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Monterey Forum/Debate May 15 for All U.S. Senatorial Candidates

The Parliament Party and the Libertarian Party (Venice Beach Club) are spearheading a forum/debate for all the candidates running for the U.S. Senate seat for California. The event takes place at the Monterey Youth Center (777 Pearl Street) in the city of Monterey on Sunday, May 15 starting at 2:00 PM. Two Libertarian Party candidates are scheduled to speak – Gail Lightfoot (LP chair of San Louis Obispo) and Mark Herd (former Westwood Councilman 2010-2014 and founder of the Venice Beach Libertarian Club LPC).

Afterwards the libertarians will go out to a pizza parlor or pub.

See Video of May 15 Forum/Debate: at https://youtu.be/GF4Gp-ZtFgo

RSVP to… Mark Herd (310) 877-8664 (A suggested $10 donation at door)

Speech by Prof. David R. Henderson

A long-time Libertarian Party activist, Prof. David R. Henderson will be giving a speech on "An Economist's Case for a Non-Interventionist Foreign Policy" on Saturday, May 14, 2016, starting at 3:00 Location: Monterey Peace and Justice Center --1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside

Introduction by Tom Lee (Co-chair, Peace Coalition of Monterey County) - Free to the Public (suggested donation of $5)

Summary of Talk: Henderson applies economic analysis, combined with history, to make the case that the United States should have stayed out of every war it has been in since 1783. On the economic side, he focuses particularly on government’s information problem, perverse government incentives, and unintended consequences. On the history side, he focuses on World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, the Middle East, and the global war on terror.

BIO: David Henderson is a Professor of Economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, a Research Fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and a Senior Fellow with the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, Canada. He was previously a senior economist for energy policy with President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers. David is the editor of The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics, the only reader-friendly encyclopedia of economics. His book, The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey has been translated into Chinese. His book Making Great Decisions in Business and Life has been translated into Korean. As well as writing for academic publications, David has written about 200 articles for such popular publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron's, Fortune, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Public Interest, National Review, Red Herring, and Reason. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. He has also appeared on C-SPAN, CNN, the Jim Lehrer Newshour, the John Stossel show, the O’Reilly Factor, and MSNBC, NPR, CBC, and the BBC. Born in Canada, he moved to the United States in 1972 to get his Ph.D. in economics at UCLA.

Sponsored by the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, and co-sponsored by Libertarians for Peace. For more information: Lawrence at lawsam1951@hotmail.com

Libertarian Angela Keaton to Speak in Monterey on Feb. 12, 2016

Angela Keaton will speak at MIIS (Middlebury Institute of International Studies) on Friday, Feb. 12 after 6 PM to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Coalition of Monterey County. Ms. Keaton is the director of operations at Antiwar.com, which was founded and managed by libertarian Eric Garris. In the past, Angela served as a Member of the Board of the National Libertarian Party. One of the organization members of the Peace Coalition is the local branch of Libertarians for Peace, co-chaired by Prof. David R. Henderson and Lawrence Samuels. The event is free to the public and be followed by a wine and cheese reception. After the reception, the libertarian contingency will head out to a local bar or pub. Below is the flyer

~ Join us to celebrate our 25th Anniversary ~

Moving Toward a World Beyond War

Moderated by Professor Jan Knippers Black

Speakers ~ Reception ~ Displays

…and an opportunity to add your vision for a culture of peace

Friday, 12 February 2016

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Irvine Auditorium & Atrium @ MIIS ~ 499 Pierce Street, Monterey

Open to the Public. Free admission.

Angela Keaton is director of operations at Antiwar.com – project of the Randolph Bourne Institute – and is the former producer of the Scott Horton Show for Antiwar Radio. She holds a J.D. and M.A. from the University of Florida. She is the immediate past chair of Outright Libertarians (an association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender activists) and the former Chair of the Board of Directors for the Ladies of Liberty Alliance (LOLA). From 1999 to 2005, Angela hosted "The Liberated Space," a talk and news show on the controversial KOOP 91.7 FM - Austin, Texas.

Nancy Merritt is CA State Coordinator for the Peace Alliance/ Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peacebuilding (DoP/ HR 1111), and a member of the National and CA DoP Committees. She has been involved with peace and justice issues for many years and has worked with the Peace Alliance since 2004. The Peace Alliance promotes peace at every level, from personal to schools to communities to the justice system to international peacebuilding. She coordinated the work of the DoP groups with Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office to introduce and promote a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding.

Jim Haber has been an active member of Jewish Voice for Peace since 2000 and is on the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War. A long-standing member or associate of the Catholic Worker movement, Haber coordinated interfaith resistance to nuclear weapons and war through the Nevada Desert Experience from 2008 to 2013. He was a member of the National Committee of the War Resisters League from 2002 to 2014 and edited the 2008 WRL Peace Calendar "Salaam, Shalom, Solh: Nonviolence and Resistance in the Middle East and Beyond." Co-sponsored by PCMC and Amnesty International Club of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. More Information: Karen Araujo karaujo93901@gmail.com or Tom Lee at tlee7621gptc@gmail.com (PCMC) OR Jan Black jblack@miis.edu or Stephanie Nelson sinelson@miis.edu (MIIS)

Annual LP of Monterey County Meeting -- Tues., Feb. 2, 2016 in Seaside

ANNUAL LPMC MEETING--2016

Dear Freedom-lovers:

Our annual meeting will be Tuesday, February 2 at Roundtable Pizza in Seaside (1717 Fremont Blvd.). At about 5:30 PM we will provide pizza and beverages. After eating and socializing, there will be a short business meeting with elections and discussion of our 2016 activities. Be prepared to support the county party by renewing your annual dues.

The LPMC must deal with the problem of paying $50 a year and filling out paperwork to California Secretary of State, which was required if we had spent money on political campaigns. However, we have spent money only on our website, and not on political races. This change will require expenditures and decisions which only paid members will participate in.

The 2016 Californian LP Convention will be held April 1 – 3 at the Hilton at Los Angeles Airport, near LAX. Here is the place to seek a delegate position for the LP National Convention. See more at www.ca.lp.org The 2016 Libertarian Party National Presidential Nominating Convention will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel & Resort in Orlando Florida from May 27 to May 30. More information: http://www.lp.org/convention/ The meeting will be followed by free debate for as long as the beer holds out. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Jane Heider, Secretary, LP of Monterey County

Lawrence Samuels, Chair  lawsam1951@hotmail.com

 

Letter-to-Editor: Paul Krugman Giddy About Higher Taxes

Published Jan. 6, 2016 in The Monterey Herald

People are the basis of the authority of government

In his Jan. 5 commentary “Tax hikes on wealthy: Elections have consequences,” Paul Krugman gets giddy over the prospect of higher taxation. Krugman conveniently forgets that mandatory taxation violates John Locke’s consent of the governed and the social contract for a democratic-republic.

Foremost, the people are the holders of all “unalienable rights,” not government. The people are the basis of the authority of government. In this respect, they loan their rights to elected government officials to represent their general interests. But you cannot give what you do not have. The people cannot loan the right to rob other people, since they don’t possess that authority. The question is: Where does the state acquire the right to steal? It doesn’t. In fact, where does the government get the right to torture, wiretap, spy, murder or steal? Citizens can’t do these activities with immunity, therefore neither can the government.

Some of the founders understood this principle, especially Thomas Jefferson, who as president abolished all direct taxation upon the public. The United States had almost 80 years of no direct federal taxes. Some of them knew that taxation was simply legalized theft. Krugman should know that, too.

— Lawrence Samuels, Carmel

Paul Krugman's article: http://www.montereyherald.com/article/NF/20160104/LOCAL1/160109942

Libertarian Party: Stop Reckless Middle East Interventions, Honor Freedoms of Innocent Muslims

November 25, 2015
Libertarian Party press release

It is easy to feel outrage, anger, and fear in response to the terrorist attacks in France and elsewhere. But in order to preserve life and liberty, keep America safe, and restore peace, the U.S. response must strictly honor the Bill of Rights and reverse failed policies in the Middle East.

Republican presidential candidates are drawing upon the rhetoric of hate. They call for shutting out refugees, ominous border walls, stepped-up military action, and dragnet profiling of Muslims in the United States.

Donald Trump called for creating a database of US Muslims and suggests government actions to shut down mosques -- an unprecedented encroachment upon religion in the U.S. Ben Carson wants a database for all American citizens.

But such frenzied, reckless proclamations are exactly what have made Americans abroad and at home a target for Islamic extremists. They play into the ISIS strategy of recruiting more terrorists and put all Americans at greater risk.

“When your enemy wants you to do something, you may want to think twice before doing it,” said Nicholas Sarwark, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee.

"Libertarians condemn, in the strongest of terms, terrorist acts of violence against innocent civilians,” he added. “But we will not condemn people of an entire religion based on the actions of a few. Nor will we deny them the freedom to escape from tyranny and horror.”

Libertarians call for maintaining the U.S. ethos of open borders for peaceful people. Protecting the United States from threats of terrorism should not come at the cost of the First and Fourth Amendment rights of all Americans.

“More domestic government surveillance is not the answer, especially for peaceful people who have harmed no one,” Sarwark said. “Libertarians vehemently oppose any infringement of religious liberty and of government data-gathering of citizens, Muslim or otherwise, without probable cause as required by the Fourth Amendment.”

Since the Moroccan-American Friendship Treaty of 1786 through the middle of the twentieth century, America enjoyed generally friendly relations with Islamic countries across the Middle East. But after the discovery of oil in the region, the U.S. government began a string of destructive, terrorism-inciting interventions in the region:

The U.S. government sent the CIA to overthrow the democratically-elected government of Iran in 1953, setting off an escalating chain of events that reverberates to this day.
The CIA installed the Shah of Iran, a brutal dictator, who kept the oil supplies flowing. This outraged the Iranian people, building up to the Shah's overthrow by the Ayatollah Khomeini and the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979.
The U.S. supported Saddam Hussein of Iraq against Iran, eventually leading to Saddam's invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
The U.S. permanently based troops on Saudi Arabian soil, a decision that Osama Bin Laden viewed as religious sacrilege and which partially motivated his 9/11 attacks of 2001 on the World Trade Center.
The U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 under the false pretext of Saddam’s alleged “weapons of mass destruction.” The resulting chain of events culminated in the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria today.

“Just as creative destruction in a free market replaces less desirable products with ones that work,” said Sarwark, “we must replace foreign policies that provoke war and terrorism with ones that foster peace.”

“Ending U.S. meddling in the region is the only way to unwind the centuries-old blood feuds into which lawmakers have entangled the American people,” he continued. “America and Middle Eastern countries can then, once again, have a chance at peace.”

Visit LP.org to share this release.

New Archival Site on Early Libertarian History

An archival site has just been posted to make available to the public the history of Society for Libertarian Life (SLL) at http://sll.freedom1776.com/ .

SLL was an early libertarian organization that was founded in 1973 at California State University, Fullerton and expanded across California and had national significance.  A slew of issue papers, newsletters, and posters were produced by SLL from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s. The material posted provides a window into the thinking and activities of the early libertarians/classical liberals.

I was involved in this project since I was the founder of SLL and had stored some of the material that is now on display. The Hoover Institute at Stanford University also has a limited collection of SLL archival material.

The Cover-Up of italian Fascism's Marxist and Socialist History by Wikipedia Editors

A posting of the former Wikipedia page Controversies over Italian Fascism’s Political Placement can now be found at http://fascistcontroversies.weebly.com/ A number of left-wing editors at Wikipedia wanted to cover up Mussolini’s Marxist and socialist history. They also refused to post a revised and enlarged version with over 350 footnotes by major historians. That version will eventually be posted somewhere else.

One Wikipedia editor complained that to label Mussolini left-wing and a socialist would change 80 years of historiography, although historians have pointed out in many books that three-fourths of Italy’s industry became state-owned by the mid-1930s, making Mussolini a true socialist. Mussolini even boasted about this socialist accomplishment in a major 1934 speech, proclaiming that “Three-fourths of Italian economy, industrial and agricultural, is in the hands of the state.” (Gianni Toniolo, editor, The Oxford Handbook of the Italian Economy Since Unification, Oxford: UK, Oxford University Press, 2013, p. 59; Mussolini’s speech on May 26, 1934.)

Also see the 1933 and 1934 editions of Jane Soames’s authorized translation of Mussolini’s “The Political and Social Doctrine of Fascism." This is where Mussolini proclaims that Fascism is a left-wing movement. http://hipav6.wix.com/history-uncensored

Libertarian Party of Mty. County Meeting in Seaside--Tue, Feb. 24, 2015

Our annual meeting will be Tuesday, February 24 at Roundtable Pizza in Seaside (1717 Fremont Blvd.). At about 5:30 we will provide pizza and beverages. After eating and socializing, there will be a short business meeting with elections and discussion of our 2015 activities (Projects: oppose the militarization of the police—protest city of Del Rey Oaks armored vehicle, police brutality, killer drones, etc.)

Be prepared to support the county party by renewing your annual dues. You might also consider running for office in our small-but-mighty group. The Libertarian Party of California Convention will be in April or May.

The meeting will be followed by fellowship and free debate for as long as the beer holds out.   I hope to see you there!                          

Jane Heider, Secretary, LP of Monterey County

Lawrence Samuels, LP Chair of Monterey County

Board Members (2014): Lawrence Samuels, chair; Jane Heider, Secretary;  Sara Lopez, Treasurer; Sherman K. Ball, member at large, Steve Blumenthal, member at large; Mary Larkin, member at large; Tom Lee, member at large.    

Speech on Restorative Justice by Thomas F. Lee

Speech: Thomas F. Lee

Thursday, October 23, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Topic: “Restorative Justice in Monterey County”

Location: Peace Resource Center, 1364 Fremont Blvd., Seaside

Free to the public

The talk will give the audience a good background on restorative justice and how it differs from the justice model most of us are familiar with as well as covering the programs of RJP.  It will provide a detailed overview of the RJP Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP), which applies restorative justice principles to minor juvenile offenders and their victims.

Restorative Justice Partners (RJP) Inc. is a nonprofit, located in Marina, which runs several programs to benefit Monterey County.

Bio: Thomas Lee is a long term volunteer and now a consultant with RJP, serving as a mediator between juvenile offenders and the affected victims.  He is also a member of the Civil Rights Coalition for Jail Reform in Monterey County. He is also a member of Libertarians for Peace of Monterey County.

More Information:    tomlee@redshift.com