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Tom J. “UsuryFree” Kennedy was on the Power Hour with Joyce Riley on July 8, 2014 in an interview I helped to arrange.

He spoke about his experience in founding usury-free community currencies, and why they are an essential component to a sound monetary system (starting 8 minutes in).

For more on Tom J. Kennedy, see:

1) Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb: Episode 54: Interview with Tom J. Kennedy

2) To blow off ritualistic steam, watch Gerald Celente. For real solutions, watch Wayne Walton and Tom J. Kennedy.

On the June 14, 2014 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I discussed the following recent issues of the past week in the audio here:

Ontario’s recent election, Libertarian breakthrough, Freedom Party’s balanced budget gimmick, Ellen Brown got the most votes of any third-party contender for California Treasurer, and Canada’s Supreme Court decision requiring warrants for all internet user requests.

I counted four Ontario Libertarian Party candidates who received over 2 per cent of the votes in the June 12, 2014 provincial election, based on the info at TV Ontario’s Your Vote 2014:

Thunder Bay-Superior North
Tamara Johnson (3.3%) – 922 out of 27,683

Wellington-Halton Hills
Jason Cousineau (2.3%) – 1,104 out of 48,411

Kitchener-Conestoga
David Schumm (2.2%) – 1,041 out of 47,705

Vaughan
Paolo Fabrizio (2.1%) – 1,277 out of 59,917

Jason Cousineau’s and David Schumm’s performances are particularly impressive, because there were no Libertarian candidates in those ridings in 2011.

Now with a Liberal majority and a planned Ontario Pension Plan taxing scheme and continuing the meddling Ontario College of Trades and wasting billions on political transit decisions, I think the Libertarian message will be even more appealing to voters in these and other Ontario ridings who want free enterprise in order to foster dynamic job creation and better living.

For my interview with David Schumm, see here.

Freedom Party of Ontario leaders Paul McKeever was on Sun News Network on May 29, 2014 to outline his party’s balanced budget plan for Ontario.

The guest host was understandably interested in how the Freedom Party of Ontario would purport to do this, since Ontario’s deficit currently sits at $12 billion.

Their solution? McKeever explains at 2:30, that they would take health care off-budget by making it a Crown Corporation, and introduce competition. I like the second part, but the first part comes across as a total gimmick.

It’s reminiscent of PC Leader Tim Hudak’s 2011 election campaign gimmick of promising to pay off Ontario’s hydro debt by only paying the principal, and not the interest. Wouldn’t that be nice for average homeowners, to tell their bank that they’ve paid off their mortgage after paying back only the principal? You’d be laughed out of the bank, and after two missed payments, they’d foreclose on your home. Yet gimmicks like this pass as legitimate discourse in politics today.

Overall, the Ontario Freedom Party would, in principle, bring some much-needed relief from increasing government control over our lives, but I like the Ontario Libertarian Party, except for where they aren’t running candidates this election. And if you don’t have either an OLP or OFP candidate in your riding, consider declining your ballot, which will effectively serve as a vote for “none of the above.”

I received this notification from Ellen Brown on June 10, in reference to her latest article, California’s top two primary eliminates third-party rivals.

Thanks very much for your support in my race for California state treasurer! I lost but did pretty well overall, getting more votes than any other third party or independent candidate for state office. Laura Wells did well too, also running on a state bank platform; see link. I’ll keep pushing for a state bank. There have been some promising developments.

Despite telling me they had no intention of interviewing any of the other parties besides the three main parties (Liberal, PC and NDP) and the Greens, Ontario’s public broadcaster, TVO, bowed to popular demand and had an online interview with Ontario Libertarian Party leader, Allen Small.

They also likely interviewed him due to the privately-owned Sun News Network interviewing him earlier here, which would make Ontario’s public broadcaster look bad if they hadn’t interviewed him, by offering less coverage of voting options than a private entity that doesn’t rely on tax dollars.

For the summary of my in-depth interview with him, just in time for tomorrow’s election, see here.

During the June 3 TVO debate on issues facing the 416 (Toronto) ridings in the run-up to the June 12, 2014 Ontario provincial election, Green Party of Ontario candidate for York Centre, Joshua Borenstein, mentioned a modified version of John Turmel’s Argentine Solution (at 30m).

John Turmel is the founder of the Paupers Party and I interviewed him as a 2012 Kitchener-Waterloo byelection candidate, when he was promoting the “Argentine Solution” of paying Ontario government workers with a portion of their salary in Ontario government bonds in lieu of pay. That way, savings could be had in the short-term until the bonds come due, and no money would have to be borrowed directly from banks in order to issue them.

Joshua Borenstein suggested a modified version of the plan, saying that Ontario should provide tax credits to Ontario public sector employees, which they could then redeem on their 2014 tax filing next year.

These are exactly the kind of alternative ideas that the three main parties (Liberal, PC and NDP) are not offering voters, and why we need more alternative voices in these discussions, such as the Ontario Libertarian Party.

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