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Cooperation vs. Interventionism

Henry J. Gomez of buzzfeed recently wrote an article about libertarianism. To his credit, he mostly describes libertarian foreign politics as non-interventionist – except for one awful passage: “libertarians believe […] less-interventionist, more-isolationist themes.”

No, no, a thousand times no. I realize that Rothbard used the word “isolationism,” but he was wrong. It is not a synonym for non-interventionism. It’s not even in the same ballpark.

The libertarian – or classical liberal, which is much the same thing – philosophy is about peaceful cooperation. Instead of intervening in the affairs of other nations, instead of engaging in war, libertarians engage in peace. They engage in commerce. They engage in cooperation.

Nobody would ever accuse Switzerland of isolationism; they are home to globe-spanning corporations. This is perfectly compatible with their long-standing policy of non-interventionism; they go not abroad in search of monsters to slay. They’re happy enough to trade peacefully with you and your neighbors.

That’s what libertarian foreign policy is about. Instead of making enemies, make friends. Make trading partners. Make profits without recourse to the violence of trade barriers, tariffs, sanctions, and bombs. Let us wage peace, not war.


South Bay Libertarians Monthly Dinner/Meeting

Greater Los Angeles Libertarian Party Meetup Group

South Bay Libertarians Monthly Dinner/Meeting

6:30 pm:Social Hour & Dinner

8:00 pm: Meeting, Speakers, Discussions

Our featured guest this month is Ray Acosta on "The Tampico Affair and the Occupation of Vera Cruz". In 1914, but before the outbreak of the Great War, the United States took advantage of a small incident in one Mexican port city and escalated it into the occupation of another Mexican port city. This happened during the Mexican Revolution when President Wilson did not like the way General Huerta was running the part of Mexico controlled by said general.

Ray is a long time Libertarian, amateur historian, and the author of "Revolutionary Days: A Chronology of the Mexican Revolution".

Here is a link to our website: http://www.lplac66.wo...

San Pedro, CA 90731 - USA

Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 PM

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https://www.meetup.com/LALibertarians/events/243610003/

SFV LP Meeting – Re-Activation Party!

Greater Los Angeles Libertarian Party Meetup Group

It's time to get liberty back on the agenda in the San Fernando Valley... AND YOU'RE INVITED! Time: Thursday, September 28th, 7pm-10pm. Location: El Torito Grill, Sherman Oaks (Just East of Van Nuys)

SPEAKERS: Nickolas Wildstar - Candidate for Governor of CA
Kevin Shaw - Local free speech activist
Ted Brown - Chairman of the Libertarian Party of CA Dinner and conversation at 7pm, program starts at 8pm. All LP members, as well as unaffiliated libertarian activists are welcome!
Please contact me with any questions! -Kevin Shaw
darkenhmk@gmail.com
818-601-8211

Los Angeles 91423 - USA

Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 PM

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Border Collectivization

Government borders are categorically different from private borders. When you and I separately define the borders of our individual properties, we define them for ourselves only. You and I may allow or exclude whomever we please. We may make different choices for ourselves, but may not impose those choices on each other.

National immigration controls take that choice away from us. They collectivize not only the external border, but every private border within; they deprive every property holder of autonomy. They also threaten to physically break down our private borders, and to shoot our pets, children, and ourselves, if anyone so much as alleges that immigration controls have been violated.

If you wish to compare a front door to a national border, the proper comparison is this: do you want your front door to be broken down by ICE agents whenever a vengeful neighbor makes a phone call? Because that is the natural consequence of immigration controls.

 


Oppose SB-568

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2017

LIBERTARIANS SAY “NO” TO PROPOSED ELECTION BILL
SB568 discourages voter participation

The California Legislature has passed SB568; a bill to move California’s primary election, including the 2020 presidential and other statewide legislative and congressional offices, up to March 3 from the traditional date in the first week of June.

“Libertarians say no to early primaries,” said Ted Brown, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of California. “For offices other than president, most voters are not even thinking about the ballot 8 months before the November general election. SB568 will result in less competition, more incumbents, and political insiders taking advantage of the system to win Election.”

As for the presidential primary, Libertarians believe that political parties should pay for their own primary elections. “Hacked e-mails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) prove that the fix was in, and that the party leadership decided Hillary Clinton would be their nominee — no matter how well Sen. Bernie Sanders did in the primaries,” said Brown. “If the presidential primary is just for show, then why should California taxpayers pay for it? The Democrats should pay for their own presidential primary – and hold it whenever they want to.” Primaries for other offices can be held in June. Even later in the year would be better, closer to when voters are actually prepared for the election. Several States hold their primary elections as late as September.

Libertarians also call for repeal of the “Top Two” voting system to further increase voter participation. Each political party should have a nominee on the ballot in November. Since 2012, however, voter choice has been limited to the top two vote-getters in the primary – even if they are from the same party. That’s why voter participation keeps going down in California. An initiative to repeal Top Two will start circulating shortly for the November 2018 ballot. “That’s the kind of election reform that we need,” said Brown.

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Media Contact: Jennifer Imhoff
Phone: (408) 940-5717
Email: Press@ca.lp.org
Website: www.ca.lp.org

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Oppose SB-568

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2017

LIBERTARIANS SAY “NO” TO PROPOSED ELECTION BILL
SB568 discourages voter participation

The California Legislature has passed SB568; a bill to move California’s primary election, including the 2020 presidential and other statewide legislative and congressional offices, up to March 3 from the traditional date in the first week of June.

“Libertarians say no to early primaries,” said Ted Brown, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of California. “For offices other than president, most voters are not even thinking about the ballot 8 months before the November general election. SB568 will result in less competition, more incumbents, and political insiders taking advantage of the system to win Election.”

As for the presidential primary, Libertarians believe that political parties should pay for their own primary elections. “Hacked e-mails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) prove that the fix was in, and that the party leadership decided Hillary Clinton would be their nominee — no matter how well Sen. Bernie Sanders did in the primaries,” said Brown. “If the presidential primary is just for show, then why should California taxpayers pay for it? The Democrats should pay for their own presidential primary – and hold it whenever they want to.” Primaries for other offices can be held in June. Even later in the year would be better, closer to when voters are actually prepared for the election. Several States hold their primary elections as late as September.

Libertarians also call for repeal of the “Top Two” voting system to further increase voter participation. Each political party should have a nominee on the ballot in November. Since 2012, however, voter choice has been limited to the top two vote-getters in the primary – even if they are from the same party. That’s why voter participation keeps going down in California. An initiative to repeal Top Two will start circulating shortly for the November 2018 ballot. “That’s the kind of election reform that we need,” said Brown.

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Media Contact: Jennifer Imhoff
Phone: (408) 940-5717
Email: Press@ca.lp.org
Website: www.ca.lp.org

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