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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
1:51 pm
[featherwizard]
Obama Youth Day.
In the 1930s, a new, charismatic leader led his political party to electoral victory in a country hoping for change, and started broadcasting political propaganda to children. We all know what happened next.

In the 2000s, a new, charismatic leader led his political party to electoral victory in a country hoping for change, and then things started looking suspiciously similar.

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/09/02/obama%E2%80%99s-classroom-campaign-no-junior-lobbyist-left-behind/

The historical parallels with other cases of using schools as indoctrination centers are frightening, and we ought to asking questions about this, not to mention protesting to teachers, administrators and anyone we can think of.

What does it say for the US that this kind of thing gets praise and admiration? And what can we do about it? Keeping children home from school is a good idea, but may not be feasible for everyone. Asking for stay-at-home neighbors to babysit might be one way around that. I'm not sure what calling up congressmen will do, but we could certainly start donating to groups fighting this. Any other ideas for protest?
Thursday, March 5th, 2009
1:05 pm
[inliberty_ru]
Конкурс эссе Cato.Ru 2009
Институт Катона приглашает студентов, аспирантов и недавних выпускников вузов принять участие в конкурсе эссе Cato.Ru/InLiberty.Ru «Общество без государства: частные альтернативы государственным монополиям». Мы предлагаем участникам конкурса изложить свои мысли в виде сase study по различным опытам приватизации традиционных функций государства или в виде проектов организации частных альтернатив государственной деятельности в той или иной конкретной области.Крайний срок сдачи работ — 5 мая 2009 года.
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Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
11:11 am
[campaignstaffer]
invitation
Emily here, with the announcement that Michael Badnarik's official campaign Journal Community, badnarik_in_dc, is now up. Everyone here knows that he's running for House of Representatives, District 10, down here in Texas, but everyone might not know the details of the campaign.

If you'd like to volunteer, or just want to be kept informed of campaign news and events, please come and join. All are welcome.

Current Mood: busy
Tuesday, March 28th, 2006
9:53 pm
[snowowl]
How do you think schools should be set up in this country?  Should public school be one of the few social programs kept?

Should a parent be required to school their child until x age?  Should parents be expected to come up with tuition out of their own pockets?  Or should that be one of the few valid aims of taxing citizens, to give parents redeemable vouchers for any school (private or homeschool) they see fit?  Should there be national standards concerning curriculum?

If anyone has any interesting links about their ideas, please share.
Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
3:54 pm
[awful_jackass]
Education reform
Public education spending in this country is completely out of control. We pay far more per student than a number of other developed nations, and we get worse results. You can quibble all day about this being due to standardized testing, differences in culture, union involvement, or what have you, but the reality is that we are throwing money into a black hole in most cases where public education is concerned. I imagine most libertarians agree up to this point.

In my opinion, the solution to this problem is not for libertarian candidates to advocate abolishing the public school system entirely. There aren't many better ways to kill off your chances of winning an election, along with any credibility you may have had with the voters. It's an unacceptable solution, at this point. It's very nearly political suicide to simply suggest cutting public education funds.

So, rather than having libertarian candidates fall on their own swords and ensuring they remain irrelevant, what immediate reforms could they propose that have a chance of being embraced by the voters?

I'm sure vouchers will end up being debated more than I care to see, but I'm more interested in other ideas. For instance, tax exemptions and credits for parents who opt to send their children to private schools, or home-school.

X-posted to libertarianism
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006
3:10 pm
[awful_jackass]
Drugs
As libertarians, I assume most of us agree that the government has no business trying to control what an individual puts into his/her body. As pragmatists, assuming any of you are, we realize that around 99% of registered voters aren't going to get behind a campaign that openly advocates legalizing crack and heroin.

In my opinion, the first step in the right direction is to push for the decriminalization of marijuana. There are already a few localities that have done this, though technically it has been more of a symbolic move than anything substantive. As this movement picks up more steam, and more people begin to realize the insanity of filling our jails with people who've done nothing more than smoke or sell pot, this issue will get more attention at the federal level.

As someone who is very interested in seeing libertarian candidates get elected in the near future, I'm hoping that more candidates push this issue (and others) in a way that will garner more public support than we've had in the past. What are some of the more sensible arguments that could be used to convince voters to support libertarian candidates on this issue?

X-posted to libertarianism
Tuesday, February 21st, 2006
4:18 pm
[awful_jackass]
Help needed.
Since this community seems to have a fledgling membership now, thanks to dbd_724 and his geolibertarianism post, perhaps we can turn this community into a useful resource.

I'm asking all of you for some help with a simple project. I want to keep a list of current libertarian candidates and ballot issues on the info page for this community. Anything that any of you can provide, whether it's a comprehensive list, or just a couple names of candidates you know about, post them here and they'll be added to the list. I also want to keep updated links to their websites and any other voter resources. So if you can contribute that information, post it here.

Additionally, once we get the list going, if someone would like to volunteer to "pretty it up" a bit for the info page, that would be a huge help. Just let me know if you're interested.

This will be an ongoing project, so anytime you get new information, feel free to post it.
Sunday, February 19th, 2006
4:18 am
[dbd_724]
Proposal for Consideration...
In my home state of Georgia, Ben Brandon (the only Libertarian the
Georgia LP has managed to get elected to any position of real power
and influence) won the position of County Executive of Dade County, a
sort of "County Government CEO," in the last election, by being
well-known and active in his community and running on a platform of
several moderate proposals. The most significant of these was a
promise to introduce a bill through his state legislator that would
allow the citizens of Dade County, georgia to vote on exempting
seniors from a portion of property tax bills. The bill has been
nicknamed the "Brandon Bill" after the man who introduced the concept
to the people of his county. Timothy West has some excellent
information on this bill at the Liberty For Sale blog.

Let's face it, property taxes, because they are assessed and billed
less frequently than income tax withholding or paying a little sales
tax each time you buy groceries, are among the most visible--and thus
most hated--taxes in the country. They take less than other taxes, but
they're much more noticeable, so those who pay them tend to complain
very loudly. Therefore, proposals that reduce propertry taxes, like
Mr. Brandon's exemption for seniors, tend to be very popular among
voters.

The issue that I have with reductions in property taxes is that I, as
a geolibertarian view taxes
on land and other natural rsources to be among the least repugnant
taxes, since they tax only that which was not made with mankind's
energy and toil. Further, since no one can make any land, I think that
no one can justifiably permanently exclude others from that which they
did nothing to create without paying some form of compensation in
return. If taxes on land value are collected and the surplus over what
is used to finance basic government functions is distributed as a Citizen's Dividend, those
who do not own any land are justly compensated for being excluded from
the land owned by others and having to pay a fee (rent) to the
owner-but-not-creator just to live on it.

Many other moderate libertarians, especially the slightly left-leaning
ones, either agree outright with geolibertarian principles or would
support those principles as a better alternative to other taxes if
those ideas were explained to them. These left-libertarians, who
currently generally support either the Green or Democratic parties, could be a powerful ally to a reformed, moderate LP, especially since the Left today seems more interested in just bashing Bush than putting forth real new ideas (not that Bush doesn't deserve bashing, but how is mere complaining going to change anything?), leaving the door open for a diffrent party to capture some of their activists if that party can appeal to them enough.

So what are we to do? Here we have a workable, moderate proposal, that cuts government slightly and is popular, but flies in the face of the ideals held by a large group of libertarian moderates. I suggest the following method for a mutually agreeable solution:

Since geolibertarians favor taxing only raw land value and not the improvements on the land--houses, barns, wells--given that the improvements are created by an individual's effort and therefore, that individual owes compensation to no one for their presence or use...why not just change the Brandon Bill slightly to exempt everyone on the portion of their property taxes that covers improvements? It should not be too difficult a task, land assesors and appraisers for real estate companies do it all the time. The new bill could require a city or county government to contract with an appraisal company to do the separation of land value from improvements. For a fee, the property owner requesting exemption could have this assessment made, and after it had been determined, would then be exempt from the improvements portion of the tax.

This pleases everyone:

1) the property owners get a tax break

2) liberty-loving individuals of all stripes will be happy to see taxes reduced

3) geolibertarians get a change in the property tax system that moves it closer to the ideal suggested by Henry George, the father of modern geolibertarianism.

Well, pleases everyone but big-spending local governments, that is. :)

So, let me know what all of you think. I look forward to discussing this with you.
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