Libertarian Party Jurisprudence

Voters who have never read a party platform are told that to cast a vote on principle is to “waste your vote.” The verifiable fact is: your spoiler votes for Libertarian Party candidates repeal bad laws. Today’s example is a woman’s right to undo her unwanted pregnancy. How was that right asserted and made law? 

The LP legalized abortion

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The Libertarian Party Platform of June 17, 1972 said:

“We further support the repeal of all laws restricting voluntary birth control or voluntary termination of pregnancies during their first hundred days.”

LP Candidates were John Hospers and Tonie Nathan. Ours was the first viable party to field a lady candidate for vice-president and secure for her an electoral vote–12 years before the Dems finally followed our lead. The popular election was 7 November of 1972, and electoral votes were counted in December.

On January 22, 1973, 45 days after the electoral votes were counted the Supreme Court decided in ROE v. WADE:

“(a) For the stage prior to approximately the end of the first trimester, the abortion decision and its effectuation must be left to the medical judgment of the pregnant woman’s attending physician. …”

That most important part of the Supreme Court decision was a perfect logical paraphrasis of the Libertarian plank on abortion. Much effort was expended to distance the decision from the first three words of the 14th Amendment: “All persons born…” These three words speak to the rights of individuals, but were NOT the reason the court struck down coathanger abortion laws in states notorious for mystical bigotry. The Supreme court was manned by five Republicans and three Democrats, and had been mulling this case since the first baby steps toward organizing a Libertarian Party.

Already the LP.org was against military conscription–which had just coerced 58,000 Americans to their deaths in Vietnam, formerly a French opium regie. But the Supreme Court had already committed to that version of slavery and involuntary servitude for WWI. Republicans–white and Christian like the Germans who voted for National Socialism–were terrified. Republicans feared not communism, essentially the same thing as nationalsocialism, but the “activated atheism” they associated with the Communist faith. Republicans had reason to fear that the widows and girlfriends of the boys they’d sacrificed were ready for bloody vengeance at the polls. Democrats had ditched the Klan and voted Wet in the 1932 economic collapse, and made out very well. So Democratic Justices again betrayed Southern mystical bigotry by copying the Libertarian plank, as Dems had copied the Liberal party repeal plank to defeat Herbert Hoover and elect FDR.

Nixon had tried to crush the LP within 24 hours of its formation by using the IRS to bribe the media with tax money. That politician took office, gingerly stepping over the scorched relics of the usual looter opposition–Socialist, Socialist Labor, People’s, Prohibition and Communist party–but fearing the 3674 Libertarian votes. Those votes have since grown a thousand times and now total 4 million.

21x the Clout!

Winning is changing the laws. See original

Since 1971 the Libertarian Party has been the prime mover for deregulation, repeal of censorship, defense of individual rights, non-entanglement in foreign affairs and the general increase in freedom. We are the reason God’s Own Prohibitionists finally backed away from coercing gay voters before the recent election–and the appeal to laissez-faire has also spread to more than 20 countries. The only brutal dictatorships left on earth are governments that block libertarians from organizing into political parties. Think about that next time someone is tortured or beheaded.

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“Show me a movement that doesn’t hate somebody and I will join it at once.” Robert Anton Wilson

 

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Ayn Rand balks British

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Atlas & the Fountainhead in Portuguese

Most Brits simply cannot Grok Ayn Rand. This is hardly surprising when you consider that Atlas Shrugged freezes the thinking of most Americans conditioned by government schools and teevee…  

Just as a host makes parasite survival possible, so a large political party can artificially extend the life of a parasitical cult or ideology. History is full of such things. The Whigs with their Tariff of Abominations permanently alienated the Colonial South, represented by The Slaveholding Democracy.

High-tariff politicians were thenceforth centered in open iron gunsights by Democratic partisans of the day. Abolitionists deserted the Whigs as ineffective wimps. Karl Marx’ altruistic communist party in Germany seized upon “graduated income tax” as a source of someone else’s substance in the midst of a depression wrought by disruption of the opium trade in China and related Indian mutinies. Because this verifiable explanation of the Great Depression of the USA in what the Disraeli called the  “hungry forties” is avoided in government schools or detoured by exaggeration of the Irish potato famine, a digression is in order.

Britain had become a colonial parasite on primitive China and India both. Defeated by the US in the wars of Independence and 1812, Cornwallis was transferred to India and the loose agglomeration of Hindu and Moslem tribes whipped into agricultural production of opium and indigo, much like the American South had been transformed by the lash into colonial cotton plantations under British rule. After China in 1837 expelled the opium traders, capital was withdrawn from US municipal bonds and other securities and poured into the opium wars. That and a bad winter, possibly exacerbated by fallout from an Icelandic volcano, made Europe fertile soil for a looter kleptocracy. Communism and socialism sounded better than looter kleptocracy and so those party denominations were ingrained by repetition.

Britain’s chief concern in the Gilded Era was the expansion of chemical slavery by exportation of morphine–an ambition lustily shared by France, Prussia, Germany and Austro-Hungary (and to a lesser extent Switzerland and Holland). But the dumping of addictive narcotics in China again broke down after the revolution of 1911 made it possible for the Chinese republic to again ban poppy drugs. In this China was abetted by the guilt-ridden Roosevelt, Taft and Wilson Administrations, through Pure Food and Drug laws and the Hague Opium Agreements detrimental to the traffic. German and Austrian morphine came from Balkan opium. As prices collapsed in the wake of interruption of the China dumping, war broke out in the region and escalated into WWI.

Britain’s most pressing concern after the Great War was how to squirm out of repaying the loans taken from American banks to throttle the Accursed Hun. The entire interwar period was one of renewed imperial parasitism on primitive colonies–and on the foolish creditors of those same morphine exporters who went to war in 1914 to evade the Hague Opium accord. This was the era in which Ayna Rosenbaum was educated in Russia, fled communism to These States in 1926, and witnessed the Crash and Depression wrought by a combination of American alcohol prohibition, prosecution of sugar and yeast companies under tax and conspiracy laws, and the squirming of European Pharmacy metropolises to evade controls on addictive poppy drugs and skip out on loan repayment and reparations collections.

To the Americans, WWI became inconvenient when Germany exported communism to Russia and that ideology toppled the Russian Empire. To save their loans, American bankers and industrialists had the Congress conscript youngsters to turn the fortunes of war in favor of the drug-peddling debtors whose notes they held.

President Warren Gamaliel Harding, a hard-drinking, drug-taking philanderer was the women voters’ choice in 1920. His exploits, retold by his love-child’s mom Nan Britton, coupled with the adventures of “missing” Los Angeles evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, are revived in unobtrusive background splendor in the pages of Atlas Shrugged. The novel was written by that same Russian immigrant writing under her Ayn Rand pseudonym. Herbert Hoover, HL Mencken and other colorful characters are mirrored in the cast.

The history of the British Empire of that day is by contrast a sordid set of setbacks in colonial parasitism of Egypt, India, Iran, Burma… awash in cheap opium. Celebrity appearances are provided by Mahatma Gandhi (preaching non-initiation of force) and Miss Brenda Dean, debutante of London drug party scandals. George Orwell’s writings record Burmese misery and the dreary preoccupation of looter populists exploiting the baffled hunger of illiterate proletarians to curry favor with British Fascists or communist-infiltrated Labour cliques.

So OF COURSE the familiar media story chords exploited by Ayn Rand differ completely from the social milieu prevailing in the British Isles during the interwar period that framed the backdrop to Atlas Shrugged–except, perhaps, in the town of Starnesville. British intellectuals are oblivious of or baffled by the struggles of 1930 American Liberal Party liberals (not looters) against totalitarian prohibitionists. And prohibitionists are the very creatures the pub-drinking British themselves struggled against–to keep pubs open and the better to compete in narcotics export markets with France, Switzerland and Germany.

Small wonder they never brag about these things, but it goes a long way toward explaining the bovine incomprehension of Britishers confronted with American libertarian values. Like our Liberal Party forbears of 1930, American Libertarians apply the power of spoiler votes as a lever to pry parasitical hangers-on from the major parties. The Republican party is threatened by potential bleeding off of spoiler votes by declining remnants of three religious fanatic parties concerned with prohibiting sex and drugs. The Democratic party–ever the party of slavery–relies on the declining remnants of communism. The Green Party and CPUSA are reliable purveyors of “global warming” hobgoblins as justification for government suppression of industrial production in Western mixed economies. Their spoiler votes are still a dying bindweed coiling about the ankles of the Democratic Party. Do not despair… Libertarian spoiler votes increased 328% in the 2015 election, and these votes pack law-changing clout.

The threat to civilization today is religious fanaticism as pushed by the Republicans, Islamic berserker-states, communist collectivists, papal states and ku-klux entities committed to the coercion of females against their will. The libertarian party alone is for the time being relatively free of those parasites. Its platform therefore contains no promises to have the police gun down children, confiscate innocent assets, throttle industrial access to energy and purchase votes with transfer payments from producers to non-producers.

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Atlas Shrugged, 1943

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Young Francisco D’Anconias

Surely you’re thinking “The Fountainhead,” I hear you wonder… but neither book was written in a day. The Fountainhead was indeed part of the war effort against National Socialist collectivism–including its religious component. Safely ensconced within These States, Ayn Rand, age 38, read in the newspapers about how in the Europe she’d fled, Germans and Russians fought, starved, bled and died–whether enslaved to sacrifice for Communism or enslaved to save German NSDAP Christianity from “stock market jewry.” (Does this sound familiar? Occupy Wall Street?)

As usual, These States got sucked into the vortex of that foreign war after the attack on Hawaii. Newspapers and radio were the internet of the 1930s and 1940s. In their pages young Ayn Rand read about Sweden’s fantastic new Harden metal alloy, shadowy Match Kings and Beer Barons. She read about young men whose ambition led them to hire on with railroad maintenance crews in 1943 nazimayors1946before maturing into Copper Barons able to rattle stock markets into a panic with a gesture.  This latter news item was framed in exhortations to buy war bonds, with air raid signals and instructions on the facing page. She also read of the Allied Military Government putting some Nazis back in power while hanging others for genocide as she was writing Atlas Shrugged.

The same thing is happening today. Christian National Socialism, motivated by altruism, now targets a different semitic people and religion–all the while angling to monopolize and control drug markets through the only mechanism it understands… war, coercion, murder.  Totalitarian communist territory has dwindled to Cuba, China, North Korea, Venezuela and a tiny scattering of pestilent dictatorships likewise limited to war, coercion, murder as ways of getting things done in the name of altruism. The ku-klux fascists‘ competition? Lay or Gaian socialists claiming to be democrats, likewise motivated by altruism–and guided by pseudoscience to rule by violence.

Christians and Gaians alike are terrified of imaginary hobgoblins. LSD-possessed Manson clan communists plot with Saracen terrorists to lead Christian youth away from Jesus and confiscate their money and guns, worry the former–with some justification as to the money. The Gaians’ nightmares are animated by Ku-klux mercantilist plutocrats advised by mad scientists and Hell-bent on turning the planet into a rotisserie,–with urine testing with licensing regulations so that only their toadies have jobs. Again, their fears as to urine-test blacklisting are not at all unfounded.

This is the Cold War all over again, with different actors–but always and on both sides the same altruism and reliance on faith as opposed to reliable evidence. The one constant is the belief that altruism is a good enough reason to have someone else pick up deadly weapons and coerce some third party. But… by what standard is altruism or the initiation of force good?

Certified Portuguese Translators

A statistical breakdown of ATA-certified Portuguese translators. These are translators who have passed a relatively simple test by translating some 700 to 800 words in three passages selected out of a total of five. Three major errors or 20 minor errors suffice to fail a passage, and one has to pass two to pass the test. From 1981 until 2004, passing at least one of these tests was a requirement for voting in the association. People who have passed the tests are usually listed on the ATA website and hence are verifiable.

More and more entities are exercising responsible stewardship by checking translator qualifications. So, what is an ATA-certified Portuguese translator? Of the 987 persons claiming the ability to translate to or from Portuguese with professional competence, only about 16% have passed either of the two separate and distinct tests. Four out of five alleged Portuguese into English translators have never passed that specific test and only 14% of those claiming the ability to translate from English into Portuguese have demonstrated that ability by passing the other specific test. Most of the people who pass either test are native speakers of the target language, meaning that is their dominant language.

If someone says “I am an ATA-certified Portuguese translator,” that doesn’t tell you very much unless they mean they have passed the tests in both directions. Only one percent of all of ATA members claiming some competence as Portuguese translators have passed the certification tests in both directions. That works out to exactly 12 listed translators at the time of writing (2 more are unlisted). Although certification in one direction is better than no certification at all, only one in about 18 certified translators can reliably work in both directions for Portuguese. Here is a breakdown of the numbers:

ATA members who Claim E-P Claim P-E Claim Bidirectional
Claim direction ability 441 546 643 (estimated)
Certified f/direction(s) 86 75 12 (or 14)
Unverified 355 471 359
% unverified 80 86 36
% Certified 20 14 1

Most certified translators only assert that they are certified in one particular direction. The ATA, for reasons of internal politics, goes to great lengths to suggest that certification tests have nothing to do with interpreting ability. I have observed many interpreters, and every one of the certified translators who has passed the test in both directions has turned out to be capable of interpreting with professional competence in both directions (without necessarily liking the work). Somewhere in between 284 and 643 of these interpreters claim competence in both directions. The data tell us nothing about overlap, but the ratios of certified to uncertified (as translators) appear to be in the same ballpark for interpreters as for translators. As you might expect, most (but by no means all) of the better bidirectional interpreters in the ATA have passed at least one of the tests as near as I can ascertain.

Looking at the ATA as a whole, one is struck by the tiny number of people are certified into three different languages. When total membership stood at 8000, there were three such members. It is probably a safe bet that there are approximately half a dozen translators certified into three target languages today.