About Libertarianism | Murray N. Rothbard

Presented by Murray N. Rothbard at the 1st International Libertarian Conference in Hong Kong, September 7, 1978.  Provided by Ron Manners.

Source: Sobre el libertarismo | Murray Rothbard – YouTube

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TRANSCRIPT

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Lola wind up as per schedule with Murray
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Rothbard dr. Rosberg from the United
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States yeah I’m gonna I’m gonna keep
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within 10 minutes it will be difficult
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because the prospects for libertarianism
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keep getting more keep getting better
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and better every year so I keep adding
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more and more stuff than my speech on it
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any rate the seat seems evidence
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everybody everybody in the United States
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I think this is an enormous change in
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public opinion and intellectual climate
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and academia and the general public of
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the media about libertarians in other
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words that the ideas of court on and
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such ways that we could never hope for
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10 years ago even five years ago so
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within the last five years have been a
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tremendous acceleration of interest and
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a favorable interest in the and the same
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in these circles in academia and the
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general public among intellectuals
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generally two of interest in
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libertarianism so that the same people
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who would say 20 years ago that you’re
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crazy
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and or fascist now say well yeah I agree
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with a lot of that but it really won’t
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work which is a fantastic change for the
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better the the big thing of course this
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year that happened in the United States
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was the glorious tax revolt the victory
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of proposition 13 in California which is
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sparked tremendous wave of interest and
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enthusiasm throughout the country
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the thing about proposition 13 which was
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a hole for 60% tax property tax cut and
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also also said in there that you can’t
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into the state legislature or local
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governments could not increase taxes the
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compensate unless on the local level
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two-thirds of the qualified voters with
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prove it and the world’s two-thirds of
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registered voters since usually only
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half the voters show up will be very
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unlikely to do that
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and the state legislature 2/3 of the
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state legislature have to agree to any
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state increase in state taxes this is
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fantastic
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capacity rigorous amendment several
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years ago in California they try to and
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milk and water and milk toast tax
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limitation amendment which only call for
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limiting the increase of taxes in the
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future increases spending in the future
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that was beaten by the organized forces
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of the ruling class the United States
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account for namely that bureaucrats in
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there they’re our allies and we’re at
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this time the interesting thing is three
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weeks before the election the polls had
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a nip and tuck just about even then the
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organized ruling class the establishment
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put on a fantastic scare campaign and
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they usually do this means the all the
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media newspapers magazines TV and radio
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etc plus big business which which which
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contributed heavily against this tax cut
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and the the forces in favor of the taps
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tax car had no money and no organization
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almost and so day after day hour after
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hour they kept pounding away the
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establishment kept pounding away if you
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cut taxes like this you’ll the police
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will disappear the courts will disappear
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the fire department disappear your
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public library books will go up in smoke
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the screws will disappear chaos will
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have no local government anything became
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will be chaos and as they did at the
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fantastic phenomenal and wondrous thing
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is and as they did this public opinion
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swung fantastically in favor of it nuts
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to you we’ve heard this junk before and
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and and we wound up three weeks right
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over the 201 4 million to two million
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vote to the one vote in favor of
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proposition 13 which scare the bejesus
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out of politicians not only not only in
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California but also all throughout the
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country they got the message very very
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quickly
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my friend libertarian Roy Charles
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debated with the joined before the
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election in Northern California with a
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head of
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common cause in that area we’re comin
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cause it’s a very establishment
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extremely beloved by the media
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organization run by Rockefeller
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interests and he is attacking
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proposition 13 first he first attacked
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Roy for being a tool of big business
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which point voice said a day you say
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that when you finance my own Rockefeller
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that shut him up on that and then at the
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end desperately clinging to the ropes
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the common cost person said this guy
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over here he’s not just in favor of
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proposition 13 he’s against all
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government at which point the entire war
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has broke out in great cheer that’s the
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climate of opinions of surging onward in
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the United States niphas and so as soon
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as proposition 13 was passed groups
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throughout the country in every state
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began a rally to the banner in New York
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City which has never been the home of
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tax rebellion as they released one of
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the leading newspaper New York City had
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a clipping a poll saying check off the
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following thing which you in favor of in
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favor a drastic income tax cuts drastic
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sales tax cuts drastic property tax
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costs all three or just keep the tax
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level about where it is clip clip it and
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send it in the paper the only around for
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three or four days that we had a one of
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the innumerable newspapers strikes New
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York and I cut that off but the point is
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during those three or four days several
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hundred thousand people took the trouble
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of sending the coupons in every one of
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whom said drastic cuts across the board
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and I’m also included angry letters
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attacking taxes they didn’t have to do
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is the spontaneous outpouring of opinion
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so we have the tax rebellion I think
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growing nation national and in every
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state and there the prospects are
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fantastic on that and the thing is see
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if you just cut taxes you don’t have to
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start arguing about should we cut the
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mental health program all that let them
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worry about what they cut that it will
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cut them will cut their water off
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okay so that was addition of that which
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is which is a major tax rebellion in the
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United States there’s also the Kemp Roth
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bill our national bill which is gonna
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lock the great deal of support for 30
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percent across-the-board income tax cut
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which is very substantial though growing
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support for that a Steiger bill which
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calls for kind of a capital gains tax in
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half which has already gotten about
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two-thirds of the Senators to endorse
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the built a phenomenal and the idea of
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tax credits for public school for a
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private school tuition meaning taking
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the tuition right off the top not tax
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the deduction of tax credit that’s the
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past the House of Representatives emails
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been stopped by the Senate so the point
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at least the sort of thing she could
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never have been even conceived of three
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years ago is now germinating what
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happened by the way when the tax revolt
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occurred when the proposition 13 passed
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that evening the show how politicians
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react that evening Governor Brown will
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have done his best to stop it with
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almost historical tax on it came when on
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television immediately said proposition
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13 is following I originated it not only
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is the following have you brought on
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concept so the proper two politicians
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are scrambling to get on the tax cut
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bandwagon okay in addition to that as a
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great movement for deregulation which I
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think things were talked about already
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here see ad has been effectively almost
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deregulated Civil Aeronautics Board
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economist who’s the head of it has
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publicly announced that enter magazine
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interviews that has great Objectivist
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the day he leaves office to also
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announce the liquidation of the CA B and
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the vanderlin committee is to the House
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of Representatives has issued a report
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calling almost for deregulation of
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Federal Communications Commission to
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Ronni property rights and the channel
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and TV channels a radio frequency I’m
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not saying it’s gonna go through but the
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fact that the very prestigious
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committees headed by Liberal Democrat
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has proposed as an extremely important
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can addition to that the public is also
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fed up alone not only fed up with
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inflation which has they been a long
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time but they now identify inflation as
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somehow connected one with the federal
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deficits and two of the money supply
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it’s very difficult an athlete for the
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Federal Reserve to lower interest rates
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by pumping more money and because as
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soon as they do it the market raises
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interest rate so they anticipate more
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inflation is they’re watching the money
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supply figures so so inflation becoming
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counterproductive for the government
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itself even the stagflation phenomenon
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the idea of inflationary recession with
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full of heavy unemployment at one with
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inflation has totally clobber the
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Keynesian Keynesian now are dead from
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the neck up there they they can’t
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understand that they can’t explain it
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they claim to cling to a university
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posted for us in their government post
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but the point is they’ve lost our nerve
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from power and what’s their will of
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power in a sense it was their nerve
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which was one of the great anticipation
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to victory getting rid of them the
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public school system going on a
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completely different area formerly
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beloved unbelievably loving it in the
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United States is now this liked by
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almost everybody it’s now it’s now
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recognized the public school system
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creates class conflict social conflict
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because if you whichever you decide
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within any controversial area whether to
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have progressive or traditional
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education sex education or non
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integration or segregation or whatever
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whichever you decide some group of
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parents of children will be hurt and so
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this is becoming more and more evident
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to compulsory morality laws of broken
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bans an extent that they virtually not
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enforced pornography was sexual
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censorship marijuana prohibition set
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that virtually broken down because
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people why they can’t enforce them and
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finally a Watergate very important
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phenomenon that’s not just because of
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superficial probable that President
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Nixon a very important phenomenon
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because a result of Watergate is that
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totally who was the totally D sanctify
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the presidency the institution of the
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President
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which had been becoming very dangerous
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because public began to think of the
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president of sovereign and Bill Buckley
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when the National Review and what a gate
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first began said wrote a column saying
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we shouldn’t we shouldn’t go into this
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too far because the president our
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Constitution is sovereign
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unbelievable state a general of the
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general opinion now nobody considers the
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president’s own when the president’s
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every president every politician is
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regarded with total hostility and
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suspicion and it’s generally assumed by
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every American every politician is a
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crook until proven otherwise and so
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there’s a very healthy climate because
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can’t get away with much for a while I
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thought the Jimmy Carter be able to
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rectify this his benefactor me Carter
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the great argument for Carter was that
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he would restore quote the faith of
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people in their government I quote and
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he tried to pretty good job for a few
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months with his cardigan sweaters is
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born again rhetoric as phony smile but
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that lasted only a few months and then
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great is his popularity and a little
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almost the lowest in history fairly
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short term in power so but those are the
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objective conditions for reason I’m
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optimistic and a little bit as far as
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libertarian movement goes to take
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advantage of these fantastically
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domestic conditions the movement is
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growing by leaps and bounds all the time
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there are so many newsletters and
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magazines that I can’t keep up with huh
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which is pretty a great great event
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they’re institutions foundations
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lobbying groups Austrian economic
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scholars and and libertarian
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philosophers popping up all over the
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place in addition of that the political
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arm of the movement libertarian party
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has been growing phenomenally Roger
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McBride here got a hundred and eighty
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thousand votes in last elections 1976
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my for greater than any other minor
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so-called minor parties a matter of
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factly and now this the Congressional
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quarterly is the third major party so
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it’s not growing fantastically the media
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is extremely interested
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so they’re giving us a lot of publicity
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and the Varon report which is very
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highly prestigious political newsletter
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run not by a libertarian but my former
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McGovern assists administrative
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assistant said recently the trend in the
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United States throughout the countries
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told libertarianism identify
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libertarianism no questions he cannot
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make on social and so and this this
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election where this November running at
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Clark for governor California he got a
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hundred sixty thousand signatures on
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this petition which is phenomenal
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it’s almost unprecedented in California
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and Alaska were expecting yet hoping to
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get to to elect two state
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representatives well I think the
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prospects are excellent and I think I
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just want to say one thing more we’ve
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heard a lot of doom and gloom here this
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week and I think the doom and gloom
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comes from the fact that many
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conservatives are always pessimistic the
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conservatives conservatives identify
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them the main enemy is the masses
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because the general public short of
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repealing universal suffrage even
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actually redeemed as libertarians
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however I think we should identify the
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main enemy is the state not the public
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the state is ripping the public off
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these American idea state is exploiting
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the public and the public therefore
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should be libertarian I think is
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increasingly becoming such thank you

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