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The Libertarian Party applauds the efforts of Campaign Zero to go beyond merely protesting the injustices perpetrated by law enforcement on citizens of the United States to proposing specific, well thought-through changes in government policy. They include:

  • Prohibiting excessive use of police force
  • Ending the use of military equipment by police
  • Ending “policing for profit” where law enforcement agencies get to keep the assets they seize from citizens in police raids,
  • Giving citizens the authority to set policing policies in their communities,
  • Requiring body cameras on police, and
  • Ending protections written into union contracts that put police above the law.

"The measures proposed by Campaign Zero are a great start," said Nicholas Sarwark, chair of Libertarian Party. "But we need more. The failed and deadly War on Drugs is the driving force behind many of today’s unjust police practices."Military_swat_team.jpg

Read the LP press release here.


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Your Labor is Your Labor Day

by Ken Penkowski

It’s Labor Day 2015 today, here in Wake County (and probably where you are, if that “where” is in the U.S.) If you are a member of the productive class, you are probably celebrating the last long weekend of summer and not thinking too much of it. If you are in the ruling class, working for some government bureaucracy, thank you for being a little less of a burden on the rest of us today.

And while this government holiday’s stated purpose—to recognize “the social and economic achievements of American workers”—sounds admirable, the litany of regulation, licensing and taxation that face today’s productive American worker does everything possible to retard those achievements. According to the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, the “land of the free” doesn’t even break into the global top ten.

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State Budget Squabble Continues

While the two parties that control the state legislature (House Republicans and Senate Republicans) continue their squabble over the budget, school districts and local governments must try to stumble along without knowing how much money they can spend.

Becki Gray, vice president for outreach at the John Locke Foundation, offers some advice on how to fill in the details. She begins with a suggestion to "be honest in our accounting."

"Count all spending, including capital and repairs and renovation reserves, grants, etc," she advises. "Keep it all lined up online. No accounting gimmicky allowed."

Read more here.


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