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  • Occupy Wall Street Discovers Virtues of Incorporation

    vendetta mask The Occupy Wall Street movement is opposed to the the insatiable greed and undemocratic influence of corporations and the authoritarianism embedded in non-consensual decision making, post-industrial capitalism and showers.

    And at least some members of Occupy New Hampshire are opposed to any recognition of irony…

    …a small number of Occupy New Hampshire members incorporated the movement as a nonprofit in order to boot their former bedfellows: the Free Staters. Also prohibited from future Occupy events are gun owners who openly carry.

    It's been a controversial move for a group so opposed to authoritative rule, and several Occupy members have joined with the Free Staters to fight back.

    The Free State Project is an alliance of libertarians relocating to New Hampshire to create a libertarian state but who can't afford the airfare to Somalia. Many have been joining in Occupy protests because New Hampshire is weird that way, making this the most significant schism since the People's Front of Judea vehemently opposed the Judean People's Front.

    Tensions between Free Staters and some Occupiers have risen after the realization that building a social movement based on shared cultural preferences, rather than policy goals, ends in tears as both groups return to occupying their parents' basements.

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    Tags: Libertarian, New Hampshire, Occupy Wall Street
  • Fox News Finds the Value in Gary Johnson

    It's not all that often that you see Fox News offering wistful starry-eyed think pieces on former governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson. As a Republican presidential candidate, he was kind of a dud. He's not nearly anti-gay enough and he appears to have possibly leafed through a science magazine once or twice. So, right there, not good.

    However, that doesn't mean that the guy is completely valueless. As we've written of previously, he has the potential to achieve heights of electoral influence previously only achieved by the likes of Ross Perot and Ralph Nader. Which is to say, if you really game it out in just the right way, he could tip the election toward Mitt Romney.

    How would that work? Don't worry. Fox News' Joe Trippi spent the time needed to intricately work it all out for you

    In Colorado — which the Obama campaign has been working hard to hold onto in 2012 — Obama currently leads Romney 49-42 in the latest PPP poll, down from a 53-40 in April.

    But add Gary Johnson to the mix, and Johnson’s 7% support in Colorado pulls almost equally from both candidates, dragging Obama down to 47 percent and Romney to 39.

    If that still seems like a safe margin for Obama, remember that Obama’s Colorado strategy relies on the enthusiastic turnout of college educated white voters, minorities, and youth. Then note that Colorado has a marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot in November — a fact that could further bolster youth turnout for Johnson, who supports marijuana legalization.

    It's beautiful, isn't it? Don't touch it! It's fragile, and could all fall apart if breathed upon the wrong way.

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    Tags: Fox News, Gary Johnson, Libertarian, Third Party
  • Thomas Jefferson Running for Congress in Kansas

    Rep. Mike Pompeo — a freshman incumbent in the safely-Republican 4th district of Kansas — is facing a challenge from Thomas Jefferson.

    A part-time stand-up comedian and  Libertarian candidate formerly known as Jack Talbert legally changed his name to Thomas Jefferson in an effort to boost his candidacy and garner attention for his Ron Paul-ish views, which include returning the U.S. to the gold standard and restraining the Federal Reserve…

    "When people see that Thomas Jefferson's on the ballot, half will think I'm committed to the Libertarian Party and the other half will probably think I should be committed," Jefferson said. "But whether you think it's crazy or not, hopefully it gets people thinking about the founding fathers and Thomas Jefferson in particular and whether we have that form of government still."

    And here I thought Black Metrosexual Abe Lincoln was the only historic figure active in current politics. At least Jefferson's wife seems approving of the name change, which suggests that the artist formerly known as Talbert has not taken historical veracity to its endpoint by banging the help.

    Should this novel campaign strategy turn into a trend, voters are likely to be confused by the proliferation of Jesus H. Reagans and Franklin D. Kennedys on their ballots, along with a bunch of Ron Paul-inspired candidates who rename themselves after the Founding Fathers. Which is somewhat redundant. Voters aren't going to think a candidate hates taxes and is uncomfortable with black people because his name is Thomas Jefferson. They'll think that because he's a libertarian.

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    Tags: Founding Fathers, House of Representatives, Kansas, Libertarian, Thomas Jefferson
  • Gary Johnson Will Legalize Marijuana If Elected Fantasy President

    When Barack Obama was a young man, he would reportedly yell "Interception!" before snatching a joint from a friend's hand to take an extra hit. As president, he's continued "intercepting" the nation's pot supply with an aggressive crackdown.

    But Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has way mellower vibes when it comes to toking

    The ad points to Obama's early drug abuse as a case for legalization. But I think it's missing the point. Obama is trying to protect us from following his path. He knows better than anyone that drug use will only lead to a future with a low-paying, soul-sucking job that causes you to age prematurely.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Crime, Drugs, Gary Johnson, Libertarian, Marijuana, Third Party
  • Could Gary Johnson Be 2012's Ross Perot?

    Theoretically speaking, the Libertarian candidate could mount a surprise populist campaign this fall and build up enough support with his everyman message to upset conventional wisdom and become the first-ever third party candidate to win the presidency, thus overturning everything we thought we knew about American politics and changing the course of American history.

    Theoretically, that could happen. It totally could. All kinds of things could happen, theoretically speaking. That's why Libertarians choose to live in the magical land of "Theoretically Speaking." After all, that's where their policies make sense.

    In the real world, though, Gary Johnson could make an impact on history, but in a slightly different way

    Poll after poll shows lackluster enthusiasm for Obama and Romney, along with continuing voter disgust with Washington and most national institutions. That probably isn't enough to push even a single electoral vote into Johnson's camp. It could, however, put just enough ballots in Johnson’s column —  in a kind of disaffected, "throw-the-bums-out" way — to affect the outcome in a handful of states.

    Early polling has shown Johnson taking more from Romney, although pollsters say he’s peeling off votes from Obama as well. Johnson has said he expects to be on the ballot in all 50 states.

    If there's an opportunity for Johnson to make a difference anywhere, it's likely in Mountain states such as his native New Mexico, and Colorado and Nevada, where he could shave votes from the major-party candidates. In a close race that neither side thinks will be an electoral landslide, Johnson could make a real difference — especially with Ron Paul’s libertarian-leaning backers now up for grabs.

    Theoretically speaking, somebody might someday be moved to carve the faces of Ross Perot, Ralph Nader and Gary Johnson on the side of a mountain. Theoretically speaking…

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    Tags: Gary Johnson, Libertarian, Third Party