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Did Kamala Mean “Too Much Pollution,” Or Too Many People?

An intriguing question, discussed in Mises.org:

…That it is the government vs. the people rather than the government for, by, and of the people is clear in the former’s policies in practice as well as in the statements from its leaders. Very recently, Vice President Kamala Harris noted that “When we invest in clean energy and electric vehicles and reduce population, more of our children can breathe clean air and drink clean water.” Yes, she said “reduce population.”

The White House quickly posted an updated speech suggesting the VP had merely misread. She meant to say pollution, not population…The obvious reason is that this is something that is often discussed in politics and most likely also within the White House. Neo-Malthusianism, the idea that all problems in the present are due to “too many people,” and the seemingly obvious policy implication that we must “reduce” the number of people living on this earth, is alive and well. It’s a hydra that by now has plenty of heads, simply because we’ve already chopped off so many (and, as for the mythological creature, two grow up to replace each head chopped off).  Read the rest.

 

So, What WAS July Fourth All About?

In further anticipation of the meeting discussing “Midnight for Liberty,” here is historian Tom Woods on the meaning of Independence Day:

Independence Day is tomorrow, and I wonder how many people really get why it matters.

In school, we were told this: “No taxation without representation.”

Zzzzzzzz.

The real principles were more like the following.

(1) No legislation without representation.

The colonists insisted that they could be governed only by the colonial legislatures. This is the principle of self-government. This is what the War for Independence was all about: local self-government.

Yet today, when the Supreme Court says the federal government has no authority over a particular issue and that it is better decided at the state level, instead of being pleased that the decentralized American political order is once again being respected, tens of millions of Americans respond as if Frankenstein’s monster were roaming the land.

2) Contrary to the modern Western view of the state that it must be considered one and indivisible, the colonists believed that a smaller unit may withdraw from a larger one. Today we are supposed to consider this unthinkable.

(3) The colonists’ view of the (unwritten) British constitution was that Parliament could legislate only in those areas that had traditionally been within the purview of the British government. Customary practice was the test of constitutionality. The Parliament’s view, by contrast, was in effect that the will and act of Parliament sufficed to make its measures constitutional.

So the American colonists insisted on strict construction, if you will, while the British held to more of a “living, breathing” view of the Constitution. Sound familiar?

So let’s recap: local self-government, secession, and strict construction. Not exactly the themes you learned in school.

And not even what you’ll learn in graduate school… Read more

 

Midnight for Liberty? A Conversation July 8

Join QL (in its speaker event for LPQC) to hear Dr. Philip Schoenberg lead a group talk on July 8 on the topic of “Is It Midnight for Liberty?,” at OBA Grill on 104-02 Metropolitan Ave at noon (an exchange of ideas by attendees on the current path, or state of freedom in the US). This discussion will follow the monthly business session, covering Queens LP housekeeping and subcommittee updates.

Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg, a historian, will encourage people to choose topics of liberty to discuss. Discussion Questions are in honor of the 4th of July when we declared our independence to determine if we have been on the right path to liberty.

Directions: We will do a roundtable of discussion in which everyone can choose a question for us to discuss.

  1. How do you define being a libertarian?
  2. Should the American Revolutionaries be considered to be libertarians if they did not free their slaves?
  3. Should there be any government regulation of guns and gun ownership?
  4. Should people be allowed to discriminate against others on the basis of gender, handicap, color, race, or religion?
  5. Should compulsory school attendance be considered a violation of liberty?
  6. Should the states be able to nullify laws passed by the federal government?
  7. Should the states be allowed to leave the Union any time they want?   And other topics.  Details and Directions

 

Lionel on Biden’s Tyranny

It’s curious with all the attention showered unto Trump’s basket of presumed transgressions, that the more numerous and better documented scandals of the current President keeps on getting a pass.  Libertarian attorney and pundit Lionel comments on the incumbent Overlord in Chief (and P.S., Tim Pool and friends remark on the sudden turnaround of the mass media, who are now full-on confronting the administration about its corruption):

 

Can New York Even Get Selling Weed Right?

The state of the State’s handling of its new marijuana laws, according to the Queens Chronicle:

If you’re sharp and have lots of friends, it can be fairly easy to set up shop as a pot dealer. You might start out by becoming the person who picks up for your pals. They’re all throwing in, say, $50 for an eighth of an ounce, but when you buy for four of them at once, you’re getting a half-ounce, and maybe it’s $150 instead of $200. Prices drop when you buy in bulk, just like at the store. You just made fifty bucks.

The next step is to not wait for your friends to need weed. You go get it ahead of time. Maybe you get even more, so your volume discount is bigger and once you do sell it, you make even more. And maybe you take the further step of getting your dealer to front it to you: to give you the goods and trust that you’ll pay later. Congratulations, you’re a drug dealer. As long as things go well, you could do this for years. They don’t always go well, but at least the weed trade historically has been less violent than, say, the cocaine business.

Now let’s say you’re the State of New York. Think you can help some folks with experience in both weed and the (more or less) honest business world go completely legit? Can you give them licenses to sell weed and dress it all up by calling it cannabis? Can you let farmers upstate grow the stuff and help them get it to market while it’s fresh? Can you help fill state coffers the way it was done in the past by turning the numbers racket into something called the lottery and taxing the heck out of it? The answer to all this would be no. Not in any competent manner. Not like the guy who started buying weed for his friends and ended up with a Corvette.

It was more than two years ago that the state passed the laws setting up a system for legal recreational marijuana. We were to have hundreds of weed shops (er, cannabis dispensaries) by now; instead we have 12 statewide. What we do have lots of are illegal shops, more than 300 in Queens alone. Most have survived the legal threats made against them so far, while a handful have gotten busted — just as a few wildebeest fall prey to the lions but the herd thunders on…  Read the Rest

 

Are We Near the Fall of the Liberal World Order?

Join QL on June 10 (in its speaker event for LPQC) to hear retired Professor Robert Luster speak on the topic of “The Fall of the Liberal International Order and the Global South,” at OBA Grill on 104-02 Metropolitan Ave at noon. This address will follow the monthly business session, covering Queens LP housekeeping and subcommittee updates. Is the US and the Western order increasingly losing international ground under the increased influence of China, Russia, India, or their emerging alliances with each other? Is the future in a rising new order in Asia and the Global South?

Should our nation have or maintain hegemony or controlling geopolitical dominance across the East? Are many Western officials addressing these changes? How do recent elections, or the economic circumstances of these countries factor into their current relations? Is the US answer to these issues more, or less foreign intervention? Luster will speak 45 minutes, followed by discussion. UPDATE: Due to scheduling issues Luster’s presentation has been postponed until August 12. Dr. Philip Schoenberg will speak instead, discussing “Does the Deep State Exist?” on June 10. 

Details and Directions

P.S.: Schoenberg has further clarified his remarks on the deep state:

The Deep State from the Founding Fathers to Donald Trump and Beyond © 2023 by Philip Ernest Schoenberg, PhD

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “The deep state is defined as “a body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy.” However, this definition is not complete. The deep state consists of forces that promote injustice by being blind to what is right because the end justifies the means. We will take a trip through American history from the Founding Fathers to the present.

The Deep State is part of belief in a conspiracy theory in which anything that supports what he or she believes in no matter how doubtful, imaginary, and tenuous while anything that  does challenges this belief no matter  how grounded in evidence, reality, science, and truth. The US is the leader in conspiracies like so many else good and bad.

In our survey of the American history of the Deep State, Donald Trump is the epitome of the Deep State. While promising to demolish the Deep State, he has enhanced it. Any person or institution is part of the Deep State. Trump is no victim of the Deep State; he is the Deep State. 

Procida on Political Issues: the Debt Ceiling

John Procida, original founder of LPQC, though retired from activism, still comments on political issues via his email list. Here are his notes on the debt ceiling battle in DC:

The discussions on the Debt Ceiling are so depressing. The reason they are depressing is because they show how stupid the American people are. What they are discussing is how much more debt we should incur. The debt we now have is not re-payable and they want to increase it and the American people are not outraged. Both political parties are at fault and they are arguing about who is more responsible for their combined stupidity.

Ultimately the American people are at fault as they elected this bunch of leaches. The politicians know the weakness of the people and constantly feed them ice cream to get their vote and the jerks are happy with the ice cream even if it not affordable or unconstitutional and that goes on and on. In the constitution that our fore fathers wrote the federal government was not allowed to take money from one tax payer and give it to another citizen in any form.

It is well known by historians that a country will survive if the people could not vote themselves money from the national treasury. Once that happens that is the beginning of the end of that government. Our forefathers knew that and in Section 8 of our constitution they listed about 18 things that the federal government can do, and taking money from one person and giving it to another person is not on that list but who reads the constitution?

As a matter in fact the federal government is doing dozens of things that are not in Section 8 and that is why we are effectively bankrupt.

So don’t get mad at the politicians, get mad at yourself. Thomas Jefferson said “a country that wants to remain free and ignorant never was and never will be”, he also said that no generation should leave the next generation in debt.

John P.

LPNY Launches Monthly Online Activist Meetings

The Libertarian Party of New York is launching a monthly event called LPNY Activist Forums. The purpose of these is to provide a place for Libertarian leaders and activists across the state to discuss current and future activist, candidate, and party activities.

For anyone who is a Libertarian leader, activist, or wants to get involved in the Libertarian Party of New York, this will also serve as an orientation where you can meet state and local leaders and learn about opportunities to get involved. In the case of unorganized counties, you can learn about the resources we have available for forming a new county affiliate.

The first LPNY Activist Forum will be held Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Details and Registering Info

 

LPQC Holds First Full General Business Meeting May 13

Join us for QL’s next session as the new Libertarian Party of Queens County (LPQC). This official LP county committee will hold its full spring general meeting (plus remarks by LPNY state committee member Bill Schmidt (tentative) in the speaker/topical section) on May 13 at noon. Function will be at the OBA Grill, at 104-02 Metropolitan Ave in Forest Hills, and will further expand on filling vacancies in the county committee, plus subcommittee positions or assignments outlined in the April meeting.

In this session members will again be offered to serve as LPQC officers (such as Secretary), and as key persons or “team members” for the following positions: media contact, membership/fundraising, candidate/activist outreach, youth/campus outreach, community/business outreach. So far the website and social media team consists of John Clifton and Francisco Olvera, and Robert Luster agreed to be on the Program/Speakers subcommittee. Please attend and volunteer to help in one of these areas! LPQC’s mission will be further defined, and details for conducting an initial fundraising letter will be explored.

Details and Directions

Did Vivek Squeeze Lemon Out of CNN?

Conservative Presidential contender Vivek Ramaswamy dialogues with Libertarians (Nick Gillespie at Reason) on the recent ouster of top cable news hosts, and the historic legislative implications for blacks of gun control, and civil rights:

As for Tucker Carlson, please note the comments from the brilliant JP below, about what likely led to his departure: