Libertarian Party’s response to State of the Union
LP Chair Nicholas Sarwark giving the
Libertarian response to Obama’s address
The state of our union is strong because the American people are strong. It’s not strong because of the Big Government policies of the Obama administration, enabled by Republicans and Democrats in Congress.
LP Chair Nicholas Sarwark being interviewed on RT TV
In response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, LP Chair Nicholas Sarwark said in an interview on RT TV:
“[The U.S. has] a military that spends more than the next eight nations, combined. The problem with that is that we’re sending our troops overseas to die for other countries’ civil wars, and that’s what needs to stop. We’ve spent ourselves into a hole, and just because you are the strongest military in the world doesn’t mean you need to get involved in every conflict around the world.”
Former Colorado LP chair announces bid for U.S. Senate
Lily Tang Williams
Lily Tang Williams, the former chair of the Colorado LP, has announced that she is running for the U.S. Senate as a Libertarian in 2016.
Ms Williams states, “I chose to come to America to be free and to escape China’s one-party police state. I am a big believer of individual rights and liberty, self-ownership and responsibility, free market and entrepreneurship, the second Amendment, and privacy. I will go to Washington to stop the madness. I cannot be bought.”
LP Chair Nicholas Sarwark interviewed on Liberty Talk Radio
LP Chair Nicholas Sarwark was interviewed on Liberty Talk Radio, hosted by host Joe Cristiano, on January 14.
“Libertarian policies just make more sense. And when you put Republican and Democratic policies in plain language, they don’t make sense. Then we become the only political adults in the room.”
“Libertarians Working for You” episodes covering government spending, communicating libertarian ideas, the second amendment, and more
Two new episodes of the “Libertarians Working for You” radio show, hosted by Arvin Vohra, are now available online:
Jan. 20 episode with guest Thomas Clements, Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate in Louisiana, discussing reducing government spending, and asking permission to exercise one’s rights, and Jaime Perez, Libertarian candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, 16th district (Texas), discussing what libertarians can do at the local level, and communicating libertarian ideas to the uninitiated. Listen here.
Jan. 13 episode with guests Mark Miller, running for Railroad Commissioner in Texas, and Rich Purtell, running for State Senate, 52nd district, in New York. Listen here.
Early bird deadline extended to Jan. 24, for LP Activist Training by Libertarians for Libertarians
Join us for the west coast debut of LP Activist Training by Libertarians for Libertarians.
San Francisco • February 12–14
Past participants have raved…
“I am a new Libertarian and was happy to attend the training with the heavy hitters of the Libertarian Party, who have inspired me to return to my community and fight for issues of liberty.” —Corey Fauconier, Virginia
“I strongly support doing more of these types of training seminars.” —Eric Blitz, Maryland
“I hope I can fire up my people at home like you’ve helped to fire me up.” —Mary Phelps, Tennessee
“I would love to see [you] expand throughout the country!” —Victor Curbelo, Indiana
Join the Florida Libertarian PAC as we welcome Jordan Page for a private concert, February 20th from 7-11 pm in Spring Hill.
Come for a night of friends, food and drinks as we enjoy a night with Jordan Page. This will be an outdoor concert at a private residence. KD’s Catering & Events will be providing a full dinner including appetizers and drinks.
Join 150 of your closest liberty lovers to enjoy this great event!
Greater Los Angeles Libertarian Party Meetup Group
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Gill’s Indian Restaurant
838 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90017
We sit for dinner at 7:30 pm with discussion or speaker after dinner. Early arrivers can toss back a drink at Hank’s bar or just wait in the hotel lobby. For lingerers Hank’s is always there after Gil’s closes. This month’s featured topic… Learn more
Let’s Hope 2016 will be a GREAT year for Liberty!!!
As the ball dropped for this year, many people wonder just what 2016 has in store for them. For us at the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County, we believe there will be a HUGE (or, as “The Donald” would say, “YYYUUUUUUUUGGGEE”) increase in awareness about Liberty— Why do we believe this?
Well, for starters, there are any number of circumstances which we can cite to indicate that there will be further attempts by government to steal your Constitutional liberties from you, and all at the altar of giving you more :safety”- whether it’s economic, political, or from actual guns (read below).
The economic forecast is startling– with the Dow having daily mega-drops, China making adjustments in their economy, and countries making massive precious metal buys, some are saying that we are headed to another meltdown like we had in 2008. And, with the Federal Reserve printing money like it’s Monopoly money (it was $80 Billion a MONTH, last I checked), the Federal debt clock is spinning so fast, it’s almost off it’s axis– and the “value” of our dollar is much LESS, as a result… People will wake up to the idea that Corporatists and Big Bankers are ROBBING them- and they’ll see what we’ve been saying all along.
Further, you can bet Obama’s final year will be focused on Gun Control- another touchstone of personal liberty and the Second Amendment, which guarantees our right to bear arms…
Lastly, the situation with the Oregon “Occupation” is generating much water cooler talk about it’s legality, and the whole idea of rising up against authority.
As for us, we hope that THIS will be the year that YOU help us to spread the word about Liberty, and GET INVOLVED in our events and fellowship!
Obama’s Executive Order on Guns
Our president’s SOTU address pulled no punches in his attentions to make his last year one for the books regarding gun control- using all the things tyrants use to take away our guns: an emotional plea, children, an empty chair, even tears! This was real theater, underscoring the old adage, “those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it. Obama wasted no time signing an “executive order”, bypassing Congress, as usual. What does all this mean? In this case, very little. The written order did very little but to reiterate what is already law in most states.This begs the question though– with all we hear of “Executive Orders”, what are they? And, are they legal? Read on below…
Also in the news is the situation in Oregon… This is clearly confusing to most bystanders, who do not know where the line exists between Federal Authority, and Personal Liberty (and personal property). We can find no better explanation of this than that of our Featured Speaker from this past October, KrisAnne Hall. Check out her short explanation by clicking below….
Join us each month for an exciting meeting that explores the depths of Liberty, and saving our country from the imminent threat of tyranny! This month, we will hear from Tom Walls, who heads the U.S. Office of the world’s newest country – Liberland – and will be fresh from a trip to Liberland to offer the latest news. Founded on the principles of individual freedom, Liberland seeks to put the ideas of liberty into practice. The Free Republic of Liberland is a sovereign state located between Croatia and Serbia on the west bank of the Danube river. The motto of Liberland is “To live and let live” because Liberland prides itself on personal and economic freedom of its people, which is guaranteed by the Constitution, which significantly limits the power of politicians so they could not interfere too much in the freedoms of the Liberland nation. Join us at Brogues, in Lake Worth, January 21st at 7:00pm!!!For more on this event and others, click below, then click, “Calendar”!
Donald Trump, in the first debate, made a telling comment. “Well I’m a natural negotiator and I like leverage, to be honest with you.”
The Donald Trump candidacy has been from before inception a highly leveraged operation. Trump shrewdly has leveraged his celebrity, his novelty, and his authentic personal charisma into hundreds of millions of dollars of free publicity (called by politicos “earned media”). Meanwhile Trump has expended a reported low single digit millions of his own money on the campaign.
That’s leverage of 100-1, more or less, in Trump’s favor. It’s a big win-win for Donald Trump. Even if his campaign were to subside or collapse valuable exposure is money in the bank for a businessman whose main business lies in leveraging his brand.
Trump leases his brand name out to casinos, hotels, golf courses, and other ventures. These ventures typically entail no downside risk to him. When the Trump International Golf Club Puerto Rico recently filed for bankruptcy CNBC reported:
“We merely licensed our name for a fee and have nothing to do with the ownership, development or entity,” Eric Trump, executive vice president of The Trump Organization and son of Donald Trump, said in a statement.
Trump was secretly romancing Maples as he found ways to temporarily ditch Ivana and their kids, Donny, now 19, Ivanka, 15, and Eric, 13. But as l’affaire Marla became public, his world began crashing. On the heels of headlines reporting Marla’s “The Best Sex I Ever Had” ballyhoo came word that Trump’s empire was overextended by junk bonds and easy bank loans. By 1991 he faced $1 billion in debt and had lost his Trump Shuttle and 282-foot yacht, the Trump Princess. …Trump once told the Daily News that while he and Maples were walking, “I pointed to a homeless man and said, This guy is worth $900 million more than me’ [a reference to his debt].”
Trump, with a candor rooted, thus far, in impunity, has stated that he likes to game the system. As Phoenix Bankruptcy Law News reported in 2011:
Perhaps the Trump bankruptcies can be seen as a strategic business decision and not necessarily a financial failure. As Trump said to ABC News, “I’ve used the laws of this country to pare debt. … We’ll have the company. We’ll throw it into a chapter. We’ll negotiate with the banks. We’ll make a fantastic deal.”
Trump may not much longer be able to rely on the 100-1 leverage that has taken him this far. Whether deleveraging or facing negative leverage Trump almost certainly will have to start laying out real money to sustain his campaign.
Trump is investing in additional campaign staff. Yet sustaining his momentum is likely to grow far more expensive than that. The cost of political advertising, to supplement earned media, is very substantial. While Trump could, in theory, reach out to big donors doing so would rupture his narrative of being uniquely his own man. He is likely to find himself in a squeeze play.
Deleveraging also changes Trump’s “win-win” calculus. Deferring risk — structuring win-win situations for himself — is Trump’s lifelong M.O.
Donald Trump, notably, never has declared personal bankruptcy. He shrewdly has managed to insulate his personal fortune from the risks of his highly leveraged investments. This implies a certain personal risk aversion.
There is no comparable insulation in politics. There is a real chance he, and maybe soon, will have to begin digging very deeply into his, as reported byPolitico, liquid assets of $300M (or maybe only $70M) to sustain his momentum. He blusters that he will do so.
Of course he could….
Yet how deep will Donald Trump desire to dig into his Money Bins once it’s an actual gamble for him? In gambling terms Trump’s always played the role of the house, never the bettor. It’s not impossible that Trump would spend all of his cash. Yet even $300M would not take him all the way to the White House.
It’s not impossible that he would take out loans against his net worth even further to up the ante. That said, doing either would be utterly contrary to his lifelong practice of gaming the system to lay off risk and keep the upside safe in his pocket.
It is highly likely that the Trump Campaign will begin to (and maybe has already begun to) deleverage. Earned media will fade as his novelty wears off. He may even, as Carson’s surge suggests, get knocked out of front runner status.
The cost of maintaining his status will rise. It likely will skyrocket. And it’s on a long shot. Trump does not bet his own money on long shots.
Donald Trump’s lifelong reliance on leverage looks like the Achilles’ heel of his campaign. If the leverage weakens or even turns negative the Trump Campaign rather quickly could enter the political equivalent of bankruptcy. Leverage cuts two ways.
If a political bankruptcy occurs, though, shed no tears for Donald Trump. Trump, truly a peacock, no feather duster, simply will walk away richer than ever.
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Can we fix “the government” by getting back to the Constitution?Re-tweet
We’ve noticed that people assume the Constitution can control The State. But can it? We have a 200-word mini-article that…
Explodes this idea
Shows what the Constitution’s real remaining value is
In fact, we love one part of the Constitution, in particular.
This mini-article is another in our on-going series of Mental Levers — short, high-powered concepts you can share with others to explain the libertarian philosophy in bite-size chunks. Here’s the strategic idea behind this approach…
To create the kind of world you want more people must agree with you.
For more people to agree with you, more people must know what you know.
For more people to know what you know, you must share ideas with them.
Short explanations are more likely to be absorbed and remembered.
This is the strategy behind our Mental Levers. In the case of today’s lever, you’re bound to encounter the claim that everything would be okay, if we got back to the Constitution. Is that true? And if not, how can you counter the claim? Take a look at how our Mental Lever addresses this issue…
We want to shove the “Read the Bills Act” (RTBA) down Congress’s throat. In fact…
We think we could pass RTBA, and all our other bills, in as little as five years. How?
We think the necessary support is already out there.
How many Americans would support RTBA and our other bills if they knew about them?
How many Americans would have to consistently pressure Congress to get them to submit?
If the second number is less than the first, then the task is theoretically possible. But we think it’s more than theoretically possible. We think there’s a real-world model we could follow…
Gun Owners’ Rights
It’s become almost impossible to pass gun control legislation in this country. And pro-gun groups have also become strong enough to get good legislation passed in most states. Concealed-carry and even open-carry laws are prevalent. How many supporters did it take to get that done?
Our research tells us the answer might be as few as 3 million but not more than 5 million people.
So which is more controversial, gun ownership or the idea that Congress should have to read its bills?
It seems obvious that the potential support for our bills must number in the tens of millions, and perhaps even more than 100 million. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if the support went as high as 200 million. After more than 200 interviews, we’ve not found a single radio talk show host who didn’t like Read the Bills. Thus…
We could probably get the job done if we recruited just 5 out of every hundred people who like our bills. Does this sound simple and doable to you?
So where’s the starting point?
We’ve always had the same vision…
Step one: Cover our modest operating costs.
Step two: Use every additional dollar raised to do outreach to find new people who like our bills.
We thought this could create a “perpetual recruitment machine.” We believed that machine could lift us to the required amount of pressure to make Congress submit. Our goal was always, in every legislative battle, to emerge bigger and stronger — much harder for Congress to ignore. Eventually, we’d be so large they’d have to submit to our pressure on bills like RTBA.
We still believe this! But raising money isn’t easy. We’ve spent years trying to put this plan into action. And we can tell you from brutal experience… the first part is the hard part. But persistence pays off…
We’ve got good news!
A major donor has covered all our basic expenses for January. Right now, he’s considering doing the same thing for February and March too. This is our chance to demonstrate our “perpetual recruitment machine” idea. But we need your help.
Any amount you contribute before midnight December 31 will be used to buy promotional advertising.
We’ll use your money to find and recruit people who like our bills. If that works then we’ll have a “proof of concept” — a winning proposition that will attract new supporters who will work alongside you. These new supporters…
Will expand your voice.
Should be equally enthusiastic about a perpetual recruitment machine that will also expand their voice.
If you can donate to help us find and recruit people who like our bills, then maybe we can convince our major donor to continue covering our basic operations until we achieve escape velocity.
What do we mean by escape velocity?
Escape velocity is the point at which our recruitment machine can run on its own, no matter…
how much any individual donor gives, or
how well or poorly any particular recruitment tactic does.
With escape velocity, we could power past any difficulty and keep growing our army. We’ll constantly accelerate towards our goal.
We think escape velocity could be had with as few as 100,000 people who were willing to pressure Congress, of whom 1 in 10 would be donors at an average of about $50 per year. That would provide a baseline budget of $500,000, on top of what our major patron provides.
We think this level of support could accelerate our growth. We could re-invest and attain between 3 million and 5 million supporters within five years. And once we have that…
We could compel Congress to pass our bills.
Let me state restate this proposal, just to make it clear…
If we tell 100 people about our bills.
We assume that at least 50 of those will like our proposals.
If 3 of those people then agree to ask their reps to sponsor our bills, we have a workable plan that includes a perpetual growth machine.
Before long, Congress would have to act or risk the wrath of disappointed constituents.
Will you contribute to do the necessary outreach? Please understand, your money will fund outreach. Our operating expenses are already covered (for the moment). That’s why it’s important to give now!
We are only a few hours away from the start of 2016, which means the Presidential election cycle will be heading into high gear. The goal of the Darryl W. Perry for President 2016 campaign is to run the most libertarian presidential campaign in history, to promote the ideas of liberty as boldly and as often as possible, and to give as many people as possible the chance to vote for an actual libertarian in November 2016.
I’ve been invited to attend and participate in several LP state conventions in the coming months leading up to the LP National Convention in Orlando over Memorial Day weekend. Attending these state conventions, and taking part in the various LP Presidential debates will help me promote the ideas of liberty, earn the Presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party, and give as many people as possible the chance to vote for an actual libertarian in November 2016.
However, I can’t meet my goal without funding. I’ve calculated that I can attend most of the state conventions, and all of the LP Presidential debates on a budget of $3,000. Will you help me run the most libertarian presidential campaign in history by contributing to my campaign?
In Peace, Love & Liberty,
Darryl W. Perry
2016 Presidential Candidate
Vice Chair Libertarian Party of New Hampshire
Co-Chair NH Liberty Party
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HJR 767/SJR 942-Statewide election of Commissioner of Education
HJR 767 and SJR 942 would create an amendment to the Florida Constitution which would return the Commissioner of Education to an elected cabinet position. In order to pass a constitutional amendment, the proposal must be agreed upon by three-fifths of both chambers in the Florida Legislature and receive 60% voter approval in the 2016 general election.
We all know that Common Core has been a disaster for our education system here in Florida. Common Core was pushed upon us without any public discussion, legislative committee hearings or debate in the house and senate. It wasn’t until a huge public outcry from parents, students and teachers that the Florida Legislature took notice and held committee meetings on the subject. Unfortunately, Common Core was so entrenched by then, legislators lacked the courage to do the right thing and, for the most part, ignored our pleas.
So how did this happen? Well, unlike our elected local board of education, the Governor appoints the seven members of the State Board of Education. They, in turn, select the Commissioner of Education. You probably see where this is going. Layers of unelected bureaucrats make it difficult to hold anyone accountable for major decisions regarding the education of our children. The lack of transparency about how Common Core was implemented was disturbing. A policy decision such as this merits a thorough review and public discussion. Enough time should be given to allow parents and taxpayers to research proposals and formulate appropriate concerns.
Our children’s education and the $20 billion budget for K-12 is too important not to be able to hold the Commissioner of Education accountable to the people. This is why we support HJR 767 by Representative Debbie Mayfield and SJR 942 by Senator Renee Garcia, which if passed would return the Commissioner of Education to an elected position as well as a State Cabinet Position.
Forward by Sean Gabb
Because my working day tends to be about twenty hours long, much of my correspondence – especially via Facebook – is conducted on a sort of autopilot. People write to me. I write back. I forget the nature of the exchange a few seconds after pressing the send button. I therefore cannot give the exact date when I first encountered Keir Martland. Certainly, though, we were regular Facebook correspondents in the early months of 2012.
My first impression was of a young man of great intelligence and fluency. He was cynical and witty, and seemed to share an impressive number of my own prejudices. We got along increasingly well. Within a couple of weeks, he had moved from the list of my autopilot correspondents into the much smaller group of actual friends.
One day, after he had said something particularly well, I had a look at his Facebook profile. First thing I looked for was the university he was attending, or had attended. I saw mention of a school in the North of England, but no university, nor job. No matter, I told myself. Not everyone who lives in the North goes to university. Not everyone there has a job. The important thing about friends is what they think and can write.
Then he submitted an essay to the Libertarian Alliance. It was a very fine piece of writing, and I passed it straight to Dr Meek, our Editorial Director. A few days later, he called me while I was fighting to stay awake over one of my novels. He was in a terrible flap, and I thought at first someone was trying to sue us for something I might have said.
“Keir Martland is thirteen, Sean! Are we allowed to publish anything by him?”
“Thirteen, eh?” I woke up. I sat up. I stopped thinking of words to describe the scream of someone who has just had a sword rammed into his bladder. “Well, er, yes, I was aware of that. Don’t worry, Nigel. You don’t need to pass a CRB check to publish someone under age.”
You can be sure he got a deal more of my attention after that. Were you up to writing coherently and at length when you were thirteen? I was not. Without realising it, I had stumbled into the company of my probable successor as leader of the British libertarian movement.
Keir is now sixteen. He has just sat the first round of his A Levels, and is looking at which university he will grace with his attendance. I could fill up the rest of this Foreword with praise of his unusual abilities. I could, for example, say how, a few months ago, he was called, with a day’s notice, to speak beside me at a Manchester University debate on the British Empire, and how well he spoke without any text, and to an audience I had already provoked into something close to incandescent rage. But I will not. His writings stand by themselves.
Another reason I will drop the matter of his precocity is that youth is a transitory asset. As said, Keir’s writings stand by themselves. Some mention has to be made of how young he still is. But the main question is whether his writings are any good. I think they are.
Most notably, they break out of the dead end that British libertarianism – and much American – has found itself in since about 1980. In this time, standard libertarian writing has veered between an arid economism and cultural leftism. The question of who owns the coal mines, or the railway network, is obviously important. But it is not centrally important. Indeed, many of the things written about by libertarians are not only of secondary importance, but the positions taken have been counter-productive.
For example, there is a good case in the abstract for privatising the prisons and the police. There would still, in a stateless society, be need of law enforcement. Since this could not be done by the State, it would need to rest on some kind of voluntary provision. This being said, allowing private enterprise into these areas at the present time does nothing to reduce the extent of coercive power. It simply alters the nature of that power, by making it more opaque and therefore less accountable. It blurs the distinction between private enterprise and the State in ways that would have been thought dangerous between 1945 and 1980, and that are dangerous in any event.
If a constable employed by Her Majesty the Queen behaves abusively or illegally, you have a direct line of complaint that goes through your Member of Parliament to the Home Secretary. So long as you are reasonably intelligent, and have a good case, you will generally have redress. You will have this without needing to spend time and money in the civil courts. If you get into an argument with a private contractor, there is no direct line of complaint except through the civil courts – and no one goes to law in this country unless he is rich or slightly mad, or both.
As for prisons, when these are owned and run by the State, those working for them have an interest in cushy working arrangements and nice pensions, but do not generally try to influence the content of the criminal law. A private enterprise prison, on the other hand, will be run by an obvious interest group. If you own a prison, and you want to make a profit from using its inmates as slave labour, you will not want your cells filled the dross who have traditionally found themselves inside. You will want drug-dealers and tax-evaders and even political prisoners – the kind of people you can rent out as booking clerks and call centre operatives. You will, therefore, lobby for the retention of victimless crimes and for longer sentencing.
Similar objections can be made to a whole range of the policies advocated by libertarians for the past generation. So far from reducing the power of the State, these have tended to enable the growth of a police state.
A better approach is to make a fearless defence of freedom of speech and association, and to support any group of people who want to be left alone. This nowadays involves a defence of Christians and identitarians, and perhaps of some Islamic separatists. A quarter of a century ago, I was seen as broadly on the side of the angels when I spoke up for a group of sado-masochistic homosexuals who were prosecuted for beating each other up in private. One of them, I recall, was convicted of the horrid crime of “aiding and abetting an assault on himself.” I got a couple of funny looks, but no one thought of shunning me, or thinking me a bad person. Happy days. The modern victims of state power tend to be people who want to explain in public that homosexuals will go to Hell, or that there are too many black faces in the country, or that politicians and the police are fair game for retaliation.
In my younger days, I was able to move slightly ahead of the pack in part of the direction we have come. Any libertarian now must stand against the tide.
But this brings me to cultural leftism. I still make a point of insisting that there is nothing wrong with all-male sex. I believe in general that everyone should be equal before the law, and that no criminal laws should be made that focus disproportionately on any ethnic or religious or sexual group. But the time when homosexuals and black people and women were victims of state discrimination is long past. Words and slogans that I was happy to take up when young, because they were about legal equality, have been drained of their old meaning. They are now the cover for an attack on the rights, and even the existence, of the traditional peoples of this country. The object is no longer legal equality, but the creation of a new and heterogeneous population that can only be kept at peace by an unaccountable police state.
We need, then, to distinguish between a defence of individual rights and the advocacy of “political correctness.” Any libertarian who drops this challenge, and takes refuge in muttering about transaction taxes in the City of London, is not putting the libertarian case as it needs to be put.
I go further. In all times and places, libertarianism of any kind has been a minority interest. Freedom has only ever been the rule when libertarians have allied themselves with other ideological interests. The considerable changes of the past quarter century have brought our traditional alliance with big business into question – just as, a hundred years ago, our alliance with the landed interest ceased to be viable. We need now to start looking for understandings with ideological interests that are not in themselves libertarian, but that might, if they succeed, establish an order less practically illiberal than the present order of things.
When I read these essays, I feel some assurance that the approach taken by me, and, and before his lamentably early death, by Chris Tame and me, will not terminate with my own death or retirement from the libertarian movement. Keir is young. In the normal course of things, the line started by Chris and continued by me is reasonably secure.
But I return, in closing, to Keir’s youth. There are very few men who continue to believe at fifty what they believed at sixteen. Time alters both opinions and ambitions. It is possible that, by the time he leaves university, Keir will not be what he now is. If so, his choice must be respected. It is, after all, his life; and the choices I made when I was his age have not, fully considered, been to my advantage. Even discounting the time absorbed, I could have been a more successful writer without the baggage of the Libertarian Alliance. I will add that, but for certain unpleasant circumstances that manifested themselves at the beginning of that year, it was my intention to withdraw somewhat from libertarian politics in 2011. If, in 2020, Keir looks at the broken down old men who are expecting him to take up the burden falling from their own hands, and he decides instead to bury himself in the Inns of Court, who will I be to complain?
Nevertheless, whatever the future holds, the present is secure. I have not the slightest hesitation is commending these essays to a reader. And I thank Keir for the honour he has paid me by his request that I should write their Foreword.
Deal, June 2015
– Sean Gabb Director
The Libertarian Alliance (Recognised by HMRC as an educational charity for tax purposes)
The Society of Libertarian Entrepreneurs (Los Angeles)
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Maple Block Meat Co.
3973 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA
The restaurant, Maple Block Meat Co. will be opening up an hour early for us, so we can have a quiet place to meet! As usual we will start with brief introductions from everyone about what you do, what skills you have, what philosophical problems you… Learn more
Join the Florida Libertarian PAC as we welcome Jordan Page for a private concert, February 20th from 7-11 pm in Spring Hill.
Come for a night of friends, food and drinks as we enjoy a night with Jordan Page. This will be an outdoor concert at a private residence. KD’s Catering & Events will be providing a full dinner including appetizers and drinks.
Join 150 of your closest liberty lovers to enjoy this great event!
A Progressive axiom, made central by Sen. Warren, is that “Many feel that the game is rigged against them, and they are right. The game is rigged against them.” This theme is echoed by Sen. Sanders and, slightly paraphrased, by Secretary Clinton.
“Republicans claim loudly and repeatedly that they support competitive markets, but their approach to financial regulation is pure crony capitalism that helps the rich and the powerful protect and expand their power and leaves everyone else behind.”
That’s a frame-up. Don’t fall for it.
Progressives, as I previously observed, have their own cunning and powerful way to “rig the game.” They engage in “a framing war.” Climate change activist George Marshall succinctly described this shrewd tactic:
“If you can get out there and you can get your language inserted into the discourse, it’s your ideas that dominate.”
“Crony” is being used as a way to “frame” capitalism. It’s an intended slur.
Many well-meaning, vulnerable, conservatives have been lured into this trap. Don’t fall for it.
Last month, when I was at a meeting on Capitol Hill, a fairly senior aide to a very conservative Member of Congress trotted the phrase “Crony Capitalism” out as something to be against. The aide used as an illustration the lavish contracts provided by various federal agencies to big government contractors.
I pointed out that this was not Crony Capitalism. Lavish government contracting, which tends to give lip service — but not substance — to competitive bids, is perfectly antithetical to capitalism.
It’s Crony Socialism.
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines capitalism (a term coined by its detractors but … so was Yankee Doodle), as “an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.”
It defines socialism as “a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.” In practice, “the community as a whole” means, and is represented by, a government agency.
To round out the discussion, it defines a crony as “a close friend or companion.” Synonyms:
“Crony” has a derogatory overtone. “Friend” puts it into a different light.
As it happens it is human nature to hire a friend if qualified for the job and she desires the position. A stranger often looks great on paper yet even with good references easily can turn out to be a bad fit for the position or an under-performer. Or worse. (If you don’t think so you’ve forgotten the time you spent on OKCupid.com.)
Also, with friends you often have social as well as business leverage to enhance performance. When you have known someone over many years you typically are able to make a much better assessment of her competence and character than one can a stranger. Moreover, there are innumerable intangible factors that are material to people’s teamwork and productivity. These often are invisible on paper and only emerge in relationship.
A Fortune 500 company may have the budget to put job candidates through a battery of tests and a deep background check. Most of us do not. And it’s not even clear that a technocratic approach is better than the human touch.
The term “crony” has, according to Merriam-Webster, developed a pejorative connotation, “a friend of someone powerful (such as a politician) who is unfairly given special treatment or favors.” While preference for friends is human nature official cronyism indeed is sinister.
The institution of career civil service system for government agencies was founded as a progressive instrument to fight, well, political cronyism. It was presented as replacing political cronyism with a merit system. All it did, Surprise!, was to transfer the patronage to … Progressives.
Federal agencies now have devolved into a hotbed of … Progressive, i.e. Socialist, cronyism. Hiring and promotions within the civil service used to be based on what was termed the “Merit System:”
The United States civil service began to run on the spoils system in 1829 when Andrew Jackson became president.The assassination of United States President James A. Garfield by a disappointed office seeker in 1881 proved its dangers. Two years later, the system of appointments to the United States federal bureaucracy was revamped by the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act, which made the merit system common practice.
The “merit system,” if it ever existed, no longer remotely reflects reality. There are few cronier rackets than that of getting a job with a federal agency, whether career civil service or a political appointment. The federal government is beset by patronage Progressives … Crony Socialism … at the bedrock, personnel, level. The problem compounds from there.
The “revolving door” between Congress and K Street is as nothing compared to post-government careers by executive department officials, including career officials, inside Corporate America. There, these former officials capably steer Big Business through a thicket of red tape so dense as to weed out any small or medium size business. Government veterans steer the Big Corporations into the land of $800 toilet seats, $345 hammers and $7,000 coffee pots and, more recently, $17,000 drip pans. We taxpayers get stuck with the tab.
The next time you hear someone indicting “Crony Capitalism” know it for what it is. “Crony” is a calculated slur on capitalism, planted by Progressives such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders as a camouflaged booby trap against conservatives and Republicans. It is part of a larger power grab by the left.
Don’t fall for it. It’s a frame job. Crony Socialism, not Crony Capitalism, is the real problem.
In a recent message we wrote for our sister organization, Downsize DC, we described our goals for 2016. We intend to achieve “escape velocity” — the point at which we’ll be big enough to make constant progress toward our goals — by…
Recruiting 100,000 subscribers
Convincing 10,000 of those supporters to be donors
We think these achievements will set us on a ten year path toward executing a new plan we’ve developed, titled “How To Create a Libertarian Society.”
You’ll see this plan soon. It will describe five tactics that will deliver us a government that never initiates force. Our plan quantifies the supporters needed to execute each tactic…
3 to 5 million people can execute the easiest tactic
13 million will be needed for the most difficult item
We also quantify the number of prospects available to provide the recruits we need. There are multiple strands of evidence showing that there are already more than 60 million “proto-libertarians” in America. That gives us more than enough prospects to execute our entire plan, perhaps in as little as ten years.
Each of our organizations will have a role to play…
Downsize DC will bring people in the front door with its transpartisan proposals — Read the Bills, Write the Laws, and One Subject at a Time.
ZAP will then expose those people to crucial libertarian ideas, such as the all-important Zero Aggression Principle.
But ZAP will also do a lot of direct recruiting, using our discovery tools, mainly our polling campaigns. Remember how we prioritize things. We want to do…
Discovery before persuasion
First, discover, recruit, and activate the people who already agree with us.
Second, persuade those who disagree to move in our direction
Please be clear about this — we do not mean discovery instead of persuasion. We mean discovery first, and persuasion second. Our polling software…
Discovers people who agree with us, and recruits them to join us
Moves people who disagree in our direction, while measuring the amount of that movement
This approach has already borne fruit. But it can be truly successful if we better address something that comes before even discovery and persuasion…
No one can agree or disagree with your ideas if they don’t know about them. So first you have to share your ideas. Sharing comes first, even before discovery and persuasion. But…
If you share ideas through conversation, a debate may result. This can become an ego contest. Ego contests lead to reactive thinking, when what you really want is reflective thinking. But…
If you send people to use our polling software, there is no debate, no ego contest. Reflective thinking is much more likely. But one thing is still missing…
You want to see how people respond!
We have a tool for that too. But it’s defective. We need your help to fix it. When our tool is working consistently…
You can email a question to someone.
When they answer, you get to see the answer, plus…
You can see other answers they give as they interact with more material on the Zero Aggression Project website.
Do you want to see if people are moved by libertarian arguments?
If your answer is YES, then we need your help. Our sharing software has some bugs that we need to fix. But our coffers are dry. Could you contribute to help fund this work?
This is the first step we must take in order to…
Recruit 100,000 supporters this year
Achieve escape velocity for our plan to create a libertarian society in as little as ten years.
You can contribute here, or fuel our work on a constant basis by starting a monthly pledge.
Jim Babka & Perry Willis
Co-creators, the Zero Aggression Project
Many headlines recently proclaimed that Congress averted another government shutdown. Fewer headlines proclaimed that the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill included several “useless provisions” and provisions that are not directly related to spending.
Techdirt reported on a couple of these provisions, including “a ban on giving any funding to [the (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now)] ACORN, the organization that was the target of scorn from Republicans a few years back… Following the pile on against ACORN years ago the organization shut down. It hasn’t existed in years. Preventing funding for it seems, you know, kinda pointless, as it doesn’t exist.”
Techdirt adds, “[an]other wacky provision… is in the omnibus [bill] no less than four times in different places: ‘None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to maintain or establish a computer network unless such network blocks the viewing, downloading, and exchanging of pornography.’”
This clause has been including on a somewhat regular basis since 2012, though Zach Carter from the Huffington Post says this language is “completely meaningless.” Obviously a ban on funding a defunct organization, or a meaningless prohibition of federal funds being used to establish or maintain a computer network that doesn’t block pornography are not the worst things for Congress to include in a spending bill.
One of the worst things included in the over 2,000 page spending bill is a provision completely unrelated to federal spending. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) and it’s previous iterations the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) previously failed to pass through Congress as stand-alone measures. Vice reports, “lawmakers have stripped the very bad CISA bill of almost all of its privacy protections and have inserted the full text of it into” the omnibus spending bill. Adding, “CISA allows private companies to pass your personal information and online goings-on to the federal government and local law enforcement if it suspects a ‘cybersecurity threat,’ a term so broadly defined that it can apply to ‘anomalous patterns of communication’ and can be used to gather information about just about any crime, cyber or not.”
The Washington Times adds that private corporations would be encouraged “to share information about cyberattacks with the government” and would be free from liability. In essence, your internet service provider (ISP) will now be encouraged to give any information about your online habits to government agencies if they believe such activity can be construed as being valuable, and presumably you will be unable to file a civil suit against your ISP for any rights violations.
The inclusion of a modified version of CISA into the spending bill will definitely benefit the surveillance state which was dealt a symbolic blow when the NSA mass surveillance program was transformed with the passage of the USA FREEDOM Act earlier in the year. Hopefully as more people become aware of the rights violating provisions included in this massive spending bill that passed with bi-partisan support, people will realize that neither major political party will ever do anything to roll back the size, scope, and power of the federal government.
In Peace, Freedom, Love & Liberty,
Darryl W. Perry
“McAfee preaches open borders for immigrants and calls on the United States to disengage completely from the Middle East.
“‘You would also feel helpless and angry if a drone in the sky that you cannot spot was dropping bombs on your family and friends,’ McAfee says. ‘If we stop interfering in the region, the anger will subside.’…”
Nevada State Assemblyman John Moore joins Libertarian Party
LAS VEGAS, Nevada, January 8, 2016 — The Libertarian Party of Nevada (LP Nevada), the fastest growing political party in the state, today announced Nevada State Assemblyman John Moore has joined the party.
Moore represents the 8th Assembly District of Nevada and is currently serving his first term.
“I first met some of the leaders of the party during the last legislation session and I was really impressed,” said Moore. “We started working together and before I decided to join the Libertarian Party they provided a lot of support for me….”
Maine official knocks Libertarians off ballot; LP fights back
A new law passed by the Maine Legislature in 2013 gave Libertarians a way to qualify as an officially recognized political party in the state, by enrolling 5,000 Maine voters in the Party. It set a very early deadline of December 1 of the year before elections. This requires that all enrollments be secured during an odd-numbered year, when the public’s attention to and enthusiasm for the political process is historically lowest.Courts have struck down early deadlines for ballot qualification as unconstitutional in at least ten other states. Their deadlines were not as early as Maine’s.
LP Political Director Carla Howell discusses Oregon protest on RT TV
Carla Howell being interviewed on RT TV; 1/4/2016.
Libertarian National Committee Political Director Carla Howell was interviewed this Monday on “RT International” (RT TV), discussing the peaceful protest against the feds in Oregon, over the sentencing of Hammond family members.
Senator Rand Paul has introduced and “fast-tracked” S.2232, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015. But…
We must act fast — BEFORE JAN. 12, 2016! — to demand of Congress: Audit the Fed! I sent a letter to my “representatives” in Congress using Downsize DC’s “Audit the Fed” campaign. I’m going to share my letter with you, so you can copy and paste it.
But you shouldn’t act alone. We need others to join us in sending a letter to Congress. Numbers matter. So, reach out to five people who will passionately agree and ask them to join you.
This is doubly important, because…
There’s a long-term STRATEGY at work…
Downsize DC is focused on its original intent – building an army so large that it can exert overwhelming pressure on Congress to make them submit.
Our goal for this year — recruit 100,000 people to pressure Congress. This issue is a chance to further that goal. Find people who agree that the Fed should be audited, and ask them to send a message to Congress.
It’s time to “Audit the Fed.” You must PASS S. 2232 the Federal Reserve Transparency Act.
To which, I added…
The Fed regulates banks, influences interest rates, and determines the size of our money supply. The Fed’s policies determine the value of our money, the health of the economy, and the rates we pay to borrow.
But for too long, the Federal Reserve Board has acted under a cloak of secrecy.
It’s decision-making process is secret.
Minutes from meetings come three weeks after decisions are announced.
The Comptroller General is legally prohibited from auditing several important FED activities.
But the economic consequences of Fed policies can be just as devastating to our lives as are taxes, regulations, and even war…
Many economists, including former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke, blame the Fed, in one way or another, for the Great Depression
Many also blame the Fed for harmful booms and busts
The Fed’s continued inflationary pumping cuts the value of your money, devastating savings and the well being of people on fixed incomes
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky introduced the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2015. https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s2232 It expands congressional oversight of the Fed and gives the Government Accountability Office the authority to review its monetary policy decisions. Now, the bill is “fast tracked” and scheduled for a vote on January 12.
I insist that you vote to Audit the Fed. Support the Federal Reserve Transparency Act. I’ll be watching what you do.
After you send your letter to Congress forward this message to five friends that you think probably support the idea of Auditing the Fed. Ask them to join you in sending a letter. Good luck.
Annual Business Meeting and Officer Election Reminder
Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
THE ULTIMATE MAN CAVE
2051 High Ridge Road
Boynton Beach, FLIf you are a registered Libertarian and a member of the National Libertarian Party, please consider serving as an officer of our local party. Elections will be held on Tuesday, January 12th!
Whether you want to work for traditional or new media, for Congress in the press department, or a think-tank in the communications department, for a campaign, or for yourself as a freelance writer, you’ll get how-to information you can use to advance your career.
Date: January 25-26 2016 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM Location: Arlington, VA Cost: $45 or $60 after January 18 (dinners included)