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Australia’s ahead of Canada, in getting its first explicitly libertarian parliamentarian — Senator David Leyonhjelm.

It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given Australia’s high Economic Freedom Index rating for several years in a row by the Heritage Foundation, with its 2014 rating of third place compared to Canada in sixth place and the United States as low as 11th place.

It sure helped that Australia now has an elected senate, as there’s no way an open libertarian would be appointed to any legislative body in a parliamentary system.

On his July 23, 2014 Real World of Money appearance on One Radio Network with Patrick Timpone, currency historian and financial analyst, Andy Gause, implied that there’s nothing to World Bank whistleblower Karen Hudes’ claims about 50-year gold-backed bonds (starting at 14m). Audio here:

Timpone: “We had Karen Hudes, the World Bank whistleblower, she was on the show, and she was talking about 50-year-old bonds, that uh, blah blah, right — gold-backed bonds.

Gause: “Yeah, I got ‘em. You know, you can buy 600 million at face value, for, you know, 20 grand.

Timpone: “And supposedly the banks never paid interest the interest on them, and now they’re doing all this stuff. Could there be something to this?

Gause: “No.

It becomes immediately obvious in his responses when you listen to the audio that he doesn’t think much of these claims about any gold-backed bonds being worth much more than collector items.

For more on Karen Hudes, see my articles:

1) Andy Gause casts doubt on Karen Hudes’ gold claims

2) Joel Skousen’s critique of World Bank whistleblower Karen Hudes

3) I’m blowing the whistle on World Bank whistleblower Karen Hudes

and my July 2014 interview with SGT Report.

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.

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