Let’s Register An Alberta Libertarian Party

To register an Alberta Libertarian Party requires 7,868 acceptable signatures or candidates in at least half of the 87 electoral districts.  Go to the Contact Form in the menu above and enter your contact information.  When we get enough people on board, we will start the process of registering the party.

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The first contact was recorded 27 Apr 2016. As of 21:00 10 May 2016 we have 1 contact.

Money, Banking, and Government

Money is useful or more correctly, essential, as a medium of exchange in a free enterprise, capitalistic economy. This type of economy has a large number of products and services, and a high degree of specialization. Consequently, people are occupied with their specialized work and don’t have time or means to produce all the products and services that they need and want. People exchange their specialized work for money and then use this money to exchange for the results of other people’s work. Money represents productive work and it is illegal and illegitimate to make money by non-productive means called counterfeiting. Counterfeit money does not represent productive work so that if it mixes in the money supply, the counterfeit money will dilute the value of the money representing productive work. This is a form of stealing and a violation of the property rights of everyone whose money has been devalued. Fractional banking is legal and consists of lending more than the bank has on reserve. These loans do not represent productive work since they are simply numbers added to an account balance. These loans enter the money supply and dilute or devalue the money. The difference between devaluation due to fractional banking and counterfeiting by private individuals, is that fractional banking is legal, illegitemate, and the scale is so large as to render the devaluation due to private counterfeiting irrelevant. Besides legalizing fractional banking, governments also engage in a manipulation of money to monetize debt. In this process, the government incurs an obligation and pays for it by printing money. Once again, this money does not represent productive work, will enter the money supply, and devalue the money. And again this is legal, illegitemate, and on a grand scale. The devaluation of money by fractional banking and government money manipulation is easy to do with fiat money which has no commodity base. Fiat money is simply paper supported by legal tender laws. The value of fiat money is not tied to anything like a precious metal, so the amount of fiat money can be increased at will. It is the people doing productive work that lose due to the devaluation of money. People tend to pay more for products and services over time, not because these things are worth more, but rather because the money is worth less. In a truly free enterprise economy, things get cheaper as the capital expands. Consider the difference between digging a hole with your bare hands or using a shovel or using a backhoe. Capital is productive resources and as people accumulate these resources they become more efficient and productive so that the cost of what they are producing decreases and things become cheaper. Computers have come down in price even in the midst of money devaluation. The computers are more dramatic because it is emerging technology. Gasoline priced in gold is cheaper in 2014 than it was in 1960. We should have stable money that keeps its value and fairly represents the productive work for which people are paid. This is possible if the devaluation of money by fractional banking and government money manipulation is illegal just like counterfeiting by individuals.

Minimum Wage Laws

A wage is a price that employers are willing to pay for an employee. Prices are subject to the law of demand. We have all seen the effect of demand where a price goes up and people buy less or a price goes down and people buy more. Setting a minimum wage increases the price to employ a whole group of people which will eventually result in an increase in unemployment including those persons who will now give up on the job market and are not counted in government unemployment numbers. Employers will adjust the way they run their businesses by changing the duties of a fewer number of employees or perhaps by introducing capital assets so a fewer number of employees can be more productive. People work for low wages because their lack of skills and experience puts them at that level of productivity. The way to increase productivity and the associated wage level is to increase skills and experience. The first step to increased productivity is to gain skills and experience in a low paying job, a step that is not available for many due to minimum wage laws. Many politicians and their supporters think the minimum wage is compassionate while in fact it consigns many to despair of being able to work. One does wonder about the sincerity of politicians since they increase the minimum wage a few dollars rather than to something like thirty dollars. Minimum wage laws are a prime example of the untended consequences of government intervention in the economy where those it is supposed to help are actually hurt.

Government does NOT create jobs

I have noticed in the press that once again government is saying that they are creating jobs. If government returning tax funds to the private sector creates jobs, then when the taxes are taken out of the private sector, jobs are destroyed. It would be more accurate to say that government is restoring previously destroyed jobs in the private sector while incurring administrative costs in taking the taxes out and then putting them back in. The next worst thing the government does is destroy productive jobs in the private sector and replace them with productive jobs in the public sector which are less effective due to bureaucratic management. The next worst thing the government does is destroy productive jobs in the private sector and replace them with unproductive jobs in the public sector. The next worst thing the government does is destroy productive jobs in the private sector and replace them with bureaucratic waste and inefficiency. Canadian governments take over 40% of the annual private sector income in taxes which is a tremendous loss in potential investment and the associated employment. Governments ignore the negative effect they have on the economy. When a government claims to be creating jobs either they are dishonest or they do not understand the impact of taxes on the economy. The truth is that the net effect of governments is to destroy jobs. Robert McFadzean

Four Reasons to Vote Libertarian

Check this out; especially the fourth reason which both Tim and I think is the most important one. It has to do with integrity in that we are all libertarians in our private lives, but we support something entirely different as voters.

Federal Election 2015

Please support libertarian candidates in the current 2015 federal election.  If we could elect even one libertarian in this election, it would give a big boost to the libertarian cause here in Alberta.  Even a good showing in this election will be advantageous and help to get our provincial party going.  Here are candidates who are running:

  • Calgary Forest Lawn – Matt Badura
  • Calgary Heritage – Steven  Paolasini
  • Calgary Nose Hill – Edward  Gao
  • Calgary Signal Hill – Tim Moen
  • Edmonton Griesbach – Maryna  Goncharenko
  • Edmonton Mill Woods – Allen K.W.  Paley
  • Edmonton Riverbend – Steven Lack
  • Edmonton Strathcona – Malcolm Stinson
  • Edmonton West – Alexander Dussault
  • Edmonton – Wetaskiwin – Brayden Whitlock
  • Foothills – Cory Morgan
  • Fort McMurray – Cold Lake – Scott Berry
  • Grande Prairie – MacKenzie – Dylan Thompson
  • Lakeland – Robert George McFadzean
  • Peace River – Westlock – Jeremy Sergeew
  • Red Deer – Mountain View – James Walper
  • Sherwood Park – Fort Saskatchewan – Steven Burry
  • Yellowhead – Cory Lystang

 

Our Culture of Freedom

The word libertarian is derived from liberty which is synonymous with freedom. We were taught and learned as children that the way to get along with others and have fun together was to not hit, or be bossy, or mess with their stuff. The same principle continues to work among adults; we respect the right of others to conduct their lives as they choose, and use their possessions as they choose. We live in a culture of freedom. People work together, buy and sell, attend their various churches or no church, and cooperate in other community organizations. There is peace and prosperity. And when some among us violate the principle of respect for the person and possessions of others, there is less peace and prosperity. Libertarians get involved in politics because they would like to see the same culture of freedom apply in government as it does in their communities. Governments legislate regulations which dictate what people can and cannot do. Such regulations are illegitimate since the people sending representatives to government, have no authority to make these regulations. Forcing people to abide by government regulations is tyranny and is immoral. Government regulations violate the inalienable right of people to decide for themselves what they will do. Government regulations are illegitimate, immoral, and just plain wrong. Taxation is also something that people have no authority to do among themselves. Consequently, people cannot authorize government representatives to tax. Taxation is taking other people’s property under threat of violence which is immoral. Taxation wrongly violates a person’s inalienable right to property. Taxation is also illegitimate, immoral, and just plain wrong. Government regulation and taxation stand in stark contrast to the culture of freedom in our private lives. The libertarian objective is to make government operate according to our culture of freedom rather than in opposition to it. Robert McFadzean

Liberty and Property Rights

Liberty is based on property right. Property means a person’s body and their legitimately owned possessions. Right means that a person has the responsibility to choose what they do with themselves and their possessions and be accountable for those choices. Property right also means that a person can defend themselves and their possessions against aggression. Property right is an inalienable right. Inalienable means that it is part of being a live person and cannot be taken away. It is a God given or natural right. No government has the authority to grant or retract property rights. Property right does not mean that a person can do whatever they want without respect or consideration for the property rights of others. If a person could choose to assault another and that was acceptable, then property rights would have no value. Property rights can only be useful when most everyone avoids violating the property rights of other people. In a free and just society with property rights, when a person’s property right is violated, the violator loses their property right to the extent that they must compensate for or make whole the property that they violated. Most people in Canada have experience with property rights. Most Canadians do not fear that they are going to be assaulted or have their possessions stolen. They have been taught as they grew up to respect property rights and that it is wrong to harm others or to steal their things. This is the basis of the freedom we enjoy in Canada. This freedom is the result of how Canadians treat each other. The police can help with those who violate property rights, but there would not be enough police in a society that doesn’t recognize property rights. When the culture of a country does not teach and abide by property rights, the police will be as corrupt as everyone else. Governments cannot coerce people to be free. Freedom and the associated prosperity is the result of a people with a culture of property rights. Robert McFadzean

Who Is To Blame For Taxes?

Previously I explained why taxation is wrong and immoral even though it is legal.  Who is to blame?  It is human nature to want to blame someone else like our politicians and/or bureaucrats, but you and I are to blame.  The people in government are citizens like the rest of us and it is we the citizens who give our assent to the tax and spend form of government whether we do so actively or passively.  If we agree that taxation is wrong and do nothing about it, then we sustain taxation by default. Most political parties have a tax and spend platform.  Only libertarians take a different approach to government.  The libertarian platform is liberty meaning that a person has the right to live as they choose and use of their legitimately owned possessions as they choose.  The only proper role of government is to protect the liberty of its citizens.  More on that later.  Consider taking an active part in getting rid of taxes and supporting liberty by joining together in the libertarian movement. Robert McFadzean

Government Authority and Taxation

Government has no authority to tax its citizens.  Authority is used here in the sense of having the right to do something.  The right to do something could be an inalienable right like the right to life which means that a person has the authority to defend themselves.  The right to do something could also be authorized as when a person hires a security guard to protect their property. Government is organized to serve its citizens.  Taxation is taking possessions from citizens by force backed up by police power.  No citizen has the right or authority to take another citizen’s possessions which is called stealing or robbery.  Citizens cannot authorize their government to tax because they have no such right themselves.  Taxation is similar to armed robbery in that it is taking another person’s possessions by force.  The difference is that the armed robber cares nothing about subtlety and  legality whereas the government passes legislation to make taxation legal.   Taxation may be legal, but it is immoral and absolutely wrong. There is more that needs to be said about this, but for now let me emphasize that I am not advocating rebellion against our governments, nor suggesting that we should not pay our taxes.  Taxation is the legal law of the land.  I am suggesting that we should fix the wrong headed thinking that gives us tax and spend government. Robert McFadzean