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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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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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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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The Immigration-Bigotry-War Nexus

America’s endless Middle Eastern wars have become politically sustainable as a result of millions of dollars in donations to virulent hate-groups with strong deep state ties from establishment foundations.

Americans increasingly view Muslims as a threat to their security, especially Republicans.  According to a Pew Charitable Forum survey in 2017, 65 percent of Republicans believe there is a "natural conflict between Islam and democracy." Amusingly, 56 percent of Americans polled by CivicScience in 2019 said American students should not be required to learn Arabic numerals (i.e.: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0) as part of their educational curriculum. A 2018 Chapman University poll noted that  – although prejudice against Muslims had fallen somewhat between 2016 and 2018 – more than 60 percent of Republicans believed"Muslims are more likely to engage in terrorist activity than non-Muslims" and nearly 40 percent said America should end immigration from all Muslim countries.

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“Wanted” Ivan the Troll to Find Out if 3D Printed Guns Are a True Threat

As nefarious as people want 3D-printed guns to look, there is another side of the story entirely.

What if everything you thought about 3D-printed guns was wrong?

I know what you’re thinking. How is this article different from the 50+ articles written beforehand? Well, how many of those journalists do you think consulted with someone who spends a decent amount of their time 3D-printing guns?As nefarious as people want 3D-printed guns to look, there is another side of the story entirely. How many inaccuracies do you think they have written considering most of them know little to nothing about guns, never mind 3D-printing and other technologies? To avoid this dangerous journalistic trend (and to avoid looking ignorant about guns), I contacted New Jersey's "most wanted" anonymous Twitter account, @IvanTheTroll12, about the nature of 3D-printed guns in the United States.

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NJLP Complaint Results in Ethics Violation Fine

After a more than four-year investigation, a former member of the Bound Brook Borough (Somerset County) Council was tentatively fined $100 by the New Jersey Local Finance Board (LFB) for voting in favor of a resolution which designated a redeveloper for a Main Street property while her in-laws owned that property and her husband, who currently sits as a Borough Council member, had an interest in a business located on that property.

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Minimum Wage Laws Harm the Most Disadvantaged

There are only two factors that determine what you are paid for the work that you do - how much you are willing to work for and how much your employer is willing to pay you. How much your employer is willing to pay you is based on the laws of supply and demand. The work that you do may require back-breaking effort or may require a certain skill set and training, but this alone does not mean that it will reward you with a large paycheck. The output of your work needs to be in demand.

In a free market, financial transactions between consenting parties only occur if both parties benefit from the transaction. This is true both for the exchange of goods and the exchange of labor. The wages that a worker receives is defined by the simple fact that both the employer and the employee benefit from the exchange of salary and benefits paid to the employee and the work done for the employer. Anything that stands in the way of this mutual benefit results in fewer transactions.

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Protectionist Licensing Laws In New Jersey

In New Jersey if you want to practice hair braiding you need to complete a 1,200 hour cosmetology course where you learn lots of things – except for how to braid hair. The practice of hair braiding requires no chemicals and is perfectly safe. Last year, a mother of four was fined $1,200 for braiding hair without a license. Anita Yeboah can’t afford the up to $17,000 to obtain this license. She faced the prospect of either going on welfare, or starting a business to support her and her four children. As an immigrant from Ghana, she grew up learning to braid hair as part of her culture.

Brigitte Nzali was slapped with a fine for braiding hair from her shop in Blackwood, NJ. She and other hair braiders have joined forces to form the Hair Braiding Freedom Coalition. They have worked to get a bill through the Assembly that would get rid of burdensome licensing requirements.

On August 27th, Governor Phil Murphy heartlessly vetoed their bill. The bill had bi-partisan support in the legislature, but Murphy thought it went too far and wanted hair braiders to have at least 50 hours of training or three years of experience.

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