Federal Election October 2019

We have three federal candidates for the October 2019 election in Alberta:

Tim Moen in Calgary Confederation

Cory Lystang in Yellowhead

Robert McFadzean in Lakeland

Register the party forum

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

Robert McFadzean – Independent Candidate for Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainsright

This is Robert’s 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.)

If there are other libertarians that running as independent candidates, contact robertforliberty@gmail.com to have their candidacy announced here.

If there are other libertarians who are running as independent candidates, contact robertforliberty@gmail.com to have you candidacy announced here.

Constitution, By-Laws, Policy

I propose that the Alberta Libertarians adopt a modified version of the Libertarian Party of Canada (LPC) Constitution, By-Laws, and Statement of Policy.  These modified versions are now posted here and were modified to work for the Alberta provincial party.  The changes can be seen by looking for the strike-outs.

Last year a number of us tried to come up with these documents as the first step to forming an Alberta libertarian party.  It was a struggle and didn’t get completed.  I have been thinking that I am a member of the LPC and ran as a LPC candidate in the last federal election.  There are parts of the LPC documents that I don’t agree with, but I can live with it.  If I can live with it, maybe we can all live with it and move forward.  Post your thoughts on forum.albertalibertarian.ca

My Platform

Since we don’t seem to be able to get together to form the Alberta Libertarians, I will probably run as an independent in the next provincial election.  My main purpose in doing so is that I want to be able to vote for liberty rather than some variation of tax and regulate government.  This is the platform that I would run under:

  • I have no desire to dictate how other people’s income is used. Consequently, I would support any legislation that decreases or eliminates taxes and oppose any legislation that 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 taxpayers to reimburse me for expenses directly related to being an member of the legislative assembly. 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.)

Libertarianism is not Utopian

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

A Strategy to attain a Government for a Free Society

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.

New Party Name and Constitution

Our working group has established the name of the proposed party as “Alberta Libertarians”.  We have also agreed on a new version of the constitution which is on the page “Proposed Constitution”. Our next step is to draft a policy document.

Defining Capitalism

Capitalism is an economic system that uses a high degree of capital (or productive) assets, has a high degree of division of labour, and requires a medium of exchange. Capitalism started with what is called the industrial revolution and got a big boost with American independence and the spread of a greater amount of freedom and property right. Capitalism produces a myriad of products and services that sustain higher populations and reduce poverty. (Unfortunately, the term capitalism is misused to refer to political systems that grant privileges to large companies in violation of free enterprise and property rights.)

Subsistence agricultural and cottage industry is another type of economy that uses some capital assets, has some division of labour, and uses a medium of exchange along with barter. A hunter and gatherer economy uses few capital assets, little division of labour, and has largely self sufficient groups which which may or may not barter or use some medium of exchange.

The three types of economies described above can all exist in the same region at the same time although if capitalism is present, it will dominant the economy.

A capitalist economy can function in any form of government, but will be most effective where there is freedom and protection of property right. Socialist, fascist, and dictatorship forms of government restrict free enterprise and property right.  There is nothing stopping these forms of government from investing in productive assets, but they are subject to bureaucratic management which is less effective than private enterprise. Democracies are a mesh mash of socialism, fascism, dictatorship, and some property right all of which is subject to ineffective bureaucratic management.

The best form of government is a constitution that has laws that do no more nor less than protect the right of individuals to decide what they do with themselves and their possessions (property right) with provision to be made whole if that right is violated. All operations would be provided in the private sector where private ownership would avoid waste, the profit motive would provide low cost, efficient operations, innovation, and a high level of customer satisfaction, all in contrast to bureaucratic management. Under such a government, capitalism would flourish with peace and prosperity for all.

The Spirit of Liberty

Libertarians are often missing the “spirit of the law” of liberty which is showing respect and consideration for others. When a libertarian is disrespectful, there is not going to be a court case to determine damages.  What is going to happen is others are going to think of that person as a hypocrite and untrustworthy for upholding the principle of liberty. The libertarian may be thinking “who cares” or “suck it up”.  Such a dismissive attitude is not going to win friends and influence people.  The libertarian may think that they are going to live their life of liberty on their own, but that is not possible in our society with the current pervasive taxes and regulations.

The “letter of the law” of liberty (that everyone has property rights to choose what they do with themselves and their possessions (or the non-aggression principle)) is attractive to many people.  Those people will join the cause of liberty if they are not disgusted by libertarians who violate the “spirit of the law” of liberty by their disrespectful and inconsiderate conduct.

If you are a libertarian, please take this idea of the “spirit of the law” of liberty seriously.  Surely you want others to join you in the cause for liberty.