Liberty Slate is a collection of candidates ranked by their adherence to five core principles, their likelihood of winning, and the quality of their website. Recently, they coordinated a “moneybomb” for their slate of candidates.
Podcast: Congressional Pay, Debra Medina & Glenn Beck, Tea Party Convention, DC Snow, Guests: Valerie Meyers & Luke Brady
I know this seems like somewhat of a stupid question, especially given the magnitude and images of the human tragedy in Haiti, but it’s one that we should be asking nonetheless. Many of us would say “well of course we should be donating to the Haiti relief efforts; why wouldn’t we?” However, there are parts of libertarian philosophy and some libertarian thought leaders who would argue that not only do we have no obligation to donate to the relief efforts in Haiti, but that in fact we should not donate. Ayn Rand was anti-charity (remember the discussion of borrowing a friend’s car after Dagny Taggart first arrived in Galt’s Gulch), but the most eloquent defense of not donating to the Haiti relief came from one of my listeners via Facebook:
“We don’t owe Haiti anything. There is no moral obligation to aid a nation that squanders all it receives on meeting the “needs” of its people rather than developing the free market enterprises to become self-sustained.”
I will not argue about the obvious and numerous problems in Haiti; as GA-8 candidate Valerie Meyers pointed out to me (also on Facebook), the United States has sent $46 billion in foreign aid to Haiti in the last 35 years. Obviously, Haiti has had bad leadership (which the people have, at the very least, not opposed) and there is no such thing as a free market, as made evident by the recent story about cruise ships still docking in Haiti after the earthquake (providing jobs for Haitians via a small tourism industry, which should be strong considering its geography):
In a special podcast, Jason and Brett interview Valerie Meyers, as she discusses her campaign, issues, and her candidacy. Meyers is currently a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in Georgia’s 8th Congressional District.
This special edition podcast is the second in a series devoted to showcasing liberty candidates nationwide. Meyers talks about her liberty-focused campaign against an incumbent “Blue Dog” Democrat in Georgia and several fellow GOP candidates in the primary.
I’ve never been a big reader. Of course, I read a lot for research for what I write here on the blog, but apparently it’s not the same as reading books. Recently I’ve noticed that my writing is better when I’m reading, so I’m going to make an attempt at reviewing one book a month in an effort to keep myself reading.
This first review is of How to Run for Office on a Liberty Platform, a collection of advice submitted by liberty candidates from the last couple of years. I found out about this book when I heard Gigi Bowman on my friend Valerie Meyers’ internet radio show.
Basic premise of the book. It’s an interesting idea: collect bits of wisdom from similar candidates, compile it, organize it, and share it for others’ benefit.
What I liked. It’s a well-organized book, the information from the candidates is broken up into small pieces so it’s easy to pick up and read a little at a time. Most of the information is very valuable, though sometimes contrary (one candidate says not to waste time going door-to-door while another says it’s the best way to meet voters). A few of the candidates really stood apart from the others, and if I were planning a run for office, I’d contact them directly for more input on how to run for office.