Saturday, July 22, 2017

Libertarian calendar for July 2017

July 19-22

Las Vegas, NV

FreedomFest has been the groundbreaking, pioneering liberty event for 10 years. And we're celebrating, big time.
Will you be there... 
When Matt Kibbe of Free the People interviews two of the most libertarian heroes in Washington - Senator Mike Lee and Representative Thomas Massie - on "Defending Liberty in the Era of Trump"?
Defending Liberty in the Era of Trump
Will you be there... 
When the historic photograph of The Top 100 Most Influential Libertarians is taken on the FreedomFest stage? All your libertarian heroes in one spot for this one-of-a-kind photo!
50 Most Influential Libertarians
Will you be there... 
When Steve Forbes celebrates his 70th birthday (along with the FreedomFest 10th anniversary) at our fabulous Saturday Night Banquet?
Celebrate Steve Forbes' 70th Birthday Party
Will you be there...
When the legendary Bob Chitester of Free to Choose interviews dynamic Lisa Kennedy of Fox News all about "Supernovas of Information"?
Will you be there when... 
  • FreedomFest celebrates its big 10th Anniversary?
  • We award the 2017 Anthem Film awards?
  • John Stossel reveals his confrontations with Trump, Turner and the media?
  • Greg Gutfeld speaks at FreedomFest for the first time?
  • We put the police on trial?
  • Naomi Brockwell takes the stage as our emcee?
  • Jim Rogers gives his latest investment forecast?
  • A new Trump Debate threatens to get even more explosive?
  • The Pitch Tank sequel honors a new big business idea in front of you and our celebrity judges?
  • William Shatner addresses our FreedomFest audience, going where no Hollywood actor has gone before?
Be there when it ALL Happens!
Don't miss out on the historic, exciting, once-in-a-lifetime events at FreedomFest 2017 "Exploring New Frontiers"!
Register today and come explore new frontiers with us. Use code REASON100 for $100 off your registration.
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July 20
Nashville, TN

Liberty on the Rocks

July 21-22
Quezon, Philippines

Students for Liberty conference
#68 Scout Tuazon corner Scout Madrinan Streets, South Triangle, 1103 Quezon City, Philippines

Register with your friends for FREE here:

A conference to gather minds of all ages who want to learn, speak about, or discuss the ideas of liberty. This 2-day conference will be packed with panel discussions and talks on different topics relating to our theme "live freely, live fully."

Our theme "live freely, live fully" is about focusing on ways to find and live with freedom in this slowly becoming unfree world. Our speakers will focus on both theoretical and practical things to think about and act on in this modern world of regulations and barriers that hinder human progress. 

Individuals always find ways to go around obstacles. When before information was controlled by authoritarian regimes because print media can easily be manipulated, now we have the internet and social media, giving us the power to disseminate information as fast as clicking a button. These kinds of things are the hallmark of human creativity and creation that allow others to live without fear. Living freely, living fully.

#PHSFLC17 #LiveFreelyLiveFully

July 24
Washington, D.C.

Austin Petersen for Senate fundraiser
Time/location TBD

July 26
Washington, D.C.

Safe Access DC Meeting

6:30 pm

Americans For Safe Access
1624 U Street NW, Suite 200

With DCMJ's bi-weekly Planning Meetings on summer break, please consider attending the upcoming Safe Access DC meeting!
WHO: Medical cannabis patients, supporters of medical cannabis reform in DC, and (new) members of Safe Access DC
WHAT: The second meeting of Safe Access DC in 2017

WHY: It's time for DC's medical cannabis patient advocates to unite!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Shocker: Libertarian Party also colluded with Russia during campaign

Benedict writes on Facebook:

I communicated with the Russians in September as well. My comments to a journalist with the Russian newspaper "Izvestia" below. 
Question from Izvestia: Could you outline the key differences in how Russia is perceived by the Democrats and the Republicans, in your opinion? Which party is more inclined to cooperate with Moscow? What is your party's attitude towards Russia? Will your party be ready to restore the U.S.-Russia relation? 
(photo credit: Judd Weiss)
My response: While Democrats may say things that sound more peaceful than Republicans when it comes to dealing with other countries such as Russia, most actions taken by Republican and Democratic leadership are the same. Republicans and Democrats alike support an aggressive military, have supported bombing and invading numerous countries in the Middle East and elsewhere, and have supported global spying operations. In contrast, Libertarians support a non-interventionist foreign policy. In other words Libertarians want to have friendship and trade with Russia, but stay out of Russia's domestic affairs and relationships with other countries. If Libertarian Gary Johnson is elected President, I think you will see a more peaceful posture from the U.S., something that will hopefully be contagious, and lead to less military spending and conflict worldwide, and greater peace and prosperity worldwide.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Donald Trump Jr., Patriot and TrustBuster

Published yesterday at The Daily Caller.

After a week of calls for Donald Trump, Jr. to be impeached for meeting with Russians promising opposition research, as well as calls that he be tried for treason, a few have some defenses.

To be fair many Republicans, and others, have watched Democrats and their media allies with mixtures of shock, contempt, and amusement.  These are the people who supported a candidate, Hillary Clinton, who helped transfer control of American uranium to Russian controlled firms, and the people who in the past idolized the late Ted Kennedy, who tried to involve the Soviet Union in campaigns to defeat Ronald Reagan's re-election.

Jonathan Turley has argued that no crime was committed, that there is only unwise nepotism.  Congressman David Brat has argued that everyone in D.C. colludes.   This weekend on Megyn Kelly's new NBC Sunday show, Trump advisor Michael Caputo said that the meeting was a mistake but that “There was no collusion. Do you think that place was organized enough to collude with the lunch counter across the street?  It just wasn’t.”

Caputo's assessment actually comports with what Democrats have been telling us for months.  Democrats claim that the Trump White House is so disorganized it hasn't achieved anything (other than undoing Obama Executive Orders, appointing a Supreme Court Justice with a long shelf life, proposing a balanced budget, and keeping Democrats off balance and losing every election). Democrats also claimed that the Trump campaign was disorganized and ineffective before the election - even as the Hillary data science and marketing mandarins fought turf wars with each other that kept her campaign paralyzed and flailing.

I think all these people miss the mark.

Donald Trump Jr. is a patriot.  And a trust buster.

The United States has a media oligopoly, and it's a partisan oligopoly that colludes and tampers with American elections.

One could view the (formerly) socialist Russians involvement (if any) in bringing the emails of Hillary, John Podesta, and the DNC to light as a correction of the market failure of American journalism.  Something liberals should approve of, since they like socialist corrections of market failures.

(Of course liberals always like it when the socialism is for them - NPR, opera funding, law school student loans - just as they like free markets - Uber drivers, charter schools, Handy, TAKL, and TaskRabbit servants - when they need something at a cheap price.)

One could argue that the American Democratic media monopoly (Rush Limbaugh now argues that the media is the actual ruling party, and the Democratic Party merely a cover for their campaigns) isn't a product of the market.  Libertarians have long argued that monopolies aren't a product of markets, but of government barriers to entry. (They are actually adopting the work of a celebrated socialist historian, Gabriel Kolko, who argued in books like The Trump of Conservatism that Progressive Era and New Deal expansion of regulation were usually done to protect big business from new competitors).

Americans like to think of our media as being one area of life that is unregulated, thanks to the First Amendment.  But this fails to see how it is connected to the whole of our very regulated economy, to see in Frederic Bastiat's phrase not just what is seen but what is not seen.

And what is not seen is that CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other major components of the Democratic media oligopoly are Political Action Committees.  They donate billions of dollars to favored candidates in like kind services and free advertising.  And they do it in part because PACS and their campaign spending are regulated.  Except for t ! he loophole of doing it through media corporation instead of through a corporate PAC.  A system of regulation that distorts markets and leads people like Jeff Bezos to buy the Washington Post for $300 million (even as he earned $600 million from an Amazon contract with the CIA) since he is not allowed to donate $300 million to a party or candidate.

In this environment - where media largely ignore and downplay Hillary's pay for play schemes, like the one that transferred a huge chunk of U.S. uranium to Russian controlled corporations - Donald Trump Jr.'s looking for opposition research is just old fashioned Rooseveltian trust busting and the height of patriotism.  And prissy hectoring that he should have reported the proposed meeting to the FBI and DOJ - the former run by the erratic James Comey, who was rewriting the law to keep Hillary out of prison, the latter by Loretta Lynch, who was secretly meeting with presidential campaigns at airports and granting special waivers to Russian honey pots trying to entrap the Trump campaign in scandals - are ridiculous.

The swamp has no moral authority to lecture Donald Trump Jr. on how he could have behaved better.

Off with their heads

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mother of Tashii Farmer-Brown to Hold Press Conference at Anthem Film Festival

Mother of Tashii Farmer-Brown to Hold Press Conference at Anthem Film Festival

Las Vegas, NV - The mother of Tashii Farmer-Brown, a black man who was killed in May by a police officer in a parking lot outside the Las Vegas Venetian Hotel, will give her first press conference July 20, 2017, following a screening of “What Happened in Vegas” at the Anthem Film Festival. Tashii is featured in the documentary, which includes moving footage from his funeral. The funeral was closed to the press, and his mother has refused previous requests for interviews.

“What Happened in Vegas,” directed by Ramsey Denison, documents four murder cases in which all of the victims were killed by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers: Tashii, choked to death after asking a police officer for help; Trevon Cole, a small-time drug dealer; Erik Scott, a decorated ex-army officer and West Point graduate shot in a Costco parking lot; and Stanley Gibson, a disoriented combat army veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

Also attending the post-screening press conference will be family members of the other victims; director Ramsey Denison; Larry Burns, a 27-year veteran of the LVMPD and former candidate for sheriff; and Neill Franklin, executive director of LEAP (Law Enforcement Action Partnership).

The film screening is open to members of the press and begins at 3:20pm PT.  The press conference will follow the film at approximately 4:50pm PT.  Both events will take place in the Versailles 3 room of the Paris Las Vegas Conference Center, July 20, 2017.

For media credentials to the film screening and/or to the press conference, contact Norann Dillon at or 855-850-3733 x206.  Media are asked to check in at the main registration desk in the Exhibit Hall (Concord Ballroom).

For information on the Anthem Film Festival, contact Jo Ann Skousen at or 407-620-9025.  

The Anthem Libertarian Film Festival focuses on films about individuality, choice and accountability. It is part of FreedomFest, an annual event that brings together over 2,000 attendees and 250 speakers with sessions on public policy, history, science & technology, art & literature, health & wellness, investments and economics. FreedomFest has been called “the world’s largest gathering of free minds.”   This year’s conference runs July 19-22, 2017, at the Paris Las Vegas.

Libertarian calendar for August 2016

August 3
Washington, D.C.

Debate: Libertarianism vs. Conservatism

6:30 pm

Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW

This annual event is always over-booked.  You must RSVP ASAP!

Featuring Cato Institute Interns; and Heritage Foundation Interns; with an introduction by Mark Houser, Student Programs Manager, Cato Institute; moderated by Charles C. W. Cooke, Editor, National Review Online
Libertarians and conservatives alike claim to be advocates of individual liberty, limited government, and free markets. In some policy spheres, these shared values lead libertarians and conservatives to similar conclusions about public policy. As a result, popular political discourse often conflates libertarianism with conservatism, and proponents of “fusionism” go so far as to regard a libertarian-conservative alliance as being both natural and politically useful.
However, the differences between the two political philosophies are at least as significant as the similarities. On matters such as national security and foreign policy, immigration, criminal justice, drugs, surveillance, marriage and the family, and the role of religion in public policy, libertarians and conservatives often clash with one another. 
Despite whatever similarities they may have, libertarianism and conservatism are substantially different political philosophies—so which one provides better answers to today’s most important political questions?
We invite you to a debate about the two political philosophies and their associated policy implications. Interns from the Cato Institute and the Heritage Foundation will go head-to-head to answer the question: Is libertarianism or conservatism the superior political philosophy?
If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online at and join the conversation on Twitter using #LvCDebate. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.
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