OK, This used to be the page where I had the Libertarian platform Acts. However, as the blog has grown and we have found our way to other interesting series of articles, I decided that I didn’t want to have the top of the main page littered with different pages for different series. Instead I decided to do things this way. Each of the “Series” of articles that I do will be here on this page. I will write a quick summary of what the series was about and then have all of the articles from that series listed below. It is the easy way to find all the different parts in one place. So for those that want to go back and read the series we have covered, here they are:
Libertarian Platform Acts I – IX
In this series we covered the entire Libertarian Party Platform as stated on their official website. We debated some of their stances and how viable the party could be. The Acts can all be reached here:
Act I – In this section we cover the first half of the Libertarian Statement of Principles, which serve as an introduction to how the Libertarian Party believes.
Act II – In this section we cover the second half of the Libertarian Statement of Principles, which serve as an introduction to how the Libertarian Party believes.
Act III – In this Act we cover the first half of the “Personal Liberties” section of the Platform, which includes:
- Section 1.0 – Personal Liberty
- Section 1.1 – Expression and Communication
- Section 1.2 – Personal Privacy
- Section 1.3 – Personal Relationships
Act IV – In this Act we cover the second half of the “Personal Liberties” section of the Platform, which includes:
- Section 1.4 – Abortion
- Section 1.5 – Crime and Justice
- Section 1.6 – Self Defense
Act V – In this Act we cover the first third of the “Economic Liberties” section of the Platform, which includes:
- Section 2.0 – Economic Liberty
- Section 2.1 – Property and Contract
- Section 2.2 – Environment
- Section 2.3 – Energy and Resources
Act VI – In this Act we cover the second third of the “Economic Liberties” section of the Platform, which includes:
- Section 2.4 – Government Finance and Spending
- Section 2.5 – Money and Financial Markets
- Section 2.6 – Monopolies and Corporations
- Section 2.7 – Labor Markets
Act VII – In this Act we cover the final third of the “Economic Liberties” section of the Platform, which includes:
- Section 2.8 – Education
- Section 2.9 – Health Care
- Section 2.10 – Retirement and Income Security
Act VIII – In this Act we cover the first third of the “Securing Liberty” section of the Platform, which includes:
- Section 3.0 – Securing Liberty
- Section 3.1 – National Defense
- Section 3.2 – Internal Security and Individual Rights
Act IX – In this Act we cover the second third of the “Securing Liberty” section of the Platform, which includes:
- Section 3.3 – International Affairs
- Section 3.4 – Free Trade and Migration
- Section 3.5 – Rights and Discrimination
March Towards Socialism Parts 1 – 6
A semi-detailed look at American politics from the mid-1800’s through the current administration, focused on pointing out the slow build-up to where we are today. Continued government expansion and control, along with continued encroachment on private industry and individual liberty is the focus. The six parts can be found here:
Part 1 – In Part 1 we cover the reason for the series and begin by defining the players: Conservatives, Liberals, The Christian Right, Statists, Individual, Parties, and Civil Society.
Part 2 – In Part 2 we cover the definitions of the different forms of government such as Socialism, Communism, Fascism, Democracy, as well as Capitalism. We also begin the journey through the past with the Civil War.
Part 3 – In Part 3 we cover the turn of the century era and the Progressive movement’s beginnings with Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and FDR.
Part 4 – In Part 4 we cover Lyndon Johnson and the “Great Society”, Nixon, Ford and Carter and set up for part 5.
Part 5 – In Part 5 we switched away from coverage of a specific Presidency and instead focused on movements and how they impacted the increase in government control and size. We discuss primarily the Environmental Movement and the movement towards massively increasing entitlement programs.
Part 6 – In Part 6 we cover Bush and the fact that he furthered the move towards socialism with the Patriot Act and Medicare, along with the last year and TARP and bailouts. And we wrap up with the massive government and entitlement expansion being pursued by Obama.
Building a Foundation For Resurrecting America
A very important series on philosophy and morals and ethics. In this series, led by Just A Citizen, Black Flag, and USWeapon, we delve into the philosophies behind the movement. Discussions include how to start from the correct moral base as we find a better path forward for the country. If we want to fix today’s troubles, it starts be building a solid base to work from.
Part 1 – In the first installment, the discussion focuses on philosophy and why it is important. As a foundation for moral and ethical progress, the importance of philosophy is expounded on and explained with the help of some passages from Ayn Rand herself!
Part 2 – Detective Training 101. After learning why philosophy was important, the next step is to learn how to study philosophy, at least in a very basic way. After all, you can’t find the treasure without some basic skills in map reading, compass use and deductive reasoning. This introduces you to a method of detecting principles or concepts behind the statements or position of others and, of course, yourself.
Part 3 – Detective Training 201. The next step in philosophical detection is to identify and evaluate how various concepts or principles affect our emotions. This explores how many phrases get in the way of using our ability to reason to get to the real answers.
Part 4 – One of my personal favorite parts of the series. Titled “Where the Founders Went Wrong,” this installment acknowledges that the vision for America was a fairly solid one, based on good intentions. With that being the case, we have to question how it is that we could have possibly gotten to the point we are at now.
Part 5 – At the request of many of the folks following the Philosophy series, Just A Citizen provides an overview of the philosophy of Ayn Rand.
Part 6 – In setting up the future articles that will come in the philosophy series, Black Flag, Just A Citizen, and myself all give s short history of our lives, allowing everyone to see a bit of how we arrived at the place that we have arrived at. It helps others to understand where we are coming from in our convictions.
Health Care Series
Another Series with utmost importance during these very turbulent times. As the President and Congress barrel on towards a total reform of the US Health Care System, we take a harder look at truths and untruths in the debate. If you want to understand the health care debate, this is a must read series.
Part 1 – “Making the Case for Reform” In part one we look at the statistics and claims being made by those in government that are telling us that we face a national emergency around health care. We analyze how accurate the statistics thrown at us are and debunk some myths and rhetoric.
Part 2 – Coming Soon!