What’s Modern Libertarianism?
For temporary purposes of presentation we use these derived from the LIO standards, developed with Lib groups and slated for re-publication and general circulation later this decade (Groups use their different wording as long as general idea is followed) . They are:
(Note: This is quick and dirty from my notes having attended all these and other conferences, and a review completed with Lib elders in 2004. This is what Libertarian and public leaders working with LIO saw: the takeaways is LIO curates usage in consultation with experts, Libertarianism ain’t just politics, and there’re 3 civic levels that collectively are called Libertarianism so arguments of purism vs. pragmatism, implementation etc, detached from an actual case and proven or promising solution with action plan are a total no-no. We’re developing a dedicated site–So Improvements later–Ralph Swanson, past LIO Advisory Board Chair).
>Libertarianism (general) is the interdisciplinary study of rights systems and liberty thereof in all sciences, and citizen study implementing models of application, with attention to older freeholder or libertarian models, and themes aiming to make the user the expert. (LIO/Center for Libertarian Studies Joint Statement). The social mission of pledged Libertarians is to present, not impose, non-punitive voluntary communities from home on for citizen adaptation, and dissemination by conjoint interpersonal, legislative, educative, action summit, public administration, and wins documentation means (‘I LEAP! model; Permanent mission, USLP/LIO joint activist consensus, 1985.) Libertarian-direction tools advised by modern movement founders are here: www.LibertarianBookClub.org and LI) shall use them as a basis for a certification program and starte community development, along with its own models, as interest evolves.
>Libertarianism is in civics and social organization consistent and conscious non-punitive natural law developed from the core principle or subject of voluntary, revocable and fair agreement to rights or as summarized by Solon, to each his own…and ‘common law’ local adjustments based on practice and circumstance…and Libertarianism a system of continual improvement of the free choice of such local communities or arrangements and periodic re-stement of the law to remove contamination by cultural and procedural assumptions driven by private bodies such as the LIO and groups it helped found: rights groups such as www.USLP.org and www.ACLU.org, and entities as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_Commercial_Code the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_Penal_Code , www.calea.org etc. It may be summarized as replacing all law and public programs with choices of voluntary programs that better rights as understood by the users, with emphasis on local or contractual pilots or systems.
LIO uses 3 classifications in civics:
- Strict LIO eco-community/SMILE-interested local community: Model proactive eco-community on voluntary basis for most dedicated, not territotrial (LIO itself is an example) with curator and open advisory structure, experimentation encouraged.Good for ‘pure’ designed communities, open work models, etc. Usage: e.g. LIO Friend or fan if active supporter of general approach/member of LIO community does not imply libertarianism per se; LIO to develop recognition program with need tied to actual work on community.
- Libertarian-direction: Inspired by LIO, allows wide forms of at least 50% voluntary entities and citizen receptivity which preferably are guided by pledged Libertarians and open management/co-ops. All non-LIO is Libertarian-direction–if this surprises you, read the LP political Mission at the website bottom (retrieved today) of www.lp.org where the focus is ‘moving policy in a libertarian-direction.’ This maximizes choice and experimentation by users, and is suitable to more dedicated groups in Liberal milieu. www.ISIL.org advises these groups on a non-partisan basis. Usage: Large L ‘Libertarian if pledged to LIO or community group/party and conformant to www.libertarianbookclub.org
- Liberalism: General work for less government/offical abuse and more rights, called Libertarian-oriented if guided by Libertarians so aware: Encourages voluntary options in a Jeffersonian model of secular liberal democracy, suitable for most people or more casual citizen oversight, voluntary program presence and citizen receptivity under 50% but improving. Includes all past Libertarian entities outside LIO to 1971.Usage: These are liberals or (small l) libertarians, or pro-libertarians.
The 3 complement and are never meant to conflict. They’re based on periodic quantum improvement through problem removal models (e.g. Libertarian-direction platform, LIO model community) and continual improvement or adaptation–and driving violence and corruption down–with general conversancy and assent to voluntary choices and rights-focus.All Libertarian candidates and advocates shall neutrally present the range of Libertarian implementation, impartially encouraging user choice and discussion; with attention to current best practices and proven or promising solutions. (Revision, Dallas-Windhoek protocol notes, 2001; links to a range of Libertarian-interest groups or e.g. www.isil.org and www.libertarian-international.org are minimally sufficient, active brainstorming is advisable per 2004 USLP/ISIL/LIO memo)
>Libertarianism specifically allows all social systems so long as voluntary; however, this does not mean any one is actually Libertarian, this being reserved for pledged Libertarian communities: It may, if rights-respecting, be Libertarian based. Anarchism (all forms), socialism, capitalism, limited, constitutional, small, local or no government, religious or other communes, etc. while they may be valid implementations, are not per se libertarian unless guided by recognized Libertarians on voluntary lines, but may properly illustrate improvements by partial use of Libertarian-based tools. Libertarianism is always anarchist in the correct sense of social order being maintained through public awareness and education, voluntary association of preferably non-authoritarian or co-op character, and reducing all punition to minimums, but exceeds anarchism in moving to non-punition and voluntary programs conversancy; and neither assumes nor needs any pre-designed governance, though this may be advisable, and shall seek to be neutral to all cultures as an engine of continuing betterment by the citizens. The LIO shall curate all definitions andat discretion and in dual consulationset a process (based on memoranda incorporated herein by reference) for peaceful spread of worldwide usages, parties, unions, leisure economies and communities from elementary to exemplary quality, beginning with universal and improved democracies receptive to voluntary communities and programs. It is always understood as well as a broad interdisciplinary science and perspective. No hyphenated Libertarianisms _e.g. Christian-Libertarian”) are supported except as personal historical descriptive or implementaion empg hasis preference, but past forms may be described as pre/proto-Libertarian, of the day, or other sufficently clear term, or of -interest. In terms such as government, etc. LIO shall work with experts and set the most classical useful usage for technical work, notate others on request, and help encourage, curate or note internal and historical research of each culture. (Libertarian Alliances, Anarchist Alliance, CNT, LIO (then League) joint protocol, Salamanca agreement, 1966-67, various versions allowed).
Folks, look forward to the eventual Libertarian Orientation Handbook slated for the mid 20 teens–R. Swanson