TANSTAAFL and the 2020 Election

Libertarians like to talk about TANSTAAFL, meaning There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. At the October 20, 2020, business meeting of the Polk County Libertarians we did not use the acronym TANSTAAFL, but we did discuss taxes and expectations some voters have that others will pay for their wants. More specifically, a vote for a Republican or a Democrat is a vote against the other. In contrast, we like to believe a vote for a Libertarian is a vote for individuals and not a vote against another person.

We also talked about the dominance of advertising in this COVID-19 election period. More importantly, we talked about the challenge Libertarian candidates have had getting media to talk with them about their ideas and values or to meet people to talk with them directly. Our candidates do have opinions and priority issues. Indeed, an earlier post looked at the issue of crime and U.S. Senate Candidate Rick Stewart’s view of the impact of how our society defines criminals and criminal behavior harms the entire economy and, thus, society. Iowa Senate District 16 Candidate Toya Johnson has also talked about how we could free up money to pay for needs if we no longer stopped people without pretext.

Polk County Libertarians have spent the past weeks joining with candidates to hold signs and promote the party in Polk County. The response has been encouraging, suggesting a far wider awareness of Libertarian candidates and beliefs than the news media or organizations hosting debates want to recognize.

Election day, November 3, 2020, is in two weeks. Whether you vote early, by mail, or on election day, we ask you to vote for the Libertarians on ballots in Polk County. These candidates are: Jo Jorgensen/Jeremy “Spike” Cohen for President/Vice President, Rick Stewart for U.S. Senate, and Bryan Jack Holder for U.S. House of Representatives. Libertarians in Iowa Senate District 16 will also be able to vote for Toya johnson.

Then, join the Polk County Libertarians for our November 17, 2020, business meeting as we take a look at the election results and start to look ahead to growing our base, strengthening the party, and setting the standard for the next election.

1 thought on “TANSTAAFL and the 2020 Election”

  1. Good work coming around to TANSTAAFL, debated hotly along with Atlas Shrugged in smoke-filled rooms before there was an LP. But your writer does not get what is happening. Friedman’s “Free To Choose” caused a domino to fall, and the result was posted as “The Case for Voting Libertarian” in 2007. I posted it (still there with audio), and it was on Austin’s “Live and Let Live” program. The upshot is that major changes have ALWAYS come from small party planks that defeat kleptocrats and leverage results. “Why Voting Libertarian Works” goes over the same ground. Every LP vote tells the Kleptocracy where “the consent of the governed” has moved to. We do it by making them lose until they copy our planks. It’s a mile-wide steamroller.

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