Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Libertarian calendar for August 2016

August 18
Jamestown, NY

Chatauqua Liberty on the Rocks
6:30 pm

Press Room Restaurant at Shawbucks
212 W 2nd St, Jamestown, New York 14701
August 18-25
Philadelphia, DC, NYC, etc.

Libertarian comedy tour

August 16
Dubllin, Ireland

Selling the ideas of liberty
7:30 pm

Octagon Bar, The Clarence Hotel, Dublin
6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin, Ireland
August 16
Nashville, TN
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

AFF Nashville Young Professionals August Happy Hour
The Standard Nashville, Nashville 
August 16
Portland, OR
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
A Taste of Crony Capitalism in the Craft Beer Industry
Portland Brewing Company Taproom, Portland Oregon
August 16
San Francisco, CA
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Depolarizing Politics
August 17
Midland, MI
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

August 19
Tullahoma, TN

Libertarian Party Weenie roast
Noon - 5 pm

Waggoner Memorial Park
Hwy 55, Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388

This event will be for everyone from Coffee County and friends from all across the region to come and learn more about the Libertarian Party and our candidates. There will be food and we will be talking about ballot access and the future of the Libertarian Party in Coffee County and across Tennessee. Guest speakers will include Tom Arnold Chairman of the LPTN, David L Jones Secretary of the LPTN and resident of Tullahoma, Jesse M. Fullington Libertarian candidate for the 79th district Tennessee House of Representatives, and Safe Access of Tennessee will be there with more to come. Bring your family and friends and any curious about learning more about the Libertarian Party and what they can do to further individual liberty and fiscal responsibility in our great state.

Y'all Come

Midland Young Professionals Unwind Happy Hour
Larkin Beer Garden
August 23
Pittsburgh, PA
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
AFF Pittsburgh Trivia Night
Wigle Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden
August 28
Grand Rapids, MI
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
What Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?
New Holland Brewing The Knickerbocker

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Libertarian calendar for September 2017

September 18
Washington, DC


The Supreme Court:
Past and Prologue
A Look at the October 2016 and 2017 Terms

Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW

One of the premier programs we present each year, Cato’s Constitution Day Symposium is a comprehensive critique of the Supreme Court’s just-concluded term, plus a look at the term ahead. This year, leading scholars and national practitioners will discuss:
  • First Amendment Challenges
  • Money and Crime
  • Property, Religious and Secular
  • Looking Ahead: October Term 2017

The program concludes with the annual B. Kenneth Simon Lecture, given this year by Philip Hamburger, Maurice & Hilda Friedman Professor of Law, Columbia Law School.

Each attendee will also receive a free copy of the Cato Supreme Court Review: 2016-2017. Published every September, the Review brings together leading scholars to analyze the most important cases of the Court’s recent and upcoming terms.

For full schedule and registration information, please visit
The Cato Institute's Constitution Day Symposium is presented
through the generosity of George M. Yeager.
September 19
Detroit, MI

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Journey for Freedom: From Mao's Young Pioneer to Liberty Lover
Detroit Beer Company
September 22
Doswell, VA

Virginia State Fair Libertarian Booth

September 23
Media, PA

DELCO Liberty Fest

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Libertarian questions on Charlottesville

Libertarian Party Executive Director Wes Benedict on Charlottesville (


Libertarian open letter:
non-violent "Antifa"



Paul Jacobs on Governor Terry McAuliffe and the city of Charlottesville's failure to provide police protection and crowd control (Townhall)



Jeffrey Tucker on the history of fascist ideology (FEE)




NeverTrumper David French says Trump should have said more (National Review)


Thursday, August 10, 2017

America's Future Foundation seeks new director

Outgoing director Roger Custer writes:

After six years at America's Future Foundation, I've accepted a position as director of foundation relations with the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), starting September 5, 2017.  It's an incredible opportunity to grow their work to educate students for liberty and empower faculty to make long-term change on campus.  As you know, this is a personal passion of mine all the way back to my days as a YAF activist at Ithaca College. 

We have grown AFF to record levels, both quantitatively and qualitatively.  This is evidenced by the launch of the 27th and 28th chapter this month, and the pipeline of talent that is emerging to influence the Millennial generation with free market solutions.    
For more than two decades, AFF has incubated the talents not just of our members, but of our leadership as well. Former AFF executive directors and senior leaders now serve in executive positions at leading think tanks, activist groups, and in the private sector. Thousands of other AFF alumni are in positions of influence thanks to your investment in their education and development. 

You can read about the search for a new executive director here.  In the mean time, Heather Pfitzenmaier will serve as interim executive director.       

It has been an honor to serve AFF these past six years. I am proud of the growth of the organization and everything we’ve accomplished. It’s very exciting to think about all the talented people you and AFF have touched, and the impact they will have over the next 20 to 30 years in the world of ideas.  This month's chapter launches in Portland and Jacksonville are just the latest examples. 

The board and I are fully committed to finding AFF's new CEO and equipping him or her with the tools necessary to bring AFF to the next level.  Together we can inspire the Millennial generation to embrace free markets, limited government, and personal responsibility.  

Again, thank you for your support, and I look forward to working with you in a new capacity soon. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

FaceBook, Google, continue support Maduro's dictatorship?

Google is in the news again for firing an employee for the thought crime of writing a memo criticizing Google's "diversity" policies.

This is not unexpected, as Google routinely bans, or makes unsearchable, or unmonetizable, politically incorrect accounts, blogger blogs (including this one, which has been deleted when an associated gmail address was suspended for months - and when de-suspended all blogs were deleted), and YouTube accounts.

FaceBook behaves similarly.

Most recently FaceBook has banned advertising from the libertarian movie review website MissLiberty.

The proprietor of Miss Liberty, who wishes to remain anonymous, often advertises the website and its associated FaceBook page on FaceBook.

Most recently MissLiberty has had a number of targeted ads about movies on totalitarianism or movies of interest to Latin Americans, which had been targeted to Venezuelan FaceBook users.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Rep. Justin Amash: The Two-Party System Needs to Die

Lou Perez on Conan O'Brien in the 2017 Webby Awards | We the internet TV

Imran Awan Had Access to Every member of Congress -- SOLD SECRETS ...

Libertarian calendar for July 2017

July 26
Washington, D.C.

School Choice and Democracy: Friends or Foes?

Policy Forum 
July 26, 2017 
4:00PM to 5:30PM EDT
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute 
Featuring Richard D. Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation; Max Eden, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; and Corey A. DeAngelis, Policy Analyst, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute, and Distinguished Doctoral Fellow in Education Policy, Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas; moderated by Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute. 
One of the fundamental historical arguments for traditional public schooling is that compulsory common schools are necessary for a stable democratic society. Horace Mann, the father of American public schooling, argued that common schools would force children from diverse backgrounds, religions, and races to interact with one another and receive instruction on proper virtues. Other people, however, believe that allowing parents to choose the schools they think best for their children could improve essential democratic outcomes by forcing schools to compete and to teach more effectively.
Which system is best to strengthen tolerance and civic engagement in our society? Which theories have the most merit? What does the scientific evidence say?
Join us for a lively discussion among the panelists—and questions from the audience.
If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online at and join the conversation on Twitter using #CatoSchool. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.
Attend in Person
Online registration is now closed. Walk-in registration will be available on site. If you have any questions pertaining to registration, you may e-mail
(Reception to follow)

July 26
Purcellville, VA

Loudon County Libertarian Party happy hour
7:00 pm

Corcoran Brewing Co.
205 Hirst Rd, Ste 105, Purcellville, Virginia 20132
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!

July 26-29
Arlington, VA

July 29
Nashville, TN

Libertarian Party ballot drive
8:30 am - midnight

Friday, July 28, 2017

MILO Appears on Dr. Drew

Victims of Communism

This past fall we partnered with YouGov to poll Americans on their attitude toward socialism and communism.

The results were dismaying.

Almost a third of Millennials believe George W. Bush killed more people than Joseph Stalin. Almost half of 16-20 year olds would vote for a Socialist.

Our work takes this problem head on. We sponsor events on college campuses, hold training seminars for high school teachers, publish quality content on our blog Dissident, and so much more.

Is socialism truly the best way to pursue greater equality and prosperity? 

Learn the facts and decide for yourself.
Videos like these help add truth to the conversation when someone asks the question: “What is socialism?”

Thanks for watching,

Ashlee Moody
College Programs Manager

Saturday, July 22, 2017

How to Stop Microaggressions | We the Internet TV

Star Trek: The Libertarian Edition

Murder in Black and White

This was published yesterday at The Daily Caller.

Ramsey Denison's What Happened in Vegas is a well crafted documentary on the killing - watching the film one really wants to say murder - of four men by the Las Vegas police.

The men, Stanley GibsonTashi Farmer, Erik Scott, and Trevon Cole  - three black, one white, two Veterans - and their murders are profiled, as well as the arrests of people who protested these killings.  (In one case a number of individuals were arrested for chalking messages on the sidewalk, on the grounds that washing off the chalk cost the city thousands of dollars.  Leading to a subsequent protest where a group of women chalked messages on a sidewalk and then washed it off with buckets of water and some brooms.)

Denison, a professional video editor for TV and movies, was himself beaten and thrown in jail for 3 days in August 2013, when he made a 911 call to report "improper conduct by police officers" when he viewed an instance of police brutality.  (Denison is white.)  Spurring him to make a documentary on what he views as Las Vegas's uniquely corrupt and abusive police department.

To be released in August to theaters (one Vegas theater that had planned to show it has allegedly been pressured by the police to drop it), What Happened in Vegas was screened Thursday in Las Vegas at FreedomFest, the annual libertarian festival.

It was the 10th annual FreedomFest, organized by hard money investment advisor Mark Skousen.  The 2,000 attendees at FreedomFest skew older, whiter, wealthier and perhaps more "right libertarian," compared to other libertarian festivals - the defunct Southern California counter-cultural Libertopia, the off-the-grid New Hampshire PorcFest, or Washington D.C.'s annual International Students for Liberty Conference.  The exhibitors at FreedomFest are about half investment opportunities - everything from hard money gold bugs to start ups making pitches.  (2015 was the biggest FreedomFest, largely because Donald Trump was the keynote speaker - this year it's William Shatner Friday, following John Stossel on Thursday.  In 2016 there was a knock-down-drag-out debate between pro- and anti-Trump panelists, and a similar debate happens this weekend.)

But for the screening the Anthem Film Festival (a 3 day long event), FreedomFest became much more diverse, with many friends and family members of the men killed in attendance - one child began to cry and had to leave when video of the police beating and tasering Tashi Farmer appeared on screen.  Audience members asking questions during the panel discussion afterwards included a member of the New Black Panthers, who had been shown in the movie being arrested for being at one of the protests of the killings (the question: "Shouldn't there be the death penalty for cops who kill people without justification?")

It's too bad President Trump isn't still a candidate so that he might have been at FreedomFest.  One wonders if like Nixon opening China, President Trump might not be uniquely positioned to do something about corrupt and abusive police departments, coming up with some solution that encourages community policing, respects police as public servants, and also eliminates unwarranted searches and seizures and police strangling, shooting, and beating unarmed suspects.

President Trump unloaded earlier this week on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and when interviewed about this Senator Rand Paul observed that he had his own problems with Sessions, mainly because of Session's fondness for civil asset forfeiture, where government agencies, including local police departments, can seize assets (including cash) of people who are never convicted of a crime, and turn it into their agency's own slush fund.  Civil asset forfeiture alone would seem to be a practice that teaches police to view themselves as above the public, and in a predatory relation to the community.

One could hope for some opening where President Trump can give Attorney General Sessions some type of promotion, perhaps an Ambassadorship or an appointment to an international agency.  Then he could appoint someone with more respect for civil liberties and criminal justice reform - the attendees at FreedomFest would probably hope for something like retiring Judge Janice Rogers Brown or Georgetown Law School professor Randy Barnett.  But any Attorney General with a serious respect for the Bill of Rights and the need for criminal justice reform could help clean up situations like Las Vegas.  And perhaps help a Trump 2020 campaign make further inroads into more parts of the Democratic Party base the Democrats have for too long ignored.

Falling asleep in front of the TV