Yes on 19 – Legalize Marijuana

That people support putting their children, parents, siblings, cousins, friends, co-workers, and fellow church members in prison for years or decades for peaceful actions that no one involved in had any complaint about shows how little advanced humans are above animals in moral sense.  It’s depressing.

So, cheer me up by voting Yes on Prop. 19.

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Libertarian Party | Maximum Freedom, Minimum Government

The Libertarian Party is conflicted on a number of issues, which is to be expected of any political organization that doesn’t have strict ideological purity tests for membership.

One strand of libertarian thought supports non-interventionist military policy,  meaning basically that a nation’s military should never engage in aggression – it should only use force in defense against an attack on the nation’s territory.

Another aspect of many Libertarian’s thoughts on military policy is that wars should be fought only with a declaration of war by Congress, as required by the Constitution.  Adherence to this view would eliminate such things as the war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I think the Libertarian Party should  consistently support  non-interventionist military policy and place greater emphasis in its publicity on it’s support of non-interventionist military policy.  Peace supporters are still voting for Democrats, despite the  fact that that elected Democratic legislators are strong supporters of  U.S. military aggression, just like the Republican Party.  Many Libertarian Party slogans, pamphlets, press releases, etc. mention support for the free market and personal liberties but leave out the third element of the Libertarian triad, military non-interventionism.

Immigration restrictions, passports, visas, and the like

If there were race, religion,  or sexual orientation based equivalents to passports, visas,  immigration restrictions, and the like, lots of people would be justifiably up in arms about how wrong they are, but since passports, visas, immigration restrictions, and the like base their discrimination on  national origin and national citizenship, people not only don’t oppose them, they insist that they are absolutely necessary and that terrible things would happen if these oppressive and repugnant policies were not enforced.

This suggest to me that most people, deep in their hearts,  think of  people who are  citizens of a nation other than their own as sub-human.

It’s no doubt true that in many cases nation-state based bigotry is based on race  and religion based prejudice, but I think that pure nationality bigotry is a sad and very harmful reality.  Nation-state bigotry is a moral abomination,  the same as racism, religious bigotry, and other such collectivist prejudices,  but nation based discrimination is popular nearly universally.

There are  folks who claim to oppose nation-state bigotry, but few support the measures that a consistent opposition to nation-state bigotry implies,  such as  abolishing immigration restrictions, passports requirements, visas and other similar policies that impair freedom based on national origin or citizenship.

It’s a shame.

Libertarian Party Statement of Principles

I’ve liked the Libertarian Party Statement of Principles for decades.

Here it is:

We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.

We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.

Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.

We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely,

(1) the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others;

(2) the right to liberty of speech and action — accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and

(3) the right to property — accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.

Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market.

Libertarian Employment and Education Opportunity

I’m just passing this on; I saw it because the Libertarian Party of Ohio facebook group sent it to me. 

The Koch Associate Program was established to identify up-and-coming leaders and entrepreneurs interested in liberty and help them develop the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary for careers with market-oriented think tanks, policy institutes, and other non-profit organizations.

Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation – Koch Associate Program


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Comcast ftp throttling impairing virtual world distribution?

There have been numerous reports that ISPs such as my ISP, Comcast, are interfering with various methods of distributing files in common use by software providers, methods like BitTorrent and FTP.

The Novoking virtual world is using ftp  and the new Twinity virtual world is using http to distribute their installation files.

I’ve had a hell of a time getting either of these downloads to work.  The ftp download starts and then shortly thereafter terminates long  before completion.

I tried ftp-ing some small files; this worked with no problem.

I am at present using the download manager FlashGet to download the over 300 meg Novoking installation file.  This appears to be working, but it looks like it will take over ten hours to download the file.  The download rate reminds one of the dialup internet era.

For me, the real problem is a lack of any source of internet service other than Comcast.  I live in an apartment, so satellite is not a real good option.  The phone company here doesn’t provide DSL service, it stops about a mile or less away from me.  The government imposes a monopoly on the provision of cable internet service, so effectively it’s Comcast or nothing.

So I suspect that in the short run one might want to get a download manager like FlashGet or something similar to help deal with this problem in the short run, while abolishing the governments that  immorally provide  monopoly privileges to big businesses for no logical reason at all  that keep me from having the full range of choice internet providers that the market could be offering in the absence of government restrictions to some and privilege to others.

OMG it’s a post at http://z8.invisionfree.com/Libertarian_Party !!!

I started a forum to serve as a demonstration of the sort of forum that I think the United State’s official national Libertarian Party should have, a forum for its members to engage in discussion of meetings and plans but also to serve as a place to engage in discussion of libertarian theories and ideas such as the nature and origin or human rights, anarchism versus minarchism,  etc.   This forum has been there for months now, so long that I gave up hope of ever having anyone register and post something there.  It was just a test anyway, so no big deal to me, but it did seem to me that there should at least be some spam posted there.  If you can’t even attract spambots with a forum there must be something cursed about the thing.

Today I checked it just at random and lo and behold there was a post there.  So today I am announcing this bit of improbable and inconsequential news.  My “Libertarian Party” forum finally has  a post from someone other than me.   Will wonders never cease?

The url for my Libertarian Party forum is http://z8.invisionfree.com/Libertarian_Party .

I guess I will add a virtual worlds subforum for it so it can tie my interests in virtual worlds together with my being a libertarian.