May 2008


Hi all,

Its official, i recieved the nomination and endorsement from the NY County GOP and will be running for NY Assembly D72 as a Republican. Below is a small excerept from my 20 minute speech that nailed my nomination.

Lets start with a call to action. It is now time for the democrats to step down and get a real job! As mentioned by my fellow republican candidates, this is a turning point for the republican party in new york. A lot of people are not happy with what government has given them and in many instances have become apathetic. They feel government does not hold the answer, but what is the alternative?

 

The message of limited government, freedom of choice, individuals in control of the economy and the ability to keep the fruits of their labor have begun to resonate among the population. Need only to look at the un-expected appeal of Ron Pauls campaign and that he finished second behind McCain in my district.

 

Empowering the people with a message of personal responsibility and self reliance will draw them to the Republican party. This is not just a republican message, but an American message.

 

I am running because I do not like what are government is handing our future generations in New York. A government of more regulation, higher taxes, fewer choices, more debt and in turn less prosperity. This frustrates me, especially when the only solutions I see are more government and expanding the welfare state which can only put us on a road to serfdom.

 

Where do we start? Education. The bureaucrats have given us a elementary and secondary school system ranked 17 among 30 developed nations.  While in math, even worse, only 4 nations faired worse. Education is the number one reason for the inequality in income gaps, certainly affecting the minorities unfairly. Educating one’s children should be left to the parents, teachers and the community, not the dysfunction in Washington.

 

Regarding future job growth, the next “industrial revolution” is in intellectual and conceptual property which requires a pool of workers trained highly in science and math. Manufacturing jobs are not returning and soon a lot of service jobs will follow. These are the truths relating to a global market place. We need to better prepare our students in science and math or NY will loose its competitiveness in the global market. The prosperity of all new Yorkers are at stake

 

I plan on presenting bold initiatives to address the needed changes.

 

  1. Adopt a competitive salary range for math and science teachers, move away from the flat pay system.
  2. Competition (freedom of choice) in schools with vouchers, more charter schools and tax credits.
  3. Remove formal barriers to teacher certification and enhance the teacher fellowship program.
  4. More teacher/administrator accountability. Track teacher and student performance and make the achievement of tenure more difficult.
  5. Need to address the bottom quarter of poor performing teachers and remove them from the system.

 I am ready to confront Mr. Espailat on the challenges facing the future of NY and the people of district 72. I will offer voters a breath of fresh air and hope.  I will ensure them that I will not continue to subsidize poverty, I’ll let them use their creativity to build a brighter future and remind them that government simply is here to protect their individual rights and their property.

 

then i spoke about my self and took questions from the district leaders present which i spoke more on addtional issues such as small business, health care, housing and the ever popular MTA. It went very well, some mentioned they havent seen such a conservative candidate in some time. Thats Right! Time to send a true conservative to Albany. A Republican in NYC, wont be easy, but I plan on presenting a “in your face” relentless campaign. Let the fun begin!

 

Thank you.

With summer on our doorstep, Im sure we all have time to do some reading on the beach. There are answers to our problems other than governmnent and in the below reading list you shall find them. Enjoy!

Davey Crockett’s “Not Yours To Give” –  http://www.house.gov/paul/nytg.htm

James Bovard’s Liberty vs. Democracy – http://www.fee.org/pdf/the-freeman/July-Aug%2006%20Bovard.pdf  (spolier alert: liberty wins, LIBERTY WINS… take.. me out… to the… ballgaaaame….)
 

 

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
Human Action by Mises

Ron Paul’s Revolutioin a Manifesto

Conscience of a Conservative – B. Goldwater
History of Money and Banking by Rothbard

Democracy:  the god that failed    – Hoppe
Ethics of liberty    -Rothbard
Machinery of Freedom     -D Friedman

Tom Paine: Common Sense and The Crisis

Douglas Hyde: Dedication and Leadership

Faustino Ballve: Essentials of Economics

Andrew Bacevich: American Empire

Ron Paul: Foreign Policy of Freedom

Justin Raimondo: Reclaiming the American Right

Friedrich Hayek: Road to Serfdom

Rothbard: America’s Great Depression

Albert Nock: Our Enemy, the State

Chalmers Johnson: Blowback

Mises: Liberalism

Rothbard: Man, Economy and State

Hoppe: Democracy: The God that Failed

Michael Scheur: Imperial Hubris

Robert Pape: Dying to Win

Alan Greenspan: Age of Turbulence

 

 

 

 

  What Has Government Done to Our Money? by Dr. Murray N. Rothbard

This first one is still the best introduction to money I’ve come across, and with the situation constantly going on around us, I think it’ll be indispensable in the future.  Follow-ups to this work will be listed at the end.*  It’s quite a bit longer than most of the entries on this list.

 2.  “I, Pencil” by Leonard Read

     http://www.econlib.org/LIBRARY/Essays/rdPncl1.html (and many other URLs)

 Along with Rothbard’s money tract I tend to recommend this one to everyone.  This short essay is usually used as a beginner’s work.  Something meant to open people up to the concept of the invisible hand, and undirected, spontaneous order.  With this base one can continue on in a discussion about the possibilities of an undirected world.

 3.  “The Philosophy of Liberty” flash video presentation from ISIL.

     http://www.isil.org/resources/introduction.swf

 Something simple.  The video is based on a piece by Ken Schoolland (The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible).  Without getting into fine philosophical detail, this little video presents the libertarian message with concision and accuracy.  If people view this they can usually understand the way you think if not agree with you.  So long as they understand, there’s something to build on.

 4.  “patterns” a blog post by iceberg18 (a well written individual blog from a NYC Rothbardian)

    http://iceberg18.blogspot.com/2007/07/todays-mises.html

 I include this one as a launching pad for helping folks understand the case against so-called “intellectual property.”  Now, there are some libertarians out there who support forms of IP like copyrights, patents, and trademarks (e.g. Randians), but there are probably just as many who fight them as a form of government granted monopoly.

 5.  “Do We Ever Really Get Out of Anarchy?” by Dr. Alfred G. Cuzán

     http://uwf.edu/govt/facultyforums/OutofAnarcy.pdf

 6.  La Loi (known as The Law in English) by Claude Frederic Bastiat

     http://bastiat.org/en/the_law.html (and many other URLs)

 Works well for the minarchist, and for the anarchist.  Bastiat gives his theoretical defense for government that has no more powers than any individual.  Some might call that radical minarchism, or some might call that anarchism.  Though this work has been around for about 160 years now, it is relevant everyday.  This is probably the longest piece on the list of Reads.

 7.  L’etat (known as either The State in English, or The Government) by Claude Frederic Bastiat

     http://bastiat.org/en/government.html (and many other URLs)

 A quote should serve well, “Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”

 8.  “The Only Path to Tomorrow” by Ayn Rand

     http://fare.tunes.org/liberty/library/toptt.html

 This is a great little essay by a relatively young Rand.  She hadn’t given over to the Rightist/Conservative/Proto-Fascists just yet, and she voiced clear support for individualism against collectivism.  Not an unsullied anarchist piece, but very respectable nonetheless.

 9.  How Government Solved the Health Care Crisis by Roderick Long

     http://libertariannation.org/a/f12l3.html

 No list of mine would be complete without some contributions from Roderick Long.  This one is specifically on the Fascist medical system in America today, and how an older and better alternative was destroyed by the state.  This is also one of the pamphlets in William Gillis’ Market Anarchist series.

 10.  Punishment vs. Restitution: A Formulation by Roderick Long

      http://libertariannation.org/a/f12l2.html

 Necessary reading in my opinion.  Just what are the implications of the libertarian principle of non-aggression in regards to criminals and crime?  The piece includes a denouncement of punishment, and argues for a system of justice based on restitution as the only one compatible with libertarian principles.  This piece in combination with Rothbard’s “Punishment and Proportionality” can make one absolutely livid with rage when thinking about today’s “justice system” (more aptly systematized injustice).

 11.  A Four-Step Health-Care Solution by Hans-Hermann Hoppe

       http://www.mises.org/freemarket_detail.aspx?control=279

 A second healthcare/medical services entry.  This is one of my favorite short pieces by Hoppe.  Clearly written, easily understood, concise, to the point.

 12.  “Government Medical ‘Insurance'” by Dr. Murray N. Rothbard
      
http://www.mises.org/econsense/ch20.asp

 Continuing on a medical theme I include chapter 20 of Rothbard’s Making Economic Sense, in which he discusses the problems with modern medical insurance.

 13.  Gun Control and the War on Drugs” by Anthony Gregory

      http://www.fff.org/freedom/fd0502e.asp

 An excellent little write up by Anthony Gregory, highlighting the fact that not only do the two have shared origins, they are to the libertarian, different variations of the same tune.  Share this with those who support one and not the other to show them their inconsistency.

 15.  Inside the Martial Law Act of 2006″ by James Bovard

      http://www.counterpunch.org/bovard01092008.html

 Yet another update on where America is now, from the indispensable Jim Bovard.  With the erosion of Habeas Corpus protection, the near elimination of the Insurrection Act and the Posse Comitatus Act, the existence of near universal government spying, the legitimation of torture as a tactic, prison camps for enemies of the state, seizure laws reversing the presumption of innocence, a court dedicated to the presumption of constitutionality, and government intervention at every level and in every facet of Americans’ everyday life, the stage is already set for dictatorship, totalitarianism, tyranny, despotism, etc.  In fact, it might already be here in hiding.  Read some Bovard, get informed.

 

1.  Economics for Real People by Gene Callahan

     http://www.mises.org/books/econforrealpeople.pdf

 Specifically an introduction to Austrian econ, but he explains in such clarity regular economic concepts that this is a pretty good general work as well.

 2.  The Concise Guide To Economics by Jim Cox

     http://www.conciseguidetoeconomics.com/

 Lots of short entries on important topics of economics.  Great for just looking things up.

 3.  Capitalism: A Treatise on Economics by Dr. George Reisman

     http://www.capitalism.net/Capitalism/CAPITALISM_Internet.pdf

 George Reisman’s magnum opus.  It’s honestly too enormous to recommend that someone read through, so this is definitely a resource book.  A textbook even.  While Reisman is a statist he’s probably of the least offensive variety.  An inductee of the Randian cult through and through, you can hear Rand’s words come out of his mouth.  Even the title of the book is an ode to Rand (see the first sentence of Rand’s book Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal).

 4.  The Case for Free Trade and Open Immigration edited by R. Ebeling and J. Hornberger

     http://www.amatecon.com/etext/cftoi/cftoi.html

 More necessary reading in my opinion.  Unlike some other so-called libertarians and so-called anarchists Ebeling, Hornberger, the other authors whose essays are included in this collection, and all classical liberals have uphold the traditional libertarian position of open immigration (not managed and centrally planned immigration), and free trade (not managed and centrally planned trade).  This book is made up of essays by several authors, so one can pick and choose whichever sections one wants to read.  I even have chapters 6, 7, 18, 21, and 22 if anyone would like them (as they’re not included).  The Ebeling-Hornberger team also produced The Dangers of Socialized Medicine.  So if you like these essay collection books and the style that the editors edit with check that out as well.

 5.  Man, Economy, and State with Power and Market by Dr. Murray N. Rothbard
    
http://www.mises.org/rothbard/mes.asp

 Of course I was going to include Rothbard’s magnum opus.  Also designed as a college textbook, this is definitely in the resource section.  It’s gargantuan in size and scope.  Intended to supersede Mises’ Human Action as the authoritative Austrian/praxeological book (and Mises admitted that it had), it’s been the center of much of Austrian Economic studies since its publication.

 

 

 

 

A look back at some good times on the Ron Paul campaign leading up to the NH Primary. Enjoy!