Sunday, March 31, 2013

Black Libertarian Elected Official: Karen Richardson

Council Member Karen Richardson, Post 3
Council member Karen Richardson brings ten years of community involvement experience in Johns Creek to her work on the Council.
As a wife and mother, Richardson originally got involved in the Johns Creek community as a member of the Windermere Park Homeowners Association. She went on to serve as Chair of the Zoning Committee of the Johns Creek Community Association (JCCA), the ground-breaking Homeowner Association (HOA) umbrella group of then unincorporated northeast Fulton County.
Her love of community service led to her selection as Chair of the Zoning Sub-committee of the Committee for Johns Creek, which spearheaded the grass roots incorporation movement.
As Chairwoman, she extended her role as a zoning advocate for the community, while helping to lay the groundwork for the City's future Community Development department following incorporation.
Richardson describes her highest priority as informing and empowering her constituents. Her dedication to engaging the communities she represents has prompted her to schedule "Coffee with Karen" meet and greets and to maintain weekly office hours.
Realizing the importance of parental involvement in all children's education, Richardson serves as the Treasurer of the Abbotts Hill Elementary School PTA.
A native of Scarsdale, New York, Richardson and her husband, Eric, relocated to the Ocee community of Johns Creek nine years ago. They have three children, Andrew, Samantha and Miles, who attend the public schools of Johns Creek.
Richardson holds a BA in History from the University of Rochester and an MS in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University. She was formerly an educational consultant with the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, New York.

Welfare Destroys Black People (At home and Abroad)

Is America winning the war on drugs?

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2013 ― The “war on drugs,” a phrase coined in by the Nixon administration, has resulted in half of America’s incarcerated adult population being jailed for drug crimes.

At a time when state budgets are stretched and governors are facing harsh economic choices, at a time when state budgets are slashed to eliminate education and social services, we are constantly reminded that the United States leads other nations in the wildly expensive activity of locking up hundreds of thousands of its citizens for non-violent crimes. 

Marijuana was illegalized as part of William Randolph Hurst’s campaign to eliminate hemp, a cheap alternative to his extensive tree farms and wood pulp operations. The war on that drug always had an anti-Hispanic flavor, and it is interesting to see a nation as sophisticated as ours still fighting a Prohibition-style war (with as little success as Prohibition had against liquor) that disproportionately incarcerates black and Latino males. And this is to ban a substance that appears to be vastly less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco.

The cost of the war on drugs to the American taxpayer is multi-layered. There are the obvious costs of enforcement and incarceration. Add on to those the costs imposed on welfare systems as families are ripped apart and destroyed by the drug war. Neighborhoods are devastated, justice systems and politicians corrupted, police resources diverted from fighting other types of crime.

The social cost of this war, as of any other war, is enormous.

Just as with Prohibition, the war on drugs has fostered a culture of violence. When illegal drugs are no longer illegal, but controlled, that violence will be reduced along with drug-related crime, the costs of enforcement and incarceration will fall, and costs to American taxpayers will decline.

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"Where Have All the Black Libertarians Gone?"

I like Bill Maher. He takes sides. One of his best recent lines was, "the last time the Republicans had that many black folks on stage they were selling them!" (That was in response to the reportedly large number of black folks carrying the Republican banner at the 2004 RNC.) The historical irony is that the folks who did the bulk of the selling of black folk would have been predecessors of today’s Democrat party. (So, Maher is evidently no history buff.) I still like him though. Calling on some of that history, Deroy Murdock and Steven Warshawsky suggest supporting the Republican Party.

For me they are just picking a different bus upon which to ride to the same destination. (One can only hope they both get to sit up front!) Why do black folk overwhelmingly support the Democrats, particularly in light of history? And why not give the ‘other party’ a chance? Because neither party gives a rat’s anal opening about black people! And even if they did it would not matter, for reasons I examine below.

How about more black libertarians? Black libertarians are as common as lips on a chicken – hence the tongue-in-cheek title of this little rant. Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams come to mind as examples of black libertarians. I am pretty sure that the chairman of the NY Libertarian Party is black. But to be clear, I do not think embracing another vehicle of state power – another political party – is really the answer. After a rather long time with my head in the sand – or stuck in other places equally dark – I have come to an even more controversial conclusion. For black folk there is only one viable option – abolish the state.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Black Libertarian in America

My warning to black people (hell, all people) about the dangers of not being prepared for an emergency (such as a economic crisis, natural disaster, terrorist attack.) I think about the history of the race riots on Black Wall Street in 1921 (Greenwood riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma), the Argentina collapse, Katrina and gun control.