Jack London Liberty on the Rocks!

Jack London was a socialist and needed to learn a little about Liberty during his life. So do many of the people in Oakland. Come to the Warehouse, a few blocks inland from Jack London Square, and share drinks and discussions with free market supporters of all political stripes.

The Warehouse

402 Webster Street
Oakland, California

Bring a friend or two. See you there! Hosted by Marilyn.

Next Meeting (08/07/2011)

The first meeting for the month of August. As always plenty to talk about at all levels of government and in the community.

All regulars are encouraged to attend, along with old friends and newbies are always welcome.

See you all there for lunch! Cheers for Liberty!

Event Info

Mencken’s imaginary hobgoblins of today

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”


H.L. Mencken

See Warming, Global; Terrorism, War on; Drugs, War on; Fracking, Oil; Social Security, Checks Withheld; et al.

Mencken’s imaginary hobgoblins of today

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”


H.L. Mencken

See Warming, Global; Terrorism, War on; Drugs, War on; Fracking, Oil; Social Security, Checks Withheld; et al.

Celebrate Milton Friedman’s Legacy with Liberty on the Rocks this Friday night!

Join Liberty on the Rocks this Friday night, July 29 to toast to Milton Friedman on what would have been his 99th birthday (well, the 31st will be, but it’s close!).

Mr. Friedman was a free market economist, statistician, author and Nobel Prize winner for his work with economics. He spent much of his life spreading the message of not only free markets, but liberty and freedom, across the globe.

To celebrate the life and work of this phenomenal man, Liberty on the Rocks will host a night of remembrance, complete with a short video of Mr. Friedman discussing many different aspects of liberty and free markets, which will include a message from Mr. Jon Caldara of the Independence Institute. So join us as we raise our glass to Milton Friedman and his legacy!

Don’t know much about Mr. Friedman? All the more reason for you to attend! Check out this great Youtube video of him on Phil Donahue’s show in 1979. Poor Phil didn’t stand a chance against him ; )

We will have DOOR PRIZES, FREE APPETIZERS (while they last), and FREE DRINK tickets to the FIRST TEN ATTENDEES! (limit $7.00 value) You don’t want to miss this event!

After we conclude the festivities, we will head a few blocks down to Marlowes, where the Centennial Institute is hosting an after-hour get together with Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute. The first round of drinks is on them, so be sure to stick around for that!

What: Happy Hour to celebrate free market economist Milton Friedman
When: Friday, July 29th from 7-9 PM
Where: Jackson’s Sports Grill (back room) | 1520 20th Street in Denver


Why?! To raise a glass to Mr. Friedman and to learn more about his contribution to free market ideas – plus, great networking opportunities, as always!

Austrian Economics vs Keynesian: LIVE discussion in Colorado Springs!

Tune in to hear from Justin Longo of the Independence Institute, and Professor Paul Prentice as they discuss the differences between the Austrian and Keynesian schools of economics. Join in the chat to ask your questions or to share your thoughts!

Event will be streamed live on Tuesday, July 26 starting at 6:45 PM. It will also be recorded if you happen to miss the live stream!

Tune in here.

Doctors “Town Hall”

Learn why health care policy is moving in the wrong direction and what doctors and patients can do help restore our medical freedoms.

There are still about 65 seats remaining for this free event but they are going quickly.

RSVP at http://www.doctorstownhall.com

Saturday, August 6
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.Doors Open @ 1:00pm

Lipscomb University, Ward Hall
Visit the website for a list of speakers including doctors with free market based practices, politicians, tax hawks and other people relative to medical policy.
Presented by Medibid and the Association for American Physicians & Surgeons

Austrian Economics vs Keynesian: LIVE discussion in Colorado Springs!

Tune in to hear from Justin Longo of the Independence Institute, and Professor Paul Prentice as they discuss the differences between the Austrian and Keynesian schools of economics. Join in the chat to ask your questions or to share your thoughts!

Event will be streamed live on Tuesday, July 26 starting at 6:45 PM. It will also be recorded if you happen to miss the live stream!

Free desktop streaming application by Ustream

Aug 1st Meetup — A Prescription for Obamacare

Dr. Jill Q. Vecchio – Up On The Roof!

Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks) Happy Hour — August 1, 2011

August belongs to our fascinating lady leaders. We’re kicking the month off with a happy hour “two-for” – Laura Boggs, Jeffco school board director, for a quick education update, followed by Dr. Jill Vecchio, a national director with Docs 4 Patient Care (yes, they actually have read the bill and know what is in it). Time to get fired up again and shake off the summer heat doldrums.

Director Boggs is our initial “education mini-series” guest, leading up to the 2011 school board elections. She and other pro-student, pro-reform, pro-performance minded individuals will brief us periodically on education issues (a sector which consumes almost 50% of the state budget, plus additional direct property tax levies).

Our featured guest is Dr. Jill Q. Vecchio, the National Director for State Chapter Development with Docs 4 Patient Care. Dr. Vecchio is a practicing diagnostic radiologist, and is a prominent speaker on the impacts of Obamacare (we’ll pick her brains about “Amycare,” too). Docs 4 Patient Care is an organization of concerned physicians committed to the establishment of a health care system that preserves the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship, promotes quality of care, supports affordable access to all Americans, and protects patients’ freedom of choice. (My wish is that the good doctor could make a “House” call and give the President an Rx for what seems to be a general healthcare malaise coming out of D.C. – just saying…)

If you have some time prior to the meeting, I would suggest you review this great powerpoint presentation that I found by Dr. Vecchio at http://docs4patientcare.org/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=82703, for a primer.

Also, if you missed Independence Institute’s Dr. Paul Prentice’s presentations on the Fed, and on the Moral Basis of Capitalism, you can download them here at the “More Resources” tab, above.

Upcoming Events

July 29 – 31 Centennial Institute

Western Conservative Summit 2011

Marriott City Center, Denver

Details at http://www.ccu.edu/centennial/events/wcsummit.asp

*I would highly recommend this event to all since it exceeded my expectations last year but especially to those 25 an under due to the content and great price incentive

August 15, 2011
Liberty on the Rocks (Red Rocks) Happy Hour
Jessica Peck Cory

August 29, 2011 Bonus Monday!!!
Liberty on the Rocks (Red Rocks) Happy Hour
TBA

Dr. Jill Q. Vecchio Event Details

August 1, 2011
Old Chicago’s rooftop
145 Union Blvd.
Lakewood, CO
Happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. (Speakers generally begin between 5:45 – 6:00)
FB group: Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks)

Disclaimer: Speakers/Guests/Articles do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Liberty On The Rocks (Red Rocks).

“To dissemble: to conceal one’s true motives or thoughts by pretense.”

Linda Meric is one of the leaders of 9t05, a group behind a proposed ballot measure that would mandate certain employers located in Denver provide 9 paid sick days to employees a year.

In a letter to the Denver Post editor, Ms. Meric says the proposal is a “public health issue” because “[j]obs in food service, child care, nursing homes and home health care typically don’t come with paid sick days.” Since people in these industries come into contact with the public, Ms. Meric reasons, it is important that they be able to stay home when thy have a communicable illness.

So the proposal is limited to employers in those industries? No. It is not.

Then why is Ms. Meric’s argument limited to the public health angle? After all, she says “[i]f you don’t want flu with your fries, vote ‘yes’ to protect jobs and the public health in November.”

Perhaps because it is easier to sell a proposal against someone sneezing on your food than it is to sell what the proposal really does: Provide government control over what is otherwise a private business decision between labor and management.

Statists hate it when people make their own decisions, especially when the statist is so much smarter than the stupid workers and so much more compassionate than the evil and greedy small business owners. 9t05 knows what is best for us all, and instead of convincing us they are right, and getting us to voluntarily implement their policy, they want to force us to obey their dictates or face official government sanction.

These social engineers and central planners do not believe in free choice. They believe workers are “powerless” to improve their working conditions. Therefore, the powerless workers need the authority of the state to force the greedy employers to treat them “humanely.”

They fail to see that the most inhumane force that has ever existed on this planet is the state. Every government atrocity ever committed was done in the name of making the world a better place – for someone.

“But Dave!” you say, “the state ended Jim Crow laws and busted price gouging monopolies to make the world a better place, just to name two examples of the awesomeness of our benevolent government!” Yes, that is what we have been told.

But who enacted the Jim Crow laws? Who enforced them with police dogs and water hoses? The state. Who subverted them? Who opened underground jazz clubs so people of different races could mingle together, voluntarily, without fear of government retribution? Free individuals.

And who allowed the monopolies to prosper? Who created artificial barriers to entry so competition was thwarted? Who gave government assets to private individuals and corporations so that cronies of politicians could run monopolies and get rich? The state. Who fought the monopolies? Who tried to beat them in the marketplace by providing a cheaper or better product? Free individuals.

Looking to the government to provide a better life for individuals is like giving the keys to your liquor cabinet to a drunk and expecting him to take care of it.

The government, all too often, is a malignancy wrapped in a pretty bow and presented as a gift that we eagerly accept. Look behind the bow.