Author Archives: Gene Berkman

About Gene Berkman

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

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 ...

Washington Examiner:”Gary Johnson unveils potential SCOTUS pick list”

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson unveiled a list of potential Supreme Court nominees he would choose from, if elected president.

The third-party candidate’s list includes six names, including five men and one woman:

  • Alex Kozinski, circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Randy Barnett, director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution.
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Governor Bill Weld Responds to Democrat Spin Machine

Responding to numerous web stories and media reports regarding my strong denunciation of Donald Trump Tuesday, I released the following statement today:
Several web sites and media outlets have seized upon my statement from a news conference Tuesday in Boston to jump to conclusions that are wishful thinking, rather than reality.… Read more ...

California Green Party on the Propositions

On Tuesday, November 8, California voters will decide the fate of 17 measures on the ballot, including a school bond issue, capital punishment, and legalization of the production, sale & use of recreational marijuana.

The California Green Party urges voters to  Vote YES on the following Propositions on the November ballot:         

Prop 52: State Fees on Hospitals Federal Medi-Cal Matching Funds Initiative Statutory and Constitutional Amendment 
Prop 54: Legislature Legislation and Proceedings Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute
Prop 55: Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare Initiative Constitutional Amendment 
Prop 56: Cigarette Tax to Fund Healthcare, Tobacco Use Prevention, Research, and Law Enforcement Initiative Constitutional Amendment 
Prop 57: Criminal Sentences Juvenile Criminal Proceedings and Sentencing Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute 
Prop 58: English language education 
Prop 59: Campaign finance: voter instruction 
Prop 61: State Prescription Drug Purchases Pricing Standards Initiative Statute 
Prop 62: Death Penalty Initiative Statute 
Prop 64: Marijuana Legalization Initiative Statute 
Prop 67: Referendum to Overturn Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags 

The California Green Party urges voters to Vote NO on the following Propositions:

Prop 51: School Bonds Funding for K-12 School and Community College Facilities Initiative Statutory Amendment
Prop 53: Revenue Bonds Statewide Voter Approval Initiative Constitutional Amendment 
Prop 65: Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags.Read more ...

Chicago Tribune Endorses Gary Johnson for President

The Chicago Tribune has taken the measure of a “dismayed, disconsolate America” and asks:

How has our country fallen so inescapably into political and policy gridlock? How did pandering to aggrieved niche groups and seducing blocs of angry voters replace working toward solutions as the coin of our governing class?

The Tribune then points out The Republicans have nominated Donald Trump, a man not fit to be president of the United States.Read more ...

Showtime to air John McAfee documentary, Saturday September 24

Tonight, Saturday, September 24, Showtime cable network will air a documentary on the life of John McAfee, inventor of McAfee antivirus software, and unsuccessful candidate for the Libertarian nomination for President in 2016.

Fortune magazine reports the …documentary about McAfee’s time in Belize alleges that he committed not one but two murders, and raped a Harvard biologist who was running a lab with him in the Central American country.Read more ...

Dick Zimmer:” Why a Republican Is Endorsing Gary Johnson and Bill Weld”

Donald Trump is neither a conservative nor a Republican. He does not respect the Constitution and does not have the temperament or the character to be president.

I came to know Hillary Clinton as one of the most left-wing members of her husband’s administration, and she has moved much farther to the left since then.Read more ...