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10 Aug

Libertarian calendar for February

24 Feb
February 22-28
Alexandria, VA

Andy Bakker for Delegate petition drive

February 22-28
Powhatan, VA

Carl Loser for Delegate ballot drive
February 24
New York City

Libertarian Happy Hour
7:00 PM
One Star Bar
147 W 24th Street (between 6/7)
New York, NY

*********************************************************************************February 24
Washington DC

Overcoming Obamacare: Three Approaches to Reversing the Government Takeover of Health Care

12 Noon

Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Featuring the author Philip Klein, Commentary Editor, Washington Examiner; with comments by Avik Roy, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institution; Jeffrey H. Anderson, Executive Director, The 2017 Project; and Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute.

February 25
Richmond VA

Nominate Virginia Libertarian of the Year

Event: Call for Nominees – LPVA Volunteer Recognition

Description: At its January meeting in 2004, the State Central Committee,
the governing body of the LPVA, unanimously adopted a resolution declaring
the third Monday of February to be “Libertarian Leadership Day”.  The
state committee chooses one outstanding Libertarian activist, declared to
be our “Libertarian Leader”, as part of its celebration of Libertarian
Leadership Day.

In 2014, we decided to establish two recognitions:

1) Libertarian Leader Lifetime Service Award – For those rare activists
who have steadily volunteered for LPVA over a period of many years.

2) Libertarian Leader of the Year – Recognizing those who have made
extensive contributions to the LPVA in any given year.

The State Central Committee typically selects the nominee at the first
meeting of each year.

All members of the Libertarian Party who reside in Virginia are invited to
suggest nominees for each recognition.  The nominee must be a Virginia
resident, and must be an LP member.  If you would like to nominate an
outstanding activist for either title, please email the  Secretary via  or
send a letter (to M Montoni, PO Box 864, Dayton VA  22821-0864), and ask
to have the person’s name added to the Agenda.

Please include a brief, one or two-paragraph “activist resume” for your
nominee, and perhaps a statement telling us why you think the person
deserves to be officially recognized.

Your nominations will be provided to all state committee members and will
be included on the March meeting agenda.

The inaugural “Libertarian Leader” was Ron Crickenberger, who at the time
in 2004 was suffering from terminal cancer.

The following individuals have been formally recognized as “Libertarian
Leaders” by the state committee in past years:

2004: Ron Crickenberger
2005: Bill Redpath
2006: Marc Montoni
2007: Jim Lark
2008: (no selection made)
2009: (no selection made)
2010: Dave Overstreet
2011: Matt Cholko
2012: R. Douglas Wright
2013: Anne Panella & Justin Malkin

The State Committee recognized the following in 2014:

2014 Libertarian Leader Lifetime Service Award – Stew Engel
2014 Libertarian Leader of the Year – Robert and Astrid Sarvis

February 24
Hauppage, NY

Monthly Meeting Suffolk County Libertarian Party
Hauppauge Palace Diner
7 pm
525 Smithtown Bypass

February 24
Washington DC

The DC-area Libertarian Foreign Policy / National Security Group

Trio’s Restaurant
1537 17th Street NW
7-9 pm
Join us for a friendly, agree-to-disagree discussion of events across the nation and around the globe, and of how to apply libertarian ideas in a dangerous world
February 25
Washington DC

Cato Institure

Renewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution: Reforming Government’s Role in the Monetary System

Book Forum
Hayek Auditorium
The Cato Institute’s Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives presents a special “live” edition of Russ Roberts’sEconTalk on Renewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution. Featuring the coeditor Lawrence H. White, Professor of Economics, George Mason University; interviewed by Russ Roberts, Host, EconTalk, and Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University; with an introduction by George Selgin, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Financial and Monetary Alternatives, Cato Institute.

Join Russ Roberts as he interviews George Mason University economics professor Lawrence H. White aboutRenewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution — a new Cato book White has coedited with Victor J. Vanberg and Ekkehard Köhler.

Despite their substantial independence and discretionary powers, central banks have generally failed to achieve their goals of maintaining either low and stable inflation or tolerably low unemployment. Many blame monetary discretion for this failure, noting that such discretion tempts central bankers to engage in monetary “fine tuning” that ends up fueling booms and busts, leaving declared objectives to fall by the wayside. Should monetary authorities be reined in by a constitution? If so, how might this be done successfully? The essays in Renewing the Search for a Monetary Constitution, by Lawrence White and others, address these and other crucial questions.

Oxon Hill, MD
February 26-28

 Conservative Political Action Conference

Rand Paul speaks Friday at 10 am; Gary Johnson Thursday at 4 pm
Discount tickets through Young Americans for Liberty

The under 30 crowd tends to be dominated by Rand/Ron Paul supporters.

Volunteers needed for YAL and Our America Initiative (Gary Johnson) booths.

Sponsor registration begins at noon on Wednesday. Sponsors can begin setting up their booths at 4pm, however. HUB hours are as follows:
Wed, Feb 25 — 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM           Exhibitor Move-In
Thu, Feb 26 — 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM            Exhibitor Move-In
Thu, Feb 26 — 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM          Show Hours
Fri, Feb 27 — 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM               Show Hours
Sat, Feb 28 — 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM              Show Hours
Sat, Feb 28 — 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM              Exhibitor Move-Out
The Union Station (DC) shuttle bus schedule is as follows:
Wednesday 1pm-11pm
Thursday  7:00am – 10:00pm
Friday 7:00am – 11:00pm
Saturday 7:00am- 7:00pm
The buses will leave outside the main station entrance.

Famous Reaganpalooza party for young conservatives Saturday

Vote in pre-CPAC straw poll

A note on Libertarian Pragmatism

25 Oct
A continuing tension in the libertarian movement, which isn’t going away, is about whether libertarians, or those libertarians who believe in (at least sometimes) working in electoral politics, should work in the Libertarian Party or in one of the incumbent parties (usually taken to be the Republican Party).

Jeff Frazee opens Young Americans for Liberty natcon

3 Aug

House Liberty Caucus at Young Americans for Liberty national convention

31 Jul

Rand Paul speaks on the "Leave me the hello alone" coalition at Young Am…

31 Jul

College Democrats defend NSA surveillance

11 Mar
In a debate with College Libertarians at George Washington University, College Democrats defend James Clapper, the Obama regime, the Patriot Act, and NSA surveillance.

Maybe they are job hunting?


Adam Kinzinger and the Ron Paul Libertarian Republicans

10 Sep

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) addresses the DC Young Republicans.  He was an hour late because of a last minute booking on The O’Reilly Factor.

The audience was a largely Ron Paul/Rand Paul/libertarian crowd.  I know because I know them (and I am one) and they asked me to come video it as they thought sparks would fly.

Maybe because Putin has thrown Obama’s Syrian plans into doubt, maybe because Kinzinger (who is also an Air Force officer still doing duty in the reserves) was extremely conciliatory and admitted that the anti-intervention side had real concerns, no sparks flew.

Today’s Anti War Protest

8 Sep
Campaign for Liberty, Young Americans for Liberty, Ron Paul or Rand Paul libertarians protested.

For the children…

9 Jul
I have some good news and some bad news…

The good news:

Dr. Ron Paul just told me he’s going to give a keynote address at the 5th Annual YAL National Convention!

With only a few weeks to go, this is HUGE news, especially for the 300 qualified activists we’ll be hosting just outside of Washington, DC, from July 31 to August 3

This year’s National Convention is already the largest event in YAL’s history, andnow it includes the man who launched the modern liberty movement.

I couldn’t be more excited!

The bad news:

Not every convention student has a sponsor to supply all of his or her training and lodging needs for the big event — we’re still 137 sponsors short. Will you please invest in one or more of our great, young leaders?

And if you’re in the DC area during the Convention, I’d love to have you join us for Dr. Paul’s speech! That way, you can hear from Dr. Paul firsthand — and even meet the student(s) you sponsored in person.

But because space is limited,  I’ll only be able to extend an invitation to see Dr. Paul to YAL donors who commit to at least one sponsorship. So please consider supporting one, two, three, or more students today.

A full Student Sponsorship of $125 for one young activist includes ALL of his or her training, materials, food, and lodging for all four days of the Convention.

I hope you can afford to sponsor two, three, four, or even ten students, but every little bit helps — just $50 or $35 can cover all the housing or books costs for a single activist.

Your sponsorship literally makes the difference of whether or not a student can afford to attend this important event. I’m counting on your dedication to building a new generation of leaders for liberty.

And not only will your support help a student learn how to win for liberty while meeting heroes of our movement like Ron Paul, but you’ll see the real results of your investment. That’s because I’ll make sure the student (s) you sponsor will personally write you a thank-you note to let you know just how important your involvement was to them.

I hope you’ll sponsor one or more students for this year’s major event!


For liberty,

Jeff Frazee
YAL Executive Director

P.S. — YAL’s 5th Annual National Convention will be the largest event in our history, and Dr. Ron Paul has just confirmed he’ll be there!