Author Archives: Gene Berkman

About Gene Berkman

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

Gary Johnson: ‘Americans Are Not Under-Taxed’

From The Jack News:

Once again, the politicians in Washington, DC, just don’t get it. Right now, the Senate and the House are negotiating to reconcile the respective tax bills they have passed — with a self-imposed deadline of finishing by December 22.

Reasonable people are finding things to like and dislike about these tax reform proposals.… Read more ...

71Republic Interviews Phil Anderson, Libertarian for Governor of Wisconsin

Phil Anderson is a proud father of two and a Libertarian politician from Fitchburg, Wisconsin. He has studied geography at the University of Wisconsin Madison and theology at the University of Balamand. In 2014 Phil Anderson ran for the 47th District of the Wisconsin State Assembly receiving 18.4% of the vote.… Read more ...

LA Times: “Inspired by Seattle and turned off by Trump, People’s Party looks for a national stage”

Organizers of what could become a new U.S. political party will gather in Washington, D.C., this weekend to decide whether to work within the Democratic Party for reform or launch their own progressive movement called the People’s Party, with Bernie Sanders as their preferred presidential candidate.

While the outlines of what the People’s Party might look like are still unfolding, organizers have already found a working model for guidance and inspiration — in Seattle.Read more ...

Johnston: Maine county commissioner switches to LP

Bob Johnston reports @ www.lp.org

Zakk Maher
Zakk Maher

Zakk Maher, a county commissioner for Androscoggin County, Maine, switched to the Libertarian Party on Sept. 7. Maher was elected to the seat last November as a Republican, defeating the challenger with 63 percent of the vote. The term of the seat lasts until the end of 2020.… Read more ...

Zoltan Istvan: “I Became a Pot Felon at 18. I’m Owed More Than an Apology.”

Zoltan Istvan at reason.com:

Zoltan Istvan is founder of The Transhumanist Party. He is currently running for Governor of California as a Libertarian. This commentary is from reason.com

When asked why I advocate for legalization of recreational drugs, I give a simple answer: Because the government doesn’t know what’s best for me or others.… Read more ...

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 ...