Libertarian Lunch: Events; Meetup; Stumped; Bored Meeting; Monopoly politics; Events; Cryptocurrency & holes; Dark night; Constitutions; End of

June 24, 2014 at 6:26 am

In This Issue From the Chair

Meetup
Stumped
Bored Meeting
Monopoly politics
Events
Cryptocurrency & holes
Dark night
Constitutions
End of July


Meetup
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I would appreciate it if attendees would sign up for our events on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Boulder-Libertarian-Meetup/

As you know, we have exciting speakers and discussions.  Let’s let the world know about it.

By signing up you let others know that our events are well-attended … which increases our attendance and gives me more bargaining power with any restaurant at which we might have events.

Bryan, that means you.

Cate, thank you!  (If you others don’t join, I won’t let Cate talk to you at lunch.)

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Stumped
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Randy Luallin (County Commissioner), Bill Gibson (Colorado House), and I (Boulder County Clerk) want to try out our 3-minute stump speeches on the Libertarian Lunch attendees.

Come help us hone  our messages of freedom, hope, and efficient government.

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Bored Meeting
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The next quarterly board meeting of the LPBC will be on July 9th.

6 P.M.  Dinner
7 P.M.  Business meeting

Venue:
China Panda
3rd & Main
Longmont

We will be discussing political strategy for our local candidates.

It won’t be boring.

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Monopoly politics
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Our own Jim Remmert wrote to me:

JR>          It occurs to me that a jurisdiction like Boulder County,
JR> which has been dominated by a single political party for many
JR> years, is very susceptible to “corruption” in the sense that
JR> political insider-officeholders sometimes do things for their
JR> political friends that are arguably an abuse of their power.
JR> Libertarian candidates don’t need to allege the kind of corruption
JR> that everyone knows exists in places like Chicago, Detroit, and
JR> Washington D.C. Although I cannot cite a specific example in
JR> Boulder, I’m willing to bet that there exist examples wherein
JR> officeholders did favors for “friends” and neglected services for
JR> less friendly constituents. Perhaps our luncheon attendees are
JR> aware of such examples. Even the abstract argument that it is,
JR> “time for a change in order to avoid such cronyism” seems appropriate to me.
JR>         If no such examples exist that would be a pleasant
JR> surprise. In any event, it would be a good exercise to search for
JR> and document any such examples. Road, drainage, recreation and
JR> other government services are usually fertile sources for
JR> political favoritism. Is there anyone within the realm of your
JR> acquaintance who would be knowledgeable about such matters?
JR>         I know that several of the attendees at our luncheons
JR> have lived in this area for many years and might be a source of
JR> examples. We both know how the County Clerk runs that office. But
JR> how are building permits and land use restrictions handled? My
JR> suggestion is that, if any of these examples exist, don’t they
JR> frame an argument for, “it’s time for a change” and who better to
JR> make such changes than a Libertarian candidate.

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Events
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If you know of any event where Randy, Bill, and/or I can do some politicking, please let me know.

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Cryptocurrency & holes
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I want to make it clear that am completely neutral on Bitcoin and other crytocurrencies.

As Bryan Griffith points out

Our guest speaker seems to have some misconceptions.  The concerns I raised were from crypto currency advocates, including top BItcoin developers, and even the Bitcoin Foundation’s Chief Scientist who drives work on the Bitcoin protocol. They wish to see cryptocurrencies take off, and wish to see bitcoin fixed. It may or may not be the alternative currency that gains widespread support.   A major UK think tank just proposed privatizing the British pound with cryptocurrencies, but thinks Bitcoin itself is likely to fail. A nobel laureate economist who won his prize studying asset trends, who has predicted past bubble’s, thinks alternate currencies will take off but that Bitcoin is an “amazing bubble”.

http://www.coindesk.com/thinktank-uk-privatise-pound-embrace-cryptocurrency/

I will point out a variation of what Mike Rosen said on the radio a few months ago: If there is enough money involved, someone will attempt to find and exploit a hole.  Bitcoin, at least, has at least one hole.

To me, there is clearly a hole in the voting system used to validate transactions in Bitcoins. In some senses it is like allowing (only) Democrats-and-Republicans to vote on whether Republican votes count at all.

Or as have often been retold, it’s like two lions and a lamb voting on what’s for dinner.

Not much different than Boulder politics, I say.

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Dark Night
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(With apologies to Edward Bulwer-Lytton)

It is a dark and stormy night and you are being followed by what appears to be a police car.

Something seems “off”.  You don’t think you did anything wrong.  Did you go through a stop sign?  Speed?  You’ve been down this road a hundred times.

Broken headlight or taillight?

It’s raining.  The “Mars bars” lights are flashing.

It just doesn’t feel right.  You look for your cell phone.  No signal.

Now what do you do?

Joining you on July 3rd will be
Dea M. Wheeler, Assistant County Attorney, Legal Advisor–Boulder County Sheriff, District Attorney, Risk Management
and
Jeff Hendry, Commander, Boulder County Sheriff

Joining you as well will be my wife and daughter who will be joining you for this event because they both want to know what to do when this happens.  You will, of course, let your friends know, too.

(You are, actually, rather proud that the author of this Issue From the Chair could write this entire section in the second person.)

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Constitutions
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I am also extremely pleased to announce that Thaddeus J. Tecza, will be speaking to us on July 10th.  (He had to move it from June 26th.)

I met Thaddeus at the State Capitol when he testified against a bill that would have submitted a referendum to the voters to make getting ballot initiatives on the ballot almost impossible.

He will be talking to us what he spoke there: The interplay and differences between the federal constitution and the Colorado constitution.

To give you an idea about how dynamic and interesting a speaker he is, at the hearing the general public is limited to about 3 minutes to talk to the House committee. Mr. Tecza spoke for 15 minutes and kept the House panel (and everyone else) entranced.

I’m going to this lunch just to steal the secret of his charm.

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End of July
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We have the back room booked at Carelli’s until the end of July.

If we keep growing it will not be possible to have our lunches in the common area of the restaurant.

So, please, if you have an idea for a venue, let me know.

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A reminder that our weekly

Libertarian Lunch
Carelli’s
645 30th Street
Boulder 80303
303-938-9300
will be held this Thursday at 12:30

This week’s topic: (1) Critiquing Libertarian candidates stump speeches.  (2) One-party rule in Boulder.

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Ralph Shnelvar
Chair
Libertarian Party of Boulder County