LibertyFest West 2012 showed that to “Party like it’s 1776” meant decrying gun control laws, the Federal Reserve System and the government, among other things.
The libertarian-minded event, featuring speakers from Canada and across the U.S., was held Saturday evening in the MCM Grandé FunDome’s West Texas Event Center, 6201 E. Business 20.
“This is a first for Odessa. I’ve lived here for 34 years of my life and there hasn’t been anything like this,” LibertyFest West Producer Caleb Leverett said.
Leverett, a supporter of Teri Cowan’s decision to speak out against ECISD, said he was concerned specifically with shifting the focus of debate between ECISD and teachers to be, instead, between the Texas Education Agency and ECISD.
“The TEA is like Big Brother, and all the complaints teachers have ultimately come from the TEA, with CSCOPE, PLC’s (Professional Learning Communities) and Eduphoria,” he said.
Stefan Molyneux, a philosopher, author and podcaster who runs www.freedomainradio.com emceed the event, which featured outspoken Freedom Movement proponents.
Danny Anderson, a junior at UTPB and Molyneux admirer, was at LibertyFest West representing “Youth for Ron Paul,” a student group at UTPB still looking for a professor’s sponsorship.
Anderson said he was shocked to find out something like LibertyFest West was happening.
“I didn’t expect anything like this to go on locally. This is more of something you’d see in Dallas or Houston,” he said. “I think this gives us an opportunity to refine our arguments, re-educate ourselves and be better educators ourselves.”
Speakers at the event described the governmental system as flawed, especially with respect to rights of the individual.
John Bush, a Freedom Movement proponent and partner with Austin-based Brave New Books, said individuals cannot be expected to trust government when it is funded by stolen money gathered by taxation.
“Stop using Fed notes. Trade in silver or barter. The Federal Reserve stole power from the Treasury and created a corporate institution,” he said.
“We’ve seen how history is often reoccurring, and we want to remind ourselves of the Founding Fathers and how they tried to work against oppressing the people,” he said.