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A Note From Ernest Hancock to LP National Delegates

(BTW – I am writing from a small caravan going to St. Louis and we are east of Gallup, New Mexico on I-40 right now, 10:00pm Wednesday. We plan on driving straight through so that we are at the hotel in time for the Suns/Lakers game Thursday night) :)

Those that know me, and others that have witnessed my previous efforts, likely understand why I do the things that I do and what I aim to accomplish in St. Louis.

Very soon (if not already) the vast majority of Americans (along with the rest of the planet) will come to the realization that they are all victims of the largest swindle/robbery in human history,… and they will be searching for an accurate explanation. Libertarianism provides a very useful road map to what happened, who/what was responsible and how to avoid the same mistakes in the future. But ‘off ramps’ to detours that take us meandering through the same unprincipled wilderness that got us in this mess will be of no use to a ‘Generation Next’ that has a detailed 3D online map in their hip pocket.

This decentralization of information is only beginning to be felt by a liberty starved planet and attempts to negotiate our principles for a place at the establishment’s media table will backfire just as it did in the 2008 presidential election cycle.

Another election cycle of LPUS’ documented compromises on libertarian principle will make it very unlikely, as a political party, we’ll legitimately be able to compete at a national level in the future as a standard bearer for libertarianism. I am of the opinion that information availability is so ubiquitous now, that the ‘Liberty Nexus’ that was the best trait of the LPUS will be replaced by too many sources of contacts and information to keep track of. Politics is about to be replaced with communities that will attempt to create the freedom denied them by layers of government,… without asking permission.

What if I really really believe that the future will have fresh young minds embracing libertarianism as the only consistent and understandable path to peace and prosperity? Then positioning ourselves so that we are the obvious destination for those seeking exactly what we offer is a very good idea. Since many (enough) that I associate with are also of this opinion, we chose to make our advocacy of no-compromise libertarianism a blazing torch everywhere possible.

In the near future, freedom communities will likely be virtual and without borders or boundaries. Governments, states, countries and even languages will have less and less to do with an individual’s interactions than a simple listing on the contemporary cousin of craigslist with servers based in orbit or on the Moon.

Libertarianism is ‘the philosophy for the stars’ and to think in smaller terms is an abandonment of the future for the LPUS. The future is why St. Louis is so important to many that support my effort. The economic tragedy coming, that is only in the early stages, provides a rare opportunity to help many millions,… not just when they need it the most, but when they are also seeking it the most. And they have already abandoned the ‘lame-stream media,… the media that is soooo last century’ in search of the truth.

We have done our best to make our advocacy clear, and our long track record of principled activism has accomplished several things; government abuses of individual rights have been exposed while branding us as defenders of individual freedom, available resources in support of such advocacy are directed towards the most effective uses of those resources, inspiration of an entirely new generation of freedom activists have been continually nurtured.

I am prepared and eager to represent the future and inspire a flood of fresh and energetic activists, that are already experienced and networked with each other, to come and make use of the Libertarian Party at a national/international level to free as many minds as possible in as short a time as possible to save as many lives as possible. But should the LPUS’ words/silence and actions/inactions allow the perception of it being less effective a tool as the many others available, then it will continue to wither.

My documenting of all LNC chair debates and appearances across the country of every candidate participating has been a deliberate act of making it very clear to future freedom activists that the choice in St Louis was a fully informed one. These documented discussions will be of much greater importance months, years and even decades later to those needing to determine where and how best to direct their time and resources to expand human freedom. I’m working very hard to make that investment the Libertarian Party of the United States.

Michigan Debate

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Ernest Hancock vs Wayne Allyn Root NYC May 10th 2010

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Freedom Activism 101

Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock

Afternoon May 13th, 2010

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The following aphorisms are the work of libertarian novelist L. Neil Smith. They have been the bedrock for libertarian activism in Arizona for the last 10 years and are the best explanation I can provide for the tactics of our past/future. Enjoy.

Never soft-peddle the truth. It’s seldom self-evident and almost never sells itself, because there’s less sales resistance to a glib and comforting lie.

Understand from the minute the fight begins that you’re going to take damage. Accept it. (You’ll always suffer more from the idiots and cowards on your own side than from any enemy.) Keep your overall goal in mind above all. Those who swerve to avoid a few cuts and bruises defeat themselves.

If you’re not a little bit uncomfortable with your position, it isn’t radical enough. How can you be too principled? Take the most extreme position you can. You’re claiming territory you won’t have to fight for later, mostly against your “allies.”

Go straight to the heart of the enemy’s greatest strength. Break that and you break him. You can always mop up the flanks and stragglers later, and they may even surrender, saving you a lot of effort.

Know, down to the last cell in your body, that the other guy started it. He’s the one who put things in an ethical context where considerations like decency and mercy have no referent. The less pity moves you now, the sooner you can go back to being a nice guy.

If you lose, go down fighting. It costs nothing extra, and now and again …

Remain the judge of your own actions. Never surrender that position by default. When the enemy screams “Foul!” the loudest, you know you’re doing him the most damage. Those who help him scream are also the enemy.

Second thoughts, failures of confidence, nervous last-minute course-changes are all detours and recipes for defeat. The time to think is before the battle – if possible, before the war – not in the heat of it.

It is moral weakness, rather than villainy, that accounts for most of the evil in the universe – and feeble-hearted allies, far rather than your most powerful enemies, who are likeliest to do you an injury you cannot recover from.

Know, otherhandwise, that the easiest, most humiliating path to defeat is thinking that to beat the enemy you must be like him. Avoid the temptation to set your values aside “for the duration.” What’s the point of fighting if you give up what you’re fighting for? If remaining consistent with your values leads to defeat, you chose the wrong values to begin with.

Never aim at anything but total achievement of your goal: the utter capitulation of the enemy. Every effort involves inertia and mechanical losses, so adopting any lesser objective means partial defeat. Total victory means you don’t have to fight the same fight again tomorrow.

The most dangerous and successful conspiracies take place in public, in plain sight, under the clear, bright light of day – usually with TV cameras focused on them.

Ever notice how those who believe in animal rights generally don’t believe in human rights?

The function of government is to provide you with service; the function of the media is to supply the Vaseline.

“Wake up America ,” you demand? America doesn’t need to “wake up” – by which of course, you mean pay attention to whatever you think is important. If America weren’t already awake, paying attention to what each individual thinks is important, your milk wouldn’t have gotten delivered this morning, and you wouldn’t have any electricity this afternoon.

You cannot force me to agree with you. You can force me to act as though I agree with you – but then you’ll have to watch your back. All the time.

You may never convince the other guy, but it’s often worthwhile to keep arguing for the effect it has on bystanders, especially his allies.

A Little QnA with Ernest Hancock

These are questions submitted by Libertarians of Northeast Kansas for the forum between Wayne Root and Ernie Hancock at the LPKS State Convention, April 24, 2010. They are published here exactly as submitted, and may or may not reflect the wording of the questions submitted to the candidates at the forum.

Question:
I’d like them to discuss how they feel about the ongoing ‘tug of war’, between those who want to hold to our party’s principles, and those who are willing to ‘bend’ the principles to gain popularity and win more votes.

Ernest Hancock:
For 22 years I have advocated, worked for and demonstrated that Hard Core No-Compromise libertarian activism and advocacy in support of fundamental libertarianism has produced the popularity/support desired. Abandonment of the Libertarian Party at the National level has not been due to our being perceived as too principled,… it has been because we were not being principled enough.

Question:
Which do you believe is more important: to remain true to our principles or to get candidates elected to office?

Ernest Hancock:
Principles first. Support in the form of money, effort and votes are a side effect of filling a very desirable need for the promotion of individual liberty. A Libertarian Party that offers another form of Social and Economic Engineering of Americans can offer very little to a liberty starve populace searching for a way out of their enslavement.

Question:
How do you intend to increase the size of the LP and get candidates elected to office?

Ernest Hancock:
By being relevant to the lives of individuals.

Increased membership, available resources, financial support, number of quality candidates and votes are a side effect of being perceived as a champion for the liberty of every individual.

Question:
Should the primary emphasis of the Libertarian Party be to win elections, or to present an ideologically pure Libertarian option to the voters? “Both” is not an acceptable answer.

Ernest Hancock:
Presenting an ideologically pure libertarian message… the rest will follow.

Question:
As party chair, what will you do to win over moderate Libertarians–individuals who believe generally in freedom in both the social and economic spheres, but who do not endorse the party’s full agenda–to the party?

Ernest Hancock:
Be consistent. The government is making more libertarians every day in many ways.

Question:
Would you continue to invest LP resources to obtain ballot access in states such as Oklahoma and West Virginia or use these resources to help candidates in competitive races?

Ernest Hancock:
I’m one vote on the LNC. My vote will be to support a mechanism that allows individuals to direct their money to various projects presented to them by the LNC. I’m sure that ‘Ballot Status’, individual candidates, purchased media, affiliate promotion, issue advocacy, overhead etc. will be presented to the membership for support. The idea that a very small minority would spend other people’s money with very little input from them on a regular basis has proven to me to be a very unproductive method of allocating resources.

Question:
What is the first thing you would as Chair for the national LP and why?

Ernest Hancock:
Make absolutely certain that the entire Washington, D.C. Beltway area knows that we are there. “Liberty…. She’s Baaaack”.

Question:
What do you see as the best direction to take the national party to further our growth? Here are two distinct choices.
Keep firm to Libertarian principles and demonstrate to the public that those principles are the founding principles of our nation. Point out that neither big party follows those principles and to vote for the lesser evil of those two gives us an evil and out of control government.
Moderate our support of those principles to attract conservative voters from the Republican Party.

Ernest Hancock:
“Keep firm to Libertarian principles”.

Question:
How about what to really do about health care? What should be cut from the budget? Should taxes be raised?

Ernest Hancock:
Deregulate Healthcare. End the War on Drugs. The United States budget repealed back to at least its Constitutional limits of what the Federal Government is authorized to do. Eliminate the Income Tax as a start.

Question:
There is a perception that LP is only representing the white male baby boomer. We know that not to be the case, as evidenced by our gen Xers in ExComm. What do these gentlemen plan to do to promote that this is not the only demographic represented and to promote more diverse involvement?

Ernest Hancock:
Represent the smallest minority,… the individual. Then all of the other categories just fade away. YES, they just fade away!

Question:
What qualities do you possess over the other candidates that would make you the best choice?

Ernest Hancock:
A fundamental understanding that it is up to each individual to take responsibility for their own advocacy of liberty in whatever way they are best suited. The LPUS will be a very effective and ready tool for all of us to make use of in the fulfillment of that responsibility.

Question:
What is your stance on the government’s role in marriage, and how would that effect ‘gay marriage’?

Ernest Hancock:
At most, Government’s involvement in marriage should not extend further than being a disinterested 3rd party in the enforcement of a private contract.

Question:
If you are elected, what are the first three things you will do, and when will you do them?

Ernest Hancock:
I am making every effort to make my election to LNC Chair a very clear choice for relevance in American politics and culture by being very open and public with our advocacy for individual liberty. This can be inspired by the LNC Chair initiating a “campaign” in Washington, D.C. to make it very clear who we are, what we want and how much effort we are willing to devote to demonstrate to the whole planet of our sincerity and devotion to Human Freedom via peaceful means with LOVE. (Lots of signs and hand materials to start… the rest will follow – I’ve done this many times before :)

Question:
At the end of your term, what criteria will you use to judge your time as chairman as a success or failure? And, are any of those criteria objective measurable that you will strive to achieve?

Ernest Hancock:
Campaigns, Vote totals, Money raised, Membership increases etc. are all a side effect of effectively communicating to the planet our message in a clear and unwavering presentation. We are not afraid, we are confident and we are determined to spread the libertarian message to as many minds as possible. The r3VOLution was not my first effort to accomplish this, nor will it be my last.

Question:
What is the greatest barrier to electing Libertarians nationwide? How do you propose we overcome that barrier?

Ernest Hancock:
Trillions (with a “T”) have been spent over generations via the Government Education System (Government Schools, Government Public Service Announcements, Government Licensed Media, Government Programs and Projects) to convince as many individuals as possible that solutions to any imaginable problem is to be found when first you look to government.

I have watched this programming be replaced with individual minds being able to communicate with millions of others without borders or boundaries or filters. Promotion of reality/truth and libertarianism will create a welcome environment for those looking for exactly what we offer.

Question:
The only way for a political party to win elections is to appeal to the voters in the “middle” (wherever that is). How do you propose positioning the LP to appeal to this voting bloc?

Ernest Hancock:
If try to appeal to ‘the middle’,… how will we ever attract ‘the middle’ to libertarianism?

Government is our best recruiter. Being libertarian is our most appealing trait as the world learns what we offer.

Question:
What support and training do you believe the National LP should provide to train candidates running for office?

Ernest Hancock:
Central Planning for candidate training at a national level has never been effective in my experience. At a local level there is more success, but each candidate is very different. Being able to provide legal requirements for running and access to many sources of information is useful, but a ‘one size fits all Candidate Packet/Presentation’ put together by committee for a State legislative candidate in Montana and a US Senate candidate in Arkansas is likely worse than useless. Every presentation I have attended never takes into account the personality of the candidate. And instead of allowing the candidate to learn how best to make the most use of their abilities and talents, the candidate is blamed for not being enough… whatever.

I advocate sharing as much truth as possible with as many people as possible, while making friends whenever possible and choosing ‘non-friends’ very carefully (often you learn as much about someone, and their intentions, by who their ‘non-friends’ are). My goal is to help as many people as possible free the minds of as many people as possible. More often than not this is accomplished by being of service to them instead of trying to make them serve the collective as best determined by a committee around a table.

Question:
Explain to us how your previous background and experience positions you to represent and lead the LP in a superior manner.

Ernest Hancock:
Lead libertarians???

The most effective method I know of to inspire libertarian activism is to be an example and inspiration. This has had “superior” results so far.

Question:
What is your vision for the LP 5-years and 10-years from today? If elected, what specific steps will you implement to bring us closer to that vision?

Ernest Hancock:
My preferred vision would be for the Libertarian Party to be unnecessary so we could all go about our business enjoying freedom. But I suspect that the Libertarian Party of the United States (I’m making no predictions about the many other levels of autonomous Libertarian Party’s),… I suspect that the LPUS will either be the touchstone of all political discourse on this globe within 2 years, or it will be irrelevant. Libertarianism can not be negotiated away for a place at the political table and think that we’ll be of any use to a liberty starved populace.

Freedom is popular. It is why it has survived in spite of the enormous efforts to eradicate it. The advocacy of liberty loud, clear and pure will position the LPUS so that it can serve the interests of the many that will seek to help us free more minds.

Question:
If you became the Chair of the Libertarian Party what would you do to get the Party out there and recognized by more people (networking with liberty groups, getting in the news whether MSM; local; or internet, etc.)?

Ernest Hancock:
The same thing I’ve been doing for 22 years, get on the street. This is how individuals and groups learn of you, trust you and come to rely on you. While the freedom movement is getting much stronger, it is not so large that I haven’t been able to meet most of the most effective freedom advocates in America. The moment the freedom movement perceives the LPUS to be on the front lines with them, Challenging the Cult of the Omnipotent State, we will immediately experience our highest levels of influence in American politics.

Question:
Does the national LP office have BRCA/McCain-Feingold election finance compliance information and/or accounting support available for candidates? If not, would you direct the LP national office to create/fund that support?

Ernest Hancock:
No.

I would encourage our challenging this unpopular and unconstitutional law and seek to understand how we might structure ourselves to be free of its requirements.

Question:
Would you support Ron Paul “reentering” the Libertarian Party as our candidate for U.S.President? Your reasons?

Ernest Hancock:
I don’t have any reason to oppose his “reentering” the LP. But why would he want to? He was already seen as the most libertarian presidential candidate of 2008 running as a Republican. A Hard Core, No-Compromise libertarian LPUS would attract many great libertarian candidates,… watch.

Question:
Would you support Sarah Palin entering the Libertarian Party as our candidate for U.S.President? Your reasons?

Ernest Hancock:
Sarah Palin is welcome to try. My hope is that the libertarians in the Libertarian Party will look to have libertarians represent them. If they do not… then we need to know that. St. Louis in 2010 will help provide the freedom movement with a great deal of information that we need in this regard.

Question:
With polls showing that over 40% of Americans willing to support/vote for non-R or D candidates for Congress, what are the top three specific actions you would have the party take to capture those potential voters this election cycle?

Ernest Hancock:
Tell the truth, Show No-Fear, Offer to help others find the information they need to survive what is going to happen to our economy.

Question:
What is the approximate combined net present value deficit of the U.S.A., including all outstanding Treasury debt and unfunded liabilities under our nation’s retirement and health care system (social security, Medicare, and Medicaid). ?

Ernest Hancock:
More than any of us, our children our grand children or great grand children are ever going to be able to pay back. Without another revolution of some sort (I’m working on a LOV3olution) we will continue to be tax slaves to The State for the rest of the foreseeable future.

Question:
How many sets of books does the Federal government keep? Can you describe the differences between these various books?

Ernest Hancock:
The government keeps books? And if they showed me the books, am I suppose to believe them? They have books that they use to convince you that they always need more money, they have books that convince others to invest in our debts, they have books that list investments for things like government retirement programs.

In the mid 90’s I obtained Arizona’s CAFR (Comprehensive Annual Financial Report) as a project with a fellow libertarian. The money invested in the stock market (and ready to be skimmed off, over and over) comes in large part from government pension plans (and other ‘they ripped us off’ methods of transferring our wealth from us to “them”). In time I suspect that we’ll find that these very large sums of money are now gone, to… ?

Like the previous question I suspect that you are looking for validation of something that you already know, or think you know. Whenever I am asked about a ‘number’, I know that there is someone else to tell me the number is wrong and that the number doesn’t mean what I said it meant anyway. So I respond with principle. While entitlements and debts and other obligations can be estimated at as much as $100 Trillion dollars, there are lobbyist in Washington right now trying to determine who will be left without a chair when the music stops on $600 Trillion in derivatives with no assets to back them up while they still plague the balance sheets of our economy.

If we focus on the proper role of government (defense of individual rights), the rest of this stuff is easily answered without the need for a potential voter to bring a calculator to a political debate.

Question:
The “headline deficit number” under the unified federal budget for the current fiscal year is a deficit of approximately $1.3 trillion. But this does not come close to reflecting the additional liabilities we as a nation incur for persons retiring this year and expecting lifetime benefits from the government. What is the deficit if the net present value of all promises to federal employees and military personnel are added to this figure? What is the approximate federal deficit if the NPV of unfunded promises incurred this year are added to the figure?

Ernest Hancock:
More numbers?

More than can ever be paid back. The United States Government has two options; Repudiation or Massive increases in the supply of US Dollars. Take your pick.

The rest of the world was convinced that the American people could be harvested without limit to our tolerances. But what was not counted on was the market forces that limit an individual’s desire to slave away for little benefit and no perceived guarantee that they would even have a claim to the meager benefits that they did derive from the system, even their justly acquired property.

Question:
Will you take a pledge to put the federal government and its promises under social security, Medicare, and Medicaid on the same financial accounting standards that we expect from any fully funded and solvent insurance program extending retirement and health care promises to its clients, as such accounting is required by FASB (the Financial Accounting Standards Board) ?

Ernest Hancock:
I wouldn’t waste a moment saying anything about these programs other than to advocate for their elimination.

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LNC Candidate Debates, Kansas and Indiana - April 24,2010

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Ernest Hancock address the Mississippi LP Convention – 4/10/10

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A Declaration of Intent

A 500 word limit requires that I be very clear and to the point about my motivations for seeking the LNC Chair.

The renaissance of libertarian philosophy has produced the hoped for revolution in the minds of America’s youth, and libertarianism has reentered American politics.

In the past, the LPUS served as a ‘Liberty Nexus’ for those that chose to embrace the principled libertarian philosophy that advocated for individual rights, peace, freedom and tolerance. However, soon after making new alliances with others of the same mind inside the LPUS, it is often clear to many of the most passionate libertarian minds that their efforts are more productive outside the LPUS. This revolving door effect has produced more libertarians outside of the National Party than inside. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But for the LPUS to be relevant to human freedom we must understand what is happening and be of service to the individuals that are the change we seek.

Many tools provide immediate peer to peer communication and coordination with local LP groups. But the LPUS’ inaction is often perceived as being an impediment to these communications and the accompanying networking of libertarians that results when we are politically active.

Often it is only the LPUS that has the standing to Challenge the Idolization of an all powerful, all knowing Federal Government, but the perception is that the LPUS is not a challenge to the tyranny America increasingly suffers.

Fear of criticism has eliminated the LPUS from consideration as a front line ally in the quest for liberty. Twenty years of Hard Core, No-Compromise libertarian activism hasn’t kept me incarcerated, targeted and removed from relevance in the world of politics, in fact, it has had just the opposite effect. Fearless advocacy of libertarian philosophy is exactly what is missing from the LPUS.

My goal is to make it perfectly clear to the world that the LPUS in Convention made a very clear choice to join the peaceful revolution against the Omnipotent State. Any attempt to negotiate for a place inside this corrupt and illegitimate abuser of human rights on their terms is a clear sign of fear and weakness to those possessing the passion and talent to work for individual liberty.

Vote percentages, money raised, laws passed, media coverage, inspired activists,… are all side effects of a clear standard set and advocated for in freeing as many minds as possible with the truth.

Peace over War, Truth not Lies, Courage trumping Fear, Resolve instead of Compromise, Inspiration vs Compulsion, Self-Reliance not Dependence, Tolerance over Bigotry, and above all, the advocacy of Love.

I offer nothing less than participation in a worldwide LOVEolution. The LPUS has the opportunity to influence the greatest decentralization of power in Human History, but we must first lead by example and be of service to the individual activists advocating libertarian philosophy,… if not, then why would they need us?

Love not W.A.R.

My campaign for LNC Chair is a campaign to reinvigorate the heart and soul of the Libertarian Party. I recognize that there are many issues that illuminate what it truly means to be a libertarian. But of all the issues one could choose there is one issue that stands out above the rest. One issue that the Libertarian Party, to its shame, has neglected for the past seven years.

Naturally, I will make my views on many issues well-known by the time we gather in St. Louis this Memorial Day weekend. I believe that libertarians will like what I have to say on everything from the abominable PATRIOT Act to tragedy of drug prohibition. However, the overriding theme of my campaign will be opposition to the American empire and the wars it has inevitably spawned.
Love not War T-shirt in white
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Wars exact a huge price in blood and treasure; both to the victor as well as the vanquished. What they don’t do is produce anything of value beyond huge profits for arms makers. On the contrary, war destroys people, property, even whole societies. American society is in no way immune to this destruction either. Our current economic meltdown can be traced directly to the huge cost of waging wars without end around the globe. These costs will ultimately be borne by the American people through lost wealth, lost liberty, destruction of the dollar, and massive unemployment; as well as the loved ones lost or grievously injured when called upon to wage war.

The U.S. already has two war parties. It doesn’t need a third one.

Peace,
Ernie