The Three Languages of Arts and Cultural Funding
: It is a truth universally acknowledged that the public funding of arts and culture will cause political strife. Reasonable people just do not agree on this, and can be surprisingly quick to accuse others of ideological warmongering.
An Australian application of The Three Languages of Politics
[interview: podcast and transcript] by Arnold Kling
Via The Conversation
The defense of the illiberal activities of the actually-existing state cuts across superficial partisan lines, and the dominant political philosophy of both American parties is a venerable ideology of realpolitik imperial supremacy that deploys the rhetoric of liberalism as pacifying propaganda and recasts the completely mundane application of basic liberal-democratic principles–the kind at work in the activities of Wikileaks and Snowden–as irresponsibly adolescent, anarchical, and even libertarian (eww!) challenges to the very idea of the liberal state. “Liberal” apologists for the actually-existing criminal state spook actual liberals from the practice of actual liberalism by insinuating darkly that any doubts about the liberal legitimacy of the security state probably makes you a loathsome, possibly racist Paultard. Wil Wilkinson on why liberal critics of the "liberal" state seem "libertarian." [more inside]
Sick of all that socialism? Come to Somalia!
Who needs health care, the rule of law or a central government? It seems to be a pretty minimal state
, some Libertarians are eying it with interest
and others think it's doing very well for itself
. (via Fipi Lele)
the mysterious Shadow Candidate
for Shadow Senator
of the District of Columbia? Marx Cafe Bartender Damien Ober, kind of.
Ober wrote a series of campaign ads
(which can alternate between provocative, sophomoric, and simply creepy, depending on your point of view) in response to D.C.'s lack of congressional representation, and hired an actor to sit in the darkness portraying his unnamed candidate. After viewing the videos on youtube, however, the D.C. Libertarian Party has decided to give him a for-real shot at the for-fake position.
Soon, state delegates will meet in Denver to conclude a contentious competition
and nominate a presidential candidate. No, it's not the Democratic National Convention. It's time for the Libertarian National Convention
! Check out the schedule of events
and possible seminar topics
. Some find the very idea hilarious
. Others are watching with more serious interest
to see how the outcome may affect John McCain's campaign.
When Ron Paul email spam
started hitting inboxes in late October, UAB Computer Forensics
Directory Gary Warner published findings on the spam's textual patterns
and the illicit botnet used to spread it
-- findings which were picked up by media outlets and tech websites like Salon
, Ars Technica
, and Wired Magazine's "Threat Level" blog
, the latter in a set of followup posts by writer Sarah Stirland: 1
. [more inside]
Libertarians, the forgotten voters (pdf) For those on the trail of the elusive swing voter,
it may be most notable that the libertarian vote
shifted sharply in 2004. Libertarians preferred
George W. Bush over Al Gore by 72 to 20 percent,
but Bush’s margin dropped in 2004 to 59-38 over
John Kerry. Congressional voting showed a similar
swing from 2002 to 2004. Libertarians apparently
became disillusioned with Republican overspending,
social intolerance, civil liberties infringements,
and the floundering war in Iraq. If that trend continues
into 2006 and 2008, Republicans will lose
elections they would otherwise win. (via Andrew Sullivan)
The Libertarian candidate for the 24th District of the Kansas House was canvassing the local Mission, KS Arts and Eats festival, speaking with attendees and distributing campaign literature. Suddenly, a councilwoman approached him with a police officer and informed him he had to leave and would be charged with trespassing if he returned, an action which the Mayor has publicly denounced and has launched an investigation into.
1000 Angry Monkeys, Blogging About Politics...
The partisan political blogosphere
has been humming along nicely for the last several years. But where the progressive and conservative ideologies intersect, at technology, they can possibly be best categorized as libertarian
, particularly if limited to the development, growth, corporatization, regulation, and taxation of the internet. As such, there's much news worthy of our attention. More inside...
Green and Libertarian Presidential Candidates to Demand Ohio Recount. David Cobb
and Michael Badnarik,
the 2004 presidential candidates for the Green and Libertarian parties, today announced their intentions to file a formal demand for a recount of the presidential ballots cast in Ohio.
A Libertarian for Kerry.
John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the EFF
and a former campaign manager for Dick Cheney, is taking his libertarianism into the Democratic camp. "...we need something -- and I think it’s governmental -- to reregulate the market and make it free, because the multinationals have taken it away." (More inside).
With under four months left to the real election, the Atlas of Presidential Elections
is holding a mock election
(free registration required to vote), in which Libertarian candidate Michael Badnarik
holds a lead over John Kerry and George W. Bush. The real results may be a little bit different in November.
Meet the "righteous babes" of the Libertarian Party
In a welcome sign of new marketing savvy, North Carolina Libertarians have announced the "Ladies of Liberty" calendar
. The fundraising, uh, tool features Lib candidates from across the country in patriotic and Vargas girl [probably nsfw]
poses, and is the brainchild of the very
glamorous state House candidate Rachel Mills
. After her company's scandalous accounting
caused Playboy to come knocking
, Mills decided against using naked erotica as a campaign strategy, opting instead for a semi-clothed version. Don't get too excited, though; fellow state House candidate Jennifer Medlock says all of the women wear at least lingerie
. She herself stops at a modest tank top, shorts and boxing gloves.
elected to local office. Browne results similar to Reform party without benefit of matching funds.
It's a new day in America.
Critiques Of Libertarianism
is a good read. The kind of concerns raised on this light-hearted site is what keeps me off of the Libertarian party.