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Title: How Elected Libertarians Are Making the World More Free
Source: Reason
URL Source: https://reason.com/archives/2018/07 ... ed-libertarians-are-making-the
Published: Jul 14, 2018
Author: Matt Welch
Post Date: 2018-07-16 06:37:42 by Deckard
Keywords: None
Views: 96
Comments: 13

From occupational licensing reform to legalizing beer-drinking on stage, elected Libertarians are doing some pretty interesting things

Brandon Phinney. ||| Brandon Phinney

What exactly do Libertarians do?

Wait — don't answer that. As someone who edited a small-l libertarian magazine for eight years, I know all your jokes: Libertarians are the people who lose (or spoil!) elections. They perform aesthetically challenging stripteases on CSPAN, conduct unfortunate personal experiments with colloidal silver. I GET IT.

But at least 169 of these exotic creatures also hold elected office across the country, from a broke, 19-year-old college student who sits on the Board of Assessment Appeals in tiny Cromwell, Conn., to the land commissioner for the state of New Mexico. And what these critics of government power are doing once they acquire it may provide a flicker of whimsical hope in these dark and fractious times.

Brandon Phinney, a 30-year-old Army vet who found libertarianism through Ron Paul, was elected to the 400-member New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2016 as a Republican. He then switched parties after discovering to his horror that elected GOP officials did not mean what they said about cutting the state budget.

"I didn't appreciate, and I'm sure my constituents wouldn't appreciate, that I would vote in favor of a bill that was contrary to what I ran on," Phinney told me last week at the biennial Libertarian Party National Convention, in New Orleans. Ah, youth!

Phinney in New Hampshire does something I wish we'd see more of in California: He pores through the ever-expanding state code, looking for laws that are anachronistic, impossible to enforce, and/or just plain wrong. The he tries to remove them.

For instance, the Live Free or Die State had on its books for more than a century a prohibition against reusing glass milk-delivery bottles for any other substance besides milk. This bit of dairy industry protectionism wasn't exactly high on inspectors' things-to-fine list, but as Phinney explains, "Anything in a statute that has a financial penalty or a chance to get charged for a crime, it's something that I care about."

One of the country's few elected atheists, Phinney has played in a bunch of bands (including one called Godcrusher, because Libertarian), and that experience led to another discovery of legislative arcana: New Hampshire is one of the few states in the union where performers are barred from drinking alcohol on stage. Or I should say were, until Phinney tackled the problem.

"It may not be a big, sexy policy change," he said. "But to me, it actually helps the entertainment industry tremendously from not having that enforcement over their heads, not having to worry about the state coming in and screwing with their property."

Phinney faces his first reelection with an "L" next to his name this November, which will be an important early indication of whether the L.P. is able to protect, and thus lure more of, its recent converts from the two older parties.

Another key party switcher facing electoral challenge this year is Nebraska state Sen. Laura Ebke. Ebke, who transferred from the GOP to the L.P. two years ago over issues of civil liberties, achieved something this spring that libertarians have been talking about forever: occupational licensing reform.

Going forward, it won't be so easy for the Cornhusker State to strip business licenses from ex-convicts, impose onerous training requirements instead of periodic inspections, or add new professions to the 172 occupations that currently require the state government's blessing. Like Phinney's bills, Ebke's passed with overwhelming bipartisan — nay, tripartisan — support.

"Most of the co-sponsors are Republicans," she told Reason in April, but "the fact that I'm not a Republican allows some of the more liberal members of the body to come and talk to me."

Having Libertarians play the honest, respected brokers between Dems and Repubs may seem far-fetched, depending on your operating caricature of libertarians' interpersonal skills. But that's just what Mayor Jeff Hewitt has done in Calimesa.

The swing vote on a split city council, Hewitt, a garrulous former swimming pool digger, convinced his small town to tackle one of California's biggest problems: The unsustainability of public sector pensions. Instead of contracting fire services from unwieldy Riverside County, with its top-down engine-staffing rules and defined-benefit pensions, Calimesa under Hewitt's tutelage opted out and created its own tiny fire department, saving taxpayers a bundle.

Now Hewitt is running for a spot on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. He's running neck and neck with Russ Bogh heading into November.

The Libertarian Party needs, and is finally getting, some demonstration projects about how to govern better. Getting more Jeff Hewitts in more important positions could transform the little party that couldn't into not just the country's leading third party (which it is already), but also a bloc that can at long last change the behavior of the top two.

"The Libertarian Party doesn't need any more principle, doesn't need any more platform — it's got great ideas," Hewitt said. "Now, how do you implement them? We obviously elect officials."

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

For instance, the Live Free or Die State had on its books for more than a century a prohibition against reusing glass milk-delivery bottles for any other substance besides milk. This bit of dairy industry protectionism wasn't exactly high on inspectors' things-to-fine list, but as Phinney explains, "Anything in a statute that has a financial penalty or a chance to get charged for a crime, it's something that I care about."

If you want to show libertarians are idiots this would be an example.

First what a waste of time there is no milk delivery bottles anymore.

Second it is a lie that it is to protect the dairy industry. It is so you don't put something harmful in the bottle and later use it to get milk in.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-07-16   7:57:01 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#0)

One of the country's few elected atheists, Phinney has played in a bunch of bands (including one called Godcrusher, because Libertarian),

Atheists are not smart people. It is telling that atheism and libertarianism go hand in hand. Libertarians say do whatever you want and satanists say do what thou wilt.

Libertarianism in it's pure form is divorced from morality.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-07-16   8:00:10 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

The Libertarian Party doesn't need any more principle

Lol

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-07-16   8:02:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: A K A Stone (#2)

Atheists are not smart people. It is telling that atheism and libertarianism go hand in hand.

I bet you believe that there are no conservative atheists.

Or conservative queers.

Or conservative pot smokers.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Trump: My People Should ‘Sit Up in Attention’ Like Kim Jong-un’s Staff.

Deckard  posted on  2018-07-16   8:31:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Deckard, A K A Stone, misterwhite, GrandIsland, Tooconservative (#0)

Oh my God ...

You have discovered a lowly never-before-heard-of obscure libertarian who as a nondescript member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives that you believe makes “Makes the World More Free” simply by getting rid of an obscure non-enforced law about reusing milk bottles and now wants to change another law to allow performers to drink alcohol on stage.

How can you possibly be so stupid as to post this article to show “How Elected Libertarians Are Making the World More Free?”

Then, to cause even greater indignation and disgust...this offensive little POS is an ATHEISTS who did not grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18 KJV).

Brandon Phinney was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives as a Republican. There, he became notable in atheist circles as the only openly atheist Republican legislator in the United States. On June 27, 2017 he announced in a press conference that he had changed his party affiliation to Libertarian. I suppose he switched after he discovered “his” Lord and Saviour, Ron Paul.

This article in no way shows “How Elected Libertarians Are Making the World More Free.” What it does further show is how totally insignificant and completely morally bankrupt libertarians are.

What you have done in posting this artist is to step in your own shit when you only read the title of this article and then blindly posted it on LF without ever carefully reading the content to prove that Christianity and Libertarianism are incompatible and they will forevermore be.

You are without question the biggest doofus anyone could ever find.

BTW - To paraphrase General George Patton: “Deckard, you magnificent bastard, you unconsciously did my work for me today.” And I sincerely thank you for this since I probably could not have found a better article to expose how corrupt the libertarianism philosophy is.

ROTFLMAO ...

Gatlin  posted on  2018-07-16   8:51:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Deckard, A K A Stone (#4)

Atheists are not smart people. It is telling that atheism and libertarianism go hand in hand.

I bet you believe that there are no conservative atheists.

Or conservative queers.

Or conservative pot smokers.

Ah, you are attempting to use the old “look over here” fallacy.

Hey, Bud....it won’t work.

The best thing you can do at this point is just STFU and try to let this all go away.

Nah, on second thought....keep on showing your ignorance for everyone to see.

Gatlin  posted on  2018-07-16   9:04:13 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: Deckard, tater libertarians, ghey commie antifa (#0)

Join, or die beneath the Canary boot.

hondo68  posted on  2018-07-16   9:19:16 ET  (1 image) Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: hondo68 (#7) (Edited)

Join, or die beneath the Canary boot.

Did Gatlin/Parsons post more of his fascism?

Funny, I didn't notice.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Trump: My People Should ‘Sit Up in Attention’ Like Kim Jong-un’s Staff.

Deckard  posted on  2018-07-16   9:41:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: Deckard (#8)

Funny, I didn't notice.
Not funny that you notice so very little about reality, as you continue to stumble blindly down the pathway of your misguided libertarian life.

Gatlin  posted on  2018-07-16   10:05:03 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Deckard (#9)

I still can’t get over it....how you could possibly have posted an article exposing how stupid a libertarian politician is and show him as a atheist who whose peak accomplishment is getting a law off the books that prevents the reuse of milk bottles.

What in the Hell were you thinking when you posted this article? Or better to say, why didn’t you read the article and THINK before you posted such an expose.

You shouldn’t let a mete typo distract you so much. It obviously overloaded your one-channel mind and caused it to short-circuit.

Still....LAMO.

Gatlin  posted on  2018-07-16   14:34:37 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Deckard (#10)

Hey, do you have any more libertarian politicians “who are making the world more free” with being able to reuse milk bottles that you want to tell everyone about?

I am still laughing about the last one ...

Maybe Stoner can help you find one....he is just as gullible as you.

Oh, never mind....he is has his tongue stuck up Liberator’s ass. They have a “kissy- kissy thing” going on and should not be interrupted right now.

Gatlin  posted on  2018-07-16   17:04:57 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Stoner (#0)

Phinney has played in a bunch of bands (including one called Godcrusher, because Libertarian), and that experience led to another discovery of legislative arcana: New Hampshire is one of the few states in the union where performers are barred from drinking alcohol on stage.

Ever run into a situation like this in your musician days?

None of the several states I've played in have had laws like this one.

Never was a big drinker, and most of the guys I played with weren't either, especially onstage.

But having a beer or cocktail to nurse through three sets really helps to relax.

“Truth is treason in the empire of lies.” - Ron Paul

Trump: My People Should ‘Sit Up in Attention’ Like Kim Jong-un’s Staff.

Deckard  posted on  2018-07-16   17:12:12 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: Deckard (#0)

But at least 169 of these exotic creatures also hold elected office across the country

What do any of these exotic creatures have to do with international relations, making the whole wide world more free?

How do the acts of any of these exotic creatures affect matters outside their state or local area?

nolu chan  posted on  2018-07-16   17:21:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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