Ontario Libertarian Party
BULLETIN

Volume 19, Number 1, Fall 1998
Doug Burn, Editor

CONTENTS 

Economic Crisis and Other Absurdities
by Sam Apelbaum, Party Leader

OLP Founder Bruce Evoy
by George Dance, Party Chairman

The Libertarian Reader:
A Book Report by Doug Burn

We're Not Alone
by Doug Burn

OLP Picnic
by Jim McIntosh

AirCare Program Just Blows Smoke
Fraser Institute Press Release

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Economic Crisis and Other Absurdities
by Sam Apelbaum, Party Leader

Like many libertarians I have expected the multiplying absurdities of government intervention to have caused a systemic breakdown long before now. Yet nothing seems to change and we continue to hurtle ever more rapidly in the direction of greater government tyranny.

I can suggest four reasons why a systemic breakdown has been delayed. (1) Although many people are aware of the absurdities most are resigned to them and do not understand the evils that flow from their docility. (2) Government is a source of bribes and favours for many at the expense of others, leading the recipients to believe that they have a vested interest in opposing fundamental change. (3) In democratic countries people confuse democracy with freedom and believe the exercise of state power is justified as long as it is done democratically. (4) Since they have not experienced anything else, people look to governments to solve problems for them rather than taking the responsibility to solve problems for themselves or with the voluntary assistance of others.

Governments exercise control over money to maintain their power. They do this by their legal monopoly over currency creation by bank credit regulation. The preempting of free market money has resulted in world-wide inflation. We are awash in a sea of inherently worthless government fiat currency and unbacked bank credit awaiting a shakeout.

Today, we are in the midst of a growing international currency and credit crisis. So far North American and European economies have been affected only mildly and for the moment the US dollar is the international fiat currency of choice as confidence wanes in other currencies. In my view, the public will soon lose confidence in government fiat money and this will lead to a world-wide financial collapse. The ensuing breakdown will ensure that fiat currencies are no longer a store of value simply because governments proclaim them to be legal tender.

Governments know that a systemic breakdown will be the inevitable outcome of their failure to perpetuate the particular absurdity of government monopoly money. We can expect them to attempt every conceivable financial manipulation and desperate measure before everything unravels. It is a sad tribute to human ingenuity that a financial system so inherently rotten has not yet collapsed. Although there have been false alarms and many fires have been put out in recent years, this time there are too many major problems occurring in too many places at the same time for governments to evade.

A massive financial collapse will be devastating given the current momentum of growing state power and control. At the same time, this crisis will provide a great opportunity for the advancement of the libertarian movement. However events unfold, the Ontario Libertarian Party must continue its work in the advocacy of individual liberty as vigorously as possible.

Right now we need people to step forward as candidates in the provincial election expected in Spring, 1999. This is an opportunity to reach out to people at a time when they will be more interested in the libertarian option than at any other time.

All that you need to qualify as a candidate is a basic understanding of libertarianism and a willingness to enlighten others. You should be able to run a campaign at minimal or no cost and you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing what you can. Please call me at my office (416) 282-5779 or home (416) 281-0035 to discuss your candidacy.

If you have simply been an interested observer up to now waiting for others to do it, or if you think your efforts would be futile, please be assured that you can make a difference. Do something. Time is running out.

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OLP Founder Bruce Evoy
by George Dance, Party Chairman

On July 8, the Canadian libertarian movement lost one of its heroes. Marshall Bruce Evoy, the founder of the Libertarian Party of Canada and a founder of the Ontario Libertarian Party, passed away after a long illness at his home in Toronto.

Bruce Evoy (1923 - 1998) was first and foremost a self-made man. Bruce grew up in a broken home. His father abandoned the family when Bruce was young and endured a traumatic relationship with his mother until he ran away from home at 16, He never looked back. He supported himself as a farm labourer until he could enlist in the Royal Canadian Air Force where he served during World War II. Like many servicemen, Bruce was offered a free university education at the end of the war. Bruce seized the opportunity and with his post-secondary degree launched a distinguished career as a teacher and actor.

Bruce was a self-made man in a deeper sense. All of his life was his own conscious creation, fashioned and lived precisely as the man he wanted to be: proud, principled and with a deep sense of honour and loyalty. That applied even to his name. Upon leaving home he chose the name "Marshall Bruce, (from a man he admired) and "Evoy" (from a family who befriended and helped him) to symbolize his complete break with the past.

Not surprisingly, Bruce developed a lifelong passion for acting. That led in turn to his two great literary passions. One was William Shakespeare, whom he called "the greatest of all writers" and whose plays he excelled at performing. The other was more indirect. A stint with a summer stock theatre led to a lifelong friendship with its manager, Jean Bercovici, whom he would later call "the one and only person on this earth for whom I would give my life if necessary." She gave Bruce a copy of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead -- his "favourite novel" -- and through the book introduced him to libertarian ideas.

Years later, as head of the English Department at Thompson Collegiate in Toronto, he fought successfully to place The Fountainhead on the curriculum, and afterwards delighted in telling of his battle with the "commie" teachers.

During the mid-60s, Bruce joined the Nathaniel Branden Institute that was established to promote Rand's philosophy of objectivism. He became manager of the Institute's Toronto chapter in 1966.

Bruce's disillusionment with the state school system continued to grow throughout his teaching career. In 1967 he authored a controversial article, "What is Wrong with Government Education," which was circulated nationally in Canada Month magazine. In 1972 he finally had enough and resigned. He found work as a personnel consultant with a Bay Street firm; that led to a 25 year friendship with the firm's VP, Vincent Miller, whom he introduced to Rand and libertarianism.

Also in 1972, Bruce attended the founding convention of the US Libertarian Party and returned to Toronto determined to "do something". In 1973, he started Libertarian Option, Canada's only libertarian magazine, and began working to found a Libertarian Party of Canada. That party became a reality on July 7, 1973. Bruce was honoured as the Party's official founder at the first convention.

The following year, he helped found the Ontario Libertarian Party and, as its first Secretary, launched this newsletter, Libertarian Bulletin in January, 1975.

Around that time, Bruce found the ideal combination of his acting and political interests. He began giving dramatic readings to benefit Libeeertarian Option and the LP. That led to an invitation to perform at the 1975 USLP Convention. A search for the right material led him to Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death" speech. "It was perfect," he later recalled; "probably the most stirring speech in all of English literature."

That speech earned him a standing ovation and became the role of his life. Henry's rhetoric matched Bruce's dramatic skills perfectly. When Bruce gave that speech he was Patrick Henry. Over the next 22 years, he performed it countless times, across the US and around the world. A 1980 performance was broadcast on TV and world-wide via satellite.

In 1980, Bruce helped Vince Miller found Libertarian International, which became the International Society for Individual Liberty (ISIL). He organized its founding convention in 1982, and played an active role in ISIL up until 1997.

In that year, knowing death was approaching, Bruce established the Marshall Bruce Evoy Freedom Fund, to honour those who fought for freedom for at least five years and have not taken any government grants. Awards are made bi-annually and include a permanent trophy and a sponsorship to the ISIL World Conference of that year. Donations may be made to: The Marshall Bruce Evoy Freedom Fund, c/o M.L. Gutscher, 5 Kenneth Ave., Suite 1408, North York, Ontario M2N 6M7. continued...

Bruce Evoy is gone but his legacy lives on: in his writing, the audio and video records of his performances, the organizations he founded and most of all in the hearts of his friends. In the current ISIL newsletter, Miller sums up the legacy in this way, "It was a great pleasure to know Bruce Evoy, both as a close friend and a long-time partner in the fight for individual liberty. Like many others, I will miss him dearly while being thankful for the opportunity to share the planet with him for so many years." That says it best.

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The Libertarian Reader: A Book Report
by Doug Burn

We're all familiar with Ayn Rand, Ludwig von Mises, Thomas Paine and F.A. Hayek but what about the lesser known pioneers of libertarian thought? I picked up the new paperback edition of David Boaz's The Libertarian Reader and was amazed to discover the incredible history and diversity of libertarian thinkers and essayists from China's Lao Tzu and The Bible's Samuel to Alexis de Tocqueville and Isabel Paterson. David Boaz, you may recall, is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute and author of Libertarianism: A Primer.

The 78 essays and excerpts by over 60 libertarians and Libertarians are arranged under seven topics ranging from Scepticism About Power, to The Libertarian Future. The 40-page Literature of Liberty section directs readers to the original works of the quoted writers and to related writers, books and essays.

This 460-page softcover book was published earlier this year by The Free Press and is available at Chapters bookstores for about $24. The Libertarian Reader first appeared in hard cover in 1997.

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We're Not Alone
by Doug Burn

The OLP dinner meeting on May 7 reminds us that we are not alone in our struggle for individual freedom. Guest speakers Albert Lubberts and Gayle Remisch may not be card carrying OLP members but their initiative and perseverance in support of home schooling illustrate the direct application of libertarian principles.

Lubberts, president of the Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents and Remisch, co-ordinator of the Canadian Alliance for the Separation of School and State are pioneers in the grassroots movement to restore parental responsibility in education. They and their members invest their own time and money to educate their children at home while continuing to pay taxes for a government education system they do not use. Despite their self-sacrifice, they are thwarted at every turn by Department of Education bureaucrats, local school boards and the teachers' unions.

Lubberts recounted with grace and equanimity the obstacles his members have faced over the years. With a wry smile he told of the time the bureaucrats disparaged his teaching methods because his children were "learning on their own." He noted that his children were years ahead of their contemporaries in scholastic achievement and quoted from the Education Act that the objective for high school graduation was, "to learn on their own."

Remisch offered a brief history of the government education system of Canada with wit and wry insights. The Canadian system like its American counterpart were modelled on the "success" of Prussia's schools that sought to turn children into soldiers -- ready to follow orders without question. Remisch noted that the evolution of the Prussian model into today's government education system was entirely predictable, based as it was, on the requirements for it to be "free", compulsory and universal. As an amusing aside, she offered a scenario of how the grocery industry would have evolved under the same conditions.

About 20 OLP members and guests attended the presentation and the following Q&A. With reluctance we departed the camaraderie and lively discussions when the restaurant closed at 10 PM.

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OLP Picnic
by Jim McIntosh

Warm weather and sunny skies co-operated to make the annual OLP picnic and barbecue an enjoyable day for Libertarian members, friends and their families. The picnic was held on Saturday, August 1 at Mississauga Valley Park, in Mississauga.

The kids enjoyed an afternoon of "track ball" and swimming and the adults explored the walking trails along the river. Lunch was barbecued hot dogs and potato salad, with an excellent fruit salad for dessert.

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AirCare Program Just Blows Smoke

Public spends $63 Million a year for less than a $500,000 environmental benefit

AirCare, BC's mandatory vehicle inspection and maintenance (I/M) program, provides a less than one percent return in environmental and health benefits for its $63 million annual cost, according to a new Fraser Institute study, Vehicle Emissions Testing: AirCare, Drive Clean, and the Potential of Inspection and Maintenance Programs.

According to this report, Ontario operated a voluntary I/M program in 1995, and tested 11,500 vehicles at an average cost of $400! On July 18 of this year, Ontario launched Smog Rover using a roadside remote sensing unit. Such units have been featured in Reason magazine in March 1993 and November 1992. It analyses emissions from passing vehicles, thereby testing hundreds of vehicles per day at minimal cost.

Four days later, a group of 100 car repair companies called ``Emissions Ontario'' issued a media release announcing their program to reduce smog on behalf of their fellow citizens. Not only would they test vehicles ``at half-price'' ($15 instead of $30), but ``$5 of the $15 test fee will be donated to The Hospital for Sick Children.'' They claimed, however, that this initiative by the private sector would not be enough: ``What Ontario really needs, as soon as possible, is a mandatory government program''--a program, that is, where the government would force consumers to be customers of the companies that make up Emissions Ontario.

You can get more details on the Internet at www.faserinstitute.ca. For a copy of the report, contact Suzanne Walters, Director of Communications, The Fraser Institute,: (604) 688-0221, ext.316

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Notice: Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Libertarian Party will be held November 7, 1998 at the ARC Industries Building, 212 Bysham Park Drive, Woodstock, Ontario.

The $25 registration fee includes lunch. You can register by mail or at the door. A tax receipt will be issued for the registration fee, resulting in an "after tax" cost of $6.25.

Our speaker will be Dr. Paddy McQuade, author of Their Hands In Our Pockets. He trained in England, but came to Canada in a futile attempt to escape socialised medicine. Dr McQuade lives in Stratford, where he is putting the finishing touches on his next book.

Many of you will remember Dr McQuade from a previous meeting when he received a standing ovation. His topic will be Government Is The Problem. It promises to be a very interesting presentation and discussion.

Please contact Barbara Darwin at (905) 625-5327 for more information or to obtain a registration form or proxy.

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