Liberty Quotation of the Day, April Fool’s Day Edition

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Alan Greenspan“Stripped of its academic jargon, the welfare state is nothing more than a mechanism by which governments confiscate the wealth of the productive members of a society to support a wide variety of welfare schemes.  A substantial part of the confiscation is effected by taxation.  But the welfare statists were quick to recognize that if they wished to retain political power, the amount of taxation had to be limited and they had to resort to programs of massive deficit spending, i.e., they had to borrow money, by issuing government bonds, to finance welfare expenditures on a large scale.”

Alan Greenspan, “Gold and Economic Freedom” [1966]
[Yep, he really wrote that back in 1966.  The April Fool’s joke is therefore his, and it was on us.]

Liberty Quotation of the Day: Government, the Great Fiction

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bastiat“Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”

Frédéric Bastiat, The Law [1850]

Central Committee Nominates Three New Libertarian Candidates

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Congratulations to Steven Haddox, David Sgambellone, and Peggy O’Donnell, who each received the nomination of the Libertarian Party of Maryland’s Central Committee at its meeting on Saturday March 29.  Mr. Haddox is running against Democrat Chris Van Hollen to represent Maryland’s 8th Congressional District.  Mr. Sgambellone is running for Anne Arundel County Council, and Ms. O’Donnell is running for the office of Calvert County Commissioner.

All three candidates spoke to the Central Committee members about the major issues they expect to raise during their election campaigns, and all three were unanimously approved by the Committee.

Further details on each candidate’s campaign will be published on the Meet Our Candidates page as they become available.

Libertarian Party of MD joins Marijuana Policy Coalition of Maryland

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MPCMD-1The Libertarian Party of Maryland has joined with the ACLU of Maryland, MPP, LEAP, SSDP, Maryland NORML, the NAACP (of Maryland), the League of Women Voters of Maryland, and many other organizations to advocate for ending the prohibition of marijuana possession by adults. The coalition’s website can be found at http://www.marijuanapolicyinmd.org.

The coalition supports the decriminalization of marijuana possession by adults and the full implementation of Maryland’s medical marijuana program that passed in 2013. The coalition is actively supporting the passage of three forms of legislation in the current session of Maryland’s General Assembly. While no legislation is perfect, this effort represents a necessary and welcome incremental advancement towards greater personal liberty for Maryland’s citizens. Read the rest of this entry »

Liberty Quotation of the Day: Compassion and Coercion

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Penn Jillette“It’s amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion.  Helping poor and suffering people yourself is compassion.  Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral self-righteous bullying laziness.  People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered.  If we’re compassionate, we’ll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right.  There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint.”

Penn Jillette

9 Days to the Maryland Libertarian Party Convention!

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Only 9 Days Left Until the Most Electrifying, Thought-Provoking, Paradigm-Shifting, Freedom-Powered Event on the East Coast: the Saturday, April 5th Maryland LP Convention

Speeches that Powerfully Change the Way You Look at Liberty, How You Think and Talk and Feel about Liberty, and What You Can Do to Advance and, perhaps, Achieve Liberty in Our Lifetimes

Speeches You Can’t Stop Talking About.

Skeptical? Think this might be Exaggeration or Hype?

Just Look at What’s Happening! Read the rest of this entry »

Liberty Quotation of the Day: The Harm Principle

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John Stuart Mill“The object of this Essay is to assert one very simple principle, as entitled to govern absolutely the dealings of society with the individual in the way of compulsion and control, whether the means used be physical force in the form of legal penalties, or the moral coercion of public opinion.  That principle is, that the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection.  That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others.  His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.  He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do so would be wise, or even right.  These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or persuading him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him, or visiting him with any evil in case he do otherwise. To justify that, the conduct from which it is desired to deter him, must be calculated to produce evil to some one else.  The only part of the conduct of any one, for which he is amenable to society, is that which concerns others.  In the part which merely concerns himself, his independence is, of right, absolute.  Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.”

John Stuart Mill, On Liberty [1869]