Author: Robert
Libertarian Candidate for Lakeland
| 9 September 2019 | 16:19 | Politics | No comments

I am running in the upcoming federal election as the Libertarian Party of Canada candidate in the Alberta Lakeland constituency.

You can check out the party platform at https://www.libertarian.ca/

Check out the pages on the above menu: Federal Personal Platform and Robert’s Campaign Words to You.

I have the signatures and other requirements in place. My candidacy should be confirmed by Elections Canada by September 24th.

Governments Are Not Loving
| 8 June 2019 | 22:56 | Politics | No comments

That governments are not loving is not a condemnation of governments, it is just a statement of fact. It is not in the nature of governments to love. There are three levels of interaction or relationships in a society.

The lowest level is lawless, and selfish. People function on this level by stealing and assaulting others to get what they want. Most governments operate to some extent at this level where they tax away some amount of income earned in the private sector, and regulate what people can do to some degree of enslavement.

The second level is relationships of respect and consideration for others. This is where liberty comes in. People at this level recognize the property rights of others who are responsible and accountable for what they choose to do with themselves and their possessions. Government will operate on this level to a degree depending on the culture of liberty among the society at large. Governments will not impose liberty on their society. It is society that will impose their culture of liberty on their government.

The third level is relationships of love which can only be obtained on the basis of the second level of respect and consideration for others. In a loving relationships people want the best for others and actively promote and contribute to what is best for others. Sometimes people think they can love without being respectful and considerate, but this is not possible. They are involved in some kind of manipulation or coercion which is not loving. Love is given voluntarily; it cannot be legislated and is therefore not in the reach of government. There is no such thing as government charity. Governments that redistribute wealth are operating on the lowest level of interactions.

People as individuals can grow and develop through the three levels of relationships. The culture of the people in a given society will determine the relationship level of their government. The best form of government will simply codify the natural law of liberty. People in such a society will voluntarily interact on the basis of property right and have access to compensation for violations of property right. Unfortunately, our governments today reflect a weak culture of liberty.

Independent Candidate for Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright
| 28 March 2019 | 18:14 | Politics | No comments

This is my platform:

  • I have no desire to dictate how other people’s income is used. Consequently, I would support any legislation that decreases government spending and decreases or eliminates taxes.  I would oppose any legislation that increases government spending or increases taxes.
  • I have no desire to dictate what other people choose to do with their lives.  Consequently, I would support any legislation that decreases or eliminates government regulation of individuals or businesses.  I support laws that prohibit any form of assault and any form of theft. I would oppose any expansion of government regulation and bureaucracy.
  • I have no desire to live by the support of taxpayers.  I would expect expenses directly related to being an member of the legislative assembly to be covered by my MLA salary. Any monies received over and above expenses would be put in trust for the purpose of promoting liberty. (I deem it unwise to return such monies to government where it will be misused.)
The False Paradigm of Government
| 21 March 2019 | 20:48 | Economics, Politics | No comments

There is a false paradigm of government where people accept the propaganda that governments run countries (or provinces or cities). Countries run because individuals and businesses engage in peaceful exchanges to produce goods and services and otherwise treat each other with respect and consideration. Peace and prosperity are directly related to how people treat each other. When people have respect for the person and other property of others, then everyone is at liberty to lead a peaceful, productive life.

What governments do run are bureaucracies which are burdens and obstacles to the peace and prosperity of society. The proper role of government is to give collective backing to the natural right that everyone has to protect their person and other property. In direct contradiction to that proper role, most of what governments do is take people’s property in taxes and interfere with people’s choices with regulations. When an individual takes someone else’s property or interferes with their choices, we call it a crime. When government does these same things, they call it legal as if their legislation can turn a crime into some kind of moral good.

Most political parties support some version of the scam that they can run things to our benefit. They have their various proposals about how they are going to do it differently with their set of taxes and regulations.

I will continue to promote liberty, but I despair of our society coming to the realization that their paradigm of government is false. The sad part of all this is that while many survive the burden of legal plunder, there are many who suffer in misery and heartache because of the burden of bloated government.

Liberty and Religion
| 10 December 2018 | 13:03 | Politics, Religion | No comments

It seems that the more I read, ponder, and interact with the liberty movement, the more I have become convinced that it takes a moral people, probably a religious people, and even a Christian people to establish and maintain a society with property right.  I am not suggesting that a Christian people is sufficient to establish liberty since there are many Christians who do not recognize property right.  I am suggesting that a Christian people who also recognize property right is necessary to establish and maintain liberty.  Why would this be?  Well …..

First of all, property right or freedom of choice is a basic principle of Christianity.  A person cannot be forced to love God or love their neighbour.  Loving a neighbour includes respecting their property right.  If a christian does not recognize property right, they are a prime candidate for conversion to the liberty movement since property right is part of what they profess to believe.

It appears from history that property right is at least to a large extent associated with Judaeo-Christian culture.  In the last few hundred years, property right has been recognized and implemented in the Judaeo-Christian cultures of Europe and North America.

People with moral values will support a principle that they understand to be right regardless of the inconvenience or enticement to do otherwise.

So what if you do not believe in morality or religion or specifically the Christian religion.  I would suggest that it is to your advantage to welcome people who have moral or religious values to the liberty movement.

For my part, I am quite willing to join with those who share my political views of liberty regardless of their non-political views.

 

Libertarianism is not Utopian
| 14 July 2018 | 19:52 | Politics, Religion | No comments

The following link is to an article that gives a good explanation of why libertarianism is ethical, practical, realistic, logical, and reasonable.  It is very worthwhile to read.  I also think it explains why libertarianism is the political part of the Judea-Christian ethic.

https://mises.org/wire/libertarianism-utopian

On Trade
| 23 June 2018 | 20:25 | Economics | No comments

Trade is most beneficial when it is unencumbered by government interference. The only useful thing government can do regarding trade is to back people up against robbery, theft, fraud, or anything of that nature. Free trade is when there are no quotes, tariffs, or other trade barriers that impede transactions between individuals and businesses any where, be it local, regional, or global. Governments don’t trade with each other so there is no good reason for them to be involved in trade.

Trade is another of those simple economic principles that is blown up into an “issue” that doesn’t exist. The only situation where a balance of payments means anything is in individual transactions.  When someone offers something for sale, they will expect payment with something of equal value. Actually both parties to the transaction will get something they value more than what they gave up, but it is balanced.  If you buy all your groceries from a given store, the transactions are balanced.  You buy their products and they “buy” your money.  It does not matter that they don’t buy products or services from you. Neither does it matter for the combined transactions of individuals and businesses between cities, regions, or countries.  The transactions are balanced and the money will circulate around which is the reason for having a medium of exchange.

The freer the markets, the more prosperous the economy. Trade between countries is no exception.  The less that governments interfere with trade, the better off everyone will be.

A Strategy to attain a Government for a Free Society
| 10 May 2018 | 17:14 | Politics | No comments

Law establishes Freedom

A free society is based on law which establishes that a person can seek compensation for all types of assault and all types of theft. All tax and regulatory legislation contradicts law and decreases freedom.

An Anti-political Party Platform

An anti-political party (a libertarian party) would have as its platform the repeal of all tax and regulation legislation. The consequence of this would lead to Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) being voluntary positions, privatization of all government services, and no government bureaucracy.

Politics

Despite what a dictionary definition of politics might be, politics as practiced means candidates for the legislative assembly “buying” votes by promising government services and special privileges for certain groups. Politics also means passing regulatory legislation which blocks competition for large businesses. All political parties have their customized variation of vote “buying” consisting of basic government services, private, labour, and corporate welfare, plus some combination of funding and regulations for special interest groups.

The Anti-political Vote

Convincing voters who are currently voting for a political party to switch to an anti-political party is unlikely. What about eligible voters who don’t vote? Why don’t they vote? My guess is that some are too lazy or don’t care. Is it possible that some are disgusted with politics or see no way that their vote can counter the corruption in politics? The proposal here is that half the non voting eligible voters could be persuaded to vote for an anti-political party.

The Numbers

How could an anti-political party get elected? Let’s look at the numbers. What follows is a look at the last five elections using percent of vote figures for each party. It is assumed that half of the non voting eligible voters were persuaded to vote for the anti-political party. Percent voter turnout is the actual figure. The percent of total eligible votes (everybody who could have voted) is shown for each party. Adjusted percent votes is what the voter turnout would have been with the added anti-political vote.

2015

2012

2008

2004

2001

% of Eligible Vote

% of Eligible Vote

% of Eligible Vote

% of Eligible Vote

% of Eligible Vote

% Voter Turnout

57

54

41

45

53

Conservative

16

24

22

21

33

Wildrose

14

18

3

NDP

23

5

3

5

4

Liberal

2

5

11

13

14

Other

2

2

2

6

2

Anti-political

22

23

30

28

24

Adjusted % Votes

79

77

71

73

77

Under these assumptions, the anti-political party does quite well. Usually a party with 25% of the total possible votes would form the government. These percentages would not translate directly into elected MLAs because that happens at each constituency level, but it is still a good indication of the outcome of the election.

Politics versus Anti-politics

Libertarians are unlikely to win the political game. Libertarians don’t believe in politics; they can’t stomach it; their heart is not in it. A libertarian party is not likely to beat politicians at their own game. The best strategy for libertarians is to appeal to people who have a similar view of politics. This would mean running under the anti-political party platform.

Summary

This anti-political strategy is practical, plausible and the only realistic possibility for a libertarian party. Could it be over optimistic? Maybe, but the game of politics is downright depressing.

Taxing Businesses is Taxing the Rich?
| 15 September 2017 | 10:59 | Economics, Politics | No comments

Businesses exist because people have invested in productive assets like land, buildings, machines, and employees. These businesses provide goods and services that are voluntarily purchased or in other words things that people need or want. Taxes decrease the productivity of businesses which means less product, less employment, less income to buy other products. Taxes decrease the standard of living for everyone which is especially onerous for those on the lower end of the economic scale. So increase tax on businesses? Not a good idea.

Alberta Libertarian Party forum
| 3 September 2017 | 20:34 | Politics | No comments

People want to move forward with getting an Albertan libertarian party registered.  To that end we have set up a forum to discuss and plan the path forward.  If you want to be part of this effort, join us at: https://forum.albertalibertarian.ca