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Libertarian Individuals Mean Community Progress.
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 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 on|
Key news: The formal LIO Libertarian/fan community--LIO--is (2015) at 8 million homes proportionately distributed across classes and ethnicities in every country, with an additional 1.3 million in an added US LIO-fan D-base, resulting in 11% of US Homes--22% of all parties--self-identifying as informal libertarian-interested. Interests are peaceful dialogue on aware use of voluntary tools bettering rights, tolerance, social/scientific progress in all areas. LIO is non-partisan, but most follow the intuitive Gilson Libertarian voting strategy disseminated in 1969: Vote for very honest and preferably libertarian-interested and/or minority persons; otherwise vote to oblige centrist dialogue via progressive executive-upper house and conservative lower house in federal or national/local, and the reverse in state/ regional elections in both private and public-common bodies. LIO fans are active in non-partisan preferably appointive local office, to often lead the bodies they serve and increasingly professional or union groups. In general, progressives as social accelerator tend to be 50 years behind in consciously applying LIO Libertarian (or SMILE) tools, conservatives 100 years as social brake. All are welcome to try or share free SMILE tools to better home, work-leisure, and civic life in the world's largest intentional community bringing goodwill, dialogue, peace in all institutions--thus suppressing anti-rights extremism.
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. We're an alliance of homes for goodwill, dialogue, volunteering. Just share your good work: Use any of our 3 dialogue platforms of progress, rights, voluntary governance since 1969:
- Civil Libertarianism: Voluntary eco-tools, all fields (SMILE).
- Citizen Libertarianism: Local UN Rights democracy, all nations with Florida as model
- Civic (with LIO curator): Libertarian model eco-homes/-community legal.
Formal Participation:.. in the LIO Libertarian world community is also via these 3 levels: You're either an small-l libertarian applier, large-L pledged advocate, or LIO auditor (~170+ IQ homes)/Senior Libertarian focused on 1, 2, or 3 respectively. (Outreach registration is presently closed. Informal pro-libertarian voters/libertarian-receptives may get on our d-base via e-mail to our Facebook i.e. LIO Friends, right). More: Am I a L/libertarian?
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. Join LIO fans exchanging data for eco-homes/co-housing of positive parenting, prepping, and personal development; involvement in community volunteering and non-partisan local public office; and share links/tools.
Now what? Enjoy our links, and LIO Fellows thinkpieces below: Share to promote brainstorming and dialogue.
--Meaghan Champion, Canadian Native American activist, homeschooler, and journalist.
Welcome from Kennon Gilson, student of art and education-philosophy, and great-grandson and collateral cousin-removed of the LIO re-founders.
"Rights, Order and Progress. LIO re-founders Katherine Gilson was also a co-organizer of the great D.C. woman's march in 1913 where she was beaten by police while pregnant with my grandfather--then toured the country galvanizing the equal rights movement...while Michael Lemos peacefully ended slavery and co-founded the republic of Brazil designing its flag, encouraging many liberal-libertarian communes at the time educating the freed slaves. They formalized LIO which had been for over a century the research edge of the venerable Liberal League it now incorporates, hosted by my ancestors from time immemorial. Having been a teen Libertarian in several public offices in the USA, and learned of our history and community including from luminaries as noted philosophers John Hospers and Barbara Branden, David Nolan and Dr. R. Swanson who helped found www.lp.org at a suggestion from my grandfather, and Toni Nathan first woman to get an electoral vote in the US, I'm honored you're looking into the amazing work and ideas of our fans. As a co-editor, I'll do my best to help you share the good work, and try out a benevolent and tolerant Libertarian atmosphere starting at home. Remember, you already enjoy the fruits of many Liberal-Libertarian innovations and campaigns...what we're doing is bringing aware, principled use:
"With more voluntary choices, things improve."
|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 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 July 28, 2007 at 11:20 AM|
Left: Laid-back but determined Spanish Libertarians have revived the Red Liberal-Libertaria, founded by LIO in 1970, as part of the effort. They publish numerous columns and articles, and are working to expand that country's relative drug liberalization, to lower taxes, and raise awareness of things like Libertarian-oriented Austrian Economics. The paradigm is no one is finding out about Libertarianism. Think again.
A push by the Libertarian International Organization has led to the presence of Libertarians in every UN member country for the first time. The verification finished July 17, 2007.
LIBERTARIAN CENTER FORMING
"This is a great and milestone day for Libertarianism," said Vince Miller when he learned that things were coming to completion this spring, and who leads the International Society for Individual Liberty.(www.ISIL.org). "The next step are structured Libertarian Clubs and e-groups in every country, then we should look into...clubs for community of to 10 million people, and also many want a mechanism of strict Libertarian political training and communication among student Libertarians in all countries" on a non-partisan basis.
Miller, asked to give some perspective, added: "With over 20% of the people in the US, thanks to the efforts of the last Libertarian generation, now polling Libertarian-leaning and many as explicitly Libertarian, a Libertarian political center is forming larger than European center groups, for example. A few determined people have cleared the way for a technological and cultural revolution that's already happening. We can replicate the process in other countries, spreading what was learned in the US and Canada."
"Many Libertarians have committed that the next step is we we must inform that center that coercive government is no longer 'needed' and voluntary options exist, and get them into a self-conscious movement. Naturally, we can expect the establishment to use every dirty trick top stop this.They don't want a Liberal Center that can drive political change, much less a strict Libertarian center at its center." People tested at least 5% Libertarian-leaning in 1970 according to University of Michigan studies commissioned then."We've tilled the soil, now we need to plant the seed and till everywhere."
BACK TO BASICS CLUBS
"This will be a generational effort, as was the effort to get to this point: A Libertarian/Libertarian-friendly core team in every community, with people in public office, academics, lists of achievements, consumer networks, etc. There is alos a problem of right-wing and other infiltartioons to derail Libertarian groups, and a 'back-to-basics return to the Club system with new tools and materials based on what we've learned gives the 'best bang for the buck' will train a Libertarian base immune to that problem," he said.
LIO agrees. The LIO will be working to extend its Libertarian Clubs initiative (which now replace the old LIO Clubs) to every country and major university, and a team patroned by Libertarian Hollywood producer Aaron Russo (of the movie 'Trading Places') will assist in the effort. The Clubs will advance LIO programs, network the policy association of Libertarians, and also serve as "boot camps" of Libertarian education plus continuous solo and small team action based on best practice information LIO has developed and is outlined in the 3rd US LP Strategic Plan. LIO will also create support for those goals, which are meant for continual improvement.
ISIL TO ADVISE
Miller said ISIL will advise the Club effort, which will give new participants a free "Welcome Wagon" package of free e-books and links to an array of Libertarian and Libertarian-interest groups: "The USLP and its creations were originally a convenience for our predecessor SIL. Unfortunately, SIL Club activity stopped as people saw the USLP as the gateway for political action, instead of one tool. The LIO Clubs, after consultation with ISIL and USLP, will create an association of strict, pledged Libertarians and general human rights activists, learners and supporters who will then manage political activity using the USLP charters and other party groups as well. The path will be you get trained by the Clubs them choose your venue; not as we see today, join the USLP and then discover SIL, the Advocates and other things later." Miller said that SIL is looking into reviving its own Clubs in student areas as well.
LIO 'LIBERTARIAN PARTY' UNDERWAY
LIO has also formed a Subcommittee for an unregistered transnational party and certification effort, following a revision of protocols in 2002 with the US LP, which charters or recognizes Libertarian-oriented parties under a formal Operating Agreement sometimes called the Windhoek Process (agrrement with world libertarian groups) or Dallas Accord (as per USLP and ISIL relations). The Subcommittee will certify Libertarian campaigners and focus on promoting direct democracy, appointive public office, and non-partisan elective office worldwide primarily at local or regional levels, and Rose Friedman has agreed to be patroness of the advisory group. In due course the group may charter LIO authorized parties at the local level that meet performance standards. People will be encouraged to remain in their own parties as the movement moves from a 'publicity/impermanent platform/candidate/sustaining contributor or member' or PICS model to a 'saturation outreach/certification standards/implementation spread /policy association' or SCIP model. At present over 50 Libertarians in public office have requested information.
Full Clubs launch date is set for sometime in 2008-2009 depending on volunteer manpower.Clubs will provide a yahoo e-group platform, reading program approved by the International Program Committee, free or low-cost growth materials using the I LEAP! process, and integrated action programs for personal and community improvement. UPDATE: A pilot Club is at www.TampaBayLibs.org . You may register for Club updates at www.libertarian-citizen.org and check out the reading lists of free e-books. UPDATE: A party under our facilitator's personal supervision at www.LPFPinellas.org using the I LEAP! process in contact with a regional Club
The final effort was led by LIO co-ordinator Ralph Swanson, whose team scoured the internet for Libertarian-friendly postings and persons interested in Libertarian themes or contact with English speakers. It also went into e-areas where people tend to be self-motivated and progressive, such as Green Party groups, stamp and coin clubs, science fiction, Mensa, and similar e-groups. "We essentially used lateral thinking and have contacted based on the young, politically and culturally progressive, and most intelligent in each country," he said. "Also, the US LP shared over 1000 contact names in many countries to help the push, ISIL shared many leads and inquiries in countries where it has no presence, and the de Lemos family has shared key leads for our Board of Libertarian-friendly political and commercial figures."
SIMPLER LOW-COST APPROACH FOR NEW LIBERTARIANS
"With the vast infrastructure such as CATO, Von Mises, and hundreds of independent news groups and blogs created in the last generation, with the thousands of laws we've removed, promoting Libertarianism and implementing the tools will be easier than ever. The job will be to let people know, not explain Libertarianism 101 or try and re-invent platforms," said Swanson.
"By 2012 90% of the benefit of Libertarian activism will be putting on a bumpersticker and alerting your personal network of Libertarianism. The infrastructure will do much of the rest, and new Libertarians in even small countries will have a sense of working in co-ordination with a world movement."
NEW PLEDGE PROGRAM
LIO will also by 2010 begin a new registration program for the Libertarian pledge based on the upcoming LIO plan to address the growth of Libertarian-leaning persons. Registrants may check off whether they are Libertarian interested, oriented (Classical Liberal), direction, or to LIO standard.The goal is a d-base of 10,000 concerned people in every community of 1 million.
Libertarians in Florida and Costa Rica have agreed to help pilot the techniques and Florida areas serve as "Ground Zero" for "mother club" close study. Florida Libertarians have already installed an initiative process of direct democracy, and programs friendly to Libertarians in public office. LIO will transfer its many privately circulated advisories such as this one to a 'WINS' oriented website, and Florida Club members will develop a positive site for all Libertarian activity as a model as well. " Regional Mother Clubs are under discussion in several countries as well.
Clubs will also interact with the LIO cultural 'SMILE' agenda of Space Migration, Mechanical assistants, Intelligence increase and personal autonomy tools, Libertarian standard community, and Extension of life, said Swanson. Based on input of those seeking to start a club, they will be organized as private entities with set infrastructure and non-voting participation so people can focus on implementation. Libertarian archivist and documenter Julie Chorgo, who also is a Libertarian in Public Office, has agreed to drive these efforts and serve as facilitator.
|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 November 4, 2006 at 5:02 PM|
(Photo) Libertarian in local public office architect Bill Sachs successfully testifies on abuses in restoring voting rights that led to legal changes as part of coalition effort.
Tampa Bay, Florida, USA, November 2006--The myth is Libertarians can't form coalitions. The truth is that's how they get a lot done: Change your paradigm.
A Florida coalition of Libertarians, Democrats, Greens, prominent Republicans and many community groups continues to drive ballot improvement legislation in Florida and the US, say supporters.
The Election Reform Coalition of Pinellas started in Florida in a conversation between Democratic and Libertarian leaders after the Libertarians and LIO activists began holding community fora on election improvements, and is a bellweather nationwide, according to the ACLU. Members exposed problem electoral machines and documented numerous needed improvements.
LIO is viewing the project as a 'trans-partisan' model that local groups seeking to build coalitions can use. Coalition partners joined forces after the 2004 electoral problems to hold public hearings, agree on a series of short to long term improvements, and build rapport. Libertarians advocate reforms including traceable voting, proportional representation, and lowered ballot requirements. Libertarians participating in the coalition brought considereable skills, having helped lead a fight that turned Florida from having the most restrictive to highly open ballot access laws via a popular initiative, called by the US LP "The Libertarian success story of the 1990's." So far, the coalition has opened up voting inspection, got community groups involved as poll watchers, removed impediments to the voting rights of rehabilitated criminals, established a hot line, moved Florida toward paper ballots and improved procedures, says the League of Women Voters, and is leading the charge towards redistricting against stiff opposition.. Advised by LIO mentors, check out their report, latest wins-- RESOURCE: www.ERCPinellas.org
|Posted on July 20, 2006 at 4:32 PM|
(Photo) Liberals and Libertarians meet in the Phillippines to start new civic think tank in this later 2008 photo, advised by Libertarians from India.
Prague, Czech Republic, July 2006--The myth is that Libertarian-oriented think tanks aren't spreading. Change your paradigm.
(Updated article) Libertarian and Liberal think tanks are spreading across the globe, paving the way for libertarian networks, civic action groups, more liberal and eventual hard-line Libertarian parties, and giving people conceptual tools to fight poverty and corruption improve their lives. So says Vince Miller, head of the non-partisan International Society for Individual Liberty (www.isil.org) which is monitoring the process, in an e-mail from Prague where Libertarians are holding their annual conference in a country with a libertarian president, Vaclav Klaus.
"The US Libertarian Party was essentially founded as a convenience to ISIL members who wanted a means of political action," said Miller. "It immediately set up a variety of projects to create think tanks and undermine extremism, especially in countries with few human rights., along with political activity such as legislative campaigns and candidacies.. These projects were blessed by the LP but were intended to be autonomous. Among the most successful were a series of meetings in 1979 and 1980 co-chaired by LIO head M.Gilson-De Lemos and former US Secretary of State William Rogers, who advised LIO, that encouraged important work that has changed the world. These included the eventual union of SIL and LI that became ISIL with meetings in countries as they were 'on the brink' to help them move in the right direction, spread of Libertarian concepts to key persons in the dictatorships, and long term creation of think tanks particularly by means of the Atlas foundation. In a now-it-can-be-told story, it was one of the US LP's most successful and discreetly carried out initiatives."
Czech President Klaus has said on several occasions that the fall of the Iron Curtain was in large part due to Libertarian input and activism 'tipping the scales.'
Miller noted that the think tankl movement arose in a series of meetings chaired by LIO in the late '70's and early '80's that created CATO, the Atlas Group, and others to develop interest in primarily freeer economic approaches, and were instrumental in the downfall of the Iron Curtain. Today there is a growing roster of groups created by Libertarians or with a libertarian sub-group. "We don't endorse everything they say, but these are study groups. Several are doing basic work on voting rights, transparency and so on in emrging economies. Many are more market freedom oriented. I'm confident we'll see more personal freedom networks in the next few years, and I encourage people to see for themselves. We're working on developing clubs with an additional focus on personal freedoms and non-authoritarian approaches, local 'citizen think tanks' in every country."
2008 RESOURCE UPDATE (Libertarian-interest; most are economic freedom oriented):
Atlas Directory: http://thefreedomnetwork.org/
Cato International: http://www.catooncampus.org/tag/show/650.html
IPN Directory: http://www.policynetwork.net/main/organizations.php
NOTABLE RECENT EFFORTS...
European Center for Economic Growth, Austria
Federazione Ambiente Agricoltura, Italy
Free Market Foundation, South Africa
Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Canada
Fundacion Atlas 1853, Argentina
Fundacion Libertad, Panama
Hayek Institute, Austria
Imani: The Centre for Humane Education, Ghana
Initiative of Public Policy Analysis, Nigeria
INLAP, Costa Rica
Institut Constant de Rebecque, Switzerland
Institute for Free Enterprise, Germany
Institute for Market Economics, Bulgaria
Institute of Economic Analysis, Russia
Institute of Public Affairs, Australia
Instituto de Libre Empresa, Peru
Instituto Liberdade, Brazil
Instituto Veritas, Honduras
International Policy Network, UK
Istituto Bruno Leoni, Italy
Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, Israel
John Locke Foundation, USA
Liberales Institut, Switzerland
Liberalni Institute, Czech Republic
Libertad y Desarrollo, Chile
Liberty Institute, India
Lion Rock Institute, Hong Kong
Lithuanian Free Market Institute, Lithuania
Minimal Government Thinkers, The Philippines
New Economic School, Georgia
New Zealand Business Roundtable, New Zealand
Tennessee Center for Policy Research, USA
The TaxPayer's Alliance, UK
Washington Policy Center, USA
|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 December 7, 2004 at 3:16 PM|
Portugal decriminalizes drugs, crime falls.
(Repost of previous 2002 LIO advisory)
Portugal, EC--The paradigm is voluntary drug use is hopeless. Think again.
In 1999 a contact group led by LIO advisor Dr. J. Figueres Gomes de Lemos successfully implemented a plan for decriminalization of all drugs in Portugal. This goes beyond the de facto decriminalization in Spain, and is a "major step of transition" according to LIO advisor nobelist Dr. Milton Friedman, who expressed the hope that it will be neutrally monitored by agencies around the world.
The LIO group worked to create a non-partisan commission there that studied the issue and made recommendations that were adopted. Over 100 persons were involved in the network which met with officials, academics, and political leaders. A major point was that Portugal did not want to repeat the disaster created in the US with the Drug War and forced drug use promoted by Pharmaceutical companies such as Ritalin in schoolchildren. Large drug dealing continues under ban.
The plan levies only administrative fines for non-recreational and potentially noxious use use and develops community mentoring groups to assist those unable to handle recreational drugs responsibly. The plan seems to be working well in the second year, with initial reports of decreased drug use, police corruption,and taxpayer cost.
In due course general use with a Doctor's supervision is proposed. Simultaneously, a Liberal-Libertarian group to continue discussion is under way, Causa Liberal.(Update)
UPDATE RESOURCE: C ATO has now published a preliminary study.
|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.
|Posted on February 22, 2004 at 12:05 PM|
February 18, 2004
Human Rights Abroad: Is Libertarianism the Weapon Beyond War?
by Michael Gilson De Lemos
Published at: http://www.freeliberal.com/archives/000035.html
Libertarians say things improve when ordinary people co-operate to replace government functions with an array of voluntary alternatives that respect people’s rights. It’s happening in more and more communities and countries. People are using human rights, not military policy, as the pre-emptive tool of defense. How?
First, by changing the agenda. Groups promoting libertarian voluntary ideals are in over 100 countries. They remind us that people can act in concert, independent of elites, for consistent support of human rights worldwide. Realizing property rights violations disguise civil rights problems and vice versa, they urge nations to adopt libertarian ideals. Since government to libertarians is just a process of resolving conflict, only private individuals or groups dedicated to human rights have any place in these matters. Libertarians regularly expose how government support of “freedom fighters” empowers local dictators, corruption, and terrorists.
Second, there are non-governmental tools. In addition to persuading governments to develop open actions, libertarians groups suggest allowing dissidents to secede, offering to share information, involving citizens, and more importantly encouraging long-term citizen-to-citizen action to prevent conflict, promote harmony, and defuse stage-managed hysteria.
Sound idealistic? It’s happening. In one generation libertarians have changed history:
- *Reagan agreed with libertarians to offer the Soviets SDI--which created rebellion in the Kremlin: If the Americans were open, they had to open.
- *While American Legion magazine headlined articles entitled “Will Russia Rule the World?” - libertarian quotes, ideals and activists were spreading through Eastern Europe via Samizdat (home-typed underground pamphlets) as keys in crystallizing change. Gorbachev was advised by libertarians. When the Moscow communists attempted a countercoup, their communications plug was literally pulled by a Russian libertarian. Citizen groups seceded from the USSR, quoting the Statement of Principles of the US Libertarian Party challenging “the cult of the omnipotent state.”
- *War in Central Europe was averted when pro-libertarian Vaclav Klaus, the Czech leader, explicitly adopted libertarian secession ideas --and negotiated so Slovakia became its own Republic.
- *Fujimori in Peru blamed his ouster on local libertarians who exposed his US-backed corruption.
- *Libertarians have defused potential terrorist unrest in Guatemala by leading tax and anti-IMF protests.
- *Governments have begun to adopt, rhetorically, a peace agenda of neither right nor left, but with libertarian elements.
- *In America, libertarians have been key in structural changes so people can change the government action paradigm: the end of the draft, JFK’s Public Law 87-297 which makes abolition of the military (in favor of peace organizations and local militias) a National Goal of the United States, and in conceiving the semi-private “Sister Cities Program” where citizens develop bonds with cities abroad -- praised by President Eisenhower as the true weapon for peace.
Equating national defense to all-powerful militaries and censoring police states is like accepting doctors legally forbidding natural healthy diets so people end up in stomach surgery. The problem is not the illness--it’s the doctors. Libertarians say that it’s a delusion the US Government has ‘interests’ in oil, stable regimes or anything else. Instead, we citizens have one interest--the rights of all citizens everywhere of every country--and should not wait for governments to mess things up further. Take control of the process. Test for yourself these three libertarian tools:
1) Want to end the current crisis and prevent the next one? See if your town has a (http://www.sister-cities.org/) Sister City relationship with a world trouble spot and what you, personally, can do to help.
2) Libertarian groups abroad spearhead and provide tools for stabilizing coalitions without one foreign aid dollar. Libertarians in Afghanistan warned of US AID emboldening the Taliban while politicians turned a blind eye. Discover the work of the Libertarian Peace Institute (http://www.isil.org/peace/) and sponsoring an activist who might prevent the next dictator.
3) Share ideas to change the paradigm. Promote cultural exchange everywhere. Discover non-governmental defense ideas. Work for accountable budgets -- the US Government recently admitted it lost track of $7.3 trillion to corruption, enough for several US Militaries, enough send an entire generation to college or to end world hunger.
Michael Gilson De Lemos, contributing editor to The Free Liberal, co-founder of Libertarian International Organization, is a former management consultant, union member, and journalist whose work has been read worldwide.
|Posted on January 17, 2004 at 12:33 PM|
Costa Rican Libertarian Congressman Otto Guevara talks about Libertarianism at local High School. "The first job of a Libertarian Party is to educate, especially on where we're suceeding, and local problem solving activism is also critical," he says. Costa Rica LP, in a country of 4 MM, has 5 people in Congress.
With the advent of hundreds of Libertarians in office, the IPC of the LIO recommended a special Peer Committee of professional standards based on the new program to serve as a transnational unregistered party, as one of its last acts. "Platforms are dead. We need standards for implementation, and have created them," said Dr. Milton Friedman. "We don't want pseudo-Libertarianism from the left and right, but don't want to second guess the broader movement either. Therefore we feel the need for 2 parties to address the dynamic."
The Committee, which will include pro-Libertarians as Associate Fellows, will certify, mentor or train, and publish a site and occasional PDF letter on advances in Voluntary Governance to inform public, public office holder, and non-Libertarian public officeholder alike. The USLP and LIO agreed on non-LIO standards in 2003, including a workbook based on a reformat of its platform and a strategic plan toolkit. The USLP has developed critical expertise and this will aid in world dissemination, according to US LP Political Director Ron Crickenberger.
A DIFFERENT 2 PARTY SYSTEM
In addition, after analysis of activity in New Zealand with the Liberal and broader based ACT Party and the more vanguard Libertarianz, and the work of the Progressive Democrats in Ireland, LIO will follow a concept of highlighting Liberal-Libertarian parties, but through the Committee guiding volunteers forming model LIO parties to carry out specific implementation of the LIO Program. LIO parties will focus on proven or promising items, saturation outreach built on LIO Club activity in consultation with ISIL, and where 95% of the offices are: non-partisan appointive and elective office. It will also focus on direct implementation by the citizen via Direct Democracy of Libertarian or Libertarian-direction or oriented structures. As such it will lay better ground for the current Libertarian-direction or Liberal Parties.
Parties like the Costa Rica party said they will try to do both at once, and the US LP signed an operating understanding on the subject. The Florida LP has asked to be "Ground Zero" in the process via its IMP program. LIO will note only local or small country party efforts to its standard.
Vincent Miller of ISIL said this would revive the concept of the parties as tools and conveniences of e.g. ISIL and pledged Libertarians, where "People got a foundation first."
The IPC agreed the Clubs focus as a first milestone on know best pactices already attainable e.g. Libertarian lists of 10,000 and 30+ Libertarian in public office in a long term plan. UPDATE: www.pinellaslibertarians.org started in 2004 and is now about a third way there, providing proof of concept.
The Committee will be launched after 2008 based on documentation project completion and parties developed based on local interest. In general Clubs will have to show a certain level of action such as people in appointive office before an LIO Party is chartered, said IPC.
LIO's ultimate aim in these matters is the creation of a new board of local Permanent Secretaries per 1 MM population that are advancing a variety of Libertarian/Freeholder/Libertarian-conversant Communities or networks as areas of stabilization in their wider communities, including explicit voluntary city policies.
USLP Strategic Plan Toolkit:
|Posted on August 24, 2003 at 10:10 PM|
LIO Fellow Ronald Reagan appoints Libertarian John McClaughry to public office as a Federal Commissioner. Libertarians are now regularly appointed by Presidents and officials of other parties.
The paradigm is Libertarians can't get elected or be effective when elected. Here are the facts: think again.
Washington, DC--Libertarians in public office are at a world high after a push by the US LP advised by LIO facilitator M. Gilson and candidate Harry Browne.The plan has worked well in Costa Rica under a different structure. They aim to use best practice information and focus on developing Libertarians already there.
SUDDEN 800% GROWTH IN US
US LP political Director Ron Crickenberger said there were 606 Libertarians counted and verified in US public office, plus another 204 non USLP members, including many former members, in a personal list he keeps, of which at least 100 are USLP members who have not been added yet to the website. There are some 200 elsewhere worldwide but not under a Libertarian label. The official USLP list on its website has some inaccuracies and must be updated, not reflecting people who are in office and showing some who retired.
He said the push moved Libertarians in public office from barely 100 in 1998 to 800+ in a plan brainstormed with LIO by focus on:
>Systematic Contact of Prospects
>A simplified platform of "replacing coercive programs wiuth voluntary ones" line by line
>Educative tours and 1-day training workshops
>Focus on appointive boards which upped elective results as people went from one to another
>Focus on building community constituency and good deeds.
The following was a report to the LP Chair.
COSTA RICA BENEFITS
After a spectacular debut with a Libertarian in Congress, the Costa Ricans have set local goals of both 'hard line' Libertarians and Liberal-Libertarian-oriented prople in office with good results, adopting the LIO goals. UPDATE: As of 2008 they reported over 80 Libertarians, mostly on local boards, in office, and 5 people (10%) in the country's congress.
The effort broke many myths in the view of this memo that had been holding Libertarians back or giving ground for attack by anti-Libertarians. The authors feel that with continued good training in Libertarian principles and implementation, and political campaigning, many Libertarians and Liberal-Libertarians can get in public office more easily than ever.
(By Ron Crickenberger, R. Swanson, review by H. Browne, W. Pollard)
(From draft report. Courtesy R. Crickenberger)
>Libertarians can't get elected
They weren't as much as we wantyed until there was goal-setting, training, and focused effort that in fact cost little money. Trained and Pledged Libertarians actually got elected more easily in terms of repeat campaigns than those in major parties, and occupied more offices as elected (31%) than generally available (5%). The number of Libertarians elected partially tracks the number of pledged Libertarians, namely 1%. However, some states such as NH have 10% of their members in public office.Nationally, with 100,000 pledged members whether active or not who've shown activity in the last election cycle, we should have 10,000 Libs in office.
>We can get many Libs in office.
Our main restriction is Libertarians available. The maximum number of Libs in office we found was in NH, Vermont, and several other places that had 36 pledged Libertarians per million population. A first milestone of 10 means the US could have 3000 in office and aim for over 10,000, more than the highest percentage of members of those showing an interest in such activities, and viable if we have 100,000 members or supporters pledged and supportive of the platform. However, any Libertarian group not moving in that direction is misguided if it wants people in office from this poiint of view, and supporters should act accordingly.Otherwise the USLP will cease to represent Libertarians as a credible entity in its bailiwick: gettingt people in public office.
>Libertarians should avoid appointive offices
Many of the most important wins were reported by those in appointive advisory offices. The US Presidency is technically an appointive office, as are many judgeships. If anything we need to focus on getting Libertarian judges trained and in office.This is a destructive and misleading statement, and scares away many prospects.
>One Libertarian on a board can do nothing
The reverse. Libertarians formed several board majorities and led 51% of the boards in some capacity, being perceived as neutral and consensus leaders, and unusually well informed. They reported great effects on policy.
>Libertarians only get 3% in elections
Many were obviously getting elected, often in landslides. The disconnect is it takes everybody 3-4 campaigns to get within striking distance. The major factors impeding electoral success were :a) :ack of ideological and practical training; b) Failing to "suit up, show up, and play the game," according to several Libs in public office; c) Failure to persist over several campaigns and build a local base of support and knowledge, including communicating their achivemnents ince elected. This might be OK if one is just running to help ballot access, but people who get in office have a serious attitude and know these 3 things. Training was key. Trained (200 hours) Libertarians in Florida averaged 15% of the vote in a statewide effort that then resulted in many appointments. Many who used the US LP "Success" 1-2 day workshops and then self-trained at home practicing the materials and used phone mentoring (about 100 hours) reported marked increases in committment, comfort, and ability, and quite simply many got into public office. Many people reporting low levels refused or did not take training or were fringe candidates with strange non-Libertarian platforms pushed by 'reformers' and 'mainstreamers' in the LP who were GOP oriented, and then when they lost portrayed as the result of too many 'extreme talking club Libertarians in the LP.'
>A real party is not a debate or education society and should focus on elections only
Then why do opponents study Libertarian books to debate us? The US Army says it's main tasks for commanders is educatiopn, education, education. The USLP helped pioneer learning organizations as effective ones, but many people want it to go backwards. An uneducated candidate is a losing one. Education, especially on where Libs are doing well, and debate was essential in training Libertarians. Focus on just elections caused many things not to be done that supported or enhanced the effort, such as connecting with local activists. What was most effective was setting goals for getting people in public office whether appointive or elective. A goal of 9 people in appointive office and 1 in local elective office over several years trains people and reflects the political reality in most communities. The mission of the USLP is to encourage development of Libertarian communities by legal, educational, activist and political means. In addition, most political change is through lobbying and direct democracy, or Libertarians in appointive office. Elected Libertarians must be plugged in to these groups for obvious reasons to ease and accelerate change. By not focusing on healthy debate based on education in Libertarianism, the way was opened for many debatable and failing tactics.
>The USLP platform is a major block to getting in office
The reverse. While a committee is improving wording based on our experiences, it's very powerful and got us 8 times more people in office despite internal opposition from both 'pragmatists' who believe a weak message is a winning message, and 'purists' who often disliked such efforts or were attracxted to fringe candidates. The USLP platform is a problem only to those hostile to the platform, which was originally designed as a list of what citizens should be able to do and to focus activism. Nor was there any agreement on problem areas, as most criticisms reflected people's pre-Libertarian backgrounds or general ignorance of US law. An experimental reformatted platform with short candidate-friendly summary for reference (UPDATE: a version was adopted by the USLP in 2004 and is being re-formatted for international use by 2011) proved essential in training and being able to answer opponent questions. In addition, it was essential as a guide for people in appointive office. A study showed that focus groups of ordinary voters were more favorable to it (81%) than average Libertarian Conventioneers surveyed (65%) many of whom, however, tended to come from political extremes. Activists who stuck to the wording word for word reported success in its use. What is the problem? A study by Florida discovered that 89% of 200 surveyed as unhappy with the platform had not read it or made out-of-context conclusions; when directed to read the platform and then discuss any problems, 91% changed their minds. At the same time, not going off message on arcane issues but sticking to local issues the office could effect were key e.g. not talking about Foreign Policy when running for Library Board. Candidates who stuck to local issues supported by constituents then created simple 3-point platforms using the USLP platform as the basis, as it was intended for, did well and reported feeling very comfortable in presentation; but no message, however well crafted, substitutes for getting out there and making friends of voters.
>The USLP Platform has major problems
76% of those in public office surveyed rated it "essential" or "very helpful" in communicating with the public and understanding what to do, and 52% of those in Public Office complained it was not detailed enough for their position needs. Claims it was too long are false, as it is dramatically shorter than the platforms of most US parties including the GOP and Dems, and a short version already available for those in office was thought very helpful. Of 203 claims of problems associated with using the platform showed (itself a very low number) and rounded, showed:
--65% had not trained and admitted they had not read or understood the platform, or described it in other language. Of these nearly two-thirds stated they did not like the platform or many Libertarian positions anyway. One half of all surveyed (53%) admitted they agreed with attackers instead of defending the platform, hence the news story.
--21% said the report was exaggerated, false, or reported the platform inaccurately
--11% were stories from people who "hated" or disliked the USLP anyway and "would attack anything Libertarian" as several admitted, or based on misinformation that in 3 cases resulted in a correction
--3% were verified
>Libertarians only elect people to dog catcher
No such posts have ever been occupied to the USLP's knowledge. Many Libertarians are in mayoral, council, and high advisory offices. The USLP has a stated goal of focus on local office which it is certainly meeting. However, campaigns for higher offices are needed in many states for ballot reasons: We recommend focusing on removing the ballot laws as was done in Florida and other states.
>Libertarians can't win partisan campaigns
They do more than major parties, 10%, at a higher level than offices available. Most public offices in the US are non-partisan and appointive (90% appointive) and unevenly distributed. Thus NH has more elective offices than Florida. A few states in the midwest have nearly a majority of elective offices in the US. (Note to Libertarians out of US: It is better to compare your country to State US LP's as more reflective of the effort needed.)
>It takes a lot of money to get elected from the LP
Most local offices needed legwork, not money.The best use of money was a) Petitions to build recognition, nad outr literature, and as a d-base source of contributions; b) Pizza money for people to hold signs on election day at the polling stations, which doubled the vote (i.e. people who normally would have gotten 26% of the vote won by using this technique); c) post-election thank you letters. We suggest the LP get completely out of donating to candidates and encourage them to raise their own funds and share d-bases with us for use of the name and all Lib groups.
>We can only run paper candidates, or should focus on partisan vs. non-partisan, local vs, state, etc.
Florida stopped calling its candidates paper candidates when a survey revealed that on key metrics the candidates were doing more than their opponents in getting out to the public. Training helped people get past false strategic choices. The best thing was to find what a person needed to do and mentor them.
>The LP needs professional help and should imitate the major parties in elections
The best result was to do the reverse: run a series of person-to-person, low budget, people centered campaigns. In summary, we've accomplished the sub-mission of "Building an organization capable of electing Libertarians." What we now need to do is repeat what we know and continue what we're doing, but in the focused manner that has worked here, both nationally and statewise. Many fear that extreme socialists and religious conservatives claiming to be Libertarians to do what they can to divert the effort by proposing big campaigns, attacking the platform and diverting focus from setting actual goals via a political director. However, the techniques are now so any Libertarian can do them if properly mentored. While LIO is preparing manuals and a non-partisan arm to distill the effort, we emphasize this was done with present materials: A workshop, re-formatted platform, excellent manuals by Mr. Winter and others, and above all, building teams that set goals to get in office by energizing the people with personal calls, concrete goals, and training workshops.
>LP or Libertarian candidates draw from mostly from some group e.g. conservative voters
Separate recent surveys involving LP-LIO and LP Florida-LIO (the latter with selected in-depth follow-up interviews) questioned people entering and leaving polls. They determined;
- Libertarians draw equally from all political parties and independents; and more than proportion to population among minorities, women, and recent immigrants
- Libertarians do very well with the self-reported over 140 IQ and the young
- Libertarians do well among college educated and unions
- The more "radical" the Libertarians to LIO standards, the more they draw votes. trained Libertarian in Florida (they took over 100 hours in training and used a unified '3-line make it all voluntary' platform they designed averaged 1/6th of the vote in State legislature with all time highs, and move appointments to public office from 4 to 45 (As of 2005)..Libertarians who invoked constitutional, compromised, or other off-topic themes did poorly.
- Libertarians strong points were the perception they were neutral, rights-oriented, listened to the public, and had a comprehensive platform to guide discussion.In Florida the refusal of Libertarians to attack their opponents and vow to run low-budget campaigns and not take large donations (the 80+ candidates were outspent by one Green) were huge pluses.
- Most people who voted Libertarian were new or previously semi-active voters. 90% of respondents said they only voted because there was a Libertarian. Over 99% were not registered or members of a Libertarian Party.
- 99% said they would like to see more Libertarians in local and appointive office
- Many suggested they would like to see Libertarians as educators among peers in public office, and liked the Florida pledge to continue into local appointive office or as citizen monitors.
- 2000 surveyed from all parties (not those who voted for Libertarians alone) and groups who agreed to review the draft guideline (2004) platform said they would support each plank with over 51% consent, with an avareage of 72% approval and the numbers rose if it were doine by initiative. This was cause for concern as this actually exceeded plank support in the USLP itself based on delegate votes and follow-up surveys (63%). In other words, the public viewed the LP platform as more acceptable than the Libertarians, who generally felt if they had problems it was too radical. This seems to track the phenomenon of advocates underestimating "silent support" among the public.
- A survey of elected Libertarians said there major weakness was lack of education on their own philosophy and what Libertarian peers are doing; and strategically, lack of appointed people in public office and activist initiatives to support their efforts.
- Finally, respondents cited as a main benefit from Libertarian candidacies that they were motivated to discover what the laws and constitutions actually were, and the details of the budget (In Florida, all candidates carried a chart of the budget and their pitch consisted of simply asking the audience for improvement suggestions that were of a voluntary and rights-respecting nature).
Based on the responses, Mr. Crickenberger and his team created a best practice plan to bring 1000 Libertarians in public office, 90% appointed, by 2012 to the US LP in addition to those already in office plus more to account for retirements. Exccept for ballot access or outreach purposes, it was concluded LP should de-emphasize registration and local affiliates as these arenot directly related to electoral totals, concentrate on appointive and direct democracy initiatives, and focus on using the Florida approach in concordanc with a new guidline standard platform and strategic improvement toolkit (see www.LibertarianBookClub.org updated). The LIO has adopted the conclusions as guides for world action groups.
Mr. Crickenberger summarized by saying Libertarian did best by doing the opposite of political common wisdom, and cited Republican Party study summaries of which he had become aware that found similar results in terms of Libertarian sources of support and message strengths. The LIO will continue its non-partisan training focus in due course. (Update)
|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.
Now what? Enjoy our links, and LIO Fellows thinkpieces below: Share to promote brainstorming and dialogue.
|Posted on June 16, 2000 at 6:14 PM|
H. Suzman, LIO Advisor, addresses UN. Besides Apartheid, Liberals and Libertarians in South Africa were working on many other issues as well, emblematic of Libertarian initiatives everywhere "A-Z."
The paradigm: Libertarians have a narrow focus and don't work well in issues such as Apartheid or broad bundles of issues. Think again.
Johannesburg, SA--South African Libertarians have worked against Apartheid. But they've also piloted many Libertarian improvements in various areas, according to combined websites and e-mails. They have worked using local parties, a network, many invitationals and seminars, and several think tank style efforts.
The LIO efforts contact observer has been Helen Suzman, DBE, a noted Parliamentarian and Anti-Apartheid spokesperson. ISIL has a group there as well, and Leon Louw has been nominated for the Nobel Peace prize.
2009 UPDATE RESOURCES:
> http://www.freemarketfoundation.com/ (Free Market Foundation)
>Liberal Party Archives (many Libertarians worked through them)
> http://www.hsf.org.za/ (Suzman Foundation)
(2006 Lib Conference)
The compilation of action reads like a to-do or brag list for many Libertarian groups working on political improvements. To facilitate that use, SA Libs have compiled it as an A-Z to do list of potential projects groups can undertake. In addition, Libertarians were heavily involved in the peaceful independence of Namibia, including a joint LIO-USLP-Namibian Libertarian Party observer delegation to the Vance negotiations. The SA Libertarians have effected Libertarian or Libertarian-oriented improvements in 200 plus areas by removing regulations that blocked private action, in encouraging private efforts, and in supporting improvements in transparency involving:
AGRICULTURAL CONTROL BOARDS.
AIRPORT CITY ROAD TRANSPORT.
AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL.
BLACK URBAN ISSUES.
CENSORSHIP - POLITICAL CENSORSHIP SCRAPPED.
CONTINGENCY FEES (LAWYERS).
CRD (Restorative Justice and Community Policing)
DEVELOPMENT TRUST AND LAND
DOMESTIC AIR TRANSPORTATION.
ENTERPRISE ZONES (including 'ZEBRAS'). Zero Based Regulation Areas (Zebras),
GROUP AREAS ACT.
HOMELAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATIONS.
INTEREST RATE/ CREDIT CONTROLS.
INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORTATION.
LIMITED GOVERNMENT CONSTITUTION.
LOW INCOME HOUSING.
POLITICAL PARTIES/ ORGANISATIONS.
PRIVATE DISPUTE MEDIATION.
ZEBRAS (Zero Regulation Areas)
"Libertarians in South Africa have-- through activism, education, political activity and coalitions --played a key part and so removed or ameliorated several thousand pernicious laws and regulations blocking everything from cell phones to private mediation to inter-racial marriage to home businesses so poor people can better their lives," said Suzman, who has monitored the efforts, in the late '90's.