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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

Movie Premier: "UNFAIR: Exposing the IRS" Oct. 14, 2014

Premier Showing of

”UNFAIR: Exposing The IRS

Documenting Current IRS Scandals

Tue., Oct. 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Century 14 Northridge Mall Theater, Salinas, CA

Premier showing of “Unfair: Exposing the IRS”, which exposes the current scandals plaguing the IRS, will be held at the Century 14 Northridge Mall Theater (350 Northridge Shopping Center) in Salinas on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 7:00 PM.  Ticket at the door or at Fandango: https://tickets.fandango.com/transaction/ticketing/express/ticketboxoffi... :

After the 90-minute film ends, there will be a televised, real time panel discussion of tax issues (30 minutes) including questions about the FairTax versus a flat tax.

We will go out afterwards to discuss the movie at BJ’s restaurant, 1730 N. Main Street, Salinas (across from the Mall)

View trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KyBq_Cb01I

Co-sponsors: Frank Wagener of the FairTax movement in California, and Lawrence Samuels, chair of the Libertarian Party of Monterey County. This is a ONE SHOWING ONLY. Contact Frank at  frank.wagener@ca4fairtax.org or Lawrence at lawsam1951@hotmail.com or 831-238-5058.

 

 

Argument and Rebuttal Against Tax Increase--Measure Q

Below is the argument and rebuttal against the Monterey-Salinas Transit District Tax. I was one of the signers. This language will appear in the Nov. 4, 2014 Voter Booklet.

 

Argument Against Measure Q

 

This year’s ballot is awash with tax-generating measures to increase sales taxes, school bonds, hotel transient occupancy tax and transit tax. Further, there will be a number of expensive tax measures at the state level. One would have to be brain-dead to vote for boosting taxes when most governmental bodies spend wildly without much transparency or care while their public employees enjoy obscenely high salaries, health care benefits and bloated pensions. To the overtaxed, it seems that the only purpose of the taxpayer is to foot the bill.

The Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) has no qualms about spending taxpayers’ money freely. They agreed in their Jan. 2014 board meeting to spend up to $100,000 of taxpayers’ funds to research the feasibility of this tax measure. And who can forget their failed attempt two years ago to create a huge maintenance/operations facility at the 58-acre Whispering Oaks business park in Fort Ord, for which they sunk over $4.5 million into design work. Guess who paid for that debacle!

This tax is just another attempt at empire-building. The MST has been seeking more office space, newer buses that are usually less than half full, and more facilities. The MST say they want additional taxpayers’ funds just to help senior citizens, veterans and people with disabilities, but such nice-sounding language comes from their advertising consultants. Who knows if that is true? The German philosopher, Nietzsche, saw through such political smoke screens, observing that “everything the government says is a lie.”

Perhaps not everything, but spin-doctoring often brings home the proverbial bacon in the form of a large revenue stream from taxpayers. This farce needs to stop. Vote NO on Measure Q.

 

Rebuttal Against Measure Q.

 

All too often, governmental bodies behave like criminals.  When MST district mailed out thousands of flyers announcing a meeting to let the public know about their proposed tax for the Nov. 4, 2014, ballot, they failed to mention the location.  When several taxpayers found the location, they asked for another meeting. But their pleas were ignored and the MST board voted to put the tax on the ballot with almost no public comments, because almost nobody knew the location. The MST did not want the public at their July 14 meeting! They apparently wanted their meeting held in secret. This is almost criminal, perhaps bordering on consumer fraud.

Over 2,500 years ago, Greek philosopher Aristotle made an astute observation.  He warned: “Subjects are also kept poor by payment of taxes.” And this is the point. The Transit tax is not small when considering the high salaries, pensions and health benefits of public employees that most taxpayers can only dream about.

To the insulated bureaucrats, it seems that they never have enough money. In fact, we could give every penny we own to the various government agencies, and it would still not be enough.  No more new taxes! Vote NO on Measure Q.