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Monday, April 21, 2014

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Libertarian calendar for April

For Libertarian Party events go here

    Washington DC
    April 22

    Reason will be hosting a debate on whether the U.S. should open its borders.
    Moderated by Thomas Clougherty, managing editor, Reason Foundation.
    Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the event will begin at 6:00 p.m. The debate and Q&A session will last an hour with a reception to follow.
    RSVP to Cynthia Bell at or (202) 986-0916.
    Reason is located at 1747 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., a few blocks north of the Dupont Circle metro stop on the red line.

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    Washington, DC

    DC Cannabis Campaign
    2448 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20008
    Washington, DC

    Petitioning begins for referendum for November 4 general election ballot to further decriminalize marijuana in DC: 1) to increase the amount that could be personally possessed and 2) to legalize private growing for non-medical use.  It's not full decriminalization, but it it more than the city council just passed.

    If you'd like to get started early the DC Cannabis Campaign is already running a phone bank and needs volunteers.
    April 24
    Harrisonburg, VA

    Sarvis for Senate

    Robert Sarvis & Joshua Huffman will be at the Commons at James Madison University, collecting ballot petition signatures and having a casual chat with interested students.

    Please spread the word, invite your friends, and come say hello! If you've got time, stick around and help us gather petition signatures to get Sarvis on the ballot.

    Robert Sarvis is Virginia's 2014 Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate. Joshua Huffman is a candidate for Harrisonburg City Council.
    April 24
    Washington, DC

    R Street on Housing Tax Policy

    12:00 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m.

    Cannon 121
    Cannon House Office Buiding
    Washington, DC  20003

    Housing tax breaks aimed at encouraging home ownership are a longstanding part of America's tax code, but are they succeeding at transforming America into an ownership society? Who does this costly tax preference, estimated at $70 billion per year, help the most? In a new paper being released April 22, Marquette University's Andrew Hanson, Texas Christian University's Zackary Hawley and the George W. Bush Institute's Ike Brannon argue that housing tax breaks must be reformed. Join the R Street Institute, National Affairs' Yuval Levin, AEI's Alan Viard, Brookings' Benjamin Harris, and author Andrew Hanson for a discussion of the paper's findings and suggestions for how to reform the tax code to achieve the goal of incentivizing ownership while stemming benefits flowing to those at the top.

    Lunch will be served.

    Register here.

    11:45 - Registration

    12:00-1:30 - Panel
                       Introduction: Eli Lehrer, R Street Institute
                       Moderator: Yuval Levin, National Affairs
                       Panelists: Andrew Hanson, Marquette University
                                     Alan Viard, American Enterprise Institute
                                     Benjamin Harris, Brookings Institution
    *********************************************************************************Albany, NY
    April 27

    Please register today at for the LPNY Convention on Saturday, April 26 from 9 to 9 at the Albany Airport Best Western Hotel, 200 Wolf Road in Albany, New York. Please don't wait. You can sign up either at or by using the attached handy-dandy form. We will have great speakers, candidates for various offices, fine food and great libertarian chit-chat. Bringf everyone you know and even a few strangers to this great event.

    Ayn Rand Miscellany

    1) Ayn Rand, sort of, and John Galt, kinda sorta, make appearances in this Dadaist film about memory, forgetfulness, awkward social situations, and very common names.  Here's the trailer; you may have to go to your local indie film festival to see the Rand bits - or you can pay to see it online.  It's not an Objectivist movie, but it also doesn't have an evil sense of life.  Besides Rand, James Joyce, H.P. Lovecraft and other authors are parodied.

    2) A completely ignorant internet exam (click here) seeks to tell you your Objectivist quotient.  Unfortunately almost half the questions are very badly designed by an author who knows little about the topic, e.g. he thinks there is an Objectivist position for or against meditation.

    Change the Presidential Debates

    NSA Admits to Wrongdoing—What Now?

    Goldie Taylor: I don’t have any liberty because I’m black

    Goldie Taylor: I don’t have any liberty because I’m black

    Falling asleep in front of the TV