|Posted on May 5, 2011 at 12:54 AM|
LIO Fellow Dr. Russell Means confers with Fellow, US feminist leader, satirist and researcher Carol Moore who exposed official corruption at Waco in a bestseller, and now champions spreading interest in micro-communities and legal mechanisms for autonomy and secession as key conflict management and choice tools that reduce, not increase, conflict and choice.
Her site has new book with profile (http://carolmoorereport.blogspot.com )
Shortly after the fall of Communism, Czechoslovakia faced civil war from long- standing tensions among her two major ethnic groups, which Communist leaders had used to oppress each other and so strengthen their position, say critics. Inspired by pro-Libertarian leader Vaclav Klaus, who has indicated that one should not rush to secession but it is valid to put on the table, the groups instead separated into two countries which were then better positioned to resolve differences and are now firm allies. In contrast, countries such as Iraq, Yugoslavia, Somalia, Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and others attempted to force centralization creating war-torn breakups or conflict that have drawn the whole world into supporting seemingly endless peacekeeping missions. Sometimes a bad social bargain, like a bad partnership, needs to be dissolved. Which is the wiser path?
Researcher and activist LIO Adviser Carol Moore has no doubts, working for decades to encourage interest in peaceful and rights-based devolution as a powerful tool of conflict-reduction, conciliation and lifestyle choice; and of protection of minorities and cultural groups. Interest is increasing each decade in secession- and increased autonomy- based tools as a positive, natural and normal way of handling issues:
- In 1979, LIO advisors helped end war in Namibia centering dialogue on localism
- The Soviet Union devolved into a confederation, China has set a policy for eventual localism in a "United States of China" and the most peaceful and prosperous part of Iraq, the north, simply separated de facto to manage its affairs.
- While Europe expands as a common entity on federal lines, attention increases towards more local rule and autonomy, and use of traditional languages.
- Interest in charter cities, co-operatives, and intentional communities is spreading. States such as California and Florida have developed streamlined charter city and community association procedures. In the US many communities are disincorporating and hiring public services from private companies. Designed communities, once denounced as crazed Libertarian anarchism, have become a business as consulting companies provide plug-and-play methods and services. People are discovering personal secession from non-functional public entities as choice and local opt-outs increase.Examples of increasingly non-coerced service exist in every area from roads to pension plans. Co-operatives or services helping people to aid families abroad, to barter, to getting discounts have blossomed with the internet.
- In the US, there is legal interest in increasing state autonomy and devolution to local and personal levels. Piecemeal service secession has garnered interest. Said one policymaker in a recent brainstorm: "Why not 50 Social Security, medical and other programs? Why not cities competing by offering local services as they do library systems?" Some communities have encouraged local barter, money and other systems led by community groups down to the neighborhood level. In Vermont, the state may not participate in the Obamacare plan, citing what it feels is its own superior state plan; in the capital, Burlington, a food-co-op with local farmers toprovision a good part of the city has attracted international attention. Incidents such as Waco, however, where the long established principle of letting religious and voluntary communities mostly find there own way was ignored suggest there is much to do.
Moore consults on secession tools, urges use of the approach in big ways or small as a normal method of addressing problems and discovering solutions.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1-Share or link to this article; look into local co-operatives that may exist already
2-Inventory issues in your life where you can most benefit
3-Propose secession and personal opt-out as a method of handling local problems
- http://www.vtcommons.org/blog/carol-moore Secede and Survive discussion, also http://www.secession.net tools and encouragement
- http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&biw=1007&bih=513&q=charter+city&aq=f&aqi=g7g-m3&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai= Charter cities information
- http://books.google.com/books?id=eyiYdWygQBcC&printsec=frontcover&dq=secession&source=bll&ots=a9Afg3FEcM&sig=UEt7uNFTwzItMRN57UUPgV2iegQ&hl=en&ei=fiMUTcO3G8P48AbH9tjJDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=16&ved=0CGYQ6AEwDw#v=onepage&q&f=false Free E-book on a secession strategy
- http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1007&bih=513&&sa=X&ei=TiQUTaujK8G88ga_l6jvDg&ved=0CBMQvwUoAQ&q=temporary+autonomous+zones&spell=1 TAZ concept
- http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1007&bih=513&q=form+a+co-operative&aq=f&aqi=g-m1&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai= About co-operatives
- http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1007&bih=513&q=intentional+community&aq=f&aqi=g10&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai= Intentional community
- http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1007&bih=513&q=libertarian+municipalism&aq=f&aqi=g1g-v8&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai= Libertarian municipalism tools
|Posted on April 7, 2011 at 2:27 PM|
Teen Libertarian in public office LIO Activist Charles Peralo meets US New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, who is studying Libertarian ideas.
(This is the first of a series of micro-articles on the Libertarian future by David Nolan-key founder of the US Libertarian Party- with LIO past Advisory Chair Ralph Swanson.)
There is no question in my mind that while many of their elders timidly debate and criticize, or call for us to dilute 'too radical' Libertarianism into some sort of conservatism or to even lie to get elected, young Libertarians are forging ahead and being the Libertarian future in public administration--not only in the US but around the world.
I urge young Libertarians and local Libertarian leaders of whatever group to look into opportunities for public service such as activism and appointive boards. The fact that we're seeing Libertarian teens get in public office and champion 'radical' Libertarian ideas successfully should wake us all up. Teens are showing they can do much more than attend a college or high school club. There've been non-partisan teen mayors and council people, and I predict we'll see Libertarian ones. That's not all. The social entrepreneurship and activism projects especially on the net are stunning. Film, helping the poor, starting new ventures, it's amazing.
Let's learn from these teens! Do something today: Carefully study Libertarian ideas or successes we can adapt to our communities, have a good and polite attitude, and get involved. --David Nolan
Young Libertarians are making a difference and setting an example sharing voluntary concepts and LIO concepts in non-partisan public office, activism, and more.
- Charles Peralo is a Teen Libertarian and LIO activist in appointive (adlective) public office on a Youth Advisory Board for his County in New York, where he provides perspective on market issues. He's also working on a variety of informational and activist projects, such as a computer tutorial service for seniors and work on a project to conceptualize Libertarian-interest see communities. At a meeting with David Nolan, Peralo was told youth "...like you are the future of the movement."
- Kennon and Kira Gilson are Teen Libertarians on a record joint 12 several advisory boards and Quanggos in Florida, including County Youth Advisory, Library, and others where they've helped derail tax and fee increases, provided needed info on park privatization, and are developing websites to help private assistance for the homeless and get tax and rate relief for people who use energy efficient home improvements or produce electricity utilities can buy working as non-party and non-partisan Libertarians, and introduce more voluntary tools to better public safety.
- Jaroslav Romanchuk of www.isil.org led, as a youth activist, key efforts that resulted in the transition of the Eastern bloc to democracy and now is working in Belarus where he ran for president galvanizing a new movement, has founded a think tank, and speaks to groups around the world on Libertarian-oriented topics.
- In countries from the UK to the Philippines, LIO Libertarian and Liberal teens and college youth are often leading the way working on democracy improvement, ballot access, media, and social entrepreneurship projects.
J. Romanchuk shares his work at a talk at the CATO Institute.
>Check for or urge appointive offices or projects in your area that welcome youth participation
|Posted on March 2, 2011 at 2:32 PM|
Presently having been in more public offices as a Libertarian than any Libertarian, the Libertarian International Organization Co-ordinator, Platform Visionary, Philosopher, Movement co-founder, Fortune 500 consultant and retired Union Member Dr. Michael Gilson-De Lemos encourages Libertarians not just to support debate on 'Unions for All'--but to go on the offensive and suggest 4 of them.
Since the inception of the modern Libertarian project, I've encouraged all Libertarian and Liberal leaders in our network to advise dialogue on bettering union representation for all. I wish to extend that encouragement to the 600,000 who have taken the Libertarian pledge, and the growing number of LIO fans and supporters as citizen activists.
People have an absolute right to a union if one accepts they have an absolute right to attorney representation or agency, and fair mediation by the agents involved. This right is a natural one, which neither can be bartered nor contracted away. Additional support from the right to association is commonly asserted.
UNIONS ARE POWERFUL TOOLS
Unfortunate problems with unions have, according to many scholars, arisen from coercive attempts of official interference, not any problem with unions per se. Examples are given of mis-action on the extreme left where unions become little more than mouthpieces, and the extreme right proting infiltration by organized crime or capture by corporate entities. Confusion may have also arisen from the common-law practice of disallowing unions in small businesses where no agent is required and there is a more intimate relationship such as entities that do not make a public offer such as certain religious ones; and legal doctrines claiming professionals, government workers, free-lancers and others cannot unionize with legal benefit or form co-operatives without official permission; of forced union participation and the like. At the same time, the rights of employers to form unions under color of professional and lobbying groups, whether public or not, is often and rightly treated as beyond discussion. That in various countries unions must seek alliance with one political party or another to be heard is itself to many quite strange when all parties should vie for the honor and work to suppress class hatreds. In my opinion the wonder is that professional attorneys do not rush to champion the issue, suggesting how confused conceptions are, and the failure to realize the issue is not just unions, but choice of representatives.
Since the time of the Enlightenment Libertarians through this network have encouraged unions of every description, associated co-operatives and mutuals, and the choice thereof. From the work to bring dignity to the enslaved and ballot-disenfranchised, to the Pittsburgh statement in the 1800's to the IWW and more, participants have sought to assert the simple position that people can choose representatives both public and private, that these representatives both prevent and mediate many minor problems that can become major through common-law mechanisms of collective bargaining, the strike, third party mediators, and more; and an informative union of well-paid professionals and choice of unions is the best friend of the honest business or public agency in the same way as is an informed, well-paid and engaged customer or investor. Unions have led the way to implementing Libertarian co-operative ideas that enhance community while empowering the individual such as mutual banks and savings insurances, credit unions, access to the stock market once reserved to those favored by unjust laws, and pensions for their workers. Where every ally betrayed unions, Libertarians did not, because they view them as a right, a powerful tool of social betterment and mediation.
UNIONS AS CHAMPIONS OF FREE CHOICE
Unions, not rich fatcats looking for illegal but officalized favors, ended coercive Communism. In the work against coercive Communism and current work to mediate improvements in the Middle East and Africa, Libertarian International Organization friends have found budding unions from local co-operatives to physicians for rights key avenues of dialogue, communication, and action. Let us remember that it was Unions in contact with LIO and others that led the transition from coercive Communism and spread education on free enterprise and other Libertarian-interest concepts, often on pain of death. They have been reliable partners to business and managers in participatory management, self-driven quality improvement and health regulation, and low-cost employee education. Consumer unions and co-operatives provide better product informatiuon, and even unwittingly pioneer free-market alternatives such as free-goods stores and other ventures that confound the homilies of ideology bound economists.
In the US today, for example, Unions of government employees are, after preconceptions are addressed and clarified, among the most interested and intelligently critical supporters of Libertarian proposals for more choice and voluntary options in programs, and effective mentors and allies in exposing local rackets. One may make an argument that many of the crises of today are the result of legal interference with co-operatives and unions: Unions were in many countries well advanced in providing low cost and universal health care, education, small business assistance, negotiating nationally for higher wage levels than obtainable by politicized minimum wages or wage regulations forced by officials, and national defense when officials stepped in so 'common workers' could not tell their betters what to do through hiring them. That is to say, for example, why debate the wonders or evils of government health care for all as an only choice ...when union-driven health care for all is possible?
ONE WORKER, 4 UNIONS
Unions and the attendant co-operatives can do wonders. While many countries struggle to normalize one union, reformers in countries such as Germany have created systems where workers regularly belong to 3 unions at once: One for the business, one locally, and one professional, each handling different areas such as workplace disgreements, wages, and betterment of the profession and mediating economic surprises as a whole. True, there is much to be improved, but the modern Libertarian movement and LIO champion not issues but the process and the voluntary tool, recognizing that the answer to misuse is more choice and transparency, not deadening laws by secret groups.
There is no reason except legal barriers why people should not automatically belong to 3 such unions in all countries; to a 4th consumer and bartering co-operative union as well; that these unions should be free of charge and offer many services that eventually takeover many or all "public services" if desired, or at least offer them in parallel; and unions should not represent managers; that people should be able to join any union they wish or several at once; and membership be portable across any border.
Therefore I'm honored to praise those seeking to develop new union alternatives and their study and improvement as essential to both designed community choices and logical and beneficial use and operation of free and Libertarian markets by the average person, and so deserve every interest from Libertarian supporters and those using Libertarian-oriented ideas and tools, who in turn have already created pilot barter groups, co-ops and exchanges in many areas; and consumer unions in many countries to mediate tax issues and the like. I and those with me are committed to those who say: Choices in free markets, public programs, unions and more in an economy without taxation but a voluntary social contribution will, against every sceptic, prove a sure engine for retirement at 45, doubling of public and other worker salaries, and increased free or lower cost services in all nations for all if we, citizens, will let people experiment and try. Has that not been the trend for 200 years? Let us converse with those who say we must accept tiny pensions at 72, low wages, shoddy services, their government by surprise.
- http://www.freelancersunion.org/ Free union model
- http://www.worldtaxpayers.org/members.htm Taxpayer unions
- http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1007&bih=515&q=barter+co-operatives&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq= Barter & Co-op news
- http://www.freestoreportland.org/ Free store pilot
- http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1007&bih=515&q=consumidores+libres&aq=f&aqi=g1&aql=&oq= Free Consumer movement in Latin America
The advice of the co-ordinator is respectfully offered for general guidance to induce contrarian debate, and study of alternatives of a voluntary nature protective of rights.
|Posted on February 10, 2011 at 5:56 PM|
Shown here leading and galvanizing anti-Communist revolution, Libertarian-Liberal and now President of Mongolia Elbegdorj Tsakhia, called "EB."
Longtime LIO Advisor friend EB has joined the curator contact group after an invitation to join the LIO Cultural Advisory Board. A biography is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsakhiagiin_Elbegdorj
EB is working in sometimes rocky initiatives that have brought Mongolia a quasi-free market and stock exchange, popular rule, increasing income, and accountable officials. His party, the Democratic Party, is profiled at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_(Mongolia) and its site is at: http://www.demparty.mn/en/index.html
His supporters are interested in using Libertarian concepts to assist traditional peoples and translating Libertarian-oriented books; and in spreading Mongolian models to countries presently transitioning from authoritarianism as an approach based on dialogue and improving empowerment of the individual. They note that the small country is so to speak readily scalable to a country of any size, and can serve as an excellent template for consensus change. EB attended a recent ISIL meeting ( profiled at ISIL: http://www.isil.org/resources/fnn/2004spring/mongolian-jefferson.html )where he intereacted with fellow Libertarian activists and students or advocates of voluntarism. EB has asked that sponsors help bring deserving students to Libertarian conferences in the US and abroad. His Democratic Party platform:
o The inalienable rights and freedoms of all peoples
o The private property which enables to guarantee freedom
o The individual interest and awareness of responsibility
o The individual capability and passion
o The family being wealthy
o The lean government that minimizes its interference in every way
o The open and sufficiently responsive government
o The civil and open society
o The competitive market economy
o The gender equality
o The democracy and individual freedom
o The rule of law and minimized government interference
o The private property and facilitation to create wealth
o The individual and the people
o Mongolia and the other nations
|Posted on January 1, 2011 at 10:25 AM|
Family, the first vocation...and first vocation of a Libertarian Philosopher--MG.
I've revised this old dialogue sheet for all concerned. Enjoy!
Takeaway: Start lovingly in logic at age 4 and all else follows. That's what LIO Libertarians do. Discuss.
- A short way of thinking about Libertarian Philosophy is that it's about the spread and aware use of Philosophy. Long term, we continue the Enlightenment process begun by Peter Lemos. The curator works on spreading these to all nations--please see if this is something you can pass on to local educators:
- Study of logic, scientific method and comparative philosophies K-12, and Libertarian pledge.
- In college, US core curriculum showing philosophy application, initiated by LIO principals in the 1800's
- New Intellectual super-BA's ( 210 credits) with entrepreneurial, hard philosophy, diverse majors/minors.
- I suggest for most students be sure to have at least one vocational major and add on to the 180 credits most programs will pay for 45-60 CLEP type exam credits at the end (so as not to mess up your grants).
- This involves spreading educated lay conversancy in the concept of an objective starting point as evidenced by the the Brandens' seminars 'Principles of Efficient Thinking' and 'Principles of Objectivism.' (BTW, Ayn Rand concurred with me on this for those approaching philosophy more formally).
- In 2, this includes an Applied Ethics course for all examining various approaches around a critical thinking model ( see LIO Fellow's Keith Goree's 'Ethics Applied' and the critical thought model in it).
- Libertarianism is always understood in this context as the sub-discipline of the Liberal Arts of interest to L/libertarians, including themes of rights, ideal Libertarian community, mutually supportive ecologies, etc. Always remember that in civics Libertarianism=Philosopher-farmer communes, historically. A world with many hyper-tolerant college eco-campuses on a co-op model centered on reason is a useful image.
- In 1969 I specifically defined these ( Libertarianism and Libertarian Philosophy) for modern use and have built the current world community on that basis, intending to include as exemplary (i.e. recommended but non-mandatory) my own theoretical (some published) and applied/organizational (look around you) work. In so doing I wished to place on a clear basis what we’ve been doing since the Lemos councils and early Libertarian communes.
- The Liberal philosophy is understood as defined by the UN Declaration and underlying sentiments, polite debate, scientific method: Libertarian Philosophy is an approach and conscious start point in LIO dialogue, which I summarize A-J as follows.
Key dialogue and lifelong study themes:
A-Aristostelian/Axiomatic and Objectivist, also SMILE focus.
B-Best & Comparative Practices/6 sigma.
C-Communities of Libertarian form (as bulwarks of philosophic/free living).
D-Development in Logic, Meditation, Conflict Resolution, and Ethics Applied K-14.
E-Entrepreneurship/Open Management Training;Self-Empowerment Ethics.
F-Formal New Intellectual Super-BA*
G-Great Books Studies/Life-Long Learning, all cultures and fields
H-Holism and Systems/Ecologies Approaches.
J-Joint Analysis: Axiomatics, Axiology, Aesthetics.
* I did the first 'New Intellectual' BA as Rand's private student. If you get nothing else from Rand, check out her take on Dilthey/Sorokin in 'For the New Intellectual' and see where this might apply for you. She felt this was the ball game in re-anchoring civilization. Her proposal is you're not educated until comfortable in the major sciences, philosophy, and entrepreneurship/business as the forgotten Liberal Art. FYI--My BA majors-concentrations (30 credit minimum): Business Studies, Economics & Mathematics, Educational Studies, Philosophy & Civilization, Psychology.
Just select and and print out A-J and write, under each some goals or research areas, every few years.
If you want to be helpful here, remember one of our slogans: We don't sit back and hope for a happy ending.
- Everyone benefits from a little philosophy at least, and as De Toqueville says US Democracy is ( and I say must be, and so similar libertarian-friendly democracies) the most philosophical of cultures. As of 2011, this project is the main force in the spread of world philosophy. After considerable work the trend away from core curricula is reversed, people are taking longer BA's, critical thinking courses both infused and direct are in K-12, and the spread of Applied Ethics we've spearheaded is creating Ethics Bowls and more around the US. From being ridiculed we're seeing entrepreneurship minors spreading everywhere.
- Perhaps (update 2014) the best we've done is convincing the GRE's to stop mixing up religious and philosophy majors. The result is improved understanding of what who're serious philosophy students and what they can do: They're at the top of verbal and logic, and in the GRE math section with the engineers ( I suggest all formal students strive to be familiar with calculus, linear algebra, real analysis, and very good at algebra games). In addition, by removing legal blocks to voluntary educational approaches (e.g. e-courses) we're accelerating the move towards saturation college education ( i.e. college for the top 30% of the population namely 110+IQ).
...Student of philosophy?
- For those interested in focusing on formal development of philosophy, I recommend a super-BA + union membership + competence in agriculture/real estate + martial arts + psychology/counseling or education for practitioners (actual philosophers). That is, they should perfect their leadership in the basics of civilization and prosperous society--how to facilitate and guide a sustainable community/co-operative/extended family and make sure things happen. Family is our first vocation, and certainly of Libertarian Philosophers. Philosophers should only seek a Philosophy PhD is they wish to be scholars--Philosophy scholars/teachers are not necessarily the same as philosophers.
- Most philosophy students, of course, already have added majors and are sucked up by medical, law, and advanced science schools--or if easily bored, drop out and become inventors and millionaires.
- Finally, for a philosophy minor here is what I recommend to every student, college or no at the same time they get familiar with a practical craft (food, home building...) and also a technology:
- Rhetoric/Public Presentation
- Intro Philosophy (think of these variant philosophies as learning biases/toolkits)
- Applied Ethics
- Logic I ( and workshops on emotional sensitivity and meditation)
- Philosophical Analysis (Typically a course raising awareness of philosophy acting via culture)
- A capstone project/thesis evidencing use of philosophy in your favored subject
This is what we've come to call in among Libertarians 'Hard Philosophy' as opposed to defective or merely speculative work courses. Again, I urge getting oriented with the Brandens and starting daily meditation (i.e. habit of disciplined self-aware mental focus exercises). These should if in college be connected to the core curriculum respectively:
- Composition and Foreign Languages; Fitness/Platoon/Martial Arts are good.
- Entrepreneurship/NPO minor/Life-College Success or Goal Analysis seminar
- US Democracy/RRNR + 3 sciences with lab courses; Managerial Accounting Workshop
- Programming, Financial portfolios/Lib Math II, Applied Calculus and Statistics
- 3 Courses Humanities and Art, workshop in Economics/Banking/Project Management
- Read some foundational books in your subject. Aristotle beckons.
Uh, yes, that's a combined AA/AS where you figure out how to not just do a great job but be a job creator with some sense of how to get something done economically. And if anyone asks you what job philosophers (or the philosophically trained do, you answer "Be your boss (or servant leader/facilitator)."
|Posted on December 2, 2010 at 12:46 PM|
www.ISIL.org representative Valentina Nicolae is one of the many Romanian Libertarian activists commanding growing respect as groups expand.
Romanian Libertarians, many of them women, once waged grim battles in schools, the streets, and organizing coalitions to lead the overthrow of the Communist dictatorial system--and now face a more pleasant if protracted one of public information on Libertarian and Libertarian-interest policies, and lifestyle tools, for the public in their country.
A growing number of LIO supporters and inquiries from that country evidence the foundation of Libertarian groups and entities that are providng empowering information, so the country moves towards honest and freer markets, lifestyle choice, and civic transparency. They note that Romania is leading the way in many areas, having an effect on neighboring countries. Libertarians are presently working with the venerable and revived National Liberal Party, which was founded by Ion Bratianu, one of the members of a contact group created in the early 1800's by LIO (then the Libertarian and Liberal League) to establish parties and clubs of tolerance and promotion of reason, and local self-rule, worldwide under a concept urged by co-founder Francisco Gil de Taboada y de Lemos, who also conceived the Spanish Liberal Constitution. The focus has been tax reduction, secularization, and market and intentional community normalization and institutions--including voluntary communal communities, sharing arrangements and co-operatives once banned by the government.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
>Check out www.ISIL.org which can arrange for you to sponsor with very little money young Romanian activists and future leaders to their conferences and workshops
>Donate to one of the groups for literature translation of Libertarian materials into Romanian
>Show this to officals and friends to look into engaging a Romanian city with yours in the Sister City Program and volunteer as an appointed public official http://www.sister-cities.org
- http://www.fundatiahoriarusu.ro/en Named after Libertarian-Liberal activist, promotes voluntary and choice-based approaches through research and seminars
- http://mises.ro Sister institute of the Mises Institute USA translating literature
|Posted on October 17, 2009 at 9:58 AM|
The Libertarian Tool paradigm of Charter Cities is spreading, and now being rediscovered as "new" by economists such as Paul Romer at the TED meeting of world innovators.
Variously called mini-archisms, designed communities, autonomous communities, charter areas, ZEBRAS (Zero-Based Regalation Areas), zones of waiver or exception or enterprise development zones, the idea is for a mechanism for small communities to be exempt from pernicious ordinances and in effect run as mini-societies in many cases. Libertarians such as McClaughry, Van Notten, and Bordenave (who met with Chinese leaders in the early 70's promoting Libertarian concepts) in China have championed the concept, resulting in the gated community movement, deregulated zones in the Netherlands and other countries, and special status in China for Hong Kong and other areas. In California, statutes specifically enable "Charter Cities" with ordinances that may differ and have the status of state law. See also the article below on cities adopting voluntary city policies in Georgia.
Dr. Romer in his talk gives an informative and entertaining review of the need and use of the concept in recent years, and the state of the art of adoption. Libertarians have been discussing how to use direct democracy to enable the concept in their states or countries, and often catalyzed successful moves in that direction.
In 2001 Charles Champion, a US Libertarian in public office who formed one of the first Libertarian Board majorities in a large area, noted that many areas have charter review boards of substantial powers which Libertarians could bring to the fore. In Florida several Home Rule initiatives are under way.
>Article XI, section 3(a) of the California Constitution ( http://www.cacities.org/chartercities recognizes the adoption of a city charter and provides such a charter has the force and effect of state law. Article XI, section 5(a), the home rule provision, affirmatively grants to charter cities supremacy over municipal affairs. See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charter_city
>Lang, Diane (December, 1991) (PDF). Dillon's Rule...and the Birth of Home Rule. New Mexico Municipal League. http://nmml.org/files/2008/01/dillon.pdf
Discussion of Dillon's rule, charter cities and home rule in New Mexico.
>In Spain, a long process of Regional and local devolution down to the neighborhoods is public policy and underway, particularly as a means of innovation and reducing tensions. See: http://countrystudies.us/spain/71.htm "One of the most striking features of Spain's new governmental system is the devolution of power and responsibility to the regions. Regional differences had been the source of longstanding tensions..." (The article fails to realize that under Franco many functions had been devolved further than today e.g. hiring of local patrols was done by neighborhood associations, resulting in 90% of the police force being compensated by tips and a low crime rate. )
>In Switzerland, local area or "Commune" autonomy includes many areas that in other countries are handled by the central government, such as parts of immigration status. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Municipalities_of_Switzerland
>Work of Van Notten: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=michael+van+notten+d-zones&aq=f&oq=&aqi=
>In the US, states such as Nevada use local rule to handle legalization of gaming and gambling, a method Libertarians have helped make now widespread; sex workers; and other cultural issues. The Gay marriage bru-ha-ha in the US started over attempts to override local autonomy on the issue in California, where cities began to recognize the concept, led by "small government" right wing politicians and groups.
>In Florida many functions are being handled by neighborhood associations and voluntary communities, leading to the characterization that the state has substantially privatized government. Accoding to Dr. R. Holcombe, former advisor to the Governor , Libertarians helped play a substantial role in awareness of the tool but it now has a momentum "of its own." See: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=privatized+neighborhood+government+in+Florida&aq=f&oq=&aqi=
|Posted on February 20, 2008 at 7:00 PM|
(Photo: Mongolian Prime Minister Elbegdorj Tsakhia, known as EB to friends, addresses the ISIL world Libertarian conference on improvements there using Libertarian tools.)
Ulan Bator, Mongolia, February 2008--The right-wing myth is that it was conservatives who stopped Communism and that elected Libertarians should ignore that philosophical stuff. Change your paradigm.Pro-Libertarian Prime Minister of Mongolia 'E.B." or Elbegdorj Tsakhia will be stepping down to 'build needed Libertarian foundations' in his country say supporters via several think tanks and education ventures. While not retiring from public life, the co-creator of the UN Millenium Goals and advocate of voluntary solutions will mentor 'basic' building blocs including a legal help clinic, says the EB, who describes himself as a 'dedicated Libertarian governing from a small or minimal state approach.'
Credited with leading the effort that overthrew Communism, supporters said that recent political gyrations suggested that things have gone as far as possible without renewed efforts of both Libertarian and Liberal education and civic network building. Supporters warned a period of flux might occur should the Communists seek a return helped by rigged elections and organized crime. According to local libertarians, "We've just laid the first foundations. Extremists are fighting back and there will be many years of development still. The lesson here for all Libertarians is we're a cultural movement and one can do much, but only so much with pure politics."
In a few short years EB led coalitions and the Democracy Party to end numerous Stalinist measures with a human-rights based Constitution, re-introduce free press and commerce from stock exchanges to farmer's markets, create a low-tax regime that is creating an economic boom, and start a process to develop civil law and both eco-friendly and privatization efforts.The Soros Institute, somewhat prematurely, stated that Mongolia was becoming a 'Libertarian country.' LIO is developing a Libertarian group and scholars have begun translating Libertarian works such as Bergland's 'Libertarianism in One Lesson.' RESOURCES: Wiki Bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsakhiagiyn_Elbegdorj Liberty Center: www.liberty-center.org/
|Posted on March 13, 2007 at 2:58 PM|
As Libertarian concepts of emphasis on rights and voluntary alternatives to coerced government programs spread to non-libertarians and the general culture, another 'radical' libertarian idea has taken hold: Right of Secession of communities coupled with wholesale privatization of public services to firms, non-profits, and civic groups.
LARGE CITY SECEDES, GOES VOLUNTARY
The locality of Sandy Springs outside of Atlanta, Georgia USA was blanketed some years ago with Libertarian outreach materials. While the local Libertarian group in the area of 100,000 dissolved, the ideas continued to percolate. Speakers from the Libertarian International Organization, which sponsors www.libertarian-program.org, were invited to talk to local groups or provide reading lists or websites on 'broad implementation of Libertarian or libertarian-direction' ideas, best practices, standards, and areas of proven success.
The locality started a movement to secede, formed it's own city, and created a plan to provatize all city services except public security. Initial city staff was cut to 6 people according to GOVERNING magazine's site, which noted this was the beginning of a new trend. Libertarians have proposed 'voluntary cities' of primarily voluntary and private services and few laws with a wide array of choices, and smaller 'Libertarian Charter' neighborhoods and tows guided by pledged Libertarians who've taken a committment to advance rights and not advcate initiations of force. But it also shows a growing trend of use of libertarian-direction tools "Where people get familiar and ask, why wait for a Libertarian to get elected? Let's get to work," says Brian Bustamante, a consultant and officer of the Libertarian Party of Florida who monitors how Libertarian tools are being driven by citizens in public administration: "The Georgia Libertarian Party was taken completely by surprise, which is good, it means people are taken ownership so Libertarianism is for everybody. I think that in due course we'll see cities go completely voluntary as skills and comfort levels increase."
SKEPTICISM + INVOLVEMENT IN PRIVATIZATON
So far there have been considerable increases in quality, choice, voter satisfaction, and lowering of costs, say Sandy Spring officials, who say they're exploring and 'feeling our way' and correcting mistakes as they go along. Key to success, say officials, are brainstorming sessions with voters to get needs and ideas, open communication, and healthy scepticism in evaluating bids and proposals. To that end, the city has even adopted a motto of " Being Honest, Efficient, Responsive," says the mayor, who notes their website, heavy with citizen participation and rapid response links, is a key tool in promoting "involvement and knowing what's going on." For more key resources to bring these concepts to your area google "Sandy Springs" and "Mayor Galambos" and the book "Voluntary City" at www.cato.org
|Posted on December 28, 2005 at 11:43 PM|
Austin, Texas, USA--The paradigm is that Libertarianism is about just politics. Think again.
"As a result of the LIO communities project, over 2000 Libertarian and Libertarian-oriented or using communities have been developed and registered since effectively zero in 1976, when the project began."
So says LIO advisor and project co-ordinator Terry Parker, who is preparing a short overview and manual on the subject and himself created a clothing optional Libertarian-oriented community of several hundred that garnered worldwide interest.
"More dramatically, Libertarian-using communities, most of which are unregistered, are quietly replacing traditional coercive government, particularly in the USA. Thousand of intentional communes, designed communities, and voluntary neighborhood associations are spreading. In Florida, for example, the Department of State acknowledges they are increasingly absorbing government functions and placing them on a more localized and voluntary basis."
The registry has included projects ranging from numerous households, a contractual non-pollution zone by Bangladeshi farmers, Libertarian investment clubs, and Flying Tigers, a firm that pioneered private and low-cost next day mail.
|Posted on July 17, 2001 at 2:35 PM|
LIO Fellow Hon. C. Bette Wimbish worked with newly organized Florida Libertarians and across party lines to suppress bigotry, make it the first jurisdiction with a strong transparency policy, and bring direct democracy to amend its Constitution to Florida. She was the first African-American in a city council in Pinellas, Florida, which now has 30,000 LIO fans and interest-group correspondents. Today, key citizen initiatives in Florida have a character influenced by the LIO Libertarian dialogue models and tools--from equality for all political parties to recent work on medical marihuana and tax immunity for low-income homes.
Are you a L/libertarian? Informally, if you're a Liberal/progressive interested in SMILE-type voluntary solutions, you're ready for the next step: Formally, unless you're on the LIO d-base, generally, no.
'Libs' or L/libertarians are either appliers, advocates, or auditors which should never be confused with each other. To be a formal small l-libertarian applier you must be on our d-base; to be a large-L pledged Libertarian advocate/student you must have taken the Libertarian member certification to advocate rights via voluntary/federalist solutions and non-initiation of force and be on the LIO d-base or one of the www.lp.org or correspondent national civic organization. If you support LIO and Libertarianism informally you're a libertarian-receptive or voter as the case may be, or may call yourself pro-libertarian or an informal libertarian/aware Liberal. To see where you're most receptive in legal issues, check out: http://www.theadvocates.org/quiz/quiz.php In practice, unless you wish to be recognized by LIO as engaged in a long course of study and activism, saying 'LIO Fan' is sufficient.
- 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 predecessor Lemos-Gil Liberal Salons re-organized 1592 to promote voluntary associations as engines 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.
Libertarianism is in all fields.When people think of Libertarianism politically, they mean 2 and 3: these may be summarized as easing use of voluntary solutions via SMILE-interested democracy, federalism, localism increasingly legalizing ideal home models with a growing center of LIO fans. The US State of Florida, moved by LIO Libertarians from one of bigotry and opaque systems to "the US Switzerland" of secular and highly transparent direct democracy and local autonomy with no income tax and homes protected from liens and excessive tax...and a large LIO fan plus libertarian-receptive voter presence ( in 2002 15+% voted for pro-Libertarian candidates), is what a growing number of LIO fans see as the initial model for all nations/regions under 40 millions: A world of loosely confederate and peaceful Floridas, with many LIO fans and supporters.
- Formal Participation:.. in the Libertarian world community is also via these 3 levels: You're either a libertarian applier, Libertarian advocate, or LIO auditor. The distinctions re-affirmed in 1969 are similar to what is seen in most fields such as computers to accommodate levels of knowledge and participation: Casual appliers/users; serious advocate/students; auditors.
1. Our low-key small-l libertarians are appliers/users or LIO Fans who tend to use 1 (SMILE) to better home to civic life, and in non-partisan support SMILE-receptive (libertarian-oriented) participative Liberal eco-democracy. (Outreach registration is presently closed but you may get on our d-base via an e-mail to LIO Friends, right). Many are deeply interested in spreading eco-zones, unions, citizen science, robot and co-op solutions towards a leisure society of plenty for all.
2. Those who focus on 2 are pledged Large-L Libertarian -directional (directional means federalism/user-localism with attention to either 3 and/or a ‘small-is-beautiful’/more rights dialogue) 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. You may register with us or via the www.lp.org or correspondent groups; after 20 years you may apply for full 'large-L Libertarian status with LIO). These may take a variety of economic forms in each federal/local area. Currently many are very interested in legalizing local autonomy, pure free market and voluntary socialist communities zones, or in general more-voluntary and rights-sensitive solutions in common (so-called governmental) services/regulations.
3. Libertarian LIO auditors are very high-IQ homes or senior advocates working directly with the LIO curator using 1-3 to better progress.
- History: Please note the term Libertarian is derived from the Iberian for freeholder who championed justice and city rights--not liberty per se, but justice and free speech. Their voluntary Libertarian communities of old, many around the garden republic of Monfort Lemos--where all voted even in the Dark Ages--inspire many. Historically, Libertarian is thus a citizen rights-watchguard and facilitator status and in the future Libertarian (model LIO) communities, and will have an added meaning as these are implemented and spread. In 1964 the last surviving Libertarian communities of the Ancient World centered about the Lemos community tasked the LIO curator with alone forming and certifying modernized model Libertarian homes and communities and attendant model philosophy and standards, as a convenience for LIO fans and to interest the public.
- Usage (Researchers, students, media please note and don't make your article or paper ill-researched from the start): In general, LIO fans are interested in dialogue on voluntary/volunteer process in all fields: Libertarianism or the Libertarian Arts is the Liberal Arts of interest to LIO Fans focused on especially interdisciplinary and practical themes or tools of rights, mutual support, and holistic ecologies. As an alliance of households protective of voluntary process and dialogue, since major growth was initiated in 1969 they're evenly and by design distributed across the social/political spectrum. In general, LIO fans/libertarians are economically conservative, socially progressive, lead volunteers in their communities, and see themselves as unifying centrists. Collectively, LIO Fans of whatever level are called Libs. We also welcome the growing number of informal unofficial libertarian-receptive and Liberal fans, who should refer to themselves as libertarian-receptive or pro-libertarian voters as relevant; to formalize as libertarians they may contact us as above. Note it is incorrect to say one is a libertarian/Libertarian, however, unless one is on the appropriate d-base: small-l libertarian/conscious Liberal means simply an LIO fan and registered applier/user focused generally on using 1; large-L Libertarian means exclusively a pledged advocate in good standing with LIO or www.lp.org or correspondents, or more precisely an LIO senior, also focused on 2. Also:
- Positions: LIO fans and libertarians in general are interested in protecting the process, not positions. They often are on 'both' sides of an issue united in dialogue for voluntary solutions. The LIO curator provides lines of dialogues and models, and in consultation with leading fans suggested reading in many fields.
- Spokespersons: Only the LIO curator speaks for LIO Libertarianism, and then only on suggested dialogues or his model, and usages of the LIO community; status of advocacy libertarian-direction projects nationally are spoken for by autonomous Libertarian-direction national group chairs in correspondence with www.lp.org : No academic, candidate, or writer speaks for LIO Libertarianism, or anyone but the national chair for local libertarian-directionism (which being directional varies often from LIO civic Libertarianism or 3, and is not referred to without qualification or obvious context as 'Libertarian.’ The www.lp.org notes on its website its mission is to place people in public office to help move policy in a libertarian direction i.e. not strict Libertarianism ). It's always incorrect to refer to (small-) libertarianism as anything but the SMILE agenda for dialogue. The LIO does not share its d-base, but surveys fans periodically: Other purported surveys thus have no standing, except as possibly indicating the use of SMILE by informal receptives and hence, shifts in general opinion. The LIO curator helped create both the modern Libertarian-direction and Green parties to foment libertarian-directionism and -orientation as public conveniences: their platforms were set by him but LIO is non-partisan: LIO fans are encouraged if so inclined to non-partisan local and preferably appointive/volunteer public office such as advisory boards, judgeships, or neighborhood councils.
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