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Showing posts with label 1980 Libertarian Party platform. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1980 Libertarian Party platform. Show all posts

Monday, April 14, 2014

Libertarianism...Be Careful A Launch Point For Plutocracy

I from time to time, hear people (always a white male) self-identify as " libertarian."  They use the word and ideology with a great deal of affinity while expressing disdain and contempt for the GOP.  Some  even express they are not conservative.

Of course, you and I both know libertarians are as far from the original construct. I believe I took a liberty there that my friends who claim libertarianism might find not to their liking: the original construct. While, early theorist may have coined the phrase around an ideology with a core nucleus of freedom to do as one wishes, modern day libertarianism is nothing more than a metastasized conservative movement with denizens who are predominantly younger white males. 

The movement has also attracted segments of the population that are far from tolerant of others, and segments who have taken individual freedom to the level of elitist individualism. Moreover, the movement has two uber wealthy plutocrats (Charles and David Koch) who have openly espoused selfish-degraded levels of anti-federal government views, while advancing state's rights as a core principle.  

Is there any wonder Clive Bundy, the Nevada farmer, has been reported to have received support from the Koch's Americans for Prosperity? Chris Hayes, MSNBC ALL In and Eric Boehlert, Media Matters, discuss the classic example of libertarian state's rights. It is truly unfortunate the movement also attracts an element of white supremacy and white nationalists. Let's be honest, Ron Paul, noted celebrity Libertarian,  not only placed his name on his 1990's (racist) newsletters, he has been captured in close cohort with the Ku Klux Klan, and other supremacist groups. In that context, the following definition of Libertarian does not seem to apply to all Americans.

What is Libertarian?

The libertarian or "classical liberal" perspective is that individual well-being, prosperity, and social harmony are fostered by "as much liberty as possible" and "as little government as necessary."

These ideas lead to new questions: What's possible? What's necessary? What are the practical implications and the unsolved problems?

Below are a number of different takes on the libertarian political perspective from which you can deepen your understanding; also be sure to check out the videos in the sidebar.

According to The Machinery of Freedom by David Friedman, Open Court Publishing Company, 1973.
The central idea of libertarianism is that people should be permitted to run their own lives as they wish. 
According to Libertarianism: A Primer by David Boaz, Free Press, 1997. 
Libertarianism is the view that each person has the right to live his life in any way he chooses so long as he respects the equal rights of others. Libertarians defend each person's right to life, liberty, and property-rights that people have naturally, before governments are created. In the libertarian view, all human relationships should be voluntary; the only actions that should be forbidden by law are those that involve the initiation of force against those who have not themselves used force-actions like murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping, and fraud.
According to Funk and Wagnall's Dictionary
lib-er-tar-i-an, n. 1. a person who advocates liberty, esp. with regard to thought or conduct.... advocating liberty or conforming to principles of liberty.
According to American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition, 2000.
NOUN: 1. One who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state.
The Challenge of Democracy (6th edition), by Kenneth Janda, Jeffrey Berry, and Jerry Goldman
Liberals favor government action to promote equality, whereas conservatives favor government action to promote order. Libertarians favor freedom and oppose government action to promote either equality or order.

I have referred to the following study in the past. I will re-post key components of the study and link the full report (via pdf and via Scribed) for you perusal. The Public Religions Research Institute shows the movement is outside the realm of a main-stream society and has not developed with inclusivity for all as a underlying reality. 

Public Religions Research Institute The 2013 American Values Survey: In Search of Libertarianism in America 

Libertarians By the Numbers: A Demographic, Religious and Political Profile

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The recently released American Values Survey found that consistent libertarians make up seven percent of the American public, while an additional 15 percent have libertarian leanings. The Graphic of the Week explores the unique profile of this increasingly important political constituency. 
Compared to Americans overall, libertarians are composed of a much larger portion of men than women. More than two-thirds (68 percent) of libertarians are men, while 32 percent are women. They are also racially homogeneous, with nearly all (94 percent) libertarians identifying as non-Hispanic whites. They also skew significantly younger. More than 6-in-10 (62 percent) libertarians are under the age of 50, including one-quarter (25 percent) who are under the age of 30. 
Libertarians have a distinct religious profile as well. A majority of libertarians identify as white mainline Protestants (27 percent) or religiously unaffiliated (27 percent). Roughly one-quarter (23 percent) of libertarians identify as white evangelical Protestant, while only about 1-in-10 (11 percent) identify as Catholic.
Although libertarian political beliefs—supportive of marijuana legalization while opposed to minimum wage hikes—make them somewhat unique, their political behavior closely resembles that of other conservative constituencies. In the 2012 presidential election, fully 8-in-10 (80 percent) libertarian voters say they supported Mitt Romney, while only 5 percent say they supported Barack Obama. Notably, however, 14 percent of libertarian voters report that they supported a third-party candidate. Close to half (45 percent) of libertarians identify as Republican, compared to only five percent who identify as Democrat.
Taken together, the demographic, religious and political characteristics make libertarians unique in American politics today. To learn more about this constituency and for other findings from the 2013 American Values Survey: In Search of Libertarians in America, please check out the full report (pdf.).
Or you can view the report via Scrid (below)

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Kochs “Anarcho-Totalitarianism.”

David and Charles Koch are two of the wealthiest people in the world. Yes, they are in fact one of the nation's greatest threats. Despite GOP efforts to shield their most noted money-brokers from proper scrutiny from the Left

The informed or those who seek to be informed can easily educate themselves regarding two men who so obviously wish to develop and nurture a United States that serve as a vast game board for their empire building and far-right views.

Forbes 500 richest in the world (we show top 10)
1. Bill Gates
Net Worth: $76 B
Source of wealth: Microsoft
2. Carlos Slim Helu & family
Net Worth: $72 B
3. Amancio Ortega
Net Worth: $64 B
Source of wealth: retail
4. Warren Buffett
Net Worth: $58.2 B
Source of wealth: Berkshire Hathaway
5. Larry Ellison
Net Worth: $48 B
Source of wealth: Oracle
6. Charles Koch 
Net Worth: $40 B
Source of wealth: diversified
6. David Koch
Net Worth: $40 B
Source of wealth: diversified
8. Sheldon Adelson
Net Worth: $38 B
Source of wealth: casinos
9. Christy Walton & family
Net Worth: $36.7 B
Source of wealth: Wal-Mart
10. Jim Walton
Net Worth: $34.7 B
Source of wealth: Wal-Mart

Well, at least the top 10 includes two people who are known to live their lives as open-minded and progressive people. Neither Gates nor Buffet are known for vast networks of political influence peddling, nor do they appear to harbor a desire to shape US government to their likeness. Moreover, neither Gates nor Buffet has developed political platforms (foundations, networks and money scrubbing operations) to facilitate the spread of money to thousands with the obvious desire of unrestrict their vast empires via elimination of federal regulation.

The Web of power and influence.

The Kochs are Libertarian. I have read reports famed conservative William F, Buckley referred to Libertarians (and the Kochs) as  “Anarcho-Totalitarianism.”

In 2010 Jim Horn writing for The Nation keyboarded a piece including the following except.

The Koch Brothers’ Brand of "Anarcho-Totalitarianism" 
A must read from The Nation:Eric Alterman | September 9, 2010

Jane Mayer’s New Yorker profile of Charles and David Koch reveals a decades-long investment of many hundreds of millions of dollars to achieve a single goal. The billionaire oilmen sought to “bring about social change” to advance what Charles Koch calls their “radical philosophy.” To make this happen, they’ve adopted a “vertically and horizontally integrated” strategy “from idea creation to policy development to education to grassroots organizations to lobbying to litigation to political action.”  
How radical? When, in 1980, David Koch ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket—a race he also funded—his platform called for the abolition of Social Security, minimum-wage laws, gun control, all personal and corporate income taxes and much else. A worried William F. Buckley Jr. called it “Anarcho-Totalitarianism.” 
What the Kochs were doing, as Mayer astutely notes, is implementing the strategy originally laid out by Lewis Powell’s now infamous 1971 memo to the director of the US Chamber of Commerce, by which the political culture of the United States would be transformed on behalf of individuals and corporations of great wealth. The primary obstacle Powell identified was not the remnants of the late-’60s antiwar and civil rights movements, which were both in the process of disintegration. Rather, they sought to undermine the “respectable elements of society” and replace them with people like themselves. . .   

Buckley's characterization seems more than apropos. If we review 1980 VP candidate David Koch's 1980 Libertarian Party platform, "Anarcho" seems as clear as the Koch billions. The Kochs are consumed with anti-government misprision and they do not hesitate to promulgate, annunciate and shepherd transforming respectable elements of society” and replace them with people like themselves.....

"People like themselves..."

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