Libertarian Party of Georgia Nominates 2014 Candidates

Marietta, GA – On March 8, The Libertarian Party of Georgia held their annual state convention in Marietta, nominating their slate of 2014 candidates. Gathering at the former location of Theatre in the Square, Libertarians from across the state came together for the annual meeting to decide who will represent them on the ballot and in the boardroom.

The 2014 candidate slate is led by founder and former CEO of the nanotechnology company, nGimat, Dr. Andrew Hunt, running for Governor. Andrew received his B.S. in Geology from Auburn University, a Master’s Degree in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

In the race to replace Saxby Chambliss in the U.S. Senate, the Libertarian Party fielded the twice-elected Libertarian Amanda Swafford, making her the first female candidate for U.S. Senate nominated in 2014. A graduate of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ms. Swafford formerly served on the Flowery Branch City Council, ending her term on December 31, 2011. [Read more...]

How Libertarians CAN Win

This post was originally published on before being re-published on United Liberty.

If this post got you fired up, thinking that I’m a defeatist who sees nothing good coming from the efforts of Libertarians/libertarians and other grassroots candidates, keep reading.  I rarely identify a problem, oppose an idea, or “play pessimist” without having an alternative or a plan.

Civic Involvement

Anyone considering a run for office should attend meetings for that office, long before announcing or qualifying for the post.  Our civic involvement should have others asking us to campaign and lead, rather than being an afterthought once already committed to running.  Not only will we garner the attention and favor of those already involved, this is an opportunity to get to know the intricacies of the procedures and practices of the body, the “power players,” and to have people know you.  How many of you know why your City Council or County Commission uses a “consent agenda”? [Read more...]

Immigrants Fill An Economic Niche And Help Economy

This was originally published on October 13, 2011 in the Morgan County Citizen.

By: Greg Morin

Creative Commons photo courtesy of 4cheungsThe idea of “illegal” immigration is a silly notion. It’s akin to an “illegal” vacation. Immigration is simply the act of moving from Location A to Location B. Why should permission be required to exercise this right? Up until 1882 (with passage of the non-euphemistically named “Chinese Exclusion Act”) anyone was permitted entry. Immigration laws were tightened further until 1921 when the Temporary Quota Act set “national quotas” and permanently criminalized immigration. And thus a legal harmless act was made “illegal” by arbitrary government fiat.

The right to immigrate (or emigrate) is distinct from the priviledge of citizenship. The basic idea is “you’re welcome to come and work and live here and support yourself but don’t expect handouts from the government… if you want a handout then you must become a citizen.” If immigration were properly viewed in this manner it would solve the issue of an overburdened social safety system. If only citizens can utilize the social institutions then you remove all incentives for those with parasitic intentions from immigrating. We would, however, have to change the antiquated citizenship laws that confer citizenship to those born on U.S. soil. Citizenship should be a privilege reserved for those who meet the established criteria or the children of a U.S. citizen.

The most common justification for restricting immigration is that they ‘steal’ jobs from Americans. [Read more...]