Thursday, December 3, 2009

Libertarian News (12/3/09)

This week's edition of libertarian news starts with this terrifying and gut-wrenching story of a libertarian activist whose Constitutionally protected rights of free-speech and due process have been repeatedly violated for the "crime" of handing out Fully Informed Jury Association pamphlets outside his local courthouse on jury selection day.

Meanwhile, the "hippie" libertarian and CEO of Whole Foods, John Mackey gets a lengthy article on FastCompany.com about his vision of Conscious Capitalism and Chris Edes, the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of New York State does an interview with the Empire Page about the LP in New York and the problem with partisan politics in local elections.

Here's a write up on libertarian thinker Frank Chodorov, who opposed the welfare state (the New Deal) and the warfare state (US entry into WWII) of his day, and a look at a potential 2012 bid from a politician in that same tradition, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson (even the "minuses" the author lists are "pluses" for me! Run, Gary, Run!!).

At Anti-War.com, Justin Raimondo asks Who Will Protest Obama's War? The answer is libertarian youth! Meanwhile the President of LibertasPost.com tells us how he became a libertarian. And last week, François-René Rideau defends what he calls "Libertarian Imperialism."

To wrap it up, in another stunningly stupid act on the part of a struggling GOP, the Davidson County Republican Party removed its energetic, libertarian-leaning First Vice Chair, Matt Collins by a vote of 14-4. When will the GOP stop destroying itself and contradicting its stated principles and platform?