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The Liberty Lamp: Libertarian News & Editorials

A blog dedicated to the advancement of libertarian principles, and to the protection of activist groups' privacy and Constitutional rights. Topics include discussions on privacy tips, current events, political topics, and bulletins on how to get involved in various pro-liberty activities.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

A New Site For LibertarianActivism.com & DownsizeDC.org

Libertarian issues are at the heart of everything we do here at the Libertarian Action Network (LAN). LibertarianActivism.com has been providing you, the freedom minded activist, with unique, high quality information about activism, politics, economics, and financial privacy for almost three years now. It's hard to believe, but this site began life sometime in Fall, 2004, as a random act of political activism prior to the November, 2004 General Elections. Back then, it was called the Phoenix of Light Network, accessible at PhoenixOfLight.com, which was sold about two years ago for a whopping $65 to someone who may be in Italy. $65 isn't much, but it was at least 10% more then than it is now, thanks to your local thieves and warmongers in DC and at the Federal Reserve. That argument is for another post, so search this site for germane topics.

Change is afoot again here at the LAN. First, the user contributed nature of this project never really caught on. There are a few guest essays here, to be sure, but my original vision of this site was to have regular blog contributors, original articles on current events, etc. This failed to materialize, so this site has primarily been a one person job over the last few years. Additionally, all content and site layout up to this point has been manually coded. My current template consists only of CSS and SSI, with a couple of random CGI elements here and there. It may not be the best looking hunk of HTML out there, but I'm a bit fond of it. Unfortunately, I want to expand the site quite a bit with hot new privacy and financial content. After all, liberty is solidly built on the four pillars of determination, integrity, brotherhood, and independence. To achieve it, you must be able to be financially independent. Why do you think the state so frequently controls our lives through economic restrictions and not the naked club?

Long story short, I'll be selling out to a CMS, specifically Joomla! 1.0.x. It will make publication easier for both publisher and reader. User contributed material will also be as easy as creating an account, and articles can be added in a snap. There will be a lot of conversion to do, and not a lot of time for me to do it. In all likelihood, visitors will get the same old site until May sometime, but you could get lucky. College and several jobs tends to suck up a lot of time, so please bear with me.

In a similar vein, the Downsize DC Electronic Lobbyist System will be also be getting a complete make-over in the next month or two. For those who were paying attention, this was supposed to have happened a few months ago, but better late than never, I guess. And yes, there will be a better CAPCHA solution with improved instructions, or so I'm told.

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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Political Activism In Danger- And What You Can Do!

Redress of greivances is central to quote "good" government. As many are aware, our current regime really sucks- but it could be a LOT worse. Things may in fact become worse, however, if the Senate's new anti grass-roots "lobbyist reform" bill is allowed to go into effect. It would force organizations to fill out many expensive new forms and drive many of the most important ones out of business. Below is an overview from DownsizeDC.org's president, along with a viable way to take action.

(Excerpted) "n response to our editorial earlier this week, "What Divides Us," a reader suggested that we address OMB Watch, and their ilk, directly -- explain where they are wrong about the grassroots lobbying provision of S.1.

Our opponents at groups like Public Citizen, Common Cause, and OMB Watch, want to make this a partisan/ideological issue -- to divide and conquer. They want to regulate so-called "Astroturf" groups (a funny play on the word "grassroots"), which they maintain are "fake" groups.

The thesis of the recent OMB Watch report, as well as the central claim of an open letter from Joan Claybrook of Public Citizen, is that the new regulations they propose won't _prohibit_ speech and political activity.

This is an instance of correct facts organized in a fashion that creates the wrong impression. These new regulations may not out-right prohibit, but they will definitely abridge and hurt small, upstart groups. They will chill political participation at the grassroots. AND YOU CAN VOICE YOUR OPPOSITION HERE: http://action.downsizedc.org/wyc.php?cid=61

Yet, as we'll explain later in this piece, they won't really do much to the so-called Astroturf class of groups.

On a more fundamental level, it doesn't matter whether or not the regulations "prohibit." We all agree that the Constitution excluded the ability to prohibit the rights in question. But the Constitution goes much farther than that.

And what should unite us is our Constitution and our desire for a healthy democracy where not only the rich and powerful can play, but where everyday Americans can petition their government without reservation.

And so today, I want to make the ultimate argument: I want to break this down to a fundamental level that every American should respect -- a Constitutional argument. And we'll conclude by offering a real solution to the problems these good government groups desire to address."

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