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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

INTERVIEW: Gary Johnson for U.S. Senate in 2018? (Plus BONUS Content for THL Readers)


In a recent interview for IVN, Gary Johnson consultant Ron Nielson said Johnson “would be a fantastic senator” if he chose to run in 2018 against New Mexico’s Democratic junior senator, Martin Heinrich.

When pressed on whether Johnson would consider making a bid for the U.S. Senate next year, Nielson had no comment, saying:

“Well you’d have to ask Gary. I have no idea. No doubt that Gary would be a fantastic senator. He would do an amazing job and be great at that task. I have no idea if that would be of interest to him.” – Ron Nielson

Ron Nielson, a public opinion research consultant from Salt Lake City, Utah, was Gary Johnson’s campaign manager, and the chief architect of his two successful bids for governor in New Mexico in 1994 and 1998. He also helped Johnson garner a historic, record-high voter turnout for a Libertarian Party presidential candidate in the party’s 45-year history...

Read the rest at:
The Independent Voter Network.

Bonus Interview Content for THL Readers

Here's one part of my interview with Ron Nielseon that I cut out of the piece for IVN to keep it from running too long:

When I recently had a chance to speak with Ron and ask him about Gary Johnson's political future and the future of his non-profit organization, Our America Initiative, I had to ask about the 1,400 mile Tour Divide Bike Race through the Rocky Mountains that Johnson recently competed in.

A presidential bid- especially by a serious third party contender fighting an uphill battle against the road blockades set up by the entrenched two party system- is an incredibly exhausting and draining campaign. Most people would take some time to rest after months of such a vigorous and demanding schedule, but Gary Johnson, at the age of 64, recharged his batteries with a 1,400 mile bike ride through the Rocky Mountains.

I just had to ask Mr. Nielson, "Interacting with Gary Johnson on a daily basis, can you tell me what the man is eating? Because I'd like to have about half the energy he has. I'd be happy with that."

Laughing, Nielson answered, "Gary is very driven. He commits to things and follows through. He commits to a bike ride across the country and that’s a done deal. He’s going to finish it. That bike ride was on dirt the entire way. And he had to carry all his own stuff, and fix his bike when things broke."

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Way Marxists Think



Sometimes when I am lacking in the level of initiative and motivation I need to sustain to achieve all my goals short term and long range, I go onto message forums and Facebook groups and join in some debates with Marxists and socialists to get my head right.

Just to think, if I keep staying unmotivated and uninspired long enough, my mind could atrophy so badly I end up like one of these blighted souls! It's a real gut check.

Well recently some one started off a debate asking for some Marxists to justify their belief that wage labor and the employer-employee relationship are inherently exploitative.

One happily obliged:

"Wage labour pays only a fraction of what it's worse. [I think he meant to type "worth"] That's where the exploitation happens. Your wage isn't the whole value of your work, most of it is retained by the boss as surplus, or profit."

To which I responded:

"Of course the labor is worth more than the wages to the employer. That's why the employer willingly exchanges the wages for the labor.

But by the same token, the wages are worth more than the labor to the employee. That's why the employee willingly exchanges the labor for the wages."

And a fellow economic literate and clear thinker agreed further down the discussion:

"Wesley's first comment ends the entire thread tbh."

But the Marxist would not relent. Here's how Marxists think:

"Wesley, you're ignoring the threat of homelessness and starvation. There's no willing exchange in the majority of employment"

My obvious answer:

"Who's making that threat? The employer? No that's the default human condition. Our ancestors came down from the trees. They had to work to eat too. A LOT harder than we do."

The Marxist's retort:

"There's nothing natural about poverty. It is man made and can be undone by men, it is capitalists and their system which benefits from it

Default human condition, same thing. I think we're a bit too late on in history to try and compensate for our downfalls with cave dweller logic"

And my final answer was:

"I guess you're right that the worker must work or face homelessness and starvation, but that's a cry against the nature of reality, not a critique of employers and employees exchanging wages for labor.

The employer has to keep paying workers and exchanging goods for payment or else go out of business and be homeless and starve, right? No willing exchange on her side either? No body engages in willing exchange? Because we all have to make an effort to live?

That's a cry against God take it up with him."

The Marxist stopped commenting after that.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

I Predicted This in 2010!


A study of FBI crime statistics released last month has found that marijuana legalization is decreasing violent homicides related to the illegal drug trade in U.S. border states.

In this article I talk some about the study and link to an article I wrote in 2010 in which I predicted this would be the outcome of legalizing marijuana by thinking about the problem of drug related violent crime economically.

When we think economically about tough social problems, it can reveal truths that are counter to intuition.