On GMO’s and Libertarianism by Gene Trosper

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I’ve looked at both sides and I was initially very much against mandatory labeling. Mandatory *anything* activates my libertarian reflexes.

Let’s leave science out of the argument. Let’s leave the hipster “foodie” angle out of it. Instead, let us focus on the following:

Freedom of choice
Corporatism and corporate welfare
Freeing the market

Libertarians find themselves in a pickle: how to shrink (or even eliminate) government in the face of an ever-growing behemoth. Branches may be hacked, but the tree keeps growing. Clearly, voting for liberty-friendly candidates hasn’t had an iota of influence over shrinking government. Our much vaunted “think tanks” issue some good ideas, but the legislature generally ignores those ideas. Protests? They send us to “free speech zones” or hit us with tear gas, water cannons, LRAD, and goons with armor and billy clubs. Yeah…pretty ineffectual.

But what if you can turn government upon itself? Fight fire with fire?

That’s where mandatory GMO labeling comes into play. By passing labeling in one or two states, you begin the process of state governments (who are bound to defend voter-approved initiatives) conflicting with the federal government. This is currently what is happening with the marijuana legalization movement in numerous states. These states are essentially weakening segments of the federal government. Do libertarians generally support these legalization movements, especially in Washington and Colorado? You bet. However, these laws contain some anti-liberty components. yet, with these anti-liberty components, the good vastly outweighs the bad. These initiatives are a net benefit to liberty. The same can be said of mandatory GMO labeling.

The makeup of modern agriculture is not one of family farms, but one of massive corporate “factory farms” who rely on federal subsidies to maintain and increase their profit. This is wrong to any liberty minded individual. Corporations benefit from the stolen money of taxpayers to feather their already luxuirious nests. These subsidies are also used to help “study” and develop GMO crops.

Libertarians like to say they are for freedom of choice. One popular LP bumpersticker proclaims “I’m Pro-Choice on Everything!” However, for the average shopper, freedom of choice in the grocery store with regard to GMO foods is close to impossible. Yes, there is a voluntary NON-GMO labeling project underway and that is a good thing. But it barely comes close to scratching the surface. It’s said that roughly 90% of all corn and soybeans are genetically modified. Walk down the isle of your grocery store and read the ingredients list. It’s absolutely astounding how many products contain corn and/or soy products. These products are all silent as to whether they contain GMO ingredients.

So, here we have an interesting situation: big ag corporations feasting on taxpayer subsidies to develop and produce products that are genetically modified, which are most assuredly in most foods consumers purchase at the grocery store — and these products are unlabeled. So, where is the freedom of choice for consumers? How does one tell if the food they are purchasing contains products which their stolen taxpayer dollars helped to develop and produce? How can they determine if those products contain ingredients which can have potentially negative consequences for their health and the health of their families? Consider: if these ingredients DO have potentially negative health consequences, how evil is it for corporations to use taxpayer money to foist these products onto the consumer? It’s like forcing someone to pay for the bullet they will be shot with.

If that isn’t bad enough, the freedom of choice for consumers is limited even more by so-called “veggie libel laws”, which make it a civil offense (in Colorado, it is a criminal offense!) to imply that certain food products are “bad”. The biggest example is the lawsuit the Texas cattlemen filed against Oprah Winfrey. She did an episode on Mad Cow Disease and declared she would not eat beef anymore. The Texas cattlemen determined this libeled their product and took her to court. What she expressed was her opinion. Big ag decided that opinions hurt their bottom line. Numerous other cases show that veggie libel laws have chilling effect on free speech. Have you noticed that certain dairy products contain the following label: “FDA States: No significant difference in milk from cows treated with artificial growth hormone.”? I found that on a diary product in Whole Foods, of all places. Do you know why that label exists? Oakhurst Dairy was given a “Quality Seal” from the state of Maine because it was rBGH free. Monsanto was the corporation which developed the rBGH hormone and they demanded that Maine stop issuing such seals. Maine refused, so Monsanto went after Oakhurst Dairy by suing them, and now, Oakhurst Dairy (Maine’s largest dairy) carries that label.

So much for free choice.

Libertarians like to say “let the market decide”. That is the most simplistic and asinine statement that could be made when there is nothing resembling a free market in big ag. Not only does it reflect general ignorance of the situation, it also demonstrates a general “I don’t give a shit” social Darwinist attitude toward the average person. Libertarians can redeem themselves by supporting GMO labeling, which would go a long way toward dismantling the corporatist grip on the food we eat and untangling the unholy alliance between corporation and government. If it weren’t for the government, companies such as Monsanto would not be engaged in bullying tactics, sucking on the teat of subsidies, and purposefully deceiving consumers by hiding the fact their products contain GMO ingredients.

I hear the chorus of libertarians bleating: “but you can’t use the force of government! It never solves anything!” But what most libertarians do not understand is that this force of government will be used upon itself, not innocent corporations or consumers. If there WAS a free market, there would be no subsidies. There would be no veggie libel laws. there would be no deceiving consumers by hiding the nature of ingredients. Libertarians are against fraud, correct? Then manufacturers who use GMO ingredients are committing fraud against consumers by declaring their product to be “natural”, when there is absolutely nothing “natural” with splicing genetics.

To sum this all up: big ag is committing force and fraud against consumers and taxpayers with the collusion of government. It is absolutely moral and appropriate to use government at the state level against government at the federal level. if small government libertarians wish to be consistent, then they will use GMO labeling laws to protect individuals against the greater force and fraud we face. After all, small government libertarians consent to government existence for the purpose of protecting us from force and fraud. What makes this any different? Nothing.

                Libertarian Activist Gene Trosper and Shannon Black

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Why Activist, Not Corporate Politicians, Need to Run for Office

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I’m a political activist.  Yes, that’s what my title is in the world of titles.  Why? Because on this 10th Anniversary of my 15 year old daughter’s death from suicide, due to being prescribed SSRI medication that was never approved for children under twenty-four years of age (yes, you read that correctly), I recall how I set out to find out why this happened ten years ago and how I have ended up here —running for NY State Senate — knowing full well that I am doing this for all the right reasons, NOT because I am a politician or even want to be…..

When I look back to where I was ten years ago, I was a Long Island mom, working as a bookkeeper, trusting my government, trusting the doctors I had chosen to support my family in times of sickness, trusting the teachers in the school system, trusting the people running the government locally and nationally…  I had no idea that the rabbit hole I was about to crawl into was filled with special interest, nepotism, lobbying (bribery), cover-ups, lies and a world full of people whose sole purpose in life was to pander to the almighty dollar.  I especially had no idea that the health and safety of my family was not in the best interest of most of the people running our lives — and that most of the people running our lives were, in fact, corporations!

I know, I’ve just said a mouthful with nothing to back up my words in this short blog –but if you do the research yourself, you’ll find out plenty.  For instance in 2012 there was a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline, makers of SSRI Medication like Paxil and Wellbutrin, who admitted fraud in using tactics aimed at promoting the use of the drug in children, including helping to publish a medical journal article that misreported the data from a clinical trial. Who admitted to trying to win over doctors to push their medication for perks including vacations, concert tickets, spa treatments and speaking engagements.  Being hit with the knowledge that my daughter may have died so that a doctor could attend a spa vacation was hard to swallow.  Soon you start to notice things, like when you open up a magazine and most of the ads are from pharmaceutical companies, and watch TV to see that every third commercial is telling you the side effects of another drug. You then start connecting the dots.  Would we even have media without these pharmaceutical companies paying for the advertising on most of the nightly news shows?  You eventually start connecting the dots to places like Open Secrets to see who contributed to the campaigns of your state and federal legislators and see a lineup of pharmaceutical companies names and you have to ask yourself why there is never a mention against these companies by anyone in government. When you start to take notice that our liberty is being infringed upon after disasters like school shootings when the “guns” get the blame but no one looks to see what was behind the mind-set of the child that did the shooting – That nearly all of them were done by kids on SSRI medication……  You start to connect the dots that corporations are calling the shots over our Constitution and that they are running the show.

Take another issue like GMO food entering our food supply with the splicing of seeds with insecticide to the point we are afraid to eat anything store bought anymore.  A few Google searches and you find out that men and women who have sat on the board of Monsanto Corporation have also enjoyed a seat at the FDA.  Does this make sense?  Does it make you wonder how the FDA who is supposed to protect the interest of the American people has actually spent so much time protecting the interest of a corporation, that our food system is completely compromised?

I can go on with issue after issue – from Smart Meters to Vaccines to Geo-Engineering and you will see at the core of everything happening “to” us is the result of a corporation being in bed, somehow, with our Government.  We are not one nation under God today. We are one nation under many corporations!  Don’t believe me? Just check out Common Core Education and find out who and what is now running our classrooms and who is in control of the young minds of our country.

And so, in 2009, sometime after the 2008 Presidential election, a friend of mine, Edward Weaver, and I started an little organization called Save Long Island.  What we do is show films and have speakers once a month to awaken people to the issues taking place that are affecting us.  We talk about every issue from those mentioned above to those on Alternative Medicine, the War on Drugs, Industrial Hemp, as well as tools to find our way out of the muck and mire, like Prepping and Nullification.  We do this because we care – not to make money or to benefit anyone or anything – but because we give a damn about our country, our community, and the future of our children.

….And then I found myself running for office for all the same reasons.  To spread awareness –to talk about these issues that are affecting all of us.  To get the word out that we can only fight back if we have the tools to do so and that means actually knowing what is happening and why.  Education is Key.  My daughter cannot have died in vain.

In January, Save Long Island is running a forum at the Hauppauge “UpSky” Hotel (formerly known as the Sheraton Hotel).  We are having speakers on every issue mentioned above and more.  We are flying speakers in from all over the country – many of whom have made the films we have shown at our monthly Save Long Island Events.  It’s a three day event that includes an economic debate, a film clip festival, a full day of speeches from 18 speakers, and a brunch the following day with a three hour Q&A with all the speakers about solutions.

If we don’t start educating ourselves about what’s going on around us then we can’t fight back and the corporations get to be our rulers.  I don’t know about you but I don’t pledge allegiance to Monsanto or to a pharmaceutical company.  I’m fighting back – if you can’t fight back and run for office too – then support my campaign – Win or lose I will be heard.  Come to the Save Long Island Forum and find out for yourself what’s going on in our country. Let’s band together. Let’s fight back.

Links:

Campaign: www.Gigibowmanforsenate.com

Save Long Island Organization: www.savelongisland.org

Save Long Island Forum Event:  www.savelongislandforum.com

If you want run for office:  www.libertycandidates.com

My Blog: www.gigibowman.com

“Save Long Island Forum” Coming in January 2014 ‘The Event’ Issues, Answers and The Great Debate!

Coming  January 17 – 19, 2014 – An Event unlike any other…..  It’s about the ISSUES!  If you have the questions…..these A+ Speakers have the answers!

And then there is the great debate 🙂

The Event

The event is broken up into three days with something special going on during each of them. For those who get the Snowed In Package or the Three Day Pass [get ’em here], they’re going to be in for a treat that will not disappoint. Here are the three days broken down.

Day #1: The Friday Night Special

Our event kicks off with a night to remember for all of those that show up on this night. First off is a special dinner welcoming all of those who have decided to join us and our speakers who have graced our event with their presence. The 115 people who get tickets to this night will not be disappointed as they will be able to interact not only with each other but also our speakers as we warm ourselves up for the weekend that is ahead. The dinner will then be followed with an event that many in the realm of economics have been salivating for.

For years now, those discussing the current state of our economy, though agreeing on their being a serious problem to the economy, have been divided over the solution to the problem. Back and forth these factions have argued over this topic through magazine articles, social media sites and talks to those who have usually come to listen to just their side of the puzzle. Now, we are going to hear from both sides of the issue at the same time. On this night, we shall have a monetary debate like no other between Bill Still & Austrian School economist and anarcho-capitalist Robert Murphy.

As many know these two come from schools of monetary thought that are not only at odds, but are diametrically opposed to each other. Whereas Still believes the government, through The Treasury Department, can and should effect monetary policy, Murphy believes that the government has no business at all in the Nation’s economy and that the Free Market should be the sole arbiter of the national economy. This is a debate that is surely not to be missed as it’s one that many have been wishing to happen for years now.

And to top it all off, we shall be having a special MC for this debate: the self proclaimed King of accountability, facilitator of awesome, ambassador of badass, and defender of freedom himself — Tony Stiles, whose radio show (and just overall personality) are known to be anything but the ordinary (click the image to check out his website).

Our event will bring it to you, but only if you get tickets to it quick.  


Day #2: The Saturday Main Event

On day two of our event, the main reason you came is to take form: the all-day fest of speakers, knowledge & hope.  This is the day that the people who come will get their chance to be exposed to information the likes of which they may never have considered existing. These speakers come from all walks of the spectrum of information, from education to Agenda 21, the economy to drone warfare, NSA spying to vaccination, and much more. Even if you are knowledgeable in one or a number of the issues we will be talking about at our event, you will learn something new as very few know about all of these issues, and of those individuals, even they can learn something new at this incredible event.

From 11am to 10pm on this day you will get to hear from a line up of individuals the likes of which have never been assembled in the same room. Several of them have conflicting views on what’s important to them, some are from what the media calls the ‘Liberal Left’ , others from the ‘Conservative Right’, but all care about the future of our nation and all of them will be talking about not what divides us, like Left or Right, but what unites us and that is the issues.

What issues will be spoken about and who will be speaking on them? Just take a look for yourself, click on an image and find out who’s here for what:

Bill Still - The Economy
Charlotte Iserbyt - Education
Fred Eichorn - Alternative Health
G. Edward Griffin - Agenda 21
Jake Hays - Fracking
Jerry Day - Smart Meters
KrisAnne Hall - The 4th Amendment
Kristen Meagan - Geo-engineering
Linda Booker - Industrial Hemp
Mary Tocco - Vaccines
Medea Benjamin - Human Rights
Sherif Richard Mack - The 2nd Amendment
Joanne Naughton of LEAP - The War On Drugs
Joah Tolley - Small Business
Robert Murphy - Austrian Economics

To read more about these gracious & courageous individuals , you can click right here.

To read more on the issues they’re coming to talk about, click this link here.


Day #3: The Sunday Brunch Day

Day three shall be another special event for those who are lucky enough to join us for it. On this day we will be having a special brunch for those who have stayed through the weekend with us and our speakers who have graced us with there presence. Even better, the brunch shall only be the opening of this incredible day  as, afterwards, we shall be having a special Q&A panel where you will be able to ask questions of our speakers, questions that are important to you. But not only this, these speakers will get the chance to talk about the one thing that is more important then any of the problems that we face, and that is the solutions they believe are necessary to help us through them.

It’s the solutions that matter more then anything and these great guest of ours know this, so they will be taking the time to give us their ideas of what the solutions maybe to the issues that matter most to us. Will these speakers be talking of solutions when they make their speeches on Saturday? Of course they will, but there are more issues then just the ones they will be talking about and their many lifetimes of knowledge and experience make them the perfect choice to enlighten those of us that care on the path that we should take to save Long Island and save our great country.

MC-ing the panel discussion shall be Josh Tolley so don’t miss out on all that we have to offer. Get your tickets NOW, right here.


And remember that half of the proceeds from ticket sales will be going to the Feal Good Foundation who’s work with First Responders has been above and beyond what anyone could have imagined an organization could do for these brave individuals, sickened by the dust and toxic air quality surrounding ground zero after the attacks of 9-11. Your participation in this event will not only help bring knowledge to others, but shall also help this organization help them. So thank you and we can’t wait to see you there.

My New Year’s Resolution to My Country – Help Ron Paul Get Elected!

By Gigi Bowman

President of http://www.liberty-candidates.org

My New Year’s resolution to my country. I will do everything I can to get Ron Paul elected and here is why:

Notice all this negative propaganda about Ron Paul only started coming out a week ago calling him a racist, anti-Semite etc, when the “right” saw they were losing in Iowa to the pro-peace, pro-freedom, Constitution and liberty loving candidate, Ron Paul. They had nothing else on him –he has never flip flopped or changed his convictions. He has stood by the Constitution and his oath of office for his 30+ years in office. So the media in coercion with those that OWN the media, do what they do best –they use negative propaganda to bring people down to have it their way. I think we’ve been through enough of this to know the game and how it’s played.

Ron Paul only gains supporters –he never loses supporters. Once you understand the message of our founders, of liberty and freedom you realize you must fight in order to keep America sovereign or in the end we will all lose –especially our children. We are broke. Our country is broken –yet we are supporting other countries militarily and monetarily while people in our own country can’t get jobs and lose their homes to foreclosure. Our roads and bridges fall apart while we rebuild those we bombed in wars we should not be having. The only one making out here are the war profiteers. They want to continue their cushy incomes so they will make sure to install those who will help them to do that. Apparently that seems to be the goal of all the candidates including the POTUS –all except for Ron Paul. Is it any wonder they don’t want him to win?  He is a man of the “people” NOT a man of the Corporations!

But the people are fighting back. I think the occupy movement proved that (or at least the beginning of the occupy movement before it was taken over by the very corporatist it was fighting against and the political hacks who wanted to use it for their own gain.)

I think the people are tired, hungry and verging on poor in this country. We need to begin again. These people running our country are crooks, traitors and obviously not doing what they are doing for the good of the people any longer (did we not just find out that Congressmen are ALLOWED TO INSIDE TRADE IN THE STOCK MARKET???).

We’re killing American citizens with drones –now you’re guilty and have no way to prove your innocence. Instead you are dead. NDAA, Patriot Act. Monsanto. Lobbyist. They are telling us what to eat, what medicine we have to take. Probing us at airports and radiating our children just to get on a plane to go to Disney World.

The people are fighting back and Ron Paul is the only choice we have left to make this country work before our monetary system collapses thanks to the biggest crooks of all –The Federal Reserve–the PRIVATE banking cartel that has robbed our children of their future.  Our legislators sit around fighting about how high to raise the “CREDIT” on what is seems is the limitless money supply because they can just print it up if they need it! So what if it’s not backed by anything….we’ll worry about that tomorrow!

None of the other candidates or the President are talking about these things. They want to keep things the way they are. They want to bring us back to the time of slavery. Our kids –sure they go to college and they take out loans to do it (because their parent’s can no longer use their homes as ATM machines) and they graduate and can’t find jobs because we no longer produce anything in this country –and they graduate in DEBT and can’t ever see a real future or buy a home or afford to have their own kids.

I lost a child to Big Pharma. They keep pushing anti-depressants and vaccines on our kids through the schools run by a “department of education” that pays administrators $400,000+ a year  but we can’t afford to keep our teachers or buy paper for the schools though our property taxes –which are so high that retired folks who own their houses outright still can’t afford to live in them! –yet in my State, NY, our Governor writes executive orders to grow our government with more “teams” who sit around getting paid to figure out how to save the taxpayers money. It’s almost comical it’s so absurd!

When my generation was growing up no one died from pharmaceutical drugs. Today it’s the norm. Who are our biggest lobbyist? Those that get the most “FAVORS” from those running the country? Big Pharma.  Amazing how many commercials and ads in magazines are those to push drugs on us and our kids.  Aspartame is killing us slowly. It is in almost everything we eat! It was pushed through by, yet again, someone who at the time was “running the country”. High Fructose Corn Syrup is in practically EVERYTHING on our store shelves –yet it’s born from GMO produced Corn. Again, lobbyist —MONSANTO…..

Do I need to keep going on?

We are a broken nation and we need to fix it. Vote for Ron Paul if you care about America. It’s our last chance and our last hope.  If you don’t believe me, take a look at some of the bills Ron Paul has tried to put through –they all seem to be about giving the American people more freedom FROM Government.

Make your 2012 Resolution to help Ron Paul take our country back and begin the big fix that we need…..  and while you’re at it, check out the Liberty Candidates who are running for office all over this country because of the inspiration of Ron Paul because one man can not do it alone!

We can’t keep going on this way.