Some believe that the definition of "political diversity" excludes "Old White Men", but I will try to prove that is a narrow conclusion, and narrow view.
To me, "political diversity is not defined by my lack of a vagina, nor deficiency of skin pigment. I broaden the definition of political diversity to be able to include some of the democratic concepts AND republican concepts, that a great many San Diegans believe and respect. By encompassing what we may share in common, bring some of these diverse peoples and political perspectives into our libertarian flock, to make a stronger and larger Libertarian Community.
A great many surveys show that when questioned in the proper way, even Republicans and Democrats have much in common, and as an example, are not in favor of government waste, and fat-cat politicians making regulations that help themselves and their friends.
Another example that may be common to both sides of our political chasm, is how to reduce poverty, and/or help the poor in out society be better off. For example, how can the poor be helped according to liberal ideologues, yet the tax payers not be forcefully taxed. There is a solution that can accomplish BOTH: voluntarism. Voluntary charity has existed within mankind since the dawn of time. In the 1800's to the early 1900's we had Mutual Aid Groups, and voluntary Benefit Society groups. These forms of charity, for the most part, no longer exist, and were sadly regulated out of existence by nanny government assuming the role of welfarism. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_aid_(organization_theory) / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benefit_society )
Another example of incorporating political diversity is our mutual desire to have a well run and orderly society. Both liberals and conservatives have that goal in common. The difference is that many disagree on how to achieve that balance of order so it does not evolve into autocracy or fascistic order. The answer perhaps, is for the audience to understand that government is only best adept at protecting rights, and yet, by naively giving politicians and government any power above this, is becomes dangerous. Dangerous because they will eventually use this very same power against us. If we give the government a gun to protect us, we must be weary that they can also therefore use this same gun against us. It can happen not only in the future, but some may recall it has already happened in the past. The Kent State Massacre, where 67 bullets were fired into a group of non-violent protesters.Thirteen unarmed teenagers and young adults where shot by The National Guard, and four of them died.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_State_shootings)
In conclusion, this expanded definition of political diversity may not be conventional, but it is a worthy, important message. And indeed this is the very basis of our Nolan quiz. This quiz is available on our website link (top right called worlds smallest quiz), and helps people discover that their diversity may have more in common with freedom and libertarianism, than they would have assumed. We may be politically diverse democrats or republicans, but a great many of us are also Libertarians.
The San Diego County Libertarian Party Convention is January 31!
This year’s convention will be held at the Boll Weevil restaurant, 9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego. Registration begins at 10:30 am, and the first speaker begins at 11:00 am. The annual business meeting begins at 2:30 and includes the election of officers for 2015 and amendments to the bylaws.
Vice Chair Jerry Dixon has lined up some great speakers for this year’s annual party convention. Angela Keaton, development director of Antiwar.com, will speak about diversity in political party memberships and how the LP can improve its own. Richard Rider, chair of the San Diego Tax Fighters, will give his perspectives on the November 4 election results and what they mean for liberty in the future. San Francisco-based libertarian activist Starchild will talk about what it is like being a member of the Libertarian National Committee.
The convention will be held at the Boll Weevil restaurant, 9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego. Registration begins at 10:30 am, and the first speaker begins at 11:00 am. The annual business meeting begins at 2:30 and includes the election of officers for 2015 and amendments to the bylaws.
Admission tickets cost $25 at the door and include $15 credit toward your lunch at the Boll Weevil. You can save $5 by purchasing your ticket in person at any SDLP gathering including the Executive Committee meetings December 11 or January 8 or the holiday party December 15, 2015. Time: 6:00 pm. Place: Giovanni's Pizza Restaurant, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego.
What's In Your Wallet?
Or why is my dollar worth 14 times more than your dollar?
By Charles Novitsky
Since I was fortunate to find a dollar from the year I was born on Ebay, I decided to create a little tutorial for our libertarian Inflation Education kiosk. San Diego Libertarian Party members will place it outside local supermarkets in San Diego. The purpose of the kiosk is to educate people about the damage being done to the incomes and savings of most Americans by the Federal Reserve System.
Few can understand the monetary shenanigans that Washington DC has unconstitutionally conjured since the birth of the Fed in 1913. But if we aim to get the unaware public involved, we need to get their attention.
The municipal codes of La Mesa and Encinitas both prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries. Proposition F in Encinitas and Proposition J in La Mesa will be on the November 4, 2014 ballot seeking to amend the municipal codes of both cities to authorize dispensaries without size restrictions in non-residential zones as authorized by state law.
On August 14, 2014, the Executive Committee of the San Diego County Libertarian Party unanimously endorsed both measures but with reservations. The propositions are a “step in the right direction” said committee chair Mike Benoit, but impose levels of regulation inappropriate to a free society.
Laissez Faire Fare and the San Diego Transit System
By Charles Novitsky
Politicians and regulators never cease trying to convince Americans that they can give us something for less than the free market would charge us. The San Diego trolley and the entire Metropolitan Transit System are one example of a government-subsidized system where riders pay only a fraction of the cost of operating the vehicles.
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