LP Monday Message: Republicans are about to double-cross Tea Partiers

January 17, 2011

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. MLK suffered serious personal risk to fight against government violations of the rights of minorities. I'm glad we remember him each year.

Although it's a day off for many people, we're hard at work at LP Headquarters today. We've spent the weekend working on some internal computer upgrades, and hopefully we can complete that project today.

We also have a new video on our home page for you.

TSA: Airport Security is Impossible says William Stone III

The concept of “airport security” is actually Access Control.  ”Access Control” is a catch-all concept that basically boils down to the idea of controlling who can get into a particular area and who can’t.

The reason that access control is impossible in an airport is very, very simple.  The underpinning of all access control is this concept:

Deny access to everyone but a few individuals.

John Green on Freedom: Blog posting by Economist David Henderson

It has become so standard, when a family has had a tragedy, for a family member to advocate some further restriction on freedom even if that restriction would create more tragedies than it would prevent. It's kind of understandable. When a family member dies, we feel so impotent. We want to do something. I've never had something like John Green's tragedy of losing a beautiful vibrant little girl. The closest I've come is my brother's suicide, which was a shock, but the suicide of a 22-year old is different from the murder of a 9-year old.

Wes Benedict interviewed by Russian Television

Watch last week's interview of LP executive director Wes Benedict.

Survey Shows Libertarian Values Among MIT Students

The Tech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s oldest and largest newspaper, released the results from its political survey conducted last year.  A total of 20% of the school’s undergraduate and graduate population responded to the questionnaire from October 2010.

The results show that 23% of the respondents consider themselves libertarian. Of that group, 35% believe that the Libertarian Party best represents their political views. That is compared to the 9% who believe that the Republican Party best represents them and the 23% who chose the Democratic Party.

Utah Newspaper Publishes Libertarian Essay

On Sunday December 19, 2010, The Salt lake Tribune, Utah’s largest newspaper, published a libertarian essay on the privatization of liquor sales. “Limited Government: Privatize Liquor Sales” appeared on the front page of the Sunday paper’s opinion section.

TSA conference shown on C-SPAN2

C-SPAN has scheduled its recording of the "Stripping of Freedom" conference for tonight, January 10, 2011, starting at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. It will be shown on C-SPAN2.

Watch C-SPAN2 live online.

LP executive director Wes Benedict's speech should occur during the first hour of the broadcast.

LP Monday Message: TSA, security, and overreaction

January 10, 2011

Dear Friend of Liberty,

The Libertarian Party has posted a statement from our chair, Mark Hinkle, condemning the recent shooting in Arizona.

While some Congressmen are making noises about new laws and restrictions, I think it's important for Libertarians to remain calm and stick to our libertarian principles.


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