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Adam Kokesh to Speak at Liberty Sessions
Liberty Sessions welcomes Author and Liberty Activist Adam Kokesh
Liberty Sessions was formed by a few members of the Ascension Parish/EBR PECs for the purpose of spreading the ideals that the Libertarian party was founded on. Each month they take a single hot button issue and present the libertarian take on it. By first giving a small introduction to the Non Aggression Principle, they construct the setting for the topic at hand and get the audience to view the issue through the microscope of self ownership and the NAP so as to come to the libertarian position on the issue. The goal is not necessarily get everyone to agree, although ideally that would be great, but to at least give an understanding on how we reach our positions and give people a little insight on the principles that make up the “party of principle”. After a brief speech, Liberty Sessions breaks into discussion groups with a set of questions for each group to answer or inspire fruitful discussion.
So far, Liberty Sessions has touched on topics such as the negatives of prohibition in general (food, drug/alcohol, and guns), 2nd amendment, marriage equality, and marijuana legalization. Some future topics are jury nullification and the social safety net.
While Liberty Sessions has seen an increase in attendance over the last month or two, they certainly would love to see more participation from registered libertarians in the area as well as non registered guests. They advertise on Facebook mostly so check them out at: https://www.facebook.com/louisianalibertysessions
This month will
be a very special one, at least in the eyes of the planning committee and
founding members, as we welcome a special guest. Adam Kokesh is a well known
figure in the liberty movement and has recently released his first book
“Freedom” in which has been used as a tool for liberty sessions. They also have
purchased a couple of hundred to hand out to our newly registered brethren. Adam
was a TV show host on RT, ran for Congress in 2010, and is currently
continuing his activism as a podcaster, author and currently is on a national
speaking tour to spread the message of liberty.
Please join us on Wednesday, May 27th at 7:00 PM in Baton Rouge at The Londoner for what we hope to be a great event!
New Orleans LP has mixed support for moves on UberX
While we agree with and appreciate Councilwoman Susan Guidry’s proposed move to allow the Uber ride sharing company to expand operations to include UberX in New Orleans, we cannot support the onerous requirements that the city would like to impose on the enterprise. Requiring a $100,000 start up fee along with prohibiting operations around Louis Armstrong airport and area hotels, as well as asset seizures for rule infractions amounts to simple protectionism for the Taxicab Bureau and as such the Orleans Parish Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party would like to encourage the Council to remove these restrictions and help make the transportation market as free as possible.
The Libertarian Party supports Uber drivers along with all the other businesses which seek to peacefully take part in voluntary trade with the public. While there are risks to engaging with any business from taxis to tailors and everyone in between, we believe that informed customers are in the best position to make decisions regarding these risks. We support Councilwoman Guidry on moving forward, understand her reticence and care in dealing with this issue, and welcome all progress towards free market solutions to our transportation needs.
Competition amongst service providers should improve conditions and increase choices for consumers and help keep our local economy strong.
New Orleans Libertarians Not Pleased With Smoking Ban
This infringement on the liberty of business owners and patrons alike is a violation of the spirit of personal choice. There were well over 100 non-smoking entertainment venues prior to passing this ban where those that choose not to be around smoke could vote with their dollars. The city government has now decided that they know better than the private citizen how to live their lives and what decisions they should make pertaining to their personal health. Rest assured that further infringements on your freedom to choose will be forthcoming as long as people continue to ignore these little bites of “progress” in the name of The Greater Good.