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Fear, Government, and Freedom

Approaching the fear of a quantifiable threat while pursuing life, liberty and happiness. 

COVID-19 is real and social distancing is the right idea, authoritarianism is not.

We, as a society, need to slow down, reflect and understand the harm we are creating which can, and will, be just as bad for society as a whole. This may ruffle feathers and hurt some feelings, but it hits at the core of the unintended consequence of government force. It is for this exact moment in time that I, and millions of liberty minded individuals across the country, are constantly relentless about even the smallest of human rights infringements.

Right now there are large bands of people calling to the “authorities” about their neighbors continuing their normal lives begging, “Arrest them!” We have elected officials telling the citizenry to, “call the cops” on their neighbors. We have normal skeptics of big government clamoring on about, “the governor said we’ve been ordered” so we must. We even have police breaking social distancing guidelines to hand out tickets and make arrests of otherwise peacefully assembled, nonviolent, people. As an example: A man in California, all alone, with not a single human soul around, who could not possibly have been endangering anybody, paddleboarding in the ocean and then suddenly surrounded by, some not so socially distant, police. He was subsequently brought to a not so socially distant jail and most likely processed in a not so socially distant manner. He is now facing criminal charges and could potentially have his life ruined, yet has not harmed a single soul, let alone society. It is at this moment that it must be made clear these bands of society are not acting much different from past societies.

Understand that as I write this, my daughter and I are medically separated from her mother, my wife, for God knows how long. This is due to my wife, her mother and her brother battling the virus at the same local hospital using her mother’s home as their base, and quarantine center. I understand the severity of the virus and we are taking the appropriate, though mildly inconvenient, actions. None of the above justifies the use of government force and violence against our otherwise peaceful neighbors for any reason. 

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Help With Homeschooling

New to Homeschooling? Libertarians are Here to Help!

Given the difficulties associated with the Covid-19 Pandemic, New Jersey parents have been unexpectedly thrust into the role of homeschool teachers. While this is a daunting, if not terrifying prospect for many parents we at the New Jersey Libertarian Party want to provide you with information and tips for how to make it through the next few months. The Libertarian Party and all of its state affiliates have championed alternative school methods, like home schooling, since the founding of our movement.  We’ve learned a few things along the way while supporting alternative schooling and are offering our assistance to our fellow New Jersians as our state navigates this shift to schooling from home.

What we have done is looked for some tips from those of us who have actually experienced Home Schooling firsthand. We also collected useful tips for you from folks who successfully homeschool, and dug up various online resources to aid you. We also contacted Liam Lieberman, an independent business owner, film instructor and FEE alumni. Liam grew up in a homeschool environment and was able to give some suggestions to parents who are now dealing with this transition. Hopefully these resources prove useful.

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March 3rd - On this Day in History

inventor of Social SecurityOn March 3rd, 1882 Charles Ponzi, the creator of our modern Social Security system was born. The Ponzi Scheme is now used to describe any scam that pays early investors returns from the investments of later investors. In 1935, the U.S. government took Ponzi's ideas and added into it the concept of force.

A primary trait of Ponzi schemes is that eventually the number of investors collecting money outnumber the number of investors paying into the system. The result is normally a collapse of the system or extremely negative returns on investment.

Due to a combination of factors that include large numbers of people reaching retirement age and drastically lower fertility rates the pyramid scheme is on the verge of collapse. In 1941 there were 41.9 covered workers per beneficiary. Today it is less than 3 workers per beneficiary and is expected to drop to below 2.1 by 2040.

This is not the first time that the Social Security scam has been in trouble. The Social Security scam has been held together so far by forced coercion and continuously increasing premiums. Original investors were forced to pay only 2% of their income, current investors pay 12.4% of their income.

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2020 NJLP Convention Agenda

2020 NJLP Convention
March 21, 2020
Virtual Meeting
Proposed Agenda

Note: We will be meeting using Zoom. Go to https://zoom.us/j/481492424 to join the meeting. Delegate credentialing will be performed by creating an account at https://convention.njlp.org/register. Voting will be performed online at this site.

09:00 Conference Begins, Credentials and Final Tech Issues to be handle

09:20 Call to order & quorum check [Chair]

09:25 Agenda review & approval [Chair]

09:30 Secretary's Report [Secretary]

Approval of prior meeting minutes

09:35 Treasurer's report [Treasurer]

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Lysander Spooner: The Forgotten History of the Man Who Started the First Private Post Office

Originally Published at ammo.com, republished under Creative Commons License

Lysander Spooner is an important – and not exactly obscure – figure in the history of the liberty movement. He’s an idiosyncratic figure from the 19th century with no small cheerleading section in the 21st century. A bit of a throwback to a very different time, Spooner was a champion of the labor movement and was even a member of the First International at a time when socialists and anarchists coexisted peacefully within that movement.

Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Spooner is that he ran a private company in direct competition with the United States Post Office. This endeavor predictably failed not because the American Letter Mail Company couldn’t compete, but because Spooner was hamstrung by lawfare.

Spooner was born in Athol, MA, in 1808, a descendant of Mayflower pilgrims and the second of nine children. His career as a lawyer set the template for the rest of his life’s work: Spooner had studied under a number of prominent lawyers (a practice known as “reading law,” which was much more common at the time). However, he did not have a degree and state law required that he study further under a lawyer. He considered this legal discimination and went ahead and started practicing law anyway.

In 1836, the state legislature got rid of the requirement. Indeed, Spooner was against any legal requirement for licensure of any profession, something that would come up again later on in his battle against the United States Post Office. This was part of Spooner’s belief in a natural law, whereby any act of coercion was ipso facto illegal.

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Legislative Contact Info

Your legislators are often easy to contact. They can be contacted via phone, email, or snail mail. If an issue is important enough you may be able to call and ask for an appointment with them to discuss an issue. Several assembly people can be found on social media as well.

The best way I have found to determine your legislative district is to enter your nine digit zip code or address and press Submit below.

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Drexel Law Group Seeks Assistance at the Border

I am writing today with exciting news, and hoping for your help. As a student at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, I am organizing a trip with about a dozen other students to work with migrants and asylum seekers at the U.S. Mexico border. The Libertarian Party has always been a leader in supporting the free movement of people, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to get these principles on the ground in March 2020.

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On This Day In History

Harry

Harry Browne was the Libertarian Party nominee for President in 1996 and 2000. Harry passed on in 2006. This article was originally published in 2003.

On this date in 1886, the Statue of Liberty was first unveiled in New York Harbor.

You're probably aware that the Statue wasn't built in America. It was built with money voluntarily raised from the people of France — and then erected in New York Harbor with money voluntarily raised from the people of the United States.

Foreigners were grateful for America's liberty, because the very existence of such a country as ours meant that someday they might be able to have the same peace and liberty in their own countries.

Then & Now

Today, 117 years later, that America doesn't exist anymore — even though politicians love to talk about "our freedoms."

In 1886 America had an open hand to the rest of the world. America didn't fear anyone and no one feared America. Today Americans live in a state of siege.

The idea of invading the Philippines or bombing the Sudan or intervening in Nicaragua or overturning a government in the Dominican Republic or starting a war with Iraq would have seemed ludicrous to the American people in 1886. As John Quincy Adams put it, America didn't go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. Today America has troops in over a hundred foreign countries.

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Don't Throw Away Your Vote on a Democrat or Republican

Supporters of one of the two old tired political parties often screech that if you don't vote for their candidate that your vote is wasted. This is a fallacy. In fact voting for the underdog often has more of an impact.

In the 2019 presidential election in New Jersey there was a 540K vote difference between the two. If you had chosen to vote for one of the two corrupt parties your vote would have changed that by 0.00018%. If you were to vote democrat it would have changed their total by 0.0000046%. If you were to vote republican it would have changed their total by 0.0000062%

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Politicians Don't Really Support Bill of Rights

Published 7/26/2019, West Milford Messenger

Donald Trump's latest comments directed at congresswomen he doesn't like ("go back to where you came from") puts me in mind of remarks made by politicians of the past.

I'm old enough to remember Richard Nixon, his Vice President Spiro Agnew, and Alabama Gov. George Wallace saying similar things about anti-Vietnam War protesters and college students in the late 1960's and early 1970's when I had just started high school. 

Back then the slogan against dissent was "America, love it or leave it."

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This is a page of various videos that we have either created or found interesting. Be sure to check out and follow our YouTube page.

Shedding light on TrentonThe Open Government Advocacy Project is a committee of the NJ Libertarian Party. Its goal is to ensure transparency and accountability at all levels of government. Articles posted here are a subset of the work of the committee. For more information visit the Open Government Advocacy Project blog.

If you would like to demand accountability and ensure that your local governing body or school board adheres to the Open Public Records Act we can help you request information from them. Contact John Paff, the project chair here.

NJ government is huge and complex. Private industry is shrinking while the size and cost of government bureacracy continues to grow. The articles posted here provide a guide of the NJ State Government and can be used by citizens and candidates for office to evaluate what departments can be reduced drastically in size.

We'll start with just some of the departments and provide a breakdown on what they do (or purport to do), how many employees they have and how big their budget is.

The New Jersey Libertarian Party's Preempted Ordinance Repeal Project (“the Project”) seeks to get New Jersey municipalities to repeal loitering ordinances that should have been -- but were not -- repealed when the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice was enacted in 1979. The Project has successfully had loitering ordinances repealed in over 30 towns. For a summary listing of all the towns see Preempted Ordinance Repeal Project page.

The Police Accountability Project is a committee of the NJ Libertarian Party. Its goal is to search out cases of police misconduct, file former Internal Affairs (IA) complaints when appropriate, and to publicize violations of rules and laws by the police. There may be other stories posted on the NJLP Police Internal Affairs Complaint Blog page.

If you would like to help or know of a case we should be looking at, contact the committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..