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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Have libertarians abandoned free trade?

Naftabrns_2Mike Sturko rolled out another speaker today for the Saturday, May 17th Freedom Fair in Edmonton. Sturko is organizing this non-partisan event to coincide with the Libertarian Party of Canada’s annual convention which takes place primarily on Sunday.

Today it was announced that Prof. Paul Geddes will be presenting on the topic “Have libertarians abandoned free trade?”

Geddes and other libertarians and free market conservatives see opposition to trade agreements as a troubling trend in the libertarian movement. (Republican presidential candidate and libertarian Ron Paul, in particular, is hostile to NAFTA and other trade agreements.)

While free trade agreements come with provisions governing labour, the environment and taxation that compromise national sovereignty and violate the spirit of laissez faire capitalism, Geddes says trade agreements like NAFTA, while flawed, are worth supporting. Why? You’ll have to attend the Freedom Fair to find out.

Freedom Fair
Holiday Inn Express
10010 – 104 Street
Saturday, May 17, 2008

The event will take place from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, but Geddes will be speaking from 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM. Admission is only $10 for the day.

Geddes is a leading libertarian activist and regular political candidate in British Columbia. He has been an instructor of economics at Columbia College for twenty five years. He is married with two daughters.

Posted by Matthew Johnston on April 30, 2008 in Canadian Conservative Politics | Permalink


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Great topic. Every time you let us know about a different speaker I'm looking forward even more to the Freedom Fair.

Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2008-04-30 1:50:59 PM

They must be mad! He doesn't believe borders are natural, guess what this is what a property line is. A border. He opposes property and supports World Government and Domination. Most of all his own vanity of showing people how little he knows.
Which the similar line we cross that pits us against eachother our arrogance.

Best Wishes, especially in this case to all who waste their time on his desire for attention,

Gölök ZLF Buday
Candidate for Libertarian Leader and Vancouver Mayor
"Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty." -- Calvin Coolidge (1873-1933), 30th US President
Source: Speech, 1924

Posted by: Gölök | 2008-04-30 6:24:06 PM

While I do respect Paul Geddes, I don not agree with NAFTA. I'm of the mind that one need one page of rules for free trade...not a manual.
And on that page all that needs to be said is,
"The Government has no business in private business of any kind whatsoever." It will be interesting to see what Paul has to say about it.

Posted by: JC | 2008-05-04 10:04:38 PM

I have to proof read more. :)

Posted by: JC | 2008-05-04 10:05:37 PM

Paul did a great job of his presentation.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2008-05-22 4:45:15 PM

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