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www.libertarianism.com is "your one-stop, quick and clear introduction to the ideas of liberty and the libertarian movement." You will find a number of definitions and links to many libertarian web sites.
The article, What We Believe from The Foundation for Economic Freedom, represents the beliefs and strategy of the Libertarian Party.
First, some Canadian Web Sites
- The Libertarian Party of Canada, B.C. Libertarian Party, and the West Coast Libertarian, are web sites of politically active Canadian organizations.
- The Bright Libertarian is a blog maintained by Party member, Allen Small.
- Paolo Fabrizio, a member of our executive, maintains a blog about his libertarian activities in Barrie, Ontario.
- Canadian Liberty is maintained by Alan Mercer, Past President of the Libertarian Party of Canada, former Recording Secretary for the Ontario Libertarian Party, and perennial candidate in Scarborough-Rouge River.
- Visit discussion groups on: Canadian politics, (with several highly libertarian posters), or International Libertarian issues.
- Karen Selick was a founding member of the Ontario Libertarain Party and is Litigation Director for the Canadian Constitution Foundation, "freedom's defence team". Her web site contains the full text of most of her past columns and articles, as well as transcripts of several speeches and presentations.
- The Institute for Liberal Studies is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting discussions of economics, philosophy, history and public policy in Canada. It runs the Liberty Summer Seminar weekend 70 Km north-east of Toronto, and seminars at various Ontario universities.
- The Canadian Constitution Foundation's motto is "Protecting the constitutional freedoms of Canadians through education, communication and litigation."
- Subversive Liberty is Pierre Lemieux's site on International Public Policy Analyses. To quote the National Post, "One of the best politics-themed Canadian Web sites is run by Pierre Lemieux, a libertarian economist, author and teacher based in Quebec. He has a witty, take-no-prisoners style of attacking those people and institutions he believes are trying to reduce his freedom to do as he pleases."
- Gerry Nicholls declares himself "one of the top five political minds in the country". Formerly, the vice president of the National Citizens Coalition, Gerry is now a Senior Fellow with the Democracy Institute. His op-eds dealing with economic and political issues have appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and the Toronto Star. Gerry is a frequent speaker at Libertarian events. He maintains a blog and a web site.
- The National Citizens Coalition fights for various causes, most effectively against election gag laws. Prime Minister Brian Harper was the president of the NCC before becoming leader of the Reform Party and eventually Prime Minister. As a result, the NCC tends to have difficulty being critical of his "compromises."
- The notion that a vote for a third party is a wasted vote has lost many a vote to the libertarian party - Fair Vote Canada believes proportional representation would help reduce that problem. However, it usually leads to coalitions and even bigger governemnt.
- Probe International, while not specifically libertarain, "exposes the devastating environmental, social, and economic effects of Canada's aid and trade abroad." They "work for environmental sustainability by promoting property rights (private or communal), markets, the rule of law, the right to know, accountability through liability, cost and risk internalization, economic efficiency, competition, consumer choice, and an informed public."
- Property rights of course are no longer protected in Canada - but you do still have some protection. Check out Canadian Property Rights Coalition There are some increasingly active rural organizations now so pushed to the brink by the steady erosion of property rights they are taking it to the back roads of Ontario.
- Section7b.ca is a libertarian micro-blog (named after Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms) with links to current news stories. It is concerned with bovernment efficiency, taxation and individual liberty.
- There is a Facebook Group for the Libertarian Party of Manitoba.
- LIbertarian Strategies: Theories, Practices and Visions
Now some American and International Web Sites
- Visit the U.S. of A's Libertarian party home page, The U.S. also has a wide array of state parties. You may go farther afield in the Netherlands or New Zealand orBangladesh and there is the LIBERTARIAN International (whose mission is to coordinate various initiatives in the defense of individual liberty throughout the world), or the The Libertarian International Organization (an assistance network for activists worldwide). For a place where Libertarians are actually elected and a force in government try Costa Rica (if you read Spanish).
- To take the world's smallest political quiz or to get more info on several libertarian themes go see the Advocates for Self-Government, try their automated news clippings service for a wide variety of current mentions of the cause.
- The worlds smallest political quiz is based on research done by Nolan and White (Beyond Left and Right). Nolan Chart is a web site based on these ideas with sections for Libertarians, Conservatives, Liberals, Centerists, and Populists. George Dance, long time Chairman of the Ontario Libertarian Party, is a regular contributor
- Reason Foundation advances a free society by developing, applying, and promoting libertarian principles, including individual liberty, free markets, and the rule of law. It publishes Reason Magazine, available online and by subscription.
- Reason.tv features Drew Carey on video discussing gridlock, eminent domain, medical marijuana and other topics. A new video is added every couple of weeks.
- IdeaChannel.tv has Milton Friedman's 1990 TV series Free to Choose with an introduction and endorsement by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Bureaucrash.com is the home to a very interesting group who have the guts to take it to the streets - promoting free trade among the anti-free trade protestors in Quebec City and Cancun among other events.
- Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) is the continuation of Students for Ron Paul (SFP). In less than 8 months, SFP established over 500 college and high school chapters in all 50 states and over 26,000 students joined the Ron Paul 2008 campaign.
- The British Libertarian Alliance, in London has a library of some 600 papers on all sorts of subjects ranging from free banking to free drugs, from spirituality to prostitution, and from how to raise kids to how to write libertarian pamphlets. All these texts are being uploaded on the new LA website, so go fatten your brain with real nourishing libertarian food. LIBERALIA features many important papers in English and in French.
- For a (whimsical?) look at a fast track to having the first sovereign libertarian nation there was (is ?) the Oceania project (caution I know little of the background on this, sounds good on cyber-paper) I hear there is a proposed libertarian zone developing in Central America, but no link I know of yet, none planned in Canada either, Sigh.
- Freedom of speech is essential to a free society, the Electronic Freedom Foundation wages that battle daily. Freedom House is an independent, US-based watchdog organization that supports the expansion of freedom around the world. Freedom House supports democratic change, monitors freedom, and advocates for democracy and human rights.
- Especially as revelation's of the massive e-mail tracking program of the U.S. government (Echelon) surface it kinda makes ya wonder if maybe big brother is a lot more alive than a lot of people choose to believe, if your in the least paranoid, you might want to check out PGP for encryption products.
- The International Society for Individual Liberty (ISIL) is a network of individuals and associations in over 90 countries dedicated to building a free and peaceful world through the ideals of free markets, social tolerance and individual responsibility.
- For the more scholarly the Cato Institute is a major think tank with generally speaking libertarian tendencies down south. Or visit the Mises Institute, named after the famous Austrian economist.
- The Foundation for Economic Education’s mission is to offer the most consistent case for the “first principles” of freedom: the sanctity of private property, individual liberty, the rule of law, the free market, and the moral superiority of individual choice and responsibility over coercion. FEE publishes The Freeman, one of the oldest and most respected journals of liberty in America. For almost 50 years it has uncompromisingly defended the ideals of the free society.
- Down south, Fair Tax is proposing serious tax reform, replacing all federal income and payroll based taxes with an integrated approach including a progressive national retail sales tax and a prebate to ensure no American pays federal taxes on spending up to the poverty level. Hopefully, eventually, there will be no need for massive taxation, but first steps first.
- The Independent Institute attempts to avoid the politicalization of the debate on public policy issues.
- The internet is fast and cheap but it's still easier to snuggle up with a book. Try Laissez Faire Books ("We strive to have the best selection of libertarian titles possible"). Or visit Libertarian Press ("Home of the Austrian School of Economics"). For a magazine. try Liberty, a journal of culture and politics written from a classical liberal point of view.
- The Objectivist Centre discusses themes popularized to the public by Ayn Rand, Ayn Rand was one of the popularizers of libertarian-like ideas, she has her own institute, her own philosophical debate society, her own study society. Related (but updated ideas) page is Capitalism.org. and for spin-offs The Rattigan Society. While most Libertarian Parties have adopted her principles, she did not approve of them, believing Americans were not ready for her ideas.
- From Kiwi land there is the Free Radical, with some interesting thoughts and opinions. This publication upholds each individual's sovereignty over his own life - i.e., his right to sustain his life and pursue his happiness as he chooses.
National Center for Constitutional Studies provides a number of video lessons on the principles of liberty.
- Lists in general include the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, MIT's informal list, Freedominion, GoogleLib. or there are lots of links for libertarians at BuildFreedom