Archive | May, 2014

Libertarian candidate for Minnesota governor arrested illegally

31 May

Libertarian candidate for Minnesota governor arrested – KMSP-TV

Libertarian Party of Alaska to have a two-person Senate primary

31 May
Here at Insomniac Libertarian, we practice unhyphenated libertarianism, not thick libertarianism but wide-ranging libertarianism, not slut shaming libertarianism but promiscuous libertarianism.

Over at Eric Dondero’s blog for right-libertarians so far to the right that they are sometimes cheerleading for Republicans over LP candidates, there is an exclusive (below and at link) on the two person Senate primary in the Alaska LP.  (Yes, we’re jealous.)

One of the contenders, Scott Kolhaus, worked in Washington, D.C. briefly in his 20s (as did I) on some local issues for some libertarian-run taxpayer groups.  He also recruits Libertarians (he called me a year or two ago) to move to Alaska in his own free state project west.  You can listen to an interview with him here about his community work in Alaska.  And you can read about his attempt, a few years before that to get a secessionist initiative on the Alaska ballot here.  (To say something Dondero would approve, given Putin, and Obama’s turning over some oil rich Bering Straits islands to Russia, maybe it’s good the state refused to let Alaskans vote on that.).  Read about the Alaksa Libertarians decision not to allow Lisa Murkowksi on their ballot line here.

Eric thinks this foreshadows the return of Dick Randolph, a former elected Libertarian Alaska state legislator, to politics.  I might just move to Alaska to work for a Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate.

Here’s a list of the other Alaska Libertarians running.

Libertarian Republican: Libertarian Party of Alaska to have a two-person p…: LR EXCLUSIVE… DEVELOPING…

Libertarian Republican has just learned that former longtime Libertarian Party of Alaska Chairman Scott Kohlhaas will be filing papers later today to run for the US Senate on the Libertarian ticket. Mark Fish, former Alaska Libertarian Party Chairman and former Chairman of the Alaska Republican Liberty Caucus, is already a declared candidate for the Libertarian nomination. ‘

Begich impact?Kohlhaas told LR in a brief interview earlier today, that he plans on running on a platform of “pro-choice, anti-war, and open borders.” Such a decidedly left-libertarian campaign could prove hurtful to incumbent Democrat Senator Mark Begich.

Ironically, Begich, a stidently anti-free market progressive, sought to associate himself with the libertarian label just two weeks ago at a local campaign stop.  Begich’s new found “libertarian” views garnered a few laughs at this website and in other libertarian circles.

Fish a US Army Veteran and staunch gun rights advocate, is generally considered a more right-leaning libertarian, and more acceptable to Tea Party and Republican voters than Kohlhaas. There is speculation that Fish is running as a stalking horse for a real candidacy from Tea Party favorite Joe Miller, if Miller loses the primary.  Former Alaska state attorney Dan Sullivan has been leading the Republican field in recent polls.

The return of Dick Randolph

The Libertarian Party of Alaska would be permitted according to Alaska statute, to replace candidates that have already been nominated later in the process.  This is what almost occured in 2010 when Lisa Murkowski lost to Joe Miller in the GOP primary.  Afterwards, Murkowski made a determined effort to convince the Libertarian Party to put her on the ballot. They voted against it in Executive Comm. and she was forced to run as a write in.  She still beat Miller in the general election.

Fish gave the introduction speech at Miller’s campaign kick-off for the Republican nomination, and according to sources, is a close advisor/volunteer staffer to Miller in the current campaign.

There is also speculation that Kohlhaas himself might be a stalking horse candidate for Dick Randolph, his close friend and former 2-term Alaska State Rep. from the 1980s who many have indicated is anxious to get back into electoral politics. >

Ron Paul, pure libertarian, sorely missed in DC

31 May

Ron Paul, pure libertarian, sorely missed in DC | TheHill

“Let’s, Like, Demolish Laundry”

30 May

“Let’s, Like, Demolish Laundry”

Libertarian Candidate for Governor Arrested For Gathering Signatures

30 May

Exclusive: Libertarian Candidate for Governor Arrested For Gathering Signatures

Toddler critically burned during SWAT raid

30 May

Toddler critically burned during SWAT raid

‘Turncoat ass b*tch’: Stacey Dash’s new Fox News gig draws out lefty venom

30 May

‘Turncoat ass b*tch’: Stacey Dash’s new Fox News gig draws out lefty venom

Low information voters exposed.

No Place to Hide

30 May

“All of the evidence highlights the implicit bargain that is offered to citizens: pose no challenge and you have nothing to worry about. Mind your own business, and support or at least tolerate what [government does], and you’ll be fine. Put differently, you must refrain from provoking the authority that wields surveillance powers if you wish to be free of wrongdoing. This is a deal that invites passivity, obedience, and conformity. The safest course, the way to ensure being ‘left alone,’ is to remain quiet, unthreatening, and compliant.”
Glenn Greenwald’s No Place to Hide pg. 195
This is why I am alway skeptical of the governing class, be they Republican or Democrat.
“Power corrupts,” says Lord Acton.

Objectivism and the State An Open Letter to Ayn Rand

30 May

Objectivism and the State An Open Letter to Ayn Rand

“We are not a state here, not a society of any kind – we’re just a voluntary association of men held together by nothing but every man’s self-interest. They say that it’s hard for men to agree. You’d be surprised how easy it is – when both parties hold as their moral absolute that neither exists for the sake of the other and that reason is their only means of trade.” – Midas Mulligan, Atlas Shrugged

This debate is being rehashed at ObjectivistGirl.

War socialism in America

30 May

In 1918, Robert A. Woods, a leading progressive intellectual and national leader of the settlement house movement, spoke to the National Conference on Social Work on the social benefits of America’s preparedness for The Great War. The title of the talk was “The Regimentation of the Free.” If you had any doubts that the founders of modern American liberalism and European fascism were ideological brethren, well, here you go:
“In no previous decade, certainly in no previous generation, would it have been possible that every nook and corner of our cities, would have been under the close, responsible, friendly surveillance of men and women representing much that is best in our national life—that in this way the dangers to a nation at war coming from nests of dissipation, of contagious disease, of crime, of disloyalty, of espionage, of actual resistance to the government, could be everywhere effectively minimized. . . . The war is our absorbing interest and pursuit. But we also have a nation soon to be guided through the vast uncertainties of an era of elemental world reconstruction. In the very midst of our immediate pressing concerns the question keeps rising: if all these things are now so possible, so well-nigh achieved—the regularization of employment, the establishment of a minimum status of well-being, the reduction of the favored classes to simplicity of life, the exorcism of industrial conflict and the allaying of the hatreds of class, race and sect, the concentration of all minds and all interests upon the increase of the national product, the elimination of leisure except as a respite from labor—why should it not always be so? Why not continue on into the years of peace this close, vast, wholesome organism of service, of fellowship, of creative power?”