Thursday, January 19, 2006

'ACT: the Libertarian Party'?

The other day I offered a challenge to the new ACT on Campus President Helen Simpson and her President in Charge of Vice Andrew Falloon to have the courage of their freedom convictions and to let us "hear them calling for the Association of Compulsion Touters [ACT] to expunge all vestiges of compulsion, and to truly represent its stated freedom principles."

A Five Point Programme was offered by moi (see here and sumarised below) to which Helen swiftly gave her very promising views. Onya Helen. No word yet from Andrew, although I know he's been visiting here. Hi Andrew. And ACT candidate Lindsay Mitchell, who has been campaigning on Point Five for some years has indicated on her blog that's she's also enthusiastically behind Point Two. "It is the job of the state to protect people from each other - not themselves," she says. And so it is.

So who's next? Can we help to overturn ACT's compulsion axis from without? Will we ever see 'ACT: the Libertarian Party'? Here's a summary of the offered Five Point Programme (fleshed out here in greater detail):
1) Abolish the RMA, replacing it with property rights, and common law means to protect them.
2) End the War on Drugs.
3) Privatise, privatise, privatise
.
4) Abolish the Treaty of Waitangi
, superseding it with a rights-protecting constitution.
5) End the DPB. You can do it in just three years.
Sign up below, or on your blog, or make your voice heard in emails to your ACT friends, candidates and MPs, or just at your next ACT or Act on Campus meeting.

Linked Posts: Change of helm at ACT on Campus - Not PC
Comment on Not PC's Five Point Programme - Helen Simpson
Unpublicised cost of the "war on drugs" - Lindsay Mitchell

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2 Comments:

Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

ACT is not a libertarian party and does not claim to be one. There are many libertarians in ACT, but there are also conservatives, classic liberals, christian liberals, social democrats and others who would be very difficult to classify. I think it would be fair to say that ACT on Campus is generally more libertarian than the main party, but not all AOCers would call themsrlves libertarians.
I respect the Libertarianz, because it is a party of top notch thinkers. I respect ACT, because it also has many fine thinkers, but is in genral, more practically oriented. I doubt neither Helen nor Andrew's libertarian credentials and hope they will continue to use their influence within the party to keep ACT freedom focused. ACT plays a different role than the Libz and I believe the two parties should complement each other and work in tandem where possible. However I believe ACT should apply the same principle to National and possibly even the Maori Party and on the very odd occasion to United Future.
Will we see a more libertarian ACT? Yes, I believe we will move that way, but it won't be fast enough for some. Will ACT achieve positive results and increase the level of freedom in this country? Bloody oath. I've struck very little "compulsion touting" in my time in ACT and that gained very little traction. ACT has a new leader, soon it will have a new board, president and VP. ACT on Campus is gaining influence within the party. All this is very positive in my opinion. However we have long way to go and ACT is smart enough to pick the fights that can be won and befriend those who are prepared to help.

1/19/2006 07:53:00 pm  
Blogger Martin said...

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8/15/2007 04:27:00 pm  

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