctors. Doctors don’t work for patients. They work for the people who control the purse strings — the insurance companies and the big federal health care bureaucracies. This creates several distortions…

— Patients and doctors overuse medical services, pursuing tests and therapies that serve little purpose.
— This overuse inflates the cost of healthcare services.
— Costs increase faster than health outcomes improve.
— Politicians exploit these problems to enact “reforms,” like Obamacare, that are simply larger versions of what caused the mess in the first place.

Americans must come to understand what natural prices can do for them. Natural prices are magic, while prices set by politicians and bureaucrats are a curse. Please understand how natural prices function…

— A higher relative price sends two signals. First, it tells consumers to be more frugal with medical services. Second, it tells medical entrepreneurs that there’s a business opportunity in offering new or expanded services.
— This conservation and increased production combine to expand supply and reduce prices

This is the exact opposite of how tax-funded subsidies and third-party payments work.

— Third party payments reduce the need to be frugal. Instead, they increase demand and increase prices.
— Subsidies tend to increase prices so as to absorb not only the subsidy, but also whatever the consumer is willing to pay on top of that.
— This is why the three areas where politicians have done the most to reduce prices (housing, higher education, and healthcare) are also the areas where prices have risen most rapidly.

Political prices cannot improve upon natural prices. Natural prices create the incentives that provide consumers with store shelves that are always full. Politically set prices are what empty store shelves in places like the Soviet Union and Venezuela.

The magic of natural prices can work as well in healthcare as it does in other sectors. Lasik eye surgery provides a good example. All LASIK procedures are paid for directly by patients, NOT by insurance or taxpayers. The result is that the cost of this procedure has constantly fallen while the quality has consistently improved. The same is true for cosmetic surgery. This is something we see in all areas (such as computers) where natural prices hold sway. We must do everything we can to restore natural prices to healthcare and make those prices visible to patients.

Politicians poisoned our healthcare system. They can only fix it by sucking out the politics.

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Your Shower Is Lame, Your Dishwasher Doesn’t Work, and Your Clothes are Dirty

by Jeffrey A. Tucker

We have long lived with regulated showers, plugged up with a stopper imposed by government controls imposed in 1992. There was no public announcement. It just happened gradually. After a few years, you couldn’t buy a decent shower head. They called it a flow restrictor and said it would increase efficiency. By efficiency, the government means “doesn’t work as well as it used to.”

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Global Trade Is Why Your Television Did Not Cost $6,200 Like It Did in 1964

by Mark J. Perry

It is an amazing sign of the economic progress achieved over the last half century that even a billionaire in 1964 wouldn’t have been able to purchase most of the items above that even a teenager working at the minimum wage can afford today like a laptop computer, iPhone, iPod and Smart TV.

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Why Obama Failed

by Jeffrey A. Tucker

What was the source of the failure? It was the same at the beginning that it was at the end. Despite his intelligence, erudition, earnestness, and public-relations genius, and the mastery of all the Hollywood-style theatrics of the presidency, Obama’s central problem was his failure to address the driving concern of all of American life: the economic quality of our own lives. Because he didn’t have a clue what to do about it.

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Why Europe Rose and Others Did Not

by Ralph Raico

If we are to understand how development can be promoted in the poorer countries today, we must understand the historical process which transformed developed countries in the past, and why this process failed to take place elsewhere.

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An Economist’s Goodbye to Thomas Sowell

by David R. Henderson

Although I’m 20 years younger than Tom Sowell, I have noted some of the same things in my lifetime, only slightly less dramatically.

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Marxism on the Menu: Why This Communist Restaurant Failed

by Abigail Blanco

A communist restaurant in Grand Rapids has gone out of business.  Shocking, we know. Sooner or later, market forces will find you and those pesky profit and loss signals will win. Every time.

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Illinois Enters the Death Spiral

by Daniel J. Mitchell

Since Illinois raised taxes in 2011, taxpayers have been fleeing the Land of Lincoln in record numbers. To make matters worse, the average person moving into the state $20,000 less per year than the average person moving out.

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13 Essential Books to Shape the Libertarian Worldview

by Daniel Bier

There are books that every libertarian should read and books every libertarian has read, but those circles don’t perfectly overlap. Here are 13 diverse book recommendations for well-rounded thinkers.

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Why I Don’t Relish Leftist Rage

by Bryan Caplan

Don’t I want to see them choke on their own rage?  Not at all. To give me pleasure, they would have to display a far rarer reaction: heart-felt repentance.

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When Liberalism Went into Retreat

by Ralph Raico

For reasons still unclear, the tide began to turn against the liberals. Part of the reason is surely the rise of the new class of intellectuals that proliferated everywhere. That they owed their very existence to the wealth generated by the capitalist system did not prevent most of them from incessantly gnawing away at capitalism, indicting it for every problem they could point to in modern society.

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All over the country, from Utah to Nebraska, and from Iowa to New Hampshire, liberty-minded legislators are joining their true political home, the Libertarian Party.

 

Our bold vision for empowering people by bringing down government barriers appeals to principled legislators from all parts of the traditional political spectrum.

 

Yesterday, we welcomed the third New Hampshire House member to join the New Hampshire Libertarian Caucus. These three courageous representatives are a harbinger of a wave of legislators who realize that their political voice rings clearer and truer as a Libertarian.

 

Congrats to New Hampshire on their growing Libertarian Caucus!

 

It is an exciting time to be a Libertarian.

 

After decades of hard work and dedication, things that our founders dreamed of are coming to pass.

 

Indeed, the Libertarian Party is the fastest growing political party in America!

 

I am so excited about what the future holds for our party.

 

But, frankly, right now our party is going through growing pains.

 

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If you want the party to grow as rapidly as possible, and to take advantage of more of the special opportunities before us, I ask you to become a Liberty Pledger today.

 

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The regular and predictable income these pledges provide is incredibly helpful in our budgeting and growth.

 

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These lapel pins feature our logo, the torch of liberty, and have been very popular.

 

Just sign up as a Liberty Pledger via this link and we’ll mail you your pin.

 

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What happened to gun bills in the 2017 Florida legislative session?

 

What happened to gun bills in the 2017 legislative session?

In the wake of the tragic Pulse Nightclub shooting and the Ft. Lauderdale Airport shooting, Senator Greg Steube filed several gun bills repealing state mandated “gun free zones” such as airports and college campuses for the 2017 session. The Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale shootings had something in common: They both occurred in places where private citizens were banned from carrying permitted concealed handguns. Our Colleges and Universities are “Gun Free Zones” and there is no one entry point with metal detectors and armed guards performing pat-downs and bag inspections. Colleges cannot guarantee safety and should not deprive people of the ability to protect themselves.

We would have expected a big debate on these gun bills, but we did not know they would never get a fair hearing in any committee. In the 2016 session, the open carry and campus carry bills passed the House and were sent to the Senate.  Republican Senator Diaz de la Portilla (Miami), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, refused to allow these bills to be heard. That meant one Senator killed the bills for the 2016 session.

Senator Diaz de la Portilla lost his reelection bid in the 2016 general election and with new leadership in the Senate, we were optimistic we would have a much better chance of moving gun bills in 2017. Even better, Senate President Joe Negron appointed newly elected Senator Steube as chair of the Judiciary Committee, which all gun bills must go through. Senator Steube had come over from serving in the House and had been a long-time advocate for gun rights.

But, as Yogi Berra famously said; it is déjà vu all over again. This time two Republican Senators from Miami serving on the Judiciary Committee stopped the gun bills from even being heard. Senator Anitere Flores and Senator Rene Garcia, both from Miami announced they would never support any of the gun bills. Chairman Steube knowing he would not have the votes, decided not to bring them up in his Judiciary Committee. The House knowing the Senate would not hear the gun bills, decided not to hear them in House committees, and gun bills were dead again for the 2017 session.

As we have mentioned before, passing good legislation is a long-term process. The key to winning is to not give up. Hopefully legislators opposing our right to defend ourselves will meet the same fate as Senator Diaz de la Portilla and will be booted out of office.

The Liberty First Network will make sure the voters remember who opposed our gun rights.

 

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Yes, Obama Did Investigate Trump

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Yes, Obama Did Investigate Trump

BY: GEORGE NEUMAYRAfter all the parsing at the Comey hearing, that remains the bottom line.

Straining at the tweet and swallowing the camel has become Washington’s favorite pursuit, and it was on tiresome display at Monday’s Congressional hearing with Jim Comey. Out of it came two clashing headlines: “Comey Denies Obama Ordered Wiretapping on Trump,” “The FBI is Investigating Trump’s Links to Russia.” READ MORE

Erdogan’s Caliphate Threatens NATO

Erdogan’s Caliphate Threatens NATO

BY: JED BABBINA longtime U.S. ally has become openly hostile to the West. So what now?

Among NATO’s most serious problems is Recip Erdogan, the president of Turkey. He is more than a political nuisance, because he threatens both the commitment of NATO’s members to defend each other and the Westernized composition of the nation he leads. READ MORE

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Seeing Stephen Hawking Off

BY: JUDAH FRIEDMANWe assume he won’t be in a hurry to get back.

Years ago, as I sat at a local Los Angeles Coffee Bean, the windows started to shake and the ground started to move, and a homeless man started to scream “this is the end.” This being my first “awake quake,” I wasn’t sure which was more disconcerting, the shaking or the homeless man screaming. My friend, an L.A. native and a recovering addict, assured me that the quake was mild, and that many an addict wished that the world would come to an end. When I inquired why, he explained: well if the world were to be destroyed, those left would be on an equal playing field. When I, in turn, responded “yes, but they would still need drugs,” he responded that it wasn’t exactly a well-thought-out plan.  READ MORE

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In Limited Praise of Charlie Elphicke

In Limited Praise of Charlie Elphicke
by Sean Gabb
20th May 2017
Last Sunday, my daughter assisting, I delivered about three hundred leaflets in North Deal for Charlie Elphicke, my Conservative candidate in the General Election. This was the first time in thirty years I had lifted a finger for the Conservative Party. I explained the electoral system to my daughter. I canvassed a dog who tried to eat one of the leaflets. I got into a kerbside debate that may have brought over a few Labour households. It brought back memories of my youth.

When I mentioned this on Facebook, one of my friends responded that Mr Elphicke had not been a Conservative Member of Parliament of the kind I would once have let myself support. I will not quote this response. It seems to be both accurate and damning. For his lack of commitment on the European issue, Mr Elphicke would, at the beginning of the present century, have been one of the easier targets of my Candidlist project. Now, I am willing to vote and even to campaign for him. I defend my choice with these observations:

First, Mr Elphicke has been a decent constituency MP. In 2010, I approached the British Council in Slovakia, to ask for its assistance in promoting my books. I was told that the officials there were too busy lobbying for action on “global warming” to find time for the promotion of English literature. I wrote to Mr Elphicke, who wrote sharply and at once to the relevant funding agency. Ever since then, the British Council has helped me pay my gas bills from the Slovak translations of my novels. I know other people with similar tales.

Second, and following from the above, he has been willing to put up with me for seven years. He gets an e-mail of denunciation from me on average once a fortnight. He usually answers these at length, and sometimes with confidential admissions that make it impossible for me to publish the correspondence. Indeed, after the Referendum, in which he had campaigned on the wrong side, I wrote him a nasty open letter of denunciation. He joined in the Facebook debate over this, and entered into another confidential e-mail exchange. He has not since then visibly avoided my company. The last time we met, he spoke to me in Greek.

These two are important observations, particularly the second. There are countries – I think of America – where parliamentary representatives are hardly ever accessible to their electors. I am lucky to live in a country where I can see my Member of Parliament walking about the streets without armed guards. I once bumped into Mr Elphicke while he was at my daughter’s school. One of my students once made fun of him in the local Tesco. Everyone knows where he lives.

You can, of course, say this about most Members of Parliament. England is a country with a limited record of political murder, and even Cabinet Ministers are expected to show themselves in public. Mr Elphicke, though, steps somewhat beyond the minimal custom. You can ask him for help. You can make a nuisance of yourself, and have some chance of being tolerated. The Labour man he replaced in 2010 answered about one in three of my letters, and always with an unsigned postcard.

Most Members of Parliament are less than ideal guardians of the public interest. So far as I can tell, about half of them are nasty pieces of work. There is nothing to be done in the short term about this first. When you find yourself represented by a reasonable human being, you are under some obligation to re-elect him.

But I come to my third observation. Let us agree that Mr Elphicke is a man without any principled view of the European Union. When the Conservative leadership was in favour of staying in, so was he. Now the leadership is of a different view, so is he. I do not blame him for this. It does not in itself make him a bad man. It does not hold me from voting for him with a clean conscience.

The European issue appears to be settled in all but its details. Theresa May – herself a woman of no fixed principle – has committed herself to leaving. Her present peace of mind and her place in the history books both depend on how well she extricates us from the European Union. She seems clever enough to know this. She looks the sort who can bully or blackmail her way to an advantageous deal. Whatever else she has said or done, whatever else she may stand for, is not presently important. All that matters is that she should get the biggest possible mandate next month, and that the men we elect to sit behind her should be reliable. Mr Elphicke strikes me as completely reliable, and he therefore gets my support.

All this being said, I move of one of the more absurd wisdoms of British politics, which is that Conservatives are sentimental loyalists, and Labour is a party of hard-faced ideologues. The truth is exactly the opposite. Labour stopped being recognisably the party of ordinary working people at the end of the 1970s. After a fifteen year struggle, during which it split, the party was taken over by a charismatic liar fronting a generation of apparatchiks who proceeded to do well for themselves and for nobody else. During these thirty five years, Labour hung on to its core voters. It did badly in 1983 because of the Falklands War. It did badly in 1987 mainly because of the electoral system. It is only now that ordinary working people are responding to Mrs May’s revised brand of One Nation Conservatism.

The Conservatives core cote, on the other hand, has been far more volatile. We abstained in large numbers in 1997, because of Europe. If all of us who abstained or voted UKIP in 2001 and 2005 had voted Conservative, Labour would have at least lost its majority. The Conservatives could have got an overall majority in 2010, and could have won a big majority in 2015. The main reason Mrs May seems headed now for a crushing majority is because almost none of us will vote UKIP. Large numbers of conservatives take a purely instrumental view of the Conservative Party. There is little brand loyalty. When it seems likely to do something conservative, it gets support. When it seems a lost cause, it is dumped.

About twenty years ago, I listened to Peter Tatchell’s explanation of why he could no longer support the Labour Party. I forget what had upset him, but I do recall that he was almost in tears at the thought of no longer being a member of the Labour Party. It was a reaction I found hard to understand. Conservatives abstain, or vote UKIP, or come back to the Conservative Party, without a twinge of guilt; and returners are generally welcomed without recrimination.

In 2010, I voted Conservative for the first time this century because I feared Labour more than I despised the Conservatives. It was the same in 2015 – and because, in spite of all else to be said against him at the time, I rather liked Charlie Elphicke. Because the present election is effectively a rerun of the Referendum, I will vote for him again. However, a big win for the Conservatives this time may leave the political landscape so altered that other options will emerge.

Until then, Mr Elphicke, and through him Mrs May, will have my support. I may even accept his invitation, come polling day, to sit as a Conservative teller….

 

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PeaceOptions – When Will the Political Violence End?

 

Jun 14, 2017 03:04 pm | John Dennison

Too many have been hurt. Too many have died. Yet still the political violence continues unabated. Just today House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot AT A BALLFIELD in Virginia along with several  others by a “lone gunman” in an act of politically-inspired violence.  The shooter was an Illinois man who reported asked whether those […]

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Jun 11, 2017 11:13 am | John Dennison

Do you believe in God, or some other source or power behind the mystery of life and the creation of all that is? I do. I don’t know why I do. I just do. Some say there’s a “God gene” in the human genome that predisposes us to this belief that there is more than […]

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May 20, 2017 03:24 pm | John Dennison

As a birthday gift to myself, I thought I’d pull out one of my teacher’s favorites on meditation. Mine, too. It’s the classic of all classics. It’s the Buddha’s Anapanasati Sutta with his famous teaching on mindfulness. Try it. It’s a great way to find peace. Check it out.   Mindfulness of In-&-Out Breathing “Now […]

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Apr 18, 2017 05:03 pm | John Dennison

Let’s forget politics today and talk about you. Or more particularly, knowing yourself. Who are you really? What is your life all about? Why? Talk about heavy. But really, isn’t this what it’s all about? You? You are at the center of your universe. So why shouldn’t your life be about you? It’s bringing you […]

The post Building Block: Introduction to Knowing Yourself appeared first on PeaceOptions.

Apr 11, 2017 12:54 pm | John Dennison

Am I the only one torn over what we see in the news? It’s as if the Trump election and months since have ripped a hole in the fabric of my reality, making me question some of the foundations of this life I’ve been living. It’s put me through something of an existential crisis lately. […]

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If you have principles, a brain, and a heart then I ask you to please pay close attention because…

Downsize DC has been injured for standing up for principles. Now…

Maybe you don’t agree with one or two of those principles. To that, let me say, both Perry Willis and I are married. Our wives don’t always agree with us either. And chances are, you have disagreements with your closest friends. So what? Knowing that your friend or partner is consistently honest is a virtue, even when they’re wrong.

And we’re rarely wrong, otherwise you wouldn’t have joined us in the first place!

We’ve outlined our principles in detail in the past. But we’ll over-summarize them here…

  • We believe all human rights are inalienable and pre-constitutional — that is, they don’t come from Governments, they come with our humanity.
  • We believe in free association — that is, anyone can visit and stay as long as someone will offer them a room or bed, a meal, or a job. Any such arrangements between peaceful parties are nobody’s business.
  • We maintain that the Constitution restricts the federal government to a limited set of enumerated powers. That is, the only powers the feds have are those specifically mentioned. All other powers belong to the various states and the people. And the federal government has no enumerated power over immigration — only citizenship (naturalization) is specified in the Constitution.

None of these stands are new for us. However…

On February 1, we sent a message opposing the Trump immigration ban against the citizens of seven nations. Since then, we’ve actually received messages telling us things like…

You never criticized President Obama when “he did unconstitutional things.” Really! Someone actually wrote that when 5 minutes at our blog would’ve turned up hundreds of such items! 

We’ve also been called Democrats, and we’ve been told that we “are endangering our country… with partisan hate, fear mongering and outright lies!” Amazing.

Late last year, we indicated we’d do what we’d done for both Presidents Bush and Obama. We’d support what the President got right and oppose what he got wrong. Of course, it’s the tendency for those in power to get far more wrong than they get right.

In January, we sent out a message in support of “Repeal & Replace” Obamacare. We’ve written about our excitement that perhaps the new Trump administration would do some good things. And, we have more plans coming on the Obamacare front — probably before this week is over.

So, this wasn’t about Trump. This was about a policy. Therefore…

Let’s discuss this immigration ban. And let me start by dealing with an assertion repeatedly made to us. People kept telling me “it’s not a ban.” Well…

It WAS a “ban.”

It was a 90-day ban. And Trump spokespeople talked as if the intent was to shape it into something more “permanent.”

This wasn’t mere semantics. Tell this Christian family it wasn’t a ban: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2017/01/31/after-trump-executive-order-syrian-christians-sent-back-to-genocide-zone-n2279296

Besides the ones I’ve already mentioned, we got lots of messages. Obviously, some folks were nice. Others disagreed. But many were angry, and that doesn’t mean they merely disagreed. Debate is always welcome, and I managed to carry on correspondence with more than a dozen letter writers. No, when I say these messages were angry, I mean they were heated — full of invective. We were told that we, at Downsize DC…

  • Should go live with the terrorists
  • Want tax money to be used to fund killers coming here
  • Used anti-American rhetoric
  • We’re perverted liberals who could share a bathroom stall together (okay, I admit it, I laughed a bit at that one)

The volume of messages was about eight times what we usually get. And that wasn’t all…

Since sending that message, we’ve had five times the usual amount of un-subscribers. That included at least two former monthly pledgers and a VIP donor. Two more people canceled their pledges.

We don’t think our position warranted that. We’re Downsize DC. It should be no surprise that…

We think there’s zero reason to suddenly trust and place great faith in the promises of politicians and their bureaucrats. Are these not the same people who brought us a war on poverty that didn’t reduce poverty? A drug war that creates criminal gangs?

So how is the situation of “vetting” going to be any different? How is such an incompetent, self-serving, politically-designed, state apparatus suddenly going to get so good at something that they’ll actually increase our safety?

It’s also hard to understand why this policy is suddenly necessary. 9/11 was more than 15 years ago. This policy is based on not a single, domestic incident. That is, no domestic terrorism since 9/11 has been instigated in the United States by a refugee, either under the present refugee program or by any immigrant, legal or illegal, from the nations listed in the executive order. On the other hand, the 9/11 hijackers were from different nations who are not listed in the executive order — notably, Saudi Arabia.

This travel ban seemed hurtful and unnecessary, especially when you consider that it was our country that set this region on fire. I couldn’t imagine having to leave my home country behind. Could you? Still, it was our politicians who made it so dangerous that people need to flee their homes and leave everything behind.

You can see the long yet partial list of articles where Downsize DC predicted the troubles that would come with U.S. intervention in Syria. And you can quickly read the claims and concerns we published before the unnecessary war in Iraq. The point is…

We keep being right. Even our wives agree with us — at least on matters of foreign policy.

Now, it strikes me as odd, even sad, that polls show that most Americans are for immigration, and opposed to this specific “travel ban.” But the most intense, passionate, and even hot with rage people are on the other side. We need your support.

We need a positive, encouraging word. And any support you can send our way to compensate for what we lose every time we stand on principle to confront this issue. We need for the good people who believe in inalienable, pre-constitutional rights to be just as passionate as the “people prohibition” advocates are.

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Be the Master of the Thrift Store

by Jeffrey A. Tucker

I’m talking thrift store here, as in Goodwill. You would never shop there, right? Well, why not? Don’t let snobbery stop you. There are amazing things in the Goodwill, or any thrift store, but you have to have the right attitude, an eagle eye, a sense of adventure, and a love of lost treasure.

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Prohibitionists Control Others to Satisfy Their Egos

by Donald J. Boudreaux

As it was in Prohibition times, so it remains today on so many other fronts – including, of course, the war on drugs and the cruel intrusions of the FDA.

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Government Warrant Issued for Everything You Tell Your Amazon Echo

by Alice Salles

If this case serves as an example of anything, it is that your privacy is not protected, even if companies like Amazon refuse to cooperate with law enforcement under certain circumstances. With or without a warrant, officials will continue to use similar devices against their owners.

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Blockchain Predictions for 2017

by Andrew Keys

Blockchain will be available to the people like never before. The average user will finally be able to feel and see what Ethereum is and does, blockchain integration will happen bi-directionally with Microsoft, and rivalries between Bitcoin and Ethereum will end.

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The Supremacy of Juries over Judges

by William Seabolt

Although technically the jury is master of the facts alone, in American jurisprudence they sit as de facto masters of both fact and law because there exists no method of tying the jury to the state’s opinion of a matter. This is no doubt a great safeguard of freedom from one-man tribunals.

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An Economist’s Goodbye to Thomas Sowell

by David R. Henderson

Although I’m 20 years younger than Tom Sowell, I have noted some of the same things in my lifetime, only slightly less dramatically.

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A Common Sense Foundation for Liberty

by Bryan Caplan

The foundation of my libertarianism is much more modest: common sense morality. At first glance, it may seem paradoxical that such radical political conclusions could stem from anything designated as “common sense.” I do not, of course, lay claim to common sense political views. I claim that revisionary political views emerge out of common sense moral views.

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Special Session Produced Corporate Welfare Lite

 

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Special Session Produced Corporate Welfare Lite

As far as I know, light beer is still beer. It may be watered down, but it is still beer.

The special session wrapped up Friday afternoon and we now have a new economic incentive program called the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. This new program will be funded at $85 million and can be used by Governor Rick Scott at his discretion without any accountability, transparency or legislative oversight.

House bill HB 1A, which passed on Friday, outlines this new program but is very vague as how it will work. Supposedly, the $85 million cannot be used to benefit any one company, but can be used for infrastructure projects and job training to attract “targeted industries” to Florida.

If Governor Scott uses this fund to attract certain “target industries”, doesn’t that look more like corporate welfare that will pick what industries win and which industries lose?

Many Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature voiced concerns over what they saw as simply a “slush fund” for the governor. The Florida Senate had a short time to review the request for this new program but amended the legislation with common sense accountability measures that would establish an application process and criteria for grant requests. Also, all expenditures would have to be documented, detailed and include performance conditions to be met to obtain the grant.

Unfortunately, Speaker Corcoran refused to accept the Senate language and we ended up with a very vague bill on just how the new program will work. This means that Speaker Corcoran did not want any transparency or oversight on how this fund will be used.

After Speaker Corcoran had fought so hard to end corporate welfare programs in Florida during the regular session, why did he propose the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund which the governor could use without any oversight?

Governor Scott spent his time during the regular session fighting Speaker Corcoran on ending Enterprise Florida’s list of corporate welfare programs and was angry that he did not get his way and would not have that pot of money to use to lure companies to move to Florida. But, faced with Governor Scott vetoing his pet project education bill to expand charter schools, Speaker Corcoran decided he would give Governor Scott his demands for some form of corporate welfare program that the governor fought to keep during the session.

The question remains why does the governor need this special fund? The Legislature already appropriates money every year for infrastructure projects, such as roads, bridges, tunnels, water supply, sewers, and electrical grids and the state already assists individuals with job training opportunities. Of course, these projects are vetted and debated through the legislative committee process. Legislators can ask questions and most importantly, the public can speak in support or opposition to a project. The legislative process works best to ensure these projects are an appropriate use of taxpayer money.

My objection is not with spending money to make sure we have the best infrastructure in the country, that will benefit all of us, my objection is with the process where one person can spend our money without any oversight.

Speaker Corcoran insists this new program is not corporate welfare, because it cannot be used for the benefit of any one company. But, If Governor Scott cannot use the fund for any one company, how will he know what kind of infrastructure or job training is needed?

If it is not corporate welfare, why did Speaker Corcoran refuse any accountability and oversight measures? Why are we institutionalizing a “pot of money” as Speaker Corcoran called it? That pot of money is the taxpayer’s money, we deserve to know how it is being used.

Light beer is still beer and corporate welfare light is still corporate welfare.

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/special-session-produced-corporate-welfare-lite

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Military personnel vital to Libertarian Party, Carla Howell moves on, candidates rattling cages, and more

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Thanks to Carla Howell for her service as National LP Political Director

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Carla Howell, LNC political director

Carla Howell’s contract to serve as Political Director for the Libertarian National Committee ends on June 30. On behalf of the many Libertarians who benefited from her contributions, we thank her for her service.

Carla Howell has had a strong positive influence on Libertarian Party communications since she came on board at LP headquarters in December 2011.

  • She edited and managed LP News, keeping membership informed of key campaigns and party activities and their impact.
  • She brought us her game “Who’s Driving?,” which continues to be a primary tool for training candidates and activists to advance an agenda for less government and more freedom.
  • She organized and led candidate training, wrote the guide Game-Changing Libertarian Communications….

Read more here.


Libertarian Gary St. Fleur rattling cages in Scranton mayoral race

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A banner promoting Gary St. Fleur for Mayor hangs near downtown Scranton, Pa.

Gary St. Fleur, chair of the Lackawanna County LP, who has been working to bring runaway taxes, spending, and high debt under control in Scranton, Pennsylvania, is now running for mayor on the Libertarian ticket.

St. Fleur has spearheaded several projects—including a blog called Save Scranton, a ballot initiative to force the town into bankruptcy, two lawsuits against the city, a petition to block one of the town’s gouging taxes, and now his campaign for mayor—all of which are aimed at rolling back the city’s high taxes and forcing the city to declare bankruptcy, so that lucrative government employee perks and other expenses can be renegotiated.

Gary St. Fleur is getting plenty of local press, including this interview on WILK News Radio, in which he explains his lawsuit charging the city with overtaxing its citizens in violation of the city’s charter.

Read about his ballot initiative to force Scranton to declare bankruptcy here.

Campaign website: GaryStFleur.com


Salon magazine interviews Libertarian Party chair on the war on drugs

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Libertarian National Committee chair Nicholas Sarwark was interviewed for Salon magazine on May 29.

Click here to watch the interview, with a discussion of the war on drugs.


Greg Creswell running in first-ever LP Michigan primary

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Greg Creswell, Libertarian candidate for Michigan state representative

Noted Libertarian civil rights activist Gregory Creswell will be running, unopposed, in Michigan LP’s first-ever primary election on August 8. He is running in a special election for state rep in the first district, which includes part of Detroit, and will be the first candidate of any alternative party in the state to appear in a primary election since 1998.

He will face a Democrat in a two-way race this fall.

Libertarians achieved primary ballot status because of Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s Michigan vote count in 2016.

Creswell is running to repeal the state’s no-fault auto insurance law, cut income taxes, and support constitutional-carry gun rights.

Campaign website: GregCreswell.com


Michelle Darnell running in special election for Washington senate

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Michelle Darnell, Libertarian candidate for Washington state senate, District 48

Libertarian Michelle Darnell, chair of the King County LP, is running in a special election for Washington state senate, District 48. The winner will determine control of the Washington senate, which is currently split between Democrats and Republicans.

Darnell is running against incumbent Patricia Kuderer, whom Darnell also ran against for state house in 2016, and an independent candidate.

The election on August 1 will determine the top two vote-getters, who, under Washington’s top-two system, will advance to the general election on November 7.

Campaign website: Michelle4Washington.org


Military personnel a vital part of Libertarian Party

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Pete Rohrman, 2017 Libertarian for Governor (N.J.), Infantry Platoon Sergeant Marine Corps

On May 31, the Libertarian National Committee passed a resolution pertaining to U.S. military policy and the importance of present and former military personnel in the party’s membership. From the resolution:

Whereas, We support the maintenance of a sufficient military to defend the United States against aggression and believe that the United States should both avoid entangling alliances and abandon its attempts to act as policeman for the world;

Whereas, We oppose any form of compulsory national service and recognize that many members of the military were unjustly conscripted in the past;…

…Resolved, Present and former members of the military who give such unique and powerful voice to the libertarian principles of peace and the non-initiation of force add great value to the Libertarian Party, and are welcomed as a vital part of our membership.

Read the full resolution.


Texas repeals straight-ticket device

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On June 1, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law HB 25, which repeals the state’s straight-ticket device.

Straight-ticket ballots list the officially qualified parties at the top, usually just “Democrat” and “Republican.” Voters can check an adjacent box to cast a vote for all of that party’s candidates on their ballot. Thus voters are often unaware of any Libertarian candidates who may be running.

The only states that still have the straight-ticket device are Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Utah. Whether Michigan continues to have the device depends on the federal courts.

Thanks to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News for this news.


Plaintiffs in debate criteria lawsuit blast FEC

Judge Tanya Chutkan

In a continuing lawsuit aimed at forcing the FEC to strike prohibitive criteria for debate inclusion imposed by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), Level the Playing Field (LPF) blasted the FEC when it filed for injunctive relief on May 26.

The Libertarian Party is a co-plaintiff in the case Level the Playing Field (LPF) v. Federal Election Commission (FEC). LPF’s new filing was a response to the FEC’s flimsy response to a federal court decision in February.

In its original lawsuit, LPF argued that, without spending many hundreds of millions of dollars to gain name recognition, independent and third-party candidates cannot achieve the 15% threshold for participation in presidential debates set by the CPD.

In LPF’s new filing, lead attorney Alexandra A. E. Shapiro asserts that the FEC continues to disregard much of the evidence presented in the case, and its treatment of the remainder is frivolous.

Read more here.


PJ Media: LNC political director interviewed on civil asset forfeiture

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Libertarian National Committee Political Director Carla Howell was quoted in PJ Media on June 8 regarding a letter sent from several U.S. Senators to Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to pare down the practice of civil asset forfeiture. From the article:

Carla Howell, political director for the National Libertarian Party, said in an interview last week that civil asset forfeiture has resulted in innocent people having to prove their innocence instead of the government having to prove guilt. According to the party, police seize $5 billion in assets annually through the practice.

“For Sessions not to go along with [the senators’ request would be] a slap in the face of both the American justice system and the American people,” Howell said.

Read the full article here.


New Mexico newspapers cover new county affiliates

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Two New Mexico newspapers, the Los Alamos Daily Post and the Farmington Daily Times, recently ran articles on the creation of new county affiliates for the New Mexico LP.

For the first time in party history, the New Mexico LP is recognized as a major party, and will nominate partisan 2018 candidates in primary elections, rather than by convention.

Read the article on the Los Alamos County affiliate.

Read the article on the San Juan County affiliate.


Colorado Independent: The national Libertarian Party’s archives now live in Colorado

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From the Colorado Independent on May 30:

They came in a U-Haul.

Colorado, the birthplace of the national Libertarian Party, is now something else: host of the party’s trove of physical archives since its founding in 1971….

…Colorado…has always had an outsized role in Libertarian history. Now, just this spring, the party’s physical history relocated from a storage facility in Alexandria, Virginia, to Parker, Colorado.

Leading the effort to bring those records to the party’s birthplace was Caryn Ann Harlos of Castle Rock, the state party’s pink-haired spokeswoman who serves as the national party’s representative for nine western states….

Read the full article here.

Click here to donate to the LP Historical Preservation Committee fund.


LNC Bylaws Committee hearing on June 22

There will be a meeting of the Libertarian National Committee’s bylaws committee on June 22, starting at 9 P.M. EDT.

Please join the bylaws committee for our first hearing of the term.  We are eager to hear your ideas on our bylaws and how they can be improved.

Click here for instructions on how to join, and the relevant Electronic Meeting policy, which contains some additional information.

     

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This includes archiving and preserving printed materials, digital materials, and more.

 

Our Historical Preservation Committee needs just $10,000 to fund their work this year. As of right now, we are about $1,400 short of that goal.

 

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Declare Your Independence

 

Declare Your Independence! 

 

 

As you grill out, watch fireworks, and spend time with friends and family this Independence Day, The Advocates for Self-Government encourages you to reflect on the meaning and significance of this day, along with the following quote from which the Advocates gets our namesake:

May [the Declaration of Independence] be to the world…the signal of arou
sing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government.

-Thomas Jefferson

During this time of reflection on our nation’s founding, won’t you join us in loudly declaring your independence from the “monkish ignorance and superstition” that Governments are sovereign over us?

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