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Saturday, March 8, 2008

RE: [LPplatform-discuss] a $1000 bounty for a better LP issue than abortion

Michael Wilson wrote:

BH) The current Platform still says "The United States government should return to the historic libertarian tradition of avoiding entangling alliances, abstaining totally from foreign quarrels and imperialist adventures". (BH

MW) While the LP has mentioned it.  The LP is hardly active with this issue.  More like lip service only. In my book that's like saying you sell something, but not ever mentioning it to the customer. (MW

The LP is "not ever mentioning" withdrawal from foreign quarrels?  Sorry, but that has for months and years been one of the leading topics of the official pronouncements of the LPUS and its largest affiliate, the LPCA.

MW) Most Americans have no idea how many troops we keep abroad, or what it cost in dlooars and cents. (MW

Yes, and Justin Raimondo is one of them:

MW) I am willing to bet that if the LP made this a prime issue and our candidates ran with it we would make dent in the system. (MW

On the contrary, there is clear empirical evidence that beating the antiwar drum does not move the electoral needle for the LP: Anti-War Doesn't Grow The LP.

MW) American workers are being taxed to defend those they compete with economically. (MW

Such talk of trade as being zero-sum (or worse) is self-defeating for advocates of free trade.  We would be far worse off if our "competitors" ceased to exist tomorrow morning.

MW) On occupational licensing we are vague at best in everything I have seen written. (MW

The PlatCom's current draft says: "We support repeal of all laws which impede the ability of any person to find employment."   I was on the losing side of a 7-4 vote when the PlatCom deleted this from our subcommittee's draft: "No consumer should be legally restrained from hiring unlicensed individuals."