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  • Looking Back

    This will be my final regular article for the LPSF Newsletter, and for a change, I’m going to go with a normal title and not one of my eclectic ones that often had folks scratching their heads. I have voted with my feet and moved to New Hampshire to be part of the Free State Project, an effort to convince 20,000 Libertarians to move to the “Live Free or Die” state to help push it in a more liberty-oriented direction. I’ve already jumped into activism here and joined the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, which reviews the bills written by state legislators and fights against the statist ones and supports pro-freedom ones, and also my local “Porcupines” group.

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  • Book Review: "Liberal Fascism" by Jonah Goldberg

    The full title of this book is Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning. It’s an inflammatory title, not helped by the lurid red book jacket highlighting a bright yellow smiley face with a Hitler mustache drawn on it.

    If an Internet troll who decided to take his habit of posting annoying memes on social media sites were to take his efforts to the next level by writing and publishing a book, it might well look something like this!

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  • Giving and Taking

    Image by Artotem (CC BY 2.0)

    It’s Giving Week, where people come together to celebrate the spirit of giving. It is truly inspiring and humbling to see our fellow man donate their time and money to support causes that they believe in. We come together as a community and show how much we care about each other, and our compassion is celebrated.

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  • Post-Election Blues

    We have been through two intense election cycles in 2018, neither of which produced good results for liberty in San Francisco or California. Facing the ballot results can be discouraging, to say the least. Measures that we have devoted many days of work to oppose passed with ease and candidates that we spent our free nights and weekends supporting came last in their elections. It would be easy to throw in the towel and give up on defending liberty, conceding that our efforts don’t make any difference after all.

    Although... don’t they?

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  • Throwing the Baby Out with the Bath Water

    Image source: Metrónomo, CC BY-SA 2.5, from Wikimedia Commons

    Why do government bureaucrats often throw common sense out the window with inflexible, illogical rules?  A perfect example comes from Southern California where the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), which is the second largest in the nation, has started enforcing a policy it’s had for years but has largely been ignoring.  Now that enforcement began earlier this school year, parents are rightly up in arms.

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  • Small Steps Toward Justice

    In September, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1793, Cannabis convictions: resentencing. The bill amends Prop 64 (2016), the Adult Use of Marijuana Act and requires the state to erase or reduce prior sentences for marijuana possession. Assemblymember Rob Bonta, who sponsored the bill, stated “Long after paying their debt to society, people shouldn’t continue to face the collateral consequences, like being denied a job or housing, because they have an outdated conviction on their record.” AB 1793 lets people who committed victimless crimes move on with their lives.

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  • How Millions of Voters Delude Themselves and Undermine Democracy

    You'd think it would be more obvious to more people...

        It's kind of amazing that something so central to many of the issues we see and read and hear about in the news every day, something on which billions of dollars and countless hours of scheming by political "professionals" are expended every year, continues to be so widely misunderstood. Yes, that description can be applied to government itself, but here I'm simply talking about voting.

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  • November 2018 Ballot Recommendations

    These are our recommendations for the local + state measures on the November ballot.
    Have questions about our recommendations? Email [email protected].

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    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO YES YES - NO NO NO NO

     

    John Dennis

    John Dennis for District 2 Supervisor
    District 2 is the Presidio, Marina, Cow Hollow, parts of the Richmond (click here to find out your district)

    The Libertarian Party of San Francisco has endorsed John Dennis at our August 2018 meeting. Read our interview with John Dennis and find out more at JohnDennis.com.

    Lisa Remmer

    Lisa Remmer for Congress
    California's 12th District, includes most of San Francisco (view map)

    Although Lisa is not running as a Libertarian, she is a member of the Libertarian Party of San Francisco. She addressed our membership and we were generally happy to recommend her, especially over Nancy Pelosi. We cannot officially endorse Lisa Remmer because she is running as a Republican in a partisan race, but we think she is an obvious choice. Remmer4Congress.com


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  • A Libertarian at City Hall?

    John Dennis was officially endorsed by the Libertarian Party of San Francisco for District 2 Supervisor at our August meeting.

    Could a man raised in the densest Democratic county in America and now living in the bluest city in the country end up becoming Libertarians’ best chance to get a real freedom-loving politician into San Francisco City Hall?  Unlikely as it seems, yes, it’s actually possible this November. The lone Republican candidate for District 2 Supervisor, John Dennis is waging an enthusiastic campaign this fall to get a seat at the table. District 2, which covers primarily the Marina District, Pacific Heights, and Cow Hollow, is undeniably the wealthiest district in The City and probably the most conservative.

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  • First They Came For Your Boardroom

    Unprecedented Power Grab By California's State Legislature

    Statism in California is not on the march, it's rampaging.

    On August 30, the State Senate passed SB-826, which would compel corporations to appoint specified numbers of women to their boards.

    Here me loud and clear, please, men and women alike:

    There is nothing wrong, and everything right, with a company choosing to appoint a woman or women to its board.

    But there is nothing right, and everything wrong, with using government power to force a company to put any person on its board (or in its management or anywhere else in the company). It is tyranny, plain and simple.

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