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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.”


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 speaker this month is Jay Jones on "Dealing With City Hall: City Government and Your Freedoms".  While most voters focus on national issues, it is at the municipal level that many of your taxes, regulations and license issues happen.  It is also the level that there is the best chance of changing things.  Come and find out how.  

Jay Jones is the Chair of the South Bay Libertarians and is retired from the City of Los Angeles after 24 years.

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

San Pedro, CA 90731 - USA

Thursday, November 16 at 6:30 PM

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https://www.meetup.com/LALibertarians/events/244735828/

Central L.A. Mixer/Meeting (Region 64)

Greater Los Angeles Libertarian Party Meetup Group

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:


Speaker slot still open.  Contact the organizer if interested in speaking or leading a discussion at this meeting.


Bring a friend and make sure you RSVP!

Los Angeles, CA 90028 - USA

Wednesday, April 25 at 7:30 PM

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

Central L.A. Mixer/Meeting (Region 64)

Greater Los Angeles Libertarian Party Meetup Group

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:

Speaker slot still open.  Contact the organizer if interested in speaking or leading a discussion at this meeting.

Bring a friend and make sure you RSVP!

Los Angeles 90017 - USA

Wednesday, November 22 at 7:30 PM

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https://www.meetup.com/LALibertarians/events/244567348/