About Paul Grad, Libertarian for Oregon Governor

paul 19Politically, I am a Libertarian Minarchist, believing in minimal government to protect the inalienable property rights of individuals, which includes their bodies.

My political positions are an admixture of those which would be considered Liberal with those which would be considered Conservative. I believe in protecting individual property rights, and my political guiding principle is the Libertarian Axiom, “No man or group of men may aggress against the person or property rights of any individual”. My philosophy is also radically protective of the environment. I am pro Free-Market and Capitalism. I oppose animal cruelty and exploitation that results in cruelty.

Politically and economically, I’d define myself as a Jeffersonian Minarchist and an adherent of the Austrian School of Economics, especially as refined by Professor Murray Rothbard, although I disagree with him on many issues. In the last presidential election, I voted for Governor Gary Johnson.

I will not be spending any money during my campaign, since I feel the reporting requirements for spending amounts over $750, and the records keeping, are forms of involuntary servitude, and actually make it virtually impossible for “Everyman” to run in an election. These requirements are unconsitutional in my view, and intentionally designed to keep out competition against the two major Fascist parties. Since Libertarians should not comply with involutary servitude unless the legal coercions are so great that the servitude is less onerous than the punishment (for example, not showing up for jury duty and getting cited for contempt of court vs. serving), I will not comply with this form of involuntary servitude, which carries no penalty except that a candidate usually cannot run an effective campaign without spending well in excess of $750.

But elections are won by votes, not money.

As to why I am running, I’d answer with the words of the wise man who asked, “If not me, who? If not now, when?”

I hope you will vote for me, and help bring about a radical non-violent revolution, within the legal framework of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, in America’s putrid political system, and Americans’ consciousness.

Postscript: In 2017 I left the Libertarian Party of Oregon and registered Non-affiliated voter, not because of anything they ever did, but because he National Libertarian Party had failed to remove individuals whose views were, in my view, pernicious and antithetical to Libertarian philosophy. Tragically, the Libertarian brand has been tainted, and the true Libertarians, who don’t believe in races, will have to reform as a Classical Liberal Party, or some-such. The Libertarian National Committee has proven, by its namby-pamby feckless responses, has once again proven that in bureaucracies, (and political parties) the worst rise to the top.

My platform of about 70 specific measures remains online for anyone who cares to adopt it.

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5 thoughts on “About Paul Grad, Libertarian for Oregon Governor

  1. Wow so far from Jefferson. Empowering the government to molly-coddle peoples fears is authoritarian not Libertarian. Increasing any legislation especially in the nanny state of Oregon is restricting liberty not freeing it. You should probably think twice before using the government as a weapon and calling yourself a Libertarian. No wonder the LPO is doing so poorly in Oregon. “Minimum government, Maximum Liberty” sound familiar? The government has no business protecting us from ourselves. As a Libertarian candidate you should be fighting to reduce laws not adding to them. We need to quit having politicians restricting our liberties to make them feel better. Every law added to to make a coward feel better or like a hero still reduces liberty. Which is always a greater crime to those of us who value liberty over personal comfort.

    1. Not far from Jefferson at all. Seems you’ve forgotten a little document he wrote called “The Declaration of Independence”, in which he stated “all men … are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these Rights Governments are instituted among Men… That whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,and to institute new Government,laying its foundation on such Principles,and organizing its powers in such form,as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” That is precisely what my platform proposes, and I would maintain that I am exactly in line with Jefferson’s concept of Minarchism, or minimal Goverment.

      You spout nothing but a bunch of generalities: “increasing any legislation … is restricting liberty not freeing it” you say. But what about when what you call “liberty” is aggression against my property rights, like blowing tobacco smoke in my face? What about laws that protect people’s property rights from aggression from others, like noise pollution from boomboxes. ? People are getting away with a lot of crimes that you label “liberty”. I agree with Professor Murray Rothbard: “Invasion” needs to be repulsed, and the weapon I am using is legislation. “The government has no business protecting us from ourselves”, you say. Where in any of my legislative proposals do I propose something that is supposed to protect us from ourselves? If you’re going to throw accusations, you should argue specific points.

      There are all degrees of Libertarian. Perhaps you’re one who feels that shooting a gun into the air in a city should be legal, unless the bullet hits someone, or driving drunk is only a crime when you have a collision? I don’t agree. And what of all the legislation I would be removing from the legal code: abolishing the income tax and estate tax, repealing pot laws, closing the schools,repealing SB 132, legalizing heroin for the terminally ill, abolishing the minimum wage law, abolishing teaching credential and business license requirements,removing state commissions,abolishing the state pension system PERS,etc. Sounds to me like I’m dismantling a giant lot of legislation, but you don’t mention that.

      And if you don’t think preserving the integrity of the environment isn’t axiomatic to the continuation of the Free-Market, Capitalism, and Human Liberty, then you’re a fool. Even Hayek mentioned government action to prevent deforestation in “The Road to Serfdom”.

      Just a bunch of platitudes from someone calling themselves a Libertarian, and spewing a few slogans. It’s no wonder the ethical political philosophy known as Libertarianism, or Classical Liberalism, suffers when dolts like you bray slogans in its name. Anyway, feel free to vote for the three Republicans running in the Libertarian Party primary if you think they are less Statist than me— Paul Grad

  2. Good luck with all your campaigns Paul, and please contact me if you need help. If you give me an email address, I’d be glad to send my growing database of our over 1,600 candidates who are stepping forward–like you–to solve this latest problem with our great country. Maybe you good people could get to know each other. Also, joining https://www.facebook.com/groups/Libertarian.candidates “Libertarian candidates helping each other” should be enjoyable.

    10. 1¶4: What would be the price of a contract insurance policy?

    One percent of the value being insured. For example–in order to buy a house–if I sign a contract with a bank to repay one hundred thousand dollars over a thirty year period, I would pay our government one thousand dollars per year to insure the deal. If I continue to make the agreed upon payments, I could enjoy my house without interference from anyone. Multiplying these common transactions by the number of Americans, our government could earn billions of dollars.

    This is the revolutionary idea: “our government could EARN”–just like what every other law abiding citizen has been doing since governments were invented. Instead of politicians bribing one group to impose a tax on another and then using that money to buy votes for the next tax, politicians would be elevated to the honorable status of people who provide a valuable service, and work to satisfy their customers. This new job description probably would not appeal to those who enter government to gain power over people–a great byproduct of contract insurance.

    If the one percent premium was too low to operate our government, our politicians could either increase their efficiency or raise the price. If the price was too high, either the voters could elect politicians who would lower it or people would be free to operate without contract insurance. With this innovation, we finally could bring government into the civilized world, where people offer value for value. http://www.LP4.org

    1. Thank you, Mr. Hollist, for your comment. While I’m not an active candidate currently, having run in 2014, I always espouse your ingenious “contract insurance” idea, when confronted by someone saying “but we must have taxes to pay for ….”. I see “contract insurance” working well in the medical insurance area too, where the government might offer catastrophic medical coverage (hospitalization in life threatening emergencies) for a low monthly premium with no taxpayer funds used to bail out any deficits (which would make it virtually indistinguishable from a private insurance company). Yes, government contract insurance to fund government courts and other minarchist functions is a great and original idea. —Paul Grad

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