Stacy Litz

Stacy Litz award.

Stacy Litz accepting a leadership award.

If there is one that libertarians agree on, it is that a person should be allowed to ingest whatever they want, be it raw milk, alcohol on Sunday, or even marijuana. Eating, drinking and smoking certain things might be bad for you, but if it doesn’t hurt anyone else then that is your choice. Consequently, libertarians also hate the War on Drugs. It creates violent black markets, makes drugs more dangerous and addictive, and helps fund CIA sponsored terrorism.

We also lament seeing someone’s cancer stricken grandmother being carted off to jail for taking medicine prescribed by her doctor or someone’s straight-A son having his life ruined because the government didn’t approve of his bad habit.  It’s always worse when it is personal.

In Philadelphia things got very personal for some of our local libertarian activists. As George Donnelly has explained, one of the prominent young leaders in our community became a secret agent of the state. Continue reading

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Philly Ron Paul Rally 4/22

Don’t miss the Ron Paul Rally here in Philadelphia on April 22nd! Details at: http://www.phreedom2012.com/

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Newt Gingrich More Libertarian Than Ron Paul

Newt and Ron

Cheerful and consistent.

The title may be misleading, but it is true at least in one case. Newt Gingrich took a lot of heat during the GOP 2012 primary when he was attacked for draft dodging.

Though he relentlessly pushes military spending and talks like a bigtime hawk, Gingrich avoided the Vietnam War through a combination of student and family deferments. (He married one of his high school teachers at age 19, and quickly got her pregnant.) In the presidential debate on January 7, 2012, Gingrich claimed that “I never asked for a deferment, I was married with a child, it was never a question.” That sounded pretty like a pretty solid defense until Ron Paul pointed out that he had a wife and two children when he was drafted — and he went anyway.

It was a good political move on Paul’s part, since he is trying to appeal to the a party that seems to have an insatiable appetite for war. However, libertarians honor those who say no to war, so the message might be confusing to Paul’s libertarian base.

Didn’t Gingrich do the right thing by refusing to fight an unjust war? Continue reading

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January Meeting

Happy New Year!

The First Philadelphia Libertarian Meeting of 2012 is tomorrow,

MONDAY JAN 16 7:00 PM

We’d love to see you there.

Higher Ground Coffee Shop
631 North 3rd (1 block north of Spring Garden).
El Stop: Spring Garden.
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December Meeting

Higher Grounds is a nice little coffee shop located near the Spring Garden Station on the Blue Line. See you there!

Monday, December 19, 2011
7:00 PM

Higher Grounds
631 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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Washington Post confuses Ron Paul for Fred Karger

The following images may have simply been an oversight on the part of the Washington Post. See if you can spot anything fishy.

How anyone could confuse the radical libertarian Ron Paul for a moderate liberal like Fred Krugar is anyone’s guess. Maybe they really thought Ron Paul was the first openly gay presidential candidate. Continue reading

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September Meeting

Monday, September 19th, 7PM @ Joseph’s Pizza 7947 Oxford Ave

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Safe Driving

While riding a bus from Philadelphia to New York (I won’t mention which company), I noticed that the driver was a little distracted. In fact, he was talking on his cell phone almost the entire trip.

Was he just chatting away with his friends? No, he was rather serious. In fact he was having a serious discussion with his supervisor. What could be so serious that he would endanger his riders by talking and driving at the same time?

Well, he was warning his supervisor that he was going to soon be over his federally mandated maximum driving hours for the week. To convince his supervisor, he even took the time to calculate out loud how many hours of driving time he had remaining. This got a little complicated, so he took his eyes off the road to find his notebook, in which he recorded his driving hours.

So while the bus driver was reading, calculating, chatting on the phone and driving, I was sitting there thinking about how much safer I am thanks to arbitrary federal limits on bus drivers.

Thanks government.

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Meeting 8/15

LPPhilly will be having a meeting next Monday, 6:30pm at:

Higher Grounds
631 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Check out the meetup page for more details.

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Extremism

Extreme Ironing

Media bobble-heads and the political zombie hordes take it for granted that being extreme is bad and being moderate is good. Politicians would agree, since that is the easiest way to maintain power. Yet, there is nothing inherently wrong with extremism.

We want our food to be extremely tasty, the weather to be extremely pleasant and our benefactors extremely generous. It is only in the realm of politics, where people are artificially pitted against each other, that moderation seems to be a virtue.

Few would argue that we should take a moderate view of robbery. One extreme is no robbery, the other extreme is lots of robbery. A moderate view is that there should not be too much or too little robbery, which is absurd.

Similarly, libertarians take the extreme position that all human interaction should be voluntary, not just the part that the government hasn’t gotten around to regulating. Continue reading

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