We’ve Got To Stop Them From Their Continually Dissolving of Detroit Police: A New Libertarians Thoughts on the DPD Situation

Pic of a Vacated Police station

Anybody paying close attention to our city can clearly see police departments in the Detroit area slowly dissolving. The other day on the radio I heard a story of a man in Detroit who shoot 4 men, two whom died. Seeing no police came and there was no nearby police station, the man turned himself into the fire department and even though the fire department themselves called the police there was no police available to arrest this man. Keep in mind Detroit residents pay higher taxes than any other city in the state and all its current local government has allowed them for their continual support, is a continual dissolving of a police department and while its being diminished the citizens have no say. This would not be allowed at all if Detroit would begin to bring in libertarian leadership as Libertarian philosophy sees protection as the one “proper” function of government. Providing police to protect its citizens from criminals, an army to protect them from foreign invaders and courts to protect their legal rights in disputes over property and contracts. Anything else, libertarians see as excessive in government. Its very obvious however that safety and protection is not a main priority to Detroit’s current administration at all. If it were, then where are the works and plans this administration is implementing to ensure it?

What kind of local government would demand higher taxes of its citizens and then think they don’t have to show any improvement in the services they provided with the money they’ve already had. Thats exactly what the Democrat elected officials in Detroit have done once again. This summer Mayor Bing, and his appointed Police Chief Godbee proposed yet another millage, a new tax on the citizens of Detroit once again promising to improve its police force without ever showing any improvement at all in the services they’d already given. If they couldn’t effectively use what they had, then why should they expect more. The principle of Jesus states it best,… when you are “faithful over a little; THEN I will set you over much” (Math 25:23). A grantor won’t even grant money unless the requester has shown he’s done well with what he has. This administration has not done well in even giving its city a “false’ sense of security let alone a real sense of security. And now the Mayor wants to coerce the citizens to even pay more through a tax? How unfair!

Detroit pays the highest taxes in the state now, yet the higher the taxes they pay, the less services its seems to be able to provide . Why does Detroit keep electing a party who can’t even show its sees police protection as a main priority. Its police departments budget was just slashed $75 million, with 10% in cuts to their current salaries, and now their current staffs (who’s pay has just decreased) will now have to INCREASE their work-shifts to 12 hour work days. How do you make service better for the citizens by paying its police department less and then require that same police department to provide more service? Its not even logical ! Is Detroit just going to keep bringing in a party that continues to do things like this?

IT’S TIME OUT !! Its time for an administration who believes police protection should be the city’s MAIN PRIORITY and a government who can get it done quickly BEFORE EVERYBODY HAS BEEN SCARED AWAY.

Unlike Democrats , Libertarians always seek ways to reduce city taxes, so rather then “coerce” Detroit citizens to pay more to develop DPD, a libertarian would institute something like a regular lottery specifically to fund the police department. With a lottery the citizens are not coerced in aiding (so often when they can’t afford it). They can participate voluntarily whenever they’d like, if they’d like, on whatever level they’d like. Everybody would be encouraged to participate (even folks outside the city) not only because of the incentive of winning but because they know is designated to provide them the best police protection possible. Money would be coming in from the citizens who are participating at their own free will. No new taxes. No new city fees. Nobody is angry for participating. and the city doesn’t have to beg the Feds. Everybody’s happy! But we’ve got to get some different ideas in their to get this and other libertarian ideas going. The other party’s will never think out of the box because they’re only committed to do things the way that its been done and unfortunately the way its be done is slowly bringing the development of the Detroit Police Department to a halt.

More than a couple of times over the past couples of years the Democrat leadership of Detroit has laid off its police officers and cut DPD’s budget. Now as a result criminals now feel they own the street. What can we do to stop it? Detroit has got to start looking at getting a different kind of leadership. In looking I recommend it start looking at the Libertarian party, a party with a strong philosophy, and a ton of ideas. Detroit needs leadership like Libertarian leadership. A leadership that will work to reduce citizen taxes. A leadership that will come in with ideas to help citizens …”Live Free”.

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Aurora Tragedy Could Have Been Prevented / A New Libertarians View on Gun Control

If you listen to the news you’ll almost never hear a positive story about someone with a gun. What we are continuously shown gives us the impression that everytime something happens with guns, its negative. This leads people to think we need to get rid of them, or make them harder to get. If more emphasis were put on the positive stories of how people successfully defended themselves however this would begin to give our country a whole different attitude about guns. When we do hear the stories, they’re just kind of watered down …with “oh good for them” lines and ….”this is not something that anyone should try at home” .

Like when the man who caught his neighbor molesting his 6 year daughter. His daughter was saved, she wasn’t kidnapped or murdered and the molester will never molest another child ever, because the man killed the molester. That to me is a victory. Not that the man was killed …that was unfortunate buts its what happens when people are encouraged to “stand their ground”. The only person that wouldn’t protect their daughter in a situation like this is a coward, or someone who felt inadequate, or who was defenseless or not equipped., which believe it or not IS most people

Take the shooting in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012, where 24 year old James Eagan Holmes entered the Century movie theater at the midnight screening of the Dark Knight Rising. This man came in wearing tactical clothing comes in setting off tear gas grenades and shooting into the audience with multiple fire arms ultimately killing 12 people and injuring 58 which they say is the biggest mass murder in U.S. History. Not one person there was equipped at all to take down this lone gunman, not one person. Yet there were hundreds there but not even one security guard was there equipped to help. A job for the police? Well they did show up but by the time the police got there the damage was done and the man who shot them still lives. Everybody there was left defenseless.

I would imagine that most people there never even dreamed of carrying a gun, because guns are made out to look like they are only for bad people, lawbreakers, people with evil hearts who want to kill other people. But what if just one guy in that dark theater had a gun and was lying on the ground, who the gunman never saw, and was trained in how to use it, just one person … a number of lives would be saved and we’d be celebrating a hero who had a gun, instead of a criminal. We’d be proud of him and our sons and daughters would be aspiring to be like him. However instead of a hero’s name going down in history, its the name of another villain , who has made people feel weak and afraid because that villian was empowered and they are not. Our thinking is wrong, we’re thinking about how to weaken the villain by taking away guns instead of empowering ourselves.

What people don’t realize is you can’t stop villains. I don’t care how stringent you make gun laws or how hard you make guns to get, villains don’t care about the law. Thats why they are called villains. The villain will always have guns. I don’t care how many laws are made or how many guns are banned . The only people who are going to obey those laws and give up their guns are law abiding citizens and a law abiding citizen isn’t a person who does senseless killings. Banning guns are not going to stop criminals from doing senseless killings. As a matter of fact, if guns are banned, the villain is the only one who will still have a guns, as they will just be in the black market. When the villain comes from to black market to shoot, bang bang we’re dead, because we’re all law abiding citizens and call 911 when trouble comes and we only call them because we are not encouraged trained or equipped to handle trouble ourselves. Why is that?

There is something really wrong with that picture. We’re a country gearing up to ban law abiding citizens from carrying guns knowing that the only ones who will have them is the criminal and police who always show up after everybody is already dead like they they did in Aurora. Why aren’t we a nation thats been reared to protect ourselves and taught so much to depend on others to defend us?

I never thought about this prior to the Aurora shooting. Up until that day I was a firm believer in “gun bans”. Never again.

Just the thoughts of a new libertarian.

Why Its Time To Vote For A 3rd Party / A New Libertarian from Detroit

Barren Land in Detroit

Detroit, the city I’ve lived in all my life has always voted for Democratic leadership as long as I have been living. Now as a results of that same leadership our “city” is alas turning into great big farm. Einstein said “Insanity is continually doing the same thing and expecting different results’. Well I’m not insane and realize if I want different results I got to work to get a different party in as you cannot get change doing the same thing . I’ll not vote for a republican either. They’ve run our state and NEITHER OF THEM was able to do anything to KEEP our city from getting where its got either. So this time. for the first time I’m voting Libertarian, locally and nationally.

People always say, voting for a libertarian is a wasted vote but a wasted vote is voting for someone who isn’t even “saying” what you want to hear, let alone doing it and that is how the Democrats AND Republicans have done. So I ask? What sense would it make for me to vote for either of them if neither is even saying what I want to hear? Now THATS TRULY a  wasted vote !! If I’m going to vote my voting will be to see the principles and values that I uphold as an “individual” promoted and the only ones out you hear out here promoting “individual rights” are Libertarians. If they don’t make the office, to the very least Libertarian principles will be promoted and the more they’re promoted the bigger chance we have in somebody hearing and ultimately knowing how to fix this mess.

So I am done with the other two parties. Both have had my votes for the last 35 years and done nothing with them, or for what I believe so I’m going with folks who are all about working for me as an individual and any body thats  smart would do the same.
A new Libertarian voice from Detroit

They Haven’t Hurt ANYONE, So Why Are They in Prison? : One Libertarians Take On Ending the Drug War

Gary Johnson Libertarian nominee for President of United Sates said ““I’m going to be the only candidate that doesn’t want to bomb Iran. I’m going to be the only candidate that wants to get out Afghanistan now—and the wars. I’m going to be the only candidate that wants to end the drug war. I’m going to be the only candidate that wants to bring about marriage equality, believing that it’s a constitutionally guaranteed right.” Thats all stuff that I want to hear particularly the part about ending the war on drugs. To me if things are going to change , especially here in Detroit, that has got to happen. It seems though that the only political party that understands this and sees it as a priority are Libertarians and its one of the mains reasons I recently decided to become one. Its a party thats about standing up for ‘”individual” rights, the rights for individuals to be free to to able to live their lives HOWEVER THEY WANT as long as what they want as individuals DOES’NT HURT ANYONE ELSE. Its not just about promoting what society wants as a whole, its about what the different individuals want, as sometimes what society wants and what a individual wants, is different.

Take drinking alcohol and smoking weed or some other drug, for example. They are all things that a lot of people like, but for me as an individual, its never been anything that as an individual, I wanted to see in my life. My father was an alcoholic, died of cirrhosis of the liver. I’ve seen people become totally different people when they’re high (from alcohol or whatever). They fight and argue, hurt people, say things they shouldn’t. Seeing all this growing up made me realize if people want this life they can have it but as an individual “..this is not the life for me”. So now as an adult I don’t allow any of it in my home ever not even when I entertain. I don’t hang with people or go places where its done in excess. It doesn’t excite me and Its just not my life. That doesn’t mean however that I think other people shouldn’t have it in their lives. Whatever people do in their homes, in their circles of friends is alright with me AS LONG AS it doesn’t interfere with my life . Thats what libertarianism is all about.

Unfortunately most people don’t think that way. Their thinking is ” I don’t want it in my life, its bad,(and here’s where they cross the line)”and nobody else should be able to have it in there’s”. How arrogant is that? Whats worst is ..then they’ll go out, form groups and get people to pass laws to make sure it doesn’t happen, ultimately taking away somebody else’s individual freedoms. Somebody who is not doing anything to hurt THEM at all. They might be hurting themselves, but they are NOT hurting us or forming groups to take away OUR freedoms. Yet people are working to take the freedoms THEY enjoy, away .Then when laws are passed against what they do, it classify’s what they do as “criminal activity” and ultimately for that activity (which hurts no one else) gets them locked away. Yet they never did anything in that crime that hurt another. The laws calls them “non-violent” offenders and they already make up 60% of the United States prison population which cost our country billions and the goal is pass laws to get more of these NON-VIOLENT offenders put away. Wow!! Unbelievable! They are not killers, they are not brawlers, they are not rapist, they are not robbing stores or banks. They have done none of those things but they are locked away with people who have done those things. 25% are in simply because they purchased a drug for themselves that they wanted with their own money …and somebody who didn’t like it passed a law and made that illegal and now theres a war thats costing our country billions to get as many of these NON-VIOLENT PEOPLE LOCKED UP. Whats more, the states that have the most of them locked up are all crying “BROKE” . Thats because they are spending billions of dollars for things like this that we don;t even need.

A lot of people ask today what would Jesus do? What would he say to people like these folks with these drugs who know they are blatantly breaking the law. Would he want the law enforced. Well, the woman caught in adultery, didn’t just sin she committed a crime and blatantly broke the law of the land (John 1-11). The law said she was to be stoned, just like the law says these folks should be locked up,. Well Jesus, rather than make her pay the price simply said to her, just don’t do it. I think we should do the same. Instead of just working to see that people pay these sever penalty’s who crimes that are actually harming no one, I think we’d come out more on top just telling them not to do it and why. No, it’s not going to necessarily stop them from doing it. If what they’re doing is not hurting you, why do you really care how often they do it anyway. If its because you love them then do like Jesus did and just tell them. Why be bent on making them pay a price, especially if they have hurt no one.

Don’t I see how buying and selling these drugs are bad for people? I definitely see it. But I also think drinking any kind alcohol is bad for folks but I’m not going to get out and start a war against alcohol and so that everybody that likes to drink gets locked up and INCREASE the prison population. If we did that, that would mean we’d be gunning for almost every guy we meet to get locked up because 9 out of 10 guys that we meet has a beer every now and then. I don’t think drinking is a good thing, but I don’t think there should be laws against adults who do it either, especially if they drink responsibly. Why would I feel any different about people who buy or sell drugs. Its only a disgraced community because we made laws against people who do it. If we’d stop passing laws against it we’d look at people who smoked weed the same way we look at people who drink wine because taking away the laws would take away the disgrace. Thats exactly what happened in the 1920’s in Prohibition when alcohol was legalized. It took it out of the black market, made it legal and legalizing it took away the shame. Now most don’t look at people who drink beer or wine as evil because now what was once illegal is now legal. When alcohol was legalized all the killings associated with it decreased as well. The same thing will happen if we can get this war on drugs to stop the way we did Prohibition

Half the prison population could come out and start helping raising their family’s. People could start now operating legitimate “drug” businesses and employ people legitimately with out shame. It’d save our country billions of dollars and once its made legitimate it’d be taxed like everything thats sold and purchased too. According to studies of the Cato Institute the State and local savings: would be $25.7 billion. Federal savings: $15.6 billion. Savings from legalizing marijuana: $8.7 billion.Savings from legalizing other drugs of addiction: $32.6 billion. As far as tax revenue the projected revenue from taxing marijuana would be $8.7 billion.Projected revenue from taxing other drugs of addiction: $38 billion. Yet making laws and locking up non-violent people is somehow more attractive than having this additional income. I wonder why all of this is?

Prior to coming into the knowledge of the Libertarian party this year I never realized how much money our government waste’s on so many things we really don’t need. Everybody cries “deficit” and “broke”. One of the reason we’re there is because of this unnecessary war we have going on right here in our own country against our own people on drugs and minorities are the the main people who are getting hurt in this war. It needs to end and the only political group that seems to have it at the top of their agenda are Libertarians

Just an opinion of a new Libertarian

Non Intervention Does Not Mean You Shouldn’t Engage in War: ONE Libertarians Perspective on Foreign Policy

A few months back now I, learned that the first element of libertarian foreign policy was “neutrality” or as some call it “non-intervention” and when I heard that, I was 100% with it. I think it originated in libertarian philosophy from its idea that no individual, NO GOVERNMENT, anywhere has a “moral” RIGHT to INTERVENE in my private, personal, “INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS” , as long as my freedoms are not interfering with another’s freedoms. Thats what the libertarian concept of non-intervention is all about. I was with that concept UNTIL I LEARNED that in regards to war and military action, many libertarians were interpreting non-intervention to mean that our country (or our country’s government) should never engage itself in a war, with OR “on behalf of” another country for ANY reason. My immediate thoughts were, I could never stand with anyone who believed in something as strict as that. To me its impractical and a contradiction to the universal laws of non-intervention (which I’ll explain). It also totally ignores the fact that war is sometimes a very necessary evil and I’m sure many libertarians don’t agree and thats quite alright.

Almost ever libertarian I had seen blogging and preaching libertarian philosophy online up to the time I heard this, all seemed to be anti-war (against engaging in war) and total pacifists, carrying this same belief. It also seemed like any libertarian who supported war at all (like Gary Johnson) was somehow considered not “really libertarian” by other libertarians. Being so new and seeing that my own personal beliefs on this issue were turning out to be so very different than the people who prreach this philosophy , I thought it best that I stop publicly documenting my walk here and what I was learning and how I’d apply the principles, until I got a better handle of where I’ stood on what seems to be such a mainstay regarding foreign policy.[Other than two post back in March I haven’t documented anything here in over 5 months -thats how strongly I felt about no longer identifying as libertarian]. After months of pondering and study and knowing how frimly I believe in all the other libertarian principle’s , I am now back, and ready to start posting weekly again about my personal journey and ideas as a new libertarian and an avid believer of the concept of non-intervention. I just now have a very different perspective of it than most and its taken me all of these last 5 months to develop where I stand on the issue.

I see it this way: Non-intervention, in my personal opinion (for whatever its worth) is a universal law of nature meaning … lets see … when I say universal law I mean … a concept which which must be upheld, and whether its understood or not, honored or dishonored, it almost always initiates some consequence in a persons life, be it a negative or positive. Whenever or wherever the law of non-intervention is dishonored or violated the intervenor violating it almost always gives an account or will find themselves with continued unsolicited intervention. It’ not a written law. It is a universal law of nature though, just like “cause and effect” and “sowing and reaping” and almost always brings about some consequence when violated and applies to every man, woman, boy, girl, old or young. Where the law of non-intervention is not upheld it almost always breeds unsolicited intervention. So to benefit from this law, it must be honored and one truly honoring it will hold intervenor’s accountable, as, where intervenor’s are not held accountable, unsolicited intervention is always invited, whether consciously seen or not. Its a universal law in nature.

The biggest believer in this concept of non-intervention is God himself according to scripture. You see it very early in th Genesis where he did not intervene in bad choices to be made by Adam and Eve. He did not intervene in Cains “plan” to murder Abel , BUT when Cain actually intervened in Abel’s life and ended it, God intervened in Cains life and held him accountable. God is a big believer in the laws a non-intervention . He would not have ever intervened in Cains life had Cain not violated the laws of intervention and INTERVENED in the life of Abel … and for that … Cain had to give an account. You see God upholding the laws non-intervention all throughout scripture. He ONLY intervened where the law of intervention had been violated and in Ephesians 5 :1… it says we are to “be imitators of God “. I believe that means we are to honor the laws of non-intervention in the same ways that God does himself and our honoring this law will ALWAYS work to protect our individual freedoms AS LONG AS as intervenor’s are held accountable. Its the “holding intervenor’s accountable” in honor of non-intervention, that so many folks can’t get with. However, how can value be given to a policy of non-intervention if intervener’s are never held accountable and allowed to continually intervene.[This is the only kind of non-interventions policy that I myself will personally ever support …one which will esteem the value of non-intervention and see that intervenor’s are held accountable for intervening ]

I am not an expert in any way or fashion AT ALL regarding any of the wars we are in, are contemplating or have been involved in but as a laymen, new libertarian and now strong believer in the concept of non-intervention, I have formed some surface opinions about some of them.

War in Afghanistan: Regardless of the many different opinions there are regarding who or what triggered that war, on September 11, 2001 there , we were not warring nor had anytime “recently” been at war with Al Qeada terrorist when they came in and broke the law of non-intervention killing hundreds and hundreds of individuals here in our country. As result of their disrespecting the law of non-intervention and being able to hide out in Afghanistan it was inevitable that they had to give an account for that and had they not been allowed to hide out there, the war wouldn’t have been there. So in order to wipe out them out … that war there WAS very necessary. The Talliban or no one else there surrendered them them accountable. We did. The question is … since they have now so long ago been wiped out, and we’ve killed its leaders, why are our troops still fighting there … years later?

War in Iraq: SAME.We were not warring with them at the time this last war began and yes it was communicated that there were “weapons of mass destruction” there which brought along paranoia. Truth is though …. even if we had found their “weapons of mass destruction” we were not warring with them and they had not been interfering with us AT THE TIME, so there was no need for our country to violate the law of non-intervention and make anyone there give an account. So then since we’ve also now killed their leader too who we thought was the threat at the time, and have realized that we were wrong about the WMD , WHY did we stay on?

Comtemplated War in Africa: Joseph Koney Head of the Lord Resistance Army over in Africa has, and is infringing on the individual freedoms of thousands of defenseless women and children there continually raping and killing them for years now and no one over there or anywhere is making him or his army of thousands give an account for their actions. Many say its not our affair but I say it should be an affair for all who honor Non-Intervention as if that army is not made to give an account, it will become empowered and found continually in unsolicited intervention situations that I believe, if continually is gone unchecked, will spread throughout all Africa and other parts of the world. This army is boldly violating what I believe is the universal law of non-intervention and it should be brought down.

Libertarianism to me is all about protecting the freedoms of all individuals and those who value that freedom will stand against those who violate the laws of non-intervention and will work to make them to give an account. No, we are not the worlds police but as libertarians we all should be fighters for individual freedom.

Well …this is a first for me … I have the rest of my life to see if this is a theory I can stand by.

The thoughts of a NEW libertarian on non-intervention.

A Libertarians View On Michigan’s Emergency Managers Challenge

One of the bedrock philosophy’s that I have learned about the libertarian view since coming over to the libertarian side is : YOU OWN YOURSELF.

So if we own our owns selves, that means that we are responsible for our own success’. That also means, if what we are in control of fails, it is OUR RESPONSIBILITY and ours alone to fix it, and no one else’s. Its something I’ve always believed in personally, long before I learned this libertarian bedrock. Its also clearly reflected in Joshua 1:8, which lets us know that it is our OWN responsibility to “make our way prosperous” .

I believe this should apply to every citizen in every state. If we believe we own our own selves, then WE SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE for our own selves and not our governments and we definitely should not allow any one official to control the directions OUR communities will go in. It is our responsibility.

Continually yielding those kinds of responsibilities over to government officials has continually failed us time and time again. Case in point: I live in the Metro Detroit area and I was dropping a friend off the other day in Highland Park and I noticed all the lights were out on the street. I thought perhaps it was just a power outage or something but my friend told me they had been out for months and not only were they out but the light poles had all been cut down. I did a little investigation to find out why and I learned that the lights were out and the poles were down because the officials at Highland Park hadn’t been paying their bills. Highland Park had a $4.5 million dollar debt with “DTE Energy” and when they didn’t pay it, DTE came in and turned the service off of 1400 street lights in the city and not only that but cut their light poles down as well.

I can’t imagine being a person who has purchased property in the city, paying for my property, sweating hard to get those big property taxes paid and then finding that the lights the city provided to keep me and my neighbors house lit, I can no longer have, not because I didn’t pay, but because elected officials didn’t pay. They say many in the community didn’t even know there was a problem until they saw the utility trucks cut down the poles and now the streets are pitch black in a high-crime area.

This is what happens when government officials are allowed “sole” control over the destinies of our communities. What makes it bad is they can force you to pay taxes but you can’t force them to provide service yet if you don’t pay them, they can force you out of a home you’ve paid thousands for. You’ve elected someone who has put you solely at their mercy. Once you elect them … its now in THEIR control, your control is over.

Mind you, Highland Park just had a Emergency Manager appointed by government just a couple of years ago, and now their own elected officials are back in office. Both were/are paid tax payer money, yet neither of them were able to avoid the taxpayers lights being taken away. Not because the taxpayers didn’t pay but because the government did not provide the services they promised. Yet we continue to make ourselves believe they will. Michigan’s state governor tried to remedy it by sending in an Emergency Manager and Highland Park tried once again through their elected officials. Both failed.

This is happening in cities all around Michigan and usually cities ran by officials in one party. What gets me is, these cities keep voting for officials in the same party, who keeps promising them that they will fix things FOR them. Libertarian influence would empower the citizens and work to keep government controls out of the way, so the citizens can fix it themselves. It is their OWN RESPONSIBILITY and not the responsibility of any government official especially when that official will not adhere to the things we say. We afford them the opportunity to be in those positions. They are paid by our tax dollars and since we pay them, they are to do what we tell THEM to do. It is not their jobs to tell us what to do and when we say NO EMERGENCY MANAGER , their response should simply be … “Okay you’re the boss. You’re the one that pays me.” Thats exactly why citizens should protest “Emergency Manager Laws”. It is our responsibility to control the destinies of OUR OWN COMMUNITIES, not an emergency manager, nor any government and we as citizens should be allowed to do it without any government interference,

If we want to see things change we’ve got to get things going ourselves and quit thinking “it’s up to the government to fix it”. Dr King, Bayard and the others didn’t wait on the government to fix it , they just moved on those situations and got them taken care of themselves. We’ve got to do like they did then . Get some stand-up Community Coordinators, that can round some folks up to get out and protest. Stop the emergency manager laws. Stop yielding all this control to the government officials who continually fail us. Knock on our neighbors doors. Tell them “We’re going to find out how much it cost to put lights on our lawns and then we’re going to pool our own resources together, have some fundraisers and then launch the career of a good entrepreneur to get them up. Since our officials have no plans to do it, we’ve got to do it ourselves and we’re going to protest everything that will get in our way to stop it from happening”.

We own ourselves ….and since we own ourselves we are responsible for our own success. Thats a real Libertarians way of doing things

Jobs & Education for a Shrinking Population-A Urban Libertarian Plan

Anyone that knows anything about Detroit’s current situation knows there are many many streets which have a hundred houses or so where sometimes 75% to 99% percent of those house are literally burned out shells.

Sometimes the last houses standing on these streets are usually occupied by a elderly man or elderly women. The sad part is – because there are no residents left … the business have left too, leaving no tax base to pay for the areas city services. That means that the people who outright own their homes in these areas and still pay taxes, now have no neighbors, vacant schools, vacant church buildings, no lights, no protection and because the neighborhood is filled with squatters, crime is running rapid.

Mayor Bing has come up with a plan to mow down thousands of these burnouts throughout the city. Problem is it would take almost 20 years to mow them all down and millions of dollars which the city doesn’t have. In the mean time the people who still live in these areas, own their homes, have held jobs all of their lives and are now retired, are stuck. The truth is, the city is steadily shrinking and by the time the plan is completed (if it is completed at all) there will be no one left and all those millions of tax dollars spent to complete it will be all for naught.

Government spending and waste of tax dollars like that is a continual complaint Libertarians have with Democrats who have run Detroit now for more than 30 years. If Mayor Bings plan goes into effect, its going to cost the city, which has no money, even more. Spending millions of tax dollars on a city that is declining doesn’t make sense.

I was thinking about all of this as I ran across this blog I read entitled ” A Libertarian Program for Urban Renewal.

http://www.thefreemanonline.org/headline/a-libertarian-program-for-urban-renewal/

After reading it I started thinking of a couple of other Libertarian project solutions that could be taken on in urban communities that could help eliminate government spending. More particularly, the money it would cost the city of Detroit to undertake Mayor Bing’s project.

The project I’m proposing could help get 6 to 700 of those houses mowed down in one area in less than a year that WOULDN’T COST THE CITY ONE RED CENT (the mayors plan is to do 300 a year). This idea would not only save the city millions of dollars but it would bring 100’s of residents and jobs back to the area that’s its implemented in, as well as begin to give Detroit a much different reputation. I don’t think Democrats and Republicans will like it too much because it transfers power from the government to the citizen. That’s the Libertarian way and it is a way that can begin to get the job done

Project 1 which I’m proposing today in this blog, is a plan to replace the blight and bring back jobs and residents. I call it the “The Campus of High Education Project”

“The Campus of High Education Project”  :A 5 step plan that ANYONE can implement

Step 1

Form an Association. The initiator of this plan would go out to recruit a small group people that would make up an association of about 10 or so neighborhood business’s and organizations that would form (what I’m calling) “The Campus of High Education-Association. The Associations mission would be to develop an educational campus in their area made up of about 10-15 private schools (The next steps tell how it can be done)

Step 2

RECRUIT LEADERSHIP-Once the association is formed, its first job would be to appoint, assign or elect leadership in the association that would be responsible for petitioning the city to see to it that (may be about) 2-400 acres of a dilapidated and depopulated area which the association will represent, will be a area declared a total tax free zone. If the associations leadership can not commit to see this through, it should work to elect libertarian leadership for the district who can (or at best find someone who can get on the inside with a libertarian idea like this)

Step 3

RECRUIT SCHOOLS -The association board would then do a statewide or nationwide search to find about 10-15 different kinds of “private” schools (possibly franchised) with proven success records who will join the association and come into the campus area and build their institutions. These would be regular private schools, (as well as specialized vocational schools) of all kinds. The incentive for the schools coming aboard would be -they’d be totally exempt of taxes. Since much of this land is already vacant and owned by the city the property would be given to these schools FREE. It would be the responsibility of the Associations membership to see to it that the project is properly promoted (The plan for land still occupied will be addressed below).

Step 4

RECRUIT RESIDENTS -Once schools have been identified who will participate, the association will then canvas the proposed area to speak to the remaining residents still living on the proposed site to see if they would like to work with them in seeing the project take off. Those left who agree that live in bull’s-eye areas, where the actual buildings will sit, will be offered $50,000 each (which the schools combined will pay) for them to move in houses that are on campus borders. Banks and other residents who own property on areas proposed for parking and landscaping, will be offered $30,000. Residents will also be offered 2,000 scholarships for themselves to family members to attend the campus’s schools. Residents unwilling to participate can remain in their homes but will simply be forted in. The residents and the schools will all pay the association a small monthly fee – residents ..say $10 -schools say $100. (The public services normally to be paid for by the city will now be paid by the membership fees of all associations residents and schools)

Step 5

RECRUIT EMPLOYEES & STUDENTS. After the residents willing to participate in the project have been identified, both the association and the schools will begin their individual promoting and recruiting efforts for students and employees. All students and employees who come aboard (who don’t live in the target area) would be offered a $10,000 grant to live on property purchased by the schools which the association will buy and sell on behalf of the schools. This will encourage potential students and employees to move back into the area.

WHY I BELIEVE ITS GOOD.
The project is a good and truly libertarian in that its initially initiated by the volunteers from the neighborhood and INVOLVE NO GOVERNMENT SPENDING. Once the land has been given, the plan at at that point involves no or very little dependence on government sources, services OR city tax dollars . It will actually save the city millions of tax dollars that it would have to spend to tear down the hundreds of dilapidated houses in these declining depopulated areas – which produce little tax revenue.

What’s really good is that it will bring to the neighborhood that’s its in, many (professional and non professional) jobs at these successful schools. It will bring educational scholarships for neighborhood residents. It will almost instantly raise the neighborhoods property values because of the heavy flow of new neighborhood residents made up of working class people and students and business’s who would be coming in. It will also bring in sales taxes to the city and very quickly build revenues the business that are ask to be a part of the campus and those that surround it.

I’m not an economist nor do I currently know a whole lot about the budget’s of these kinds of schools or projects, so my financial figures might be off. What I really want to do is just put this libertarian idea out there and those who would be involved would have to determine what would be practical and what would not be.

Its a just a libertarian idea that can liberate a whole community from government dependence that’s brought together solely by a grass roots association. Its also a project I wouldn’t mind working on with some folks myself. Its just made up of regular volunteer neighborhood citizens which have shown themselves to be independent and self reliant, and now able to take on the responsibilities of its own community with out government help.

That’s the Libertarian way of doing things