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The Degeneration of the Socialist Delusion in America

Back in the early and later 1960s, it was still easy to believe that the Left and the Socialism of the Liberal Democrats of that time, or some melange of a lot of Socialism with some Capitalism thrown in, could reform society and make America a sort of paradise. Disagreeing with Thomas Jefferson, the Left and Liberal Democrats said Government was a good thing, and not an Evil as Jefferson stated (though perhaps necessary), and, if there were problems, it should and could be reformed until it was honky-dory. Government was like a friendly, helpful neighborhood corner grocer, and if his assistant short-changed you, or sold you moldy bread as being fresh, well, you could have him fired and hire someone else.

That delusion is now breaking down, and we are seeing the degeneration of a society that was probably the most Libertarian and the most orderly that had ever existed, and considering how un-Libertarian and how disorderly America was, it shows you how bad things all over the world were, for centuries and beyond, when you compare.

Because America has followed Socialism for so long, and could run from 1950 until now borrowing money, it was able to buy off the People with both welfare, and the chance to make a fortune for those who were Capitalists. Both sides were content enough not to rebel, although the Principled Capitalists complained about the Income Tax and all the other taxes.

But these deficit-spending years finally led to inflation, and, as we know from Weimar Germany, Ron Paul, and Norman Mailer, inflation wipes out the middle class, leads to social chaos, and the chaos leads to tough talk and Fascism. Inflation brought about Hitler.

This is what is currently  occurring in the United States. Violence is growing; the epidemic use of abysmal drugs like meth and opioids is merely one of the symptoms of this degeneration in America. (A Liberal will drive a young person into poverty, and then, when they take to Meth or Opiods because of the despair generated by Socialist taxation and bureaucracy, the Liberals clamor for more government treatment centers, and more juvenile detention “shelters”, funded with more taxes….making people poorer… etcetera. You have to wonder what they haven’t been smoking.)(As Libertarians, you know, we believe absolutely in the self-ownership of adults, and, if an adult wants to take any drug, and he never violates the Non-Aggression Principle of Libertarianism, he should not be arrested and has violated no law except man-made law. That said, when I ran for Governor of Oregon in 2014, and utilizing environmental laws, I proposed a measure that would, in effect,have arrested I’d guess 99% of the meth users who commit crimes, and for far longer terms. I also proposed an initial legalizing of heroin only for the terminally ill, and would have debated further legalization in the Oregon Legislature. And I was once fascinated to hear Dr. Dean Edel, on his radio medical program, tell of a small class of heroin users who use the same low dose regularly, for years, without ever increasing their dose, and hold down jobs. Kinda like the person who can occasionally smoke a cigarette and not get hooked, while, for the overwhelming majority of tobacco users, they soon have this death’s-head-monkey on their backs all the way into the emphysema of the nursing home.)

Tobacco is for losers, (but who am I to criticize Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein? Lord Russell once explained that Tobacco usage had actually led to his long old-age, because he was once on a plane flight over Norway that segregated the tobacco addicts in the tail of the plane from the non-smokers in the front. The plane crashed into a fjord with the nose submerged, and the tail in the air. All the passengers in the front were drowned, but Russell managed to escape through a window, swim to shore, and write again.).

This is all somewhat removed from our main point that Socialism leads to Anarchy (i.e. Common Law crimes) which is now leading to Fascism. Trump is a reaction to that Anarchy, and, we judge, probably the least harmful in the long run. There is perhaps none less dangerous to absorb this call for a tough guy to cope with the appalling disorder in America than he, but of course one must never trust these “leaders”. Yet, I can think of ten demagogues in America (mostly Democrats) who would have been far worse and far more dangerous than Mr. Trump. The Democrats have become the Klan in terms of their fanaticism.

But it is the Bipartisans who have destroyed America, the milksop middle, that talk Capitalism but groan when you talk of eliminating the Socialist program or tax loophole that is benefiting their own individual case, while never questioning the basic crime of taxation. (All funding for a Libertarian government could come through excise taxes on imports from foreign countries that violate our Bill of Rights, and contract insurance offered by the government in order to settle contractual disputes decided in government courts. This would preclude individual taxation, which is a crime according to the Declaration of Independence which delineates the Inalienable Rights of the Individual.)

So thank the do-nothing wimps for whom you voted, Governor Jerry Brown and Governor Kate Brown, the Brownshirts whose college and university campuses spew Jew-hatred, while they stay mum. Oregon State University and the California State Universities and Colleges spew racism and violence against Jews comparable to the racism of the old Segregationist South against Black People, before the Kennedy Administration had the huevos to bust their asses. But the Governors Brown, both Democrats, the wimps who don’t speak out against the Hitlerians,  as well as Oregon Democrat Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, stay silent and do nothing. Real trash politicians.

Additionally, we are seeing a crime wave of unprecedented proportions in Southern Oregon, where criminals who would have received 5-10 years in jail for Grand Auto Theft in the 1950s in California, are being consistently plea-bargained down to “Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle” and are soon out of jail stealing again. Grants Pass has now become the auto vehicle theft center of Oregon, thanks to Governor Kate Brown’s unwillingness to place them in State Prison for long terms, so that her beloved mega-corporations can continue to pay no income tax, and her beloved 1,195 PERS pensioners can continue to suck their $100,000/yr plus pensions out of the State’s taxpayers. The Oregon State Constitution requires that the first priority of the Government is, to quote, “The peace, safety, and happiness” of the People, i.e. Law Enforcement, but this is being ignored by this immoral Governor, who jeopardises the safety of the Citizenry in order to safe money for her Government and Corporate clients. I have heard from two sources that the State has told the Counties to send 5% less criminals to State Prisons in exchange for more money to those Counties, thus throwing the burden of jailing these criminals onto County property owners who fund the Counties’ jails. The Counties in turn, would rather spend the money on their commissioner’s $90,000 plus salaries in a County where the average income is approximately $20,000 and lower. Another example of how Socialism is wiping out the middle class to finance State bureaucrats. State workers salaries in Oregon often run from between $150,000 to $250,000 plus benefits. They can now do better than successful commodity traders just by showering and showing up for work. As in the Soviet Union, membership in the Party, or now working for the State Government, is a sure ticket to easy street, while the private sector worker, like the minimum wage worker, can barely survive — more fruits of the Democrats’ and Republicans’ Socialism

So between the Meth Heads and the Democrat Politicians, you can see what is wrong with America, and the Libertarian Solutions, which only Congressman Ron Paul and a few Rothbardian-Libertarian economists have ever espoused for the last 35 years, are no longer possible. America is like an old old car battery just on the brink of failing

Welcome to Criminal Anarchy under the Governors Brown and Socialism.

— Paul Grad, 2014 Libertarian Party of Oregon Gubernatorial Nominee

Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: Observations on My 2014 Gubernatorial Campaign

paul 19Looking back on my run for the Oregon Governorship in 2014 as the nominee of the Libertarian Party of Oregon, I have several observations on the campaign which might be worthwhile sharing.

I ran because I’d long thought about running for office, but only for a top position. I wanted to radically change things, not begin a long career up the professional politician’s career-ladder. That’s why I made my proposals radical, and said just what I thought on the issues. There were several laws I felt were needed, and many abuses I felt were not being addressed or even talked about by anyone, so I determined to bring those to the public’s attention as part of my campaign.

I planned to run just a local campaign, and disseminate my views largely through posts on this website. I wrote about seventy pieces on a whole panoply of political problems, and hid nothing from the public as to what I was for and against, and what I would or wouldn’t do as Governor. Since people insist on political labels, and it is a way for them to conceive of a politician as a friend or enemy, I labelled myself an enviro-Libertarian Jeffersonian Minarchist, or an enviro-vegan Libertarian.

Since I was running as the Libertarian candidate, I confined myself almost exclusively to the general problems and solutions which Libertarians generally propose, like abolition of the personal income tax, or the legalization of gambling and prostitution, but I didn’t hide my views on hunting, logging, or slaughterhouses.

The first challenge was getting one’s statement in the voter’s pamphlet. This required 500 valid signatures, and the State gave you about 35 days to collect them and get them to Salem. You also had to submit your voter’s pamphlet Statement first and have it approved by the Secretary of State’s office before you could start gathering the signatures, and since nowhere on the Secretary of State’s website did they tell you the first date you could submit your Statement,  you didn’t even know beforehand how many days you’d have in which to gather the 500 signatures. The only way we found out was that the Libertarian nominee for Senator, Mike Montchalin, had the initiative to phone the Secretary of State’s office and ask. That’s how careless and inconsiderate the Oregon Secretary of State’s office, then under the auspices of the new Governor Brown, was to those of us running to improve and correct the State’s Government — they couldn’t even be bothered to publish such vital information to the candidates on their website as the first date you were eligible to submit your statement, after which you could start gathering signatures. (Approval seemed to take about half-a-day.)

I spent six days wandering around town, and hanging in front of the Librarium, gathering signatures. Probably 25% were filled out incorrectly, so the signatures were worthless. It was frustrating to talk to someone for five minutes, have them decide to sign, and then notice after they walked away, that they’d filled out something incorrectly.

I saw that I would spend a whole month, that I could expend just talking to people or shaking hands and introducing myself, in this futile attempt to get 350 words in the voter’s pamphlet, although this usually tends to double a candidate’s vote total. The Senatorial Candidate Mike Montchalin got just over twice the number of votes I got with his Statement and photo in the pamphlet, though this may have been due to his better campaigning, or voter repugnance at my views. However I did beat the total of the previous Libertarian candidate, Wes Wagner, who got 19k+ votes in 2010 with his statement in the pamphlet, while I got 21,903 without a statement, but that might well be just because of the growing popularity, though slight, of the Libertarian ideal in American politics. People are seeing that Government is not working, and is abusing them, and the natural American Libertarian streak, that inspired Jefferson and other Founders, is still amongst us.

So, after expending six days to collect about 85 signatures, of which probably 25% had errors which would have disqualified those signatures in the eyes of the Secretary of State, and for the reasons stated in the next paragraph, I suspended my signature gathering drive, and after that I just went up to people and introduced my candidacy and showed them my platform sheet. If I felt they were especially sympathetic or gungho Libertarian, then I’d show them the signature sheet, ask them to sign it, and explain that it was very unlikely I’d get the signatures in time. This liberated me to concentrate on the issues, and, not being a pragmatist, I was quite willing to spend a good deal of time explaining some of my views to one person.

I didn’t like collecting signatures for two other reasons. First, it seemed like this free printing of my Statement at the taxpayer expense was a clear violation of Libertarian Doctrine. Here we were preaching against government welfare, yet we were hypocritically taking a government freebie. That alone made me uncomfortable, and not want my statement in the pamphlet. Secondly, I didn’t like the feeling of having to ask people for something. One could have paid $3,000,  unlike the Democrat and Republican  who had their Parties and donors pay for them, so they didn’t have to tie up a whole month of their life, but that would have been collaborating with the Socialist State, and even enriching it through it’s extortion — talk about an uneven playing field in American Politics. But no Liberal Democrat politician has once called out the injustice of this rich man’s party’s hypocrisy. My Senatorial co-runner, Mr. Montchalin, did, by dint of persistent hard work in 100+ heat in Pendleton, manage to finally collect the 500 signatures, though I’d guess he spent over 20 days doing it. It was over 100 degrees in Cave Junction too almost that entire month, and the streets looked like the post-North Korean nuclear attack on the U.S. West Coast.

However, one thing I did like about the signature gathering process was the fact that I could go up to a stranger and engage them in political discussion without it seeming strange to them. I had the 20 or so key points of my platform printed in large type on a sheet of paper, and I would introduce myself and show them the sheet. This led to some very interesting political discussions.

One fellow I remember looked over my list and liked it until he got to my proposal to ban the supplying of meat, fish and poultry to State Prisoners, since the AMA has stated that a vegetarian diet is completely healthy, and this would save the taxpayer money. Prisoners could still buy certain kinds of meat through the mail, like jerky. He got quite hot under the collar about this proposal, but when I explained that the current situation violated the deepest religious values of both Hindu-American taxpayers and vegetarian/vegan taxpayers, who were forced at gunpoint to violate their most sacred religious and moral views, he saw the point, and ended up shaking hands and saying, “We should debate!”

Then there was the local owner of the Chinese restaurant in town. When I approached him, he spoke Chinese to me, as if he didn’t understand English (he does). He was with his two grandsons. I explained to them that I was running for Governor, and that I would abolish the income tax for small businessmen and abolish business license requirements. One rolled his eyes in surprise; evidently he’d never heard anything so radical before in milquetoast Oregon. Later on, when going to my car which was parked near his house, the owner saw me, smiled, and waved.

Additionally, there was the pleasure of converting someone over to your view by making them think of something they’d never thought of before. One Republican conservative/libertarian liked almost everything on my platform list except the abolition of the death penalty. I explained my plan for a more arduous imprisonment, but also the principle that the life energy of the murderer now should rightly become the property of the next of kin, so that a child whose parent had been murdered would be given the money that prisoner would earn working 6-12 hour days for life. He seemed to never have thought about this, and seemed to like the idea, and added “I see I will have to rethink my views on the Death Penalty”. Another gentleman, who had a booth set up with his wife, liked much of my platform, and liked my belief that marriage, being a religious institution, should be completely separate from our law and government, so that tax rates for single and married would be identical, and divorce would be handled through private religious and secular courts, saving the taxpayer the costs of operating government-run divorce courts and marriage-license offices.

As to my dealings with the Press: Though I sent an email to the local paper, which is a few blocks from my residence, I never once got a request for an interview, even though I was running for Governor. Shows how much the editor loves Libertarians, and his Care and Consideration in carrying out his duties as a member of the American Press. That Care and Consideration I did get from the major newspaper in Bend. They did an editorial staff interview of me over the phone. They would interview all candidates and then endorse one. ( It wasn’t me.) But at least they carried out their responsibility as part of the Press to ask me for my positions.

However, to its credit, the local newspaper did hold a Candidates Night. When I contacted the editor as to whether I could speak, he told me it was only for local candidates, as if the Governorship of the State wasn’t worth the public’s time, but he did say I could set up a table if I wanted. When I showed up at the hall, the editor told me that I could have three minutes to speak, along with fellow LPO Candidate, Mark Seligman.

Prior to our speaking, we had been listening to the questioning of the candidates for County Commissioner and Sheriff, and there had been absolute silence in the hall. But when I got up to speak along with Mr. Seligman, the editor got up and left, and in the back of the hall there were loud conversations going on between the two Sheriff candidates and other individuals, loud enough to the extent that it was very distracting to both the speaker and those trying to listen to us. I purposely raised my voice, and kept raising it as I pounded out the core principles of Jeffersonian Libertarianism and the Inalienable Rights of Man, as well as the Libertarian Non-Aggression Principle, which is its core axiom. Finally the Sheriff candidates looked towards the stage and ceased their banter, and I, and then Mr. Seligman, were able to deliver our talks in silence. So, while I was very disappointed that the editor didn’t even bother to interview me in his paper or explicitly invite me to the Candidates Evening, he did in part make up for it by offering me table space and three minutes to talk, which he could have not offered to do. So I give him a little credit for carrying out his almost-sacred Duty to the Public as part of the American Press.

One part of the Press that really did carry out it’s responsibility to the pubic was Don Merrill and radio station KBOO in Portland. Merrill has done a whole series of in-depth interviews with Oregon politicians and would-be politicians (as well as leading figures in jazz), and his interview with me was excellent. He was very well informed, stayed neutral during the interview, and edited out my faux pas nicely. That interview is available on the web.

As far as the Libertarian Party of Oregon was concerned, as illustrated by the thread discussions held on its Facebook webpage and their votes on potential state initiatives in the Libertarian primary, I felt that they were generally not Libertarian enough in hammering on economic issues. There seemed to be a great emphasis on a few issue, like drivers cards GMO-food labeling,  but not a lot on the basis market issues that Libertarians should be practically concerned with, like abolishing the personal income tax, or estate/inheritance tax, or farm subsidies. Very few commentators seemed to be worked up about these issues compared to topics like GMO crops, gun laws, top two primaries, and the militarization of the police. My top issues were the legalization of heroin for the terminally ill, the abolition of Capital Punishment, and the abolition of the personal income tax. Then abolishing estate tax and legalizing cannabis with a few exceptions.

One thing I did like about Oregon Libertarians was the large percentage of what I’d call enviro-Libertarians, at least if you went by the GMO-crop ban numbers. About 40% of them favored the ban, and about 60% bought the corporate line. There’s a lot of scepticism too about vaccines amongst Libertarians, while even Portland Liberals have voted again and again to ban flouridation of their water, which used to be an ultra-Right and Libertarian position in the 50s and early 60s. So there seems to be a crossover between Environmentalists and Libertarians in Oregon which I thought might make me an unusually welcome candidate, but shortly after I won the nomination, a Pacific Green candidate entered, and I imagine he ended up taking a sizable chunk of Green votes I might have attracted, even though he was a  phony in my view because he was pro-timber logging and pro-hunting, while my platform included the most radical environmental proposals: a live-logging moratorium, banning atrazine and neonicotinoid and other pesticides,  and outlawing hunting, etc.

I also liked the fact that Libertarians seemed generally to take a very sympathetic view of the child-refugees from Central America who were swarming into Texas and other border states due to the Fascistic War on Drugs. Republicans were calling for guns at the border to turn back these children, but the Libertarians clearly saw that this exodus was due to the anti-Libertarian controlled substance laws, which are a prescription for Communistic Totalitarianism, and that’s exactly what we’ve had in America since the days of the Fascist Hoovers (both Jedgar and Herbert), at least in the realm of drug laws. And remember the Democrats have not once stopped this disgusting tyranny when they have held power, showing that they are a morally bankrupt party, and no person should ever join or support them.

And I found it interesting that the anti-pesticide group of which I had attended numerous meetings, and whose proposals I was putting forth almost word for word, never once mentioned my candidacy on their website. Even though a Capitalist was putting forth every proposal they said was so emergently important to save the Earth, they weren’t going to publicize him. Maybe they’d rather have a socialist and Democrat destroying the Earth and spraying pesticides on kids like now former-Governor Kitzhaber than a pro-environmental Capitalist.

Additionally, I attended a sort of farm festival cum environmental information cum artisan’s wares at a large wooded butterfly sanctuary. I wanted to campaign, gather signatures, and felt my environmental views might find fertile fields at this gathering, but when I got there, one of the sponsors and his wife, both in the pesticide group I attended, wouldn’t let me gather signatures, even though this was supposed to be a fair dealing with environmental and farm issues and my platform included very radical environmental measures. The wife of the gentleman hysterically accused me of “forcing her to be a vegetarian” which cracked me up. These Liberal/Leftists (I’d guess they vote Democrat) butcher alpacas for profit, murdering these gentle creatures and grinding their corpses into sausage for filthy lucre, so they weren’t too jazzed about my animal welfare measures, like outlawing slaughterhouses — something I told the public I would not institute without a democratic majority behind it in the State. My purpose on certain issues was to bring them up for discussion, even if they hadn’t a ghost of a chance of passing.

So that shows you. The Left Enviros wouldn’t vote for a radical Capitalist even if he proposed exactly what they wanted, and the Libertarians in general didn’t even seem to know who Murray Rothbard was, or what his views were. And they generally seem engulfed in issues other than the free-market economic issues, which I think are the most important to the American Public, along with Bill of Rights and environmental issues.

And the problems with putrid politicians were well illustrated when I campaigned at our local 4th of July Lions Club Festival, held at the city park. When I arrived, i ran into Mark Seligman, the Libertarian Candidate for the State Legislature from our district. And seated next to Mr. Seligman was Mark Gatlin, who was running for County Commissioner. I chatted with Mr. Seligman on various issues, and at one point mentioned that my top issue was the legalization of heroin for the terminally ill. He told me I shouldn’t mention it because “it’s a vote loser”. The Principle, that no Citizen should have to die in excruciating pain, and has the inalienable Right to put whatever they want in their bodies, seemed to be completely forgotten by Mr. Seligman in the name of “pragmatism”, who remember was calling himself a Libertarian. Disgusted, I turned to Mr. Gatlin. “What do you think? Do you think heroin should be legal for the terminally ill?” His reply was “No.” “So you don’t think people have the right of self ownership?”, I asked. To which he replied, “There’s something else, oxycotin.” “But if someone doesn’t want to take oxycotin, or its not killing their pain, don’t you think they have the Right to take heroin?”. To which he replied, “Legalizing heroin is anarchy.” At that point, I couldn’t bear being around such a callous person, so I split. Then I ran into Mark Seligman again. “I’m telling you, man, legalizing heroin is a vote loser.” I turned to him, “You’re not a Libertarian, you’re a Democrat”, which I’d define as someone who won’t speak out on an injustice because it will lose him votes. (I still voted for him.)

Later, when I was leaving, I happened to pass Mr. Gatlin’s table again just as two teens were standing about 20 feet away, both smoking cigarettes. The smoke was drifting in our direction, and one of my campaign proposals would have criminilized assault by second-hand smoke within 100 feet of another person, with more severe penalties for smoking near a child or pregnant woman. I went up to Mr. Gatlin again. “Do you think that should be legal?” I queried. “What?” he asked. I pointed to the two youths, “That people can be exposed to tobacco-smoke in a public place?” “Yeh”, he replied. So you can see the hypocrisy of this Fascist — he’ll deny the dying pain relief in the name of preventing Anarchy, but he doesn’t mind people being able to poison other people and children in public. What a hypocrite!

After Seligman and Gatlin, I was pretty sick of politicos.

However, the number of interesting conversations I got into, the number of supportive and kind comments I got from people, and the joy of finding another human brain that saw things exactly as you saw them, and agreed with you 100% on an issue, made campaigning worthwhile. It was also gratifying to see someone’s thinking change before your eyes as you brought up an aspect of a political issue that they’d never ever thought about.

Finally, there was the subject of hits on this campaign blog, a subject which must be dear to any minor party candidate not included in the usual polls, which only list the two bipartisan candidates, but would never dare publicize a minor party candidate by including them in its surveys. Such candidates are relegated to the catagory of “other” in the poll results.

Of course, as soon as I set up my campaign blog and began posting, I was expecting a flood of hits daily — surely several hundred. The depressing reality was that, even though I was running for the Governorship of one of the United States, I was only garnering 5-15 hits a day with only three months to go before the election. The lack of interest was disconcerting.

One day, however, I awoke to find over 40 hits. I’d caught on! I’d finally lit that brushfire of Liberty mentioned by Samuel Adams! But no, it was due to the fact that a group, Women Against Registry, was soliciting my views on the sex registry, and had probably noticed my platform proposal to increase the sentence for first degree rape. I had a back and forth dialogue with some of their members, and they made me aware of the problems for people with minor sexual offenses like public urination or mooning that have kept them on sex registries for decades, as well as the problems for children as young as six to ten placed on sex registries. However, they weren’t very jazzed about my proposal for increased rape sentences. After our dialogues ceased, the blog hits declined again to their indifferent 5-15/day.

Contrast those 5-15 hits, to the roughly 1500 I got the day before the election, and the 2150 on the day of election. Political interest really hits a frenzy in those last three or four days before an election, and blog post hits are a good guide to the intensity of that frenzy.

I’m very glad I ran, and put my platform before the Oregon Voters. They finally had a choice and a voice on many issues that no politician ever mentions because they are trying to win, not trying to bring Justice and Right Action to politics.

The worm has eaten its way into the Fascistic apple.

-Paul Grad, enviro-vegan Libertarian,

Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: Why I am Running

In short, because I think our society is on the brink of disaster, economically, politically, and environmentally.paul 19

But that’s not the only reason. Basically, I’m running because for years I have seen injustices and dangerous situations going unanswered and even unmentioned by the mainline politicians. Nobody says legalize heroin for the terminally ill, no one says outlaw pitbulls, after they’ve been responsible for 62% of all fatal dog attacks in the past nine years, nobody stands up and says let’s jail people who smoke tobacco near children, and near anyone for that matter, no one sits-in at the Capitol and demands the Pardon of the Cannabis prisoners, rotting in cages in State custody. Then there are the economic injustices, like a billion-dollar corporation paying a lower income tax rate than a poor roofer making $7950, like one individual receiving $545k/yr in PERS pensions, while the voters of Josephine County are reviled as cheapskates because they refuse to pay the $130k/yr cost of a new deputy, even though it is the State’s and the Governor’s Responsibility under the Oregon Constitution to promote the “peace, safety, and happiness” of the Citizenry, which means that the State has the Responsibility to provide police protection if the County cannot manage it. There are over 1100 PERS recipients receiving pensions of over $100k per year, and since PERS costs tend to add about 21.5%, longterm average, to county and city hiring costs, it is clear that if PERS costs didn’t exist, then the first $100,000 of just one of those 1100-plus individual pensioners could have provided police protection to a valley of 17,000 souls who must largely fend for themselves, due to the incompetence and immorality of the current administration in Salem.

Another great injustice,whose victims have been without political voice for so long, is the serving of meat in state prisons. This violates the deepest moral and religious values of vegan, vegetarian, and Hindu-American taxpayers in Oregon, and, since the AMA has stated that a vegetarian diet is a completely healthy diet, there can be no reason to continue this injustice any longer. Actually, the property rights of all Oregonian taxpayers are violated by the serving of meat in prisons, since meat costs so much more than beans and other high-protein sources. All taxpayers would have their property rights protected by the implementation of vegetarian diet in state prisons. Prisoners would be free to use the money they earn to purchase non-refrigerated forms of meat or fish through the mail, and the State would provide them with B12 tablets.

So the social and economic injustices that have gone unrectified for decades were also a major contribution to my mailing my name in as a candidate.

Another big reason I ran was because, for a long time, there were only three Candidates listed as running for the Libertarian Party of Oregon’s nomination, and they were all Republicans. I could not let that stand. For the Libertarian Party to be represented by someone like Ms. Rafferty would be tragic.

When I sent my name in, I explained that I planned to run a largely local campaign, and not to accept any donations. I also said I would not spend over the $750 spending limit above which the State requires you to form a “Campaign Finance Committee”, and to submit a report anytime you spend any money at all. This is all part of the “regulations”, purported to prevent unfair elections, which virtually guarantee than no Individual, on their own, could become Governor of, or Senator from, Oregon. But you should have, and do have, the Right to spend your justly acquired money as you see fit. Nor should you have to engage in any collectivist activities, like forming a campaign finance committee which obviously involves the labor of others, to run for office. Moreover, the reporting requirements over $750 would be extremely arduous for any person running on their own to comply with. They are, in my view, a form of involuntary servitude, or slavery, and I would not comply with them on principle, unless I were running a full-scale political campaign and had a hired staff who could deal with all that trivia. The Liberals, in their so-called drive for election reform, have made sure than no Individual on his own could ever get elected in their wonderful democracy. The effects of the Liberal’s reform measures are often worse than those of outright Reactionaries.

I did not pledge not to spend any money at all because that would have precluded my having to mail a letter, or print my platform on a piece of paper, or any other costs associated with local campaigning like cost of transportation to events, etc.

I also wanted to run because I see the People suffering so miserably from the inflation which the Democrats and Republicans have forced on them through the Federal Reserve, and the vast media propaganda machine that brainwashes the public into accepting this theft. Inflation is theft, and all governments want it and promote it. It is the theft of the wealth of the working class, to keep them in the working class, and the Democrats are its biggest proponents. It grieves me to see children growing up in this hopeless inflationary poverty, where the poor do not know from week to week what vital cost or food item will inflate next. This inflationary tyranny of the Democrats and Republicans must be crushed politically at the polls, and by running I am giving the public a chance to send that crushing blow to the swindling inflationists.

I also saw that if I didn’t run, no one else would run whose platform was even remotely close to what I think is necessary for America: a radically pro-Individual-Free-Market Capitalism, championing the small businessman, the worker, the artisan, and the small investor, melded to a stringent environmentalism, much more radical it seems to me than the namby-pamby rumblings of the environmental “movement” which has completely failed to stop the destruction of the Earth. I thought a genuine Libertarian who also espoused a radical Environmental Plank would have appeal to a good number of people in Oregon, while my Animal Cruelty Prevention planks would appeal not only to vegetarians, vegans, and anti-vivisectionists, but also to our fellow-vegetarian Friends in the Hindu-American Community in Oregon, whose Rights are also violated with impunity.

So I thought my Candidacy might be the filip that would catalyze a new political wedge of thought. Maybe you could call it Enviro-Vegan-Libertarianism, although I’m pretty sure that I only encompass a tiny fraction of the current Libertarian Party with this melding.

I also wanted to get an entire platform, that reflected that combination of political and ethical philosophies, down on paper into a written document with specific planks. As one astute British politician once urged, “Policy, not politics.”

Additionally, I thought I’d be a suitable Libertarian candidate because I have read extensively in Libertarian literature: works and lectures by Rothbard, Mises, Hayek, Ron Paul, Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, Arthur Seldon, and others. Though I think Professor Rothbard’s “Anarcho-Capitalism” is a feasible social system, and that Mankind will eventually arrive at such a system if it survives current times, I do not think America is currently at all prepared for such a system, and that if we could arrive at the Jeffersonian Ideal of a Minarchist, or minimal government, Republic, determined by democratic elections, we would have accomplished much. Let’s carry out the Jeffersonian Revolution of government securing Individual Inalienable Right —  its sole legitimate function — and we will have done something which has never been done in the world, but must be done.

Another necessary Gubernatorial function which I think I would fulfill better than any of the other Candidates would be my willingness to meet with the public through speeches, press conferences, and public questionings. If elected, I plan to speak in every town that has a town hall or county building in the State within the first 180 days of my administration, and I will respectfully request that the Native Tribes permit me to visit their Lands and address their Elders, and listen to their concerns. If elected, I will use my bully pulpit to speak out on issues that concern me pertaining to matters within the State of Oregon. I believe that this is a necessary function of any Governor — to meet regularly, face to face with the press, and not just through the ventriloquist’s dummy of a Governor’s spokesperson.

Finally, one other reason I ran was because I was somewhat inspired by the campaign of the Left-Libertarian and Novelist, Norman Mailer, for Mayor of New York. The fact that Mailer would try to realize his own private vision of Libertarianism in the political realm, after writing about it for decades, made me think that, at worst, my campaign would do no harm, while at best it might actually provoke massive change, but, at least, it would probably change the thinking of a few Individuals, here and there, on a few issues, but probably not enough to radically change our society. Mailer confessed after the election that he was so politically naive that up until a week before the actually balloting, he thought he had a chance to win. He got about 5.9% of the vote.

While I resolved to put myself forward as the People’s servant, I also resolved not to interfere with my responsibility to take care of myself and my property. If I were elected, then my Responsibilities would shift, and I think the enforcement of the Constitutional requirements of Article 1 Section 1 would become my first priority, since the Gubernatorial remuneration would be adequate for my personal needs. I do not doubt, despite my lack of actually being in government, that I could carry out the office as competently, if not more so, than any of the other candidates.

So, all these reasons in combination are why I’m running for Governor of Oregon. I’m disgusted with the persistence of Injustice, and I don’t want to see America, as manifested in Oregon, go down the drain.

Paul Grad, Libertarian, for Oregon Governor, paulgrad4governor.wordpress.com, http://kboo.fm/content/paulgradinterview

 

Paul Grad for Oregon Governor: Platform Summary

As the Libertarian Party’s official nominee for Governor of Oregon in 2014, here is my  platform in brief, according to topic. Proposals with several exceptions to them are followed by an (x).

Economic Proposals

1. Abolish the personal income tax, most corporate income tax, and  the estate tax.

2. Abolish PERS, the Public Employee Retirement System.

3. Abolish the State Lottery.

4. Abolish farm subsidies, and subsidies, loans, and grants to private business.

5) Abolish all State Commissions

6) End State funding to State Universities and Colleges.

7) Outlaw business-license and vending-license requirements.

Social and Legal Proposals

1) Abolish the Death Penalty.

2) Legalize heroin for the terminally ill.

3) Completely legalize cannabis, no taxes. (x)

4) Outlaw pitbulls, current owners can keep.

5) Permit opt-out of autopsy.

6) Increase sentences for 1st- and 2nd-degree rape by 50%.

7) Pardon all cannabis prisoners. (x)

8) Outlaw 2nd-hand tobacco smoke within 100ft of another person.

9) Legalize prostitution and gambling.

10) Remove marriage from State legal codes and statutes. (x)

11) Outlaw air conditioner noise that crosses property lines.

12) Affirm Natural Rights of Individuals take precedence over any alleged rights of corporations.

13) End Civil Forfeiture; only Criminal Forfeiture allowed under law.

Environmental Proposals

1) Implement live logging moratorium on all State lands. (x)

2) Repeal the Right to Farm and Forest Act.

3) Outlaw fracking.

4) Ban GMO-crop cultivation.

5) Ban pesticide, herbicide sprays on State lands and in public schools.

6) Ban atrazine, neonicotinoid pesticides, and certain other herbicides.

7) Jail anyone smoking tobacoo within 10 ft. of a child.

8) Utilize the “Natural Selection Forest Management” System in managing State lands. This provides a sustainable harvest of dead trees, self-employs the harvesters and distributors, and cuts our national trade deficit while being carbon-neutral and leaving the forests in near-wilderness conditions with no measurable environmental degradation.

Animal welfare proposals.

1) Outlaw vivisection.

2) Outlaw hunting and fishing. (x) (Native-American Tribal Lands exempt.)

3) Outlaw slaughterhouses.

4) Outlaw rodeos and circuses using animals, marine parks using killer whales and/or dolphins, bullfighting, bear-baiting.

5) Implement Statewide spay program at one hour minimum wage cost.

6) Outlaw horse and greyhound racing.

7) Provide bulletproof vests for all police dogs in Oregon.

 

Paul Grad, paulgrad4governor.wordpress.com