The media’s caricature of libertarians is a pendulum that swings from one extreme to another. One minute we’re grasping plutocrats, championing the privileged, and the next minute we’re losers living in our parents’ basements.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Dark, Arcane Side of American Politics
Charles Burris on assassination, corruption, and other conspiracies.
The State Is Looking for a Few Good Men
To kill for it. Article by Laurence Vance.
Unsung Heroes of Freedom
Marc Victor on criminal defense attorneys.
The Law of Unintended Libertarian Consequences
self | 3/31/13 | crusher
Posted on Monday, April 01, 2013 1:39:17 PM by crusher
The Law of Unintended Libertarian Consequences
Over the past forty-five years since becoming politically aware, I have vacillated between conservatism and libertarian thinking in contemplating the world around me. I never feel completely at home with either camp when living out my own minarchist tendencies. It is of course oversimplification, but the former seem to think that everyone wants to be like us, and that the impulse for liberty is the yearning of the human spirit.
Evidently they are not paying attention to what is happening in the nation and around the world where dependency is in full march. On the other hand libertarians seem to relish their contempt for my own deeply held Christian faith and view debauchery not as an unfortunate side effect of freedom (my attitude) but rather celebrate hedonism as the whole point of liberty.
Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog… “Those who believe in government might as well be feeding us all, and turning us all into, Soylent Green. Because the truth of the matter is that their actions grind up individuals to feed others.”
Those who believe in government might as well be feeding us all, and turning us all into, Soylent Green. Because the truth of the matter is that their actions grind up individuals to feed others.
Your life is worth only what it can do for “society”. You are not worth defending if it means “allowing” you to have an effective gun, and you can be destroyed for daring to disobey.
Asking Yourself a Question: More ‘Conservative’… or ‘Libertarian’?… “Even though I agreed with much of what Ron Paul had to say…”
Reaganite Republican ^ | 19 March 2013 | Reaganite Republican
Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 11:30:58 AM by Reaganite Republican
Even though I agreed with much of what Ron Paul had to say, all I could ever think is ‘this isn’t my guy’ for president -too odd a demeanor/un-electable- not to mention foreign policy positions that were appalling to a peace-through-strength Republican like myself, particularly statements made re. Iran and Israel.
But lo-and-behold, now we have fervent offspring Rand Paul who -while libertarian in his views- apparently saw wisdom in distancing himself from his father’s take re. the volatile Muddled East.. and that’s when I started listening to him.
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Libertarians and the Tea Party
American Thinker ^ | 3/13/2013 | Ann Kane & M. Catherine Evans
Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 8:30:16 AM by Servant of the Cross
As we pondered this question, we also wanted to know when and where the two groups intersected. We started with an informal survey. We asked several people the following question: when do you think the Tea Party movement began? They answered: when Rick Santelli ranted on the floor of the Merc in Chicago in February, 2009.
But our research into the history of the Tea Party took us back to 2004, to its first inklings as an organized force for rousing ordinary citizens to fight back against big government. In that year, Libertarian David Koch founded Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit political advocacy group set up to educate the public on the principles of free markets.
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano discusses the Libertarian Party w/ Glenn Beck & The Freedom Answer Book | The Liberty Caucus
» We Must NOT Give Up Our Guns to Obama Alex Jones’ (Bob Barr) Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!
December 21, 2012
The Reagan Libertarian Contract with America | Libertarian Party… (“I am a proud Reagan Libertarian. Ronald Reagan”)
posted by Wayne Allyn Root on Sep 22, 2010
A Detailed and Specific Plan to Save the U.S. Economy
“If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”
I am a proud Reagan Libertarian. Ronald Reagan turned the worst economic slump since the Great Depression into the greatest economic turnaround and expansion in world history with one simple stroke of genius — the largest tax cut in U.S. history (ultimately reducing top marginal tax rates from 70% down to 28%). That tax cut benefited and motivated the groups that produce virtually all of the jobs and tax revenues in America — small business owners and taxpayers.
These are the very groups that President Obama chooses to punish, instead of reward. Obama redistributes money from taxpayers and small business owners to his voters — who create virtually nothing, pay almost no taxes, create no jobs, and ask for handouts and entitlements from cradle to grave. In short, Obama’s voters are bankrupting this once great country. This is precisely why the U.S. economy has fallen off a cliff. We are staring at the abyss — economic Armageddon, chronic massive unemployment, and worldwide depression. It is time for dramatic measures to stave off disaster, deficit, debt and depression.
GUNNY G: What Is An AINO?
The internet uses various terms and phrases for certain political animals such as RINOs, Conservatives, Rats, right/left wingers, etc. But explanations as to what these names mean vary greatly.
Campaign Spot reader Michaelwrites in, having examined the claim of the missing Republican voters — the drop off from McCain’s 2008 total to Romney’s 2012. Immediately after the election, many were left incredulous in response to the apparent news that Romney received 3 million fewer votes than McCain did.
(Gunny G Reader Response) ~ Math-Challenged Silly People Voting Libertarian Cost GOP Victory in At Least 9 Congressional Races
even rr figured things out and began calling himself a libertarian-conservative….true conservatives are libertarians (small l)…the issues libertarians are said to endorse and are criticized for are simply issues that gubmint has no business sticking its nose in…true conservatism is basic libertarian in the tradition of Thomas Jefferson, Robt Taft, Barry Goldwater, RR and Dr RP, etc.
Would-be conservatives attempt to fit their own confused dumbed-down beliefs into the label…
Keep it Simple, Stupid! (kiss)
Here’s a wonderful quote from Reagan in 1975 from Reason magazine. If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals–if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories.
The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is. Now, I can’t say that I will agree with all the things that the present group who call themselves Libertarians in the sense of a party say, because I think that like in any political movement there are shades, and there are libertarians who are almost over at the point of wanting no government at all or anarchy. I believe there are legitimate government functions.
There is a legitimate need in an orderly society for some government to maintain freedom or we will have tyranny by individuals. The strongest man on the block will run the neighborhood. We have government to insure that we don’t each one of us have to carry a club to defend ourselves.
…..Last night, I was rooting, of course, for Gary Johnson to break that 5% barrier. But, as between Obama and Romney, I favored the former. I did so for precisely the same reasons as I supported Obama vis a vis McCain in 2008: foreign policy.
My fear was that if elected, Romney would start a war with China, Iran, and who knows who else. In contrast, Obama had four years to do that, and refrained. Another reason: at least we can trust Obama to be the socialist, interventionist, moderate war-monger that he has proven himself to be. In contrast, with Romney, he has been on every side of every issue; you just can’t trust that man to cleave to any principle. Also, I’ll never forgive Romney for what he did to my man, Ron Paul. Yes, yes, Romney might have been better on economic policy than Obama.
Should our federal government be big and “green” or small and frugal? That question is likely to be at the heart of the final debate of the 2012 presidential campaign, when candidates Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party meet in an election eve debate between “alternative candidates” for president.
2012 Third Party Presidential Debate
Oct 24, 2012
The 2012 Third Party Presidential Debate participants include Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, & Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson.
The debate was moderated by Larry King & hosted by the Free And Equal Elections Foundation at the Hilton Chicago.
Topics discussed include war on drugs, legalization of marijuana, foreign policy, civil liberties, economy, education reform, & domestic policy.
Neo-Confederate views and the Republican Party
Historian Nancy MacLean writes that “since the 1960s the party of Lincoln has become the haven of neo-Confederacy. Having long priding itself on saving the Union, the Republican Party has become home to those who lionize the slaveholding South and romanticize the Jim CrowSouth.”
This embrace of neo-Confederate views is not exclusively about race, but is related to a pragmatic political realization that the “retrospective romanticization of the Old South” and secession presented many possible themes that could be used as conservatives attempted to reverse the national changes initiated by the New Deal.
After the defeat of Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential election and the successes of the Civil Rights Movement, national conservative leaders distanced themselves from racial issues, but continued to support a “color blind” version of neo-Confederatism. MacLean writes that “even into the twenty-first century mainstream conservative Republican politicians continued to associate themselves with issues, symbols, and organizations inspired by the neo-Confederate Right.”
Larry King, the celebrated talk show host accustomed to A-list interview guests, has agreed to moderate a debate featuring a squad of minor-party presidential candidates.
The former CNN giant will guide next Tuesday’s debate in Chicago, which will be broadcast on the Internet. The candidates taking part are the Libertarian Party‘s Gary Johnson, the Green Party’s Jill Stein, the Constitution Party‘s Virgil Goode and the Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson.
King told The Associated Pressthat it’s clear none of them will win, but he said they all deserve a voice in the presidential race. Democrats and Republicans are keeping tabs on Johnson and Goode, two ex-Republicans who could be factors in key battleground states.
Stephen Stone, RA President
Most informed, decent Americans realize that we as a nation are faced this election with a choice that is entirely unthinkable on the one hand (Barack Obama), and profoundly unacceptable on the other (Mitt Romney), for President of the United States.
We can all agree — as moral conservatives — about the first choice. It’s the second that divides us.
Some of us have resigned ourselves to the now-cliché “lesser of two evils” rationalization and are planning to support Romney for purely pragmatic reasons: “Obama’s got to go, and Mitt is our only realistic hope of stopping the radical communist.”
Some of us instead are third-party supporters who are aligned with someone like Ron Paul (as a write-in), Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party, or Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, in the hope of influencing public policy (if not the outcome of the election itself). And some of us are platform-minded Republicans who support the unifying published principles of the GOP, but can’t tolerate the thought of voting for Mitt Romney — who is arguably the most liberal-socialistic (not to mention opportunistic) Republican nominee ever, despite his feigned conservatism, and who, by the way, has distanced himself from the party platform.
The presidential and vice presidential debates are sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonprofit corporation that mandates that a candidate have at least 15 percent support in national polls to participate.
Since the CPD took over running the debates in 1988, only once has a third party candidate been allowed to participate: In 1992, when Ross Perot joined Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush on the debate stage.
The dominance of the two major parties at the debates has critics charging that the system is effectively rigged to shut out other voices. Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee for president and former New Mexico governor, has sued on anti-trust grounds to be included this year. The CPD, he said in an interview, is designed “to protect the interests of Republicans and Democrats.”
When Gary goes to Washington, we all go…
Gary’s track record speaks volumes.
As Governor of New Mexico, Johnson was known for his common sense business approach to governing. He eliminated New Mexico‘s budget deficit, cut the rate of growth in state government in half, and privatized half of the state prisons……
via Gary Johnson 2012.
During the interview, I ask him about his libertarian influences and his understanding of Austrian economics. The answers will likely surprise…..
Johnson, a former New Mexico governor, dropped out of the GOP presidential nominating contest to become the Libertarian Party candidate. Before doing so, he announced his support for gay marriage, becoming the only GOP presidential hopeful to do so. Johnson previously supported civil unions.
(Texas Rep. Ron Paul believes states should decide the issue but is personally opposed to gay marriage.)
Ron Paul Won’t Endorse Romney, Sees “Essentially No Difference” ~ (“There are other people who are technically capable of winning because they’re on a lot of ballots,” Paul said about alternatives to Romney or Obama. “Like Gary Johnson, for example,” the interviewer suggested. “Yeah,” Paul replied…..)
…..”I don’t know how anybody could be against transparency,” Paul said during debate on the bill, arguing that the American people have a right to know the details of the Fed’s rescue deals and its support of foreign central banks.
“It’s time that we stood up to the Federal Reserve that right now acts like some kind of high, exalted priesthood, unaccountable to democracy,” Rep. Dennis Kucinich, (D-Ohio) charged during the House debate.
A companion bill in the Senate has been introduced by Paul’s son Rand, a Kentucky Republican, though there is little chance of it passing this year.
While some may roll their eyes at Libertarian Party presidential nominee and marijuana-legalization champion Gary Johnson, recent polling shows that his presence on the ballot could have an effect on the presidential race, at least in Nevada.
A Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Wednesday found President Barack Obama has a four-point lead over Republican nominee Mitt Romney in Nevada (51-47 percent). But when Johnson is thrown into the mix, the former New Mexico governor garners three percent of the vote, largely pulling voters from Obama.
“When Gary Johnson’s included he gets 3 percent and actually takes mostly from Obama, pulling his lead over Romney down to 48/47,” PPP explained. “That could be something worth keeping an eye on.”
Go read the Wikipedia article on Gary Johnson and you will be impressed. | Peace . Gold . Liberty | Revolution
Yeah, yeah, I know… its Wikipedia. And people can edit that.
And he formed a REAL business – not something in vulture capital.
Tell me this guy isn’ the most qualified candidate (except for Ron Paul of course) out there.
The former New Mexico governor this week took his case for inclusion in the presidential debates to U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Johnson’s presidential campaign filed an antitrust lawsuit alleging that the Commission on Presidential Debates is colluding with the Republican and Democratic parties to prevent third-party candidates from participating.
“It’s antitrust. We’re being excluded by a private organization, and it is fundamentally unfair,” Johnson told the Journal on Friday.
The Real History of Third Parties A transcript of the Lew Rockwell Show episode 245 with Charles A. Burris
The Real History of Third Parties
A transcript of the Lew Rockwell Show episode 245 with Charles A. Burris
Previously by Charles A. Burris: The English Civil War as Current Events
A transcript of the Lew Rockwell Show episode 245 with Charles Burris.
ROCKWELL: Well, good morning. This is the Lew Rockwell Show. And how great to have as our guest this morning Mr. Charles Burris. Charles is a teacher of American history in a high school in Oklahoma. And I must say he’s the kind of history teacher that all of us wish we had. Very few of us get to have a teacher like this who, if the kids aren’t aware of real American history before they enter his classes, they certainly are afterwards.
And I would imagine, Charles, you’ve changed a lot of lives. Just your blogs on LRC are just electric and they’re so interesting and so documented. I’m just, of course, thrilled to have you as part of the site.
The Clint Eastwood on gay marriage episode of Ellen DeGeneres‘ talk-show showed “Dirty Harry” again in the “raw.” The actor-director shared his views on same-sex-marriage and his role with the Libertarian Party. In the wake of the RNC, viewers got an even closer glimpse at the Hollywood legend.
For liberty lovers and freedom fighters, the battle to get their grassroots
constitutionalist candidate nationally-recognized has been arduous.
At every step, mainstream media attempted to censor information regarding the revolutionary Republican candidate nominee, in some cases even censoring the utterance of his name.
The candidate was even ousted from his speaking role at the Republican National Convention last week, where his delegates were thrown to the nosebleed seats of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, and where he faced, still, further persecution as the Romney campaign’s lawyer, Ben Ginsberg, presented a vote to change party rules concerning the binding of delegates, the outcome of which was later revealed to have been predetermined.
Why Won’t They Leave Us Alone? by Eric Peters (“The simple answer is – because they can’t. Cloverism is a one-way street.”)
The simple answer is – because they can’t.
Cloverism is a one-way street.
Libertarians, anarchists and others who hew to the philosophy of live – and let live – aren’t the least bit interested in controlling other people. It does not occur to them. In fact, it goes against their nature. It’s an affront to their very core because, after all, if you wish to be left in peace you must also wish that others be left in peace, too. And more, you must accept this as just – as the right and proper order of things. The liberty of others must be as sacred to you as your own liberty – and require a defense (when necessary) every bit as vigorous.
“It’s easy to be conspicuously compassionate if others are being forced to pay the cost”
I admit it. I discriminate. I am kind and respectful to the elderly; I am helpful to the handicapped and I open doors for women.
When I go into a Japanese restaurant, I am a racist. I don’t want to see a white guy or a black guy or a Latino guy, or even a Korean guy making my sushi. Funny that. When I go into a Korean restaurant I certainly don’t want to see a Japanese making the food either (ask any Koreans you know if they agree with me).
And speaking of Seoul food, ditto goes for, say a German or Italian, or down-south real Soul food restaurant; and nope, I don’t want to see a guy named Yamazaki making the pork chops and gravy with collard greens.
We met up with Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico and present Libertarian candidate for President. Gary was a former governor of New Mexico. During his two terms in office, of an overwhelmingly Democrat state, he vetoed 750 bills and exercised thousands of line item vetos. He was so effective that his opposition referred to him as Governor Veto. He ran for the Republican nomination this year, but he was kept out of the early debates by CNN and CNBC rules, which were created to keep out minor candidates.
As a result, he never attained the status of serious candidate as far as the Main Stream Media was concerned.
(GyG Blog: Gy G Reader Response: Thank God Ron Paul is still crazy, nothing like those Republican Appointees « CITIZEN.BLOGGER.1984+ GUNNY.G BLOG.EMAIL
Many, many Real Americans out there w/the clear vision to realize Dr RP is the one and only candidate!
Many more know but will only back a perceived winner in today’s football mentality society.
And, many, many more still want their king, as they did in the time of Washington…(i.e., george)
I believe I, as an individual, am responsible only to vote my conscience, and not the guy I think may win over my choice.
Beyond that, and the eventual outcome…that’s not my department, and the result is in the hands of the ultimate higest paygrade!
- Gunny G: Real Americans (Not AINOs) Are Fed Up w/the BS!…Dr Ron Paul Should Run Third Party Enabling America An Actual Choice !!!!! (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Gunny G: Real Americans (Not AINOs) Are Fed Up w/the BS!…Dr Ron Paul Should Run Third Party Enabling America An Actual Choice !!!!! (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Obamacare stands… (Read Reader Responses…) ” CITIZEN.BLOGGER.1984+ GUNNY.G BLOG.EMAIL (madashelland.wordpress.com)
- Prison Planet.com ” Chuck Baldwin Warns Ron Paul (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Excerpt The Revolution Will Not Be American | Strike-The-Root: A Journal Of Liberty ” ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984+. ~ BLOG & EMAIL ” GUNNY G: P!SSED YET? WELL, WE OUGHTA BE! (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- The Last Man Standing… (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Ron Paul’s Task: Build Up the Remnant by Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- The Ron Paul Crossword Puzzle (lewrockwell.com)
- The Possibility of a Ron Paul Third-Party Run for President by Scott Lazarowitz (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- Gunny G: the Truth About Semper Fi !!!!! !!!!! (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
COMMENTARY | Could Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, a former New Mexico governor, play a spoiler role in the 2012 election, especially out west? Most polls aren’t even giving him the benefit of the doubt, failing to include him as an option.
Gunny G: Real Americans (Not AINOs) Are Fed Up w/the BS!…Dr Ron Paul Should Run Third Party Enabling America An Actual Choice !!!!!
Judge Napolitano Says Libertarianvoters Now will Vote Romney…
I don’t think so–maybe the AINOs–lotsa folks do NOT think so!
There has been a major push in this country for many years to legalize all drugs – especially by Libertarians and two presidential candidates, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and Gary Johnson (who dropped out early on):
“During a “lightning round” where candidates were asked to answer questions about the issues that would give them the most problems during the primaries, both libertarian candidates– Paul and former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson– were asked to defend their liberal stances on drugs. First was Rep. Paul, who Fox’s Chris Wallace confronted with his controversial position that drugs and prostitution should be legalized. His unapologetic response elicited cheers from the crowd, as he argues that, just as “you don’t have the First Amendment so you could talk about the weather,” civil liberties do not exist to protect personal rights upon which most agree.
Gary Johnson is a businessman, a former Governor of New Mexico, and the Libertarian Party nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election.
…..The Libertarian Party wasted little time excoriating Paul: “No true libertarian, no true friend of liberty, and no true blue Tea Partier could possibly even consider, much less actually endorse or approve of, the Father of Obamacare, Big Government tax and spender, Republican Mitt Romney,” a statement exclaimed.
The list below will not make anyone a scholar in libertarianism or an expert in Austrian Economics, it is designed to introduce to the busy individual the essence of libertarianism. There are 30 articles listed below.
If one reads one article, slowly and carefully, per day, by the end of 30 days one should have a very strong grasp of libertarian principles and a basic understanding of Austrian economics. The list contains articles on a variety of topics, but does not cover all possible libertarian topics. More than anything it provides an overview of libertarianism and how libertarians think about issues of the day.
I wrote an article on Envy, Asians, and Tariffs. Almost as soon as it was published, I received this email.
I am a regular reader of your articles published on LewRockwell.com, and most of the time I agree with you. I consider myself a “conservative” Libertarian. That is, I believe in the capitalist and free market system, small government, less regulation and less government intrusion into our private lives – the same as a classic Libertarian. Where I part ways with your thinking is over the issue of tariffs. Tariffs are anathema, of course, to classical Libertarians, because tariffs violate their commitment to “free trade.” The problem with that position is that we don’t have free trade. Our manufacturers are required by government regulation to pay a minimum wage, to provide medical coverage, to limit the work day to 8 hours, to provide a myriad of other costly benefits to workers, and to permit unions to extort even more costly benefits out of the hapless factory owner, all of which drive prices up.
Very few of Obama’s young supporters from 2008 are likely defect to Romney. Some may not vote, and I see the possibility of others abandoning both parties and instead choosing the Libertarian candidate.
My most recent polling with JZ Analytics found Obama’s approval rating among the 18-29 group in the high 50 percentile, up from where it had been a few months earlier. Approval rating is a good indicator of whether voters will support an incumbent, so you can see Obama is behind where he needs to be among younger voters.
Mr. Rockwell served as Ron Paul’s congressional chief of staff from 1978 to 1982.
He was a contributing editor to The Ron Paul Investment Letter and worked as a consultant to Paul’s 1988 Libertarian Party campaign for president.
Lew founded the Ludwig von Mises Institute where the Journal of Libertarian Studies is published.
(“There is a chorus of calls for Ron Paul to get out of the race because “he’s not a true Republican.”") Why Republicans Just Don’t Get Libertarians
There is a chorus of calls for Ron Paul to get out of the race because “he’s not a true Republican.”