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BlackLivesMatter and Obamacare

28 Nov
This was published at Breitbart on Black Friday.

The BlackLivesMatter movement, and the wider groups of people concerned with racial prejudice in policing or with abusive (or “militarized“) policing have some tough challenges ahead.  The nation as a whole is experiencing dramatic increases in crime rates, after years of having them drop; and people have new concerns about whether the federal government is importing jihadists along with innocent refugees and installing them around the country as their neighbors.

Homicide is up 63% this year in the nation’s capital.  Washington, D.C. is experiencing package thefts off porches all around town,  a rash of home break ins in formerly working class but now gentrifying Brookland (which had its first single family home sale for over $1 million this year), constant car thefts in upper middle class American University Park, and people ringing door bells to see if anyone is home and then running away if anyone is home in the high income Palisades neighborhood.  While this is going on D.C. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton plans a meeting with Secret Service officials for one single D.C. resident, Barack Obama, who had someone jump over his fence.

Chicago, which, like D.C., is one of the cities with laws going farthest to disarm civilians, remains one of the highest crime cities, with about 500 people murdered annually, fairly unchanged over the past 4 years.  St. Louis homicide rates increased 38% between 2015 and 2014 and 30% between 2014 and 2013.  San Francisco violent crime increased 16% in the first half of 2015.  In Houston crime overall dropped 6% but homicide increased by over 12%.  In Los Angeles, crime is up 12% but violent crime is up by 20%.  May of 2015 was the deadliest month in Baltimore since 1972, with homicide shooting up as arrests for all crimes dropped, in the wake of failed Democrat mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake mismanagement of the Freddie Gray case; Rawlings-Blake will not seek re-election.

Most Americans, outside of the bubbles of the left and BlackLivesMatter, think the recurring cases of black men being killed by police – Freddie GrayMichael BrownEric GarnerWalter ScottLaquan McDonald – are all different cases, with some of those killed violent criminals and some completely innocent victims of vicious, sadistic, police brutality.  Some of them are also aware that police often kill innocent white people – often marginalized white people who are homeless or mentally deficient, but sometimes suburban, middle class whites like John Geer of Fairfax, Virginia – and the left and the BlackLivesMatter take no cognizance of these cases or of the fact that police also tend to try to cover them up.

The question is:  why so much police brutality – lethal brutality – and how can it be changed?  Why do some black residents of Chicago feel the need to destroy Christmas trees and shut down Black Friday retail sales in order to be heard about Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot Laquan McDonald multiple times after he was down – a police officer whose file shows multiple complaints about abuse and racist incidents?

How else would they get a response from Democrat Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who has disarmed law abiding citizens, black and white, with gun control, and then told them to rely on a police force some of whose employees exhibit all the customer service of any government bureaucracy, from the IRS to the Veterans Administration.

This raises lots of questions.  One is how we could make police more responsive to customers, trying to imagine some type of market-based or market-like reforms, incremental ones that could solve some problems now and be understood by voters immediately (without having to engage the hypothesis of purist libertarians who think protection and defense can easily be provided purely on the market)?

But it also raises another question for BlackLivesMatter supporters of the Democrat Party and its candidates:  If the police, whose bosses you vote for and salaries (and pensions) you pay for with your taxes don’t care about you, because you can’t fire them and shop elsewhere, what makes you think the healthcare bureaucrat you visit at an Obamacare clinic will either?  And why are you voting for a party that saddles you with more and more bureaucracies that control more and more of your life, who you cannot fire and who do not have to care what you think.  Or whether you live or die.

Libertarian calendar for June

9 Jun

June 9

The late John Hospers, first Libertarian Party presidential candidate, birth date (June 9, 1918).

June 9
Dover, Delaware

Jury Rights Outreach
8:30 am

Hand out jury rights information to prospective jurors!

We attempt to inform juries of their right to vote with their conscience to nullify bad laws.

We will meet outside the Strafford County Superior Courthouse in Dover at 8:30am, in time to hand out jury rights information to incoming jurors.

June 9
Dallas, TX

Libertarian Happy Hour

  • 7:00 PM
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    Sambuca – Uptown

    2120 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX (map)
  • Our regular general meeting — 2nd Tuesday of every month. Everyone invited!
    We have a private area set aside. No fee, but we strongly encourage you to eat dinner here to support Sambuca!
    Come have dinner, talk about politics, give the LPDC feedback and suggestions, and just have a blast with fellow Libertarians! 🙂 See you there!

June 9
Liberty on the Rocks

6:00 PM
The Café at 2011
2011 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

June 9
New York City

The New York Libertarian Party Meetup Group
7:00 PM
Big Daddy’s
239 Park Ave S
New York, NY

June 9
Baltimore area, Maryland

Rand Paul fundraiser
6:00 pm
(listed in libertarian calendar for informational purposes only)

Dinner with Presidential Candidate Senator Rand Paul

Tuesday June 9, 2015

VIP Reception – 6:00 – 7:00
Dinner at 7:00.


June 11
Washington DC

Cato Institute

Property Rights on the 10th Anniversary of Kelo v. City of New London



Hayek Auditorium
Featuring Ilya Somin, Author, The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain, and Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law; Scott Bullock, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice and Plaintiffs’ Counsel, Kelo v. City of New LondonWesley W. Horton, Partner, Horton, Shields & Knox, P.C. and Defendants’ Counsel, Kelo v. City of New LondonDana Berliner, Director of Litigation, Institute for Justice; Jeremy Hopkins, Waldo & Lyle, P.C.; moderated by Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute; and Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute.

In 2005 the Supreme Court ruled that the city of New London, Connecticut, could condemn residential properties and transfer them to a private developer for a planned office park (which never materialized). Although the Fifth Amendment permits taking private property only for “public use,” the Court held that transfers to private parties for economic development were a sufficiently public “purpose.” This unpopular ruling triggered an unprecedented political and judicial reaction, with 45 states limiting their eminent domain law. But many of these changes impose few or no genuine constraints.

In his detailed study of this controversial case — the first book-length analysis of Kelo by a legal scholar — Ilya Somin argues that the ruling was a grave error. Economic development and “blight” condemnations are unconstitutional under both originalist and “living Constitution” theories of legal interpretation. They also victimize the poor and the politically weak, and often destroy more economic value than they create.
Despite the case’s outcome, Kelo shattered what many believed to be a consensus that virtually any condemnation satisfies the Fifth Amendment. Kelo thus led to significant progress, but there is much work to be done. Please join us for a discussion of the state of property rights in America 10 years after the Supreme Court’s most notorious ruling on eminent domain.
9:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks (Recorded)

Richard Epstein
Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, NYU Law School and Author, Takings (1985)

Keynote Address:

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY)
Founder and Chairman, Congressional Private Property Rights Caucus
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Panel 1: The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain
(University of Chicago Press, 2015)

Moderator: Ilya Shapiro
Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

Ilya Somin
Author, The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain, and Professor of Law, George Mason University School of Law

Scott Bullock
Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice and Plaintiffs’ Counsel, Kelo v. City of New London

Wesley W. Horton
Partner, Horton, Shields & Knox, P.C. and Defendants’ Counsel, Kelo v. City of New London
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Panel 2: The Grassroots and Political Response to Kelo

Moderator: Roger Pilon
Vice President for Legal Affairs, Cato Institute

Dana Berliner
Director of Litigation, Institute for Justice

Jeremy Hopkins
Partner, Waldo & Lyle, P.C.

Hilary O. Shelton
Senior Vice President for Policy & Advocacy, NAACP
12:30 Lunch
If you can’t make it to the Cato Institute, watch this event live online at and join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #Kelo10Years. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.

Attend in Person

To register to attend this event, click the button below and then submit the form on the page that opens, or email, fax (202) 371-0841, or call (202) 789-5229 by 9:00AM on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.
Luncheon to follow

June 13
Birmingham, AL

Linn-Henley Research Library BirminghamAL35203

June 13
Washington, DC

Libertarians at Pride Parade

Soho Tea and Coffee corner
22nd and P Streets NW

Wear any libertarian button, hat, tee shirt, or poster (Rand, Ron, Gary, LP, voluntaryist, ancap, we don’t care) and meet as a visible block.

June 14
Washington, D.C..

Libertarian booth at Capitol Pride
7th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
11:30 am to 5:30 pm

Volunteers needed

June 18
Arlington, VA

Libertarians at NoVa Pride

  • 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
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    Freddie’s Beach Bar

    555 S. 23rd St, Arlington, VA (map)
  • Join LPNOVA and celebrate Pride with your fellow Libertarians and karaoke! LPNOVA will be holding LPNOVA Pride 2015 at Freddie’s Beach Bar on Thursday, June 18th at 7pm. Please come out and feel free to bring guests!

June 18 – 21
Nashua, NH

Atlas Summit 2015

Get tickets to The Atlas Summit today!

We will hold our annual conference of open Objectivism, the Atlas Summit, June 18-21, 2015, in the elegant and convenient Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire (or call 603-886-1200).

The Crowne Plaza will host all the events and meals and offers free parking and a free shuttle from Manchester, New Hampshire aiport (MHT).

Registration is now open. Early bird discounts are available through May 17 for most registrants and June 1 for commuters. Register early and save!

Don’t miss the conviviality, the ideas, the passion, and the inspiration of the Atlas Summit!

* * * * * 
See videos of previous Summits:


Information for students (scholarships available!):

June 20
Oxford, MS

Oxford Convention Center

102 Ed Perry Boulevard

OxfordMS 38655

June 20-21
Austin TX

Voice and Exit

Top 12 Hottest Libertarian (and libertarian) candidates on the ballot 2014

6 Sep
Among their other crimes, Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, et al, force us to look at them on the news and the Sunday chat shows!

The candidates below were rated as “hot” on the purely superficial basis of being hot looking.  As it turns out, they all seem to be running respectable campaigns and have respectably libertarian philosophies. (As is always true, there are so MANY MANY others who could have been included, and will be next time!)

Tim Moen
Athabasca, Canada

Libertarian Party of Canada

My name is Tim Moen and I have served my community as a firefighter, paramedic, business owner, filmmaker, volunteer as well as a father and husband. I have been living in Fort McMurray for over 13 years and I have lived in the town of Athabasca in the 90’s. Whether I was working as a medic in Athabasca or as a firefighter in Fort McMurray, my primary focus has been on serving and protecting life and property. You may remember me as the guy who worked on a film with Neil Young and then wrote an article (Click Here For Article) outing Neil for his hypocrisy and hyperbole.
I am not a politician and have never been involved in politics; I have no desire to govern people. I understand the fact that I am incapable of controlling the lives of other people by simple virtue of the fact that I’M NOT THEM. I have grown increasingly intolerant over the years of people in government harming individuals by failing to recognize the fact that they neither have the right nor the competence to govern others. Like a fire mindlessly consuming and destroying all property and life in its path, government has an unquenchable appetite for power and money at the expense of its citizens. I intend to do what I can to continue fighting destructive forces and allowing free-born people the chance to continue flourishing by creating value for the world.

Emily O’Neil
Bedford, New Hampshire 

State Representative
(Ron Paul) Republican

Ms. O’Neill, recently retired from the military, is a former resident of the DC metropolitan area; a 1st Lieutenant in the NH Army National Guard, Emily provides small businesses and non-profits with public relations and marketing strategies through her own consulting firm, Silver Key Communications, LLC. In addition to her civilian career, she serves as a public affairs officer for a Field Artillery unit.

She is a New Hampshire native, and was raised in New Boston, the youngest of four daughters. Remaining close with her family, Emily assists her parents with a clothing business.
Emily received her B.A. in Communication with High Honors from the University of New Hampshire (UNH). She earned her commission as an officer from the UNH Army ROTC program and was a Distinguished Military Graduate. While in school, Emily led two student organizations, held various leadership roles within ROTC, and trained one weekend a month with a NH Army National Guard unit.
Early Career and Military Service
Following a media internship with a student organization, Emily worked as a press secretary for a high-profile member of Congress. She then shifted her focus to her military career, completing a three-month long Human Resources Course at Fort Jackson, SC, continuing her service as a human resources officer in the Washington, DC Army National Guard.
In additional to her traditional role as a Guardsman, Emily served on orders to develop strategic plans and created a comprehensive antiterrorism manual for the DC National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters.
Key Issues: Taxes, Budgeting, and the Economy
As an entrepreneur, Emily understands the importance of government stepping aside, and allowing businesses to thrive on their own. Government red tape and burdensome taxes stifle innovation and growth.
These problematic taxes and regulations are often the consequence of reckless spending. With responsible measures put in place, NH should have what every family is expected to maintain: a sensible, balanced budget.
Emily will never vote to raise taxes nor place senseless restrictions on businesses. She will make every effort to cut spending and ensure that tax dollars are spent appropriately and carefully.
Contact her at


Pranav Badhwar 

Washington DC

City Council Ward 6
Libertarian Party

A father of two, Mr. Badhwar was a 2012 Ron Paul delegate to Tampa before changing parties.  He is the child of a philosophy professor who was acquainted with Ayn Rand.


Julie Fox
Chicago, IL 

Libertarian Candidate For Illinois Comptroller

Born in Chicago, Ms. Fox has lived most of her life in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.  Julie has considered the Fox Valley her home for most of the last 33 years. She has been a resident of Dundee for 14 of the last 16 years, and currently resides in West Dundee.

Fox has grown up in a tight-knit family of mostly Irish descent, which settled in the Chicago area in the late 1800s. She is one of eight siblings. She is the mother of two grown children and aunt to seven nieces and nephews. Most of her family remains in the Chicago land area.

Julie received a B.S. with Distinction in Biochemistry from the University of IL Champaign-Urbana in 1980. She received a B.S. with Honors in Biology from the University of IL Chicago in 1981. Fox began work in the field of accounting in 1987. She passed the CPA exam in 1995.

In addition to her academic work, Fox has also been involved in athletics. She received the Avery Brundage Athletic Scholarship in 1980, and was 1979 Illinois Collegiate Powerlifting Champion in her weight division.

Fox has been employed as Controller for U.S. operations of Bell Flavors and Fragrances, Inc. since 1998. Bell Flavors and Fragrances is a family-owned international chemical manufacturing company headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois. Prior to her position at Bell Flavors and Fragrances, Fox served as Accounting Manager at Arthur Machinery, Inc.

Julie’s involvement in politics began in 1993, when she first discovered and joined the Libertarian Party at both the state and national levels. She and fellow Libertarian activist Ken Prazak co-founded the Fox Valley Libertarian Party in 1995, which she currently serves as Chair of. Fox was Co-founder, President and Treasurer of the Coalition for Accountability in Public Education (CAPE) from 1997 to 1999, during which time the group defeated four school tax referenda in 18 months in the eighth largest school district (D300) in Illinois.

Fox was elected to the Dundee Township Library District Board in 2001, and re-elected in 2005. She served as Treasurer of the board from 2003 to 2005. Fox is past Treasurer of the Libertarian Party of Illinois and has also served as Treasurer for Libertarian campaigns in both Illinois and Wisconsin over the last ten years. She served as a regional representative on the Libertarian National Committee from 2006 to 2010, and as a member of their Audit Committee from 2008-2012.

Julie currently serves as Chair of the Fox Valley Libertarian Party and is a member of the Libertarian Party of Illinois’ Communications Committee.

About Me

I am the educated choice for State Comptroller, being the only Certified Public Accountant – in fact, the only accountant at all! – running for the office of head accountant for the State of Illinois. The Comptroller’s position is not one of a policy maker; it’s more one of a accounting manager. Does it seem ironic to you that those running for such a position are politicians, not accountants? Well, it does to me, and that’s why I’m running. We need an educated accountant managing Illinois’ books!


Martin Moulton

Washington DC

U.S. Congress – Shadow Delegate
Libertarian Party

Mr. Moulton is a web designer and a long-term resident of the Shaw neighborhood.  He was a 2012 Ron Paul alternate to Tampa before changing parties.


Joan Stanley
Bozeman MT 

State Senate
Libertarian Party

I was born in New York City and found my way to the beautiful state of Montana via Miami, FL and San Diego, CA.  After twenty five years, I consider Montana my home.  There is no other place on earth that I would rather live.  

I enjoy growing organic vegetables, collecting eggs from my chickens, hiking, shooting, fishing, camping, riding my horse, floating the river, and watching the antelope, deer and any other critters that like to hang out on my property and most other things that we Montanans like to do. 

I also have a burning desire to help our country, and our great state of Montana rise up from the turmoil we find ourselves in today. That is why I am running for Montana State Senator. 
I am not a politician and have not run for the legislature or any other office in the past, but I know that I would represent all Montanans to the best of my ability and fight for the issues that concern them most. 

I would be honored to have your support.

I’m a Libertarian. I believe in limited government, less government intervention, individual freedom and moral Responsibility. I oppose the initiation of the use of coercion by anyone upon the person or property of anyone else for any reason.

Libertarians advocate for extremely small (limited) government, which would allow the individual to be free of government intrusion in their life and their wallet.
I support the rational principle of the individual human rights of life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.

I do not believe that government has the right to dictate to any individual what he or she should or should not do to their bodies. This is one reason why I support the federal legalization of marijuana as well as hemp farming. I also support legalizing and taxing marijuana for all persons over the age of 21, and a gradual controlled withdrawal from the failed War on Drugs and the ending of incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders. (Fact: Colorado: First month of legal marijuana sales yields $3.5 million in taxes and fees. Imagine the revenue going to state, not federally controlled, school programs).

Tax revenue generated from the legalization of Marijuana for recreational use would give us the ability to fund our local school programs and at the same time cut property taxes significantly.
I am a strong defender of the Constitution and will not waiver from my beliefs. At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin was asked, “What have you wrought?” He answered, “…a Republic, if you can keep it.”

 I am against mass surveillance, The Patriot Act, the NDAA, and all other violations to our Bill of Rights. (I would support a bill to reaffirm Montana citizens’ 4th amendment rights.)
I do not support the U.S. War Machine.

I will defend the right of self-defense by protecting our 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms.

“The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.” – Alexander Hamilton, 1775 


Arvin Vohra 
Bethesda MD 

U.S. House of Representatives (4th District)
Libertarian Party

Arvin Vohra is an edu­ca­tor and entre­pre­neur who was born and raised in Mary­land. His lat­est book is Lies, Damned Lies, and Col­lege Admis­sions. His com­pa­nies includeArvin Vohra Edu­ca­tion, Mind Sculp­tor Soft­ware, and His book,The Equa­tion for Excel­lence: How to Make Your Child Excel at Math, has been pub­lished in both the United States and China, and has been fea­tured on Chan­nel 9 News. Before start­ing his own busi­ness, he stud­ied Math­e­mat­ics and Eco­nom­ics at Brown Uni­ver­sity, and then worked as an actu­ary. Read more »


Dorit Goikhman

New Jersey

U.S. Congress (6th District)
Libertarian Party 

Fiscally conservative, socially accepting – 100% common sense. 


Dave Sgambellone
Annapolis, MD 

Anne Arundel County Council
Libertarian Party

Mr. Sgambellone is a system analyst for the Department of Defense.


Esperanza Garcia-Weller 

Dallas TX

Justice of the Peace
Libertarian Party


Jeffrey Carson 

Arlington VA

U.S. Congress 8th District
Libertarian Party

Jeffrey Carson is running for Congress in Virginia’s 8th district because he believes the public deserves to know the truth about Washington… the truth about everything. He believes the worries that Americans have about the direction of this country are warranted, but that no challenge we face is insurmountable. And he wants to inspire the next generation of Americans by showing them there are everyday people fighting right now to break through party lines, disrupt the status quo, and fundamentally transform the entrenched political landscape in Washington.


Cean Stevens
Anchorage AK

State House
Libertarian Party

I have called Alaska my home for more than 45 years. Having extensively traveled the world, I know that there is no place I would rather be. I have built my businesses here. My friends and family are here. My heart is here. I decided to run for State House as a Libertarian after hearing my neighbors voice their concerns over the challenges we are having in the neighborhood. In the same breath they would exclaim “Well, there’s not much you can do about it”. In my world, there are 3 types of people…
  1. People who make things happen.
  2. People who watch things happen.
  3. People who wonder what happened.
I’ve never been one to sit on the sidelines and watch things happen, or wonder what happened. I would be honored to be your voice in district 19.
My Positions:
  • Rights belong to individuals – not government
  • STOP runaway state spending!
  • Individual liberties
  • Free market solutions
  • Education focused on developing learning and critical thinking skills.
  • Is Alaska equal to other states?
  • Fight for complete ownership of our fish and game resources
  • Increase the PFD by divesting the “Rainy Day Account.”
I’ve worked hard my whole life and I will work just as hard to make sure the needs of our diverse community are not forgotten. If you are curious about libertarians, check here
You may donate by check: 
Cean Stevens for House
317 N Flower Street
Anchorage, AK 99508
If you’re serious about libertarians, VOTE FOR ME!

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress premiers

1 Jun

  • Written in 1966, ‘The Moon is a Harsh Mistress’ is acclaimed science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein’s story about a lunar colony’s revolt against rule from Earth. Widely admired for its credible presentation of a comprehensively imagined future human society on both the Earth and the moon, it is generally considered one of Heinlein’s major novels as well as one of the most important science fiction novels ever written.

    At its core, it is a tale of libertarian revolution and is, along with Ayn Rand’s magnum opus ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ one of the greatest and most influential libertarian works of fiction ever created.

    Join AFF-Chicago on June 12th for a very special event as we premiere an original musical work inspired by ‘The Moon is a Harsh Mistress’ from up-and-coming composer Danny Hynds. Following the performance, the composer will join a discussion on the book’s themes and the philosophy that inspired this new musical work.

    Admission for non-members is $10 , and includes open bar and pizza. Admission is free to all AFF-Chicago members.

    Not a member of AFF-Chicago? Join here:

360 N. State StreetChicago, Illinois 60654-5411

Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty: "Tell the folks back home I’m sorry I let everybody down"

23 Feb
Jesse Jackson Jr. Pleads Guilty: “Tell the folks back home I’m sorry I let everybody down”

It’s funny that Jesse Jackson Jr. thinks Chicago is “back home.”  I first met him in 1982 or so, when I believe he was a high school student at the one public high school in NW DC middle class yuppies would let their kids attend, or at least friends with my housemates who had gone to school there.  He showed up on the front porch of the group house I lived in on Northampton Street in Chevy, Chase, D.C., surly, looking for one of my housemates, upset that she didn’t answer the door and that I made him wait on the front porch.  His mother June has long owned a house at the corner of 4th and T in LeDroit Park.  And Jesse owns a multi-million dollar abode at 2034 O Street NW in DuPont Circle which has been on and off the market during his troubles.  Supposedly some of his purloined funds went to decorate it, and you can judge for yourself here it looks like they were well spent.