Monthly Archives: March 2011

Washtenaw Libertarians meeting (4/5/2011) plus Gary Johnson Visits UM on Thursday!

Fellow Washtenaw Libertarians,

The next meeting of the LPWC will be one week from today, Tuesday April 5th, 7:00 PM at the Classic Cup Cafe, 4389 Jackson Ave, Ann Arbor. Look for us either in the back-room or at the square tables against the rear of the main dining room as we discuss the following agenda:

— Brainstorming on outreach efforts for the group, e.g. radio spots, public calendars, and free/cheap community ad spaces.

— Our new website, https://lpwc.wordpress.com

— Our upcoming LP State Convention at the Valley Plaza Resort in Midland, MI on 4/30

— Postcard response and subsequent database update

— Ongoing newsletter work,

— Possible speakers for future meetings.

As usual, the first 30 minutes are typically a social meet-and-greet time. Please join us and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. In addition, you can find out more at new website, https://lpwc.wordpress.com

Last but not least, 2012 Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson is coming to UM, co-sponsored by the UM College Libertarians! They’ve teamed up with Students for a Sensible Drug Policy to bring former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson to campus where he will be speaking in the Michigan League Ballroom this coming Thursday, March 31 at 8:00 PM.

You can read more details here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196321983722664 . This event is free so please come along and support the UMCL’s at this great event!

Thank you and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Cheers,

Paul Giuliano

Chair, Libertarian Party of Washtenaw County

LPWC Update: Jesse Walker from Reason Magazine tomorrow, 3/9 @ 7 PM

Washtenaw Libertarians,

One of the perks of having a strong, active College Libertarians and Students for a Free Economy groups at the University of Michigan nearby is that we get to reap the benefits of their hard work and organizing. An event is being held tomorrow at 7PM which was hinted at in our past correspondence. It is titled “Reason Magazine’s Jesse Walker presents: The Paranoid Center.” Some information from it’s Facebook page ( http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196767250341151 ) can be found at the end of this message.

This should be a wonderful event as well as a great way for you to meet some of our youngest libertarian activists. The details are:

7:00 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday, March 9th
G168 Angell Hall
University of Michigan
435 S State St, Ann Arbor, 48109

RSVP at the Facebook event page if you’d like or simply arrive and enjoy!

Cheers,

Paul Giuliano
Chair, LPWC
lpwc.wordpress.com

From http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196767250341151

• Is this really a time of unusually fierce fear and violent rhetoric?
• Is political paranoia just a fringe phenomenon, or is it also found in the middle of the road?
• What does a conspiracy have in common with a can of Four Loko?

From James Wenneker von Brunn, the neo-Nazi who opened fire at the Holocaust Memorial Museum, to Jared Lee Loughner, the “conscious dreaming” enthusiast who opened fire in Tucson in January, we’ve heard ample warnings about extremist paranoia since Barack Obama became president. We’ve heard much less about the paranoia of the political center. But when mainstream commentators treat a small group of unconnected crimes as a grand, malevolent movement, they unwittingly echo the very conspiracy theories they denounce. Both brands of connect-the-dots fantasy reflect the tellers’ anxieties much more than any order actually emerging in the world.

Jesse Walker will give a more complete account of political paranoia in the United States. The fear of conspiracies is not merely a phenomenon of the fringe, he will argue. It is, and always has been, present in the American center, though the establishment rarely recognizes its own conspiracy theories as “conspiracy theories.”

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Jesse Walker is the managing editor of Reason Magazine (www.reason.com) and the author of “Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America” (NYU Press).
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Hosted by:
University of Michigan College Libertarians (www.facebook.com/umichliberty)
Students for a Free Economy (www.michigansfe.org)