Category Archive: Elections

Nov 07

Campaign finance regulations place the private sector at a disadvantage

The Montana and federal constitutions supposedly guarantee equal protection of the laws. Yet governments everywhere place campaign restrictions on private sector political campaigns. Such regulations do not apply to government advocacy. Campaign finance regs infringe on the speech and press rights of the (nongovernment) citizenry, forcing private citizens to disclose to government every penny raised …

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Apr 30

Government subsidies to help the poor actually harm the poor by causing prices to rise

The above chart was generated by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and published on Marketwatch.com. It shows the overall price changes of certain products between 1997 and 2017. As you can see, government-subsidized goods (college tuition and books and medical treatment) have increased at rates much higher than inflation. Meanwhile, ‘tech’ products such as TVs, …

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Feb 19

“Climate Change” is a quintessential issue of wealthy government elites. Just 2 percent of voters say they vote according to politicians’ stance on the issue.

Government claims about climate change seem to be closely linked to government claims about “campaign finance.” Every claim of campaign finance reformers is untrue. Election outcomes are barely correlated with campaign ad spending; and to the extent there is any correlation, it is likely that political success (or perceived likely success) CAUSES the spending rather …

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Dec 25

Every claim behind “campaign finance reform” is untrue

In 2010 the Supreme Court decided Citizens United v. FEC, which struck down a small number of “campaign finance” laws–or at least their application–on First Amendment grounds. Trusters of government went into hysterics. They claimed the Supreme Court had ruled that corporations are people, and that the Supreme Court had pronounced that money is speech …

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Dec 20

Remember all those emails to the FCC just prior to the FCC’s anti-‘net neutrality’ vote? They were mostly fraudulent.

Remember last week in the run-up to the FCC’s vote to overturn the prior FCC’s “net neutrality” takeover of the internet (from 2 years ago)? “Mainstream” (meaning government-approved–and approving) media news reported that the public supported the 2015 government takeover of the internet and opposed the current FCC’s vote to overturn the prior FCC’s vote. …

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Dec 18

Under “campaign finance” laws, Wisconsin became a political surveillance state

Forget the Alien & Sedition Acts, the Palmer Raids, the Red Scare or the McCarthy Hearings. The greatest threat to freedom of speech and press in American history is the scam known as “campaign finance reform.” Government tyrants and despots have a thousand ways to influence elections to promote more powerful government. They secretly (and …

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Nov 29

Montana’s “conservative” Secretary of State supports government takeover of the internet

by Roger I. Roots, founder and president, Lysander Spooner University In 2016 I was the Libertarian candidate for Montana Secretary of State. I remember receiving a phone call from Corey Stapleton, my Republican opponent. Stapleton begged me to drop out of the race, telling me that he was really libertarian on most issues and that …

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Nov 16

Federal Election Commission now seeks to control political discussion on the internet

Forget the Alien & Sedition Act prosecutions. Forget Lincoln’s arrests of pro-secession newspaper editors. Forget the Palmer Raids of World War I, the “Red Scares,” the imprisonment of Eugene V. Debs or the McCarthy Hearings of the 1950s. By far the greatest threat to freedom of speech and press that America ever faced was and …

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Oct 01

Spanish government shuts down freedom elections in Catalonia; injures hundreds

Governments worldwide try to cast themselves as the voice of the people. They may publicly extol the virtues of democracy even as they do everything in their power to undermine and thwart the will of people to be free. Governments secretly (and sometimes openly) spend vast portions of their treasuries to propagandize, brag, and publish …

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Sep 21

Spanish government seizes 10 million ballots to prevent anti-government vote

Catalonia is a wealthy district of Spain that has suffered under years of Spanish rule. Recently the people of Catalonia have been seeking to hold a vote to determine if Catalonia should separate from the tyrannical government headquartered in Madrid. Last week, the Spanish government sent police to arrest hundreds of mayors of Catalonian villages …

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