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IPR Writers Seeking LP Positions

– A flyer on my table seeks delegate votes for Brian Holtz for Judiciary Committee. If my memory is correct, Brian previously said he would not seek another term on JudCom

-Starchild is reportedly running for LNC At Large

-Aaron Starr is running for Treasurer. Two new candidates have joined that race; I will post a separate article on that.… Read more ...

Brian Holtz: 2012 Convention Election Predictions

Posted originally by Brian Holtz on his blog, Libertarian Intelligence and submitted to IPR. Brian writes for IPR also, but per our rules he is not posting it here because he is the author of this opinion. I am not agreeing or disagreeing with his picks by reposting it for him here, and IPR as a group/site is not taking any positions.Read more ...

Libertarian Party Platform Committee Adopts Report

Brian Holtz reports at Libertarian Intelligence

The Libertarian Party Platform Committee met in December in Las Vegas. It adopted 16 proposals, two of which include “pending amendments”. (A pending amendment is subject to an initial majority vote by the convention delegates before the proposal it amends receives its usual up-or-down 2/3 vote.)

Holtz, who is a member of that committee as well as a writer for IPR, goes on to detail the proposed changes to the platform adopted by the committee, the votes for and against passage among committee members, his opinion of each proposed change, and his assessment of the chances the delegates will pass each of the proposals.… Read more ...

Brian Holtz: Health Care policy reform

Brian Holtz in reply to Michael H. Wislon:

Health care is subject to a superfecta of market failures:

However, health care is also subject to massive government failure such as

  • tax preferences that artificially bind health insurance to employment, hide costs from consumers, and encourage over-insurance,
  • price controls dictated by a bloated mandatory insurance program that (thanks to high senior voting propensity) is funded via inter-generational income transfers,
  • laws against interstate competition in health insurance,
  • rent-seeking through legislated preferences sought by unions and hospitals and insurers and pharmaceutical patent holders,
  • artificial barriers to entry via professional licensure and excessive safety/efficacy regulations, and
  • laws preventing insurers and consumers from agreeing on lower-cost lower-coverage insurance.
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Dr. Tom Stevens announces plans to form Personal Freedom Party in New York

In IPR comments on a previous post, Dr. Tom Stevens writes

In light of the continued failure of the LP in New York, the Personal Freedom Party will be giving it a shot in 2014. They just adopted a platform which you can see at:
http://drtomstevens.blogspot.com/2010/11/personal-freedom-party-adopts-platform.html

This assumes that the LPNY in fact failed to obtain the 50,000 votes in the race for Governor that are required to obtain ballot status.… Read more ...

Brian Holtz sends mailing to 1,500 current and former delegates: ‘9 Facts LP Delegates Should Know About Ernest Hancock’

Originally posted at Libertarian Intelligence. Although Brian Holtz also writes for IPR, the views expressed are his own. IPR is not endorsing or unendorsing any candidates.



[I sent this letter to 1500 delegates of the current and recent Libertarian national conventions. It invites delegates to view the following videos.]

Dear fellow Libertarian delegate,

I’m writing to share with you some information about one of the candidates for Chair of the Libertarian National Committee: Ernest Hancock. 

I won’t presume in this letter to suggest who to vote for or against in this race, because I have profound confidence in the judgment of our delegates.… Read more ...

Brian Holtz: ‘$100 Contest: Ernest Hancock or Timothy McVeigh?’

Posted by Brian Holtz at Libertarian Intelligence. Any implied opinions are Brian’s, and should not be taken as an IPR endorsement or counter-endorsement of any LNC candidate.



Ernest Hancock said recently on his radio show that he’s considering sending to each Libertarian NatCon delegate a copy of the conspiracy-theory video Invisible Empire.  One of the video’s claims is that Timothy McVeigh was a government “black operations” agent and that the Oklahoma City bombing was a “false flag” operation designed to “demonize critics of world government”.… Read more ...

Brian Holtz: ‘Hancock on the virtue of extremism in freedom outreach’

Posted by Brian Holtz at Libertarian Intelligence, and combined with another post there. Reproduced here for the purpose of discussion. Although Brian also writes for IPR, IPR as a blog/website takes no position on LNC races, 9/11 truth, etc. And while I (Paulie) do take positions on all of the above, they often differ from Brian’s.Read more ...

Brian Holtz: ‘9/11 Truth Becoming An Issue In LNC Chair Race’

Posted by Brian Holtz at Libertarian Intelligence. Reproduced here for the purpose of discussion. Although Brian also writes for IPR, IPR as a blog/website takes no position on LNC races, 9/11 truth, etc. And while I (Paulie) do take positions on all of the above, they often differ from Brian’s.Read more ...

Brian Holtz: ‘LNC Chair candidate Hancock on the hardcore 2008 Paul campaign’

Posted by Brian Holtz at LibertarianIntelligence.com. Reproduced here for discussion. IPR as a blog takes no position on the LNC races, and my position does not necessarily coincide with Brian’s.

-Paulie.


Libertarian National Committee Chair candidate Ernest Hancock responded to 10 questions posted on IPR for him by saying they will be answered by videos on a DVD he will be mailing to LP national convention delegates.… Read more ...

Questions for Wayne Root from Chuck Moulton

The following questions for Wayne Root, candidate for Libertarian National Committee chair, were posted by immediate past LNC Vice Chair Chuck Moulton in IPR comments on a previous Q &A between Wayne Root and Brian Holtz. It was also emailed to Wayne Root on April 8 by me (Paulie) with an explanation that the questions were from Chuck, and so far, I have not been copied on any response, if there was one.Read more ...

Brian Holtz: Defining and Measuring Libertarianism

Posted by Brian Holtz at Libertarian Intelligence and in IPR comments:



Not having a binary litmus test for libertarianism doesn’t mean that one thinks the term is meaningless. Just because I can’t tell you what number of hairs you need to be non-bald doesn’t mean I think only the absolutely hairless are bald.… Read more ...