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January 2019 Open Thread

Our monthly open thread. Post news tips about alt parties and independent candidates, discuss any story that should be posted here but has not yet been posted, or even delve into completely off-topic stuff…just avoid quarantined thread subject matter and things that could get us and/or you into legal trouble such as threats, libel, and copyright infringement.… Read more ...

Mark West: Is Trump’s Wall What Is Best At The Border?

Original article submitted to IPR by 2018 Arkansas Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Mark West:

In the midst of our nation’s longest partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump gave an Oval Office address in making his case for the necessity of a wall along the United States’ border with Mexico. The next day President Trump stormed out of a meeting with Congressional leaders, still at odds over how much money should be dedicated in the upcoming budget for border security.… Read more ...

LNC E-Meeting Today

Today, Sunday, January 6, at 3 PM ET, the LNC has an electronic online meeting. This meeting is to discuss unfinished items from the December in-person meeting.

The Chair’s Proposed Agenda

-Call to Order
-Opportunity for Public Comment
-Attendance, Credentials Report and Paperwork Check
-Adoption of Agenda
-2019 Goals Discussion (Harlos)
-Functional Reporting Requirements (Bishop-Henchman)
-Proposed Voting Resolution (Redpath): LNC formally endorsing alternative voting methods to replace plurality voting in elections.… Read more ...

LP.org: ‘Syrian troop withdrawal a good first step’

Posted at LP.org:

American foreign policy should seek an America at peace with the world. Our foreign policy should emphasize defense against attack from abroad and enhance the likelihood of peace by avoiding foreign entanglements.

The United States began air strikes in Syria more than four years ago, with a rationale for intervention that morphed from fighting Islamic State terrorists to demanding regime change. More than three years ago, the United States sent in ground troops — a number that quickly grew from 50 to 2,000 soldiers — even though Congress has never, to this day, authorized their deployment in Syria.… Read more ...

LP.org: ‘Government shutdown a symptom of terrible management’

Posted at LP.org

If you don't rein in government, who will?

It’s no secret that Libertarians believe the federal government does too much. Everyone who can read a balance sheet agrees that the federal government does more than it can afford to do, spending far more money than it takes in. The two old parties have worked reliably together for decades to increase the budget deficit and our national debt to crisis levels.… Read more ...

LPedia: 1972 Libertarian Political Action Manual by David Nolan

LPedia has the LP’s original political organizing manual from 1972 by David F. Nolan.

Read full 56 page manual here

More at LPedia

Libertarian Party volunteer Keith Thompson responds to reader feedback

LP.org: 2018 Libertarian Party victories and 2019 goals

Posted at LP.org:

Make freedom your single issue.

Dear Libertarian,

Thanks to the efforts of committed Libertarian Party members like you, 2018 was a landmark year in many ways. We had 53 candidate wins at the ballot box, 38 of them prevailing in the general November election in Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Vermont.… Read more ...

Amarillo Pioneer: ‘Meet the Libertarians Running for President in 2020’

Although it’s still very early, several candidates have already expressed their interest in the 2020 Libertarian Presidential nomination. The Amarillo Pioneer profiles declared candidates for the nomination Adam Kokesh, Ben Leder, Arvin Vohra, and Daniel Behrman. A discussion in the FB group LP 2020 Delegates – unofficial mentions that Vermin Supreme, Kim Ruff and Sandra T.… Read more ...

David Colborne: ‘Nevada is a colony’

David Colborne at the Nevada Independent:

Nearly 85 percent of Nevada is owned by the federal government. But what does that mean? Pyotr Kropotkin’s The Conquest of Bread describes common ownership as “the chief instrument of production, the land, and the apportionment of the same according to the labour capacities of the different families.” That, however, does not describe the federal government’s iron-fisted rule over public lands, where labor capacities and productivity that benefits the community have very little to do with how they are disposed.Read more ...

LP.org: ‘Federal Reserve creates dangerous amounts of dodgy debt’

Posted at LP.org:

We favor free-market banking, with unrestricted competition among banks and depository institutions of all types.

The U.S. Federal Reserve released its third-quarter financial report on Dec. 13. The Fed’s own report — unaudited, of course — indicates that our country’s central bank is underwater in “fair value” market terms. Its bond portfolio is worth $66.5 billion less than what its original cost, and that shortfall is $27.4 billion higher than the Fed’s $39.1 billion in capital.… Read more ...

LP.org: ‘Religious persecution in China … and in Arizona’

Posted at LP.org:

We favor the freedom to engage in or abstain from any religious activities that do not violate the rights of others. We oppose government actions which either aid or attack any religion.

Many people who aspire to government power are motivated by their own idealistic view of how the world should work. The Communist Party in China holds “socialism with Chinese characteristics” as its ideal. This generally excludes religious belief, which it views as antithetical to Communist Party allegiance, so the Chinese government has often cracked down on religious communities over the years — most recently, persecuting the Muslim farmers in southern Xinjiang.… Read more ...