We would like to offer the Libertarian view concerning subjects that affect affect us all, such as education, interference with free markets, social mores, individual rights. .
At the beginning of the movie Thrive, Foster Gamble notes that species were made to thrive. The thought of little weeds pushing their way out of tiny cracks in our sidewalks comes to mind. Nevertheless, there is misery, and according to Foster and Kimberly Gamble, there are specific reasons for that incongruous misery in a world designed to thrive. Visit their website to find those reasons. Also on their extensive website, you will find a concise list of 10 things you can do, right now, to counter the effects of misery makers. Here is the list. Visit the website at http://www.thrivemovement.com/
Top Ten Actions:
1. Get informed. Speak Up & Connect with Others
If you learn more about what's really going on, you can figure out how to respond more effectively. You can help seed new ideas. Join an electronic network of support.
2. Bank Locally
Centralized banks use customers' deposits to make destructive loans. Find out what projects your current bank is supporting, and if you don't like those projects, pull you money out. Find a community bank or credit union that invests in good local community projects.
3. Buy and Invest Responsibly
Whenever you buy something you are voting with your money. Make environmentally and socially conscious purchases.
4. Join the Movement to Audit and End the Federal Reserve
Join the movement to expose the Federal Reserve's destructive practices and create honest alternatives.
5. Keep the Internet Fair & Open
Help maintain absolute net neutrality.
6. Support Independent Media.
Get your information from diverse sources and contribute to independent media.
7. Support Organic. Non-GMO Farming.
Avoid food produced by large corporations that threaten our health, the environment, and our ability to grow our own food. Buy local.
8. Require Election & Campaign Finance Reform.
Help get big money out of politics.
9. Advocate for Renewable and "Free" Energy.
Reduce your reliance on fossil fuels, support clean alternatives, spread the word about new energy technologies.
10. Take Part in Critical Mass Actions.
Join critical mass rallies that catch the media and Congress' attention to issues you care about.
We Libertarians are firm in our conviction that social engineering and manipulation of free markets will inevitably bring negative consequences. To such injury, insult is added when politicians dispense largess in order to keep their positions while they look everywhere but under the sofa cushions for money to finance the largess.
The current economic upswing the City is experiencing is a result of the incentives San Francisco offered the technology industry in order for companies to move in. However, as the companies moved in, so did their relatively well paid workforce, willing to pay top dollar for a nice place in a beautiful city. Now, old-time residents clamor for protection against the inevitable displacement they are experiencing, and the City feels obliged to come up with subsidized, below-market rate housing at great expense and opportunity cost. It also feels obliged to talk about strengthening rent control and Ellis Act exceptions.
Will the City find a way to pressure the technology industry into subsidizing housing? Will voters vote themselves a big property tax hike to “save” the City’s character? Will the City go broke trying to keep their traditional voter base housed if the answer is “no” to the first two questions? We guess we will all stay tuned, since this subject has become a constant drumbeat, as class warfare, the ultimate injury of social engineering and market manipulation, settles in.
The following was posted on the Libertarian Party of San Francisco Facebook page by La Mesha Irizarry in reference to a photo of Kenneth Wade Harding Jr’s killing:
“La Mesha Irizarry: This Kenneth Wade Harding Jr, killed on 7-16-11 by officer Richard Hastings (who ever since was arrested in Concord for sexual abuse of a 14 yr old boy over a period of two years). Kenneth was left to choke on his own blood until he stopped moving, while the cops held a horrified crowd at gun point all around the scene. I hosted the first press conference about this killing 2 days later at that very corner, 3rd and Revere in SF Bayview. I manage Justice 4 Kenneth Wade Harding Jr. Facebook group since that day. Denika Chatman, Kenny's mother, does a community feed + coats and shoes for the Poor at that corner every 3rd Sunday of the month at 11 am.”
La Mesha Irizarry’s work to bring police accountability not only to disadvantaged neighborhoods, but to all of San Francisco and beyond is well known to the Libertarian Party of San Francisco. She is no stranger to tragedy. Her son Idriss Stelley was shot and killed by police in 2001.
Our City leaders say San Francisco is experiencing unparalleled economic growth; while we at LPSF worry about the ineffective governmental micromanagement that is fuelling this growth and keeping a lot of folks relegated to government assistance. We urge citizen involvement in demanding top-rated schools in all neighborhoods, encouraging small businesses in all neighborhoods, voluntarism, and of course accountability – by police and everyone.
Let us all work towards a prosperous 2014 for everyone. Best wishes for the New Year to all from the Libertarian Pary of San Francisco.
Building Liberty Coalitions: Good for Everyone's Success.
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” Babe Ruth.
Libertarians are fond of saying that trying to get libertarians to work as a team is like herding cats. Indeed independence of mind and action is one of the hallmarks of libertarianism. But, here at the Libertarian Party of San Francisco, we have decided to agree with the legendary ball player. To that end, we have formed some good coalitions with Bay Area liberty-leaning groups. We would love to hear from your group. Email our Chair (see "Contact Us") or just drop in at one of LPSF’s monthly meetings (every second Saturday of the month, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, San Francisco Main Library, 4th Floor Conference Room).
Click “Bay Area Events” on the Main Menu to see upcoming liberty gatherings that are good for having a great time, making new friends, and building teamwork.
Opposition to Indefinite Detention: A San Francisco Resolution that needed to pass
Libertarians are notorious for holding government officials’ feet to the fire. However, we are also quick to point out officials’ actions when these actions address our Constitutional Rights and further individual freedoms. One such action is San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu’s submission for approval before the Board of Supervisors of a Resolution expressing opposition to the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act. The Resolution instructs public agencies to decline requests by federal agencies acting under detention powers, urges law enforcement officials to allow detainees to due process, and requests members of Congress to repeal the detention provision of the Act. The Resolution has 11 important sections; however, the first three alone make it clear why this Resolution needed to pass at the Board of Supervisors’ meeting of February 26, 2013:
“Whereas, The Constitution of the United States and the California Constitution are the basis of our representative democracy and reflect protections that no person will be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; and
“Whereas, These founding documents reflect the essential nature of presumed innocence, the right to a speedy public trial before an impartial jury, and other elements of effective due process, and a commitment that no person will be exposed to cruel and unusual punishment; and
“Whereas, the language of Section 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on its face permits indefinite military detention without public trial of any person, including US citizens on US soil…”
The Resolution passed with unanimous votes from the Board of Supervisors. When our Founding Fathers said that our Republic will survive only if we the people exercise “eternal vigilance,” actions such as Supervisor Chiu’s and that of the Supervisors that cast the passing votes are what they had in mind – courage to oppose threats to our basic individual freedoms.
The full text of this Resolution is worth reading. It will give you an insight into the your need to,
1) Urge your local Council or Board to adopt similar Resolutions, 2) Urge your state representatives to introduce legislation to nullify the indefinite detention clause, 3) Urge your United States Congressional Representative to remove the clause from the National Defense Authorizatio Act.