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About paulie cannoli

Paulie was born in Siberia, part of the former USSR in 1972 and the USA is reminding him more of the country his parents took him out of every day. Growing up in the epicenter of the 1980s crack cocaine explosion in NYC, Paulie got caught up in the available business ventures and saw some of his friends die, and then became an activist against the drug war. Through his involvement in the drug peace movement, and college studies in free market environmentalism, he became interested in libertarianism, and abandoned the Democrats after they picked the military-industrial-corporate-statist DLCer and drug warrior hypocrite Bill Clinton as their nominee in 1992, thus finally disproving the idea that 1960s radicals were merely infiltrating the establishment in order to change it. Paulie became an LP member in 1995 and a life member in 2000, and has occasionally been on the executive committee of the Alabama LP. Since 1998, he has traveled the country as a professional activist. Between that and his earlier travels in the import-export business as a teenager, he has been to 49 US states and about 20 countries, and lived in a number of them. As a life long entrepreneur, he has also started hundreds of businesses in a wide variety of fields. Paulie recently worked on the Steve Kubby for President campaign, has been an active member of the Libertarian Party Radical Caucus, an advisory board member of Liberty Consulting, and hopes to start a new national College Libertarian Organizing Committee. He is an Anti-war, true leftist, anarchist, left libertarian, agorist, (r)evolutionary. Paulie currently also blogs at Next Free Voice and occassionally at ideas from free minds.

Libertarian Party poll: ‘The White House is starting a media war against Rush Limbaugh. What does Obama hope to distract attention from?’

Poll is here.

Options:

The market plunging every time Obama announces higher taxes

Keeping 50,000 troops in Iraq and expanding the war in Afghanistan

Breaking his promise to end earmarks

Working with Republicans to expand government

Economic research showing Obama’s spending plan prolongs the recession and eliminates jobs

Results at the time of this posting:

The market plunging every time Obama announces higher taxes
26% (596 votes)

Keeping 50,000 troops in Iraq and expanding the war in Afghanistan
5% (116 votes)

Breaking his promise to end earmarks
15% (334 votes)

Working with Republicans to expand government
8% (180 votes)

Economic research showing Obama’s spending plan prolongs the recession and eliminates jobs
46% (1062 votes)

Total votes: 2288

The poll is also accompanied by a press release:

Libertarian poll: What is Obama trying to distract us from?

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Wes Benedict: ‘Texas Libertarians’ rise versus California’s decline’

Posted by Wes Benedict at his blog and emailed to contact.ipr@gmail.com. Reposted to IPR by Paulie.




This is not just another one of my Mr. Way Too Proud of Texas articles gloating about how well the Libertarian Party of Texas did under my service as Executive Director from 2004 to 2008.… Read more ...

IPR progress report: over 40,000 reader comments; new writers wanted

Yesterday, IPR passed 40,000 comments on nearly 3,000 posts since May 2008.

IPR still averages over a thousand unique visitors a day, and was up around three thousand back in November. The average visitor generates about three page views. We’ve had over 500,000 visitors and over 1.5 million page views.

I (paulie) posted most of the articles in the last few months.… Read more ...

Video: Libertarian National Committee, Charleston, SC, Feb. 28-Mar. 1

Email from Rocky Eades, posted to IPR by Paulie:


The LNC meeting video …

It is in three parts. Part 1 covers the Saturday afternoon session and Parts 2 and 3 cover the Sunday morning session.

The video is incomplete because of the technical problems we were having with the hotel’s wireless network and may be a bit hard to follow at times.… Read more ...

LSLA/LNC discussion room

By reader request, so it does not clash with the video.… Read more ...

Live Broadcast from Libertarian State Leadership Alliance in Charleston, SC beginning at 1pm on Saturday

Via Augusta Libertarians.

UPDATE: The channel is playing recorded videos now, and will broadcast the conference live starting Saturday at 1 PM. Thanks to Rocky Eades for the update. … Read more ...

Green Party activist in Connecticut makes a splash in the sports news

On The Wilder Side:

“[Coach Jim] Calhoun…is set to make $1.6 million in 2009-10, the final year of his contract.”

(excerpt from) Sporting News
Activist angers Calhoun by questioning salary
Posted: February 21, 2009

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun [basketball coach] got into a heated exchange at a postgame news conference Saturday with a freelance journalist and political activist who questioned why the coach of a public university was making $1.6 million in tough economic times.

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Libertarian Party: Is the LP really an ‘alternative?’

Via email. Posted to IPR by Paulie.


Dear friend,

Backed by a growing swing vote that decides elections and support for its economic plans, the Libertarian Party is not an “alternative” political party.

“Alternative” implies something outside the mainstream or an unconventional choice. The Libertarian Party, with its sensible balance of fiscal responsibility and social moderation, is, in fact, the nation’s only mainstream political party.… Read more ...

Green Party of New York calls upon Bard College not to terminate Dr. Joel Kovel

On The Wilder Side:

Accuses College of Dismissing Kovel for Writings on Zionism and Israel

The Green Party of New York State condemns the recent termination of Dr. Joel Kovel by Bard College after 20 years on its faculty. We agree with Dr. Kovel, a former Green Party candidate for the U.S.… Read more ...

Libertarian party blog book review: ‘Recarving Rushmore’

Posted by Austin Petersen on Feb 23, 2009 at LP blog. Reposted to IPR by Paulie.


Abraham Lincoln, Bad President. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Bad President. Andrew Jackson: Bad President. Bill Clinton, Average President. John Tyler: Good President?!

What’s going on here?

If there’s one thing that really annoys me about libertarianism in general; it’s that every time I think I will find a president I can really like, someone has to come along and utterly destroy them.… Read more ...

Green Party leaders in Illinois slam Senate President John Cullerton’s comments opposing campaign finance reform

Posted by Ronald Hardy at Green Party Watch. Reposted to IPR by Paulie.


Green Party leaders in Illinois ripped Senate President John Cullerton’s comments opposing campaign finance reform in Illinois. According to Joseph Ryan of the Daily Herald, Cullerton told the newspaper’s editorial board that “he thinks Illinois’ wide-open campaign system is just fine” and that disclosure is all that is necessary.… Read more ...

Kansas City Star: Will ‘bailout mania’ open door for Libertarian Party?

Posted by Donny Ferguson on Feb 23, 2009 at LP blog. Reposted to IPR by Paulie.


The Kansas City Star newspaper today points readers to a blog entry from blogger Nick Sloan, asking "Will bailout-mania open door for Libertarians?"

"But at some point – and we may be there already– America is going to be sick of bailouts and stimulus packages.

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