... is the
guest speaker scheduled for the 139th meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to
convene on January 16, 2006.
Joe Cobb on "Historical Perspectives
on the Libertarian Party."
Our distinguished speaker
this month will address the purpose of having a Libertarian
Party -- its precepts, historical roots, present consequences, and
future prospects. We'll look at the Party's "place in history."
Joe suggests that it is important
in the political realm -- particularly in our American system -- for new
or alternative ideas and positions to be raised. Among the vehicles
for this in our history and tradition is the third party.
Many sources can contribute abstract
ideas and academic solutions, and these are important, but only a political
party can bring these ideas into policy through the electoral process.
How effective, if at all, has
the LP been in achieving this? Is it time for another party with
the same or similar aims to take over the fight? How may this be
accomplished? What may such a successor party be like? Is it
time to consider moving beyond party labels or even engaging the electoral
process at all?
Joe will bring his considerable
knowledge of, and experience in and around, government to provide some
answers and views. He'll also have some White House war stories,
tell us about his times with Karl Hess, and give us the straight skinny
on "The Quote."
About Joe Cobb
Joe Cobb received his degrees
economics from the University of Chicago, studying with Nobel Laureates
Milton Friedman, George Stigler, and F. A. Hayek. He has testified
several times before the tax-writing House of Representatives Ways &
Means Committee and worked as a Senate staff aide with the Finance Committee,
which amends tax legislation in Congress.
Joe Cobb is a Past President of
the National Association of Business Economists, National Capital Chapter.
He held the prestigious John M. Olin Senior Fellowship at the Heritage
Foundation (1993-96) and has served as Chief Economist for the Senate Republican
Policy Committee (1992-93), Staff Director of the Congressional Joint Economic
Committee (1990-91), Economic Advisor with the State Department's U.S.
Mission to the O.A.S. (1982-83), and as Deputy Director in the White House
Office of Policy Information (1982).
He presently resides in Dana Point,
where he is active in the Libertarian Party. He is a past Chairman
of the LPOC and has been a candidate on the Libertarian ticket for Congress