Author Archives: Gene Berkman

About Gene Berkman

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

Peace & Freedom Party: “Roseanne Barr Does Not Speak For Us!”

In 2012, Roseanne Barr sought the Green Party nomination for President. After losing to Dr Jill Stein at the Green Party national convention, Roseanne Barr sought and received the nomination of The Peace & Freedom Party, appearing on several state ballots and receiving just over 67,000 votes in the general election. … Read more ...

Libertarian Party: “Trade wars and Trump’s tariffs harm everybody”

President Donald Trump has announced tariffs on solar panels, washing machines, steel, and aluminum. Shortly after announcing his tariffs, Trump tweeted that “Trade wars are good, and easy to win.” The opposite is true. Trade wars are harmful across the board, and the cost of these tariffs will be paid in higher prices, lost jobs, and a slower-growing economy.… Read more ...

Saratogian: “Sharpe mounts campaign to challenge Cuomo”

The Saratogian reports on Larry Sharpe’s campaign for Governor of New York

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. >> Larry Sharpe has a steep hill to climb and even if he gets there, it’s still only part way toward his ultimate goal.

The Queens resident, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, plans to challenge Gov.Read more ...

Libertarian Hopeful enters New Mexico Congressional Race

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that business consultant Lloyd Princeton has announced he will run for Congress from Albuquerque as a Libertarian Party candidate. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced a run for Governor, so the district will see an open race with no incumbent.

A strong showing in New Mexico by Gary Johnson in the 2016 race for President will make ballot access easier for Mr Princeton and other Libertarian candidates.… Read more ...

LP: ‘It’s high time for Congress to end marijuana prohibition’

Libertarians denounce Attorney General Jeff Sessions for overriding state marijuana laws

we favor the repeal of all laws creating 'crimes' without victims

On Jan. 4, acting against the advice of his own Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memorandum. This Obama-era memo had allowed states to set their own cannabis rules and regulations, with minimal intervention by the federal government.… Read more ...

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 @

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

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

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 ...