|Posted on September 10, 2010 at 12:33 PM|
NASA GIVES WAY TO SPACESTEADING
US President Obama announced a seismic shift in US policy towards space colonization driven by private entities. Already private-public spaceports exist or are being planned in New Mexico and other states. The matter was first proposed in 1977 at a Libertarian-driven conference on Space Colonization by the American Astronautical Society and international divisions, organized by past LIO Honorary Chair G. Harry Stine, viewed as a father of the modern space effort.
Observers feel that while this may slow return to the Moon and other projects initially, it will lead to vast projects on a firmer basis that will not call for taxation.
LIO will continue to encourage networking to the citizen level on these issues: a safe garden Earth for everyone with sensible Space/Sea homesteading brought by voluntary and peaceful means.
Enthusiasts have begun to build rockets and work to allow more options--
Space privatization and citizen empowerment has gone to the point where hobby groups are building spacecraft.Danish volunteers build manned spacecraft ...
A team of Danish volunteers has built a rocket capable of manned suborbital flight, and will be launching it...
|Posted on July 25, 2010 at 3:34 PM|
LIO Advisor, co-founder of the Liberal International and visionary of the European Community former Spanish Minister of Justice Salvador Madariaga called for free working residence and travel worldwide, first by continent, and serious attention to outer space studies. It's happening.
Quito, Ecuador-- After one-on-one talks at a recent Organization of American States meeting in Florida between LIO activists and diplomats, Ecuador announced it will place a free residence and immigration continental zone of the Americas on the OAS agenda.
At the conference, LIO pointed out a dormant agreement, the Treaty of San Lorenzo, already exists mandating free immigration and proposd an autonomous working group.
The LIO process is that border control except in temporary emergencies is a per se act of war and remnant of feudalism, not appropriate to the modern age. It counsels advocacy of international treaty processes as an appropriate focus to bring about full freedom. It also proposes dialogue on cultural areas to protect native peoples, traces, and local cultures.
The zone will allow free transit and working residency without necessarily counting for citizenship, sources said. Large parts of Latin America under the Mercosur process have the situation in varying degrees. During his administration US President and LIO advisor-observer President Ronald Reagan called for a similar process in North America. Eventually people will be able to travel, study and work freely about the Americas as they would in their home countries.
The continued progress brought to mind Salvador Madariaga, especially as more European states adopt a similar process, with borders "practically abolished" despite predictions of disaster in Eastern Europe in the wake of the fall of Communism.
The LIO contact group recommends Libertarian-Liberal public officials and candidates call for open borders through a treaty process that realistically addresses local issues.
|Posted on February 9, 2010 at 11:50 PM|
By Ralph Swanson, LIO Advisory Chair Emeritus
(Updated February 2011)
In a series of secure phone conferences ending last October, Libertarian and Liberal participants in the confidential LIO Public Safety Group agreed to move on a long developing plan to help dialogue and advise citizen transition of the world to democracy, and prod democracies to more open systems with increased use of voluntary solutions.
The group is one of 3 advisory teams of the LIO, with a broader open Cultural Advisory Board and a new Network of senior community activists in formation.
The high-level group of over 600 senior retired or promising public safety leaders, diplomats, and social scientists interested in advancing LIO tools through discreet means, with an average of 2 per country, continues the work of a smaller contact group that played a key role in the reforms in Communist and Right-Wing regimes on a non-partisan basis. The conference is the first of its kind, and the group has been greatly expanded in the last decade. It is autonomously co-ordinated. (A follow up conference was held in October 2010).
LIO curator Michael Gilson-De Lemos circulated his advice that 'the time to close the era of severe abuse' had come. The group targeted the last 29 highly authoritarian countries, mostly in the Islamic Conference ( http://www.oic-oci.org ), and additional budding but troubled democracies for interest. In addition, a focus on seeing formal laws of religious freedom and the removal of official state religions was encouraged as key.
Countries where pro-Libertarian think tanks exist or are being formed, such as China, will be monitored and a process of meetings already underway continue. The curator advised the Cultural Advisory Board things were underway several weeks ago and LIO supporters have been following events at the e.g. LIO Twitter for the past month. The curator paraphrased Eisenhower and stated national defense was too important to be left to governments and was the proper domain of citizen peace and rights groups; and emphasized that if any leaders should step down his expectation was it would be voluntarily and with honor. The group also blessed creation of a more open group of senior policy experts or retired or promising officals per country as part of the Cultural Advisory Board.
The group set 3 areas of action: Meeting simultaneously with senior leaders in 40 countries ( Done December 21, 2010 in most cases, or staffs) in a show of solidarity to encourage interest in democratic transition and blessed the continuing training of activists in using both new and old communication technologies and street organization techniques by an autonomous group; agreed to encourage dialogue on bringing Direct Democracy plus other items such as jury use and more transparency to all nations, also opening more dialogue on non-citizen track immigration and eventual planetary colonization; agreed to work to ever encourage non-partisan sister city and advisory appointive councils of average citizens in all countries. The group will continue communication on an informal basis.
The curator re-affirmed that LIO encourages heightened dialogue and research for transitions of troubled countries to Liberal and federalist democracy; of such democracy to increased use of voluntary options in all public services with direct democracy, MMP, jury use, and level ballot access; and in those friendliness towards emerging or eventual Libertarian eco-communities and Libertarian-interested networks in ever area of about 1 million population, and enlightened voluntary societies and solutions in general. Finally, the curator re-emphasized his advice that citizens must have democratic and Libertarian tools to defend themselves from misguided religious and corporate groups that seek to use the law to plunder and control the average person, action must be peaceful and use respectful passive resistance and dialogue; saying: The walls shall come tumbling down, and things improve each generation.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
>Look into participation via your local Sister City board; and contact groups such as http://atlasnetwork.org/ and http://www.ISIL.org on donations to help bring young thinkers to their conferences and activities. (In July 2010 LIO Friends was inaugurated with 100 activists to network a variety of non-partisan and autonomous projects of social entrepreneurship and information sharing on rights issues and change techniques).
|Posted on July 30, 2007 at 3:20 PM|
Seminole County, USA, July 2007--The paradigm is that social change can only be done by elected Libertarians...and environment hating Libs can't get elected to anything locally important. Change your paradigm.
Bookseller Mike Barr is one of the growing number of Libertarians being elected to county Soil & Water boards in the US, turning what critics deride as the once sleepy enclaves of 'old-boy' privilege or sinister corporate deals to get legal preferences into voluntarily funded centers for effective eco-activism.The Boards are autonomous entities on the level of county commissions.
Unsurprisingly, after he led a Libertarian majority on the board, one of the first in the USA, he found himself targeted by a vilification campaign including highly technical lawsuits that even the government assessors thought were extreme, for actually donating to the board on advice of counsel.
But that's just inside baseball and goes with the territory, say friends of Barr, whose efforts have inspired Libertarians to seek out elected offices nationwide and whose board has been praised by other boards, conservative tax cutters, local voters, and the Sierra Club.
BOARDS PLAY KEY ROLE
Libertarians see government officials as ideally having facilitative or advisory roles, which proved a good match for the boards. The boards advise, typically countywide, on ecological policies and are well positioned to inspire local activism whle publicizing certain services. Barr and his allies, using a less-government model, cut funding, then raised voluntary resources by calling for contributions resulting in an estimated $5 million in volunteer co-ordination help. Questionable projects were targeted, and a series of community workshops introduced not only voluntary and contractual approaches to eco-friendly growth but often provided basic information the public was lacking ( http://www.universityuus.org/d/SS2006-06-11-DevelopmentVsEnvironmentInSeminoleCounty.mp3 ;). The board was soon praised as a hallmark by members of the state association for other boards.
TAXPAYERS GET UNEXPECTED CHECK
Barr's board in Seminole is not the only one changing the paradigm. In counties such as Lee with less growth issues, board members led by Libertarian Jack Tanner, an accountant, examined costs and soon wondered why the board was providing an expensive testing service that could be obtained more cheaply from private businesses. They removed the service, and took the tax savings to provide a refund check to citizens, creating national headlines as newspapers wondered at 'Government sending people' their own money. ( http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=jack+tanner+soil+and+water+board as admirers generated a minor internet sensation."So this is what Libertarians mean by improved checks," said one poster. The Lee board also maintains an e-group to get user ideas and keep the public posted.
"The model is that services should be provided on a voluntary and non-monopoly basis and a lot of input from the users, and you soon see opportunities for improvement and participation that get the job done and help the ecology, not with some forced government program but what users see as common sense discussion," said Brian Bustamante, a former government tax and finance auditor who monitors such projects for LIO. "That's clearly what we see here.Libertarians and others should imitate these efforts.This is exactly what we feel Libertarians should be doing in accord with local conditions."
On other occasions Libertarians have led campaign to abolish the boards, as was done in 1980 in Pinellas County Florida, where most water issues were being handled through public or private parks.
ACTIVISTS JOIN EFFORT FROM ACROSS POLITICAL LINES
Meanwhile, Barr advises those seeking election or appointment to boards dealing with the environment, and works to facilitate Greening discussion and action across political lines with road clean-ups, information sessions and an activist group that at last count had over 150 members. RESOURCE: http://environment.meetup.com/236/members/
|Posted on September 7, 2004 at 6:05 PM|
Robert Heinlein called for peaceful and private space colonies and efforts.
A visioning group originally blesed by LIO Fellow Virgiunia Heinlein of LIO Fellows and supporters has now been tasked by the LIO co-ordinator/curator with organizing a seminal conference involving the public and government officials on developing space colonization in a peaceful and long-term way, adressing voluntary options. There is growing interest, and the process as usual is to elicit awareness and let momentum drive autonomous action. The projected conference will examine and unite the interested public to drive across generations:
- 100-year or more changes from social to technical required for stellar colonization
- Free colony, Faster-Than-Light alternatives, and first contact protocols
- Empowering proactive private or voluntary action, and world peace
LIO commits to hosting a Hi-IQ nucleus-visioning group --internally humorously known as "Starfleet"--as a sub-project to assure peaceful exploration, plenty, and derail authoritarian attempts or inappropriate militarist uses via a "Star Trek" model hoped for by LIO Fellow Gene Roddenberry, who developed the famous series with a long- and short- term agenda of presenting back-engineerable items (e.g. cell phones and work e-Pads were first seen decades ago on the series); and avoiding such atrocities or mis-steps as are seen in movies such as "Avatar" or "The Day the Earth Stood Still." In addition the group would help interface technical/Libertarian cultural training items and morale. Several governments will be asked to sponsor or participate. LIO will also use projected LIO/Libertarian-interested clubs and communities to host information sharing, and peer interest and critique from all walks of life.
Several previous efforts were driven by LIO Fellows involving learned groups. In 1977 many LIO supporters and the LIO Chief Advisor, G. Harry Stine, sponsored the first serious conference on Space privatization and tourism. Several efforts have "designed" potential ships and supportive social tools looking at current or foreseeable technology.
The difference is this goes beyond associations with a general interest or enthusiasm to concretely engage or will unite current experts in all fields and public comment to generate a movement, on the assumption that long-term paradigm change should start formally now. If the first conference is successful, additional dialogues will be suggested.
RESOURCE: The Third Industrail Revolution, G. Harry Stine; Star Trek: Voyager Series; StarShip Troopers, Robert Heinlein.