New Libertarian Shadow Cabinet appointments

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Thomas L. Knapp
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ST. LOUIS, April 10 — Thomas L. Knapp, libertarian presidential candidate and creator of the “Libertarian Shadow Cabinet” project, announced the appointment of three new cabinet officials — and his intent to separate the shadow cabinet project from his presidential campaign — this morning.

“This project is intended to serve the entire libertarian movement, including its two political parties,” says Knapp. “I’m seeking an administrator for the project who isn’t associated with any campaign and who’s willing to commit to keeping the project going beyond this election cycle.”

New appointees include:

Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency: Brian Holtz of California. Holtz received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi Honors College (1987), and an M.S. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Michigan (1990). Since 1990 he has been a developer of Internet software, first at Sun Microsystems and currently at Yahoo. He has been principal inventor on three software patents with two more pending. He serves on the board of the Purissima Hills Water District in Los Altos Hills, Calif., and on the scientific advisory board of the Lifeboat Foundation, which is dedicated to helping humanity survive existential risks. As secretary of the 2008 LP Platform Committee he successfully championed the adoption of a platform rewrite that included its first mentions of ecosystems and climate change. His vision of green libertarianism is summarized in his Free Earth Manifesto.

Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Jim Davidson of Kansas. Davidson has been a space enthusiast since 1968, active in the private space migration movement since 1977, and involved in many
start-up space ventures since 1986. He has worked with NASA contractors, astronauts, and Russia’s space industry. He has long held the view that NASA should be eliminated and its assets returned to the private sector.

Secretary of Homeland Security: Steve Newton, Ph.D., USA/VA National Guard MSgt. (Ret.) of Delaware. Newton is a Professor of History and Political Science at Delaware State University, author of numerous books on military history and national security consultant. As consultant for the Office for Domestic Preparedness in 2002, he developed and delivered the two-week course “Introduction to Terrorism” for State and Local Preparedness Officers.

48 thoughts on “New Libertarian Shadow Cabinet appointments

  1. Jim Davidson

    http://shadowcabinet.us/?p=153

    “I would like to thank Mr. Knapp for the temporary appointment as NASA Administrator for his cabinet. I refer to the appointment as temporary because my duty is to eliminate the agency, auction off its parts, return the land to the several states or universities from which it came, and thereby open the space frontier.”

  2. Catholic Trotskyist

    I would like to remind everyone about my Catholic Trotskyist shadow cabinet, the most recent entry on my website. It is theonly true government of the fringe/national unity/cultural reform political strategy that is quickly taking the nation by storm.

    May all today remember the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ
    http://www.universalis.com

    Read Isaiah Chapter 53 amen.

  3. sunshinebatman

    Neat. Who do you think will buy NASA’s space-laser satellites? My bet is our good capitalist friends the Chinese.

  4. Jim Davidson

    Perhaps you should give me some details on which space-based weapons systems you think NASA owns. Or are you talking about the experiments at Goldstone in the 1970s to use microwave systems to beam power from solar power satellites?

    If you think there is a national defense issue with regard to auctioning off a particular space-based weapons system, perhaps you should contact the shadow Secretary of Defense.

  5. Jim Davidson

    Here ya go:
    http://shadowcabinet.us/?p=3

    The shadow cabinet secretary of defense is Captain Charles Wilhoit (USN-Ret) of Tennessee. You can read more about him on the site.

    I’m not involved in the foreign policies and trade policies of the Knapp cabinet, except where they specifically concern NASA activities. However, I would not seek to limit the auction participants to only USA companies. We’ve already seen far too much corruption in NASA contractors. Once you get started down the path of saying, “Only these companies can bid,” pretty soon you have nothing but Lockheed and Boeing.

  6. paulie Post author

    Neat. Who do you think will buy NASA’s space-laser satellites?

    The people in the tinfoil hats. No one else can handle the space-lasers without succumbing to them.

  7. paulie Post author

    I would like to remind everyone about my Catholic Trotskyist shadow cabinet,

    Unfortunately, we are still not allowed to blog about it here because Trent did not get an appointment, so he’s still being a total hater.

  8. Eternaverse

    I don’t know if anyone would be interested, but I made this list a few months ago as a “shadow cabinet” for a President Ron Paul. I never decided on a Vice President, the list I had included Gary Johnson, Barry Goldwater Jr. and John Stossel. I tried to be “open” appointing non-libertarians to positions were they agree with us.

    President Ron Paul
    Vice President ?

    Secretary of State- Patrick Buchanan
    Deputy Sectary of State- Justin Raimondo
    Secretary of Defense- Karen Kwiatkowski
    Deputy Sectary of Defense- Adam Kokesh

    Secretary of the Treasury- Llewellyn Rockwell
    Deputy Secretary of the Treasury- Walter Block
    Office of Management and Budget Director – Peter Schiff
    Council of Economic Advisors- Walter Williams (Chairman), Thomas Woods, Robert Higgs

    Attorney General- Andrew Napolitano
    Deputy Attorney General- Bruce Fein

  9. Thomas L. Knapp

    “the Knapp cabinet”

    No such thing. I’m trying to get the project going for the movement and the parties, but it’s not “my” cabinet. As soon as someone who sounds like a competent, evenhanded, unaffiliated administrator turns up to take it over, I’ll be handing it over.

    Regards,
    Tom Knapp

  10. libertariangirl

    P__The people in the tinfoil hats. No one else can handle the space-lasers without succumbing to them.
    LOL:)

  11. Michael Seebeck

    I notice the following appointments are missing:

    Secretary of Education: John Taylor Gatto
    FBI Director: Sheriff Bill Masters
    Attorney General: Judge Jim Gray
    FDA Director: Dr. Mary Ruwart
    Fed Chairman: Dr. Ron Paul
    SEC Director: Peter Schiff
    Director of OFBCI: Rev. Barry Lynn
    Press Secretary: Angela Keaton
    Court Jester: Robert Kraus
    Secretary of Agriculture: Lidia Seebeck

  12. paulie Post author

    Eternaverse,

    Lew writes ” This is in contrast to the case of Rodney King, whose beating followed not only an attempt to resist arrest but also a dangerous high speed chase in a residential neighborhood that clearly threatened innocents of all sorts. His beating was as much a punishment for this as it was an attempt to restrain.”

    Police are not supposed to punish people. When they appoint themselves judge, jury and torturer or executioner, we have a problem.

  13. sunshinebatman

    It would certainly be interesting to know which agencies “own”/control which satellites. I’m sure NASA does maintenance on several classified satellites “owned” by other agencies as well. Perhaps those services can be contracted out.

    Were you connected to Goldstone? MASERs?

  14. Eternaverse

    I agree with you Paulie, Lew’s comment was crude and the one you quote is wrong. But I don’t think these comments affect his value as an economist. Like I said, the point of my cabinet wasn’t to stack it with people I agree with on everything but to create a wide coalition to reduce the size of government.

    I don’t agree with Pat Buchanan on a lot of things, but that doesn’t affect my respect for his ant-war views.

  15. Michael Seebeck

    sunshine, NASA does NOTHING with classified satellites beyond their launch control. Had you any clue about these sort of things you would already know that.

  16. paulie Post author

    I agree with you Paulie, Lew’s comment was crude and the one you quote is wrong. But I don’t think these comments affect his value as an economist.

    He’s good on economic issues.

    I don’t agree with Pat Buchanan on a lot of things, but that doesn’t affect my respect for his ant-war views.

    Buchanan is not as antiwar as a lot of people think. I saw a speech where he sounded rather bellicose towards China, and did not question the underlying premises of geopolitics. He opposes intervention in the middle east I think mainly because he sides with the Arabs and believes the bulk of the US intervention is on behalf of Israel.

  17. paulie Post author

    NASA does NOTHING with classified satellites beyond their launch control. Had you any clue about these sort of things you would already know that.

  18. Eternaverse

    Paulie,
    When was the speech? He changed a lot from 1988-1992 as the Cold War ended. And he still continued to evolve through the 1990s. I’ve read his “Republic, Not An Empire” and agree with most of the history of American interventionism post-McKinley. He predicts a second Iraq War in the book (it was published in 1999) though I think a lot of people did too.

  19. sunshinebatman

    You forgot an antecedent. Let me help you.

    NASA does NOTHING with classified satellites beyond their launch control, that I, Michael Seebeck, have clearance or simple curiosity to know about. Had you any clue about these sort of things you would already know that.

    Hope this helps.

    But, as long as Davidson pledges to declassify all of the NASA files Michael Seebeck hasn’t read before he auctions them off to Halliburton; I will endorse him for this very important make-believe cabinet position.

    STS-51J (Atlantis)
    Bobko, Grabe, Stewart, Hilmers, Pailes
    Classified Department Of Defense Mission

    STS-27 (Atlantis)
    Gibson, Gardner, Mullane, Ross, Shepherd
    Classified Department Of Defense Mission

    STS-28 (Columbia)
    Shaw, Richards, Leestma, Adamson, Brown
    Classified Department Of Defense Mission

    STS-33 (Discovery)
    Gregory, Blaha, Musgrave, Thornton, Carter
    Classified Department Of Defense Mission

    STS-36 (Atlantis)
    Creighton, Casper, Hilmers, Mullane, Thuot
    Classified Department Of Defense Mission

    STS-38 (Atlantis)
    Covey, Culbertson, Gemar, Meade, Springer
    Classified Department Of Defense Mission

    STS-39 (Discovery)
    Coats, Hammond, Bluford, Hieb, Harbaugh, McMonagle, Lacy-Veach
    Classified Department Of Defense Mission/AFP-675/IBSS/SPAS-II

    STS-53 (Discovery)
    Walker, Cabana, Bluford, Voss, Clifford
    Classified Department Of Defense Mission/ODERACS

    etc etc etc

  20. paulie Post author

    He also wants a trade war with China. As I’m sure you know, when goods don’t cross borders, armies will.

  21. Mik Robertson

    Excellent appointments, and I look forward to seeing reports of the shadow cabinet activities here.

  22. Thomas L. Knapp

    Michael,

    You write:

    “I notice the following appointments are missing”

    Well, no … there are no “missing” appointments, just appointments which haven’t been made yet.

    I’m hoping NOT to appoint the whole cabinet myself … like I said, I’m looking for someone not associated with a campaign to take the project over.

    FYI, I’ve approached at least two people on your list about filling “shadow cabinet” positions. I don’t appoint people without their permission and their agreement to participate.

    Regards,
    Tom Knapp

  23. Shawn S. Smith

    I am assuming that the whole goal of appointing these fine people is that with in 90 days they will have finalized a plan to close all of these departments (except Defense & State) and sell off all assets?

  24. sunshinebatman

    This is true, but Buchanan is about as “radical” an appointment Pres. Dr. Paul could make to State without getting himself assassinated. So it’s probably a good choice from the holisitic pragmatic POV.

    Buchanan is not as antiwar as a lot of people think. I saw a speech where he sounded rather bellicose towards China, and did not question the underlying premises of geopolitics. He opposes intervention in the middle east I think mainly because he sides with the Arabs and believes the bulk of the US intervention is on behalf of Israel.

  25. Jim Davidson

    @33 Yes, I’m willing to work out such a plan, and in less than 90 days. I am very tempted not only to close the entire space agency and hold open auctions for all its assets, but also to tear down every building so that no brick stands atop another, and sow salt in the ground, at least at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center – monument to a mass murdering thug.

    Worked for the Romans at Carthage.

    Sunshine Bateman, I don’t know if you’d like to give us the dates for the missions you list. These are available at wikipedia and other sources, of course.

    For a lot of reasons, the Air Force and military came to regret letting themselves be bullied into using the shuttle for most of their launch capacity, especially after January 1986. Not that they didn’t make a mess of the shuttle design in the process.

    “It would certainly be interesting to know which agencies ‘own’/control which satellites.”

    Some of this information is not available, as you know. Obviously the National Reconnaissance Office not only controls a lot of the data from some satellites, but also has a significant role in analysis. It would be interesting to get their explicit analysis on, say, crop circles. There’s no doubt that they know quite a lot on the topic.

    “I’m sure NASA does maintenance on several classified satellites ‘owned’ by other agencies as well.”

    NASA missions are pretty thoroughly documented, including training in advance of the mission. I suppose that one Keyhole 12 satellite looks pretty much like another, and I gather that’s the baseline for the Hubble space telescope. So, what would we actually know about a mission to repair a KH12?

    The main argument against this suggestion is that having NASA involved would make a security breach more likely. A secondary argument is that the military would simply launch more copies of their spy sats to make up for any failures on orbit.

    Last I checked, the DoD budget was over $500 billion for 2009 and NASA’s budget was something like $17 billion. I’ve no idea what a Lacrosse radar sat or a current version (are we up to KH14?) surveillance satellite costs.

    “Perhaps those services can be contracted out.”

    What services? Anything that human beings working for the government do can be done by human beings working for a private enterprise. Like building roads – most of the actual work is already being done by the private sector, anyhow. It’s just a matter of how you want the contracts allocated – straight bids or corrupt allocation.

    “Were you connected to Goldstone?”

    I was not. I studied the information on power beaming for the advocacy group L5 Society in the 1976-77 timeframe.

    “MASERs?”

    I have never been connected to a MASER to may knowledge. lol

    I think the best power beaming technology was developed by Dr. John Freeman of Rice University. It is called a photo-klystron. It uses some nifty physics to convert light to radar directly. And I think it is past patent protection, too.

  26. Robert Capozzi

    JD: I am very tempted not only to close the entire space agency and hold open auctions for all its assets, but also to tear down every building so that no brick stands atop another, and sow salt in the ground, at least at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center – monument to a mass murdering thug.

    Me: Are you channeling McVeigh here?

  27. Robert Capozzi

    Externaverse: Like I said, the point of my cabinet wasn’t to stack it with people I agree with on everything but to create a wide coalition to reduce the size of government.

    Me: Yes, that seems helpful. But, I might agree with David Duke sometimes, too, yet there are positions that are just too beyond the pale for this hombre. Lew’s opinion on Rodney King — my hero for his forgiving “Can we all just get along?” — makes him toxic for me. He’s been challenged on his take on King MANY times, and he seems to refuse to back down on it. Perhaps his Rothbardian dialetical approach doesn’t allow for him to ‘fess up…not my job to figure out how he can leave that hate out there unaddressed.

    Until the toxicity is addressed, I’d not want to see Lew’s name mentioned as a Shadow anything.

  28. Eternaverse

    Robert,
    Your comparison of Rockwell to David Duke is ludicrous. Duke has dedicated his life to increasing the power of the state; Rockwell has dedicated his to reducing and eliminating it. As far as I know Rockwell has never held any government office and has used to expand the state, unlike Duke.

    Rockwell defended the police in this case, when they were clearly wrong (not unlike they normally are) and he is wrong for it. I don’t think people should be judged on just a sole statement they made almost 20 years ago. But that’s irrelevant to my list since his sole duty, as Secretary of the Treasury, is over the economic policy of the federal government (and not chief of the LA police).

    I not even sure why people turn this into a race issue. I think it’s an issue of the state. The police were acting as totalitarians and King was a victim of the state. The riots that damaged private property were in the wrong and should have had to compensate the owners of the property. This has nothing to do with the cops being “white” or King or the rioters being “black”.

  29. Robert Capozzi

    Extra, yes, it IS ludicrous to compare Rockwell and Duke in the grand scheme of things. That’s not what I was doing. I was pointing out that Duke — who has actually called himself a L publicly — holds quite a few L-type positions, and yet, because of what he’s known for — “white pride” — I’d never put him on a Shadow cabinet.

    I’m beside myself in disappointment that Lew doesn’t renounce his take on King. I was also beside myself on the handling of the Ron Paul NewsletterGate incident.

    Confession really is good for the soul, and in these cases, I happen to believe it’s vital that Ls distant themselves from EVEN THE APPEARANCE of being in bed with haters.

  30. Jim Davidson

    @39 No, Cato the elder. “Carthago delenda est.” You might want to acquaint yourself with some of the elements of a classical education. It’s all online now.

  31. Danny S

    On space weapons, I argued about the possibility of such projects earlier this year off and on. All the evidence I saw didn’t indicate any actual space weaponization in the status quo.

    I think most of the actual concrete moves in the area in the DoD or NASA are more building the capacity to build such a system. It is similar to how Iran is with nuclear weapons(where I think they are making the capability to rapidly build nukes rather than actually make them).

  32. Jim Davidson

    I take a look at Charles Bolden and Lori Garver.
    http://shadowcabinet.us/?p=158

    “Which policy path should we anticipate would be chosen by Bolden? I believe the clues to his preferences are found in his job history. He has not been involved in private commercial space companies. His military and astronaut careers argue for a government-oriented outlook. His post-NASA career as a lobbyist for rocket contractor Alliant Techsystems and his position on the board of directors of Constellation contractor (and conglomerate) GenCorp suggest he’ll prefer a government dominated space policy approach.”

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