Author Archives: Gene Berkman

About Gene Berkman

Owner of Renaissance Books in Riverside, CA. Longtime activist in The Libertarian Movement

Zoltan Istvan: “The Growing World of Libertarian Transhumanism”

(Note:Zoltan Istvan is founder of The Transhumanist Party, and ran for President in 2016. He is currently running as a Libertarian candidate for Governor of California in the 2018 election. IPR previously published excerpt from a response to the following article)

Transhumanists are curiosity addicts. If it’s new, different, untouched, or even despised, we’re probably interested in it.… Read more ...

Kai Weiss: “Transhumanism Is Not Libertarian, It’s an Abomination”

(note:Zoltan Istvan, founder of The Transhumanist Party, has announced as a Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of California in 2018. This article is a response to an article on Transhumanism by Mr Istvan previously published in The American Conservative)

Last week in TAC, Zoltan Istvan wrote about “The Growing World of Libertarian Transhumanism” linking the transhumanist movement with all of its features—like cyborgs, human robots and designer babies—to the ideas of liberty.… Read more ...

Stand Up Republic Statement Regarding the Violent White Supremacist Protests in Charlottesville, Virginia

Stand Up Republic was established by Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn, Independent conservative candidates for President & Vice-President in 2016. They have issued the following statement on the violent protests in Charlottesville:

After two days of violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville escalated to the point of terrorism and fatality, now is the time for principled American leaders to stand up and speak against the neo-Nazi, alt-right, and white nationalist movements.… Read more ...

LP Release: “Libertarians condemn bigotry as irrational and repugnant”

Libertarian National Committee Executive Director Wes Benedict issued the following statement:

The Libertarian Party condemns bigotry as irrational and repugnant, and offers its condolences to the family of the woman killed in Charlottesville, Va.

There is no room for racists and bigots in the Libertarian Party. If there are white nationalists who — inappropriately — are members of the Libertarian Party, I ask them to submit their resignations today.

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Ballot Access News: Virginia Board validates Libertarian petition for Governor

Ballot Access News reports:

The Virginia State Board of Elections says the petition for Cliff Hyra, Libertarian nominee for Governor, is valid. He will be the only choice on the November 2017 ballot other than the Republican and Democratic nominees. Thanks to Bill Redpath for this news.

The other statewide minor party petition that is being validated now is the Arkansas Libertarian petition for 2018.Read more ...

LP.org: NH Rep. Brandon Phinney switches to Libertarian Party

Brandon Phinney (NH rep) standing in front of legislative building in New Hampshire, wearing suit, tie, sunglasses, name badge, American flag lapel pin

CONCORD, N.H. – Rep. Brandon Phinney (Strafford 24), formerly a member of the Republican Party, announced today on the State House steps he is changing his party affiliation to Libertarian.

For the third time this year, a sitting state legislator has left his party and joined the LP. Rep. Caleb Q.… Read more ...

Montana Libertarian Mark Wicks talks to Reason

It wasn’t ultimately surprising that a Republican candidate facing assault charges for allegedly bodyslamming a reporter the day before the election won his House race in Montana anyway. But Greg Gianforte’s 6 percent win over Democrat Rob Quist was far lower than most assessments of Montana’s relative preference for Republicans would indicate.Read more ...

LP:”Libertarians praise House bill to end Dept. of Education”

The Libertarian Party strongly supports U.S. House bill H.R. 399, which was filed today by Rep Tom Massie (R–KY), along with seven co-sponsors, to abolish the federal Department of Education.

“Libertarians are encouraged to see a bill that brings hope to the promise of actually, finally, abolishing the Department of Education,” said Nicholas Sarwark, chair of the Libertarian National Committee.… Read more ...

LP:”Civil asset forfeiture is legalized theft by government”

Yesterday, at a meeting with sheriffs, President Trump commented about ruining the career of a Texas legislator that proposed a bill to reform civil asset forfeiture.

“We’ll destroy his career,” the President said.

The legislator was unnamed and there are several Texas legislators currently proposing bills to reform civil asset forfeiture laws.… Read more ...

Daugherty: “What the Libertarian Party Wants on Foreign Policy”


Lauren Daugherty at the National Interest:

This year, record numbers of Americans voted for Libertarian candidates. The Libertarian presidential nominee, Gov. Gary Johnson, received over four million votes, three times the previous record. For perspective, four million votes is about the voter turnout in a state the size of Virginia.Read more ...

Libertarian and Green Parties Gain Qualified Status in Some States

reposted from Ballot Access News by permission of Richard Winger

In certain states, the Libertarian Party, or the Green Party, gained qualified status (relative to the day before the November 2016 election):

Connecticut: both parties gained qualified status for President, by polling over 1% for President. The Libertarian Party had never before done that, and the Green Party had not done it since 2000.… Read more ...

NH Union-Leader: We stand firm on choice for President

The New Hampshire  Union-Leader re-affirmed its support for Gary Johnson, Libertarian for President, in an editorial signed by Joseph W. McQuaid, Publisher:

Some readers have asked us recently, in no uncertain terms, to change our presidential endorsement from Libertarian Gary Johnson to Donald Trump. Some cynics, citing our less than perfect presidential endorsement record, have urged us to do so, saying it will surely sink Trump.Read more ...