Julian Assange, founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks spoke via live feed before the Green Party’s National Convention on August 6, and once again helped us understand the nature of government – there is a lot that is challenging. In particular, during this presidential election, choosing between the two main candidates, Assange says, is like choosing between cholera and gonorrhea.
Libertarian Party of San Francisco News
- "The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program," said Ronald Reagan. Once established, regardless of the changing world around it and regardless of how many times it changes its official name, a government program is like The Blob – you can’t kill it.
As elsewhere, here in San Francisco hundreds of programs obliviously forge ahead, clash with one another, and contribute to the City’s eye-popping $9.6 billion budget. We offer some observations which you might find of interest:
- Turning our attention to what is good often replenishes our strength to continue finding ways to counter what is bad. In this spirit, we offer 4 Good Things – 4 events representing ordinary people getting together with neighbors and friends to present solutions to challenges:
- Independence Day! A happy American ritual on July 4th since 1776, when the colonies walked out of the British Commonwealth. This year, another country is celebrating its own walking out, Britain! As it is good to remember why the colonies parted company with King George – a belief in a people’s right to self determination – it is good to understand the British exit from the European Union. Brexit the Movie is available for free on Youtube and Vimeo, and we hope you will watch it.
- Written by Aubrey Freedman, Chair of the Libertarian Party of San Francisco
- The Libertarian Party lost one of its own today, Dr. Marc Allan Feldman, 2016 LP presidential candidate. Marc’s “No Votes for Sale” campaign exemplified what all campaigns should be like. His closing speech at the LP convention in Orlando in May 2016 gave us a picture of what a “Libertarian” should be.
The Pride Celebration is always a big time for the Libertarians. It brings us back to decades earlier when “equality” was not even an "in" word, when you better love the “right” person, when others told you who you are. Way back then, Libertarians already felt in their hearts and minds that equality is a given, and who you love is your own business. Since its founding in 1971, the Libertarian Party has held equality and individual liberty as core beliefs.
- Latest news on the national front: Former governor of New Mexico and Libertarian 2012 presidential candidate Gary Johnson was nominated on May 29 at the Libertarian National Convention as the presidential candidate to represent the Libertarian Party in November. Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld won the vice presidential nomination.
The Libertarian Party of San Francisco lost a friend. Sergio Klor de Alva, an enthusiastic and affable 24-year old already a veteran of political campaigns of several local office holders, was killed in a car accident on April 26. Several of us at the LPSF had the pleasure of knowing Sergio, and were uniformly impressed not only by his efficiency but also by his friendliness.
- The Libertarian Party of San Francisco extends huge thanks to the participants of the 3rd Annual Panel Discussion - Bay Area Growth and Transportation of Sunday, April 10th. The room was full, the audience was most attentive, and the Q&A lively. Starchild did his usual great work as panel moderator, keeping the discussion moving but focused.