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Since the modern LIO Libertarian and allied Green movement began in 1969 with 5 pledgers and several hundred fans, we're now 1+ per 1000 homes in every country. Why stop now?

The Libertarian International Organization  (LIO) helps you build a better world with aware, voluntary, non-punitive tools!  LIO is a set of advisory -encouragement networks  along SMILE lines. Mission: Help you promote peaceful voluntary choices and associations, notably in public administration, as engines of betterment. It is free, non-partisan, all-volunteer, neither takes nor donates funds; mothering Liberal and progressive change. Go to Page 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 |

Overview. The LIO was re-founded in 1904: Katherine Gardner-Gilson, G. Thonar, Michael Lemos. It initially focused on training on co-operatives, tolerance, and work on what is now the UN Declaration--a world rights charter. We include the Lemos-Gil Liberal Salons re-organized 1592 to promote voluntary associations as engine of progress. Just share your good work: Use any of our 3 dialogue platforms, since 1969:

  1. Civil Libertarianism: Voluntary eco-tools, all fields (SMILE).
  2. Citizen Libertarianism: Local UN Rights democracy, all nations with Florida as model
  3. Civic (with LIO curator): Libertarian model eco-homes.-community legal.

Participation is also at 3 levels: Our low-key small-l libertarians are appliers/users or LIO fans who tend to use 1 to better home to civic life. Those who focus on 2 are pledged Large-L Libertarian advocates/students of respect for the 30 UN/their nation's constitutional rights: Via choices of principled-voluntary, punishment-free, proactive, and peaceful tools--thus not advocating initiated force by any person, group, or official body (This Gilson pledge was first shared in 1969, launching the modern movement). Libertarian LIO auditors are very high-IQ homes working directly with the curator using 1-3 to better progress.  Please note the term Libertarian is derived from the Iberian for freeholder who championed justice and city rights, and the voluntary Libertarian communities of old many around the garden republic of Monfort Lemos--where all voted even in the Dark Ages--inspire many. We also welcome the growing number of unofficial libertarian-receptive and Liberal fans. Enjoy our links, and LIO Fellows thinkpieces below: Share to promote brainstorming and dialogue.

"The www.LibertarianInternational.org is informal, effective because it's us, we share many practical and inspiring tools, and LIO Libertarianism is very friendly to women and minorities such as Native and First peoples..."

--Meaghan Champion, Canadian Native American activist, homeschooler, and journalist.

 

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Libertarian Catholic Saint? LIO Fellow Dorothy Day

Posted on March 1, 2015 at 10:40 AM

The Big-L Libertarian spirit: Dorothy Day.

with MG

At a time when we again learn of new extremisms, vast atrocities, and official conspiracies... it's wise to take heart of the LIO Libertarian spirit--and a great proponent now on-track to Catholic Sainthood, my dear mentor--and frequent and often hilarious lunch companion--LIO Fellow and Old Liberal-Libertarian League associate Dorothy Day.

Day worked on three key tools--a non-punitive or restorative approach; the ideal that people should have an inalienable and untaxed homestead of a few acres as a secure base to use economic systems (sometimes called Catholic distributism: She rejected using legislation, however, or attempting to impose the optional approach on all); tolerance based on a loving heart. Her co-operative/intentional community effort while not a cure-all was essential to social life impervious to political manipulations of the economy, and a fund for good deeds. Her Libertarian 'Catholic Anarchism' Movement is still there and a great resource--and more important, many of her proposals are becoming increasing accepted or adapted.

Thus, many people are sharing the tools building eco-community 'prepper' networks, sustainable homes with their own personal social programs, working on de-criminalization and restorative justice, working on interfaith and secular-faith co-operation, etc. During the world economic crisis, many LIO fan/Libertarianist households weathered it all and were able to help others out mirroring her self-reliance concepts.  Above all, she understood as an Aristotle fan that for an action to be moral it must be in input benign, process benevolent, and in result actually beneficent. (Compare to 'our intentions were good, but it failed when we tried to force people.') She was grounded in the benign voluntary approach, started always with an assumption of good will and careful study, and urged people to focus on results that then arose from often easy but powerful changes. Dialogue: Is there something here that your home, extended family, or community network can use?

Day understood that capitalism/communism, selfishness/altruism, reason/caring, theory/action are false choices transcended with a holistic and rights/voluntary approach. She perceptively analyzed many evils of her time, worked in the trenches and lived the value of simple labor, and kept a high-minded and no-nonsense attitude that inspired many. There is no reason to wait for official sainthood to draw emotional, practical, and other inspiration from this Libertarian voluntarist hero of heroes.

Tools: Some useful if not always accurate links to get familiar/start dialogue. Enjoy!

Libertarian Party World Alliance Underway

Posted on February 21, 2015 at 2:10 PM

 

...coming to a nation near you.

By MG, LIO curator.

I'm delighted to share the news of work towards a world Libertarian Parties Alliance. While activist contact groups exist, this will allow more formal work. My friend former www.lp.org chair Geoff Neale was appointed at their recent 2014 convention to help get things rolling. He reports: "...Last year, the National Convention of the Libertarian Party approved a resolution calling for the creation of an international association of Libertarian parties (IALP-MG), and suggested that I be appointed to assist in its creation. Since July of 2014, I have been working with people from the US, UK, Spain and the Netherlands to help found this organization...On March 6th, 2015, this organization will become a reality...Please like and share."

Today, IALP states: We are holding our formal Founding Meeting in Bournemouth, UK on March 6th, 2015. Confirmed Founding Members as of this posting are from Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.

The Purposes of the International Alliance of Libertarian Parties (IALP) are:

To establish, maintain and promote a collaborative network of independent libertarian political parties from around the globe; to foster and facilitate the sharing of political strategies, tactics, experiences and best practices among its Members; and, to establish, maintain and promote libertarian political perspectives and solutions as a global brand.

Please join their Facebook to keep abreast:  https://www.facebook.com/IALibertarianParties/ 

PERSONAL NOTES:

There's some interesting history here.   In 2000 I worked with the USLP on developing its correspondent efforts to something more formal in conformity with the oddities of US law. It was agreed that when 3 countries besides the US had explicit party Libertarians in public office, it would be time to revisit the issue. At present, Australia, Costa Rica, Russia, US are notable. In recent years Euro-libertarian parties have created a joint statement and doing essential groundwork. Many other countries--Belarus, Norway, NZ--have libertarians in libertarianist parties, and many LIO fans are in non-partisan office from China to South Sudan.

Oddly enough, as a curator project (LIO endorses no parties) my initial focus in 1969 was reviving the Liberal and creating world conservative and Green alliances. Today, in several countries the Libertarians and greens are basically the same ( I created the Greens with my then companion, Petra Kelley on a common 10-point outline with the Libertarian civic platform). These provided conduits for voluntary and rights-sensitive concepts e.g. In many countries of course the main issue is developing basic libertarian-receptive democracy.

 A project aim (dubbed the 'Troika' approach by David Nolan)  is creating 3 libertarian-receptive parties of the center to discuss or focus on championing rights via voluntary eco-tools: liberalist (libertarian-oriented in our terminology) eco-parties to build the tolerant and stabilizing working-middle class, a libertarian-direction/federalist party such as the www.lp.org with invitation for people to take the non-coercion pledge, and on the local level groups working on LIO model and model-based Libertarian eco-home/eco-community with a focus on non-partisan local and especially appointive office (and centered on a project we share: See: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Libertarian-Program-Libertarians-in-Public-OfficeGOAL/221275797927517  ).  As always, L/libertarians/LIO fans work in all parties: these parties fill a gap and are offered as public conveniences (e.g. the original name for www.lp.org was 'New Liberals' but after discussion with LIO Libertarians was agreed). In due course almost all parties will start from Libertarian tools as a matter of course, whether with focus on the natural conservative/progressive social brakes and accelerators and their constituencies-- or on specific issues. In the US, we've already seen instances where the 'Big Party' candidate chided the www.lp.org candidate as having anti-Libertarian positions.

The civic mission of Libertarianism is to legalize libertarian-based societies from homes on. The www.lp.org has developed considerable institutional knowledge and materials that all parties interested in bettering awareness of rights can use. USLP public officials, despite occasional heated rhetoric, tend to lead the bodies they serve and are valued as calm resources for rights, due process, 'less-is-more' and voluntary options that empower the average person. I predict that as the materials and activist experiences of the different groups are shared, we'll see more great results. I hope to see the IALP logo in all nations with member parties or associated civic groups.

NB: And finally, for all you astro-biology/astrology fans (because we're full-service): Looks like IALP is a 5th House Pisces with Virgo Moon and Libra ascendant (9 AM meeting assumed), strong stellium in Aries and lucky Jupiter in the 11th House of politics. So it's well-aspected for visionary but precise action, likeability, both overt and behind-the-scenes work, and rewards initiative and informality. It will reach a peak of popularity starting in 20 years.

LIO Fans, Libertarians at Work: People's Republic of China

Posted on February 21, 2015 at 2:35 AM

Costa Rica Libertarian-Liberal leader former Legislator Otto Guevara Guth is greeted by Li Yuancho, PRC Politburo. Mr. Li is not connected to LIO, but many in the Li clan say they like LIO tools.

Our survey of 3000 LIO homes in China (2011) report a focus on 3 key areas:

  1. A US of China--the Chinese Dream--with more localist democracy
  2. Stabilize growing free-exchange with anti-corruption and property law
  3. Peaceful attitude with all nations towards science/cultural exchange

LIO L/libertarians there see the 'Chinese Dream' as a nice home, free-exchange for wealth and self-development in an atmosphere of respect for personal-property rights, choices of preferably voluntary-based low-cost social programs that work in a tolerant society.

From 2010 discussion handout:

In the early 1970's LIO Libertarian Advisor Damon Bordenave led a project of dialogue meeting with key persons in PRC and India, helping open up both socialist countries to Libertarian choice concepts. The vast Chinese Lee (or Li) clan has many branches with blood connection to the Lemos, the League founders  and LIO co-founders, and who worked to maintain choice concepts in less equable times.

In China in the last few months, outreach and interest has been considerable as citizens there continue to both liberalize and libertarianize.

  • LIO activists and officials met to review the PRC plan for increasing democratization, and process issues such as development of a United States of China ( see e.g.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federalism_in_China ) on a more con-federal model. Concerns were reviewed on invasion of the PRC by right-wing religious extremist parties under pretense of spreading free markets, accountability tools, and non-interference with eventual LIO clubs. Contrary to popular belief in the West, the PRC has several parties. Libertarian-interest civic groups were discussed as means of innovation starting in small areas; tools such as DDI and juries, and non-partisan local entities examined. Also examined were eco-concepts, free immigration within the PRC (which still has internal controls); abolition of the military to police levels; and ways of addressing the retirement crisis. LIO Fellows discussed how population reduction, universal unions, better wages and self-driven insured regulation could result from LIO tools. A separate workshop on ISO and CALEA standards resulted. It was set to work on Sister Cities more as well. Matters concluded with the PRC participants stating that without LIO dialogue nuclear war might have resulted; today the complaints are over cheap shirts.
  • Groups such as the Unirule think tanks continue seminars and workshops on market reform and public program choice ( http://english.unirule.org.cn ), along with information efforts such as IMPencil ( http://www.impencil.org )
  • A delegation from the Costa Rica Movimiento Libertario headed by Otto Guevara Guth discussed numerous issues to better trade and party-related concerns.
  • Lib-interest groups such as www.ISIL.org have held conferences in China.

RESOURCES:

(Article was prepared 2010-11 by R. Swanson and John Li )

 

REVIEW 2011-14: Libertarians: Vast Progress, Key Definitions

Posted on February 13, 2015 at 9:35 AM

Libertarian International Organization curator Michael Gilson-De Lemos--MG--has some great news + good clarifications ( like what's a Libertarian, and civic platform?). Retired, he's a Libertarian in public office in Pinellas county, Florida, US.

 

Thank you for your interest in our benign, benevolent, and beneficent rights and self-development sharing network and associated unofficial movement. With the dramatic growth since 2000 and changes at LIO, I will be editing here for now. This REVIEW shares wins and hard-to-get data so old-timers may re-focus, newcomers get up to speed. When in doubt be nice, SMILE, and share www.testpolitico.com   or this thinkpiece—MG.

 

 

Overview

 

Since 1985 every 2-5 years we review LIO wins and progress. This replaces the previous 25-year reviews after the 1904-6 (led by my grandmather, co-organizer of the 1913 women’s march Katherine Gardner Gilson and my Grandfather J. Gilson, who led the first LIO workshop leading to the UN Rights Declaration—the ultimate statement of Liberal Civilization on which the LIO civic platform is based.) formalization of non-partisan LIO or Libertarian International Organization as a Lemos Council/Liberal-Libertarian League/salons (‘The League” created in 1450 and formalized 1592 by my collateral ancestor, Peter De Lemos, ) project. The League is now LIO Group. Since 1969 when I pledged the first modern Libertarians with LIO permission, I’ve grown it to the largest home-to-home goodwill, human rights, and pro-science network in history. LIO is free, neither accepts nor donates funds, is all-volunteer to highlight your good work. In 1964-66 at the Salmanca meetings it revoked all past Libertarianisms for my then-new LIO (Gilson) Libertarian Pledge (to advocate respect for UN Rights by choices of principled-voluntary, punishment-free, proactive, peaceful tools; not based on initiation of force systems).

 

First, let me note the sad passing of Dr. Ralph Swanson (Libertarian Pledge by my father in 1939 and past Honorary Chair), the Brandens (co-formalizers of Objectivism or secularized, modernized Aristotelianism), and Toni Nathan (first US Woman to receive a presidential electoralvote) who handled many thinkpieces here. Also, many other LIO Fellows have passed on: Philosopher Stephen Gaskin who led interest in modern LIO Libertarian-based communes to co-housing/condominiums; last of the traditional Iberian-Spanish Libertarian anarcho-communards nobelist J. Saramago, G. Fontenis, and my mentors Joan Catala and Francisco Carrasquer; and Fellows as actor Edward Herrman, M. Anderson, and my honorary godmother and behind-the-scenes tolerance diplomat the Countess Lemos and Duchess Alba. I intend a memorial booklet. I’ll edit here for now.

 

Now, let’s review progress in our 3 core eco-platforms: Civil (SMILE), Citizen, Civic.

 

CIVIL Libertarianism:

 

 

The majority of libertarians (small-l appliers/users of SMILE tools)/LIO fans are women. Canadian native American activist Meaghan Champion is interested in native autonomy, homeschooling, and community alternate currency tools.

Brief: The Civil Libertarian platform agenda defines Libertarianism as dialogue/study and use of principled/UN rights-based voluntary, non-punitive, proactive, and peaceful solutions in all fields summarized as SMILE. That is, Libertarianism is a subset of the Liberal Arts. The main activity is curation of the LIO Fellows and now Friends (for activists) boards for sharing inspirational data. LIO Friends is now 5000+ with someone in each nation. Join: www.facebook.com/LibertarianInternationalOrganization  

 

Status: Official small-l LIO libertarian/LIO fans are (2014) at 8 million homes proportionately distributed worldwide: We’ve one LIO fan home per ~1000-home district, so our average libertarian/LIO fan is a working woman in Asia. I’ve stopped active outreach to see how momentum grows us for now: At a later date I intend a funded separate outreach effort to bring this to 5-home teans of 1+ large-L pledged Libertarian. We’re something new in human experience, a new cross-institution invention: an alliance of homes across all borders and cultures interested in rights and benign voluntary tools.

 

Note: While we welcome unofficial small-libertarians (libertarian-receptives) and Liberalist center LIO fans, our focus is on offical LIO fans/libertarians. Let me greet libertarian unofficials who self-identify and work for more open democracy especially via autonomous groups of LIO Fellows/fans: e.g. users of the older www.ISIL.org , www.TheAdvocates.org , www.FEE.org , www.Liberal-International.org  and newer international www.StudentsforLiberty.org   www.yalliberty.org  and world www.campaignforliberty.org  , and registereds in all political parties including centrist Liberal (build tolerant worker-middle class)--plus libertarian-direction (rights, following with the US www.lp.org ) and Green parties ( eco-democracy) which I helped start as public conveniences with David Nolan and my companion Petra Kelly respectively. To be an official LIO small-l libertarian applier or user, be on our list using ~ 60% of LIO tools. Please share Nolan Chart, be non-violent, and consider non-partisan public office.

 

2011-2014 Libertarian Civil Wins: S: Normalization of private action on Space colonies in the public mind, also 100-year Starship yearly conferrences catalyzed by LIO fellows towards the ‘Star Trek’ universe; fan Green/Operation Democracy projects underway all nations led ‘Arab Spring’ and progress in Myanmar. Green focus on user choice and air/sea/near-space non-pollution normalization; transparency groups now in all nations. M: Growth of the Libertarian-initiated internet and work to keep it net-neutral with reasonable pricing accomodations, and also censor-free; I: Long-awaited publication of Branden’s hard-to-get Objectivism lectures; L: Formation of ‘Manhattan Beach’ and more citizen-driven life extension/health projects; libertarian-led world reduction in poverty and rise-of-incomes from libertarian-informed freer economies; E: Pilot Non-partisan LIO Libertarian/SMILE community network project meets all goals in Pinellas County, Florida (population 1 million with 300,000 active voters) with 30,000 homes on its list, 100+ LIO/Lib-interested public officials. Training to start post-2018 100 similar official SMILE LIO Libertarian societies on each continent/key nation minus Antartica.

 

Historical notes: SMILE topics began to be implemented after a series of confidential to-do brainstorms with some 1000 science, consulting, and elected leaders in the 1970’s. While the unleashing of creativity is ongoing, a 3rd conference will be held in the 2070’s. I organized them and they were co-chaired by William Rogers and Carl Sagan. Operation Democracy began in 1971 and has brought democracyt to from 10% to 75% of nations, and reformed the tottering democracies towards rights-awareness and reduction of coercive taxes and regulations blocking people like you from common-sense action (e.g. it was a crime to attach a computer to a telephone, own gold, or invest in mutual funds in retirmenet accounts). The method was contact of organizing professionals to activate their circles for peaceful people-power transition to general democracy 15 years hence. Sister-City groups and citizen diplomacy programs were used very aggressively. This has resulted in the following democracy waves: the fall of petty Latin/Asian fascism and Communism, then many fascist regimes and betterment of e.g. US democracy, then the current push for Islamic Conference nations to democracy then secular democracy with religious freedom. LIO fans in general ask if nations must use troops just mostly protect elections: Let democracy work.

 

 

 

 Here, LIO Fellow C. Bette Wimbush, who led work for direct democracy in Florida and was the first city black city councilwoman in St. Petersburg, is sworn in. The Citizen Platform is that a world of libertarian-receptive Floridas might be a good step forward.

CITIZEN Libertarian platform:

 

Brief: This eco-platform spreads the ‘Libertarian Constitution’ of a world of regional 2015 Floridas of: libertarian-receptive direct democracy, county/municipal autonomy, and localist focus, without income tax or draft, and privatization-legality (legal private options),-transparency, -eco/garden-city, -more non-partisan office, and -equal party treatment policies. Such policies were installed by LIO fans in Florida. Advocates lead dialogue on voluntary self-government options to a confederate world civilization. The Constitution aids the first 3 UN rights via lib-friendly democracy, federalism, localism. Since 1971 my ALTER model for mission-focus is used: of a generation (30 years) each of SMILE/Libertarian-theme Assimilation, Libertarian pilot/terminology use, Transitional pilots, Evolution and normalization, and Reform-stabilization. The US and the world more generally is at the L stage, and other countries should count specific focus with creation of a libertarian-direction party or national discussion association.We ask pledged Libertarians to be resource people/leaders or ‘Libertarian Service’ in their communities, with Red Cross, Lifeguard, volunteer/public office, etc., activity.

 

Status/Wins: We’ve 800,000+ pledgers on record, with slight emphasis in the US and the remainder spread about proportionately in all nations. These’re formal pledge or Large-L Libertarian advocates or students of libertarian-receptive federalism ( you may register the starter 2nd-part ‘libertarian certification’ often incorrectly called the NAP with us or any group working to that end with www.lp.org) , with senior ones of 20 years fully adherent to my Gilson Legal Reform. Broadly, the pledge is for union-college educated people seeking more social choice and many interested in my Libertarian Philosophy as meta-philosophy or container community/dialogue protecting all dialogue. We’re exploring a pilot college-local area Libertarian Philosophy Honors club system. A main activity is promotion of general aware use and conversancy in the pledge/ pledge-inspired tools. See: www.facebook.com/pages/Libertarian-Platform-Pledge-Team-Libertario-Libertarien/257115214359027   and the aforesaid Libertarian Citizen/ LIO SMILE community projects.

 

 

African-American 9/11 martyr policeman and rights activist John Perry was then lead LIO Libertarian auditor, open to those of ~160+ (hyper-genius) IQ. He modeled interdisciplinary Libertarian philosophy and model eco-come/-village interests. See www.libertarianinternational.org/apps/blog/show/4848774-lio-advisor-john-perry-9-11-martyr-recalled

CIVIC Libertarian Platform (LIO Curator ‘E’ project)

 

Brief: The aim is legality of LIO homes and co-ops as tools of SMILE growth and as anchors of civilization. As Libertarianism/Green solutions become household words, this is what many first think of as ‘libertarianism’ namely legal projects derived from the Gilson Reform as Libertarian Charter for ideal Libertarian eco-homes and –village co-housing/condos. We’re seeing massive attitude shifts in the US/Europe towards Libertarian-identified favorable attitudes towards multi-cultural sensitivity, LGBT and gay marriage, marihuana legalization and debate on open consumer data and choice in e.g. vaccines, etc. to the point that there is a media consensus of a ‘Libertarian cultural shift’ in these countries. This dialogue is advances by LIO auditor Libertarian homes of senior advocates and ~160+ IQ—i.e. one per country + one per million inhabitants.

 

Status: We stopped registering pilot homes/eco-villages at 2000. I will issue a final Civic platform after certain legal issues are settled (I promised to delay this to post 2017). My permanent libertarian-directional ( federalist) model legal platform was issued with broad Libertarian interdisciplinary readings was blessed by the US Libertarians under direction of Dr. Hospers, David Nolan, and assent by the 2004 US LP convention, along with a strategic plan, as a toolkit and may be retrieved at: www.LibertarianBookClub.org  (there’re now over 500 home/local clubs worlwide). Political groups may use these as inspiration. As a result, autonomous Libertarianist parties and civic groups beyond the key original ones in the US, Spain (reformed as the www.p-lib.es ) and Norway are popping up and getting people in public office in every continent with Senators in Australia and Costa Rica. As of 2002 Libertarians get elected locally more easily than Democrats and Republicans ( a fact obscured by many running solely to provide legal presence) and in over 50% of the cases lead the bodies they serve. More: there is now a demand for LIO L/libertarians—who’re perceived as rights-oriented, resources on voluntary tools, and polite consensus-builders-- for neighborhood and appointed non-partisan boards that has outstripped the number of civically inclined and trained L/libertarians. To address the public demand and facilitate focus on non-partisan and prefereably appointive/advisory local public office, quango’s and coalitions, over 5000 LIO Libertarians and Libertarian-interested past and present non-partisan public officials from Russia to South Sudan are being networked by my son, himself a past teen Libertarian in 5 public offices—County Youth Advisory, Trail Park, 2 Library Advisory, and Citizen’s Postal Council--in the now official arm and professional association for LIO fans in civic office: www.facebook.com/pages/Libertarian-Program-Libertarians-in-Public-OfficeGOAL/221275797927517 A contact group for activists especially in Libertarianist/ Green parties is underway with manuals archive. LIO as such endorses no party or candidate.

 

Wins: Wins only means legalization as an option of my model/libertarian-based eco-homes. This implies a personal conscience waiver roadmap for all statutes.This is the formal political mission (adopted 1985/86) of civic L/libertarians adopted in world conference then re-affirmed permanently by the www.lp.org and successors. The rationality of the model has, however, led to wide public adaptation and dialogue. Please note that many unofficial or even avowed non-libertarians (such as US Senator Rand Paul) in elective office are being mis-identified as ‘Libertarian’ /LIO spokespeople. In contrast, many public officals are acknowledging that while you can’t win elections with L/libertarians, you will lose elections without them (whether unoffical or official): in the US –receptives are about 16+% and self-identified unofficals at 2%, and given their centrism and political awareness they’re the swing vote (in Florida, US the GOP and Democrats both explicitly try to court Libs or libertarians or at least not outrage them). Thus president Obama is well-aware he owes his election to pro-libertarians, and has led many libertarian-agreeable policies: a middle class tax cut, low deficit, space industrialization privatization, legality of arms in US parks, etc. For clarification I re-affirm the 1971 policy that most Libs use: Conservatives lag about 100 years behind Libertarians, and progressives 50 years ( hence the reversal of progressives on gay issues) as necessary social brakes and accelerators and advocates of their own interests: we ask only for fair dialogue on rights-based, voluntary options for citizens, and on both right- and left-extremism. Thus if no libertarian-sensitive or at least center to progressive woman/ minority candidate is available, pro-libertarians should vote for deadlock to enforce centrism and dialogue as follows: Nationally/locally a progressive executive/ upper body and conservative lower body; trans-nationally/regionally the reverse.

 

Finally, we’ve experimented with several blogs emphasizing edgy science and lifetool info for our fans. We’ll be providing these regularly in due course as a free benefit.

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USAGE Note: I’ve been asked several times on LIO usages of the terms Libertarian, government, abortion, and anarchism. It seems the USLP sheet on the subject is no longer distributed. Our focus is using terms in the classic and technical sense to aid clarity, especially with things used as auto-antonyms ( confusing words that also mean their opposite) such as government. Government is used to mean rules for officials (NOT the people) especially the military. This is both the classical Aristotelian usage and that of the US Constitution (Article 1, Section 8 ). Government is never to be confused with law, nation, jurisdiction, or common ‘public’ programs or assets. In the US, law and juries are not part of the government, and there is a body of thought the legislature isn’t either—only the executive. Thus people who e.g. call judges or public schools, even though they may improper coercive powers, a part of the government are not entirely correct. Many fans confusingly use government for coercive government programs. In US law the government is a common agent, no more: Weberian and other ‘cult of the omnipotent state usages’ are not used. Following past LIO/League advisor Proudhon, Anarchism is defined as a form of government or constitution where order is maintained through public awareness so punitive rules are increasingly minimized and voluntary associations or agreements used. LIO Libertarianism differs in that it seeks no punitive action, including unfair contracts or non-condign response. Abortion means removal of the pre-born and no more (it includes caesarians, hence the silliness of the pro-life who would ban them); this should be and is becoming non-destructive (think snowflake babies) as technology—once restrained by the pro-life, whose prohibitions resulted in it’s thought 10X more abortions than now—allows. LIO fans work both sides of the issue: privileged decisions for women, better pre-born options. This is an issue of humane behavior; the legal status of the pre-born is irrelevant: Relevant is getting rules out of the way of the science process now solving the problem. In summary, Libertarianism is not anti-government but (Florida) pro-voluntary governance on a libertarian-informed model of direct open democracy, federalism of high-autonomy therein, more autonomous libertarian homes and communities in those. This is not ‘Libertarian’ unless bettered by LIO fans, but technically so so they can work.

 

Finally, there are 3 types of LIO Libertarians (‘Libs’ ) reflecting 3 levels of participation: Applier, advocate, auditor. Which works for you? Civic (libertarian small-l appliers or users/fans of democracy/SMILE-interest lifestyle tools, the majority of low-key ‘lifestyle’ libertarians); Citizen pledged large-L Libertarian advocates interested in bettering civilization with rights-based less-is-more federal choices, with LIO seniors working directly with us on dialogue for the Gilson Reform; Civil ~160+ IQ LIO auditors home working directly with my family as LIO curators also promoting interest in localist LIO models/imitative eco-homes and -communities. Small-l libertarians speak for themselves on their own projects; large-L Libertarians spokesperson is the chair of their national organization (in the US the www.lp.org  and abroad its correspondents on libertarian-direction projects or ideas they’re doing. That is, no candidate, scholar, or other person is a ‘Libertarian spokesman’ or leader.). For LIO on SMILE we as a group only promote dialogue; on my model and its reform, easily adapted or adopted as a rule of order, the curator views are, as moral authors, final.

 

 

 

@ 8 million worldwide, average L/libertarian is Asian woman.

Posted on February 13, 2015 at 7:00 AM

 

LIO Friend Fely Gahan (4th from right) at international understanding event. Gahan, an educator in the Philippines, helps bring the web to tribal groups. She's the average LIO fan: an Asian/3rd world working woman for tolerance, open democracy, voluntary tools.

 

◾LIO: LIO fans now at 8 million households worldwide: 52% women, in every country & major ethnicity proportionally, about 40% in China & India driving reform. As of July 17, 2013 this exceeded the original LIO goal of one fan per 1000 population. Many are leaders in their extended families and communities. Over the next several years we will be re-formatting the D-base for a continuing contact project for bringing the pledge to lead households and SMILE info over the next 2 generations to every household (OPERATION SATURATION). NOTE: We share our D-base with no one.

◾WHO ARE THE (PRO-)/LIBERTARIANS? LIO encourages dialogue on progress through benign voluntary associations--the SMILE self organizing agenda--( see www.libertarianinternational.org ) and as well in the E part a special curator project to --in a liberal democratic secular and federalist milieu—empower and legalize-normalize model LIO or Lib-based eco-communities whether from non-abusive and self-sustaining households to co-housing to model eco-campuses to designed markets/social communities focused on a co-op based leisure society of robot work to eventual model towns as stabilizers and incubators of conservation and progress.

◾LIO Fans are Libertarians and Libertarian-receptive general supporters and users, and as far as the curator project ( E in SMILE) to promote dialogue and legalization of model communities to protect and better philosophy, science and progress the national goals are to encourage formation of additional 'Libs' over several generations with more formal Libs/libertarians: An eventual 35% aware 'libertarian' appliers from the more informal Lib-receptive and users ( with interest in liberal democracy) ; 1% pledged advocates of core rights and voluntary options ( Large 'L' Libertarian-direction ) from the primarily genius-level 2% professionals/craft masters ( as community advocates of dialogue for voluntary options and federalist localism and as rights watchdogs/ whistleblowers'); and special 1 per million population LIO Libertarian auditors being households about/over 170 IQ responsible to the Gilson-Lemos Household as project curator and movement founder. LIO Friends ( this Facebook) networks core LIO fans who share or encourage personal and social entrepreneurship non-partisan projects and tips on SMILE lines.

◾8 MILLION LIBERTARIAN USERS OR SUPPORTERS Since 1969 when curator M. Gilson-De Lemos began the LIO growth and Empower Libertarian Eco-Community projects with persons pledged to advocate rights and voluntary options--especially in home and public administration--dialogue, LIO has turned the old Libertarian-Liberal League into a massive network for betterment. Since 2005 we have had supporter groups in every country.

◾Our growth model has been always to grow equally proportionate to population composition--gender, major ethnicity, etc.--in all countries, with slight over -representation of women, minorities, native peoples where possible, and the higher IQ. The focus for developing community has been first in Spain/The Americas which have a larger proportion among LIO Fans of libertarian conscious appliers or Libertarian/Libertarian-direction advocates. LIO D-bases are not maintained directly by LIO principals to assure confidentiality. The D-bases are set to be re-organized and a more formal system of e-outreach emplaced in future years. Thus at present the 'typical libertarian' is an LIO Fan/Lib-receptive in China or India, a woman working on democracy, family development, pro-science and against corruption. They influence the general population. In the US we estimate from 5% in 1971 the population after one generation 35% is Lib-interested to Libertarian. Of these 5% are in the Libertarian or Green movements; 5% conservatives, 10% Independent/centrist and 15% Liberalist-progressive in preferred application.

◾LIO Fans are thus in general about 1+ per 1000 of each nation’s population ( or 1 per 500 of the voting population) varying from the highly active to casual users and general supporters in contact with LIO or its projects. In the US the d-base has 300,000 participants typically leaders in their local or professional communities working to catalyze dialogue on a wide array of SMILE issues. These influence the general population starting with the college educated and craft professionals so it is now 35% Lib-receptive and 2% avowed regular Libertarian Party ( a libertarian-direction group focused on core rights and social tolerance, anti-corruption through less government coercive authority, and promoting ‘baby-step’ libertarian-voluntary options) voter or activist and 5% regularly interested as one indicator of interest and social shift. ( The LIO Curator and principals also co-founded the Green movement to advance local-based libertarianist socialism in the Cold War and also spread interest in the ecology and taking such decisions out of the hands of officials and favored corporations and back into legal action by the citizen plus positive eco-homes and community models) : The growing use of the term ‘Green’ is also an LIO indicator). More importantly, all political parties have adopted some LIO tools from sensible privatization to ‘Greening’ to more tolerance advocacy.

◾8 MILLION LIO LIBS: POWERFUL STABILIZER, PEER-SCIENCE FORCE While the LIO is a volunteer network that neither accepts nor donates money but only advocates dialogue on the matters suggested by the curator and its many advisors, 4 MM users many of high intelligence with powerful trans-partisan networks sharing insights on peer-driven or personal voluntary approaches in every field and every nation is a formidable force for both change and the emerging world civilizational stability-- and growing: We note that LIO Fans have reformed through catalysis or in some cases direct leadership every government on Earth, and dramatically overthrown or reformed over 150 extremist, authoritarian or corrupt systems of undesirable qualities towards Lib-receptive democracy or highly participative societies as a ‘stage one’ for of Libertarian civic legalization, that in due course will improve towards ‘stage two’ localist federalism and autonomy with stricter attention to rights.

◾More important, they’re driving interest in more open social modes such as student-driven learning, non-punitive parenting, racial-gender-class dialogue and understanding, open workgroups, market and social co-operatives, co-housing, condo ownership, vast voluntary ecology zones, volunteer NGO’s, community policing and mediation, etc. as tools or engines of process and betterment.

◾The LIO in 2005 began S.M.I.L.E. 'E' model projects through its Libertarian Citizen /Libertarian City Initiatives to network the 1% in each major community interested in SMILE lines and voluntary options in public administration presented on a non-partisan or advisory board basis.

◾While still in the analysis-training and experiment stage, in the next 15 years we hope these will result in some 100 SMILE networks in cities around the world as incubators for small model eco-communities/co-housing model pilots, and as networks for relaxed non-partisan dialogue groups to improve attention to SMILE tools in daily and work life, and seek common ground on core rights of person and their property via better democratic transparency and participation, promote saturation education using voluntary tools, and assist world peace through sharing tools of peaceful people-power.

◾From the original 5 pledgers and some 300 League supporters across the world in 1969 to 8MM today, LIO Fans can look with satisfaction at the incredible changes of the last generation that they have helped bring in often unsung effort and that have halted what many feared was irreversible decline into a now very hope-filled future.

◾Many things all people enjoy—the Personal Computer, cell communications, many inventions—were also created by LIO Fellows who advised each other and LIO Fans of needed legal changes and social memes so their work could bear quick fruit and not languish for generations as has often happened. Many groups now imitate –such as TED—the LIO prototype, and we will continue to expand this inter-generational conversation or salon among the benevolent that began in 1592 when we were the De Lemos Council encharged with promoting free scientific and improvement associations and networking free Republics, philosopher communes, and freeholder libertarian communes under Lemos protection of those dark days.

 

To help the effort, share your good work--and let your friends and circle know about our encouragement networks: Urge them to select what they like from the dialogue and as we say: Enjoy!

 

 

Quickie: Libertarian Obamacare Solution? Obamacare!

Posted on February 13, 2015 at 5:40 AM

...3-point Obamacare was promised but never delivered ( except for things companies couldn't do due to anti-trust blocks*). So let's have dialogue on the original proposal 1) Optional  national plan funded by efficiencies--and an autonomous trust(s), not current political football; 2) Any private (or no ) plan we like; 3) Public-official plans available to the...public.

Also: End the extreme left-wing provision (supported by some extreme right-wing corporations) in 1986 tax act that hampered large non-profit cash accumulations for non-profit endowments--preventing the then non-profit Blue Cross and doctor co-ops plan to provide free/low-cost private healthcare choices for all including immigrants by 1998. Plus silly rules as e.g. restrictions on cross-state purchases.

 *Such as jointly ignore previous conditions. And what about full dental?

NOTE: We're starting a new feature of occasional 'quick analysis' on dialogue topics by the LIO curator or approved by him. Does not represent views of all LIO participants.

Quickie: Vaccines + Libertarians? Release the Trial Lawyers!

Posted on February 13, 2015 at 5:15 AM

Release the product-liability lawyers! A major problem is that in the US and other countries much vaccine-problem data is kept secret by law. Time for open information--and let the jury process drive betterment by flagging problem medicines, data helping quality improvement. Note: FYI US present system under attack--of government-paid but secret compensation for vaccine problems and conscience exemptions--was devised by LIO principals led by MG, Hospers. Time to take the next step and release the data, says MG, and not get tangled in another false-choice debate: restore the power of juries to decide case-by-case as with other medical products.

Is this what the current call for coerced vaccinations for all--and criminalizing even questioning vaccines-- is trying to end? http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/index.html

An example of the debate going on: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/02/15/the-top-6-reasons-why-parents-are-choosing-not-to-vaccinate-their-kids

NOTE: We're starting a new feature of occasional 'quick analysis' on dialogue topics by the LIO curator or approved by him. Does not represent views of all LIO participants.

Operation Saturation: What You Should Do

Posted on December 13, 2014 at 1:25 AM

  1. Verify and meet your local ~500-home district and share e.g. the Quiz, invite to a meeting to share suggestions to create to-do for voluntary-based local betterment.
  2. From respondents develop a 1-5 home non-partisan informal group of SMILE-aware homes working on the to-do list, conviviality, and improving awareness. Consider involvement/development in neighborhood boards, appointive public office, mutual-help ( e.g. senior/babysitting, community garden or watch co-op), coalition initiatives. Note problem homes--sources of criminal offense or totalitarian ideology--for dialogue. In a positive spirit meet with local leaders so they can help and are aware. This we call clear and secure. Use our tools for ideas and inspiration.
  3. Keep us aware of your wins, and repeat process every few years. That's it.

 

Since 1969, this is how we've reversed the fall of civilization into totalitarian eco-disaster. This is how civilization is maintained. 7 favorite LIO fan projects:

  1. Make homes prepped, non-abusive, a team
  2. Teach logic/critical thinking, entrepreneurship, applied comparative ethics in schools
  3. Workshops in democratic activism, LIO ideas, family finance and savings
  4. Community trips/suppers with speaker on science/practical topic
  5. Coercive tax elimination with low-cost service choice/expansion
  6. Community: Garden, policing-watch, meals, book exchange, foodshare
  7. Brainstorm 50 voluntary-based improvements in mass meeting and have at it.

By doing this in due course every home on earth will be aware of LIO tools/libertarian help.

--Your local Libertarian International Organization fans. www.libertarianinternational.org

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Re-posted 2015. Please link, translate, share.

African Libertarians in First Rights Conference

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 2:55 PM

 

African libertarians and LIO Friends organized a gigantic pan-African conference to discuss a United States of Africa, rights activism, anti-corruption, potential liberalist/libertarian-direction parties, and self-empowerment concepts at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

 

The July 2014 conference attracted over 1100 participants from every country in Africa, said organizers. Students for Liberty in Africa was key in helping bring about the event.

 

For more on the activities of the group see: https://www.facebook.com/AfricanSFL

Libertarian 3P 'Inter-Foreign Policy' Spreads

Posted on January 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM

  

 League fan General Eisenhower and JFK called Sister Cities the true defense of democracy--not the US or other military. They met in then LIO curator's Paul Gilson's home to formulate what became the US policy to replace its military with peace organizations.

The LIO and its predecessor, the Libertarian-Liberal League, has been encouraging dialogue and activist contact to bring about world peace through legalization of highly particpative and Federal Liberal Democracy and Libertarian-based community. Libs approach Foreign policy as the province of the pacific citizen, not primarily of public officials however defined--no more then medicine or daily health is about just emergency ambulances.

Most military officials now agree, deploring 'mission creep' and other mis-use of troops for every emergency while discounting the primary role and the need for  diplomats, private support groups and the average citizen. As one activist in Serbia, Tim Krsmanovic --honored with other Lib/LIO supporters who led the transition from coercive communist dictators-- put it: Don't send Marines, send Libertarian ideas ( See www.isil.org/resources/fnn/2003summer/vilnius-report.html ).

Pro-libertarian candidates, public officials, and LIO Friends who wish to explain Libertarian themes to the public should be aware of publicizing the '3P' process. that Libertarianism does not focus on emergency-foreign/military policy but helping define and lead on  inter-foreign policy and civil defense truly led by citizens to bring peace, cultural exchange, and mutual trade and prosperity among inhabitants of  sister democracies--and handle emergencies by, on the whole, preventing them while laying the better basis for citizen networking of their own more nuanced response.What is 3 P?

  1. Proaction through citizen-paradiplomacy and prepping leaders.
  2. Problem-reaction by limited official, private/private-public character responders.
  3. Problem elimination through aggressive  Lib program spread.

Examples:

DISCUSSION TOPICS

The LIO hopes that all countries will legalize  insured militia/emergency groups and limit their armed forces to emergency-self-defense/internal operations with even formal abolition of the military component as Costa Rica has done. The UN guarantor nations--China, France, Great Britain, Russia, US the same with the US continuing the movement towards itself providing world assistance to Article 33 help on consultation with appropriate partners, especially where humanitarian--instead of lengthy interventions . We encourage dialogue on ending all forms of draft, emphasis on diplomacy, and transparent voluntary endowments to fund armed forces--not destabilizing coerced taxation or deficit policies unknown tomost citizens-- while not passing statutes which interfere with citizen's righs to arm themselves or have emergency preparations. No country should involve armed forces except to help protect observers of democratic-secular transition or elections; in emergency disaster operation where requested; and where terror is a factor should emphasize rewards for turning in suspects for a fair trial by a jury with primary work by police and citizen advice to local officials which has proven most effective and respectful of local rights.

A NEW PARADIGM

The LIO will continue to inform distinguished statespersons and diplomatists of all parties and countries of these SMILE-interest themes. As LIO interested public officials grow in each country these views continue to become the normalized paradigm. The LIO encourages all supporters in initiating presentations and dialogues on these lines. Foreign policy, with the presence of  pro-Libertarians and LIO activists in every country, is becoming increasingly irrelevant as the 3P themes spread.

Candidates, activists and public officials should focus on a) How they can stautes get out of the way of the 3 P process; b) Encourage citizens through non-coercive tax/ non-monopoly community entities within their jurisdiction, c) See that public agencies are on -point and not misused for politicizing reasons through transparency. A presidential or local candidate might e.g. focus dialogue on starting a national-local conversation on what citizens can do or are doing to lead the process, and cost containment through suggestions by the responders.

Prepared by Ralph Swanson with Barbara Branden 2009 and privately circulated to Islamic leaders. Revised and late published 2014 in 2015.

Ralph Swanson's Last Article: Our Libertarian Future

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 11:25 AM

 

'There's Work to Do!'--So says LIO Honorary Chair emeritus Colonel Dr. Ralph Swanson, here online at LIO HQ in 2011 with world Libertarians and LIO fans. Swanson was retired from US intelligence where he debriefed fascist prisoners, aided in the creation of the UN Rights Declaration and www.liberal-international.org , and co-founded the Florida Libertarians with MG starting 1969.

OUR LIBERTARIAN FUTURE: THERE IS WORK TO DO

See also: https://www.facebook.com/notes/libertarian-international-organization/our-libertarian-future-there-is-work-to-do/293008820742263  

 

I’m delighted to write this overview for the Costa Rican and other world Libertarian youth. I so enjoyed trips in past years to these lovely, important countries. By absorbing best practices in the US to not repeat errors, Costa Rica is setting an example. I hope this article is inspirational, and I’ve added useful key resources. Pages have been formatted in PDF to make handouts for each subject, and feel free to link and translate!

 

 

 

Understanding International Libertarianism…

 

 

 

Modern Libertarianism is a world movement for betterment through rights-based voluntary, and preferably open and non-authoritarian, solutions. In recent decades there’s been great focus on voluntary solutions in public administration and law. The LIO operates as core network of senior and local activists in every area of betterment who help drive, improve, and inspire activity, both short- and long-term. After starting with a few people in a few countries by the early 1970’s, by 2005 the modern Libertarian-interested groups were in every country and many territories. Massive changes in public orientation we drove (even the US tested in 1970 some 40% Fascist and 5% Libertarian-receptive, now the figures are more like 10/30) opened society and reversed the decline towards tyrannical political systems, though obviously there is plenty to do in addressing abuses while raising peer-to-peer awareness of the many wonderful voluntary options and tools from co-operatives to markets to free universities to new forms of social encounter and entrepreneurship.

 

 

 

International sites that drive and rally world interest:

 

 

>the LIO (www.Libertarian-International.org ) showcases inspirational and instructive Libertarian-Liberal leadership, and has started a book club/community building project with translations to come in major languages.

 

 

>Other groups with vast world resources, low-cost international conferences, and student information and organizing: www.fee.org, www.ISIL.org, http://studentsforliberty.org/college/groups/

 

 

>…and in the free market/basic freedoms think-tank area, www.mises.org www.cato.org and http://atlasnetwork.org/global-network-directory/ have many valuable Libertarian-interest resources in many languages . Libertarians are working more every day as a joint global force on e.g. immigration, cultural diversity, family abuses, free trade, and peace.

 

 

In the (I paraphrase) words of a senior official (to me) of the Democratic Party USA: “We’re realizing that whatever our plans, if we don’t include voluntary options Libertarians will derail those plans, and very often have some excellent points on why those plans will self-destruct. And Libertarians have some very good options to start us all thinking. Any legislator who doesn’t consult Libertarianism will be in future decades seen as an incompetent. They’re a constituency for rights and choice.”

 

 

In understanding Libertarianism, never confuse it with its applications—limited, small or no government; mini-archism, socialism, anarcho-whatever, or other forms of organization; etc. All work for someone!--and the key is to understand they are tools for what is voluntary, proactive and rights-aware, and non-punitive.

 

 

In the words of a great Libertarian: “…so long as it is voluntary.”

 

 

Rise of Modern Libertarianism…my perspective...

 

Liberalism (reduction of government/official abuses and more rights) and Libertarianism (development of local voluntary based community and eventual general social attitudes, guided by pledged Libertarians) work together and always have been so intended. I’m the last survivor of key meetings and initiative projects of the last 70 years for both of these. Myself a youth participant at first, I note our movement always aggressively welcomed bright youth. Leaders have set the example. I was first startled into the movement when, after working for civil rights in as a teen in 1939, the young LIO co-ordinator Paul Gilson appeared at my door step and pledged me ( the pledge is one’s commitment to support rights and voluntary solutions); his son, Michael Gilson-De Lemos at 15 swore in the first pledges according to his outline platform essentially adopted by Libertarian groups; and his son has, at 17, been in several public offices and leads a project to promote Libertarians in public administration and community leadership. The USLP, UK Libertarian Alliance and Red Libertaria of Spain were begun around the early 1970’s by teenagers and young people. In Costa Rica many young activists were involved.

 

 

So if you're young or old—welcome. In improvement of public administration, key items have been:

 

 

>The Liberal Paris-Oxford Process. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_Manifesto ) I inter-acted with H. G. Wells and many others to bring about the UN Rights Charter and with my friends Salvador Madariaga and G. Ferraro in what’s today the Liberal International (www.liberal-international.org and see: http://www.liberal-international.org/editorial.asp?ia_id=1117 ) and Alliance of Democrats. ( http://www.allianceofdemocrats.org/ ), and visioning the critical Sister-City programs that puts foreign policy in the hands of individual citizens: http://www.sister-cities.org/ (Libertarians are encouraged to participate courteously in all groups, such as the IDU and global Greens). These are increasingly informed by Libertarian-direction think tanks around the world. Libertarians focus on transparency, localism, and direct democracy for rights, including ballot access with low barriers, and coalition dialogue such as the World Democracy NGO’s like: http://www.wmd.org/ critical in many developing countries.

 

 

>The Libertarian Program & Pledge Initiative: This began in 1970 for voluntary solutions of each UN right with Lib think tanks, parties and networks in each country. Key: Think-tanks in many countries, and spreading the concept of voluntarism through activist networks. In coming years we will see new parties and non-partisan groups of interested officials in every country, along with book-action clubs and more!

 

 

>The Best Practice Projects: In 2000 LIO with other groups began review to assist Libertarian-direction parties and groups worldwide (Besides the Libertarian Program project, see the many RESOURCES at our sites and those we portal). Libertarian management consultants began promoting self-certification and bottom-up & best-practice open management via groups such as www.ISO.org and http://www.idea.int/ Libertarians would like to see 3 rights-focused parties/groups in each jurisdiction: at least one centrist Liberal-Libertarian directional one to promote core rights (the ACT NZ, USLP, Costa Rica LP, and more Lib-oriented Swiss FDP, Norway Progress, and UK Liberal Democrats have much to study and admire); a non-parliamentary and citizen initiative “hard Libertarian” or program-focused one ( the Transnational Radicals and former Irish Progressive Democrats are a good example) ; and a local-based dialogue team of non-partisan officials on LIO suggested issues.

 

 

Goal: Libertarian-Liberal parties or non-partisan public administration mentor projects in every nation.

 

(See MORE RESOURCES below)

 

 

Lib Youth go worldwide…

 

Even as I wrote this in Summer 2011 a major US newspaper, USAToday, carried an article on how parents should react to questions by their Libertarian youth! Lib Youth are essential to the process. In recent years there’re new efforts championed by US or Latin youth, who enjoy resources we only dreamed (try organizing with expensive postal rates and calls to neighboring cities treated as long-distance, no literature sources, and spending half your time fending off extremist and organized crime spies in your group ):

 

>Late USLP lead founder David Nolan noted: it always begins with the youth. What is different today is that a new generation is on the move that views Libertarian tools as normalized and the logical start point… this is increasingly influencing the older groups such as: http://iflry.org/ Recently, again, the continental newspaper USA Today ran a piece on how parents should address their youngster’s enthusiasm for Libertarianism!

 

>Students for Liberty has started college teams and gone worldwide…

 

>LIO initiatives such as the Activist Facebooks, co-edited by young Libertarians, as bases for dynamic world activists sharing projects…

 

Some suggestions--

 

>In cultural change know your type: People are basically thinkers, doers or networkers, and so prefer discussion, immediate action, or development. Working with LIO and ISIL, Libertarians there set up respective think tanks, parties, and a variety of networking projects so people could better divide labor; and have had great success with concrete best practice goals: moving a bit every year towards 20 + people in public office per million population; monthly outreach to schools and similar events; and win lists.

 

>USE the wealth of Libertarian infrastructure and successes to adapt that simply did not exist a generation ago and took a generation of work to build: Books, think tanks, and Libertarian-helped changes such as cell phones and the web so people work as a global team. In outreach, don’t re-invent the wheel: use what is there and point people to the examples.

 

 

Libertarian Future: Success, Challenges…

 

If you wish to see Libertarian/Libertarian-inspired successes—typically the result of Libertarians piloting projects, citizen diplomacy, or rights coalitions to end legal blocks-- look around you. The PC, cell phones, and web; global move for democracy of low tax rates; the fall of Communist, Latin and now mid-East dictators...are just some of the things Libertarians have helped create through encouraging coalitions, futurist conferences, and grueling action to remove blocking laws. One challenge in coming years is to document our successes, invite people to get involved, and provide a ‘safe space’ --Key:

 

 

>Libertarianism begins at home: There’s no point praising rights if you have no self-regard, abuse your family, or act like a financial idiot. Many books by Libertarians can really help: My favorites are the Art of Selfishness (Seabury); Breaking Free (Branden); Harry Browne’s financial books.

 

>Libertarianism is primarily non-political: Libertarianism is about justice and self-empowerment. Most Libertarian books deal with personal finances, relationships, tools such as home schooling and more. Live Libertarianism now, and to this end we have a link at LIO site with regular new items on futurist themes called SMILE: voluntary ap[proaches in space, sea and garden earth democratic communities, machine servants/management tools, life extension, empowering Libertarian community. . .

 

>Don’t neglect simple informational or appointive work: If you’re organizing a Libertarian political effort, in most countries the majority of public offices are non-partisan elective or 95% appointive advisory. This is where change occurs.

 

Also, as your group advances…

 

 

>Build networks starting with the top 2%: Where can they be found? Not just networks of professionals such as educators, doctors, or attorneys; but bright people at science fiction, collectors, futurist, and activist groups.

 

>Don’t under or over expect: Get away from the rhetoric of promoting small or limited government. Say: “We present voluntary solutions proven or promising, and encourage dialogue and experimentation.” If in a community per 1 million, you get 1-2 people in public office, grow in your d-base every year with 1%-5% are doing projects, you’re doing great.

 

>Above all, don’t believe the voices of hate or a false ‘libertarianism’ that attacks others or democracy with the excuse that liberty is being destroyed. The XXth century under Liberals and Libertarians saw world triumph of freedom and responsive governance. We’re now making continuous improvement normal with a simple message:

 

Libertarianism in brief? “With voluntary alternatives, things improve!”. ..

 

We’re a process, not an event. We protect the free process and expand it so people can come to personal and often very different solutions in a peaceful way...Where to begin? Job #1: Discover the free web tools. Use or adapt the free or low-cost tools on-web to get started: If you get familiar, read or use the tools; have a card or bumper-sticker on your vehicle; and hand out items like the quiz every week to people you meet, you’ll be doing the job. I guarantee this: You’ll discover empowering ideas, and amazing and fun people working worldwide for betterment.

 

 

You’re Part of Something Noble…

 

Libertarianism did not begin over a cup of coffee this morning. It is a received and disciplined approach to betterment. Its leaders think in terms of both centuries and immediate improvement. Libertarianism is a tool that alone consciously champions rights for all; harmless behavior as technology and culture permit to embryo, animal, and foreigner; encourages non-punitive solutions, the end of prisons and penalties, above all using voluntary tools to prevent and not react to the problem: Prosperous economies, an end to poverty, bringing knowledge to all, and more. It defends the defenseless and humbles the bully with wisdom and foresight.

 

 

While modern Libertarianism is a few decades old, it is solidly part of a long process reaching back to the anarchistic communities of ancient Greek philosophers, the wisdom of Taoism, and tribal lore.

 

 

It is noble because it asks you to encourage the noble. There is a wonderful statement by Thomas Moore (I paraphrase) that summarizes the mind set: I harm none, I think harm for none, and wish well for all. I have always kept in mind how Jefferson explained the Liberal goal of cultural tolerance and good governance by a world confederacy of town-hall, localist direct democracies of informed citizens with universal franchise, jury common and secular law, of liberal education. Our novel contribution is to re-affirm that these may take any economic form; to present rights to voluntary solutions in each area of public administration to empower all in every land; to start a small but growing world corps of citizens pledged to encourage betterment with better rights via voluntary, proactive, non-punitive solutions as core civic guardians, resources, and guides.

 

 

In the words of Dr. Randall Holcombe, former chief economic advisor to the Governor of Florida: “We’re winning by helping people win.”

 

 

The freedom of the world has progressed enormously. Ills from official racism to fascism to ill-functioning markets due to legally induced consumer ignorance are on the retreat. The moral revolution of the Libertarian pledge among community leaders and general conversancy with voluntary Libertarian solutions are the great tools of additional and continual improvement. If you see something that needs improving, saying “I’m an LIO supporter” and getting familiar with tools and what similar people do that work for your situation is all you need to start—because seeing something you can resolve is the universe’s way of saying the solution is you.

 

 

 

What do you wish to do? Better your knowledge, your home, or your workplace? Share a personal or social entrepreneurship project? Address stupid and backfiring official measures effectively? Share the good word? Get in appointive/non-partisan public office? Find self-empowering tools? Meet great people?

 

 

My only regret is I will not witness the enormous advances ahead. True, we have many ignorant critics. We do not serve the critics. We have many distorters and enemies. One by one they become our supporters. When things get crazy, never whine but remember: there is work to do.

 

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Dr. Ralph Swanson first participated in the Libertarian International Organization, then the League, in 1939 and at the nomination of H. G. Wells an LIO advisor, then was chief advisor for many years. Co-founding and chairing US state & national parties, he was instrumental in the creation as well of the modern Liberal & Civil Rights movement. He computerized the first Libertarian state, national and world d-bases. He remains interested in local affairs as a Libertarian and resource for world Libertarians. This article began as a joint article with the late David Nolan and John Hospers, and was adapted for Costa Rica & Latin American Libertarian youth published in Summer 2011. A slightly updated version is published here.

 

 

 

 

 

MORE START UP RESOURCES:

 

 

 

http://www.libertarianbookclub.org /

 

 

 

There you’ll find a structured reading program we created and additional items in different languages users recommend—along with these key tools for organization:

 

 

 

> The standard USLP Platform (a canonical LIO redaction with readings approved by Mr. Nolan is forthcoming) outlines the Libertarian system of improvement and explicates the Libertarian pledge. It was personally championed and overseen by originary authors M. Gilson-De Lemos, Dr. Hospers, and T. Nathan as part of an international project to summarize the best starting guide points for Libertarian-direction coalition legislation based on activist experience in the coherent Libertarian public administration system. A short 1 page “Executive Summary” for public officials, candidates and citizen-educators is at the front. This is intended as simultaneously a great program, learning, and coalition building tool; the body, while short compared to most party platforms, is not meant for candidate platforms except as an idea guide; a short 4-line candidate platform will be included in the LIO edition.

 

 

>A strategic toolkit incorporating goals and proven ideas for continuing group or party growth was created by over 1000 US and world activists for general guidance: The LIO over the next few years is setting up support projects for these goals and missions to build Libertarian/SMILE-interested community in each major city and college, free and accessible to all.

 

 

>Standard start-up readings in many languages including the book for all ages “Jonathan Gullible” and the “Liberty Flash” are linked as well as a growing/approved set of reading lists to start with many free e-books.

 

 

ALSO:

 

 

>Libertarian groups are adapting into their own languages the Quiz-both how-to and award programs at www.TheAdvocates.org and http://libertarianawards.com/winners/2007-2 (Yes, that’s me, and I did it in a wheelchair; here is one to columnist Jason Pye, so believe me, anyone can do it and find the time: http://www.jasonpye.com/2011/06/lights-of-liberty-award/ ). These are powerful and low-cost tools. Please share your work product with them and everyone else.

 

 

>Please adapt and translate this summary to hand out to new people as a discussion guide. Send us a photo-link of your activity via the LIO Facebook!

 

 

>Finally, if there is one great piece of advice, NEVER assume Libertarians aren’t doing it in some form, it’s just theory, or it can’t be done. Chances are, what Libertarian scholars are saying is already a few years old—keep alert to what is happening by staying in touch with activists and social entrepreneurs.

 

 

ADD YOUR NOTES/ACTION ITEMS—

 

 

Note: The following was published by LIO Friends and Latin groups in 2011. Delayed LIO 2013 publication to 2015.

 

Libertarians Look at S.T.E.M. --or B.A.S.E.? An Opinion

Posted on November 11, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Past LIO co-ordinator/curator Libertarian Etienne Gilson--hailed as both the greatest Humanist and Catholic Philosopher since Aquinas--developed the citizen Liberal, Great Books, lifelong learning/self-education, religious documentation and interdisciplinary movements. His protege and successor, LIO co-ordinator M. Gilson, says this:  

How do we educate to a just, humane world? What tools do parents and self-educators need immune from the fancy of the day?

In recent years technocratic themes have grown again. They've rallied in the call for the importance of 'S.T.E.M.' education from toddlers to Presidents--i.e. conversancy and available education on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Educators and worried parents point to people with 'useless' social science degrees. Cases occur where these deservedly get little interest from employers impatient with lack of basic mathematical or current technical expertise or even negativity.

This has unfortunately combined with reactionary elements of the extreme. These groups are trying to disvalue a humanist, secular education. Such education puts the facts in perspective for correct application. Where they propound a variety of anti-reality of climate change, anti-evolution, and anti-markets or rights themes such proponents correctly view tolerant and fact-focused science informed by social reality as the enemy. In the US, members of the Congress Science Committees and other technical groups have recently told children that all evolutionary Science is the work of Satan. An example of the good of this trend is the www.spc.org  a low-cost college that trains on science and market-ready technical degrees--but has a requirement to study practical ethics all but unique in the USA. An example of what is wrong is a call led by some extreme religious-conservative US Republicans and misguided academics to charge humanities students more as 'less useful' to the State (  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/25/state-proposal-vary-cost_n_2014802.html ) as not based on S.T.E.M. …So helpful tools morph into 'unintended' imposed consequences. The prospect of a democratic society or large companies conned by extremists with either naive social scientists OR ethics-free engineers in tow gives pause. Is Liberal education itself--the experience-tested toolkit of a Liberal or kindly, free person-- the real target?

To this end I have recently held a workshop for educators on what I have dubbed B.A.S.E. as equally key in education. Both S.T.E.M. and B.A.S.E.--along with tutoring in exercise, health, and emergency-military organization--are components of a humane, Liberal education.

o Basic concepts of method: Philosophy, logic, systems theory, goal analysis, axiomatics, brainstorming, scientific methods and paradigms, rights development; interdisciplinary and comparative studies in religion, affairs, and sciences supported by life-long interest in Great Books and new skills. So-called Austrian Economics is helping revolutionizing social science by a) An axiomatic approach, and b) A medical organic systems approach i.e. where it treats coercive systems as a social pathology. Lawyers see things business people do not, geographers led many discoveries of geology, people win prizes for ideas in one field that were in fact long known in another.

o Art-humanities, languages, & aesthetic craft: Art is how people model their visions, make things enjoyable, and appreciate the cultural philosophies of others. A picture is worth a thousand words, a great speech many dry treatises to getting action. This includes appreciation, history, and basic techniques in writing, plastic and other self-expression.

o Social sciences and Psychology. Einstein revolutionized physics looking at a social science equation. A mass of social science discoveries have entered common lingo from life-phases to denial complexes. Doctors have discovered hospitals that take account of social science interactions and simple techniques discovered by social scientists thrive. Thus, tools such as color-coding and encouragement of an informal communication atmosphere have fewer iatrogenic mistakes with happier patients who get better quickly. A technologist or scientist unaware of the history of the subject re-invents flat tires.

o Entrepreneurship including Law, Business, Economics, Community Organizing, and Management. LIO Fellow the late George McGovern avowed that his military-techno and social science education led to many proposals that were a disaster. He would have realized that they were a mistake if he had spent a year running a business. This line of learning should be supported by basic certification in a working person's technical skill and, dare I say experience in a union and working person environment as well, not just business field trips.

For decades LIO participants and fans have been promoting things like teaching logic and comparative culture and religion-atheism in elementary school; entrepreneurial education in middle school; great books reading and philosophy in high school. They have worked to end the common practice of training S.T.E.M. graduates in everything except formal logic and actual scientific method so they remind one of artists who can't name colors. They have emphasized that home schooling always occurs and has to be made primary and conscious; welcomed student-run Sudbury schools; fought to legalize free and low-cost by-test Liberal colleges; and fought for free and low-cost life-long and web learning. Now it has a name: along with S.T.E.M. we need, I suggest, a B.A.S.E. focus. Gandhi was a lawyer, Socrates a stone-mason, Hildegard of Bingen revolutionized arts and science while she and ran a community; and I'm a multi-disciplinarian with a union card. LIO has always encouraged prospects like Rand's New Intellectual in modern times: The leader comfortable and respectful of all fields and basic humanity. Culturally, citizen groups like ‘Socrates Café meet a need. Teachers are discovering that using the Peloponnesian Wars is immediately understood by ghetto kids who see those conflicts daily.

The current trend is to integrate S.T.E.M. and what I have named B.A.S.E. in an ongoing learning environment. In what scenario do we need S.T.E.M. students going to colleges where B.A.S.E. is not prized? Specialization tied with appreciation and comfort for the general is what does the trick for most. One usually doesn’t need S.T.E.M. bridge-builders who build marvels that don't work because they ignore the (B) interdisciplinary impacts, are (A) ugly and thus avoided, create (S) traffic jams and accidents by ignoring how drivers actually drive, and (E) cost 3 times more than they should have –except, perhaps, in a armrest-gripping Disaster Movie with Nicholas Cage or Charlton Heston to the rescue.

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New LIO Group Head Appointed

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Attorney Laura Mascaro Rotger succeeds Attorney Hon. Geraldine Ferraro as counsel of LIO Group, which networks senior  retired and promising  diplomatists and officials  mediating pro-active democratic, voluntarist and public safety dialogue, and addressing by voluntary means threats to humanity.

Attorney, Balearic local rights stateswoman and democratic advocate, and unscooling/home-schooling author and child-rearing public issues educator (article: When Thinking is Punishment http://es.paperblog.com/cuando-pensar-es-castigo-por-laura-mascaro-rotger-619817/ )  Laura Mascaro Rotger was appointed July 17 to succeed Geraldine Ferraro as counsel and facilitator of LIO Group an LIO advisory network.

Ferraro met LIO curator 'MG' in the mid-80's during her campagn for US Vice-President and succeeded LIO Fellow William P. Rogers, both a long-time LIO Fellow and boon schoolboy companion of past co-ordinator Paul Gilson. Ferraro for several years developed LIO concerns on gender equality, international discussion of the problem of domestic abuses, popularizing moving parties to a rights posture, and international peace and scientific co-operation in the unstable post-Communist/fascist era.

Past LIO Fellows Chair Dr. Ralph Swanson had been faciliitating ad interim after Ferraro's unwelcome death, and after a search he nominated her as the obvious choice. The Group for the first time in history exceeded its desired goal of 2 participants per country under him. Group members were helping mediate recent vast changes towards democracy for all nations, but many have passed away in the last 2 years.

Mascaro Rotger, who recently attended the national Homeschool Conference in Spain--which ironically moved from a pro-home-school to anti-home-school 'memory hole' era and is now swinging back again, influencing both Europe and Latin America-- is expected to help integrate legalizing un-/home-schooling as key to the non-abusive and modern household, integrate the embryo association of world public office libertarians and libertarian users, and continue to help encourage promising or retired cultural mediators in every country with special interest in alumni of Sister Cities.  

One effort will be an LIO Group website, which will direct citizens to self-empowering and best-practice information.

Group derives from a project to get lawyers working to unite lawyers to bring actual international common law independent of any state apparatus and mediate proactively towards increased local autonomy originally begun by the Lemos freeholder council in the 1500's. It was by tradition outlined Esteban Boethius who was a factor for their interests in France at that time. Revived under Henriette Lemos, who appointed William Humboldt as new Counsel assisted by his globe-trotting brother the famed scientist. For many years-- to assure  more secure communication--elementary knowledge in the rarely known Basque language was encouraged. Counsels and interested participants in Group are encouraged to become conversant with Boethius' Discourse on Servitude and Humboldt's Limits of State Action--along with re-reading Don Quixote as a libertarian text, recommended to all LIO fans.  Attorneys who are also educators are often appointed as Counsel to assure confidentiality in the autonomous advisory network.

In a summary "...Group functions as a set of informal separate networks to share expertise, contacts and data on unusual or cultural public safety issues; and defuse problem situations by bringing people together. We're sensitive to the twin tensions of global or other over-centralization vs local provincialism. Contacts may not be used for unprofessional or self-dealing agendas. Focus is on better democracy, public service choice, and statutes that block citizen solutions. The Group participants at various times helped drive adoption of the Kellog Pact, the UN Declaration, defused the Cold War, and much more..."

Below in Spanish is a recent interview with LIO Group Counsel L. Mascaro Rotger.

Boethius and Humboldt wrote privately circulated works expressing commonalities that arose in Salon discussions of what is today LIO.

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martes, 23 de agosto de 2011Entrevista a Laura Mascaró Rotger, madre homeschooler.

Para padres (que están pensando en educar en casa, tengan dudas acerca del tema o simplemente quieran ampliar su panorama) y público en general, les dejo la siguiente entrevista a Laura Mascaró Rotger tomada de El Blog Alternativo está muy completa y me pareció importante transmitirla.

¿Es la escuela tan imprescindible, sagrada, perenne e intocable como creemos –o nos han hecho creer-?

¿Por qué más de un millón de familias en EEUU, 25.000 en el Reino Unido, 3.000 en Francia y 2.000 en España educan a sus hijos en casa –homeschooling-?

¿Cómo son esos niños? ¿Serán personas de provecho? ¿Qué lleva a los padres a desertar del sistema educativo y del modelo social imperante? ¿Cómo educan?

Para contestar a estas preguntas y nuestras dudas sobre esta opción tan radical hemos entrevistado a Laura Mascaró Rotger, abogada, articulista, bloguera veterana en Tarkus Kids, madre de un hijo de 5 años a quien educa en casa y autora del libro “Educación y libertad”.

A lo largo de 30 preguntas, Laura nos desvela todo lo que hay que saber sobre el homeschooling – la escuela en el hogar para que tengamos información seria al respecto, y ofrece útiles consejos para las familias interesadas en este tipo de educación.

La entrevista se divide en 6 capítulos:

Definición

Prejuicios sociales

Organización

Situación Mundial

Consejos, bibliografía y webs

Libro “Educación y libertad”

Y las respuestas se pueden leer a continuación:

I. DEFINICIÓN

1. Muchas personas desconocen que existe la opción de educar en casa. Empecemos entonces por el principio: ¿qué es y en qué consiste el homeschooling?

El homeschooling consiste, fundamentalmente, en hacerse cargo de forma integral de la educación de los hijos, en no delegar esta importantísima función en terceros.

Lo que varía son tanto los motivos por los que se elige esta opción educativa como las formas de llevarla a cabo. Hay tantas maneras de hacerlo como familias que lo hacen. Y también hay casi tantos motivos como familias.

Ahora bien, defender el derecho de educar en casa no significa necesariamente estar radicalmente en contra de la escolarización, creo que es un matiz importante.

2. ¿Cuáles son las VENTAJAS de educar en casa?

La principal ventaja es que cada familia puede organizarse como mejor le convenga. No hay horarios pre-establecidos más allá de los que la propia familia se auto-imponga.

No hay objetivos curriculares marcados por una escuela o un ministerio. Los niños (y los padres) no tienen la presión de saber que necesariamente deben aprender determinada materia en determinado plazo. No hay deberes y no hay exámenes.

No hay un timbre que marque el ritmo de estudio. Uno no tiene por qué dejar una actividad con la que está disfrutando, en la que está concentrado, sólo porque se haya terminado la hora dedicada a esa materia.

De hecho, ni siquiera hay materias en el sentido de asignaturas escolares. ¡El mundo no está dividido en asignaturas! Por eso, muchas familias deciden trabajar a través de proyectos de modo que lo que serían las asignaturas escolares se estudian de forma transversal. Y otras familias deciden hacer “unschooling”, es decir, aprenden de la vida misma, aprenden las cosas haciéndolas y las hacen porque quieren hacerlas.

3. ¿Y cuáles son las desventajas o DIFICULTADES de esta opción?

Yo hablaría de dificultades más que de desventajas.

3. 1. La primera se presenta antes incluso de desescolarizar o, en su caso, de tomar la firme decisión de educar en casa: es la duda sobre si la decisión que estamos tomando es correcta o no.

Creo que el miedo a la equivocación es inherente a la maternidad/paternidad, pero también estoy convencida de que aún conservamos un instinto, un saber ancestral, que nos va guiando; sólo que algunos lo han olvidado y no lo escuchan.

3. 2. La segunda es la soledad. El homeschooling es muy desconocido (en España, al menos) y, aún cuando es conocido, es muchas veces incomprendido. Que tu familia y tus amigos te apoyen es fundamental. Es suficiente con que respeten tus decisiones. Si, además, te comprenden y comparten tus ideas sobre educación, entonces la situación ya es prácticamente perfecta.

Y, además, es importante contar con una red de apoyo, aunque sólo sea a nivel virtual; una red de otras familias homeschoolers, con niños de las edades de los tuyos, que apliquen métodos parecidos a los tuyos, que críen de un modo similar, que tengan tus mismos intereses, o tus mismas dudas…

Si la red de apoyo la tienes físicamente cerca y te permite hacer encuentros informales, organizar actividades conjuntas, salidas recreativas, visitas culturales, etc, entonces vas a tener, prácticamente, un camino de rosas.

3. 3. La tercera desventaja es que hay que dar explicaciones. Gente no siempre bien intencionada va a hacerte preguntas y a cuestionar tus decisiones. La paradoja es que cuando más te lo preguntan, es cuando menos preparado estás para responder.

A medida que pasan los meses y los años, la experiencia de la educación en casa te va dando seguridad y confianza, cada vez tienes más datos, tanto teóricos como empíricos, pero también cada vez la gente va aceptando con normalidad que tus hijos no están escolarizados… y dejan de preguntar. ¡Justo cuando tú tienes toda una artillería de respuestas para ellos!

3. 4. La cuarta desventaja, en España, es la falta de reconocimiento legal explícito del homeschooling. Aunque, en mi opinión, es una desventaja relativa.

4. ¿Qué criticáis o qué tratáis de evitar de la educación convencional en una escuela?

Es difícil generalizar porque cada familia tiene sus propios motivos para no escolarizar y no todas ellas están necesariamente en contra de la escuela.

La vida no es más que una continua sucesión de elecciones. Y, con cada elección, estás dejando pasar miles de otras opciones. Es decir, que en un momento determinado decidas que la escuela no es la mejor opción para tus hijos, no significa necesariamente que consideres que la escuela puede ser perjudicial para ellos. Quizás la elegirás en otro momento. O quizás no.

Ahora bien, es innegable que el sistema educativo no está cumpliendo su función de educar. Sólo hace falta ver los datos sobre el fracaso escolar en nuestro país y ver la falta de valores (y de modales) de nuestros jóvenes. Que la escuela no educa es un hecho.

Por supuesto, la educación que pretende ofrecer el sistema educativo es sólo intelectual, académica, y obvia por completo la educación a nivel emocional, espiritual, social e incluso físico. Éste es uno de los motivos por los que algunas familias no contemplan a la escuela como una opción válida para sus hijos.

Los niños escolarizados se despiertan a golpe de despertador. Son obligados a pasar cinco, seis o más horas al día en compañía de otros 25 niños de su misma edad, segregados en función de un criterio tan arbitrario como es el año de su nacimiento.

Son obligados a estudiar materias que quizás no son de su interés y que, desde luego, no les son de utilidad. Y son obligados a cambiar de materia a golpe de timbre. Lo que el timbre enseña es que no hay nada en la escuela que merezca la atención de ser terminado.

Luego están los EXÁMENES. Los exámenes sirven para poner en evidencia lo que el niño no sabe. No importa que, a los cinco minutos, ya haya olvidado toda la materia teóricamente aprendida. Sólo importa dar con la respuesta correcta para conseguir una puntuación suficiente para no tener que volver a dedicar ni un minuto a ese tema. Y lo hacen bien, ésa es la verdad. Los estudiantes se convierten en estrategas, como diría John C. Holt: aprenden las estrategias necesarias para que el profesor les deje en paz. Lo demás, no importa.

Y hay asuntos aún más graves, como el hecho de que algunas guarderías y escuelas infantiles se nieguen a cambiar los pañales a sus alumnos. Un niño de, por ejemplo, dos años, que tiene el pañal sucio, tendrá que esperar a que su maestra se dé cuenta, a que avise a su madre y a que su madre pueda dejar lo que sea que está haciendo y pueda llegar hasta el centro. Ese niño puede estar, por tanto, más de media hora con sus necesidades encima. Eso es, cuando menos, anti higiénico, por no decir que es una absoluta falta de respeto hacia el niño.

También hay escuelas que se niegan a suministrar medicamentos a sus alumnos, incluso medicamentos prescritos para tratar enfermedades crónicas. Conozco el caso de una niña asmática que, cada vez que tenía una crisis estando en la escuela, debía esperar a que llegara su madre con el inhalador. Ese tiempo de espera podría haberle costado la vida.

Por cosas como éstas, cada vez más familias buscan alternativas. Algunos optan por escuelas libres. Otras, por el homeschooling.

5. ¿Cómo son los padres que educan en casa? ¿Qué tenéis en común?

No hay una “familia tipo” que eduque en casa. Los padres y madres tienen formación académica y trabajos de lo más variado. Hay actores, empresarios, abogados, médicos, músicos, pintores, escritores, jardineros, comerciantes, peluqueros, terapeutas, trabajadores sociales… Y también hay profesores.

Lo único que todos tenemos en común es que educamos en casa. A partir de ahí, la variedad es tan grande como el mundo mismo. Algunos comparten motivos para no escolarizar. Otros comparten métodos de crianza y de educación. Otros comparten religión. Otros comparten aficiones. Otros, simplemente, comparten vecindad. Y otros no comparten absolutamente nada más allá del hecho de educar en casa.

Creo que hay que ir desmontando el tópico de que las familias que educan en casa son hippies, de izquierdas, anti católicos, vegetarianos, que no vacunan, que paren en casa, que portean al bebé, que lo amamantan por largo tiempo, que no castigan, etc. O, en el otro extremo, que son ultra-religiosos y no quieren que sus hijos se mezclen con gente diferente.

En realidad, somos gente corriente.

6. ¿Un homeschooler nace (se decide desde el principio) o se hace (se desescolariza a los hijos)? ¿Por qué motivos abandonan la escuela algunas familias?

Algunos lo deciden desde incluso antes de tener hijos, lo cual es admirable. Algunos saben de antemano que la escuela no va a darles lo que quieren para sus hijos, de modo que disponen de mucho tiempo para informarse y para prepararse.

Otros desescolarizan tras un largo proceso durante el cual tienen problemas con el colegio pero quizás no dan el paso de desescolarizar por falta de información o por miedo.

Hay muchos casos de niños que no supieron/pudieron adaptarse al sistema (niños con altas capacidades y niños con necesidades educativas especiales, por ejemplo) y el sistema, obviamente, no supo tampoco adaptarse a ellos y cubrir sus necesidades. Muchos niños se aburren en el cole porque no tienen el nivel medio, están por encima o por debajo y, por tanto, se sienten fuera de lugar.

También hay niños que son criados con apego por sus familias y que no consiguen acostumbrarse al tipo de disciplina de la escuela; estos niños no comprenden por qué existen determinadas normas (como que sólo puedan beber agua a la hora del recreo, por ejemplo) o no comprenden con qué autoridad el profesor puede imponerles un castigo si sus propios padres no los han castigado jamás (no porque les dejen hacer lo que quieran, sino porque utilizan otros métodos de disciplina positiva). En general son niños libres a los que el sistema no consigue doblegar.

7. ¿Existe el arrepentimiento o malas experiencias en educar en casa? ¿Se puede volver al colegio después sin problemas de adaptación?

Sí, se puede volver. Y los motivos, una vez más, son de lo más variado.

Hay quien matricula a sus hijos en algún curso de la ESO para que puedan obtener el título a la misma edad que los otros niños. Hay quien escolariza por una cuestión de organización familiar, a veces a causa de un divorcio y, otras veces, porque los dos progenitores tienen que trabajar fuera de casa a jornada completa. También se dio el caso de una familia que educaba en casa a sus dos hijos adoptados, tras una pésima experiencia del mayor en la escuela infantil.

Cuando iniciaron los trámites para adoptar al tercero, el hecho de estar educando en casa fue motivo de peso suficiente para no conseguir el certificado de idoneidad (lo cual, a mi parecer, es una decisión de dudosa legalidad).

Para ese matrimonio, en ese momento, resultó más importante el hecho de adoptar un tercer hijo que la posibilidad de educarlos en casa. Tuvieron que elegir.

En España, durante toda la etapa de educación obligatoria (Primaria y Secundaria) puedes reintegrar a los niños en el sistema educativo en el curso que les corresponde por edad. Algunas familias solicitan que los asignen a un curso inferior para facilitar su adaptación pero, en muchas ocasiones, el nivel académico de los homeschoolers es superior al de los niños escolarizados.

8. ¿Cuáles son los resultados a largo plazo de esta opción educativa? ¿Pueden ir estos niños a la universidad con normalidad?

Por supuesto, pueden ir a la universidad. Yo destacaría el hecho de que los niños educados en casa, en general, aprenden a tomar decisiones razonadas con mucha más madurez que los escolarizados. Son niños, por tanto, que suelen tener bastante claro a qué quieren dedicar su tiempo y a qué no, y ello incluye los estudios formales. Algunos deciden que quieren ir a la universidad y se preparan para ello.

Sandra Lara, por ejemplo, estudió a distancia, se licenció en la Open University de Londres y, con tan sólo 17 años, fue admitida en la Universidad de Barcelona para realizar un máster de física.

Otros deciden que la universidad no es para ellos, como tampoco lo fue el colegio.

II. LOS PREJUICIOS SOCIALES

9. Existen varios prejuicios sobre educar en casa ¿qué hay de cierto o no en ellos?

9.1 Estos niños pasan demasiado tiempo encerrados en casa y NO SE SOCIALIZAN

Para empezar, conviene aclarar que educar en casa no significa literalmente educar “dentro de casa”. En segundo lugar, habría que determinar qué entendemos por “Socializar”. Lo que suele preocupar a la gente es la supuesta incapacidad de los niños homeschoolers de hacer amigos.

Bien, aquí van algunas de las formas en que lo hacen: a parte de sus familiares (hermanos o primos, por ejemplo) conocen a los hijos de los amigos de sus padres, conocen a otros niños educados en casa, conocen a los niños de su barrio (sobre todo si viven en sitios pequeños), conocen a los niños de su parroquia, a los de su agrupación scout y a sus compañeros de actividades “extraescolares”.

Además, los niños homeschoolers suelen acompañar a sus padres prácticamente a todos lados, por lo que aprenden a relacionarse con gente de todo tipo y de todas las edades. Aprenden que uno no tiene el mismo trato con una vecina de confianza, que con el vecino nuevo, que con el banquero, que con el frutero, que con el panadero, que con el hijo adolescente del vecino. En mi opinión, esto es precisamente “socializar”.

9.2 Se educa en una BURBUJA, fuera de la realidad social

Lejos de educarse en una burbuja, se educan en el mundo. La escuela sólo es una pequeñísima parte de la realidad social. Los niños que van a la escuela, supuestamente, se están preparando para el futuro. Los niños que se educan en casa, en cambio, están viviendo la vida. Aquí y ahora.

9.3 Demasiado ANARQUÍA, los niños deben aprender a obedecer y cumplir normas

Educar en casa no significa no tener normas. Las normas dependen exclusivamente de cada familia, escolarice o no: tener muchas o pocas, muy estrictas o más flexibles, son cosas que decide cada familia.

Lo que los niños deben aprender, en mi opinión, es a diferenciar las normas auténticamente necesarias, las que se fundamentan en un principio o valor, de aquellas meramente arbitrarias que no suponen sino una forma de control sobre los demás. Las normas típicamente escolares, como levantar la mano para pedir permiso, y pedir permiso para hablar, beber o ir al baño, no son normas que los niños necesiten verdaderamente aprender.

Lo natural es beber e ir al baño cuando uno lo necesita. ¡Son funciones vitales! En cuanto a pedir permiso para hablar, tiene sentido en situaciones en las que se han de organizar los turnos de palabra debido a la cantidad de gente que va a participar en la conversación. Pero ésas situaciones, en la vida real, no son las más habituales. Imaginemos a un grupo de diez o doce adultos sentados a la mesa de un bar, tomando un café después de comer. Imaginemos que charlan animadamente sobre cualquier cosa: su trabajo, sus vacaciones, la actualidad política o el tiempo. Imaginemos que, antes de hablar, levantan la mano esperando que se les de permiso para intervenir. ¡Resulta una escena chocante!

Pero los niños, a base de observar a los adultos en situaciones reales, aprenden cómo han de comportarse en cada momento. Hace falta que confiemos más en ellos. Y en nosotros. Porque nosotros somos el ejemplo del que ellos van a aprender.

9.4 Educar en casa es UN LUJO sólo al alcance de unos pocos

En algunos casos, educar en casa es una necesidad que te obliga a replantearte tus decisiones anteriores y tus necesidades creadas. Elegir una forma u otra de educar no es una cuestión de tiempo ni de dinero. Es una mera cuestión de prioridades.

¿Realmente necesitas vivir en la ciudad? ¿Realmente necesitas tener una casa en propiedad y pagar una hipoteca mensual de mil euros? ¿Realmente necesitas comer fuera de casa dos veces por semana? ¿Realmente necesitas tener dos coches? ¿Realmente necesitas trabajar ocho horas diarias y añadirle dos horas de transporte? ¿Realmente necesitas televisión por cable? ¿Realmente necesitas viajar cada verano? ¿Realmente necesitas renovar tu vestuario cada seis meses? Algunas necesidades te las has creado tú mismo, no son auténticas necesidades vitales. Y el precio que estás pagando, es la educación y crianza de tus hijos.

Por otro lado, para educar en casa no hace falta reproducir la escuela. No hace falta comprar muchos libros, material deportivo, material de laboratorio, etc. Cada familia es libre de decidir cuánto dinero quiere gastar en la educación de sus hijos. Y hay muchos recursos gratuitos (o casi gratuitos): bibliotecas, museos, internet, intercambios con otras personas, etc. Pero es esencial estar abierto a nuevas formas de aprendizaje y ser imaginativo.

9.5 Educar en casa en ILEGAL Y PELIGROSO. Te pueden quitar la custodia de tus hijos.

A nadie en España, que yo sepa, le han quitado la custodia de sus hijos por educarlos en casa. Otra cosa es que, además de no tenerlos escolarizados, tampoco los estés educando y, por tanto, el Estado considere que están en situación de abandono o desamparo, pero eso ya no tiene nada que ver con el homeschooling.

Es ilegal aquello que está prohibido por la ley. Ninguna ley en España dice que educar en casa esté prohibido. Lo que sucede es que tampoco hay ninguna ley que reconozca expresamente esa posibilidad. Por tanto, los homeschoolers nos amparamos en normas de rango superior, como la Constitución Española o la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos, que establecen la libertad de educación y el derecho de los padres de elegir la educación que consideren más adecuada para sus hijos.

Ahora bien, es cierto que, en ocasiones, la administración pública activa los protocolos de absentismo cuando tiene conocimiento de que un niño no está escolarizado. En esos casos, se limitan a comprobar que no exista abandono del menor y emiten un informe que pueden remitir a la fiscalía de menores.

Cuando esto sucede, se abren diligencias previas para tratar de esclarecer cuál es la situación real del menor, si hay o no abandono o desamparo y si se le está proporcionando o no una educación. Estos casos siempre terminan resolviéndose a favor de las familias. Por tanto, el riesgo que corremos es relativo: es cierto que puede abrirse un expediente en servicios sociales y que éste puede terminar en un juzgado, pero también es cierto que no pueden multarnos ni imponernos condena alguna, porque no hay pena sin ley. Es decir, no pueden condenarte por un hecho que no está tipificado por la ley.

III. ORGANIZACIÓN

10. ¿Cómo funciona un día normal educando en casa?

No hay dos familias iguales. Incluso dentro de la misma familia, puede no haber dos días iguales. Hay familias que tienen un horario de estudio académico más o menos regular y otras que son más flexibles.

En mi casa, por ejemplo, no tenemos horarios de acostarnos ni de levantarnos. Una mañana cualquiera puede incluir un paseo, un rato de tele, juegos de mesa o de ordenador, alguna manualidad, leer en voz alta, cocinar, hacer la compra o algún otro recado, etc. Para mí, las actividades y los materiales no se dividen en didácticos y lúdicos. Cualquier cosa puede ser didáctica y cualquier cosa puede ser lúdica.

11. ¿Tenéis casas muy grandes?

No necesariamente. De hecho, hay familias que se mudan a casas más pequeñas para reducir gastos. Hay quien vive en el campo, o en pueblos y hay quien vive en ciudades. Para educar en casa no hace falta un entorno específico. Obviamente, cada familia sabrá cuál es su ideal de vivienda, pero eso es así se eduque en casa o no.

12. ¿Educan los dos padres o sólo uno?

Educan los dos padres y, sobre todo, se educa el propio niño. Si nos referimos a las familias que realizan un estudio más académico, dirigido, entonces sí, muchas veces el padre es el que trabaja fuera de casa y la madre es la que les ayuda en sus tareas. Pero en las familias que no siguen un currículum y, especialmente, en las que hacen unschooling, lo que marca la diferencia es la capacidad de ver el aprendizaje en todas partes. Es decir, hay una diferencia fundamental entre “enseñar” y “aprender”.

13. ¿Y cómo se compagina con las tareas del hogar? ¿No es demasiado tiempo en casa?

Cuando educas en casa no estás todo el día, literalmente, dentro de la casa. Sales para hacer recados de todo tipo; sales para ir a actividades, digamos, “extraescolares”; sales para ir a jugar al parque; sales para visitar a los amigos o familiares, etc.

Con las tareas del hogar sucede lo siguiente: si tus hijos están en casa contigo, en vez de estar en el cole, verán cómo haces las tareas domésticas. Entonces, según cómo sea tu actitud antes esas tareas, así será la percepción que ellos tendrán. Si tú odias limpiar el baño, pero aún odias más tener el baño sucio, y lo limpias con buen humor, con alegría, con ganas, eso es lo que trasmitirás a tus hijos y, quizás sorprendentemente, ¡van a querer ayudarte! Obviamente, van a querer hacer “eso” que su madre hace tan a gusto, ya sea limpiar el baño, cocinar o sacar la basura.

De todos modos, creo que ninguna madre homeschooler antepone las tareas del hogar al tiempo de sus hijos. Que la casa no esté perfectamente ordenada y limpia es secundario. Lo importante es vivir.

14. ¿Cuál es la formación de los padres? ¿Suelen ser ex-profesores o profesores en activo?

En Estados Unidos hay un alto porcentaje de padres que educan en casa que son o han sido profesores. Pero, en general, no lo son. No hace falta serlo puesto que no estamos trasladando el formato cole a la casa. Como dije antes, hay padres y madres con todo tipo de formaciones y de profesiones.

15. Una cosa es educar a un niño antes de los 6 años (edad en que comienza la educación -que no escolarización- obligatoria) y otra primaria y secundaria. ¿Cómo lo hacéis? ¿Tenéis conocimientos de todas las materias?

No hace falta tener conocimientos de todas las materias. Tú eres su madre, no su profesora.

En mi opinión, tampoco hace falta que estudie todas las materias tal como se estudian en el cole o en el instituto. Aún así, si quiere hacerlo o tú quieres que lo haga, lo que necesitas es saber a quién acudir. Puedes matricularlo en una escuela extranjera a distancia y, una vez obtenido el título del otro país, lo convalidas por el español.

En España hay dos: Clonlara y Epysteme.

Y hay muchos otros recursos. Internet, las bibliotecas, los museos, las academias, etc. En otros países, existe una opción educativa llamada “FLEXISCHOOL” que consiste en combinar la educación en casa con la escolarización, de modo que sólo escolarizas para determinadas materias.

16. ¿Qué TIPOS de homeschooling existe? En los colegios existen varias líneas que podríamos resumir en educación convencional, alternativa tipo Waldorf y libre tipo Summerhill. ¿Ocurre lo mismo en casa?

Hay familias que adaptan ese tipo de pedagogías para aplicarlas en casa: Waldorf, Montessori, Charlotte Mason, educación clásica, etc. Hay familias que se juntan y crean espacios llamados “escuelas libres”, aunque no son escuelas en sentido estricto, puesto que no están homologadas.

Algunas familias cogen lo que les interesa de cada estilo pedagógico y hacen su propia versión. Hay familias que compran un currículum y lo siguen en casa como si estuvieran en la escuela.

La “flexischool”, lamentablemente, no es posible en España, pero confío en que eso cambie en un futuro no muy lejano.

Y luego hay unschoolers, que no siguen ningún aprendizaje dirigido sino que aprenden de la vida.

IV. SITUACIÓN MUNDIAL

17. ¿Cómo funciona legalmente el homeschooling en el mundo? ¿Qué países tienen más tradición?

A nivel internacional, el homeschooling se fundamenta jurídicamente en base a la Declaración Universal de Derechos Humanos, cuyo artículo 26.3 otorga a los padres el “derecho preferente a escoger el tipo de educación que habrá de darse a sus hijos”. En un segundo nivel, las Constituciones modernas reconocen, también, el derecho a la educación y la libertad de enseñanza. A partir de ahí, cada país tiene su propio desarrollo de este derecho fundamental.

Los Estados Unidos, como es sabido, son pioneros en el reconocimiento legal del homeschooling, aunque cada estado tiene su propia regulación. Sólo en seis estados hay requisitos bastante estrictos, como la obligatoriedad de seguir el currículum, de registrarse, de presentar informes periódicos, etc.

Países como India, Corea del Sur, Botswana, e Indonesia reconocen el homeschooling y otorgan un alto grado de libertad para su ejercicio. En Japón, Colombia y Chile, como en España, la situación es de VACÍO LEGAL, por lo que es una opción posible pero poco habitual dada la inseguridad jurídica que conlleva.

El caso de Finlandia merece mención aparte, al igual que Japón. En Finlandia la educación en casa es legal y no se exige ningún tipo de requisito ni de control. Sin embargo, su sistema educativo está tan fuertemente arraigado que el homeschooling no es una opción para nada habitual.

Con más o menos requisitos, lo cierto es que todos los países permiten el homeschooling, excepto Alemania, donde está expresamente prohibido y los padres se exponen a penas de multa, de cárcel y de retirada de la patria potestad.

Quiero recalcar el hecho de que una excesiva regulación en cuanto a los requisitos exigidos puede desvirtuar la esencia misma del homeschooling. Por eso, muchas veces digo que el vacío legal español no es tan malo como a priori pudiera parecer.

Por otro lado, considero que los gobernantes deberían reflexionar acerca de la escuela como institución y evitar sacralizarla puesto que, ni es tan antigua, ni tan necesaria, ni tan efectiva como se nos ha hecho creer. Con ello no quiero decir que deba dejar de existir, pero que se obligue a todos a usarla me parece, cuanto menos, contraproducente.

18. ¿Qué diferencia existe entre homeschooling y UNSCHOOLING?

Hay muchas formas de educar en casa, y el unschooling no es más que una de ellas, quizás la más radical, la más desconocida y la más difícil de comprender. No es un modo de educar, sino una concepción del aprendizaje. Diría más, incluso: es una filosofía de vida y, por tanto, de crianza.

Se ha dicho que el unschooling se define por lo que no es: no es un método educativo, no se sigue un currículum, no se divide el conocimiento en asignaturas, no se utiliza material típicamente escolar como los libros de texto, no se enseña en formato clase, y las horas no se dividen en lectivas y no lectivas. Se trata de ver que el aprendizaje está en todas partes. Incluso cuando parece que no estás haciendo nada, estás aprendiendo porque ¡es imposible no aprender nada!

Cuando el unschooling hace “clic” en tu interior, ya no eres capaz de concebir el aprendizaje de otro modo. Pero tratar de hacer unschooling sin haberlo comprendido verdaderamente es muy peligroso. Se corre el riesgo de pretender dejar que los niños aprendan solos y no es eso.

Hay que acompañarles, hay que darles tiempo y atención, hay que estar disponible y hay que saber respetar los procesos internos de cada niño. Suelo decir que un “por cierto” es suficiente. Cuando tu hijo pregunta algo o, de algún otro modo, muestra interés por algo, puedes hablarle de ese tema, podéis investigarlo juntos, podéis tener conversaciones, etc. Pero hay que tratarlos igual que trataríamos a un amigo y no ponernos en la posición de superioridad del profesor ante el alumno.

Quiero matizar el asunto de los libros de texto y de las clases: si un niño unschooler quiere usar un libro de texto es muy libre de hacerlo y eso no significa que deje de ser unschooler. Un libro de texto es un recurso tan válido como una serie televisiva o como una excursión al campo o como una visita a un museo o como un curso en una academia de baile, de judo, de informática o de cualquier otra cosa.

19. ¿Es cierto que las universidades de Harvard y Yale tiene reservadas plazas para alumnos que hayan sido educados en casa? ¿Por qué motivos?

Sí, es cierto. Estas universidades aceptan a los homeschoolers a veces incluso con preferencia a alumnos de los institutos. Los jóvenes que son educados en casa tienen un elevado grado de motivación por hacer lo que hacen, ya sea dedicarse a la música, a las artes plásticas o estudiar en la universidad. Esta motivación, sumado a la libertad con la que han podido probar y elegir diversas técnicas y métodos de estudio, es lo que hace que sus resultados académicos, en no pocas ocasiones, superen al de los que han sido escolarizados

20. ¿Cuántas niños son educados en casa en España?

Al no haber registro obligatorio, es difícil dar una cifra, pero se habla de más de dos mil niños.

21. ¿Qué personajes famosos, históricos y actuales, estudiaron en casa?

Históricos hay muchos, precisamente por lo que antes comentaba, que la institución de la escuela no es tan antigua; en otras épocas no muy lejanas, lo habitual era educarse en casa, ¡es lo que se ha hecho desde la prehistoria! Pensemos, por ejemplo, en Mozart, Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Einstein o Thomas Edison. Algunos presidentes de los Estados Unidos, como Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt (los dos), Washington o Wilson.

También Chaplin, Tolstoy, Mark Twain y Agatha Christie, entre otros. Y, cuanto más te remontas en el tiempo, más fácil es encontrar gente que fue educada en casa y que ha pasado a la historia. ¡Jesucristo fue homeschooler!

Personajes actuales podemos citar unos cuantos: hay muchos actores, como Elijah Wood (Frodo Bolsón), Jennifer Love Hewitt (“Entre fantasmas”;), Miley Cirus (Hannah Montana), etc. Y otros personajes, como Christopher Paolini, el autor de “Eragon”, el arquitecto Frank Lloyd Wright. Por otro lado, educan a sus hijos en casa Will Smith, John Travolta, Garth Brooks, Chuck Norris y Jimbo Wales, entre otros.

Pero hay que tener cuidado al buscar este tipo de información en internet, porque no siempre es fiable.

V. CONSEJOS

22. ¿Qué 10 consejos darías a las familias que contemplen esta opción?

Informarse, leer mucho y tratar de contactar con otras familias. Esto es básico.

Además, hay que estar preparado para un cambio de mentalidad y hay que estar dispuesto establecer prioridades y a tomar decisiones en base a esas nuevas prioridades. Hay que ser flexible, hay que prepararse para dar explicaciones y, en cuanto a los niños, hay que ser imaginativo y buscar recursos.

23. ¿Qué asociaciones existen sobre este tema?

En España hay únicamente una asociación a nivel nacional, llamada Asociación por la Libre Educación cuyo principal objetivo es conseguir el reconocimiento legal del homeschooling en nuestro país.

A nivel autonómico, ha habido dos intentos de crear asociaciones en Aragón y en Valencia que no han llegado a buen término. La única que subsiste es la Coordinadora Catalana Educar en Familia que cuenta, creo, con unos cincuenta miembros.

24. ¿Cuáles son los autores de referencia sobre homeschooling?

Sin duda, John Holt, John Taylor Gatto y Sandra Dodd. También Ivan Illich es un clásico.

Conceptualmente, me quedo con Gatto. Pero Sandra Dodd tiene la experiencia de haber educado a sus tres hijos en casa, haciendo “radical unschooling”, así que tiene un enfoque más constructivo que Holt y Gatto, que son más anti-escuela.

25. ¿Qué libros recomendarías en castellano e inglés para profundizar en esta educación?

En español apenas hay literatura homeschooler. Existen dos libros editados por ALE. El primero de ellos, titulado “Razones para educar en familia” es un compendio de relatos de experiencias perosnales. El segundo, “Educar en casa día a día” es una obra más elaborada e incluye varios informes realizados en otros países.

Ana Mª Redondo, profesora de Derecho, publicó un libro titulado “Defensa de la Constitución y enseñanza básica obligatoria” en el que defiende la legalidad del homeschooling en base a la norma constitucional.

Por último, está mi libro “Educación y libertad. Una defensa del homeschooling como máxima expresión de la libertad educativa”, publicado en abril de este mismo año y al que seguirá mi segundo libro “Enseñar a Pescar. Educando en casa” que es un recopilatorio de artículos conjugado con parte de mi blog personal, donde relato mi propia experiencia educando en casa.

En inglés sí hay muchos libros sobre el tema, algunos, imprescindibles. John Holt y John Taylor Gatto son dos básicos (el “Dumbing Us Down” de Gatto es un libro que, literalmente, me cambió la vida). También el “Education. Free and compulsory” de Murray Rothbard me parece esencial para comprender de qué hablamos cuando hablamos de educación y de escolarización.

Para una primera aproximación, recomendaría el libro de Jan hunt “The Natural Child”, acerca de la llamada crianza a natural, que dedica un capítulo a la educación en casa.

Tammy Takahashi tiene un libro titulado “Deschooling Gently” que es una especie de guía para padres que desescolarizan y ahora acaba de publicar otro titulado “Zenschooling” en el que desarrolla este concepto, acuñado por ella misma y que es, en la línea del unschooling, una filosofía de vida aplicada a la educación.

Y sobre unschooling hay que leer a Sandra Dodd y “The unschooling unmanual” de Jan Hunt.

Después uno puede leer (o debería leer) sobre pedagogías y filosofías varias, pero eso ya es harina de otro costal.

26. ¿Qué webs recomendarías de familias que estudian en casa o sobre información general?

En español, sin duda, hay que recomendar el blog de Madalen Goiría que tiene recopilada muchísima información sobre el tema, aunque le falta la experiencia de haberlo vivido.

El blog de ALE es quizás más ecléctico pero por ello más vivo, al igual que el de Clonlara School.

Epysteme, aparte de su blog más oficial, tiene otro donde comparten los proyectos realizados por sus alumnos, así que es una buena fuente de recursos e ideas.

Para hacerse una idea de cómo es el día a día de una familia homeschooler, cualquiera de los blogs personales sirve (hay muchísimos) y, sobretodo, recomendaría darle una leída al Carnaval de Blogs que tiene una periodicidad mensual.

En inglés, es imprescindible el blog de los Cate, “Why homeschool”. “The Thinking Mother” es otro que vale la pena leer. Hay tanta variedad, con tantos estilos distintos, que lo mejor es ir de uno a otro a través de los enlaces o de los blogroll y que cada uno se quede con los que más le inspiren.

VI. TU LIBRO “EDUCACIÓN Y LIBERTAD”

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27. ¿Por qué el título “Educación y libertad”?

“Educación y libertad: una defensa del homeschooling como expresión de la libertad individual” es el título de la ponencia que presenté en el I Congreso de Economía Austríaca celebrado en 2008 en la Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, organizado por el Instituto Juan de Mariana.

De ahí nació la idea del libro, que no salió hasta dos años después. El enfoque no era exactamente el mismo, por eso cambié ligeramente el título. Y no se trata tanto de defender el homeschooling en si mismo como de defender la libertad educativa.

28. ¿Qué te ha llevado a escribir un libro de una modalidad tan minoritaria en España?

He escrito el libro que me habría gustado leer cuando empecé a plantearme educar en casa. Obviamente, no lo he escrito para ganar dinero, para eso tendría que escribir una novela al estilo de “La catedral del mar”…

Pero creo que es importantísimo que se le de difusión a esta opción educativa, que se conozca es el primer paso para que se normalice, primero a nivel social, cultural y, después, a nivel legal.

29. ¿Qué puede el lector encontrar en tu libro?

Es una aproximación general a la educación en casa. Trato de responder a las cuestiones más frecuentes: el por qué se hace, el cómo se hace, etc. Y también respondo a las clásicas objeciones que hace la gente desinformada: cómo socializan, cómo aprenden, cómo vas a enseñarle algo que tú no sabes, etc.

Por supuesto, aclaro cuál es la situación legal en España y en otros países. Y, finalmente, incluyo tres anexos: uno, escrito por mí, se compone de breves biografías de personajes que fueron educados en casa; el segundo, escrito por María Antonia Gomila, madre de tres niñas educadas en casa, es una reflexión sobre el tipo de educación que queremos dar a nuestros hijos; y el tercero, es un compendio de entradas de blogs que participaron en el Carnaval de Homeschooling.

Con ello creo que el lector de puede llevar una idea bastante precisa de la gran variedad de familias y de modos de educar en casa que existen.

30. ¿Dónde se puede encontrar?

Ahora mismo sólo se puede comprar en internet y en tres librerías de Menorca.

Muchas gracias por esta completa y útil información y seguiremos atentamente tus pasos y todas las novedades de la educación en casa en España.

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Libertarian International Head: 0% Taxes--& Beyond-- Now

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 3:40 PM

LIO head MG says join him in world & local dialogue to end taxes--to put in a negative tax rate.

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OPINION, By MG

If you don't share this article with all your e-circle and more RIGHT NOW, don't complain about coercive or inept government fiscal mis-management to me, ever.

The recent spectacle of Governor Gary Johnson, the US Libertarian Party candidate--a truly wonderful cut of man I feel no shame in praising-- advocating a flat tax and no real lowering of taxes/tax rates vs. US Democratic President' Obama's tax rate cut and additional proposals--including extending the so-called Bush cut 2 years the GOP originally refused to do-- shows two things.

Many people are joining  the Libertarian parade but some libertarians are falling away. Yes, many sincere libertarian supporters are letting it pass them by instead of leading it, perhaps worried some ignoramus will say, why, they're just too far out.

No great things were ever seized without nerve. So join me in getting back in front--not 'far-out' in the rear.

Coercive taxes rob you in 3 ways: Paying over-much for things you don't need, being a constant temptation to incompetent or corrupt officials to spend, spend, spend; and not having the correct libertarian end-state of public programs where the programs pay you.

Pay attention: I'm saying that not only should tax rates be ZERO, but public programs should pay you--a NEGATIVE tax rate. Impossible?

An example of what I mean is the libertarian-championed Alaska Permanant Fund--which instead of an income tax uses investments to pay the people a living dividend not as some government handout and politician's spree, but an autonomous trust jealously guarded by the people themselves--and IRA's where you can have a tax-advantaged mini-public program to pay for retirement and much else besides. I helped conceive the first and championed both. Several countries have used to concept to not only create automatic benefits so that concepts such as the need for a minimum wage and poverty vanish, but fund lavish social services such as as much education as you want and a free home to boot. Sure, there is corruption, but the answer is to get the funds into autonomous trustees supervised by the beneficiaries, not legislators armed with legal immunity for misdeeds. Here're 3 key steps:

  1. Decriminalize non-payment and lower all tax rates.No one should pay a dime if they have reasons of culture, commerce, conscience. Forget the social-duty argument: these pious thinkers have created vast mismanagement and should have been making not irresponsible public trusts but actual public trusts that took care of anyone through wide investment, open management, and legal responsibility. Altruism is an excuse for lack of results in many cases. Switzerland already makes tax non-payment non-criminal.
  2. Simplify and voluntarize: Immediately exempt --adjusted for inflation-- the bottom 50% from any income tax while encouraging the wealthy to pay a larger share into medical and social. No corporate or technical taxes--taroiffs, etc. Start a national dialogue on voluntary payment and choice of programs. Remember: the bottom 50% of  income-tax payers just pay a sliver of revenues for waste; the rest effectively fund defense in the US. Social Security would have been funding additional personal pensions and lavish healthcare if part had not been used for years from everything from fact-finding trips to Paris not to mention funding goal-free military shenanigans. Make a portion go to fund endowments to in due course pay the costs. My prediction: Revenues will skyrocket as people have a say and programs are obliged to improve.  We've surveyed wealthy people who say they would cheerfully pay double such a voluntary tax given the assurance that it would end up abolishing taxes and they would become public heroes. Libertarian fans in many countries are getting some action. Thus Russia is catching up in development with a lower tax rate than the US. Hear that, USA? Russia.
  3. Segregate local taxes to set lands and move programs to endowment funding with accountable trustees. End all these real estate and sales taxes. We could double the salary of every public servant by putting funds where users could watch it, people were rewarded for improvement suggestions. Homeowners and small business could rest easy in a tax-free environment. legalize private options of every kind. Some libertarian-loving economists confuse government with public and so write all day of how to privatize every road when the reality is we need to legalize private roads and democratize public easements away from politicized control by restoring endowments--and many things besides. Let us legalize such investment-oriented user-designed libertarian communities while were at it.

Sure, social adjustment may take a generation. That only means that by starting today in one generation coercive taxes can vanish and a variety of entities send you a check instead. Sure, every community might have a different spin. That's what libertarians are there for... to share the good work, remind us one-size-need not fit all,  suggest best practices, and keep things on-point as far as rights. So go: E-mail this. Translate it. Tell your friends. Meet with officials. Pester college departments. E-mail journalists and policy wonks. Talk to unions. Address community leaders. This is a starting point for dialogue leading to one discussion: How can we do this so it works for our community ?

As a US Citizen please excuse me for patriotically saying I don't want to hear as I grow older about how now Russians are having a ball with their libertopian social stipend and at last enjoying true communism thanks to capiatlism. I don't want to hear how some zero-tax micro-country is putting go-go private space colonies on Mars funded by their investments in the US while in the USA Americans still kill entire forests to print their ever-more bizarre tax forms motivated by piously funereal slogans. 

One thing I can guarantee as LIO co-ordinator:  2 million people in every country will have had the opportunity to read this already--and many are discussing how to beat the Americans in the Zero-to-Negative Tax Race.

It is time to prepare the funeral for coercive taxation and plan for our yearly and growing check at the wake besides as we bid this barbaric medieval remnant a tearless RIP . That's a funeral worth having.

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Arm Grandpas, Teach Youth Non-Coercion, Remove Eco-Problems: Libertarian Gun, Self-Defense, Systems Approach

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Once disarmed grandpas who surprise possible killers? LIO inspired Libertarian 'gun/self-defense rights & more' dialogue is now in all countries, and Libertarian-driven right-to-carry statutes trained and armed citizen guardian volunteers as this elderly man. The offenders were wounded and later arrested.

The same week, analysts point out that Grandpas are now preventing potential and tragic  Aurora, Colorado potential massacres--where police were reportedly aware of sanity issues but there was no action (http://abcnews.go.com/US/james-holmes-psychiatrist-contacted-university-police-weeks-movie/story?id=16943858  ;)-- armed with Libertarian tools...but it is not just a matter of gun rights alone but a comprehensive voluntary system of approach that reduces and prevents problems and engages citizen 'bottom-up' action and input.

These tools range from Lib-inspired concealed carry to  other citizen tools such as mediation, being more alert to environmental causes such as violence-inducing medications and allergies,  and growing world and local dialogue on ending the 'coercive cycle of abuse' --from punitive/rights-disrespecting family to corporate and other institutions to central government and back --that help you reduce the culture of coercion. Setting aside false choices and circular arguments by some of arms vs. safety, regulation vs. responsibility, punishment vs. permissiveness, while ignoring the corrupting example of corrupt statutes and officials--how has this global movement of citizen responsibility for the body politic come about?

'Public safety and defense is the primary  job of the volunteer citizen, not the government' or other auxiliary hired officials...and begins in the household... When LIO first raised the subject in 1971 as a line of discussion and data-development world citizen disarmament coupled with out-of-control crime and totalitarianism seemed inevitable to many. Now, 40 years later, the spread of citizen self-defense/mediation techniques and the effect on reducing problems is worldwide helping nations adopt or better participative democracy and public safety:

  • Armed grandpas work. The same week of the notorious Batman shooter massacre, a similar apparent threat was averted in Florida. In that state Libertarians championed and got passed 'concealed carry' of weapons restoring much of that citizen right along with encouraging self-defense, citizen watch, and social mediation classes ( vs. government proposals to ban use of several martial arts). This Youtube shows an armed grandpa benefiting from the Libertarian approach and saving threatened civilians. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=epZod2qyyN4 (Ironically, the city is where the Libertarian movement for concealed carry was organized, Ocala, which had suffered attempts to prosecute women who defended themselves from rape with illegal pistols and touching off a crime wave induced by official policies, say activists).
  • Check the environment before punishing or regulating. People inspired by Libertarian dialogue continue to focus polemics on environmental causes to misbehavior as the first, not last place to lolok and correct: Along with highlighting the coercive atmosphere created by errant institutions and officials, they have led dialogues on family abuse, school bullying, anti-gay and other bigoted violence, genetic or allergy factors, lead or other additive poisoning in e.g. paint or food, and now over-corrective prescription of behavior drugs as officials--who create the drug problem by mandating or encouraging the practice--then demand restrictions on civil self-defense based on untoward incidents they themselves cause. ( http://lewrockwell.com/kohls/kohls13.1.html )
  • Worldwide relaxation of weapon restrictions, with legalization of citizen watches, and expanded self-defense and courteous behavior classes (as in Japan, which still has arms restrictions but low incidents as most of the population is able to easily disarm a gun-wielder, and teachers teach as the first principle of defense being mutual respect or  rei, the prinsiple also used in developing the modern Libertarian pledge) is spreading (  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firearms_law ) as Libertarians predict they will gear up to lead restoration of the right to bear infantry arms and disarm police (on old British Bobby system ) in every country, and make any worldwide citizen arms including self-defense classes restrictions DOA.
  • Non-coercive behavior mentoring to build virtue, not react to avoidable vice and misbehavior--and end built in coercive cycles that go from abuisive parenting to social misbehavior to totalitarian or abusive systems in a self-perpetuating cycle. Along with the Libertarian pledge of rights-respect focusing good behavor and courage to correct self-created institutional problems--often reflecting poor or hidden data, suppression, or lack of  rights/voluntarism disrespect and citizen involvement-- programs such as positive parenting ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Positive_parenting#Non-punitive_discipline )  , hands are not for hitting (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Rx53-FXaik )    , and conflict reduction classes for youth and officials (  http://www.phillymediators.org/news/free-youth-mediator-training )  spread...so we will rarely need the armed grandpas.
  • Get back on mission: Increasingly, public safety officials say much of the problem is diversion of resources into punishment of lifestyle or psychological issues ( prostitution, drugs, family abuse; see http://www.leap.cc/ ) and confusion of lifestyle/social work-type matters with citizen protection often accompanied by draconian measures ( see http://www.fear.org ). Police presence often creates a rash of false accusations and inappropriate responses by bureucracies that threat the users as a problem. Many police report to LIO departments still spend 90% or more of their time in non-harm matters when they would--as fire safety professionals have learned with libertarian/LIO workshops--rather focus on proaction, education, and awareness (Now many fire and similar officials spend 90% of their time in citizen self-protection and problem avoidance awareness, better interaction on insurance/safety standards, etc.)...In contrast, citizen watch and mediation often does the job for much less or free. ( e, .g. http://www.libertarianinternational.org/apps/blog/show/1713986-win-how-lib-mayor-cut-crime-40- ) using 'granpa and granny' mediators and citizen input and community orgamization participation.
  • Make gun/self-defense  registration accountable and private: Current gun rules typically over-regulate while missing the real issues of liability and good conduct/sanity and are so often politicized. Having e.g. neutral insurance follow a threatening serious weapon with/or certification of conduct/sanity by an accountable actor such as an insurance company may be a good solution for some voluntary communities and be a better transition tool for current quasi-voluntary ones. At present rules make it difficult for e.g. alarmed teachers, gun clubs, or even close families to seek examination on dysfuntional and threatening family members or neighbors, with reports to authorities often met with a shrug, say critics--while imaginary threats to authorities by irate citizens are met with hysterical arrests. At the same time, many Libertarians encourage study and expanded legalization of non-lethal /non-damaging 'stopper' defense weapons or martial arts to end use of force for temporary restraint or disablement until help arrives...while warning that expanding centralized coerced rules will only leave to citizens again prey to gangster regimes or at best smugly abusive officials as public safety declines.

The LIO will-- especially through the good work of LIO Friends and those in public office-- continue to encourage open dialogue among key activists  focused on combined  rights, choices, and data-driven best practice-holistic approaches and info-sharing at the user level, along with encouragement of informed scientific and user-friendly assessments and self-correction.

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LIO hopes this will help you by peaceful dialogue better democracy or replace dysfuntional command or coercive policies with aware use of  legalized  communities of voluntary governance led by Libertarian-conversant citizen watchdogs of, in the words of F. Douglass, the  3 boxes of rights: The ballot box, the jury box, the cartridge box.

 

What Do Libertarians Do? LIO Friends, @ 3K+, To Have Blog

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 2:45 AM

 

What do Libertarians and those using SMILE/voluntary tools actually do? Volunteers are changing the world: e.g. the gallant Hope & Service to Mankind Foundation in Africa ( http://www.servicetomankindfoundation.org/ ) empowers rural dwellers and is one of many groups with LIO Friends who examine SMILE-interest or share voluntary tools and inspire other projects worldwide in a non-partisan, common-ground atmosphere.

It shares: " ...We promote and encourage the development of the spirit of voluntarism among the youth and people of all communities by organising workcamps..."

Libertarians and users of Libertarian-based tools celebrated World Libertarian Day (July 17th) for the first time worldwide as LIO Friends --noting their group topped 3000 as the activist advisory and share network to the LIO and general public.

Participants from all parties ( http://www.libertarianinternational.org/apps/videos/ ) share SMILE-oriented personal/ public entrepreneurship non-partisan projects @: http://www.facebook.com/LibertarianInternationalOrganization piloting or spreading voluntary tools and rights-oriented or other projects. A frequent comment recieved is along the lines that "I thought we were the only ones" and "We love the environment of inspiration and useful sharing." While the co-editors highlight projects and useful data, most work is user-driven; and much sharing is peer-to-peer.

LIO Friends, not all of whom are at the network, are 51% women, reflective of their nations with a bias towards native people and minorities, and describe themselves as working-middle class, student, and retiree. Many are or were public officials, and come from or continue work in independent, progressive or conservative action areas. Top users are in Latin America, CIS, China-East Asia, India region, and emerging democracies.

LIO co-editors and activists have been overwhelmed by the massive data and a blog is underway to highlight each nation on what LIO Friends and libertarians are doing to better:

  • Native American rights and aboriginal issues
  • Homeschool understanding and use, life long free learning
  • Homeless protection and projects legalizing donations that do the job
  • Empowerment of poor and women seminars and micro-loans
  • Protection of pre-borns e.g. cloning, snowflake babies, in vitro
  • Tools for urban homesteading and gardens including legalization
  • Defense of under-publicized minorities e,g, albinos in Africa
  • Organizing youth on democracy and market particpoation workshop
  • Ending world borders that block free residency and may create war
  • Public safety betterment: Police, lifeguards, fire safety
  • Bringing federal democracy to Somalia, Somaliland and other lands
  • Spread good use of co-operatives, e-barter and freeshare projects
  • Open and transparent governance in all democracies and emerging nations
  • Consumer-driven pricing sytems that set aside part for higher worker wages
  • Info projects exposing corporate, religious, and other institutional abuses
  • Persuading landowners and governments on eco-areas and shore protection
  • 'Take back' movements of public parks and land donations being restricted
  • Certification and user-info to replace corrupt regulation
  • E-Literacy programs for rural  world villagers
  • Workshops in every country on SMILE themes and Libertarian projects
  • Projects to abolish taxers, better services and choice, and end poverty
  • Art projects for underserved youth and community betterment
  • Union and collective bargaining legalization and choice work
  • Women empowerment and anti-abuse workshops in Islamic countries
  • Promotion of community watch and private policing/mediation prototypes
  • Pilots of currency options now in over 300 communities
  • Postive parenting, co-housing, and similar group projects
  • Drive to bring barter/farmer markets and freeshare books to all libraries
  • Spread of direct democracy focused on rights to choices in all nations
  • Ballot access and fair elections
  • Secularism information projects e.g. atheists helping homeless
  • Daily petition projects for prisoners, against corruption and more
  • Formation of civic rights and libertarian-civic groups

Work by activists dedicated to Libertarian legal and policy reform is no longer networked by LIO but the emerging www.Libertarian-Institute.Info (LI) which works on management/law lines to build a climate for Libertarian-based organizations, management styles and community. LI hosts teams centered on autonomous solo/small team activists promoting general Libertarian rights reform themes and specific foicus on the original Gilson reform lines personally promoted by the LIO co-ordinator. The blog reports daily wins on rights and Libertarian policy worldwide.

LIO expects to be reformatting the old contact groups through blog-based country portals highlighting world project communication and work in each country as the blog proceeds for LIO Friends, and connecting to seperate Libertarian/SMILE-interested society projects at the local level. This current site will then be re-dedicated primarily to trends developed by LIO Fellows and overall reviews with an eventual LIO Fellows blog highlighting their often pathbreaking and paradigm-shifting work, articles, proposals and papers in many SMILE-interest fields from Martian colonization to life extension research.

 

 

High Schoolers: Libertarian President Inevitable, Desirable

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Libertarian-supportive youth such as this election fairness team in Latin America influence attitudes, say peers.

A survey conducted by volunteers of LIO has determined that over 60% of high schoolers in the US, Mexico and Costa Rica believe that a Libertarian President and members of the Supreme Court is inevitable and desirable 'within two generations'...and a large group (over 30%) that some form of no-less government or voluntary government system' should be generally tried, especially (over 55%) at the local level, and was likely 'inevitable at least locally.'

Most said they were not aware of the problems with ballot laws and third parties and thought that removing such laws while putting more libertarian-based people in local office was therefore paramount. A near-majority said the same for Green candidates--in many countries the Greens are widely supported by those identifying as Libertarians.

LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATES SEEN AS LAGGING INDICATOR, MUST BE EXPERIENCED AS LIBERTARIANS

Over 20% said they would vote for a 'qualified and experienced libertarian candidate with a record of results', 5% for 'a libertarian candidate not experienced as a libertarian,' and over 50% for 'an experienced libertarian candidate that I knew or was working on my favorite issues who was qualified and experienced with a record of results.' There was little difference among respondent subgroups.

Over 70% said they 'would like to see some Libertarians in local' public office, especially appointive boards 'working on specific issues.' They identified Libertarians as focused on rights, choices, data and correct process, and being fair. Over 50% of these thought the main value of Libertarians in public office was 'helping me in protecting consensus and social gains in rights and choice' and over 30% 'starting new specific voluntary programs or ideas and protecting the defenseless.' Over 20% thought Libertarians were the go-to people for seeing 'the law and fairness were followed.'

Of the 60% over half thought they would see a Libertarian President as 'most of the Libertarian ideas were already put into place' and 30% when 'there were more local libertarians making change' to which voters could refer. Over half of these thought a Libertarian 'would be great in a severe national crisis' such as an invasion or ending an extremist takeover. This comports with pro-Libertarian Presidents abroad arising after leading anti-Communist popular revolutions.

LIBERTARIANISM=MODERNISM

Over 60% agreed that legislators were 'living in the past' and 'should not block libertarian initiatives among people who want to use them.' many cited legislation on drugs, sexuality, small business, and the web as irritants. Many noted that the web was becoming an engine of change and agreed 'people are increasingly doing as they please whatever institutions say.'

Among those saying libertarians were inevitable a majority felt the world was improving, among those who self-identified as anti-libertarian most thought the world was getting worse. The libertarian inclined were less optimistic about Libertarian inevitability and the progressive most optimistic.

Respondents tested about 30% each libertarian, progressive and conservative inclined, and  under 10% authoritarian. Over 3% in the US and Mexico and 10% in Costa Rica self-identified as 'consciously libertarian or pro-libertarian' and of those chose 'modernist and voluntary choice/rights oriented' as a libertarian description  in over 50% of the cases, with 'tolerant/less or no government' as the next most favored by some 30%. This means most people who vote Libertarians do not see themselves as necessarily Libertarian but like what libertarians are doing. In addition, 21% in the US and Costa Rica self-identified with Libertarian, though half had generalized sense of the approach.

Over 70% agreed that 'voluntary communities of libertarian character or law-waiver options that would allow me to choose libertarian alternatives' e.g. that allowed complete personal and market freedom should be legal or tried more. A similar number of those who said they were aware of media and academic portayals of libertarianism or libertarians thought they were for over 30% often too grossly incorrect and did not 'even know basic facts' and over 40% thought fair but 'too general and infrequent.'

In addition, over 80% agreed that 'having Libertarian candidates improve the race' more than any other candidates with Greens next;  and 'help me even if they lose by showing where people support more choices and defining the issues.' This comports with staements by opponents that libertarian candidates forced them to be better candidates, document specifics and consider or implement libertarian-direction policy. Of these, over 90% said laws limiting small parties were 'wrong and should be abolished,' and 'harm the right to a fair choice of the voter' comporting with large majorities supporting the view when put to a vote.

CANDIDACIES HELP RECOGNITION, DRIVE CULTURAL CHANGE

In Mexico, a Libertarian-oriented party candidate recieved some 2% of the vote, and in Costa Rica a growing Libertarian-Liberal themed centrist party regularly clocks in over 5% vote totals and has some 10% of the legislature. In the US Libertarians are strong at the local level, and in 2002 the USLP identified as a major problem that not enough people could be trained as libertarians to meet demand. The LIO has registered a project to promote use of Libertarian tools by all officials and mentor Libertarians interested in non-partisan adlective (e.g. appointive advisory boards ) office, with an emphasis on local work. 

Both self-identified libertarians and libertarian-leaning reported less use of drugs than conservatives and guns than progressives, suggesting the trend continues where libertarians are simply more self-disciplined and rights-focused than others. Those saying they were from minority, working class/union, or low-income backgrounds tested both with higher self-reported  IQ's and more libertarian, suggesting a growing social shift.

Of those who self-identified as libertarians, over 50% said they were aware of libertarian publicity or for libertarian ideas but came based on a communication from a friend, teacher, or handout. The rest were about divided between those who learned from a campaign or were 'in a libertarian-aware' family or circle, with the first somewhat higher in Costa Rica.

ASK ME TO PARTICIPATE

Finally, 10% of the Libertarian-inclined respondents said they would consider getting involved in local public office, and 20% in social entrepreneurship or community volunteering at some point. This suggested opportunities in asking people to start in office or volunteering as opposed to merely asking for their support in long term growth.

Over 2300 respondents were surveyed in each country in 2 independently run studies of over 1100 respondents each. Questions were formulated based on pre-survey of focus groups. The data is suggestive that as Libertarian concepts spread they acquire increased acceptance, and the massive and rapid growing cultural change wrought by LIO supporters and libertarians in general...and what Libertarian-oriented or direction contact groups can expect in their own countries as they organize interest.

 In 1970 LIO volunteers tested US respondents and found most people rated as fascists/authoritarian (over 40% for more intrusive government and less economic and civil rights' and of which most agreed that  'some form of dictatorship would be best for the US' ). A similar study by the University of Michigan isolated similar data. That number is now under 10% suggesting a strong change towards participation and away from authoritarian cultures in all areas.

A study for India and China is underway. Ranges are rounded down to country minimums and for purposes of ease of presentation. We thank the volunteers  who helped arrange the study.

JOIN LIBERTARIAN INSTITUTE, LARGEST SUCH GROUP

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Over 1000 core/10,000 co-activists are being inspired by www.Libertarian-Institute.Info to move policy by targeted dialogue with legislators and officials, and direct democracy to uphold rights says Dr. Swanson. The  new 'action think tank' for empowering average citizens working in every country works by inspiring autonomous citizen contact teams or solo action, and highlighting models you can adapt in your area--results shared every weekday..

OPINION: By Dr. Ralph Swanson, LIO Past Advisory Chair

I would like to personally welcome your interest in the free Libertarian Institute. I urge you link to it—and find a rights issue you like, get inspired with our tools of action, and share your success for potential publication to inspire others. The yet to be fully launched at www.Libertarian-Institute.Info  is now the largest Libertarian legal activist organization in history, with over 1000 activists or teams in 100+ countries reporting an average of 10 participants. Attracting the most dedicated legal activists from the LIO’s titanic list of over 1 million LIO- or Libertarian-fans or social entrepreneurs in every country, it serves as a morale and progress center for those interested in change by contacting policymakers, developing petitions, and more to advance both voluntary choice/rights-friendly policies to better democracy, and items of the updated 1969 ‘Gilson Reform’ that launched the civic movement to legalize Libertarian community--and now reports a win each weekday. Note: Mr. Gilson’s work was basis for the libertarian-direction USLP platform that united, grew, defined the movement; his full work is being slowly shared beyond Libertarian and select leaders.

As Mr. Gilson’s or ‘MG’s—the LIO co-ordinator-- long-awaited less-is-more think-tank to help legalize and build strong Libertarian groups via standards and data for: solo and small contact team activists; coalitions; jurists and law students; political/legal action committees in every country, it is the sole group to the purpose planned and blessed by we modern movement founders including Dr. M. Friedman, David Nolan, Dr. M. Rothbard, and myself, as our personal arm. It helps those forming libertarian groups in addressing legal environments while sharing management tips to build best-practice open lib-type groups or LIO networks. Unlike other think-tanks or policy schools, it’s international, neither takes nor donates money but is strictly volunteer, and does not react to transitory issues but helps you work long term. While coalition-focused and welcoming all interested in any reform element, it keeps the comprehensive view intact.

We help the many people not interested or able to participate in the political or other work that exists; or if you want to take successful action from home by calling or writing policymakers and media, or guidance on forming coalitions and citizen watchdogs and so be the leading edge in bettering the legal culture and spreading citizen participation, this is for you. It is an ideal intersection for disabled, senior or youth activists or those of limited time or means yet much enthusiasm; who wish to do something for e.g. an hour or so a month for maximum results; for those in legal-management studies; for all to learn more and spread good news or applications. Please note LI is distinct from LIO whose Fellows, Friends and fans may not share all LI’s views, and is non-partisan with participants of all kinds.

FRIENDLY FIRE

As long-term Rock of Gibraltar of strict Libertarian perspective in rights dialogue and also legalization of community and best practice, we’re already being told by activists who’ve ‘gone beyond’ and get ‘friendly fire’ from less focused libertarian-direction groups that this is proving a motivator, reality check, and relief. In just this month they’ve seen:

1. Anti-Union and pro-flat-tax statements by the USLP, CATO, and many conservative-leaning ‘Lib’ groups—even as libertarians or fans like them are leading in efforts to abolish taxes and reach out to unions.

2. Calls for ‘kiddie electrocution’ by CATO, CEI, and punishing abortion by some—even as international rights norm, abortion options legalization and anti-death penalty work is succeeding around the globe.

3. Cluelessness on what Libertarians are doing in the field by LRC contributors e.g. hysteria over democracy in Egypt, claims ‘no libertarians have been elected’ or have influence, or ignorance of Libertarian Democracy work—even as Libs lead efforts for a world revolution in democracy paving the way for more change...

These great groups say they’re moving policy in a libertarian-direction, espouse no or ‘competing governments’ or less or ‘limited government’ constitutionalism for a good reason: That’s what they do, and all they do. While informed by Libertarianism, and many co-founded by LIO principals and welcome by LI in their autonomous work, and sometimes thinking of themselves as libertarian, they’re libertarian-direction: Some coercive policy may be mixed in as one would expect from transitional groups; as of course also in Liberal/libertarian-oriented groups—yet many get valuable skills.

As many activists move with their skills to implementation, they will find LI a logical tool if they enjoy lobbying, legal-management matters or direct action to implement Libertarian elements--one at a time. In addition, one need not agree with all of the LI view to find something on which to work--with encouragement, on-point analysis or useful links for the attorney, activist, and group facilitator. LI’s symbol is not freedom but the older one of the balance of freeholder justice and fair dealing over an ancient freeholder (libertarian) market: A world symbol for a world effort, one call or e-mail or letter or signature or link-share at a time. People are already doing this no matter what officials plan, so...Join LI!

Libertarian Democracy Op Update: 14 Countries Improve

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 8:15 AM

OPERATION DEMOCRACY

...fans starting in the Mid-east have adopted  this meme to spread the good word and stay on mission, using English as the effort lingua franca to engage emerging professionals in the various countries. The meme at right has also become popular in explaining the effort which has used everything from ham radios to contact/phone-trees as well per LIO-inspired pamphlets. The effort is the current phase of LIO's long term dialogue--initiated with the blessing of then US President Eisenhower--to by peaceful methods legalize federal and direct democracy with choices of designed and  libertarian community and scientific voluntary association--and peaceful space colonization and future focus using voluntary and private tools.

Note: In 1940 there were, not counting small countries, 14 democracies (Great Britain, United States of America, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Switzerland, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Uruguay ) . LIO principals have been key in the spread of democracy since that time, starting with work on the Libral International.

LIO's OPERATION DEMOCRACY is being segued by activists interfacing through www.Libertarian-Institute.Info  to gently continue pressure as changes are made. The initiative began in 2010 as an effort to end the excuse for war and set core conditions for voluntary systems by moving the last 40 countries towards democratic process, and continuing with efforts to on dialogue to bring direct democracy, dialogue on marlets and tolerance, and initiate Liberal-Libertarian civic groups in all counties.Help was greatly due to co-ordination with local unions and professional societies, say activists--as well as tools circulated to help e-activism and 'street networking'  with many civic and open society groups which provided workshops. China and Russia were not included in the effort as they're treated by LIO facilitators as emerging democracies where think tanks and other efforts are well at work as in manmy countries where LIO Friends help drive initiatives such as: http://www.southasia.fnst.org/Recent-events/380c4599i1p/index.html

In the US and other advanced countries, predictably, many extreme conservatives and leftists some purporting to be 'libertarians' have written articles or made statements that direct democracy cannot be used to support rights, that democracy is the enemy of freedom, that unions need to be regulated by the government, and other confusions based on gimmicked defintions--along with ritual declarations of libertarian lack of progress, or Liberal/progressive evil. The peaceful organizing has been marred in some countries by big-power military intervention, but effortts remain focused and long-term.

Activists say they will focus on secular legalization ( e.g. ending official religions) and promoting market and user-designed communty tools along with tolerance initiatives.

TOOLS:

AS LIO FANS TOP 1 MILLION, SITE CHANGES UNDERWAY

Posted on June 26, 2012 at 8:45 AM

LIO  Friends and fans are interested citizens or dedicated comunity leaders and activists who start or share autonomous projects such as here where Libs and others woirk on border issues in Central Asia ...encouraged by groups such as the Tajikistan Free Market Center .

These are part  of wider citizen-driven efforts to bring freer immigration, trade, and peaceful co-operation.  Many such activists work through-- or using free tools-- of the Atlas Network, created at  meetings funded and hosted by then co-ordinator Goodwill Ambassador Hon. Lillian de Lemos of the Dominican Republic and facilitated by then co-ordinator in training Michael Gilson-De Lemos (MG). We invite you to participate free and share your secular good work including personal SMILE projects.

LIO fans in our d-bases number over 1 million as we approach Libertarian Day July 17th, distributed in every country with large concentrations in the US, China, and Europe. Though LIO takes in no money with volunteers applying their autonomous effort and is completely non-partisan and private--it is now the largest rights, voluntary reforms and scientific progress encouragement network in history. According to Facebook, advisory groups such as the LIO Friends alone make shares ‘go viral’ to 20% of users, with a reach potential over 2 million. Some 600 Fellows advance intriguing or seminal ideas on SMILE lines…from plans to privately eco-colonize Mars…to time-travel debates…to calls for universal free youth education in violence mediation, statistics and logic. This expansion of the old Liberal-Libertarian Leagues from a few freethinker leaders, republican champions, and sympathetic officials has new needs.

LIO is re-configuring this and specialty sites as follows (please check above and at sidebars for current links):

1. This site is being gradually moved to main focus on Fellow’s SMILE work and LIO reviews, with an eventual Fellow’s e-journal. New sites are being made for Group and the burgeoning LIO Friends with a ‘wins’ blog showcasing beneficial work in every country by Libertarian users and general LIO fans . Our co-editor SMILE blog at www.TheLibertarian.Info  to supplement the Twitter has been well-received averaging 100 new people and 30 views an hour as we enter tips of the day…plus the information of the first generation of civic libertarians that was, as Dr. Swanson put it, ‘in our heads’ so the once small and intimate but now world users can take advantage and correct misperceptions. Much of this information correct misperceptions promoted by Wikipedia and scholars who have never consulted us—such as mis-definitions of mini-archism, general ignorance of ‘Lib history’ and needed links to goals and other statements or edgy SMILE efforts. The curator has started a Facebook site to share his occasional highlights of ‘where we’ll be’ and Tiger Team (lead activist) shares sent to him, and where you can share your links on futurist and other topics.Also, a section to disseminate via web LIO-specific 'memes' suggested by the curator is under study.

2. The support sites and co-related blogs and e-groups for the support areas of the Libertarian Citizen Community project are being slowly fashioned for official launch. Beginning late 2013 we expect some 100 local communities to advance both SMILE sharing and eventual LIO model eco-communities and in time, model towns or neighborhoods while encouraging more aware Lib-based community from condos up. These support projects, while curated for purposes of continuity by the Gilson household are functionally autonomous from LIO and the communities. Communities will help network community leaders and welcome all LIO-interest projects from www.ISIL.org  and www.StudentsForLiberty.org  discussion groups to common ground initiatives of a co-op and eco-interest nature to local science and autonomy citizen groups. In addition, as we now have functional contact groups in every country, we’re consulting on where they would prefer to have a permanent platform of a portal nature. Our aim is for these to become features of the local landscape uniting many of the most intelligent and community aware, and serve as networks and hosts of designed communities as not only conservators of local needs but incubators of beneficial change through dialogue, and enjoyable shared activities in a non-attack, ‘we’re Switzerland’ atmosphere beyond parties.

3. We are consulting to reconfigure our ‘movement portal’ to better reflect Fellow’s projects by 2015. We will continue to add links to LIO/SMILE general alert e-groups. Depending on who is social networking ‘top dog’ we’re considering a general fan group in one or several social networks beyond our Twitter one. Several fans have started exemplary projects which we may highlight due to their ongoing nature in spreading ideas.

Our volunteers suggest changes to make the sites not necessarily pretty but reflective of stated activist needs and usability. We’re very grateful for the positive feedback and kudos, and honored to be as one stated ‘The de facto world Salon, cheering section and workshop for a better voluntary world’ thanks to their ideas, successes, and shared efforts. Finally, we’ve become aware that with growth the Libertarian Standards sheet has ceased to circulate, and as curator we’ve been consulting on language for an inter-networked world and will re-issue them to end confusion by 2016.

As we help each country reaches saturation college (we estimate 25% ) education with improved and free citizen sharing of information levels, we’re seeing a new world where SMILE concepts are an essential tool to initiate dialogue and research. When in doubt, remember our team motto: With dialogue on voluntary alternatives, things improve.

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The average LIO fan is an Asian woman like educator Fely Gahan interested in more voluntary tools, transparent democracy, and tolerance. They're (2015) 8 million+ caring homes like yours distributed proportionately in every country, class, and major ethnicity. If you're wondering why China is moving towards more prosperity and India is becoming a lower-tax powerhouse where Ayn Rand is a best-seller--now you know. Find out more.

Ecuador Cmdr. Astronaut Ron Nader, LIO Welcome Host pioneered a civil space agency, now leads projects for free technical education for underserved youth, and says: Share empowering LIO non-partisan fellowship tools of progress and dialogue--and your wins on our sites. LIO Libertarians starting in 1977 drove what has resulted in the international yearly conferences on interstellar colonization now sponsored by NASA.

HELP END POVERTY

Most of the world's poor are in the recovering coerced egalitarian countries--whether Communist or fascist-socialist--as often LIO fan led reform is increasing the standard once thought sufficient for social justice. Libertarian Nobelist and LIO Fellow Professor Milton Friedman wanted you to join him in ending pseudo-solutions by sharing concrete SMILE tools to end poverty to your country: Replacing destructive coercive taxes with endowments and voluntary taxes, simplified automatic incomes with amenities such as basic homes and healthcare, legalizing community foodshares, worker/user co-operatives, unions, and corporations that can have a non-profit component, and more. In some countries as China, wages have (2015) risen 20X from the egalitarian Communist norm thanks to SMILE tools, and now 1 in 10 US families--from 1 in 300 when reforms began in 1972-- are millionaires whose dollar buys things like web computers that once cost millions but were illegal--and with 90+% cheaper and better products thanks to continuing deregulation of choice in everything from air travel to phone systems to food.

 

 

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