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Libertarian Party of California 2017-12-11 07:38:17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 11, 2017

 

Libertarian Party of California Endorses Seven Statewide Candidates

Lt. Governor, Assembly, and Senate candidates endorsed while governor candidates considered.


On the heels of a record number of registered Libertarians and growing party membership, the Libertarian Party of California (LPC) announces its official endorsements for the June 2018 primary election.  Seven candidates were endorsed at the December LPC Executive Committee meeting in Long Beach, CA:.  Tim Ferreira (Lt. Governor), Angela McArdle (34th Congressional), Brandon Reiser (48th Congressional), Robert Imhoff (25th State Assembly), Kevin Shaw (38th State Assembly), Michael Lewis (53rd State Assembly), and Honor “Mimi” Robson (70th State Assembly).  The Libertarian Party of California will continue to endorse candidates at the next Executive Committee meeting in Sacramento on March 10th.

“These are excellent candidates who believe in personal and economic freedom” said Ted Brown, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of California. “The Libertarian alternative is needed now more than even to counter the rot and decay of the establishment parties and their unprincipled officeholders.”

Also seeking endorsement from the party were two strong candidates for Governor: Nickolas Wildstar and Zoltan Istvan.  Both candidates plan to attend  the upcoming  Libertarian Party of California State Convention in Long Beach on April 27-29, 2018, where the convention delegates will make the endorsement in that race.  Further information regarding the convention can be found on the LPC website: https://ca.lp.org/convention/

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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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Libertarian Party of California 2017-12-11 07:38:17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 11, 2017

 

Libertarian Party of California Endorses Seven Statewide Candidates

Lt. Governor, Assembly, and Senate candidates endorsed while governor candidates considered.


On the heels of a record number of registered Libertarians and growing party membership, the Libertarian Party of California (LPC) announces its official endorsements for the June 2018 primary election.  Seven candidates were endorsed at the December LPC Executive Committee meeting in Long Beach, CA:.  Tim Ferreira (Lt. Governor), Angela McArdle (34th Congressional), Brandon Reiser (48th Congressional), Robert Imhoff (25th State Assembly), Kevin Shaw (38th State Assembly), Michael Lewis (53rd State Assembly), and Honor “Mimi” Robson (70th State Assembly).  The Libertarian Party of California will continue to endorse candidates at the next Executive Committee meeting in Sacramento on March 10th.

“These are excellent candidates who believe in personal and economic freedom” said Ted Brown, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of California. “The Libertarian alternative is needed now more than even to counter the rot and decay of the establishment parties and their unprincipled officeholders.”

Also seeking endorsement from the party were two strong candidates for Governor: Nickolas Wildstar and Zoltan Istvan.  Both candidates plan to attend  the upcoming  Libertarian Party of California State Convention in Long Beach on April 27-29, 2018, where the convention delegates will make the endorsement in that race.  Further information regarding the convention can be found on the LPC website: https://ca.lp.org/convention/

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Media Contact: Jennifer Imhoff

Phone: (408) 940-5717

Email: Press@ca.lp.org

Website: www.ca.lp.org

 

The post appeared first on Libertarian Party of California.

California Libertarian Report 2017-12-09 18:18:42

Once again, the politicians in Washington, DC, just don’t get it. Right now, the Senate and the House are negotiating to reconcile the respective tax bills they have passed — with a self-imposed deadline of finishing by December 22.

Reasonable people are finding things to like and dislike about these tax reform proposals. The devil is in the details, and several thousand lobbyists are busily engaged in influencing those details… and undoubtedly mucking them up beyond comprehension.

To me, pretty much any proposal that reduces the amount of money the government sucks out of the private economy is better than the status quo. Personally, I have long preferred a shift to a consumption tax rather than continuing to tax productivity and profit. But I have also long recognized that such a dramatic change would require more courage than Congress is capable of summoning.

The tax reform debate leaves out a key element: cutting spending

Regardless, the debate over the current proposals is a great example of what I believe to be Congress’ most fundamental problem: An absolute refusal to actually do anything about federal spending.

The prevailing angst over the tax bills stems from the projections from various groups that cutting taxes will increase the federal deficit by a trillion dollars or more over the next 10 years. They are playing with all kinds of gimmicks and “offsets” to try to reduce that imbalance.

I am as concerned as anyone — and probably more concerned than most — about the debt and chronic deficits. $20 trillion in debt is unsustainable, and adding to it is unacceptable. Period.

HOWEVER, the cause of our debt is not that Americans are under-taxed. It is the simple fact that the politicians of both parties continue to spend and create money we don’t have. Yet, nowhere in the conversation about the tax bills or the threat that they might add to the debt is a serious proposal to do the obvious: Cut spending.

Based on the official analysis by the Joint Committee on Taxation, the greatest one-year increase in the deficit would be $200 billion in 2020. In most other years, it would be significantly less. Come on, folks.

They can’t find $200 billion in savings out of a $4 TRILLION budget? That’s 5% — and much smaller spending reductions would be required in most other years.

The politicians in Washington are so out-of-touch with common sense that they can’t see the obvious even when it’s staring them in the face. Forget the gimmicks. Stop trying to find cute loopholes or fake “offsets” — and just cut the spending.

It’s not complicated. Any rational small business owner or household budget manager could find the necessary savings and cuts to reduce federal spending by 5% without breaking a sweat. Yet, the politicians can’t do it.

Maybe we need different politicians.

Source: The Jack News


Vice Chair Report Q4 2017

December 2, 2017

We in the movement for liberty in the Southland are fortunate to have many bright lamps to talk about. I apologize for having to be so brief, due to press of other business and the lack of a speechwriter.

One of the bright lamps is in Santa Barbara, where Chair Pro Tem  Brandon Morse is organizing a convention set for January 13 at the Rusty Pelican, 270 Stork Road, Goleta CA 93117 starting around 6 PM. That’s when students are coming back from break so an opportune time. Brandon is looking for pocket constitutions, libertarian brochures, and other friffage for political outreach. If you would like to contribute I can put you in touch with him. Let’s give Santa Barbara County a very warm welcome from a long absence, and show up on the 13th with our hearts and wallets open.

Chuck Hamm and Aaron Starr are kicking it in Ventura County with the recall campaign.

Tim Ferreira is running for Lt Gov. and had a successful fundraiser about a month ago. His campaign just kicked off, already he has raised five figures. He has some interesting first hand insight into how deregulation in the Energy industry led to a better environment. He is serious, a center line libertarian, and has gathered a strong team. Please take a moment to check him out at Tim2018.COM right now.

I hope that you will move today and recognize that the body would vote to do the same, as you endorse his campaign.

Nicholas Wildstar is continuing his campaign with freshness and flair. I’m enjoying following his campaign. You should check out his website at governorwildstar.com and endorse him, too.

Our own Kevin Shaw has won acknowledgement from the U.S. Justice Dept., Jeff Sessions of all people, for his fight against free speech restrictions at CSU Northridge.

There has been no news from San Diego to my ears. Riverside and Orange and San Bernardino have been going about their business. I wish I had time for a fuller report.

The JC opinion in Dovner v. LPLAC continues to sow destruction and danger in LA County. I pointed out key concerns in my last report. Briefly, there are allegations and credible evidence that the JC held a secret trial and colluded with officers to deny those under attack the right to represent themselves and confront their accusers. These are serious issues. We should all be concerned about being complicit in any political attack under the guise of Party justice. Our reputations and our Party are at stake. For some of us, more than our reputations.

I asked you in my last report to reach out and listen, to understand one another instead of attacking. Some civil discussion has happened, but not enough in LA County. At least one officer has escalated attacks on those perceived to be weak. Attacks have raised serious threats to the safety and well-being of members, not to mention risk of legal liability. Business meetings have been rancorous with no bridging of differences. Officers have resisted calls to investigate alleged misconduct.

If it were up to me, this body would repudiate the JC opinion that has driven so much of the friction in LA County. It has no moral force, and came out of a corrupt process. I would repudiate not only a single opinion but the pattern it reflects. That pattern being repeated abuse of Party offices and Bylaws to attack our members. I will not be complicit in it. Details are not a fit topic for a Vice Chair report. If you have questions, contact me. I am sorry I could not be with you today to discuss in person. Reach out to the members of Alive Free Happy who have been targeted. Listen, learn, and respect your fellow laborer.

See you next time.

Vice Chair Report Q4 2017

December 2, 2017

We in the movement for liberty in the Southland are fortunate to have many bright lamps to talk about. I apologize for having to be so brief, due to press of other business and the lack of a speechwriter.

One of the bright lamps is in Santa Barbara, where Chair Pro Tem  Brandon Morse is organizing a convention set for January 13 at the Rusty Pelican, 270 Stork Road, Goleta CA 93117 starting around 6 PM. That’s when students are coming back from break so an opportune time. Brandon is looking for pocket constitutions, libertarian brochures, and other friffage for political outreach. If you would like to contribute I can put you in touch with him. Let’s give Santa Barbara County a very warm welcome from a long absence, and show up on the 13th with our hearts and wallets open.

Chuck Hamm and Aaron Starr are kicking it in Ventura County with the recall campaign.

Tim Ferreira is running for Lt Gov. and had a successful fundraiser about a month ago. His campaign just kicked off, already he has raised five figures. He has some interesting first hand insight into how deregulation in the Energy industry led to a better environment. He is serious, a center line libertarian, and has gathered a strong team. Please take a moment to check him out at Tim2018.COM right now.

I hope that you will move today and recognize that the body would vote to do the same, as you endorse his campaign.

Nicholas Wildstar is continuing his campaign with freshness and flair. I’m enjoying following his campaign. You should check out his website at governorwildstar.com and endorse him, too.

Our own Kevin Shaw has won acknowledgement from the U.S. Justice Dept., Jeff Sessions of all people, for his fight against free speech restrictions at CSU Northridge.

There has been no news from San Diego to my ears. Riverside and Orange and San Bernardino have been going about their business. I wish I had time for a fuller report.

The JC opinion in Dovner v. LPLAC continues to sow destruction and danger in LA County. I pointed out key concerns in my last report. Briefly, there are allegations and credible evidence that the JC held a secret trial and colluded with officers to deny those under attack the right to represent themselves and confront their accusers. These are serious issues. We should all be concerned about being complicit in any political attack under the guise of Party justice. Our reputations and our Party are at stake. For some of us, more than our reputations.

I asked you in my last report to reach out and listen, to understand one another instead of attacking. Some civil discussion has happened, but not enough in LA County. At least one officer has escalated attacks on those perceived to be weak. Attacks have raised serious threats to the safety and well-being of members, not to mention risk of legal liability. Business meetings have been rancorous with no bridging of differences. Officers have resisted calls to investigate alleged misconduct.

If it were up to me, this body would repudiate the JC opinion that has driven so much of the friction in LA County. It has no moral force, and came out of a corrupt process. I would repudiate not only a single opinion but the pattern it reflects. That pattern being repeated abuse of Party offices and Bylaws to attack our members. I will not be complicit in it. Details are not a fit topic for a Vice Chair report. If you have questions, contact me. I am sorry I could not be with you today to discuss in person. Reach out to the members of Alive Free Happy who have been targeted. Listen, learn, and respect your fellow laborer.

See you next time.

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 Tom Palzer on the petition drive to repeal Top Two.

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

San Pedro, CA 90731 - USA

Thursday, January 18 at 6:30 PM

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https://www.meetup.com/LALibertarians/events/245293159/

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 January guest is Tom Palzer on Repealing Top Two. Proposition 14 (Top Two Candidate Open Primary Act) was passed in California in 2010. It restricts the general election in California to the top two vote receivers in the primary election, even if they are from the same party. All other parties candidates are not even on the ballot in the general election.

Tom Palzer has thirty-two years of experience as a long-range planner working with and advising elected and appointed officials at all levels of government. He is a former Deputy Director of Operations with the State of Illinois-Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS). Currently, Tom has taken on the task of Chairman and State Coordinator for an Initiative to Repeal the Top Two Candidates Open Primary Law for placement on the 2018 general election ballot. Their website is https://www.stoptop2.... . Here is a link to our website: http://www.lplac66.wo...

San Pedro, CA 90731 - USA

Thursday, January 18 at 6:30 PM

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https://www.meetup.com/LALibertarians/events/245240154/

Legislators, Know Thy Limits

A certain legislator wished to make his state great via technology. My reply:

Technology is hardly the forte of the legislature. There are fundamental differences between a body of random people whose sole qualification is the ability to get voted into office, and entrepreneurs, who risk their own skin in the game, rather than risking the lives and livelihood of millions of others.

Legislators need to absorb a few economic realities, beginning with Public Choice Theory and the Economic Calculation Problem. This might inoculate them from the virus of Magical Thinking.

Or, as a shortcut, ponder the legend of King Cnut, whose courtiers believed him capable of anything; he bade them carry his throne chair to the beach, and there commanded the tides to desist, so that his courtiers might understand that even the king’s powers had limits.

Legislators cannot transcend the laws of physics, nor of economics.


Fully Automated Luxury Capitalism

( Another episode from my Great Unfinished Novel. )

I’d extended my visit with friends at La Casa de la Paz as long as I could. After a week, it was time to return to the States, there to request a sabbatical and arrange for the transport or disposition of my books and other worldly goods.

“Sree, isn’t this ‘fully-automated luxury communism’?” I asked, using air quotes.

Sree’s face blanked a moment. He touched his temple, searching for the reference. He smiled. “Ah, Bastani. Well, he was right about fully-automated luxury. But he was wrong about communism, Perry.”

Sree reflected a moment. “Sharing is a very natural, very human attribute. It gives us great joy to help each other. But I am afraid that there is no end of useful, interesting work, even with luxury automation.” Sree swept his hands about, encompassing the very well-automated complex. His mother Amman was puttering in the garden. His co-wife Sheila was supervising several tweens, who were slicing and dicing and cooking. Tiny housebots tidied and watered and weeded and swept, nimbly avoiding humans, cats, and dogs. Four small children were playing in a sandbox; two were reading in the shade.

“We have a well-equipped autochef, but Sheila and Amman prefer to cook manually. They enjoy the creativity, the fragrances, the tasting. Every meal is a great participatory adventure for them and the children. But who invents this new automation? The sweepers, the autocars, the self-adjusting furniture, the autochefs, the video walls, the organic computers, the roadhogs, the electric supersonic aircraft, and so forth? Creative people and Artillects do. Now it could be said that we create a great deal for the love of solving interesting puzzles, and we certainly do that.”

Sree loaded my luggage into the self-driving van which would take me to the airport. “But we come to a huge problem. Which of those millions of brilliant ideas shall we pursue? Each of us comes up with dozens, hundreds. We could suffer from analysis paralysis, trying to decide. Or we could throw some dice, empower some dictator, or hope that some supercomputer might make choices which are agreeable to all.”

“But we have a simpler, universally distributed method, which efficiently reconciles and uses many sets of widely-dispersed information. There are your values and mine and the values of each person in our extended community. There are the costs, in terms of resources needed. There’s the knowledge of the relative values and efficiencies and production methods and other decisions. How do we measure and reconcile them? By taking polls? No, polls are highly unsatisfactory. Instead, we simply ask “What will you pay for how many units of X?”

Sree closed the luggage compartment. “The way we ask is to offer millions of exxes at prices Y sub x, and see whether they sells well or badly. When you have to make choices between X and Y, you must weigh for yourself which is better, out of all the potential choices you could make. Nobody can make that choice better than you, because nobody knows you better than yourself. And throughout the market, millions of others make similar choices.”

“And as people buy and sell, the profits – the excess between the cost of production and the price to purchase – signal where to put our resources. There are losses, when production costs exceed revenues; those are signals to trim costs, raise prices, or stop that line of production.”

“Among those choices are myriads of decisions about which ideas to pursue, what to research, what to develop, what to produce, what to bring to market. The circle closes itself, using millions of local decisions which help to optimize millions of small subproblems of the whole. And over time, this process self-organizes and continuously improves and innovates and creates more and better goods and services for all of us.”

“My friend Perry, I wish you a safe and speedy trip. I hope to see you soon. It’s been a great pleasure.” Sree clasped my hand, then grasped me an a hug.

“A great pleasure for me also, Sree. I look forward to my return.”