If you want to vote for something different, for freedom issues and peace, and against the bailout, then vote Libertarian tomorrow, Oct. 14. (2008)
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It explains pro-liberty ideals as well as my platform. We are looking for more volunteers and local organizers post-election.
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October 14th, 2008
4 comments to Vote Libertarian in Scarborough–Rouge River
October 19th, 2008 at 3:12 pm
Alan, Congratulations on your campaign; always difficult to fight against the media who always push the idea that government is here to do something for the people. Those laws and regulations on campaign financing are undemocratic. Just like any form of government I must say. What do you think of the final results? What should the Libertarian Party of Canada do at this point?
October 19th, 2008 at 10:43 pm
Yes, there’s a wall of false philosophy and false economics that prevents people from questioning how they live. Many people want to use government to force controls on others whether they see this or not.
The Libertarian Party of Canada has more volunteers now and may be able to build a bigger list of candidates for next time. Considering the number of candidates, the results for the LPC were about what can be expected, because there is certainly a need for more volunteers.
The Christian Heritage Party, I believe was the most successful minor party (not counting the Greens) and I know I felt envious of their results because I believe that the LP has the potential to exceed their performance if there is growth.
I’d like to emphasize my belief that the LPC, because it is a libertarian party, needs to be a special kind of Canadian political party that tolerates diversity in candidates and is not centralized like other parties. I’ve mentioned this before. All the centralized stuff might “work” for the other parties to an extent – where their goal is power in order to control others and get jobs for their friends. Instead, for the Libertarian Party, there is strength and success in numbers. Also, the party is based on philosophy and principles, not on platforms. Platforms are only useful for education or illustrating issues. The LPC will be stronger with a diverse and larger membership where people openly debate ideas in that context. After all, libertarians are likely to be opinionated and independent-minded and this is their appeal. I think this is more of an American political party approach that we need to maintain. Trying to imitate the other parties will not work for us. It’s already been done and that’s why the LPC members left in the 80’s to join the Reform and Mike Harris Conservatives. We need motivated libertarian-minded people to join and they will be mostly impressed by a principled pro-freedom anti-war message.
I was disappointed that the Conservatives won more seats and I was disappointed that Canadians (the half who voted) were so obsessed with voting Liberal or Conservative to keep the others out. This is the establishment’s trick working very well in maintaining the status quo with the left-right tribal system. I would have preferred to see the Liberals, Conservatives and NDP be more evenly split and more divided. So somehow I think these election results are a bad omen for the near future but I don’t want people to give up. We need to build up our movement.
October 20th, 2008 at 6:18 am
I think that you, the Libertarians in Canada, should focus more on the monetary issues. Many people are receptive to the “sound money” argument. I understand that many Libertarians believe this is too sophisticated an issue to appeal to the public but Ron Paul hardly utters a sentence without mentioning the issue. When talking politics to pro-government people, I usually get a good reception on those issues. Deep in their minds, they know that printing money is wrong! Interestingly enough, I would say that the part of government they are the most receptive to curb/eliminate first is the central banking system! This is ironic because once central banking is gone, government will go fast because it will be very difficult to fund its violent operations through the sole taxes and borrowing. Borrowing without printing the borrowed money is not the same!!! For some reasons, one looks better when talking about monetary issues than marijuana through a three-bullet point party strategy. Libertarian Party as the party of sound money is a way better line than party of choice. The US Federal Reserve is worse than the Bank of Canada only because the Fed is the heart of the current monetary system. The Bank of Canada is as bad in terms of increase of money supply, manipulation of interest rates, helping the state grows at the less visible cost of inflation…
I was very happy that abstentionism hit an all-time high at the last Federal elections because anything that hits the credibility of the state is good. Elections are great to push a message but the idea that a few elected get very significant power over millions of unelected is chilly enough for me to support the “don’t vote, it only encourages them” approach.
October 20th, 2008 at 11:57 pm
I agree with focusing a lot on monetary issues, definitely.